Staying Hydrated While Losing Weight

Let’s face it – chronic low-grade dehydration is a big problem in the United States. It is especially a problem when your patients are trying to lose weight. Ou may not be aware, but studies show that at any given time, between 20 to 35% of US adults are actively “dieting.” This means that approximately one-third of your adult patients are currently “dieting.” Because of this, having tips and hints to help them maintain proper hydration levels becomes even more important.

 

As a chiropractor, I know and understand the importance of maintaining proper hydration levels. Unfortunately, the sad reality is that most of my patients have no idea that water helps flush toxins, makes them feel fuller, and speeds up fat burning. These three reasons alone provide a great motive to stay hydrated. While important for overall health and well-being, maintaining proper hydration is critical for patients who are actively trying to lose weight.

 

Without enough water in the body, cells get congested, skin can’t detox, and the bladder and kidneys won’t work properly. You’ll feel tired and eat more too. Often, when you feel hungry, your body is really telling you that you are dehydrated. Try drinking a glass of water before you reach for a snack.

 

Benefits of Staying Hydrated

– Combats fatigue

– Reduces high blood pressure

– Alleviates allergies and asthma

– Makes your skin, joints, and digestive system healthier

– Flushes out unwanted bacteria from bladder and kidneys

– Slows the aging process

– Aids in circulation

– Helps regulate the body’s cooling system

If you find drinking water to be monotonous or boring, here are a few ways to liven up your hydration without  adding calories:

-Herbal Teas

-Fruit-flavored water(water infuser with fresh fruit-lemons, clemetines, limes, berries, etc.)

-Essential oils

-Can add strawberries, basil, cucumber mint, ginger infusion

 

Article credits to Jason Strotheide, DC.

A New Year, A New YOU, A New Recipe!!

Asian Noodle Salad

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Prep: 30 Minutes Level: Easy

                                                       Cook: 10 Minutes Serves: 6

– 1 package Linguine noodles, cooked, rinsed, and cooled

– 1/2 head sliced napa cabbage, or more to taste

– 1/2 head sliced purple cabbage, or more to taste

– 1/2 bag baby spinach, or more to taste

– 1 whole red bell pepper, sliced thin

– 1 whole yellow bell pepper, sliced thin

– 1 whole orange bell pepper, sliced thin

– 1 bag bean sprouts (also called mung bean sprouts)

– chopped cilantro, up to 1 bunch, to taste

– 3 whole cucumbers, peeled and sliced

– 1 can (about 10 oz.) whole cashews, lightly toasted in skillet

For the Dressing:

– 1 whole lime, juiced

– 8 tablespoons olive oil

– 8 tablespoons soy sauce

– 2 tablespoons (up to 3 Tablespoons) sesame oil

– 1/3 cup brown sugar

– 2 cloves garlic, chopped

– 2 whole hot peppers or jalapenos, chopped

– chopped cilantro

Preparation:

Mix salad ingredients together. Whisk dressing ingredients together and pour over

salad. Mix with tongs or hand and serve on a platter.

Note: dressing keeps for up to three days before serving, without cilantro

 

Courtesy from one of our patient!

#BEHappy #EatHealthy #GetAdjusted

Vitamin D with calcium may prevent bone fractures for high-risk seniors

For seniors over the age of 65, taking a daily supplement of vitamin D with calcium—but not vitamin D alone—can offer some protection against the risk of common bone fractures, according to an updated review from The Cochrane Library.

Broken bones of the hip, wrist, or spine due to osteoporosis or low bone mass affect about 52 million Americans, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. About one in two women and one in four men age 50 and older will break a bone due to their declining bone health. Vitamin D has been proven essential for maintaining strong bone health.

Source: Health Behavior News Service, cfah.org

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

Underserved Patients

 

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A great article about the standard of care in this country.  Make sure you do your research so you can make an inform decision next time you seek medical care.–Dr. Nam

When I think about the typical medical doctor (MD), I think of only three things: diagnose, drugs, referral.  With the exception of  minor injuries, this pretty much sums up their “toolbox.”  The typical patient interaction amounts to a few tests and an “I’ve got a drug for that” conversation.

If the tests suggest something more serious, there is ultimately a referral to a medical specialist.  Chiropractic, nutrition, and other forms of care are rarely considered, yet a trip to the general/family practitioner MD is the first stop for most Americans.

When most people think about doctors of chiropractic, they think about back, neck, shoulder or some other musculoskeletal pain.  The typical chiropractic visit includes a discussion of the pain area, some palpation, sometimes a few tests, and the resultant adjustments.  Depending on the severity of the pain, other modalities may be utilized.  Depending on the DC, nutrition or herbs may also be part of the conversation.  There is little talk about drugs, even though the majority of the U.S. adult population is taking at least one prescription drug.  Most times these prescriptions are for ailments chiropractic or nutrition/herbs could address.

In both of the above scenarios, the patient is underserved.

From DynamicChiropractic.com, By Donald M. Peterson Jr.