How Can You Improve Your Work Space?

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One of the many questions we get in the office is “how can I improve my work space?”

Did you know sitting too much can be hazardous to your health? They are calling sitting the new smoking. Many of us spend the majority of our day behind a desk, so it’s important to make sure your work space is friendly and ergonomically correct for your body.

Here is how you can improve the ergonomics of your work space:

  1. The Chair: Get a posture friendly chair that is comfortable, has an adjustable height lever, arm support, and the ability to swivel. My desk chair is comfortable and reminds me to always have my neck in the proper position. It’s important to get up every hour for a few minutes to stretch, get a drink of water, or go to the restroom – your body will really thank you.

This is our office’s chair if you are interested:

http://www.staples.com/Staples-Hyken-Technical-Mesh-Task-Chair-Black/product_990119

  1. The Screen: Your screen should be at your eye level. It is important to make sure your head and neck do not tilt too far downward while completing tasks on your computer or phone. Consider a computer/laptop stand or stacking books under your device, and holding your phone at eye level.
  1. The Desk: Consider a standing desk. I absolutely love our office’s standing desk! If you’re not sitting, you’re less likely to be slouching or have poor posture. Standing can help lessen nerve pressure and the development of poor sitting posture. Standing provides your joints with more movement and improves your body’s circulation.

This is our office’s standing desk if you are interested:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00Y3P0K1M/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

  1. Your Posture: Be sure to take advantage of your chair features – if your chair has great lumbar support, then don’t sit on the edge of the chair causing more strain and stress on your back and nerves. Make a conscious effort to press your bottom against the back of the chair, and avoid slouching. Your elbows and knees should be at a 90* angle. Try to maintain this ideal sitting posture when you are not standing.

Getting adjusted regularly and having a proper ergonomic work space go hand in hand with each other by helping your body function optimally. Have more energy, focus better, and be more productive at work with your new work space!

Check out our article about the best plants to purify the air your home/office, and learn why you should have a couple plants in your work space! 🙂

Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

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Sleep plays an important role in your mental and physical health. While you are sleeping, your brain is working hard, forming the pathways for learning, and creating memories and thoughts. Without enough sleep or good quality of sleep, you have low concentration, focus and energy, and mood problems (just to name a few). Chronic lack of sleep can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease, infections, obesity, diabetes, and depression.

For most people today, sleep is a luxury. Everything is so fast-paced that 24 hours in a day sometimes feels too short to get all your tasks and activities completed, so you skip sleep, which only makes you feel worse and more stressed. Research suggests that adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each night to be well rested and have a body functioning at its best.

 

4 Common Signs That You Need More Sleep:

1. You are gaining weight
Lack of sleep can lead to an increased appetite (not the best food choices either). In addition, lack of sleep messes up your hormonal balance, making your body more likely to store any excess energy consumed as fatty tissue.
2. You are craving fatty and sugary foods
Being sleep-deprived leads to an increased production of cortisol, leading to the same physiological reaction – increased cravings for processed and fatty food. Lack of sleep also affects your decision-making skills as well as your ability to pick healthy food options.
3. It’s harder to focus
Sleep allows your brain to dispose of unnecessary waste of neural activity allowing it to function faster when you’re awake. Your memory and concentration does not function properly when you are sleep deprived.
4. You are moody
Ever heard of waking up on the wrong side of the bed? They’re often days when you had very little sleep. Eating sweets because you are sleep deprived can also contribute to an increase in your negative mood. Your body is under a lot of stress when you don’t allow your brain and body to regenerate during sleep. Feelings of stress, anger, sadness, and mental exhaustion can occur when you sleep less than 7 hours per night.

6 Natural Sleep Aids:

1. Food is medicine
Eating a heavy meal just before bed can cause you to have a poor night of sleep. Tryptophan and serotonin foods such as honey, whole grain gluten-free oats, brown rice, quinoa, turkey, nuts and seeds, may promote restorative sleep.
2. Calcium and Magnesium
Calcium levels are at their highest during our REM sleep. If you never get to the REM sleep phase or it’s limited, it could be related to a calcium deficiency. Calcium is important because it helps the brain create melatonin (natural sleep aid). Foods high in calcium are dark leafy greens (kale, broccoli, bok choy, okra), almonds, non-dairy milks (fortified), yogurt, and sardines (with bones). If you have trouble sleeping, it could be related to a magnesium deficiency. Higher levels of magnesium can help induce a deeper sleep and more consistent sleep since it is a calming nutrient, and when taken with calcium it increases better absorption together. Foods high in magnesium are spinach, swiss chard, pumpkin seeds, cacao, bananas, black beans, figs, and avocados. Taking a supplement with both calcium and magnesium is also beneficial.
3. Essential oils
Prescription medications for sleeping can cause awful side effects, making you feel not like yourself. Essential oils can help ease nerves, stress, anxiety, and promote sleeping. Bergamot, lavender, sandalwood, frankincense, and mandarin essential oils can create a sleep-inducing blend.
4. Valerian Root
Valerian is a plant with roots that contain many healing properties. It helps increase GABA, which helps calm the nerves in the brain and promotes a calming and sedative effect. There is valerian root and chamomile tea, and valerian root in capsule form.
5. St. John’s Wort
Depression and lack of sleep relate to one another. Insomnia and sleeping problems are common among those who are depressed. Chemicals, hyperforin and adhyperforin, are found in St. John’s wort, which act as little messengers in the brain that drive mood and work as power antidepressants. Using St. John’s Wort can help treat your depression and increase restful sleep.
6. Bedroom Atmosphere & No Technology
Don’t watch TV, work on the computer, or be on the cell phone while you are in your bed. The bright screen can lead to alertness. Also, keep your bedroom as a calming and sleeping sanctuary, with no electronics and only books, cold (temperature 60-69*F) and dark, and essential oils, which will promote calmness and sleepiness. The cold will help decrease your core body temperature and promote sleepiness.

Sleep is one of the most important factors of success and leading a healthy life.

Be sure to make sleep a top priority in your life.

References:
http://www.foodmatters.com/article/4-common-signs-that-you-need-more-sleep

5 Ways to Have a Healthy Heart

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February is National Heart Health Month, so let’s talk about this blood pumping organ. The heart is a muscular organ that functions as the body’s circulatory pump. Sounds pretty cool, right? Well it is! It pumps blood throughout the body through the circulatory system, supplying nutrients and oxygen to the tissues, and removing carbon dioxide and other wastes. If the heart is not able to supply blood to the organs and tissues, they will not be able to function and will die. Therefore, we need to make sure we are taking care of our heart so it can function at its best.

5 Ways to Have a Healthy Heart

  1. A diet rich in fruit and vegetables of all kinds does wonders for your health and reduces your risk of a range of chronic diseases including heart attacks and stroke, so be sure to combine a mix of all colors, shapes and sizes regularly, and enjoy these seven foods on a regular basis to nourish and support your heart!
  • Avocados: contain a range of vital nutrients including being full of healthy fats and fiber for a healthy functioning heart.
  • Nuts: research shows that eating at least 10g of nuts each day can reduce your risk of early death from all major causes including cancer, diabetes, brain, lung, and heart diseases.
  • Bananas: the potassium in bananas helps maintain normal heart function and the balance of sodium and water in the body. Potassium helps the kidneys excrete excess sodium, thereby contributing to healthy blood pressure.
  • Leafy Greens: researchers believe that one key reason leafy greens are so good for your heart is because of their dietary nitrate content. Nitrate in the diet protects the heart and improves overall blood flow.
  • Cacao/Dark Chocolate: the antioxidant rich cacao or high quality cocoa found in dark chocolate offer amazing health benefits for your heart! The flavonoid content is said to help maintain or restore vascular nitric oxide production and offer free radical fighting benefits to protect your heart.
  • Tomatoes: research suggests that the combination of nutrients in tomatoes may help prevent cardiovascular disease by helping to protect lipoproteins and vascular cells from oxidation. Other cardio protective functions include the reduction of LDL cholesterol, homocysteine, platelet aggregation, and blood pressure.
  • Berries: a good source of polyphenols, especially anthocyanins, micronutrients, and fiber. Berries support a healthy heart in a variety of ways including upregulation of endothelial nitric oxide synthase, decreased activities of carbohydrate digestive enzymes, decreases oxidative stress, and inhibition of inflammatory gene expression, and form cell formation, all of which if not kept under control, can lead to heart disease and poor heart health.
  1. Dental health is a great indication of overall heath, especially your heart health. This is because those who have gum disease often have the same risk factors of heart disease. Studies have shown that bacteria in the mouth involved in gum disease can move into the bloodstream, causing inflammation in the blood vessels, affecting the heart’s function. Brush AND floss your teeth daily to ward off bad bacteria and gum disease.
  1. Sleep is crucial! Sleeping is an essential part of keeping your whole body functioning properly, especially your heart and brain. Those who don’t sleep enough or well are at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease. Studies have shown that sleeping too little may cause increased blood pressure and inflammation. Make sleep a priority and try to get at least 7 hours of sleep most nights.
  1. Prolonged sitting is called the “new smoking,” because it is strongly related to heart disease and premature aging. A study showed that each hour of sitting per day was associated with a 14 percent increase in coronary artery calcification (damaged heart arteries and increase risk of a heart attack). Move more throughout the day by: use a standing desk (like we do at the office!), get up every so often to stretch, move your limbs and get a cup of water, take a walk on your break, and take the stairs. Exercise is essential for your overall health, especially for your cardiovascular system (heart and lungs). Exercise provides your heart and lungs with fresh oxygen to keep your blood flowing. Flexibility of the spine correlates to flexibility of arteries in the body. Practicing yoga can increase your overall flexibility. Also, some kind of sweating practice (exercise or infrared sauna) can help eliminate toxins efficiently that could damage your heart and arteries (heavy metals like mercury and lead).
  1. Last, but definitely not least… Chiropractic care impacts your heart heath. So, there are nerves attached to the heart that speed up (sympathetic nerves from the thoracic spine) or slow down (parasympathetic nerves from the brain) the heart rate depending on the body’s demands. A simpler way to understand this is that the cardiovascular system is controlled by the nervous system… and the nervous system is the master control system of the body (brain and spinal cord). The primary function of the spine is to protect the nervous system. When there is a misalignment in the spine (by injury or stress), it can cause interference in the nervous system communication – this is called a subluxation. Getting adjusted regularly corrects any subluxation to restore nervous system communication. When the nervous system is able to communicate freely with the rest of the body without interference, optimal health is possible.

Fun Facts:

  • The heart is about the size of a fist.
  • The heart weighs between 10 to 12 ounces in men and 8 to 10 ounces in women.
  • The heart beats about 100,000 times per day.
  • An adult’s heart beats about 60 to 80 times per minute.
  • A newborn’s heart beats faster than adult hearts, about 70 to 190 times per minute.
  • The heart pumps about 6 quarts (5.7 liters) of blood throughout the body.
  • The heart is located in the center of the cheat, usually pointing slightly left.

 

Reference: http://www.foodmatters.com/article/7-foods-for-a-healthy-heart

7 Health Hacks That Will Improve Your Health

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It seems like there is a new health trend every week these days – a new superfood was discovered or a new way to work out your abs. The truth is that there is no “one size fits all” approach. Despite our bio-individuality, there are some scientifically proven ways to increase overall quality of life without breaking the bank, turning your world upside down, or diving too deeply into the confusing world of health fads.

  1. Eat the Rainbow:

Eating well is one of the most important things you can do for your overall-wellbeing. A great way to ensure you are consuming a multitude of nutritional goodness is to include foods of all different colors in your diet. Red fruits and vegetables are colored by a natural plant pigment called lycopene, which is a powerful antioxidant that can help reduce the risk of cancer and keep our heart healthy. Purple and blue fruits and vegetables are colored by a plant pigment called anthocyanin, which has antioxidant properties that protect cells from damage and help reduce the risk of cancer, stroke, and heart disease. Orange and yellow fruits and vegetables contain carotenoids, like betacarotene which is converted into vitamin A and helps maintain healthy mucous membranes and healthy eyes. Green fruits and vegetables contain a range of phytochemicals including carotenoids, indoles, and saponins, all of which have anti-cancer properties. Leafy greens such as spinach, kale, and broccoli are also excellent sources of folate. Brown and white fruits and vegetables contain a range of health-promoting phytochemicals such as allicin (found in garlic) which has antiviral and antibacterial properties. Bananas and potatoes are also a great source of potassium.

  1. H.I.I.T. (High-Intensity Interval Training):

One study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology revealed that decreasing workout time, but increasing the intensity of each exercise, yielded positive results when compared to longer periods of workout. This method is called high-intensity interval training (H.I.I.T.). A single weekly session of HIIT is proven to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. HIIT is so effective for weight loss – HIIT workouts tend to burn anywhere from 6 to 15 percent more calories compared to other workouts. HIIT causes structural and chemical alterations to the DNA molecules within your muscles, and this leads to the genetic reprogramming of muscle for strength.

  1. Techno-Fast:

For most people, 24 hours without electronics and personal gadgets would be a tough burden to bear! It is impractical to not have access to these things on a daily basis, however, limiting your use of electronics, especially at night, is very beneficial for your overall health. The light-emitting devices promotes wakefulness. Therefore, by using electronics and television so close to bedtime, it confuses the brain and increases wakefulness. Try to stop using electronics at least one hour before going to bed and you will most likely have a more restful sleep.

  1. Get into Nature:

Getting into and experiencing nature can be instrumental in improving your overall wellbeing. Mental fatigue can be combated by immersing oneself in the great outdoors. Grounding is ancient practice that involves placing your bare feet firmly on the earth (grass, dirt, sand etc.), walking, and absorbing Earth’s natural electrical energy. Grounding improves mental clarity, balancing, calmness, blood flow, and lowers stress.

  1. Water:

The human body is comprised of about 65% water, which we require for many significant processes, including blood circulation, metabolism, regulation of body temperature, and waste removal/detoxification. The quality of water we drink is just as important as your daily quantity. Chlorine and fluoride, which are commonly found in many public water supplies, have been linked to increases rates of cancer. Installing a high-quality water filter is a good idea to ensure you are drinking quality water.

  1. Ice Baths and Cold Showers:

It is believed that ice baths and cold showers can have very positive effects on your health, including alertness, deep breathing, improved circulation, and decreased levels of stress. Start by enjoying your regular warm shower, then turn it to cold water for the last minute before you get out. You’ll notice the effect on your breathing and mental state immediately.

  1. The Science of Smiling:

Wise men and women through all ages have claimed that the simple act of smiling can transform you and the world around you. Smiles are contagious and they make us appear more attractive to others. Some studies have linked smiling to increase lifespan – another great reason to smile daily!

 

Reference: http://www.foodmatters.com/article/7-health-hacks-that-will-change-your-life

Top 3 Ways to Achieve Your Goals in 2017

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This past weekend, I flew to San Diego to train with some of the most successful chiropractors in the world. During this workshop, we worked on our yearly goals and created action steps to be able to accomplish these. After a weekend of hard work, I developed my vision for 2017, and am excited to share some of the information I learned so that you too can create your road map for the new year! With these 3 strategies in play, you are sure to crush your 2017 goals!

1.Goals need to be ACTIONABLE

When setting goals, it is important that we set goals that we can take ACTION on. In order to do this, the goal must have 3 properties:

  1. The Goal must be desirable.
    1. We have to ask ourselves WHY do we want to accomplish this goal? What will this bring to our lives? Is this goal something we DESIRE to accomplish?
      1. When we set goals at the training this past weekend, we were asked WHY we wanted to accomplish our goal. Our leadership challenged us to figure out the meaning behind the set goal. When working on business goals, several chiropractors said that accomplishing their goal would allow them to have more freedom, serve more people, save more lives, make more money, and/ or experience more growth.

WHY do you want to accomplish this goal and what does it mean to you?

  1. The Goal must be feasible.
    1. Our goals are meant to push us but they should still be something we are capable of reaching. It is best to set a goal that we think is reasonable to actually accomplish throughout the year. If we set an overly exaggerated goal, we may set ourselves up for failure.
  2. The Goal must be measureable.
    1. It is not enough to say, I want to lose weight this year. We need to be able to measure progress. A measurable goal would say “I want to lose 40 lbs this year.” After created a yearly goal, break the goal down into measurable quarterly goals. For instance, “I want to lose 10 lbs every 3 months.” This acts as a bench mark for us to assess our goals and redefine them if necessary.

2. Goals should be written down.

Very few people set goals and even fewer actually write down their goals. Research shows that individuals are much more likely to accomplish their goals if they are written down. After goals are defined, write them down and review them every day!

3. Create Action Steps to accomplish these!

After you have defined your goal, create the action steps needed to make the goal feasible. How are you going to accomplish this? What steps are needed on a daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly basis to make the goal a reality? Create these and work towards them.

In order to accomplish your goals, you must plan the work needed to make it happen, and then work the plan! After you achieve these goals, remember to celebrate your wins! Do something special to continue motivating yourself to propel forward. Good luck with your 2017 vision!

 

For more information, check out our Facebook video:

https://www.facebook.com/blossomfamilychiropractic/

Business of the Month Highlight: Thank You Mama

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1. What types of wellness services does Thank You Mama offer?

Our mission at Thank You Mama is to empower healthy family beginnings. We offer access to the healing benefits of alternative medicine and in-depth educational opportunities. Offering massage therapy, acupuncture, and herbal medicines, we are committed to servicing the evolving needs of your entire family.

2. What are some common health issues that acupuncture and massage therapy can help with? 

With a relationship with someone that knows your body, you are able to consult with your acupuncture physician from anything that disturbs the ease of your life from acute discomforts to chronic pain and disease. In addition, your Thank You Mama Acupuncture Physician has advanced training in Gynecological, Fertility, and Pregnancy issues. Your body’s main function is to maintain balance within. As a result of hectic lifestyles, environmental pollution, and a myriad of other stressors, your body can become out of balance.  Through massage therapy, you can take the time to slow down and care for yourself, improve circulation, relieve pain, and retake the balance that is inherently yours.

3. What are the health benefits of prenatal and postnatal massages? 

Massage helps ease the discomforts associated with pregnancy due to shifts in posture, hormonal changes and increasing weight on the body, including headaches, low back pain, and sciatica. Massage helps to increase circulation, reduce swelling, and even improve skin elasticity. Your treatment will promote relaxation & ddeep breathing and stabilize hormone levels by reducing anxiety and stress. You will regain increased body awareness for easier labor while enjoying relaxation and pain reduction.

Postnatal and motherwarming massages restore the abdomen, re-balancing postural and movement patterns. It helps reduce musculoskeletal strain of mothering tasks and provides support for the integration of the childbearing experience. We feel that caring for yourself during the postpartum period is just as important as the time during pregnancy, a healthy mama equals a healthy family.

To book an appointment or fore more information, contact Thank You Mama @ 727-289-7250.

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Top 3 Ways to Battle Ear Infections

Top 3 Ways to Battle Ear Infections

 

With cooler weather comes the Holidays, lots of sweets, and the not-so-jolly sniffles. This time of year is described as the “cold and flu” season and is a time that many experience in an increase in yucky symptoms. These colds promote sinus drainage and excess mucus (fluid) build-up in the ears, which often leads to ear infections in little ones. Here are the top 3 things that you can do to battle these ear infections:

 

1) Find a pediatric chiropractor and get your child adjusted

 

As a pediatric chiropractor, I have many parents who initially bring in their little ones due to re-occurring ear infections. Chiropractic adjustments are incredibly effective in draining the ear, combatting the infection, boosting the immune system, and preventing future ear infections.

 

The nerve coming out of the top of the neck innervates the muscle (tensor veli palatini) that surrounds the Eustachian tube. After birth, the top bone in the neck is often misaligned and can placed stress onto this nerve, causing the tensor veli palatini muscle to spasm. When this happens, fluid comes into the Eustachian tube and cannot escape. The fluid becomes stagnant and develops into an infection. Gentle and safe pediatric adjustments take stress of the impacted nerve, and allow the muscle to relax so that the fluid can drain from the ear. Ear infections are a plumbing problem and chiropractors act as the plumbers to get things moving again!

 

In addition, chiropractic adjustments boost the immune system by up to 200% which increases the body’s ability to fight off future infections!

 

Here is a link to a video that goes into more explanation of chiropractic and how it can benefit kids who suffer with ear infections:

https://youtu.be/cOBp16OYYPs

 

2) Eliminate Dairy and Gluten

 

Dietary changes play a huge role in the function of the immune system and overall mucus production. Foods that contain dairy and gluten are inflammatory to the body, and increase the production of mucus/ fluid that drains into the ear. If your little one is prone to ear infections, I encourage you to eliminate these foods the diet (especially while there is an active ear infection)!

 

3)Garlic Oil

 

Garlic has natural anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-oxidizing properties. Garlic also contains an anti-microbial agent, allicin. All the properties of garlic can be used to decrease inflammation, infection, and pain associated with ear infections. Garlic can be in the form of oil, allowing easy absorption through the skin, and inner ear. Many recipes can be found online to make your own garlic oil, or it can be purchased online or at most natural health food stores.

 

Here is a recipe you can use:

http://naturalfamilytoday.com/health/how-to-make-garlic-oil-for-natural-remedies-tip-tuesday/

 

OR if you choose to buy one online, here is a brand that I recommend:

https://www.amazon.com/Wallys-Natural-Products-Organic-Unique/dp/B00KE5EFH0/ref=sr_1_2_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1482344018&sr=8-2&keywords=garlic%2Bolive%2Boil%2Bdrops&th=1

 

Apply a few drops to the ear, and use a cotton ball to cover the ear, once or twice per day. Use garlic oil drops for children when they are asleep so the oil can fully absorb. Although garlic oil is a natural and effective way to battle ear infections, it is not recommended when the eardrum is ruptured.

 

For any other questions regarding ear infections, please reach out to Dr. Savy at blossomfamilychiro@gmail.com or by calling 727-498-5643.

 

4 Reasons to Seek Chiropractic Care during Pregnancy

We love helping pregnant mothers prepare for the birth of their upcoming bundle of joy with gentle and custom chiropractic care designed to meet the needs of their changing body.

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Here’s why:

  1. Optimal Function, Optimal Birth

Keeping your spine healthy allows us to ensure your entire nervous system is functioning as it should. When you’re able to keep your spine aligned and nervous system balanced during pregnancy, you’re setting your body up to work as effective as possible. When you’re pregnant, a body working in peak performance is what you’re after!

  1. Pain Relief

The joy of having a new baby is well worth the aches and pains you go through to get there. During pregnancy, it’s entirely common for mothers to experience not just back pain, but joint and muscle discomfort. This is largely due to the weight of the growing baby as it puts new stress on shifting internal organs. The good news? Chiropractic adjustments are gentle and effective during all stages of pregnancy.

  1. Proper Alignment

As a chiropractic patient, you know that our focus is typically spinal alignment. But for pregnant mothers, we’re also focused on ensuring proper pelvic position for a couple of reasons. First, if the pelvis is misaligned, it can limit the amount of space the developing baby has to grow and move. Second, it helps you keep proper posture throughout your pregnancy, which can prevent slouching that leads to unnecessary body aches.

  1. Delivery Benefits

A smooth, healthy and speedy delivery is every new mother’s dream when it comes to the birthing process. But what you may not know is that a misaligned pelvis can lead to difficult delivery issues as the baby isn’t always able to get into the most ideal delivery position. For mothers who hope to have a natural and non-invasive birth, this can lead to problems.

Many of our patients have reported that with regular prenatal care, their deliveries seemed faster and required less artificial intervention.

5 Ways to Strengthen your Nervous System

The nervous system is one of the most complex and important parts of our body. It is the master control system of the body; consisting of the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves, which connect to all the organs. Since it is responsible for controlling the larger part of our vital functions (breathing, heartbeats, hunger, thirst, posture, etc.) as well as for our emotions, it is important to strengthen it naturally to ensure a good quality of life.

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8 Beneficial Foods:

Cacao: L-tryptophan is a neurotransmitter responsible for calming the mind, and it just so happens to be found in cacao and dark chocolate.

Bananas: Ever wonder why athletes eat bananas before a big game? Potassium is a crucial electrolyte that helps keep our bodies (and brain) hydrated.

Nuts: Almonds and cashews are rich in magnesium and Brazil nuts are said to have one of nature’s richest source of selenium – an unmatched feat when it comes to relaxing the nervous system.

Garlic: Not only does garlic contain plenty of antioxidants, it can help prevent aging of the mind and keep your brain sharper longer.

Spinach: High in folate as well as Vitamin B and B6, dark leafy greens like spinach help break down homocysteine – a chemical that can lead to dementia.

Pomegranates: These antioxidants can help fight free radicals, keeping our minds active and healthy.

Oatmeal: This a delicious nervous system stabilizer. It calms irritable states and mild anxiety, relieves insomnia, and increases mental performance. It is strangely a food that both relaxes and gives energy.

Bee Pollen: Pollen is a superfood that equalizes the blood pH and nervous system function thanks to its B vitamins.

Sunlight:

Sunlight is an excellent regulator of the nervous system and it also provides us with vitamin D. To benefit from it, we can sunbathe for 10 to 15 minutes per day.

 

Walking Barefoot in a Natural Environment:

Walking barefoot on moist Earth, dewy grass, beach sand, in a river, in the sea, etc., for at least half an hour a day is an economic and healthy way to balance your nervous system. In addition, it helps us to eliminate electromagnetic radiation that we absorb in our body from continuous contact with electronic devices.

 

Water Therapy:

Water at different temperatures helps us to balance our nervous system. We can do various therapies:

+ Cool, wet rubs with a very thin towel – do this then dress warmly to enter into the heat.

+ Always ending a bath/shower with a few seconds of a cold shower is very beneficial.

+ Magnesium sulfate baths are very relaxing and revitalizing.

 

Chiropractic Care:

Chiropractic adjustments can positively impact your nervous system function. They correct mechanical stress on the spine (subluxations) that creates irritation and interference to the flow of information across the complex and sensitive nerve system. When each vertebrae is in a healthy position and allowed to move properly, there is no stress on the nervous system, which allows for proper regulation, healing, and the flow of vital information from your brain to your body. While medicine is treating the symptoms of a sick person, the patients of chiropractors are focused on getting well and staying healthy.

Migraine Causes and Natural Ways to Treat Them

Migraine Causes and Natural Ways to Treat ThemMigraines is a highly tedious complaint by many people. Migraines occur in unpredictable episodes that bring on a throbbing headache that is often consisted of fuzzy eyesight, susceptibility to bring light or loud sounds, and sometimes vomiting.

Some migraines are developed by the result of changes in blood pressure, neurotransmitters in the head, or muscle spasms in the neck. Blood pressure and neurotransmitters, especially serotonin, affect each other.

Migraines can also be associated with the monthly cycles. Many women suffer from hormonal migraines, which occurs when hormone levels are fluctuating and estrogen drops. As the estrogen level drops, the level of serotonin in the head drops, as well as the blood pressure, which increases the risk of migraines developing. If the level of estrogen is very high, the drops in estrogen may also be very high and this will increase the risk of hormonal migraine. The causes for high estrogen levels include high body fat percentage, high load of chemical substances (plastics and pesticides), and poor liver performance (leaky gut, high alcohol consumption and high load of chemical substances).

The thyroid gland affects the monthly cycle, serotonin level, muscles, and blood circulation inside the head, so therefore, a poor functioning thyroid gland may also cause migraines.

Healthy lifestyle changes are important to help treat migraines naturally.

Natural Treatment For Migraines

Food:

Some foods affect neurotransmitters and blood pressure. Foods that may trigger migraines: gluten, casein, chocolate (theobromine and tryptophan), alcohol, nicotine/cigarette smoking, caffeine in coffee and other drinks, and food additives: glutamates, aspartame, and nitrite.

Choose organic, whole foods to fuel your body, and limit your intake of alcohol.

Stress:

Stress has a major impact on neurotransmitters, blood pressure, and muscle tension. Chiropractic adjustments improve spinal function and alleviates the stress on your nerves/nervous system, resulting in lower stress levels.

Traumas:

Traumas to the head, jaw, and neck such as falls and car accidents, often trigger migraines. A good chiropractor can help by performing adjustments to correct spinal curves and nerve interferences.

Sleep:

Lack of sleep, or poor quality of sleep increases the risk of migraines. Be sure to get 7-9 hours of good quality sleep. Develop a nightly routine to help get your mind in the sleep mode (hot tea, shower, read a book), and sleep in a dark, quiet room.

Water:

Dehydration and lack of moisture intake causes migraines. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day. At least eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day is recommended to avoid dehydration.

Reference:
http://www.foodmatters.com/article/what-is-causing-your-migraines-how-you-can-treat-them-naturally