SLEEP – Myth of “Sleeping In”

Have you ever wanted to “catch up” with your sleep by sleeping in? Have you ever wanted to take the time to sleep a couple more hours just to make up for the lack of sleep this week?

Researchers have shown that “sleeping in” does not actually create the rest you want it to create. In fact, it can confuse your body as your internal clock tries to reset it’s daily pattern.

Here is the physiology.  Your Circadian Rhythm is your daily clock.  It helps your body by telling your body what time of the day it is, “body wise”. It is your internal clock.

Your internal clock starts as soon as light strikes your eyes in the morning. It starts your day. Now your body knows what to expect over the next 24 hours.  If you decide to sleep in a couple hours, your clock has to reset, and this can cause unrest in your body instead of the rejuvenation you were expecting to receive.  Your body has to now “reset” it’s internal clock according to the new time you woke up and can take days to get back into your daily rhythm.

In order to catch up with your sleep, try going to bed earlier and waking at the same time. This will allow your internal clock, your Circadian Rhythm, to continue undisturbed. Now you have successfully achieved the rest and rejuvenation you were looking for and your daily clock remains intact ready for another day.

Join us this Thursday, April 18, at 12:30 if you want to learn more about sleep and whole food nutrition. The class will be at my office: Green Valley Chiropractic & Wellness Center, 2720 Green Valley Parkway, Henderson, NV, 89014.  Please RSVP at 702/451-0480

 

 

REVERSING TYPE II DIABETES – Part One

PURIFICATION PROGRAM
Consider doing a purification program. Our systems are typically so toxic from the processed foods, sugars, and the medications we take, and the toxins we are exposed to in the environment; this is a powerful FIRST STEP.

I am a strong proponent of at least a 21 day cleanse which includes the liver, skin, stomach, colon, kidneys and lungs. By supporting all the avenues of toxin elimination, we create a more successful environment for purification.

Most common changes:
* Weight Loss (8-12 pounds over 21 days)
* Energy Gain (typically doubles)
* improved Digestion (often removing the need for antacids)
* Improved Sleep

We support the STANDARD PROCESS PURIFICATIOIN PROGRAM. It is the most successful and effective purification program I have used in my 30 years of practice.

Stay tuned for more information.

You may also email me at dr@gvwellness.com

How to Find the Right Chiropractor for your Sports Injuries

CrunchesChiropractors are part of America’s third largest primary healthcare profession. With hundreds in each state, it is evident that finding the right one is a rather difficult task. Fortunately, it is not impossible either. Here are 5 factors you should look for on your search for the right chiropractor.

1 – Reputation

The most important factor to analyze when searching through a list of recommended chiropractors is their reputation. Even with years of experience, some chiropractors do not prove as beneficial as others. When it comes to sports injuries, ensure that you choose only a highly reputable chiropractor, evident by a number of positive online reviews.

2 – Experience

A chiropractor may come highly recommended and they may have a reputation as being a great chiropractor. However, if you have visited multiple chiropractors before, with little positive result, it may be a good idea to choose a more experienced chiropractor. With more experience, your chiropractor will know about a deal of problems and hence can help you better than others.

3 – Locality

Of course, locality is an important factor when choosing from your list of chiropractors. With the busy schedule most people have, the last thing anyone needs is to travel for an hour to reach the chiropractor. As such, unless they are one of the best chiropractors in the state, area or country, always select a chiropractor that is close by.

4 – Availability

Considering the nature of their work, chiropractors can be unavailable at many times. If you need to have your sports injuries examined on a weekly basis, it would be unwise to select a chiropractor that is available only once a week. Why? Because with the load they have, setting up an appointment will be difficult.

5 – Services

Last but not least, when selecting from a large list of recommended chiropractors, ensure that you select one that offers a number of services. While you may require a chiropractor for sports injuries, it is wise to have one for other problems too such as back and neck pain.

By analyzing the 5 factors above, selecting the right chiropractor will no longer be a difficult task. However, ensure that you spend ample time on each factor, ensuring that the chiropractor you choose has the right blend of the above 5 factors. Never pick a chiropractor who excels in just one factor.

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GREAT CLASS LAST NIGHT!!!

It was great to see everyone doing so well on their 21 DAY FREEDOM PLAN.  The process of detoxification can be challenging.  I am proud of everyone focusing on their health and using each other to gain strength.

Chiropractors – Helping Alleviate Back Pain, One Treatment at a Time

download (2)Back pain is a problem that affects 15-20% of all Americans every year. From the general rigors of every day work to the excess weight many carry around on their body, back pain gets to us all. However, there is an easy and non-invasive way to that very pain. Chiropractors have worked for over a hundred years, perfecting their art and liberate people from their back pain.

Causes of Back Pain

For most people, back pain is usually moderate to severe. For most, the cause of pain is simply the rigors of a busy life. For others, it is a consequence of obesity. However, depending on the weight of the person and the extent of their current back pain, the pain can naturally vanish or may become worse.

Techniques

Most chiropractors use a range of techniques such as spinal manipulation and mobilization to help the joints in the spinal column enjoy a greater degree of freedom, alleviating back pain. For example, many spinal manipulation techniques help realign the spinal column and bring it back into its original form. However, this requires multiple treatments. Then again, spinal mobilization is a gentler technique many chiropractors use to treat patients.

Reasons for Preference

Possibly the most important reason why over 40 million Americans prefer their chiropractors to regular physicians is the fact that they use non-invasive techniques to alleviate pain. Without using drugs and surgery, the risk of side effects and infection is virtually zero.

Another reason why most people prefer chiropractors to regular physicians is due to the fear of pain. Regular medication may prove to be discomforting or painful, as in the case of surgery. Fortunately, the alternative is not.

Chiropractors use their hands at certain points to help your body not only relax but adjust itself to a better spinal position. By combining adjunctive therapy with spinal mobilization, not only are they able to ‘work out the kinks’ but ensure that the pain does not happen again, at least for a while. You need to remember that most long-lasting effects are obtained through constant periodic treatment.

Chiropractors have spent over a century trying to perfect their art and help people without ever having to make an incision or provide harmful drugs. Using their hands and the body itself, they are able to not only help alleviate back pain but also prevent it – one treatment at a time.

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DAY 12

Welcome to Day 12 of the Purification Program.

Most likely you have enjoyed a day of reintroducing meat back into your diet.  Hopefully you stuck to the amounts recommended and didn’t overdo it.  Remember to pace yourself, as you do not want to spoil 11 days of hard work!

How Should I Feel Today?

You should feel good after the reintroduction of meat into your diet.  Many people find that they have more energy, especially at the gym, after reintroducing protein from food (as opposed to simply adding the whey protein into their shakes).

If you do not feel good, you should ensure you are tracking how you feel and what you are eating in your Daily Intake Journal.  This is a key component of identifying what foods ‘agree’ with you and which ones don’t.  If you find that something you have reintroduced makes you feel less than 100%, experiment with not having that again for a day or so, then reintroduce it and see if the same negative reactions return.  If they do, flag that food as a potential allergen and discuss this with your health care provider.

Weight Loss

Have you not lost weight on the program so far?  Well, don’t give up.  Are your clothes fitting better?  Do you notice that your face is looking healthier?  It is entirely possible that you are losing fat even if you are not losing pounds.  This is actually quite common and you will find that as you continue to eat healthy and exercise the pounds will then begin to come off.

As you are reintroducing meat into your diet, remember that you should not ‘fill up’ on meat.  It is VERY important that you are eating lots of healthy vegetables and limiting your fruit intake.  It is these vegetables (especially cruciferous vegetables) that will help you to become healthier and lose weight.

CRUCIFEROUS VEGETABLES  – click on   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cruciferous_vegetables    to learn more about what cruciferous vegetables

Reminders

Points to Ponder: Cruciferous vegetables have been shown in numerous studies to dramatically reduce your chance of getting cancer, especially hormonal cancers like breast, prostate and ovarian.  Some studies have even shown a reduction in bladder and lung cancer.

References: (Take a quick look!)

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/09/050915003652.htm

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17317210

http://cebp.aacrjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/17/4/938

http://jn.nutrition.org/cgi/content/abstract/138/3/526

http://www.reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUSARM78181220080317

Eating these powerful foods daily can make dramatic changes in the outcome of your life, so make them part of your diet from now on.  Don’t let the good habits you develop during the purification program go to waste.

One patient said, “I had to learn to eat to live and not just live to eat.”  Great advice!  In reality, good foods taste good and after the 21 days you will surprised to find that almost any meal you like can be made in a healthier manner.  The key is learning to use the right oils, right flour and right sugar (i.e. natural, unrefined sugar cane).  Once you start cooking healthier you will feel better and love the way it tastes.

Recipe of the Day

Fish Creole

Ingredients: 

1 tablespoon organic extra virgin olive oil

1/3 cup celery, thinly sliced

1 medium onion, chopped

¼ cup green pepper, chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

1 bay leaf

2 ½ tablespoon fresh parsley or 2 ½ teaspoon dried parsley

¼ teaspoon chopped rosemary

1 28 oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes with liquid (or regular)

1 ½ pounds fish fillet (tilapia, sole, etc. try to find wild versus farm raised)

2 cups cooked short grain brown rice (once reintroducing whole grains)

Directions:

1.

In a large saucepan, heat oil and lightly sauté the onion, celery, pepper and garlic until soft.

2.

Add parsley, bay leaf, rosemary and tomatoes.

3.

Leave uncovered and simmer for about 25 minutes.

4.

Add the fish fillets, which have been cut into small pieces.

5.

Simmer till cooked through – approximately 10-12 minutes.

6.

Remove the bay leaf and serve alone or with brown rice if directed by physician.

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Diet for your Disc Injury – Know what Works

images (22)An Apple a Day Keeps the Spinal Surgeon Away

One of the cardinal rules that all chiropractors go by is to rely on the human body’s own abilities to heal its own self. In fact, this is exactly why most chiropractors say that patients who suffer from potentially debilitating conditions such as herniated discs can prevent the condition by eating the right kind of foods. Almost 80% of the population suffers from back pain and would rather resort to minimally invasive back treatments to make their pain a passing memory.

Sadly, most people do not see the connection between what they eat and the affect it might have on their backs. Remember, your body needs to ingest the appropriate amount of nutrition in order for the muscles in your back to move as they should. Here is what you can include in your diet to ensure just that –

Power Foods

Your muscles need power foods in order to, well, become powerful enough to support your movements. These are natural food items that provide a great boost of energy in small doses over the course of a few hours. In other words, they can supply an ample amount of energy to keep you going without craving for a sugary donut that will deplete you of any reserves you might have in minutes.

Foods that contain a high amount of antioxidants such as blueberries and salmon that contains omega 3 fatty acids are good examples of power foods. Chiropractors say that foods such as these can keep your body supplied with the fuel it needs to maintain or support your spine thereby preventing you from acquiring a disc injury.

Foods that contain vitamins and minerals can also prevent your back from failing you when you need it the most. Power foods such as these actually aid the body in releasing energy from the food it ingests to keep itself healthy. Calcium and Vitamins such as vitamin D keep your bones strong and durable as well.

Eating right can seem like a difficult prospect in the fast paced societies of today. However, your body shouldn’t suffer for it. Spinal injuries such as a disc injury are nothing to scoff at. Therefore it’s best that you include food items such as whole grains, whole wheat bread and vegetables in your diet.  Not only will this help keep your back in shape for the long run it will also help you run on a full tank of gas till lunch time.

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Treatment and Prevention of Muscle Cramps during Exercise

6253806401_9a9cd9a555Muscle cramps that are caused by exercise can be very painful and can cause athletes to drop out of competitions.  Muscle cramps can happen in any types of sports and are usually a result of muscle fatigue, a loss of electrolytes or dehydration.

Cramps are not limited to sports, they can happen even to people who are not involved in any type of sports.  Repetitive cramps can be healed by a chiropractor by aligning the vertebrae correctly in the spine using various techniques.

Causes of Cramps

The American College of Sports Medicine published a review on the causes of muscle cramps during exercise – two possible causes were identified that lead to muscle cramps.

The first was credited to muscle fatigue.  Neuromuscular systems are embedded into muscles to allow control of contraction of the muscles. When this system malfunctions, contraction of muscle takes place and then causes the cramps.

Muscles that are regularly used, such as those of an athlete or a person with a very active lifestyle, are at a higher risk of experiencing cramps or spasms.

The second major cause is a result of an excessive fluid loss from the body (sweat), which decreases the body’s electrolytes level.  This depletes the body of sodium.

Body’s Natural Cooling System

The body is designed to cool itself by sweating when body temperature starts to rise beyond normal levels.   The loss of electrolytes due to sweating can cause depletion of body’s electrolytes and if it is not replenished properly, it will cause cramps.

What are Electrolytes?

Electrolytes are minerals including sodium, chloride, magnesium and potassium. They are dissolved in the body and directly control the required muscle contractions and nerve conductions.

Consuming bananas to treat muscle cramps has no solid ground and there is no evidence to support such a remedy.

Treating Muscle Cramps

– Fatigued Muscles

Treatment of muscle cramps depends upon the initial cause.  For those people who experience a muscle cramp due to a strenuous workload such as exercise or sports, chiropractors recommend treatments such as a massage, application of cold packs to the affected muscles and passive stretching.

Proper rest must be given to those muscles which have experienced an overload due to stress.

– Cramps due to Loss of Electrolytes

For those people who suffer from cramps as a result of excessive sweating and a deficit of sodium, the same methods of treatment can be used besides replenishing the lost fluid levels.

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