5 Reasons To Turn Off The TV

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If you’re like most people, you watch TV. Did you know the average U.S. adult watches more than 4 hours of TV per day? Think of it this way: that’s about 25 percent of waking time spent every day!

It’s funny, because people are always saying they’re too busy and wish they had more time for things, like cooking their own meals or exercising with a bike ride or walk around the block… when, in fact, they’re probably just using much of their day to watch TV!

What are 5 reasons to turn off the TV?

For starters, TV can stress you out! A lot of people pay way too much attention to the daily news and it gets their blood pressure boiling. What did the President say or do today to offend people? How many kids were gunned down at a school or mall? What about terrible fires consuming people’s homes? TV brings all the problems of the world right into people’s homes, and it’s an endless cycle of ads telling you what you need to buy along with bad news about everything wrong in the world. It’s no wonder that people are depressed and anxious! Could you give up TV (and your phone and the Internet) for one whole week? Now THAT would be a challenge, right?

People who watch a lot of TV are called couch potatoes. That’s because they’re sedentary and shoveling in potato chips, getting fat! Studies show people eat up to 74 percent more calories while watching TV. So, if you want to lose weight, don’t watch so much TV.

Can TV make you boring? A lot of people have no life of their own. They live vicariously through fictional characters they see on screen. Then, when put in social situations, they have nothing interesting to share about their own life because… they’re not really living.

Can TV ruin relationships? Definitely! Instead of paying attention to family members, including spouses and kids, a lot of adults are more focused on what’s on TV. That leaves the other people in the household feeling neglected and unimportant. How are families supposed to have time together and shared experiences if they’re all in different rooms glued to different screens, never interacting?

Finally, TV is the opposite of exercise. With exercise, you burn calories, get your blood pumping, and help yourself stay trim and in-shape. With TV, you don’t burn many calories. You eat a lot. Your brain turns off. It’s not that healthy if you think about it. Some say TV helps them relax… but actually TV is full of stimuli that won’t let your brain relax.

The Fashionable Fig – Healthy and Hip

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If you’re like most people, when you think of “fig,” you think of Fig Newtons, a Nabisco trademarked version of the fig roll– basically, cookies filled with fig paste. Yet you can also buy and eat fresh figs, which are usually eaten raw. While they’re best eaten straight off the tree, warm from the sun, you’re most likely going to find and buy them at your local grocery store or farmer’s market.

While most people think figs are a fruit, they’re actually inverted flowers! But fig trees aren’t like other trees– their flowers bloom inside the pear-shaped pod, which later matures into the fruit people eat. If you were to find fresh figs in a store, they have a thin skin with red/purple flesh and lots of tiny seeds. You can eat the entire fig (minus the stem) and you can peel them if you want.

Figs, which are healthy and hip these days, come from ficus trees in warm climates. With their unique and sweet taste, expect a soft and chewy texture coupled with crunchy (and edible) seeds. While fresh figs are perishable (and quite delicate), you’re probably most likely to find them dried and preserved– a version that’s available year round. In the days before refined sugar was readily available, figs were often used as sweeteners.

Just for some historical perspective, our ancestors probably ate their fair share of figs. They come from some of the world’s oldest trees, and have been documented in historical texts, including the Bible. Native to the Middle East and Mediterranean, these fruit flowers are high in minerals and fiber. If you’re looking for a food to get more potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron and copper, figs are great! They also contain vitamins A and K.

Since they’re naturally high in fiber, figs are good for those who are watching their weight. High fiber foods make people feel full, which also helps reduce hunger and cravings. Furthermore, figs tend to act as a natural laxative.

If you’re seeking fresh figs, the season for them is between summer and autumn. They’re best eaten within a day or two of purchase. Look for plump ones that are tender to the touch with a rich, deep color. If they’re ripe, they’ll have a sweet fragrance.

Chiropractic For A Comfortable Pregnancy

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If you or someone you know is pregnant, consider chiropractic care. Why should pregnant women see chiropractors?

Chiropractic care helps maintain the body’s spinal column, as well as discs, bones and nerves. Through chiropractic adjustments, things are aligned properly, reducing nerve stress and promoting health and wellness without drugs or surgery.

When a woman is pregnant, she’ll experience many changes in her body as it prepares to give birth to a baby. These physiological and endocrinological changes can affect the spine and joints. Furthermore, women are likely to see pelvic changes and have to deal with postural adaptations. Also, pregnant women should expect an increased back curve and a protruding abdomen. Chiropractic care helps establish alignment and pelvic balance, helping increase the amount of room available for the developing baby and allowing the baby to get into the best possible position for delivery.

Since the body changes during pregnancy some women experience musculoskeletal problems. It’s not unusual for the uterus to be off-center. It pulls out in front and is not well-balanced in back… so chiropractic helps fix that. Meanwhile, hormonal changes can soften joints. Women can experience hip pain, which chiropractors address. Other common pregnancy ailments include headaches, low back pain, pubic-bone pain, and even rib misplacement. Hormonal changes relax the ligaments while rapid weight gain causes joints to become misaligned. Chiropractors are all about putting things back into proper alignment in order to alleviate symptoms.

During pregnancy, chiropractic care can help control symptoms of nausea while relieving back, neck or joint pain. Those who have regular chiropractic visits before delivering a baby can expect to reduce the time of labor and delivery and possibly prevent a potential cesarean delivery. Overall, chiropractic care helps make for a healthier pregnancy and delivery.

Lakewoods Chiropractic in Forest Lake, Minnesota, helps many pregnant women with chiropractic care. Most pregnant women visit once a month during their first trimester and then every two to three weeks until the last month, where visits occur weekly. Basically, chiropractic care helps relieve pregnant women’s discomfort, helping to make their experience less stressful. If you or someone you know would benefit from this, please call Lakewoods Chiropractic at 651-464-0800.

Vertebral Subluxation Defined

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If you visit a chiropractic office like Lakewoods Chiropractic you might hear people talking about “vertebral subluxations.” Or you might see posters on the wall with those words. To the average person, they might as well be another language. So, what are they, anyway? What’s the definition?

In layman’s terms, a vertebral subluxation is a misalignment of a person’s spinal column. In the medical world, the term subluxation refers to an incomplete or partial dislocation of a joint or organ.

How did the term come about? Back in 1910, the founder of chiropractic, D.D. Palmer, wrote about nerves and how they carry impulses outward and sensations inward. He wrote that the activity of these nerves (more specifically their fibers) could become excited or allayed by impingement, with the result being that they couldn’t function as intended… leading to disease. Meanwhile, Palmer’s son B.J. wrote around the same time that chiropractors could find a cause for every disease in the spine. He believed that in the spinal column a chiropractor could find a subluxation corresponding to every type of disease. Of course, this was rudimentary– but it gives you some perspective on where the idea for vertebral subluxation came from over a century ago.

Nowadays, we take a more refined approach to defining what a chiropractic vertebral subluxation is… According to the World Health Organization, it’s a lesion or dysfunction in a joint or motion segment in which alignment, movement integrity and/or physiological function are altered, although contact between joint surfaces remains intact. It is essentially a functional entity, which may influence biomechanical and neural integrity.

If that sounds like a lot of big words, it’s perhaps best to sum it up this way: chiropractic involves adjusting the spine to get rid of nerve impingement (pressure) so people feel better. If you’ve got a misaligned spine and there’s nerve interference, you’re likely going to have pain, which could be in your neck, shoulders, back, etc. A chiropractor uses his or her hands to correct that misalignment, helping coax your body to move everything into its right and proper position for optimal functioning.

If you’d like to know more about vertebral subluxation(s), you’d like to ask questions, and/or you’d like to know how chiropractic care can help you, please make an appointment at Lakewoods Chiropractic in Forest Lake, MN, by calling 651-464-0800 or emailing [email protected]

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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So many people have digestive problems. And for some, their digestive problems can be labelled with terms like ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, or, most likely, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

IBS is quite common. It’s not technically a disease, but, rather, classified as a “functional disorder.” Does it have specific identifiable causes? Nope! That said, researchers think that nervous system miscommunications are probably a main reason people experience IBS. If the spine is misaligned, it’s not unusual for a person to be experiencing symptoms of IBS. Basically, there’s interference between the brain and the intestinal tract, such that the bowels aren’t working as intended. People with IBS don’t have “normal” bowel movements. Instead, they have a lot of alternating constipation and diarrhea, which is definitely no fun, especially at work in an office environment.

Did you know the upper lumbar vertebrae contains nerves which happen to connect to the digestive system, including your stomach and intestines? If and when there’s a “subluxation,” (a structural dislocation) present in the vertebrae, the digestive system doesn’t work well.

Chiropractors can help people who suffer with/from IBS… chiropractic adjustments have the awesome ability to encourage the body to produce regular, solid, pain-free bowel movements. While this may not be the case for every individual (since all people respond differently), enough people with IBS have found relief thanks to chiropractic care!

Instead of relying on medications to deal with IBS, why not have a chiropractor use safe, gentle, non-invasive hand manipulation to guide your vertebrae back into their proper places? When they do this action, strain is taken off the nervous system. Digestive issues can subside… besides IBS, chiropractic care has helped many people get rid of diarrhea, constipation, acid reflux, and heartburn. A chiropractor takes a drug-free, holistic approach to you and your body– and it’s amazing how a few adjustments can make a world of difference in how someone feels.

Have you been experiencing digestive issues such as IBS? If you’re tired of pain, cramping, bloating, fatigue, diarrhea and constipation, then it’s time to do something about it. Why not try chiropractic care and see if it helps? Make an appointment at Lakewoods Chiropractic in Forest Lake, MN, by calling 651-464-0800 or emailing [email protected]

Shoulder Pain and the Spine

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Do you work on a computer all day and sometimes experience shoulder pain? This is not an uncommon occurrence for many office workers all over the country, including folks here in Minnesota. Think of all the people hunched over keyboards, putting themselves in weird postures and positions during the day!

While most people go to the chiropractor for neck or back pain, it’s not unusual for people with shoulder pain to pay a visit to a chiropractic office like Lakewoods Chiropractic in Forest Lake. That’s because chiropractors deal with several body parts and muscle groups, including the shoulders. You see, chiropractors see a link between shoulder pain and the spine– and dealing with the spine is their bread-and-butter. Oftentimes, shoulder pain is caused by joint and/or tissue irritation. Chiropractors use hand manipulation to relieve irritation in the areas of the body connecting the shoulders with the spine.

Normally the shoulder joint is the most mobile joint in the body. Pain happens when tendons, muscles or ligaments around the joint stretch and/or tear, shifting out of alignment. Chiropractors make adjustments to distract the joint and/or shift it forward or backward, into its proper place.
Besides manual adjustments, where the chiropractor uses his or her hands, the use of a drop table piece, speeder board or reflex-type hammer tool might be involved. And, oftentimes, chiropractors will adjust the neck and upper back, since they’re associated with the shoulders.

Ultimately, with shoulder pain, posture matters. For those sitting and typing all day, it’s likely that their shoulders have rolled forward and in toward the chest, while their upper back slouches in a forward position. Meanwhile, a person’s head juts forward at the chin, centered over their chest. This can lead to shoulder pain. The better posture for the upper body involves shoulders down, relaxed and back, such that the upper/mid-back are in line with the lower back and hips.

Perhaps you’ve been experiencing shoulder pain because of the way you sit and type at your office desk all day. Isn’t it time to make some changes? Why not try chiropractic care and see if it helps? Make an appointment at Lakewoods Chiropractic in Forest Lake, MN, by calling 651-464-0800 or emailing [email protected]

Drug-Free Approaches to Headache Prevention

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Do some people visit the chiropractor for the purpose of headache prevention/relief? Yes! Getting “adjusted” by a chiropractor can help with headaches, including migraines. Indeed, chiropractic visits are just one of the many drug-free approaches to headache prevention. What are some others?

If you do have a headache (or feel one coming on) and you want to get some relief, try using your fingers pressing both the brow line as well as under your eyes. Rub your temples and jaw in a circular motion. And, though this sounds odd, try massaging the base of your skull with a tennis ball for some relief.

For headache prevention, how are your sleeping habits? Some of the drug-free things you can do to get better sleep at night so your head won’t hurt include not taking naps during the day, not reading/watching TV/listening to music in bed, not using your phone at bedtime, and not eating heavy meals right before bed. Also, how’s your overall health routine? Are you at a healthy weight or not? Do you get regular exercise? Pursuing a more fit lifestyle should help prevent headaches. Also, don’t skip meals. Make sure you drink plenty of water. You’d be surprised how many people have headaches because they’re dehydrated.

Could your headaches be caused by certain foods/drinks you consume? Oftentimes, cutting out alcohol, caffeinated drinks, chocolate, processed meats, aged cheeses, MSG and aspartame can ultimately lead to feeling better with fewer (or no) headaches. If you’re currently drinking lots of soda pop daily, wean yourself off of it over the course of a couple days.

Headaches are often triggered by stress, so anything you can do to relax can help prevent them. Tense and relax different muscles in your body. Breathe deeply. Get regular cardio exercise.

Finally, there are a couple other things people do to deal with headaches, including acupuncture, biofeedback, and massage.

Have you tried a number of drug-free ideas to prevent headaches and/or ease the tension in your head, but haven’t had success… yet? Why not try chiropractic and see if it helps? Make an appointment at Lakewoods Chiropractic in Forest Lake, MN, by calling 651-464-0800 or emailing [email protected]

Step Your Way To Better Health

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When you walk, you step, putting one foot in front of the other. Most Americans take between 5,000 and 7,000 steps a day. If you want to step your way to better health, though, you should try and go above that average. Try increasing your count to a goal of 10,000 or more steps daily.

As a culture, we sit… a lot. Yet our bodies should be moving more– we need to get our blood circulating better and we need to get our heart rate up now and then. It’s good to walk. Taking more and more steps helps a person’s overall health.

What are some easy ways to step more?

Do you have a dog or know someone who does? Walking a dog is a great way to get more steps in on a daily basis– dogs love to be walked and they’ll keep you moving!

When you visit a store or mall, don’t park so close. Instead, park “far out” in the parking lot so you’ll have a longer walk just to get in the building and back to your vehicle. Also, in buildings, take the stairs rather than escalators or elevators.

If you spend a lot of time sitting all day for work, take several quick breaks where you get up from your desk and walk around. Or even better– buy and use a “treadmill desk.” Yes, they really do exist!

After meals, take walks. If you have to get somewhere, take the long way rather than shortcuts. If you ride on a bus or train, get off a stop or two early in order to have a longer walk to the car or home.

Play with your kids or other people’s kids– they’ll get you moving more than you’d do so on your own. Instead of going out to dinner with friends, where you’ll sit and eat, go for “walking dates” where you get together to walk around a pond, on a municipal path, or at the beach.

Finally, buy and use a device that tells you how many steps you’re getting everyday. That way you can accurately measure your progress. The more steps you take, the healthier you’ll be!

Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind For Eating Healthy

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Have you heard of “Out of Sight, Out of Mind,” an approach to eating healthy? It’s basically about your food environment. If you don’t have junk food readily available at all times– if it’s not “in sight/in your mind,” then you’re less likely to eat it, right? So, for instance, if you clear your cupboards of cookies, potato chips and other foods that help put on pounds, you’ll be better off… when you open the cupboard, isn’t it so easy to grab the cookie jar and eat a whole bunch, quickly? But if it’s no longer there, you’re going to have to choose something else– something that’s better for you.

Imagine if you worked in a store that sold candy. All day long you had chocolate bars and gummy bears and such in front of you. On your break, you could use your discount to get some good deals on sugary snacks. Since they’re right there in front of you, and easily accessible, don’t you think you’d take advantage? And your weight would go up, up, up!

Researchers at Cornell University did a study that found the environment in which you eat can determine how much you weigh. One of the interesting findings was this: people who left fruit on their countertops weighed on average 13 pounds less than those who didn’t. Those with junk food on their countertops weighed… more.

Long story short, if you don’t have junk in the house, you’re less likely to eat junk daily. If you have fruits and veggies in the house, you’re likely to fill up on those instead of M&Ms and cake.

Meanwhile, if you want to eat healthier in general, take note of your portions. Perhaps try using smaller plates. When you go out to eat, get broccoli instead of fries. Use less ketchup on your burger and fries. Order water instead of pop. And if you don’t want to overindulge on certain foods and drinks, don’t go where they are– simple as that!

Next time someone suggests you all “go out for ice cream” and you’re trying to watch your weight, politely turn them down. And if they insist you go, look for alternatives/options with less calories, such as lemon ice, sorbet or yogurt.

Don’t Let Computer Use Be A Pain In The Neck

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Most computer users experience pain in their necks. There’s even a term for this: “tech neck.” It’s the act of stressing muscles while using computers, as well as phones and tablets. People put their necks into odd and/or fixed positions for long periods of time, resulting in painful necks, shoulders, etc. They can feel stiff and sore, and this is a problem that’s getting worse as more and more people utilize computers and such.

Just how long does the average person spend on a computer or device? Americans spend about six hours a day with digital media, which includes about three and a half hours on mobile devices. Holding the neck still for long periods of time isn’t good. It creates headaches, neck spasms and irritated shoulder joints.

If you don’t want to let computer use be a pain in the neck, what should you do?

It’s best to sit with your chair reclining about 30 degrees with a good lumbar support. The less slouching you do, the better. Even though you think you should always sit up straight, leaning back a little lets your body’s weight go into the chair instead of straight down the spine. With less force on the spine, you’ll hurt less.

Also, you should get up and move your body frequently– don’t just sit in the same position for hours at a desk. Get up and walk around every 20 minutes. This gets your blood circulating and you’re able to move your neck into a different position. If you can work standing up, do so– that’ll help, too.

Do you exercise regularly? If not, you should because aerobic activity can really help keep your neck, back and overall body healthier. It’s a good idea to exercise for about 30 minutes three or four times per week. Aerobic exercise sends oxygenated blood to tired muscles, “washing away” chemicals that cause inflammation and pain.

Finally, consider seeing a chiropractor for help with relieving your pain in the neck. If and when you experience pain in the neck from computer use, it’s a smart idea to make an appointment with Lakewoods Chiropractic; call 651-464-0800 to do so.