We hear so much about the importance of protein and amino acids in our diet, but what are they?
Proteins are a part of every cell, tissue and organ in our body. Our body proteins are broken down and replaced. The proteins in the foods we eat are digested into amino acids that are used to replace the proteins in our body. Amino acids are the chemical building blocks of protein and contribute significantly to the health of our nervous system, muscular structure, hormone production, vital organs and cellular system. They are critical for good health.
Structurally, our bodies are mainly comprised of proteins developed from amino acids. From twenty (20) amino acids, the body manufactures more than 50,000 different types of proteins that play vital roles in our body.
There are non-essential amino acids and essential amino acids. Non-essential amino acids are manufactured by our body. Essential amino acids are not manufactured by our body; therefore we must acquire them throug...
So many of the aches and pains I see come through our doors are a result of the patients’ daily routines. Our bodies are designed for a lot of different kinds of movements, however if we aren’t conscious of our activities we tend to move very little and in the same way each day. We walk, sit, stand and maybe bend a few times. Adding new movements and positions for your body can make a big impact on your health.
One of my favorite self-care tips to give my patients is a simple position to take the day’s stresses off of your spine. If you are one of the many people that sit or stand in one place for a majority of their work day this is perfect for you. At the end of the day (and in the middle if possible at work) lie on your stomach propped up on your elbows. I often refer to this position as lying like a little kid watching TV. That’s it, just lie down like that relaxed for about 15 minutes. If you tend to get a sore low back it can be tough to get up if you are lying i...
Does an easy way out exist when it comes to health? Quick fixes never seem to stand the test of time yet we expect immediate results in our healthcare. Medicine is perceived as our magic elixir, and expectations are for instant gratification. Why exercise when you can pop a pill instead? Sure you risk a series of potential side effects, but at least you don’t have to get off the couch.
If you really think about it, adding chemicals to your body to fight the cause of a problem requires that your body fight both the chemicals and the cause. We have essentially been trained to put out a fire by dousing it with gasoline. We have been led to believe that the amazingly efficient work the body has been accomplishing over thousands of years is suddenly no longer possible in the absence of drugs.
Most natural forms of healthcare take time. Losing weight takes consistent exercise and eating right to change your body enough to quantify results. If you stop exercise and e...
1. "Pain is the last symptom of dysfunction."
Many times your spine will be out of alignment days, months or even years before you even feel pain. Taking a pill to get rid of the "pain" will not correct the problem, but rather mask it causing more injury in the long term.
2. "Athletes use chiropractors to stay well and perform better, not just for the occasional injury."
Receiving regular adjustments can help you feel your best which will in turn help you perform your best.
3. "The body does not perform as a cluster of separate mechanisms, but rather a cascade of events that all starts with proper control by the nervous system." Once you realize that your spine controls your nervous system you will want to keep it in proper alignment!
4. "Doctors don’t do the healing." Your body has the power to heal itself.
5. "Chiropractic is for all ages." Adjustments are for newborns, toddlers, teens, adults and seniors. There are no age restrictions.
The Kitchen is where I spend A LOT of my time. Mainly because I love food and also because my husband loves to cook, which works out great for both of us! Here are just a few of my very favorite kitchen essentials that I could not live without.
Crazy Sexy Kitchen cookbook by Kris Carr, Breville Juice Fountain juicer, a big, huge salad bowl with lots of greens of course, Mrs. Myers basil scented countertop spray and my new favorite weekly box of goodies from Blue Apron, which supplies me with fresh ingredients and great recipes to prepare every week.
Casual runners to marathon enthusiast listen up! As runners we tend to focus on things like increasing our mileage, setting a personal record, or training for that upcoming race. We tend to ignore the intimate balance we need to maintain between our passion and our bodies. Your lateral pelvic stabilizers are muscles that stabilize your hip while you run and walk. These muscles basically prevent your hip from popping out of place. The iliopsoas, gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, piriformis, and adductors are all part of this important muscle group.
According to Dr. Russ Ebbets D.C, running is a linear activity. It has very little lateral or side to side movement. When we run, we overdevelop the muscles that contribute to our linear motion (quadriceps and hamstrings) and we tend to ignore our lateral stabilizers. If we continue to run without addressing our stabilizers we can develop a very nasty problem, especially in our low back, hips, iliotibial band and/or knees. Don’t forget...our bo...