May 18, 2017

Reasons Why We Are Fatter Than 30 Years Ago

Weight loss is so much more than just eating right and exercising more. This article does a great job bringing attention to a few other factors related to weight gain over the years.
Some of the factors that cause weight gain, or inhibit weight loss from the article: 
1. Pharmaceutical Drugs
2. Chemical Exposure
3. Altered Gut
4. Dehydration
5. Junk Food Marketing
I always talk about chemical stress in classes, it's something many people don't think or care too much about but it's going to have a massive impact on our health if we don't start addressing it. 
Also, I've never seen someone who's overweight and taking a lot of medications be able to lose weight either.

May 16, 2017

Breastmilk Contributes to Babies' Bacteria

Up to 40% of infant's gut bacteria is formed from being breastfed! 80% of our immune system comes from our intestines therefore breastfed babies are going to have a substantially stronger immune system and reduced risk of disease. 
"The study, published Monday (May 8) in JAMA Pediatrics, found that 30 percent of babies’ gut bacteria seem to come from the mother’s breast milk and that another 10 percent can be traced to skin around the mother’s nipple.
“Breast milk is this amazing liquid that, through millions of years of evolution, has evolved to make babies healthy, particularly their immune systems,” UCLA’s Grace Aldrovandi, the study’s lead author, said in a press release. “Our research identifies a new mechanism that contributes to building stronger, healthier babies.”"

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May 4, 2017

Drugs are NOT the Answer

Drugs, drugs, drugs, just take a drug for it, that's the american way right? Unfortunately, all drugs have side effects. 
Kids (and adults) who are getting the right nutrients will not get constipated. 
The amount of kids taking medication for constipation is insane and it's usually something that can be fixed relatively easy though dietary changes, chiropractic adjustments, magnesium, veggie shakes, etc.
I usually don't post articles that are not backed by research, however I just think it's absolutely ridiculous how many kids are taking multiple medications for things that could easily be fixed through lifestyle changes.
The defense for this article will be "There is no published research showing MiraLAX can cause neuropsychiatric problems" 
My response would be
1. Why are kids taking MiraLAX in the first place?
2. ALL drugs have side effects eventually.
3. When enough parents start making the same claim, you just haven't done the right research study yet to prove that it's true.
4. Every person has a different metabolic makeup, and research will never be done on every single person taking a medication. So to say that it can't cause a problem is a lie, because unless you study every person you won't know for sure.


May 2, 2017

An Avocado a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

If I had to pick one food that was going to be the most beneficial in all aspects of health it would be an avocado. Healthy fats, protein, fiber what more could you ask for in one food!
The saying should be changed to "An avocado a day keeps the doctor away!" Except for your chiropractor of course, you should still get adjusted to remove all that physical stress!
What's your favorite way to eat avocados?

April 28, 2017

Top 10 Sources of Calories in the U.S. Diet

After looking at this list it's no wonder we have an obesity problem in the United States. There are only two (maybe 3) things on this list that are potentially healthy. So 80% of our diets are coming from processed junk food. 
1. Grain-based desserts (cakes, cookies, donuts, pies, crisps, cobblers, and granola bars)
2. Yeast breads
3. Chicken and chicken-mixed dishes
4. Soda, energy drinks, and sports drinks
5. Pizza
6. Alcoholic beverages
7. Pasta and pasta dishes
8. Mexican mixed dishes
9. Beef and beef-mixed dishes
10.Dairy desserts
If you don't want to look like the rest of America, stop eating like the rest of America. Reduce processed carbs, increase protein and healthy fat.

April 27, 2017

No Sleep Leads to Negative Thoughts

This study showed that the later people go to bed and the shorter they sleep the more negative their thoughts. 
Which makes sense because if you don't sleep, you have higher levels of cortisol and feel more stressed out which leads to negative thoughts.
1. Go to bed by 10 PM
2. Sleep at least 7 hours per night
3. Take melatonin or Magnesium before bed if you have sleeping problems
4. Wear a sleep mask or use a sound machine

Saturated Fats Will Not Kill You

Saturated fat does not cause heart disease, inflammation does. 
Cultures have been eating high saturated fat foods forever with no complications. It wasn't until highly processed carbohydrates became more prevalent that heart disease skyrocketed.
Every class we teach focuses on tips to reduce inflammation naturally. The less inflamed you are the less your risk of every disease. 
Repeat after me:
Saturated fats won't kill me
Eggs won't kill me
Butter won't clog my arteries
Lard won't kill me
Red meat isn't an unhealthy food
Processed carbohydrates increase inflammation and cause heart disease

Obviously you want to find grass fed sources of these things to maximize their health benefits!


April 25, 2017

Cycling to Work Can Cut Cancer and Heart Disease

Time to get the bike out! It's easy on the joints and a great workout. Also, anyone who rides a bike is going to have stronger legs which is correlated with a reduced risk of falling. 
"During the course of the study, regular cycling cut the risk of death from any cause by 41%, the incidence of cancer by 45% and heart disease by 46%.
The cyclists clocked an average of 30 miles per week, but the further they cycled the greater the health boon.
Walking cut the odds of developing heart disease but the benefit was mostly for people walking more than six miles per week."