Choose Your Own Lifestyle

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Yesterday I was lucky enough to start off my day in my favorite way. I slept in, prepared and ate breakfast with my wife and children, and then went for a mountain bike ride with a good friend of mine.

I love starting the day off with a ride through the woods. It gets my blood flowing. It wakes me up. It gets those feel good hormones (like adrenalin and endorphins) flowing which will keep me feeling good for the rest of the day.

Throughout the ride my friend and I were talking about how the choices we make eventually become our lifestyle. Many components of daily life all feed into how we feel during the day, and how we feel in general. Continue reading Choose Your Own Lifestyle

How To Have A Healthy Relationship With Exercise

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It seems that I spend most of my time in my practice trying to either convince patients to exercise, or to convince them to back off from exercise.

Most people don’t exercise enough. Many people come into my office with a health issue that’s been coming on for years, they haven’t done anything to manage it or help it out, and they want me to fix it in one treatment. Continue reading How To Have A Healthy Relationship With Exercise

Are Multi Vitamins A Waste Of Money?

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Multi vitamins have been around for decades, if not centuries. Debates about multi vitamins effectiveness have been around just as long.

Multi vitamins are nutritional supplements. This means that the vitamins are meant as a supplement. They are intended to supplement a healthy lifestyle.

They are not meant as a substitute for eating right or exercising. A multi vitamin will not replace healthy eating or exercising. A multi vitamin will enhance a healthy lifestyle. Continue reading Are Multi Vitamins A Waste Of Money?

Salt, Sugar, Fat

sugar-cubesIn order to write his new book “Salt, Sugar, Fat” investigative reporter Michael Moss looked into the one trillion dollar food industry. What he found was not appetizing.

The average American eats 33 pounds of cheese, along with 70 pounds of sugar, per year. That is a staggering amount of salt and fat that we consume on an annual basis. It is driving our obesity epidemic, and is being pushed on us, as consumers, from all sides.

Michael Moss found that the food industry is very strategic and plans everything out from the exact taste of the foods, to the responses it causes in our bodies and brains, to the marketing, commercials and to even where the products are placed in the grocery stores. Continue reading Salt, Sugar, Fat

Heal Yourself With Exercise

nordic walkingI believe that there are few, if any, health issues that cannot be positively affected by regular and consistent exercise.

Exercise has been proven to reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and the list goes on. Not to mention how much exercise helps with weight. Consistent exercise alone will prevent obesity, and is the best way to lose weight.

Regular exercise will also stabilize irritated, injured and overused joints. This will reduce joint and muscle pain, and prevent it from coming back.

Exercise is pretty much great for everything that ails you. You just have to go about it in an intelligent way. If you haven’t exercised in years, then don’t jump in an expect to get a great workout and lose weight right away. If you haven’t exercised in 2 months or more, then start at the beginning and start out slowly. This will allow you to build up habits and patterns revolving around exercise and give you the best chance possible of successfully working exercise into your life on a consistent basis. The Pain Free Lifestyle program helps ease your way into exercise. It takes you step by step and eases your way into exercise.

Here is an article on some common health issues and how they can be affected by regular exercise.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/28/health/fix-problems-exercise/index.html?hpt=hp_bn13

 

Ergonomics, or How to Lessen the Effects of Sitting All Day

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We live in a sitting society. Most of the jobs that are available involve sitting in front of a desk or computer or sitting in some other capacity that is equally sednentary.

A generation or two ago, most jobs involved standing. Most jobs involved working on a conveyor belt, or being a clerk, or other jobs that involved being on your feet.

Now that we are sitting more and more, we are seeing the long term effects of a lifetime of sitting. Continue reading Ergonomics, or How to Lessen the Effects of Sitting All Day

The Heart Disease Link to Red Meat

cutletsMany people love eating a juicy hamburger or steak. Red meat is a nutritional staple in our western diets. More information is coming out about the short and long term health effects of a diet high in red meat. A study was recently released that proved that a compound found in red meat (carnitine), causes the laying down of plaque in arteries, called atherosclerosis. This is the same compound found in some energy drinks. The more carnitine you consume, the better your gut gets at converting it to a compound called trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO). Previous research by a team of researchers at the Cleveland Clinic found that TMAO promotes atherosclerosis in people. This is even more of a reason to decrease red meat consumption. This is just one reason why I recommend eating red meat no more than 1 time per week.

This is an article about the research study and the findings:

http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/news/20130407/compound-in-red-meat-energy-drinks-may-have-heart-disease-link