Friday, June 28, 2013

Fever = Healthy Immune Response

If you’re like many parents, the first time your infant has a fever it’s a cause for concern. That’s because many of us have been brought up to see fever as a sign of sickness when really it’s a sign that you are well!

Huh?

Yes, it’s true. A fever is a sign that your body is working the way it was designed. Your body has the innate wisdom to raise its temperature in response to a foreign body – a virus or bacteria – that needs to be destroyed.

Many medical practitioners advise you to give some type of child-strength fever reducer to your child to make him or her more “comfortable” and to bring the fever down. We have a different perspective. We believe that childhood fevers, and the viruses and infections that cause them, play a valuable role in strengthening your child’s immune system, making it stronger to resist future infections.

Moreover, when you give fever-reducing medications to a child, you’re overriding the intelligence of the body. This may actually prolong the length of the illness! Additionally, your child’s immune system may miss the opportunity to become resistant to the virus or bacteria that caused the infection in the first place!

So, when your child gets a fever, remember that fever is the body’s innate immune response. Instead of seeing it as something to be feared or eliminated, view it as a welcome response that signals that your child’s immune system is functioning properly and getting stronger. Understand too that giving your child acetaminophen, paracetamol or ibuprofen can defeat the intended purpose of the fever. Relax, knowing that a fever is dangerous only in rare instances. When excessive or long in duration, it may indicate a more serious problem. If in doubt, or if your child is under 12 months of age, consult a medical practitioner.

Regular chiropractic care can help to keep your child’s immune system functioning properly. In fact, many parents bring their children to our practice to not only get well, but to stay well. Parents often report that when their children receive routine chiropractic care, they tend to be sick less often and for a far shorter period than their peers.

Do you know a child who could benefit from a better working nervous system?

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Should You Be Taking Vitamin C?

Vitamin C is an important nutrient that is vital for many functions in our body.   It helps with everything from wound healing to supporting the immune and cardiovascular systems.  It even helps our mood, improves our skin, and helps combat cancer.  So, how much vitamin C should you be taking and where should you get it from?

If you eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and nuts and whole grains, vitamin C is likely to be abundant in your diet.  If you are not eating a lot of these foods, the first question is… why not?  Aside from vitamin C, there’s lot’s of other “good stuff” in those foods.  However, because of modern farming techniques and the (unfortunately) high amounts of processed foods that many of us eat, supplements are becoming more and more important to maintaining good health.

So, in addition to the fruits and vegetables you’re already eating, you may want to consider adding an additional 500-1000mg of vitamin C to your daily diet.  A very important thing to remember when buying a vitamin C supplement is that for our bodies to fully utilize vitamin C, we need something called bioflavonoids.  Therefore a good vitamin C supplement will also contain things like Quercitin, Rutin, and Hesperidin.

One other thing to remember when trying to consume a diet high in vitamin C is that while consuming a diet with lots of fruits and vegetables is good, one high in fruit juices can cause a whole batch of other problems.  Fruit juices are typically very high in sugars and to much of that in you diet can result in elevated blood sugar (a precursor for diabetes) and elevated triglyceride levels (a precursor for cardiovascular disease).  Also, young children shouldn’t drink too much juice due to the potential for damage to young and developing teeth.  Ultimately, a diet higher in vegetables is better for you as they tend to be more nutrient dense, higher in fiber, and won’t affect insulin levels as greatly, helping you to maintain a healthy weight or even lose some extra pounds if needed.


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Monday, June 3, 2013

Take Care of Your Skin This Summer


A quick glance through the scientific literature unearthed some very interesting studies on how NRF2 activation benefits skin properties.  Nrf2 being the substance in our bodies that Protandim helps to stimulate.

Consider how much time you spend out in the sun. When the weather warms up in the spring, the dangers of UV radiation and sunburn become more and more of a reality. Weather channels highlight the UV index on the nightly news. Some occupations are higher risk than others such as farming, construction, professional sports or lifeguards and more prone to the damaging effects of the sun. Children too are in danger during their summer break considering how much time is spent outdoors. Incidences of Skin Cancer are increasing worldwide, and so these studies offer new light on the possible protecting influence of Protandim.

The article, “Nrf2-mediated protection against UVA radiation in human skin keratinocytes” revealed that a decrease in NRF2 activation provided the skin less protection against Ultraviolet A (UVA) radiation.  UVA  is an oxidizing agent “that causes significant damage to cellular components and that leads to photo-aging and cancer”.  This means that Nrf2 may play a role in protecting human skin keratinocytes from UVA radiation-induced damage. 

In a separate study, “Nrf2 links epidermal barrier function with antioxidant defense”, NRF2 activation was found to not only protect the skin from harmful UV rays, but also detoxify the skin too.  The skin is the largest organ in the body and provides the first line of defense for the body from damage due to environmental factors.  This study also shows that when the skin is damaged by means of a wound, Nrf2 activation is increased in the area of the wound, helping the skin to protect itself and aid recovery. 

Ok, what does that mean?

The special combination of ingredients in Truescience Anti-Aging Cream works at the cellular level to help stimulate your bodies natural defenses against the negative effects of aging called “oxidative stress“.  Truescience Anti-Aging not only helps to protect against the damage the sun causes in our skin, it actually helps remove the toxins that build up in our skin when exposed to too much sunlight. 

What should you do?

Use Truescience Anti-Aging Cream to help prevent the negative effects of the sun.  You can purchase it here.