Top Ten Ideas For Cold And Flu Season

We are right in the middle of Cold and Flu Season. How can you stay healthy when everyone else is getting sick? Keep reading for 10 Ideas on how to stay healthy.

  1.  Chiropractic adjustments – The nervous system controls the spleen, bone marrow and lymph system. Spinal misalignments affect neural function and we have known this since 1975 when a study conducted showed a 200% greater immune competence in patients receiving long term chiropractic care vs no chiropractic. From that same study we also learned chiropractic patients had a 400% greater immune competence over people with cancer or other serious disease.
  2. Aerobic Exercise – Even 20-30 minutes per day for 5 days per week improves lung function and cardiovascular function. In addition, lymph flow increases, oxygen increases and body temperature increases.
  3. Sleep – Most people need 8-9 hours of sleep per night to function at a high level. Make sure you are sleeping in a cool, dark room and you sleep the same hours each day/night to maintain a proper circadian rhythm.
  4. Positive thought – Belief is powerful. Thinking and telling yourself you are healthy is a great idea. Who is the most negative person you know? If you can’t think of anyone, its probably you!
  5. Probiotics – Over 70% of your immune system is located in the gut. Probiotics are the healthy bacteria we need to maintain a strong immune system. Take a strong probiotic so it gets past the stomach acid plus alter the brands you’re taking to get a variety of strains. And remember, yogurt is a poor source of probiotics (the sugar and dairy kill the bacteria).
  6. Avoid sugar (or foods converted into sugar) and other bad carbohydrates. The average American consumes 300 grams of carbohydrate per day. 200 grams of less is better and 100 grams would be healthy.
  7. Immuplex – a broad based immune system vitamin, take daily
  8. Viracid – when you feel a cold or the flu coming on, take one per hour
  9. Fruits and Vegetables – Eat a few fruits and a lot of vegetables every day.
  10. Vitamin D – “The Sunshine Vitamin” Vitamin D plays a role in strengthening the immune system. Blood levels of 30 ng/ml will be sufficient to prevent Rickets but blood levels of 50 ng/ml or higher are necessary for optimal health. If your blood levels are low, make sure you are taking Vitamin D3 and not D2. Vitamin D3 will yield much better results.
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I’m So Frustrated….I Can’t Seem To Lose The Weight!

The ChiroThin Weight Loss Program was simple and easy to do. I was interested in weight loss because I wanted to start working out to get in better shape. Losing the extra weight has made working out much easier. I drank a lot of water on the plan and was not hungry. The biggest thing for me was pre making my meals. That made the plan a lot easier and the results were phenomenal, I lost over 40 pounds in 6 weeks! – Keith M.

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How Can I Strengthen My Shoulder?

BAND SHOULDER ROTATION – INTERNAL

  • Secure the band at medium height on your side and grab the handle with the hand closest to it in front of you
  • Upper arm pressed against your abdomen and elbow bent.
  • Pull the handle in towards your abdomen and allow it to slowly return after a short pause.
  • Keep your upper arm pressed against your abdomen and elbow bent throughout. (10-15 reps)

BAND SHOULDER ROTATION – EXTERNAL

  • Secure the band at medium height on your side and grab the handle with the hand furthest from it in front of you,
  • Upper arm pressed against your abdomen and elbow bent.
  • Pull the handle out away from your abdomen and allow it to slowly return after a short pause.
  • Keep your upper arm and the angle in your elbow still throughout. (10-15 reps)

The “W”

  • Lift your arms up to form a “W” shape like the picture above (with your thumbs pointing backwards). This will bring your shoulder blades closer together.
  • Squeeze the shoulder blade together for 15-20 seconds.
  • Repeat 3x/day

The “L”

  • Bring your elbows down from the “W” position so that each arm forms an “L” shape coming out from your body at a 90 degree angle.
  • Keep your palms up and thumbs pointed back.
  • Squeeze and hold for 15-20 seconds
  • Repeat 3x/day

Is that shoulder still bugging you? Can’t seem to get better even after trying everything?

Contact Oasis Chiropractic to find more and better options without the use of drugs or surgery. It could be the best phone call you’ll ever make!

(651-458-5565)

Nutrition & Weightloss

Top Ten Ideas For Cold And Flu Season

We are right in the middle of Cold and Flu Season. How can you stay healthy when everyone else is getting sick? Keep reading for 10 Ideas on how to stay healthy.

  1.  Chiropractic adjustments – The nervous system controls the spleen, bone marrow and lymph system. Spinal misalignments affect neural function and we have known this since 1975 when a study conducted showed a 200% greater immune competence in patients receiving long term chiropractic care vs no chiropractic. From that same study we also learned chiropractic patients had a 400% greater immune competence over people with cancer or other serious disease.
  2. Aerobic Exercise – Even 20-30 minutes per day for 5 days per week improves lung function and cardiovascular function. In addition, lymph flow increases, oxygen increases and body temperature increases.
  3. Sleep – Most people need 8-9 hours of sleep per night to function at a high level. Make sure you are sleeping in a cool, dark room and you sleep the same hours each day/night to maintain a proper circadian rhythm.
  4. Positive thought – Belief is powerful. Thinking and telling yourself you are healthy is a great idea. Who is the most negative person you know? If you can’t think of anyone, its probably you!
  5. Probiotics – Over 70% of your immune system is located in the gut. Probiotics are the healthy bacteria we need to maintain a strong immune system. Take a strong probiotic so it gets past the stomach acid plus alter the brands you’re taking to get a variety of strains. And remember, yogurt is a poor source of probiotics (the sugar and dairy kill the bacteria).
  6. Avoid sugar (or foods converted into sugar) and other bad carbohydrates. The average American consumes 300 grams of carbohydrate per day. 200 grams of less is better and 100 grams would be healthy.
  7. Immuplex – a broad based immune system vitamin, take daily
  8. Viracid – when you feel a cold or the flu coming on, take one per hour
  9. Fruits and Vegetables – Eat a few fruits and a lot of vegetables every day.
  10. Vitamin D – “The Sunshine Vitamin” Vitamin D plays a role in strengthening the immune system. Blood levels of 30 ng/ml will be sufficient to prevent Rickets but blood levels of 50 ng/ml or higher are necessary for optimal health. If your blood levels are low, make sure you are taking Vitamin D3 and not D2. Vitamin D3 will yield much better results.
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I’m So Frustrated….I Can’t Seem To Lose The Weight!

chirothin-the-results-are-in

The ChiroThin Weight Loss Program was simple and easy to do. I was interested in weight loss because I wanted to start working out to get in better shape. Losing the extra weight has made working out much easier. I drank a lot of water on the plan and was not hungry. The biggest thing for me was pre making my meals. That made the plan a lot easier and the results were phenomenal, I lost over 40 pounds in 6 weeks! – Keith M.

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Product Of The Month- UltraBalance Protien

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Benefits:

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For more information, click on our exclusive relationship with Metagenics.

Order our product of the month on the 1st Wednesday of the month and receive a 20% discount on all orders! Call our office to place an order at 651-458-5565.

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Product Of The Month- Zinc Lozenge

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ZINC LOZENGE SUPPORTS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

We have a new zinc lozenge in our office and it’s a perfect daily supplement for this time of year. This new product has less sugar and offers fives time more zinc per tablet. We want to suck on zinc this time of year so we can block the attachment of viruses. If you start feeling sick you can take up to three lozenges per day to boost the immune system even more. The next time you stop in the office this month ask for a sample at the front desk.
Order this product of the month on the 1st Wednesday of the month and receive a 20% discount on all orders!  Call our office to place an order at 651-458-5565.

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How Hormones Affect Your Health & Weight

You might be brimming with motivation right about now– which is fantastic if you’re like the millions of Americans who buy brand-new health club subscriptions in the winter time! Ride that wave of self-control. Yet it’s not merely what you consume as well as the amount of time you work out that matters; recognizing your hormones and also ways to deal with them is a massive part of weight-loss success.

Are hormones affecting you? Did you know there are natural solutions out there to balance your hormones! In this article we will discuss how hormones affect your health, the 4 primary hormones in woman, 3 natural options for taking charge of your hormones, and some action steps you can take. It’s never too late to take a step toward being healthy!

how hormones affect your weight

What Effect Can Hormones Have? 

Did you know that there is a worldwide acceleration of female development? A growing percentage of girls are beginning breast development and hitting puberty by age 7. There is an astounding worldwide decline in testosterone and a decrease in males being born. Over 80% of American women are experiencing hot flashes and debilitating symptoms during pre/post menopause. It goes without saying we are in a state of hormonal imbalance.

A key problem is that we are living in a world of toxicity. Since WWII, between 75,000 to 80,000 new synthetic chemicals have been released into the environment. There are over 400 synthetic chemicals in the average human body, and newborns have been reported to have over 200 toxins in their umbilical cord blood.

Do You Have A Hormonal Imbalance? 

Just what are the symptoms of hormonal imbalance? Most common imbalance is excess estrogen with too little progesterone. They include: PMS, hot flashes, insomnia, bloating, weight gain, depression, food cravings, low energy, mood swings, headaches, anxiety, joint pain, digestive problems, chronic fatigue, etc. Estrogen dominance can lead to fibrocystic breast disease, polycystic ovaries, endometriosis, cancer, and other major health concerns.

What Are Hormones? 

Hormones are chemical messengers that travel through the body telling cells what to do. Their balance is very intricate and needs to be at the correct level for your body to obtain optimum function.

hormone balance

What Are The Primary Hormones In Women? 

There are 4 primary hormones in women: estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA.

What Is Estrogen?

Estrogen: (estriol, estrace, estradiol): Derived from cholesterol. It is a key hormone in sexual development and the reproductive system. High levels in the 1st half of menstrual cycle. It is responsible for the symptoms suffered during menopause. Where is it produced you may ask? It is produced within fat tissue, adrenal glands, and ovaries.

Estrogen circulates within the bloodstream, binding to estrogen receptors on targeted tissue cells in women. It affects breasts, bones, brain, heart and liver. It controls the growth of uterine lining and regulates metabolic processes such as bone growth and cholesterol levels.

There are so many women taking birth control pills that the estrogen from their urine is contaminating the rivers and lakes. Runoff from fertilizers and pesticides from agricultural areas acts like estrogen causing male fish to ovulate and have breeding inabilities.

What Is Progesterone?

Progesterone: Derived from cholesterol. It comes during the 2nd half of menstrual cycle. It balances estrogen. Progesterone is the first sex hormone to decline as a woman enters menopause. It stimulates new bone growth and influences immune system, stomach, heart & nervous system. It is needed for efficient function of thyroid hormones, which regulates burning fat.

Symptoms of low progesterone include: PMS type symptoms, such as breast tenderness, cramping, bloating, or menstrual bleeding irregularities, anxiety, insomnia, and volatile emotions.

What Is Testosterone?

Testosterone: Produced in ovaries & adrenal glands. It generates energy & less body fat. It increases lean body mass (bone growth, muscle development). It maintains a healthy libido (sexual interest). It improves mood & metabolism. It helps with normal ovulation and regular menstrual cycles. Adequate levels of testosterone also help women look, feel, and perform better from day to day.

What Is DHEA?

DHEA: Precursor to all hormones. Produced in the adrenal glands, gonads, and brain. It helps with Fat Burning, increases muscle mass, decreasing menopausal symptoms, and boosts the immune system. It is depleted under Stress.

Do Your Hormones Have You Frustrated?

Are you constantly battling that ‘out-of-balance’ feeling?
Below are 3 natural options for taking charge of your hormones once and for all!

Hormonal-Balance

Natural Option #1 Estrium

Estrium = Medical food, promotes optimal hormone balance

How it Works: Causes body to metabolism faster, eliminates excess estrogen and gets it out of your body: helps to detox estrogen!

Natural Option #2 Estrofactors

Estrofactors = Promotes healthy hormone balance in women of all ages by featuring targeted nutrients that support healthy estrogen metabolism and detoxification.

Supports women with estrogen-related health issues, improving PMS/perimenopause/menopause symptoms.

Beneficially influences estrogen receptor function for more balanced estrogenic activity.

Natural Option #3 Estrovera

Estrovera = A natural option providing ERr 731, a special extract of rhubarb, demonstrated in clinical studies to significantly reduce menopausal hot flashes compared to placebo.

These results are comparable to synthetic hormone therapies without the health risk. 75% decrease in median daily hot flashes! ERr 731 acts as a selective estrogen receptor modulator. Opens up ERbeta sites.

What Are Some Action Steps You Can Take:

• Buy organic meats and animal products
• Stop the No-fat diet…just start eating the RIGHT fats
• Get regular exercise
• Eliminate sugar (start checking ingredients list)
• Stress reduction
• Avoid environmental toxins (reduce Xenoestrogens)
• Incorporate supplements into your diet (multivitamin, omega 3’s, probiotics)
• Start balancing your estrogen/progesterone levels with natural options
• Get adjusted regularly to reduce subluxations!

Changing habits isn’t easy, but it’s important to make a long-term investment in you and your family’s health. What we women do today to take care of our bodies will enhance our quality of life in the future.

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7 Secrets to Not Getting Sick

Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Are you constantly battling a cold, cough, or flu? Are you ready to not only feel better but function better? By following these 7 secrets you will help your body fight away any illness. Each secret is a positive step towards changing your health for the better!

7 secrets to not getting sick

1. Get More Exercise, Avoid TV, Videos Games – Exercise increases your body’s ability to learn and remember. 

Exercise increases metabolism which will trigger your immune system to respond faster.  Exercise will raise your body’s temperature which can cook off viruses and bacteria.    Exercise helps offset damage from mental stress.  During stressful times we need more exercise to offset stress. Recommendation minimum 30 minutes / day.

2. Eat more organic fruits and vegetables; Avoid the white stuff – sugar, flour, dairy.

Fruits and vegetables are full of beneficial vitamins, minerals and enzymes needed to help your immune system run effectively.  It is better to buy organic for a couple of reasons.  1. There are more nutrients in organic foods.  2. There are less neurologically toxic chemicals in organic foods.   The problem with refined sugar is that causes problems with learning and weakens the immune system.  A protein in dairy called casein causes digestion and congestion problems.

3. Drink more water and less pop, coffee, juice, milk.

Your body is made up of 80% water; everything other than water is less effective.  Think about every other animal on the planet, what do they drink?  Filtered water is better.  Pop and most juices are full of sugar which destroys the immune system.  Coffee and alcohol dehydrate your body.  Milk increases phlegm and mucous production, and contributes to allergies, poor lymph drainage, sinus infections and ear infections.  For babies, breast milk is the best food.

4. Healthy nervous Avoid drugs and get chiropractic adjustments. 

The nervous system controls all functions of the body including the immune system.  The spine protects the nervous system.  Make sure your spine is healthy so that your nervous system has the best chance of optimal function.  All drugs have side effects; many of these side effects alter the function of the nervous system and immune system.   Some drugs prevent your body from operating the way that it is supposed to.

5. Adequate sleep before midnight but don’t lie around.

Your body recovers while at rest.  Go to bed early because your body will use more energy while fighting off viruses and bacteria, so it is important to get adequate rest.  Do not lie around.  You were designed to move; inactivity leads to illness.  Think about stagnant water.   

6. Encouragement and positive attitude

There is a saying “If you think you can your right and if you think you can’t your also right.  Your mind is very powerful.  Everyone needs a lot of positive reinforcement.  It is easier to be in a good mood instead of a bad mood.

7. Vitamins and Supplements.

We are taught in the USA that we must swallow something to get healthy.  Vitamin C, selenium, zinc are needed to allow your immune system to work.  Zinc attaches to our cells instead of the virus.  This blocks the virus so our immune system can find and destroy the viruses.  Garlic is a powerful antibacterial and also helps detoxify the body.  Most essential oils have antibacterial qualities and have varying physical and emotional effects depending on the oil.  Common ways to use essential oils include: aromatherapy, massaging them into the skin, adding them to bathwater, using them in a compress, burning them in a diffuser.  Probiotics are the normal bacteria that are supposed to be in our systems, unfortunately poor diets and medications can kill off these healthy bacteria.  Essential Fatty Acids are also called Omega 3 or fish oil.  You need a proper ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3.  When your body is out of proportion you end up damaging your nervous system and immune system. Thus leading to illness.

Our bodies are designed to heal themselves from the inside-out. By incorporating these 7 secrets into daily routine you will be on the right track for health and wellness. At Oasis Chiropractic we want to help you get started towards better health and function. Please contact us with any questions and to begin the healing process.

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Does Winter Make You Feel Blue?

Does winter time have you feeling oddly blue, out of sorts, tired, and just plain unhappy?

The cooler months provide less hours of sun light and keep you inside feeling cooped up. SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is a common seasonal depression that leaves you feeling down in the dumps. It is more common in northern climates, such as Minnesota where it remains cold for many months and we get less sun exposure. Some people withdraw socially, have trouble concentrating, or have less energy. Is there a way around it? Can I stop being Blue? In this article I’ll discuss why chiropractors focus on your energy and vitamins, how to fight SAD, and why you need to be aware of your health.

winter make you feel blue

Are There People Up North Who Don’t Get The Winter Blues?

Yes, not everyone experiences the winter blues or SAD. Different types of skin color absorb vitamin D from the sun at different rates. If you have darker skin it will take 2-3 times longer to make enough vitamin D. If you get normal sun exposure (10-15 minutes several times a week) during the summer months, your skin will naturally produce vitamin D which is stored in your body fat. The key is you need 50-75% of your skin exposed without sunscreen for 15 minutes per day. However, by living in Minnesota we cannot get enough vitamin D in the winter months. The UV Index does not get high enough from October to April.

Why Do Chiropractors Focus On Energy And Vitamins?

Chiropractors not only look at your spine, which is your life-line, we look at the total well-being of your health. This includes nutritional areas such as a lack of vitamins that may be of concern. During the colder months when you can’t get out in the sunshine, it is easier to just stay inside and eat comfort foods. To avoid SAD, make sure you try to stay active and eat nutritious, balanced, whole foods. This helps lift your mood, energy, and boosts your serotonin levels, the feel good hormone. You can keep your energy up by eating small meals every few hours. Replace processed, packaged, fast foods and refined foods (which can deplete your body’s vitamins and minerals) with natural fresh foods like fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, and protein. Getting a good night sleep at the same regular hours is also important to peak energy. As well as staying hydrated by drinking half your body weight in ounces of water daily. Supplementing with the right vitamins can also give you higher energy. Most people know that taking vitamin B helps with energy levels. Studies have also shown vitamin D helps make energy and is related to a leaner body mass. Vitamin D also helps control blood sugar, helps with heart function, builds strong muscles and bones, helps the immune system, protects against cancer and auto immune disease, as well as helping brain function and mood.

If SAD Hits, Is There Any Way To Fight It?

Increasing vitamin D3 levels may help fight depression and sadness. The coldness of winter prevents you from the best method, lying out in the sun to absorb the sun rays. However, food offers some vitamin D sources. You can find it in egg yolk, salmon, herring, mackerel, beef, Swiss cheese, and shiitake mushrooms. You can also help your body produce more vitamin D by using a light box with full-spectrum light bulbs that can mimic the effects of the sun. Another great way to increase your vitamin D levels is to supplement. Make sure to supplement with vitamin D3 as this is what is absorbed properly in your body. Recommended dose is taking your body weight times 20 for the proper IU per day. (Example: 150 lbs = 3000 i.u. per day)

Can Vitamin D Deficiency Cause Other Problems?

Yes, when your body doesn’t produce or have sufficient amount of vitamin D it can have an impact on a host of other health concerns. Vitamin D deficiency has been blamed for Type 2 Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, influenza, osteoarthritis, breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, and cardiovascular disease. A deficiency can also cause symptoms such as, fatigue, joint pain, headaches, weight gain, high blood pressure, or getting sick easily.

How Do You Know If You Have A Vitamin D Deficiency Or Not?

No need to guess, a simple blood test from your primary doctor can quickly give you an answer. Optimal levels are between 50-70 ng/ml.

Why Worry About Your Health Or Vitamin D Levels When You’re Healthy?

At Oasis Chiropractic PA we educate our patients on what would give them overall better health and wellness. It makes more sense to look at the cause of a health problem and resolve it versus focusing on the symptoms. If there is a nutritional deficiency it is important to treat it now so future health problems don’t arise

Click on the link below where I explain more on why we focus on wellness at Oasis Chiropractic.

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If you are aware that you had the winter blues and found solutions other than what I mentioned above please share with our readers below.

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