Posts Tagged ‘digestion’

5 Reasons You Should Detox

by Dr. Jade Dellinger
It’s Detox time at NSPAH! Join us on Wednesday September 25th for a FREE detox talk!

For many people the word detox sounds scary, depriving and unnecessary.  The reality is we are inundated with toxins on a daily basis and they are wreaking havoc on our systems.  Every second of every day our bodies work on eliminating toxins that we are exposed to and it is extremely effective in doing so.  Problems arise when we overload the system.  

We eat chemically laden, processed foods.  We use products in our homes and on our bodies which contain plenty of toxins.  We breathe in toxins, and follow it up with our alcoholic beverage of choice at night. All of these items independently of each other won’t cause a system crash, but when you combine them, over the months and years, your body is crying for help.

Many symptoms that are considered common or normal most likely are signs of toxic overload.  Headaches, fatigue, brain fog, gas, bloating, pain and even difficulty losing weight may all be due to an inability to detox properly.

This may all sound daunting, but there is a solution to help get your body back on track.  Check out our 5 reasons why you should detox, and information on how to detox!

5 REASONS YOU SHOULD DETOX

  1. CLEAR HEAD, IMPROVED MOOD
    • If you are feeling bogged down with brain fog, not thinking straight and feeling downright moody, it’s time for a detox.  Following a detox you should notice you just feel better. You wake up with a clear head and better mood.
  2. LOSE WEIGHT
    • Toxins cause us to hold on to unwanted pounds, and especially bloat.  Although weight loss is not always the primary reason to detox, it is an added positive side effect.  Detoxing helps balance blood sugar and decrease inflammation which will help decrease belly bloat and should improve how your body breaks down food (as long as you behave post detox, and don’t run to the nearest fast food joint!).  
  3. BETTER SLEEP
    • Sugar and caffeine not only contribute to blood sugar spikes and dips, but in turn cause restless nights.  Following a detox many people see improvement in falling asleep as well as staying asleep. Who couldn’t use a few more Zzzzz’s.
  4. REGULARITY
    • Yes, I mean bowel movements.  You need to be regular in order to flush the toxins out, otherwise they just build up in your system.  Cutting out toxic and inflammatory foods usually means increasing fibrous and nutritious ones. Increasing your water as well as fiber will help clean those pipes right out!
  5. MORE ENERGY
    • Toxic overload will have you feeling bogged down.  This doesn’t just drag down your mood, but your energy as well.  Improving the way your body detoxes by cutting down on the amount of daily exposure will improve your energy naturally.  Caffeine actually decreases insulin sensitivity AND increases your stress hormones. All of which will affect reasons to detox number 1 through 5!

Now that you know why you should detox, it’s time to learn how!  The best advice is to start slow. Take inventory of your home, including personal and home products as well as food.  Can you start to make changes to some of those items? Increase your water intake to half your body weight in ounces and shop the perimeter of the store.  All of these things will start to give your body the ability to detox more efficiently.

If you need more structure, and want to learn more, join us for a group detox and learn all about detoxing on Wednesday September 25, 2019.  If you think you are ready to dive in, and join us for a 6-day detox, call the office to pre-order your detox kit today! Orders must be in by September 13th for pickup on the 25th.

Apple Cider Vinegar : The Miracle Product?

by Dr. Jade Dellinger

Although many people feel that Apple Cider Vinegar is something new on the health scene, it’s actually been around since 400 B.C.  Hippocrates, Father of Medicine, treated his patients with it!  Apple Cider Vinegar has been traced back to Egyptian urns and even Julius Caesar’s army used it to fight off disease.

Apple cider vinegar is made from fresh, crushed apples which are allowed to mature and ferment naturally in wooden barrels.  Natural ACV is brown in color, usually has a cobweb-like substance floating in it and never needs to be refrigerated.  It often has a very pungent odor and may even cause you pucker!  These are all good signs of a natural ACV!  That cobweb-like substance is called the “mother” and that is where all the benefits are found.

You may have noticed over the last few years it has become harder to find natural ACV.  Stores took some of them off their shelves because consumers buy based on looks and natural ACV is not all that appealing to the eye!  They began to sell pasteurized, refined versions that lack ALL the health benefits!

There are enough benefits of apple cider vinegar that I could write for days.  I’ve broken down a list of the top 10 to get you started!  Remember that many of the health benefits cannot be found in distilled vinegar – it needs to be all natural Apple Cider Vinegar with the cobweb of goodness floating in it!

Top 10 Uses of Apple Cider Vinegar:

  1. Remove Teeth Stains: Rub your teeth with it an rinse!
  2. Detox Your Home: All natural cleanser.  No need for harsh chemicals!
  3. Shiny Hair: Rinse after shampoo.  It will boost your hairs shine and body.  Mix 1/2 tablespoon with a cup of water and use a few times a week.
  4. Aid in Weight Loss: Drink 2tsp mixed with 16oz of water.  Sip throughout the day.
  5. Balance your pH: Keeps your body more alkaline to decrease infections.
  6. Lymphatic Improvement: Helps break up mucous and cleanse lymph nodes.  This may help with allergies as well!  Take daily to ward off sore throats and colds.
  7. Reduce Heartburn: Take a tsp of ACV followed by a glass of water.  You should feel relief shortly.
  8. Room Freshener: Pour directly into toilet and allow to sit overnight.  It can also be used for kitchen surfaces, windows, glass and more!  Mix 1/2c ACV with 1c water!
  9. Improve Skin: From psoriasis and eczema to dry skin and blemishes.  It will help reduce inflammation and reduce symptoms.  Just dab with a cotton ball.
  10. Decrease Glucose Levels: Studies show people with type-2 diabetes found that two tablespoons of ACV before bed lowered glucose in the morning by 4-6%!

The one thing to remember is that ACV is acidic.  You want to take small amounts if you are using on a daily basis.  Taking small amounts should offer no risks whatsoever.  It is beneficial to talk to your MD or DC prior to starting a new supplement regimen.  If you have questions about apple cider vineger set up an appointment to see how it might be beneficial for you!

The Subject No One Wants To Talk About: Chronic Constipation

by Dr. Jade Dellinger

Many people including the patients we see don’t want to bring up their “regularity” or lack there of.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services states that over 4 million people in the united states experience frequent constipation.  That number alone results in 2.5 million doctor visits a year! Studies are showing that patients are frustrated with conventional treatments that are not effective or long lasting enough.

It is time that we take a bigger look into natural alternatives to things that ail us.  Chiropractic care has been used by chronic constipation sufferers to help promote regularity for years!  Your chiropractor not only uses adjustments of the spine along with dietary recommendations to improve this condition quickly.

Constipation occurs when your colon absorbs too much water or the muscle contractions become slow and sluggish.  What leads to either case most often is a poor diet.  Most american diets are lacking in fiber and this is the leading cause of constipation.  There are cases that medications can contribute such as those for blood pressure, pain and seizures.

A 2007 study by the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, reports that manual adjusting to the sacral area along with abdominal massage may cause dramatic improvement in bowel function.  Not only can adjustments help with pain, but the nerves that control your colon are connected to the sacrum.

If you plan to visit your chiropractor you should bring a dietary journal so your food intake can be analyzed.  A healthy diet including proper fiber and water intake is necessary for proper colon function.  It’s important to remember that just increasing fiber may not help if you are eating lots of processed low fiber foods.  Those may need to be eliminated as well!

Your solution may be as simple as a good quality probiotic or digestive enzymes, but it is best if you have having digestive issues to consult your chiropractor or medical doctor for treatment.
If you have questions regarding digestion or diet, please give us a call to determine what you may need to improve your colon health.  Healthy digestion is important for all other aspects of our body!