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Bulging, Herniated Discs and Digestive Problems

Bulging, Herniated Discs and Digestive Problems

There are different possible causes of abdominal pain and digestive problems. Sometimes a bulging disc is the cause. A bulging disc that is causing abdominal pain is rare but possible. When this happens, it’s usually a herniated disc in the upper back, known as the thoracic spine. When the disc bulges to the side, it can cause abdominal pain. One study found that half of the patients presenting with herniated discs also suffered from digestive problems, including irritable bowel syndrome.

Bulging, Herniated Discs and Digestive Problems

Thoracic Disc Herniation

The thoracic spine is the region between the base of the neck and the low back. This section is surrounded and stabilized by the ribcage, reducing the risk of disc herniation. Most herniated disc/s occur in the low back or the neck because those areas with a lot of movement are less stable than the thoracic spine. But they do happen and can contribute and/or cause abdominal pain. This is usually accompanied by pain in the mid-back and the chest. Because this is rare, physicians don’t immediately think that a herniation is causing abdominal pain. This can lead to unnecessary and expensive tests to find the problem.

Lateral Disc Herniation

This is not the most common type of disc herniation. The type of herniation that causes pain in the abdomen is known as lateral disc herniation. This is when the disc bulges laterally/sideways. What happens is it can compress and irritate the nerve root. This is what can cause pain in the abdomen. Types of disc herniations include:

Causes

Most thoracic herniations are caused by trauma to the upper back. This can come from a:

  • Fall
  • Auto accident
  • Sports injury
  • They can also be caused by degenerative disc disease. If this happens, the discs can become calcified, which could require surgery.

Movements like reaching up to get something or twisting motions like putting on a seatbelt can cause the pain to worsen. Most thoracic herniations happen in young individuals brought on by trauma to the area. Women tend to be affected more by thoracic disc herniation that causes abdominal pain.

Herniated Disc and Bloating

Bloating often comes with digestive problems. A herniated discs can also cause bloating along with abdominal and back pain. However, they are not always related because bloating, and other digestive issues can cause back and abdominal pain. Bloating and pain typically go away after a bowel movement. But it is important to see a medical professional if the problem lasts more than a few days.

Gas and a Herniated Disc

In certain cases, a herniated disc can cause gas. This is rare, but evidence suggests that nerve compression in the spine can affect the digestive system. If back pain, abdominal pain, and digestive issues are presenting, seeking out treatment is recommended.

Treatment

Chiropractors specialize in spinal care. The approach is to balance the entire body and heal the underlying issues. The nervous system travels through the spinal column. If injured or damaged, it can cause all kinds of issues. This includes abdominal pain and digestive problems. A chiropractor will:

  • Bring pain relief
  • Realign the spine
  • Balance the body
  • Recommend exercises and stretches
  • Offer nutritional recommendations
  • Recommend sleeping positions to prevent pain at night

They are different techniques to treat disc herniations. These include:

  • Full-body diagnosis
  • Detailed medical history
  • MRI, CT, or X-Rays
  • Laser therapy
  • Ultrasound
  • Ice and heat
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Massage
  • Physical therapy

Body Composition


Binge Eating

A common and powerful trigger of binge eating is restrictive dieting. This type of diet is a common weight-loss method for short-term goals. This is because a highly controlled program of calorie intake makes it easier to prevent overeating. The problem is that this type of restriction is not sustainable. Most individuals can avoid certain foods for only so long. However, this is not the only reason for binge eating. Many individuals use food as an emotional suppressor. They overeat during:

  • Levels of high stress
  • Boredom
  • Bouts of sadness
  • Exhaustion/excessively tired

The brain and body are conditioned to crave certain and usually addictive foods. When individuals want to get their minds off of something, cravings can activate and become overpowering. Although it is not an addiction to alcohol or drugs, food addiction is still an addiction. Working through addictive behavior toward any substance will improve the quality of life. Overcoming food addiction promotes physical health benefits and improved mental health. Recognizing addictive behaviors when it comes to food is the first step.

References

Al-Khawaja, Darweesh O et al. “Surgical treatment of far lateral lumbar disc herniation: a safe and simple approach.” Journal of spine surgery (Hong Kong) vol. 2,1 (2016): 21-4. doi:10.21037/jss.2016.01.05

Lara, F J Pérez et al. “Thoracic disk herniation, a not infrequent cause of chronic abdominal pain.” International surgery vol. 97,1 (2012): 27-33. doi:10.9738/CC98.1

Papadakos, Nikolaos et al. “Thoracic disc prolapse presenting with abdominal pain: case report and review of the literature.” Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England vol. 91,5 (2009): W4-6. doi:10.1308/147870809X401038

Polivy, J et al. “Food restriction and binge eating: a study of former prisoners of war.” Journal of abnormal psychology vol. 103,2 (1994): 409-11. doi:10.1037//0021-843x.103.2.409

Re-Energize From Lack of Energy and Fatigue With Bio-Chiropractic

Re-Energize From Lack of Energy and Fatigue With Bio-Chiropractic

Re-energize from a lack of energy and fatigue with Bio-chiropractic. Millions of individuals struggle to get through the day or night depending on work/school schedules because of deficient energy levels that result in fatigue. Unfortunately, many begin taking over the counter or prescription medication, drinking coffee or highly caffeinated/energy beverages, or taking days off to catch up on rest. There is a wide range of high-sugar and caffeine energy products to help with fatigue. But, research has shown how overconsumption of these products can contribute and/or cause:

  • High blood pressure
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • When a tired body takes in caffeinated energy, it is only for a temporary energy boost.
  • Energy products can mask the fatigue causation. This could be a disease, a type of condition, or an overlapping of causes.

 

Re-Energize From Lack of Energy and Fatigue With Bio-Chiropractic

Nervous System

The nervous system is the body’s life energy source. It is responsible for facilitating millions of functions that occur throughout the body every day. These include:

What often happens is that:

  • Poor posture
  • Accidents
  • Injuries
  • Birth trauma
  • Shifts the spine out of alignment, placing added pressure on the delicate nerves in the neck and back. 

The compression causes nerve interference that disrupts optimal nerve energy flow from reaching the organs. This leads to:

  • Fatigue
  • Pain
  • Organ dysfunction
  • Eventually disease

Bio-Chiropractic

Bio-Chiropractic is a scientific and researched based form of musculoskeletal corrective care. It aims to unblock nerve interference through the proper realignment of the spine, returning it to its proper curvature. As a result, many individuals under chiropractic care report immediate relief from neck or back pain, along with a vibrant, energized feeling, and with time their overall health improves.


Body Composition Feedback


Malnutrition

Malnutrition can be defined as a deficiency, excess, or imbalance in an individual’s intake of energy and nutrients. Protein-energy deficiency is a common form of malnutrition. It is a health condition that can have immediate/negative effects on body composition. This deficiency causes damage to skeletal muscle mass as the body progresses into starvation mode, breaking down its own protein stored in the muscles for fuel.

Micronutrient deficiency is a lack of nutrients like minerals and vitamins. These support important functions like cell regeneration, the immune system, and eyesight. Common examples are iron and/or calcium deficiencies. Micronutrient deficiency has the greatest impact on the body’s physiological functions/processes. They can occur at the same time that protein-energy deficiency is happening overlapping each other. Nutritional deficiencies can impact processes like:

References

Berkson, D L. “Osteoarthritis, chiropractic, and nutrition: osteoarthritis considered as a natural part of a three-stage subluxation complex: its reversibility: its relevance and treatability by chiropractic and nutritional correlates.” Medical hypotheses vol. 36,4 (1991): 356-67. doi:10.1016/0306-9877(91)90010-v

Jensen, Gordon L et al. “Recognizing malnutrition in adults: definitions and characteristics, screening, assessment, and team approach.” JPEN. Journal of parenteral and enteral nutrition vol. 37,6 (2013): 802-7. doi:10.1177/0148607113492338

Oakley, Paul A et al. “Restoring lumbar lordosis: a systematic review of controlled trials utilizing Chiropractic Bio Physics® (CBP®) non-surgical approach to increasing lumbar lordosis in the treatment of low back disorders.” Journal of physical therapy science vol. 32,9 (2020): 601-610. doi:10.1589/jpts.32.601

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
Self Cracking and Self-Popping The Spine

Self Cracking and Self-Popping The Spine

Self-cracking and popping the spine can feel good but should it be done without professional/chiropractic assistance? We’ve all done it getting up from bed or the couch, lean back, and wait for the sound of the spine cracking/popping. Some even have a friend help pop the spine to get that satisfying feeling. There are proper stretching techniques to follow, but cracking the spine without professional help is not recommended as it could lead to problems or worsen any underlying spinal issues.  

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Sounds

Self cracking, popping the spine refers to the sounds the neck or back make with certain movements. The joints in the spine contain fluid and gas. When the body moves, stretches can create cracking popping sounds as different pressures are exerted. The sound is known as joint cavitation, is the normal exchange of gases like oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide around the joints.  

Spaces form in the synovial fluid that surrounds the joints. These spaces make an audible sound when the pressure changes/cavitation causing the gases to be released. The gases are naturally present in the body. A doctor of chiropractic mobilizes the joints very carefully through adjustments using their hands or specific instruments to increase the spine’s range of motion and stability. When adjustments and manipulations are not performed by a professional, problems can happen, that can include:

  • Loss of strength
  • Soft tissue swelling
  • Muscle spasms

When it’s done properly and safely injuries are prevented and any issues like swelling and tightness around the neck and spine are also avoided.

 

Self-cracking performed incorrectly can lead to excessive force bringing the joints to excessive ranges of motion that can potentially cause injury. Individuals need to be careful even when self-cracking as the spine can make sounds for other reasons.

  • Age-related arthritis can generate a crunching type of sound when moving known as crepitus
  • A ligament or tendon can rub over a bone or bone spur, creating different sounds
  • These sounds are usually not problematic, but when they are consistent with certain movements they could cause inflammation and/or pain.
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Chiropractic Professional Adjustments

The primary reasons most individuals seek chiropractic help are for problems, like pain, tightness, and weakness. Individuals can voluntarily see a chiropractor or they could be referred to one by a different doctor. Doctors routinely work with chiropractors to help patients recover from musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. A chiropractor performs manipulations in a safe, controlled manner. They are familiar with the sounds that the joints make and know they are safe. They usually have a multidisciplinary team that is involved in the management of various musculoskeletal conditions.  

Why chiropractic care is so helpful?

All doctors of chiropractic are trained to diagnose and treat neuro-musculoskeletal conditions. During the diagnosis, the chiropractor will go through the individual’s medical history and conduct a physical exam to determine what treatment plan is best for the individual and their injury or condition. Many are now flocking to chiropractic care to avoid taking pain medications. Scientific evidence supports the health benefits of adjustments for various types of musculoskeletal pain, as well as to improve function and mobility

It is also recommended to work with a chiropractor in addition to other health professionals, like orthopedic specialists and physical therapists. They can help decrease pain, provide increased mobility and stability. If there is a constant need to self crack the back, or are having other issues with pain and tightness, talk with a doctor to see if chiropractic adjustments and manipulation will help. This will ensure that the right diagnosis is made and will help to create the optimal treatment plan to develop a stronger healthier body.


Body Composition

Increasing muscle mass is a recommended way to improve body composition and increase immune system function. Research shows senior adults with a higher skeletal muscle mass have an increased number of immune cells in the blood. This indicates that the muscles and the immune system are connected. When working out myokines or hormone-type proteins are released that strengthen the immune system to help protect and fight diseases. Regular exercise with moderate intensity increases the release of T lymphocytes/T cells improving the body’s immunity. Regular exercise also helps reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases like:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Different types of cancer
  • Cardiovascular diseases

Improved body composition with regular exercise and a well-balanced diet helps maintain a healthy proportion of muscle and fat mass. The more developed the body’s muscle mass becomes strengthens the immune system and lowers the risk of diseases and various health conditions.  

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

“The audible release associated with joint manipulation.” Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. MarApril 1995. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/7790795/#:~:text=Data%20synthesis%3A%20The%20audible%20release,released%20into%20the%20joint%20cavity.

“The Prevalence, Patterns, and Predictors of Chiropractic Use Among US Adults: Results From the 2012 National Health Interview Survey.” Spine. Dec 2017. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28459779/

“Chiropractic Use in the Medicare Population: Prevalence, Patterns, and Associations With 1-Year Changes in Health and Satisfaction With Care.” Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. Oct 2014. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0161475414001444

Achieve Health Goals With Chiropractic, and Nutritional Coaching

Achieve Health Goals With Chiropractic, and Nutritional Coaching

The new year offers a blank slate to better our lives and try new things that will help us achieve our life goals. Health goals can be achieved through chiropractic treatment and nutritional coaching. Improving one’s health is one of the quickest ways to boost the body and mind’s quality of life.  
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Health Goals and A New Year

Individuals set health goals only to forget about them after a few weeks or months. When setting goals that don�t stick, the biggest issue is the focus is on the wrong process to achieve these goals. Individuals tend to aim for goals that are doable but too advanced to jump right into. Much like someone that has never worked on home renovation, but decides they can knock out a kitchen, or bathroom remodel in two weeks. This is where training comes in to learn how to go about achieving these goals properly and in a healthy fashion. Common goals include:
  • Weight loss
  • Maintaining a healthy diet
  • Regular exercise
  • Increased energy
  • Stress management skills improvement
  • More time with the family
  • Quitting smoking
 

Chiropractic Motivation

If there are health goals that have been a struggle to maintain then it is time to get expert professional help. Chiropractic and health coaching could be a practical option. Chiropractic addresses whole-body health with sustainable changes/adjustments to achieve optimal health. Chiropractic is a specialized branch of medicine dedicated to addressing body dysfunction through non-invasive spinal realignment. A misaligned spine leads to poor nerve and blood circulation that affects the body’s functional health at every level. Treatment with a chiropractic provider can help achieve health goals from the ground up. Once spinal alignment has been achieved and the body is ready, then guidance and recommendations with lifestyle changes, like exercise and stress management can be addressed to reach full health potential.  
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Stop Waiting

There is no better time than now to start working toward health goals that can actually be controlled. We can control how we perceive our lives, treat our bodies and minds. A chiropractor and health coach will help set small attainable goals that can be kept, contact Injury Medical and Chiropractic Clinic today.

The Body’s Composition


 

Invest In Your Body

It is easy to think of your body as healthy and invincible. This is true when young, but age will catch up. The muscles will begin to plateau in strength in an individual’s 30s, which can lead to less physical activity. Being aware of the body’s fat percentage and keeping track is a great way to determine if body composition is declining. If weight has not changed over a couple of years but body fat percentage seems to have increased, this is a red flag that could indicate age-related muscle loss is taking place.

Dr. Alex Jimenez�s Blog Post Disclaimer

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
Maiers, Michele et al. �Chiropractic in Global Health and wellbeing: a white paper describing the public health agenda of the World Federation of Chiropractic.��Chiropractic & manual therapies�vol. 26 26. 17 Jul. 2018, doi:10.1186/s12998-018-0194-y
Superfoods Can Help Achieve Optimal Health

Superfoods Can Help Achieve Optimal Health

Superfoods are nutrient-rich foods that can be incorporated into an individual’s diet to achieve optimal health. We look at which foods contain the most nutrients, and how to create meals with the best variety of foods to improve overall health and support strong body composition. Superfoods have a high-levels of antioxidants, along with many vast amounts of essential vitamins and minerals. These are fresh, colorful foods that are packed with nutrients. The more vibrant the color, the more antioxidant power. What to look for in different foods to optimize health and improve your body composition is the objective.  
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Superfoods

Superfoods can be defined as food that is rich in compounds that are highly beneficial for health. Foods like phytochemicals, fiber, and Omega-3 fatty acids. National nutritional guidelines consider these foods as powerhouse fruits and vegetables. Research shows that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is associated with a reduced risk of chronic disease. Antioxidants like polyphenols have anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation can be caused by infection, injury, and disease. A diet rich in antioxidants helps lead to faster recovery time from injury, illness, as well as, exercise-induced stress.
  • Antioxidants reduce free radicals, prevent and repair damage caused by oxidative stress. Oxidative stress happens when free radicals start to accumulate in the body. It can play a significant role in chronic and degenerative illnesses like cancer, arthritis, and cardiovascular disease.
  • Anthocyanins are a type of polyphenol that acts as antioxidants that can help reduce the chance of chronic disease. Pigments are found in plants, which give certain fruits and vegetables their vibrant colors. These include:
  1. Berries
  2. Cherries
  3. Peaches
  4. Pomegranates
  5. Black beans
  6. Eggplant
  7. Purple sweet potatoes

Evidence suggests that a diet rich in anthocyanins helps:

  • Reduce oxidative stress and inflammation
  • Prevent cardiovascular disease
  • Control of diabetes
  • Prevent diabetes

Superfoods can help individuals with:

  • Weight loss
  • Improved muscular function
  • Body composition improvement
  • Boosting the immune system

Key Nutrients

Antioxidant properties are found in many superfoods along with nutrients to be aware of. The nutrients listed can be beneficial in optimizing health. Remember to consult a doctor before making or supplementing dietary changes.
  • Vitamin B
  • Vitamin C
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc

Omega-3’s

Omega-3 fatty acids promote many health benefits, which include reduced risk of obesity, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses. Omega-3�s contain anti-inflammatory properties and help enhance recovery after exercise. A standard diet usually contains a higher ratio of Omega-6 fatty acids compared to Omega-3’s. This unbalance increases inflammation and reduces immune system response. Omega-6 acids include vegetable oils that do offer health benefits. However, it is important to keep a healthy balance between the two. Top sources of Omega-3’s include:
  • Fatty fish
  • Fish oils – salmon, mackerel, and cod liver
  • Oysters
  • Chia seeds
  • Flaxseeds

Magnesium

Magnesium supports the health of the immune system. It supports and maintains healthy bone structure, muscle function, and insulin levels. It assists the body with energy, metabolism, and acts as a calcium blocker. This reduces cramping and aids in muscle relaxation after working out. Magnesium is essential for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body. A deficiency can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Research shows that magnesium deficiency can lead to a higher risk of insulin resistance. Magnesium-rich foods like dark leafy greens, nuts, legumes, and whole grains are also high in fiber. Individuals that have a diet rich in magnesium have a higher intake of dietary fiber, as well. Fiber helps with digestion, control weight, reduce cholesterol, and stabilize blood sugar. The best sources of Magnesium include:
  • Green vegetables such as spinach, swiss chard, and turnip greens
  • Nuts such as almonds and cashews
  • Seeds
  • Legumes
  • Cocoa

Zinc

Zinc is an essential nutrient for overall immune function support. It is an antioxidant that helps with anti-inflammatory and oxidative stress responses. Chemical reactions within the body require zinc. Zinc is a necessary element for muscle protein synthesis and hormone regulation. Zinc deficiency is common in seniors and can be connected with degenerative diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis, and age-related macular degeneration. Deficiency can also cause weight loss, delayed growth, and muscle atrophy. Zinc supplements are not recommended for healthy individuals as they can interfere with other essential vitamins and micronutrient interactions. Top sources of Zinc include:
  • Chicken
  • Red meat
  • Legumes
  • Nuts
  • Oysters

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is one of the immune systems supporting vitamins. It is an antioxidant that helps reduce free radicals and protects macromolecules from oxidative damage that could contribute to chronic diseases. Vitamin C deficiency has shown an increased risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, which include coronary heart disease, ischemic stroke, and hypertension. Vitamin C has a significant role in collagen synthesis and provides support in vascular function, which helps reduce inflammation and inflammatory diseases like atherosclerosis. Vitamin C has been found to play a role in possibly lowering blood pressure. Evidence suggests that vitamin C can help prevent obesity and obesity-related illnesses. Top sources of Vitamin C include:
  • Broccoli
  • Tomatoes
  • Citrus fruit
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Peppers

Vitamin B

Eight vitamins that make up the B vitamin complex all have various responsibilities for energy production and DNA synthesis. An increased intake of vitamin B is associated with improved metabolic pathways like glucose metabolism and reduces obesity risk. Consuming enough of the vitamins is essential. Having a deficiency in just one vitamin can lead to decreased energy, poor cognition, and muscle weakness.

The eight vitamins in the B complex are:

  • B1 – Thiamine
  • B2 – Riboflavin
  • B3 – Niacin
  • B5 – Pantothenic acid
  • B6 – Pyridoxine
  • B7 – Biotin
  • B9 – Folic acid
  • B12

The best sources for B vitamins include:

  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Bananas
  • Beef /liver
  • Eggs
  • Lentils
  • Nuts
  • Spinach

Eating Superfoods

  • Leafy greens that are rich in vitamin A, C, and K, iron, and more
  • Salmon is a great source of Omega-3s
  • Cherries are rich in vitamin C and polyphenols
  • Berries are rich in Vitamin C and high in antioxidants
  • Nuts are packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats
  • Garlic is a great source of Vitamin C and B-Complex
  • Turmeric contains potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidants
  • Cacao is packed with nutrients, and contain magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium, and more
  • Manuka Honey is packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Tea/s are filled with antioxidant properties and polyphenolic compounds

These superfoods have been shown to:

  • Improve body composition
  • Reduce the risk of chronic illnesses
  • Provide immune support
  • Antioxidant properties
  • Reduce inflammation, oxidative stress, and free radicals

Leafy Greens

Leafy greens like spinach, kale, turnip greens, and collard greens have been shown to reduce the risk for type II diabetes and cancer, which includes breast cancer, and they help protect against depression symptoms. Leafy greens contain many nutrients, which makes them a superfood staple. Leafy greens contain vitamins A, C, and K, iron, folate, zinc, and magnesium. They are a great source of fiber, carotenoids, and antioxidants that help to protect the cells.  
 

Salmon

Salmon is a perfect source of Omega-3s. These help in improving the immune system’s response, neuromuscular functioning, and enhanced cognition. Eating plenty of salmon, and other fatty fish helps reduce blood pressure and symptoms associated with coronary heart disease. Consuming whole-food proteins like salmon help with workout/exercise muscle protein synthesis better than a protein supplement. Omega-3’s can improve body composition because the fatty acids counteract muscle atrophy and promote recovery from muscles not being used brought on by surgery and inactivity.  
 

Cherries

Cherries contain a high source of vitamin C and polyphenols. Both contain antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce oxidative stress. Oxidative stress contributes to inflammation and atherosclerosis, which can contribute to cardiovascular disease. Cherries promote health, provide cardioprotective support, help to reduce blood pressure and LDL cholesterol.  
 

Berries

Berries are known for containing antioxidant properties. Berries like:
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Lingonberries
  • Blackberries
All contain flavonoids and anthocyanins. Both of these help in reducing oxidative stress. Eating berries has been shown to improve cardiovascular health. Moderate consumption of berries helps improve blood platelet function and HDL cholesterol, as well as helps reduce blood pressure. Anthocyanins, flavonoids, and phytochemicals are believed to reduce the risk of cancer, primarily of the GI tract and breast. Berries can also provide neuroprotective support, that can help prevent a decrease in cognitive functions and dementia.  
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Nuts

Nuts are considered a nutritious superfood. They contain essential vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. However, nuts are recommended in limited amounts because of their high-fat content. Also, nuts that are salted or flavored, lower health benefits. Individuals that eat a handful of nuts as part of a healthy diet have shown to be able to maintain and improve body composition. Healthy lifestyle diets like the DASH Diet and the Mediterranean Diet recommend moderate consumption of nuts. They help lower blood pressure, improve heart function, and reduce contributing factors to coronary heart disease and diabetes. Nuts include a variety of nutrients like vitamins:
  • B3
  • B6
  • B9
  • E
All help in the reduced risk of metabolic syndrome and related illnesses. Nuts also provide antioxidants which include phytochemicals:
  • Carotenoids
  • Polyphenols
  • Tocopherols
These compounds contain anti-inflammatory properties. And nuts have the potential to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and types of cancer.  
 

Garlic

Garlic is an antioxidant and has been shown to improve immune function along with the cardiovascular system. It is a good source of vitamin C and B-complex vitamins. Both enhance the effectiveness of immune system protection. Eating garlic has been shown to help lower cholesterol, blood pressure, delays the progression of atherosclerosis, and improves circulation. Studies have shown that garlic is highly effective in preventing yeast infections, as well as, treating ear infections. There is a compound known as allicin and helps shield the stomach from the spread of Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium related to gastrointestinal cancer.
 

Turmeric

Turmeric is another antioxidant. It helps manage inflammatory conditions like metabolic syndrome and arthritis. The polyphenol antioxidant is curcumin. It has been shown to help reduce inflammation, pain, and benefits the kidneys. Curcumin has been shown to reduce symptoms resulting from metabolic syndrome. Curcumin has been shown to:
  • Improve insulin sensitivity
  • Reduce the accumulation of fat storage that can lead to obesity
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Lower oxidative stress
 

Cacao

Cacao is chocolate in the purest form. It is packed with nutrients and contains:
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc
  • Iron
  • Potassium
  • Calcium
  • Copper
  • Manganese
Cocoa is the processed form that generally contains sugars and dairy products. The beans contain antioxidants and phytochemicals like polyphenols and flavonoids that protect cells against free radicals along with oxidative stress. There is a flavanol called epicatechin and is linked to improved cognition and a better mood. Dark chocolate helps reduce metabolic syndrome risk factors, including:
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Improved insulin sensitivity
  • Stabilized glucose levels
Heart function is improved by reducing platelet reactivity and inhibiting oxidant production.  
 

Manuka Honey

Honey has antioxidant properties and provides anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits. It is made up of:
  • Sugars
  • Flavonoids
  • Phenolic acids
  • Enzymes
  • Amino acids
  • Proteins
  • Other compounds have anti-tumor and anti-leukemic properties
Manuka honey also has antibacterial properties and is very beneficial in healing wounds. Store-bought honey should not be used to treat cuts and wounds. Manuka honey is darker, and thicker that comes specifically from the manuka plant. It has more microbial properties than other types of honey. All honey has antioxidants, but Manuka has high levels of organic compounds that correlate with increased antibacterial activity. It is among the most powerful antioxidants that benefit athletes. Honey can easily be incorporated into a daily diet as a sweetener for tea, or as a topping for yogurt or oatmeal. However, it is not recommended for infants under one year of age. This is because babies have a higher risk of contracting botulism.  
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Tea

Tea contains antioxidant properties and polyphenolic compounds. Studies show the polyphenols, specifically in green tea have anti-inflammatory properties. This is a common treatment for preventing osteoarthritis. The catechins are a type of phenol that helps reduce free radicals and the presence of oxidative stress. It has also been shown to effectively improve body composition. Drinking 3-4 cups of tea a day can significantly reduce weight gain and risks associated with metabolic syndrome. However, drinking 3-4 cups a day might not be the answer for everybody, it can be something to consider.  
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Incorporation

The objective is achieving optimal health, along with improved body composition. Choosing a diet that is nutrient-packed and includes a variety of fresh, whole foods is the primary focus. There is no miracle food or effective cure for cancer, but when nutrient and antioxidant-rich superfoods are part of an individual’s diet overall health will improve. These are known as lifestyle diets and are meant to change habits and are not just for losing weight. These lifestyle diets include:

Dash Diet

The DASH diet stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. This diet is non-restrictive and promotes the consumption of fresh, whole foods while focusing on serving and portion sizes. The National Institute of Health developed this as a means to reduce blood pressure and improve cardiovascular health.

Mediterranean Diet

This diet is based on the eating habits of those living in countries that surround the Mediterranean. Studies determined individuals living in this region were among the healthiest with the lowest chances of cardiovascular-related conditions/diseases, obesity, and improved mental wellbeing. It emphasizes physical activity and consistent consumption of fresh, whole foods, including heart-healthy foods like fish and various seafood.

Flexitarian Diet

The flexitarian is a semi-vegetarian diet that is primarily vegetarian with occasional meat or fish. It focuses on sustainability and recognizes the vitally important protein, vitamins, and other nutrients that meat contains. However, meat is not eaten every day. Individuals that switch from mostly meat diets to flexitarian have shown to improve body composition reduce the risk of developing metabolic syndrome along with diabetes, and cancer. Making adjustments do not have to be huge changes. Small changes will go a long way. Adding these essential superfood nutrients can promote significant benefits for overall health and well-being.

Detox Diet


 

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Acute, Chronic Back Pain and Nutritional Relief

Acute, Chronic Back Pain and Nutritional Relief

Nutritional relief for acute and chronic back pain can be achieved by eating specific fruits and vegetables. Individuals dealing with acute and chronic back pain have recently been asking if their diets can be modified to reduce back pain. Absolutely, eating healthier will lead to weight loss and will help reduce back pain symptoms. The big surprise was a nutritionist that did not know about this recommendation to help ease back pain symptoms. Life seems to throw a lot of curveballs especially in the midst of pain. Stress eating and just eating great tasting food is one method/technique of dealing with the pain, as it makes you feel good and forget the pain for a little while.  
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However, the problem is still present and becomes worse with the added weight. Not to mention the consequences of eating too much unhealthy food, like diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. Eating junk food and suffering in silence can become a way of life.

Pain Relief With Healthy Food

Most individuals will experience back pain at some point. There are a variety of causes from disease to injury and just normal wear and tear. Fortunately, for most, it will be short-lived. But for some chronic pain can develop, creating a new set of health issues and makes achieving back pain relief more complicated. It may sound too easy but making adjustments to your diet can make all the difference in dealing with and eliminating back pain.

Manage and eradicate back pain

Constantly going for the wrong foods, speeds up the inflammation process. Various studies show certain foods contain components that have anti-inflammatory properties. Experts agree that choosing healthy foods for and/or chronic illnesses reduces flare-ups, inflammation and helps heal the body back to top form. The pain reduces because the inflammation triggers are kept in check. This means the grocery store and healthy foods can be a powerful tool for fighting inflammation. Our ancestors lived off the land eating organic natural foods and healed themselves without refined products.

Multi-colored vegetables and fruits

Dark green vegetables supply powerful nutrients that fight inflammation. Added benefits are they help remove cancer-causing free radicals. Examples include:
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Collard greens
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Orange and yellow vegetables like:
  • Carrots
  • Squash
  • Pumpkin
  • Peppers
  • Pineapple
Carrots contain vitamin E and C and antioxidants that protect the healthy tissue around the inflamed area. Pineapple contains natural enzymes that help break down fibrin that forms around any acute injury. As the barrier is broken down nutrients are allowed to penetrate the area and ease the inflammation.

Nutritional Relief

The ability to heal the body with proper food choices should be a no brainer. But because humans are creatures of habit, breaking away from what is normal for the individual can be a challenge. Some simple ways to start eating toward healing:
  • Reduce the fat intake like butter, corn, red meat, and simple carbohydrates that are high in sugar and low in fiber.
  • When eating fill up with vegetables, fruits, and herbs and reduce the meat intake. Eat two to three servings of fruits and vegetables at all meals.
  • Choose varieties of fruits and vegetables:
  1. Strawberries
  2. Blueberries
  3. Cherries
  4. Pineapple
  5. Oranges
  6. Kale
  7. Broccoli
  8. Spinach
  9. Collards
  10. Carrots
  11. Pumpkin
There are plenty of choices that can aid in healing the body from the inside out. Take nutritional relief steps now and start on the road to recovery.

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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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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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Chiropractic and The Benefits for Children�s Health and Wellness

Chiropractic and The Benefits for Children�s Health and Wellness

Chiropractic adjustments for children’s health is nothing new, but it could be something new for parents. Do children really need chiropractic adjustments? Chiropractic physicians, also known as DC’s provide techniques and treatments that pediatricians don’t offer.

Chiropractors offer non-invasive options, before referring an individual to a pain specialist that might only prescribe medication/s and surgery. The body’s central nervous system controls everything. Birth itself can be physically traumatic for some infants. Therefore, receiving an adjustment can improve neurological input and correction, allowing for healthy development. �

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If involved in sports or some type of physical activity, chiropractic helps recovery from injuries progress faster and is less traumatic than disruptive therapies like pain-meds or surgery. Chiropractic medicine takes into account the entire person when there is an adjustment/correction in one area, it supports and corrects the other areas.

Depending on the chiropractor, other techniques and specialties like acupuncture, craniosacral, nutrition, and more could be incorporated into a patient’s treatment plan. Here are a few ways chiropractic can benefit children’s health.

Non-invasive

Chiropractic treatment is holistic and non-invasive. For children’s health, adjustments help with proper growth and development by removing or limiting digestive issues like:

  • Nursing
  • Re-flux
  • Colic
  • Constipation

Other issues for where pediatric chiropractic care can be utilized include:

  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Bed-wetting
  • Colds
  • Ear infections
  • Attention deficit disorder
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Autism
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However, unlike adults, children, and especially infants, chiropractic medicine focuses on mobilization that places a lower amount of pressure on the area, rather than manipulation associated with chiropractic for adult treatment that places more pressure on the area being adjusted.

Nutrition

Parents who are considering chiropractic treatment for their children’s health and wellness should also expect nutritional health coaching for optimal health. Chiropractors go through extensive training in nutrition and are qualified to offer nutritional plans that are part of the treatment.

Proper nutrition is important for everyone�s health. But for children who are growing and developing, it is essential that they get the nutrients they need for optimal spine health and development. Some foods and food additives can cause behavioral issues. These foods include:

  • Dairy
  • Artificial colors
  • Sugar
  • Preservatives
  • Other food allergens

Chiropractors can help parents and caregivers by testing and identifying behavioral triggers whose root cause could be nutritional that is improper or deficient for children’s health. �

Wellness Philosophy

Educating parents and families about the benefits of proper nutrition and fitness are essential for children’s health and wellness. Families need to follow the principles of:

  • Eating whole foods
  • Junk food minimalization
  • Electronic device limits
  • Playing/exercising regularly

These are strategies that will reduce childhood obesity that is causing a range of problems for health care like Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. Excess weight in young children and if it goes on for a long time creates a higher chance of earlier death in adulthood. From a psychological perspective, it is important to understand that during childhood kids can develop a negative body image, leading to low self-esteem, and causing depression. This can lead to serious mental health issues.

Safe

Overall, chiropractic care for children is safe and highly effective. Children typically have a positive response or no response. If you�re considering chiropractic for your child, there are many resources to help make an informed decision. For more information, visit the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association to find a chiropractor.


Personalized Medicine Genetics & Micronutrients

 


 

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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*

What is Folate Metabolism?

What is Folate Metabolism?

Folate, and its synthetic form folic acid, is a water-soluble B vitamin that plays a fundamental role in a variety of functions in the human body. Folate is essential for cell division and homeostasis because it acts as a coenzyme in many biological pathways, including amino acid metabolism, methionine production, and DNA methylation. Folate metabolism happens together with the methionine cycle and the choline pathway. Most folate coenzymes are found in the liver.

 

Folate is also used as a coenzyme to convert methionine into homocysteine. Vitamin B6 and B12, together with folate, are also essential for DNA synthesis. Proper dietary intake of folate is fundamental for normal cell growth and DNA repair. Folate or vitamin B12 deficiency can ultimately cause a variety of health issues, including anemia. Oral supplementation may be necessary. In the following article, we will discuss folate metabolism and foods that are high in folate.

 

Folate Metabolism Overview

 

Several of the most important functions of folate metabolism are methylation and S-adenosylmethionine (SAM) production, one of the most essential methyl donors in the cell. In the following diagram, we will explain folate metabolism.�

 

Image of a folate metabolism diagram.

 

Figure 1: One carbon metabolism. ATP: adenosyl triphosphate, B6: vitamin B6, B12: vitamin B12, BHMT: betaine homocysteine methyltransferase, CBS: cystathionine-?-synthase, DHF: dihydrofolate, DMG: dimethylglycine, dTMP: deoxythymidine monophosphate, dUMP: deoxyuridine monophosphate, Gly: glycine, Hcy: homocysteine, MAT: methionine adenosyltransferase, Met: methionine, MCM: L-methylmalonyl CoA mutase, MM-CoA: L-methylmalonyl CoA, MMA: methylmalonic acid, MS: methionine synthase, MTHFR: 5,10-methyltetrahydrofolate reductase, SAH: S-adenosyl homocysteine, SAHH: S-adenosyl homocysteine hydrolase, SAM: S-adenosyl methionine, Ser: serine, SHMT, serine hydroxymethyltransferase, THF: tetrahydrofolate, TS: thymidylate synthase. Adapted from: Hypo- and hypervitaminosis of B and D vitamins � Diagnosis and clinical consequences. Herrmann W. et al. 2013. Uni-Med Verlag AG.

 

Dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR) is a component that converts folate to dihydrofolate (DHF) and DHF to the active form, THF. Folate metabolism consists of three cycles. One cycle starts with a component known as 10-formylTHF which is associated with purine production and two cycles utilize 5, 10-methyleneTHF in deoxythymidine monophosphate (dTMP) and methionine production. 5-MethylTHF is one of the most predominant forms of folate found in the human body.

 

After cellular uptake, 5-methylTHF is converted into THF through the use of vitamin B12 in methionine synthase (MS). The methionine cycle is a fundamental pathway in SAM production. As previously mentioned above, B vitamin deficiencies, including folate, vitamin B6, and B12, as well as genetic birth defects can ultimately cause a variety of health issues. 5,10-MethyleneTHF is finally converted to 5-methylTHF by 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR).

 

Several of the most important functions of folate metabolism are methylation and S-adenosylmethionine (SAM) production, one of the most essential methyl donors in the cell. In the following diagram, we will simplify folate metabolism.�

 

Image of a second folate metabolism diagram.

 

15 Foods That Are High in Folate

 

Folate, and its synthetic form folic acid, is a water-soluble B vitamin that plays a fundamental role in a variety of functions in the human body. It�supports cell division and promotes fetal growth and development to reduce the risk of genetic birth defects. Folate is naturally found in many different types of foods. Doctors recommend 400 mcg of folate every day for adults to prevent deficiency. Here are 15 healthy foods that are high in folate or folic acid, including:

 

  • avocado
  • bananas
  • citrus fruits
  • papaya
  • beets
  • leafy greens
  • asparagus
  • Brussels sprouts
  • broccoli
  • nuts and seeds
  • legumes
  • eggs
  • beef liver
  • wheat germ
  • fortified grains

 

In conclusion, folate, and its synthetic form folic acid, is an important micronutrient that can be naturally found in many different types of foods. Eating many different types of healthy foods, including fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds, as well as fortified foods, is an easy way to increase your folate intake. These foods are not only high in folate but these are also high in other essential nutrients that can ultimately improve other aspects of your overall health.

 

For information regarding the nutritional role of folate, please review the following article:

Nutritional Role of Folate

 


 

Folate or folic acid is a water-soluble B vitamin that plays a fundamental role in a variety of functions in the human body, including cell division and homeostasis. Folate also helps with amino acid metabolism, methionine production, and DNA methylation.�Folate or vitamin B12 deficiency can ultimately cause a variety of health issues. Oral supplementation may be necessary. In the diagrams above, we explain the process of folate metabolism.�Folate is naturally found in many different types of foods, including avocado, citrus fruits, leafy greens, broccoli, nuts and seeds, legumes, eggs, and fortified grains.�Eating many different types of healthy foods is an easy way to increase your folate intake. These foods are not only high in folate but these are also high in other essential nutrients that can ultimately improve other aspects of your overall health.�- Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T. Insights

 


 

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Berry Bliss Smoothie

Servings: 1
Cook time: 5-10 minutes

� 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen, preferably wild)
� 1 medium carrot, roughly chopped
� 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed or chia seed
� 1 tablespoons almonds
� Water (to desired consistency)
� Ice cubes (optional, may omit if using frozen blueberries)

Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth and creamy. Best served immediately.

 


 

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Almonds have twice as much calcium as milk

 

Gram for gram this is absolutely true! According to McCance and Widdowson’s Composition of Foods (the official guide to the nutrients in food used in the UK), about 100g of almonds have 240mg of bone-building calcium while semi-skimmed (2%) milk has 120mg per 100g (3.5oz). With that being said, however, we tend to drink milk in bigger quantities than we eat almonds (and the calcium from milk is easily absorbed), so the dairy option may be a better source day-to-day.

 


 

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*�

 

Curated by Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T.

 

References:

 

  • Almas, Saneea. �Folic Acid: An Overview of Metabolism, Dosages, and Benefits of Optimal Periconception Supplementation: InfantRisk Center.� Infant Risk Center, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, www.infantrisk.com/content/folic-acid-overview-metabolism-dosages-and-benefits-optimal-periconception-supplementation.
  • Homocysteine Expert Panel Staff. �Folate Metabolism.� Homocysteine Expert Panel, Homocysteine Expert Panel Media, www.homocysteine-panel.org/en/folatefolic-acid/basics/folate-metabolism/.
  • Link, Rachael. �15 Healthy Foods That Are High in Folate (Folic Acid).� Healthline, Healthline Media, 27 Feb. 2020, www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods-high-in-folate-folic-acid.
  • Shuhei, Ebara. �Nutritional Role of Folate.� Congenital Anomalies, U.S. National Library of Medicine, 11 June 2017, pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28603928/?from_term=folate%2Bmetabolism&from_pos=3.
  • MSN Lifestyle Staff. �Coffee Is a Fruit and Other Unbelievably True Food Facts.� MSN Lifestyle, MSN Lifestyle Media, 4 June 2020, www.msn.com/en-us/foodanddrink/did-you-know/coffee-is-a-fruit-and-other-unbelievably-true-food-facts/ss-BB152Q5q?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=mailsignout#image=5.

 

Good Calories vs Bad Calories Overview

Good Calories vs Bad Calories Overview

Calories are defined as a measurement of the energy our body produces from the foods we eat. However, not all calories are created equal. If we were to eat nothing but spoonfuls of sugar all-day, by way of instance, our health would tremendously deteriorate because there simply aren’t enough nutrients in those calories from sugar. The human body needs a variety of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and many other compounds in order to function properly.

 

The foods we eat are made up of calories as well as complex mixtures of nutrients, fiber, and additives. This can ultimately affect the hormones that regulate our hunger, known as leptin, and those that manage how we burn or store calories to be used for energy, known as insulin. Our bodies are naturally programmed to protect us against long-term starvation by storing excess calories as fat. Eating “bad” calories in excess amounts can ultimately lead to obesity.

 

In a research study, a group of people was given the same amount of calories but from different food sources. The participants had no significant weight gain, regardless of whether the calories were from carbohydrates, proteins, fats, or any other combination of nutrients. However, environmental factors, such as an individual’s hormonal balance, emotions, and cravings were not taken into consideration. It’s important to understand how calories can affect your health.

 

Good Calories vs Bad Calories

 

Excess calories from processed foods are stored as fat which can lead to obesity. In the United States, obesity is the main cause of health issues like insulin resistance. Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood sugar levels. It is naturally produced in the pancreas and helps move excess glucose from the bloodstream into the cells to be used for energy. When the pancreas recognizes high blood sugar levels, it creates more insulin to reduce glucose.

 

However, this can diminish the pancreas of insulin-producing cells which can eventually cause insulin resistance or impaired insulin sensitivity. If the pancreas can’t produce enough insulin, it can lead to prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. Excess calories from sugar and processed foods can also cause inflammation which may also lead to chronic pain. So what can we do to prevent these health issues? The answer is simple: eat complex carbohydrates, lean protein, and healthy fats.

 

Replace highly processed carbohydrates that can increase blood sugar levels and insulin, with vegetables, beans, and whole grains. When it comes to eating complex carbohydrates like whole grains, the less processed the better! Consider eating stone-ground whole wheat, quinoa, oats, and brown rice. Then, choose lean proteins, such as fish and chicken. as well as healthy fats that come from plant sources, such as nuts, olive oil, and avocado, among others.

 

Below, we will compare the calories in common foods and drinks to demonstrate the differences and similarities in good calories vs bad calories:�

 

 

Can you tell which are the good calories and which are the bad calories? It�s important to follow the principle of �clean eating� and choose unprocessed foods in the purest forms instead of processed foods. This includes foods like fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, or eggs. You can eat these foods without worrying too much about your daily caloric intake limit. Eating a variety of these is essential in order to provide your body with the nutrients it needs to function properly.

 

Bad calories include processed foods which follow exactly the opposite principle of “clean eating”. Foods with high amounts of sugar and fast food offers you almost no nutrients but a lot of what we call “empty calories”. If you�re trying to lose weight to manage insulin resistance associated with type 2 diabetes, you�ll have to pay attention to your �bad� calorie intake.

 

For more information regarding the effects of good calories vs bad calories on obesity, please review this article:

Is the calorie concept a real solution to the obesity epidemic?

 


 

Our body needs nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and many other compounds from calories in order to function properly. Calories are a measurement of the energy our body produces from the foods we eat. But, not all calories are created equal. Eating bad calories vs good calories can affect the hormones that regulate our hunger and those that manage how we burn or store calories to be used for energy. Moreover, eating “bad” calories in excess amounts can cause obesity. It’s important to understand how calories can affect your health. In the United States, obesity is the main cause of health issues like insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. Excess bad calories can also cause inflammation which may cause chronic pain. Eating complex carbohydrates, lean protein, and healthy fats can help people lose weight and prevent as well as control health issues like insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. Learning to identify good calories and bad calories is a helpful strategy for people who want to improve their overall health. Adding healthy foods to a smoothie can also be a fast and easy way to include good calories into your diet. – Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T. Insights

 


 

 

Image of zesty beet juice.

 

Zesty Beet Juice

Servings: 1
Cook time: 5-10 minutes

� 1 grapefruit, peeled and sliced
� 1 apple, washed and sliced
� 1 whole beet, and leaves if you have them, washed and sliced
� 1-inch knob of ginger, rinsed, peeled and chopped

Juice all ingredients in a high-quality juicer. Best served immediately.

 


 

Image of smoothie with nasturtium flower and leaves.

 

Add Nasturtium to Your Smoothies

 

Adding nasturtium flowers and leaves to any smoothie can add extra nutrients. These lovely plants are easy to grow and the entire plant is edible. Nasturtium leaves are high in vitamin C, which is essential for a healthy immune system, and they also contain calcium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, and iron. According to healthcare professionals, the extract from the flowers and leaves have antimicrobial, antifungal, hypotensive, expectorant, and anticancer effects. Antioxidants in garden nasturtium occur due to its high content of compounds such as anthocyanins, polyphenols, and vitamin C. Due to its rich phytochemical content and unique elemental composition, the garden nasturtium may be used in the treatment of a variety of health issues, including respiratory and digestive problems. Not to mention, the flowers and leaves look absolutely lovely in smoothies.

 


 

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 additional explanation as 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*�

 

Curated by Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T.

 

References:

 

  • Glassman, Keri. �The Difference Between Good and Bad Calories.� Women’s Health, Women’s Health Media, 11 June 2019, www.womenshealthmag.com/food/a19930112/the-difference-between-good-and-bad-calories/.
  • Denner, Julia. �Good Calories Vs. Bad Calories >> The Difference Matters.� Adidas Runtastic Blog, Adidas Runtastic Blog Media, 9 Sept. 2019, www.runtastic.com/blog/en/good-calories-vs-bad-calories/.
  • Taubes, Gary. �Good Calories Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health.� CrossFit, CrossFit Media, 31 Jan. 2020, www.crossfit.com/health/good-calories-bad-calories.

 

Eating Right and Healing Quick, Post Spine Surgery

Eating Right and Healing Quick, Post Spine Surgery

Getting back to the house and eating a regular meal post a spinal operation is one of those moments when more is better. This means more:

  • Calories
  • Protein
  • Healthy foods to help the body recover quicker

The time after neck or back surgery is not only a time for the spine to heal, but for the entire body to go through a recovery process. It is a generally slow progression, but once you are able to eat normally, a high-quality diet/meal plan will help ensure a smooth and speedy recovery. �

 

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Eating Right and Healing Quick, Post Spine Surgery

 

The first few days after arriving home there could be nausea, which is common coming out of anesthesia and beginning pain medication. Appetite could be diminished, which is just fine because the gastrointestinal tract needs time to get back functioning properly after spine surgery.

A positive sign that the digestive system is beginning to work properly is the ability to pass gas. Recovery in a hospital, the surgical team slowly transitions from a clear liquid diet to a soft diet and finally to solid food.

Once out of the hospital, the body should be ready to eat normally. Your surgical team will discuss and provide the individual with a specific meal plan, but a general approach to a post-spine surgery diet typically follow these parameters:

More Calories

Post spine surgery, the body’s metabolism increases in order to heal. So the body needs extra calories, around twice as much for proper recovery. It is very important that these extra calories are from healthy foods like:

  • Grains
  • Legumes
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables

 

� These will provide the body with extra vitamin C and other nutrients that the body needs for healing a wound and the recovery process that goes with it.

High-Protein

Protein is the key nutrient required for post-surgery healing and recovery. Extra calories should come from:

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� Low-fat dairy is a good source of protein that provides calcium and vitamin D for bone restoration. High-protein foods are often high in zinc, which is essential in fighting infections.

 

Eat More Small Meals

Rather than eating three regular-sized meals, try to eat four to six small, well-balanced meals. These should be spaced throughout the day into the evening. These will be easier on the digestive system, especially when increasing the calorie intake.

 

Supplement Shakes or Smoothies

Smoothies and shakes are a great way to boost calories and protein post-op. Make them with milk, soymilk, yogurt, or other high-protein food or beverage as the base. There are also prepared shakes or smoothies at the supermarket or drug store that are specifically prepared to boost calories and protein. �

 

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Vitamins and Minerals

The surgeon will more than likely recommend vitamin and mineral supplements, along with other dietary supplements to promote healing. Be sure to get a doctor�s approval before taking any other supplements during recovery. �

 

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Eating Right and Healing Quick, Post Spine Surgery

Water and Fiber

Pain medication can cause constipation. The most important thing to do is to drink plenty of water throughout the day. This is vital to the healing process. Eat plenty of high-fiber foods like whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. There is also a natural laxative effect from drinking prune juice or eating prunes, which are dried plums. �

 

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If there is any trouble following the post-op diet plan or any questions about food or supplements, contact the surgeon, dietitian, or a health coach/nutritionist. At a follow-up appointment, ask how long the special diet will have to last so you can plan accordingly.


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Stubborn Weight: Genetics or Diet?

Stubborn Weight: Genetics or Diet?

Today, there can be a lot of confusion when it comes to diet. The information received can be contradicting, confusing, and leave individuals feeling lost. This can often result in giving up on the diet and being left with joint pain, inflammation, discomfort, headaches and more.

The reason why there is more than one diet out there is because the research is always advancing. We have come to realize that everyone’s body reacts to different food sources and diets differently.

Genetic Code

As more and more research is being done, the more we are realizing how the genetic factor of individual cells directly correlate to a patient’s weight, diet, and changes as they age. For years, as one would get older and start gaining weight, we would attribute it to age. Although age is a factor, what we are finding now is that the genes are actually changing as we age and that is what creates this weight gain.

Sure enough, there are also genes that will tell us if you are susceptible to snacking. These genes can detect if you have a predisposition for heightened snacking or satiety. Satiety is the feeling of fullness after a meal. If you have reduced satiety, you tend to snack more because you do not feel as full after the meals you eat.

Getting your genes tested will allow the treatment plans created to be more personal and more geared to see results! Believe it or not, your genes can tell us if you are genetically prone to obesity,� if you have weight loss resistance when it comes to carbohydrates, and how your body responds to exercise! Using the genes, we can see how many hours per week you will need for weight loss or to maintain your current weight.

Proven Methods

The best option is to know your genes so the diet plan can be geared more towards you directly. However, if that is not a possibility right away, there has been one diet that has been proven time and time again to work for almost everyone. This diet is referred to as the Ketogenic Diet.

In simple terms, the ketogenic diet is a low carb, high-fat diet. This diet works by sending the body into a state of ketosis which burns fat as fuel.

Research shows that those using a ketogenic diet demonstrated a higher percentage of weight loss and kept the weight off longer when compared to those who did a low-fat diet.

Available Resources

Considering the fact that there is misinformation about diets out there, proper education is going to be the key. As someone who has gone through dietary changes myself and figuring out what works best with my body with type 1 diabetes for optimal health, the right team is what made me successful.

Surround yourself with those who are continuously educating themselves and have a system in place. For example, we make sure our patients get one on one time with the doctor and a health coach. From here, the health coach and patient become connected through a virtual database allowing the patient’s food, weight, supplements, hydration, BMI, BIA, and activity to be tracked by the health coach. The health coach can then instant message or video chat the patient throughout the week to ensure they are staying on track, staying motivated, and answer any questions they may have!

Do not be left confused over diets anymore! Remember that your genetic code holds the key to the right diet for you.

The right diet has the ability to make individuals see the results they have been waiting for. It all comes down to the genes. As mentioned, genes change over time but they hold the code. If you are someone who has struggled with diets, feeling good, or are stuck at a certain weight, I highly recommend getting tested! The information you gain from this is so beneficial! I have seen the results first hand, and they are eye-opening. They let you know if you have the genetics that will hold onto fat. This knowledge can help us prevent health issues such as metabolic syndrome! – Kenna Vaughn, Senior Health Coach�

Dr. Alex Jimenez�s Blog Post DisclaimerThe scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, and nervous health issues or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health protocols to treat injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. 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. To further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900.

 

REFERENCES
Bueno, Nassib Bezerra, et al. �Very-Low-Carbohydrate Ketogenic Diet v. Low-Fat Diet for Long-Term Weight Loss: a Meta-Analysis of Randomised Controlled Trials.� British Journal of Nutrition, vol. 110, no. 7, 2013, pp. 1178�1187., doi:10.1017/s0007114513000548.

 

Functional Neurology: Hypothyroidism Diet

Functional Neurology: Hypothyroidism Diet

Hypothyroidism is a health issue that occurs when the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough hormones. According to healthcare professionals, thyroid hormones regulate metabolism, cell and tissue repair as well as growth, among other essential bodily functions. People with hypothyroidism experience weight gain, hair loss, cold sensitivity, depression, fatigue, and a variety of other symptoms. Diet and lifestyle modifications may ultimately help improve thyroid function. In the following article, we will discuss the best diet as well as what foods to eat and what foods to avoid with hypothyroidism.

 

What is Hypothyroidism?

 

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ found in the center of the neck. It produces hormones that affect almost every cell and tissue in the human body. When the thyroid hormones are low, the pituitary gland, a small gland found in the base of the brain, sends a signal, known as the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), which causes the thyroid gland to release necessary hormones into the bloodstream. Occasionally, the thyroid gland doesn’t release enough hormones even when there is enough TSH. This is referred to as primary hypothyroidism and it’s one of the most common types of thyroid dysfunction.

 

Approximately 90 percent of primary hypothyroidism cases occur due to Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease that causes a person’s own immune system to attack and destroy the thyroid gland. Primary hypothyroidism may also occur due to iodine deficiency, genetic disorders, drugs and/or medications as well as surgery. In other cases, the thyroid gland won’t receive enough TSH signals. This happens when the pituitary gland isn’t functioning properly and it’s referred to as secondary hypothyroidism. Thyroid hormones regulate our metabolism which helps turn the foods we eat into energy.

 

Foods to Eat with Hypothyroidism

 

Thyroid hormones can help regulate the speed of our metabolism. Faster metabolisms ultimately burn much more calories. However, because people with hypothyroidism produce fewer thyroid hormones, their metabolism slows down and burns much less calories. Slower metabolisms can cause a variety of health issues, such as increased fatigue, blood cholesterol levels, and weight gain. Research studies found that eating a balanced diet can help increase the rate of metabolism. There are a variety of foods that can also help improve overall health and wellness in people with hypothyroidism, including:

 

  • fruits, including bananas, berries, oranges, tomatoes, etc.
  • vegetables, including moderate amounts of cooked, cruciferous vegetables
  • gluten-free grains and seeds, including rice, buckwheat, quinoa, chia seeds, and flax seeds
  • dairy, including milk, cheese, yogurt, etc.
  • eggs (eating whole eggs is often recommended)
  • fish, including tuna, halibut, salmon, shrimp, etc.
  • meat, including beef, lamb chicken, etc.
  • water and other non-caffeinated beverages

 

Essential Nutrients for Hypothyroidism

 

Iodine

 

Iodine is an essential mineral that�s used to produce thyroid hormones. People with iodine deficiency may have an increased risk of developing hypothyroidism. Iodine deficiency is a common health issue that affects almost one-third of the population worldwide. If you have an iodine deficiency, consider adding iodized table salt to your meals or eating more iodine-rich foods, such as seaweed, fish, dairy, and eggs. Iodine supplements are unnecessary, as you can get plenty of iodine from your diet. Doctors have also found that getting too much iodine can damage the thyroid gland.

 

Selenium

 

Selenium is an essential mineral that helps �activate� thyroid hormones so that they can be used by the human body. This nutrient also has antioxidant properties that may protect the thyroid gland from damage by molecules, known as free radicals, that can cause oxidative stress. Adding selenium-rich foods to your diet is a great way to increase your selenium levels. Selenium-rich foods include Brazil nuts, legumes, tuna, sardines, and eggs. However, avoid taking selenium supplements unless advised by a healthcare professional. Selenium supplements may be toxic if they are taken in large amounts.

 

Zinc

 

Similar to the essential mineral, known as selenium, zinc also helps the human body �activate� thyroid hormones so that they can also be readily used by the human body. Research studies found that zinc may ultimately help regulate the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), or the hormone released by the pituitary gland that signals the thyroid gland to produce hormones. Zinc deficiency is rare in developed countries, as zinc is abundant in the food supply. However, people with hypothyroidism should eat a balanced diet with more zinc-rich foods, including beef, chicken, oysters and other shellfish, among other foods.

 

Foods to Avoid with Hypothyroidism

 

Fortunately, people with hypothyroidism don�t have to avoid eating too many different types of foods. However, foods that have goitrogens should be eaten in moderation and they should also be cooked accordingly as these can ultimately affect the production of thyroid hormones by interfering with iodine uptake in the thyroid gland. People with hypothyroidism should also avoid eating processed foods, as these generally have a lot of calories. This can be a problem for people with hypothyroidism, as they may gain weight more easily. Here is a list of foods and supplements you should avoid, including:

 

  • millet (including all of the different varieties available)
  • processed foods, including cakes, cookies, hot dogs, etc.
  • supplements (only take supplements recommended by a healthcare professional)

 

Here is a list of foods you can eat in moderation. These foods have goitrogens which can be harmful if they’re eaten in large amounts, including:

 

  • soy-based foods, including edamame beans, tofu, tempeh, soy milk, etc.
  • cruciferous vegetables, including kale, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, etc.
  • certain fruits, including strawberries, pears, and peaches
  • beverages, including green tea, coffee, and alcohol

 

Harmful Nutrients for Hypothyroidism

 

Goitrogens

 

Goitrogens are substances that may affect thyroid function. People with hypothyroidism should avoid eating foods with goitrogens, however, this only appears to be a problem for people who have an iodine deficiency or eat large amounts of goitrogens. Also, cooking foods with goitrogens may inactivate these substances. One exception to the previously mentioned foods above includes pearl millet. Several research studies found that eating pearl millet may ultimately affect thyroid function, even if you don�t have an iodine deficiency. Furthermore, many common foods have goitrogens, including:

 

  • soy foods, including edamame, tempeh, tofu, etc.
  • certain vegetables, including cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, kale, etc.
  • fruits and starchy plants, including strawberries, peaches, cassava, sweet potatoes, etc.
  • nuts and seeds, including peanuts, pine nuts, millet, etc.

 

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The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ found in the center of the neck which produces hormones when the pituitary gland releases a signal known as the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). However, thyroid dysfunction can ultimately cause a variety of health issues, including hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism, also known as an underactive thyroid, occurs when the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough hormones. Diet and lifestyle modifications may ultimately help improve thyroid function. In the article, we discuss the best diet as well as what foods to eat and what foods to avoid with hypothyroidism. Several essential nutrients can also help improve hypothyroidism while certain substances can affect thyroid function.Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T. Insight

 

Hypothyroidism is a health issue that occurs when the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough hormones. According to healthcare professionals, thyroid hormones regulate metabolism, cell and tissue repair as well as growth, among other essential bodily functions. People with hypothyroidism experience weight gain, hair loss, cold sensitivity, depression, fatigue, and a variety of other symptoms. Diet and lifestyle modifications may ultimately help improve thyroid function. In the article above, we discussed the best diet as well as what foods to eat and what foods to avoid with hypothyroidism.

 

The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, and nervous health issues or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health protocols to treat injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. 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. To further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900.�

 

Curated by Dr. Alex Jimenez

 

References:

  1. Mayo Clinic Staff. �Hypothyroidism (Underactive Thyroid).� Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 7 Jan. 2020, www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hypothyroidism/symptoms-causes/syc-20350284.
  2. Norman, James. �Hypothyroidism: Overview, Causes, and Symptoms.� EndocrineWeb, EndrocrineWeb Media, 10 July 2019, www.endocrineweb.com/conditions/thyroid/hypothyroidism-too-little-thyroid-hormone.
  3. Holland, Kimberly. �Everything You Need to Know About Hypothyroidism.� Healthline, Healthline Media, 3 Apr. 2017, www.healthline.com/health/hypothyroidism/symptoms-treatments-more.
  4. Raman, Ryan. �Best Diet for Hypothyroidism: Foods to Eat, Foods to Avoid.� Healthline, Healthline Media, 15 Nov. 2019, www.healthline.com/nutrition/hypothyroidism-diet.

 


 

Additional Topic Discussion: Chronic Pain

Sudden pain is a natural response of the nervous system which helps to demonstrate possible injury. By way of instance, pain signals travel from an injured region through the nerves and spinal cord to the brain. Pain is generally less severe as the injury heals, however, chronic pain is different than the average type of pain. With chronic pain, the human body will continue sending pain signals to the brain, regardless if the injury has healed. Chronic pain can last for several weeks to even several years. Chronic pain can tremendously affect a patient’s mobility and it can reduce flexibility, strength, and endurance.

 

 


 

Neural Zoomer Plus for Neurological Disease

Neural Zoomer Plus | El Paso, TX Chiropractor

 

Dr. Alex Jimenez utilizes a series of tests to help evaluate neurological diseases. The Neural ZoomerTM Plus is an array of neurological autoantibodies which offers specific antibody-to-antigen recognition. The Vibrant Neural ZoomerTM Plus is designed to assess an individual�s reactivity to 48 neurological antigens with connections to a variety of neurologically related diseases. The Vibrant Neural ZoomerTM Plus aims to reduce neurological conditions by empowering patients and physicians with a vital resource for early risk detection and an enhanced focus on personalized primary prevention.

 

Food Sensitivity for the IgG & IgA Immune Response

Food Sensitivity Zoomer | El Paso, TX Chiropractor

 

Dr. Alex Jimenez utilizes a series of tests to help evaluate health issues associated with a variety of food sensitivities and intolerances. The Food Sensitivity ZoomerTM is an array of 180 commonly consumed food antigens that offers very specific antibody-to-antigen recognition. This panel measures an individual�s IgG and IgA sensitivity to food antigens. Being able to test IgA antibodies provides additional information to foods that may be causing mucosal damage. Additionally, this test is ideal for patients who might be suffering from delayed reactions to certain foods. Utilizing an antibody-based food sensitivity test can help prioritize the necessary foods to eliminate and create a customized diet plan around the patient�s specific needs.

 

Gut Zoomer for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)

Gut Zoomer | El Paso, TX Chiropractor

 

Dr. Alex Jimenez utilizes a series of tests to help evaluate gut health associated with small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). The Vibrant Gut ZoomerTM offers a report that includes dietary recommendations and other natural supplementation like prebiotics, probiotics, and polyphenols. The gut microbiome is mainly found in the large intestine and it has more than 1000 species of bacteria that play a fundamental role in the human body, from shaping the immune system and affecting the metabolism of nutrients to strengthening the intestinal mucosal barrier (gut-barrier). It is essential to understand how the number of bacteria that symbiotically live in the human gastrointestinal (GI) tract influences gut health because imbalances in the gut microbiome may ultimately lead to gastrointestinal (GI) tract symptoms, skin conditions, autoimmune disorders, immune system imbalances, and multiple inflammatory disorders.

 


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Formulas for Methylation Support

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Proudly,�Dr. Alexander Jimenez makes XYMOGEN formulas available only to patients under our care.

 

Please call our office in order for us to assign a doctor consultation for immediate access.

 

If you are a patient of Injury Medical & Chiropractic�Clinic, you may inquire about XYMOGEN by calling 915-850-0900.

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For your convenience and review of the XYMOGEN products please review the following link. *XYMOGEN-Catalog-Download

 

* All of the above XYMOGEN policies remain strictly in force.

 


 

 


 

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