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Columbus Chiropractors

Sometimes going to a doctor can make things worse. Ask the person who got a bad diagnosis or died on the operating table. Sometimes taking your car in for service can make things worse if they diagnose the wrong issue.

Point being chiropractic is very safe in general. The folks who feel worse generally feel worse after one adjustment and never go back. Face it, the vertebrae in your spine are being popped or forced back into position through manipulation. Short term, that is gonna cause some inflammation and you likely will be sore from it.  chiropractor

I go to one. I was the biggest skeptic until it was try a Columbus chiropractors or have back surgery about 5 years ago. I figured what the heck do I have to lose. It actually did feel worse for about 2 weeks. then it gradually started to improve.

I have no issues now but I choose to go back about once every week or two just because I feel better in general than when I don’t go.

Some are good, some are bad and keep you coming back forever. My friend have only gone when she was sure that a spinal manipulation would help her. She had a neck problem following a car accident which he was able to help. She had low back problems too which he also was able to help, one was an acute injury that had her one step away from a wheel chair.

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She said she’d go again if she needed to, but knock on wood.. She is doing fine outside of the shoulder.

My friend’s wife also went to a chiropractor after she fell down their stairs shortly after having their last child. This was a well respected guy around their area. Her back has never felt better. It helped her a lot. Her chiro said if she feel she need to come back for “tune ups” come on in, but otherwise up to me. She haven’t been back in some time so just because you go for a little while doesn’t necessarily mean you will forever.

 

Healthy, Lean Body for Life

lean bodyAlmost everybody’s wishlist includes hitting the gym, dieting, and getting fit. No wonder that a long list of diet crazes seems to emerge as often as the latest style and fashion trends set in. Over the recent years, people especially women, are becoming predisposed to think that the ultra-thin bodies of models who walk the runway are the new standard of beauty and fitness, leading most to crash diet and lose too much weight too fast. On the opposite end, there are also those who suffer to another very real health problem nowadays which is obesity. This is due mostly to the abounding of junk foods and sweet treats that people indulge in which have driven junk and sugar cravings out of control. In addition to this is the thriving of fast food phenomenon in today’s society which has lead to a lifestyle of people thinking that a balanced diet is composed of a large soda, burger and fries. So it’s about time we get the lowdown on fad diets and reveal what really works to stay lean for life.

Beautiful Young Woman choosing between Fruits and Sweets

The safest way to having and maintaining a healthy and lean body will remain to be the basics: eating healthy and engaging in a meaningful physical activity. Eating healthy means consuming the recommended daily quantities of proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients. The body needs a daily supply of all of these nutrients to avoid disordered metabolism that may lead to serious deficiencies and diseases. However, it is recommended to eat the following in moderation: dairy products, sugary foods like cakes and chocolates, refined foods such as white breads and white sugar, fried and fatty foods, crisps and chips, carbonated drinks, jams and preserves. Furthermore, health experts advise to eating a hearty breakfast, a substantial lunch, and a light supper. This is mainly due to the fact that little to no physical activity is most likely to happen in the evening.

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Another sure way to having a healthy and lean body is through exercise. Exercise or any other forms of physical activity brings beneficial effects to our bodies. First off, improved blood circulation is achieved from moving. A lifestyle of engaging in exercise keeps one’s figure toned, and weight maintained at the proper level. This would result to a stronger, more agile, and healthier body. There are many physical activities to choose from like walking, running, team sports (basketball, badminton, tennis, etc), dancing, yoga, and many more. To choose the best one for you, engage in something that suits your lifestyle and meets your goals.

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Staying lean and healthy for life is possible by being consistent and disciplined with our food choices and exercise. As the word “diet” comes from the Greek word “diaiata” which means “a manner of living” , our goal to achieve a lean body should be a lifestyle and a way of life.

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Goji Berry: The Super Fruit

Goji berry, or Lycium barbarum, belongs to a family of plants called Solanaceae. It is also popularly known as Chinese wolfberry. This fruit tastes like raisin and is used as ingredient for soups and other Chinese dishes. It grows from a woody plant in China and parts of eastern Europe.

This fruit is being hailed to be the new miraculous fruit for its nutrient-rich contents.  It is known to be a ‘super fruit’ as it contains more vitamin C than oranges, more beta-carotene than carrots, and contains complex phyto-nutrients and flavanois, including betaine, physalin, and solavetivone.  It is said to be good for boosting the immune system, liver, and promotes good eyesight and healthy skin.

This fruit has become popular worldwide because of its many health benefits on peoples’ over-all wellness. People who consumed goji berry, both in dried and juice form, claim that they have experienced a significant improvement on their energy levels, better moods, and reduced pain from the discomforts of arthritis. There have been reports as well of celebrities munching on this fruit as their secret to their youth, like Madonna and Mischa Barton.

Preventing Overtraining Syndrome

Overtraining syndrome happens when the body is exhausted beyond its capacity to recover resulting in a drop in performance. It is not detected immediately making it a difficult problem later on. One of the early signs of this syndrome is diminished performance. Without proper rest, muscles will become chronically sore causing easy fatigability. Physical injuries may also occur like stress fractures, muscle tears, prolonged feeling of heavy legs, among others.

Depending on the severity of the injury, treatment may go from simple rest to orthopedic operation.  The best cure is still prevention and preparation to avoid injuries. Here are some practical tips that you can do whether you are an athlete or not to achieve proper physical training without injuries:

Gauge your limits. Train and practice to know your limits. Listen to your body and know when you need improvement to approach your limits or stop when going beyond your ability.

Know the basics. Research or consult seasoned athletes or coaches on the sport or any physical activity that you engage yourself with. For example, basic knowledge in running should include stretches, warm-ups, hydration, and race nutrition.

Improve in the long run. Focus on how your training can help you improve in the long run. Focus on endurance and stamina instead of speed and strength which you can later develop. This way, you can also help your body run for a longer period of time.

Allow your body to recover. Recovery is as vital as the training proper. Your body needs time to heal and rest from muscular and cardiovascular fatigue. Your body is your own indicator if you are already going beyond your limit. Take time to rest to help you feel stronger at the same time.

 

Remedies for Seasonal Flu

Influenza or flu is a highly contagious acute viral infection caused by the influenza virus that affects mainly the nose, throat, bronchi and occasionally , the lungs. The World Health Organization said that there are 3 types of seasonal influenza: type A, B, and C. Type A and B are the most common flu that is why they are included in seasonal influenza vaccines. Here are some helpful tips on how to prevent flu:

Increase fluid intake. Drinks lots of water and fruit juices to prevent dehydration. This way, you are also increasing your intake of Vitamin C which is very good to prevent flu.

Vaccination. This is the safest and best way to prevent flu and may be given as early as 6 months of age.

Wash hands frequently. This will help lessen the chance of transmitting any virus from hand to mouth, nose, or eyes.

Add caloric intake by switching from a soft diet to regular diet.

Cover mouth when coughing and sneezing to prevent the spread of viruses.

Get enough rest of 7 to 8 hours to strengthen your immune system.

 Take in antipyretics like paracetamol every 4 hours for fever. If children experience fever for more than 3 days, it is best to seek your doctor.

Tips to a Dandruff-Free Hair

People with unsightly dandruff or even those who do not wish to be afflicted by dandruff are always on the look out for the right treatment to finally end it and its source permanently. Dandruff is a result of a weak and damaged scalp that eventually becomes weak against a fungus called malassezia. While there are some solutions available over the counter to treat dandruff, there are some practical ways to banish this dreaded hair and scalp condition completely- right at its source. Here are some facts and tips to help you counteract dandruff:

Keep your scalp clean and healthy. Dandruff occurs following excessive shedding of dead skin cells from the scalp. Use a medicated shampoo for dandruff that washes it away and treats your scalp as well to regain its optimum health. You can then  opt for a mild shampoo and conditioner for everyday use to keep your scalp clean and healthy.

Watch your diet. Avoid foods that are too salty, spicy, or sweet. Refrain also from heavy alcohol intake as these can aggravate the condition of your hair and scalp.

Avoid stress. Stress always do not result into something good, so might as well ditch it. When one is stressed, an excessive production in sebum (oil secreted from skin glands) occurs,  resulting to the growth of malassezia.

When shampooing, massage and improve blood circulation around the areas close to your ear and down the nape as these are the areas where dandruff tends to settle.

Tips for a Better Sleep for Pregnant Women

Some pregnant women experience disturbances in sleeping than at any other time of their lives. This is common and it usually begins early in the first trimester when pregnant women tend to make more trips to the bathroom due to the rising of the level of the hormone progesterone and the faster clearing of the blood protein creatinine. To make sleeping easier for pregnant women, here are some tips to remember:

Make a consistent sleep-wake hours, limit naps, and avoid caffeine. You can also establish a relaxing routine before going to bed like drinking hot milk or reading a nice book.

Reduce stress and get into relaxation techniques instead. You can do meditation, deep breathing, or yoga.

Limit fluid intake after 6pm to avoid frequent trips to the bathroom.

Be relieved from lower back pain through massage, local heat, and special pregnancy pillow support.

Use stimulus-control techniques like using the bed only when you are sleepy and getting out of bed in the event of prolonged awakenings.

Avoid caffeine and alcohol totally to prevent insomnia. If it persists, see a doctor to get expert advice.

 

Be Arthritis Free

 

Arthritis is commonly associated with back pains, joint and knees stiffness, and muscle aches. This is a disease of joint disorder that includes inflammation in and around the joints. It can cause stiffness and limit movement in the joint of the person suffering from the disease or can lead to being bedridden or home bound to those with severe cases. There are about 100 types of arthritis, the most common forms are:

Osteoarthritis– affects twice as many women as men and occurs mostly in women of advancing age. Trauma and injury are also risk factors. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative for of arthritis resulting from the breakdown of cartilage covering the ends of bones. This is most common in weight-bearing joints like spine, hips, and knees.

Lupus– or systemic lupus erythematosus, is autoimmune disease with no known cure. It is chronic and can be severely debilitating when left untreated, attacking the skin, nerves, kidneys, lungs, and heart, aside from the joints.

Rheumatoid Arthritis– Seen mostly in women with a female-to-male ratio of about 3:1. This is also an autoimmune disease wherein the body’s immune system inadvertently attacks a joint lining, usually in the wrist, fingers, elbow, shoulders, neck, knees, ankle, and feet, causing inflammation.

To treat arthritis, a long-term management by a qualified rheumatologist is needed. Medicines are available to treat various stages of arthritis like analgesics that include paracetamol and acetaminophen for pain relief. NSAIDS or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are widely prescribed to relieve both pain and swelling but can cause side effects like nausea and ulcers.

For more severe cases, surgery is recommended to replace a joint that is totally destroyed. There are also many people finding relief from adjunctive therapies like acupuncture. It is advised to do this as a complement to traditional medical treatment. Before the onset of arthritis, it is best to keep a healthy lifestyle, exercise to strengthen the muscles around the joints, increase flexibility, and burn the extra body weight that puts you at greater risk of osteoarthritis.

Preventing Varicose Veins

 

Varicose veins are visible twisted and swollen veins commonly found on the legs and is more prevalent among women than men. More than just a beauty concern for women, varicose veins can trigger serious health problems like leg pains, night cramps, pulmonary embolism which can lead to a stroke. 

An effective treatment for varicose veins is through surgery. There are now procedures that you can choose that are less painful, less invasive, and even result in minimal scarring. It is best to consult your doctor if you experience chronic pain in your legs because of varicose veins. To prevent the onset of varicose veins, here are some things you can do to keep them in check:

1. Exercise regularly. Walking and jogging will result to a a well-toned leg muscle that will pump out more blood than a weak one and strengthens the entire circulatory system as well.

2. Avoid standing still for long periods. Try to walk around and flex your calf muscles by rising up and down on your toes, and squeezing your feet together in your shoes. This will keep the blood circulating more properly.

 3. Avoid wearing high heels frequently. Opt for the more comfortable, low-heeled shoes for everyday wear. You can still wear high heels for special occasions when you need to look your best.

4. Wear support hose. Help your legs decrease the expansion of its vein wall by wearing stockings that apply a gentle, graduated pressure to the leg from the foot upward.

5. Take time to elevate your legs.   Help the veins on your legs pump blood back to your body easier by positioning your legs higher than your head. You can also try it while sleeping by elevating the foot of your bed. Ask your doctor for more details.

Pregnancy Workout

 

We all know that engaging in a meaningful physical activity and other forms of exercise does wonders and benefits to our health.  However, many women become afraid to do any workout during pregnancy because of the harm that it may cause to their baby. While this is understandable as they want to protect their baby as much as possible, studies have already unfounded that pregnant women can exercise safely with minimal risk to herself and her baby.

Exercise can actually help pregnant women decrease swelling,  improve circulation and digestion, get better sleeping patterns, achieve high energy levels, and, for beauty-conscious pregnant women out there, read: less varicose veins, hemorrhoids, and easier time getting back in shape after giving birth. Before beginning any form of workout, it is important to get a doctor’s approval first. Here are some guidelines to a safe and effective pregnancy workout for you and your baby:

Eat well. Take in nutritious food to make up for the calories that you burn through workout. Keep your weight gain at a normal, healthy level.

Avoid high-risk exercise or sport that has a high risk of throwing you off balance like bicycling outdoors. You may opt to ride a stationary bike instead. As your pregnancy progresses, lessen also the intensity and duration of your workout. When performing aerobic exercises such as walking, swimming, dancing, etc., limit its duration to a maximum of 45 minutes to avoid any injury.

Drink plenty of water every 15-20 minutes to stay cool. Do your workout in a well-ventilated place. After workout, do not use hot tubs, saunas or steam rooms. If you feel hot, remember that your baby feels even hotter.

Listen to your body. Stop your workout and seek your doctor if you experience any of the following warning signals: severe headache, fainting, sharp pain on chest or abdomen, bleeding or sudden gush of fluid from the vagina, extreme nausea, or blurred vision.