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Change Your Diet, Change Your Life Class!

I wanted to send out a final reminder about the "Change Your Diet, Change Your Life" class this Tuesday. Make sure to mark your calendar, set a reminder on your phone or whatever you do so you don't miss this class! Remember that by carefully choosing the foods and drinks that we put into our bodies, we can create a well balanced system that will be strong enough to stay healthy and fight off infections and disease. But, with all of the hype surrounding different diets, food combining, eating for you blood type and pH, it is easy to get confused. Add to that genetic modification of our foods, additives, preservatives, pesticides, herbicides, sugar, artificial sweeteners and other toxins, knowing what is healthy, and what is not, definitely isn't easy. And what about organic products, protein requirements, glycemic index and bad fats? It can be very confusing and even overwhelming just going to the grocery store. In this talk we simplify all the hype and cut through to the core "ingredients" of a healthy diet. We will even discuss how to read labels so that you aren't "tricked" into thinking a product is good for you when actually it is full of potentially harmful ingredients. If you only come to one class this year, make it this one!  Don't miss out, it could Change Your Life!  Please call to sign up and reserve your seat.

When: Tuesday, April 22nd at 6:15pm    Where: Gonstead Spine Institute

Orthotic Sale!!

And this will be the final reminder for any of you who have been holding off ordering Spinal Pelvic Stabilizers due to the cost, wait no more! Footlevelers is offering $100 off any pair of Stabilizing Orthotics. If you haven't had a digital foot scan at our office yet, call know to schedule your free scan. This offer is only good until the end of April so don't wait, just like our cool spring weather, it will be gone soon!

Checkmate

Checkmate
Chiropractic Care and the Game of Life

As with the game of chess, success in the game of life requires planning and preparation. Such success depends in large part on long-term health and well being. Chiropractic care is a key component of any winning strategy for supporting a happy and productive life.

In contrast to medical care, which focuses on symptoms and disease, chiropractic care focuses on your body’s innate ability to promote wellness. It may be necessary, at times, to utilize the medical model to treat specific problems, but obtaining wellness over years and decades depends on your body’s innate ability to heal itself. Chiropractic care facilitates these innate healing processes by aligning your spine. This, in turn, provides an environment in which nerve signals can flow freely from your brain to the rest of your body. This freely flowing exchange of information provides optimal functioning of all your body’s cells, tissues, and organs. The long-term result is enhanced health and well being, thanks to the assistance of chiropractic care.

In chess, checkmate occurs when a player’s king is under attack and has no safe place to go. The king is threatened and every possible escape route is blocked. Such an existential condition, an allegorical “no exit,” is known as checkmate.

In life, a person may be similarly threatened by a serious illness. For example, a person may receive a diagnosis for which there is no effective long-term treatment. Short-term, temporary solutions may be available, but these usually require enormous expenditures of resources, both financial and personal. Most often, when the temporary fix has run its course, the illness persists and the long-term outlook remains the same. Optimally, we would prefer to avoid such medical “checks” and avoid being faced with an untimely “checkmate.” As in chess, obtaining success with respect to our health and well being depends in large part on having a sound strategy in place.

Successful chess players think several moves ahead. High-level chess players such as grand masters have the ability to envision combinations involving ten or more future moves. Fortunately, being successful at the game of promoting personal health and well being is much less complicated. There are only a few elements involved in developing a strategy that works.

These elements are well known and include (1) regular, vigorous exercise; (2) a healthy diet1; (3) sufficient rest; and (4) a positive mental attitude. But despite being well known, only the minority of people actually implements these critical “moves.” The evidence for such lack of action may be seen in the United States, for example, where one-third of Americans are overweight and additional one-third are obese. Merely knowing something is not sufficient to obtain a result.

What is required is actual action.2 In terms of exercise, evidence-based guidelines agree that 30 minutes of vigorous exercise, done five days a week, will provide a sound foundation for health. Optimally, such exercise consists of both cardiovascular and strength training sessions, but the most important point is to do five 30-minute sessions per week. With respect to diet, all the evidence affirms that men, women, and children should follow specific calorie-intake guidelines.3 For example, a moderately active man, aged 31-50, should consume, on average, 2500 calories per day. A moderately active woman, aged 31-50, should consume, on average, 2000 calories per day. A man intending to lose weight, and then maintain an ideal weight, should take in about 1800 calories per day. A woman intending to lose weight, and then maintain an ideal weight, should consume about 1600 calories per day. Regarding daily food intake, the most important rule to follow is to consume at least five portions of fresh fruits and vegetables per day. It is also important, on a daily basis, to eat foods from all the major food groups. In terms of rest, most people require seven to eight hours of sleep a night. This may not be possible every night, of course, but over time people need to obtain the right amount of rest for them. The criterion is simple: if you do not feel rested after a night’s sleep, then you did not obtain sufficient sleep. Obtaining sufficient rest is an often-neglected component of a well-rounded health and wellness strategy.

Our strategy for helping ensure our long-term health and wellness contains only a few components, and involves many less moves than does a winning chess strategy. It should be easy to put such a strategy into place. What is required is a commitment and dedication to ourselves, our families, and our loved ones.

1Voeghtly LM, et al: Cardiometabolic risk reduction in an intensive cardiovascular health program. Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis 23(7):662-669, 2013
2Carson V, et al: A cross-sectional study of the environment, physical activity, and screen time among young children and their parents. BMC Public Health 2014 Jan 21;14:61. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-61
3Wang YC, et al: Reaching the healthy people goals for reducing childhood obesity: closing the energy gap. Am J Prev Med 42(5):437-444, 2012

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