The Wisdom of the Body!

Are you healthy if you feel good? If you said, “Yes” ask yourself if you ever felt good one day and then came down with a cold, the flu or some other condition the next. You probably felt fine the day before you got sick, but were you healthy? What about people who “feel good” one moment and have a heart attack or stroke the next?
It’s obvious that health is much more than how you feel; it’s much deeper than that. So what is health?

Health is your ability to handle physical, chemical and emotional stress without losing your physical, chemical and emotional balance.

So many forms of stress threaten your balance: the onslaught of the elements; the bacteria, virus, pollen, mould and fungi in the air; pollution and chemicals; cuts, bumps and bruises- and you must adapt to all of them. If you did not, a hot summer day would boil your brain; every inhalation would bring massive infection; tumours would overwhelm you, etc.

Thankfully, you usually adapt to life’s stresses because many mechanisms are built into your body for this purpose. They are as simple as shivering when you are cold to an elaborate immune system engulfing bacteria.

What does adaptation look like inside you? It’s thousands of different chemicals being balanced every second, millions of cells dying every second, millions being born every second and billions of nerves firing messages to every part of your body every second. Your lunch is somehow turned into eye, muscle, heart, bone, skin, and blood; damaged tissues are being repaired and germs are being destroyed.

What keeps track of all this activity? A wondrous intelligence organizes this overwhelming complexity. As put by Deepak Chopra, M.D. “Intelligence is present everywhere in our bodies…our own inner intelligence if far superior to any we can try to substitute from the outside.” This inner (or innate) intelligence organizes your body into a complicated, living, adapting, growing being – without it, you would be no more than a few dollars worth of chemicals.
How does this intelligence travel in your body? This inner wisdom travels from your brain through your spinal cord and to the billions of nerves that emerge from it. Your nervous system touches every nook and cranny of your body, and your body wisdom uses this vast communications system to organize your billions of parts into a healthy, adapting, living being.

True health can only emerge when your innate intelligence can communicate with your body with no interference. A complete break in communication results in death; a partial break in communication results in a general deterioration of health, or disease.

If you have spinal dysfunction and resulting pressure on nerves, it only makes sense that you will have a partial break in communication. Spinal subluxations are common, often painless and create a state of body dysfunction.

What is Welness

Everywhere you look these days in health care it seems that all types of providers are offering you “Wellness” services. There once was a time not long ago that only natural health care doctors (i.e.: chiropractors) offered this type of service. At that time chiropractors were called “quacks” for offering wellness approaches. Now you see it being used by pharmacies, hospitals, and different parts of the medical field. It’s obvious the acceptance of a superior life with natural health care is quickly gaining more ground.

With this explosion in wellness services and with everyone getting on the bandwagon, it’s important for patients and consumers to understand what they are really getting when they access wellness care from a provider or clinic. Is the service actually going to provide a benefit to you in terms of improved health OR is the term “Wellness” merely being used as a buzzword to get you in the door?

There have been publications put out which talk about treating a “whole” person and they include a list of wellness services: mammography, MRI, pap smears, whole body scans, ultrasound, etc. What I find interesting is that there is not one item here that actually enhances your health or well-being. All of these services are essentially diagnostic tests. While they have their place, there is no substance of wellness and holistic care, no item that enhances your health.

The whole Wellness or Holistic approach has its roots from the beginnings of Chiropractic as far back as 1895. In a recent survey of Chiropractors it was strongly agreed by 88.3% the main focus of what Chiropractors excel at is to “MAINTAIN OR TO OPTIMIZE HEALTH FROM A HOLISTIC AND WELLNESS APPROACH”. This is a much stronger change to overall health than to just remove a back pain.

It was also overwhelmingly agreed by Chiropractors and has been repetitively shown in science that a condition known as “Subluxation” creates a lot of the unwanted health problems that people have today. People who have not been checked for Subluxation usually have a lower quality of life and a shorter life.

What allows the body to heal?

What allows a body to heal? Do we have the ability to heal on our own or do we need outside intervention that will tell our bodies how to heal? These questions are larger in people’s minds now than they were even a decade ago. The results of surveys done all over the world people indicate that people now are searching for the answer to what allows a body to be healthy? The two main health philosophies that are played in our society today are:

  1. Health is delivered from the healing power already existing inside of ourselves; or
  2. Health is delivered from ingesting drugs to artificially change the body chemistry because the body doesn’t know what it is doing and to remove parts of our body from surgery.

Well, you judge for yourselves, but here is my opinion: we have an intelligence inside wf ourselves that is transferred from our brain to our body that has all the information to heal our bodies the way it was designed. Think of this, every 6 months every cell in your skeleton is totally brand new, every 6 weeks you have a brand new liver, and every 4 days you nave a brand new lining of your stomach. If you didn’t have the intelligence already existing inside of you to produce this stuff in a perfect way, it wouldn’t take long before parts of your body simply didn’t function anymore. Think of this: If you cut the hand of a dead person and a live person and put a band-aid on both, one would heal and the other wouldn’t. What allowed the healing to occur? Both bodies are identical; they both have the same body parts and chemicals. The only exception is that one has a life force in it, an intelligence flowing through it, nothing mystical, just real. A quote from Gray’s Anatomy text book: “The function of the brain and nervous system is to control and coordinate all the functions of every cell, tissue, and organ”. If it is true that our brain and nervous system control every function in our bodies, then what we need to do to have good health is to work throughout life to remove any blockage we have created of this crucial information, not to cover up the symptoms with drugs.

How To Live Longer!

You are born to express physical, mental and spiritual health; to radiate vitality, harmony, peace, joy, optimism, strength, love and healing at any age.

But it rarely seems that way. Disharmony, illness, disease, depression, fatigue, and emotional problems touch so many lives. Too many of us walk this earth with our bodies, hearts and souls in pain.

Yet no baby is born bored or depressed. Infants are full of wonder and awe. They breathe deeply, relax completely, radiate energy and sparkle with the light of life in their eyes. They are closer to their natural state, more connected to it, with a clearer connection to the wisdom and intelligence that we are given.

To be truly healthy and alive you must be fully connected to that inner wisdom (innate intelligence) that travels from our brain to our body via our nervous system.

In healing, the goal is to help you better connect to that inner source so your inner doctor may work its miracles. A complete disconnection from this source results in death; a partial disconnection results in dis-ease or disharmony. Many people are in this state; with less than 100% connection, they are less than fully alive. As a result, these people will suffer from health problems more and leave this world before they need to.

Our word “health” derives from the old English word “hale” meaning whole. You are healthy when you are whole, unified, integrated and complete – not fragmented, disintegrated, disconnected or incomplete.

Too many people live their lives silently waiting for disease to seemingly “strike” out of nowhere. They must live with years of body malfunction before the medical profession can discover and diagnose a problem. Does it have to be that way?

More and more individuals are choosing another path. Instead of waiting for their health to deteriorate and have a life threatening diagnosis, they are taking responsibility for their health now and choosing health care systems and lifestyles that can maintain and enhance their health.

If you have your spine and nervous system checked on a regular basis you will have the ability to have that inner intelligence flow to your whole body throughout all your days, ensuring a longer and healthier life.

Health Care’s Missing Link

As a family chiropractor, there is nothing more rewarding than to see the positive changes in the children and adults that we care for. Problems like asthma, ear infections, constipation, menstrual pain, ADHD, and many others.

But wait a minute!  Isn’t Chiropractic for neck and back pain?  How, on earth can a Chiropractor help such problems?  Let me illustrate how Chiropractic can help, because so often it is the missing link in alleviating such problems.

Here is how the largest, natural, fastest growing, drug free system of health care, Chiropractic works:

  • Our bodies are self-regulating and self-healing organisms. For instance, what is your liver doing right now?  Do you have to think about it?  NO – our liver works because we have a phenomenally wonderful Innate Intelligence that knows how to keep us healthy.
  • The master controlling system of our innate intelligence is the nervous system. Everything in our life is under the influence of the nervous system, for example, how we run, digest our food, wiggle our toes, fight disease, solve problems, as well as interpret and respond to the environment around us.
  • Any interference to the nervous system will result in our inability to heal and regulate bodily functions. The most common interference to the nervous system is due to subluxation (misalignment) of the vertebrae (spinal bones) that irritate the nerves and cause far-reaching chaos in our system.
  • The intent of the Chiropractor is to locate spinal subluxation, gently adjust the spine to remove the nerve interference, and allow Innate Intelligence, the wisdom of the body, to heal from within.

Spinal Subluxations can be due to many factors, most commonly: birth trauma, physical trauma, mental/emotional stress, and even chemical stress.

In my clinic, and others, we utilize new technology that measures the nerve blockage from the top to the bottom of the spine.   Also by measuring posture, muscle tension and imbalance, range of motion and temperature changes from side to side on the spine, we have excellent data to determine the presence and degree of subluxation.  This technology has helped people understand that subluxations can have an incredibly huge negative affect even in the absence of pain, and it assists the Chiropractor in providing objective clinical data to track the patient’s progress.

When people are given the chance to have their nervous system feed their body without interference they live an amazingly healthy life with large reductions in their risk to pain, dysfunction and disease.

How does Gratitude Affect Your Health?

This month our focus is on Gratitude ☺ Our mind is very powerful, more powerful than we even realize. Our mental focus affects more than we realize, including our health.

Understanding how physical stresses affect our bodies is usually easy. You fell or were hurt, or you have repetitive job. The effect of chemical and emotional stress may be a bit harder to grasp. How can an argument or the excitement of a new home affect your overall health?

From a chiropractic perspective, subluxations or misalignments of the spine are caused by 3 main things….stress, stress and stress. More specifically Physical, Chemical and Emotional stress. This stress comes from husbands, wives, partners, kids, family, money jobs, basically – life.

Today, more than ever, we are hearing about the effect that emotional stress can have on the body. People understand the link between emotional stress and ulcers, heart disease and headaches and tension in our muscles and joints. Similarly, emotional stress can result in spinal misalignment (subluxation) along with the severe nerve impact those misalignments can make.

You will probably not “feel” the subluxation as pain is the bodies last way to tell you something is not right. You may, however, notice other symptoms. Headaches, lack of focus, inability to sleep, nausea, etc. Stress will go to YOUR weak link, so if you get heartburn, you may notice you suffer more with it during stressful times.

In our office, we have a screening system that will show us exactly how well your body is adapting to stress and what kind of reserves you have for the future. The Insight scan is a 3 part scan that uses space technology to check the function of your nervous system, which is the master computer of your body. Controlling and affecting EVERY CELL!
Click here to learn more about this scan.

Please contact our office if you would like to see how your nervous system is functioning today!

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Chemical Stress and Your Health

Chemical stress is a factor in your health that you may or not be aware of.  This stress comes in many forms.  Preservatives and chemicals in our foods and drinks, products at home like laundry soap, cleaning supplies, deodorant and hairspray. Chemicals in our body can affect many systems including our nervous system, the master control of our entire body.

The causes of a chemical imbalance in the body is sufficient to cause subluxation. If we were aware of all the chemicals that we place into our bodies, in the water we drink and the food we eat, it would frighten us.  The body has the ability to deal with many of these chemicals, but if sufficient chemical stressors are taken in, even the body’s filtering mechanism can be overcome.

How do you know you have chemical stressors?  One way is pain symptoms, fatigue, poor sleep, headaches.   Remember that pain is the last way your body tells you something is wrong.

It is an accepted fact that a chemical can affect the tone of a muscle.  The alignment of the spinal bones is dependent upon the overall muscle tone.  Lack of calcium, for example, can cause muscle spasm.  A build-up of lactic acid (a by-product of muscle exertion) can cause cramps, which athletes sometimes experience.  Drugs can also affect muscle tone.  The body has a delicately balanced chemistry.  Anything that upsets this chemistry such as smoking, alcohol, caffeine, processed foods, pollution, food hypersensitivities/allergies, etc. can irritate the nerve system causing abnormal functioning of the muscle fibers, upsetting muscle tone, and cause a subluxation.

Subluxations occur regularly and in everyone from birth until death.  We can and should make every effort to keep our spines free of subluxations.  We can do our best to avoid many things that could cause subluxations by common-sense living, but many will still occur regularly.

It is important that we have our spines checked regularly by our chiropractor in order to correct subluxations as soon as they occur.

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Please contact our office if you would like to find out the state of your nervous system.

613-387-3703

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Nutrition and Strength

weightsWhen you want your body to feel, function, and look it’s best, what you put into your mouth is especially important. In order to perform properly, our bodies require the correct nutrients to do so.

As we age, the strength of our muscles plays an important role in preventing falling. It is important to maintain strength to prevent falling because of the increased risk of breaking your bones and other injuries. As we age, it is crucial to keep up our nutrition and exercise to prevent bone loss as well as muscle loss. What you eat determines your ability to complete your daily physical activities such as:

  • Housework
  • job
  • school
  • homework
  • shopping
  • caring for your family
  • exercise

Eating nutrient-dense food allows you to do these tasks with ease. A diet lacking in any of the important nutrients that our body needs can mean that each movement is a major effort filled with stress, strain, and pain. This will surely keep you visiting Dr. Dodie more often! Food supplies the source of power for your brain as well as your body, and has a direct relationship on your moods as well as your mental and emotional health.

maor nutrients of foodProtein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins, and minerals are all important in the body. Protein is the main component of muscle and helps build muscle fibers as well as repair damage done to your muscles when you exercise.

Carbohydrates, both starches and sugars, provide the energy your muscles need to perform work. The carbohydrates you eat before you exercise are used as fuel during your workout and are also stored in your muscles so they can be used later when needed. If you load your body up with sugar-laden simple carbohydrates such as donuts and cakes instead of healthier whole grains, fruits and vegetables you will find that you alternate between energy spikes and crashes.

Your body needs good quality fat, especially your brain. This good quality fat can come in the form of grass fed butter, avocadoes, olive oil, coconut oil, grass fed animals if you consume meat, etc. A diet filled with fried foods soaked in unhealthy trans fats increases your risk for major dis-eases.

Vitamins and minerals are used during exercise for energy production and muscle contraction. This means that if you are missing any of these nutrients, your ability to function properly will be impaired. For example, your blood cells carry oxygen that is bound to an iron-rich protein so if your iron intake is low you may get out of breath and feel tired during exercise. Another key nutrient, vitamin C, helps your body absorb iron so a deficiency of this vitamin will also affect your iron levels. Electrolytes such as sodium help maintain fluid balance in your cells by pulling in water so if you have too little sodium in your diet your muscles may cramp when you exercise.

Water is one of the most critical nutrients during exercise and in general. Staying properly hydrated means that you need to replace the fluids that you lose during sweating and other bodily functions. Being hydrated keeps your heart rate from going too high which helps to keep your body temperature in check. According to the American Council on Exercise, every time you lose a litre of fluid through sweat, your heart rate increases by eight beats per minute. If fluid loss continues, your core temperature can become dangerously high. Lack of water would also affect heart rate outside of exercise too.

We build muscles by stressing them and then allowing them to recover. Proper nutrition allows this recovery to happen. You must exercise on a regular basis to prevent muscle atrophy. While exercise is fantastic for the body, it also causes metabolic waste to accumulate in your body so it is important to nutritional cleanse the body on a regular basis to help it remove this waste and other toxins.

Adequate nutrition for females ensures that proper menstruation continues. Hair, skin, and nail health as well as growth and sex hormones such as testosterone are affected by nutritional deficits. Similarly, nutritional deficiencies also put you at a greater risk for dis-ease and other health issues.

Food is fuel for your body and allows you to live the life that you desire. Food ensures that you are able to move, think, and breathe. Eating nutrient-dense food keeps you physically and mentally fit. Every aspect of your life is influenced by the food and quality of the food that you eat. When you look good you also feel good.

If you put processed food, fast food, sugar, and the incorrect fats into your body, this will affect your ability to perform day to day functions as well as your ability to thrive in life. Processed foods and other unhealthy choices lead to obesity and illness as well as a lack of energy. A diet rich in a wide variety of healthful foods prevents weight gain and lowers your risk for dis-eases such as

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Depression

Food is powerful so be sure to put the right stuff in so your body can run like the Ferrari that it is!

Benefits of Exercise

brain benefits of exerciseMore and more, I encounter folks who lead sedentary lives. They cite lack of time and energy as reasons why they do not exercise. This saddens me because there are so many people who would give everything they have to be able to move their bodies! It is my hope that the information I present here will inspire you to move your body in some form or fashion most days of your life!

Many people have desk jobs; however, our bodies are not meant to sit all day. After work, folks race home so they can put their feet up and “relax” in front of the TV all evening before heading to bed. Our ancestors were always on the move – traveling from one place to another to gather food and to stay safe.

With prolonged sitting our muscles begin to atrophy or waste away and our butts begin to look like pancakes. Sitting also has a negative effect on your spine from slouching. Not only does this put strain on your spinal cord, but it also constricts your lungs so that you are not breathing deeply and getting the oxygen that your body needs. Even the oxygen that you are getting isn’t distributed effectively because your blood is not moving as well when you are sitting.

To counteract these effects, it’s a great idea to get outside and walk around. Even if you can’t get outside, just getting up and moving around inside is helpful. When I had an office job, what I did was to go for a walk around the building several times per day. These walking trips were my breaks and served to clear as well as focus my mind. I also made it a point of drinking lots of water so that I got up to go to the bathroom from time to time. Finally, instead of sending people an email, I made a point of getting up and walking to their desk instead when I could. If it was an important conversation that needed to be documented, I would send an email summarizing the conversation when I got back to my desk. When I talked on the phone, I would stand and even pace provided it didn’t distract my coworkers. I’d even go to a meeting room so I could move around while not disturbing others. There has also been an increase in the number of standing workstations. These are great because they allow you to stand part of the day and sit part of the day while still continuing to work and be productive. These are just some tips of how to stay more active at the office. What other ideas can you think of? I’d love to hear them!

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According to Men’s Health, there are seven surprising ways that a sedentary lifestyle can affect our lives. Despite one of the issues being specific to men, the other issues affect women equally.

  1. There is evidence that physical activity will help to lengthen our telomeres which are the ends of our chromosomes which are linked to aging. This means that physical activity can actually help to make us look younger as well as feel younger.
  2. Exercising is well known to have a positive effect on our mood. In fact, exercising has been shown to be more effective than antidepressants. Conversely, sitting all the time can actually increase the blues. Even if you are unable to commit a whole chunk of time in a day to exercising, taking small and frequent exercise breaks during the day have been shown to be just as effective. This can look like taking the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator, parking further away and walking, going for a short brisk walk, etc. If you can also fit in 30 minutes doing some form of exercise that is great!
  3. There’s also mounting evidence that your risk of cancer increases with a sedentary lifestyle. This sure makes sense to me because when we exercise and sweat, we help our body to detoxify.
  4. Your brain actually becomes less effective with a sedentary lifestyle so if you’re having trouble remembering check in to see if you’ve been celebrating your body with movement lately!
  5. Another study has concluded that even when you are a healthy body weight, long periods of sitting actually increase your blood sugar levels! These blood sugar spikes not only increase your risk of diabetes, but they also increase the amount of fat that your body stores. This is because when blood sugar rises so does insulin. Insulin increases the storage of fat. Odds are that even if you’re skinny, you likely have visceral fat which is the fat around your organs and is actually more dangerous to your health than the fat that we can see. This is what has been coined skinny fat.
  6. Most males carry their excess weight around their midsection. This is not only bad news for their heart, but also for their sexual function in the form of erectile dysfunction.
  7. Being sedentary also affects the quality of sleep that you have. It’s a good idea to exercise several hours away from bedtime; however, as exercising energizes us.

Here’s a short clip that talks about what happens to our bodies the longer we sit.

Another effect of exercising is that it increases the strength of both our muscles and our bones. This is because when we use our bodies and create stress on our muscles and bones, the infinite wisdom of our species kicks in and builds these structures up so that we are protected and can do more.

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There are many forms of exercise that one can do. You don’t have to run for extended periods of time to gain the benefits of exercising. In fact, one of the best forms of exercise for those who can do it is to walk. If a person has issues that prevent them from walking, swimming is an amazing exercise. Similarly, there are many fun things to do to move your body such a Yoga, chair Yoga, aerobics, water aerobics, HIIT (high intensity interval training), body weight exercises, weight lifting, etc. I invite you to explore some different ways to exercise so that you can find what you love. It’s always easier to do something when we love it! For me, exercising each day is a way to celebrate what my body can do not a form of punishment. I invite you to find a way of thinking that serves you and creates an environment of movement! As Nike says, “Just Do It!”

How Chiropractic Adjustments help to Maximize Exercise Results

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If you are going to take the time to exercise, then you probably want to get the most out of the time you are in the gym. That is why the exercises that claim to keep on burning even after your workout session is over seem so appealing. People are always looking for new and improved ways to get fit, stay fit, and make the most of their time.

One way that people are finding to be beneficial for getting the most of their fitness routine is through chiropractic care. Check out how chiropractic care may be able to help you get the most of your exercise and fitness routine.

1. It Reduces Pain

Chiropractic care is an excellent way to reduce and prevent pain. Chiropractors are often able to align your spine properly through adjustments. When the spine is out of alignment or there is a subluxation, it can cause pain all over the body. The back, neck, head, and joints are among the most common places to experience pain. After a workout, chiropractic care can also help to minimize soreness and get you feeling good again. This means that you will be able to get back at it more quickly and stay at it with a decreased chance of injury or pain.

2. It Increases Your Range of Motion

Chiropractic care can help to increase your range of motion. When you are free of pain, you are able to move more freely and without restriction. Adjusting the spine allows the nervous system to function optimally and the joints and other areas of the body to work more efficiently. This means that they can move, work, and do their jobs with less pain, stiffness, and restriction in general. You may not notice a huge improvement after one appointment, but with ongoing care, you may notice your flexibility increase slowly and steadily over time.

3. It Strengthens Bones and Muscles

Keeping the body properly aligned gives it more opportunity to work and act the way it is supposed to. When your back is aligned, it takes stress and extra work off of surrounding bones, muscles, and joints. This means that each muscle can do its job and no more. Compensation for weak areas happens a lot less, and because of that, less injury and pain is a great benefit.

If you are ready to get the most from your workouts, call our office to schedule your adjustment.

Chiropractic & Hydration

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The Importance of Hydration after a Chiropractic Adjustment

Numerous studies have shown the importance of drinking water to maintain a healthy, well-balanced body. It is important to stay hydrated to maintain proper kidney and digestive function, and remove waste and toxins from the body. The human body is made up of 60 percent water, but every day some of this water is lost due to breathing, perspiration, and urination. To replenish this supply, people should drink plenty of water

Hydration to Help Remove Toxins from the Body

Keeping properly hydrated is even more important for patients who undergo chiropractic treatments. Patients may experience a variety of mild side effects the first 24 hours following an adjustment, ranging from headache, to nausea, to dizziness. This is actually perfectly natural. When the body is put into proper alignment from a chiropractic adjustment, it releases all the tension it has been holding. At the same time, it will release various toxins that may have built up as a result of that tension.

We recommend that patients keep hydrated following any chiropractic adjustment, as doing so will help eliminate toxins from the body more quickly. This will greatly cut down on the severity and length of time for any side effects from the adjustment.

Hydration as Part of a Regular Wellness Routine

Dr. Dodie recommends that even patients not undergoing regular chiropractic adjustments keep themselves well hydrated. As part of a regular wellness routine, it will help keep the body healthy, thus reducing the likelihood of injury or illness that may require chiropractic care again at a later date. If the body is able to quickly eliminate toxins on a regular basis, it is less susceptible to future illness, and will recover more quickly.

Water is one of the most essential ingredients for life. It is needed to nourish crops in order for them to flourish. Dr. Dodie believes in the importance of water, as it is essential for nourishing people so that they may flourish as well. She suggests that keeping properly hydrated is perhaps one of the most important things patients can do on their own time to maintain the benefits from chiropractic adjustments.

Why is Nutrition Important to you Chiropractic Care?

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Nutrition is about fueling your body, like you would your car.  Have you considered the quality of the “fuel” you give your body on a regular basis?  Do you make time to plan your meals and snacks or do you frequent the drive through?

Your fuel affects many things including your energy, mood and ability to function AND also the quality of the cells your body continually produce.  It affects how fast or slow you heal or recover from an accident or injury.

The Canadian Chiropractic Association notes the “chiropractors are trained to provide dietary, nutritional, lifestyle and therapeutic exercise counseling to address specific patient complaint and to enhance overall health.”

Good nutrition is about nourishing your body from within, and reducing your risk of illness, injury and inflammation.  There are many direct links between nutrition and recovery as well.

  • Good nutrition supports injury rehabilitation – a diet rich in antioxidants and lean protein helps combat internal inflammation and provide your body with the building blocks for repairing cellular damage.
  • Good nutrition can reduce back and other joint pain – extra weight places additional strain on the musculoskeletal system, losing weight through nutrition will relieve this extra pressure on the spine or joints and naturally reduce back pain.
  • Good nutritioncan increase energy and reduce fatigue – processed foods, preservatives, and added sugars leave us feeling constantly exhausted, irritable, and fatigued. Simple dietary changes can make a significant difference for your overall health.]

Chiropractic is based on the premise that the body is able to achieve and maintain health through its own natural recuperative powers, provided it has a properly functioning nervous system and receives the necessary health maintenance components. These components include adequate nutrition, water, rest, exercise and clean air.

Fun food facts, did you know:

  • A craving for sweets may be the result of a vitamin C deficiency.
  • Greek yogurt is an excellent source of vitamin D.
  • Fresh spinach can boost your immunity and reduce your risk of some cancers.
  • Garlic is filled with powerful antioxidants and can improve your immune system.

You are welcome to talk to Dr. Dodie about your nutrition and how you can improve your health!

 

 

Chiropractically Speaking About Colds & Flu

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Would you rather be healthy or just feel good? You can be healthy and still not feel well. Coughing, sneezing, headaches, aches and pains are not the result of a lack of medication. Fevers, diarrhea, and other symptoms are natural ways your body responds to infection and disease. These are just a few of the many symptoms associated with colds and flu.

A traditional medical approach has been to treat symptoms by using drugs to numb, slow down, or to speed up the malfunctioning body part(s). It surprises many patients when they discover chiropractic doctors focus, instead, on the underlying cause of their symptoms. Correcting the cause, allows the body to eliminate symptoms of ill-health naturally.

Judging your health by how you feel can be dangerous. The first symptom of high blood pressure is often a deadly stroke. The first symptom of heart disease could be a fatal heart attack. Because your body is so adaptive, by the time any symptoms warn you of a problem, it can be well advanced.

Chiropractic adjustments can help stimulate a positive immune system response, helping your body fight against invading organisms. The proper function of your nervous system, which is the key to good health, is the primary interest of your chiropractic doctor. Schedule a visit with your chiropractor today and help your body function at its best.

Self-Care Techniques for Colds and Flu

  1. Rest. Listen to your body. If you feel the need to rest or sleep, do so. Though regular exercise can boost your immune system, during a cold or flu it may be wise to lighten or skip your usual workout or exercise program depending on the severity of your condition.
  2. Drink plenty of water. Drink one half your body weight in ounces of water evry day. For example, 200 pound man should drink 100 ounces of water daily. When you have a cold 01 flu, increase that number by 20 percent. You can also drink clear soup broths or diluted vegetable juices.
  3. Minimize sugar intake. Sugar, even if derived from natural sources like fruit juice and honey, can impair immune function. Keep sugar to a maximum of 50 grams per day.
  4. Suck 011 zinc tablets or lozenges. Zinc is a nutrient which can help the immune system function. A zinc gluconate lozenge every two waking hours may help eliminate some symptoms and can cut the duration of the cold. Discontinue the zinc after one week if symptoms persist.
  5. Maintain a positive attitude. At the most, your cold or flu will last three to seven days, so follow these guidelines and allow your body to fix itself.
  6. See your chiropractor for frequent chiropractic adjustments, maximizing your nervous system, stimulating your immune system response and allowing your body to heal itself.

 

Did You Know…

Colds are the leading cause of doctor visits and both school and job absenteeism. In an average year, the flu kills an estimated 20,000+ North Americans.

Over-the-counter cough and cold medication sales is in excess of $3.2 billion per year. Most adults get two to four colds each year. Most children get six to ten colds each year. In test tubes, zinc has been shown to prevent cold viruses from reproducing themselves.

Symptoms of the common cold are caused by more than 200 different viruses. Many herbal teas contain a substance called tannic acid or tannins. This is a dehydrant and causes your body to lose water. These teas should be avoided when you have cold or flu symptoms.

Echinacea and Goldenseal are two common herbal supplements that can help alleviate symptoms of cold or flu infection.These should only be taken when needed and not as a daily supplement or they may lose their effectiveness. Goldenseal is a natural dehydrant and can help dry out the sinuses and mucous membranes. Remember to offset this with plenty of water intake.

Cold or Flu?

Common Cold Symptoms of the common cold usually begin two to three days after infection and often include nasal discharge, obstruction of nasal breathing, swelling of the sinus membranes, sneezing, sore throat, cough and headache. Fever associated with colds is usually slight. Cold symptoms are the result of the body’s immune response to a viral invasion. Virus infected cells in the nose send out signals that recruit specialized white blood cells to the site of the infection. In turn, these cells emit a range of of immune system chemicals that create the symptoms of the common cold.

Influenza

The flu is an acute respiratory infection caused by a variety of flu viruses. Flu viruses generally enter the body through the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose or mouth. Symptoms include headache, chills and a dry cough that is followed by body aches, malaise and fever. Typically the fever will start declining on the second 7 or third day of the illness as upper respiratory symptoms like nasal congestion and sore throat become more noticeable.

Infectious Disease and/or Autoimmune System Disorders

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Can chiropractic care be beneficial for infectious disease and/or autoimmune system problems such as asthma or allergies in children or adults?

We live in a world that is bombarding us with marketing from pharmaceutical corporations trying to make us believe that their drugs are the best and maybe the only way to fight these problems. In fact, roughly one third of all TV commercials are drug related.

Is there not a natural approach to allowing the body to be stronger? Of course there is! The only problem is that the world of natural health care does not have millions of dollars to market these ideas. Even though there are presently small numbers of people using natural methods over drugs, surveys show that this trend has been increasing over the last 2 decades and is expected to increase dramatically over the next 2 decades.

The reality is that there are numerous natural methods to building a stronger body and allowing us to fight infectious disease and/or autoimmune system disorders. Chiropractic is proving more and more that it is not only capable of fitting into this category but it is leading the world in the fight to educate and to improve people’s overall health. Chiropractic thought is not built on the medical thoughts of treating disease or symptoms directly. It is built on the idea that removing interference to how our brain and nervous system CONTROLS our whole body allows for maximum function of all our systems, organs, and tissues. This includes our immune system.

Think in a logical sense first: What controls your immune system? Does it just run on its own without guidance, or does a higher function in our body control its actions?
When you think it through, it is easy to conclude that our nervous system IS that controller. In fact, within the last decade researchers are finding that all immune functions are controlled just this way.

As a result, people with asthma, ADHD, bedwetting, Crohn’s Disease, ear infections, allergies and a host of other so-called internal problems, have greatly benefited from chiropractic care. In fact, chiropractic intervention has been the saving grace with many of these people who have first been elsewhere without receiving the results they were looking for. By helping these problems, does this mean chiropractic treats these diseases? On the contrary, these problems resolve as a result of the body functioning normally through chiropractic.

A major point I want people to take from this article is your thinking of where health comes from! We as a society have in the past, been led to believe that by trying to eradicate conditions, diseases, and/or symptoms we create health. This is far from the truth! In reality, health comes from a fully functioning nervous system and body that is capable of fighting off disease and dysfunction because it is working normally. If we work to remove the interference to how the body is supposed to work, instead of covering up the real problems of bodily dysfunction, we get some amazing results. This is the definition of health given by the World Health Organization: “Health is the optimal state of physical, mental, and social well being and NOT merely the absence of disease and/or infirmity.” THINK ABOUT IT!!

Why Chiropractic?

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Top 3 Chiropractic Misconceptions

I. Chiropractic is only for back and neck pain.

The first chiropractic patient was deaf and had his hearing restored after a chiropractic adjustment. That was over 100 years ago. Chiropractic doesn’t treat any specific medical condi-tion. The chiropractic adjustment helps improve nervous system function so the body and immune system function better. You need not suffer from a particular condition to enjoy the benefits of chiropractic — you simply must have the desire to be as healthy as possible.

2. Chiropractic is just for adults.

On the contrary, chiropractic is GREAT for kids! Numerous case studies show that chiropractic is very safe and effective for children of all ages. A wellness lifestyle including chiropractic care makes fora happy family.

3. Once you go to the chiropractor, you have to keep going back.

Going to the chiropractor on a regular basis is a very healthy lifestyle choke. However, the healthier you live outside the chiropractor’s office, the less time you’ll need inside the chiropractor’s office. Healthier living means less stress and therefore fewer subluxations. Compare your chiropractic visits to working out at the gym or seeing the dentist. Your fitness is maintained or improved with additional workouts and dental appointments can be less frequent if you take good care of your teeth. Remember, your health is your responsibility.