What are supplements?
Supplements are just that- supplements, not replacements. They cannot replace a healthy diet, but can help keep the body strong and well by focusing on prevention and support. They can also help to address specific health needs such as joints, heart, brain, etc. Research based benefits of particular nutrients can often be hard to obtain from diet alone, thus supplements!
Congress defined the term “dietary supplements” in the Dietary Supplements Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994, placing it in a special category under the general umbrella of “foods” not drugs, “which is a product taken by mouth that contains a dietary ingredient intended to supplement the diet.”
With depleting nutritional values in our food supply it is important to review your nutrient intake. This will prevent future health issue.
Have you considered taking any supplements? Ask your doctors at South Orange Chiropractic Center for their recommendations and make up a strong nutritional foundation.
Spring is in the air…
25% of Americans Have Allergies; 10% Have Hay fever
According to statistics an estimated 25% of the American population suffers from allergies of some type and about 10% from allergic inflammation of membranes of the nose, usually accompanied by a discharge of mucus, commonly known as hay fever. The estimates may be low since many people never seek treatment. Some may not even be aware that they have allergies since symptoms are very similar to a common cold. Hay fever reactions are mild in some people. The less fortunate experience symptoms that are severe enough to disturb sleep and trigger asthma attacks. About 40-50% of asthma attacks triggered by allergies. These airborne allergies are seasonal in nature and later become year round.
Do you have allergies? How are you maintaining them? If you are out of ideas as to what to do, your doctors at South Orange Chiropractic Center may be able to help you. How? Ask them, there is never a charge to discuss your problems with a trained professional.
Summer Cholesterol Alert
Is your cholesterol borderline high in the summer? If so, you may want to get tested again in the winter.
Do you know why?
This is why… According to bottom line health reports, in a two year review of more than 227,000 adults, researchers found that lower density lipoprotein (LDL) levels increased an average of 7 mg/dl during the winter months compared with the summer. This led to an overall 8% increase in the prevalence of high cholesterol levels. As a result of this increase, the question still remains, why does my cholesterol level increase in the winter? The shorter days of winter result to less exposure of vitamin D – low levels of this vitamin may increase LDL levels.
You can also discuss your nutritional needs with one of the doctors here at South Orange Chiropractic Center.
Tips for Successful Slumber
Even if the cause of your sleeplessness is properly treated, poor sleep habits might need to be managed separately. These techniques can help.
Set a bedtime and wake-up time. A schedule teaches your body to expect sleep at a certain time each night.
Curb napping. A 30-minute snooze before 3p.m. can help make up for lost sleep, but later naps could hinder sleep at night.
Limit alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine. Refrain from smoking 2 hours before bedtime. Eliminate caffeine at least 6 hours before then, and avoid alcohol 4-6 hours before going to bed.
Avoid large, late meals. They can cause sleep-disturbing indigestion. But a bedtime snack consisting of a carbohydrate and a protein-such as peanut butter on toast or cheese and crackers-can help induce drowsiness.
Establish a soothing bedtime routine. A warm bath, reading, or listening to mellow music will help you wind down.
Keep your bedroom cool, dark, and quiet. Try a sleeping mask or heavy curtains to shut out light. Use earplugs, a fan, or a sound machine to block noise. Consider replacing an old mattress.
Turn off the technology. In a 2011 poll by the National Sleep Foundation, 95 percent of the participants said they watched television or used a computer or other electronics in the hour before going to bed. But light-emitting screens discourage sleep.
Exercise early in the day. Regular aerobic exercise promotes sleep, but evening workouts can impede it by raising body heat.
Use natural light. It keeps your internal clock on a healthy schedule. Open shades to wake with the sun, and spend at least 30 minutes outside daily.
NOTE: If once you have tried all of these tips and you’re still not having a successful slumber, another alternative is Twilight Time. Twilight Time is a dietary supplement that elevates mood and helps to promote sleep. It contains Melatonin among some other herbal ingredients. If you would like to know more about Twilight Time or any other supplements please contact your Doctors at South Orange Chiropractic Center
Better appetite control
According to James LeCheminant, associate professor of exercise sciences, Brigham Young University , Provo, Utah when thirty-five women had brain scans to determine how their brains responded to pictures of food after walking briskly on a treadmill for 45 minutes and later without having exercised first. As a result it was discovered that the brain responses to the pictures of food, usually considered a marker or appetite, were reduced when the women had just exercised. If you are trying to control your weight only by dieting it’s suggested that moderating exercise may help reduce your desire for food. If you are not sure as to what works better for you, ask the doctors at here South Orange Chiropractic Center.