Friday, July 22, 2011

You Are What You Drink!

Not all calories are the same, especially when it comes to the calories you drink. Most people tend to revolve their diet plans around the foods they consume, often forgetting that what they drink on a daily basis is just as important. Countless drinks on the market tend to be very high in sugar content, which we all know eventually turns into fat, derailing our weight-loss goals.

Some drinks are also loaded with tons of calories that often can be just as high as an entire meal. Learning what drinks to watch out for and which ones to consume can make a big difference in your overall weight and health. Let's take a look at a few healthy options that can help you meet your long-term goals.

When it comes to finding the perfect drink to complement your healthy eating goals, the number-one thing you need is just five letters: water!

Water is a basic beverage that provides essential benefits like helping to digest your food properly and hydrating the body, but most importantly, it contains zero calories.

When considering beverages, it is essential to always read the nutrition facts just like you would with food. The first ingredient listed is the most common ingredient; the least common ingredient is listed last. Your drink should be mostly water or 100 percent juice, depending on the beverage. If you see sugar first on the label, watch out!

Other things to consider: Try to keep your sugar intake lower than American Heart Association's limits for added sugars: 100 calories (6 tsp) for women and 150 calories (9 tsp) for men per day. (These shouldn't be coming from beverages, since many of your foods contain sugars).

So this summer, satisfy your parched taste buds with water; and if you can't forgo your favorite sip (or more) of something less healthy, do it in small amounts! Small changes can equal big results! Drink well.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Chiropractic Eases the Discomfort of Pregnancy

According to a 2006 study in the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, chiropractic care can give pregnant women up to 95% improvement in their back pain symptoms in just 2 days.

Pregnancy can be overwhelming at times and while it’s one of the greatest things many women ever experience, a pregnant woman's body goes through some difficult changes - like back pain, shoulder stiffness, sciatica and pelvic problems just to name a few.

If not addressed, these conditions can make pregnancy much more uncomfortable than it has to be and can even make delivery much more difficult.

Chiropractic care has a long, proven track record in helping pregnant women during this constantly changing, yet delicate time. Here’s what one study had to say about chiropractic and pregnancy…

“84% of patients receiving spinal manipulative therapy [chiropractic care] reported relief of back pain during pregnancy. There was significantly less likelihood of back labor when spinal manipulative therapy was administered during pregnancy.” (JMPT 1991)

This confirms that not only is chiropractic care the best, natural drug-free solution to back pain, but it can make back labor much less painful.

Add to this what childcare experts and authors Dr. William and Martha Sears state in their highly praised “The Pregnancy Book, ” chiropractic care in pregnancy can help to…

“avoid or relieve back pain and also prepare your back and pelvic structures for the stresses of labor and birth.”

Furthermore, it’s vital to both mother and baby that the pelvis be in proper alignment during pregnancy. If the pelvis is “out of place”, it can cause “intrauterine constraint“, restricting the room available for the growing baby. Poor pelvic alignment can also make it difficult for the baby to get into the best position for delivery.

One such position is called “breech” presentation where the baby is not positioned headfirst, making the delivery difficult and even dangerous for mother and child. But scientific studies have proven a special chiropractic technique has extraordinary success with helping breech babies.

One study (JMPT2002 ) confirmed that this unique approach helps the mother’s body turn the baby. Of 112 cases studied, 102 of them turned correctly after this gentle procedure was performed…

That’s A Success Rate of 92% in Helping Turn Breech Presentations!

In fact, many medical and health care associations recommend chiropractic care for pregnant mothers. The American Pregnancy Association said the following about chiropractic…

“Potential benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include:

  1. Maintaining a healthier pregnancy

  2. Controlling symptoms of nausea

  3. Reducing the time of labor and delivery

  4. Relieving back, neck or joint pain

  5. Prevent a potential cesarean section

As you can see, chiropractic care during pregnancy is a well established and safe method of care. If you're pregnant, it doesn’t mean you have to suffer for nine months. If you would like to make your pregnancy and delivery as comfortable as possible, visit our office for a spinal check up today!