If man makes it, don’t eat it. – Jack Lalanne

Today let’s talk about what you’re putting into your body. You are what you eat, as the old saying goes, so why not be made of something good? But what is “good” anymore? There is so much out there about “organic,” “natural,” “whole grain,” “whole wheat,” and the like. No fat, no trans fat, low carb, low this, low that, no added sugar, it seems everything has one of these types of labels on it. So let’s take a look at somet things that are really good and some things that are just empty marketing jargon.

“Organic

Per the USDA (US Dept of Agriculture) the term “organic” is protected by national standards, and only foods that meet these standards can be labeled “organic.” As far as your body is concerned, organic is the most preferable form of food/nutrients. This is because organic foods are truly “natural” in that it is grown the way nature intended, without hormones, genetically modified, steroids, or “filler materials.” There is a lot of “unkown” when it comes to genetically modified (GM) foods, such as they way they will affect your body in the long term. While organic is more expensive, it is by far the top choice when it comes to the types of food you are putting in your body.

More info: http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELDEV3004446&acct=nopgeninfo

“Genetically Modified Organics/GMs/GMOs”

As stated in the above section, there is a lot of debate on GMO’s and their effect on the human body. For me personally, I will stay away from things that I don’t know what/how they will affect me. While there are many biased opinions on GMO’s, the unbiased advice would be to do your own research on them and the effects/unknown effects they have.

More info: http://www.fhs.d211.org/departments/science/mduncan/bioweb/Biotechnology/Genetically%20Modified%20Foods.pdf

“Natural”

While the USDA protects the term “organic,” there is no such protection for the term “natural” when it comes to labeling foods. Be careful when looking at foods labeled “natural” as this is often a very vague/open term, aka “marketing jargon.”

More info: http://www.foodlabels.com/archive/2008_06.htm#anchor3

There are many other types of labels on food products to be wary of, such as low carb, low fat, etc. etc. While these labels are generally true, often times when companies remove something unhealthy such as the fat content, they replace it with something else that is also unhealthy, i.e. a man-made chemical. As always, the best thing you can do when deciding what is good/not good for you is doing your own research from reliable, unbiased, factual sources and deciding for yourself. At True Wellness we take pride in being more than the average Chiropractic clinic, and will be glad to talk more with you about any nutrition topics or general health topics you may want to know about!

Call any of our clinics to schedule your free consultation with the Doctor today!

Getting in Shape???

Many people across the country are trying to get in shape. People everyday are either starting new exercise programs, setting new exercise goals, or getting new gym memberships. Wanting to exercise and get in shape is awesome and is something everyone should incorporate in their daily lives. Being active in some way at least 3-5 days per week for at least 30 minutes is important is much needed to live a healthy lifestyle. But, while being active and exercising is great for everyone the main question is are we exercising properly so not to damage our spines?

Our spines are a very important aspect to our bodies and how we work properly as a whole. The spine protects our spinal cord that affects every part of how are body functions. If our spine is affected in any way by being misaligned by outside stresses it will translate to our spinal cord which in turn effects the rest of our body. Our spines and bodies are stressed everyday from almost everything we do on a daily bases.

The main reason why our spines are stressed so much is from bad posture that we have in everything we do. Whether it is while we are working, relaxing, or exercising with constant bad posture will stress our spines to a point of causing our bodies to not function properly.

Now if we translate this bad posture into when we exercise, which already puts a higher stress on our bodies than most daily activities we do, will cause an even higher stress on our spines. It is very important to try and enforce proper posture and technique while exercising. If we perform the exercise movements properly we will not only protect our spines better but we will get the optimum benefit from the exercise.

So exercising and staying active are very important but as long as we incorporate the proper posture and technique we will not only make our bodies stronger, but we will make our spines stronger and healthier as well.

4 Life Essentials

Thanks to Dr. C and his regular talks on the 4 essentials to life for inspiring this weeks blog!

We all know that without certain things in life, we cannot survive for very long. They are of course our cell phones, tv…NOT! While we may feel that we need these things to live, there are really 4 things that are essential to staying alive.

1) Water: The Textbook of Medical Physiology states that “the total amount of water in a man of average weight is approximately 40 liters, averaging 57% of his total body weight.” In other words, over half of you is water! And when it says water, it means water! Not Coke, or Powerade, or energy drinks, etc. These will dehydrate you by requiring more water from other parts of your body so your stomach can digest them.

2) Food: Of course we need food! I could write a book about nutrition, but one important illustration to remember is this: Fueling your body is like fueling your car. The higher the quality and cleaner the fuel, the better it works.

3) Oxygen: Duh!

4) Nerve Impulse: We all know we can’t live without our brain right? Our brain tells everything in your body what/when/why/how to operate. How does it do that? Nerves of course! And at True Wellness our excellent doctors do a fantastic job of making sure those “pathways” of nerves running from your brain to the rest of your body are unhindered!

If you are interested in a complimentary exam and check up, call the closest True Wellness location and we’ll be happy to schedule some time with the Doctor!

What is Lower Cross Syndrome???

How many times have you reached for something and your low back locks up? When you lift or pick something or someone up your low back catches? Do you suffer from low back, leg, knee, or foot pain?

If you answered yes to any of these questions you are a perfect candidate for lower cross syndrome.

Lower cross syndrome is an issue that affects many people with lower body ailments such as low back pain, sciatic pain, knee pain, foot pain, or pain from the low back downward.

Lower cross stems from muscles that are tight causing the opposing muscles to be weak. The muscles that are tight are being overworked or overused causing them to become tight. These muscles become tight because the weak muscles are not working properly or efficiently because the opposing ones are tight not allowing the weak to work like they should.

For example; if the hip flexors and low back muscles are tight then that will affect the abdominal muscles and quadriceps muscles making them weak and vice versa.

So how do you fix this problem?

The quickest most efficient way to regain motion and get out of pain is the CORE of our practice the Chiropractic Adjustment. The adjustment will not only help with regaining motion back into the spine and musculature, but it will help the nervous system communicate better with the body to function better and more efficiently.

Once the adjustment has been performed then we must integrate the spinal rehab with the postural corrective exercises and release work. Pairing these great techniques with the adjustment compliment each other very well towards reaching no pain and staying consistently without pain. Incorporating postural exercises, stretches, release techniques such as foam rolling, and core strengthening will guide you to a healthier, more fulfilling, pain free life.

“If you are interested in a complimentary exam and check up call the closest True Wellness location and we’ll be happy to schedule some time with the Doctor! ”

How to Explain Chiropractic (and pain management) in an Elevator

I can easily imagine a die-hard chiropractic fan selling his elevator companions on the wonders of chiropractic and pain management. He gets on the elevator with a coworker at the top floor, already beginning his holistic spiel.

“My chiropractor healed my headaches!” he exclaims in awestruck wonder. His companion smirks patiently in response, while the rest of the elevator party rolls their eyes in mock exasperation. We’re stuck for 19 floors with this guy?

While maybe mildly annoying, Mr. Spinal Enthusiasm actually has a point. Do you suffer from pain such as regular headaches? Chiropractic can, in fact, make them disappear. It’s all about the spine.

The elevator stops at floor 16 to let on a stooped employee from accounting. What does our excited, albeit oblivious, coworker blurt out? “Chiropractic is known to straighten bent spines too. It can make most back pain from misalignment go away while correcting your posture!”

Sure. That’s great. But how does it work? These skeptical riders aren’t going to see the chiropractor just because one eager patient says so. If he really wants to get his coworkers to the chiropractor’s office, he’s going to have to explain it to them. Fortunately (or maybe unfortunately ) for them, he has 16 floors in which to do so.

So, if the first step to pain management is chiropractic, how does it work? How does chiropractic make headaches go away and back pain disappear?

Our elevator salesman will now explain. “The bones in your spine, called vertebrae, exist to support your bone structure and protect the spinal cord. When the bones get out of place, they interfere with how the body’s nervous system naturally communicates with the brain. This causes all sorts of painful issues within your body.”

And while on the elevator, his reluctant companions start to think about it and the longer they think about it, the more it makes sense. If your central nervous system can’t communicate properly with your brain, pain will be a result.

“When you get a spinal adjustment,” continues our keen coworker, “the bones move back to where they are supposed to be, allowing blood flow, oxygen, and the nervous system to all work properly. Pain goes away when the vertebrae are straight.”

As the elevator unloads at ground floor, everybody makes a beeline for their cars to escape such blinding fervor. But they are thinking about their spines now.

I have headaches all the time , one lady thinks. My back hurts constantly, muses another. And what do you know, before too long they give a chiropractor a shot at their pain management and it all goes away.

All because one man stood still, forced himself on a stage and explained chiropractic in an elevator.

If any of these symptoms describe someone’s situation you know (or maybe even your own), we would love to hear from you about your pain to see if we can help. At True Wellness we provide pain management in Chattanooga. Give us a call at (423) 475-6438 and schedule an appointment to have us see what we can do to help you in your pain management efforts.

If you would rather read a bit about our pain management services before you contact us, click on this link to be taken to our pain management services page.

Manage Your Pain Better in 2013

Health-Based New Years Resolutions

Did you make health-related resolutions a month ago? Think about it: 40-50% of Americans make healthy resolutions at the beginning of each new year, but most of these people fall off the wagon at some point down the road. You can be different—you can stick with your New Year’s Resolution to lose weight and stay healthy but you need a plan and the simpler, the better.

What motivation is there to stick with weight loss throughout the year? If you can find the key to motivating yourself, you will find it much easier to stick out your resolution. One easy way to do this is to think of weight loss as pain management . This isn’t some kind of hokey mind trick that you have to play on yourself, it’s actually the plain and honest truth. That’s right, regular diet and exercise helps your body maintain optimum health and reduces chronic pain and the best part is, you don’t really have to do much. Losing weight doesn’t have to be difficult, just eat more fruits and vegetables, reduce your intake of red meat, sugar, and salt, and take walks a few times a week. Now, who can say that’s not a simple way to start out?

How is this going to help your body? When you keep your body balanced through diet and exercise, you prevent the strain of daily life from taking its toll on your joints and spine. For example, people considered to be obese are at a high risk for back and joint pain because the extra weight places increased pressure on these bones, even just during normal, daily activities. The ankles, hips, and knees support your weight all day, and if you burden them with extra weight, they will wear out faster. So, if you were to stay on a relatively healthy diet (don’t ramp up your diet too quick, take baby steps) and exercise, the weight will come off which will help relieve the pressure on your joints, returning you back to health and allowing you to stay healthier, longer.

Now, that’s what I call simple pain management.

Other things to keep in mind:

– Shedding just a few unneeded pounds will lower your blood pressure and reduce the amount of bad cholesterol choking your veins.

– Losing weight—even just 5-10% of your body weight—can eliminate sleep problems such as apnea and insomnia.

– Extra weight can prevent your body from protecting itself against unwanted diseases such as cancer and heart disease.

As you can see from above, extra pounds don’t add pain to your life just through extra weight. Extra weight can really affect your entire body, including your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, potential sleeping disorders, and even your immune system.

Extra weight can prevent you from having an overall high quality of life. If you are trying to learn new ways of pain management for chronic pain in your life, consider taking a step toward shedding extra pounds. Talk to your doctor or local Chattanooga chiropractor. You can also check weight and height charts online to see what your optimum weight should be. If you are over this amount, get to walking and changing your diet. Whether your New Year’s Resolution was to find better pain management or simply to improve your quality of life, simple weight loss is the perfect place to start.

Pain Management – Extra Steps

If you want to take more actionable steps for pain management and you live in Chattanooga, TN, I encourage you to read more about HealthSource of Chattanooga’s pain management philosophy. Visit our pain management page where you can learn about our unique approach to pain management and some of the benefits to you.

The Early Death

In our ever changing world, we are constantly bombarded with more and more “easy fixes” to our health problems. From diet pills to “one machine” home workout products to hypnosis, Americans in particular seem to be constantly looking for the “easy” way out of their poor physical health!!! Well the good news is that their is an easy way out, that has been around for years and years: diet and exercise.

You may say “oh there’s nothing easy about that!” But there is! No one ever said you had to be either an Olympic athlete or an out of shape nobody did they? There’s a lot of room in between there! We are a sedentary people aka a “sit-a-lot” people. All that sitting, and eating of heavily processed (aka stripped of the good healthy stuff) food has led us to, well, the physical state we see right in front of our faces. But any change is good change, as they say, and that’s what we are shooting for! Remember, this stuff has been around for years, as evidenced in this weeks video below, and it works. I’m asking you to simply take a small step towards good health today, be it a diet change (eating a 1 more carrot a day is a small step!) or an exercise change (take the steps!)

If you are interested in a complimentary exam and check up call the closest True Wellness location and we will be happy to schedule some time with the Doctor!

Get Your Move On!

As you read this ask yourself these following questions. Are you sitting or standing as you read this? How long have you been in the position you are in? When was the last time you moved from where you are? How much movement does your body get throughout the day? Lastly, do you suffer from any aches or pains throughout your day?

If you answered most of the questions that you sit or stand in the same position most of your day doing the same repetitive movements daily then you are like most people in our country. If you also answered yes that you suffer from aches and pains then the culprit is right in the answers to the preceding questions. Living a mostly stationary life leads to many issues that causes the body to be more stiff, tight, achy, and always in pain. But, not only a non-active lifestyle can lead to aches and pains; the repetitive improper or incorrect movements we do throughout the day heightens these issues even more.

Movement and being active is key to a painless and less stiff achy body. A body in motion stays in motion because an active moving body continues to keep the body in motion. When our bodies move more it allows our nervous system to work more cohesive with our bodily functions.

While movement is key we must move correctly by relying on good posture in almost every move we make. Correct posture is very important because we do repetitive movements everyday that if done always incorrectly leads to the ailments we complain about. Of course we are not perfect and we should not expect to be in perfect posture in every move we make. But, it is important to be aware and conscious of the movements we do incorrectly. If we are made aware of the correct posture we can attempt to move in a more posture correct position.

From all this I want people to understand that movement is so important for our bodies to work and perform properly. I’m not saying you need go train for a marathon or go kill yourself in the gym. But, being active and moving a little more everyday will help your body function better as a whole. So get up, get out, and get your move on!

“If you are interested in a complimentary exam and check up call the closest HealthSource location and we’ll be happy to schedule some time with the Doctor! ”