Wednesday, August 29, 2012

What Should I Eat? Omega-3 Oil

There is a lot of buzz about the importance of omega-3 fatty acids in the media, and there cannot be enough emphasis of the importance for healthy living. Omega-3 fatty acids have three basic forms that are utilized in the human body, ALA, DHA, and EPA. The actual names are not important as they are a long scientific name, instead I will discuss why they are important. Today, I want you to learn about ALA.

ALA is a plant form of omega-3 fatty acid, found in flax seed, canola oil, olive oil, etc. ALA is responsible for taking Calcium from the blood to the tissue. This transportation is vital to keep our skin healthy. Calcium deficiency in the skin can cause hives, canker sores (Herpes), and eczema. Calcium in the skin is important in fighting infection, so we need ALA to transport Calcium to the skin to protect us from bacteria if we happen to get a cut in our skin.

I want you to start thinking of how each of the nutrients in the body are working together to create a healthy system. You have most likely seen a vitamin D supplement that you can buy from the store, and it usually says "with Calcium." Why is that you ask? Vitamin D binds to Calcium to be transported from our tissues to the blood. So as we spend time in the sun, the oil in our skin is converted to vitamin D, and to get into the blood it utilizes the Calcium that is stored in our skin. As we spend time in the sun, we begin to tan, and eventually end with a sun burn. When we become sun burned from the sun, this is simply a deficiency of Calcium in the skin, because it has all been utilized to transport the vitamin D to the blood tissue. Sun stroke, skin cancer, and elevated blood pressure has been linked to elevated blood serum levels of Calcium, and decreased tissue levels of Calcium.

OK, back to ALA fatty acids. As previously stated, ALA is responsible for transporting Calcium from the blood, back to the tissue. IF you want to protect your skin, and your health, be sure to optimize your Vitamin D levels and ALA omega-3 levels.

Take the Vitamin D Deficiency Quiz and the Omega-3 Deficiency Quiz to find out if you need to balance your levels, and improve your health.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

What Should I Eat? Nutritional Supplements

I can not emphasize enough about the importance of vitamins and micronutrients for our body's health. Of the thousands of micronutrients that the body utilizes every day, there are a select few that bear more importance than others. Over the next few weeks, I will be discussing a few of the most important supplements to take, and provide you material to understand if you could be suffering from deficiencies.

Vitamin D: Vitamin D acts more like a hormone than a vitamin in the body, as it transfers ingested calcium to the blood. We gather vitamin D from the sun on our skin, and if you live north of the Mason Dixon Line, you are most likely deficient from late September to April. Vitamin D is essential for immune response, bone strength, weight loss, and overall wellness of the human body.

Common symptoms and diseases that have been clinically proven to be associated with low serum levels of Vitamin D include:

  • Weight Gain
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Chronic Sinus Infection
  • Ear Infection
  • Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Muscle Pain
  • Cognitive Dysfunction
  • Osteoporosis
  • Rickets
If you have suffered from any of these symptoms or illnesses, take the Vitamin D Deficiency Quiz. New-Start Health Center will guide you through a healthier lifestyle.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Low Back Pain, The Cause

Organic low back pain has only a few true generators; disc, joint, connective tissue, and nerve. Lumbar instability is a very key factor in each of these. When the five lumbar spinal segments become instable, a drastic increase in stress is placed on the four pain generators.

The lumbar spine consists of five motion segments and is responsible for bearing the weight of the entire upper body, approximately 60-75% of our total body weight.  The lordotic curvature of the lumbar spine allows for a dispersed axial load on each segment, and there is also an intervertebral disc lying between each spinal segment to allow for a cushion or shock absorption. With a plethora of ligamentous tissues running in strategic patterns to support the spinal segments, and a structured muscle group called “core” muscles in place to stabilize the lumbar spine, it is essential to maintain the integrity of these tissues to stabilize the spine, reduce aberrant motion, and decrease exacerbations of low back pain.

Ligament laxity and core muscle weakness are the primary culprits of lumbar instability, and they allow for anterior translation of a vertebrate in relation to the segment below. When the body notices this change in biomechanics, it calls on other muscles and tissues to stabilize the spine, because if this altered motion continues, it increases shear forces on each of the intervertebral discs, and increases the degenerative arthritis processes.

At New-Start Health Center, we use the most up-to-date research available to diagnose and treat any forms of spinal instability to fully restore proper biomechanics of the spinal segments. There are three specific orthopedic tests that will be performed during the physical examination that will confirm or rule out lumbar instability with over 90% accuracy. Typical treatment plans will allow each patient to understand what is causing their condition, and teach them how to correct it with everlasting results. Muscle strengthening, muscle stretching, soft tissue mobilization, and segmental joint manipulation are a few of the many treatment options that New-Start utilizes to restore the body to optimum function.

There are a few motion patterns that can raise your own suspicion of having some level of lumbar instability.

  • Do you feel like you have weak core strength?
  • Do you have a sedentary job?
  • Do you use your arms to help you stand from a sitting position?
  • Have you ever noticed a “popping” or “clicking” sound when you go into or come up from a bent over position?
  • Do you experience an increase in low back pain when you go into a bent over position?
  • Have you received regular chiropractic adjustments and are finding temporary or no relief?

If you have said yes to any those questions, you are most likely experiencing the start of instability of your lumbar spine, and you need to learn how to correct it. Call New-Start Health Center today (812) 799-0668 to learn more about lumbar instability, and how to correct it.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

What Should I Eat? New-Start 7-Step Solution

Last week you read about the importance of cleansing your house, ridding it of the disease causing foods. This process was Step 1 of the 7-Step Solution called Prepare Your Pantry. This process is essential to get the foods that we crave out of sight, and out of mind. If you missed the blog last week, you can click below to find it.

This week, we will be going into the next chapter in the New-Start 7-Step Solution

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Each of the meals we eat a day, and I suggest five meals a day; Breakfast, AM snack, Lunch, PM Snack, and Dinner, will consist of the three macronutrients that fuel the body; Protein, Fat, and Carbohydrates. Following this guide you will clearly see a extensive list of approved foods from each category, and a quantity allowed in a days time. This program will stabilize glucose levels, decrease systemic inflammation, and improve your overall health.

Portion control is the most important factor of The New-Start Solution. Each meal is designed to allow the body the appropriate portions of nutrients to maximize the metabolism, and minimize glucose spikes by decreasing the glycemic index of foods.

Decreasing the glycemic index of foods is a relatively simply concept, for example, strawberries are a fairly high fructose containing fruit, which makes them a higher glycemic index food. So to lower the glycemic index, you should eat strawberries with almonds, as almonds are full of protein and saturated fats. The protein and fat will slow down digestion, and in turn, lower the blood sugar spike from the strawberries.

To get get a detailed list of the foods and quantities that will increase your metabolism, regulate blood sugar levels, and improve your health, click: Shopping List.

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