April 7, 2015

Natural health remedies: ginger

Ginger has been used as a natural medicine and remedy for thousands of years.

My favorite use of ginger is for its anti-inflammatory properties. It works on the same pathways as Aspirin and Ibuprofen but it doesn't inhibit the pathways, just down regulates them. This minimizes the risk of side effects, but you get all the benefits!

Not only can it help reduce pain and inflammation, it has been shown to slow oxidation of LDL cholesterol preventing atherosclerosis and reduce morning sickness as well.

Try adding ginger to your tea in the morning or supplementing with one gram each day (we have ginger supplements at our office).

If you are taking blood thinners such as Coumadin, consult with your primary physician before adding in a supplement.

April 5, 2015

Health benefits of chocolate

Dark chocolate is loaded flavenols and anti-oxidants. These two substances have been found to reduce risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease (British Medical Journal, Dec. 18, 2004)

The key is eating chocolate with high amounts of these two substances and not just milk chocolate (sorry). Chocolate that has 65% cocoa or higher is when the concentration of the flavenols becomes powerful enough to have an impact.

As cocoa content increases so does the bitterness of the chocolate. The more bitter the healthier it is for you! I find that chocolate that's 70-80% cocoa still tastes great!

April 3, 2015

Inspiration: "if you give 100% all of the time, somehow things will workout in the end"

"I've got a theory that if you give 100% all of the time, somehow things will workout in the end." -Larry Bird 

I stole this quote from my friend Jeff Janis and former Kehres Health & Chiropractic intern, who plays for The Green Bay Packers. This philosophy seemed to workout for him pretty well so far! 

If you are going to do something, you might as well put everything you have into it or you are probably just going to waste your time and end up frustrated. If you give it everything you have and it fails, a least you have no regrets!

April 1, 2015

Mobility Tip: Lumbar Curvature Release

Mobility Tip: Lumbar Curvature Release.

Anyone who sits on a regular basis is going to lose their lumbar curve, if you aren't doing something proactive to get it back you are going to have low back problems at some point. 

This video shows you a quick exercise to help release lumbar tension and helps to get your curvature back!

If you need to buy a foam roller, they are available at Kehres Health & Chiropractic Saginaw and Midland chiropractic offices. 

March 18, 2015

Natural allergy remedies

Are you prepared for allergy season? 

One of the most popular supplements we sell at our Saginaw and Midland chiropractic offices is the Ultra Seasonal Protector by Anabolic Laboratories. It is an all-natural supplement containing a variety of herbs.

In this video I share 4 simple tips to help boost your immune system and prevent allergies: 

March 1, 2015

Saginaw Spring Slimdown - 60 day weight loss challenge

We are very excited to announce our Saginaw Spring Slimdown Weight Loss challenge! We have partnered with Crossfit Intuition and created a 60 day workout program that includes educational information along the way.

The program starts March 16th, sign up at CrossFitIntuition.com

The cost is $200 and for current CrossFit Intuition members it is $20. 

What it includes: Unlimited classes at CrossFit Intuition, nutrition and lifestyle classes focused on weight loss, weekly educational e-mails and videos with health tips and lots of FUN!

Prizes: CrossFit Intuition monthly memberships, massages, gift cards to healthy local restaurants, CrossFit gear, a cash prize and more!
Who is ready to make their health a priority? 

Feeling depressed? Eat healthy fat!

Feeling depressed? 

Our hormones are made from fat and cholesterol! Reducing healthy fats and cholesterol can lead to hormonal imbalances and depression. 

Load up on healthy fats from fish, tree nuts, avocado, grass fed butter, eggs, grass fed meats, coconut, etc.!

February 26, 2015

Why are cows fed grains?

Farmers feed cows grains to fatten them up as fast as possible. The government tells us grains are healthy and that we need to eat more of them.