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Monday, May 21, 2018

Can Chiropractic Help You Lose Weight?


Bottom Line:

If you are looking to lose a few extra pounds this month, you are not alone. Many of our patients are working towards a similar goal.

How you move, eat, and think every day will determine your success. All three are part of maintaining an active lifestyle. So where does Chiropractic fit in?

Why it Matters:

Unfortunately, no Chiropractic technique takes off 10 pounds with each adjustment; but people just like you have been able to maintain a healthy weight by adding Chiropractic care into their active lifestyle.

Research has suggested that periodic Chiropractic care can help evaluate, detect and treat emerging problems. So, by reducing injuries, you will be able to stay active and keep your exercise routine on track.

Also, many people report reduced stress after getting adjusted. This makes sense because research studies have shown reduced muscle tension in the shoulders after an adjustment.

And finally, we firmly believe that healthy food choices make a significant impact on your body’s ability to be well and stay well. Eating healthy whole foods and sometimes even using select supplements can give your body the fuel it needs to get through the day.  

·         Chiropractic has been shown to reduce the stress and tension in the muscles that support your head and neck.
·         Staying active with daily exercise will help keep your muscles toned and reduce your risk of injury.
·         Lowering your sugar intake helps to avoid those devastating blood sugar crashes in the afternoon.

Next Steps:

Thank you for making our office a part of your healthy lifestyle. Our team is here to support your ability to move, think, and eat in a way that results in achieving your healthcare goals.

We know that by moving your body, making smart dietary choices, and managing your stress, you will put yourself in the best place possible to live your best life. We are proud to be your partner in health!

Science Source:

·         The Role of Exercise and Physical Activity in Weight Loss and Maintenance. Prog Cardiovasc Dis 2015
·         Hair Cortisol and Adiposity in a PopulationBased Sample of 2,527 Men and Women Aged 54 to 87 years. Obesity 2017
·         Sugar Consumption, Metabolic Disease and Obesity: The State of the Controversy. Crit Rev Clin Lab Sci. 2016
·         Glucose Metabolic Changes in the Brain and Muscles of Patients with Nonspecific Neck Pain Treated by Spinal Manipulation Therapy.Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017

Monday, May 14, 2018

Don’t Have Enough Time to Exercise?


Bottom Line:

You're busy and you're stressed out. Well, you're not alone.

These are two of the most common reasons people give for not exercising consistently. Ironically, these are the two exact reasons you should be exercising and moving your body!

Moving your body releases endorphins which help you feel good, relaxes your mind which reduces stress, and burns calories to keep you looking great.

Why it Matters:

Your body is meant to move. Long hours commuting in your car or sitting at a desk can place a lot of stress on your musculoskeletal system.

If your spine and core muscles are weak and unstable, then you are more likely to suffer an injury which can cause a downward spiral that impacts your relationships with food, sleep, and exercise. So taking a pro-active approach to your exercise routine is crucial to live your best life. Chiropractic adjustments are an essential part of the picture because they can help you feel good mentally and keep you moving physically.

  • ·         Maintaining a healthy weight can decrease the risk factors for cardiovascular and heart disease.
  • ·         Even 15 minutes of light exercise can make a difference in your overall health.
  • ·         Exercise can help you feel good both physically and mentally.


Next Steps:

Schedule time every day to exercise. But, don’t get discouraged if you feel like you aren’t doing enough. Rome wasn’t built in a day!

Even 15 minutes of walking during your afternoon break can provide you with the health benefits you are looking for. Burning an extra hundred calories per day (which could be accomplished with 10 minutes of walking) adds up to thousands of calories each month. Continue that trend, and you will notice inches falling off your waistline before you know it!

Science Source:

The Role of Exercise and Physical Activity in Weight Loss and Maintenance. Prog Cardiovasc Dis 2015


Monday, May 7, 2018

Stress and Weight


Bottom Line:

A recent research study found over 75% of people experience at least a moderate amount of stress every day!

Chronic stress is not fun to deal with, but did you know it can also affect your weight?

When you are stressed your body goes into survival (or “fight or flight”) mode which changes your hormonal balance. You don’t need to be running from a saber tooth tiger to enter fight or flight mode. Even everyday events like traffic and stress at work can cause you to have that physiological response.

Why it Matters:

Recent research suggests that chronic stress can result in:

·         high blood pressure,
·         changes in your brain,
·         and weight gain.

When you are stressed out, it is more likely that you will over-eat and less likely that you will get enough sleep and exercise. Stress causes your body to release cortisol, a hormone that can produce a build-up of fatty tissue and cause weight gain. Cortisol increases both your appetite and the amount of fat the body stores. By recognizing your stressors, and engaging in a few simple relaxation techniques, you can learn to reduce your body’s natural stress response.

·         The hormone Cortisol is released in response to stress and increases your blood sugar.
·         Chronic stress can lead to elevated cortisol levels.
·         An association has been found between increased cortisol levels and obesity.


Next Steps:

Relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga, or even simple breathing exercises can help your body counter the stress response. Also, exercise has been shown to decrease stress levels substantially.

The next time you are feeling stressed out, take a moment to breathe a few deep breaths and try to get some exercise into your schedule that day. Not only will you feel better mentally, but your body will be able to reduce the amount of Cortisol produced which will limit your body’s fat storage and help curb any thoughts of over-eating. Staying fit and trim does start in your head!


Science Source:

Hair Cortisol and Adiposity in a PopulationBased Sample of 2,527 Men and Women Aged 54 to 87 Years. Obesity 2017

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Sugar: The Beach Body Killer


Bottom Line:

If you have a sweet tooth, you know it can be difficult to avoid sugary foods like pastries, candy, or even soda. Which sugary food is your weakness?

Researchers have proven that sugar is a key contributor to weight gain. But how?

Well, sugar is made up of two molecules: glucose and fructose. Glucose is what your body uses for energy. Fructose, on the other hand, is a molecule that your liver turns to fat and is a key contributor to weight gain and disease.

Why it Matters:

When you eat a lot of sugar, it causes your blood glucose to rise, which can be toxic. So your body produces insulin to get the glucose out of your blood and into the cells to be used for energy. Over time, your body can actually build a resistance to insulin which means that your pancreas works harder to create the same balance. When the resistance to insulin reaches a critical point, it can result in type II diabetes. But first, your body begins storing an overabundance of fat in your fat cells. The worst part? Not only do you start “gaining weight” but your body has a tough time getting the energy out of the fat cells, which means your brain thinks you are hungry, and you eat even more. What a vicious cycle!

- Excess sugar can lead to cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and weight gain.
- Eating sugary foods can result in your body storing away more fat.
- Sugar can trick your brain into thinking it’s still hungry (even after you’ve eaten a full meal).

Next Steps:

Staying fit and healthy can be challenging, but we’re here for you. How you choose to eat is one of the most important aspects of living a healthy life. When you make good choices about how you eat, how you move, and how you think - you are set up for a healthy life.



Science Source:

Sugar Consumption, Metabolic Disease and Obesity: The State of the Controversy. Crit Rev Clin Lab Sci. 2016


Thursday, April 26, 2018

Adjust Your Thoughts About Seasonal Allergies


Bottom Line:
For many people, the start of spring brings thoughts of blooming flowers and more time spent outdoors. For others, the first thought is whether or not they have enough tissues for =their runny nose, watery eyes, and sneezing fits. Seasonal allergies in the spring can put a serious damper on your mood and ability to get outside and seize the day. Staying active with exercise and avoiding foods that make your allergies worse are a few great ways to feel more like yourself this spring. But, did you know emerging research hints that getting adjusted may also be a secret weapon in your fight against allergies?  

Why it Matters:
Allergies and allergic reactions are regulated by your nervous system. When your nervous system is stressed; it is more likely to overreact to its environment. The result? You guessed it…worsening allergies. Your nervous system has a close connection with your spine. In fact, emerging research has found a relationship between spinal misalignments and allergies. When these spinal misalignments were corrected, many patients in the study had a reduction of their allergies! We have heard from quite a few of our patients that their allergies improved after starting to receive chiropractic care. Have you experienced any improvement yet?

- Researchers have found misalignments of the bones in the mid-back correlate with allergies

- Medications such as corticosteroids and antihistamines can worsen allergies long-term

- Many people report improvement in their allergies after getting adjusted

Next Steps:

If you suffer from worsening allergies every spring, getting adjusted may help improve your quality of life. Medications often end up triggering a host of aggravating side-effects, making them difficult, if not impossible to take. So stay well naturally!  If you have been under chiropractic care and have experienced an improvement in your allergies- let us know. We would love to hear your story today.

Science Source:
Relationship Between Vertebral Deformities And Allergic Diseases.The Internet Journal of Orthopedic Surgery 2004.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Title: Stressed Out and Sneezing


Bottom Line:
Research has shown that high levels of stress can cause your allergies to become worse. Mental stress can upset the balance of your nervous system and immune system. If your nervous system is overstimulated with stress, it can affect the response of your immune system to an allergen. By decreasing mental stress, your immune system can function better and head off many allergies at the pass.

Why it Matters:
Exciting new research has showcased how stress reduction can reduce the symptoms we associate with seasonal allergies. Meditation and chiropractic adjustments have been shown to reduce stress levels. And with reduced stress levels, your immune system has the potential to function at a higher level. Feeling more relaxed is something all of us could benefit from- and it may even help reduce your seasonal allergies.

- Physical, chemical, and emotional stress can cause your immune system to become hypersensitive

- A hypersensitive immune system often overreacts to a potential threat resulting in worsening allergies  

- Reduce stress, and allergies, with a stress-reducing activity like exercise, meditation, or even getting adjusted!

Next Steps:

Aside from putting you in a bad mood, being over-stressed has far-reaching effects on your body. If you “start to feel your allergies coming on” find stress-reducing activities that you enjoy. It may be reading a book, meditating, getting a massage, or perhaps even getting a chiropractic adjustment. Feeling better mentally and reducing your seasonal allergies are just a few of the benefits you can expect by lowering your stress levels!

Science Source:
Stress and Allergic Diseases. Immunol Allergy Clin North Am. 2011.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Sugar is Fuel for Allergies


Bottom Line:
Seasonal allergies- the runny nose, itchy eyes, and sneezing- are never fun. You may not realize the foods you eat can make your allergies worse. Certain foods can contribute to overstimulation of your immune system, activating your allergies.  Small amounts of pollen on your fruits and vegetables can initiate an allergic reaction. So be sure to thoroughly wash your produce before eating to reduce the amount of pollen and bacteria present on their outer layers. But, perhaps the worst trigger for allergies is good ol’ fashioned refined sugar. So, contrary to popular opinion, your allergies do NOT have a sweet tooth!

Why it Matters:
Refined sugar causes inflammation and stresses your immune system. When your immune system is stressed, your allergies get worse. Talk about a catch 22! When you are suffering from a runny nose, itchy eyes and constant sneezing it is enticing to reach for a cookie or pastry. But that cookie may put you in a downward spiral of worsening allergies. Refined sugar raises your insulin levels and then causes your blood sugar to plummet. The spike in blood sugar is stressful to your body and can severely impact your immune systems’ ability to fight off allergens appropriately. And a stressed immune system is never able to function at its highest level.

- Refined sugar causes inflammation in your body and can crash your blood sugar levels

- Sugary foods put stress on your body and immune system

- Reducing refined sugar in your diet can help reduce your seasonal allergies

Next Steps:
Avoiding excess refined sugar is a great way to reduce your allergies. The next time you feel your allergies coming on, recognize it’s a body signal that your immune system is stressed out. Try avoiding sugary snacks for a few days and give your body a chance to get well. Also, if you know someone who has been suffering from allergies and has “tried everything” to get well, share this paper with them and invite them to our monthly workshop. This information may help them feel better than ever this spring!


Science Source:
7 Foods That Can Help Fight Seasonal Allergies. Prevention 2017.