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Living A Healthy Lifestyle

Chiropractic and healthy lifestyle habits go hand-in-hand. Many people will adopt a healthier lifestyle to help address direct problems, such as strain induced by extra weight, but what you eat also correlates with the type of lifestyle that you live.

Did you know that certain foods can actually reduce inflammation? There are all sorts of delicious ways to start feeling better, thanks to anti-inflammatory phytonutrients that exist in a number of delicacies.

What to eat:

  1. Tomatoes and olive oil

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Break out the bruschetta, because tomatoes and olive oil can help make you feel great. Tomatoes contain inflammatory-fighting lycopene, and olive oil contains a chemical called oleocanthal that has a similar effect to ibuprofen.

2. Nuts

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Cheers to Vitamin E! You can find this nutritious anti-inflammatory in nuts such as almonds, hazelnuts, and peanuts.

3. Cherry juice

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Whether you are battling arthritis or post-workout pains, this tart treat can help remedy the discomfort. Some studies cite cherries as being the best fruit for anti-inflammatory relief, thanks to anthocyanins. These are much more abundant in tart cherry juice versus the sweeter alternative of black cherry juice. No worries, though! Tart cherry juice can be sweetened with the addition of orange slices, which are abundant in flavonoids.

4. Coffee

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The verdict is in: coffee makes crummy days better in so many ways! Not only is it a delicious way to kick start your day, but it is also packed to the brim with inflammation-fighting polyphenols. What you add to your coffee, however, can have negative health effects. Be weary of overusing heavy cream and sugar.

5. Celery

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Celery is a super food! It is rich with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, which are delicious and nutritious. Flavones and flavonols are abundant in this green treat, both of which contribute to its anti-inflammatory properties.

What not to eat:

  1. Refined carbs

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Refined carbs have a tendency to strip away fiber. These “bad carbs,” such as white rice, white bread, and pastries, are digested quickly, driving overeating and also causing blood sugar levels to rapidly change. While weight gain itself is a large contributor to inflammation, cutting out “junk food” will help change the way you feel in some surprising ways.

2. Red meat

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While a bit of organic red meat won’t hurt here and there, its saturated fats are known to contribute to adipose, or the swelling of fat tissue. This is famously known as a contributor to heart disease, but it also contributes to joint inflammation. Feeling a bit of pain? As yummy as that steak may look, it’s probably best to avoid it if you’re hoping for less inflammation.

3. Fried foods

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Mmm, we love our fried food. Of course, we know that it’s exceedingly bad for us, but most of us do not realize that greasy goods can cause inflammation. Fried foods like french fries and onion rings contain advanced glycation end products (AGEs), a nasty byproduct of cooking at high temperatures. These trigger inflammation, and the effect is thought to be detrimental on vascular
health.

4. Bacon

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Bacon is one of many processed foods to avoid. We should also be weary of hot dogs, jerky, bologna, and similar processed meats. Not only are these often made with red meats using techniques that create advanced glycation end products, but many processed meats contain “mystery meats,” artificial flavors, and sometimes even food coloring agents that aren’t good for the body. In fact, the International Agency for Research on Cancer has labeled processed meats as a carcinogen, meaning that they may contribute to cancer. Check your local grocer for some delectable meat-free alternatives to bacon!

5. (More) Beer

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Beer here and there won’t hurt anyone… studies actually show that a glass of beer can help lower inflammation. It’s the excess of beer and wine that is so troublesome. You see, the process by which alcohol breaks down not only famously takes its toll on the liver, but it triggers inflammation.

Ready to begin your path to a healthier you?! You can request an appointment online, and you should definitely consider attending one of our free healthy lifestyle seminars on the first Monday of each month.

“Swing” By Our Office This Spring!

Here in Northeast Ohio, golfing is a way of life. Summers are filled with pleasant days on the golf course, but even the most seasoned golfer may fall victim to a psychological slump. One moment, you’re slightly frustrated by the game—your guard falls, you move wrong, and suddenly you’re injured.

With the amount of force required to swing, the spine is exposed to a tremendous amount of pressure. So, too, are the joints. Whether you’ve over-extended your swing or accidentally bend your elbow during a back swing, injuries on the golf course will occur. What you may not realize, however, is that chiropractic treatment may improve your full-swing performance and lessen the chance of injury on the golf course.

The 3 Phases of Chiropractic Care!

Chiropractic care is structured to provide long term relief and wellness. It is important to follow the care plan created by your chiropractor to give your body the best chance for complete healing.  It is important to come in for periodic chiropractic adjustments to avoid further problems in the future.

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Relieving Tension Headaches

Easing Your Tension Headaches: 7 Tips From a Chiropractor

Bad habits that lead to headaches and how to overcome them.

Do you suffer from tension headaches? Here are 7 great ways to help provide yourself with some relief, from Dr. Andrew Bang, DC with the Cleveland Clinic.

  1. Minimize Stress. 
  2. Take breaks. 
  3. Adjust the way you sleep.
  4. Exercise and stretch.
  5. Try an over-the-counter medicine. 
  6. Consider drug-free treatment. 
  7. See a dentist.

 

Could It Be A Concussion?

Concussion

A concussion is brain injury caused by a hard hit or jolt which can cause the brain to move in the skull, leading to bruising, swelling and bleeding, and blood vessel damage. Concussions can range from mild to severe and in extreme cases can require serious medical attention to prevent brain damage or death.

Concussions are most commonly associated with sports injuries, but it is important to note that they can occur through falls, car accidents or accidents at work. If you believe that you or someone else might have a concussion here are a few signs and symptoms that you can look for:

  • Headache
  • Slurred Speech
  • Confusion
  • Blurred Vision
  • Dizziness
  • Light and Noise sensitivity
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Memory and Concentration Problems

It is extremely important to seek medical attention if you think that you are suffering from a concussion.

Information gathered from the Wellness News Network.

Noise Pollution and Your Health

Health concerns relating to noise is most commonly associated with ear and hearing problems. After extended exposure to loud noises from machinery, vehicles, airplanes and electronics can have negative effects on hearing, but new studies are revealing that noise can impact other aspects of our health as well, including:

  • Increased Stress Levels
  • Cardiovascular Problems
  • Sleep Disruption

The continued expansion of the worlds population and the increased loss of rural areas to developing cities is allowing the problem of noise pollution to grow, with little attention to its effect on our health.

To learn more read this weeks newsletter from Wellness News Network!