Everyone knows that sleep is essential, but have you ever considered how important it is for your health? Not only does it make you look and feel better, the right amount of snooze is an important part of good health and well-being. Sleep benefits your entire body, including your brain, heart, and weight.

Did you know that around 9 million people across the US take sleeping pills regularly? That’s a lot of people with sleep issues. It’s also a signal that many Americans can take steps to improve something all of us need every day to stay at the top of our game.

sleep and good health go hand in hand 300x199 Sleep and Good Health Go Hand In HandIf you have been skimping on sleep, it may be affecting you more than in the form of dark circles under your eyes. Not getting the adequate amount of rest that you body needs can result in health conditions and a lower life span. Let’s check out the benefits of sleep and how it contributes to good health:

  • You’ll live longer. Along with a better quality of life, getting the right amount of shut-eye can result in a longer lifespan. Studies have shown that more deaths in older women occurred in those who got less than five hours of sleep every night. Plus, your body naturally heals itself while you sleep, which helps in the prevention cancer and other diseases.
  • You’ll feel more creative. Getting a decent night’s sleep can really get those creative juices flowing. Your brain takes memories during sleep and reorganizes them as well as consolidating them. This results in increased creativity.
  • You can lose weight. Dieters who are deprived of sleep will lose more muscle mass than fat. However, those who want to lose weight should go to bed earlier because they can lose fat easier through appetite suppression. Being well-rested results in a healthy outlook and promotes weight loss.
  • You’ll feel less stressed. This, in turn, will result in controlled blood pressure and cholesterol levels. These reduced levels will prevent heart disease with more sleep in the long run.

The benefits are easy to understand. But what if you still have trouble – what should you do?

Start with a routine.

Going to bed at the same time every night, darkening your room as much as possible, white noise if you are easily distracted, and and even a warm bath or a few minutes of meditation can help calm you down. Also, don’t overlook the importance of having a healthy body. Chiropractic care makes sure you have structural integrity of the cervical spine, which means your body is in top shape and ready for sleep each night.

Don’t underestimate the healing powers of sleep! Be sure to get at least six hours of solid sleep per night to experience the health benefits of getting your zzz’s.

Being diagnosed with breast cancer is certainly a terrifying experience. The initial shock of knowing you have cancerous cells in your body is soon followed by fear of the upcoming treatments.

how chiropractic can help ease side effects of breast cancer treatments 300x200 How Chiropractic Can Help Ease Side Effects of Breast Cancer TreatmentsRadiation and chemotherapy are both common forms of treatment for breast cancer – and both can have physically debilitating side effects. When dealing with the side effects of your breast cancer treatments, you may think they are simply something you have to contend with. However, there are certain medications that can help alleviate your side effects. Chiropractic treatment may also be an alternative method of relieving some of your discomfort.

A common side effect of breast cancer treatments is joint pain. In many cases, chiropractic treatment can help reduce or even eliminate the joint pain. Chiropractic treatment works on the basis of a whole-body health. If your spine is out of alignment, it is going to cause pressure and stress on certain nerves within your body – because everything is connected to your spine. This is why leg pain can sometimes be alleviated through chiropractic treatment. Once the spine is put back into place, the pressure on the nerve endings is gone and the pain is reduced or eliminated.

This same approach has made chiropractic treatment a helpful tool in combating the side effects of breast cancer treatment. By ensuring that your spine is in perfect alignment, your body is more prepared for the onslaught of cancer treatments.

Through the use of periodic chiropractic sessions, you can continue to keep your body and spine strong and in alignment to help relieve some of the symptoms. The best thing for you to do is talk to your doctor about chiropractic treatments and how they may help you in your battle against cancer. Together, you, your doctor and your chiropractor can develop a treatment program to help keep you comfortable.

the chiropractors guide to probiotics 300x199 The Chiropractor’s Guide to Probiotics

For the past few years, probiotics have been recognized for their ability to promote a healthy digestive system by reducing the growth of bad bacteria. They have also been linked to weight loss and immunity boosts. The use of probiotics can benefit chiropractic patients by balancing the bacteria in the gut, aiding in proper digestion, immunity, and overall well-being.

What are probiotics?

Believe it or not, probiotics are actually bacteria that live in the digestive tract. They are “good” bacteria because they keep the stomach and intestinal tract in a balanced state, protecting the body against an upset. Stress, poor diet, antibiotics and other factors can kill the healthy bacteria that help the body to digest properly and absorb nutrients.

Benefits of probiotics

  • Relief from urinary tract infections, especially in women
  • Improved food catabolism and elimination
  • Decreases in allergic responses
  • Improvements in bowel function
  • Increased energy levels
  • Improvements in chronic conditions
  • Relief from vaginal yeast infections
  • Improved mood
  • Weight loss
  • Increased immunity

How do you get probiotics?

Probiotics are acquired through foods and supplements. One of the most popular probiotic foods is plain, unsweetened yogurt which contains acidophilus and other cultures. Fermented foods such as kefir, pickles, sauerkraut and kimchi are also plentiful in probiotics. Kombucha tea is fermented and contains antioxidants that boost immunity. It also aids in digestion and raises energy levels. Miso soup is made from fermented soybean paste and contains strains of good bacteria

A probiotic supplement may also be a good idea for some people to take if they are having an upset in stomach flora. Some supplements have a higher amount of probiotics than others, so be sure to read labels. If you have any questions concerning probiotics, ask at your next adjustment and we can make recommendations for you.

October – a time of change, fall is in the air, and its National Chiropractic Health Month!

This years theme is all about finding your game. No matter what your age, occupation or fitness level, chiropractic can help patients feel their very best every day of the year.

While many people are finding chiropractic care to be a huge benefit in their lives, many others are still wondering how chiropractic can work for them. Here are 20 things you might not have known about what chiropractic care can do for you.

1. Chiropractic care is the largest emerging non-surgical, drug free health care option on the market today.

its national chiropractic health month 20 facts about chiropractic 300x199 Its National Chiropractic Health Month – 20 Facts About Chiropractic2. Chiropractic is the third larges doctoral health care profession outside of medicine and dentistry. It is the largest, most regulated and best recognized alternative medicine profession available to you.

3. There are more than 65,000 active chiropractic licenses in the United States today.

4. Chiropractors are highly trained doctors. They must undergo at lease four years of professional study in one of the 15 different chiropractic programs certified by the Department of Education.

5. Doctors of chiropractic must pass national board examinations and become state licensed prior to practicing.

6. The most common treatment a chiropractor provides is care for mid to lower back pain, currently making up around 35 percent of all chiropractic visits.

7. Lower back pain is the fifth most common reason for all physician visits in the United States today.

8. Nearly 60 percent of all chiropractic patients are female.

9. Most cases of back pain are mechanical, meaning they are not caused by serious conditions such as arthritis, fracture or cancer.

10. Around 25 percent of US adults have reported having lower back pain that lasted at least one day in the past three months.

11. The word chiropractic comes from the Greek words praxis and cheir, meaning practice or treatment by hand.

12. Chiropractic emphasizes the natural power of the body to heal itself – referred to as homeostasis – and therefore never involves the use of prescription medicines or surgery.

13. Chiropractic is designed to treat the problem itself, not work at combating the symptoms the way much of western medicine does with its “prescription” approach to health issues.

14. You cannot adjust yourself. Moving your back or neck around until it cracks is not self-adjusting, and in some circumstances can do more harm then good.

15. Chiropractic adjustments are not painful. Adjusting is a simple pressure process that in many cases is quite pleasant because you feel yourself returning to a healthy state. When your spine is not aligned properly, it can produce a lot of pain. By simply adjusting the spine back into correct position, your pain can literally disappear on the spot in some cases.

The goal of chiropractic is to maintain a healthy state so that you live pain free. If you’ve never experienced chiropractic before, make October the month you come in and find out why thousands of people are turning to chiropractic care.