Chiropractor Sharpsburg GA – Prebiotics Are Good For Your Health

prebioticsIn this weeks video health tip, Dr. Matthew Davis, director of Crossroads Chiropractic, shares important information looking at the benefits of adding prebiotics to your diet.

Prebiotics are a type of non-digestible fiber compound found in foods like garlic, onions, asparagus, Jerusalem artichokes, jicama, dandelion greens and leeks, pass through the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract and remain undigested, since the human body can’t fully break them down. Once they pass through the small intestine, they reach the colon, where they’re fermented by the gut microflora.

They help with digestion, lowering inflammation, increasing immunity, weight control and lowering risk of chronic diseases.  People do not consume enough prebiotics.

As prebiotics make their way through the stomach without being broken down by either gastric acids or digestive enzymes, they bring about positive changes in the digestive tract and organs. Essentially, prebiotic compounds become nutrient sources, or “fuel,” for the beneficial bacteria that live within your gut. While probiotic foods are essential for gut health and overall well-being, prebiotics help “feed” probiotics. By pairing them together, you can achieve a much better result. They play a fundamental role in preserving health by maintaining balance and diversity of intestinal bacteria, especially increasing the presence of “good bacteria” called lactobacilli and bifidobacteria.

Because the health of our gut is closely tied to many other bodily functions, prebiotics and probiotics together are important for battling inflammation and lowering overall disease risk.

Higher intakes of prebiotics are linked to benefits, including:
• lower risk for cardiovascular disease
• protection of bone health
• better gut health
• improved digestion
• better hormonal balance and improved moods
• higher immune function and cancer protection
• lower risk for obesity and weight gain
• lower inflammation and autoimmune reactions

Prebiotics are primarily found in certain vegetables, some whole grains, sources of resistant starch (like under-ripe bananas) and even in honey.
Getting fiber and prebiotics from whole, real foods is always going to be your best option. Supplementing with a quality probiotic supplement that also includes prebiotics can be beneficial too, but this shouldn’t take priority over eating a balanced, healthy diet.

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Chiropractor Sharpsburg GA – Whole Body Vibration For A Healthier You

whole body vibration therapyIn this weeks video health tip, Dr. Matthew Davis, director of Crossroads Chiropractic, shares important information looking at the numerous health benefits of whole body vibration therapy. Whole Body Vibration therapy, grew out of a program used to train Russian cosmonauts and is now used by millions of people to treat a variety of ailments as well as to enhance everyday workout and fitness activities!

Whole Body Vibration Machines stimulate muscles which will pump blood into the smallest capillaries of the body, allowing the cells to receive fuel more rapidly and causing waste products to be disposed of much faster. Also, by enhancing your local circulation they help to build a stronger immune system. In addition to helping to build bone density, fight osteoporosis or reduce pain, it appears to have useful benefits in the treatment of obesity and type II diabetes.

The therapy is undertaken by standing, sitting, lying or doing exercises on specifically designed equipment that oscillates, generally in a horizontal plane, at relatively high frequencies.
The theory is that the vibration signals are transferred into body tissues, tendons and muscles, which increases muscle contractions and ultimately improves muscle strength, co-ordination and balance. In the long term, such contractions would increase muscle mass and energy expenditure, leading to better control of blood sugar levels.

Current theory also suggests bone cells are sensitive to this vibration and respond by increasing bone density, which in theory will have a further impact on better sugar control.
A new study of obese mice reveals that whole-body vibration provides similar metabolic benefits as walking on a treadmill.

Researchers tested mutant mice resistant to the appetite-controlling hormone leptin, resulting in obesity and diabetes. They divided their animals into three groups. One group shook gently for 20 minutes each day, using whole-body vibration. The second group scurried on a treadmill for 45 minutes per day, and the mice in the control group did nothing.

After 12 weeks, the researchers found that exercise and whole-body vibration provided comparable health benefits. The mice had less fat, thicker leg muscles and showed signs of a healthier metabolism.

People who are obese often have abnormally high levels of insulin but are resistant to its effects. The researchers found whole-body vibration and exercise reduced insulin levels by similar amounts in the mice and increased their responsiveness to the hormone.

In patients who are obese or have type II diabetes, fat often accumulates in the liver, sometimes leading to organ malfunction and even death. The mice that worked out on the treadmill or lived in the vibrating cages harbored about one-third as much fat in the liver as did the control rodents.

Whole-body vibration doesn’t provide the same cardiovascular or respiratory benefits of physical activity; however,

Whole Body Vibration has been known to:
• Burn fat and reshape the body in the hip, waist and abdomen.
• Tone and build muscle.
• Increase Bone Mineral Density
• Tighten the skin.
• Decrease cellulite and boosts your body’s natural collagen production
• Reduce high blood pressure
• Reduce recovery time after workouts.
• Dramatically increase flexibility: Due to better blood flow, heating of the muscles and the tendon stretching reflex, the body becomes much more supple and relaxed.
• Improve sense of balance and coordination: The receptors in the entire body are stimulated at the same time, which leads to improved coordination of the relating muscles at the same time your sense of balance is being trained.
• Alleviate stress: Causes better mood and sense of well being. The vibrations help you relax and can also help you fight insomnia.

It’s also a great option for the many people who can’t workout because of various health issues.

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Chiropractor Sharpsburg GA – Drug Free Approach To Athletic Injuries

In this weeks video health tip, Dr. Matthew Davis, director of Crossroads Chiropractic, shares important information looking at the best drug free treatment for amateur athletes—chiropractic care.

Most professional and amateur athletes are only one fall, twist or tweak away from a possible injury and unfortunately an opioid prescription.

With the opioid crisis claiming thousands of lives and leaving countless more addicted, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have urged physicians to stop prescribing the drugs.

According to a survey conducted for the Boston Globe by SERMO, a global social network for physicians, more than half of doctors have cut down on prescribing opioids and one in ten physicians have stopped prescribing these drugs all together.

So where are amateur athletes going for pain relief??? The most popular alternative is drug-free chiropractic care.  Whereas opioids and other over-the-counter drugs only mask the pain, chiropractic adjustments address the structure and function of the athlete’s body to help enhance flexibility, muscle strength, and range of motion.

So whether you are a professional athlete or just a weekend warrior who finds yourself looking for relief from an injury, chiropractic care will offer you the best treatment to get you back out on the court, trail or links, along with showing you how to reach your next level of health!

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Chiropractor Sharpsburg GA – Bacteria That May Affect Your Heart

Bacteria That May Affect Your HeartIn this weeks video health tip, Dr. Matthew Davis, director of Crossroads Chiropractic, shares important information looking at a common bacteria originally known to cause ulcers, helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) and its connection to irregular heart rhythm, known as atrial fibrillation..

Atrial fibrillation is a disorder of the heart’s rhythm where the heart’s two upper chambers (the atria) quiver or flutter instead of beating effectively. This causes the blood to pool and clot.

If a blood clot in the atria leaves the heart and becomes lodged in an artery in the brain, a stroke results. About 15 percent of strokes occur in people with atrial fibrillation.

In a recent study, 59 patients suffering from persistent atrial fibrillation were administered a series of tests including a test for H. pylori.  97.2 percent of the patients tested positive for H. pylori.

Some symptoms of atrial fibrillation include:
• Sensation of feeling heart beat (palpitations)
• Pulse may feel rapid, racing, pounding, fluttering, or it can feel too slow
• Pulse may feel regular or irregular
• Dizziness, light-headedness
• Fainting
• Confusion
• Fatigue
• Shortness of breath
• Breathing difficulty, lying down
• Sensation of tightness in the chest

If you or a loved one is suffering from any of these symptoms, go see your doctor right away.

There are some indications that H. Pylori, may be associated with morning sickness in pregnancy as well as some Type II diabetes where the bacteria may cause insulin resistance. More research is needed to confirm these links.

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Chiropractor Sharpsburg GA – Reducing Breast Cancer Metastasis

Reducing Breast Cancer MetastasisIn this video, Dr. Matthew Davis, director of Crossroads Chiropractic, shares important information looking at a natural compound found in herbs and vegetables that has the ability to stop the spread of triple-negative breast cancer—luteolin.

Triple negative breast cancer accounts for 15-20% of all breast cancers. Triple-negative breast cancers are cancer cells that lack three receptors targeted by current chemotherapy regimens. Because of this lack of receptors, common cancer drugs can’t ‘find’ the cells, and doctors must treat the cancer with extremely aggressive and highly toxic treatment strategies. These cancer cells easily metastasize to other organs throughout the body.

The University of Missouri researchers have found that luteolin, a natural compound found in dried oregano, thyme, parsley, and vegetables such as celery, radicchio and broccoli, could reduce the risk of metastasis of these cancerous cells.  The researchers noted that luteolin produced no toxic side effects, halted the spread of triple-negative breast cancer and in some cases also killed the cancer cells.

Eating a balanced, healthy diet, to include fresh organic herbs and vegetables is one of the best preventatives in the war against breast cancer.

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Chiropractor Sharpsburg GA – NSAIDS Have Deadly Risks

NSAIDS Have Deadly RisksIn this video, Dr. Matthew Davis, director of Crossroads Chiropractic, shares important information looking at the serious health risks in taking popular over-the-counter pain killers.

NSAIDS have deadly risks, according to recent studies that have linked Ibuprofen and other popular over-the-counter pain-killers known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, as well as other common pain killers like Tylenol, with significantly increased risk of cardiac arrest.

The study outlines how painkillers are considered completely harmless by the general public, and that few people think twice about hitting the drug store shelves the moment they experience slight pain or a headache.

Researchers in Denmark, found that taking these over-the-counter drugs caused a 31% increased risk of cardiac arrest, among other things.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs influence numerous effects on the cardiovascular system which could explain the link with cardiac arrest. These include impacting platelet aggregation and causing blood clots, causing the arteries to constrict, increasing fluid retention, and raising blood pressure.

It’s time to start really paying attention to what we are doing here, especially given the fact that NSAIDs are among the most commonly used drugs in the world and easily available to anybody over the counter.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs used for arthritis, muscle pain and headaches, including over-the-counter, low-dose ibuprofen should be used as little as possible, because these NSAIDS have deadly risks.

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Chiropractor Sharpsburg GA – Non Drug Back Pain Therapies

Non Drug Back Pain TherapiesIn this video, Dr. Matthew Davis, director of Crossroads Chiropractic, shares important information looking at the latest non drug back pain therapies that medical guidelines are recommending.

For the first time, the American College of Physicians is advising drug free measures for treatment of back pain like chiropractic, tai chi, yoga, and massage before resorting to over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers.

The ACP guidelines also have moved further away from “low-value”s treatments.  Low value treatments are those treatments that have now shown to be very ineffective in helping patients achieve relief.  Examples of low value treatments are  doctors prescribing opioids due to their risk of addiction or overdose, performing MRIs and surgeries, and giving injections (such as steroids) to treat back pain.

If you are looking for a safe high value non drug back pain therapies, chiropractic is the best choice. A new Consumer Reports survey of more than 3,500 back-pain sufferers reached similar conclusions: Nearly 90 percent of people who tried spinal manipulation found it helpful.

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Chiropractor Sharpsburg GA – Gut Bacteria and Brain Function

Gut BacteriaIn this video, Dr. Matthew Davis, director of Crossroads Chiropractic, shares important information looking at how brain disorders ranging from mood or anxiety to other problems that may include autism, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis, may be affected by the bacteria in your colon.

Looking at the most common gastrointestinal disorder in the world, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), patients diagnosed with IBS suffer from abdominal pain, diarrhea and constipation, and interestingly also suffer from chronic anxiety or depression.

With this in mind, a new study, using recipient mice, published in Science Translational Medicine explored whether fecal bacteria or microbiota as they call it, from human IBS patients had the ability to influence gut and brain function.

The study revealed that microbiota in the gut can indeed influence the brain, suggesting that the intestinal microbiota may play some role in the spectrum of brain disorders ranging from mood or anxiety to other problems that may include autism, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.

Make sure your diet contains lots of healthy organic probiotic foods, it can positively affect your physical and mental health.

Examples of organic probiotic foods:

1) Natto: a fermented soy bean dish popular in Japan and now found in the US
2) Ginger Beer: a fizzy, naturally fermented, probiotic drink originated in England in the 1800s.
3) Kefir: a tangy yogurt-like beverage contains a wide variety of probiotic bacteria and 11g of protein per cup.
4) Kimchi: a fermented vegetable dish popular in Korea
5) Kombucha: fermented sweetened black tea originating in China 2000 years ago
6) Miso: Japanese seasoning produced by fermenting soybeans
7) Sauerkraut: Fermented cabbage (choose non-posterized since that will destroy the bacteria)
8) Yogurt: fermented from milk soy or nut products (look for live/active cultures)

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Chiropractor Sharpsburg GA – Preventing Falls in the Elderly

Preventing FallsIn this video, Dr. Matthew Davis, director of Crossroads Chiropractic, shares important information looking at serious falls in the elderly and whether vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin should be taken to prevent them.

Falls in the elderly can be attributed to balance issues and muscle weakness.

Randomized controlled trials have found that vitamin D deficiency causes decreased muscle strength, particularly in the thigh muscles, which are important for fall prevention.   As we age, our muscles lose the ability to use available vitamin D leading, to this loss.

Calcium absorption, healthy bone density, and physical function all require adequate vitamin D levels, and calcium is also vital for bone health. In addition, for over 400 years it has been known that low Vitamin D levels are linked to muscle weakness, loss of bone strength, and as we said, falls and fractures.

Sources of vitamin D include fortified milk and other fortified foods, supplements, and production by the skin when exposed to sunlight, which becomes significantly less efficient with advancing age.

Vitamin D supplements have been shown to improve balance.  So, it is assumed there maybe a neurological, or even a cognitive effect.

Studies show older men and women do get significant protection from falls with vitamin D, especially among those who start out with relatively low levels, which is why The American Geriatric Society recommends vitamin D supplementation for those at high risk for falls.

Although vitamin D supplementation appears to help lower the risk of falls, the strongest and most consistent evidence for prevention of serious falls is exercise focused on strength and balance training.

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Chiropractor Sharpsburg GA – Chronic Inflammation The Silent Killer

Chronic InflammationIn this video, Dr. Matthew Davis, director of Crossroads Chiropractic, shares important information looking at chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation is a serious health risk and appears to even be a silent killer. It has been linked to nearly every chronic disease, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

Many health experts consider inflammation to be a better predictor of heart disease than cholesterol levels.

A blood test called C-reactive protein can assess if you have dangerous levels of inflammation.

Here are six healthy steps, you can use to fight inflammation and decrease your risk of many serious health conditions:

  1. Avoid refined carbs. Cut out sugar and processed carbohydrates, especially wheat products and other refined flours.
  2. Eliminate vegetable oils. Avoid polyunsaturated omega-6 vegetable oils like peanut, safflower, soy, corn, and canola which promote inflammation.
  3. Assess your workouts. Don’t overdo exercise intensity or duration, which can encourage inflammation.
  4. Add Quality Fish oil. Add EPA fish oil and wild-caught cold water fish to your diet. Atlantic mackerel, cod, haddock, herring, mahi mahi, salmon, anchovies, pollock, trout, whitefish, canned light tuna and sardines. These cold water varieties are rich in omega-3s and lowest in mercury.
  5. Add some spice to your life. Ginger, turmeric and red chili peppers have powerful anti-inflammatory effects.
  6. Eat your vegetables. Vegetables like garlic, onion, and shallots help fight inflammation, but also most greens, vegetables and some fruits like blueberries can help too.

A healthy lifestyle which includes eating the right foods and daily exercise will keep you healthy and inflammation free.

Chronic inflammation is a dangerous and often undetected condition. These steps can help you keep it in check, and are great general guidelines for good health as well.

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