Archive for the ‘Health & Wellness’ Category

Boost Your Immune System & Stay Cold-Free

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Ways to Deal with Colds

Have you ever noticed that while one person in a household may have a virus, not everyone that comes into connect with the infected individual will get sick?

This is because germs are the not the cause of disease! The deciding factor is the health of the potential host!

It is true that in the colder months, more people are sick, and our bodies seem to have lowered immunity to fighting off colds/viruses.

The important thing to focus your attention on is maintaining a strong immune system, so that regardless of what you may encounter at work, home, or in stores, you will be able to fight off a virus.

Our bodies are amazing — they have the ability to protect us from foreign, unfriendly organisms like viruses or bacteria. However, sometimes they need a little extra support.

Following a healthy lifestyle is vital for maintaining a strong immune system, this includes:

– Eating a low sugar, whole food diet

– Focusing on hydration

– Exercising

– Figuring out ways to reduce your stress levels, such as yoga or meditation

– Getting 6-8 hours/night of sleep

– Supplementing your diet with Vitamin C, Zinc, Maitake mushroom extract, Echinacea, or Goldenseal, to name a few, which are anti-viral/anti-bacterial vitamins and herbs that have been shown to have immune-boosting qualities

– Addressing the health of your intestines (small and large) with probiotic supplementation

– As my patients well know, chiropractic adjustments also help boost their body’s immune system, as they reduces the stress on the body’s nervous system

 

 

Surprising Symptoms of Spinal Misalignment

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Subluxation

Did you know that many of the common symptoms of illness, such as sleep deprivation, a weakened immune system, ADHD, food allergies, headaches, and digestive issues, could be the result of a misalignment in your spine, or what is called a “subluxation”?

Your spine protects your spinal cord — the information highway for communication between the brain and the rest of the body.

When your spine is misaligned, or subluxated, the messages from the brain to the muscles, organs, and glands will be interrupted.  In other words, when you have a subluxation, parts of your body will not get the proper messages. This can result in a variety of symptoms, including the ones mentioned above.

Do you think you may have a subluxation?

My practice is built upon the philosophy that your body has the innate ability to heal itself.  As a wellness practitioner, I have the training and technique to help you locate and correct subluxations and to dissolve the barriers that keep you from achieving your greatest human potential.

Avoid Overeating Around the Holidays

Monday, December 10th, 2012

The holiday season is officially upon us!  Sometimes it seems unavoidable, but here are a few simple tips to help you avoid overeating at all of the joyous celebrations you’ll be attending.

Avoid Overeating Aroung the HolidaysAvoid skipping meals. “Saving up” all of your calories for one meal can leave you feeling crabby and bring on a headache.  Plus, feeling especially hungry when you walk into party can lead to making poor food choices. Even if your headed to a big meal, pace your earlier meals steadily throughout the day.

 – Eat high fiber foods before the party. Foods high in fiber will help you feel fuller longer. Check out this list of high fiber food choices.

 – Don’t deprive yourself. Eat small amounts of the foods you love. As our friend Laura Lacey, LMT, CNC, says, “stick to the 80/20 rule. Eat healthy 80% of the time and indulge 20%.”

 – Keep healthy snacks at your desk at work. It will be much easier to eat those gingerbread cookies in moderation if you have alternative treats on hand!

 – Pace yourself. It takes a few minutes for your brain to realize that your stomach is full. Slow down and chew each bite thoroughly, enjoying the flavor of each mouthful. Give yourself 20 minutes before going for seconds.

 – Eat your calories (instead of drinking them). Be aware that some of our favorites festive beverages such as hot chocolate and eggnog can have hundreds of calories. For an alternative option, try water with lemon or flavored coconut water.

 – Hydrate! One of the most important things you can do to prevent yourself from overeating is to hydrate throughout the day. Drinking water, not only helps you feel more full, but also helps to flush out toxins.

 – Bring a “safety” dish. Will be times where there are no healthy dishes for you to fill up on once you arrive at your shindig. Check out these mouthwatering options and bring one with you!

Most importantly, enjoy yourself and have a wonderful, safe holiday season!

 

Be a Thanksgiving Superhero!

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Thanksgiving SuperHero

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving, its “go” time.

Maybe your daughter just called on her way home from Berkeley College to let you know she’s newly vegetarian. No problem – you’re armed with a scrumptious quinoa mushroom pilaf that everyone will love. (Quinoa, by the way, is a complete protein!).

Thanksgiving SuperHeroMaybe your son has a gluten intolerance? Or, your sister called to ask if her boyfriend du jour can join the festivities and surprise!…he can’t have dairy. You’ve got it covered with your gluten and dairy free shepherd’s pie recipe!

And, to accommodate everyone all at once – my personal favorite, gluten, dairy and refined sugar free delectable mini pumpkin pie tarts.

 Check out our go-to websites

We’ve found that it’s perfectly possible to enjoy yummy, sweet flavors without turning to white sugar, gluten, dairy or other allergens. We compiled a list of healthy resources that will have even your cantankerous uncle coming back for seconds.

Gluten-free sites:Thanksgiving SuperHero Elana’s Pantry & Gluten Free Goddess

Grain, sugar & lactose-free recipes: Against All Grain

Dairy-free: Go Dairy Free

Is there a better gift to your family than using recipes with delicious and healthy whole foods?

 

Holistic Dentistry

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Holistic dentistryIn honor of all of the candy-filled trick-or-treating planned for this month, I’d like to take a moment to focus on a related subject  — holistic dentistry.

Similar to chiropractic, optimal oral health requires regular maintenance.

There are opportunities to make smarter choices regarding your oral health.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

– Choose brands that make fluoride-free toothpaste or organic mouthwash for daily use. This helps lower the amount of chemical exposure for the entire family and can easily be found at health food stores or Whole Foods.

– Find a holistic dentist who avoids toxic silver fillings and takes safety precautions when removing amalgams. Even a small amount of mercury in your system can be a potent neurotoxin.

I utilize holistic dentist Dr. Winick of Dentistry for Health NY.

– Know that you have the right to refuse an x-ray!

A Solution for Migraine Headaches

Friday, September 28th, 2012

HeadacheHeadaches and migraines are fairly common occurrences amongst adults, especially women.

In fact, I had a patient in my office this morning who woke up with a severe migraine. She immediately called the office for an emergency appointment, as she had received much relief from chiropractic adjustments to her neck and jaw in the past.

If you suffer from headaches, and you’ve never had the alignment of your neck and TMJ (tempromandibular joint) checked out, I would highly recommend it, as misalignments contribute to nerve irritation and muscle spasm in the surrounding soft tissue.

 Pinched nerves, as well as trigger point referral (pain referred from the knots in your muscles), commonly contribute to headaches. If you have had previous tests such as an MRI or CT scan, and no abnormalities were detected, and there is no known relation between your migraines and triggers like food allergies or hormonal imbalances, then I would strongly consider looking at possible musculoskeletal causes.

Low Energy Levels? Difficulty Dealing With Stress?

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Candida InfectionDo you suffer from the following?

  • Low energy levels
  • Difficulty dealing with stress at work
  • Frequently feeling bloated after eating most meals
  • Constant sugar cravings
  • Belly fat that is not responding to any work out

These are all extremely common symptoms of Candida, especially if you are living in a high-stress area, yet unfortunately, tend to be misdiagnosed frequently.

Candida overgrowth in the body, especially the intestinal tract, can cause a myriad of health symptoms including headaches, skin disorders, mood imbalance, fatigue, and of course, GI disturbances. Excessive candida can develop in our bodies when we are under chronic stress, taking antibiotics, synthetic hormones like birth control pill or hormone replacement therapy, or as a result of a poor diet.

Once the healthy flora in our intestinal tract is thrown out of balance, we are susceptible to developing candida and/or parasite infections. At this point, it is important to do a thorough, doctor-supervised candida cleanse and follow a strict candida diet that avoids sugar and fermented foods.

After cleaning out the intestinal tract of unwanted foreign organisms, then it is crucial to reinoculate your intestinal tract with the good flora of probiotics (acidophilus/bifidus). They are the healthy bacteria that your large and small intestines need to properly absorb nutrients and eliminate waste.

I assisted many  patients in diagnosing and successfully treating candida overgrowths.

For more information, please contact me directly, or go to yeastconnection.com or wholeapproach.com.

 

Is it a Pinched Nerve?

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Pinched NerveThe symptoms of numbness and tingling almost always indicate a pinched nerve of some sort. The two questions to ask are: which nerve and where is the entrapment?

Considering the below items will help you accurately describe your symptoms to your doctor or chiropractor.

– Be aware of exactly where you’re feeling the symptoms.  Is it in your hand only, or does it extend into your neck, arm, or forearm?

– Be specific.  If the pain is in your hand, which fingers are being affected?  Is it all five or just one or two?

– Note the frequency and intensity of the symptoms.

– If possible, pinpoint what triggers or brings on the pain, and how long it lasts.

There are many diagnoses that need to be ruled out to determine the exact cause of your symptoms and certain diagnostic testing, such as a cervical MRI, needle-EMG testing, or nerve conduction velocity testing, may be necessary to exactly pinpoint the problem.

If you are noticing muscle weakness in your right hand, address this condition quickly — the longer your nerve or nerves continue to be pinched, the more permanent the injury!

Trouble Sleeping?

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Lack of Sleep

Insomnia and other sleep difficulties are becoming increasingly common in the U.S. as people juggle work, family and social responsibilities.

When the body is consistently under chronic stress, or in “fight or flight” mode, the adrenal glands (little organs that sit on top of your kidneys and produce hormones like adrenaline) become overworked and eventually burn out.

This causes multiple hormonal imbalances that can affect the thyroid, pancreas, and even the pineal gland inside the brain.

The pineal gland produces melatonin from the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is directly involved with the circadian rhythms.

Since melatonin and serotonin levels can be depleted from chronic stressful states, the body’s ability to perceive the sleep-wakefulness and light-dark cycles will directly be diminished.

Getting between 6-8 hours of restful sleep/night are so important — your body needs that time to restore and heal!

Here are a few ideas you might try implementing and which may save you from counting sheep…

– Support the body’s hormonal balance by eating nutritional food, especially dark leafy greens, and drinking enough spring water (half your body weight in ounces/day)

– Allow enough time for your body to unwind and destress at the end of the day; it may still have that “wired” feeling that doesn’t allow your body to fall asleep.

– Some people find meditation, journaling, restorative yoga, and deep breathing through the belly all help to put the body in a state of relaxation necessary to fall asleep

– Aromatherapy oils like lavender are calming to the nervous system.

– Bodywork modalities such as acupuncture, chiropractic, and massage will also help your body eliminate any pent up stress keeping your body from relaxing and falling into a deep, restful sleep

Sweet dreams!

 

Are Genetically Modified Foods Safe?

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Genetically Modified Foods

What are generically modified (“GM”) foods?

GM foods have had specific changes introduced into their DNA through genetic engineering techniques, which include the introduction of foreign DNA and synthetic genes or exposing the food to mutagens.

Why do companies do this?  GM foods were developed to create hearty plants, which grow faster and resist disease. There’s a perceived advantage for both the producer and the consumer, as crops produce a higher yield, which drives costs down.

What are the effects on your health? Although it sounded wonderful at the time, new animal feeding studies are being released that demonstrate the devastating effects of GMO foods on the human body, including: reproductive disorders, accelerated aging, tumors, endocrine disruption, obesity, autoimmune diseases, allergies, asthma, even autism spectrum disorders. There are several countries in Europe that do not allow GM foods to be grown within their borders.

Are you and your family eating them? There are currently no labeling requirements for GM foods, even though most Americans who were polled said they would not buy GM foods if given the option.

While the science and health effects of GM foods are still being disputed, I advocate limiting your consumption. Here are five steps you can take to limit your consumption of GM foods.

For more information on GMOs and a list of products that are not genetically modified, visit Non-GMO Shopping Guide.com.