Friday, December 22, 2017

The Facts About Chiropractic Therapy

Chiropractic treatment or therapy is a form of alternative medicine that is gaining popularity all over the world. It involves spinal adjustments and manipulations that are targeted at certain parts of the body in order to get rid of pain and give relief to the patient.
This form of therapy mainly focuses on the spinal region and the central nervous system. If there is any kind of imbalance in the system, it can affect a person's health and lead to a lot of stress and illness. By using various massage techniques, chiropractors can help to bring back the balance and get rid of tension in that area.
What Happens During the Treatment
Pinched Nerves: When there is excess pressure applied on the nerves, the spine may go out of alignment and any sudden movement can cause the spine to twist and the nerves to get pinched. Stiffness in the back or neck is a common symptom of this problem. A professional will make tiny adjustments in order to release the nerves from this position and also help the spin to get back to its proper place.
Headaches and a Poor Posture: The tissue in your body can get inflamed if your posture is wrong. It can also happen if you suffer from an injury or sleep in a funny position. By adjusting the neck bones and performing alignment techniques to the spine, headaches and backaches often disappear.
Who Can Get Chiropractic Care
A lot of people think that this form of treatment can only be given to adults. However, in reality, chiropractic care is also very effective for children and teenagers. Of course, the chiropractor will not perform the exact same technique on a child. It will be altered in order to be beneficial for the child and less intensive. Every patient's age as well as their health status is always recorded before any care is given so that it is altered to suit the exact need of the patient. For example, a child with a physical injury will be treated differently from one who has a chronic ailment.
Chiropractic care is great for people who need to cure an ailment as well as for those who simply want to stay healthy. While a lot of people are scared to go in for an adjustment because they think it will hurt, the trust is that this form of treatment does not cause any pain. In fact, it often helps you to relax. So there is nothing at all to be afraid of.
Lakeland Spine Center is a chiropractic clinic based in Lakeland, Florida. These professionals use the latest techniques and most advanced treatment available in order to relieve musculoskeletal pain and improve disorder in the spine. All treatments are completely non-invasive. Also check out our new page on Chiropractic Myths And Facts.

Friday, October 13, 2017

The Importance of Regular Physicals - Stay Healthy and Happy

Many often know they are due for a physical, but find themselves wondering, "Where can I get a physical exam near me?" There are likely many options, and a great place to start is with an online web search or by stopping into a local doctor's office. Typically, the professionals there will be more than happy to help, or direct elsewhere depending on one's specific needs.
Whether one thinks a yearly checkup is necessary or not, they can't make things worse. This is especially true for those that consider themselves to be in good health and find no need to see a doctor. Sadly, about a third of American people who are living with a chronic disease were or are unaware of their health condition. It's true that a chronic disease causes a large percentage of deaths that could have been avoided. The best prevention is to get a regular checkup.
Preventive care to avoid a chronic disease doesn't only happen in the doctor's office. In life, individuals should watch how they live, learn, exercise and work. Taking control of health care is only one step. Getting that yearly physical exam is crucial to staying in good health, and should be a necessary part of everyone's routine.
As previously stated, it's better to be safe than sorry. When going to the doctor of one's choice every year to get an update on vitals, one will feel as though they're in charge of their overall health as best as they can be.
A person's height, weight, cholesterol level, blood sugar, and blood are typical things that a doctor will check during the physical exam. Any sudden spikes in blood pressure may warrant further tests and a plan for treatment can be put into place before things become worse.
An annual physical exam may include any or all of the following procedures:
  • A complete physical exam catered to the patient's gender and age
  • EKG check for heart health
  • A skin screening for dermatological health
  • Examination of respiratory system
  • BMI tests
  • Lab tests, including a blood draw to check cholesterol levels
  • BMI (body mass index) testing
  • Screenings for cancer
It's true that prevention is the key to cure, which is why one's health care is so very important. Choose an office or provider that makes things comfortable and offers complete care and advice as to the recommended changes necessary to stay or become healthy.
One should expect their quality of life to improve drastically when they align with the right group of professionals. Skip the chances of having to treat a condition once it's in full effect, and take the necessary steps to keep it from happening. Taking into consideration the patient's current condition, family health history and goals a doctor can set up a plan and help put it in motion to improve one's life and health overall.
Schedule an Exam
When ready to schedule an exam, call the choice office or stop in. get a date set on the calendar and then begin gathering any family health history to relay to the doctor at the appointment. They'll need to know who's in the family and who the patient lives with along with their ages and basic information. They'll also need to know all of the patient's medical history as well as that of their immediate family members.
Be sure to bring any insurance information if available so that the office knows who to bill. Other than that just being aware of the process and what to expect will have one completely prepared for their physical exam. Remember, regular checkups aren't just for kids!
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

How to Boost Your Energy Easily and Naturally

Despite all these healthy options, it is almost too easy to rely on sugar and caffeine to boost us when we are feeling down or lethargic. Instead, here are some healthier energy booster ways which will sustain better energy levels over the long term as well as in the short term. Furthermore, these will improve overall health rather than providing a quick fix which can be instead detrimental to health.
The first recommended natural energy booster is getting more sleep. This can seem a very difficult thing to do when we are excessively busy, but this does not stop it from being one of the healthiest habits that you can get into that will not only give you greater mental and physical energy, but will also help heal your tired body.
The body repairs and restores itself at night, and sleep is also necessary for our minds to process what we have been doing throughout the day. Therefore, a good, long sleep every night will leave us brighter, less stressed, and with our body performing at its best.
Of course, this can be difficult to achieve if we have very busy, demanding lives. For this reason, it is necessary to put in place several small practices which can boost the quality and length of your sleep. This can include setting a strict curfew every night, using essential oils such as lavender on your pillow, or having a warm, relaxing shower every night before bed.
These steps you take to relax, wind down and be in bed by the right time every night will help you sleep better, even if initially these will take some getting used to. It is said that, it takes twenty-one days to form a habit, so commit to a better sleep routine for this length of time and see how your energy levels and life quality can change.
Our next recommendation is using herbal and mineral drinks as a regular energy booster on a daily basis. There are several excellent herbal remedies on the market nowadays in drink form, all of which contain unique ingredient lists of herbs and minerals that have been used for centuries to improve health.
Some of these ingredients - such as iron and magnesium - actively will boost your energy levels, and with other herbs will work to boost your overall health. As mentioned above, better overall health can make you feel a million dollars and generally have much higher energy levels.
If you want to do something good for your health and have more energy, try a herbal supplement drink, preferably with added minerals such as iron or magnesium, which humans can tend to become deficient in. Replace one of your daily coffees or colas with this and your body will reap the health benefits.
Lastly, cut down on unhealthy energy boosters which will give you energy in the short term but will cause you to crash afterwards and put you in an unhealthy cycle of ups and downs. These include endless teas, coffees and sugary and high carb snacks to keep you going.
It is often impossible to give these up completely, and many enjoy one or two of these as a treat every day. However, ensure that you do not rely on them, instead replacing most of them with healthy options such as a herbal energy booster and fresh fruit, and put in place a healthier sleep routine to make you feel brighter and in better health overall.
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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Reasons to Be Repulsive

We humans are a terribly self-conscious bunch, bound by the shackles of social etiquette and governed by our need to fit in. As a child of rural Ireland, I was taught the following by teachers, clergy, childminders and my parents;
Picking your nose can cause brain damage.
Sweaty people are dirty and unhealthy.
Masturbation can make people cross-eyed.
Forgetting to put on knickers would certainly lead to a chill in your kidneys. (This was also true of sitting on a stone wall or step).
If you get too close to a swan, it will break your neck with its wing.
I gradually worked out that many of these theories are unfounded and have recently embarked on some research of my own. On nights where sleep evades me, I can be found lying awake, scanning scholarly articles and published studies on the actual benefits and risks of what are proposed to be 'bad habits'. Also I work in the field of personal development and the pursuit of happiness and therefore have a natural curiosity about this kind of stuff. During my casual study, I was pleased to discover 5 good reasons to be rude.
1. MASTURBATION MAKES YOU MERRY!
Recent studies have produced evidence to support the hypothesis that ejaculating approximately 5 times a week improves prostate health. Also,it encourages new, healthy sperm production and is said to better sperm motility. Therefore, if a fellow wants to father some pure bred, A-list swimmers, it is recommended that they go about pleasing themselves regularly. Orgasm is also thought to reduce symptoms of hay fever which is great news for anyone plagued by this evil condition! Ladies who, like I, have had their vajayjays massacred by childbirth will know how boring and unappealing traditional pelvic floor exercise is. More good tidings- frequent orgasms are said to be very beneficial in strengthening one's pelvic floor. Sex is often linked to UTIs and cystitis but many online articles state that masturbation helps to rid the cervix of unwanted bacteria via mucous secretion. (I know... ughhhhh). As high levels of oxytocin and dopamine are released at climax, masturbation may also be a healthy alternative to a drug high. Therefore mass masturbation is the ticket to a happy society!
2. SNOT IS A NATURAL ANTI-BIOTIC
I found this study really funny. Canadian researcher, Professor Scott Napper carried out a study to prove that picking your nose and eating it allows the body to digest germs in small and harmless amounts which in turn builds up our immunity to some of the bacteria present in our snot. Apparently, taking in bacteria this slowly is not going to harm us but will strengthen our defences. I do suspect that Professor Napper enjoys eating his snot more than the average Joe given that his penchant for bogeys led him to do a whole study on it.
3. LET IT ALL HANG OUT
We have been programmed to go straight to the underwear drawer every morning as the initial step in the clothing process. However, research suggests that liberating one's testicles from tighty whiteys or indeed any incarcerating undergarments keeps them at the ideal temperature for sperm production. From a female perspective, it has been proposed that because a lady's nether region boasts a warm and humid climate and in some cases (depending on grooming rituals) there is some foliage present, underwear can be suffocating and is linked to yeast infections. On a positive note, airing one's undercarriage means no VPL and no risk of a wedgy. Win win!
4. SWEAT SPOTS AWAY!
If green tea and lemon juice are not your thing, breaking a sweat is a great alternative for getting rid of nasties in your system. Sweating can flush out alcohol, salt and cholesterol. By reducing levels of salt in the body through sweating, you reduce your risk of kidney stones and fight viruses and fungi. Also, sweating clears toxins out of the pores, keeping unwanted zits at bay.
5. SMELL YOUR FARTS!!!
I LOVE this! A study in the University of Exeter proposes that exposure to small amounts of hydrogen sulphide (i.e. the amount present in a smelly fart) may prevent mitochondria damage. Scientists supporting this research have suggested that this could help defend us against cancer, stroke, dementia and arthritis. Anyone with a dog should be feeling pretty elated right now.
These are the interesting, useless facts I have encountered so far during my insomnia fueled searches. So for optimum health, my advice is; a good snotty breakfast, sweaty workout, no knickers, lots of farting and if time and schedule allows a refreshing, cervix cleansing and sperm renewing 'lamb shank'
Improve your health through masturbation, nose picking, sweating, going commando and farting! Ditch the fancy detox for a more fun approach to well being!!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

3 Reasons You Should Love Your Gut

You probably don't spend a lot of time thinking about your gut, unless it is causing you discomfort. I certainly wasn't thinking about my gut when I was eating fast food and drinking sugary pop. But when it started causing me problems, I started to notice.
We often focus on the things we see on the outside, or think about heart health, or cancer prevention; the poor gastrointestinal tract doesn't get much attention. The gastrointestinal tract, or the gut, is tied to every aspect of your health. I hope with that in mind, you will start giving it some more love. Here are some reasons why.
Your gut...
  • is the initial contact between the outside world and your internal environment. It is the gate keeper for what enters your body.
  • health is necessary for the health of all other areas of your body.
  • provides a home for a multitude of organisms that help maintain immune balance and make nutrients available to the rest of your body.
  • keeps microorganisms in balance, so you don't get sick.
  • breaks down and assimilates carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals so your body can use them to function optimally.
  • disposes of toxins and other nonessential elements to keep your body running in tip-top shape.
  • regulates body composition to help you maintain a healthy weight.
Let me give you a brief explanation of some gut functions to help you better understand its importance.
1. The Gut Is The Gate Keeper
The gut runs the entire length of your body from your mouth to your anus. It functions to digest, break down and absorb food. It is actually considered to be outside of the body because it is open to the external environment at each end. This is, of course, different from other systems in your body. Two areas where this gate keeper is keeping you healthy include the mucus layer and the tight junctions of the intestine. The mucus layer in the intestine contains immune cells and proteins with antimicrobial activity against bacteria, viruses and fungi. These both provide a protective layer against bacterial invasion. In addition, there are tight junctions in the intestine that allow for nutrients to pass but prevent larger molecules into the bloodstream preventing inflammation that could occur in any area of the body from your gut to your joints to your brain.
2. Healthy Gut = Healthy Body
Just one way to think about how a healthy gut equals a healthy body is to address the importance of nutrients for cellular function. It is crucial for your body to digest and assimilate the food you eat. This is the process of absorbing vitamins and minerals and other components from your food within the gut. Just two examples of nutrients for important cellular function include B vitamins needed for energy production, and antioxidant vitamins (vitamins E or C among many others) to protect against damage to your DNA. Every whole food you consume contains a multitude of nutrients that allow your body to function optimally. Without not only intake, but absorption of those nutrients, dysfunction will arise.
3. The Function of The Gut Microbiome
There are anywhere from 500 to 1,000 different species of bacteria in the gut. The gut microbiome plays a role in several functions including carbohydrate digestion, development of the immune system, synthesis of vitamins, storage of fat, and defense against infections. Though the human genome remains stable throughout life, the human microbiome is affected by your diet and lifestyle. Research published in the journal Nutrition in Clinical Practice in 2012 supports that a high-fat, high-sugar diet will significantly alter the composition of the gut microbiome within 1-3 days. Sorry to say that reverting to the Standard American Diet on vacation or on the weekends may actually be impacting your healthy gut you nourish so well the rest of your days. And ultimately may be impacting the important functions that are associated with a healthy gut microbiome.
Do you understand why you should care? A healthy gut is not simply about not having tummy troubles. If your gut is out of balance, it will have an impact on nearly every system in your body. It really is that important.
Next time - watch for specific tips for eating well to nourish your gut.
Lynda Enright, MS, RD, CLT is certified as a Wellness Coach and LEAP Therapist who partners with individuals who want to look and feel amazing. Lynda helps individuals improve their health by addressing each individual as the whole person finding the causes of weight gain, fatigue, bloating, acid reflux, congestion, brain fog or achy joints.

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Therapeutic Value of Tears

Human beings are the only creatures able to shed tears in response to emotional stress. This is what makes us different from animals. But because of social, cultural or parental influence, crying makes us feel embarrassed and uncomfortable. How often have we heard the admonition "Big boys don't cry." It is dinned into the minds of children, that crying signifies weakness. An advertisement on TV showed how a boy who throughout his growing years was reminded that 'boys don't cry.' He grew into an emotionally repressed adult and became moody, glum and short tempered. Later in life he turned into a tyrant and wife batterer and was convicted for domestic violence.
In ancient literature we read about great heroes who were not afraid to cry. Achilles cried at the death of his friend Petroclus. Aneas wept for the loss of his friends and companions in war. In Egyptian mythology Isis wept for the dead Osiris. In the Bible, we read that Jesus wept at the tomb of Lazarus. In recent times Presidents like Theodore Roosevelt, Ronald Regan, Clinton and Bush (Sr) have been known to shed tears in public. So crying is not just the prerogative of women. Males also shed tears in public, disputing the belief that 'boys don't cry.' Of course women cry more readily than men. But girls who break into sobs at the slightest provocation are called 'cry babies' and even suspected of emotional instability. Neurotics cry easily and alexithymics don't cry at all.
God has endowed human beings with a gamut of emotions - to feel, to cry, to be happy or sad or angry. Crying is a healthy response to some of life's problems. We shed tears of joy when we are happy. People who receive unexpected awards or recognition are overwhelmed with tears of joy. Some people cry out of frustration. Children, who cannot have their way or cannot retaliate against elders, exhibit their frustration through tantrums. But usually crying is associated with grief. The loss of a loved one or a job or a business or even a pet are hurtful psychological experiences which create a great deal of stress. Tears are one way to relieve tension and initiate the process of healing.
Crying is a normal response to bereavement. When sadness reaches a peak of intensity, tears bring therapeutic release. Once the crying stops the body relaxes, heart rate slows, breathing becomes regular and blood pressure is back to normal. So crying is actually a transitional point between tension and feeling better. It will not make problems disappear but will help put them in perspective so that one can deal with them in a level headed way.
Even 2000 years ago the Greeks and Romans were aware that shedding of tears relieved tension. "It is a relief to weep. Grief is satisfied and carried off by tears," said the poet Ovid. Aristotle was of the opinion that crying "cleanses the mind" of suppressed emotions. Freud and Breuer considered crying "an involuntary reflex to relieve tension and allow blocked negative emotions to be released."
Professor William Frey of the University of Minnesota in his study said that chemicals which build up during emotional stress are removed through tears. Tears associated with emotions have a higher level of certain proteins and chemicals such as magnesium and potassium. Manganese which affects moods was found to be thirty times of greater concentration in tears than in blood serum. So unalleviated stress was likely to cause heart attacks or even damage certain areas of the brain.
The presence of the hormone Prolactin in tears explains why women cry more easily than men.
Alexander Fleming (discoverer of Penicillin) did a chemical analysis of tears and found that they contain an enzyme Lysozyme which dissolves the outer coat of many bacteria. Through suppression of tears we may suffer both physical and emotional consequences.
Weeping is not weakness. Those who put on a brave front and bottle up their emotions are merely internalizing their pain and suffer symptoms like headache, peptic ulcers, high blood pressure, irritability or depression. Inability to cry can make a person dysfunctional. Men giving vent to tears is now acceptable in society. In Japan they call it the 'crying boom' encouraging people to express their emotions.
God has placed in our bodies a natural provision for relief of tension and grief. Everyone grieves differently depending on one's personality, coping skills, faith, nature of loss and tradition. In some cultures it is okay to cry loudly without inhibitions and make a show of their grief. I witnessed a death in a Khurdish community in Iran. It was frightening to see women tearing their hair, clawing at their cheeks to draw blood and rolling on the ground, and screaming. They believed that the departed soul would rest in peace knowing how dearly he or she was loved.
Therapeutic Value of tears:
• Crying is something personal. It is not an exhibition of grief but a physical manifestation of internal emotions.
• It is the beginning of a process of dealing with sadness. "We are healed of suffering only when we experience it the full," said Marcel Proust.
• Crying helps to visualize a new scenario for our lives. It helps accept that our loss is real and even while we continue to grieve, we begin to envisage a life without the person we have lost.
• Crying is cathartic. It releases toxins and pent up emotions, helping us to handle our loss instead of being afraid of it.
• Crying is effective in starting the process of healing. "It is not only a human response to sorrow and frustration but a healthy one," says William Frey. According to his study 85% of women and 75% of men felt less angry or sad after crying. In Ancient Middle East mourners would collect their tears in wineskins and place them on the tomb of their loved ones.
• Crying may also be a call for support from relatives and friends. "Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted," says the Bible. Friends and relatives should allow the griever to vent his pain and help validate his grief.
Our grief can change dramatically when we accept God's unconditional love and His provision for our lives. Our tears are never in vain as King David said, "You have collected all my tears and preserved them in your bottle. You have recorded them in your book." (Psalms 56: 18)
We need to be grateful for the Gift of Tears.