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,...

What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?

What is Spinal Decompression/Traction Therapy? It is a non-surgical traction type therapy for back, leg, neck and arm pain. Spinal decompression is FDA approved and clinically has an 86% success rate for pain associated with bulging or herniated discs, even after failed back surgery. During the treatment, gentle distraction and relaxation phases are cycled through. A specific spinal disc is isolated and when placed under a negative pressure, a vacuum effect occurs. This effect causes a protruding or herniated disc to be pulled back within the disc by the vacuum created within the disc. Also, this vacuum stimulates growth of a blood supply which results in pain reduction and improved healing at the site of injury. How is Spinal Decompression Therapy Different from other types of Traction? The Decompression unit we have at our office controls the variations in the traction allowing for spinal decompression and eliminates muscle reaction and compression seen with typical traction devices. Since patterns are preprogrammed for ramping up and down, the axial distraction amount allows for higher levels of spinal decompression and disc rehydration. When is Spinal Decompression not recommended? It is not recommended for: pregnant women, severe osteoporosis, severe obesity, severe nerve damage and spinal surgery with instrumentation. However, it can be used after bone fusion or non-fusion surgery. How often is treatment recommended and how long does a treatment take? Treatment plans are specific to each individual’s needs after a thorough evaluation has been performed. Based on the current research, the best results have been achieved after about 20 sessions over a 6-10 week timeframe. Each session takes about 30-40 minutes. To...

12 BENEFITS OF DRY BRUSHING

12 BENEFITS OF DRY BRUSHING The skin is our body’s largest organ and has a vital role in taking in and ridding the body of nutrients and toxins. It is responsible for ¼ of the body’s daily detoxification &  known as the 3rd kidney. Since it eliminates more than one pound of waste daily, over time it may become overstressed leading to clogged pores & toxins remaining in the body. 12 BENEFITS OF DRY BRUSHING Improves circulation, blood flow and oxygen. Cleans toxins from the lymphatic system. Improves digestion. Strengthens the immune system. Improves the nervous system. Makes the skin feel smooth, silky and invigorated. Tightens the skin and helps to prevent cellulite. Tones muscles and lifts the breasts. Stimulates oil-producing glands. Energizing, inexpensive, natural and easy to do daily. Effective in preventing breast cancer & detoxifying when undergoing chemotherapy.   WHAT TYPE OF BRUSH? The brush should contain natural bristles (not synthetic) and have a long handle. It should be kept dry and not used for bathing. HOW TO DO DRY BRUSHING? Dry brushing is best done first thing in the morning & takes 5 minutes. Watch the video below for the most effective way to dry brush and enjoy the exhilarating and invigorating feeling as well as softer skin.   Start by brushing at the bottom of your feet and move up the leg from back to front one leg at a time and avoiding the groin area. Use long sweeping light strokes going upwards towards the heart. Next do your arms & hands the same as above, always towards the heart. Move to the back of...

How to Be Smart in School in 12 Easy Steps

How to Be Smart in School in 12 Easy Steps As millions of students are beginning a new school year, health, fitness and nutrition play a primary role to insure optimal learning and create abundant energy. Emphasis needs to be placed on providing our youth lifelong advice on sports training, injury prevention, spinal health and posture, healthy eating and hydration. JUMPSTART THE SCHOOL YEAR WITH THESE 12 EASY FITNESS MUST-DOS Eat healthy meals. Eating a well-balanced diet without skipping meals will help maintain an appropriate weight and decrease risk of developing diabetes and heart disease as one becomes an adult. Eliminate all trans fats which includes almost all fast foods. Serve a minimum of 5 portions of fresh fruits and vegetables daily (organic and raw when possible), complex carbohydrates such as whole grains and lean meats, fish (wild) and poultry. Eating breakfast is for brain power. Breakfast will not only increase your overall energy, but also keep your blood sugar levels even and will reduce your cravings and overeating throughout the day. Think of breakfast as brain food that will help improve concentration and improve performance at school. It will prevent a mid-morning slump and reduce the tendency to eat higher calorie snacks.   In a published statement by Tufts University, a link was found between nutrition and cognitive development in children which recognized that “Children who participated in the School Breakfast Program were shown to have significantly higher standardized achievement test scores than eligible non-participants.   No time to eat breakfast? Consider these:   Hard- boiled egg, whole grain bread and fruit Low fat cheese, fruit and low...

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...

The 5 COMPUTER POSTURE SECRETS FOR KIDS

The 5 COMPUTER POSTURE SECRETS FOR KIDS   Workstations need to be properly fit for a child’s body to avoid harmful physical effects that can last a lifetime as repetitive motion injuries (RMI), carpal tunnel syndrome and chronic pain in the hands, back, neck and shoulders. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) noted a recently published study from researchers at Cornell University and found that about 40 percent of the elementary school children they studied used computer workstations that put them at postural risk.  The remaining 60 percent scored in a range indicating “some concern.”   5 SECRETS TO KNOW Workstation chair: This should fit your child by using an ergonomic back cushion, pillow or a rolled-up towel placed in the small of the child’s back for postural support. Arm supports are needed so that the elbows are resting within a 70 to 135 degree angle to the keyboard. It is best to have two inches between the front edge of one’s seat and the back of the knees. Feet should be placed on a foot rest or similar object so your child’s knees are positioned at about a 90-120 degree angle. Neutral wrist position: Wrists should not be angled up or down, nor should your child have to reach or hold his or her arm away from the body.  Reducing eyestrain and eye fatigue: Your child should have adequate lighting and a no glare screen if possible. The best positioning of the monitor is having the screen at or below the child’s eye level. To accomplish this, you may need to take the computer off its base or stand,...

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