Drop the Sugar, Boost Your Health

When it comes to health, refined sugar seems to be the new “cigarette”. We all thought it was just fine for us for years to consume a moderate level of refined sugar, just as, back in the ’40s and 50’s advertising had us believe that smoking was non-health threatening.

The truth is sugar is just as dangerous as smoking. Both are appealing because they target the pleasure centers of the brain. Hand in hand, both are highly addictive. Not much was known about the dangers of sugars to the body until recent years.

The harmful effects of a high sugar diet are becoming more publicly known, but many are still unaware. They still view soda, candy, cake, cookies, and other sweets all just as food. While there is other nutritional value to it, that sugar intake adds up quickly.

We all keep hearing “Sugar is bad”, but rarely do you get the explanation behind the statement. Let’s delve into it and see exactly why it’s been deemed “bad”.

You will end up visiting the dentist more often:
Sugar loves your teeth, but it’s a one-way relationship. Sugar sticks to your teeth and feeds the bacteria found there. Over time, teeth can decay and rot as a result.

Your liver has to work harder

Sugar is just plain bad for your liver. Excess sugar consumption has a similar effect on the liver as drinking mass amounts of alcohol. This is because of the high fructose content in sugar, which turns into fat, and after becoming lodged in the liver, it can often develop into non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Sugar can cause type II diabetes.

High amounts of sugar in your diet can result in insulin resistance. Insulin resistance can result in an excess of glucose in the blood which is toxic. This can cause a number of conditions to develop, perhaps the worst of which is type II diabetes.

The Big C (Cancer)
Sugar feeds cancer cells. Numerous studies have shown that there is a connection between sugar in excess and cancer. Once again relating to insulin – sugar creates elevated insulin levels, creating an environment where the body can’t properly regulate the abnormal growth and multiplication of unwanted cells, thus, potentially leading to cancer.

Addiction

Sugar attaches to the same pleasure centers in the brain that result from doing heavy drugs and is equally addictive. It may be hard for people to practice moderation when it comes to junk food. Quitting cold turkey can actually lead to withdrawal symptoms. It’s best to ease it out of your diet if you are a big sugar fan.

Sugar contributes to obesity. If you eat a lot of sugar, you will have a higher tendency to become overweight. Fat gained from sugar consumption attaches around your gut, earning itself the nickname “sugar belly.”

Heart Disease

That’s right. Consuming sugar excessively over time can lead directly to heart disease.
Heart disease is the #1 killer worldwide, and recent studies show that a diet high in sugar could be a major contributing factor.

Other issues

Sugar can raise your blood glucose and insulin levels

Sugar leads to obesity

Sugar can make you depressed.

Sugar contributes greatly to your overall mental health

Sugar can bring on anxiety
Sugar has even been related to memory issues especially later in life.

For further guidance please make an appointment with the onsite nutritionist available at Tampa Cardiovascular Associates by calling (813) 975-2800. Not only are our physicians dedicated to keeping your heart health at its best, but we’ll do anything we can to help you improve your everyday quality of life through important lifestyle choices. www.tampacardio.com.

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Stress and the Toll it Takes On Your Health

In a world filled with alarm clocks, rush hour traffic, deadlines that must be met, bills to pay and mouths to feed – multitasking, sleep deprivation and stress have become the norm. Everyone has “one of those days” once in a while. 

When stress invades and takes over your world becoming a way of life something needs to change. The human body was not meant to operate on coffee and adrenaline on a daily basis. This type of fast pace high-pressure lifestyle takes its toll on your health, your emotional and spiritual well-being as well as your relationships.

What is stress? – Stress is any physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes the body mentally or physically to be in a state of unrest. But what can you do about it? Quite a bit it turns out! I am going out on a limb to make a controversial and shocking statement. Here goes…are you ready? YOU are creating your life. Pure and simple. Because of this, YOU are the only one who can change it and free yourself from this crazy pace that is taking a toll on your very existence.

“What? No, you just don’t understand” you may think to yourself… “It’s not MY fault, it can’t be. I am not the one causing me all this stress it’s my boss, husband, kids, mother in law, insert another possible scapegoat here.” While it is true that you cannot control anyone else’s actions, what you can control is your reaction to them.

The first step in eliminating stress from your life on a permanent basis is to start with the basic concept that you are in fact 100% responsible for your life.  Once you do that, you can see clearly what (and sometimes who) is not in your best interest to keep. We know this is a big step for some, but by doing this you not only take responsibility you take back control.

Step two is changing your outlook. What is it that we all want out of life? A new car? A nice house? A vacation to Tahiti? Well, sure. We all like those things. But why? What is at the core of wanting these material items and experiences?

It’s happiness, joy, relaxation, and excitement! I think we can all agree that what we all want most is simple. We want to feel good.

Here are a couple of exercises to help:

When you wake up first thing in the morning jump out of bed and declare out loud “Today is going to be a fantastic day!” You may feel like a complete buffoon doing this at first, and even like you are lying to yourself. It’s ok to feel silly, humor us and do it anyway. Your subconscious hears you and cannot differentiate between the truth and a lie, it believes everything you say to be true and so accepts it as fact. Believe your day will be fantastic and it will be.

Another very helpful idea is to make a Gratitude List. Any piece of paper will do, just write down everything you have in your life that you feel grateful for. You will be amazed at how much actually ends up on your list. The more you focus on the positive, the more positive you will draw into your life. And in turn, the better you will feel overall!

Some of us start from such a chaotic low place it’s not easy for us to “feel good” now. Ok, we get that, your goal should be to just feel as good as you can right now. Do something nice for yourself. Take a “me” moment. Go for a walk, have a coffee, just let the world fall away for a minute and allow yourself to be at the center of your world and really be in the present time. After all, if you don’t take the time and care for yourself, who will?

Changing the way that you think is no easy task. It takes practice for the mind is like a child with attention deficit disorder. It runs amuck from thought to thought, making order and serenity difficult at best. Meditation is a good way to practice quieting the mind. Take some time out without distractions and turn on some calm soothing music and just “be” in the stillness. Allow your mind to wander but with the focused intent of being calm and clear and just breathe. With time and practice, you will be able to clear your mind of all thought and you will achieve a serene feeling that will stay with you.

In recent years we have been taught in the workplace that in order to succeed we have to do a million things at once and do them correctly. That is a lot of pressure! And this is in fact, is not what successful people do. Successful people do one thing at a time with intent and with focus. They use a to-do list not on the computer or on a palm pilot but on good old-fashioned paper with a pen or pencil, scratching things off and moving along. Why? Because it’s tactile. It becomes more easily engrained in your mind making it easier to remember. We will touch on that in another article.

In order to lead a low-stress existence:

  1. Take responsibility for your life. By doing so you take back control.
  2. Change our outlook, the old saying “fake it till you make it” is more than true. It’s very difficult to be sad when your face is smiling.
  3. Clear your life of things that stress you out – if you don’t like your job –get another one. The same is to be said for personal relationships – if they are beyond repair, love the other person enough and your self enough to appreciate it for what it was and what you have learned from them and let it go.
  4. Take time for yourself – be nice to yourself. You are important! Maintain your body by eating healthy foods, getting regular care – chiropractic and massages.
  5. Clear your mind and allow peace to become a part of your daily life and realize that you deserve it.
  6. Organize – When everything is in its proper place it brings balance to both the heart and mind.
  7. Just breathe – oxygen is very important for the body and most of us breathe way to shallowly. Make sure to breathe from your diaphragm – your shoulders should remain still.

Stress is a top cause of many illnesses as it manifests itself in the body in numerous ways – high blood pressure, anxiety, heart attacks, headache, cancer, depression and many others. Taking steps today to simplify and distress your life could save your health and your life tomorrow.

Chiropractor & Nutritionist in Fort Myers, FL.

Fort Myers Chiropractor, Dr. Jason B. KasterChiropractic care is a safe, alternative treatment when applied appropriately. Chiropractic treatments help in dealing with the symptoms of many conditions. Are you going to wait for your symptoms to be felt, or are you going to prevent them before they start?

Dr. Jason B. Kaster, a chiropractor, and nutritionist in Fort Myers can help you and your family achieve their optimal health.

Happiness does not come in pill form

Happiness does not come in a pill. These days this is a very controversial statement. Doctors have attempted to prescribe happiness and it is failing miserably.

We live in a society inundated with media and social messages that if something is wrong in your life – take a pill. If you aren’t happy – take a pill. Depressed – have a pill. Can’t sleep? Stressed out? Take a pill. We are medicating ourselves into oblivion and the range of side effects can be catastrophic if not fatal.

The problem isn’t that you aren’t consuming enough pills or even the right pills. The pills themselves are only compounding the original problem. Medication does not fix unhappiness. What it does do is allow you to bury problems and not deal with them for the current moment. Do you feel better temporarily? Sure. But as soon as you miss a few doses you are right back where you started, only now with a slightly more toxic body. Many of these medications can be addictive as well which can lead to even bigger problems down the road.

If magic pills aren’t the answer, what is?

Change.

If you are not happy that is a message that something needs to change in your life. It isn’t an easy thing to really take a good hard look at our world and realize that something just isn’t working. It can be a belief, an attitude, a job that makes you unhappy, your living situation, even relationships.

Humans have a tendency to mull things over, dwell on them, think them through and then think some more all the while staying emotionally and literally stuck. Stuck is a terrible feeling. Stuck is why many run to the doctor for the prescription in the first place.

How do you get unstuck?

First and foremost be clear-headed when you make life-altering decisions. Mood altering medications do not allow you to think like yourself. Once clear, then it’s time to commit to change. Ask yourself and be honest -What would make you happy? What steps do you need to take to get there?

Change can be painful, but like ripping off a Band-Aid the more slowly you do it the more painful it is. Once it’s off, it’s off the real healing can begin.

Additionally, if your body is out of alignment or not receiving the proper nutrients it can show up as depression or anxiety as well as other ailments. If you are in the Fort Myers, Florida area visit the office of Dr. Jason Kaster, D.C. www.drkasters.com 239-332-2555.

The Value of Journaling for Health

While it may sound out of the box at first when you hear the suggestion that you should journal your feelings and thoughts in order to be healthy and even defeat illness the truth is it can help and it most certainly cannot hurt.

Sometimes there are just certain feelings and topics you really don’t have anyone to talk to about, at least not without forking over $150 an hour to a therapist. Journaling is free. You can do it by yourself, and there is no one there to judge.

The point of journaling isn’t to record whats going on in your life, soul or brain, it is to get it out of you once and for all. Its a form of self-therapy and self-awareness. You don’t need a topic and you don’t need to be a writer. All you need is a paper and a pen or pencil, or if you prefer, a keyboard and a word processing program.

No one else ever need read your thoughts. There doesn’t have to be any rhyme or reason to them. There is no right or wrong. Just start. Whatever comes out of you comes out.

You can write freeform – thoughts, feelings, ideas, concepts, just let it all go.

You can also use journaling as a way to get out things that you wish you could say to someone – this may be someone who is living or who have passed on. You don’t have to do anything with the letter, or if you are so inclined and think it would help you further, mail the letter to the receiver afterward. Tearing it up or burning them are also other options that seal the feeling of closure.

There really are no rules. Journaling can be done as often as you like and is sometimes referred to as automatic writing. The words sometimes start to flow so freely many have stated that it feels as if someone is writing through them. That is because writing is creative. It involves the right side of the brain. Time may seem to stand still. The thoughts are coming from your subconscious mind. Don’t fight against it, you may be surprised at some of the things that come out and the breakthroughs you may have.

It’s a good feeling to be able to work through tough situations and times all on your own. Though we also want to make sure to mention that if you are going through something and do feel like you need outside help, asking for help is never a sign of weakness but of strength.

How this is helpful for health

Health is often a manifestation outwardly of our inner emotions. While treatments, medications, diets, and more may help us fix and adjust our bodies to truly heal its that inner cause that needs to be rooted out and corrected.

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Chiropractor & Nutritionist in Fort Myers, FL.

Fort Myers Chiropractor, Dr. Jason B. KasterChiropractic care is a safe, alternative treatment when applied appropriately. Chiropractic treatments help in dealing with the symptoms of many conditions. Are you going to wait for your symptoms to be felt, or are you going to prevent them before they start?

Dr. Jason B. Kaster, a chiropractor, and nutritionist in Fort Myers can help you and your family achieve their optimal health.

Over the Counter Pain Reliever Dangers and Alternative Suggestions

Over the counter medication is generally believed to be safe by most of us. They come in colorful easily recognizable boxes that sit in our medicine cabinets. We reach for them whenever we have an ache or pain and don’t give it much consideration – at least not in the same way that we do with prescription pills.

Listening to the vast array of drug commercials on television these days we have grown accustomed to hearing a huge list of side effects which range from mildly irritating to permanent and possibly life-changing on controlled medications. But what about the medications we take without thought on a fairly regular basis. Do they have side effects as well?

Let’s take a look.

The three most commonly used non-prescription pain relievers on the market today here in the US are Ibuprofen, Naproxen, and Acetaminophen.

IBUPROFEN: Also known by a whole host of brand names including Advil, Motrin, Nuprin, and Ultraprin.

The USES: It is used to relieve pain, tenderness, swelling, and stiffness, as well as menstrual pain, headaches, toothaches, arthritis, and backaches.

Possible SIDE EFFECTS: The warning label states that people who take NSAIDs such as ibuprofen may have a higher risk of heart attack and stroke than those who don’t. Common side effects include: constipation, diarrhea, gas or bloating, dizziness, nervousness, ringing in the ears, unexplained weight gain, fever, blisters, rash, itching, hives, swelling, difficulty breathing or swallowing, hoarseness, tiredness, pain in the upper right hand portion of the stomach, loss of appetite, yellowing of the skin and or eyes, flu-like symptoms, pale skin, fast heartbeat, cloudy urine, back pain, blurred vision, red or painful eyes, stiff neck, headache, confusion and even aggression.

NAPROXEN: Also labeled as Aleve, Midol Extended Relief, and Wal-Proxen.

The USES: Nonprescription naproxen is used to reduce fever and to relieve mild pain from headaches, muscle aches, arthritis, menstrual periods, the common cold, toothaches, and backaches. It is also suggested for menstrual pain, bursitis, arthritis, juvenile arthritis, and tendonitis.

Possible SIDE EFFECTS: All of the same listed side effects of Ibuprofen plus possible difficult or painful urination.

ACETAMINOPHEN:  Marketed as Tylenol, St. Joseph’s Aspirin Free, Panadol, and Halenol among many others.

The USES: Acetaminophen is used to relieve mild to moderate pain from headaches, muscle aches, menstrual periods, colds and sore throats, toothaches, backaches, and reactions to vaccinations, and to reduce fever. Acetaminophen may also be used to relieve the pain of osteoarthritis. Acetaminophen is in a class of medications called analgesics (pain relievers) and antipyretics (fever reducers). It works by changing the way the body senses pain and by cooling the body.

Possible SIDE EFFECTS: Side effects include rash, hives, itching, swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles or lower legs, hoarseness, difficulty breathing or swallowing. Additionally, Acetaminophen, when taken beyond recommended doses or mixed with alcohol, can cause liver damage.

Additional to the side effects listed, we also need to be mindful of mixing with other medications, which can cause interaction issues.

One danger that isn’t often talked about is Drug-Induced Liver Disease. This encapsulates all liver diseases that are actually caused by physician-prescribed medications as well as over the counter medications and also recreational drugs. Some of the main culprits are pain relievers (primarily the three we have been discussing), antibiotics, antidepressants, anti-cancer agents, high blood pressure medications, high cholesterol drugs and those for diabetes and irregular heart rhythms.

There is a wide range of severity in DILD. The scale goes like this. 1.abnormal blood levels of liver enzymes – no symptoms, 2. Hepatitis, 3. Necrosis, 4. Steatosis (accumulation of fat in the liver cells) 5. Cirrhosis, 6. Liver failure, 7. Blood clots in the veins within the liver likely resulting in death.

If you have taken a good amount of these products, signs that you may have an issue and may need to be checked out are fatigue, weakness, vague abdominal pain, loss of appetite, yellowing of the skin, itching, bruising easily. More advanced cases you may see fluid accumulation in the legs and abdomen, mental confusion, coma, kidney failure and gastrointestinal bleeding.

If these medications are so potentially damaging, what is there that we can do if we are in pain? Are there alternatives?

Here are a few suggestions:

Chiropractic: getting your body in working proper alignment is vital to overcome pain.

Heat: increases the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the area and also suppresses pain signals to the brain

Ice: relieves inflammation and works as a local anesthetic

Stretching: your body is designed for movement – this gets the blood flowing and the healing process as well

Sleep: You need a healthy amount of sleep to heal and restore your body

Therapeutic massage: Can work wonders – it releases endorphins (a powerful pain-relieving substance in the body)

Turmeric: Used in place of NSAIDs as a pain reliever and anti-inflammatory

Devil’s claw: Back pain and arthritis – this is an analgesic and anti-inflammatory

Arnica: For injury, bruising and muscle soreness

SAM-E & MSM: for osteoarthritis – this is a painkiller and anti-spasmodic with analgesic properties.

Boswellia: Great for arthritis. More potent and less toxic than standard NSAIDs

White Willow Bark: Effective fever reducer and pain reliever (never take with aspirin)

Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Acts much like Ibuprofen – anti-inflammatory and painkiller.

Fish Oil: Omega 3’s help with rheumatoid arthritis, Chron’s disease, gout and even sinusitis.

So next time, before reaching for the over the counter pain reliever, you may want to swing by the nearest health food store or stop into our office and get an adjustment and some heat, ice, ultrasound or electrostimulation therapy.

Chiropractor in Ft Myers, FL, and Naples, FL

Fort Myers Chiropractor, Dr. Jason B. KasterChiropractic care is a safe, alternative treatment when applied appropriately. Chiropractic treatments help in dealing with the symptoms of many conditions. Are you going to wait for your symptoms to be felt, or are you going to prevent it as soon as possible?

Dr. Jason B. Kaster, a chiropractor in Fort Myers and Naples, can help you and your family achieve their optimal health.

Have You Heard of Cross Patterning?

While cross patterning may be a term you are unfamiliar with, you already do one form of it on a daily basis. Cross patterning is the natural motion of the human body in opposition to itself. As you perform a natural walking motion your right arm swings forward in step with your left leg and your left arm in stride with your right leg. This can also be done in a crawl or stationary crawl pattern.

Electrical impulses fire in the brain, crossing between the two hemispheres to coordinate bodily function. It’s the human equivalent of a perpetual motion watch that never needs winding. Movement, especially cross pattern movements “wind” the body up, energizing, stabilizing, strengthening and balancing. It can also help break up areas of held tension.

We all know that going for a walk is good for us. It burns calories and tones muscle as well as getting you out in the fresh air and sunshine. What most don’t realize is that the act of cross patterning can also improve self-awareness, situational insight, clarity of thought, memory, impulse control, anxiety and overall coordination. It can even help with arthritispain, and help boost immunity.

Cross patterning of any sort is a stress buster. It allows your brain to enter what is known as a whole brain state. It trains the brain to create new neuropathways. Cross patterning can make you more adaptable and susceptible to learning.

Cross patterning can be done at any age from infancy (assisted) to elderly. It helps to activate the brain.

How to Cross Pattern

  1. The Walk! – get out there. Walk boldly and swing your arms high walking with a forceful yet steady gate. This is the most natural and easy form of cross patterning. It can be done with or without poles, some prefer to use poles for balance during rehabilitation times or just by preference. They do not make a difference in effectiveness. 
  1. Cross Crawling – Kneel down on all fours – hands, and knees. Then, to cross pattern, lift and stretch out your left leg all the way back while simultaneously reaching as far forward as you can with your right arm. Hold for 10 seconds and switch both arm and leg. Repeat, going back and forth for 3-4 sets.
  1. The March – This is the most advanced form of cross patterning. Standing straight and tall, raise your right knee till it is at a 90-degree angle from the floor or higher if you are able. At the same time raise your left arm straight up above your head pointing at the ceiling. Switch sides so that your left knee raises up along with your right arm. Perform this in step like a march for a good 30 seconds. Advanced: Add in a head turn. Turn your head to the side as you march – whichever arm is up, look the opposite direction and back and forth. Really Advanced: Really want to test your skills? Add in your eyes. When your head turns left close the left eye. When your head turns right, close the right eye. All of this is done in step and simultaneously.
  1. The Goose Step March – Similar to a traditional march, Goose Stepping is done with a straight leg extended out and lifted to about a 45-degree angle. Arms may be swung straightforward or angled in at the elbow and crossed over the chest/stomach area. It is interesting to note that the Goose Step March has been done by many militaries around the world and is an amazingly strong form of cross patterning.

Cross patterning can be done by just about anyone, anywhere and requires no equipment. For more information on interesting little-known therapies, check back soon! www.drkasters.com Dr. Jason Kaster, D.C. has Offices in Naples and Fort Myers, FL.

Chiropractor in Ft Myers, FL, and Naples, FL

Fort Myers Chiropractor, Dr. Jason B. KasterChiropractic care is a safe, alternative treatment when applied appropriately. Chiropractic treatments help in dealing with the symptoms of many conditions. Are you going to wait for your symptoms to be felt, or are you going to prevent it as soon as possible?

Dr. Jason B. Kaster, a chiropractor in Fort Myers and Naples, can help you and your family achieve their optimal health.

Why Do So Many Consider Tetanus Shots Different From Other Vaccinations?

Though deemed safe and even necessary by the CDC and the FDA as well as the medical community at large, there are many who vehemently oppose all vaccinations. Strangely, the Tetanus vaccination seems to be the one exception on many lists.

What is Tetanus?

Tetanus is the clinical term for Lockjaw. It was named for the bacteria that causes it, Clostridium tetani. When this particular bacteria enters a wound, it can lead to impaired nerve function causing strong muscle spasms in the neck, face, stomach, or other parts of the body.

Lockjaw can cause non-movement of the jaw and surrounding facial muscles. It makes it virtually impossible for the person to open their mouth or swallow. Choking becomes a possible hazard. It is a very serious infection and can be fatal in up to 30% of those inflicted with the bacteria.

Clostridium tetani live and thrive in dust, dirt and even manure. It is also true that you can contract tetanus by being cut by rusty metal such as a nail, which is the most widely known cause. Though most commonly it enters through a puncture wound or a cut you can also get tetanus though burns that are not properly cleaned, animal bites and even non sterilized needles.

If you do contract an infection, you may not notice or realize it right away. The onset of symptoms can range anywhere from 3 days post-trauma to a couple of weeks with the average onset symptoms showing at about 8 days.

A Tetanus shot vaccination is the standard medical precaution.

Since the 1920’s the tetanus shot has been a routine part of childhood immunizations. It is considered 100% effective in preventing a tetanus infection. It is given during childhood and recommended as a booster every 10 years in adulthood.

Is there any alternative to vaccination?

Tetanus is different than other vaccinations in that it isn’t a disease. There is no gain of immunity build up by going through and surviving Tetanus. Tetanus itself is a potentially life-threatening poisoning of the body by way of foreign object penetration. Even if your immune system is operating in perfect health, it may not be enough to defeat Tetanus on its own.

This is why many doctors who do not believe in vaccinations still back the Tetanus shot. It remains almost in its own category.

The problem many people have with this vaccine, like many others, is that some of the ingredients are toxic and can produce varied reactions depending on the receivers overall health, age, and state of natural Immunity.

What is in the Tetanus Vaccine that could be considered dangerous?

  • Formaldehyde – Classified as a carcinogen by the National Institute of Health.
  • Aluminum Potassium Sulfate – Aluminum has been linked to Alzheimer’s Disease. It can cause stomach pain, constipation, black stools, coughing up of blood, urinary pain, drowsiness, muscle weakness and lack of appetite.
  • 2-Phenoxyethanol – is a skin irritant which can depress the central nervous system.
  • Bovine Extract – can cause diarrhea, nausea, swelling, local redness, and itching.
  • Thimerosal – is 49.6% mercury which is a potent neurotoxin.

Other integrative therapies have shown a positive impact on Tetanus but as of yet have not received a recommendation from any medical governing body. They include:

  • Iodine
  • Probiotics
  • Black Tea
  • Cranberry
  • Ginseng
  • Thistle
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Lime
  • Lavender
  • Selenium
    Raw Honey

Of course, the most beneficial thing should an accident happen, is proper wound care. If you receive a cut, scrape, burn, puncture wound or use a non sterilized needle it is vital to clean the area thoroughly and properly seeking medical care and advice.

If you choose not to get a Tetanus shot proactively, and do suffer a wound, it is important to get to the hospital quickly. You will then received not only the vaccination but also a tetanus immune globulin, which acts fast to prevent infection.

Every individual must decide if vaccinations are right for them and their family. Knowing the ingredients and possible side effects are important to be able to make educated health decisions.

For more information on natural healing and how to keep your family healthy, we invite you to visit www.chiropractorbonitasprings.com or give us a call at 239-947-1177 to schedule an appointment in our Bonita Springs office.

Originally published: http://chiropractorbonitasprings.com/blog/tetanus.html

Natural Trauma Care

What if the unthinkable happens? You have an accident, but you are nowhere near a hospital. What do you do?

Is there such a thing as “natural trauma care”? The answer is a resounding YES.

1. Small nicks, cuts or scratches: You can dab on cornstarch. It will stop the bleeding almost immediately. Additionally, oddly enough, spider webs work very well if you can find some. Grab a good sized spider web, blow off the spider and any other bugs or debris and wrap it around or place over the injured area. Once the bleeding stops, remove the web and clean the cut thoroughly.

2. A bloody nose: If you are experiencing a bloody nose open a bottle of vinegar and inhale deeply through your nose. Keep doing so and the bleeding should stop within a short time. Vinegar burns the blood vessels cauterizing them closed.

3. For a bleeding wound: Apply a little sugar and let it melt over the wound. This will stop the blood from continuing to flow.

4. If you suspect a blood clot: You can take the herb Dong Quai to help break up the clot but do try and seek out medical attention as soon as possible as blood clots can be incredibly dangerous depending on location.

5. Ice: Reducing the temperature drastically slows bleeding as well as helps prevent future inflammation and bruising at the site of injury.

6. Small wounds:  Cayenne pepper sprinkled into the wound will help to stop the bleeding as well black pepper.

7. Splinters: To remove small splinters from the skin easily, wet a bar of soap and rub the sharp end of a sewing needle in it, so that the needle has a liberal coating of soap. Then rub the soapy needle in the opposite direction of the splinter. As soon as the splinter has some soap in it, squeeze it, and it should come right out. This method is painless and is good for use on children. For removing splinters of glass from the skin pour some hydrogen peroxide on the skin. The splinter will bubble itself out after a few minutes. Do not squeeze as more tissue damage may occur.

8. Burns: The best thing for a burn is to apply cool water liberally. Do ensure that the water is not too hot or too cold. Blisters will be formed, but that is a part of the natural healing process. If you want to avoid blisters you could try one of these home remedies. Cut a tomato into wedges and rub one slice on the burn. The acid from the tomato takes the pain away and the burn will not blister. You can also use cold water and vinegar compresses until the pain goes away and then apply potato slices on the area.

9. After any injury for overall healing – Arnica Montana 1M (trauma care blend) Specifically designed to speed recovery from a major physical trauma, TraumaCare™ is generally considered too strong for a minor bump or bruise.

To learn more about natural care give us a call at Nutrition Specialists of Florida | Chiropractor Bonita Springs – Dr. Gary Gendron. 239-947-1177 or visit us online by going to www.chiropractorbonitasprings.com

Originally posted: http://chiropractorbonitasprings.com/blog/Trauma.html

HOW TO: Stick to Your Eating Plan While Traveling!

Let’s face it. We have been conditioned to be a society based on ease and convenience. We have become used to a grab and go mentality when it comes to eating. Drive throughs, prepackaged meals you can grab at any convenience store, individualized snack packages, all of it makes it easiest to eat processed unhealthy foods rather than keep yourself on track. It can feel like the cards are sometimes stacked against you, especially if you spend time on the road for work or traveling.

Though it may at first thought seem daunting to try and travel with food, the reality of it is that not only is it easier than trying to find healthy items on the go, it is the most convenient option there is once you are properly prepared.

If you are traveling by car you can very easily take all of your food with you. Unless you have ever spent time around those who are serious about their food intake and physical training you likely don’t even know these bags exist. They are far better than your average cooler and specially designed to hold individual meals such as those through Superfitfoods.co.

Shopping online you can find them through a number of sources, one we have used and recommend is made by 6 Pack Fitness. It is durable, strong, roomy and keeps food cold for extended periods of time thanks to the insertable, reusable ice packs. They come in a range of styles and sizes to fit your needs from travel for a weekend, to backpacking, even cases perfect for a professional day at the office. Many bag sizes fit in the carry on compartment in the majority of airliners so even if you are flying, that should not deter you from your nutritional goals.

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1. Grab some hard boiled eggs. These make an incredible protein packed snack. If whole eggs do not fit into your daily macros, snack on the egg whites and toss the yolk. Each egg white contains 3.6grams of protein and virtually no fat.

2. Fat-Free Greek Yogurt (8oz) – add in 1 cup of berries and a tablespoon of almonds for flavor and texture.

3. Quest Protein Bars – These come in a huge assortment of flavors. They are nutritionally balanced and can keep your energy as a great occasional meal substitute.

4. Go Nuts! – Cashews, Almonds, Macadamia Nuts, Pecans, Walnuts – all are healthy fats and high in protein.

5. Protein Shake – Pre portion shaker cups at home, toss them in your bag. Just add water and shake! This is a great way to make sure you meet your protein requirements daily with no hassle. Keep in mind that shakes are a supplement. Your main source of protein needs to come from whole foods.

6. Beef or Turkey Jerky – Tasty, healthy, filling and easy to carry. These are a must have for car trips, plane flights, and even backpacking.

7. Liquid Egg Whites – Gross!? You may be thinking – But many bodybuilders actually drink egg whites. It is an instant, easily digestible form of protein that you can grab on the go from any grocery store. When cold and right out of the fridge, drinking them actually tastes pretty good!

8. Rice Cakes with or without peanut butter – Rice cakes can satisfy that need to crunch without extra calories, fats or preservatives.

Life requires movement. Travel is inevitable. Don’t let a change to your daily routine get in the way of your nutrition and fitness goals. When you learn the tips and tricks the pros use, life gets abundantly easier. So grab a bag, place your food order, pack up and let’s get going! You can do this!

Originally Posted: https://superfitfoods.co/Blog/Travel

 

BACK TO SCHOOL – EATING DONE RIGHT!

Back to school time can be chaotic – school shopping, getting mentally prepared to enter a new, more advanced grade level, possibly moving to a new school entirely. Parents readying themselves for their kids to get back in the groove and not be at home during the day time as they are during summer and even getting ready to let go and experience an empty nest as their recent graduates move out onto their own and begin their adventures at college.

Change, although the only constant in life, is stressful.

One of the best ways to support your body during times of stress is with proper nutrition.

When your body is fed all the vitamins and nutrients it needs to run at full steam, it is actually easier to handle change related stressors in your life.

Don’t leave your child’s nutritional needs to chance.

School meals, though state regulated, tend to lack substance. Brown bagging lunch is the best answer. When you control your food – you control your health. It is because of this need that we have put together our new Lunch Box Meal Plan.

What is the Lunch Box Plan?

This is the one stop shop for school lunch at its healthiest. No need to shop, plan, or pack. Just order, pick up and you are good to grab and go all week!

The Lunch Box Plan allows you to select from a long list of proteins, carbs, and veggies. If you like that food, great! Check it off! If not – leave it blank and you will never see it included in your customized meals. This is wonderful if you have food sensitivities or allergies.

A small one meal travel cooler lunch box is perfect for a day at school, keeping their meal fresh and refrigerated. PackIt has come out with freezable bags that work far better than the normal lunch box to keep your food fresh. https://www.packit.com/. They come in an assortment of fun colors and designs to keep your kids happy as well.

Great for Elementary, High School and College!

Are you college age and living in a dorm? Chances are you do not have a place to cook. If you are lucky, you may have a mini fridge. Making lunches and budgeting can be a challenge away at school. It is vital to your own wellbeing to keep the healthy lifestyle going even while adjusting to your new found freedom and being out on your own.

Many turn to the cheapest food sources: Raman noodles, coffee, cereal, bread and so on. They may be cheap, but you will likely pay for those choices in other ways. The “freshman 15” is well and alive in today’s newly arriving scholars. It is easy to fall into the trap of late night pizza, beer, and other snacks – gaining 15+ lbs. your first year is not ideal. Nor does it need to happen. Stocking up weekly on grab and go healthy meals from Superfitfoods.co can be your saving grace. Customizable portions and order options let you set not only your goals but fit your budget as well.

This school year – save yourself time, money, aggravation and be guaranteed that your nutrition is on point every single day. We look forward to creating a healthier lifestyle for you, one meal at a time. To learn more about the Lunch Box program as well as all of our other plans we invite you to visit www.superfitfoods.co.

Originally Posted: https://superfitfoods.co/Blog/BackToSchool