Lower Backache Solutions

Roughly 80% of adults experience persistent lower back pain at some point in their lives.  As many as 31 million Americans struggle with back pain caused by injury or unknown causes. Back pain is considered the leading cause of disability in the world according to the American Chiropractic Association. Thousands of American workers suffer from back pain every year.

 

Low back pain can be excruciating or dull and achy depending on the cause.  There are many causes of back pain:  Family history, tobacco use, being overweight or obese, being female, anxiety or depression, and too much activity after being sedentary, and surprisingly, just being sedentary.

 

Poor posture is certainly another cause and it takes time to correct. Scoliosis and other types of back abnormalities are a major cause. Middle-aged and older adults are most likely to develop severe symptoms. They can benefit from chiropractic care, soft tissue therapy, and regular exercise geared towards their age group.

 

Supplements can reduce inflammation which is always present with back pain. Here’s a list of supplements that reduce inflammation and pain:

 

 

  • Fish oil, 2000 mg daily.
  • Turmeric, 1000 mg daily. This reduces pain and inflammation.
  • Proteolytic enzymes such as bromelain and papain (500 mg 3 x daily).
  • MSM, 2000-8000 mg daily. It’s an anti-inflammatory and helps to rebuild cartilage.  Can reduce muscle spasms.
  • Magnesium, 400-500 mg daily, helps to relax muscles.
  • Essential oils, Peppermint and wintergreen. Excellent analgesics. Help cool inflamed joints.
  • Capsaicin cream. Can be applied to skin to relieve pain and inflammation.

 

 

Back surgery is a last resort and even this has been proven to be ineffective in relieving back pain. Try the natural way first.  Failed back surgery is very common.  Try chiropractic care first.  It works.

Our Diets Are Killing Us

It’s SAD  that so many Americans are sick. It’s also SAD that many people don’t realize just how bad they feel. When they start feeling horrible, they go to a doctor who checks them over. Everything is fine, but many are sent home with a prescription for a statin drug, a proton pump inhibitor commonly known as an antacid drug, and a recommendation to lose a few pounds and exercise more. As the doctor is writing the prescriptions, you note that he is overweight and looks like how you feel. Then, the AHA! Moment.  He or she is as sick as you are. The only thing is, neither of you are sick. You’re simply eating wrong. And that’s where the SADness comes in. SAD stands for the”Standard American Diet.”  Americans are eating to satiate hunger, not to promote health.   

 

Does your day start off with coffee, a fake creamer with possibly a bit of sugar added, a donut or other pastry, or cereal? Does lunch consist of a hamburger, fries, soft drink, and maybe a treat for dessert? And, when you get home, you order a pizza for dinner because there is no time to cook a nice healthy meal. I know you don’t eat the exact health-killing diet, but it’s close, right?

 

That is what is wrong with you and probably your doctor! It’s time to eat healthier. Not everyone is going to eat a 100% organic, non-GMO, vegan diet, but eating more fruits and vegetables, less meat, and definitely less sugar will go a long way to healing your body. No drugs needed!  Add good fats like fish oil, avocado, flax, coconut oil, and walk 4 times a week. An occasional “slip” by eating junk food won’t hurt. Just get back on track!

Food For Thought!

Healthy fats such as omega-3s, avocados, coconut oil, etc., are all good for brain health. Certain vitamins prevent neurological /mental health problems. Medical doctors treat first with drugs. But, certain vitamins also have produced improvement in brain health.  

 

Many psychiatric problems have shown vast improvement with nutrients and a healthy diet. Lack of niacin (vitamin B3) in the diet can cause pellagra. Two of its symptoms are delirium and dementia. Schizophrenia also has some of the same signs as pellagra. Pellagra originates in your gut. It is associated with malnourishment and a diet high in corn products. Vitamin B deficiencies produce neuropsychiatric disorders. A vitamin B Complex supplement may just be just what the doctor “hasn’t” ordered!  

 

Many people have a niacin “dependency” which means they need more daily niacin than the average person. Niacin has been successfully used in the treatment of many mental disorders such as ADD, general psychosis, anxiety, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.   We are not saying to throw out your meds if you happen to be taking some. We are suggesting that adding B vitamins to your daily nutritional program may just help reduce the need for medications. Hopefully, some day doctors might be able to treat mood disorders with nutrition.

 

Our food has changed over the years. More nutrients are taken out and more junk is being added. We are getting less for our money. Americans have gained weight, lost their health, need more psychotropic drugs and mood enhancers, and we never seem to get any better.

 

So, “food for thought” is the phrase for today. It’s what we’re lacking that may be causing our sadness, our weight gain, our illness, or our general malaise.  It certainly can’t hurt to improve our diets by adding some B vitamins.

Replace Your Drugs With Nature

Turmeric is a very powerful herb.   It is known for its disease-fighting powers and its potential to reverse disease. Currently 6,235 peer-reviewed articles have been published proving the benefits of turmeric and curcumin, healing compounds of curcumin. It is one of the most studied herbs in scientific research  with over 6,000 plus studies published. One finding about curcumin is that when combined with turmeric and compared to conventional medicines, curcumin is equal.  Curcumin is often more effective than prescription drugs prescribed by medical doctors.

 

Let’s talk about the benefits and effectiveness of turmeric and curcumin over other pain medications and blood thinners. Are you taking any of the following drugs?  

 

  • Aspirin
  • Plavix
  • Diclofenac
  • Lovenox
  • Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.)
  • Naproxen
  • Coumadin
  • Aleve

 

Some people need anticoagulants to keep their blood thinned to avoid blood clots, but there are many harsh side effects to those drugs.  

 

Turmeric has relatively no known side effects (unless taken in extremely high doses). After several groundbreaking studies in the 1980s, the curcumin in turmeric has been suggested by researchers to be actually a better choice for vascular problems.  As a matter of fact, prior to surgical procedures, doctors now ask their patients to stop taking aspirin, fish oil, and curcumin to prevent excessive bleeding during procedures.

 

If you do not want to take aspirin and ibuprofen (or other harsh anti-inflammatories), curcumin can be used and is very effective in reducing inflammation.

 

The journal Oncogene recently evaluated several anti-inflammatory compounds and found that aspirin and ibuprofen are the least effective, while curcumin is one of the most effective anti-inflammatory compounds in available and doesn’t need a prescription.  

 

There you have it. Before harsh laboratory chemicals, try nature first. She knows what she’s doing.

Your Immune System And Your Gut

Americans now experience leaky gut syndrome, fibromyalgia, autoimmunity, and other diseases. But why?

 

Our food supply has changed. Farmers are able to increase their crops, fight insects and blight, but at the same time, some of this new technology is hurting our health.

 

Leaky gut syndrome means that toxins enter the blood stream through the lining of the gut and cause disease. Many illnesses often appear in people who appear to be perfectly healthy.  Should we look to the diet as the possible culprit?  Everything from skin diseases like psoriasis and eczema, to autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and fibromyalgia are cropping up at ever increasing rates. But, so have new ingredients in the food we eat.

 

There are ingredients in our food that most people can’t even pronounce. We assume it’s safe because the FDA said it is. However, unnatural, man-made ingredients are being dumped into our foods to create longer shelf life and allows for quick meals.  Some scientists believe that as much as 80% of our immunity is in the gut. Do unnatural ingredients cause health problems?

 

If our guts are continuously being assaulted by man-made, laboratory created additives, food colorings, and “mystery” ingredients, we should look no further than to our gut for healing. What goes in “leaks” into our bodies through our digestive tracts.  If it’s not a God-made food, your body doesn’t know what to do with it.  A decline in health can gradually appear.  A tobacco user doesn’t start off sick, but in 20 years or so, the results of tobacco consumption can be devastating.

 

Tip of the Day: Read food labels. If you can’t pronounce it, denounce it.  If possible, try to buy organic, nonGMO produce, and avoid pre-packaged foods.

Study Shows Vitamin D Is More Effective Than The Flu Shot

Numerous people believe that to prevent the flu, they should get their annual flu vaccine. However, there is research that says vitamin D could actually prevent the flu as effectively or more than a flu shot can. So before you head to the clinic, be sure to learn the facts in order to give your body the best methods for battle.

 

The Research

There has been evidence to support the idea that vitamin D levels correspond with one’s probability to develop a cold or flu. The most recent study included nearly 11,000 people spanning across a dozen countries. A few of the findings include:

 

  • People who took daily or weekly vitamin D supplements are less likely to report acute respiratory infections, like the flu or common cold.
  • People who had the lowest vitamin D deficiencies (blood levels below 10 [ng/mL]), taking a supplement cut their risk of respiratory infection in half.
  • People with the higher vitamin D levels also saw a small reduction in risk, about 10 percent—this is equal to the effect of the injectable flu vaccine!

 

Researchers believe that vitamin D delivers protection by increasing antimicrobial peptides in your lungs. The findings could certainly explain why “flu season” occurs during the winter months, due to low levels of sunlight (vitamin D).

 

This new research is in support of other studies that have come to similar conclusions starting over a decade ago.

 

The Best Ways To Prevent The Flu 

According to research, and highly regarded doctors, you should plan to prevent the flu through options aside from the flu vaccine. Primarily, it all begins with your diet. Avoid a diet high in sugar and processed foods to keep your body healthy and functioning effectively as a whole. Then, optimize your vitamin D levels with increased sun exposure.

 

A vitamin D3 supplement is only recommended if you truly can’t receive the recommended vitamin D levels. However, if your vitamin D levels are sufficiently low, then you might need to take some supplements to reach an optimal level.

 

In addition to these methods, to optimize your vitamin D and prevent the flu, you might want to be sure these foods and supplements have a place in your diet.

 

  • Garlic
  • Vitamin C
  • Oregano Oil
  • Propolis
  • Zinc
  • Tea (combination of elderflower, yarrow, boneset linden, peppermint and ginger)
  • Medical mushrooms
  • Olive leaf extract

 

Talk more to a health professional about your current vitamin D levels, intake, nutrition, and immune system for best results when it comes to flu prevention. You can also read more about upping your vitamin D intake and how foods can help you, here.

 

Depending on where you live, “flu season” might be over, but your vitamin D levels never sleep. Be sure to get some sun, eat healthy, and stay active to prevent the flu and other health conditions. Don’t jump too quickly into shots and medicines before you’ve tried a more natural and effective way of staying healthy!

Will Getting A Gym Membership Actually Help You Stay Healthy?

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution that you would be more physically active? How is that plan working out for you? For many people, that pledge doesn’t work out all that often. That’s why numerous are reluctant when it comes to purchasing a gym membership. They don’t want to waste their money if they will stop going after a few weeks. However, these people might be pleasantly surprised to know the correlation between having a gym membership and fitness activity.

 

Committing to the gym could really pay off even if you aren’t the most athletic!

 

Take A Look At The Facts

The U.S. recommended guidelines for physical activity entail 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity per week. Two of such days should include muscle-strengthening activities. People can meet these guidelines with and without a gym membership. Nevertheless, research shows that only 50 percent of people in the U.S. get the amount of aerobic activity recommend, and only about 20 percent meet guidelines for strength training.

 

Surprisingly, and quite dramatically, those who had a gym membership were far more likely to be a part of the percentage who met physical activity guidelines. In fact, research that analyzed “405 generally healthy adults,” found that non-members averaged a mere 137 minutes of exercise per week, while gym members averaged 484 minutes a week! Thus, only 18 percent of non-members met the physical activity recommendations for both aerobics and strength training, versus 75 percent of gym members.

 

Committing To Exercise

Being a gym-member helps to motivate you to engage in physical activity, not only because of the environment, but also because of the price. However, you can still meet physical fitness goals without a membership, so don’t stress if you can’t afford it right now.

 

Committing to an exercise plan is an immense benefit for your lifestyle and health. Aside from muscle strengthening and weight control, being active can help you fight off the cold and flu, and even more serious diseases like cancer. In addition, regular exercise can even improve brain function, boost mood, offset cell damage, and slow aging.

 

Reaching optimal wellness is unlikely to be reached without a physical activity schedule. So make sure you build a plan that’s right for your body and daily routine. Working out in the morning has proven to provide best results, but just workout when you can and meet at least the recommended guidelines.

 

Conclusion

If you are struggling to get into a workout routine that actually shows results and progress, joining a gym or some specialized fitness programs could prove to be the change you need. Being a part of something is what often motivates individuals to get moving rather than cutting the workout short or not getting to it at all.

 

If you already tried the gym and it didn’t work out for you, try working out with a buddy to keep you motivated or enroll in a sports program. Whatever routine you choose, just get active and stay active!

How To Tell If It’s More Than Just A Cold

We’ve all been there. We wake up on any regular morning feeling absolutely terrible. We automatically think “oh great, it’s a cold.” However, simply brushing your symptoms off as a cold can lead to worsening issues as the condition progresses. Many serious conditions can begin looking like a cold, so you need to equip yourself with the tools to measure your degree of your sickness.

 

This is not to say that you should overreact every time you get a cold. But, if you think that your symptoms are worse than the average cold, or if you have conditions like asthma, severe allergies, diabetes, kidney disease, HIV, or an autoimmune disease, you should be sure you’re not mistaking a cold for something else. Furthermore, be especially aware of these signs if you have a child under six or loved one over 65.

 

Symptoms Have Lasted More Than Four Days

The common cold normally only lasts for three to four days, so if you continue to experience symptoms after rest and hydration (except mild cough and post-nasal drop) this is a sign that you have more than a cold. It’s best that you set up an appointment with a health expert to be sure you’re fine.

 

Your Symptoms Came Back

If your symptoms left and promptly came back, then this could be a sign that you have a rebound illness or “superinfection.” This means that you likely had a cold to begin with and then developed a more serious issue once your immune system was compromised. Again, see your local health advisor to determine if you need additional treatment.

 

You Were Just Abroad

If you recently traveled outside of the country you reside, then it’s likely that you could have more than just a cold. This is a red flag since you could have a less-conventional infection. Certainly get yourself checked out as soon as possible.

 

High Fevers Aren’t A Good Sign

With a normal cold, you likely won’t experience fevers at 101 degrees or higher. If you are experiencing these body temperatures, then you should make sure you don’t have strep throat. Untreated, strep throat can definitely lead to worse conditions of the heart or rheumatic fever.

 

Even if you have a constant fever for a few days, make an appointment, since it seems like your body is trying to fight off more than a cold. You could have the flu or mono.

 

Stomach Problems

Common colds don’t normally bring along issues of nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. You should certainly seek medical assistance because if these issues pursue, you could end up seriously dehydrated.

 

Chest Pain Or Trouble Breathing

Coughing is normal for the common cold but shortness of breathe, chest pain, or wheezing isn’t so normal. This could be a sign for pneumonia or bronchitis. Don’t take these symptoms as typical.

 

In order to avoid the common cold or more serious conditions, it’s imperative that you keep a balanced nutrition and physical activity plan. A local chiropractor can help you with this and more when it comes to your health.

Can’t Workout 5 Times A Week? Get The Same Benefits With 1-2 Times.

If you are someone with a busy schedule who can’t workout five days a week, let alone every day, then you are certainly part of the majority. People with families, bills, pets, jobs, hobbies, and more have some much going on that it seems like working out just doesn’t pass the cut. Or you could be one of many who simply aren’t athletically inclined and don’t want to spend an hour at the gym or outside running. Whatever the case may be, there is some great news. According to recent research, you can embrace nearly the same health benefits as those who exercise regularly if you simply exercise occasionally.

 

Is Barely Working Out Still Better Than Not At All?

You may have been in a position where you ask yourself if working out once or twice a week is actually helping you improve your health at all. Is it really making a difference, or are you just wasting your time if you don’t have a daily exercise schedule? Luckily there is now more sound of an answer.

 

Research taking place from 1994 to 2012 collected data from two national health surveys. Thereafter, participants were placed into 1 of 4 categories based on their exercise level:

  • Inactive (no activity)- 63 percent
  • Insufficiently active (active less than recommended weekly)- 11 percent
  • Regularly active (recommended weekly workout performed within three or more workouts)- 22 percent
  • Weekend warrior (recommended weekly activity performed within one or two workouts)- 4 percent

 

The primary focus of the study was mortality rate’s link to physical activity, including possible connections to death from heart disease or cancer. The results were particularly surprising, since those who exercised once or twice a week lowered their risk of early death by 30 to 34 percent, in comparison to those who were sedentary. These numbers are just slightly under the 35 percent decrease in risk that regular exercisers experienced.

 

Conclusion 

Making sure that you workout the recommended weekly value seems to be enough if you’re looking to live a long and healthy life. Whether you do it in a span of three to four times or one to two times doesn’t seem to make a huge difference. High intensity interval training could be the answer for anyone on a busy schedule or who wants to get their exercise done and over with.

 

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that you engage in 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise weekly or one hour and 15 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity. You should also be incorporating strength-training at least twice a week.

 

Stick to these benchmarks and have an exercise plan that fits into your schedule. You could be experiencing further benefits from exercising regularly, however avoiding heart disease, cancer, and premature death can be avoided by a simple exercise routine.

 

So what are you waiting for? Go do some interval sprints or grab some dumbbells. A heart healthy life is waiting for you! Good luck!

Some Of The Best Weight Loss Tips

The unfortunate fact is that 74% of Americans are overweight or obese. Maybe you aren’t a part of that statistic and just want to lose some fat and gain some muscle. Either way, there are numerous methods for weight loss. Not all of them work. Luckily, we have compiled some of the best weight loss tips here for you today. Learn to lose weight and keep that weight off!

 

Eat A Big Breakfast

Yes, not just breakfast. A big breakfast! Research shows that when people skip breakfast, the reward section of the brain is lit up when shown pictures of high-calorie foods. This means that you’ll be more likely to reach for unhealthy foods. In addition, women who had a big breakfast compared to a smaller one had a larger drop in ghrelin, the hunger hormone.

 

Furthermore, end your breakfast with something sweet! It has proven that people who do this have fewer cravings and are more likely to stick to their daily calorie requirements.

 

Drink Only Water, Tea, Or Coffee 

Juice and soda can contain up to 18 teaspoons of sugar and upwards of 240 calories per 20-ounce serving, providing no nutritional value. It’s proven that soda has been one of the biggest contributors to the obesity epidemic. Diet soda is no exception and can be even more dangerous than regular soda. It has carcinogen elements and has people overestimate their calories saved, leading them to overeat.

 

You’ll be safe if you stick to water, tea, or coffee.

 

Stock Up On Veggies

Just like you might stock up on meats, you should stock up on vegetables. Put them in your freezer when they hit peak ripeness to lock in their nutrients. This method will make cooking easier by keeping you stocked, plus less likely to order in high calorie foods.

 

Make Pistachios Your Go-To

Foods that make you slow down while eating will help you consume less. That’s why any low-calorie foods with peeling, shelling, or individual wrapping are perfect as a go-to snack. Pistachios are great because just a 1-ounce serving provides six grams of protein and three grams of fiber with just 159 calories.

Beware Of The Booze

You probably know that beer and other spirits contain empty calories. But, you should also take into account those late night, high-calorie meal runs that you always end up making when you drink a little much. Really try to limit these situations if you’re attempting to lose weight and keep it off.

 

Eat MUFAs With Every Meal 

MUFAs, monounsaturated fatty acids, are the types of fat that help with losing weight. Sprinkle a handful of nuts on your salad, drizzle a tablespoon of olive oil on steamed veggies, or have a quarter avocado on breakfast toast.

 

If you want to lose weight, and most importantly keep it off, you have to be committed to a healthy lifestyle. Once you get into a routine, you’ll see that it actually isn’t as hard as you first thought. You just needed the right information.