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Drinking Water is Important for Health

Drinking Water is Important for Health

Drinking water is very important for health. One of the more difficult things to understand for pain sufferers is that drinking water really makes a difference – it actually helps with the pain!  That’s because, when a body is dehydrated, muscles get tight and cramped, which in turn causes restricted motion. The tightness and restricted motion then causes inflammation, which can then lead to chronic pain!  It’s a vicious circle! Anyone who suffers from chronic pain will notice an improvement in how they feel, with better hydration.  For the best results, it is recommended that we drink half of our body weight in ounces, every day.  That means that for every 100 pounds of body weight, 50 ounces of water (or just over 6 cups of water) should be consumed.  And if you’re working out on a regular basis, you should be drinking more than half! It is also important to understand that proper hydration really means water – not coffee, not tea or some other liquid.  Pure, clean water is what you need for the best hydration!  The purity and alkalinity of the water you drink can also make a difference – but the main thing is to drink your water!  It may initially take some effort to make the commitment to drink it every day – especially if you aren’t used to monitoring your hydration – but it will become natural and easy over very little time! Some people think using flavor packets in their water also makes it easier to drink, but the packets really aren’t very healthy – and they interfere with hydration.  Instead, try keeping filtered water in your refrigerator with sliced strawberries, cucumber or other fruits in it, for flavor.  This way, the juices will infuse into your cold, healthy water and provide a greater alternative to packaged flavor packets! You can learn how to make your own online! Jessica Fay has a great recipe for Lemon Cucumber Water and explains what it does and why here.   When illness and viruses hit, another rule my family always follows is to drink Alkaline water.  This helps to increase the pH balance of your body, and eliminate acidity.  Since most microorganisms, like bacteria, can thrive in acidic environments, the more of the alkaline water you drink – the lower your body’s acidic “environment” will be – the better your body’s pH – and the...

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Is Chiropractic Care Safe for Babies?

Is Chiropractic Care Safe for Babies?

Is Chiropractic Care Safe for Babies?   It is understandable for parents to fear the Chiropractor for their New Born babies. As adults, getting an adjustment can mean a lot of pressure and cracks. However, Chiropractors do not take the same approach of adjustments for babies as they do adults. Instead, adjustments for babies are gentle and many times will not be noticed by the baby. The pressure used on a baby is equivalent to the pressure you might use to check a tomato for ripeness. “When the spine has a misalignment, the nerves that flow out to all of the organs are compromised. When we do an adjustment we’re simply taking pressure, nerve stress, off the spine, so the body can express itself.  Think of it like a kinked water hose, it inhibits the flow of the water. By unkinking the water hose, it allows the water to flow freely. Chiropractic care has also proven to be safer and more effective than prescription medications and antibiotics.   Will My Baby Cry During a Chiropractic Adjustment?   This really depends on the baby and the age of the baby. Our baby did not cry when he received an adjustment at 2 hours old, or any after that, but he cried at the eight month one. However, babies that do cry during an adjustment are not crying out of pain. Instead, it is usually out of fear from something new happening or the fact that a stranger is touching them. The great thing is, after the adjustment you could see a difference in many of the babies behaviors right away. One time Oliver (1 yr old) was constipated, 20 minutes after the adjustment a bowel was produced. This has also worked for our 4 year old on many occasions.   What are the Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Infants?   Regular Pediatric Chiropractic care can help relieve the following in babies: Ear infections and ear aches Constipation Sleeplessness Colic and acid reflux Fussiness Feeding and breastfeeding/latching issues Chiropractic care in babies also keeps them healthier because their nervous systems and immune systems are supported. If you are still uneasy of whether or not to take your baby to the Chiropractor, talk with your child’s Pediatrician, or your own Chiropractor. Many doctors agree with Chiropractic care, or at least recognize there are very little risks involved with Chiropractic care for infants. To read...

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Can Weather Affect your Health?

Can Weather Affect your Health?

Did you ever wonder why your body seems to react to the changing weather? The reason is that weather really affects your health. It’s particularly true here in Colorado, where the weather changes all the time! Winter days can get up to 60 degrees in the afternoon and drop to freezing by the evening – and summer is just as bad! Those days can be sunny and clear in the morning, then cool and rainy in the afternoon. The barometric changes of the weather can definitely affect your health. When it’s cold outside and the barometric pressure drops, your blood pressure can drop right along with it. Then on warm days when high-pressure systems occur, your blood pressure can be higher, too. The weather can affect everything from allergies to various other conditions in your body – whether it’s pre-existing, or a new illness or disease. Also, when it’s cold outside, your arteries tend to contract. That is why it’s so important to be careful if you have high blood pressure or cholesterol. Strenuous exercise, such as shoveling snow, can really be hazardous to your health! (There are actual studies of weather and your health – it’s the science called Biometeorology). For joint pain sufferers, the time preceding a storm, when the weather is changing can also create a problem. As pressure systems rise or fall, and storms move in, the fluid in your joints can thicken, making it more difficult to move. The weather can also affect diabetics, making blood sugar unstable, and even ADHD sufferers(attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) tend to suffer more, particularly in less sunny regions. This year in Colorado, the cold weather has been worse than we’ve seen in more than eight years. When the cold weather hits, your extremities, back and neck can, in fact, experience more pain, with more pain spikes, than any other time of year. It’s known as allodynia, which means that while a condition that doesn’t normally “hurt” (such as the cold weather) – it can still cause pain, simply by its presence. So, yes, weather really can affect you health! Here are a few things you might do to help relieve your muscles and/or prepare for an adjustment, especially when you’re experiencing pain (and during cold weather). Some tips include: Drink plenty of water. Dehydration can cause muscle cramps. Stay warm. Keeping warm will help your muscles relax. If...

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Signs that you may need Chiropractic care

Signs that you may need Chiropractic care

If you have pain, don’t delay. It won’t go away, often if it is an injury, it won’t resolve itself, but can actually create long term problems down the road. Come in and see me! With proper adjustment, you can resolve the issue, releave pain and avoid the long term damage. Signs that you may need Chiropractic care: Brain fuzziness muscle weakness numb fingers or extremeties slow aches swelling in legs or ankles headaches inflamation of the joints arthritic conditions limited range of motion These are only a few of the symptoms you may experience. Give me, Dr. Chuck a call and ask questions....

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