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Get Your Groove On!

Many people have asked me why I have upbeat music in the office. Other than personal preference, I have found something that SHOULD catch your ear…

I am always looking to improve what I do, and the results in the clinic. This is one small thing that I thought I would share with you.

A recent study published in a top medical journal (Lancet) has recommended music as a way to reduce pain and anxiety.

The brain releases neurotransmitters that activate the feeling of “pleasure” when you listen to your favorite tunes!

Now everyone knows why we have a list at the front desk that is asking you for your favorite songs! I want you to ENJOY your time in the office. I know… I am craaaaaazy. Don’t worry, not only do I want you to enjoy your time, but I also want to activate your immune system.

Let’s be honest, we all knew that music makes us happy, but most had no idea that it reduces pain, depression and actually empowers us!

WOW! So next time you are feeling blue, or have a little pain bringing you down, remember to turn up the tunes and sing like no one is watching. Not only are you improving your immune system, but you are bringing joy to all of us who look to the car next to us and see someone belting out their favorite show tune.

Getting Her Groove On!

Why a show tune?

One study showed that singing show tunes may have improved the cognitive ability of dementia paitents! Yes! Now that is some research that probably effects each and every one of us in some way or another. If you don’t have someone in your life suffering from dementia, then congrats, but please do not take it lightly.

Moral of the story is that not only do I look our for ANY way to improve your experience in the office, but please, let the front desk know what your favorite song is!

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Be Smooth Recipes!

Yummy!

Yummy!

For those of you that attended our BE SMOOTH workshop and learned a few tips about making smoothies, CONGRATS!

For those of you that could not attend… we missed you!

We are writing this blog to help you along your journey towards health and because we know that life happens. Whether you attended or not, I really wanted to share this with all of you.

I ask you all to remember that making smoothies should be FUN and HEALTHY.  You will notice that a few of the recipes are a fun twist on a not so healthy options. The Structural Green Smoothie is the first smoothie I made and that you tasted at the beginning of the workshop. As I always recommend, all ingredients should be ORGANIC. You should add protein powder to each smoothie that you use as a meal replacement if it is not in the ingredients list. Enjoy!
Structural Green Smoothie (for 2 people)

Berry, Spinach, and Avocado Smoothie

  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 cups of spinach
  • 1 cup of blueberries, frozen
  • 1 banana , fresh OR frozen
  • 1 cup of ice
  • 1 avocado

Standard Green Smoothie

  • 2 ripe medium bananas
  • 1 ripe pear
  • 2 cups of Kale (if not using a high speed blender, remove stems)
  • 1/2 cup of orange juice
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 cup of ice
  • 1 tbsp of flaxseed (Can also add Paradiso Olive Oil)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

  • 1 banana
  • 2 tbsp of 100% cacao powder
  • 1 scoop of protein powder (Nutragen)
  • 1/4 cup of peanut butter (I prefer almond or cashew butter)
  • 1 1/2 cups of vanilla flavored alternative milk (almond, coconut, hemp)
  • 1 cup of ice

Blueberry Kale Smoothie

  • 1 cup of blueberries, frozen
  • 2 cups of kale (or baby kale)
  • 1 tbsp of cashew butter (peanut or almond butter is okay)
  • 3/4 cup of unsweetened Vanilla Almond milk (coconut or hemp)
  • 1/2 of a frozen banana
  • 2 dates
  • 1/2 cup of ice

Pear- Strawberry Smoothie

  • 2 pears
  • 1 cup of strawberries
  • 2 cups of spinach (any leafy green works)
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 cup of water

Pumpkin Pie Green Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup of organic pumpkin pie mix
  • 1 cup of unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1 large carrot
  • 2 cups of spinach
  • 2 frozen bananas

Have fun and feel free to shoot me an email if you have any health related questions. Happy drinking!

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What to EAT for your Brain Health: My Top 3 Foods

There are many different nutrients that protect our brain health, but not all can be created equal.

While my focus on brain health has much to do with the structure of your spine and being free of any underlying structural shifts, we can’t ignore the role nutrition plays in creating a healthy and thriving brain.

Let me just say that I did do some serious searching for articles on brain health and nutrition. All sources are included for your reference.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Yes, this heart saving fatty acid is also excellent for you brain health.

In one study, they actually showed that these healthy fats may help protect the brain after a concussion. Another study showed how these fats improved depression.

Last, but certainly not least, one study showed improved reaction times and memory in HEALTHY ADULTS. I highlighted healthy because most studies are done with disease and symptoms in mind and this one was done on healthy young adults. These are my favorite types of studies!

Obviously, the best source of Omega-3’s is from food, so fatty fish like king mackerel and salmon are an ideal source. However, eating fish daily is impractical and undesirable for almost everyone. Therefore supplementation with a high quality Omega-3 fish oil can help fill the gap.

A high quality fish oil contains a 3/2 ratio of EPA/DHA, contains vitamin E (for freshness). Of course, I will always help you with choosing a quality fish oil.

Probiotics

This is one of the hottest research topics out there. Everyone is trying to crack the code on healthy bacteria. You can find probiotics in many products including Kombucha, yogurt, and many forms of fermented foods.

One of the most exciting things about the science is how gut bacteria can affect almost every other system in the body. I found studies that link gut bacteria to you that number on the scale that I will not mention, blood sugar regulation, and even Parkinson’s. Obviously this important “system” in our body has much more effect than just helping with digestion and bowel movements.

Another exciting field of research is how gut bacteria may be affecting our children. Would you call me crazy if I said, “Your child’s mood is because of their gut bacteria”. Read that study and you many not call me crazy anymore (although my wife says this is a long shot).

Studies are being done to link gut bacteria to depression, anxiety, movement disorders and yes, even autism.

Even with all of the promising research, there are still many questions regarding probiotics. I cannot predict where these studies will ultimately take us, but I have read enough to have every person in my house take probiotics daily, including my 17 month old son who has been supplementing since 6 months of age.

Curcumin

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I bet this one caught you off guard. Even if it is the “it” supplement of the day, it does have some great health qualities. Enough that I put it in my top 3 brain foods. While the research is still mostly on animals, it does give us a lot of insight into what the mechanism of how this supplement is helping.

This extract of turmeric has been shown to alter the process of Alzheimer’s, tumor formation, diabetes, chronic pain, and even DOMS or delayed onset muscle soreness after that long lay off from the gym (don’t worry, I know you would never do that).

It is thought that the chemicals in curcumin are able to help eliminate inflammatory molecules in the body called free radicals, thus reducing inflammation.

While this is great news, there is still a lot of research that needs to be done in humans. We also know that cucumin gets mostly destroyed in the stomach and that very little is absorbed into the blood stream. In other words, we don’t know what the best delivery method is quite yet.

However, many people report benefit from a simple curcumin supplement. The risk is very low along with the price and the reward can be very great if you are a chronic pain sufferer that gets some relief.

One way to increase curcumin is to eat more curries and use turmeric in more of your dishes. If you are anything like me, this is not a bad thing to hear.

Ask Dr. Tony: How is Structural Correction different from Conventional

Wow, where do I start? I will try to brief here.

First, conventional chiropractic care is excellent in its own right, but it has very different goals from Structural Correction. Conventional care is focused around increasing range of motion, relieving muscle spasm, and the temporary relief of pain. At Structural Chiropractic we focus on correcting the underlying structure of your spine in order to relieve any secondary conditions that may be present.

The spine is akin to the foundation of your house and we all know what happens when the foundation of your home is not structurally sound! The easiest way to see the difference is to watch our video HERE!

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