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Broth Before Meals Could Lead to Healthier Eating

A transition to a healthier diet is tough. Why do we have to crave foods that aren’t healthy? It’s tiring trying to flip flog different types of diet fads, and as a doctor of chiropractic, I’ve come across many. Usually most fad diets are back by little or no scientific data. Luckily for you, all articles here have data backed by top scientific journals. Always check the links. Out of all the recommendations and scientific data I’ve given you, this might be the easiest to implement. A cup of broth before a meal can improve eating choices. Link here.

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Broth and Data Gathered

Objective measures were used to gather data. Inhibitory control test, focused gazed, and brain engagement related to self-regulation improved. Inhibitory control test is a participant’s ability to override urges. Ever want more food or desert after a meal? No more with broth. This is important when it comes to eating more food after a meal. Focused gaze is important because the less you stare at other foods the less likely you are to overeat. The study was conducted at a buffet, so looking at a lot of foods is easy. The more focus; the less you’ll eat.

How Much Is Enough?

A good amount of broth to drink would be eight ounces. Traditionally, many countries in the world drink a soup or broth before an entree. Broth before a meal will aid digestion of the food. Soups with an umami taste will stimulate digestive (satiety and soup) juices to break down for more easily. Before you scarf down complimentary bread, have a cup of soup. In addition to the objective improvements seen in the study, drinking the broth also fill your stomach before a meal.

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Headaches Including Migraines: Underlying Issue

According to the International Headache Society  (link here) there are two different types of headaches, primary and secondary. We will discuss primary only. Secondary headaches are due to a disease or a trauma. Primary headaches are your chronic, daily, run of the mill headaches. Also included under the primary headache umbrella are migraines.

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Headaches The Missing Link

I won’t bore you to death with all the details of various headaches. You’re welcome! How do these headaches occur? Headache suffers may have many different “triggers” like wine, stress, rain, bright lights, and hormones. These common triggers occur because there is a underlying issue. Headaches stem from a shift of your spinal structure from the normal range. When a structural shift occurs, abnormal blood flow through vessels surrounding the neck and head cause a headache. Ever have pounding or pulsing headache? Now you know why this happens.

Structural Shifts Causing Headaches

The upper section of your spine is susceptible to a structural shift of spinal segments. An example of a shift of your spine is Anterior Head Syndrome (AHS). AHS is when your head shifts forward relative to your chest; like the picture above. AHS leads to obstruction of nerves an early destruction of spinal segments. Daily challenges to your spine like cell phone and computer use are common contributors to AHS.

If AHS is corrected, meaning your head and neck are further over the center of your chest spinal nerves that connect to blood vessels are able to normalize blood flow.

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Lateral x-ray of neck. Left picture shows Anterior Head Syndrome. Right picture shows corrected spine after care.

Side view of the neck. Moving the head and neck further over the center of the body can result in resolution of many secondary conditions likes headaches. The initial AHS measurement (27.6 is reduces to half.

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Allergy Improvements Using a Probiotic and Yeast

Chronic allergy and sinus issues can be a source of headaches, literally and figuratively. Science shows a particular probiotic and yeast can help. Allergy symptoms vary widely. Sinus pressure, itchy skin, watery eyes, infections, and a runny nose are a few of the many issues that can occur. Many medications only cover up the symptoms. Symptom relief is not a fix. It’s a patch. If you are looking for answers to your allergy and sinuses issues, studies show simple interventions can help.

How Do Allergies Start?

An allergy, sinus “attack” happens when your body overreacts to certain outside “invader,” including microscopic pollen, dust, egg protein, weeds, pet dandruff, nuts, and fruit acids. This list is much longer. Contact with or ingestion of these substances triggers your body to release a response. This response becomes overkill. An over-reactive response to these substances produces chronic symptoms. A normal response is minor, and there are no physical symptoms felt.


Allergy Studies

Studies show improvements in nasal congestion, reduction in swollen nasal passages, and eye symptoms occur with the use of a probiotic (lactobacillus acidophilus) or yeast fermentate. Studies here, here, here, and here. More exist, but we will highlight a few.

The probiotic, Lactobacillus Acidophilus (L-92), shows a 31% reduction in swelling and nostril lining redness. Under normal circumstances the lining of nostrils should be pale. This study lasted over two allergy seasons.

Ninety-six people who took yeast fermentate for twelve weeks showed a decrease in runny nose, nasal congestion, and a 43% reduction total days with nasal congestion.

Yeast fermentate improved two markers for immune response. First a reduction of a antibody called IgE. IgE is an antibody that is produces when an allergic reaction takes place. Therefore, this is a marker that should be low during a normal immune response. Second an antibody called SIgA increased during supplementation. SIgA plays the important role of lung, oral cavity, and gut protection from “invaders.”

When Do I Take a Probiotic or Yeast Fermentate?

These supplements do not act like an Advil. Take these supplements as part of your daily routine. L-92 and yeast fermentate are used to normalize your immune response by improving your immune system; essentially getting to the possible root cause of your “overkill” responses.

Let’s also preface, that each and every person is unique, so people may not feel the same effects that others may feel. If you want to supplement with L-92 and yeast fermentate, try these (here and here).

Finally, the master of the immune system is your nervous system, the electric wiring of your body.  If spinal segments obstruct nerves exiting the spine, function of the immune system will suffer. Obstruction of the nervous system is like parking a dump truck over a water hose. No water will exit the hose. Thus, normalizing spinal structure is vitally important to optimum health.

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