Nutrition is important because quality nutrients are required to replenish our body’s ability to create new, healthy cells. As we post nutrition news on our site you’ll be able to find the last few posts below.
It’s the start of a new year and how many of you have set New Year’s Resolutions? If you’re anything like us, those resolutions usually stick for a few weeks and then we fall off and quickly forget. This year, we are determined to help our patients transform their lives and make long lasting lifestyle changes. To launch this campaign, we are hosting a 21-Day Purification Challenge. Participants will follow the Standard Process protocol and learn how easy it is to eat healthy and make the right lifestyle choices. Dr. Allison and Dr. Meghan will be joining everyone in this challenge as well! We are super excited for everyone to join us and to make 2017 our healthiest year yet!
RSVP by Friday 1/13 to enter for a chance to win a free shaker bottle! 515-782-2763
Cancer Killer Essential #3: Quality Nutrition
Many know that poor diet and nutrition choices will lead to weight gain. The obesity epidemic is ever rising. Today’s commercial diet not only adds on the pounds, it also contains countless toxins and lack essential nutrients. Consuming these foods will place you on the road to serious disease. The culprits behind disease include sugar, bad fats, and refined/chemical-laden products. When addressing nutrition related to cancer, we look at how the nutrition affects our hormone levels. Hormones such as insulin increase fat stores, and cancer loves fat!
This may sound contradictory, but the thing most Americans are lacking is fat! This isn’t just any kind of fat however, we’re talking about good fats. Good fats are essential to hormone production, cancer prevention, regulating your metabolism, burning fat, brain development, weight loss, and cellular healing. The typical American however is not eat the good fats necessary for these processes, they are consuming things like hydrogenated oils and rancid vegetable fats. So what are examples of bad fats? Here are a few, vegetable oil, canola oil, cottonseed oil, safflower oil, soybean oil, margarine, and shortening. These fats are often found in many processed and packed foods. The following are all good fats you should be incorporating into your diet: raw nuts and seeds, olive oil, avocados, coconut products, animal proteins, and full fat raw dairy products.
Next up, we’ll discuss proteins. Protein comprises the building blocks for hormones and neurotransmitters within your body. Many studies have no linked commercial produced meats to cancer and heart disease. To avoid the toxicity of those commercially produced meats, your proteins should come from organic, humanely raised, grass-fed, and anti-biotic free sources. When those animals that are meant to eat grass are only raised on grains, it alters their fatty acid ratios. Many milk produces use recombinant bovine growth hormone (RBGH) to increase milk production. This practice has been deemed harmful and is banned in the European Union, Canada, and other countries. Research has linked this hormone to the development of childhood cancers. Here are good and safe proteins: grass-fed organic meat, wild caught fish, free-range organic eggs, grass-fed organic whey protein, raw nus and seeds, grass-fed organic dairy products. The following bad proteins should be eliminated: pork, conventionally raised poultry, farm-raised fish, processed soy products, and commercial whey products.
Sugar is considered the fuel for cancer. Cancer cells have more receptor sites for sugar than any other substance. When an oncologist does a PET scan on a patient, the patient is given dextrose (sugar) with radioactive dye. The cancer cells will then eat the sugar and the scan lights up wherever the cancer is. This is hard proof that cancer feeds on sugar and it will just fuel it to grow. A 2004 study conducted by the National Cancer Institute concluded that women who ate the highest amounts of sugar were 3x more likely to develop colon cancer. We often see high fructose corn syrup added to foods. The University of California, LA found that pancreatic tumor ells use fructose to divide and spread. If this has hit home with you, you may be wondering what to use instead of sugar? Stevia is an excellent sugar alternative and comes from natural sources.
The major take-away from this should be that whatever you put into your body plays a huge role in your health. You only have one body, you should take good care of it. By following these simple guidelines, you could eliminate a multitude of toxins from your life.
Most people when they get sick will go see their medical doctor to see what is wrong with them. Often times when someone simply has a cold the doctor cannot say for sure what is causing it so they will prescribe the patient with antibiotics. This, they guarantee will kill off any invading bacteria and make you well again. What the doctor doesn’t tell you however, is that the antibiotic is also killing all of the good bacteria within your body as well. The antibiotics have no way of just seeking out the bad bacteria that are making you sick, so they just kill off everything, especially within the gut. Antibiotics will permanently alter one’s immune system this way.
Now that the gut is left without any good protective bacteria, this gives fungus like candida albicans the opportunity to move in. Once candida settles in the gut, it latches on and is extremely difficult to kill off and remove. This fungus will then weaken the intestinal wall, leading to “leaky-gut”. Now things within the gut are able to pass through the wall and into the bloodstream. Your already weakened immune system is trying to recover and now you have all of these new toxins seeping into the bloodstream.
Heavy metals are also removed from our bodies by those good bacteria. Without them, the heavy metals will now be transported throughout our bodies to other organs.
Make sure you do your research before starting an antibiotic regimen. If it is completely necessary, follow the regimen with probiotics and gut repairing supplements to help your immune system recover.
Many people aren’t aware that chiropractic adjustments can help alleviate allergies. The way this occurs is closely tied with our nervous system and involuntary functions. Breathing, digestion, and our heart rates are controlled by our autonomic nervous system (ANS). The ANS is divided into the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) and parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest).
Allergic responses have been found to be due to imbalances within our ANS. It can easily become overexcited due to inflammation caused by irritants like pollen and dust. When this overstimulation of the ANS occurs, the reaction snowballs and leads to more histamine being released, which leads to more allergic symptoms. It becomes a vicious cycle that many cannot escape. Certain levels of your spine are related to your sinuses. When an adjustment is made to these levels, it has a calming effect, much like an anti-histamine. Regular adjustments as well as nutritional supplementation can do wonders to alleviate many allergies.
Other great methods to battle seasonal allergies include:
- eating 1 tsp of local honey per day
- eating locally grown cantaloupe
- D-Hist supplement (see Dr. Allison & Dr. Meghan)
Your vital functions within your body are influenced by the endocrine system. Our endocrine systems are composed of many glands including the hypothalamus, pituitary, pineal, thyroid, parathyroid, pancreas, adrenals, ovaries, and testes. These glands secrete hormones, or chemical messengers into the bloodstream. The hypothalamus receives information from the nervous system and uses this information to make hormones to target other glands. It acts as the “master” of all the other glands. Once the glands are triggered to release their hormones, these hormones will go out into the bloodstream seeking their targets.
In today’s society, hormone imbalances are very prevalent. Do you think you might have a hormone imbalance? Here are some signs:
- Hot flashes & Night sweats
- Weight Gain
- Sugar Cravings
- Inability to focus
…. among countless others.
When the body is in homeostasis (normal balance), the precise amount of hormones are released into the bloodstream and the body functions smoothly; but when the control mechanism malfunctions – either too much or too little of a particular hormone is secreted, or when an organ or tissue does not respond efficiently – the results can be severe or even fatal.
Traditionally, the medical approach to hormone imbalances calls for drugs, radiation, and surgery. Primarin, prescribed for menopause symptoms comes from a very shocking source – the urine of pregnant horses: PregnantMareUrin. Drugs such as these can actually create a larger imbalance and make a person much worse.
So how does this all relate to chiropractic? Much like last week’s post, it all lies in the health of the spine. When a spine is in alignment and the life energy from the brain can flow through the rest of the body, all of your endocrine organs. When stresses are placed upon the body and a subluxation occurs (shift of bones in the spine out of place), that energy cannot flow properly. Now these vital endocrine organs are not receiving enough energy and will not secrete the hormones as they should.
- Recent studies have found that farm-raised tilapia may cause more inflammation.
- Farm-raised salmon may have at least 10 times the amount of cancer causing organic pollutants compared to the wild variety.
- Farm-bred fish also have lower levels of healthy nutrients.
- Dibutylin levels, a chemical used in PVC plastics is said to be 6 times higher in farm-raised mussels compared to wild ones.
- Farm-bred fish have been found to have high concentrations of antibiotics and pesticides.
- Dioxin levels are 11 times higher in farm-bred salmon compared to wild salmon.