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Archive for March, 2016

Diets: Why they don’t always work

Friday, March 11th, 2016

Weight loss man and womanWe all know people who have gone on a diet at some point in time or another.  However, how many of those individuals that you know of actually kept the weight off?  Dieting can become a vicious cycle for some, losing weight while on the diet, then gaining it back after they come off the diet.  The problem is that once they come off the diet, they go right back to the way they used to eat. This, in turn forces them to also go back to the way they used to look.  So, if diets aren’t the way to go, what is?

For starters, a diet will kill your metabolism.  On a diet, your body doesn’t know it’s on a“diet.”  Your body’s interpretation of a diet is that you are starving it.  As a result, the body begins to burn less and less fat (which is hard for the body to burn), and instead starts burning off muscle (which is easy to burn).  The concern is that each pound of muscle you have can burn up to an extra 50 calories per day, so losing that muscle means your body will now survive on less calories and will keep doing this until it feels like it’s in a safe range.  So, in the process of losing weight, you also lose muscle and kill your metabolism.

At the end of the diet, you reached your weight loss goals and are done dieting.  So, what do you do now?  Start eating the foods you like to eat.  However, now your metabolism is even slower than when you started your diet and you have even less muscle.  Since the body is going to be afraid to build up the metabolism again in case it is once again “starved,” the first priority will be for your body to pack on stored energy (aka fat).  This process is why not only do people who go on diets usually gain all the weight back, but end up gaining even more weight than when they started!

Now, this is not to say that a moderate diet can’t work, but there are certain caveats:

  • The first is that you should include is some sort of weight resistance exercise and cardio while dieting to prevent muscle loss and keep your metabolism up.
  • DO NOT make your diet a temporary eating habit change or your results will also be temporary! You don’t need to stay on a diet all your life, but take into consideration that your eating habits prior to your diet is what caused your weight problem to begin with.  You can’t go back to eating like you used to. Instead, you will need to pay more attention to what you eat.  Keep a daily dietary log and see how you can improve it.  Even better, speak to someone qualified to give nutritional advice, such as a licensed nutritionist.
  • Make lifestyle changes to maintain your goals. Limit your television time each day.  Find ways to engage in more outdoor activities.  The more active you are, the more calories you will burn off each day, making it easier to maintain your weight.

While dieting can be effective at losing weight, the best kind of diets are those that don’t trick your body, but that supplement an exercise program to lose weight smartly long-term.  

Chiropractic Solutions for Pinched Nerves

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Chiropractic Solutions for Pinched Nerves

What is a pinched nerve?

A pinched nerve is usually – though not always – the result of bad habits. The real cause of this often-painful condition is normally either a bone pressing against a nerve or a muscle interfering with the nerve’s ability to function correctly. Due to today’s often-sedentary lifestyle, pinched nerves are becoming more common. They can be the result of bad posture, such as frequently crossing your legs, for example. Intensive computer work or playing video games for too long can also lead to pinched nerves.

Symptoms of a pinched nerve

The typical sensation that is a warning of a pinched nerve condition is also referred to as “pins and needles”. It’s that sensation that we all have from time to time when we experience numbness in a part of our body. We often say that our arm has gone to sleep. This is because the nerve has stopped sending signals to the brain, so nothing is felt. Another symptom – which is more serious – is pain. The pain from a pinched nerve can be severe and can negatively affect your daily routine.

What can be done?

If the problem is minor, such as in pins and needles, it will normally pass quickly. However, if the pain persists, then treatment may be required.

There are many options for the treatment of pinched nerves. One can rest and intermittently use ice to reduce swelling. This is appropriate for relatively minor situations. Many doctors will simply prescribe pain medications and let time take its course. The problem with this is the many side effects linked to dangerous pain medications.

Today, the preferred treatment by many health care professionals for pain management associated with pinched nerves is chiropractic care.

What can a chiropractor do for pinched nerves?

One part of the philosophy of chiropractors is that medicine in the form of pharmaceutical products treats the symptoms of a situation, rather than treating the cause. The symptom of a pinched nerve is pain, so doctors will prescribe painkillers. Chiropractors will treat the cause of the problem. In the case of a pinched nerve, the long-term pain can be reduced and even eliminated by finding how the situation occurred and resolving it.

Through massage and gentle manipulation of the affected area, the impact of the bone pressing against the nerve can be reduced. This is through re-positioning of the bone, which may have moved out of its normal alignment.

Pinched nerves can occur in many different parts of the body, but normally, the common theme is that the cause is a misaligned bone or swollen muscle. Chiropractic help can easily treat both of these causes. The big advantage is that there will be no side effects from this natural form of treatment.

Of course, there are a couple of severe possibilities of pinched nerves where surgery is the only solution. However, these cases are very rare, and will be carefully explained to you by your chiropractor.

Your body is like a car, sometimes it needs adjustments because parts have a tendency to shift. Your chiropractor is your body mechanic.

If you think you have a pinched nerve, don’t wait! Visit a chiropractor and have a chiropractor solve the problem, not just mask the symptoms with harmful medication.