Poor habits like staring at your phone can cause a granny hump or anterior head syndrome. Fortunately preventing and improving a granny hump is achievable.

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Vitamin D3 Supplementation Blood Vessel Effects

Vitamin D3 supplementation may have beneficial effects in treating high blood pressure. Vitamin D3 is most known for its bone restoring effects. More studies continue to show its vital role in many other conditions.

Where Do you Get Vitamin D3?

Usually vitamin D is obtained from sunlight exposure. After a few chemical reactions, your body will covet the sunlight to Vitamin D. Here are the kickers. Your location, time of day, season, skin color, and job all factor in the amount you produce. Let’s face it. It’s hard to get any sun when you’re stuck at your desk all day. Luckily you have the option to supplement with Vitamin D3. And if you have high blood pressure, then supplementation is may be for you. How can Vitamin D3 improve hypertension?

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Vitamin D3 and Nitric Oxide

Vitamin D3 helps increase the amount of nitric oxide in your blood vessels. Study link here. Nitric oxide is an important vasodilator. Essentially, nitric oxide will signal the blood vessels to relax or increase in circumference. Take a balloon for instance. At first, it’s hard to blow up. After stretching the balloon, it’s much easier to blow up the balloon. Nitric oxide is similar to the stretching effect of the balloon. The blood vessels become more pliable for easier blood flow.

Decreasing Oxidative Stress in blood Vessels

Vitamin D3 decreases oxidative and nitro-oxidative stress in blood vessels. Both increase stiffening and narrowing of blood vessels. Vary amounts of nitric oxide are needed in times of stress and relaxations. What controls the release of nitric oxide? Nerves. The electric wiring of your body. Nerves communicate to blood vessels when they are free of obstructions. With proper communication to blood vessels, blood will flow normally.

Abnormal blood flow can factor in migraines and headaches. Therefore, people who suffer from migraines and headaches often have a throbbing or “achey”sensation in various areas of the head or behind eyes. This happens because an obstruction exists on the nerve causing abnormal blood flow to those areas. Once the obstructions removed, blood will flow normally in blood vessels. This is similar to a water hose. If you step on the hose, the flow of water will stop. Removal of the obstruction will cause the water to flow freely from the hose.

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Sulphoraphane Makes Broccoli Sprouts A Super Food

Since everyone seems infatuated with the word detoxify. I present to you cruciferous vegetables. Broccoli, kale, cauliflower, and brussel sprouts contain an antioxidant called sulphoraphane. However, the largest concentration is found in broccoli sprouts. This antioxidant negatively effects many different diseases.

Sulphoraphane’s Effect

Sulphoraphane lowers the oxidation rate of the cell. Therefore, it’s similar to anti-wrinkle cream… if anti-wrinkle cream worked. Studies show that it can prevent certain cancers. Additionally, it can slow the growth of tumor cells. This is especially relevant for cancer patients. Link is here.

Sulphoraphane can detoxify compounds that come into the body. With China’s dense population, come higher amounts of pollutants in the air. Study participants drank a sulphoraphane rich beverage to see if pollutant by-products were lowered in the body. As a result, some pollutants were lowered by drinking the beverage. It’s similar to the detoxifying, apple cider vinegar-based concoctions, but broccoli sprouts, I assume, seem more palatable. Link to study here.

Also, sulphoraphane helps the liver regulate glucose. Consequently, this is an important finding for diabetic patients. Link to study here. I believe it’s noteworthy that it can improve glucose control and pollutant detoxification. Both improvements have direct involvement with the liver, a vital organ for optimal health.

Get Me Sulphoraphane Now

Eat your vegetables, right? Adding cruciferous vegetables, specifically broccoli sprouts to your diet will keep your body at optimal function. You can find broccoli sprouts at specialty grocery stores, or you can grow them! Find out how, here.

After carefully washing them, eat broccoli sprouts raw. Heating them can reduce the amounts of healthy compounds. Add broccoli sprouts to salads or on top of a protein for garnish. Finally, there are no known side effects of broccoli sprouts.  Any one can eat them! Cheers!

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Energy Optimization with CoQ10?

CoQ10 is an antioxidant that is vital in the function of optimal cellular function. It’s so important that our bodies actually make it. Without normal amounts, your cells may not produce optimal amounts of energy (ATP). It’s like a car without gas. CoQ10 is also used in normal signaling of cells in gene expression. Important right?

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CoQ10 Vital Organs and Aging

Unfortunately, as you age the levels of CoQ10 decrease. Also, a large portion of the country takes cholesterol lowering statins. Taking statins could lower levels as well. This is not good. The heart, liver, pancreas and kidneys contain the highest levels. Thus, waning levels affect the vital organs significantly.

Studies show CoQ10 supplementation is effective against heart disorders. After one year of supplementation, congestive heart failure patients went to the hospital less. Significant declines in pulmonary edema, cardiac asthma, and arrhythmia did occur. Besides heart function improvements, studies positive results for fatigue, physical performance, and decreased levels of muscle injuries and stress. The evidence for the latter improves is less robust. Studies here and here.

Where Do You Find CoQ10?

CoQ10 can be found in a supplement form, or you can get if from organ meats! Delicious… Trace levels can be found in olive oil and pistachios. So unless you eat a lot of organ meats, supplementation could be beneficial.

There are no known serious side effects of CoQ10 supplementation. As always, consult your physician whenever taking supplements since they can render medications less effective.

If you want to enhance the process of energy production in cells, then consider supplementation. Spinal structure enhancement is important in the function of muscles, tissues, and organs as well.

Take a 100 watt light bulb. If obstructions exist between the outlet and the bulb, the bulb may work at 70%. The same principle extends to spinal nerves (electric wiring of the body) and Structural Shifts of the spine. Structural Correction chiropractic, directs spinal segments to a normal alignment removing obstructions from spinal nerves.

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Coffee Consumption Decreases Chances of Diseases

Is coffee healthy or is it bad for you? Debates happen often. The question is particularly important because it’s a constant presence in most of our lives. Just to be clear – the coffee referenced in this article does not include several packets of sugar or sugar substitute. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the way a lightly sugared cup of Joe tastes. Who wouldn’t? It’s desert in a cup. However, for purposes of this article, we are going to discuss the health benefits of plain, black coffee.

Coffee’s Health Benefits

I will be discussing the findings from two different studies. I have included links to both studies in case you would like additional information. They can be found here and here. Both studies found marked heath benefits in coffee drinkers compared to non-coffee drinkers. Also, the more coffee consumed (to a certain extent), the better the outcomes. Researchers found reductions in all causes of mortality (death related illnesses) and reductions in specific illnesses.

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For instance, men who drank over 16 ounces per day had a 12% lower risk of all causes of mortality compared to non-coffee drinkers. Women coffee drinkers also had a 7% lower risk of all causes of mortality. So based on these two studies, drinking coffee can lower your risk of death. Consumption also reduced the risk of certain types of cancers, such as: skin, endometrial, prostate, and liver. The greatest benefit is seen with liver conditions. In addition, women can reduce their risk of digestive disease, circulatory disease, and cerebrovascular disease by at least 22%. All of this done by drinking 2-3 eight ounce cups per day.

How Much Should I drink?

However, there are a few limits. The studies show that after four, eight ounce cups of coffee, the benefits are not as great. There are also some instances in which drinking 2-3 cups is not recommended. Women who are pregnant, those with increased risk of fracture, and individuals with atrial fibrillation should always check with a physician before consuming coffee.

Antioxidants and Caffeine

With that said, scientists aren’t sure why coffee is beneficial. Antioxidants (chlorogenic acid) and caffeine seem to be the most obvious health properties. Antioxidants help protect cells from damage. As a matter of fact, most Americans get the majority of their antioxidants from coffee. Caffeine works as a stimulant to increase brain activity.

Just to reiterate, drinking coffee with sugar and cream can cause adverse effects. Unfortunately coffee isn’t the only part of optimal health. It is important to have a diet complete with proteins, healthy fats, vegetables, and fruits in addition to moderate exercise in order to reduce risks of all causes mortality.

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A Baby’s Bacterial Health Starts Before Birth

The health of your infant is greatly dependent upon two things; the position of your baby in-utero and the ability to breast feed. Normal positioning for delivery is head down with the left side of head facing outward (towards belly button). This positioning greatly increases the chances for a safe vaginal birth for the mother and infant.

Baby Positions and Your Pelvis

Let me preface that labor complications do happen. There is no 100% perfect labor or delivery. Also there are times when surgery is necessary for the safety of the baby and mother. With that said, what does in-utero positioning have to do with the baby’s health?

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Breech positioning of the baby is due to abnormal shifts of the mother’s pelvic structures. Similar to normal blood pressure and eyesight, there is a normal spinal structure and alignment. Abnormal pelvic bone shifts are similar to abnormal car alignment. As a result, car performance decreases and the tires will wear unevenly. The pelvic bones have rope like attachments (ligaments) to the uterus and cervix. If ligaments are abnormally pulled by pelvic bone shifts, the result is decreased room for the baby. Also, the uterus and cervix  decrease in function. As a result, these complications can increase the chances of c-section.

Normalizing Pelvic Structure

If spinal structures are corrected or directed to a more normal position, the baby can move freely and the uterus and cervix will increase in function. A normal functioning uterus is essential to normal contractions and thinning of the cervix for passage of the baby through the vagina. Consequently, vaginal exposure increases beneficial bacteria for a healthy immune system.

Beneficial Bacteria Exposure

C-section babies miss out on the beneficial bacterial exposure through the vagina. Studies show that babies delivered by c-section show an abnormal level or imbalance of stomach bacteria. Furthermore a bacterial imbalance can increase the chances for allergies and asthma. Also, an imbalanced stomach bacteria slows the development of a strong immune system. Stomach bacteria and the immune system share a close relationship.

Structural Analysis of Spine and Pelvis

In conclusion, expecting mothers should find a structural chiropractor to analyze your spine and pelvis for abnormal shifts of spinal structure. Due to the dynamic changes of the spine and pelvis, structural analysis needs to be done by the start of the third trimester.

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Sleep Improved by Reducing Blue Light

There are a myriad of reasons why people don’t get enough sleep. However; there are steps you can take to improve sleep, like reducing nightly water intake and turning down your thermometer. Another step to consider is wearing blue light blocking glasses.

Blue Light and Sleep Cycle

 

Your circadian rhythm is a 24 hour cycle that is affected by sunlight and temperature. Normally you get sleepy at night because your body naturally drops in temperature and blue light exposure is reduced. Reduced light exposure means increased levels of naturally occurring melatonin. Melatonin makes you sleepy.
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If blue light from the sun reduces melatonin levels, you don’t want any blue light exposure after sunset. Since the invention of Netflix and Chill, internet access to iPhones and iPads, and Game of Thrones, blue light exposure from electronics is ample. When using electronics at night, you disrupt many physiological processes including decreasing melatonin levels.

Blue Light Blocking and Sleep

 

In a recent study, participants wore blue blocking glasses 3 hours before bedtime for two weeks. Results showed a 58% increase in night time melatonin levels. Also per sleep questionnaire, participants slept better, fell asleep faster, and increased sleep time for 24 minutes. How many times have you hit the 5 min. snooze button?
You should be thinking to yourself, “Where do I find these special glasses?” Well the color of the lenses are the most important. The lenses should have a amber tint to them. Amber does the best job of blocking blue light. Links to glasses here and here. Now you’ll be able to enjoy Jon Snow heroics without feeling groggy the next day.

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Tuna That Could Cause Harm to Health

Researchers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography studied the amounts of toxic material in yellowfin (YF) tuna. The findings from the Gulf of Mexico and Northeast Atlantic ocean YF tuna were not good. YF tuna from those regions contained 36 times the normal amount of contaminants! Contaminants include pesticides, flame retardants, and chemicals (banned in 1979) from coolants and electronics.

Who Are at Risk from Contaminated Tuna?

Health advisories are being sent due to the increased amount of toxic materials. Health advisories are present for regular consumers, the pregnant, and women who breast feed. Consequently, there is a link between high toxic load and many health issues like immune deficiencies.

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How Can You Avoid Toxic Contaminants?

 As a Structural chiropractor, it’s my professional obligation to recommend a plan to create optimal spinal alignment and overall good health. They go hand in hand. Therefore, I recommend my patients take Core Chiropractic’s Omega-3 fatty acids. Why? Our Omega-3’s are moleculary distilled. As a result, our fish oil supplement is absent of toxic contaminants. It’s similar to reverse osmosis water filters. Distillation removes unwanted materials.

Size Matters

Our product doesn’t stop at molecular distillation. The fish processed in our Omega-3’s is Alaskan Cod which is a much smaller than your average tuna species. Why is this important? Small fish feed on smaller plants and fish, while tuna feed on larger fish. Therefore larger the fish, the more contaminants. It’s like a trash can vs a dumpster. The larger the receptacle the more trash there is.
In conclusion, I recommend you eat the smallest fish in the coldest waters possible. These fish include sardines or salmon. Colder water results in fatty fish which contains beneficial omega 3’s. Eating fish has numerous health benefits like increased heart health.

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Fast? A Simple Way to Reduce Cancer Re-occurrance

We fast every day. Hence the word, breakfast.  Whether you break your fast at 7 or 11 AM, it may be good to track the amount of time between dinner and breakfast. The Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) published a study involving 2413 women diagnosed with breast cancer. Data shows the mean fasting time (time between dinner and breakfast) averaged 12.5 hours.

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How Long Should You Fast?

Fasting less than 13 hours increases chances of cancer re-occurrence by 36%. 36%!  A simple change like eating one day’s ration of food within a 10-11 hour period could reduce chances of cancer by 36%. That’s eye opening. Not to mention, 13 hour fasting reduced HbA1c (diabetic marker) and increased nighttime sleep. What does this mean for those who haven’t been diagnosed with breast cancer?

Fasting With Other Studies

Studies involving mice and humans have also shown positive effects. Patients with relapsing remitting Multiple Sclerosis (MS) followed prolonged fasting and ketogenic diets. The article cited “clinically meaningful improvement” on MS Quality of Life- 54 scores.
Mice showed improvement of MS symptoms by undergoing a fasting mimicking diet. The diet lowered the number of damaging immune cells and regrow the myelin sheath. The myelin sheath is the protective covering for nerve communication. The sheath is similar to the plastic covering of a power cord.
These studies have sparked larger clinical trials looking into an array of health issues that can be improved by fasting. I believe these studies are fascinating given the ease of application and the potential health benefits. Can you eat all of your calories within a 10 hour time frame? Definitely.

How Does Fasting Work?

Why do these trials show so much promise? Scientist hypothesize that cells under a fasting state will undergo cellular protection or death. Cells that are abnormal/damaged are more apt for death in a fasting state. Therefore a cellular reduction from apoptosis (cellular death), will stimulate stem cells (parent cells) to make new healthy cells.
With modern day food science, calories are plentiful. Maybe we need to take a longer break for our body to metabolize calories. It’s seems reasonable because a constant or excessive feeding of our cells is unhealthy. In conclusion if you plan to change your diet, please consult your physician especially if you have a preexisting condition.
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What Causes Ear Infections In Pediatrics and Kids?

Conservative approaches to ear infections (Eis) have yet to be implemented by the public. Unfortunately Eis do account for 33% of doctors’ visits and 40% of antibiotic use in children 5 years old and younger. By the age of two 70% of kids experience an Ei.

What causes ear infections in kids and pediatrics?

Structural Shortcomings That Can Increase Likelihood of Ear Infections

  • Reduced muscle function around Eustachian Tube (ET)
  • Narrow ET (auditory tube in picture) causing chronic fluid buildup and decreased drainage
  • Horizontal position of ET which reduces drainage. Which shape would drain faster? Water at the top of pyramid or a flat roof
  • Short ET frequently causing bacterial infection

Any pediatrician or ENT knows about the above structural shortcomings of a child’s ET which can inhibit proper drainage.

Structural Adjustments Are Safe and Gentle for Pediatrics

Structural Chiropractic (SC) provides a different means of improving or resolving an Ei. First of all, corrections to the spinal segments involve no twisting of the neck or popping. What is the relationship between SC and Eis? Spinal segments can shift from normal position during a complicated or traumatic birth. These shifts can decrease function of muscles surrounding the ET. If an Ei occurs, gentle and specific corrections to spinal segments will remove obstructions. As a result an increase in nerve communication to the muscles surrounding the ET can result. Proper function of ET muscles are important. Proper muscle function helps open and move the ET improving drainage.

If the Ei is indeed bacterial, a course of antibiotics is the first traditional treatment. Yet; there are times when Ei reappear despite taking the full course of antibiotics. If Ei reappear regularly, ear tubes is the next course of action. Compromises to gut flora will happen with any antibiotic use. In this study, certain bacterial strains were reduced even when antibiotics were taken prenatally. It’s no secret that stomach flora plays a major role in health and immunity. Furthermore, it is important to take a probiotic after antibiotic use whether adult or child. As a result gut bacteria will repopulate to normal levels.

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What Did Masters Favorite Dustin Johnson Do to His Back?

On Thursday, Masters favorite Dustin Johnson withdrew himself from play. Johnson slipped down a set of stairs the previous day injuring his back. After a few practice swings Thursday, Johnson could not go any further. He is the world’s number one golfer.

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A Major Fall at the Masters

Johnson landed on his side and bruised his elbow. As a result, he is experiencing muscular inflammation and spasms. For treatment, he alternated with ice and heat to improve his condition. After the inflammation decreases, I’m sure Johnson will be “ok.” Muscular inflammation aside, Johnson likely suffered a Structural Shift of the spine which, is the major concern.

What are Structural Shifts?

Normal body temperature is 98.6 degrees. If your body temperature shifts from 98.6 to 100 degrees, you’ll feel sick right? Just like normal body temperature, there is a normal spinal structure. Falls no matter your age can cause a Structural Shift or deviation from normal spinal structure. Consequently, Structural Shifts can cause muscle spasm, numbness/tingling, and headaches to name a few symptoms. In Johnson’s case, his symptoms are muscular spasm and inflammation.

How Do Structural Shifts Happen?

I often talk to patients who say their symptoms were insidious or “came out of the blue.” In the majority of cases, this is not true. Rather, there is some sort of trauma or repetitive movement or position that causes a Structural Shift of spinal segments. Furthermore, can weight lifting, a car wreck, or any form of sport be a source of trauma? Yes. Can a sedentary desk job, a dentist, a hair stylist, an optometrist, or a CPA have exposure to repetitive movements or positions that shift the spine to an abnormal position? Yes. It can happen to anyone.

What Happens If Structural Shifts Exist?

If Structural Shifts of spinal segments exist, chances of re-injury, symptoms, and spinal degeneration or destruction greatly increase. It is often not a question of “if” but “when.”  If Structural Shifts are corrected, all of the structures surrounding the spine increase in function. It’s similar to getting your car serviced. When the tires are aligned, the car’s performance will improve as a result.

I’m not sure what Jonson will do to return to the golf course, but a thorough examination with spinal imaging should occur. If Structural Shifts of the spine are present, a Structural Chiropractor will analyze all exam information and construct a comprehensive plan. A plan that will direct the spine to its optimal position. This will improve the function of structures surrounding the area of concern.

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