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Living a healthy lifestyle

Mac & cheese & phthalates

We all know that there are certain chemicals in our foods that are not that good for us, but much of it is often unavoidable, as toxins, it seems, are in almost everything we touch or consume.  The scientist and/or government may say that trace amounts of a single toxin are not harmful.  My theory is that if you are getting trace amounts of chemical toxins from multiple sources, they will add up to toxic levels at some point.  I read that study of packaged macaroni and cheese products were found to have “phthalates” in them. Phthalates are man-made chemicals that are hormone disrupting.  They have been linked to a “plethora” of behavioral and brain development issues in fetal and childhood development.  The phthalates are not added directly to the products but are infused into the packaging material which then leaches, over time, from the package into the cheese powder.  Experts say to try and make the mac and cheese from scratch and avoid the packaged products if possible. Phthalates are in so many products it is almost impossible to avoid.  As I stated, you are only exposed to trace amounts, but what is acceptable to you?

Arthritis and Fiber

I just read an interesting article about fiber and arthritis?  Did you know that a study of more than 1200 adults found that those who consumed the most fiber had a significant reduction in their risk of knee arthritis. The top 25% of fiber consumers had a 61% lower risk of osteoarthritis of the knees, than those at the bottom levels of fiber intake.  It also showed that eating fiber earlier in life had even more positive effects on arthritis later in life.  The authors concluded that there may be two reasons: 1) a reduction of inflammation which causes pain and 2) helping maintain a healthier weight which puts less stress on the joints and bones.  Either way, seems like a good reason to eat more fiber…!!

Enjoying your life to the fullest?

Health is something most people take for granted, however as we age, we start thinking about our mortality a little more frequently. Spine problems are one of those things that can make every day activities more challenging if not addressed. Here are just a few of the problems that can occur with the spine as we age. Degenerative changes of the disc and vertebrae can be a result of genetics, trauma, wear and tear or just life itself. The discs can become thinner, the vertebrae can develop bone spurs. Arthritis can contribute to pain in the spinal joints. Stenosis can occur with a bulging disc or bony changes along the spinal canal. All of the previous can contribute muscle or nerve issues along the spine that can affect the limbs (think sciatica). Chiropractors are educated and trained to diagnose and treat patients with these issues and help them enjoy their daily activities to the fullest. Don’t let spine problems ruin your fun!!

Eggs for all…!!

Did you know eggs are so much better for you than you probably know? I admit that I love eggs, mostly for breakfast. For years many people avoided the yolk to have a healthier egg based meal.  The truth is, eating just the egg whites is NOT doing you any health favors.  Though there are a few less calories without the yolk, the nutritional value of the egg reduces significantly and the you lose the protein value.  Forget the cholesterol also, as research shows the cholesterol (HDL) is good for you and it really doesn’t have any substantial effect on serum cholesterol values, nor does it have any substantial impact for increasing the risk for coronary heart disease or stroke! Two eggs over easy please, with whole wheat toast!

Sports injury care, just like the pros!!

Do you know the most common ligament injured in a sprained ankle (inversion sprain)? With summer cruising along, the sports season heats up, as baseball and softball players are happy to be outside in the sunshine doing their thing.  One of our local pro baseball players (think MVP) recently sprained an ankle and after just a couple days said he felt much better stating he received immediate care for the injury.  Did you know if you sprain your ankle, you can get professional care just like the pros? The pros may get more round-the-clock care than us average joes, however, you still can get great care for sports injuries, just like the athletes making the big bucks.  Our clinic has the technology and knowledge to treat sports injuries of almost any type.  Give it a try!! Answer, next time !!

Avoid “Dietary Crack”

Last time I spoke of an article that reported the average American gets 60% of calories from sugar, flour and refined oils.  In fact, the article called foods with these ingredients “dietary crack” as they can become addicting.  There are ways to make better food choices. Here are some challenges for you. Cultivate a proper eating mindset about these foods, as they literally are disease promoting refined foods.  Remember, almost everyone likes the taste of dietary crack. Partake only occasionally, just not on a regular basis. Eat more protein and veggies as they tend to promote satiety. Respect the feeling of gut fullness, stop eating there. Keep the dietary crack out of the house, thus less temptation. Drink more water. Exercise more and at a level that promotes appetite suppression. Sleep well. Get at least 6-7 hours nightly. Fight stress with exercise, not food. Accept that the previous list of challenges can be utilized throughout your life!!

Food Choices?

I read some startling information the other day.  Did you know the average American consumes 60% of calories from sugar, flour and refined oils? One of the reasons, is that these foods are easily accessible and producing foods made from these “refined” ingredients, is fairly low cost with a modest profit margin for the manufacturers. Think donuts, French fries, ketchup, or soda as examples of foods with these calorie sources. Most people love the taste of these types of foods but the human cost comes from the fact that 34% of American individuals, 20 years and older, have metabolic syndrome. The problems that one can experience after developing this disorder are too many to list, however think diabetes, hypertension, cancer, liver disorders and depression, just to name a few. The ironic thing is, that if you had invested in companies that make these products, such as Coca-Cola, or McDonalds since 1995, you could probably have retired easily. Next time we discuss how to make better food choices!

Hats off to Dads!!

I had a great Fathers Day and hope everyone was able to spend some time with dad over the weekend, talk to him or share a couple of great memories of time spent with him.  Dads (and moms) all over the country have taught their kids how to play various types of sports. Speaking of sports, did you know chiropractic physicians treat sports injuries of all types. In fact many chiropractors, such as myself, further their education by taking specific post-graduate classes to deal with sports injury and get additional certifications in treating those types of injuries. Those injuries could be everything from sprains and strains to concussions. So next time you or a child has a sports injury, talk to your chiropractor, I’m positive they can help!!

More walking is good!!

Last time I discussed some of the more surprising benefits of walking. I wanted to add a bit about walking and its effects on boosting the immune system.  A large study of men and women found that those who walked at least 20 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week, had 43% fewer sick days than those who only exercised once a week or less.  Even if they did get sick, it was for shorter duration and with milder symptoms.  That sounds pretty good for just 20 minutes a day!!

Walking and the other benefits!!

I visited NYC this last weekend for the first time and found it a great place to visit.  Lots of amazing things to see and do.  Along with that, came a ton of walking.  Walking and the subways are good ways to get around there.  Did you know that there are a few surprising benefits to walking you might not know other than the usual known benefits?  Research shows walking can counteract the effects of weight promoting genetics. It also helps curb the craving for a variety of sugary snacks especially in stressful situations.  Walking helps reduce the risk of cancer, especially breast cancer. This exercise can help ease joint pain and increase muscle strength in the legs. Finally, walking can help boost the immune systems and help protect you during the cold and flu season.  Get back to the basics and walk for your health!!