Chiropractic Can Reduce Blood Pressure!

Web MD Health States:

Chiropractic Reduces Blood Pressure!

 

Web MD Health has stated that chiropractic adjustments lowered blood pressure!

According to a study in the Journal of Human Hypertension, test subjects had specific chiropractic adjustments applied to their upper neck area. They had absolutely no neck pain, but suffered from high blood pressure. 88% of the people who received the specific adjustment saw an average of 8-14 mm Hg (Mercury) drop in their blood pressure. This drop would take the equivalent of two prescription drugs to get the same results as this one adjustment.

A follow up study done 8 weeks down the line showed that blood pressure levels were still lowered. The equivalent to that would be approximately 112 pills taken over the course of 8 weeks to get the same results. Incredible!

Also, they found that the study had a zero placebo effect, meaning the test subjects who received the sham adjustment did not see a drop in their blood pressure.

 

In other words, you could have some areas that are out of alignment in your spine that are creating central nerve system pressure – called a subluxation – and have no neck pain or no pain that one may associate to the spine, which could actually create malfunction to the body, like hyper-tension. That’s what they’re finding; that’s what is so powerful about this study.

 

If you want to hear more contact us at www.chiropractormanhattanbeach.com or call us at (310) 545 – 4188.

Chiropractor Manhattan Beach Shares A Typical Breakfast

Good morning, this is Dr. Rob with your health blog for the week. I want to go over some of the things you may want to eat for breakfast. Now, if you’re doing the one pound rule that we talked about in our last nutrition workshop and would like to lose weight, a good way to do so is by eating romaine lettuce before each meal.

It’s about 5:30 in the morning right now and this is how I start off my mornings: I go into the refrigerator, grab my bag of romaine lettuce, tear out one of the hearts, and eat the leaves one by one. I eat the leaves like potato chips. You should have an entire heart of romaine lettuce before breakfast. What I typically like to eat after lettuce is a grapefruit, then a handful of my chlorella, and then a coconut yogurt in which I throw a couple scoops of collagen. I showed you a typical breakfast, but I also like to have oatmeal with frozen blueberries after the romaine.

Here’s the thing, you want to get the heart of lettuce in before the rest of your breakfast, because it will give you all of those phytochemicals and protective nutrients, such as the fiber, the enzymes, and the vitamins that will protect you against cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. If you’re looking to lose weight, it is also important to eat your veggies before anything else, to naturally lose and stabilize your weight.

We will be having another Nutrition Workshop on June 16th. Check with the front desk to sign up. There is limited seating.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate in calling us here at Bates Chiropractic at (310)545-4188 or on our website: www.chiropractormanhattanbeach.com .

Nutrition/Weight Loss Workshop

The Workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 20th @ 6:45pm. There is limited seating, so please call us @ (310) 545-4188 to reserve a spot. Friends and Family are welcome; just let us know how many people will be coming!
Looking forward to hearing from you!

Learn How To Eat To Live

Sign Up For Our Nutrition and Weight loss Workshop This Thursday the 20th at 6:45 pm at Fusion Sushi.It will be open to all of our patients and their guests.
It’s $20 for patients who come alone. But if you bring a guest, there is no charge for either of you, and dinner is included! Bring as many guests as you’d like!
We’re going to have a great time; we’re going to cover the latest information on health, nutrition, and weight loss. We’re going to clear up some misconceptions that people have about these topics.
It’s going to be a very powerful evening. It may change your life; it may even save your life!

Just sign up at the front desk; talk to Gio, Jenny, or Patty. Space is limited so sign up as soon as you can!

Increase Your Life Expectancy and Decrease Diseases

This is Dr. Rob with this week’s health blog. There’s a very powerful concept we’re going to go over today. There are certain things you can do that can increase your life expectancy and decrease all diseases across the board, especially the major diseases like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and stroke.
Studies done on lab rats all the way up to primates show that decreasing the calorie intake by up to 30% will increase your life expectancy and decrease diseases across the board.
What does that mean to us here? If you find the foods that are low in calorie but high in nutrition, not only are you going to lose weight, but you’re going to live longer, feel better, and have less disease!
It’s a powerful concept that we are going to be discussing in more detail at our Nutrition Workshop that we will have in early June.
If you have any questions regarding this topic don’t hesitate in contacting us at Bates Chiropractic at (310) 545-4188 or via our website: www.chiropractormanhattanbeach.com
Don’t forget to stay regular with your adjustments, because you need a great nerve supply in order to build a new body.

It’s Cherry and Nutrition Workshop Season!

Hi, this is Dr. Rob with your weekly health blog. I just wanted to let you know that we are going to have a Nutrition and Weight-loss Workshop here at the office this Thursday June 16th at 6:30 pm. It’s going to be a fantastic workshop: the information that may save your life, your friends’ life, or your family’s life, so make sure you make it to it! The seating is very limited here so make sure you call to reserve your spot.

That being said, I do want to let you know it is cherry season. You should be eating cherries. Why? Because they’re high in antioxidants and have high anti-inflammatory properties. Studies show that cherries are ten times more potent than aspirin. So, you can throw away the aspirin and eat cherries instead. They’re much better for you and don’t have the side effects of aspirin. Over the counter medications like aspirin kill 23,000 people a year. But, I don’t know if anybody’s really died of cherry consumption.

If you have any questions about our upcoming Nutrition Workshop, don’t hesitate in contacting us at Bates Chiropractic at (310) 545-4188 or www.chiroprctormanhattanbeach.com. We look forward to seeing you at the Workshop!

Nutrition and Diet for Scoliosis

150px-Blausen_0785_Scoliosis_01A chiropractor will advise a scoliosis patient to follow a specific type of diet. Scoliosis is a medical condition in which the spine bends to one side. The lower part of the spine is the most common area in which the condition occurs.

The condition is more prevalent in girls rather than boys and usually happens during puberty when the child experiences a growth spurt. Back specialists recommend an adequate amount of nutrition for children who suffer from the condition. The diet is meant to increase bone mass.

Since the condition is hereditary a proper diet might not prevent the onset of scoliosis. However foods that support bone mass are likely to prevent osteoporosis. In fact, according to the University of Washington Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine osteoporosis can actually worsen scoliosis since it can worsen the curve of the spine when the child reaches adulthood.

If your child suffers from scoliosis it is best that you enrich his/her diet with foods that contain vitamin D and Calcium. Not only do they increase bone mass, they also prevent osteoporosis.

Calcium

Children who suffer from scoliosis are recommended to consume between 1200 to 1500mg of calcium on a daily basis. Just make sure that any low fat sources of calcium do not contain high levels of saturated fats. For example, such a diet should contain food items such as skim cheese or yogurt.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D helps a person’s body absorb calcium. This is also why your mom nagged you about consuming milk on a daily basis. It is packed with the nutrient. Other sources of Vitamin D include saltwater fish, eggs, cod liver oil and cereal.

The nutrient phosphorous is also responsible for bone growth. The human body also uses phosphorus to maintain a healthy level of vitamin D and encourage proper absorption of calcium.

Vitamin E

Vitamin D and calcium aren’t the only nutrients that can prevent a case of scoliosis from getting worse. After all, a child who suffers from the condition will also need a healthy dose of Vitamin E everyday to build strong muscles to support a compromised spine.

Some of the best sources of the nutrient include liver walnuts, almonds, mayonnaise, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, safflower oil, olive oil and others.

Remember a child who suffers from scoliosis needs a diet that prevents his/her condition from getting worse especially after puberty.

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Chiropractics is a Proactive Approach to Healthcare

A nurse practitioner came into our office and talked to me about the differences between chiropractics and our present healthcare system with medicine. He said that their approach was more of a reactive type of approach to healthcare as opposed to a proactive type of approach to healthcare. The reactive type is when your body’s breaking down, you’re starting to get symptoms, and you need a first-aid situation, like medication or surgery. This course of healthcare is the most expensive and the least effective, because it doesn’t really get to the cause. This was pointed out by the nurse practitioner, which I believe is an accurate portrayal of our present form of healthcare with medicine.
What we do here at Bates Chiropractic is more proactive, because we practice corrective care. Corrective care is designed to correct the cause so that the body can self correct and heal on its own.
More on that later, but for now, just a friendly reminder that our Nutrition Talk will be held @ the Manhattan Beach Library on Tuesday, April 20th @ 6:45pm. Call us @ (310) 545-4188 to reserve a seat for you and your loved ones.

Types of Diets Recommended by Chiropractors

4846334195_77c3c91886_oChiropractic Care gives great importance to a healthy and balanced diet.  A lot of ailments and diseases can be avoided just by adhering to a proper diet.  A good diet can help a person to lead a long, healthy life, control weight, blood pressure and heart rate.

It is a fact that Americans are overfed, while being undernourished.  Scores of fast food chains have made unhealthy eating habits a part of the American lifestyle.  Such high cholesterol foods coupled with a sedentary lifestyle can lead to obesity.  With obesity come a lot of complications including heart diseases and blood pressure problems.

There is no doubt that a well-balanced diet consists of a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, a reduction in caffeine intake and saturated fats.

A chiropractor may recommend one of the following diets based on your body’s needs:

High Protein Diet

A high protein diet is recommended for those who aim to build muscles without accumulating too much fat. High protein foods include:

  • Turkey breast
  • Fish
  • Cheese (low fat varieties)
  • Beef (low fat)
  • Tofu
  • Beans
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Nuts

Heart-Healthy Diet

A heart healthy diet usually consists of a lot of vegetables and fruits along with large intakes of whole grains.  It may also contain low-fat meats, including fish and poultry. Special emphasis should be given to fish as it is a very healthy source of protein, Omega 3 and little fat.

Following combination of fruits and vegetables are extremely nutritious and a healthy choice for heart-healthy dieters:

  • Pineapples
  • Broccoli
  • Tomatoes
  • Blueberries
  • Watermelon
  • Oranges

Vegetarian Diet

A vegetarian diet can be recommended for those who prefer to lead a meat-free lifestyle, for whatever the reason.  Several types of diets are based on vegetarianism:

Lacto-Vegetarian: These diets include no meat of any kind or eggs.  However they do include dairy products like butter, milk, cheese and yogurt.

Ovo -Vegetarian: This diet contains no red meat, seafood, poultry or even dairy products, however it does include eggs.

Vegan: The strictest of all, excludes all meats, fish, eggs and dairy products.

Flexitarian: As its name implies, this diet is flexible. It mainly consists of vegetables and fruits, with occasional consumption of meat, fish or poultry.

No matter which diet is recommended by a chiropractor or dietician, a balanced lifestyle that includes plenty of activities can go a long way in extending the life of a person.

 

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Preventing Osteoporosis through a Proper Diet

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Osteoporosis is a disease which thins bone density, leading to weaker bones and a higher risk of herniated disks, which can causes back problems such as Sciatica. Osteoporosis can be very tough to endure, as there is no proper cure for it besides chiropractic, and even then some patients may not respond positively due to the damage done. Therefore, chiropractors advise that a proper diet should be followed, as it can improve bone and muscle density, consequently reducing the chances of Osteoporosis.

The Proper Diet

There are some nutrients in the diet that can help you improve the quality of your bone structure. Vitamin D for example, found in flaxseed and fish oil, strengthens your bones and makes them less susceptible to diseases. However, other substances present in food, such as phytates, can reduce your body’s ability to absorb calcium. Here are some examples of foods that can affect bone health.

High Sodium Foods

Food items high in sodium can cause your body to lose calcium, which is essential in maintaining bone health. This can lead to weakening of bones, eventually resulting in bone diseases such as osteoporosis. Processed foods usually contain a high amount of sodium, so look for their nutritional values and avoid them if they have a high percentage of salt.

Legumes

Although it is true that beans and legumes contain a high amount of calcium, they also contain magnesium and phytates. You can reduce the amount of phytate by boiling the beans before the cooking them.

Wheat bran

Just like beans, wheat bran also contains a high amount of phytates, which reduce calcium absorption.

Caffeine

Similar to phytates, caffeine also interfere with the body’s absorption of calcium. The consumption of caffeine drinks such as tea, coffee or sodas should be moderated, if not completely avoided.

Alcohol

Research suggests that alcohol, among other health problems such as liver disease, can also contribute to loss in bone density.

Spinach

Spinach, though a very healthy source for other nutrients, shouldn’t be counted as a sole source for calcium as they contain oxalates, which doesn’t allow the body to absorb the calcium effectively.

High Protein foods

We all know Protein is good for our health, but too much protein in our diets can also cause our bodies to lose calcium. Eat meat and other high protein foods in moderation.

You may also contact a chiropractor who could recommend you nutritional supplements if you are lacking any of the basic nutrients required in the daily diet.

 

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