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“Will The Real Water Please Stand Up!
Courtesy of Dr. Frank Gomez, Sayville Immediate Chiropractic

“True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united.”  ~Humboldt~

Time keeps on marching on. Anyway, speaking of marching, running and/or exercising, a key component to any health regimen is drinking enough water.  Have you had enough H20 today? Well, that’s a deep subject that we are going to explore right now.

Did you know that many Americans live in a dehydrated state?  They simply don’t drink enough water.  So, how much water is optimal?  Experts agree that it is beneficial to drink 8-12 glasses of water a day or two to three quarts.  Eight glasses if your weight is average, and add an extra glass for every 25 pounds in excess of your ideal weight. People who live in hot dry places, and people who exercise frequently and sweat a lot will need to drink more than eight glasses a day also.
Imagine what would happen if you stopped putting oil into your car’s engine.  Would your automobile function properly?  No, so neither does your body when it doesn’t receive enough water.
60% of our bodies are made up of water, our bodies need water, similar to how a car needs oil, to run smoothly and efficiently. Muscle is about 75% water, fat tissue is about 25% water and even your bones are more than 20% water by weight. Your bodily fluids, blood, urine, sweat, and tears, are also made up in part by water.
O.K. let’s say it’s summertime, or you’ve just come home from gym. You feel hot and thirsty and your body is craving something cool and refreshing to drink.  What do you do? Take a drink from the tap? Slurp down a soft drink, or go to the refrigerator and pour yourself a glass of bottled water? Iced tea? Lemonade, mocha java?….Anyone?
What do you suppose is the healthiest choice?  That’s right, water. First of all, there are many reasons we need to drink water (not substitutes such as juice, tea, or alcoholic beverages that contain water). Caffeinated beverages like tea and coffee stimulate the adrenal glands, fruit juices contain a lot of sugar and stimulate the pancreas.  Soda contains sodium.  Such drinks tend to stress the body more than cleanse it.

What does water really do?

Water carries precious nutrients and oxygen to the cells through the blood and regulates body temperature.  When you get hot, water goes onto your skin (sweat). Sweat uses heat from your body to dry up (evaporate). We also keep cool by breathing out (exhaling) water vapor from our lungs.
Water is also your body’s lubricant — it keeps your eyeballs moistened and “oils” your
joints. (Remember, the tin man from the Wizard of Oz?)
Our brains and spinal cords are protected by water. Water helps us to maintain proper muscle tone by giving our muscles their natural ability to contract and by preventing dehydration.
Water cleanses our bodies. We have natural toxins in our bodies that come from many things. The air we breathe, the foods we eat, and the body produces its own toxins when we are under stress. The body uses water to carry away waste that builds up that makes us feel sluggish and fatigued.

Water suppresses the appetite naturally and helps the body metabolize stored fat.

Without enough water, a chain reaction occurs.  The kidneys can’t function properly.  When they don’t work to capacity, some of their load is dumped onto the liver. One of the liver’s primary functions is to metabolize stored fat into usable energy for the body.  But, if the liver has to do some of the kidney’s work, it can’t operate correctly.  As a result, it metabolizes less fat which means more fat remains stored in the body.
Now, do you know where to get the best water to drink? Definitely stay away from that tap! The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) estimates that 40 percent of the fresh water in the United States is unusable; and 1,300 different chemicals exist in the average “EPA-approved” city drinking water. Chlorine and lead are the most common, with many industrial volatile organic chemicals ending up in the drinking water.
Municipal water is used as a source for approximately 25% of the bottled water sold in the U.S. Often this is packaged as “purified” or “drinking water”.
If you do not know the quality of your tap water, you may want to purchase a good water filter such as reverse osmosis for home use. Make sure that the water you drink is not contaminated with heavy metals, chemicals and microorganisms!
Some of the toxins in water come from what is added to it to neutralize the other toxins that already exist in the water. Did you know that fluoride is a powerful enzyme inhibitor and a waste product of the aluminum and phosphate fertilizer industries?  It is promoted as being beneficial for teeth and bones but some people feel it is harmful and should not be added to our water. Radon gas released from radioactive mineral deposits has also been found in municipal water supplies!
Whether you buy water by the case, bottles from the supermarket or through a company that delivers water to your home, you may be better off buying your own filter and purifying the water at home for less money.
Ready to pour on the H20? Start slowly. Try to add one glass to your meal schedule such as drinking one glass upon arising, then a glass before and after breakfast, lunch and dinner and one an hour before bed, that’s eight glasses a day right there. Flavor the water with lemon if you don’t like the taste or lack of. While forming your new habit, try to also reduce your intake of sugars, caffeine and diuretics and experience how great you’ll feel

We at Sayville Immediate Chiropractic Care realize you have a choice in who you choose to provide your healthcare services.  If you, a friend or family member requires care for low back pain, we sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence shown by choosing our services and look forward in serving you and your family presently and, in the future.

The Sayville Chiropractic office that makes it convenient for you to get the care you want in today’s busy society! Our practice has a strong working relationship with many local allied health care professionals and primary care MD’s.

No Appointment Necessary, Walk-in Chiropractic Care:
New patients welcome. No Long Term Care Plans

Since Back Pain, Neck Pain and Headaches are one of the most common complaints presenting to the chiropractic physician, please ask for more information about this if you or a loved one is suffering.  It’s one of most significant acts of kindness you can give to those you care about.

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Chiropractic and Sleep

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Chiropractic is well known for management of pain in the back, neck, arms, and legs, but what about enhancing sleep quality? Chronic, long-term sleep related disorders affects an estimated 1.5 million Americans each year and accounts for an estimated $16 billion in medical costs annually, not including indirect costs due to lost productivity and other factors! Sleep deprivation can interfere with work, driving, social activities, overall quality of life, and even cause serious health problems (even a shorter lifespan!). With over 80 defined sleep disorders, insomnia (difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, and/or poor sleep quality) is one of the most common followed by sleep apnea (interrupted breathing while sleeping), restless-leg syndrome (tingly/prickly leg sensations), and narcolepsy (daytime “sleep attacks”).

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), sleep is a “neurobiologic need.” Think of it like recharging a battery, except the battery is your brain! The optimum amount of sleep needed changes with age.Infants need nine to ten hours at night AND three or more hours of naps, while toddlers need the same nine hours at night but two to three hours/less daytime naps. School age children do best with nine to eleven hours and adultswith seven to eight hours. When sleep-deprived (>1-2 hrs of less than normal sleep), daytime napping needs increase as well as the need for longer nighttime sleep. Without establishing a sleep cycle or when interrupting the normal circadian rhythm (cycle of sleep and wakefulness), long- term problems can arise. This can occur as a result of missing as little as one to two hours a night. Though many claim and even brag about only needing a few hours of sleep a night, it is reported that they are less able to perform well on complex mental tasks compared with those who get closer to seven hours of nighttime sleep. It has also been reported that a higher mortality rate is associated with getting less OR much more than seven hours of sleep per night.

As chiropractors, spinal manipulation, exercise training, dietary supplements, relaxation therapy, massage therapy, and acupuncture are all viable options to help in the effort to fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer, and improve the overall quality of sleep. Lifestyle coaching facilitating sleep improvement includes 1) Establishing a regular sleep schedule; 2) Relaxing (like reading) before bedtime; 3) Regular exercise (≥2 hrs pre-bedtime); and 4) Avoiding alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine! Medication side-effects can be a culprit and sleep aid medications can leave one too sleepy the next day to optimally function. Herbal supplements can include the Valerian (when taken for four to six weeks, it can improve sleep quality and reduce falling asleep time — it is often combined with others such as lavender, lemon balm, and skullcap); Chamomile tea at bedtime; and Kava. The supplementmelatonin is another popular approach shown to help with insomnia, particularly falling asleep faster and for those with circadian rhythm interruptions. The amino acid L-Tryptophan converts to 5-HTP followed by serotonin (a brain neurotransmitter) and finally into melatonin. Other forms of therapy include music therapy and the use of sound machines, which can especially help older adults and children. Certain exercise such as Yoga, Ti Chi, and / or Qigong act like a combination of both meditation and exercise. Combining some of these methods with cognitive-behavioral therapy (such as sleep restriction and stimulus control) has been shown to demonstrate some lasting improvements in sleep quality. The use of nasal dialator strips were also reported to be helpful in those with insomnia and sleep disordered breathing.

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We at Sayville Immediate Chiropractic Care realize you have a choice in who you choose to provide your healthcare services.  If you, a friend or family member requires care for low back pain, we sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence shown by choosing our services and look forward in serving you and your family presently and, in the future.

The Sayville Chiropractic office that makes it convenient for you to get the care you want in today’s busy society! Our practice has a strong working relationship with many local allied health care professionals and primary care MD’s.

No Appointment Necessary, Walk-in Chiropractic Care:
New patients welcome. No Long Term Care Plans

Since Back Pain, Neck Pain and Headaches are one of the most common complaints presenting to the chiropractic physician, please ask for more information about this if you or a loved one is suffering.  It’s one of most significant acts of kindness you can give to those you care about.

Serving the areas of Sayville, Oakdale, Bohemia, Bayport.

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Is Exercise a “Cure-All?”
Courtesy of: Dr. Frank Gomez, Sayville Immediate Chiropractic care

Some of you may have heard about how a modified form of boxing is helping patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD). If you haven’t, it’s been observed that people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) who engage in this boxing-like exercise routine can enhance their quality of life and even build impressive gains in posture, strength, flexibility, and speed. Proponents of the program report that regardless the degree of severity of PD, participants have a happier, healthier, and higher quality of life.

But must it be boxing? Maybe not. A report presented at the International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders in San Diego in June 2015 found that patients with Parkinson’s disease who began regular exercise early into the PD process had a much slower decline in their quality of life when compared with those who started exercising later. The researchers found just 2.5 hours per week of exercise is needed to improve quality of life scores. According to the report, it didn’t matter what exercise the participants did — simply getting up and moving for a total of 2.5 hours/week was reportedly enough (that’s only 20-25 minutes / day)!

Looking beyond Parkinson’s, other chronic conditions also benefit from adding exercise into a person’s lifestyle. Studies show that regular exercise as simple as walking helps reduce one’s risk for memory loss, and it slows down functional decline in the elderly. Incorporating aerobic exercise into one’s lifestyle can also improve reaction time in people at ALL AGES. Exercise has also been shown to improve both physical and emotional well-being in those afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease with as little as 60 minutes/week of moderate exercise! Patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) have also reported less stiffness and less muscle wasting when using exercise machines, aquatic exercise, and/or walking.

Research has shown just 30 minutes of brisk exercise three times a week can help reduce depressive symptoms in patients with mild-to-moderate depression. In a study involving teenagers, those who engaged in sports reported a greater level of well-being than their sedentary peers, and the more vigorous the exercise, the better their emotion health! In kids 8-12 years old, physical inactivity is strongly linked to depression. Even anxiety, stress, and depression associated with menopause are less severe in those who exercise! So LET’S ALL GET OUT THERE AND EXERCISE!!!

We realize you have a choice in whom you consider for your health care provision and we sincerely appreciate your trust in choosing our service for those needs.  If you, a friend, or family member requires care, we would be honored to render our services.

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The Sayville Chiropractic office that makes it convenient for you to get the care you want in today’s busy society! Our practice has a strong working relationship with many local allied health care professionals and primary care MD’s.

No Appointment Necessary, Walk-in Chiropractic Care:
New patients welcome. No Long Term Care Plans

Since Back Pain, Neck Pain and Headaches are one of the most common complaints presenting to the chiropractic physician, please ask for more information about this if you or a loved one is suffering.  It’s one of most significant acts of kindness you can give to those you care about.

Serving the areas of Sayville, Oakdale, Bohemia, Bayport.

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Folks suffering with fibromyalgia (FM) commonly complain that certain foods can make their symptoms worse. How common is this? One study reported 42% of FM patients found that certain foods worsened their symptoms!

Because FM affects each person differently, there is no ONE FM diet or, “…one size fits all” when it comes to eating “right” for FM. Patients with FM usually find out by trial and error which foods work vs. those that consistently don’t. However, remembering which foods do what can be a challenge so FIRST, make a three column FOOD LOG with the following headings: BETTER, NO CHANGE, WORSE. This will allow you to QUICKLY review the list as a memory refresher.

According to Dr. Ginevra Liptan, medical director of the Frida Center for Fibromyalgia (Portland, OR) and author of Figuring Out Fibromyalgia: Current Science and the Most Effective Treatments, there are some common trends she’s observed through treating FM patients. Here are some of her recommendations:

PAY ATTENTION TO HOW FOOD MAKES YOU FEEL: It is quite common to have “sensitivities” to certain foods, but this is highly variable from person to person. Examples of problematic foods/ingredients include: MSG (commonly used in Chinese food), other preservatives, eggs, gluten, and dairy. Dr. Liptan HIGHLY recommends the food journal approach! She also recommends including a note about the type of symptoms noticed with each “WORSE” food, as symptoms can vary significantly.

ELIMINATE CERTAIN FOODS: If you suspect a certain food may be problematic, try an elimination challenge diet. That means STOP eating that food for six to eight weeks and then ADD it back into your diet and see how you feel. Remember, FM sufferers frequently have irritable bowel syndrome, also known as IBS, and this approach can be REALLY HELPFUL! Food allergies may be part of the problem, and your doctor may refer you for a consult with an allergist and/or a dietician. They will also discuss the “anti-inflammatory diet” with you.

EAT HEALTHY: In general, your diet should emphasize fruits and vegetables and lean protein. Pre-prepare food so you have something “healthy” to reach for rather than a less healthy snack when you’re hungry and tired. Consider “pre-washed” and pre-cut up vegetables; try quinoa rather than pasta. Consume anti-fatigue foods and eat multiple small meals daily vs. one to two large meals. Protein snacks (like a hardboiled egg or oatmeal – GLUTEN FREE) help a lot! Eat breakfast and include protein. Also, GET ENOUGH SLEEP (at least seven to eight hours and be consistent)!

SUPPLEMENTS: Consider a good general multi-vitamin, calcium and magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D3, and Co-Enzyme Q10. There are others, but this represents a great place to start. Remember to check any medication you may be taking with these/any suggestions before taking supplements!

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The Sayville Chiropractic office that makes it convenient for you to get the care you want in today’s busy society! Our practice has a strong working relationship with many local allied health care professionals and primary care MD’s.

No Appointment Necessary, Walk-in Chiropractic Care:
New patients welcome. No Long Term Care Plans

Since Back Pain, Neck Pain and Headaches are one of the most common complaints presenting to the chiropractic physician, please ask for more information about this if you or a loved one is suffering.  It’s one of most significant acts of kindness you can give to those you care about.

Serving the areas of Sayville, Oakdale, Bohemia, Bayport.

YOU MAY BE A CANDIDATE FOR DRUG FREE RELIEF!
FOR A FREE NO-OBLIGATION CONSULTATION CALL
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The Owner’s Manual For Extending Your Warranty (Free Press)

Our basic premise is that your body is amazing.  You get a do over. It doesn’t take that long, and it isn’t that hard if you know what to do.  In these notes, we give you a short course in what to do so it becomes easy for you, and for you to teach others. We want you to know how much control you have over both the quality and length of your life.

Courtesy of: Dr. Frank Gomez, Sayville Immediate Chiropractic care

You know that tobacco addiction ages you—your blood vessels and your immune system become older so you suffer disabilities earlier –18 years of disability before death on average—and die 10 years earlier. But addiction isn’t limited to just tobacco. Addiction is everyone’s problem – and it’s time to get real about our nation’s most urgent health crisis. One in three American households bear the burden of life-changing addictions, so you likely know someone who’s faced the fear and frustration that surrounds this disease. The ripples touch the lives of 85 million people, harming friends, family, and co-workers.

Right now, more than 17 million Americans are dependent on alcohol; 1.9 million on prescription pain killers; 855,000 have a dependence on cocaine, and more than a half-million are addicted to heroin. When University of Southern California researchers looked at 11 types of addiction, they concluded that half of those addicted to nicotine, alcohol, or drugs are dependent on more than one substance. Still more were also addicted to sex, gambling, or overspending as well.

Drug-related deaths have increased three to five-fold since 2001 according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) as more and more children, teens, and adults get hooked on alcohol, prescription pain killers, heroin, and other chemicals. A life is lost every minute. Yet, 90 percent of those who need treatment cannot get it.

Beyond the War on Drugs

Addiction is a reversible brain disease — not a moral failing. It’s a result of dysfunction deep within brain circuits involved with reward, motivation, and memory. While criminals should be punished, we agree with Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s recent remarks that “we simply cannot arrest our way out of this problem. We also have to address the root causes of addiction and focus on treatment.” Indiana has seen a tenfold increase in the number of deaths from heroin overdoses from 2005 to 2013 — as well as a rise in child abuse and neglect related to substance abuse. Now, that state, like Ohio and like many medical centers, is among the many who are looking for a new direction. People struggling with addiction need access to research-based treatment, but it’s often is too expensive, too far away, or has a waiting list that’s too long.  You cannot break an addiction without your brain being busy with something else… your brain needs a new addiction like walking, or talking to a buddy, or both.

The reason breaking addictions poses such a biological test is that repeated and addictive behavior actually changes your brain circuitry. When you learn a behavior, neurons communicate with one another, telling you,
“This is how you do the task,” whatever it might be. New connections are made to enable you to add numbers, solve problems, translate foreign languages, serve a tennis ball, learn guitar chords—anything.

Two things happen when you’re learning that skill or action. One, the connections between those neurons strengthen. Use those neurons, and they become tough so that the once-difficult skill becomes easy. It’s why learning piano may be difficult at first, but then you practice and practice until the neighbors are so sick of hearing “Chopsticks” that playing the song becomes second nature. Your neurons know what to do and do it quickly. It’s an example of biological efficiency: you need energy at first to learn the behavior, but not so much once you know it.

Two, while those connections between neurons are strengthening, the ones you aren’t using are being whittled away. It’s the whole “Use it or lose it” maxim. Let’s say that you learned Spanish in elementary school but haven’t used a lick of it since. If you try to remember it when you’re fifty-five, you may sputter a few words or phrases, but you won’t recall much at all. Those neurons said essentially, “This bozo knows nada about Spanish, so why are we wasting our time firing off ‘uno, dos, tres, cuatro’ to one another? Forget about it. We’re outta here.” And in the process, you lose those connections; you lose that ability.

So, how does this apply to addictions and habits? When you’re addicted to drinking or cigarettes or Lucky Charms, it works the same way. The repeated behavior rewires your brain to perform that action like you do when you learn to play Beethoven’s Fifth. I eat, therefore I smoke. I talk on the phone, therefore I smoke. I have sex, therefore I smoke. You have created the brain circuitry to reinforce those unhealthy habits because your brain wants the temporary high that comes from them, no matter the damage that follows.

Therefore, the answer lies in the problem. We need to use that same circuitry to discover new habits that allow us to build new connections so that the destructive ones can be pruned. But here’s the thing: you can’t expect the cigarette or other addictive circuitry to whittle away by itself; you have to put something in its place. You have to find new circuitry boards to build so that your brain stops investing its energy in the connections that make you want to do the destructive behavior, like smoke. This is where the power of habit comes into play. As long as there are no adverse effects associated with that repeated habit, then you are going to rewire your brain away from the addiction and into a healthy habit.

That’s the ultimate goal of peer-to-peer and professional treatment: Creating new brain circuits that support healthy habits as you let the old, addictive circuitry wither. It can be a long, painful process, but it’s the path to freedom. We can only get there by working as a team. Don’t intervene alone; get help; remember you are showing love by helping the addicted person live longer, and with less disability.  All of us have a role.

Thanks for reading. Feel free to send questions—to youdocs@gmail.com, and some of them we may know enough to answer (we’ll try to get answers for you if we do not know).

Young Dr Mike Roizen (aka, The Enforcer)

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We at Sayville Immediate Chiropractic Care realize you have a choice in who you choose to provide your healthcare services.  If you, a friend or family member requires care for low back pain, we sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence shown by choosing our services and look forward in serving you and your family presently and, in the future.

The Sayville Chiropractic office that makes it convenient for you to get the care you want in today’s busy society! Our practice has a strong working relationship with many local allied health care professionals and primary care MD’s.

No Appointment Necessary, Walk-in Chiropractic Care:
New patients welcome. No Long Term Care Plans

Since Back Pain, Neck Pain and Headaches are one of the most common complaints presenting to the chiropractic physician, please ask for more information about this if you or a loved one is suffering.  It’s one of most significant acts of kindness you can give to those you care about.

Serving the areas of Sayville, Oakdale, Bohemia, Bayport.

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NOTE: You should NOT take this as medical advice.

This article is of the opinion of its author.

Before you do anything, please consult with your doctor.

You can follow Dr Roizen on twitter @YoungDrMike (and get updates on the latest and most important medical stories of the week). The YOU docs have tow newly revised books: The patron saint “book” of this column YOU Staying Young—revised and YOU: The Owner’s Manual…revised —yes a revision of the book that started Dr Oz to being Dr OzThese makes great gifts—so do YOU: ON a Diet and YOU: The Owner’s Manual for teens.  And, the new book by Dr Mike Roizen: This isYOUR Do-Over

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With all the hype about cholesterol, where does the truth lie? On one hand, some doctors recommend EVERYONE be placed on a statin (cholesterol lowering medication) regardless if their cholesterol levels are high or not. On the other hand, some experts report that statins are unnecessary and cholesterol is both essential and good for us. So, where does the current research fit into this picture?

Let’s look at a July 2015 Harvard School of Public Health publication that reported “….it would be cost effective to treat 48-67% of all adults aged 40-75 in the [United States] with cholesterol-lowering statins. By expanding the current recommended treatment guidelines and boosting the percentage of adults taking statins, an additional 161,560 cardiovascular-related events could be averted.” The authors of the report start their discussion by recognizing the “new cholesterol treatment guidelines have been controversial” and seek to weigh the pros and cons of their recommendation. They point out that on one side, “there is strong evidence that statins reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke” and on the other, they report that “…more people would be at increased risk for negative side effects, such as memory loss, type 2 diabetes, and muscle damage.”

Of interest, in November 2013, the American Heart Association and others recommended that statins be prescribed for people with a 7.5% or greater risk of heart attack or stroke over a 10-year period (down from 10-20% or higher in previous guidelines), including many with no existing cardiovascular issues. An article in the July edition of Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reports the 7.5% was acceptable in terms of cost-effectiveness, “…but more lenient treatment thresholds of ≥3.0-4.0% would be “optimal…and would avert an estimated additional 125,000-160,000 CVD-events.”

The opposing camp regarding cholesterol management says that inflammation is at the core of heart disease and stroke, NOT cholesterol. Moreover, RAISING the amount of cholesterol-rich foods in our diet is reportedly WISE since only a small amount of our body’s cholesterol actually comes from diet and most is produced by the liver. Cleveland Clinic’s cardiologist Dr. Steven Nissen says we NEED cholesterol, a theory that is now embraced by the new 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC), as they have taken a TOTAL about-face compared with their 2010 recommendations (which had “stood” strong since the 1960s). The DGAC are now stating that “cholesterol is not considered a nutrient of concern for overconsumption.”

Other researchers say lowering dietary cholesterol is likely causing far more harm than good. Our cell membranes, as well as activity that goes on INSIDE our cells, our liver (cholesterol is a precursor to bile acids needed to digest the fat we eat), our digestive system, and our brain (which contains 25% of the cholesterol in our body) REQUIRE adequate cholesterol levels. Low levels of HDL cholesterol have been linked to several brain-related malfunctions including depression, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, violent behavior, and suicide. Also, cholesterol provides insulation for our nerve cells and plays an important role in the production of hormones (particularly testosterone, progesterone, and estrogen). Cholesterol is also important for the production of vitamin D, as when sunlight hits our skin, the cholesterol in the skin is converted into the vitamin.

Obviously, we have a choice: limit / reduce our cholesterol or embrace it. Which camp appeals to you the most?

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The Sayville Chiropractic office that makes it convenient for you to get the care you want in today’s busy society! Our practice has a strong working relationship with many local allied health care professionals and primary care MD’s.

No Appointment Necessary, Walk-in Chiropractic Care:
New patients welcome. No Long Term Care Plans

Since Back Pain, Neck Pain and Headaches are one of the most common complaints presenting to the chiropractic physician, please ask for more information about this if you or a loved one is suffering.  It’s one of most significant acts of kindness you can give to those you care about.

Serving the areas of Sayville, Oakdale, Bohemia, Bayport.

YOU MAY BE A CANDIDATE FOR DRUG FREE RELIEF!
FOR A FREE NO-OBLIGATION CONSULTATION CALL
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Fibromyalgia (FM) is a common condition that affects about five million Americans, often between ages 20 and 45 years old. FM is very difficult to diagnose primarily because there is no definitive test like there is for heart, liver, or kidney disease. Equally challenging is the ability to effectively treat FM as there are frequently other conditions that co-exist with FM that require special treatment considerations. Typically, each FM case is unique with a different group of symptoms and therefore, each person requires individualized care.

Fibromyalgia symptoms can include generalized pain throughout the body that can vary from mild to severely disabling, extreme fatigue, nausea/flu-like symptoms, brain “fog” (“fibro-fog”), depression and/or anxiety, sleeping problems and feeling un-refreshed in the mornings, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, morning stiffness, painful menstrual cramps, numbness or tingling (arms/hands, legs/feet), tender points, urinary pain or burning, and more!

So, let’s talk about ways to improve your FM-related symptoms through dietary approaches. When the FM symptom group includes gut trouble (bad/painful gas, bloating, and/or constipation), it’s not uncommon to have an imbalance between the “good” vs. the “bad” bacteria, yeast, and problems with digestion or absorption. Think of management as a “Four Step” process for the digestive system:

1.                  REMOVE HARMFUL TOXINS: Consider food allergy testing to determine any foods the FM patient has a sensitivity for. Frequently, removing gluten, dairy, eggs, bananas, potatoes, corn, and red meat can benefit the FM patient. The use of anti-fungal and / or anti-bacterial botanicals (as opposed to drug approaches such as antibiotics) can be highly effective. A low allergy-potential diet consisting of fish, poultry, certain vegetables, legumes, fruits, rice, and olive and coconut oil is usually a good choice.

2.                  IMPROVE DIGESTIVE FUNCTION: The presence of bloating and gas is usually indicative of poor digestion, and the use of a digestive enzyme with every meal can be highly effective!

3.                  RESTORE THE “GOOD” BACTERIA: Probiotics (with at least 20-30 billion live organisms) at each meal are often necessary to improve the “good” gut bacteria population, which will likely also improve immune function.

4.                  REPAIR THE GUT: If the gut wall is damaged, nutrients like l-glutamine, fish oils, and n-acetyl-d-glucosamine may help repair it.

This process will take several months, and some of these approaches may have to be continued over the long term. Doctors of chiropractic are trained in nutritional counseling and can help you in this process. As an added benefit, many FM sufferers find the inclusion of chiropractic adjustments to be both symptomatically relieving and energy producing.

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