Archive for December 2017
Improving Health in 2018: Start by Drinking More Water and Less Caffeine
Water vs. Caffeine
Water or caffeine should never be a choice; the former is absolutely necessary for life while the latter we only deem necessary for life. Some medical studies estimate that as many as 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated, which paints a damning picture of the working world. We are living in a society in which plenty of people are over-caffeinated while simultaneously ignoring one of life’s most essential ingredients. What we find most interesting is that staying hydrated can, in of itself, solve one of the problems that caffeine makes up for: low energy levels.
Chiropractic and the Road to Wellness
Chiropractic’s role within the medical world
B.J. Palmer, known as the, “Developer,” of chiropractic theory once said, “Medicine is the study of disease and what causes man to die. Chiropractic is the study of health and what causes man to live.” This should not be interpreted as a criticism of Western medicine. As we see it at Family Chiropractic and Natural Healing Center, the two can serve complimentary purposes. Chiropractic’s role is in wellness, and a great part of wellness is prevention. At our office in Milpitas, we focus on designing wellness solutions that help you maximize your body’s innate healing capacities and regulate the nervous system in order to prevent illness and pain.
From Stress to Pain and Back Again
Stress and back pain perpetuate each other
Stress is a condition of mental or emotional strain that results from overwhelming or demanding factors. At its most useful, external stressors provoke the fight-or-flight response which helps you perform better during a given task. But anything beyond this and stress starts to take a toll on well-being. One way that stress manifests itself physically is through muscle tension: chronic stress provokes muscles of the body to tighten as a preventative tactic for avoiding injury. This near constant state of contractedness can have a direct impact on spinal health. Back pain then causes mental anguish which perpetuates the stress further. So how do we break ourselves out of this vicious cycle?
Christmas Shopping is a Drain on the Body and Brain
Christmas shopping has been exposed as a stress-fraught affair
Each year, as the multiplicity of consumerism increases, and the streets get marginally thicker with people, the stress of christmas shopping becomes more palpable. For many of us, the holiday season is a balance between the simple joys of life like family and more outstanding concerns such as the toll on our wallets. This holiday season in full swing, take steps to ensure your sanity above all else!
What would christmas be if it weren’t chalk full of inflammatory ingredients
The recipes we love are full of sugar and saturated fats, two of the worst culprits when it comes to inflammation. If you suffer with chronic back pain, but baking is your family’s christmas tradition, take care this season to monitor your intake of inflammatory ingredients. Avoing inflammation is a critical way of mitigating back pain, especially if you suffer from autoimmune disorders including:
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Axial spondyloarthritis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
If your joints are stiff and inflamed, take a look at our tips for mitigating inflammation this holiday season.
Exercise Snacking Your Way Through this Holiday Season
Life is busier during the holiday season- that means it’s time to adjust your fitness habits
You’ve worked hard all year to reach the plateau of 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise per week. But with the holiday season in full swing, you have noticed a dip in activity levels. This is likely going to accelerate as the month moves along, culminating in a week of festivities and feasting around Christmas that leave you with even less time to exercise. Amidst all the baking, socializing and shopping, some people quit their fitness plans completely. Don’t let this be you this holiday season! Read on to find our tips for finding exercise amidst the chaos of Christmas.