May 30, 2013

Sugar: The Rodney Dangerfield of Sweeteners [NBC 25]

As seen on NBC 25, written by Joel Feick, with Liz McFarland

Poor poor sugar. It get's no respect. But a local nutrition expert says if you have to sweeten up your coffee (or iced tea or whatever), it's not a bad way to go.

Dr. Dan Kehres is a Saginaw chiropractor with a passion for nutrition. The former college football running back leads an extra-healthy lifestyle and urges you to consider doing the same. He's a regular contributor to NBC 25 Today. 

Dr. Dan is all about eating things that aren't processed and sugar products are no different. He showed us a host of artificial sweeteners: aspartame, sucralose, etc. He says these products aren't good for your body because they're hard to digest.

Instead, stick with the all natural sweeteners: honey, fruit and yes even sugar. It's better than the pink stuff: all chemicals. He also likes a product called SteviaPlus. It's all natural.

Dr. Dan's advice: be good to your body. Skip the food that contains chemicals. Stick with food that's all natural. 

Pretty simple advice.

May 28, 2013

Eat Local: The Maple Grille

The Maple Grille in Hemlock, Michigan
The Maple Grille is open for the summer! After a big renovation this summer to offer indoor seating, we are excited to get back to our favorite restaurant.

Chef Josh Schaeding and his family operate the restaurant on six acres of land where they grow the majority of the produce they use. 

Check out The Maple Grille's Facebook page for the daily menu as it changes depending on what fresh foods they have. 

Located on Gratiot Road (46) just west of Saginaw, they are open Tuesday through Saturday 11 am to 8 pm.

Learn more the benefits of eating local.  

The Maple Grille
13105 Gratiot Road
Hemlock, MI 48626

May 25, 2013

The Problem With Pain Pills

Chronic pain now affects 116 million Americans and our medical system's first line of defense is typically powerful pain medications. This is a problem for a variety of reasons, but here are a few reasons that it's a ridiculous route.

1) Pain pills don't do anything to fix the problem, they only cover it up. For example, why fill your car with oil when you can just disable the oil light on your dash?

2) Powerful pain killers take away the pain, but they can also cause serious addiction problems. I personally have witnessed too many lives ruined by pain medicine addictions. 

It is not always the doctor's fault either. Patients need to take responsibility for their own health. If you keep going to your doctor for chronic pain but haven't tried to make a change in your lifestyle (nutrition, stretching, posture, chiropractic, massage, acupuncture) then you will most likely become addicted to pain medications until the issue requires surgery.

Take your health into your own hands to do whatever possible to avoid pain medication.

May 20, 2013

Eat Local: Michigan Dinner at The Bavarian Inn

This Friday, I had the opportunity to attend The Bavarian Inn Restaurant's Michigan dinner! A six course meal, the delicious dinner featured all locally grown, caught or made food and drink.

The picture at right is one of the courses; Michigan bluegill served over arugula with a hard cider and stone-ground mustard vinaigrette.

Another course was an onion soup served inside a full onion! The Michigan farmer who grew the onions spoke at the dinner about his farm and even went as far as making onion wine! (I don't think it was the biggest hit of of the night.)

This year go out of your way to eat local! We have so many great things in Michigan and if we start supporting them not only will it help our communities financially but from a health aspect as well.

Visit our Kehres Health & Chiropractic Facebook page to share with us what are you going to do this year to support our local community.