GREEN IS NOT ONLY FOR ST PATRICK’S DAY!

GREEN IS NOT ONLY FOR ST. PATRICK’S DAY Are you interested in loosing weight or just staying in shape? Eating green vegetables are filling, extremely nutritious and very low in calories. In the amounts commonly consumed, green leafy vegetables provide an abundance of roughage or fiber, which is an important component of a healthful diet. The greener the leaf, the higher the carotene content. Carotene from leafy vegetables is more readily absorbed and utilized than that from yellow ones. Fresh vegetable leaves are also good sources of vitamin C, unfortunately, much of this ascorbic acid is often lost before consumption, through oxidation and leaching during preparation. Though little carotene is lost in cooking, portions of water-soluble vitamins and appreciable quantities of iron, magnesium, and phosphorus may be lost if the cooking water of leafy vegetables is discarded. On a calorie by-calorie-basis, green vegetables contain significantly more fiber than whole grains. As an example: 2 slices of whole-wheat bread –about 140 calories, 4 gms of fiber, 140 mgs of potassium vs 2 cups of broccoli—87 calories, 9 gms of fiber, 1,000 mgs of potassium. Although it is recommended to consume a minimum of 25-30gms/day the average American consumes 15 gms of fiber/day. Diets low in fiber may underlie or exacerbate constipation, appendicitis, hemorrhoids, deep-vein thrombosis, varicose veins, diverticulitis, hiatal hernia and gastroesophageal reflux. Fiber is thought to help prevent colon cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Promoting good health includes the necessity to eat potassium-rich foods which are vegetables and fruits primarily, as well as animal protein and potatoes. Research recommends 7,000-11,000mg of potassium/day which should come from your diet. However,...

How To Avoid Back Pain During the Holidays

HOW TO AVOID BACK PAIN DURING THE HOLIDAYS Parties? Shopping?  Driving? Wrapping gifts?  Our 12 solutions to decrease stress and muscle tension that lead to back and neck pain. WHILE INDOORS: Sit in a comfortable and firm chair and be aware of your sitting posture. While prolonged standing put equal weight on both feet. Need help? Get your posture checked at our office for FREE with our NEW COMPUTERIZED POSTURE ANALYZER. Unless you are using a headset, don’t cradle the phone between your ear and shoulder while cooking, cleaning and talking. WRAPPING GIFTS: Best not to wrap presents on the floor as that encourages poor posture. Instead vary your position while wrapping.   Stand or sit at a table, sit in bed or sit in a comfortable chair. Remember to “stretch opposites”, so if you are leaning forward stretch backward. SHOPPING? Be comfortable with supportive shoes and comfortable clothing. Wear a fanny pack, instead of your heavy purse, with the essential items you need. Stretch before and after a day of shopping to stretch out your muscles. Make frequent visits to your car so you do not carry too much at once. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Take regular breaks and eat light foods. (ie: salad, fruit, cheese, sliced turkey, veggies, nuts, etc) Try not to bring your children with you as this leads to frustration for everyone. At the end of your day, stretch your muscles, take a hot bath or shower and consider a relaxing massage with one of our therapists. If you feel pain starting, use an ice pack for 20 minutes and repeat every...

Tired? Sleepy? Stressed and Don’t Know Why?

Tired? Sleepy? Stressed and Don’t Know Why? If you have symptoms involving: fatigue, insomnia, stress, frequent illness, PMS, hot flashes, blood sugar, and weight, you may want to consider having your cortisol levels as well as hormones tested. Men and women over the age of forty may want to do a baseline test. Frequently imbalances will be detectable for a time period before symptoms gain attention. Difference Between Saliva & Serum Hormone Testing? Saliva testing is an EASY and a NONINVASIVE way of assessing one’s hormone status and is proving to be the most reliable medium for measuring hormone levels. The difference between steroid hormones in saliva and serum is based on whether or not the hormones are bound to proteins in the medium used for testing. The majority of hormones exist in one of two forms: FREE (5%) or PROTEIN BOUND (95%). It is only the FREE hormones that are biologically active, or BIO-AVAILABLE, and available for delivery to receptors in the body. Those which are protein bound do not fit those receptors and are considered not bio-available. When blood is filtered through the salivary glands, the BOUND HORMONE COMPONENTS ARE TOO LARGE to pass through the cell membranes. Only the UNBOUND hormones pass through and into the saliva. What is measured in the saliva is the BIO-AVAILABLE hormone, the clinically relevant portion which will be delivered to the receptors in the tissues of the body. SALIVARY HORMONE levels are expected to be much lower than serum levels, as only the UNBOUND hormones are being measured. When your doctor measures serum hormone levels and prescribes hormone replacement therapy...

IS YOUR CHILD’S BACKPACK TOO HEAVY?

IS YOUR CHILD’S BACKPACK TOO HEAVY? 6 STEPS TO PREVENT INJURY  A new and disturbing trend is emerging due to the use of overweight backpacks for our youth, leading to back pain much earlier than previous generations, according to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA).  A study conducted in Italy a few years ago, found that the average child may be carrying a backpack equivalent of a 39-pound burden for a 176-pound man or a 29-pound load for a 132-pound woman, causing a growing trend in back pain among youngsters. 6 STEPS TO SAFE BACKPACK USE: The maximum weight of your child’s backpack should not exceed 10% of his or her body weight. (ex: a child weighing 85 pounds should not have a pack exceeding 8.5 pounds) A heavier pack will cause your child to bend forward to support the weight on his or her back rather than the shoulders, by the straps. Choose the correct size backpack. It should never hang more than four inches below the waistline or it will put increased weight on the shoulders and cause your child to lean forward when walking. Contents in your pack are most effectively positioned with individualized compartments. Bulky or pointy objects should not be packed on the area that will rest on your child’s back. The straps should be wide and padded and both straps should be worn. Improperly using one strap over the shoulder can cause permanent misalignment of the spine, muscle spasms and back pain. They should be adjustable so they are fitted to your child’s body and not dangle uncomfortably which can also cause a shift...
Discover Pain-Free Traveling this summer!

Discover Pain-Free Traveling this summer!

Discover Pain-Free Traveling this summer! Don’t let back pain be a part of your vacation! Follow these easy suggestions. While in the Car Stretch. Before you subject your body to long periods of sitting, it’s a good idea to stretch. This will improve circulation and make positioning yourself easier and more comfortable. Support your spine. Many vehicle seats are designed to provide some lower back and neck support, but chances are you don’t “fit the mold” exactly. Bring small pillows or specially designed back or neck pillows to give extra support as needed. Shift positions and stretch often. When you stretch or vary your position, muscles are much less likely to lock up and cause discomfort or pain. Stop the car to fully stretch whenever muscles feel exceptionally tight or fatigued. Squeeze the steering wheel when stopped. When at a red light or stopped in traffic, squeeze and release your hands around your steering wheel to decrease tension in your arms, neck and shoulders. On the Plane Exercise before you board. Even simply walking along the terminal prior to boarding will keep muscles from becoming stiff or tense early into the flight. Use pillows to support the natural curvature of your spine. Vary positions, move, and stretch. Though you don’t have the luxury of stopping the plane every couple hours to get out and relieve your aching back, standing up in your seat, stretching, and walking about the aisles as needed can prevent strain. Space in airplanes is notoriously tight, but a few easy stretches, like lifting your arms over your head and reaching up toward the ceiling or...

Green Is Not Only For St Patrick’s Day

GREEN IS NOT ONLY FOR ST. PATRICK’S DAY Are you interested in loosing weight or just staying in shape?  Eating green vegetables are filling, extremely nutritious and very low in calories.  In the amounts commonly consumed, green leafy vegetables provide an abundance of roughage or fiber, which is an important component of a healthful diet.  The greener the leaf, the higher the carotene content.   Carotene from leafy vegetables is more readily absorbed and utilized than that from yellow ones.  Fresh vegetable leaves are also good sources of vitamin C, unfortunately, much of this ascorbic acid is often lost before consumption, through oxidation and leaching during preparation.  Though little carotene is lost in cooking, portions of water-soluble vitamins and appreciable quantities of iron, magnesium, and phosphorus may be lost if the cooking water of leafy vegetables is discarded. On a calorie by-calorie-basis, green vegetables contain significantly more fiber than whole grains.  As an example:  2 slices of whole-wheat bread –about 140 calories, 4 gms of fiber, 140mgs of potassium vs 2 cups of broccoli—87 calories, 9 gms of fiber, 1,000mgs of potassium. Although it is recommended to consume a minimum of 25-30gms/day the average American consumes 15 gms of fiber/day. Diets low in fiber may underlie or exacerbate constipation, appendicitis, hemorrhoids, deep-vein thrombosis, varicose veins, diverticulitis, hiatal hernia and gastroesophageal reflux.  Fiber is thought to help prevent colon cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Promoting good health includes the necessity to eat potassium-rich foods which are vegetables and fruits primarily, as well as animal protein and potatoes.  Research recommends 7,000-11,000mg of potassium/day which should come from your diet.  However, the average...

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