“Chiropractic…Bringing out the best in you.
“Chiropractic…Bringing out the best in you.
Simple Wellness and Longevity Concepts
Our body is made of millions upon millions of little cells. Each of these cells requires energy to function. Our brains have only one food source for energy and that is glucose or sugar. Here lies the problem, our brain requires sugar but too much sugar causes severe abnormal functions and reactions.
Simply, when you eat a carbohydrate it is converted into glucose. Excess glucose in your bloodstream can be converted by your liver into a substance called glycogen, a storage form of sugar. This glycogen can be stored in your liver or in your muscles, but just like your car, the amount that can be stored is limited to the gas tank has a limit. Imagine that you had a deal with the gas station to buy 10 gallons of gas every day. You had to buy the gas, but you drove the car and only burned 5 gallons per day. Each day the attendant would top off your tank with 5 gallons and then give you a 5-gallon container to strap on your car and you would have to drive around with this extra 5-gallon can on your roof. The problem is that the next day you would add another 5 gallons can or you would have to increase your driving to burn off more gas each day – or make a new deal with the attendant to give you less. The excess glycogen is stored in your body as fat.
There is one other factor that differentiates us from the car analogy. Insulin is the factor that causes the glucose to be able to enter the cell and be burned off. This decrease in the ability of insulin to be able to direct glucose into the cell begins in our mid-thirties. As a result, we start to see increases in the “love handles” about this age in almost everyone. This condition is called insulin resistance and as a result, the pancreas is told by our brains to produce more insulin to control the movement of the glucose.
Unfortunately, this excess insulin has the effect of being pro-aging. The conditions that have been associated with this include obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, glaucoma, high blood pressure, increased blood fat levels, and many more similar degenerative conditions.
We are seeing an epidemic of diabetes. It is increasing rapidly in our culture. Where type II diabetes was called adult-onset, you now have teenagers coming down with it. This is because we have made a dramatic shift in the types of carbohydrates that we eat. There are basically two types of carbohydrates. One way of describing them is high and low glycemic. This is basically based on how fast they are assimilated into our bodies. Low or slow glycemic foods usually have a lot of fiber like beans and most fruits. High glycemic foods are digested quickly and enter the bloodstream in a rush. These are foods like white bread. Another way of easily defining these foods is processed and non-processed. Basically, eat anything that is natural and man or woman has not played around with it. If you follow that simple rule your diet will have almost all low glycemic foods and cause less stress to your pancreas. Historically, it wasn’t until the 16th century that refined sugars started to be added to the human diet, and it was in the 20th century that white pasta and bread became a staple.
Fat increases the rate of aging. Being overweight causes our joints to break down ahead of time. Obesity leads to an increase in free radicals – those devils that start almost all of the degenerative diseases. If you have too much fat on your body, you have too much fat in your vascular system. This causes changes in lung and heart function and inevitably heart disease, heart attacks or strokes.
One of the real problems is that many want to lose weight and can’t. They eat less and when they start to starve the body to lose weight, the brain responds by slowing downs the metabolism and increase production of fat content to preserve body heat and storage of glucose and get even fatter. Remember, we evolved over centuries when food wasn’t always plentiful. When faced with food shortages, our bodies had to slow our metabolism to make it through the winters when food was scarce. When food was plentiful, we had to pack it on to be able to make it through the tough times. The real problem is that our bodies have not adapted to having food available all year round. Consequently, hash restrictive diets do not work for long. What is really needed are moderate diet changes coupled with an increase in activity to stimulate the body to keep up the metabolic rate and not think that you are starving and preparing for a long winter.
Finally, 1/4 of us have a condition known as Syndrome X. This condition is also known as insulin resistance and people with it usually have an apple shaped body. In males, you will see the abdomen falling over their belt. This is a severe problem and needs a special diet to reduce the needs of insulin and at the same time give the patient a constant energy level. Nutritional supplementation is very critical to help this condition.
Controlling weight and insulin needs will help to slow the aging process. The tools that are used in this fall into two categories. The first most important thing is the proper functioning nervous system so the hormones such as insulin will be highly regulated and controlled. The second is a good basic exercise program that is tailored to each person’s needs. This program will depend on your current state of health, cardiac reserve, and lung capacity. The third involves a dietary plan to give you the foods that will not stimulate insulin while supplementing the diet with nutrients that will assist the liver, pancreas and endocrine system to stabilize insulin and glucose needs.
This is a balancing act but working together, you can have success with more energy and at the same time slow down the aging process.
Chiropractic… Bringing out the best in you.
Your Immune System Works Around The Clock To Keep You 100%, Unadulterated You!
It patrols your every nook and cranny—attacking and destroying useless and dangerous things inside you: bacteria, viruses, splinters, dirt dead cells, even cancer cells.
It seems reasonable to suppose that the body is fighting cancer all the time and winning early cancers are probably being detected and combated in the body on a regular basis. If you take this process and step it up in intensity, you have the ‘miracle’ of spontaneous remission.1
Do You Have Defenses?
You have many weapons to protect you: your skin and mucous membranes create a physical barrier to invasion; your digestive juices dissolve germs; urine cleans your urinary tract, and skin secretions kill many germs when you’re alive—that’s why cadavers turn ugly colors. Fever ‘burn off’ microorganisms; swelling helps wash the system; special cells attack and devour intruders; macrophages, T-cells, killer cells, lymphocytes, antibodies and others, each with its own specialized manner of taking care of bad guys. You also have an internal defense industry that produces your armaments; your bone marrow, spleen, thymus tonsils, adenoids, appendix and lymph nodes give you lots of high-quality weapon systems.
What Are Immune Diseases?
But what’s powerful for good can be potent for bad. An unhealthy immune system can overreact as in allergic or hypersensitivity reactions; can underreact as in immune deficiency disorders; or can attack the very body it was meant to serve as in autoimmune disorders.
Do Emotions Affect Your Health?
A depressed person has a depressed immune system, a happy person a healthier one. Bernie S. Siegel, M.D. has noted that unexpressed feelings depress immune response. In fact, in 1982, two Harvard psychologists, David McClelland and Carol Kirshnit, found that simply watching movies about love increases the level of immunoglobulin-A, a defense against colds and other viral diseases. Another approach is—get a pet!
To boost your immune system, get a pet. Whatever the animal—dog, cat, fish or bird—turning your attention outward will help. Just watching a tank of tropical fish or stroking a cat is therapeutic.4
Can Chiropractic Help Your Immune System?
Doctors of chiropractic analyze your spine to locate vertebral subluxations, a serious condition that causes spinal distortions and interferes with your nervous system function. Over a hundred years of chiropractic and osteopathic observations have demonstrated to many patients that spinal care improves immune function. The exact mechanism of how the spine and the nervous system affect the immune system is one of the hottest areas of scientific inquiry. This new field is called psychoneuroimmunology (PNI). Keeping your spine healthy under chiropractic care is one of the best ways of keeping your immune system functioning at its optimum level so you may remain healthy and whole.
Spinal health is important for proper internal organ function.
No matter what disease or condition you have, you can benefit from a healthy spine. Spinal health can be as important for your overall healing as proper nutrition. Are you and your family carrying the vertebral subluxation complex in your spines? Only a chiropractic spinal checkup can tell.
Among the many things contributing to your health: the quality of the air, food, and water you take in; how you handle emotional stress; your inherited weaknesses and strengths; your use of drugs; exercise; and relaxation—a healthy spine is absolutely essential. In some people, it is a major factor and can make the difference between a life of health, strength, and vitality or a life of disease, weakness, and disability.