Bone Broth: What’s the fuss about?

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The process of simmering animal bones for 24 hours with some veggies thrown in has taken the world by storm. It has been hailed as a ‘health elixir’ by its new-found fan base despite the fact that our ancestors initially discovered its medicinal properties, and is currently the food trend of the season. In New York, more stores everyday have opted to serve up hot bone broth in a coffee cup for customers to consume before or during work. The consumption of traditional bone broth dates back to prehistoric times, where a South American proverb claims that it has the power to ‘resurrect the dead’ and Egyptian physicians in the 12th century used bone broth as a remedy for colds and respiratory problems.

This food trend has gained popularity due to the countless health benefits it allegedly provides including: healing your gut to facilitate healthy digestion, reducing inflammation and inhibiting infections. Bone broth contains the remedial ingredients of calcium, magnesium to promote strong bones, amino acids to boost your immune system and gelatin to fight inflammation and joint pain. In addition, bone broth contains collagen which promotes healthy hair, skin, teeth and nails, as collagen supports connective tissue. Essentially, it is a super food that is capable of benefiting your health in a number of different ways.

Bone broth contains more nutrients than simple stock, as the time taken to cook the bones ensures that the natural ingredients and their minerals are retained. It is generally made through simmering the bones of beef, lamb or chicken for 24-48 hours and should be consumed fresh. More than one type of animal bone can be used, and vegetables can be added to the broth in order to provide more nutrients.

Despite the length of time necessary to create a good broth, it appears to be worth every minute. Visit wellnessmama.com/5888/how-to-make-bone-broth/ for a full recipe on how to make your own ‘health elixir’!

Sources:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/12/16/bone-broth-benefits.aspx

http://www.bodyandsoul.com.au/health/health+advice/health+benefits+of+bone+broth,37289

http://www.wisechoicemarket.com/benefits-of-bone-broth/

Cold-mist or Warm-mist Vaporisers: What’s the difference?

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A discussion has sparked over the differences and benefits of a cold-mist ultrasonic vaporiser versus a warm-mist. The distinction between the two lies within the type of vapour they emit, as the cold-air vapour is produced by the vibrations of water to create the cool mist (ultrasonic technology). Conversely, the warm-air vaporiser involves the heating of water until it reaches boiling point to create a warm steam. Both types serve the function of producing moisture in the air and in turn, assisting in the alleviation of symptoms accompanying allergies, asthma, colds and flu. When choosing to purchase a vaporiser, the benefits of each type must be weighed up against one another to determine which one will benefit your family the most.

Naturally, the fundamental benefit of the cold-air ultrasonic vaporiser is the lack of heating element. There is the risk of children and babies being burnt if they stray too close to a warm-air vaporiser as it is contains hot water, and hence reduces the safety factor.

Secondly, the ultrasonic vaporiser does not cause condensation, and thus does not lead to the formation of mould/bacteria. The heating element of warm-mist vaporisers creates condensation which can potentially becoming a breeding ground for mould and other bacteria if there is a lack of ventilation in the room. There has been media controversy recently surrounding the dangers mould can pose to your health without even being aware that it is present. Adverse health effects include asthma, bronchitis, cold and flu-like symptoms and hay fever, which hence counter-acts the function of a vaporiser (Nicole Bijlsma, Body + Soul May 2015). An ultrasonic vaporiser does not pose this potential hazard due to the absence of the heating element.

As a result of the benefits supplied by cold-air ultrasonic vaporisers, they are becoming more popular for use within the home and around children. They are devoid of the safety risks which warm-mist vaporisers present, and generally benefit the health and wellbeing of every family member.

Here are the health/safety benefits of the multi-functional ultrasonic vaporiser:

  • Air Purifier
  • Ionizer
  • Aroma Diffuser
  • Night Lamp
  • Experience essential oils in their purist form
  • Automatic safety switch off

Visit in-a-box.com.au for more information on the Ultrasonic Vaporiser!