1. Take a vitamin D3 supplement. Vitamin D improves your immune function and acts as a powerful antimicrobial
2. Decrease sugar intake. Sugar decreases your immune function. Research has shown that 2-5 hrs after ingesting sugar (sucrose, glucose, fructose) it depresses the number of white blood cells that can kill germs by 50%. Sugar means candy, processed food, alcohol and soda
3. Rest. This is a powerful tool to use against germs and our modern day hustle and bustle would rather you didn't slow down, but take a pill to keep moving. Just slow down, sleep more- it's cheaper then the pills.
4. Exercise. This powerful potent drug😜 increases your immune system, decreases stress and helps improve sleep. Moderate exercise that is, not hardcore drop on the floor stuff.
5. Decrease stress- stress leads to lowered immune systems, which makes your body more susceptible for germs to attack.
Initially, this title, at least to me seems silly; contentment in Motherhood? Being a Mother has given me so much contentment in my heart and soul. It is the greatest gift and most wonderful pleasure to raise a child and journey through life with them.
The hard part of finding contentment is all the other shit that gets in the way. Am I right? You know, like work, other relationships, bills, societal pressures, to do lists.
This is the hard stuff, managing day to day and finding inner contentment along the way.
We need to let ourselves off the hook, and let other Moms off the hook too. I mean let's drop a few stupid expectations that have been ingrained in us....
1. You must be perfect: Perfect life, perfect house, perfect car, perfect clothes, perfect body, perfect relationship, perfect kids.....I am getting bloody tired just listing it all.
I AM GOING TO LET YOU IN ON A SECRET.....YOU ALREADY ARE IMPERFECT PERFECTION, EXACTLY AS YOU ARE AND IT IS AMAZING!!
The feeling that you are spinning or the room is spinning. Vertigo is defined differently than Dizziness. Dizziness is described as feeling faint or off balance. Nausea can accompany both of these conditions. Both can be a sign of other more serious conditions that may require referral to a medical doctor or neurologist.
There are 2 types of dizziness and vertigo that a chiropractor can treat successfully, proper diagnosis is key (If you have been reading these blogs, I sound like a broken record about diagnosis, but it truly is the most important component of treatment). There are always zebra diagnoses to suss out, but in medicine we have a saying, “When you hear hooves think horses, not zebras” A zebra diagnosis will typically not respond to a horse treatment.
Benign Paradoxyl Position Vertigo (BPPV):
This is defined as vertigo (spinning) in short duration 30-60sec with a movement of the head or rolling over in bed. This type of vertigo is caused by c...
Bees are on the endangered species list....and Honey, the bees are on my mind🐝I use it in my coffee every morning, but only if it is organic and local. Why? Because, all other honey can be highly processed with other sugars. Honey is typically fructose, however, there are a lot of other benefits.
Top 3 benefits of Honey
1. It is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal
2. Honey works as well as dextromorphan, an over-the-counter cough medication ingredient
3. Manuka honey can eradicate methicillin- resistant and methicillin-sensitive bacteria and VRE vancomycin-resistant enterococci
Honey is pretty much the bees 🐝 knees! And these are just a few of my favourite things about honey🍯
What do these 4 conditions have in common? I co-manage these conditions in kids. As a pediatric chiropractor, I have special training in assessment and treatment of infants, toddlers and children. The above four conditions, along with reaching developmental milestones all have credible research to support the benefits of chiropractic care. I will discuss briefly how I help with each condition. There isn't enough blog space to get in depth, however, if you and your family are experiencing any of these conditions and are interested in finding out more feel free to email me any questions you might have.
1. Ear Infections: Often chronic in nature and typically have an inner ear drainage component. My philosophy is to change the biomechanics and reduce the root cause. If the inner ear isn't draining properly due to muscle function and alignment issues, resolve this and viola ear infections clear up.
2. Colic: This is clinically defined as three hours or more of inconsolable crying...
As a chiropractor, this is my jam! We diagnosis and treat this better than anyone else in the biz, blindfolded with 1 hand tied behind our back.
Sciatica is a general term used to describe pain, numbness, tingling or all the above into the glute and possibly down the leg. Sciatica is a descriptive word, but not a true diagnosis. The true diagnosis comes from a thorough history and physical exam. When pain that starts in the back and travels down into the glute, leg and especially if it crosses the knee, is probably not just a tight piriformis.
Sciatica can be either coming from the back or from the lateral rotators in the glute area with piriformis being the most common. Sciatica that starts in the glute area and travels to the back of the leg is typically referred to as piriformis syndrome. This is a pinched nerve at the sciatic nerve location.
Sciatica that starts initially as back pain then dissipates and turns into leg pain is referred to as radiculopathy. This i...
Posture develops within a baby’s first year of life. This means that most babies follow similar motor development patterns in the first year of life. One study suggested 70% of babies developed “normally” while 30% had central coordination disturbances. I hate the word normal and would prefer ideal. This gives us an opportunity to look for key milestones. Remember that there are variations of ideal. Not reaching a milestone in the expected timeframe is not a catastrophic occurrence. A child/adult’s tissues can learn to adapt under future new circumstances. These milestones when missed can be seen in movement patterns of adults. It is speculated that we may be able to relearn old missed motor patterns by using these milestones as an exercise framework. When working with infants – exercises don’t work, which is why changing the course of these milestones early may be a chance at decreasing risk of injury in the future. This idea is a new one in the movement world and has yet to have subs...
The rotator cuff is one of the most commonly injured muscle groups in the body. The glenohumeral joint or shoulder, as we know it, is the most unstable joint in the body. It is unstable because of the anatomic design and the amount of different types of movements it can perform.
There are 4 muscles that make up the rotator cuff and I refer to them as,
The 4 Horsemen:
All shoulder injuries are not just the rotator cuff. There are several injuries to the shoulder that I won’ discuss here to save time and stay focussed. Here is a very short list of others.
AC joint degenerative changes
The most common types of injuries to the rotator cuff are a strain/tear or tendinosis to one or more of the 4 Horsemen.
Most of us do not need a traumatic event to cause these types of injuries and repetitive daily activities are th...
Diastasis Recti is a condition, which occurs typically during pregnancy, whereby the connective tissue that holds the rectus abdominis together begins to seperate. This condition can also persist in males either congenitally or men that have a pendulous abdomen. I will speak mostly to this condition post-pregnancy, however, the treatment and solution are the same for both men and women. During pregnancy it is normal, however, post-pregnancy if it persists after several months and weeks it can be a sign of weakness in our core muscles.
The rectus abdominis is the most superficial layer of our abdominals; our 6 pack muscle. There are 3 other muscles that make up our abdominal group; the transerve abdominis- which is the deepest ab muscle and our internal and external obliques. These muscles work together with other muscles ie: diaphragm, pelvic floor and glutes to stabilize our back and hips during and after pregnancy.
This condition occurs due to excessive intra-abdominal pr...