Recover from Your Holiday Hangover

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Posted at: 2019-01-19

Prolonged stress, long travel and maybe just one too many fruitcakes can all contribute to the dreaded holiday hangover. Well, with the New Year comes a new opportunity to get healthier, lose those extra pounds, and overcome the holiday hangover. How we eat plays a huge role in our weight and our energy levels. When you have a low energy level, it’s difficult to get the motivation to stay active and exercise. However, when you give your body the proper nutrition, you can have more energy, lose more weight, and stay more active. So instead of focusing on the foods, you shouldn’t eat, let’s highlight a few foods and supplements that can help you stay active, energise, and get ready to shed those pounds.

 

Why it Matters: healthy foods to give you an energy boost, it’s all about eating the right ones at the right time.  Get back to replacing those processed carbs (breads, cereals, biscuits, pastries) with seasonal fruits, higher fat and protein and of course plenty of veggies.

 

 

 

Next Steps: Start by drinking more water, not 1 hour after eating however as this will dilute your stomach acids and reduce the quality of your digestion.  Water will fill you up more and increase your energy levels, allowing you to more easily transition to a healthier diet. You’ll feel better, think better, and be more motivated to stick with your exercise routine. The New Year is a great time to improve your health, get a little extra motivation and even lose a few pounds in the process!

 

 

Science Source:

Harvard Health Publishing. 2017

Brain foods: the effects of nutrients on brain function. Nat Rev NeuroSci. 2008

Your Gut and Your Health

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Posted at: 2019-01-12

Bacteria is something we are trained to from childhood, but the truth is that our bodies are filled with trillions of bacteria that help play an essential role in our digestive processes and much more. Researchers have recently discovered that the types and amounts of bacteria in your gut is actually linked to your likelihood of developing diabetes, obesity, depression, and even cancer. So, it would appear that our digestive health isn’t just about what we put into our mouths, but is a critical factor in our overall health and well-being.

 

Why it Matters:

There are hundreds of different types of bacteria in your gut that line your entire digestive system and continuously interact with your nervous, immune, and endocrine systems. Believe it or not, these small bacteria can impact everything from your mood to the strength of your immune system! But they (more…)

What is Leaky Gut?

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Posted at: 2019-01-05

Leaky gut has been getting a lot of publicity over the past year, but what is it? Researchers have theorised that leaky gut is when partially digested protein and fat seep out of your digestive system and cause inflammation in your body. The inflammation, or allergic response, can lead to bloating, thyroid issues, fatigue, joint pain, digestive issues, food sensitivities, and a host of other unpleasant symptoms. As a matter of fact, one of the primary signs of leaky gut is experiencing multiple food sensitivities.

 

Why it Matters:

No one wants to deal with bloating, fatigue or food sensitivities, but the real reason leaky gut has become (more…)

Your Guide to Pain-Free Holiday Travel

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Posted at: 2018-12-21

 

Holiday travel can be brutal on your body. Long hours spent jammed into a small seat on an airplane has the potential to cause a flare up of pain in your low back or neck. Even if you are traveling by car, be careful when lifting suitcases that are stuffed with an entire closet worth of clothes and gifts. Proper spinal alignment can help your body function at it’s highest level and keep the holiday back pain at bay!

 

Why it Matters:

 Your spine performs at its best when it has a balance of strength and flexibility. Chiropractic adjustments help your (more…)

The Gut/Brain Connection

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Posted at: 2018-12-19

If you have ever had “butterflies” or have been stressed to the point of your stomach hurting, you’ve experienced the gut/brain connection firsthand. Even the thought of food can activate your digestive system because it’s intimately connected with your brain and central nervous system. They are in constant communication, sending messages back and forth. So not only can stress make your stomach hurt, but your stomach hurting can actually stress you out!

 

Why it Matters:

Researchers have discovered that people with digestive issues may actually experience pain more acutely due to the sensitivity in their gut. Any added stress can cause this pain to seem even more intense. Some of the most common gut and digestive system issues related to stress (more…)

Treat Yourself to Good Health

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Posted at: 2018-12-18

Treat yourself to good health this holiday season by making good choices with your nutrition. The week between the end of the holidays and the new year can be a difficult time to eat healthy. The abundant leftovers, travel, and stress make it easy to compromise and stop by the drive-thru on the way home. But, did you know recent research indicates that the foods you eat can actually impact your likelihood of getting sick?

 

Why it Matters:

Inflammation can be triggered by the foods you eat, and chronic inflammation has been linked to everything from cancer to heart disease and even arthritis. However, by choosing the right foods, you can not only reduce your risk of illness but also reduce the prevalence of inflammation in your body.

– The foods you eat can either increase or decrease the inflammatory disease (more…)

How to Avoid Getting Sick During the Holidays

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Posted at: 2018-12-13

Do you get sick around the same time each year? The stress of the holidays (if not carefully managed) can wreak havoc on your immune system. When you feel stressed out, your immune system’s ability to fight off harmful bacteria and infections is reduced. The stress hormone cortisol can suppress the effectiveness of your immune system, and many people become more prone to a not-so-healthy coping mechanism like eating inflammatory foods, smoking, and getting less sleep as a result.

 

Why it Matters:

Chronic holiday stress can take a toll on your immune system. Cortisol can create an inflammatory response (more…)

How Digestion Works

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Posted at: 2018-12-12

Our modern diet and lifestyle have been linked to a variety of digestive issues. The overall health of your digestive system is closely tied to the food you eat, the exercise you get, and your overall stress levels.

Your digestive system is a group of organs that take the food you eat and turn it into energy and nutrients for your body. The digestive system interacts with your nervous systems, immune system, endocrine system, and others to help regulate its function.

 

Why it Matters:

Perhaps what’s most interesting about digestion is that it actually starts in your brain! Your hypothalamus coordinates your appetite and how much food you eat. For example, if you are tired or are stressed out, the chemicals in your brain may influence you to eat more than usual in an attempt to find (more…)

Feeling Great this Holiday Season

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Posted at: 2018-12-08

The holidays often bring plenty of cheer…and a healthy dose of seasonal stress. Between the travel, parties, and shopping, there are a lot of demands placed on your time, your mind, and your body, and all this commotion can result in muscle spasms and the reoccurrence of familiar aches and pains. For many people, these aches show up in two distinct areas – the low back and the neck and shoulders. Sound familiar?

 

Why it Matters:

Nagging low back or neck pain during the holidays can quickly turn into a flare-up that can sideline your holiday plans and pile on the frustration and stress. It’s a vicious cycle, but by making a few smart decisions now, you can position yourself to have a pain-free holiday season. Here are a few key holiday (more…)

Adjusting Your Sleep Schedule

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Posted at: 2018-12-05

Neck and back pain are the most common reasons people experience sleep disturbances. Patients talk about sleeping on the floor, or sleeping in a lazy boy, or even sleeping bent over their bed attempting to get into a position that helps them get those few precious moments of rest and relief. Talk about a pain! All you want is the ability to get some rest, yet every position seems to make things feel worse. Well, don’t worry – you’re in the right place to get back on track!

 

Why it Matters:

Your body needs rest to heal. If you are in pain, it can be challenging to find a comfortable position to (more…)

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