Natural ways to reduce Appendicitis inflammation and pain

Appendicitis is an swelling or inflammation of of the appendix, Your appendix is a small extension of the ascending colon right above right hip in the front of the body.

Appendicitis commonly affects people between ages 10 to 30. Males are more likely to have appendicitis than women. Annually, in the United States, over 250,000 people have surgery to remove their appendix due to appendicitis. It can be fatal so understanding what is going on is pretty important.

The appendix used to be considered a left over part from our early history but researchers are now finding that it may hold bacteria for the digestion tract necessary for digestion. In my opinion, any organ you have is there for a reason so if it is in the body, it is doing something.

Appendicitis can occur if there is an obstruction in the intestine causing fecal matter to accumulate, lymph follicles, intestinal worms, tumors and trauma to the abdomen.

Symptoms:
– pain in the right lower side of the abdomen
– decreased appetite
– nausea
– vomiting
– diarrhea or constipation
– unable to pass gas
– swelling of the abdomen
– low grade fever

As stated above, the appendix can rupture and become fatal so understanding the signs and symptoms can be helpful. Commonly the appendix is removed surgically to avoid a rupture. Any organ can become inflamed and there are different natural remedies for all of them which can save you a lot of pain and even save you from surgery.

Here are some home remedies which can help if your appendix becomes inflamed and painful. Note: Do not rely solely on these remedies.

1. Castor Oil: This is good for any abdominal pain really and helps with appendicitis. It can help relieve the blockage and take down inflammation. Put 2 tablespoons of Castor Oil on a towel place it on your abdomen, lie down and put a flannel cloth on your abdomen.
Repeat this remedy 3 times a week for 2 to 3 months.

2. Garlic: Garlic works as an anti-inflammatory which can decrease pain.

Eating 2-3 raw garlic cloves per day can help. You can also get garlic capsules (consult with your doctor first).

3. Ginger: This is a very well known anti-inflammatory. It can reduce pain and inflammation of the appendix as well as decrease instances of vomiting and nausea.

Drink ginger tea 2 or 3 times daily. I like to put it in my smoothie in the morning. Ginger tea is great and massaging your abdomen with ginger oil a couple times per day can take down the inflammation in the abdomen.

4. Fenugreek Seeds: These seeds can prevent the accumulation of waste and excess mucus in the appendix. There are also supplements that can be purchased at health food stores.

5. Lemon: Helps boost your immune system and help with proper digestion. This will help you eliminate any waste accumulated or blocked in the system.

6. Basil: This can help with the fever and helps with digestion and passage of gas. Add basil to food, put it in some tea.

7. Mint: Helps with relieving gas, decrease vomiting and nausea. Mint tea works well. Drink mint tea 2-3 times per day for a couple of weeks to get your system running better.
Make mint tea by adding 1 tablespoon of fresh mint leaves to a cup of boiling water and

8. Ginseng: Anti-inflammatory. Again, tea is great twice daily.

9. Eat a fibrous diet: If constipated, this will help you eliminate and reduce an inflammation. Beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, beetroots, carrots, broccoli, peas, prunes, wheat germ, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and other fresh fruits green leafy vegetables are recommended. Adding flax seed can help as well.
10. Drink more water: Promotes proper bowel movements and flushes toxins out of the body. In addition, water helps flush toxins out of your body.

Do not drink alcohol or caffeinated beverages as both cause dehydration and can make your condition worse.

All of these remedies will work well with digestion in general and are good to do even if you don’t have appendicitis. Keeping your GI tract healthy is the key to great health.

Note:  Do consult your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment of this condition. Use home remedies just as an adjunct treatment.

Our Redwood City Chiropractic Center is here to answer any questions you may have about health during all of our treatment times. Call us if you would like to make an appointment and start your journey to health!

Reasons why people bite their nails, pull their own hair and pick skin

Do you have a “bad” habit like biting nails, pulling out your hair or picking at your skin on your feet?

Why do you do this? Is it anxiety?, boredom?, for an interesting flaw?

I was a nail biter for 50 years and one day decided to stop biting after listening to Tony Robbins. He told a story about negotiating a contract with a multimillion dollar company. When the paperwork was presented to him to sign, a business woman refused the deal because she thought if he didn’t have the discipline to not bite his nails, he was not the right man for the job. This really hit me over the head and I stopped biting my nails and have not bitten them since.

These behaviors are repetitive type behaviors and research has been done to figure out why people have these habits even when they know it is bad for their nails, skin, hair, feet and hands.

According to Researchers from the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal and the University of Montreal, Canada, women that bite their nails occurred when they were stressed, frustrated or bored. They did not bite their nails when they were not anxiety ridden or busy.

However, even though these habits are repetitive, they also seem to give each person a reward. A researcher by the name of O’Connor (and colleagues) studied 24 individuals with these who bit their nails, pulled out their hair and picked at their skin. They then compared this group to 24 people who did not.

After filling out questionnaires which attempted to promote boredom, anger, anxiety, guilt and irritability and having phone conversations with each individual

Participants completed questionnaires to assess emotions such as boredom, anger, guilt, irritability and anxiety and also took part in a clinical evaluation over the phone.

After that, these individuals were then exposed to different situations, to stir one of four emotions:

1. Stress
2. Relaxation
3. Frustration
4. Boredom.

Videos for some such as of a plane crash or waves on a beach. To promote frustration, the researchers gave tasks to individuals and told them it was quick and easy when it was really difficult. Boredom was tested by leaving the participant alone in a room by themselves for around 6 minutes.

What they found was subjects with that exhibited nail biting, pulling hair and picking their skin reported a higher eagerness to engage in such behaviors when bored or frustrated but not when relaxed.

Researchers then assumed by these results that these individuals only engaged in these behaviors when under stress or bored but stated it was not simply a nervous habit.
O’Connor concluded that people who engage in such behaviors have perfectionist traits. He believed that “they are unable to relax and to perform tasks at a ‘normal’ pace. They are therefore prone to frustration, impatience and dissatisfaction when they do not reach their goals”.

He also stated that these individuals get bored quicker than non-perfectionists.

Even being a perfectionist (I am one myself), there are tools you can use to stop these behaviors. Meditation, exercise, patience practices can all be used to help stop these behaviors if you want to.

Good luck!

Why posture matters

To most people, “good posture” simply means sitting and standing up straight. Few of us realize the importance of posture to our health and performance. The human body craves alignment. When we are properly aligned, our bones, not our muscles, support our weight, reducing effort and strain.  Bad posture puts stress on the head, neck, low back and spinal cord.

The better we stand, the better we feel.  We feel healthier, have more energy, and move gracefully. So while the word “posture” may conjure up images of book-balancing charm-school girls, it is not just about standing up straight. It’s about being aware of and connected to every part of your self.

Posture  is as important as eating right, exercising, getting proper rest and avoiding potentially harmful substances like alcohol, drugs, and tobacco. Good posture is a way of doing things with more energy, less stress and fatigue. Without good posture, you cannot really be physically fit because our muscles are not working properly so we only get minimum results each time we work out.  Without good posture, you can actually damage your spine every time you exercise and create Osteoarthritis due to lack of proper movement.

Ideally, our bones stack up one upon the other: the head rests directly on top of the spine, which sits directly over the pelvis, which sits directly over the knees and ankles. But if you spend hours every day sitting in a chair, if you hunch forward or balance your weight primarily on one leg, the muscles of your neck and back have to carry the weight of the body rather than it being supported by the spine. The resulting tension and joint pressure can affect you not only physically, but emotionally, too, — from the predictable shoulder and back pain to headaches, short attention span, and depression.

Poor posture distorts the alignment of bones, chronically tenses muscles, and contributes to stressful conditions such as loss of vital lung capacity, increased fatigue, reduced blood and oxygen to the brain, limited range of motion, stiffness of joints, pain syndromes, reduced mental alertness, and decreased productivity at work. According to the Nobel Laureate Dr. Roger Sperry, “the more mechanically distorted a person is, the less energy is available for thinking, metabolism, and healing.”

The most immediate problem with poor posture is that it creates a lot of chronic muscle tension as the weight of the head and upper body must be supported by the muscles instead of the bones. This effect becomes more pronounced the further your posture deviates from your body’s center of balance and the longer you have been misaligned.

To illustrate this idea further, think about carrying a briefcase or heavy box. If you had to carry a this with your arms outstretched in front of you, it would not take long before the muscles of your shoulders would be completely exhausted. This is because carrying the briefcase far away from your center of balance places undue stress on your shoulder muscles. If you held the same briefcase down at your side, your muscles would not fatigue as quickly, because the briefcase is closer to your center of balance and therefore the weight is supported by the bones of the skeleton, rather than the muscles.  Now think of what happens when your neck is pushed out forward from your body or your head is looking down for long periods of time.

In some parts of the world, women can carry big pots full of water from distant water sources back to their homes. They are able to carry these heavy pots a long distance without significant effort because they balance them on the top of their heads, thereby carrying them at their center of balance and allowing the strength of their skeleton to bear the weight, rather than their muscles.

Correcting bad posture and the physical problems that result can be accomplished in two ways. The first is by eliminating as much “bad” stress from your body as possible. Bad stress includes all the factors, habits, or stressors that cause your body to deviate from your structural center. Bad stress can result from a poorly adjusted workstation at work, from not having your seat adjusted correctly in your car, or even from carrying too much weight around in a heavy purse or backpack.

The second is by applying “good” stress on the body in an effort to move your posture back toward your center of balance. This is accomplished through a series of exercises, stretches, adjustments, and changes to your physical environment, all designed to help correct your posture. Getting your body back to its center of balance by improving your posture is critically important to improving how you feel.

Does Chiropractic Treatment affect my gallbladder, liver, heart and other organs?

Yes it can.  According to every medical journal and textbook, the spine and nerves coming off of the spine transmit signals to every muscle, organ, tissue and gland in the body.

Your spinal vertebrae house your spinal cord and nerves. Each time you are adjusted by a chiropractor it influences the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). This system regulates everything in the body. It tells your heart when to beat, lungs when to breathe and automatically digests all of the food you eat. It also connects to the immune system. This happens without you thinking about it. The body works and regulates all on its own and heals on its own as well.

In most cases when a patient first visits a chiropractor, they are coming in for some type of discomfort. Pain, discomfort and malfunction of the body is all a sign that something is wrong. Pain is the way the body is protecting the area from further damage and saying “take care of me or you won’t be able to use me.” When a chiropractor treats you, they are not only helping the symptom in which you came in with, but also affecting the nerves that are also connected to the painful area including the organs.

According to the Merck Manual which is used by everyone in the medical community and all physicians:
“Disorders of the autonomic nervous system can affect any body part or process. Autonomic disorders may result from other disorders that damage autonomic nerves (such as diabetes), or they may occur on their own. Autonomic disorders may be reversible or progressive”.

Many times patients are really surprised when they find out that their digestion and elimination has improved with mid back and low back treatment. How does this happen? Well, the nerves that are attached to the mid back and low back are connected to the digestive area, intestines and rectum leading to better processing of food. Make sense?

The ANS also has 2 main divisions:

1. Sympathetic
2. Parasympathetic

Each and every second our brain has to process what is happening in our environment and decide how it is going to react and adapt to what is being presented to us.

If we are frightened, stressed or exercising, our Sympathetic (fight or flight) system is at work. If we want to sleep or digest our food, our parasympathetic system has to increase and sympathetic system decreases to allow our body to slow down and process food or fall asleep. We can’t sleep if we are walking or scared right? How we adapt and react to our environment and any stress presented to us is vital to our health.

What else is the ANS responsible for?

1. Regulation of blood pressure

2. The rate of our heartbeat

3. Our breathing

4. Our body temperature

5. Processing and digestion of food

6. Our metabolism (rate at how our body breaks down our foods)

7. Balance of Electrolytes (magnesium, potassium, sodium etc.)

8. Urinary tract (kidney/bladder)

9. Elimination (Intestines/bowel)

10. Reproductive organs

Many organs are regulated by both the sympathetic and the parasympathetic nervous system. Depending on the situation, the organ may act completely different.

For example, you eyes react differently when one system overrides the other. Sympathetic: Pupils dilate to see as much as they can to look for predators or stressors in the environment. Parasympathetic: Pupils constrict because the body is relaxed and not having to see as far because it is not stressed.

In general, our sympathetic system is our “primal” body instinct that protects us from harm.

The parasympathetic system is slower paced and takes care of daily rejuvenation or resetting type situations like sleeping for healing and digestion for cleansing and elimination.

Again, since the ANS is the brain and spinal cord, when we put an impulse to your bones which house these areas, it transmits a signal to the nerves that run to the organ, tissue or gland in that area. The brain interprets the information and decides which system will be used after the body receives this impulse. We do more than just help relieve pain, we help the body function at its highest capacity!

13 issues associated with chronic inflammation

Why is inflammation so damaging to the body?
Inflammation is our body’s response to stress.  Everyday we are exposed to some sort of stress.  How we deal with it is really important.  Unless we have a way to get rid of the stress, it will store and present itself later as a symptom in the body.   This could range from depression, headaches, digestive problems or any other type of malfunction or discomfort.

“When the immune system senses one of these dangers, it responds by activating proteins meant to protect cells and tissues. “In a healthy situation, inflammation serves as a good friend to our body,” says Mansour Mohamadzadeh, PhD, director of the Center for Inflammation and Mucosal Immunology at the University of Florida.” “But if immune cells start to overreact, that inflammation can be totally directed against us.” This type of harmful, chronic inflammation can have a number of causes, including a virus or bacteria, an autoimmune disorder, sugary and fatty foods, or the way you handle stress. Here are a few ways it can affect your health, both short-term and long.”

Here are some of the affects of inflammation:

  1. Infection fighter:
    Inflammation is most visible happens when you experience a sprain or strain. Inflammation is an automatic response to an injury or illness.  This is the body’s way of trying to heal the area.   when it’s helping to repair a wound or fight off an illness:  The area swells up, becomes warmer.  This is a sign that the immune system is doing what it is supposed to do when injured.  The immune system starts to send white blood cells and nutrition to the area necessary for healing.  This should only be a temporary thing and this response should go away once the injury or infection is gone.

2.  Emotionally stressful situations:
If you are under large amounts of emotional stress, your sympathetic nervous system “fight or flight” will kick in.  This response increases your adrenaline levels which may be necessary for extra energy in case you need to run or protect yourself.  This is a good thing but chronic stress for long periods of time can cause C-reactive proteins in the body to be elevated for long periods which will lead to many health conditions like heart disease, headaches, multiple myeloma, stroke, peripheral vascular disease, Sjogren’s syndrome, obesity, costochondritis, heart attack, osteomyelitis and many more.

3. It causes autoimmune and digestive issues:
There are many immune cells around the intestines.  There is also healthy bacteria in the gut that helps keep your intestines strong and healthy.  With chronic inflammation, the immune system starts to treat this bacteria as a toxin or invader and begins to react to the bacteria and start fighting it.

This reaction now becomes an autoimmune condition such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis etc.   These conditions can cause diarrhea, abdominal cramps and various types of ulcers.  In many cases areas of the intestine are removed and patients are put on long term prescription medications which then begin to put a stress on the organs to filter out of the system.

4. Heart Issues:
Again, when the body is injured inflammation occurs.  This inflammation affects every part of the body including the blood vessels.  Plaque can accumulate in the arteries leading to chronic inflammation.  Now this attracts white blood cells which start to grow larger with time and can cause blood clots and heart attacks.

5. Obesity:
Bad eating habits will stress the body and cause an inflammatory response.  It is also harder to keep off weight if the organs and body are inflamed.

6. Increased cancer risk:
Chronic inflammation has been shown to increase the risk of lung, esophagus, cervical and digestive cancers and may be involved in other cancers as well.  In a 2014 Harvard University study, it found that obese teenagers with high levels of inflammation had a 63% increased risk of developing colorectal cancer during adulthood compared to their thinner peers.

When the immune system starts to produce inflammation,  regulation then becomes interrupted and cancer cells can begin to grow.

7. Sleep and Fatigue:
In a 2009 study from Case Western Reserve University, people who reported sleeping more or less than average had higher levels of inflammation-related proteins in their blood than those who said they slept about 7.6 hours a night.

8. Lung issues:
If the lungs are irritated and inflamed, fluid will accumulate which will narrow airways making it harder to breathe.  Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), emphysema, bronchitis are all affects of long term inflammation issues of the lungs.

9. Your gums can be damaged:
Peridontitis is commonly associated with chronic inflammation.  Bacteria will accumulate and cause edema in the gums.  Gums will begin to recede and the tissue around the teeth will weaken or become damaged.   Brushing your teeth and using floss can help prevent this but if joined with keeping inflammation down will really keep your gums healthy.  Also, a 2010 Harvard University study found that eating anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids (such as fish or fish oil) may also help.

Just a note that Periodontal disease doesn’t just affect oral health.   Studies have shown that chronic inflammation in the mouth can lead to heart disease and dementia as well.

10. Losing weight is harder:
Chronic inflammation can influence the body’s ability to produce the hunger signals properly and slow down metabolism.  Without the proper hunger signals, it will make you eat more and burn less calories leading to weight gain or keep your weight the same even though you are working out.

11. Bone damage:

According to a 2009 review study published in the Journal of Endocrinology, chronic inflammation can interfere with normal bone growth.

As stated above inflammation affects the digestive system and can disrupt bone growth because it prevents absorption of Calcium and Vitamin D necessary for growth and strength.  Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease and can also lead to weakening of bones because  physical exercise is limited because of pain while performing weight bearing exercises.

12. Skin issues:
Psoriasis, acne and other skin issues can be related to increased inflammation.

13. Depression and anxiety:
Inflammation in the brain may be linked to depression, according to a 2015 study published in JAMA Psychiatry.  Mood swings, not eating, insomnia or loss of sleep are all linked to depression.   Research has shown that people with depression have shown increased levels of inflammation in their blood.

So, knowing all of this there is no wonder why there are green smoothies and other anti-inflammatory products out there.  With inflammation comes stress on the body.  The less stress you have the better your body will function and remain healthy.

How can a chiropractor influence my gallbladder, liver, heart or other organs?

There are many cases where a patient comes in for neck or back pain and leaves with relief of other physical issues like Asthma or Allergies. Here is an explanation of how chiropractic treatment can affect the whole body.

Every adjustment administered by a chiropractor influences the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). This system regulates everything in the body. All organs, immune system, blood pressure, breathing, digestion. This system works all on its own (autonomic) and does the functions that we don’t have to think about and manage. For instance, we aren’t telling our heartbeat when to happen each second.

According to the Merck Manual:

“Disorders of the autonomic nervous system can affect any body part or process. Autonomic disorders may result from other disorders that damage autonomic nerves (such as diabetes), or they may occur on their own. Autonomic disorders may be reversible or progressive”.

Is it connected to my intestines? Well, yes! It supplies all the internal organs including the blood vessels, stomach, intestine, colon, liver, kidneys, bladder, reproductive organs, lungs, eyes, heart, sweat and salivary glands and digestive track.

It has 2 main divisions:

1. Sympathetic
2. Parasympathetic

Each and every second our brain has to process what is happening in our environment and decide how it is going to react.
If we are scared, stressed or exercising, our Sympathetic (fight or flight) system kicks in. If we want to sleep or digest our food, our parasympathetic system overrides the sympathetic system. How we adapt and react to our environment is key to our health.

What else is the ANS responsible for?

It controls:

Blood pressure

Heart rate

Breathing rate

Regulation of body temperature

Digestion of food

Metabolism (thus affecting body weight)

The balance of water and electrolytes (sodium, potassium, calcium)

The secretion and production of body fluids (saliva, sweat, and tears)

Urination

Defecation

Sexual response

Many organs are controlled primarily by both the sympathetic and the parasympathetic nervous system. Depending on the situation, the organ may act completely different.

Take the heart and lungs for example, the sympathetic division increases blood pressure and breathing rates and the parasympathetic division decreases blood pressure and decreases breathing rates. Depending on what the body needs the brain takes in this information and chooses which system to kick in more in order to ensure that the body responds appropriately to different situations and different bodily demands.

Generally, the sympathetic division is more of our primal system which is needed for stressful or emergency situations.

This system will increase heart rate and the force of heart contractions and widens (dilates) the airways to make breathing easier. It causes the body to release stored energy to be used for the act of fighting or flighting. Muscles are stronger, palms will sweat, pupils will get big to be able to see our surroundings better. It decreases the need for digesting food and urinating in the case of an emergency. Unless so scared it gets overridden and you urinate out of fear.

The parasympathetic division regulates most daily ordinary situations.

It conserves and restores. It decreases the heart rate blood pressure. It stimulates the digestive tract to process food and eliminate wastes. This energy is then used to help build tissue.

Since the ANS is the spine and brain, when adjusted we are putting an impulse in the spinal areas that have nerves that run to specific organs, muscles and glands. The brain takes that information and decides what system is going to be used for that area. This is how we can affect the whole body and not just deal with pain.

Note: this information can be seen in the Merck Manual which is used by the medical community as well, not just a chiropractic manual.

References: http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/brain,-spinal-cord,-and-nerve-disorders/autonomic-nervous-system-disorders/overview-of-the-autonomic-nervous-system

7 most common injuries in sports

Summer is approaching and most of us will be out in the sun trying to stay active. Exercise is great for you but you can get injured if you don’t do it right. Here are the seven most common sports injuries:

1. Ankle sprain (rolling the ankle)
2. Groin pull
3. Hamstring pull or sprain
4. Shin Splints
5. ACL tear in Knee
6. Patello-femoral Syndrome (kneecap rubbing against the thigh bone or Femur)
7. Tennis Elbow

Mot of the injuries are strains or sprains to the ligaments, muscles and tendons. This is what most of us refer to as “pulling a muscle”. Playing sports or being active sometimes comes with a cost and accidents to happen but in most cases these injuries can be prevented if you take the proper precautions.

What I commonly see in my office are injuries that could have been prevented from proper stretching or conditioning to prepare for the activity desired. Basketball, soccer, football, tennis all need different stretches and conditioning in order to perform the activity and help prevent injury. Often when asking athletes if they stretch, they say not enough or no. This will lead to injury. Stretching right before and after the activity is necessary if you want to prevent tearing or pulling on the musculoskeletal system.

I often have to tell active patients that stretching before and after a workout is for the workout, not for the rest of the day. Most people have desk jobs where they are sitting or even standing at a desk for multiple hours per day. This tightens up the body and puts stress on different joints. Stretching is needed because there is very little activity for the day. You must take into account of any sedentary lifestyle patterns and move around increasing blood flow and loosening up the joints.

Also, if you have been sitting for hours at a time and not moving then all of a sudden you start running or playing in a sport without proper stretching, you will get hurt unless you do some movement and stretching of the areas that you will be using during the workout.

For those of you that have a physical job like construction, landscaper, painter, plumber, electrician etc. Yes, these jobs are physical and you may feel like you are in great condition but remember that these jobs put quiet a strain on the body and do need stretching beforehand. You must prepare your body for the physical job and it is normally pretty repetitive leading to strained areas. Also, I find that these jobs normally use specific muscles all day long and other muscles are not utilized leading to an imbalance in the system that often leads to injury. For instance, if you are a plumber you often are laying on your back looking up cranking a wrench turning the forearm back and forth. This puts a strain on those areas but the back is weak because it it not engaged. Now you are at risk of injuring your back because your arm, shoulders and hands are strong but the back isn’t. Understanding what needs to be conditioned for your specific lifestyle is key to preventing injuries with physical jobs as well.

So what do you do when one of these injuries happen?
Well, first of all get the swelling down first. Normally after a sprain or strain to an area there is swelling. Ice normally takes care of this during the first 24 hours. However, even if the swelling goes down that doesn’t mean that the injury is healed. After the swelling is gone, now we need to rehab the area and get it strong and moving the way it should again. This will take some time but if done right, you should be able to start doing your workout or activity without restrictions.

If you sprain the area multiple times, it may be the shoes you are wearing, equipment you are using or your form. All of this can be modified to prevent further injuries.

Remember, your lifestyle determins your health status and keeping muscles relaxed before and after a workout is key to a healthy body free of pain or dis-ease.

If you experience any of the above and are in the Redwood City area, we can help.

Why Olympian Usain Bolt and other athletes use chiropractors

Usain Bolt is one mighty fast runner and has won 8 Olympic gold medals. This is a hard goal to accomplish and Bolt has had several hurdles to jump over during his career.

Early on in life, Usain was told he had Scoliosis. This is a lateral curve of the spine and can highly affect the structure of the body. This curve can get worse in time. Early on in his career he didn’t manage it well and got injured every year.

Instead of wearing a brace or seeing a surgeon, he decided to get chiropractic care instead. Bolt states that he uses chiropractic to recover from injuries faster and states that the care enhances his athletic performance.

Top US golfer Jordan Spieth has stated many times that chiropractic care played a huge role in his tournament wins.

Tom Brady who is a Bay Area native also has spoken out about the positive affects of chiropractic care.

Aaron Rodgers who is the quarterback for the Green Bay Packers was born into a chiropractic family and has reported how this treatment allows him to remain healthy, recover from injuries faster and increases his performance on the field.

Your spine and brain are important, keep them healthy and they will keep you healthy!

Why is sleep so important?

Most times when you visit a doctor they ask about your sleep. Why Is Sleep Important?

First of all sleeping is when you heal and regenerate. Getting a good nights rest is good for mental and physical health and well being. Kids need sleep in order for growth and development. Not getting enough sleep will effect how you are able to think, react, learn and determine your mood.

When you are sleeping your brain is doing what it needs to get you to regenerate and get you through the next day before you rest and relax again. Different synapses happen during sleep then when you are awake working on your computer or watching television. Your brain and nervous system form new pathways, learn and adapt. This means it needs rest and needs to have the energy to do what you need it to do everyday.

Multiple studies have shown that getting a good night sleep will allow you to learn better. Math problems, playing an instrument, sport or any other task is learned and sleep helps your problem solving skills. It also helps you pay better attention and helps with creativity and decision making.

How does sleep help with physical health?

Sleep is involved with healing and repairing heart and blood vessels. Studies have shown people with less sleep have an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke.
Hormones are affected by how much sleep you have. You want to keep your hormones even. For example there are hormones that tell you that you are hungry and full. Ghrelin tells you that you are hungry and Leptin tells you that you are full. When you are lacking sleep, Grhelin goes up and Leptin goes down so you will eat more and gain weight.

Insulin levels are also affected by sleep. Decreased sleep elevates your blood sugar level increasing the secretion of insulin increasing risk of diabetes.

Deep sleep helps to secrete Growth Hormone increasing muscle mass.

Your immune system is very important to fight off disease. Lack of sleep will change the way your immune system responds to stress which will highly affect your health Your immune system will change the way it responds to stimuli. Common infections will be hard for the immune system to keep at bay and you will be more susceptible to colds, flus and other antigens.

Most people do not know the risks of lack of sleep. They think they are still functioning at a high capacity when they are not. A good example of this is driving. If sleep deprived, people think they are still able to drive well. Studies have shown that lack of sleep inhibits driving ability as much if not more than driving while intoxicated. It’s estimated that drivers who have not gotten adequate sleep factor in about 100,000 car accidents each year, resulting in about 1,500 deaths.

Driving is not the only activity impacted by lack of sleep. Professions like health care workers, pilots, lawyers, mechanics, assembly line employees can make mistakes at work which can affect themselves and others.

Get a good nights sleep. It is good for metabolism, energy and healing. You will be all the better for it and keep yourself and others safe.

7 body areas affected by alcohol

How is your body impaired by alcohol?

Alcohol is not a natural nutrient for the body. Even in small amounts alcohol can have an affect on the body. Alcohol when ingested goes into your bloodstream and is sent through your whole body Even a small amount of alcohol has an affect on your body. When you drink, alcohol is absorbed into your bloodstream and distributed throughout your body.

How quickly alcohol is metabolized is different for each individual. Height, weight and gender are all factors on how your body deals with alcohol.

If you have ever been to a bar, gone to a college party or holiday party you may have noticed that when someone partakes in alcohol consumption there is a change in physical and emotional state. Long-term alcohol consumption can lead to serious health problems like cirrhosis, memory issues, malnutrition, chronic pancreatitis, alcoholic liver disease, and cancer. This puts your health in serious jeopardy and can be fatal.

Here are some of the systems highly affected by alcohol:

1. Excretory System:
The Pancreas:
This system is responsible for getting rid of waste in the body. Part of this process includes the pancreas. The pancreas secretes digestive enzymes which work with the gallbladder bile to help in digestion. The pancreas also regulates the release of insulin.

Excessive use of alcohol use can cause inflammation (pancreatitis). This is a serious problem that can destroy the pancreas.

The liver:
The liver breaks down harmful substances and tries to filter these out of your body. Alcohol is considered a toxic substance. Excessive drinking can cause alcoholic hepatitis which can lead to jaundice. This results in the yellowing of the skin and eyes.

Long term liver inflammation can lead to severe scarring on the liver known as cirrhosis. This scar tissue disrupts the livers ability to work properly. When the liver fails to perform, toxins will accumulate in your body and it can become life threatening.

Women are at higher risk for alcoholic liver disease than men. This is because women tend to absorb more alcohol and take longer to process it.

The result of the liver and pancreas not functioning properly can lead to hypoglycemia or what is known as “low blood sugar”. A damaged pancreas can cause the body to be unable to handle sugar due to a lack of amounts of insulin secretion. This can lead to hyperglycemia or “high blood sugar”. This can become highly impactfull on the body and cause diabetes which can also lead to death.

Alcohol abuse also raises your risk of liver cancer because of the stress added to the organ.

2. Central Nervous System:
As stated above, alcohol goes into your bloodstream and travels through the body easily including your brain and spinal cord. Speech can be altered and slurred. Coordination is impaired making it hard to balance and walk.

Thinking clearly is impaired and impulse control is hampered. This is why your ex may “drunk dial” you on nights they are out on the town. Chronic drinking can actually shrink the frontal lobes of your brain.

Acute alcoholic withdrawal can lead to seizures and delirium. Chronic alcoholism can progress to permanent brain damage, causing dementia which is highly debilitating.

Damage to your nervous system can result in pain, numbness, or abnormal sensations in your feet and hands. Thiamine (vitamin B1) levels can become deficient, which can result in involuntary rapid eye movements, weakness, or paralysis of the eye muscles.

Men and women metabolize alcohol differently. It generally takes less alcohol to affect women based on size, height.

Alcohol is addictive and if an alcoholic stops drinking abruptly, they’re likely to experience symptoms of withdrawal, such as:

Nausea
Anxiety
Nervousness
Tremors

In severe cases, confusion, hallucinations and seizures may occur. Detoxification can take between two and seven days and is very painful to endure.

3. Digestive System:
It doesn’t have to be someone who is drinking for a long period of time to impact the digestive system. One incidence of heavy drinking can injure parts of your digestive tract.

Alcohol abuse can damage the salivary glands and irritate the mouth and tongue. Gum disease, tooth decay and even loss of teeth can occur. Heavy drinking can cause ulcers esophageal ulcers, acid reflux, and heartburn. Gastritis (inflammation of the stomach) and stomach ulcers can also be present.

Pancreatitis interferes with the pancreas in its ability to help with digestion and regulate metabolism. Digestive damage can cause gassiness, fullness of the abdomin and diarrhea. Internal bleeding can occur as well which can lead to ulcers, hemorrhoids, or esophageal dilated veins caused by cirrhosis.

Alcohol makes it harder for you to absorb B vitamins or control bacteria in the gut. Malnutrion is not rare for alcoholics. Risk of mouth, throat and esophagus cancer risk is higher for Alcoholics.

4. Circulatory System:
Even a single episode of heavy drinking can cause enormous stress on your heart. Chronic drinkers are more likely to have heart issues. Women are at a higher risk of heart damage than men.

Some of the problems with the system may be:
Cardiomyopathy (disease of the heart)
Irregular heartbeat
High blood pressure
Stroke
Heart attack
Heart failure

Deficiencies in vitamin B6, vitamin B12, Thiamine (B1), and folic acid (B9) are all affected by alcohol use. Anemia may occur.

5. Sexual and Reproductive Health:
For men, erectile dysfunction is common with chronic alcohol use. Hormones, testicular function can occur and cause infertility.

Women may stop menstruating and also become infertile. Risk of miscarriage, premature births and still born babies increase.

If drinking while pregnant, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), can happen to the fetus. This includes physical abnormalities, learning difficulties, and emotional problems. These can last a lifetime. Risk of breast cancer rises with alcohol use.

6. Skeletal and Muscle System:
Long-term alcohol use makes it harder for your body to generate new bones and increases the risk of Osteoporosis (thinning bones) and risk of fractures. Muscles become weaker, cramping occurs more frequently and muscles may become atrophic.

7. Immune System:
This system is responsible for fighting off illnesses. When weak viruses, germs, and all types of illness may occur more frequently. Heavy drinkers are more likely to get pneumonia or tuberculosis than the general population.