Stress and its Affects on Your Body

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When you’re stressed about something, anything…your whole world can be viewed differently.  In most cases when we think about stress we think about our jobs, our daily lives, friends, family and so on.  It is heard of that we hear people saying: “I can feel I’m carrying my stress in my shoulders, neck, low back,…” Pick any one of them, but it is also common for people to actually feel an emotional and physical manifestation from the caused stressor. 

Let’s talk about other types of stressors on our bodies besides what was mentioned above.  Physical trauma, whether low or high impact, environmental, and chemical are three other causes of stress which don’t necessarily present with any “symptoms” right away. 

Not only can stress cause significant emotional deficits, it can also cause great physical deficits.  As chemicals (hormones) that are related to stress in our bodies are released, our body chemistry changes.  In order to deal with these changes our body must adapt to the new circumstances. 

Because the nervous system is the master controller of all muscles and organs in the body, reducing stress on the nervous system through chiropractic adjustments will frequently lead to improved health in the entire body. -Amplified. Make sure before symptoms present themselves you get your nervous system checked by a Chiropractor!

Please come back frequently and read our posts as we delve deeper into the affects of stress on our bodies and those of the people we love!

Adrenal Fatigue Is Way More Than Adrenal Fatigue

Calm on the outside but chaos inside!  Is this you?  Adrenal fatigue is more than adrenal fatigue.  If:

  • You stress out a little more than you should (anxiety is experienced, medication is being suggested)
  • There are recurring health problems being seen that no one can figure out and even all the best diet and behavioral modification isn’t shifting things
  • Early trauma, family members under high amounts of stress or were sick
  • Other threats were commonplace early on such as bullying or verbal abuse which creates fear and high stress physiology
  • Experiencing challenges keeping stress under control

Continue reading “Adrenal Fatigue Is Way More Than Adrenal Fatigue”

My Baby Cries All the Time-Is It What I am Eating?

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My baby cries all the time and may be gassy.  Is something wrong with my milk or could it be something I am eating?  Hunger, needing a diaper change, wanting to be held or snuggled are all reasons baby may be crying.  Figuring out why the baby is crying is sometimes challenging.

Many babies have gastric discomfort.  This may not mean the baby has colic.  Colic usually can be defined by bouts of high-pitched crying lasting more than 3 hours per day, more than 3 days per week and for more than 3 weeks in a well-nourished and otherwise healthy baby. Continue reading “My Baby Cries All the Time-Is It What I am Eating?”

The Importance of Gut Health

Most recently, gut health has been linked to many health problems that concern more than just symptoms within the gut.  As holistic health care providers, who believe maintaining a healthy gut is one of the first steps towards optimal health, we have specific goals and methods to help our patients/clients achieve such health. Please follow the link below  to find out the basics of how gut health can affect the entire body and that changing your diet can provide more substantial results than taking medication.   Feel free contact us if you would you like further guidance in this area.  We would love to be your partners in health!

Click here to see the 7 signs your gut bacteria are out of whack

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Fertility Myths Questionnaire

Are Fertility Myths Preventing You From Getting Pregnant?

Take this Fertility Knowledge Quiz and see!  (Answer True or False)

  1. It’s usually the woman’s fault if she can’t get pregnant
  2. You cannot get pregnant when having sex during your period
  3. Sperm only live for several hours
  4. You need to wait at least three months after stopping birth control pills before you can start trying to conceive
  5. The best way to time intercourse is always on the 14th day of your cycle
  6. Having an orgasm helps you get pregnant
  7. Ovulation happens when the BBT drops
  8. You should have sex every other day if you want to get pregnant
  9. You can diagnose implantation for pregnancy from cervical changes
  10. You can get pregnant several days before and after ovulation
  11. Vaginal secretions always mean that there is an infection
  12. Stress prevents a woman from getting pregnant
  13. If you miscarried in the last pregnancy, there is an increased risk to have another miscarriage
  14. Fertilization happens inside the uterus
  15. Moderate exercise will prevent you from getting pregnant
  16. When taking your basal body temperature, you should have sex when the temperature goes up
  17. Your first pregnancy symptoms usually start before you miss your period
  18. If you have only one ovary, you ovulate only once every two months
  19. If you haven’t become pregnant after three months of trying, something must be wrong
  20. A negative pregnancy test on 12 DPO means that I am not pregnant
  21. A positive blood pregnancy test means that I a pregnant
  22. Women who can’t get pregnant often have problems with the cervical mucus
  23. Ovulation always happens on cycle day 14
  24. Sperm can survive several days inside the vagina

CLICK HERE FOR ANSWERS – How did you do?

 

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The Importance of Chiropractic Care for 4th trimester

As a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) we receive very insightful monthly newsletters that highlight the latest topics regarding women’s and pediatric health.  This is a great article which explains the significance of how during and after pregnancy our bodies change dramatically in such a short period of time.  Chiropractic is a safe and effective holistic health approach to make sure that our nervous system, the body’s powerhouse, is functioning optimally throughout all stages and beyond.  Please open the link below and have a look at this article and let us know what you think!

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As always,

Yours in health

 

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Age-Related Infertility

Getting Pregnant After 35    

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The patterns of childbearing have changed dramatically over the last 30 – 40 years.  Many women are waiting until they are 35 or older before they have their first child.

Advances in medicine have contributed to these changes in childbearing patterns as well.  Unfortunately, many people have been convinced that conceiving after the age of 35 is an almost impossible task and if it occurs, the pregnancy will be filled with complications and birth defects.

NOT TRUE! Continue reading “Age-Related Infertility”

Fertility Related Gut Health Problems

Fertility related issues that will benefit from Prebiotics and Probiotics:

  • PCOS
  • Endometriosis
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Thyroid problems (directly negatively impact fertility)
  • Adenomyosis
  • Estrogen dominance (estrogen is pro-inflammatory)
  • Autoimmune related infertility
  • Yeast Infection
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
  • Sexually Transmitted Disease

Healthy fertility requires eating a diet rich in a variety of whole foods.  This should include probiotics and prebiotics.  Probiotics and prebiotics help to digest and utilize food in the best way possible.  Digestive health is a key pillar in the foundation for healthy fertility.

We cannot metabolize important phytoestrogens from plant foods and medicinal herbs without adequate amounts of healthy intestinal flora.

The Importance of Good Intestinal Bacteria

Our intestines contain over 100 trillion bacteria.  These bacteria protect our health.  Gut flora plays many important roles in protecting us from many health problems, including many fertility problems.  This good bacteria is also an essential component in healing existing fertility problems.

Important Actions of Good Gut Bacteria

  • Synthesizing vitamins so they can be utilized properly by the body
  • Changing which genes are active in gut cells
  • Keeping harmful bacteria from spreading in the body
  • Helping prevent infections
  • Helping digest good efficiently
  • Helping prevent colon cancer

Changes in the body that lower the amount of gut flora may give rise to health problems, including fertility issues.  Probiotic supplementation should be a part of your regular protocol when treating infertility.  Low gut flora gives rise to inflammatory disease.  Endometriosis, PCOS, uterine fibroids, adenomysis, dysmenorrhea, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and autoimmune related infertility issues all have a common element involved: chronic inflammation.  Inadequate levels of gut flora also give rise to the most common female vaginal problem:  yeast infection.  We need gut flora to utilize all the foods, herbs and nutritional supplements we take.  If we don’t have healthy amounts of beneficial gut flora, the body is not going to be able to benefit from efforts in increasing fertility naturally.  Healing fertility must begin in the gut.

Main Causes of Lower Levels of Gut Flora

  • Antibiotic use
  • Poor nutrition
  • Stress
  • Inflammation

Our gut flora is established by the time we are 3 years of age.  This means our natural gut flora can be compromised since we were a young child.  Think about your mother’s health when she was pregnant.  Was she ill?  Did she have to take antibiotics while pregnant?  What happen to you directly after birth?  Were you bottle fed?  Were you given antibiotics early in life?  If you answer yes to any of these, you are more likely to have lower levels of gut flora; possibly setting you up for health issues later in life.

So, when you are pregnant and breastfeeding, you will need to maintain healthy gut flora to ensure your child has the best digestive health from the start.

Sources of Prebiotics  onion and garlic

  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Jicama
  • Fresh dandelion greens
  • Asparagus
  • Jerusalem artichoke
  • Radicchio
  • Endive
  • Chicory

Probiotics

Probiotics are products, including some foods that contain live microorganisms that replenish good bacteria in the intestines.  If you have low levels of gut flora, or you aren’t sure if you do or not, you can eat foods with live active cultures or take a probiotic supplement.

Antibiotics kill both bad and good bacteria.  Taking a probiotic is essential to full recovery.  If you are being treated for any fertility issue with antibiotics, begin taking a probiotic supplement right away, even before you begin your antibiotic use.

Excellent Sources of Probiotics

  • Organic yogurt (must say live cultures/bacteria)
  • Kombucha
  • Kefir
  • Fermented and cultured vegetables (raw sauerkraut)
  • Probiotic supplements

Choose probiotics that are refrigerated, not pasteurized and say “contains live cells.”  The supplement should contain at least a billion colony form units (CFU’s).

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