Everyone has felt the familiar sensation of stress at some point in their life. Whether it be due to finals, work, family, or other issues in our lives, it always happens. What many people don’t realize, though, is that stress takes an enormous toll on our bodies every single day.
Our bodies are physically equipped to handle stress in a specific way. This is called the ‘Fight or Flight’ response. What this means is that when we are put in a stressful situation, our bodies release specific hormones to either fight this stress off or run away. This is a primitive trait that has carried over to modern times. When we are stressed in everyday life at our jobs, at home, or even stuck in traffic, we are not in a place where we can physically use these stress hormones to run or fight. Over a long period of time, this can take a toll on our bodies.
Stress has been linked to many types of cancer, weight gain, loss of sleep, depression, and other chronic issues. So how do we solve this? There is no one answer, but physically, the best way to combat chronic stress is to exercise. This way, we are physically using up the stress hormones in our bodies, and returning ourselves to homeostasis. There are many other forms of stress management, such as meditation, humor, friendships, and breathing techniques, but exercise has proven to be the most effective of all of these. Even if it is just a small part of your day, it is essential for gaining the best quality of life that you possibly can.Read More
Here are just some of the reasons why Yoga is so beneficial to our bodies and the healing process.
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Everyone knows that water is necessary to keep ourselves healthy. Over half of our whole bodies are made of it, and it does so much to benefit our health. It promotes a faster metabolism and flushes toxins out. It’s debated how much water we should get every day, but a good way to tell about how much you should be getting is by weight. a good measure is to drink anywhere to half an ounce to a full ounce for every pound. for example, if you weight 120 pounds, you should drink between 60-120 ounces a day.
Some people get bored with regular water, and that’s totally fine! Adding lemon or fresh fruit to a bottle of water or infuser is a great way to switch it up. It also ensures that no extra sugars are being put into the water, unlike flavored waters at the store. Staying hydrated can help prevent kidney stones, help with weight loss, and improve digestive function. so what are you waiting for? Grab a glass of water and start improving your health!Read More
New Yoga Dates!
Come on over to our clinic on Thursdays at 6:15 p.m. for some yoga designed around your injuries. We are not only welcoming our current and old patients, we are encouraging friends and family to come join our yoga Thursdays as well!
This week is our first week back, so please sign up now and don’t forget to bring your yoga mat 😉Read More
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Finding the right diet isn’y always easy. After studying nutrition and wellness, it was surprising to learn how many different options there were when it came to fueling your body. There are fad diets, eating habits based on calorie count, and diets based on morals, such as vegetarianism. Here are some examples, just to list a few:
- The Paleo Diet: This diet consists of mainly lean meats, organic oils and fats, and vegetables. No added sugars or processed foods are allowed. It is a popular diet in the fitness community and is also called the “caveman” diet.
- The Vegan Diet: This is very similar to vegetarian, but this diet allows no dairy. You cannot have cheese, milk, eggs, whey, and in a lot of cases honey is not acceptable. (It comes from an animal!)
- The Gluten-Free Diet: This is the trendy new fad diet. There are some individuals who CANNOT eat gluten because their bodies cannot process it, but this is not the case for everyone. Gluten is just a protein that can be found in wheat, so there is really nothing bad about it. While cutting it out of our diet won’t hurt you, it may not necessarily benefit you, either. Many health food stores have started labeling products as ‘gluten free’ to make them seem more healthy, but it’s always important to check the ingredient list!
In conclusion, your diet should be whatever makes you feel the best. Nutrition has been said to account for at least 70% of your results when trying to lose weight. Most of this comes down to common sense choices. Try not to eat processed foods, and definitely keep fast food and sugars to a minimum. With that in mind, never completely deprive yourself of the things that you love. Eat healthy 90% of the time, and allow yourself that cheat meal one or two nights a week. There is no “right” diet to choose, besides whatever works for you and your body.Read More
Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on over the counter drugs that only helps relieve pain for a small amount of time, why not try something more natural and effective. Their are a lot of different combinations for various injuries and pain management using simple essential oils that are all natural. Not only are they harmless for the environment but also harmless for the body and have multiple purpose benefits.
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Nutrition can be extremely important when improving your overall health. The human body receives most of its nutrients from the food that we eat, and this is especially important when trying to recover. There are actually foods that we can eat to reduce inflammation, and there are tons of fun ways to work them into your diet!
- Leafy Green Vegetables – Leafy greens, such as spinach, kale, bok choy, and swiss chard, all do great things for your body. They contain a surprising amount of protein and vitamins that all help to detox the body.
- Coconut Oil – This anti-inflammatory oil can be used for almost anything. It has a high heat resistance, so it is perfect for cooking. You can replace it for vegetable oil or olive oil in recipes, and it even tastes great in coffee. It also has anti-bacterial properties and works as an effective moisturizer for skin and hair.
- Berries – Blueberries, raspberries, and acai all have tons of antioxidants to help fight off inflammation. Adding these into a smoothie or just eating them as a snack throughout the day helps to keep your body healthy.
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids – Yes, fats can be good for you! These fatty acids can be found in salmon, almonds or almond butter, chia seeds, and walnuts. There are so many ways to incorporate these into your diet! Omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce inflammation and support brain health.
- Steel Cut Oats – This is a tasty way to reduce inflammation in the body. Steel cut oats are a whole grain that digests slowly in the body, which helps you to feel full longer and doesn’t cause a spike in blood sugar levels. Avoid adding sugar to this for breakfast, and instead add a little almond milk and a handful of berries and almonds to start your day off right!