December 31, 2016

Top 5 health posts of 2016

After 312 posts on this year, here are the top five most popular health articles:

1. Michigan loses right to farm: while most people are pushing for locally produced foods the government has a different agenda supporting large factory farms.

2. Healthy shopping list: Many people want to eat healthy but don't know where to start. The best place to start is by having healthy food in the house. If you have healthy food in the house you will eat healthy food. Especially if you start cleaning out the cupboards of all the junk food. Checkout my grocery list in the link.

3. Are NutriGrain healthy? Many people think that NutriGrain bars are healthy. After all "nutrition" and "grain" are the two words they put together to make NutriGrain so they are marketing it as a health food. But is it actually healthy?

4. Vitamin D-3: To this day I have never seen a normal Vitamin D-3 test from someone in Michigan in the winter who wasn't supplementing or tanning (normal 50-80 nm/mm). Get your levels checked and start supplementing!

5. Dr. Kehres featured in Training & Conditioning Magazine: "At Saginaw Valley State University, the most popular addition to the school’s athletic training room is not a fancy new whirlpool or high-tech wearable—it’s chiropractor Dan Kehres, DC. By including Kehres on its sports medicine team in the fall of 2015, SVSU is likely the first school in NCAA Division II to offer on-campus chiropractic care."

At Kehres Health we have had a lot of exciting additions this year!

We welcomed new staff -- Dr. Travis Falkner, Rachel, Dr. Lindsey Pfeiffer and Dr. TJ Harpham.

We welcomed two new babies! Lola Kate Kehres and Aaron Lucas Harpham.

And shared the good news that Dr. Pfeiffer is pregnant and Dr. Falkner got engaged. 

All of us at Kehres Health are grateful for a healthy and wonderful 2016 and thank you for letting us be part of your year. Join us to make your health a priority in 2017!

December 6, 2016

Gift guide for the health nut

1. PiperWai deodorant -- an all natural deodorant that actually works. As seen on Shark Tank, it makes a great gift or stocking stuffer. Available at Kehres Health & Chiropractic

2. Lifefactory bottles -- one of the most popular items in our health store, Lifefactory bottles are glass reusable bottles that come in many different colors and styles. Glass is always a safer choice than plastic. Available at Kehres Health & Chiropractic. 

3. Vitamix -- the dream gift of all health nuts. It is a professional-grade blender to make smoothies for the whole family, and also can be used as a food processor. Their reconditioned blenders are a great option and come with a seven year warranty. 

4. Massage gift certificate -- a one hour massage is a gift anyone would love, purchase in one of our offices or online. 

5. Maple Grille gift certificate -- our favorite restaurant in mid-Michigan, Maple Grille is farm to table and brews their own beer. Buy a gift certificate and pick up some Maple Grille swag or locally made items for sale there. 

Gift guide for healthy parents

1. Young Living essential oils -- lavender, peace and calming, thieves are just a few of the beneficial essential oils for parents and kids. Kehres Health & Chiropractic carries individual oils for sale, kits and diffusers.

2. Solly Baby Wrap -- there is nothing better than baby wearing. The Solly Wrap is lightweight and comfortable for baby and parent. And it holds the baby in a safe, ergonomic position with supported hips.

3. Beaba Babycook -- a splurge for the kitchen, it steams and purees all in one to make baby food quickly and easily. Check out one of our favorite recipes here for spinach applesauce.

4. Flannel nursing scarf -- made by Michigan company SmartBottoms, these scarves are great for nursing moms.

5. Wooden teething rings -- safer than plastic teething rings, there are a variety of cute shapes that can be personalized. 

October 11, 2016

PiperWai natural deodorant - available at Kehres Health & Chiropractic

Kehres Health & Chiropractic is one of 75 retailers to carry PiperWai Natural Deodorant!

Jen and I have been using it for the past month, and liked it so much we decided to stock product at our offices.

After a successful pitch on SharkTank, PiperWai deodorant continues to gain popularity because of how well it works and that it is all natural.

Read more about PiperWai in this October 2016 Inc. Magazine article

Natural deodorant is important for your health, the aluminum in antiperspirants has been known to accumulate in breast tissue and may be linked to an increased cancer risk.

Dr. Mercola states there are 5 Ingredients that Make Your Deodorant Dangerous
  • Aluminum
  • Parabens
  • Phthalates
  • Triclosan
  • Fragrances

PiperWai natural deodorant does not have any of these ingredients, it is made of natural ingredients such as charcoal and coconut oil. 

Stop by Kehres Health & Chiropractic in Saginaw and Midland to buy PiperWai natural deodorant!

September 26, 2016

Natural Treatment Options for Asthma

There are natural forms of care for asthma for both children and adults, as this recent article on WebMD states: Vitamin D May Cut Risk of Severe Asthma Attacks

"Taking vitamin D supplements was associated with fewer hospitalizations or emergency room visits for severe asthma attacks -- from 6% to around 3%.Taking vitamin D supplements also reduced the number of asthma attacks needing steroid treatment.

There was no increase in side effects with the vitamin D doses given."

Besides Vitamin D, other types of treatment for asthma includes chiropractic care. It is a natural treatment that has been shown time and time again to help relieve and prevent asthma in many patients.

The stress from our daily lives puts excess stress on our bodies and our nervous systems. Chiropractic helps to reduce the stress on our bodies, reducing inflammation and increasing joint motion. Proper joint motion in the mid back is especially important for people with asthma as it increases rib motion, allowing more oxygen to be inhaled. With all joints moving and inflammation reduced as much as possible, our nervous systems can function properly which is essential for true health.

“I used to take Advair daily to control my asthma, but after one adjustment, I wouldn’t need to take Advair for at least a month,” Jordan, 28, Kehres Health & Chiropractic patient, said. “Ever since I have been getting adjusted regularly, I haven’t needed to take Advair or any other type of asthma medication.”

As asthma becomes more prevalent so does the use of asthma drugs. Unfortunately, these medications don’t come without a cost both physically and financially. Many asthma medications seem to reduce asthma at first, but ultimately mask the underlying problem while potentially causing life threatening conditions.

In 2010, due to safety concerns the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required changes in four of the major asthma medications; Advair, Serevent, Foradil and Symbicort because of their potential life threatening side effects.

It is estimated that 22 million Americans have asthma, and more than 6 million Americans use one of the four medications mentioned above.

Elimination of dairy and inflammatory processed food has also been shown to greatly reduce asthma symptoms.

Consider chiropractic, Vitamin D and other types of natural treatment for asthma, to avoid the risk of potential life threatening side effects, especially with children.

Contact us at Kehres Health & Chiropractic in Saginaw or Midland to set up an appointment as we offer chiropractic care for all ages, Vitamin D blood testing and Vitamin D3 supplements. 

September 13, 2016

Saginaw breastfeeding resources

Breastfeeding offers a variety of health benefits for both the mom and baby, it can be a challenge but we are fortunate to have great resources in the Great Lakes Bay region to help. 

Covenant HealthCare hosts a weekly Breastfeeding Support Group Mondays at 6:30 pm and they are a designated Baby-Friendly hospital (only 1 of 12 in Michigan) which is a global initiative to support breastfeeding. If you live outside of Michigan, look for your local La Leche League USA for resources.

September 12, 2016

Can healthy lifestyle prevent cancer?

Did you know that if you live the typical American lifestyle then you have a 50% chance of developing cancer? Thankfully improving your lifestyle has shown to be very powerful at reducing your risk of cancer.
This study found that with exercise alone that 20-40% of cancers and upwards of 50% of cancer deaths could be prevented with proper exercise and a healthy lifestyle.
This study used 150 minutes of weekly exercise or 75 minutes of high intensity exercise!

August 11, 2016

3 Proven Steps to Happiness

Happiness isn't something that comes around so easily anymore. With our fast paced, stressful lifestyles we need to work on being happy. Ultimately, it's our decision to be happy or not depending on how we see the world. And it is critical to our health.

Negativity is so prevalent in the news and conversations that there is no way we aren't going to be surrounded by it on a regular basis. So how do we not let it affect us?

Be grateful

Being grateful is one of the most powerful ways to be happy. Research has shown that those who are thankful release more dopamine and serotonin than those who do not. These chemicals are known as the "happy chemicals," and help to improve our mood. They have also been shown to work on the same pathways that anti-depressants do and some believe that they just as beneficial if not more beneficial than taking anti-depressants.

Action step:
Find ways to be grateful in your daily life. Make a journal or start a blog to write down all the ways that you are grateful! After doing this for a few months it will become a habit and you will start automatically being grateful.

Make decisions

To-do lists stack up every single day and the more things that we have on our to-do lists the more stressed out and unhappy we get. Eventually we get overloaded and even the smallest and easiest things on the to-do list seem like a mountain of a task.

Making decisions and moving forward on them is one of the best ways to be happy. Decision making has been shown to calm neural activity in the brain reducing stress levels.

Action step:
The key is make the best decision possible under the circumstance. If you sit around and try to make the perfect decision then you are going to let other tasks pile up and you are going to end up right back where you started. Look at your to-do list and start making the best decisions you can and move forward!

Help out

Similar to gratitude, helping out has been shown to reduce stress and increase happiness by releasing serotonin, oxytocin and dopamine. Not only does helping out make other people happy it also gives you a sense of satisfaction improving your happiness level. Helping out at work has shown to improve work atmosphere, productivity and rate at which someone gets a promotion.

Action step:
Keep an eye out throughout the day to lend a helping hand. Typically before you know it something will come up and you just have to jump to the occasion.

Start adding these steps into your daily ritual and before you know it your level of stress will decrease and your happiness will increase. Remember, habits don't happen overnight so you need to continue doing it for a few months before your brain will automatically do it for you.