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Veganism Vs. Vegetarianism

Emily Heil CPT NFPT, B.S. Health Promotion and Wellness

There are a lot of benefits to going plant based with your diet, and a lot of people do that. There are many reasons people will go plant based: health issues, poor digestion, ethics, or many other reasons. This can be part of a person’s identity or culture that they were raised in. Whatever your jam, it can be cool to try it out if that is the type of thing you want to do.

There are different classifications of Vegetarianism:

-Lacto-Vegetarian: Someone that will not eat meat or eggs but does consume dairy.

-Ovo-Vegetarian: Someone that does not eat meat or dairy but does consume eggs.

-Lacto-ovo-vegetarian: Someone who does not eat meat but does eat dairy and eggs.

-Pescatarian: Someone who will eat fish but excludes all other meats from their diet. They may choose as well to consume dairy and eggs.

-Vegan: Someone who does not consume any animal products including honey. Most vegans will also extend this to other areas of their lives such as no leather or no clothing made from animals. They also tend to use products that are not tested on animals.

As previously stated, there are many benefits to going plant based. Some people who have switched to plant based diets have experienced benefits such as longevity, alertness, reducing our carbon footprint, reduced GI stress, more regularity in the bathroom, amongst other things.

What can vegetarians eat?

As previously stated, most vegetarians will be lacto-ovo and still eat dairy and eggs but will not eat meat. It is truly up to the person as to what they choose and why, but examples of foods that are included in a vegetarian diet are:

-Seeds, nuts, legumes

-Fruits and vegetables

-Whole grains

-Tofu, Tempeh, soy

-Dairy and eggs (depending on the person)

What can vegans eat?

Most vegans will completely stray away from all animal products which includes clothing made with animals and products tested on animals. The foods that are included in a vegan diet are the following:

-Seeds, nuts, legumes

-Fruits and vegetables

-Whole Grains

-Tofu, Tempeh, Soy

-Sweeteners such as maple syrup

If you plan to start going vegan or vegetarian for whatever reason, make sure you do a bit of research beforehand. You can establish your “why” for doing this for your body. But… in case you were wondering how good vegan food can taste, here is a vegan carrot cake recipe brought to you by worldanimalprotection.us.

Carrot Cake with ‘Butter Cream’ Frosting

INGREDIENTS

Cake:

  • 3 flax eggs (3 tbsp flax meal + 9 tbsp water)
  • 1 ½ cup grated organic carrots
  • 1 ½ cup almond flour
  • 1 ½ cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¾ cup almond milk
  • ¾ cup chopped walnuts
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup date paste
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp baking soda

Buttercream Frosting:

  • 1 package of silken tofu
  • 4 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp lemon zest

INSTRUCTIONS

Frosting:

  1. Add all frosting ingredients to a blender or Vitamix and blend until smooth.
  2. Place the frosting in a metal mixing bowl, cover and place in the freezer.
  3. After 1 hour, remove from the freezer and whisk the frosting. Place back in freezer for another 30 minutes prior to icing your cake.

Prepare frosting first so that it can chill while the cake bakes.

Icing will firm up the longer it chills and will soften at room temperature.

Cake:

  1. Prepare flax eggs and set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare two 8 inch round cake pans by lightly coating with coconut oil and dusting with flour.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the maple syrup and flax eggs.
  4. Then add and whisk in the applesauce, date paste, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon.
  5. Mix in the carrot and almond milk.
  6. Slowly add in the flour, mixing as you continue to add until the batter is thick but still pourable.
  7. Add walnuts and fold them in.
  8. Pour into cake pans and bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown and the toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Remove from the oven and cool on racks for 15 minutes before removing them from the pans. Once removed, allow them to cool completely before icing. (If you can wait that long!)
  10. Garnish the top with chopped pecans (optional)
  11. This cake tastes just as amazing cold so store your covered leftovers (if there are any), in the refrigerator and enjoy it for 2-3 more days!
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Magnesium and Micro-nutrients

Emily Heil CPT, BS Health Promotion and Wellness

I used to just dismiss vitamins and minerals. I was one of those people who thought you just needed to exercise, eat right, and have your mind right. Now those may be all good things, but we don’t think a lot about the other things that we need as well such as our micro-nutrients.

When people think about food, we usually think of the breakdown of carbs, fats, and proteins. And although those are a big part of what food is, food is more than just that. It contains so many more vital things that your body needs.

Now believe me when I say I used to just glance at a food and say, “oh yeah, that has 25% of my daily value of (insert vitamin or mineral here), so that’s good!” But I never really used to make sure I was getting enough of it. More recently I have learned that when you give your body the micro-nutrients that it needs, it can not only help you increase positive things happening physiologically, but it can also help you to OPTIMIZE your life.

Let’s take magnesium for example. 80% of people around the world are deficient in magnesium. Did you know that? I was experiencing some neurological issues, so I wanted to see what I could eat or supplement with that would help me. – And it just so happened to turn out I was one of the 80% deficient in Magnesium (go figure). I thought I was doing everything right! So I started taking a magnesium supplement. Do you know what happened? I became focused. I lost my brain fog and a whole host of other things happened to me. But Magnesium isn’t just for brain health.

It helps as an antioxidant and combats against oxidative stress ( this is any type of stress you put on your body) anything from working out, to things that you eat that your body doesn’t like, to stressors that are in your everyday life. And when you get rid of that oxidative stress your body can work more like a well-oiled machine and less like a rusty 1920’s car that hasn’t been taken care of.

Magnesium helps to boost immunity and defend against cancer. Now if you don’t think that you want to boost your immunity that sounds crazy to me, but to each their own. Doing that right now is such a vital thing for your body (along with taking your vitamin D, but you know that).

This special micro-nutrient helps you also to improve thyroid function and increase fertility (yes, in both men and women). Your thyroid helps your body with a whole laundry list of things from your metabolism to your heart beat, your temperature, and just basic things that are important. On the fertility topic, this is especially important if you are of child-baring years and want to eventually have a baby. Create the healthiest body you can for your child, promote a strong and healthy microbiome by introducing all of the right nutrients.

These are only a few things that magnesium helps with… and yeah, you can take it in a supplement form, which is great if that is what you want to do. But the BEST way to get nutrients is through food. It can be hard because of all of the pesticides that we use on our food nowadays, we don’t find it in the soil much, therefore the plants don’t “soak it up” per se. But If you are looking for the best way to get magnesium in foods, here are a list of foods that you can find it in.

Magnesium rich foods:

Spinach, edamame, potato with the skin, salmon, halibut, and okra just to name a few.

I understand if you look at this list and you are saying to yourself “what in the world is okra?” I dare you to try it. Find something new and try it! You might just like it. And if you don’t well then there are plenty of other sources of magnesium in other foods. Find different recipes and different ways to spice up your foods. Dry rubs and spices are my favorite!

So here is your call to action. Start paying attention to what goes in your body. I don’t mean just counting calories. Check your multivitamin and what sources these vitamins and minerals are coming from. We have an incredible multivitamin through Orthomolecular right in our office that you can ask us about any time. Get your nutrients in and watch yourself have more energy, feel happier, and enjoy life more. It is amazing how much different you can feel when your body is not being starved of the nutrients that it so badly needs. Check in with yourself and pay attention to what your body is saying. If you love your body right, it will love you back.

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5 Tips to Achieving your Health Goals

Emily Heil CPT, B.S. Health Promotion and Wellness

Sometimes it feels like we go round and round, trying to find a solution to the health goals that we have. It can feel like we take one step forward and three big steps back. But when you understand what you need to achieve your goals, it gives you power (knowledge = power). If you are trying to lose weight, gain weight, have a happy relationship with your food, have food freedom, lower your cholesterol and blood pressure, feel happier, have more energy, or just trying to improve your overall quality of life… let me tell you: it is possible. So let me share with you some tips to achieve these health goals.

1 Believe in yourself.

I always tell my clients that if your mind isn’t right first, everything else in your life won’t be right either. So where is your mind today? Are you having thought distortions? AKA: telling yourself something that is not true, such as, “I can’t have more energy during the day when I have all of life’s stressors and the kids calling for my attention” … YES. YOU. CAN. Telling yourself these negative thoughts over and over will subject your subconscious brain to literally look for the negative in life and will in general make your outlook more negative. Why is that? You are training your brain that it is ‘acceptable’ and even ‘normal’ to have negative thoughts. It’s not; we are meant to live fulfilling lives that are productive, positive, and energetic. You can live a beautiful life and do not have to be subject to the negative thoughts that run rampant in your mind. I dare you to turn those “I cant’s” into “I MOST CERTAINLY CAN”.  The first step to success in anything is believing that you can do it. Because whether you believe you can, or believe you can’t, you’re right. Bring about a new mindset to your life because you deserve it.

2 Find your “why”

What it means to find your “why”: Why do you want to achieve the goals that you are setting out to achieve? Let’s say you are trying to lose weight. You might say the reason behind that is to make life easier. Ok, now ask yourself, “why would this make life easier”. Because you can then chase your kids around and play with them. Okay, great. Now ask yourself, “why do I want to chase my kids around and play with them?” and your answer might be so that you can show your kids your love for them. That right there is your ultimate why. You want to lose weight so that you can show your kids love. Now, isn’t that more meaningful to you and internally motivating than just “oh life will be easier”?

3 Get in touch with the right resources for you

There are plenty of local and online resources for you to find. If you are having a hard time with always thinking about food and the psychology behind food and food addictions and behaviors, Noom is a great resource that gives you some very logical and science backed research as to why people behave the way they do and how to change your habits one by one and achieve a better mindset with food. This helps you to develop a much healthier relationship with your food choices. If you are looking for nutrition counseling, personal training, bootcamps, and a great supportive community to help you achieve fitness goals, Forever Fit is a fitness studio here in Plover, WI with some great things to offer. If you are looking to optimize your overall health and realign your spine, Infinity Wellness and Chiropractic offers the best chiropractic services in town (not that we are bias or anything). Kali Clark with Sweet spot nutrition is in our office as well. She is our close friend and nutrition coach that definitely would never steer you wrong. If you want to quit smoking, there are plenty of active coalitions in the Portage area as well. No matter what you are doing, there ARE resources for you – you just need to find what works for you. Keep trying because your health is worth it.

4 Find support and accountability

Finding support and accountability is one of the key factors to helping with achieving any type of goals. I know that when anyone (including myself) sets out to change a habit, it is uncomfortable. It sucks sometimes. And it is hard and not easy to change. When those hard times hit, and you slip up (because you will) you need to have someone who has your back. Someone that you can turn to. And someone who can tell you what you need to hear- whether it is tough love, or “it’s okay you’re trying your best and tomorrow is a new day”. Personally, I would take the latter of the two- but that is just me. You do what is best for YOU. Not what everyone thinks you should be doing. Whether this person is your mom, dad, significant other, or just a group you joined on Facebook. You are now being held accountable to them and they will be there to support you.

5 Have a plan

If you fail to plan, you can most certainly plan to fail . Don’t get caught up in the end that you can’t see the steps along the way. Make sure you believe in yourself all the way through, recite your “why” to yourself every day if you have to. Find a resource that can provide you with the support and plan that you need. And recruit your family and friends. They will most likely support your new healthy habits and be proud of you for making your life a little better one day at a time.

If you need help or resources or would just like to chat about achieving optimal health or fitness levels, please feel free to talk with Emily or Dr. Sara in the office. They would be happy to make conversation with you over the adjustment table or in any of the traction units. Plus- who doesn’t love free advice from a couple of professionals?

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Sunscreen Safety: You and your Family

With higher temps and more sun in our hopeful near future, now is the time to stock up on better for you sunscreen options. I’m all about getting a safe amount of sun. We need sun exposure to help us have proper amounts of vitamin D, which is critical for many functions throughout our body. However, when you are planning on being outside for hours, have very fair skin, or want to prevent sunburn and premature aging of your skin, sunscreen is necessary.

Unfortunately, many of the sunscreen option on the market are loaded with questionable and harmful ingredients. The Environmental Working Group (ewg.org) just released a new report on the best sunscreens for everyone from children to adults. According to the report, of the over 1300 sunscreen formulations tested: “about two-thirds still offer inferior sun protection or contain concerning ingredients, such as oxybenzone, a potentially hormone-disrupting chemical that is readily absorbed by the body”.

When looking for a sunscreen, not only do you want to avoid oxybenzone, you also want to make sure that is it “broad spectrum”. That means it is working against UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays. When applying sunscreen, make sure that you are applying enough. For an average sized adult from head to toe, you need about an ounce of sunscreen. That is enough to almost fill a shot glass. Make sure you reapply often, as well. Check the label of the safer sunscreen you choose to find out the optimal amount of time between reapplying. For many sunscreens, you’ll want to reapply around every hour. 

One brand that you can always count on to bring you high quality products with none of the fear of dangerous or potentially harmful ingredients is Beautycounter. Two of their products made the EWG’s 13th Annual Guide to SunscreensBeautycounter’s sunscreens are formulated with non-nano zinc oxide which is a physical, mineral sun protection technology that bounces the sun’s rays away from the skin. Their sunscreens are also “reef safe”, meaning they are better for the environment and will not contribute to the degradation of our planets coral reefs.

Try out a few of the different sunscreens on the ewg.org’s list. If you have questions or want to try the Beautycounter products, ask me. I’m more than happy to help. Find out what works best for you and your family and keep yourself happy and burn-free. Let’s go outside and enjoy the beauty of Wisconsin summers. 

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Beautycounter

Beautycounter
Change happens one person at a time. That = YOU!
              Did you know that the US government hasn’t passed a significant legislative act in the beauty industry since 1938? Think about that. That was World Word II. Since then, personal care companies have run rampant in formulating products that are littered with toxic and harmful ingredients. You might think that it’s not a problem you need to worry about. Well, I’m not talking just about makeup. I’m talking baby shampoo, body lotion, sunscreen, toothpaste and so much more. The stuff you use every day is negatively impacting you. The policies regulating the whole industry are not set up to protect our health and well-being. Beautycounter is working to change the archaic regulation and get safer products into the hands of everyone.
             You may have seen the new shelves of Beautycounter products in the office and thought: “why is that in my chiropractor’s office?”. It’s quite simple. The less toxic exposure we have, the better. With so many of our patients suffering from issues like autoimmune diseases, infertility, developmental delays and so much more, it made sense for me to jump on the bandwagon to sell a safer and cleaner line of products that enhances our health, and they work great, too.
             Beautycounter formulates all their products – which includes a baby and kid line, shampoos & conditioners, multiple lines of skincare products to help with everything from fine lines to acne and dryness, beautiful makeup and much more – using the “Never List”. The “Never List” is a list of over 1500 ingredients that are known to be toxic and harmful to our health. Many of these ingredients, like sodium lauryl sulfate, for example, are likely in dozens of products in your cabinets at home. Did you know that SLS is linked to cancer and is a known endocrine disruptor? That means it can alter your hormone balance. In our already over stressed society, the last thing we need is for our everyday products to be contributing to our poor health.
            What can you do to decrease your toxic exposures? One, start researching the ingredients in the products you use. Look at The Environmental Working Group (ewg.org) to see how safe your products are. Start switching some of your more toxic products out for better, cleaner ones. Maybe start by switching out a product that you use for often, like a body moisturizer or face wash. Or maybe you’ll be like some people I’ve met and make a fresh start with clean products across the board. Where ever you are on that spectrum, Beautycounter likely has products that you can rely on and will love.
            Interested in learning more? Ask Dr. Sara. Want to see how the products work before you buy them? We probably have something in our office that you will want to try. All of the products in the office are here for you to sample. Whatever you do, pay attention to the products you use. Start making changes. As I have often said, even small changes will add up over time. Oh – and keep an eye out for a future post. We have some stunning and amazing products coming your way for the holidays this year!
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It Takes a Team

It Takes a Team

My baby turned two months old on Saturday. It’s time I acknowledge some really important people for helping bring him into this world.

As with most situations on this planet, life is easier when you surround yourself with others who can support you and lift you up in times of need. When my due date of July 1st came and went and then came and went another 8 times, life started to get a little difficult. It wasn’t that I was in physical discomfort. My body was holding up very well thanks to ongoing strong nutrition habits, daily walks and strength training throughout the previous 9 months, and consistent water consumption. No. It wasn’t my body that was struggling. It was my mind. I had no idea how mentally taxing it would be to wait for a baby to arrive. In the end, everything worked out perfectly. We have a very healthy two-month-old, who happens to be in the 95th percentile for length. I’ll attribute that to the extra two weeks of incubating. 😉 In all seriousness, in that last 5 days before Duke was born, I used all my connections, called in a favor or two and had all hands-on deck to help make sure that his arrival was happy and healthy. My team consisted of:

  1. My chiropractor! It may seem obvious that I would have this as #1, but many people don’t realize how important chiropractic care is while pregnant. Not only is it a stress on the mother’s body and spine to grow and carry the baby, but it’s also imperative to make sure the pelvis is lined up properly to allow for the most room for baby to grow, and ultimately get the baby in the proper position to come out. Knowing that removing pressure and subluxation from the spine could speed up the process, I was at Dr. Joel’s office multiple times in the last weeks of pregnancy. It is hands down my #1 tip for expectant moms. Get adjusted. You’ll thank me later.
  2. My friend Andi, who also happens to be a chiropractor. She played a critical role since in those last days as I was beginning to doubt that a natural, drug-free home birth could happen for us. In a quick 10 minute phone call she reminded me that the baby is WAY smarter than we are with all of our education. I was reminded to never doubt our innate intelligence. Women have been having babies forever and the communication that happens between unborn baby and pregnant mom is something we’ll never fully understand. What we need to do is trust the process and let it unfold naturally. Trust in your body to do what it knows how to do best. Man did I need that reminder.
  3. My acupuncturist. I made Cheryl really work. I was in her office on Tuesday and again Friday morning. As a practice of Eastern medicine, many people also don’t understand how this ancient practice works. And I’d be lying if I told you I totally understand it, too. All I know is that it works with your body’s own energy and energy pathways (meridians) to keep energy moving versus stagnant. Cheryl was amazing at keeping me calm and helping my body work on doing what it needed to do – end pregnancy strong. It may sound hokie, but I know deep down that what she did helped us have the birth that we desired.
  4. My coach. Here’s another person that went the extra mile for me that last few days. I texted Bill in an almost panicked state because I knew that there was something blocking me from wanting to give birth. Don’t get me wrong. No woman really wants to give birth. It’s the inevitable ending to a long 9 months, and I could tell something was mentally blocking me from beginning the process. He walked me through some exercises and gave me homework to help collapse some inflated thoughts and left-over fears from my first birth experience. I will be forever grateful for his wisdom and insights.
  5. Matthew – my husband. A supportive partner is critical in pregnancy, labor and delivery. And Matt is the best. Really. He’s amazingly patient and beyond loving. He hugged me in the last days where I was reduced to tears and was stead-fast in knowing that everything was going to work out perfectly. He’s my partner in life and I thank God everyday that he brought us together. Plus he’s the reason I was in this mess to begin with…..just kidding. Kind of.
  6. Last and certainly not least, my Midwives. To say they are masters at their craft is an understatement. They are gentle yet firm. Certain yet not overbearing. Loving and amazing and wonderful women. We were blessed to find the three women of In The Beginning (out of Iola, WI) two years ago with Hank’s pregnancy and birth and it was a no-brainer for us to call them up in our first trimester of pregnancy with baby #2. We are serious when we say we consider them family. We could invite them to our family Christmas dinner and not think twice about the fact that they aren’t even close to being blood relatives. I was in constant communication with them in the last weeks. Whether it be a quick text “no baby signs yet” or a “pep-talk” phone call and the re-occurring stress tests (when you get that far overdue, you have to make sure the placenta and baby are healthy on a much more regular basis), they were with us. When I finally called Jane and said, “it’s game on!”, she sped through town, more thankful than ever before when she hit all green lights at midnight and got to us just in time. Having Duke born into her hands was an honor.

Our birth was what I wanted. At home with no interventions or complications. Beautiful baby boy to join our little family. All the waiting and discomfort was worth it. In chiropractic school, we had a saying that “the hard is what makes it good”. It was so hard to wait 2 extra weeks for our little dude to join us, but it was so rewarding in the end. This team of people helped make it all happen. I owe a huge thank you to each and every person on my team. You lifted me up. For the love and support you gave me, I am forever indebted and grateful. #dreamteam

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Quick and Kid Friendly 

Quick and Kid Friendly 

Back-to-School season seems to bring stress to many people.  Schedules fill and something simple like a grocery list falls through the cracks.  If you have a freezer full of meals or a plan ready for this time of year, good on you!  If not, keep reading. Eating well doesn’t have to be a chore during these busy times.  Making healthy meals and snacks a priority is the biggest hurdle.  Approach the tips and recipes below with confidence.  Doing so will help your kids (and you) focus and perform better.

School bag and Travel snacks (that are attainable):
-Trailmix: opt for homemade and keep it nutrient dense by using hardier nuts like walnuts and almonds. Also use seeds, dried fruit, a good quality dark chocolate chip, maybe some jerky bits.

-Bars: simple ingredients and low sugar (5g or less) are good guidelines.  Recommended brands include Kind, HappyTot, Health Warrior Chia Bars, Larabar Renola, Nature’s Path, and Cascadian Farms.
*meal replacement bars are completely different from a snack bar, pair granola and nut bars with fruit/veggies/jerky to make it a complete snack.
-Protein: a protein based snack will last longer than a handful of crackers.  Think nuts, hard boiled eggs, jerky, meat sticks, a good quality lunch meat, nut butters, and cheese.  Pair your protein with veggies or fruit, the vitamin C will help the iron get absorbed, win!
-Speaking of fruit and veggies: they’re also good snacks.  Attempt to have more available than baby carrots, variety is necessary.  Also dip veggies in hummus, guacamole, salsa, nut butter or a good quality mayo based dip (like dill).
-Salty snacks: an afternoon crunch but instead of traditional corn or potato based chips try some salty nuts.  Other options include plantain chips, sweet potato chips, kale chips, and zucchini chips.
-Kali
PS: Kali is a nutrition coach, for more information
go to Sweet Spot Nutrition 
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H2O Yeah!

H2O Yeah!

Did you know we’re 60% water?  Yup, our body is made up of mostly water which is why it is important to replenish with water regularly.  Simply drinking water is extremely beneficial to our health.  Being properly hydrated decreases brain fog, promotes healthy looking skin, increases energy and allows organs like the kidneys to function well.  Plain water is also necessary for smooth digestion as our gut will pull water into it or force water out based on what it needs to empty properly.

    With water comes electrolytes which are found in food and fortified into drinks.  Electrolytes are vital nutrients with a positive or negative charge that need to be available for good nerve function.  And we know a thing or two about nerves.  These nutrients include calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium and more.

Not all beverages are created equal, some act as diuretics leading to a hydration imbalance.  Energy drinks, coffee, some teas, soda, and alcohol are counterproductive.  So what’s left?  Plain water, sparkling water, fruit infused water.  This isn’t to say you can’t drink those drinks, just have more water than coffee.

It is important to hydrate because we lose water through daily living.  Even breathing.  Also digestion, sweating, evaporation off the skin, urination and defecation.  Ideal intake is half your body weight in ounces per day (150lbs/2=75oz or 3 24oz water bottles).  It’s easy and necessary!

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A Challenge for You

Remember the game “Truth or Dare” you played with your friends when you were younger? Are you up for a dare? It’s not going to hurt you. In fact, it will help you in many ways. I challenge you to try a fish oil. Not just swallow it. Try biting down on it in your mouth and taste the slightly lemony flavor of the Omega three fish oils we carry here in the office. I promise, it’s not as bad as you’re thinking it’s going to be. However, I don’t recommend you do that with the fish oils you buy in bulk at Costco or on sale at Walgreens. Those are likely very questionable in terms of quality, purity, and therefore also, taste. Here in the office, we carry some of the best quality fish oils to ensure you are getting the most out of your supplementation and your money.

Why should you add an Omega 3 fish oil into your regular routine?

-Better brain function and development (kids can benefit from it, too!)

– Heart health

– Supports healthy skin, joints and connective tissue

– Strengthens your immune system

-And much, much more

Overall, adding in a fish oil like the Orthomega product we carry on a daily basis is a great way to help stay on top of your health and help prevent long term health problems from occurring. I’m only skimming the surface on why they are great. If you have more questions, feel free to shoot them my way. And take my dare. Let me know how it went.

 

 

 

 

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Kids and Chiropractic

Kids and Chiropractic

Dr. Sara

  A quick question for you….if you have kids, have you ever thought to take them to see a chiropractor? If your answer is a resounding “Yes!”, good job. This blog will come as no surprise to you. However, so many people I talk to are baffled by the idea of bringing a child –a small human potentially with no pain or known problems – to see a chiropractor. “Why would you do that?”, they ask. Let me take a few minutes of your time to explain why.

The basis of chiropractic is to keep the nervous system (your brain and spinal cord) communicating properly with the rest of your body. If your brain can’t properly send signals out to a muscle, organ, gland or any cell in your body, it can’t function at 100%. We chiropractors look for misaligned vertebra in your spinal column, called subluxation, which decreases the flow of your energy from your brain to your body. If we find a subluxation, our job is to help your body remove that interference and allow your body to heal and function properly. You can have subluxation and resulting problems without knowing it. You don’t have to have symptoms to seek chiropractic care and benefit from adjustments. Much like air traffic controllers who govern the lives of so many people on all the planes they direct, we want our body to work 100%, every day, all the time. However, many times we live and “get by” with much less than that. Including little ones.

Here is a story I heard this morning from one of our long-term patients: “My sister in law hasn’t slept more than 5 hours at a time in the last 11 months because her 11-month-old daughter has acid reflux. They’ve taken her to every specialist and doctor and they can’t seem to tell her why it continues. They just have her on an acid reflux medication.” I responded with, “Holy moly. That sounds awful. Have they taken her to a chiropractor?”. He didn’t know for sure, but I’m going to guess the answer is no. This makes me really sad. These parents are likely doing the best they can and this poor child continues to suffer and possibly having even more long-term damage done because of side effects of the medication they have her on (depleted magnesium, iron and folate levels to name a few). When I hear a story like that, my first thought is that a simple trip to a local chiropractor -the one expert they haven’t seen yet – probably could have helped from the very beginning. Not only would the parents be sleeping more by now, but more important, that little girl would be functioning and growing properly without nerve irritation to her spine and nervous system. No more “acid reflux” and no more off labeled medications. (Off labeling is legal and common. It is when a doctor prescribes a medication for purposes other than the intended use – including giving like infants and youngsters drugs tested on and meant for adults.)

Childhood problems, including vomiting from “acid reflux”, ear aches, colic, cold and flus, and so many other illness and issues can be shortened, decreased severity or eliminated entirely by seeking help from your local chiropractor. I’ve seen it time and time again in practice. I remember one mom coming in with her two-month-old who, much like this little girl, couldn’t keep milk down and was gassy and fussy all day. After the first adjustment, she came back two days later and said, “I don’t know what you did, but I have a whole new child. He slept for 4 hours straight and didn’t spit up nearly as much.” She was amazed and very appreciative. It doesn’t always work that quick, and we still had work to do to continue improving his health, but in a few weeks he was well on his way to a healthy, strong first year of life. I can’t help but wonder if this little girl could have had a similar outcome with chiropractic care.

We can’t go back in time for that girl or so many others that suffer for too long before seeking the help of a chiropractor. What we can do is spread the word and let parents know that kids need a healthy spine and nervous system, too. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Get your kids checked now.

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