August 30, 2019

Medication Covers Up Sickness

Medications don't make us healthier humans, 
they treat problems and help people cope with symptoms.
Yes, there is definitely a time and place for certain medications. However, exercise, nutrition, stress management and avoiding destructive habits - that's where health begins.

August 29, 2019

Stop The "Just Pop a Pill" Mindset

We must break the "just pop a pill" mindset.
Opioids are legally made and and legally prescribed but they are tearing people's lives apart. We see people with opioid addictions on a regular basis.
It only takes two rounds of taking opioids to get severely addicted, and the devastation these drugs can bring quickly snowballs downhill from there.
If you know someone who is heading towards an addiction or is already addicted, you have to take massive action to get them to change. Sometimes rehab is the only option.
Steps towards prevention is the best option, and reducing pain can be done naturally through:
1. Anti-inflammatory diet
2. Anti-inflammatory supplements
3. Anti-inflammatory spices/herbs
4. Proper joint mobility
5. Proper muscle flexibility
6. Positive mindset

August 27, 2019

Pain Leads to Worse Things

Have low back pain?
Believe it or not, that pain can create trouble for more than just your back.
Connected to your spine are nerves, and those nerves go to your internal organs. Back pain creates inflammation, and that inflammation can affect the nerves traveling to your organs, creating, for example, issues in the stomach and the processing of food.

August 21, 2019

Eat Greens, Every Day

Eat greens, every day.
A study published in the Dec. 20, 2017 issue of Neurology, by researchers at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago found some impressive results correlated less cognitive decline with eating more green, leafy vegetables.
People who ate one serving of leafy green vegetables daily performed substantially better on cognitive tests so much so that it would put them at an equivalent of 11 years younger than others their same age who were not eating greens on a regular basis.

August 18, 2019

The Impact of Financial Stress on Your Health

Stop over spending, your health will thank you.
Chronic financial stress is one of the biggest forms of stress that leads to health problems down the road. And it’s generally self-inflicted stress just so someone can pretend like they make more money than they do.
Why drive a car or buy a house that’s more than you can afford when it makes you be on a very tight and stressful budget for the rest of your life? Is this lifetime of stress really worth it?
No, it’s really not.
1. Sell your house and buy a smaller cheaper one well within your budget
2. Sell your car and buy a cheaper used one
3. Stop shopping daily on Amazon for things you don’t really need

The Importance of a Good Diet

You can drive a car fast or slow and eventually it will need a tune-up.

But fill the tank with junk, sawdust, and dirt and you won't make it out of the parking lot.
Exercise is VERY important to a healthy life, but the food we ingest makes an immense and immediate change to how our bodies function.

August 17, 2019

Get Moving!

One of the aims of chiropractic care is to get people moving better.
But why is that important for people who aren't professional athletes?
The more you move the longer you live!
Movement is anti-inflammatory, especially inside joints. Lack of motion increases pain signals inside the joints leading to the feeling of pain.
Chiropractors get motion back into joints that aren't moving and help to break the inflammatory cycle reducing pain and preventing long term joint problems.

August 16, 2019

Healthy Doesn't Have to be Hard

You can try to choke down raw kale or you can find a recipe that makes it taste delicious.
Healthy doesn't have to be hard.

August 14, 2019

Releasing Stress Hormones

When you are stressed the best thing that you can do is exercise.
Our bodies have a stress response mechanism called "Fight or Flight."
What this means is that when someone got stressed out they would either fight the other person or animal or run away. In our world that seems silly, but stress at work, home, or that we place on ourselves all trigger this reflex, releasing stress hormones.
If those stress hormones aren't dealt with by a massive use of energy, they build up and cause damage.
Looking to release these hormones? Don't fight...exercise!

August 13, 2019

Exercise Reduces Risk of Disease

Improving your fitness reduces the risk of dementia and Alzheimer disease.
Exercise improves white matter in the brain which is highly correlated with improved brain function. White matter is comprised of millions of bundles of nerve fibers used by neurons to communicate across the brain.
If you find yourself out of breath throughout the day during simple tasks like going up the stairs, it's time to get into shape otherwise you are setting yourself up for reduced brain function!
-run up stairs at your house instead of walking
-take a fast lap around the grocery store before shopping
-Make physical work park of your regular routine: Home improvement projects, gardening, carrying wood or anything that makes you use your muscles.

August 12, 2019

Avocado, The Good Fat

An avocado (or two) a day keeps the doctor away!
Fat is the most satisfying thing you can eat so when you are trying to cut carbs and lose weight you need to make sure to increase healthy fats like avocados.
Moderate to high fat diets have consistently shown to be the most beneficial when it comes to weight loss. Many experts suggest getting anywhere from 40-50% or more of your daily calories from healthy fats. For someone eating 2,000 calories a day this would equate to 88-111 grams of fat per day. Most people are nowhere near this and if they are it's not healthy fat.
One avocado has around 21 grams of beautiful, healthy, oh-so-tasty fat.

August 11, 2019

The Truth About ADHD

This is worth a read:
"By the time they reach high school, nearly 20 percent (1 in 5) of all American boys will be diagnosed with ADHD. Millions of those boys will be prescribed a powerful stimulant to "normalize" them.
A great many of those boys will suffer serious side effects from those drugs. The shocking truth is that many of those diagnoses are wrong, and that most of those boys are being drugged for no good reason—simply for being boys. It's time we recognize this as a crisis."
"In 4 years, sales of ADHD drugs have grown by 89%"
Taking young kids (especially boys) out of a physically active play focused routine and putting them into a structured environment where they have to sit and be quiet is a bad combination. Kids need activity and exercise on a regular basis to function normally.
Read the full article here:

August 9, 2019

The Importance of Vitamin D

As different parts of the country get varying amounts of sunlight throughout the year and everyone's skin pigment is different, the best rule of thumb is to go outside and get some sun (without suntan lotion, as it prevents 95% of Vitamin D production) until your skin turns light pink -- not red. In sunny Florida, this may be only ten minutes, but in Michigan in the winter it could be 45 minutes.
Don't get a chance to get outside? Supplement with Vitamin D.
Most people need between 2,000 IU to 10,000 IU of Vitamin D a day to achieve beneficial levels. However, the average American only gets approximately 300 IU a day from their diet -- which is why deficiency and disease linked to low Vitamin D levels is so prevalent.
When a plant is sick, the first thing we do is water it and move it into the sun. These should be the first steps humans take as well to prevent sickness and promote wellness.

Good Sources of Fiber

Do you know how much fiber you're ingesting each day?
For many of us, it's "not enough."
Research has shown it's massively important for good health and most people need between 40-50 grams of fiber per day.
"Out of all the variables that we looked at, fiber intake -- which is a type of carbohydrate that the body can't digest -- had the strongest influence," a study in The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences said. "Essentially, we found that those who had the highest intake of fiber or total fiber actually had an almost 80 percent greater likelihood of living a long and healthy life over a 10-year follow-up. That is, they were less likely to suffer from hypertension, diabetes, dementia, depression, and functional disability."
Avocados, broccoli, berries, nuts and flax are all great sources of fiber!

August 8, 2019

The Staggering Costs of Diabetes

Pay the farmer now or pay the doctor later.
I’d rather pay the farmer now! How about you?

August 7, 2019

Soak Up The Sun

The average North American spends 90% of their time indoors, leaving very little time to get one of our body's most crucial nutrients - Vitamin D3 - from the sun.
Our stomach growls when we need more food, we become thirsty when we need more water, we know very quickly when we need more air... but what alerts us when we need more sunlight?
It is estimated that 85% of the American public and 95% of senior citizens are Vitamin D deficient, and this deficiency has been linked to almost every health condition known -- from heart disease to cancer to multiple sclerosis.
Optimizing your Vitamin D levels is one of the most powerful things you can do naturally to protect your health and boost your immune system.
August's New Month Resolution is to "Soak Up the Sun" and focus on getting Vitamin D from the sun, a natural and free source, as much as possible.

Pets and Dust Boost Mental Health

There is nothing healthier mentally and physically than getting outside and interacting with your environment.
Children raised in a rural environment, surrounded by animals and bacteria-laden dust, grow up to have more stress-resilient immune systems and might be at lower risk of mental illness, asthma and allergies than pet-free city dwellers, according to research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
If you are not exposed to these types of organisms, your immune system can't develop a balance between inflammatory and anti-inflammatory forces. This leads to chronic, low-grade inflammation and exaggerated immune reactivity that makes you vulnerable to allergy, autoimmune disease and, we propose, psychiatric disorders.
You can read the full article here:

August 4, 2019

Nutrition Is The Key To Weight Loss

Exercise is healthy.
But it's not the key to weight loss...nutrition is.
Physical activity reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia and some cancers, but increasing your physical activity doesn't guarantee you'll lose weight.
The problem is that the more calories you burn during exercise the more calories you are going to crave afterwards. If you aren't eating healthy foods, you are going to magnify the problem with just eating more unhealthy foods. Depending on the kind of exercise you're performing or if you're brand new to exercise, muscle mass can increase while body fat decreases, improving body composition but not decreasing the number on the scale.
Over and over we see people lose weight the easiest by putting their focus 100% on nutrition and not exercise. In fact, many people who see the best weight loss results are only doing low intensity walking, riding a bike, or other similar low-intensity exercise on a regular basis.
Learn how to eat healthy first and THEN implement an exercise routine! Your body will thank you.

August 2, 2019

Chiropractic Care Over Prescription Drugs

Chiropractic care helps people lead a life without pain, but it helps them lead a life free from the potentially devastating side-effects of prescription painkillers.
Side effects and addiction to pain killers have never been more prevalent that right now. They are easy to get prescribed and are massively addictive, while chiropractic adjustments have been shown over and over to be one of the most beneficial treatments for many types of pain. Adjustments allow the body to heal itself, avoiding the complications that prescriptions can bring.
If prescription painkiller use is required to manage pain, this study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics concluded that even when people were taking pain medications their side effects were greatly reduced when going to a chiropractor.
Please have anyone dealing with chronic pain to consider chiropractic before taking pain medications. Addiction and side effects associated with pain medications ruin lives and kill many people on a daily basis.

August 1, 2019

Roundup Chemical In Your Cereal

Many genetically modified crops (GMO's) are created to be resistant to glyphosate. When glyphosate-containing Roundup is sprayed over the fields, it would kill basically everything in the field except for the crops.
At the surface, this seems like a good solution for farmers to control weeds, but it's a chemical disaster happening to our health because humans are not resistant to glyphosate.
"Out of 61 food samples tested, 48 had some glyphosate in them. The most heavily contaminated were made with conventionally grown -- as opposed to organically grown -- oats."