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Exercises to do at Your Desk

February 12th, 2016

Exercising at your desk is becoming more important as more people stare at a computer all day

By Dr. Grant Reffell

Gone are the days when people did manual labor all day. In the 21st century, we have a machine for nearly everything and most people have an office job in which they sit in the same place for hours on end. While the digital age is a fun and exciting time, a sedentary lifestyle can harm you in the long run.

Most office-goers complain of pain in their lower back. This happens because of our incorrect postures. Due to hectic schedules, people don’t have enough time for themselves. A little bit of exercise every day can help you get rid of lower back pain.

Don’t have time to exercise? No problem! You don’t need to wear any special exercise clothes and go out in the sunshine to exercise. You can do exercises simply sitting in the comfort of your office.

Here are some simple exercises that you can do while sitting in your office:

  1. Relax your spine – Your back muscles need the most stretching, since an incorrect posture affects the back muscles most. Simply stand up and give yourself a big hug. Simultaneously, take deep breaths and shrug your shoulders. Bend yourself on both sides as if picking up something and then bend forwards like you are throwing a piece of trash in trash can.
  2. Straighten your legs – While sitting at your desk, straighten your legs under the table and hold for about five minutes and then let yourself relax. Also, stand up and jog in place for five minutes and then return to work. Fold your right leg and release after two minutes and then do this with the left leg. Move your toes and fingers. Clench your fists and open them rapidly. Move your toes up and down and stretch them as much as you can.
  3. Move your head – Move your head forwards and backwards very slowly. Move your head from side to side a few times. Now move your head clockwise five times and then counter-clockwise five times.
  4. Stretch your shoulders – Cross your arms and stretch them as much as you can. Now touch both your shoulders with your hands and move your shoulders in a circle. Put your hands up and touch your shoulders rapidly, like you are making a field goal motion. Continue this for two minutes. Hold your right wrist with your left hand above your head and bend it to the left while bending your spine in the opposite direction. Do this 3-4 times and then change wrists.
  5. Take a walk – Whenever you feel that you can no longer sit in your chair, just stand up and take a small walk around your workplace. You can do this while talking to someone on your cell phone or visiting a co-worker at a different area of your job. Another idea is to take your entire team out in the open air and brief them on the next big project.

Don’t be self-conscious as we can assure you that most people won’t even notice that you’re exercising, as they should be busy working! These simple steps will not only breakup the monotony of the day, but they help will maintain your posture, while helping you complete simple exercises while working in front of a desk. Use these simple steps to improve your work day and your overall health and lifestyle.

 

Winter Weight Loss

January 29th, 2016

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By Dr. Grant Reffell

Sometimes when winter comes all people can think about is food! It is not uncommon to eat more during the winter months. In fact, many people dread the winter weight gain. Studies have shown that people all over the world gain more weight during the winter months. There is more than one reason to explain the tendency of overeating in winters:

  • Winter is usually the holiday time and people are at home and they tend to eat more during the holidays. They are relaxing at home, watching TV, sitting on the couch and that’s the time they feel like munching on something.
  • Women know that they no longer have to wear clothes which reveal their curves. The figure is hidden behind the various layers of clothes one needs to wear in order to protect against the cold weather. This makes them carefree and not so diet conscious anymore.
  • During the dark winter days, the production of the hormone melatonin increases. This hormone increases your appetite so you feel hungry more often during the winter months.

If you want winter weight loss in during winter, all your efforts of keeping fit will be in vain. Let’s see how you can shed the winter pounds:

  1. Curb the cravings – A hot cup of coffee and a muffin seem apt to warm you, but you need to curb those sugar cravings. Desserts can make anyone go crazy. Candies and cakes are full of sugar and saturated fats and supply nothing but endless calories to the body. Due to the cold, it is very easy to settle down for quicker options. You don’t want to leave your cozy space and are more interested in eating foods that require little or no cooking. Try not to become a slave to these fattening foods as much as you can.
  2. Involve yourself in work – When you’re at home, it’s understandable that you want to relax, but try not to be idle for a long time. Make sure you eat your meals at the usual time and involve yourself in some work to avoid any unnecessary snacking.
  3. Indulge in some physical activity – It’s not a good idea to be lazy all day. You need to include some sort of physical activity in your daily routine. If you don’t move an inch all day and keep on eating, then nothing can stop you from gaining weight.
  4. Eat only as much as required – Identify your body’s needs. Eat only as much as required by your tummy. If your stomach feels full, stop right away. Don’t eat more just because it’s a delicious dish. It can cause heaviness and gastric trouble. One way to keep a check on hunger is to maintain a record of what you eat and the number of calories you intake. This will help you decide whether you need to eat something or not.

Now, you can indulge yourself once in a while, but do remember our little advice so that you don’t find it difficult to fit into your summer clothes!

Holiday Workout Calendar

December 8th, 2015

 

 

Holiday Workout Calendar

We are smack dab in the middle of the holiday season. Many of us are still recovering from our Thanksgiving food comas. While others of us are beginning to indulge in the sweet treats that accompany the December holiday season. No matter what your pleasure during this time of year, it is important to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. You can even lose weight before the holiday season and be ahead of the game come resolution time. We at CoreWellness know that it is tough to find time to exercise regularly this time of year. With the shopping, holiday parties, travel, work and visiting family, it can be difficult to get in the groove. That is why we are sharing this holiday calendar with you.

These are a variety of exercises designed to be down quickly when you wake up or before you go to bed. It is also a comprehensive workout plan that works out all of your muscles, plus your flexibility, balance and strengthens your core. We at CoreWellness will be doing these exercises regularly and we ask you to take the time to do them with us. That is the challenge for December.

Here at CoreWellness we encourage you to have as much fun as you can during this holiday season. However, in addition, we ask you to not forget how important a healthy and active lifestyle is. So take up the challenge, lose the weight before you put it on and make your holiday season wonderful!

Sincerely,

Dr. Grant Reffell

Our Purpose of the 12 Days of Christmas Event

December 3rd, 2015

12 Days of Christmas

By Dr. Grant Reffell

Dear Patient,

I wanted to take a moment and do a follow-up regarding our annual 12 Days of Christmas Celebration that we launched earlier today.

In case you haven’t been in to the office in a while – or even if you are a regular patient – I wanted to remind you what we’re doing and WHY we are celebrating the 12 days of Christmas.

This is our way of thanking you for being part of our practice. We couldn’t be happier that you’ve chosen us and are entrusting us with your health this year, which has been one of the best years in our practice. We’re trying to return some of what you’ve brought us throughout the year.

We have events coming all through the month, which are designed to thank and appreciate you for being a great patient. On our last day, December 17, 2015, we are having a big event: we’re celebrating the year and throwing a holiday bash.  When you come in for an appointment that day, we’ll have refreshments, prize giveaways, food, and raffle drawings throughout the day.

As most of you are aware, our practice philosophy is to shift the mindset of our community from a disease-based model to a wellness-based model, saving thousands of lives in the process.  We’re committed to that purpose. This is what drives us, this is why we’re here.

Have you noticed that people are waiting longer to go into the doctor and get checked?  Ignoring early warning signs because they’re afraid of the cost or just hoping they’ll be fine.

This 12 Days celebration is a way for people to come in and experience a different form of healthcare. A form where we look to put out smaller health problems before they turn into a raging forest fire.

Let me give you an example:  Recently, a patient – suffering with debilitating neck pain – was referred to us by their doctor. He was also a diabetic and insulin dependent. Here’s the thing about diabetics…even when they manage their disease well with meds and diet, their lifespan is cut short on average by 10 to 15 years. Not only is their lifespan shortened, their quality of life is very poor, especially at the end where they can develop all different kinds of health problems.  Issues like neurologic problems, (resulting in toes and feet amputated). Increased incidence of kidney failure and heart failure.  Many go blind and lose their vision.

While that suffering is obviously horrible, here’s the silver lining. When he came into us he had severe subluxations (areas of nerve interference) at the level in his spine that affects the pancreas.  So how do you think that might affect his health?  Well, it impacts how well his pancreas functions and how well he manages his diabetes as a result. Translation: this was not very good.  What if we could remove the interference and restore normal function. Could that improve the situation?  Well, here’s the cool thing that happened.  After receiving treatment from CoreWellness, he immediately started noticing changes. He was actually having a hard time managing his blood sugar because his body started working again!  He had to keep going back to his doctor because his need for insulin diminished. In fact, 6 months later, his M.D. said, “Guess what, you’re no longer diabetic!”  And now he’s off all diabetic meds and his life is completely changed.  And this is exactly why we do what we do.

 

  • This is why we’re here and so thankful
  • This is why we want to give back to you and our community

 

We love serving our patients and changing and saving people’s lives through the power of chiropractic.  There’s thousands of people in our community right now with diseases…not just diabetes, with all sorts of health challenges. Often the underlying cause is nerve interference, which affects their health and well-being. These people are literally dying and need our help and this is why we do events like this: because we have a goal.

Our goal is to acknowledge and celebrate a great year and give back to our patients, AND to pay it forward to the friends and family members of our patients. We have a goal to save 30 lives during the holiday season. This begins with our 12 Days of Xmas event. Come in and enjoy the giveaways and the party, but stay because we can help you get healthy again.

Weight Management for Adult Obesity Tips

November 12th, 2015

By Dr. Grant Reffell

Weight management is needed to combat adult diabetes

How bad is the adult obesity problem?

Over the past 25 years, obesity prevalence among adults has increased astronomically. In 1990, 10 US states had less than 10% obesity prevalence among their adult population. In 2010, no US states had less than a 20% obesity prevalence! Currently, the most obese state in the country is Arkansas, with an adult obesity rate of nearly 36%.

Illinois currently has about 3.8 million adults who are obese, about 29.3% of the state population. This prevalence rate puts our state near the middle of the list, as the 26th least obese US state/territory.

Adults who are obese have an increased risk for many different physical problems and ailments, including but not limited to:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Certain Types of Cancer (specifically endometrial, breast, colon, kidney, gallbladder, and liver)
  • Mental Illness
  • Body Pain
  • All Causes of Death

What is obesity?

According to the CDC, obesity is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) greater than 30. BMI is a measure of the ratio between a person’s height and weight, and is not designed to diagnose “fatness” or overall health.

As an example, a 5’9” adult who weighs 203 lbs. has a body mass index of 30 and is considered obese. If that same 5’9” adult lowered their weight to 165 lbs., they would have a BMI of approximately 24, and have a “healthy weight.” Ensuring that you are following good weight management practices is key to lowering you BMI.

Weight Management Tips

As each individual is different, their specific weight management needs are unique. Only a medical professional who specializes in the science of weight management can give you definitive weight management advice that is tailored to your specific needs. However, many experts agree that there are four key areas that need to be addressed in every weight management plan: sleep, stress, exercise, and diet.

Much has been written about diet and exercise, and your local weight management specialist can give you much more information about these two important parts in the fight against adult obesity. For now, we’re going to focus on the two aspects of weight management that are discussed far less than the others.

Sleep Management

It might seem odd to start by discussing proper sleep, but according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, proper sleep can be more important than even diet and exercise in your weight management regiment. In their study, they put a variety of people on the same diet, but adjusted the amount of sleep they received. Those with 7 hours of sleep or greater per night lost twice as much fat as people who slept for less than 7 hours. In addition, those with less sleep lacked energy to exercise, felt less satisfied after meals and were hungrier.

Here are 3 tips to help you get more sleep and better manage your weight. (source: https://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-tools-tips/healthy-sleep-tips)

  • Set up a sleep schedule and stick to it, even on weekends. One of the easiest ways to get more sleep is to train your body’s internal clock that it’s time to sleep.
  • Optimize your sleeping space. Temperature, noise levels, light levels, and potential allergens can impact your sleep, making your nights more restless than they should be. Also, be sure that your bed and pillow are comfortable enough that you don’t dislike sleeping on them. Here are a few potential tools to correct any sleeping-space problems:
    • Setting your thermostat to the mid-60s
    • Blackout curtains or an eye mask
    • Ear plugs or white noise machine
    • Fans or humidifiers
    • Ensure that your mattress hasn’t exceeded its life expectancy
  • Wind down before bed. It is very difficult for most people to shift from high activity to rest. About an hour before bedtime, choose calming activities, such as reading or listening to relaxing music. Avoid screens (laptop, smartphone, tablet, TV, etc.) as the light from these screens can trick your brain into thinking that it should stay awake.

Stress Reduction

Work, family issues, financial struggles, and other life pressures can really get you feeling down. These same pressures, though, can get your weight up.

When feeling the stress, your body’s fight-or-flight floods your system with adrenalin and other hormones. These feelings stimulate your body to use more energy than normal, even if you are only sitting anxiously in your office chair.

While this increased energy use might seem like a good thing for weight management, the moment these initial hormones start to subside, your body kicks in its “recovery” hormones that make your body want to replenish its energy supplies as quickly as possible. Thus, you get hungrier, and eat calories that your body may not have really needed. These extra calories, in turn, get stored as “visceral fat” around your abdomen, contributing to adult obesity.

Here are 3 quick tips to reduce the effects of stress on your weight management plan.

  • Devote Time to Relaxation. By training your body to relax, no matter the outside circumstances, you can get out of “stress mode” quicker than those who don’t train their body. Some people choose meditation, yoga, deep breathing or prayer, but the important point is that you find an activity that helps you calm your mind and body.
  • Take Vitamins. Studies show that stress can reduce key vitamins in your body, such as some B and C vitamins, so taking a daily recommended multivitamin can help your body better manage stress, even if a stress attack occurs.
  • Reduce Caffeine Intake. Not only will caffeine dehydrate your body, caffeine can actually cause your blood sugar to drop, increasing your overall level of hunger. In addition, caffeine can increase “stress hormones” which could aggravate any stress-related weight gain problems you might be experiencing.

Improving your sleep, reducing the effects of stress, regular exercise, and a balanced diet are key components to every weight management plan. If you are currently obese, or if you are noticing unhealthy weight gain, be sure to discuss your weight management needs with a qualified weight management expert.

Chronic Pain: Non-Invasive Options for You

November 9th, 2015

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By Dr. Grant Reffell

Chronic pain – generally defined as pain lasting longer than 3 months – is the leading cause of disability (pdf link) among people under the age of 45. It is also a leading cause of lost workplace productivity. In fact, chronic pain is such a widespread and costly problem that it affects more Americans than diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke and cancer, combined.

A pain management specialist will often consider prescribing an invasive treatment procedure, such as surgery, to combat chronic pain. If you have found these options to be unsuccessful for your chronic pain, consider the variety of non-invasive chronic pain treatments that are available at your local pain management clinic.

What are the top 3 causes of chronic pain?

Chronic pain is a categorical term that covers a wider variety of conditions. Each condition under this umbrella benefits from a different combination of treatment options. According to recent medical studies, these are the three most common types of chronic pain:

  • Back Pain – across the board, chronic back pain is the most common type of recurring pain. While this pain can be caused by an accident or injury, a growing number of back pain sufferers can’t trace the origins of their pain to a specific root cause.
  • Headache Pain – whether migraine or not, severe headache pain is the leading cause of lost productivity in American workplaces. An average of 3.5 hours of productivity per week is lost, due to headache pain.
  • Joint Pain – this form of chronic pain, often caused by arthritis, injury and accidents, can severely inhibit a person’s ability to function normally. As expected, joint pain sufferers often find even normal movement to be painful, not to mention more stringent physical activities like running, lifting and exercising.

Chronic pain can also strike areas of your body, such as your abdomen, chest, face or legs, but these forms of chronic pain are much less common than the top-three. If you are experiencing any long-lasting pain, make sure to schedule an appointment with a qualified pain management specialist.

What are my pain management treatment options?

Chronic pain covers so many types of physiological issues that it is difficult to provide an exhaustive list of every treatment option available. Many of the more common treatment options involve invasive procedures, like surgeries and injection regimens. These can have side effects as challenging as the chronic pain. That said, here are some of the non-invasive treatment options that your pain management specialist may be able to prescribe as part of your overall pain management and treatment plan.

Medications

Surprisingly, your pain management specialist might begin treatment with common over-the-counter medications like aspirin, ibuprofen, anti-inflammatory medications, and/or topical pain-relief creams. These treatment options serve as diagnostic tools, helping the specialist to determine if your pain is caused by inflammation, nerve problems, or another issue. In cases of more extreme pain however, your specialist may prescribe narcotics to reduce the pain to a more manageable level. Of course, narcotic-based medications carry many side effects, including a risk of abuse and addiction, so this option is only exercised in more extreme cases.

Alternative Therapies

Alternative therapy options have become more popular in recent years. They can be effective at reducing the effects of many different types of chronic pain. Modern pain management therapies often fall into one of three categories: cognitive, behavioral, and physical.

  • Cognitive therapies help the chronic pain sufferer mentally strengthen themselves against the effects of the pain. Pain management specialists have noticed a relationship between patient outlook and the success of their treatment plan. People with a positive outlook generally experience greater pain treatment success. While individuals with a less positive outlook generally have a more difficult time. As such, cognitive therapies can help chronic pain sufferers have a better mental outlook, with the intent of making the overall treatment plan more successful.
  • Behavioral therapies help patients modify their lifestyle to better cope with their pain. Sample behavioral therapies involve relaxation techniques, biofeedback, and other coping techniques that help improve the symptoms of long-term, chronic pain.
  • Physical therapies involve modifying or manipulating the problem to relieve the issue that is causing chronic pain. Low-impact exercise regimens, massage, acupuncture, electrotherapies, among others, have shown various levels of success in different chronic pain patients. Before you begin any alternative therapies, be sure to have a discussion with your pain management specialist.

This short list of options is only intended to introduce you to the idea that invasive pain management treatments and medications are only a few of many available options to manage your chronic pain. Alternative treatment options have the ability to be a valuable part of your overall treatment plan. The next time you speak with your pain management specialist, discuss the variety of treatment options and therapies available for your specific case.

The Back Pain Problem: What it is and How you can fix it

October 26th, 2015

Back Pain

By Dr. Grant Reffell

The Back Pain Problem

Did you know that back pain costs Americans over $50 billion dollars annually? That amount of money is more than the economies of over 90 different countries and the net company worth of Uber or Paypal. With $50 billion dollars, you could purchase all 32 teams in the NFL, and still have enough left over to purchase 15 NBA franchises!

In other words, treatment options are not only a pain in the back, but also a pain on your wallet.

Also, the cost associated with back pain is not the only legitimate expense, injuries to the back can also cripple your productivity. According to the American Chiropractic Association, back pain is one of the leading causes of missed work among Americans. So not only is your back pain hurting your wallet with expensive treatments, it is also costing you valuable work time to help pay for treatments. In fact, this problem has become so widespread that experts estimate up to 80% of the population will have a back problem at some point. Of all types of back pain, lower back pain is among the most pervasive, painful and costly.

Prevention techniques

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” ― Benjamin Franklin

If you are one of the fortunate individuals who haven’t had to deal with chronic lower back pain, here are a few recommendations to ensure you avoid problems:

  • Good posture is important: your mom was right to tell you sit up and stand tall. Proper posture reduces strain on your vertebrae and keeps the nerves in your spine from getting pinched.
  • Maintain a healthy weight: adding pounds to your body adds pressure to your spine and back. Less weight (while remaining otherwise healthy) means less pressure on your lower back.
  • Lift with your knees: don’t lift loads that are beyond your ability, and when lifting heavier loads, keep your back straight and lift with your legs. Your legs are specialized to take the strain of lifting, while your back is not.

Back pain treatment options

For the rest of us who have experienced back problems, here are three of the most common treatment options available to you today.

  • Back surgery:  This is the most invasive, most expensive option that, depending on the cause of your back pain, may be effective in treating your back pain. You’ll need to discuss this option with a qualified spine surgeon before you decide this path. However, understand that there could be extensive recovery time after surgery is complete and there are no guarantees that back surgery will stop your back from aching. In fact, there is the real possibility that you will see little to no change at all in your back pain or your back could actually get worse!
  • Pain-reduction medication: Some over the counter drugs, along with a variety of prescription back pain management drugs are available. Some of these drugs contain significant side-effects, and are potentially habit-forming. If you are considering this method to combat your back pain, seek professional medical advice before you begin taking any medication. Remember that any opioids you take have side effects, including but not limited to addiction, upset stomach, respiratory depression, constipation, nausea and dizziness. Long-term use of opioids can cause further health problems.
  • Chiropractic: If you’re looking for a non-invasive, personalized lower back pain management option, then chiropractic treatment could be for you. Chiropractors regularly stay on top of the latest back pain management science and use this advanced knowledge, along with their years of experience, will get you on the path to a pain-free life. Chiropractic solutions are non-invasive and do not include dangerous prescription drugs.

If you have back pain or lower back pain, don’t think you are alone. There are many different treatment options that will help you live a pain free life today. All you need to do is reach out to experts. And don’t delay! Long-term solutions are more obtainable than you think.

What is Medical Weight Loss and How Can it Help Me?

October 16th, 2015

Medical Weight Loss

By Dr. Grant Reffell

Medical weight loss is a term that is often thrown around casually by members of the weight loss business community. However, few consumers understand what the term really means and how it can help them lose the weight and achieve the body they desire. This article will discuss the components of a successful medical weight loss plan and help you decide if it is the right weight loss plan for you.

What is medical weight loss?

Medical weight loss does not involve surgery or diet pills. It is rooted in medical principles that address the true cause of weight gain and obesity. Each medical weight loss plan is designed to be customized to the individual, ensuring that the patient achieves and maintains a healthy weight long-term. A successful program will incorporate a custom diet and exercise plan, combined with proven methods for a healthy and safe way to lose weight quickly.

Medical weight loss packages measure indicators of true weight loss, namely body fat percentage and the patient’s overall metabolism. Over time, a person’s body changes due to the aging process. In many cases weight gain is directly related to imbalances of hormones. Once people reach the age of 30, they often incur hormone imbalances due to advancing age. Rebalancing those hormones is paramount to helping your body get fit and stay fit long-term. This also means limiting drastic weight fluctuations.

When exploring medical weight loss programs, a trained professional will look at the patient’s weight as a portion of a snapshot of their entire health profile. This includes analyzing their diet, exercise habits, medications and medical conditions. If something in the patient’s profile is hindering their weight loss, a specialist can work with providers on finding safe and effective alternatives for the optimized plan. This information is also crucial to determining the proper strategy to lose unwanted weight and enable the patient to keep that weight off permanently.

In addition to examining the patient’s health profile, a professional will discuss each individual’s weight loss goals and current condition to make sure that the path designed leads to the desired results in a healthy and safe manner. Working directly with the client to fit into their goals and lifestyle is the best way to ensure that the program is right for the patient.

Can medical weight loss help me?

When deciding to commit yourself to a plan, consider that all medical weight loss plans are customizable. Plans are designed to be sustainable and lasting. They take into account everything within your health and lifestyle profile. Professionals want a plan that fits with your body and something that you will commit to long-term.

Understand that medical weight loss programs are not an instant fix. While some short term solutions can be used to augment the effectiveness of programs. In general, these programs take time and personal commitment to lose the weight. However, if you remain committed to the program, you will see the results long after your sessions are over.

Everyone is different when it comes to their body type, metabolism, health profile and lifestyle. Medical weight loss plans designed to lose weight quickly and safely can help individuals if they want to lose 10 pounds or even individuals that want to lose 100 pounds. It is one of the safest and most effective ways to hit your optimal weight. The goal is to lose the weight and keep it off long-term. If you have specific weight loss goals, you may want to consider medical weight loss as a solution that can be customized to fit your body type and lifestyle. This will ensure that you are looking your best now and long into the future.

Consider medical weight loss as an alternative to trendy diets and diet pills. You will discover an excellent way to lose weight and hit your target weight.

Is a Stand-Up Desk Your Ticket to Weight Loss?

September 21st, 2015

Stand-Up Desk Weight Loss

By Dr. Grant Reffell

Most people that I know… who may be overweight, and work at a desk… spend a lot of time in front of their computer at their job, whether it’s just for a few hours a day at home, or perhaps a job that requires them to do just that.

Not a good practice… if you’re trying to drop some weight or get rid of some of those nasty little cellulite patches.

But don’t worry. I have an answer. Unfortunately, it’s a lifestyle that most people can’t avoid, but if you can switch to a stand up desk when you’re working on your computer, you’ll naturally burn more calories every day and improve your posture and mood. Now it’s not about burning calories, but it is about speeding up your metabolism.

I’ve said this to many of my patients, “if you improve your posture, lose some weight, and have a better idea of who you are,  you’re going to be HEALTHIER, and you’re going to feel like doing more, and when  you feel like doing more, you’ll drop weight FASTER & and then KEEP IT OFF!

Here’s the deal. It’s your lifestyle that really matters for your long term weight loss goals, and standing up is one way to be more “active” without changing your job or your computer habits. To ease into the change, (if you can do this) consider a tall(er) chair – so you can sit and stand throughout your day. Weight Loss Secret: You should never sit longer than 30 minutes at a time.

If you want real help, make sure you’re on our weight loss program, you adhere to it, and you follow it as I’ve laid it out for you. I’m telling you this… for a reason. That reason is – to help you DROP SOME WEIGHT and LOOK and FEEL BETTER than you have in a long, long time.

How old is your heart?

September 9th, 2015

By Dr. Grant Reffell

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New research in the medical community suggests that despite an individual’s age, their heart may be significantly older than their actual age. Factors such as smoking, high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes can all play a significant factor in aging your heart past your physical age and putting you at risk for heart disease, heart attacks and stroke.

The recent Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) report has some alarming findings for the average American. In the report it was found that 1 out of 2 men and 2 in 5 women have a heart that is at least five years older than their actual age. In fact, the average male has a heart age eight years older than their actual age and women have an average heart age five years older than their real age. In addition, 3 out of 4 heart attacks and strokes are directly related to heart health.

So how is my heart age determined? While some of the factors that play a role in aging your heart, such as your actual age and your family history, are unavoidable and still play a role in your heart age, other factors are preventable if each person chooses to make small lifestyle changes to improve their heart condition. Unfortunately, high heart age is found more frequently in poor people and minorities, particularly African Americans who have an average heart age of 11 years older than their chronical age. Mississippi, West Virginia, Kentucky, Louisiana and Alabama have the highest number of people whose heart age is advanced. The alarming statistic is that approximately 69 million Americans have a heart age older than their actual age, yet they have never suffered from a heart attack or stroke and may be unaware of the risk their heart age may pose to their future health.

In order to determine your heart age, you can use this simple health calculator provided by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NIH). Answering these basic questions can help you determine how healthy your heart is and how old your heart is. If some of the factors in the calculator are abnormally high, you can pinpoint those problem areas and prioritize them to begin the process of lowering your heart age. For example, if you have high cholesterol and low HDL cholesterol (the cholesterol that is considered ‘good’ cholesterol), than it is likely that you need to exercise more and eat healthier on a regular basis.

However, do not fret yet. If your heart is not at the age it needs to be (at or below your actual age), there are certainly steps that can help lower your heart age rapidly. Identifying the lifestyle changes you can make to ensure heart healthy habits will go a long way in lowering your heart age. Making these lifestyle changes permanent and a part of your daily routine is the first step to lowering heart age. If you’re a smoker, quitting smoking can have an almost immediate and drastic effect on heart age. Also, if you suffer from type-2 diabetes, than that is a glaring signal that you need to eat better and consistently perform weight loss exercises to shed those unwanted pounds and get your heart healthy again.

Here at CoreWellness we utilize proven weight loss systems and design personalized wellness programs to help get you heart healthy and lower your heart age. Our commitment to our patients is that we will help you identify the lifestyle changes you make and cater a program that you can manage and that can help you become and stay healthy. Schedule an appointment today so we can determine your heart age and ensure that we are lowering it and keeping it low.

There’s nothing more important that practicing healthy habits to get heart healthy and stay heart healthy and visiting CoreWellness for a consultation is the first step for Northwest Chicago residents to leading a healthy life. Contact us today and let’s get your heart health back on track.