September 29, 2011

Healthy Home: Mop Your Floors Without Chemicals

The use of chemicals in the home is being linked to more health conditions and diseases every year ranging from asthma to skin conditions to cancer. A recent study by the EPA stated that the toxic chemicals in household cleaners are three times more likely to cause cancer than outdoor air.

To create a healthy home, use as many natural cleaning products as possible to reduce the risk of having a chemical related illness.

Recently, Jen and I purchased the Libman Freedom™ Spray Mop in our search to find a mop that was easy to use and chemical-free. No, I'm not a sales rep for Libman, but I love the mop. It has a spray feature and also a container to hold your cleaning solution. Another benefit of this mop is that it is eco-friendly as the pad is washable instead of disposable.

The natural cleaning solution we use is 50% white vinegar and 50% water. It is affordable, green and all-natural.

Safe for your family, especially for kids and pets, create a healthy home by reducing the amount of chemicals you use.

This mop is available on Amazon.com, and also at the Saginaw WalMart, Kroger and Target stores.

September 21, 2011

Recipe: Blueberry Crepes


I love quick and easy meals, and this is one of the simplest and tastiest recipes you can make that both kids and adults will love.
Mix all ingredients together, heat pan on medium with coconut oil. Add crepe mixture and cook for one minute on each side or until brown.

Remove crepe from pan, load it up with blueberries and roll it up, add a few blueberries and sprinkle cinnamon on top!

These are excellent the way they are. You can also try drizzling local raw honey on top or adding strawberries to mix it up.

*Almond flour is available at Kroger and local health food stores. Coconut flour is a good alternative too. The benefit of almond or coconut flour is that they are gluten-free, wheat-free, anti-inflammatory and easier on the digestive system.

Click here for more Kehres Health recipes

September 18, 2011

Nouvel Homecoming 5k Run


Saturday, October 1st at Wickes Park in Saginaw, Nouvel Catholic Central is hosting a 5k Run, Walk and Kids Fun Run. Registration is $10 and the race kicks off at 10:00 am.

Proceeds benefit the Nouvel Area Catholic Schools Alumni Association.

Click here for the registration form and it can be sent in to Nouvel, 2555 Wieneke Road, Saginaw, MI 48603.

September 15, 2011

Processed Food vs. Risk of Death


Disclaimer: This was not a double blind, placebo controlled or peer reviewed study, just an observation and opinion.

September 14, 2011

(Almost) Barefoot Hiking in Vibram FiveFingers

Recently while in Arizona, Jen and I went hiking and wore our Vibrams. They worked great, especially for all the streams we crossed!


Margaret & Jen hiking in Sedona, Ariz.

Click here to read about:
Running (almost) Barefoot in Vibram FiveFingers
Shape Ups vs. Vibram FiveFingers

September 6, 2011

TV... As Toxic To Your Health As Smoking?

A recent study by the British Journal of Sports Medicine (Aug 15 2011) found that for every hour an adult watched TV, their life expectancy was reduced by 22 minutes.

With the average American spending five hours a day watching TV, that means in over a period of a year of watching TV regularly, it decreases your life expectancy by nearly a month, 27.8 days.
 
A study by the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine found that reducing television viewing has an important role in preventing obesity and in lowering BMI in young children. The same 2008 study also showed that having a TV in a child’s bedroom increased viewing time by nearly nine hours a week.

While we all know the health risks that accompany smoking, new research shows that watching TV jeopardizes our health just as much as cigarettes.
 
I asked others on Facebook what they do instead of watching TV, here are their healthy responses:
  • Ashley (Marietta, Ga.): I hike Kennesaw Mountain or go for a run by the river. I don't even have cable! It's all outrageous anyhow. Get me outside and in tune with nature.
  • Katie (Scottsdale, Ariz.): Pure Barre, hiking in the mountains or running! I don't even have cable!
  • Bianca (Mason, Mich.): I also don’t have cable and hate TV. I play outside with my daughter, do art projects, rollerblade, read or jog. The closest thing I do to watching TV is doing my Jillian Michaels DVD.
  • Kate (East Lansing, Mich.): Spend my time teaching clients and working out at Pure Barre Okemos!
  • Sarah (Vassar, Mich): I used to have a rule that I had to do sit ups, push ups or a different exercise during every commercial break, so maybe it only took off 11 minutes (for each hour instead of 22 minutes)!
  • Jason (Mich.): Lately I've been training for the race & two triathlons. 
While being sedentary watching TV, your brain goes into a passive mode turning you into a vegetable (an unhealthy one, like a potato!). People are more likely to brainlessly eat and not exercise while watching TV, increasing health risks.

Turn off the TV, save money and cancel cable, go outside, read a book, interact with family and friends, do anything instead of watching TV!

For nearly a year, my wife and I didn't have a TV in the house -- and it was one of the best experiences. Today, we do have one TV, but don't have cable, so we rarely watch it. Instead we listen to music all the time, take our dog for walks, work on projects around the house, go to a community event, read, work on this blog and more! I definitely think we have become much more productive, healthier and happier living without TV.

What do you do instead of watching TV? If you are on Twitter, post with the hashtag #insteadofwatchingtv or share on Kehres Health & Chiropractic’s Facebook page.

Sources:
Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis. Br J Sports Med 2011 Aug 15.

A Randomized Trial of the Effects of Reducing Television Viewing and Computer Use on Body Mass Index in Young Children. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2008.

September 5, 2011

MCVI Run for Your Heart

Come join the fun this Saturday, September 10th  for the annual MCVI (Michigan CardioVascular Institute) Run for Your Heart Race in Saginaw. The race features a 1k tot trot, a 5k run/walk and the newly added half marathon.

Race participants will be able to see the newly renovated Hoyt Park, Saginaw Children’s Zoo, Celebration Square, Old Town business district, Ojibway Island and the beautiful Saginaw riverfront. If you have never been to some of these places now would be a great time to check them out!

Kehres Health & Chiropractic will be doing free health screenings, massage and stretching for race participants.

Races start at 7:45 AM, hope to see you there!    

September 4, 2011