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Category Archives: Health

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic Care… it works

According to Dr. George Bakris M.D. the director of the University of Chicago Hypertension Center “Not only does chiropractic work, we saw no side effects and no problems”. He was referring a study from 2007 in the Journal of Human Hypertension. According to this 8 week, 50 patient study with early stage high blood pressure, Chiropractic adjustments were more effective in lowering blood pressure then two medication combined. 25 patients were specifically adjusted which caused their blood pressure to be significantly lower compared to the 25 patients who received “sham” adjustments. X-rays on the 25 patients who had the true adjustments showed that the procedure realigned the Atlas Vertebra. This is the circular shaped bone at the top of the spine. One average the these patients saw a drop in systolic blood pressure of 14mm Hg and an average drop in diastolic blood pressure of 8mm Hg. Out of the 50 patients, none took blood pressure medication during the study.

Dr. Bakris was quoted saying that “When the statistician brought me the data, I actually didn’t believe it. It was way to good to be true.” His statistician said, “I didn’t believe it either, but we checked for everything and there it was.” Spinal subluxation at the Atlas level is known to interfere with the activity of the Medulla Oblongata, also known as the brainstem and control center for blood pressure. The study suggested that injury to the neck earlier in life can affect blood flow in the arteries at the base of the skull. Makes sense yes? Specific adjustments of the Atlas naturally allow the body to receive and send proper communication to the brain ensuring it can recognize conditions such as high blood pressure and regulate them accordingly and naturally as it should.

Proper Blood Flow and Exercise

Small changes in you daily routine can make big differences in your health. Exercise can help you control your blood pressure and is vital to your health. Regular physical activity makes your heart stronger and with a stronger heart you pump more blood with less effort. If your heart works less, the force on your arteries decreases, lowering your blood pressure. Regular exercise is considered to be a least 30-60 min at a minimum of 4 days a week. This alone can lower your blood pressure and help you loose weight which in turn will also aid in lowering your blood pressure and increasing your health overall. Carrying too much weight around your waist can put you at a greater risk. According to the Mayo Clinic, Average American Men are at risk if their waist measurement is greater than 40 inches (102 centimeters) or 36 inches (91 cm) for Asian men. Women are at risk if their waist measurement is greater than 35 inches (89 cm) or 32 inch (81 cm) for Asian women.

Eating a Healthy Diet

Just like small changes in increased activity can have great effects, so can small changes in diet. Lowering your sugar intake is one of the most important changes. Change to a natural sugar substitute like Stevia or Lo Han. Please read up on the risks of other artificial sweeteners before changing to one of them. You can also use fresh fruit instead of canned fruit for sugar in meals or recipes calling for a bit of sweetness and try using spices instead of sugar to add flavor to your meal. Aim to reduce the amount of fruit drinks, soda, dairy desserts and candy you consume as well. If your goal is to avoid sugar be sure to limit your intake of fruits high in Fructose. Fructose (which is considered to be anything with sugar which obviously some fruits are very high in) has been found to promote metastasis in breast cancer, shows genotoxic effects on the colon, promotes a condition called intracranial atherosclerosis (a narrowing and hardening of the arteries in your skull), increases your risk for heart disease and feeds cancer. Ideally you want to avoid sugar/fructose, grains and processed foods. Eat more whole foods (organic if at all possible of anything you can) and switch your grains out for lots of veggies, a low to moderate amount of high quality protein (again organic, non-antibiotic, farm raised grass feed if at all possible) and healthy fats.

Some Causes of High Blood Pressure

Obesity also causes high blood pressure. Obesity is a growing problem in our western world. Excess fat squeezes the major blood vessels in the body which in turn causes hypertension.

Smoking contributes to hypertension. So, we should think of getting rid of our nicotine habit, if we have one. With every puff of smoke you take, your blood turns a little less red and a little blue, depriving your brain of the energy it needs to function properly.

Excessive and persistent alcohol intake can lead to higher blood pressure. Excessive drinking is defined by the medical literature as two or more drinks a day.

A sedentary lifestyle may be increasingly imposed on us by modern life’s demands and the wired world. We certainly sit a lot more than our ancestors did. And this is increasing our blood pressure and obesity rates at an alarming rate every year.

Insufficient or poor quality sleep can also contribute to high blood pressure. Sleeping in long enough to feel rested is not a luxury. It is an opportunity for the brain to rejuvenate itself and for the proper blood supply to reach our brains.

Persistent loneliness, high anxiety and depression can also cause hypertension. These conditions can impair our mind and the flow of the blood to our heart.

Excess stress can cause problems too. This is because when we are stressed our arteries get overworked and clots and clogs are possible over the long term.

Noise also can cause an increase in heart rate. This is especially the case for noise that is irritating to the ears.

Benefits Oatmeal

Oatmeal Alternatives

If you just can’t get yourself to consume oatmeal in one form or another, here’s a few other foods that are rich in soluble fiber.

– Lentils

– Apples

– Oranges

– Pears

– Strawberries

– Nuts

– Flaxseed

– Beans

– Blueberries

– Cucumbers

– Carrots

Types of Oatmeal

Yes there are different types of oatmeal. All of them have the same original material which is oats of course. It’s the way that they are processed and prepared that varies.

The healthiest is Steel Cut Oats. These are more expensive and harder to find. They are oats that are chopped into small pieces. They are chewier, which some people prefer. Steel Cut Oats have the lowest glycemic index of all the types.

Old fashioned oats are probably the most common. They are oats that are rolled into flattened pieces. They are a little quicker to cook than Steel Cut Oats.

Quick cooking oats are almost the same as old fashioned oats but they are pressed into thinner pieces to make cooking faster.

Instant oatmeal is not as healthy as the other types. In fact, some instant oatmeal contains added sugars and salt which can make them unhealthy. They’re convenient but simply not as good for you as the other types.

If you’re serious about lowering your cholesterol, try adding steel cut or old fashioned oats to your daily diet. It’s one great tasting idea that can make a difference!