Chiropractor Sharpsburg GA – Exercise Stroke Prevention & Prognosis

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In this weeks video health tip, Dr. Samir Hajariwala, director of Crossroads Chiropractic, takes a look at preventing stroke through exercise.

Research continues to support that exercise is not only critical for stroke prevention, but also for improving the prognosis if a stroke occurs.

With two-thirds of Americans having at least one of the leading risk factors for stroke, and 1 out of every 20 deaths caused by stroke, exercise seems to be one of the best ways to decrease your risk and protect your ability to function if stroke occurs.

The American Stroke Association states that 80% of all strokes can be prevented by leading a healthy lifestyle, which includes exercise.

The most common type of stroke is called ischemic stroke, which results from an obstruction in a blood vessel supplying blood to your brain.

This can cause brain damage that leads to many cognitive challenges, including dementia, memory problems, difficulty expressing yourself when speaking, and trouble with reading and writing, as well as understanding speech.

Exercise lowers inflammation, another benefit to brain health.

The most beneficial types of exercise include: any physical activity that gets your heart rate up and makes you sweat, strength training, and balance and stretching exercises.

Other than exercise, here are some other ways to help lower your stroke risk.

Sunshine: Sunlight causes your skin to produce nitric oxide, a critical compound for optimizing your blood pressure, which reduces your risk for both heart attack and stroke.

Grounding: Walking barefoot on the Earth, also known as “earthing” or “grounding,” has a potent antioxidant effect that helps alleviate inflammation throughout your body.

Fiber: Studies show a daily consumption of 7 grams or more of fiber decreases your stroke risk by 7%.

Chiropractic Care: Chiropractic adjustments stimulate brain function, and essentially restore the brain to good working order.

Remember you and your family can be as healthy as can be, and it’s never too soon to start receiving chiropractic care. Your best source for everything health is your chiropractor.  It’s never too early or late to see the team at Crossroads Chiropractic. Visit Sharpsburg Chiropractor, Crossroads Chiropractic regularly and make sure your nervous system is functioning 100%.

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Chiropractor Sharpsburg GA – Benefits of Time-Restricted Eating

intermittent fastingIn this weeks video health tip, Dr. Samir Hajariwala, director of Crossroads Chiropractic, takes a look at benefits of time-restricted eating better known as intermittent fasting.

Various patterns of intermittent fasting (such as alternate-day modified fasting) have become popular since many people find these diets easier to follow than traditional calorie restriction diets.

In a recent 3 month study of time-restricted eating, the participants ate their usual meals but ate only between 8AM and 6PM (10 hours) and took in no calories during the other 14 hours each day.

They did not change the amounts or kinds of food they ate or how much they exercised.

At the end of the 3 months, the participants:
– had eaten 9% fewer calories per day (without trying),
– lost 3% of their body fat and reduced their belly fat by 3%, 
- lowered their high blood pressure, bad LDL cholesterol, fasting blood sugar, triglycerides, and HBA1c (a measure of cell damage from sugar stuck on cells),and
– slept better at night.

The various types of intermittent fasting can be useful for people who want to lose weight, want to maintain their existing healthful weight, or want to keep from depositing excess fat in their liver.

The best time to eat is before or just after finishing exercising, when your muscles will draw huge amounts of sugar from your bloodstream to help prevent a fatty liver that can cause obesity, diabetes, heart attacks, strokes and premature death.

If you are diabetic, have low blood pressure, take medications, or are underweight, discuss your plans with your doctor.

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Chiropractor Sharpsburg GA – Lack of Sleep Linked to Osteoporosis

OsteoporosisIn this weeks video health tip, Dr. Samir Hajariwala, director of Crossroads Chiropractic, takes a look at the link between lack of sleep and osteoporosis, low bone density.

With osteoporosis affecting over 10% of North American adults over 50, a recent study found lack of sleep (5 hours or less per night) may be having a major impact on your bone density.

According to the research women who slept 5 hours or less per night had lower bone mineral density and were more likely to have osteoporosis of the hip and spine than those who slept 7 or more hours per night.

One of the primary treatments for low bone density and osteoporosis in conventional medicine is the use of bisphosphonate drugs, which have been shown to weaken bones and cause micro cracks that heighten your risk for atypical bone fractures.

Here are some ways you can prevent osteoporosis and protect your bones.
1. Get 7-9 hours of sleep every night.
2. Take nutrients important for healthy bone growth and strength including vitamin D, vitamins K1 and K2, calcium, magnesium and collagen.
3. Engage in specific types of exercise that can help you build and maintain strong bones including strength training  and weight-bearing exercise.
4. Get regular chiropractic adjustments which have been shown to improve joint alignment and muscle function, reduce inflammation and degeneration; ultimately restoring mobility which can prevent falls and fractures associated with osteoporosis.

Remember you and your family can be as healthy as can be, and it’s never too soon to start receiving chiropractic care. Your best source for everything health is your chiropractor.  It’s never too early or late to see the team at Crossroads Chiropractic. Visit Sharpsburg Chiropractor, Crossroads Chiropractic regularly and make sure your nervous system is functioning 100%.

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Chiropractor Sharpsburg GA – How Chiropractic Can Improve Your Memory

memoryIn this weeks video health tip, Dr. Samir Hajariwala, director of Crossroads Chiropractic, takes a look at how chiropractic care can positively preserve the brain’s neuroplasticity and improve memory.

A strong memory depends on the health and vitality of your brain.

The human brain has an astonishing ability to adapt and change at all ages. This ability is known as neuroplasticity.

With the right stimulation, your brain can form new neural pathways, alter existing connections, and adapt and react in ever-changing ways.

Chiropractic has become a subject of discussion among researchers studying neuroplasticity.

With the link between the spine and brain evident, researchers have begun to look at how chiropractic adjustments can be used as a beneficial tool to help preserve positive neuroplasticity.

Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to create more efficient brain function as they help the central nervous system function as it should.

This increases mental capacities like memory and creativity, and improves communication from the brain to the rest of your body.

To maximize and strengthen your brain it is important to:
1.  Keep learning and developing new skills.
2.  Always push yourself to stretch your capabilities.
3.  Choose challenging activities that are still enjoyable and satisfying.

Making chiropractic care part of your spine and brain health maintenance plan will help you live a long, happy, active and pain-free life.

Remember you and your family can be as healthy as can be, and it’s never too soon to start receiving chiropractic care. Your best source for everything health is your chiropractor.  It’s never too early or late to see the team at Crossroads Chiropractic. Visit Sharpsburg Chiropractor, Crossroads Chiropractic regularly and make sure your nervous system is functioning 100%.

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Chiropractor Sharpsburg GA – Is inflammation living in your body?

inflammationIn this weeks video health tip, Dr. Samir Hajariwala, director of Crossroads Chiropractic, takes a look at the top anti-inflammatory foods and supplements.

Chronic inflammation is an indicator of all disease, including cancer, obesity and heart disease.

Inflammation is a normal and beneficial process involving your body’s white blood cells and chemicals to protect you from foreign invaders like bacteria and viruses.

However, when the inflammation becomes chronic, that is where the trouble begins.

Your diet plays a key role as it can either trigger or prevent inflammation.

Vegetables are essential anti-inflammatory foods to eat more of.

Dark leafy greens including kale, collard greens and Swiss chard offer powerful antioxidants, flavonoids, carotenoids and vitamin C which help protect against cellular damage.

Fermented and cultured foods are anti-inflammatory staples that optimize your gut flora.

Kefir, yogurt, kimchee, miso, tempeh, pickles, sauerkraut, olives and other fermented vegetables are great for gut health.

Some other key anti-inflammatory foods include green tea, plus spices such as cloves, ginger, rosemary and turmeric.

Supplements can also help as anti-inflammatories.

Marine-based omega-3 fats found in fatty cold-water fish are important anti-inflammatories, as are supplements such as resveratrol, curcumin, capsaicin, vitamin D, and zinc.

Remember you and your family can be as healthy as can be, and it’s never too soon to start receiving chiropractic care. Your best source for everything health is your chiropractor.  It’s never too early or late to see the team at Crossroads Chiropractic. Visit Sharpsburg Chiropractor, Crossroads Chiropractic regularly and make sure your nervous system is functioning 100%.

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Chiropractor Sharpsburg GA – Fiber is a Superfood

superfoodIn this weeks video health tip, Dr. Samir Hajariwala, director of Crossroads Chiropractic, takes a look at the superfood, fiber.

Less than 5% of North Americans meet the recommended fiber intake of 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men.

Fiber in plants increases the growth of healthful bacteria, which  converts the soluble and fermentable types of fiber into short chain fatty acids, promoting great health benefits to help:
▪ reduce inflammation
▪ lower high levels of blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure
▪ reduce hunger
▪ produce beneficial mucus that lines your colon to help prevent the harmful bacteria from penetrating there.

Eating foods containing soluble fiber  help the good bacteria to overgrow the bad ones.

Soluble fiber is found in vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, nuts and other edible seeds.

Your current diet and lifestyle determines which bacteria live in your gut. Here are some ways you can change your colon bacteria:
▪ Increase your intake of vegetables, beans, fruits, unground whole grains, nuts and other seeds.
▪ Daily exercise to promote the growth of your colony of healthful bacteria.
▪ Avoid mammal meat, fried foods, foods with added sugar and all drinks with sugar in them.
▪ Regular chiropractic care which allows your central nervous system to function appropriately by taking irritation off of the nerves going to the stomach and/or intestines, which positively influences your digestive system and the health of your gut.

Remember you and your family can be as healthy as can be, and it’s never too soon to start receiving chiropractic care. Your best source for everything health is your chiropractor.  It’s never too early or late to see the team at Crossroads Chiropractic. Visit Sharpsburg Chiropractor, Crossroads Chiropractic regularly and make sure your nervous system is functioning 100%.

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Chiropractor Sharpsburg GA – Where’s the Beef?

plant basedIn this weeks video health tip, Dr. Samir Hajariwala, director of Crossroads Chiropractic, takes a look at plant based meat alternatives and if they really are the best dietary alternative.

With the growing evidence that eating processed meat and mammal meat may increase risk for heart attacks, cancers and diabetes, over 40% of North Americans are eating more plant-based foods.

Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat are two companies dominating the market for plant-based burgers that taste like meat.

Here are a few things we know about these laboratory made foods:
1. These plant-based burgers contains 3 grams of beneficial fiber, while hamburger contains no fiber.
2. Plant-based meat alternatives are highly processed, and eating too much of processed components of plants has been associated with obesity.
3. Both Impossible Burger and Beyond Meat contain:
• more salt than hamburger
• less protein than a hamburger
• more saturated fat from coconut oils than a hamburger.

Making plant-based meat alternatives a small part of your diet may be fine, as long as your diet also includes lots of organic vegetables, beans, whole grains, nuts, fruits and other healthful foods.

Remember you and your family can be as healthy as can be, and it’s never too soon to start receiving chiropractic care. Your best source for everything health is your chiropractor.  It’s never too early or late to see the team at Crossroads Chiropractic. Visit Sharpsburg Chiropractor, Crossroads Chiropractic regularly and make sure your nervous system is functioning 100%.

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Chiropractor Sharpsburg GA – 6 Ways to Improve Your Blood Flow

improved blood flowIn this weeks video health tip, Dr. Samir Hajariwala, director of Crossroads Chiropractic, takes a look at some ways to improve your blood flow.

Did you know your body holds about 60,000 miles of blood vessels, carrying blood to every corner of your body?

When your circulation is poor, it slows or blocks the blood flow and the cells in your body cannot get all the oxygen and nutrients they need.

Here are some ways you can improve your circulation.

1. Drink Water: Since blood is about half water, you need to stay hydrated to keep it moving.
2. Eat More Plants and Less Meat: Eating lots of fruits & vegetables, and staying away from saturated fats that can be found in red meat will help keep your weight in a healthy range, your cholesterol and blood pressure in check, and your arteries clear.
3. Quit Smoking: Nicotine is the active ingredient in cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, and smokeless tobacco, causing harm to the walls of your arteries and thickening your blood.
4. Yoga: Yoga is a low-impact exercise that brings oxygen to your cells and when you twist, it sends blood to your organs.
5. Aerobic Exercise: Running, biking, walking and swimming take more oxygen and get your blood pumping, make your heart stronger, and lower your blood pressure.
6. Regular Chiropractic Care: Chiropractic adjustments relieve pressure from nerves, which encourages blood to flow more freely.

Remember you and your family can be as healthy as can be, and it’s never too soon to start receiving chiropractic care. Your best source for everything health is your chiropractor.  It’s never too early or late to see the team at Crossroads Chiropractic. Visit Sharpsburg Chiropractor, Crossroads Chiropractic regularly and make sure your nervous system is functioning 100%.

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Chiropractor Sharpsburg GA – 5 Bad Habits Affecting Your Health

5 Bad HabitsIn this weeks video health tip, Dr. Samir Hajariwala, director of Crossroads Chiropractic, takes a look at 5 bad habits that are wreaking havoc with your health.

We all have them, but some can be worse for you than others.

Here is how 5 bad habits can destroy your health.

1. Not Enough Sleep
If you are not getting the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep a night you may be setting yourself up for high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and depression.

2. Electronic Gadget Use Before Bed
“Blue light” is given off by electronic gadgets like phones, computers, and TVs.  Studies now show too much of any kind of night-time light might be linked to cancer (especially breast and prostate), diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.

3. Alcohol Consumption
Alcohol in any quantity is linked to kidney disease, liver disease, digestive issues, heart problems, bone damage, and even some cancers.

4. Consume Too Much Food
Consuming too much food, even if it’s healthy, causes weight gain leading to heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and raising your chances of certain kinds of cancer.

5. Eat Junk Food
Soda, candy, and pastries have lots of calories, little nutrition, and too much sugar that gets into your blood too quickly. Junk food is linked to serious health problems like obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

Take advantage of good habits instead, like exercise, a healthy diet, a good night’s sleep and regular Chiropractic care.

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Chiropractor Sharpsburg GA – Chiropractic Care Makes You Happier

Chiropractic Care Makes You HappierIn this weeks video health tip, Dr. Matthew Davis & Dr. Samir Hajariwala, directors of Crossroads Chiropractic, take a look at three proven ways regular chiropractic care can add to your happiness.

Did you know regular chiropractic care can make you a happier person?

Here are three proven ways regular chiropractic adjustments can make you happier and healthier.

1.Boosts Your Immunity: Preventative Medicine Institute found people receiving regular chiropractic adjustments experience an immune system up to 200% stronger than those who do not receive chiropractic care.

People with strong immune systems are more productive, miss fewer days of work or school, and have fewer trips to the doctor.

2. Reduces Stress: Studies show that when a person is stressed, they produce more of the hormone cortisol, which is linked to an increased risk for heart disease, diabetes, weight gain and poor sleeping habits.

Chiropractic care can help the body reduce cortisol levels, remove toxins from the body and leave you feeling less stressed.

3. No Pain Medications:  A 2012 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that out of the 272 neck pain patients followed for 12 weeks,  those who received chiropractic adjustments were twice as likely to be pain free compare to those who took medication.

If you are looking for relief from health symptoms that are impacting your happiness, chiropractic care is a proven method that will improve your quality of life.

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