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Week 2 – Staying healthy during the Holidays

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Welcome to Week 2 of our video series on staying healthy during the holidays.

A little bit about the food plan we are following up to Thanksgiving.

Access to Health – Video Tips on Staying Healthy Though the Holidays. Week 1

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Hello!

Welcome to the Access to Health Weekly Video Tips – Staying Healthy Thought the Holidays. Week One kicks off with Will Power and handling Temptations.

Please take a moment to leave a comment and let us know what you think.

Time to talk Omegas

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Of all the supplements that we recommend, Omega-3 is at the top. Omega-3’s are essential nutrients, specifically fatty acids, which are vitally important to human health and seriously lacking in today’s modern diet. These essential fatty acids are not manufactured in the body; therefore, they must be obtained through food and/or supplements.

Omega-3 fats are vitally important in nearly all human functions: growth and development, nerve and brain function, emotions and behavior, skin and bone health, regulation of healing and inflammation, cholesterol, digestion, heart function, immune function and vision. The main Omega-3 fatty acids are Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA). The latter two are more important for human consumption. ALA is found in plant sources such as flax seed. However, ALA cannot be sufficiently converted to EPA and DHA, therefore EPA and DHA are superior in humans. EPA and DHA are naturally found in wild game and wild cold water fish such as salmon, mackerel, and tuna.

There are also Omega 6 fatty acids that are essential for human health, specifically a healthy inflammatory response. However, research indicates that the modern western diet is toxic with Omega 6 fatty acids and seriously deficient in Omega 3. A healthy ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 is 1:1. Modern western diets have been found to be anywhere from 1:10 to 1:30. This unhealthy ratio is thought to be caused by excessive consumption of grains, grain products, and grain fed farmed meat as well as a number of food oils such as palm, rapeseed, soybean, and sunflower. Chronic excessive intake of Omega-6 has been associated with arthritis, inflammation, and cancer and may increase the probability of a number of other diseases. Although it is reasonable for someone to partially meet their requirement of Omega-3s through diet, by eating wild game and coldwater fish, it is highly unlikely that one would be able to sufficiently take in enough Omega-3s to bring the ratio even close to 1:1, especially if you are consuming any grain, grain fed meat, or specific food oils. Therefore, supplementation with Omega-3 rich fish oil is critical.

Studies have shown that high concentrations of liquid fish oil can reduce inflammation, lower serum triglycerides and improve cardiovascular health. Clinical research suggests that Omega-3 fatty acids can help lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, MS, bipolar conditions, depression, ADHD, chronic pain and possibly Alzheimer’s disease. How much fish oil you should take is very subjective depending on your state of health. Those who have signs of systemic inflammation, autoimmunity or who are insulin resistant may have to take as much as 1g / 10lbs of body weight initially. However, most healthy active people should optimally take around 0.25g/10lbs of body weight. That would put most people between 3-5g daily. If you are pregnant or nursing you should focus on a DHA heavy fish oil, as DHA is a key factor in neurological development of your baby.

Fish oil comes in both capsule and liquid form and both are equally effective. Not all brands are created equal though. You want to look for a brand that contains approximately equal amounts of EPA and DHA. Some cheaper brands may also come with a “fishier” after-taste. My favorite brand is Innate Choice Omega Sufficiency, and it’s 10% for the month of April, 2014

Get out there and start taking this vital nutrient today! If you have questions let us know!

Until next time…live well!

**Thank you to Learning Curves for this valuable information**

A Year Ahead in Fort Collins Health

Friday, January 31st, 2014

With the new year brings hope of all that’s to come. Fort Collins offers a hub of healthy lifestyle activities and wellness centers, here are just a few of the best things to come this year:

 

Trader Joe’s is reportedly moving to FOCO….all of those wonderful health foods right at your finger tips.

The city will host a Bike Plan Open House in March to discuss the future of bike’s in Fort Collins.

The ever favorite Horsetooth Half Marathon comes to us again in April.

Men’s Health Happy Hour  will be presented during March Mann-ness at CSU.

Golden Poppy is hosting a Fertility Awareness Workshop.

 

 

These are just a few events to get involved with. Here’s to your health!

Ring in the New Year with the Right Resolution

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Every year we make resolutions, and every year they seem to get broken halfway through. This year, resolve to make at least one of them last. And that’s a healthier you. No, not just going to the gym and making sure to eat right (and those are very important) but add Chiropractic Services into that routine.

If you can’t keep yourself accountable, at least the set appointments will.

The benefits of chiropractic care can last for years and it’s something that will make the rest of your resolutions withstand the test of time.

If you regularly address the ailments that stop you from working out or getting healthy, you won’t have an excuse to not get healthy. Adding someone into your fitness routine who is not only knowledgeable but understands your needs can lead to a partnership that will bring wellness and health to you.

Employee Wellness Programs, How do They Affect You?

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Many companies are getting into the practice of beginning Employee Wellness Programs. The thought behind it is that healthy employees cost less for the employer and will be more productive. What is not considered is the cost it takes to get the employees started in the Wellness Programs. There are doctor’s visits and other costs associated with “getting well” that have to be eaten by someone. This article explores that question and posing the idea that we aren’t actually saving ourselves any money by entering in to these programs.

The cost of the program is usually handed down to the employee.

 

What we can gather from this story is that we should always invest in our health and health programs. Throwing out a program just because of one study isn’t the right approach. However, understanding that exercise progams have caused a lot  of change in people’s lives is important.

Give Yourself a Treat and Not a Trick This Year

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Can’t you just smell the Halloween Candy? It’s getting terribly close to everyone’s favorite candy-collecting night, and you’ve been elected to walk all the kids through the neighborhood. There is surely a nominal candy fee you are charging for your services, but why not give yourself an even bigger treat this year?

 

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The first thing to think about is how much walking are you going to have to do? Chances are, a lot, and fast, if you’re going to get to all the best houses on the block.

Make sure you work out some walking shoes into that costume. Yes, the heels might be cute, and the clown shoes funny, but you’ve got ground to cover and candy waiting for those kiddos—-save the shoes for the big kids party. 

 

 

The next thing to consider is what is your costume made out of? Is it something that can easily be carried? Or are you walking around with a giant cardboard box on your head? Make sure you develop some support into that costume so you don’t cost your back any issues from walking around with a toilet strapped to your back.

 

After the kids have got their loot, there is inevitably going to be a candy sort–and lots of hunching over. Make candy stations for everyone, where thy can sit up and count, deposit candy into your pocket, and protect their posture from a night of tension.

 

When it’s all over, the kids are wearing off their sugar high, and you’ve stashed your share of their candy, consider scheduling an appointment for your chiropractic care. Think of it as a reward–and one that doesn’t need a reason, other than to care for yourself.

 

Seems to be that an appointment at a chiropractic wellness center is the best medicine after a week of candy, no sleep, and uncomfortable shoes!

Ladies: What Are We Doing to Ourselves?!

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

It’s no surprise that women put themselves through a lot to meet Western standards of beauty. There is a constant increase in pressure for women to look better, be thinner, and have higher heels than the woman next to her. But we have to stop; the life-long injury we are causing ourselves can be dramatic, and end up costing us an immeasurable amount in medical expenses.

The Washington Post recently posted this infographic:

SOURCE: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Apparel & Footwear Association, American Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Society, Mayo Clinic, Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, “Women’s Shoes and Knee Osteoarthritis,” by D. Casey Kerrigan, Jenn.

 

 

How do we stop this? How do we combat the constant call from society to change who we are? 

Here, in Fort Collins, and even in most of Colorado, we have a different standard of beauty, one that’s based on health and happiness. So begin your path to self-confidence and wellness by adding just a few basic remedies into your life:

  1. Receive a chiropractic adjustment: If you find yourself fated to wear heels, be sure to visit a chiropractic wellness center on a regular basis. It would behoove you to visit a Fort Collins Chiropractic center if possible.
  2. Find a few minutes for yourself, every day: Take a few minutes just to touch in with where you’re at, it’s OK if it’s a melancholy or thriving day….embrace where you are at and understand your base of emotions.
  3. Get rid of the mirror: Take down all the mirrors in your house, for one week. See what happens.
  4. Say yes, and no: Say yes to the things you want to do and no to the things you don’t. Honestly. You’d be surprised to see what sticking up for yourself does.
  5. Be who you are: Does this need an explanation?

 

 

 

Taking care of both your physical and emotional needs is an important part of your daily life. You will find less of a need to strap on those towering heels if you can feel confident in something 4 inches lower.

 

 

How to Keep Your Fitness Routine Active During Inclement Weather

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

The floods that have devastated Northern Colorado have been heart-breaking to watch. As the water continues to recede we will begin to see just what has happened to our city and state infrastructure, and with that, come more limits on the use of public spaces and land.

The weekend that the flood hit found Fort Collins residents staying put, as all roads in and out of town, parks, and public walkways closed down. While we have been blessed to have had a minimal amount of damage, we have seen our city be quarantined to specific areas. In these times, the best thing we can do, in any affected area, is to begin to get back to normal life as quickly as possible. Routine is key, and establishing that normalcy as quickly as possible is the best way to begin the healing process.

One routine that you can maintain is that of your physical fitness. We know that it has been hard to get out and walk or run along our beautiful trails, but here are a few ways Fort Collins chiropractors and their clients are getting back on track and keeping their bodies healthy, if a little unintentional:

 

  • Have a family dance party: We’ve all been feeling down and sad for our friends, but a little laughter is the best way to motivate ourselves and get  our bodies moving again. Put on some silly music, or better yet, make your own with pots and pans, and just start moving! Short bursts of energy and movement are a great way to keep your joints and heart healthy. Want to take it a step further? Get out the camera phone and capture the moment, you’ll love watching it later, and maybe sharing a moment of laughter with your friends in need of a smile.
  • Clean out your closet, and make some donations: We know there are going to be a lot of people needing basic clothing and shelter items. Why not overhaul the house and do some good in the meantime? You don’t realize all the heavy lifting you’re doing when you begin to clean and move stuff around…just be sure to bend from the knees!
  • keep a set of weights around: keeping just a small set of weights available is a great way to keep yourself in shape and your muscles and bones healthy. Do a rep while you’re watching TV or take a 5 minute break to do some static sets. Remember, those minutes add up!

 

Whatever you do, find time to move throughout the day, even if you can’t get outside.

 

Keep Northern Colorado in your thoughts as they begin to recover, and Fort Collins chiropractors will do the same!

 

Alkaline & Acidic Food List

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Just that simple…

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