Solving the Mystery of Your Chronic Condition 


                                      

   Many people are plagued with chronic conditions such as migraines and headaches, fibromyalgia, diabetes, obesity, IBS, Crohn’s disease, general digestive disturbances, as well as peripheral neuropathy. There are natural alternatives and therapies that can help heal these and a myriad of other conditions.

Over the years I have seen patients suffer from these conditions needlessly. They’re given a quick fix in the form of prescription medication.  These medications offered are basically a Band-Aid and do not address the underlying issues that brought on the condition in the first place. Taking pharmaceutical drugs only give short-term comfort for the condition rather than addressing a more permanent solution.

     From the time we are babies, our bodies are meant to detoxify. The foods we ingest, along with the products we put on our skin and hair, household cleaners and environmental toxins as well as over the counter (symptom stuffing) medications do not allow our bodies to detoxify as they are meant to. The human body is meant to be self-healing and self-sustaining. Our lifestyle choices of what we put in and on our body change it’s natural healing and detoxifying abilities.”

     As a Chiropractic Physician, I specialize in Functional Medicine, Weight-Loss and Wellness Programs in my office. I educate patients on many health related topics as well as address structural issues through manipulation, physical therapy modalities, manual massage and corrective exercises. My staff and I teach and coach patients to make lasting lifestyle changes to improve their health and heal underlying issues related to their individual conditions.

     In the realm of Functional Medicine, drugs and medicine are not used as treatment. The treatment protocol is nutrition and supplementation to heal the body. It is often perceived that Chiropractors only treat neck and back pain, however this is only a small part of what the Chiropractic profession does. It is important to evaluate patients with a thorough health history, a review of the body systems and an exam of the structural, neurologic and metabolic system that make up the individual. All these factors, along with blood work, allow me to design an individual treatment program. My approach takes time and attention to each person as an individual to create a treatment plan. Through the data of diagnostic tests and individualized patient information and examination, the mystery of your chronic condition can be solved and treated.

The Power of Your Hormones: The Power of Balance 


     Hormones have a role in your body as chemical messengers. Like a tightrope walker, they function, optimally, like a balancing act. Hormones help determine your mood, energy level, ability to concentrate, weight and an array of other things. They also help to maintain such bodily functions as temperature, pulse, metabolism, immune function, appetite, and libido, as well as the ability to form memories. Hormones are powerful messengers. They are chemicals that flow through your bloodstream to deliver information from one set of cells to another. They are produced in your endocrine glands and then secreted directly into your circulation. Also, both women and men produce hormones in their reproductive organs. Too few hormones, too many, or an alteration of your hormonal structure can upset your metabolism and cause you to gain weight. Hormones are extremely potent, and very small amounts can upset the balance your system strives for. Your hormones strive to be in harmony in your body. Like a well-tuned orchestra, hormones function best when they are correctly balanced. In an orchestra, if one instrument over-powers or is missing or out of tune, it can throw off an entire performance. Many factors can upset the balance of your hormones. These include: poor diet, stress, food allergies or sensitivities, toxins and the environment. There is an upside to the mystery of your hormonal system. Your body has an elaborate system to maintain hormonal balance. Your brain continually samples different areas of your body to make sure its hormone levels are in the correct range. If your levels are too low, your brain signals a gland to increase production. Likewise, if your levels are too high, your brain sends a message to the appropriate gland to reduce production.

     Steroid hormones are important pieces of the metabolism puzzle. It is important to learn about these basic points about hormones. Cortisone, the "fight or flight" hormone, is a  stress hormone. Along with adrenalin, its main function is to help us handle emergencies. It does not define whether or not these emergencies are real or imagined. There are two main hormone building blocks, pregnenolone and progesterone. They produce cortisol, and come directly from cholesterol. Even though both men and women have it, testosterone is known as a "male sex hormone". Testosterone helps build strong bones and lean muscle mass, which  help create energy and keep weight down. Estrogen, which is known as the "female sex hormone", is also found in both sexes and has over four hundred functions in our bodies. This includes shifts in metabolism, which effect bodyweight. Lastly, DHEA is a hormone that helps to build muscle and bone, and which helps to make insulin work. Both of these functions effect weight.  

     Cholesterol is a waxy substance produced in our bodies and found in our diets. It is an essential part in cell membranes, bile acids, steroid hormones and the fat-soluable vitamins A, E and K. The typical body produces 100mg of cholesterol a day. Because people tend to fear cholesterol, they often choose to eat a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet. This way of eating usually contains a lot of sugar, to compensate for flavor lost by fat reduction in foods. Due to insulin resistance, much of this sugar ends up being stored as fat. The increase in stored fat causes a release of cholesterol and triglycerides, which are markers for heart disease. So an increase of excess sugar, not excess cholesterol, then causes an increase in blood cholesterol.

Cholesterol serves many important purposes in your body, and is critical for the production of steroid hormones. You may not be making enough hormones if your total cholesterol is too low. Also, if you consistently high cholesterol and your diet and lifestyle are good, it may be a sign of hormone imbalance. Your body might be trying to make enough extra cholesterol to produce hormones.

10 Ways to Avoid Overindulging on Thanksgiving Day 


  During Thanksgiving its easy to go overboard with calorie consumption. It's hard to stay disciplined when you are surrounded by temptations of your favorite Thanksgiving foods. These tasty treats may remind you of family traditions or you may find yourself eating to please a family member or friend that put loving care into the meal. Eating healthy on Thanksgiving doesn't mean avoiding all of your favorite foods; instead, eating healthy entails moderation and mindfulness. It is okay to have a dessert, but don't lost your self control entirely. Here are some recommendations to avoid over eating on one of the biggest food days of the year and still leave room for dessert.

  1. Stick to smaller portions: Take only one plate of Thanksgiving food. Fill up half your plate with vegetables and fruit, a quarter of it with mashed potatoes (if you must) or better yet a sweet potato and another quarter of it with turkey. The more colorful your plate is, the better. If you are able to bring a dish, bring roasted veggies or a colorful salad, then you know there will be good things to fill up on. By filling up on lower caloric and nutrient dense foods, you will feel full, not bloated and tired.‚Äč
  2. Eat before the Thanksgiving meal: Don't starve yourself during the early part of Thanksgiving Day, with the idea that you're just "saving room" for all the food, this is a recipe for overeating. If you're going to a Thanksgiving lunch, be sure you eat breakfast before. If you're going to a dinner, be sure you eat lunch or have a snack in the afternoon. It is important to have your normal meals because when we get over-hungry, we overeat!
  3. Substitute healthy ingredients for unhealthy ones: There are plenty of ways to make Thanksgiving foods healthier. For mashed potatoes, try mixing in chicken broth, herbs or roasted garlic to perk up the flavor instead of adding in butter. You can also choose to make mashed cauliflower as a substitution for mashed potatoes. When making a green bean casserole, swap out fried onions with toasted almonds for a better alternative. Instead of having, cranberry sauce, opt, instead, to make a cranberry salad.  When creating dips, use Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. The consistency is similar, but yogurt has far less fat and more protein. Also, to reduce fat, avoid eating the skin of the turkey. Dark meat has a little more fat than white meat, but limiting your helpings of unhealthy sides or dessert will have a much bigger impact than just eating white meat instead of dark. Enjoy a little dark meat if you like it. Just limit other foods. If you are baking homemade pie, opt for whole-wheat piecrust or Gluten Free crust and substitute low fat or skim milk for evaporated milk.
  4. Drink a lot of water: Many times when people think they are hungry, they are actually just thirsty. By drinking a lot of water throughout the day, you will lower the risk of overeating.
  5. Take a walk after eating: It's also a great idea to take a walk after eating to get your metabolism going instead of lying on the couch.
  6. Avoid snacking throughout the day: Abide by the "out of sight, out of mind" mantra. Once you've filled your plate with food, cover up the food and put it away. It will help you to avoid mindless eating. When you snack throughout the day, it is easy to lose track of how much you've eaten.
  7. Slowly savor your meal: Eat slowly and put your fork down between bites. Tasting each mouthful is one of the easiest ways to enjoy your meal and feel satisfied with less food.
  8. Go Easy on alcohol: Don't forget that alcohol calories can add up quickly. Have one glass of wine or a wine spritzer or just enjoy sparkling water, this way you stay hydrated and limit alcohol calories. When you drink alcohol you lower your defenses and may have a tendency to want sweets.
  9. Find enjoyment without total denial: The holiday season is a time for celebration. With busy schedules and so many extra temptations, this is a good time to strive for weight maintenance instead of weight loss. Shift from a mindset of weight loss to weight maintenance and you will be ahead of the game if you can avoid gaining weight over the holidays.
  10. Focus on Family and Friends: Thanksgiving is not just about the delicious bounty of food. It's a time to celebrate relationships with family and friends. The main event should be family and friends socializing, spending quality time together, not just what is on the buffet or desert table.

5 Secrets to Smarter Snacking 


1. AVOID SNACKING ON JUNK FOOD 

Think, "Nutrient Density" when choosing your snack. Pre-plan and prep your options so you are not caught off guard and find yourself giving in to temptation. When you don't have time to pre-plan, choose your store carefully. Going to Whole foods or Trader Joe's will offer you healthier options than 7-11.

2. THINK

Be mindful about why you reach for food when you are emotionally charged, stressed or bored. Learn ways to "consciously" reject food for comfort or emotional reasons. Brainstorm ways to avoid giving in to temptation. Call a friend, do a craft, clean a drawer, go for a walk, etc.   

3. AVOID / LIMIT FOODS FROM A BOX, BAG, OR CAN

Choose fresh (preferably organic) fruits and vegetables along with lean meats. Prep your fresh items. You can have left over chicken breast sliced with some avocado or a measured out amount of almonds with a small apple. If you must have a bar as a meal replacement, read the ingredients carefully and watch out for too much fat or sugar. Rice cakes or rice crackers with almond butter are a good option.

4. SELECT BETTER OPTIONS 

Choose a snack that has some protein and fat. This will keep you fuller and more satiated. Look for options with fiber. Do not choose anything with trans-fats. Whenever possible avoid excess salt & sugar.

5. CARRY AN INSULATED LUNCH BAG

Purchase a little insulated lunch tote or a small cooler. Use a reusable ice pack to keep your items fresh. Pack pre-cut veggies, hard-boiled eggs & pre-washed and cut fruit.

Clean Up Your Family Diet & Detoxify Your Kitchen 


     Eliminate rich, sugary, highly processed foods, fried foods, fast foods and empty calorie foods. Limit foods that come in a box, bag or can, with the exception of healthier items like brown rice or rice cakes. 

     Make it a habit to shop the periphery of your grocery store. The produce department should fill up 80% of your cart. Better yet, shop at a farmer's market, join an organic food co-op, or frequent a more produce-type market.

     Choose whole foods from their most natural state. Read labels with your kids. Hire a professional to go through your pantry and refrigerator to shed light on the ingredients. Toss out what isn't health giving. 

     All it takes is a little effort, support and guidance to be on a healthier path of eating & wellness.

     With the kids going back to school think about doing a kitchen makeover. Clean out the bad food items that may be lurking in your cupboards and refrigerator. The word "detox" conjures up images of fasting, cleansing, and restricting food groups. A "clean eating" regime is a better image for a healthy family diet. Instead of an extreme detox, just clean up the foods your family consumes. 

Say Goodbye to Iodized Table Salt 


Table Salt vs. Himalayan Salt 

 
     Table salt is normally rock or ocean salt that is mined, heat blasted, chemically treated, and then anti-caking agents and iodine added to it. What you have left is table salt that is basically dead. It is now just dry sodium and chloride. Processed salt is now devoid of all the essential minerals and macrobiotic nutrients that our bodies need to survive. Salt is essential for life and yet our bodies cannot make it, so it must come from an outside source. Most often, it comes from meat or regular table salt. The problem is that our bodies don't really know what to do with processed salt. Years of processed salt intake can damage almost all areas of the body such as the heart, kidneys, muscles and bones and it is processed salt that causes bloating and water retention. Processed salt can put a body out of balance. Organic Himalayan Salt have all of the trace and micro- nutrients fully intact. The correct balance of sodium and chloride are present as well as calcium, magnesium, potassium and 90 other trace and micro-nutrients. When Himalayan Salt is ingested, it immediately works with the saliva in the mouth and starts the digestive process. The more minerals present in the mouth, the more digestion takes place. Digestion continues in the stomach.  Himalayan Salt has been known to lower blood pressure and decrease water retention. It enables the liver, kidneys and adrenals to work much more efficiently. It can also boost the immune system.

  

The benefits of Natural Himalayan Crystal Salt include:

  • Regulates the water content throughout your body & reduces water retention.
  • Promotes a healthy pH balance in your cells, particularly your brain cells.
  • Promotes blood sugar health and helps to reduce the signs of aging.
  • Supports respiratory health.
  • Promotes sinus health.
  • Prevents muscle cramps.
  • Promotes bone strength.
  • Regulates your sleep by naturally promoting it.
  • Supports your libido.
  • Promotes vascular health.
  • Along with water, it is essential for regulation of your blood pressure.
  • Has been know to lower blood pressure.

Curbing Sugary Drink Consumption     


   We have a national crisis in this country.  Sugary drinks provide nearly half of the sugars in our daily diets. This fact may be the number one contributor to obesity as well as obesity related diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.We as individuals, MUST limit our sugar consumption.

   The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has called for a Surgeon General's report on the health impact of sugary drinks and other foods. They have also petitioned the FDA to set limits on sugar in soft drinks and other foods. The organization has also launched a major campaign to curb consumption of this addictive substance.

     The CSPI recommends for readers to watch, "The Real Bears," to spread awareness of the harm brought by high sugar consumption. Viewed by over two million people worldwide, we at Arrandt Healthcare hope you find this video a valuable piece of information in the progression of your healthy lifestyle. Share the video with family and friends to spread awareness of the danger of "liquid candy" and the harmful health consequences they implement on our bodies.

Measurements of Sugar Recommendations

Sugar recommendations are sometimes listed in tablespoons or grams, therefore it is important to know how to convert tablespoons to grams. For example, one tablespoon of sugar is the same as five grams. Therefore, multiply the number of tablespoons by five.

Grams of Sugar Recommended for Men

The American Heart Association states that men should not consume more than nine tablespoons of sugar each day. This measurement of sugar is equal to a recommended limit of 45 grams of sugar per day for men.

Recommended Grams of Sugar for Women

The recommended sugar intake for women is less than that of men. The AHA advises that women should limit their intake of sugar to six tablespoons of sugar each day. This translates to a daily recommended limit of 30 grams of sugar.

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