Recipe of the Month

Cabbage Avocado Slaw With a Twist of Lemon

 

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This purification friendly version of a traditional picnic favorite combines the crunch of cabbage with the satisfying creaminess of avocado. And though you can’t taste them, you’ll also enjoy the health benefits of the abundance of glucosinolates and carotenoids in this salad.

 

Ingredients

  • 6 cups purple and green cabbage, finely shredded
  • 1 small red, orange, or yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1 ripe avocado, diced
  • 2 tablespoons red onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • ¼ cup shelled hemp seeds
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt

 

Directions

Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl until the avocado is creamy throughout.

 

Recipe courtesy of www.wholefoodsmarket.com

Spring Detox For a Better Summer

Detoxing, juicing, fasting or cleansing are terms used to describe a short time frame where the body and digestive system is given break and allow toxins and metabolic waste to be eliminated from the body.  Cleansing is vital in the connections between what our body needs and what it wants due to our overly active pancreas from our addiction of sugar.

At VFC, we recommend doing a ten day juicing cleanse of just raw fruits and veggies.  Dr. Vu is currently juicing for breakfast and for his afternoon snack.  You are still allow to eat whole foods for lunch and dinner.  Snack often on raw veggies and fruits to boost metabolism.  The keep is to avoid refine carbohydrates and high fructose corn syrup.

Here are a couple of great websites for recipes on juicing.

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http://www.juicerecipes.com

http://www.rebootwithjoe.com

If you have any questions or concerns please call the office at 238-8888

A Spring Recipe for Boosting your Health

Berrylicious Smoothie

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Spring-Cleaning is a holistic process; it includes what you eat and the environment you live in.  Here is a great spring-cleaning recipe to get you off to a good start:

Ingredients:

  • 2 rounded tablespoon of Whey Pro Complete or SP Complete(from Standard Process)
  • 1 cup of fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 1 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon of organic yogurt (optional)
  • 1 cup water or almond/coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup of ice

Directions:

  • Blend all the ingredients. Drink and enjoy.
  • Servings: 2

 

Healthy Adrenals Can Be a Girl’s Best Friend: Women, Menopause, and Weight Management

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In a culture where multitasking is key and life seems to run on fast forward, a woman’s adrenal system can get quite a workout.  When you add menopause to the mix, the adrenals can go on high alert.  Keeping the adrenal glands healthy plays a very important role for women in menopause.  This is especially true for those feeling worn down from dealing with the effects of hormone fluctuations and battling weight gain.

Stress and Cortisol

Many patients are often aware of the hormonal fluctuations that occur in menopause but don’t see the connection between adrenal health and menopause.  When stressed, either physically or emotionally, the adrenals will release adrenaline and cortisol to moderate stress.  When a woman in menopause also has chronic stress, cortisol production can be in excess, and she may experience adrenal fatigue.  This can result in cravings for sweet or salty foods, weight gain, or stubborn pounds that won’t go away, even with diet and exercise.  Without the support of a healthy adrenal system, menopausal symptoms can be more pronounced and make life miserable.

Caffeine-Fueled Lives Don’t Promote Energy

Women facing the combination of menopause and hectic lives often feel tired.  Many think they need caffeine in their morning coffee, energy drinks at lunch, and midafternoon lattes just to keep going.  These stimulants make the adrenal glands work harder, and though there may be a temporary lift in energy, in the long run it won’t last.  The delicate adrenal system was not meant to run on high speed at all times.  Supporting adrenal health can help provide a solid foundation for easing menopausal symptoms.

A Healthy Diet and Nutritional Support

Stress on the adrenal system can come from many sources, and menopause is definitely one of them.  By reviewing your eating habits, you can suggest healthy alternatives to foods that aren’t friendly to their waistlines.  You can also look into how much sugar, caffeine, and processed foods you are consuming, since all these things can affect mood and stress levels.  For some, we suggest eating smaller meals throughout the day to keep blood sugar levels and energy even.  You can also recommend nutritional supplements that help support the physiology, function, and nutritional needs of the adrenal glands.

We recommend Drenamin from Standard Process as a nutritional support for the adrenal glands along with regular chiropractic adjustments. Drenamin promotes healthy adrenal gland function, encourages a healthy response to environmental stresses, maintains energy production, and supports a balanced mood.

Workers’ Comp Study: Lumbar Fusion Surgery Fails 74% of the Time

Did you know that the annual number of spinal fusion operations in the U.S. increased more than 75 percent between 1996 and 2001?  But “failed back sugary syndrome” is still a common problem, with enormous costs to patients, insurers, and society.

According to a study published in Spine last year, spinal fusion surgeries often backfire, failing an astonishing 74 percent of the time!

Researchers looked at 1,450 workers’ compensation patients who had diagnosis of disc herniation, radiculopathy, or disc degeneration.  Half of the patients had fusion surgery in hopes of curing low back pain.  The other half had no surgery, even though they had comparable diagnoses.  The results were as follows:

  • Two year after fusion surgery, 26 percent of union cases had returned to work, while 67 percent of nonsurgical controls had returned to work within town years from date of injury
  • The re-operation rate was 27 percent for surgical patients
  • Of the lumbar fusion subjects, 36 percent had complications
  • Permanent disability rates were 11 percent for surgery case and 2 percent for nonoperative controls
  • For lumbar fusion subjects, daily opioid use increased 41 percent after surgery, with 76 percent of cases continuing opioid use after surgery
  • Total number of days off work was more prolonged for surgical cases compared to nonoperative controls, 1140 and 316 days, respectively

From the study’s conclusion:  “Lumbar fusion for the diagnoses of disc degeneration, disc herniation, and/or radiculopathy in a WC setting is associated with significant increase in disability, opiate use, prolonged work loss, and poor RTW(Return to Work) status.”

Source: Long-term Outcomes of Lumbar Fusion Among Workers’ Compensation Subjects: An Historical Cohort Study, Spine: 15 February 2011-Vol 36-Issue 4-p 313-3

(MAC Journal-May/June 2012)