Obesity and longevity

Obesity and longevity

Obesity is very common in today’s society.  Americans are eating too much bad stuff.  They are also neglecting the good stuff.  Nt exercising enough also leads to obesity.  Normal body mass index is 25% fat or lower.  Overweight is 25% or higher.  Obesity is over 30%.  When someon is obese by definition it means that they will have a health related issue because of their weight.

 

Most physcians agree that obesity is due to a persons inability to control their eating habits. Their are many reasons why this can happen.  Some suffer with philological issues, some social pressures.  There are ther reasons as well.  some medical conditions can effect weight.  some medications can also effect weight. Many studies have been done on why people are obese, but focusing on how not to be overweight may be a better approach.  Stopping children from eating too much junk would be a good start.  Increasing exercise routines are very effective.  Exercise must be performed daily, Even if on some days it is just for short times.

 

 

 

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Importance of Iron Supplements

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iron Supplements

Iron Supplements

Iron Supplements are very helpful for your overall well being.

Iron deficiency may raise stroke risk. Investigators looked at data from over 500 patients which cause them to have enlarged blood vessels in the lung, these are actually associated with strokes.

Those who had iron deficiencies had stickier platelets which are small blood cells that trigger clotting when they stick. People who have this are more likely to have strokes.


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Improving Health Starts With Reducing Soda Intake

Reducing Soda Intake

Improving Health Starts With Reducing Soda Intake

 

Improving Health Starts With Reducing Soda Intake

The fight against obesity is starting with soda. As of September 2012, any sugar-sweetened beverages like soda that are ordered in New York City restaurants can only be served 16 ounces at a time. This makes New York one of the first cities in the country trying to reduce the money spent on health care costs by reducing peoples’ empty calorie intake.

You can still get refills, and you can still go to the store and buy as much soda as you want. You just can’t get as much in restaurants anymore.

Taking a cue from New York, the city of Richmond, CA is deciding whether to pass the nation’s first penny per ounce tax on soda and other sugary drinks. Think of it as a “soda sin tax.”  What happens with the money will be the interesting part. Using it to help treat obese people will be better than using it to improve roads or increase the wages of government officials.

Two Sides To Consider

As a chiropractor, I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, it’s another example of how the government is regulating more of peoples’ rights. It makes me wonder what else they will say you can and can’t do.

However, on the flip side, I have to pay high health insurance costs from my own pocket not because of how I take care of myself but because of the way others don’t take care of themselves. It’s not really fair that insurance premiums go up for me and my family because 80 percent of Americans are overweight and I’m not.

Unfortunately, there’s not an easy answer. Some people say it should be like auto insurance, where you have the opportunity for lower rates based on the way you drive. With health insurance, it’s not that simple. How much lower would our rates be if only 20 percent of Americans were overweight?  Who knows?

Even though you can’t track it, the decrease would probably be amazing. We do know that at least 60 percent of heath care issues are linked to obesity, including cardiovascular issues, diabetes, and joint problems. I see many people in my practice who are overweight and have resulting joint issues, and it’s hard to see them come in drinking a Big Gulp.

Soda Companies Join The Cause

Soda companies are jumping on the bandwagon, but not necessarily to make Americans healthier. They know they will get hurt financially if they don’t make some changes, and they’re already getting pinched with the newer, low-calorie products like flavored waters with added vitamins. So their research efforts over the next few years will be to give consumers the taste they want without the high calories.

Since the artificial flavors in diet soda have been linked to cancer in lab rats and there’s the equivalent of 50 pieces of sugar in a can of Coke, soda companies are trying to use natural flavorings like Stevia to produce sodas with about half the calories of current brands. They’re offering these now in selected cities to gauge consumer response.

A Great Place To Start

While neither of the scenarios in New York and California will be a big deterrent in soda intake, it’s a fantastic start. Based on the sedentary lifestyle of the average American, 1500 calories per day is all that’s needed unless you have a strenuous job or work out. Drinking two to three sodas a day is about 600 to 800 calories which means 30 to 40 percent of calorie intake comes from something that has absolutely no health benefit.

Reducing soda intake is one of the easiest ways for most people to start losing weight, which can improve several other aspects of health, including joint health.

If you’re looking for a Virginia Beach chiropractor, I offer a wide range of options, including nutritional consultation in addition to your chiropractic treatment plan. Call me today at 757-473-9900 and start on the road to better health.

Healthy Eating Can Ease Arthritis Symptoms

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Healthy Eating Can Ease Arthritis Symptoms

Healthy Eating Can Ease Arthritis Symptoms

For those suffering from the painful, swollen joints of arthritis, movement can be quite a challenge. However, as a chiropractor I know that eating certain foods – and staying away from others – can reduce a lot of the inflammation that comes with this condition.

Certain Foods Can Help Or Hinder Symptoms

Any foods that promote swelling in the body should be avoided. These include anything high in salt, MSG or preservatives like pork and bacon. Diet soda and coffee are also bad choices.

Good foods would include leafy green vegetables, peppers, broccoli, pineapples, cantaloupe and watermelon. All these help the body rid itself of the excess water that can cause or increase inflammation. Certain foods like salmon, walnuts and olive oil also have valuable omega 3 fatty acids that naturally reduce inflammation.

Consider Supplements

A chiropractor will often recommend supplements as part of their treatment. With arthritis, supplements like coenzyme 210, Vitamin C, fish oil, and bromelain (an extract of pineapple) can also significantly reduce symptoms, but you should talk to your physician before starting on any of these. He or she may want to run tests to have a baseline of where you are before starting a supplement regimen.

For Longer Term Relief, Change Your Diet

This can certainly be difficult, but there are two ways to approach it.

First, think about the foods you eat. If you just enjoy something but don’t feel a strong need to have it, you can probably just quit. However, if you feel you really need to have something, then you’re addicted to it. There’s really no reason for the body to crave something that’s not good for it other than addiction.

In this situation, just quitting a food cold turkey brings withdrawal symptoms just like someone coming off cigarettes or drugs. These can include headaches, upset stomach, or flu-like symptoms. If you can deal with these symptoms for one to two weeks, they will get better. The first two to three days are the most intense and then things lessen. If you can’t do this, you need to take another approach and start reducing your serving sizes gradually.

For example, to stop drinking coffee you would begin the first week by cutting back from eight ounces to six ounces, the next week you’d drop to four ounces, then two ounces until you’re done. During this time you should also drink large amounts of bottled or filtered water, not from the tap. The right amount to drink is half your body weight in ounces of water per day. Drinking water filters out toxins and reduces withdrawal symptoms.

If you’re looking for a Virginia Beach chiropractor, I offer a wide range of options, including nutritional consultation and chiropractic treatment, for alleviating arthritis pain. Call me today at 757-473-9900 and start feeling better!

Arthritis Help

Arthritis help used to be considered simply another “downside” of aging, something you have to combat by slowing down, limiting your activity, and taking medications to stay pain-free. Fortunately, those dealing with this painful condition today — characterized by joint swelling, pain, and stiffness — have many additional options, including — of course — chiropractic. Meet Madonna.

We don’t treat 56-year old “Madonna,” but we couldn’t agree more with this chiropractic patients’ reasoning for why she chose chiropractic care to relieve her arthritic pain. Here’s what she says:

“This approach [chiropractic care and yoga] has brought me back to a state of full integrated healing and strength. Taking a pill to further suppress the immune system to relieve rheumatoid arthritis is not what I would ever recommend or do for myself.”

In full disclosure, these aren’t the words of “the” Madonna, although the “material girl” IS a devotee of chiropractic care, even bringing her chiropractor with her on tour in 2009. Still, arthritic pain is immobilizing and debilitating for far too many Hampton Roads residents, and the standard approach to dealing with arthritis involves:

  • self-medicating with over the counter drugs to alleviate pain;
  • if that doesn’t work — or no longer works — patients often end up on steroids and / or prescription pain killers;
  • eventually, in the case of “wear and tear arthritis,” risky surgery is often considered as patients in pain seek a solution.
Arthritis Help

Arthritis Help

The good news is… your Virginia Beach chiropractor can help, and I can help you in multiple ways. First, I can help your spine stay in alignment. When you are not in alignment, the discs in your spine can wear down more quickly. When you are in alignment, you put less pressure on your nerves and proper motion is restored, reducing your body’s need to build up painful defenses (arthritic areas) to stabilize your spine. In short, we help our arthritic patients move with more ease and comfort.

But, that’s just the beginning. Rheumatoid arthritis is considered an autoimmune disease, and these type of diseases are only exasperated by stress. Chiropractic care also provides neurological support to the arthritic patient, taking stress off of your nervous system so you can rest and heal, and get back to living the life the way you used to.

 

 


e-cigarettes

I recently went fishing with my neighbor and good friend, who is a lifelong cigarette smoker. Spending time with him is quite enjoyable.

One of the issues that we have is that I don’t like the smell of cigarette smoke, nor do I like to be around it. About this time last year he switched to the popular E-Cigarettes he is under the impression that E-Cigarettes are much safer and healthier than regular cigarettes. This quite possibly could be true, however I would like to share this latest information with you so that you may determine this for yourself.

Tobacco causes almost half a million deaths in the United States each year. Due to that fact experts say quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health. Recently the American Lung Association reviewed the influx of scientific studies on e- cigarette usage. Their conclusion was there is not enough evidence to determine if e-cigarettes are more helpful or harmful for smokers who are trying to quit. The latest recommendation is for people to use other techniques to stop smoking.

e-cigarettes

e-cigarettes

Companies who make e-cigarettes are claiming that they can help smokers quit. The FDA has not found that any research that show that e-cigarettes are a safe and effective way to help smokers quit. The current stat is that 70 percent of e-cigarette smokers also use traditional tobacco. As with most health care trends most of the confusion around e-cigarettes is because of a lack of regulation. Worries about e-cigarettes include inhaling substances such as metals and propaleinglysol and high toxins released. Another concern is the usage of Formaldehyde in e-cigarettes. There has been much delay in the FDA utilizing research to determine if e-cigarettes ar3e safe or not safe. There have been theories but at this point they are just simply theories. The American Lung Association is looking for more research to be done to help smokers quit and to also determine if e-cigarettes are safe in short term and long term use.