Our bodies have always been designed to move. Our earliest ancestors walked and ran miles upon miles in order to hunt and survive. We’ve been jumping, climbing, swimming, pushing, and pulling our bodies for centuries. However, in the 20th century, we have shifted our relationship with movement in regard to weight loss and our physical aesthetic. We’ve taken the perspective that exercise is only synonymous with calorie burning and achieving our ideal physique. But movement is so much more than burning more calories than we consume. Movement is not only a function but also a mechanism for both transportation and detoxification.
The term “toxins” is everywhere in the realm of health and wellness. We are told that eliminating these toxins from our bodies is essential to obtain optimum health. Social media platforms have jumped on this profitable trend through influencer pushed cleanses and detoxes. But we have now learned many of them are just laxative teas – which can be harmful when consumed in large quantities. Resetting our elimination can help reset our normal functioning baseline. Not to mention allow for the rest of our organs to also perform at full capacity.
Resetting Our Health. According to research done by Mayo Clinic, it has been found that nearly 70 percent of Americans are at least on one prescription drug. Nearly 50% take two. And close to 25% are on five or more prescription medications. I’ll let you swallow that pill again…close to 25% of Americans are taking five or more prescription medications every single day. We live in a time where health is continually talked about. Celebrities sponsor teas, resistance bands, magic diet pills, and recipe books. YouTube fitness influencers take us through extreme challenges and live workouts. Doctors have their own talk shows, are guests on podcasts, and some even have successful social media accounts in which they share their tips and tricks to getting healthy. In this 21st century so focused on health, I want to raise one question. Why is it that we are the unhealthiest we have ever been? And why is our life expectancy starting to decline (as suggested by The British Medical Journal, ABC News, Reuters Health, and The Washington Post)?
Heart disease is something that all of us face. As we age, our risk naturally increases. However, symptoms are becoming more apparent in postmenopausal women. To be clear, menopause does not cause cardiovascular diseases. Yet, a combination of lifestyle choices, family history, and unhealthy habits paired with menopause can cause certain risk factors to increase.
Winter is here! The snow is beginning to fall, giving us a break from the summer heat. The holidays are approaching. And in general, most of us are caught up in the holiday spirit. However, these colder months also mean pain for people who struggle with consistent inflammation or other spinal problems. Maybe you’re someone who feels a constant twinge in your back when temperatures are low. But is there evidence to support that cold weather cause back pain?
The snow is back. And unfortunately, colds and sickness are making a strong comeback too. How many of your coworkers and peers have been sniffling and coughing over the last few weeks? If you’re lucky, you too haven’t fallen ill yet. But if you’re feeling drained lately, you may find yourself surrounded by Kleenexes too! In addition to handwashing, there is an immunity health formula you can follow to increase your immune health this holiday season. It consists of exercise, hydration, sleep, and chiropractic care!
Let’s talk about lower and upper cross syndromes. What are these? They are syndromes with various complications that can wreak havoc on the average person. Cross syndromes can decrease strength, flexibility, range of motion and lead to further degenerative processes (wearing down of the body – arthritis, etc.). Upper cross syndrome refers to the upper part of the body, namely the neck/upper back/chest/shoulder areas. Lower cross syndrome refers to the lower part of the body surrounding the pelvis/lower back/abdominal/upper thigh areas.
Everyday tips to reduce inflammation. Inflammation is a part of the body’s natural defense. When a cut swells up and turns red, that’s your body starting the process of healing. But sometimes, our natural response goes into overdrive. This overdrive is caused by a number of factors such as poor diet, obesity, and smoking. This can cause a lot of health problems including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and arthritis. However, there are a number of everyday steps you can take to minimize inflammation in the body. If you suffer from symptoms such as joint pain, stiffness, and swelling, try these tips!
Stop slouching and poor posture woes. How long has it been since someone told you to “sit up straight”? Kids get advice on their posture all the time, but some adults could definitely use a reminder. People who slouch throughout the day can be vulnerable to a wide variety of problems, including back pain.
Well friends, the Pittsburgh Marathon is over. After the hard months and long weeks of training, the weekend came and went like The Flash. With so much anticipation and buildup, you may be wondering what to focus on now. Maybe some of you need a bit of a break from running. But maybe some of you have another run planned for this evening. Recovering from a marathon is actually just as critical as training for the marathon itself. Yet it’s something many runners tend to neglect. Which is why we want to take a deep dive into marathon runner recovery and discuss ways to start healing your body.