Back Clinic Detoxification Support Team. Practiced worldwide, detoxification is about resting, cleansing, and nourishing the body from the inside out. By removing and eliminating toxins, feeding your body healthy nutrients, detoxifying can help protect you from disease and renew your ability to maintain optimum health through a range of methods, including chiropractic, meditation, and more. In addition, detoxification means cleansing the blood.
This is done by removing impurities from the blood in the liver, where toxins are processed for elimination. The body also eliminates toxins through the kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymphatic system, and skin. However, when these systems are compromised, and the impurities aren’t properly filtered, the body’s health becomes compromised. Therefore, everyone should detox at least once a year.
However, detoxing for nursing mothers, children, and patients with chronic degenerative diseases, cancer or tuberculosis should consult their doctor before starting a detoxing program. Also, consult your healthcare provider if you have questions about detoxing. But in today’s world, there are more toxins in the environment than ever.
Although salt is satisfying to the palate and necessary for survival, when the body craves salt, it can be a symptom of a health condition/s. The body needs sodium, but many foods contain more than the body needs. Most individuals’ sodium intake comes from packaged foods, pizza, burgers, and soups. The body craves salty foods for various reasons, often related to a sodium imbalance. To help curb cravings and limit consumption, incorporate seasoning blends, spices, and vegetables into a nutritional plan. Injury Medical Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Clinic can provide expert diet recommendations and health coaching to develop a personalized nutrition plan.
The body needs 500 milligrams (mg) of sodium daily for optimal functioning.
That’s less than one-fourth of a teaspoon (tsp).
But because most individuals take in around 3,400 mg every day, the American Heart Association recommends that adults reduce consumption to 1,500-2,300 mg of salt daily.
Individuals who crave salt often shouldn’t ignore this as cravings could signal a health condition.
It is recommended to seek a healthcare provider’s advice to evaluate nutrition and lifestyle.
Craving salt could mean the body needs hydration. A sodium deficiency triggers systems that generate cravings for sodium, and the body feels rewarded after consuming salty foods. Individuals that find themselves dehydrated often should consider following these tips to maintain healthy body hydration:
Carry a water bottle throughout the day, take frequent sips, and try to refill two or more times.
Add fruit or fresh herbs to the water for flavor.
Freeze water bottles to have ice-cold water readily available.
Ask for water alongside other beverages when dining out.
When electrolytes are out of balance, the body can crave salty foods.
Electrolytes are minerals in the body with an electric charge.
Electrolytes are in the blood, urine, and tissues, and levels can spike or plummet.
This occurs when the amount of water taken does not equal the amount lost because of excessive sweating, sickness, and/or frequent urination.
Electrolytes are important because:
They help balance the body’s water equilibrium and pH levels
Move nutrients and waste into and out of the cells
Ensure the nerves, muscles, and brain are at optimal function.
Eating behavior can quickly be disrupted when experiencing stressful situations.
A stressed body can feel better after eating the foods it is used to, especially for individuals that consume a lot of salty foods when things are normal, and there is no stress.
Eating because of boredom is an emotional eating behavior similar to stress eating.
This response to negative emotions can happen to anyone.
Individuals are recommended to work through their negative thoughts with stress reduction strategies that include:
Individuals can make a no-salt seasoning mix using cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and cayenne pepper.
Instead of one teaspoon of iodized salt, one teaspoon of fresh garlic can eliminate up to 2,360 mg of sodium and offers an intense flavor.
Reduce Salt Consumption
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says that reducing the amount of sodium can gradually lower cravings. Taking these steps can help:
Limit consumption of packaged foods, especially those with the word instant in the name. These often contain a significant amount of sodium.
If possible, prepare lunch to take to work or school.
Read nutrition labels to ensure the products contain at least less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium.
Stick to fresh, frozen vegetables with no seasoning added or no-salt canned vegetables.
Split meals when eating out or cut the meal in half and take the rest home to avoid the high amounts of sodium in restaurant food.
Use none or low-sodium salad dressings or place them on the side.
Learning About Food Substitutions
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Spring allergies are reactions by an individual’s immune system to flowering buds, blooming trees, pet dander, weeds, etc. When coming into contact with the allergen, the immune system’s reaction can inflame the skin, sinuses, airways, or digestive system. The severity of allergies varies from person to person. The spine and brain communicate with various body parts, including those that affect the immune system and how the body reacts to allergens. Chiropractic adjustments for allergy treatment can help regulate histamine and cortisol levels and offer spring allergy tips for prevention.
Spring Allergy Tips
An allergy occurs when the body’s immune system sees a substance as harmful and overreacts (inflammation). The immune system produces substances known as antibodies. A lack of communication between the spine, brain, and other parts of the body can lead to lower immunity meaning the body has a harder time reacting to stressors.
Symptoms vary, but the most common include:
Itchy, red, and watery eyes
The recommended way to determine whether or not seasonal allergies are causing symptoms is to visit a primary care physician and undergo allergy testing. A physician may recommend an allergist for further evaluation to identify specific allergies.
Reduce exposure to triggers
Try to stay indoors on windy days.
Wind and dry air can make allergy symptoms worse.
Closing windows can help keep pollen from blowing inside.
Remove clothes worn outside and shower to rinse pollen from your skin and hair.
Wear a dust mask when lawn mowing, weed pulling, and doing other chores.
Don’t hang laundry outside; pollen can stick to clothes, sheets, and towels.
Seasonal allergy signs and symptoms can flare up with a high pollen count. Certain steps can help reduce the exposure:
Check local TV, radio, or the internet for pollen forecasts and levels.
If high pollen is forecasted, take allergy medications before symptoms begin.
Close doors and windows when pollen counts are high.
Try to avoid outdoor activity when pollen counts are highest.
Indoor Air Quality
Various products can help remove allergens from the air in the home:
Use air conditioning in the house and car when applicable.
Use high-efficiency filters and follow regular maintenance schedules for heating and air conditioning.
Vacuum all floors regularly with a cleaner that has a HEPA filter.
Chiropractic treatment is highly effective in relieving allergy symptoms and even stopping allergies at their source. The treatments restore balance, so the body is ready to combat allergies. When the spine is out of alignment (which can occur from the coughing and sneezing), it impacts the nervous system, leading to various problems, including allergies and immune system malfunction. A chiropractor can relieve the stress on the nervous system by realigning the spine, taking the pressure off nerves, and allowing the immune system to function at optimal levels. And it makes it easier for the body to fight off infections while recognizing allergens as harmless.
Food Allergies, Hypersensitivity, and Intolerances
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Chiropractic care has a powerful therapeutic effect on the body’s systems. This includes the nervous, muscular, skeletal, and lymphatic. The lymphatic system is a part of the immune system. It circulates lymph, a fluid comprised of white blood cells that support the immune system, proteins, and fats. The lymphatic system collects toxins, moves waste, and protects the body from foreign invaders. Together with the immune system, the lymphatic system keeps the body balanced. However, imbalances occur due to misalignments, subluxations, compressed nerves, chronic conditions, and injuries. Chiropractic care, massage, and decompression therapy can help mobilize stuck or misaligned joints, reduce muscular tension, alleviate nerve inflammation and discomfort, and restore optimal function.
Spinal Lymphatic Detox
The lymphatic system is a network throughout the body. The system drains lymph fluid from the blood vessels into the tissues and empties it back into the bloodstream through the lymph nodes. The main functions of the system include the following:
Regulates fluid levels in the body.
Activates when bacteria or viruses enter.
Manages and removes cancer cells or cell byproducts that could result in disease or disorders.
Absorbs some of the fats from the intestine.
The lymph nodes and other structures like the spleenand thymushouse specialized white blood cells called lymphocytes. These are ready to go and can rapidly multiply and release antibodies when bacteria, viruses, and other stimuli, enter the body.
The blood in the vessels is under constant pressure. Nutrients, fluids, and certain cells need to circulate throughout the body to supply the tissues and maintain the system’s defense. The lymphatic system:
Removes all fluids and contents that leak into the tissues.
Eliminates waste products formed in the tissues.
Eliminates bacteria that enter through the skin.
The digestive and respiratory systems are lined with lymphatic tissue because the systems are exposed. The most important sites are the tonsils, the intestinal region, and the appendix. Lymph nodes are the filters. Viruses and cancer cells get trapped and destroyed in the lymph nodes. More lymphocytes are produced when an infection is present, which is why the nodes experience swelling. When the lymphatic system does not drain fluids from the tissues properly, the tissues swell and can cause symptoms of discomfort. If the swelling is only for a short period, it is called edema. If it lasts more than three months, it is called lymphoedema.
Symptoms of Unhealthy Circulation
Unhealthy circulation can include the following symptoms:
Cold hands or feet
Development of ulcers on the feet, ankles, and legs.
A chiropractic spinal lymphatic detoxtreatment releases stagnant fluid collected in the joints, muscles, and tissues. A personalized treatment plan will consist of massage therapy to increase circulation, release and relax the muscles and nerves, chiropractic to realign the body, decompression to open the spine, stretching techniques to improve flexibility, and nutritional guidance to support optimal circulation. The benefits include:
Discomfort and pain relief.
Stress and anxiety relief.
Balanced and realigned body.
Helps with allergy symptoms.
Detoxes bacteria along the spine.
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Maintaining kidney health is important to the body’s overall health and well-being. The kidneys are fist-sized organs located beneath the rib cage on both sides of the spine. A kidney detox maintains health allowing the body to filter and expel waste properly and produce hormones to help the body function at its full potential.
The kidneys perform several functions that include:
Filters and cleanses out impurities from the blood.
Produces hormones that regulate blood pressure and control the production of red blood cells.
Filter’s waste products stored in the bladder and expelled through urine.
Activates vitamin D to support body absorption of calcium for bone repair and regulating muscle function.
A key measure of keeping the kidneys clean and healthy is to engage in a healthy nutrition plan. Doctors recommend implementing lifestyle changes to help the kidneys filter at full capacity. Certain foods can help detox the kidneys and promote their health.
Pumpkin seeds can help prevent the accumulation of uric acid, one of the compounds that cause kidney stones.
These fruits contain a compound called resveratrol to reduce kidney inflammation.
Lemons help with digestion.
They have vitamin C, which enhances the immune system and supports white blood cells to fight infections.
Citrate binds with calcium in the urine to stop the growth of calcium crystals, preventing kidney stones.
This is an example of a two-day kidney cleanse to help strengthen the kidneys and detoxify the body.
Smoothie made with:
8 ounces of fresh lemon, ginger, and beet juice
1/4 cup of sweetened dried cranberries
Smoothie made with:
1 cup almond milk
1/2 cup tofu
1/2 cup spinach
1/4 cup berries
Two tablespoons of pumpkin seeds
Large mixed-greens salad
4 ounces of lean protein – chicken, fish, or tofu
Top with 1/2 cup of grapes
1/4 cup peanuts
Smoothie made with:
1 cup soy milk
One frozen banana
1/2 cup spinach
1/2 cup blueberries
One teaspoon spirulina
A bowl of:
1 cup orzo rice
1 cup fresh fruit
Two tablespoons of pumpkin seeds
Large mixed-greens salad
4 ounces of lean protein – chicken, fish, or tofu
Top with 1/2 cup of cooked barley
Add fresh lemon juice
4 ounces each of unsweetened cherry juice and orange juice
Consult a healthcare provider, nutritionist, or dietitian to ensure it is safe.
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Stress and anxiety treatments can include a range of therapies, including talking therapy, meditation techniques, and medication. Chiropractic care, adjustments, and massage are also used as a treatment plan to de-stress. Whether diagnosed with an anxiety disorder or experiencing intense stress, chiropractic functional medicine can address the physical symptoms to rebalance the mind and body.
Physical and mental health are connected. Stress and anxiety can cause tension, fatigue, headaches, and aches and pains. It can make sleeping and/or relaxing difficult, affecting mental and physical health. Signs of stress include:
Blood sugar level changes
Every day or almost every day, tension headaches
The spine is the conduit for the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.
The sympathetic nervous system activates when the brain thinks sudden action or important stressful decisions needs to be taken.
The fight or flight response speeds up the heart rate and releases adrenaline.
The parasympathetic system deactivates the fight or flight response, calming the body into a more relaxed state.
Problems arise when the sympathetic nervous system gets activated repeatedly, causing the fight or flight system to remain semi-active. This can come from long commutes, traffic jams, loud music, deadlines, sports practice, rehearsals, etc. The parasympathetic nervous system never gets a chance to activate and settle the mind and body. The result is constantly feeling stressed and agitated.
Chiropractic care to de-stress decreases stress hormones and releases feel-good hormones like oxytocin, dopamine, and serotonin, which allow healing and help the body relax. Chiropractic adjustments let the brain know it’s time to activate the parasympathetic nervous system and ease down. Chiropractic helps by:
Relieving Muscle Tension
When the body is under stress, the muscles tense up, causing discomfort, aches, and pains.
The continued stress can lead to health issues, panic attacks, anxiety disorders, and depression.
Chiropractic relieves tension restoring the body to its natural balance.
Chiropractic can help effectively restore bodily functions.
Adjustments and massage rebalance blood circulation and energy flow, allowing clear nervous system transmission.
Lowering Blood Pressure
Chiropractic care has shown positive results in lowering blood pressure.
Improving Quality Sleep
Chiropractic care improves sleep patterns by correcting spinal misalignments.
Chiropractic adjustments can release and relax muscle activity, allowing the body to relax and de-stress completely.
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Chiropractic care focuses on whole-body health, restoring optimal body function, helping injuries heal/rehabilitate, and maintaining musculoskeletal health. Yoga is one of the most popular forms of fitness because it is not overly physically demanding but still increases flexibility and muscle tone, helps with weight loss, improves cardiovascular and circulatory health, and enhances breathing and energy levels. Yoga provides benefits that directly relate to chiropractic, making the treatment more effective.
Yoga and Chiropractic
Yoga is an exercise focusing on mindfulness combined with deep stretches and focused breathing. Yoga focuses on balance, flexibility, and strength.
It helps to lower blood pressure and stress levels by releasing built-up tension.
Helps to activate the body’s natural healing process.
It stretches the muscles, ligaments, and tendons, keeping them loose and flexible, enhancing chiropractic adjustments.
Chiropractic is multi-faceted,restoring the wellness of the neuromusculoskeletal system that involves the nerves, muscles, and bones. It works holistically with the body’s natural processes to restore balance and overall health.
Realigns the spine.
Returns the natural shape of the body’s structure.
Clears interference from the nervous system.
Rejuvenates the body.
Customized chiropractic adjustments, spinal decompression, and traction treatment plans help shift spinal deformities back toward proper balance.
Strengthen Soft Tissues
Yoga and chiropractic work and strengthen all the:
Increasing the strength of the joints throughout the body reduces stress and the risk of injury.
Yoga and chiropractic:
Prepare the body for healing.
Stretch and elongate the body.
Release built-up tension and stress.
Activate the body for healing.
Yoga and chiropractic:
Maintain body alignment.
Stretch and relieve tense muscles.
Ensure proper joint operation.
Make the body less susceptible to injury.
Educate Individuals About The Body
Chiropractors and yoga teachers can educate individuals on how the body works, maintaining muscle strength, teaching posture awareness, and nervous system function for a healthier life.
Yoga Body Flow
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Toxin overload is the condition of having an excessive amount of toxins in the body. Harmful substances can come from water, food, cleaning products, and environmental sources that individuals are exposed to regularly. Toxins are also produced in the body by poor gut health through autointoxication. Considering the number of toxins from food additives, preservatives, and perfumes to cleaning products, cosmetic products, and plastic water bottles, much of everyday life include exposure to chemicals that are not healthy. That’s why it’s recommended to undergo regular detoxes to ensure optimal body function and disease prevention.
One of the main ways toxins damage the body is they poison the enzymes, which prevents the body from functioning correctly. The body relies on enzymes for every physiological function. When toxins damage the enzymes, the production of hemoglobin in the blood is prevented, which can accelerate aging and lead to the failure of energy production and lower protection against oxidated stress. The failure of normal body functions increases the risk of diseases that include:
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