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Connective Tissue Tightness, Pain Chiropractor

Connective Tissue Tightness, Pain Chiropractor

Muscle tension happens when the muscles stay contracted after working, sports, exercise, and stress, presenting with stiffness and achiness that progresses to chronic myofascial pain. Myofascial is used to describe the connective tissues throughout the body. Myo refers to the muscles, and fascia refers to the body tissues. Myofascial pain syndrome describes muscle pain in various forms. Most individuals have experienced chronic muscle tension in muscle pain or tension headaches. Myofascial pain can vary, ranging from mild to severe. Chiropractic can provide treatment and post-prevention plans to eliminate the pain and strengthen the body.

Body Connective Tissue/Fascia: Tightness, Pain, and Chiropractic

Connective Tissue

Myofascial pain syndrome is a complex condition that could be repetitive stress injuries on the muscles or nervous system malfunction and is often characterized by symptoms like:

  • Muscle tenderness, soreness, and aches.
  • Sensitive areas all over the body – trigger points.
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep problems

Each symptom is not a sign of the condition, but it could be myofascial pain syndrome when combined and does not resolve with some time. This chronic pain disorder is associated with referred pain that appears in one part of the body but the root cause in another region.

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic medicine will get to the root of the problem with a thorough diagnosis. This will be done through physical examination, medical history, and symptom review. The chiropractor will perform a detailed exam of the affected muscles, including a range of motion test, strength test, and palpations of suspected trigger points to see how the muscles respond, twitch, and/or cause pain in a specific pattern or region. Sometimes blood tests are ordered to look for other causes, like vitamin D deficiency or hypothyroidism. Chiropractic can combine treatment therapies that include:

Massage therapy

  • Therapeutic massage will loosen the tight, knotted muscles and relieve cramping and/or spasms.

Physical Therapy

  • Includes stretching, postural, and strengthening exercises.

Medication

Injections

  • Pain medications are directly injected into the trigger points.

Chiropractic physicians work on the whole body and not just the hurting areas. Chiropractors are trained to incorporate treatment with primary care and specialists. Patients receive education in exercise programs, corrective exercises, nutritional recommendations, and health coaching.


Spine Decompression


References

American Chronic Pain Association. Resource Guide to Chronic Pain Management. (www.theacpa.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/ACPA_Resource_Guide_2018-Final_Feb.pdf) Accessed 4/17/2019.

Lavelle, Elizabeth Demers, et al. “Myofascial trigger points.” Anesthesiology clinics vol. 25,4 (2007): 841-51, vii-iii. doi:10.1016/j.anclin.2007.07.003

Stults-Kolehmainen, Matthew A et al. “Chronic psychological stress impairs recovery of muscular function and somatic sensations over a 96-hour period.” Journal of strength and conditioning research vol. 28,7 (2014): 2007-17. doi:10.1519/JSC.0000000000000335

Tantanatip A, Chang KV. Myofascial Pain Syndrome. [Updated 2021 Aug 14]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2022 Jan-. Available from: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK499882/

Vernon, Howard, and Michael Schneider. “Chiropractic management of myofascial trigger points and myofascial pain syndrome: a systematic review of the literature.” Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics vol. 32,1 (2009): 14-24. doi:10.1016/j.jmpt.2008.06.012

Healthy Sleep, Physical Activity, and Muscle Recovery

Healthy Sleep, Physical Activity, and Muscle Recovery

Healthy sleep plays a vital role in the body’s overall health, as it ensures muscle growth, recovery, and illness prevention. This is especially true for home D.I. Yers’ fitness enthusiasts, weekend warriors, athletes, and physically active individuals. When sleeping, the body goes into recovery mode, releasing hormones and other chemicals to repair and restore muscle. A healthy night’s sleep provides the rest the mind and body need to perform at optimal levels.

Healthy Sleep, Physical Activity, and Muscle Recovery

Healthy Sleep

Sleep is vital for recovering from workouts. This could be construction work, exercise, gardening, sports, landscaping, any activity that uses bodyweight or works against some form of resistance. The muscles cannot repair themselves properly without proper sleep. Sleep aids the muscles in releasing protein-building amino acids, helping them grow in size and strength.

  • Growth hormone is released during non-REM sleep that stimulates tissue growth and repairs muscle.
  • During REM or rapid eye movement sleep, blood pressure drops, breathing slows and deepens, the brain relaxes, and blood supply to the muscles increases, feeding them oxygen and nutrients.

Unhealthy Sleep

Sleep maintains the muscles’ sharpness, coordination, function, and muscle movement patterns that improve physical performance. The body needs to sleep for at least 7 hours a night for muscles to grow properly. Not getting healthy sleep decreases protein synthesis activity and increases the activity of degradation that leads to muscle loss.

Less Sleep Leads To Eating More

Hormonal changes occur when the body sleeps less, causing individuals to feel hungry more often, increasing the amount of food taken in because after eating, the body does not feel full right away, so the individual continues to eat. Without sleep, the body decreases the production of a hormone that indicates when the body is full and activates a hormone that causes hunger. Insufficient sleep also lowers the body’s sensitivity to insulin. Because of this, the muscle fuel glycogen is not adequately replenished. Without the regular restoration of glycogen, individuals have less energy, insulin sensitivity decreases, increasing the risk of diabetes.

Physical Health

Unhealthy sleep also impacts overall physical health. Individuals that do not get healthy sleep have an increased risk of developing:

  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Kidney disease
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Mental health issues
  • Depression

Body Composition


Nutrition Before Bed

Nighttime Snacks

  • Research has found that certain foods that contain tryptophan or melatonin can help with sleep.
  • These include turkey, bananas, milk, rice, grapefruit, oats, cherries, walnuts, and almonds.

Cut Back on Carbohydrates Before Bed

  • Consuming carbohydrate-rich foods before bed can impair growth hormone activation during sleep.

Reduce or Remove Afternoon and Evening Caffeine

  • Caffeine can impair sleep, sometimes without knowing it.
  • Avoid caffeinated foods or beverages before bed.

Eliminate Energy Drinks

  • These drinks can contain elevated levels of caffeine and other substances that can result in overstimulation.
  • This hyper-active state can cause individuals to decline in performance.
  • Overconsumption of energy drinks has been linked to adverse effects, including strokes, seizures, and death.

Eliminate Sugar

  • Sugar raises blood sugar, which triggers the pancreas to release insulin, fueling the cells causing overstimulation.
  • Eliminating sugar after dinner can help the body fall asleep.
References

Dattilo, M et al. “Sleep and muscle recovery: endocrinological and molecular basis for a new and promising hypothesis.” Medical hypotheses vol. 77,2 (2011): 220-2. doi:10.1016/j.mehy.2011.04.017

Morselli, Lisa et al. “Role of sleep duration in the regulation of glucose metabolism and appetite.” Best practice & research. Clinical endocrinology & metabolism vol. 24,5 (2010): 687-702. doi:10.1016/j.beem.2010.07.005

Murray, Bob, and Christine Rosenbloom. “Fundamentals of glycogen metabolism for coaches and athletes.” Nutrition reviews vol. 76,4 (2018): 243-259. doi:10.1093/nutrit/nuy001

Alexander Technique

Alexander Technique

Improving posture can be challenging. Poor posture is often the source of various musculoskeletal issues like chronic pain throughout the body. Poor posture can be so ingrained in the brain that it becomes an unconscious positioning reflex that feels right but could be worsening spinal, hip, and leg problems. The Alexander Technique could be a treatment option that could help long-term.

Alexander Technique

Alexander Technique

The approach focuses on learning mind-body awareness. It is an educational process to teach individuals to become aware of their body positioning and change unhealthy posture/movement habits into healthy ones. The objective is learning to utilize sufficient levels of muscle tension for everyday activities, like sitting, standing up, and walking in a healthy way to maintain optimal health of the musculoskeletal system.

  • The theory is that less tension minimizes wear and tear on the muscles and structures of the spine vulnerable to compression.
  • The fundamental goal of the Alexander Technique is to undo all the unhealthy tension habits to decompress the spine and retrain the mind and body to approach movement and body positioning in a new and healthy way.

Teachings

The technique can be done in a class setting or one-on-one teaching because everyone’s postural and movement habits are unique. A teacher helps identify the tension-inducing postures and educates the individual on how to correct them. Human touch is an integral part of the Alexander Technique. Using their hands gently to adjust the individual to a proper upright position, a teacher helps release pressure from the head, neck, shoulders, and upper back. The individual learns to release the tension throughout their body. The Alexander Technique is a type of hands-on therapy; it is not manipulation or massage. It uses a light touch with no risk of injury to the spine, allowing anyone to participate. However, individuals must be willing to participate/engage in the process to get the benefits. Most individuals can tell if it’s right for them during the first lesson. A typical program teaches:

  • Comfortably sitting up straight.
  • Reducing overuse of superficial musculature.
  • Increasing proprioceptive awareness.
  • Staying alert to the body’s warning of tension and compression.

Tension Build Up

Individuals usually don’t even realize they’re constantly placing pressure on their spine from unhealthy postural habits, building up muscular tension they never knew they created. For example, unhealthy neck position habits include:

  • Pushing the head forward
  • Slumping over
  • Pinning the shoulders back
  • These postures generate/build pressure and tension that radiates outward and down to the large muscles of the spine.
  • Habitual downward pressure can pull and change the spine’s shape, leading to degenerative forms of spinal deformity in severe cases.
  • When the tension is released, the neck and body begin to stand upright comfortably, without pulling down or pulling back.

Frederick Matthias Alexander

Developed the technique in the 1890s to help his muscle tension problems affecting his acting career. When performing, he would stiffen his neck and pull his head back and up, building tension that caused him to tighten his throat and lose his voice. He did not know he was doing this until he performed in front of a mirror and saw his awkward positioning. He realized this and retrained himself to pose naturally, stay relaxed, and be aware of any tension building in the muscles to release it immediately. Alexander Technique educators/practitioners practice all over the world. The American Society for the Alexander Technique or AmSAT website has a Find A Teacher Tool that connects individuals to AmSAT-approved teachers.


Body Composition


Practicing Mindfulness

Developing a mindfulness practice can help identify triggers of negative behavior or thoughts. Just like diet and exercise, practicing mindfulness is unique to everyone. It is recommended to try different things like:

  • Journaling is another way to tune into oneself. Grab a pen and paper, a computer, tablet, or phone, and take a few minutes to write every day.
  • Write one thing that makes you happy.
  • One thing you want to improve.
  • One goal you want to accomplish that day or that week.

Mindful music listening can help reduce stress by allowing the individual to focus their attention when their mind is going in all directions.

  • Instead of turning to the news or email when waking up, grab a cup of coffee or tea and listen to a favorite podcast or music.
  • Put the phone away and listen to your mind and self.

Try to meditate in the morning when waking up. This helps set the day’s goals/plans. Goal-setting mindfulness has been shown to reduce stress levels and anxiety. However, if the morning is not possible then at night before bed can be used to reflect on the day’s activities, what went well, what didn’t, how to improve something, whatever the case, the point is to make time for yourself to reflect, set goals, and develop a plan to achieve those goals.

References

Becker, Jordan J et al. “Preliminary evidence for feasibility, efficacy, and mechanisms of Alexander technique group classes for chronic neck pain.” Complementary therapies in medicine vol. 39 (2018): 80-86. doi:10.1016/j.ctim.2018.05.012

Cacciatore et al., Improvement in automatic postural coordination following Alexander technique lessons in a person with low back pain. Physical Therapy Journal, 2005; 85:565-578. Accessed January 5, 2011

Chin, Brian et al. “Psychological mechanisms driving stress resilience in mindfulness training: A randomized controlled trial.” Health psychology: official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association vol. 38,8 (2019): 759-768. doi:10.1037/hea0000763

Little P, Lewith G, Webley F, et al. Randomised controlled trial of Alexander technique lessons, exercise, and massage (ATEAM) for chronic and recurrent back pain. The BMJ. 2008;337:a884. doi: doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a884.

Paolucci, Teresa et al. “Chronic low back pain and postural rehabilitation exercise: a literature review.” Journal of pain research vol. 12 95-107. December 20 2018, doi:10.2147/JPR.S171729

Getting Started Eating Healthy

Getting Started Eating Healthy

A typical diet consists of consuming three meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks in between. However, this is not always the case, depending on individual eating patterns and habits. Getting started eating healthy and losing body fat does not require severe dietary restrictions, starvation, and constantly exercising. Although achieving rapid weight loss might sound appealing, individuals often end up feeling depressed, tired, and unmotivated after some time. This is the most common cause of not maintaining a healthy balance and achieving optimal health. Individuals can still eat the foods they love by making long-term improvements that include:

  • Understanding the body’s caloric needs
  • Making smart nutritional choices
  • Adopting healthy eating habits
  • Incorporating enough exercise

Having all of the necessary information to make educated and informative choices for the body is the most effective and valuable way to getting started eating healthy.

Getting Started Eating Healthy

Getting Started

Healthy eating starts with learning and adopting new ways to eat. This means adding fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and cutting back on processed foods with added fat, salt, and sugar. Converting to healthier eating also includes learning about balance, variety, and moderation.

Balance

On most days, aim to eat more:

  • Grains
  • Protein foods
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dairy
  • Listen to the body
  • Eat when hungry
  • Stop when full and satisfied

Variety

  • Choose different foods in each food group.
  • Don’t reach for an apple every time when eating fruit.
  • Eating various foods every day will help you get all the nutrients you need.

Moderation

  • Don’t have too much or too little of one food.
  • Eating in moderation means all foods can be part of a healthy diet.
  • Even sweets are okay.

Paying Attention To Foods

Eating healthy will help the body get the right balance of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. It will help the body:

  • Feel its best.
  • Increase energy levels.
  • Handle stress better.
  • Prevent various health problems like:
  • Heart disease.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Type 2 diabetes.
  • Types of cancer.

Healthy Eating vs. Going On A Diet

Healthy eating is not the same as going on a diet. It means making adjustments/changes that an individual can live with and enjoy. Diets are temporary, as they are intended to cut out certain types of foods to make the body readjust and lose fat. However, during a diet, individuals can become hungrier and think about food all the time. A common side effect is to overeat after the diet to make up for the foods that are missed. Eating a healthy, balanced variety of foods is more satisfying to the body. Combined with more physical activity can help the individual get to a healthy weight—and maintain the healthy weight.

Make Healthy Eating A Habit

Think about the reasons for healthier eating.

  • Improving overall health.
  • Increase energy.
  • Feel better.
  • Set an example for kids and family.
  • Think about small changes that can be made.
  • Choose the ones that can be maintained.
  • Don’t try to change everything at once.
  • Set manageable and achievable goals, like having a salad and a piece of fruit each day.
  • Make long-term goals as well, like having one vegetarian dinner a week.

Get Support

Having a support team can help make the adjustments easier. Family and friends can help make meals, share healthy recipes and cooking tips. For more help, consult a doctor, registered dietitian, or health coach. Get started today.


Body Composition


After Lunch Energy Dip

Most individuals have experienced the moment when after having a nice filling lunch then afterward feeling the need to take a nap. Having a sleepy feeling about one hour after lunch, known as the post-lunch dip, decreases:

  • Alertness
  • Memory
  • Vigilance
  • Mood

A study in the British Journal of Nutrition followed 80 participants over 12 weeks to find whether eating almonds impacted this post-lunch dip. The results found that an almond-enriched high-fat lunch helped reduce memory decline by 58% compared to a high-carbohydrate lunch.

References

American Dietetic Association (2009). Position of the American Dietetic Association: Functional foods. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 109(4): 735–746. Also available online: www.eatright.org/About/Content.aspx?id=8354.

Dhillon, Jaapna, et al. “Effects of Almond Consumption on the Post-Lunch Dip and Long-Term Cognitive Function in Energy-Restricted Overweight and Obese Adults.” British Journal of Nutrition, vol. 117, no. 3, 2017, pp. 395–402., doi:10.1017/S0007114516004463.

Gallagher ML (2012). Intake: The nutrients and their metabolism. In LK Mahan et al., eds., Krause’s Food and the Nutrition Care Process, 13th ed., pp. 32–128. St. Louis: Saunders.

Katz DL (2008). Dietary recommendations for health promotion and disease prevention. In Nutrition in Clinical Practice, 2nd ed., pp. 434–447. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture (2015). 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans 8th ed. health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/. Accessed January 12, 2016.

Low Back Support Pillow

Low Back Support Pillow

The low back is made up of five vertebrae, L1 to L5. Pain in the low back is common, specifically because of all the sitting at work, school, and home. Individuals dealing with low back pain know how difficult it can be to sit without discomfort and have found that a low back support pillow can help.

Low Back Support Pillow

Low Back Support Pillow

A lumbar pillow is a pillow that supports the low back region of the spine. Different types include:

  • Lumbar rolls.
  • Lumbar pillows for sleep or laying down.
  • Vented lumbar pillows that allow airflow.
  • Specially shaped pillows made from materials like memory foam.
  • Lumbar pillows can be used on any chair at the office or home.
  • They are also helpful for travel with small-sized versions that can be packed and easy to carry.

How Lumbar Pillows Help

According to the CDC, the average adult spends around 6.5 and 8 hours a day sitting. Constant sitting hurts the body, specifically the spine and the back muscles, and is a significant cause of muscle stress. Properly supporting the low back helps remove the stress and strain. A low back support pillow can help correct sitting posture.

Pillow Options

There are plenty of options for low-back support pillow shapes, sizes, fillings, and materials. These include:

  • Memory foam.
  • Gel options.
  • Down and down-alternative.
  • No-fill lumbar support pillows offer airflow.
  • Some look like a half-cylinder in shape, rectangular, and curved.

Personal preference and comfort are different for everybody, and it could take some trial and error to find the right lumbar pillow. Some pillows are customizable, allowing the ability to add or remove filling as needed. Talking with a spine specialist, orthopedist or chiropractor can help in figuring out what type is best. Pillows come in various price ranges, with some at $10-15, while others can cost $100 or more. However, any pillow that provides enough support for the low spine’s natural curvature can work. It is important to be comfortable and supported to prevent pain and injury no matter where you sit.


Body Composition


Fermentable and Nonfermentable Fiber

The entire body can host trillions of beneficial bacteria. The majority live in the intestines and are referred to as the gut microbiome. Also known as the forgotten organ, these bacteria have a say in the body’s composition and overall health. The beneficial bacteria thrive on fermentable fiber, and fermentation in the gut produces short-chain fatty acids like:

  • Acetate.
  • Propionate.
  • Butyrate.
  • These help suppress gut inflammation and can reduce the risk of various digestive disorders like:
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Crohn’s disease.
  • Ulcerative colitis.

Foods that are rich in fermentable fibers include:

  • Oats
  • Barley
  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Cereal fibers that are rich in cellulose, like wheat bran, are nonfermentable.
References

“What is Memory Foam?” Sleep Foundation, Seattle, WA. August 2020. www.sleepfoundation.org/mattress-information/what-is-memory-foam

“Association Between Sitting Time and Cardiometabolic Risk Factors After Adjustment for Cardiorespiratory Fitness, Cooper Center Longitudinal Study, 2010–2013.” Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, GA. December 2016. www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2016/16_0263.htm

“Ergonomics for Prolonged Sitting.” The University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA. www.uclahealth.org/spinecenter/ergonomics-prolonged-sitting

“Workplace sitting is associated with self-reported general health and back/neck pain: a cross-sectional analysis in 44,978 employees.” BMC Public Health, London, UK. May 2021. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33957889/

Healthy Dark Chocolate Benefits

Healthy Dark Chocolate Benefits

Chocolate is comfort food. When stressed out, frustrated it makes you feel better, and when things are great, it can make them even better. However, there is a difference between the chocolate bar candies on the store shelves and healthy chocolate. Unhealthy chocolate is full of sugar and fat that can cause health problems like acne, obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Healthy dark chocolate can be eaten regularly in moderation to gain a variety of health benefits what to know as far as what type of chocolate should be eaten and how much.

Healthy Dark Chocolate Benefits

Healthy Dark Chocolate

All the chocolate snacks, bars, minis, etc., contain added sugar, honey, and butter. These are not healthy for the body. Healthy dark chocolate contains at least 70% cocoa.

Dark Chocolate Nutrition

A 3.5 ounce – 100 grams dark chocolate bar contains:

  • 11 grams of fiber
  • 98% of recommended daily intake of manganese
  • 89% of recommended daily intake of copper
  • 67% of recommended daily intake of iron
  • 58% of recommended daily intake of magnesium
  • Zinc
  • Selenium
  • Potassium
  • However, one bar contains 600 calories, which is why it needs to be consumed in moderation.

Cardiovascular System Benefits

Studies have shown that dark chocolate can restore elasticity and flexibility to the blood vessels and arteries. It was found to help prevent white blood cells from sticking to the blood vessel walls, a common cause of clogged arteries.

Lowers Cholesterol & Reduces Risk of Heart Disease

Dark chocolate has compounds that prevent the oxidation of LDL or low-density lipoprotein cholesterol. Less cholesterol means a lower risk of heart disease. Researchers found that dark chocolate reduced the risk of heart disease by 50% throughout a 15-year study.

Healthy for Expecting Mothers and Baby

Women that are pregnant and craving sweets can have dark chocolate. Eating dark chocolate can help improve blood flow to the arteries in the uterus. The improved blood flow helps the placenta develop and function normally, leading to a healthy pregnancy and delivery. It is recommended that pregnant women should only consume healthy dark chocolate during the first two trimesters and not in the third trimester. Speak to an obstetrician before making any diet changes.

Can Help Prevent Diabetes

When consumed in moderation, healthy dark chocolate can delay and even prevent the development of diabetes. This is achieved by improving insulin sensitivity. A study found that dark chocolate helped delay diabetes and also helped to lower blood pressure.

Beneficial for the Brain

Dark chocolate has been found to improve blood flow to the brain. This increases overall function. Subjects in a study found that after five days of consuming a small amount of dark chocolate daily, they had significantly increased the amount of blood in the brain. It was also found to help improve cognitive function in elder individuals. Another study found that 90 elderly patients had enhanced verbal skills and improved overall health.

Moderation Health

To be healthy, it needs to be consumed in moderation. This means about 1 ounce a day. A regular-sized healthy chocolate bar contains approximately 3.5 ounces. Therefore the bar should be split into thirds with one piece a day. Read the label carefully and ensure that that dark chocolate has a 70% or higher cocoa content. There can be several types of cocoa are on the label, including:

  • Cocoa nibs
  • Cocoa butter
  • Cocoa powder
  • All are perfectly healthy additions to a healthy dark chocolate bar.

It is recommended to avoid dark chocolate known as Dutched, or that has been processed with alkali. Treating dark chocolate with alkali reduces the bitter taste but also reduces the healthy antioxidants. Dark chocolate does have some sugar but is far less than the average milk chocolate bar. It is recommended to look for dark chocolate with sugar listed as the last or next to final ingredient on the list. Often the higher the percentage of cocoa, the less sugar.


Body Composition


Overeating

ASAPscience simplified the science of hunger and cravings in the above two-minute video. It explains the body’s hunger-regulation system and the why of second helpings how the appetite works. Appetite is different from hunger. Hunger is the need to eat, while appetite is the desire to snack mindlessly even after a meal. Hunger and appetite are influenced by a network of pathways involving the neuroendocrine system. Appetite regulation, fullness/satisfaction, and energy balance include:

  • The gut – the largest endocrine organ in the body
  • Various hormones
  • The brain

High-calorie foods rich in fat and sugar are highly desirable to the body. This comes from the hunter-gatherer ancestors who sought these foods for survival because they were scarce or difficult to come by. The instinct for fatty and sugary foods is still active even though these foods are available all over. The continual intake of high-calorie fat and sugary foods overrides the body’s natural hunger regulation system, leading to chronic overeating. The more an individual eats foods with high levels of fat and sugar, the more likely the body gets addicted to them.

References

Buijsse, Brian et al. “Cocoa intake, blood pressure, and cardiovascular mortality: the Zutphen Elderly Study.” Archives of internal medicine vol. 166,4 (2006): 411-7. doi:10.1001/archinte.166.4.411

Desideri, Giovambattista, et al. “Benefits in cognitive function, blood pressure, and insulin resistance through cocoa flavanol consumption in elderly subjects with mild cognitive impairment: the Cocoa, Cognition, and Aging (CoCoA) study.” Hypertension (Dallas, Tex. : 1979) vol. 60,3 (2012): 794-801. doi:10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.112.193060

Francis, S T et al. “The effect of flavanol-rich cocoa on the fMRI response to a cognitive task in healthy young people.” Journal of cardiovascular pharmacology vol. 47 Suppl 2 (2006): S215-20. doi:10.1097/00005344-200606001-00018

Chiropractic Toxin Release

Chiropractic Toxin Release

After a chiropractic adjustment, the body can feel weird or out of sorts. This is completely normal and can be attributed to toxin release. This release flushes out the toxic particles in the body. The adjustments get the blood and nerve energy circulating properly. As the toxins travel through and out of the bloodstream, they can make the individual body feel strange, even a little sick. This could lead to side effects that last around 1-2 days.

Chiropractic Toxic Release

Toxin Release

It is a normal sign and starts during or slightly after the adjustment. This often occurs with subluxation treatment. Subluxations can block/interfere with proper blood flow around the spine. This leads to pain and inflammation. As the chiropractor treats and releases, the subluxations, proper blood flow is restored. This can overwhelm the body, which can lead to release symptoms.

Duration Side Effects

The unwellness goes away within a few hours or days, depending on the individual and their condition. However, if the symptoms do not go away after a week, contact the chiropractor to let them know what is happening. Going through a few episodes of release is expected, especially during the first chiropractic sessions. It also depends on where the individual is healthwise. Usually, the first session is the most intense. As all the toxins are being removed from around the:

  • Spine
  • Joints
  • Muscles

Symptoms

Symptoms vary, but the most common include:

  • Cold or flu-like symptoms
  • Fever
  • Sweating
  • Night sweats
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle tension

The intensity of these symptoms depends on the number of toxins being released. The symptoms improve but don’t hesitate to contact the chiropractic clinic with any questions or concerns.

Benefits

Individuals that have to go through release symptoms for a few days will find that their body feels cleaner and highly energetic. Brain functions increase because of optimal communication through circulation. Individuals with anxiety find that their body feels more relaxed. This is because the toxins that were irritating the nervous system have been flushed out.

Treating Toxin Release

There are a few ways to calm the body if symptoms present.

Drink Water

Water will expel the toxins out of the body quicker. It will flush through the bloodstream and then through the bladder where they are discarded. This will help the body recover faster. Eight glasses a day is the recommendation. This will keep the body hydrated and enhance the toxin release. Add some lemon juice to maintain mineral levels during the recovery. Lemon juice contains:

  • Electrolytes can help reduce toxin release pain and help prevent symptoms.
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Potassium
  • This will maintain muscle health and function.

Added Rest

Make sure to rest the body after a chiropractic adjustment. It is not recommended to not try to fight through the symptoms. This could be dangerous as the body is in recovery mode. If overwhelmed the symptoms could worsen. This does not mean staying in bed and sleeping, just not overexerting the body. Engage in calm relaxing activities.

Fruits and Vegetables

These will nourish the recovering body with vitamins and minerals. They also aid in reducing pain and increases energy. Plus fruits and vegetables are filled with antioxidants that can keep the muscles and bones strong. These include:

  • Cranberries
  • Raspberries
  • Cherries
  • Tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Kale

It is recommended to get at least one serving of fruits and vegetables per meal. Avoid processed or sugary foods, as they can cause inflammatory responses to present. This could make the toxin release symptoms worse.

Yoga Poses

The body will more than likely feel sore and weak from the adjustments and the toxin release. Yoga can alleviate the symptoms. Poses can seem difficult because of the side effects, but the movement and stretching will make the body feel better. Here are a few that many chiropractors recommend.


Body Composition


Detox Diets

Detoxification diets are tools that are used by medical professionals and are not intended for quick or healthy weight loss. Naturopathic Practitioners have been shown to use a wide range of detox methods and products that include:

  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Diet
  • Lifestyle adjustments
  • Health coaching

Physiological changes during detox diets

Metabolism is the rate at which the body burns energy. This rate can change from different factors that include a temporary increase when excessive calories are taken in. There is no difference in weight loss from diets that focus on reduced-fat vs. reduced carbohydrates. Individuals should consult with their physician before starting any body detox cleanse, especially if there are underlying medical conditions like diabetes or kidney disease. If struggling with obesity, then a physician can provide recommendations on a traditional diet, exercise, and other medically approved approaches.

References

Gardner, Christopher D et al. “Effect of Low-Fat vs Low-Carbohydrate Diet on 12-Month Weight Loss in Overweight Adults and the Association With Genotype Pattern or Insulin Secretion: The DIETFITS Randomized Clinical Trial.” JAMA vol. 319,7 (2018): 667-679. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.0245

Seaman, David R. “Toxins, Toxicity, and Endotoxemia: A Historical and Clinical Perspective for Chiropractors.” Journal of chiropractic humanities vol. 23,1 68-76. 3 Sep. 2016, doi:10.1016/j.echu.2016.07.003

Valdivieso, Paola, et al. “Does a Better Perfusion of Deconditioned Muscle Tissue Release Chronic Low Back Pain?.” Frontiers in medicine vol. 5 77. 20 Mar. 2018, doi:10.3389/fmed.2018.00077

Eating Healthy And Chiropractic Medicine

Eating Healthy And Chiropractic Medicine

Eating healthy and spinal health are interconnected. Eating healthier will help to lose weight, and provide a healthier body mass index. This means more muscle mass, especially when integrated with more protein. The spine sustains and supports the whole torso and upper body. When weight increases in these areas it can cause an array of issues like subluxations, curvature problems, sciatica, and more. The extra muscle mass takes the added stress from any extra weight off of the spine. Strong muscles can carry the weight of the body, taking the pressure off the spine and keeping it healthy and operating in top form.  
 

Making Healthy Adjustments

No matter where an individual is on their healthy eating plan, there are common practices that work for many and helps improve their diet. This involves integrating healthy food groups into the diet in different ways, and not giving up when mistakes are made, but learning from them. When developing new healthy habits it takes time, diligence, practice, and research to eat the right foods.  

Fruits and Veggies

It is easier and tastier to forget the nutritious foods and go for the carbs, fats, etc. Rather than trying to add more vegetables, or eating fruit as a snack every day can be tough. An easier, and better way to integrate fruits and vegetables into one’s diet is to substitute the carbs and fats for fruits and veggies in the main meals every day.
  • This could be spiralized zucchini, squash, or no-carb spaghetti instead of pasta spaghetti.
  • Instead of ice cream try real fruit sorbet.
  • Mashed cauliflower instead of white rice or mashed potatoes.
  • There are plenty of substitutes that are healthier and just as tasty and as the real thing.
  • Healthy recipes out there that can give you ideas on how to do this.
The benefit of substituting fruits and vegetables, rather than just adding them to a diet is individuals increase their health by reducing unhealthy dietary elements and adding healthy new ones at the same time. However, this does not mean doing it all at once. The goal is to gradually substitute these nutritious foods into everyday dishes for maximum health benefits.  
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More Fiber and Protein

It is important that the body gets enough fiber and protein as a healthy energy source. Many individuals can become dependent on: Ingesting unhealthy foods all day every day takes a significant toll on the body. This includes:
  • Blood sugar
  • Weight
  • Energy
  • Mood
Fiber and protein are important because the two regulate the body’s systems to promote healthy bodily functions. Fiber helps the digestive system and regulates carbohydrate breakdown. This means the energy obtained from any carb will last longer and will not increase blood sugar when integrated with fiber. Most individuals know that protein builds muscle. But it also makes the body feel full much longer than carbs or sugars do. This allows for natural regulation of how much is eaten during the day so an individual does not eat more than the body needs. Carbs and sugars are not filling and can become addictive. This means that they can be eaten all day long without feeling full and just load up with empty calories. A few ways to integrate fiber and protein into a diet:

Breakfast

  • Eggs
  • Turkey bacon
  • Whole wheat/multigrain toast

Lunch

  • Whole wheat wrap or sandwich

Dinner

  • Brown rice and beans are loaded with protein and fiber.
  • A great substitution for vegetarians/vegans for more protein or fiber
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Reduce Sugar Intake

Reducing sugar intake or switching to balanced sugars from fruits, yogurt, etc. A diet high in sugar can wreck the body, causing:
  • Weight gain
  • Mood swings
  • Overeating
  • Other unhealthy effects
Sugar is fine when practiced in moderation. But when it becomes a daily habit, that’s when it can start affecting the body. The objective is to drink more water, and use substitutions when cravings present. Try:
  • Yogurt instead of ice cream
  • Healthy fruit drinks instead of soda
  • Tea instead of wine
  • Keep the indulgences to once or twice a week if possible.

Eating Healthy Benefits

A few of the benefits from eating healthy that will improve quality of life:
  • Improved digestive health
  • Weight loss
  • Reduced to no back pain
  • Reduced to no foot pain
  • Healthy sleep patterns
  • Less fatigue
  • Improved focus
  • Improved brain health
  • Clear skin
  • Reduced to no irritability

Body Composition


 

New Health Issues

Steady weight gain throughout life can lead to adult diabetes. This is brought on by more body fat and muscle loss. Loss of skeletal muscle mass is linked to insulin resistance. The less muscle is available, the less insulin sensitive the body becomes. Loss of muscle can cause other problems with age. One damaging condition, especially for women, is osteoporosis. This happens when old bone is reabsorbed rather than new bone being created. Both men and women can have decreased muscle mass with thinner, weaker bones. This increases the risk of osteoporosis and the risk of serious injury from falls. Prevention includes Eat sufficient protein throughout the day. It is often best to space out protein intake across meals and not consume all at once to ensure the proper amount is being met daily. Regular body composition monitoring can help. The goal is to minimize muscle mass loss and fat mass gain as the body ages.  

Disclaimer

The information herein is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, licensed physician, and is not medical advice. We encourage you to make your own health care decisions based on your research and partnership with a qualified health care professional. Our information scope is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, sensitive health issues, functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We provide and present clinical collaboration with specialists from a wide array of disciplines. Each specialist is governed by their professional scope of practice and their jurisdiction of licensure. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for the musculoskeletal system’s injuries or disorders. Our videos, posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate to and support, directly or indirectly, our clinical scope of practice.* Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We provide copies of supporting research studies available to regulatory boards and the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation of how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900. Dr. Alex Jimenez DC, MSACP, CCST, IFMCP, CIFM, CTG* email: coach@elpasofunctionalmedicine.com phone: 915-850-0900 Licensed in Texas & New Mexico  
References
Cena, Hellas, and Philip C Calder. “Defining a Healthy Diet: Evidence for The Role of Contemporary Dietary Patterns in Health and Disease.” Nutrients vol. 12,2 334. 27 Jan. 2020, doi:10.3390/nu12020334 Locke, Amy et al. “Diets for Health: Goals and Guidelines.” American family physician vol. 97,11 (2018): 721-728. Warensjö Lemming, Eva, and Liisa Byberg. “Is a Healthy Diet Also Suitable for the Prevention of Fragility Fractures?.” Nutrients vol. 12,9 2642. 30 Aug. 2020, doi:10.3390/nu12092642
Seeing A Chiropractor Regularly for Injury Prevention

Seeing A Chiropractor Regularly for Injury Prevention

Seeing A Chiropractor Regularly for Injury Prevention and Maintenance. A common question that comes up is how often is it necessary to visit a chiropractor? Everyone is different and the frequency of treatment depends on each individual’s specific situation/condition, health goals, and needs. Here are a few guidelines to keep in mind that can help get an idea of what to expect.
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Seeing a Chiropractor

Chiropractors are the top experts in addressing underlying issues concerning the spine and musculoskeletal system. The most common reasons for seeking chiropractic treatment are musculoskeletal:
  • Conditions
  • Injuries – work, sports, automobile, personal
  • Rehabilitation
  • Pain relief
  • Fitness
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Brain fog
  • Sleep problems
As an example, back pain is one of the top causes of disability. The workforce and medical community are seeing the effectiveness of chiropractic in reducing medical costs and loss of productivity. Spinal misalignment is an overlooked problem that can lead to a variety of health issues, including chronic pain and poor blood and nerve circulation. Restoring alignment is the first step in building sustainable health and achieving optimal quality of life.

Effective Treatment

Chiropractic treatment follows three stages. There is an emphasis on each stage and a specific focus for working toward long-lasting optimal health. Each phase is also associated with a different range of treatment protocols to achieve the best results.

Stage 1 Pain Relief

Starting treatment when the pain is at its most intense means the first step is bringing relief as quickly as possible. This is accomplished through:
  • Adjustments
  • Ultrasound
  • Heat and Ice
  • Massage
  • T.E.N.S
  • Stretching
  • Exercise
  • Other techniques to stabilize the individual

Stage 2 Restorative Care

Once the pain is relieved, the focus turns to long-term healing of affected tissues like the:
  • Muscles
  • Ligaments
  • Neural tissues
This helps with long-term recovery while reducing the risk of worsening or creating further injury/s.
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Stage 3 Maintenance Care

This final stage is the monitoring stage. The chiropractic provider understands how important it is to regularly monitor an individual’s health and alignment to address any issues that come up and deal with them before they worsen or lead to other problems. Monitoring prevents unnecessary distress and helps the individual get back to their normal life.

Optimal Results

Achieving lasting results for symptoms cannot be done with a quick one size fits all treatment. With the guidance of a chiropractor, the individual will learn to recognize subtle changes in their body to alert them to adjusting lifestyle habits. Contact Injury Medical Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Clinic to determine what treatment and frequency offer the best results.

Body Composition


Inflammation That Can Become Permanent

When white blood cells cause inflammation, this is a sign that the body’s immune system is properly functioning. Inflammation starts, the white blood cells attack the invader, it is neutralized, and the inflammation recedes. This is how the body’s defense system works naturally. But the white blood cells are not the only type of cell that has the ability to release cytokines. A second type of cell that can release cytokines and cause inflammation are adipocytes/fat cells. The body stores excess calories as fat so that the body can use it later for energy. Scientists have learned that fat is an active endocrine organ. It can secrete a host of proteins and chemicals, including inflammatory cytokines. When the body keeps adding more and more adipose tissue cytokines are released by the fat cells, triggering inflammation. Obesity is characterized as a state of low-grade, chronic inflammation. This means that increased fat cells put the body in a constant state of stress and immune response. This means that the body is always in a state of inflammation and the immune system is permanently switched on. Perpetual, never-ending inflammation is not healthy for the body.

Disclaimer

The information herein is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, licensed physician, and is not medical advice. We encourage you to make your own health care decisions based on your research and partnership with a qualified health care professional. Our information scope is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, sensitive health issues, functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We provide and present clinical collaboration with specialists from a wide array of disciplines. Each specialist is governed by their professional scope of practice and their jurisdiction of licensure. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for the musculoskeletal system’s injuries or disorders. Our videos, posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate to and support, directly or indirectly, our clinical scope of practice.* Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We provide copies of supporting research studies available to regulatory boards and the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation of how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900. Dr. Alex Jimenez DC, MSACP, CCST, IFMCP, CIFM, CTG* email: coach@elpasofunctionalmedicine.com phone: 915-850-0900 Licensed in Texas & New Mexico
References
Hadler, N M. “Chiropractic.” Rheumatic diseases clinics of North America vol. 26,1 (2000): 97-102, ix. doi:10.1016/s0889-857x(05)70123-x Iben, Axén, et al. “Chiropractic maintenance care – what’s new? A systematic review of the literature.” Chiropractic & manual therapies vol. 27 63. 21 Nov. 2019, doi:10.1186/s12998-019-0283-6 Goertz, Christine M et al. “Effect of Usual Medical Care Plus Chiropractic Care vs Usual Medical Care Alone on Pain and Disability Among US Service Members With Low Back Pain: A Comparative Effectiveness Clinical Trial.” JAMA network open vol. 1,1 e180105. 18 May. 2018, doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2018.0105
Golden Nutritional Recommendations and Suggestions

Golden Nutritional Recommendations and Suggestions

Making small adjustments to achieve a healthy lifestyle is not as difficult/complex as some may think. Here are some golden nutritional recommendations for longevity, and a healthy lifestyle. Understanding these golden suggestions is a first step towards developing and maintaining sustainable changes. Our health coach and nutritionist can develop an optimal customized nutritional program that is focused on teaching individuals how to promote lifelong transformations and become more connected with mind and body.  
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Vitamins

Consume plenty of fruits and vegetables at least six+ portions every day to ensure the body absorbs essential micronutrients, vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and fiber. A golden recommendation is to count the fruit and vegetable colors instead of calories. Eating the food rainbow is an ideal way to get a variety of vitamins.  

Red foods

These foods contain phytochemicals and help reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease. These include:
  • Tomatoes
  • Red peppers
  • Red onions
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Watermelon

Orange and yellow foods

These are packed with Vitamin A and Vitamin C to promote healthy skin and vision.
  • Pumpkin
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Lemons
Are all ways to obtain orange and yellow nutrients.

Green foods

These are high in Vitamin K, antioxidants, and folates highly beneficial to bone health. These include:
  • Kale
  • Broccoli
  • Peas
  • Kiwi
  • Green grapes
  • Brussels sprouts

Blue and purple foods

These contain antioxidants that help with heart disease and protect the body’s cells. Included are:
  • Eggplant
  • Blueberries
  • Plums
  • Purple cabbage
  • Beetroots

White and yellow foods

These have anti-inflammatory properties that support the immune system. White foods include:
  • Cauliflower
  • Garlic
  • Hominy
  • Shallots
  • Parsnips
  • White beans

Organic coffee

This type of coffee is high in antioxidants and phytonutrients.  
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Cut Back On Refined Sugar and Flour

Added sugars and refined flour have none of the essential fiber and micronutrients the body needs to feel full. Whole grains are fiber-rich. This helps increase feeling full and satisfied, which helps block sugar cravings. Go for whole wheat flour instead of refined flour. Limit sugar intake by using the natural sweetness of fruits. Add fruits to meals to increase the sweetness if necessary.  

Plenty of Water

Drinking half of an individual’s body weight is essential each day. 10-12 ounces of water before a meal will help increase full satisfaction and make an individual more aware of the body�s hunger cues. Golden suggestion, use a reusable water bottle can help keep track of water intake throughout the day.  

12/12 Meal Schedule

Schedule the three main meals within a 12-hour window to avoid snacking throughout the day. The body needs to rest, digest, and reset between meals and overnight.  

Stop Eating 3 Hours Before Sleeping

The body’s metabolism starts to slow down around 7-8 p.m. Research shows this timeframe falls in line when the body starts to tire and wind down. Allow the body to rejuvenate cells instead of wasting energy on digesting calories that don’t get burned for energy while sleeping.  

Daily Physical Activity

Daily exercise contributes to overall health and longevity. Regular exercise can help in the treatment of chronic illnesses and the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. Every day try to complete 50-60 minutes of low-impact physical activity, and 15-20 minutes of moderate-high intensity cardio. Each week make two of the 20-minute workouts to strength training.  

After Workout Snacks

Recovery snacks 15-minutes after a workout will help keep cravings down. These include a healthy carbohydrate, lean protein, and healthy fat. 1-2 hours after a workout have the next balanced meal.  

No Devices With Meals

Electronic devices distract from the body’s natural hunger cues. Screens should be put away during meals to pay attention to the food and proper consumption. Watching TV or scrolling through social media has been shown to increase calorie intake.  

Plenty of Sleep

Sleep deprivation alters the body’s hormones that control/regulate hunger cues. When the body loses sleep, the body begins to crave more food more often. Even after the body has had the necessary nutrients. A golden recommendation is to develop a relaxing nighttime routine that will enhance the length and quality of sleep. The goal is for 8-10 hours of sleep a night.  

Stress Reduction

Incorporate stress-reducing activities into a regular routine. Constant stress on the body can contribute to cardiovascular disease. Activities help take the mind off thoughts, memories, and events that cause stress and worry. These include:

Healthy Body Composition


 

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The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, and sensitive health issues and/or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate and support directly or indirectly our clinical scope of practice.* Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We also make copies of supporting research studies available to the board and or the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation as to how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900. The provider(s) Licensed in Texas& New Mexico*  
References
Braude L, Stevenson RJ. Watching television while eating increases energy intake. Examining the mechanisms in female participants. Appetite. 2014;76:9-16. doi:10.1016/j.appet.2014.01.005 Dimsdale JE. Psychological stress and cardiovascular disease. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2008;51(13):1237-1246. doi:10.1016/j.jacc.2007.12.024 Eckel-Mahan K, Sassone-Corsi P. Metabolism, and the circadian clock converge. Physiol Rev. 2013;93(1):107-135. doi:10.1152/physrev.00016.2012 Vina J, Sanchis-Gomar F, Martinez-Bello V, Gomez-Cabrera MC. Exercise acts as a drug; the pharmacological benefits of exercise. Br J Pharmacol. 2012;167(1):1-12. doi:10.1111/j.1476-5381.2012.01970.x
Weight Loss Change and Recommendations for Success

Weight Loss Change and Recommendations for Success

Having the right attitude about weight loss can go a long way in being successful. Being overweight contributes to poor health, sleep problems, increased risk for disease/s, and back pain. Weight problems can result from:
  • Eating the wrong food/s
  • Limited or no regular physical activity/exercise
  • Stress eating
  • Age
  • Genetics
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These can all be overcome by setting sensible goals and realistic expectations. The first step is to discuss weight loss and general health with your healthcare provider. A doctor, health coach, or fitness chiropractor can help develop a fully customized weight loss treatment plan along with exercise, diet, and lifestyle changes/adjustments. Weight loss plans can include:
  • Dietary
  • Exercise
  • Behavioral
  • Medication
  • Surgical modification of the digestive system if necessary
A realistic properly developed and safe weight loss plan has a greater rate of success. If your doctor isn’t quite sure which is the best approach, they could reference a health coach, weight loss, or metabolic specialist. Assessing one’s body weight is now a more involved process than just stepping on a scale. The assessment usually involves measuring the Body Mass Index or BMI, waist circumference, and medical history. This information is analyzed to determine if there are any risks due to excess weight like high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

Nutrition Feeding The Body

A weight-loss treatment program does require a reduction in calories. An optimal treatment plan means changing/adjusting lifestyle bad habits and turning them into good/positive habits. This can include nutritional education, relearning to eat, manage stress, and adapting. It is important to feed the body the proper nutrients it needs to maintain optimum health. No one food has all these essential nutrients. Therefore, it takes a combination of a variety of foods to help meet the body’s needs. If an individual has been overweight or obese for an extended amount of time, the body could be starving for these vital nutrients.  
Nutrients Sources Functions
Proteins Meat, Fish, Poultry, Eggs, Dairy, Legumes, Nuts Formation of muscles, bone, blood, enzymes, specific hormones, cell membranes, tissue repair, regulates water/acid-base balance
Carbohydrates Grains, Fruits, Vegetables Supplies energy to brain cells, nervous system, blood, and muscles during physical activity and exercise
Fats Meat, Fish, Poultry, Supplements Supplies energy, insulates/cushions organs, helps in vitamin absorption
Vitamins Fruits, Vegetables, Grains, Meat, Dairy Promotes chemical reactions in the body’s cells
Minerals Contained in most food groups Regulates body functions, assists with growth, a catalyst for energy release
Water Water, Liquids, Fruits, Vegetables Medium for transporting chemicals, assists in chemical reactions, regulates temperature, removes waste, accounts for 50-70% of body weight

Types of Fats

Fats are essential in absorbing fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K.
  • Saturated Fat is known to increase blood cholesterol levels. This type of fat is found primarily in meat and dairy products. For example butter.
  • Polyunsaturated Fat has been shown to lower blood cholesterol levels. It is found in plant sources like cottonseed, corn, safflower, sunflower, and soybean.
  • Monounsaturated Fat has been shown to lower the low-density cholesterol or LDL, which is unhealthy cholesterol. It can be found in avocados, olive, canola, and peanut oil.
A healthy diet should not exceed 30% of fat per day. An easy way to cut back is to:
  • Go for lean cuts of meat
  • Trim the visible fat
  • Remove the skin from poultry
  • Select water-packed tuna
  • Choose dairy products made from skim or low-fat milk
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Eating and Losing Weight Recommendations

These recommendations could be redundant, but it is a start.
  • Drink at least eight glasses of water every day. This does not include tea, coffee or other beverages
  • Eat only when hungry
  • Stop when full
  • Eat and chew slowly – It takes 20 minutes for the stomach to tell the brain the body is full
  • Select foods that take a lot of chewing, which will satisfy the body with less food
  • Drinking a warm beverage with a meal helps promote the feeling of fullness and satisfaction
  • Serve food on a smaller plate – This fools the eyes, fooling the brain into believing that the meal is the same amount
  • Have a piece of fruit or a small fruit smoothie in between meals to keep hunger in check
  • Keep the kitchen stocked with healthy ready to eat snacks
  • It’s the small thorough steps that add up to achieve goals

Physical Activity Benefits

Healthy food combined with healthy eating habits and regular physical activity can help weight loss goals be met. Building and preserving muscle mass helps the body burn calories. Plus it decreases the risk of:
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Colon cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis
  • Reduces body fat
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Relaxes muscular tension
  • Reduces anxiety and depression
  • Increases energy, concentration, self-esteem, self-confidence

Weight Loss Doctor of Chiropractic

 
 

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Bone Broth, Healthy, Comforting, and Good for the Spine

Bone Broth, Healthy, Comforting, and Good for the Spine

Bone broth is a soothing, low in calories, flavorful comfort food that is packed with nutrients and highly beneficial for the spine. Bone broth is made from slowly simmering meat or poultry and is an old-fashioned home remedy for a variety of ailments. These include:
  • Improves joint movement
  • Helps wounds heal faster
  • Improves immune system function
  • Rebuilds bones
Nutrients are connected with healthy bones and joints. These include:
  • Calcium
  • Phosphorous
  • Vitamin D
  • Collagen protein
All of these are concentrated in animal bones. The bones are cracked and cooked in a stockpot of water on a slow simmer. The breakdown releases vitamins, fatty acids, manganese, zinc, iron, and selenium. The broth helps supply the bones with these nutrients.  
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Bone broth is also effective when keeping track of weight because it is nourishing and hearty but low in calories. One cup of broth eaten or drank a half-hour before a meal can keep appetite in check. When hunger stays in check it is easier to maintain a healthy diet, portion sizes, and not overeat.

Bone Broth Recipe

Simmering bones in water with added vegetables, spices, vinegar, and herbs over low heat for a few hours is bone broth. A recipe for bone broth typically includes a tablespoon or two of vinegar or lemon juice. This helps soften the bones to break them down and release more nutrients. This will make around 2 quarts or 8 cups of bone broth. In a stockpot combine:
  • 2 to 3 pounds of leftover cooked beef, chicken bones
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 chopped carrot
  • 1 chopped rib of celery
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic or red wine vinegar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 peppercorns
  • Enough water to cover the ingredients
  • Add 1 cup of chopped fresh or canned tomatoes for extra flavor
  • Bring to a boil over high heat
  • Reduce heat to a low simmer, partially covered, 4 to 6 hours
  • During the first half-hour of simmering, skim off the foam that collects at the top.
  • Strain cooled broth into a bowl or jar
  • Refrigerate the broth up to 5 days or freeze up to a couple of months

Don’t Overdo It

When it comes to nutrients in food, it is possible to get too much. An example is of an individual in training that drank one to two quarts of bone broth three days a week for six months. They began to suffer from chronic vomiting. The doctor diagnosed there was too much vitamin D from the fatty marrow in the bones used to make the broth. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium. Too much calcium in the blood was causing the vomiting. Another potential issue with drinking too much bone broth is lead contamination. Many foods contain small amounts of lead. In animals, any environmental lead that gets into the body gets stored in bone tissue. A healthy, well-nourished individual can handle small amounts of lead. When it comes to bone broth, lead is only a concern if taking abnormal quantities. The broth can also be used as a base for soups and stews keeping the body healthy along with the emotional benefits of a nutrient-rich broth. The body will feel the difference.
 

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Healthy Aging of the Body’s Muscles

Healthy Aging of the Body’s Muscles

Healthy aging is not the easiest to do. The muscle aging process breaks down faster than they get repaired as the body ages. This makes it difficult to participate and carry out regular activities. For healthy aging to be achieved exercise is a must. Specifically, strength training helps to regain muscle loss from aging/inactivity. Strength training reduces the difficulty of daily tasks, enhances the body’s energy, and composition. Strength training combined with vitamin D supplementation will slow down muscle loss, help regain muscle mass/strength, maintain healthy blood sugar levels, and prevent falls. New health problems, new aches, pains, and new fragility caused by muscle loss. What steps can be taken to promote healthy aging and staying healthy and fit? The science of aging, and what can be done to age gracefully and maintain optimal health.  
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The body and aging

The body’s muscles are constantly going breaking down and repairing themselves. As the muscles are used throughout the day, tiny microscopic tears happen from wear and tear. This is where the tears need to be rebuilt with protein. As the body gets older, it stops rebuilding muscle as efficiently and with time, there is a reduction in overall muscle mass and strength. This loss can be from a combination of factors including:
  • Hormone changes – increasing/decreasing levels
  • Physical inactivity
  • Underlying conditions like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer
This reduction in muscle mass does not just happen to the seniors and the elderly. Body development and strength are at their optimal in an individual’s twenties and start to plateau in the thirties. A decrease in strength usually leads to being less active, and routine activities start to become more difficult. Less activity leads to:
  • Less to no calories burned
  • Minimal muscle development
  • Negative changes to body composition
  • Muscle loss
  • Increase in body fat
At some point in an individual’s thirties, the body begins to progressively lose muscle each year. At fifty an individual could have lost around ten percent of the body’s muscle. Then an additional 15% by sixty and another 15% by seventy. Then overall functionality is lost and the ability to enjoy life to the fullest decreases.

Muscle loss factors

Sarcopenia

Sarcopenia is a significant loss of muscle mass and strength. It focuses on diet changes and physical activity that cause progressive loss of muscle mass.
  • Balance issues
  • Change in walking ability
  • Decreased ability to perform daily activities
It was once believed that muscle loss and the effects that came with it were inevitable. However, with the advancements in science and musculoskeletal health, along with continuing to stay active and keeping track of body composition, there are ways to combat loss of muscle mass and strength. Causes include:
  • Age
  • Improper nutrition – decreased protein intake
  • Hormonal changes
  • Increase in pro-inflammatory proteins that the body makes, not the type that is eaten
  • Decreased physical activity
  • Vascular disease/s

Malnutrition

Malnutrition is a lack of nutritional intake, which can affect body composition. Malnutrition can create complications that not only affect diet and exercise but how the body responds to diet and exercise. Elderly individuals tend not to get enough protein, which is essential for healthy muscle repair. This is often because they have trouble chewing, food-costs, and trouble cooking limit their access to getting protein on a regular basis. Inadequate protein intake can lead to sarcopenia. Protein requirements for older individuals are higher than for the younger population. This is brought on by age-related changes like a decreased response to protein intake. This means that older individuals need to consume more protein to achieve the same anabolic effect. Micronutrient deficiency means a lack of nutrients. These are minerals and vitamins, that support body processes like cell regeneration, immune system health, and eyesight. Examples are iron or calcium deficiencies. This deficiency has the highest impact on normal physiological functions/processes and can happen with a protein-energy deficiency. This is because most micronutrients are obtained from food.  
 

Body composition and age

Proper lean muscle mass is essential for healthy aging. A lack of enough muscle can result in:

Difficulty moving

This is when regular movements are no longer regular but now take massive amounts of strength and energy. Examples include taking the elevator becoming a necessity and getting in and out of a car is just as challenging. Loss of function and independence are common as muscle loss progresses. Nineteen percent of women and ten percent of men aged 65 or older no longer have the ability to kneel.

Weight gain

The muscles are linked with the body’s metabolism, so once muscles begin to diminish, so does the metabolism. This is referred to as the body’s metabolism slowing down. What is actually happening is a loss of muscle, meaning the body needs fewer calories to function. When the body needs fewer calories and an individual continues eating the same amount of calories, this is when body fat starts to accumulate. This can happen with no significant changes to individual weight. As muscle loss progresses, it is replaced by fat. Body-weight can remain unchanged, but changes in body composition are unseen, which often leads to an array of health problems associated with obesity.

New healthy aging problems

Studies show that weight gain at a steady rate can lead to adult-onset diabetes. This is due to more body fat and muscle loss. Skeletal muscle mass loss has been linked with insulin resistance. This means the less muscle, the less insulin sensitive an individual becomes. As insulin sensitivity decreases and becomes more resistant, the risk factors for type 2 diabetes increases. Loss of muscle can cause other problems with age. One damaging condition is osteoporosis. A few ways to prevent muscle loss.
  • Eat a proper amount of protein throughout the day. Space out protein across several meals rather than trying to eat it all at once. This will ensure the proper amount daily.
  • Monitor body composition regularly. Try to keep muscle mass loss and fat mass gain at a minimum.
  • Begin a strength training routine.
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Focus on building muscle

Muscle loss and weakness has been shown to not be a part of aging, but rather as a result of chronic inactivity. Muscle mass is lost with age but it is not the aging process itself that causes muscle atrophy. It is because individuals tend to become more inactive. Physical inactivity is really what causes muscle loss and weakness. However, something can be done about inactivity. For example, there was a study on postmenopausal women that revealed that regular resistance training increased muscle strength by about 19% after one year. Scientific researchers believed this training increased bone mineral density, which defends against brittle bones. This along with related studies also confirmed that bone frailty can be reduced. Muscle strength relative to muscle mass can also be improved with resistance/strength training. The idea is that physical aging can be slowed down with physical activity. This is to keep the muscles from losing function.

DNA damaged cells

Telomeres are caps at the end of DNA strands that protect the chromosomes. They can be thought of as the plastic ends on shoelaces. If those shoelaces lose the plastic ends the laces become frayed until they unravel and can no longer do their job. The same can be said of telomeres, the DNA strands become damaged and the cells cannot do their job. A shortening of the Telomere is a hallmark of cellular aging. Cells with shortened telomeres tend to malfunction and secrete hormones that trigger an inflammatory response and tumor formation. A study found that individuals that exercise regularly have longer telomeres. This does not mean that an individual has to spend the entire day at the gym. Only moderate, not heavy strength training was found to be effective.  
 

Maintain muscle

Older individuals can still be reluctant to try improving their fitness level. Many believe that years of inactivity has done its damage and that they are too old to train. However, anyone can set goals to improve body composition that will improve energy levels and maintain activity. Functional fitness refers to the ability to move comfortably throughout daily life. It not only benefits physical activity but contributes to improved body composition. The aging process does reduce metabolic rate and often leads to increased body fat. Lean Body Mass contributes to the overall Basal Metabolic Rate also known as metabolism. This is the number of calories the body needs to support its essential functions. Engaging in strength training or resistance exercises can regain some of the muscle loss brought on from aging and inactivity. This can lead to an increase in lean body mass, which increases Basal Metabolic Rate. This all helps prevent:
  • Bone loss
  • Heart disease
  • Obesity
  • Age-related falls
With age and the loss of lean muscle mass, balance and agility follow. Tendencies to fall increase and the injuries from those falls can be detrimental to overall health and quality of life. Fractures caused by falling are higher in elder women. A study of all-women over the age of fifty spent 12 weeks using bands as the chosen form of resistance, as opposed to dumbbells or seated machines, saw a significant increase in strength. None of the participants reported injuries. This could be important for those that are worried that exercise could cause too much strain on the body.

It is never too late

Six percent of adults in the United States engage in resistance training or some form of weight training at least twice a week. There are misconceptions that weight training has an age limit. This is not true. The benefits from lifting weights, whether dumbbells, bodyweight exercises, bands, machines, etc are for everyone young and old. This does not mean training at high-intensity. Older adults should look to resistance training to increase energy levels and decrease body fat. A study in Sports Medicine focused on the effects of strength training for older adults found:
  • Increased power
  • Reduced difficulty to perform daily tasks
  • Enhanced energy
  • Improved body composition
  • Participation in spontaneous physical activity
There are several key changes for older adults to increase their healthy aging. They are:
  • Eating sufficient nutrients
  • Monitoring body composition
  • Strength/resistance training
Both strength training and proper nutrition are vital for maintaining or achieving ideal body composition.
 

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a nutrient that can be acquired in several ways. It supports the normal physiologic functions that include the absorption of minerals like calcium and zinc. This nutrient can be acquired through food consumption, supplemental form, and exposure to the sun. Most foods in a regular diet provide a relatively small amount with the exception of fatty-fish. Examples of natural food sources include:
  • Salmon
  • Swordfish
  • Egg yolks
  • Fortified foods like milk, orange juice, and yogurt
Once Vitamin D enters the body, it goes through the liver, kidneys and gets converted into an active form, known as a prohormone. It is then circulated into the blood. A prohormone is essential to normal physiological function and support of the skeletal muscle system.

Building muscle

Vitamin D plays an important role in bone health. More recently it has been reported to contribute to muscle quality. Skeletal Muscle Mass decreases with age, primarily from decreased activity. Treatment includes proper nutrition, exercise, and vitamin D naturally or in supplementation form. It was found to slow down muscle loss, help regain muscle mass and strength.

On your feet

Falls are the number-one cause of fatal and nonfatal injury/s. Low vitamin D levels could be partly to blame. There is strong evidence that vitamin D deficiency can increase the risk of a fall in older adults. The connection has to do with the effects of muscle strength and function. Around 250 older adults participated in a trial of taking vitamin D daily plus calcium supplementation improved:
  • Quadriceps strength
  • Postural control
  • Daily functions
  • Standing up
  • Walking
After a year falls were found to decrease by over 25%. Compared with patients that only received calcium, and improved by almost 40% after 20 months. Supplements helped these individuals counter the effects of aging and inactivity on their muscles, and was important in preventing potential falls that could result in injury. Getting enough vitamin D is a step to take to supplement exercise, strength training, and maintain muscle health.

Blood sugar check

Vitamin D benefits for muscle health have been linked with muscle mass and blood sugar. Insulin is a hormone that allows blood sugar into the muscles. Individuals with sufficient blood vitamin D levels have a significantly lower risk of hyperglycemia than those with below-recommended levels. Research shows that daily vitamin D supplements in combination with calcium slow down the long-term rise in blood sugar in individuals with prediabetes. Research has shown that supplementation is beneficial for those who are classified as having a deficiency.

Vitamin D Supplements

For individuals with vitamin deficiencies, supplementation can help prevent loss of muscle, strength, falling, and the progression of hyperglycemia. Aging can be accomplished strength training, aerobic exercise, a healthy diet, and the regular monitoring of body composition.

Healthy aging

Maintaining optimal health and aging the way we were supposed to is possible. It does get harder to maintain ideal body composition. The muscles have a harder time rebuilding/repairing and can experience sarcopenia and malnutrition. It is not about getting a flawless physique, but about being able to participate in activities and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Achieving functional fitness through:
  • Observation
  • Diet evaluation
  • Dietary supplementation
  • Twice a week strength training
  • Five-time a week moderate cardiovascular fitness
It is never too late to start on the journey towards optimal health and healthy aging.

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Nourishment For A Healthy Spine

Nourishment For A Healthy Spine

Individuals dealing with back pain or spinal condition that negatively impacts their general health want to know about what they can do to make the pain go away. Back pain and spinal issues that individuals experience can be reduced and alleviated with proper nourishment, exercise, and if necessary chiropractic or physical therapy to keep the body aligned. Fortunately, the majority of these individuals will not need surgery. In addition to the back pain, they want to know what they can do to prevent the pain from radiating to other areas and becoming chronic. This is where proper nourishment for bone health comes into play. It is now becoming a part of the mainstream media as science and technology are finding the links surrounding body/bone health and how nutrition fits into it all.  
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We’ve seen and heard about Omega-3 fatty acids for heart health or the importance of fruits and vegetables to help prevent cancer. There is also the nutritional health of the bones and the spine is the largest, not to mention the spinal cord housing all the nerves that establish communication with the body.

Vitamins

Continual optimal health is based on the body’s vitamin and mineral composition. Many of the beneficial vitamins that keep the bones strong can be found in supplements. However, it is recommended to get into the habit of getting nourishment from real food in combination with supplements. This is because a person can follow a vitamin supplement regimen with no benefits. This is because their diet consists of heavily processed, unhealthy foods. Therefore eating highly nourishing foods is the best way to begin. Here are a few to consider:

Dairy

Dairy can be difficult for individuals with intestinal issues and other autoimmune conditions. It can seem daunting trying to figure out what to get and what to avoid. For those with lactose intolerance avoid dairy products altogether and look to calcium and vitamin D supplements. The quality of the dairy product/s also makes a difference. Therefore make sure it doesn’t have artificial ingredients or sugars. This is essential to keeping dairy as part of a healthy diet.

Offal

Offal is the term for internal organs of animals that are used as food. It offers a massive dose of bone-healthy vitamins. Before saying absolutely not, there are plenty of recipes to consider, remember this is about spinal bone health. Beef, calf, and chicken liver, are examples of high sources of:
  • Vitamin A, which repairs tissue and contributes to the formation of bone
  • Vitamin B12 which is important for healthy bone marrow
  • Vitamin K is necessary for proper absorption of calcium into the bones
  • Iron is a necessity for healthy cells and muscles that support the spine

Greens

Spinach packs vitamin A and B12. Kale and broccoli are great sources of Vitamin K and Iron. Nutritionists have a saying that goes “the greener the vegetable, the better.” Eating these vegetables in raw form is not for everybody, so find recipes that incorporate them into favorite dishes while adjusting to the flavors.  
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Oranges

Orange fruits are all great sources of vitamin A essential for repairing damaged tissue and in the formation of strong healthy bones and include:
  • Nectarines
  • Cantaloupe
  • Apricots
  • Carrots
  • Sweet potatoes
It does not matter if it is the brain, heart, digestive system, or the spine the body is as healthy as what it consumes. Small dietary changes can generate intense bone protection, especially when it comes to a healthy weight. Obesity and back pain are becoming too common. The condition has been studied extensively and the proof is overwhelming. The body was not designed to carry around this extra weight. Remember the spine is the central support structure and needs to be maintained with proper posture, exercise, and nourishment.

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Using Music as Medicine Post Spine Surgery

Using Music as Medicine Post Spine Surgery

Music therapy, combined with standard medical treatment�has been found to reduce the perception of pain in individuals recovering from spinal surgeries, according to a study published in the American Journal of Orthopedics. Spine surgery recovery can take a long time and take a tremendous toll on the individual and family. Research has found that music therapy can help reduce pain post-surgery.

The study has shown solid findings that this therapy, when combined with standard treatment, positively impacts pain. Individuals report an increase in comfort during the recovery time. Utilizing music in a therapeutic setting can benefit a patient’s treatment plan, as it addresses the whole individual, including mind, body, and spirit. This is the same approach that chiropractic uses.

 

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Combining Standard Treatment with Music Therapy

The study took place at the Spine Institute of New York with the music therapy set-up through the hospital�s Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine. There were 60 patients thirty-five females and twenty-five males ranging in age from 40 to 55. They underwent anterior, posterior, or anterior-posterior spinal fusion surgery. The groups were equally split up. The experimental group had music therapy included with their standard medical care, and the control group only received standard medical treatment.

The experimental group would undergo a 30-minute music therapy session over an 8-hour period within 72 hours after the procedure. The music options included:

  • Patient-preferred music
  • Singing
  • Rhythmic drumming that encourages relaxation

The sessions focused on personal treatment, where the individuals were encouraged to express emotions. A pain scale was used before and after the interventions to measure the results. What was found, was that pain levels would go up slightly in the control group, and in the experimental group, the pain dropped.

 

 

Spine Surgery Recovery

With standard care medications are typically the first-line treatment post-spine surgery pain. With all of the negative side effects that come with pain meds/opioids, music therapy is worth considering when looking for non-drug therapies. If anything music is an excellent distraction tool. So long as the music is enjoyable to the individual.

 

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For the most part, many individuals that underwent spine surgery already listen to their music pre and post-operation. It helped them to relax before the surgery and allowed them to focus on something else after. Much like athletes that have their headphones/earbuds when they get to the venue to focus and block out everything going on around them. This therapy works the same way. But now we want to encourage anyone undergoing some spinal procedure to go ahead and jam out.


 

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