On Guard® – Immunity Boost for the end of winter

Immunity On Guard®

Winter seems to be on its way out – in fact, the weather this week gives us hope for an early spring.  Many people seem to think that they need an immunity boost as the changeable weather brings back germs and we tend to push the season with our clothing selections.

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Water Intake: How Much Water Do We Actually Need?

water intake required varies based on your activity level

How often do you hear the advice to drink eight, eight-ounce glasses of water throughout your day? The 8×8 rule is pretty easy to remember and seems like a pretty reasonable goal. Most healthy people have an easy time staying hydrated by drinking water and other liquids whenever they are thirsty. But as every one of us is different. Water intake required varies based on how active you are and a host of other factors. 8 glasses of water a day might just not be enough. So just how much water does a person actually need?

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Pregnancy Wellness – Massage and Chiropractic

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Welcome to the last post of this three-part blog series on chiropractic care during pregnancy and the year to follow. So far we have covered the Webster technique, which is a series of adjustments made to get your baby into proper position for delivery. The week before that we discussed the structural science behind body changes during pregnancy and using chiropractic care as a proactive tool. To conclude the series, this week I want to share the other benefits of prenatal care – especially in regards to pain relief and mood improvement.

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Webster Technique for Pregnancy

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Pregnancy: The Webster Technique

Last week, we launched this three-part blog series on chiropractic care during pregnancy and the year to follow. Last week, we shared three reasons to try newborn chiropractic care. We found that it elongated the newborn’s spine, which is crucial because it is during these first few months that the spine begins its curvature development. We also discovered that chiropractic care helps to build a better immune system for your infant. It optimizes his/her nervous system and can even reduce ear infections. But what about Mom? What if her baby became breached? And what if that breaching caused more birthing traumatic damage?

No need to worry. As more and more women are finding the benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy, more and more chiropractors are becoming certified in a specialized, preparation adjustment called the Webster Technique.

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Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

Chiropractic Care during pregnancy

Welcome to our new three-part series regarding chiropractic care during pregnancy! Over the next few weeks, I want to share with you reasons why regular appointments with a chiropractor can help you both physically and emotionally throughout this magical time. Your body is going to drastically change over the next 9 months as it prepares to bring new life into the world.

Your spine is going to structurally change, which will impede your body’s ability to communicate with itself. You may also begin to experience back pain, sore muscles, and headaches. But do not fear! Chiropractic care can help alleviate all of these side effects and natural un-pleasantries of pregnancy.

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Newborn Chiropractic care – three reasons

Newborn chiropractic care. When you think of someone going to the chiropractor, the first people that come to mind are athletes, the injured, and the aging. Newborn babies most likely come to mind last or perhaps don’t come to mind at all. As adults, we associate the chiropractor with a lot of pressure, cracking, and popping. You may be thinking, “What can be adjusted in an infant? Isn’t that dangerous?” But just like all kinds of medicines in life, chiropractic care for an infant is infinitely different than chiropractic care for adults.

Newborn chiropractor care specialist like me use much gentler adjustment methods, many of which go unnoticed by the baby. The pressure used on a small child is similar to the pressure you’d place while checking a tomato for ripeness – which is barely any at all.  The birthing process puts a lot of stress and pressure on a newborn, meaning that their first year of life may be the best time to be aligned as they continue to grow and prosper.  As a young mother and doula myself, I am acutely aware of this and my experience informs my approach as a wellness provider to young children.

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Lyme Disease symptoms and recovery

Deer trio potentially carrying Lyme disease

Lyme Disease – even though it is winter are you suffering from Lyme disease?

In Pittsburgh, January and February are synonymous with wind chills under zero degrees and flu/cold like symptoms that seem to last until the frost melts. As the world freezes over, some may think they are in the clear from summertime diseases, but that’s not necessarily the case. The Center for Disease Control has found that roughly 300,000 people a year are diagnosed with Lyme disease. Many doctors say that Chronic Lyme disease creates a worse quality of life than most other chronic illnesses.

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Immune System Boost with massage therapy

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Massages are often marketed as a form of self-care; a 30-60 minute shortcut to calm down, relax, ease anxiety and tension, and even sleep better, but can it do more than just help a person relax? After such positive results with mental health, scientists have been wondering if massage therapy does anything to our physical health as well. Spoiler alert, it does! “Researchers working with patients with compromised immune systems have found massage therapy can improve how the immune system functions,” said Jeff Smoot, 2015 President of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). “Those same benefits can translate to people seeking to fight off the common cold, flu and other seasonal illnesses.”

Clinical studies and research have found that while massage does help alleviate stress and mental strain, it also naturally increases the immune system as well. There are a few reasons massage therapy boosts the immune system, keep reading to find out how.

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The Anti-Inflammatory Essential Oil Gifts of the Magi

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For most Christians, the story of the Magi is something taught in grade school. As the birth of Jesus was approaching, a great star appeared in the sky. Three wise kings, who had a fascination with astrology, knew this star signified something incredibly special. As the story goes, the men set out to follow the star, bringing with them each a valuable gift from east of Israel: Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh.

All three gifts were considered ordinary offerings for a new king. Gold has some value to it, but frankincense was used as a perfume and myrrh was a commonly used anointing oil. So why did the Magi bring these particular gifts? Is there a deeper meaning behind the surface? How can we apply them to modern medical holistic practices? Are these gifts secretly a solution to many of today’s ailments? Keep reading to find out.

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Boost your Immune system this winter

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Avoiding the Season of Sickness: The Importance of the Vitamin D and the Immune System

The Christmas Season is famously known as the “most wonderful time of the year.” The air is fresh and crisp and holiday lights illuminate in the dark night. As the snow starts to fall, we can’t help but envision sugar plum fairies and flying reindeer. We look forward to cuddling by the fireplace, drinking hot chocolate, and being surrounded by warmth and love. But for many, this time of year is filled with more tissues and sore throats than candy canes and cheer. But why? Was your grandmother actually right when she’d yell at you to put on a jacket so you don’t catch a cold? Or is it merely coincidence?

After what feels like decades of researching this “Old Wives Tale”, Yale scientists have finally been able to prove that cold weather does, in fact, make people sick – meaning your grandmother was right! Colder temperatures not only result in a “sluggish immune response” but they also weaken the nose’s first line of immune defense. This leaves you much more susceptible to the more rapid spread of infection than during sunnier months.

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