Have Sugar But Not Too Much

Introduction

A week or 2 ago we mentioned diabetes and ways we could help prevent it. The best and most effective way is to cut sugar out. The recommended amount of sugar consumed on a daily basis should be no more than 9 teaspoons. Just a can of soda has 8 already. So you see for the sweet tooth’s out there (including me) we should really watch out how much sugar we consume every day as it can be very easy to consume more than recommended. There is no doubt that sugar can definitely give us more energy instantly every day and make us feel happier but there are more serious side effects apart from diabetes when consuming too much sugar on a regular basis.

 

Sugar and the issue of weight gain

Sugar has been shown to lead to weight gain. This is because sugar is an empty calorie. Despite it having so many calories it is not high in nutritional value at all and is not very filling. A higher calorie intake equates to more weight gain. Another reason why sugar leads to weight gain is that it is the first source of fuel the body uses. As a result, they do not offset hunger for very long in the stomach. This leads to more regular eating thus increasing the calorie intake. Sugar also has the ability to affect biological pathways that regulate hunger. Our body produces a hormone to regulate hunger depending on energy output. This hormone is called Leptin. Studies have shown that excessive sugar intake disrupts the function of Leptin in our body by making our body more resistant to it. This means we end up consuming way more calories than we need in order to meet our body’s fulfillment.

 

Sugar and the issue of obesity and heart diseases

Consuming too much sugar on a regular basis increases the likelihood of some sort of heart disease. One reason as to why it increases the chances of heart disease is that excessive sugar causes obesity. Sugar leads to obesity due to the increased intake of calories. Obesity is one of the main causes of heart disease. Sugar also stops triglycerides from breaking down. This puts more pressure on the heart as there would be more blockages. This will cause the heart to pump harder leading to high blood pressure. Another reason why sugar leads to high blood pressure is that it increases LDL while decreasing HDL. LDL is known as bad cholesterol. This is because it sticks to your arteries leading to narrowing of the artery. While HDL is known as the good cholesterol and it removes all other bad fats such as triglycerides and LDL that’s floating in the bloodstream. As the artery is narrowed there will be less blood being able to flow through thus leading to increased blood pressure.

 

Sugar and the issue of oral and dental health

Finally, too much sugar leads to poor oral and dental health. As you’ve probably heard every mother says ‘stop eating sugar it’s bad for your teeth. There is plenty of bacteria that live inside the mouth. Some of the bacteria are good and protect your oral health but some are not. These bacteria thrive off sugar. They love it as much as you do. But as these bad bacteria grow out of control they release acids. These acids released can dissolve the enamel of your teeth leading to cavities. This acid also causes bad breath. This is why it’s important to brush your teeth and decrease the amount of sugar to stop these bacteria from taking over your mouth.

 

Conclusion

Sugar is great, it tastes great, makes you have more energy, and helps you out mentally. However, they have so many side effects if over consumed. Weight gain, heart disease, and poor oral health are just some of them. Make sure to cut out as much sweet food as you can and try to keep under the recommended daily amount!

 

Negative effects of sugar on kids

 

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Raising Healthy Children: Tip # 3

By Dr Jennifer Barham-Floreani: Tip # 3: TOUGH LOVE

Many parents lament that they can’t get their children to eat certain foods or meals that they prepare…

Despite their best intentions, many parents today arrive at a stand-of with their children; the children dictate what they will and won’t eat, and then the parents become distressed when their kids fall ill with frequent colds and flus, ear infections and asthma, to name but a few repercussions of poor diet. Or in ever-growing cases, children acquire seemingly mysterious behavioral disorders with long labels that require medication. Even then, the link is often not made between diet and health.

Sometimes it seems a whole lot easier to just give into children and throw into their lunchboxes that vegemite, peanut butter or jam sandwich, a packet of chips, or a cupcake. There is no doubt that this type of approach to lunches is quick, simple, and easy. But the question is:

Is life simple and easy when we have hyperactive, angry or unwell children?

NO, it isn’t…full report

 …Life is draining physically, emotionally and financially.

 

We cannot pour soft drinks or additives onto a potted plant and expect it to survive… the same applies to our body.

There is a direct relationship between what we eat and our quality of life and health. In Lunchbox Solutions, I discuss a variety of approaches to retraining fussy eaters.

Every family must negotiate guidelines and boundaries around many facets of lifestyle and behavior, but there are none as important as diet, because what your children eat has an ENORMOUS IMPACT on the whole family. It’s exhausting when they are chronically unwell when they are irritable and friends and family don’t want to spend time with them. So I’d encourage you to pick your battles and be clear that the “food battle” is one you want to win!

Even if your child appears quite healthy, remember that the impact of poor food choices may have a long-lasting effect on their health as adults. The cumulative damage of refined sugars and processed foods can be an enormous contributor to illnesses including diabetes and heart disease. It is our role as guardians to empower our family with proactive and positive habits. 

Since my boys were very little they learned that they need to eat primarily wholesome foods and at times “sometimes foods.” It is vitally important that children learn how they can strengthen digestive power through eating foods that are as close to their natural state as possible including a wide variety of fresh organic vegetables and fruits, raw or organic nuts and seeds, beans, whole grains; you get the idea.

Foods Cont.

Foods should nourish and heal the body. Eating foods in their most natural state ensures we receive the highest nutritional content. Whole foods contain naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, enzymes, essential fatty acids, amino acids and more.

Consuming food shouldn’t be a toxic event. By eating “whole foods” we also help our family to reduce their intake of harmful chemicals. Such as preservatives, synthetic nutrients, and other additives that are considered non-foods (which are added to most all processed foods.)

If you can — try to eat organic foods whenever possible. This will help to ensure you avoid harmful toxins such as antibiotics, synthetic hormones, pesticides, herbicides, GMO’s, and synthetic fertilizers. Purchasing organic food is not a luxury but rather an integral step in securing our health. Pollutants in our modern environment—for example, pesticides, heavy metals, herbicides and fumigants—have been linked to abnormalities in behavior, perception, cognition, and motor ability during early childhood, even when exposure is at so-called harmless levels.

The goal is to teach the child to make these good decisions themselves

Where possible encourage children to help you shop and prepare meals and take the opportunity to highlight the pros and cons of different foods and false foods.

Encourage your children from a young age to also be open to having supplements or “vitamin boosts” from time to time. For example, smoothies and homemade juices are a great way to add multi-mineral powders and probiotics into their weekly diet. High-quality probiotics can provide the necessary bacteria for a healthy gut, and they are an essential aid to digestive health for all children — I would recommend taking these a few times a week. It’s also a great habit to encourage them to randomly have zinc and vitamin C powder drinks or multi-mineral drinks particularly if they have been really busy or had a few late nights.

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Breathe Deep

In a given day how often do you breathe deeply? In a stressed out world you can unconsciously end up breathing short and shallow breaths, this can reduce oxygen intake and further drive the stress response.

Breathing is an interesting function of the body and arguably the only one that is both unconscious and consciously controlled. Think about it, until you start dreading this you were breathing without paying attention to it. It happens automatically. But you can also slow down or speed up your breathing pattern at your own will.

Rapid, shallow breathing is a natural response to a stressful situation. Deeper, slower breathing is a natural response when you are relaxed. Taking conscious control of your breathing during the day, especially when you are stressed, can help calm your nervous system so it can focus on healing, digesting and creativity.

Try this simple breathing exercise each day to calm you mind and body.

4-7-8 Breathing

This technique was developed by Dr Andrew Weil as a great technique to calm your body when lying in bed at night to assist you falling asleep or to calm your mind and body during the day.

  • Exhale forcefully through the mouth
  • Close your mouth and silently breathe in through the nose as you mentally count to 4
  • Hold the breath for a count of 7
  • Exhale forcefully through the mouth for a count of 8

Do this a total of four times and repeat twice daily to maximise the benefits of the technique. The ratio of the inhalation to exhalation is more important than the overall length of time. At first you may not be able to hold your breath very long so count faster but as your body becomes more efficient over time you will find that you can really slow the process down.

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Chiropractic and Children!

Introduction

Every family wants the best for their newborn. Keeping your new baby safe and healthy is your number one concern! We understand. We have children too.

Chiropractic and children

 

There are many things chiropractors are trained to check in newborn babies that other health professionals don’t check because it’s not of their concern or it’s not their field.

Let’s just go over 4 questions that you may have about Chiropractic care for Babies/Children.

 

1. Is Chiropractic safe for children?

YES! Extremely. Safety is our primary concern as well. Chiropractic care is very gentle and effective in improving your babies/children health naturally.

My Aleecia
Aleecia here is 18 months old today. She has only ever been sick once in her life in which case she didn’t need any medical intervention such as antibiotics or panadol etc. She’s never had any allergies, skin conditions, ear infections, or anything that’s common in babies up until the age of 2.

It’s safe to say that Aleecia’s immune system is working amazingly on its own and she’s overall very healthy and happy. Not only that, but she’s also one SMART COOKIE who’s learning the alphabet right now and can recognize most of the letters of the alphabet.

Your babies/children’s first visit with us is complimentary and consists of a thorough history of birth, mum’s health, pregnancy, and labor. This is so we can have a chat with you and see if we can help.

If we know we can help and with you onboard, we proceed to the examination which is an amazing process of checking all of your baby’s brain and nervous system functions. we assess mobility, the structure of their spine, primitive reflexes, cranial bones, tone of the muscles and determine if there is any evidence of tension or dysfunction in their nervous system which we can then help remove so they can thrive and grow as they should.

 

2. a) Is it effective?

Chiropractic care for children is extremely effective.
You can get all the research and knowledge you need about this topic on the ICPA (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association) website. Just click here!

 

2. b) Effective for what?

For improving the function of the nervous system that is often reduced by spinal misalignment. Nervous system dysfunction can create different issues with different babies. Just like when your nervous system dysfunctions, you may get a headache, a sore neck or lower back, indigestion or bloatedness, tight and stiff muscles, etc, children can get different symptoms too, such as:

  • Developmental delays
  • Reflux or colic
  • Poor immune system function (always sick!)
  • Irritable baby
  • Lack of concentration
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Allergies
  • Poor posture
  • Lack of muscle tone
  • Bedwetting
  • Digestive issues
  • Behavioural issues.

 

3. So why would my baby need a Chiropractic / Nervous system checkup?

The nervous system can integrate inappropriately when there are too many stressors that it cannot process. Think about how you might get a bit sorer on that shoulder or lower back or more headachey when you have a big project due at work, or you are going through a sensitive or stressful time with family or friends.

So now if you think about how nice, warm and fitted a baby is in their mum’s belly… and then they come out to this big wide world not having a clue of all of the things that’s going to happen, their nervous system can struggle to adjust to all the new things. There’s a whole lot of different stimulations that may be too much for their little nervous system so it gets confused and starts to dysfunction but the symptoms may not be obvious to you.

 

4. Will my baby’s bones crack?

Your baby’s bones won’t crack.

In fact, your baby doesn’t even have a lot of bone yet. Most of their bones are still soft cartilage and don’t fully turn to the bone until their teenage years!

The techniques we use on babies are VERY gentle. In fact, most babies only need a touch light enough to gently press in the skin of a ripe tomato.

The last thing to remember is that a complimentary consultation at our office for your little one is just that! It is NOT a treatment. It’s a chance for us to meet and see if we can help your child.

 

Chiropractic and children

Chiropractic and children

Chiropractic and children

My Aleecia

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Forward Head Affects Your Mood & Brain function

Introduction

Unfortunately, our obsession with our smartphones has made many of us develop forward head posture. Why is this bad? Every time we lean forward 60 degrees, the stress on our necks increases by approximately 30 kgs. In fact, every time you move your head forward an inch (2.5 cm), an extra 10 pounds (5 kgs) of weight is added to your neck. As a result, forward head posture leads to chronic pain, numbness in the arms and hands, improper breathing, and pinched nerves.

That’s not all. It turns out, forward head posture doesn’t just affect us physically. It affects our mood as well. Thanks in no small part to our smartphone addiction, most of us are constantly putting undue strain on our necks and spinal cords, which has adverse effects on our emotions.

 

The effects of Forward Head Posture on Mood and Brain Function

That’s right: Not only do asthma and heart disease can begin in your neck, but so does your brain health. For instance, posture has an impact on feelings of stress, mood, memory, and even behavior.

A 2010 study from Brazil examined posture and body image in people with major depressive disorder. Over 10 weeks, 34 participants with depression, and 37 healthy volunteers had their posture assessed. Researchers found that patients’ posture changed, including instances of forward head posture, during episodes of depression. There was also a “mild dissatisfaction with body image.”

Further, the Department of Clinical Psychology at the University of Hildesheim in Germany gathered 30 depressed inpatients to “investigate the effects of sitting posture on the tendency of depressed individuals to recall a higher proportion of negative self-referent material.” The findings showed that posture can affect memory.

The participants were randomly assigned to sit in a slouched or upright position. Those who sat upright showed no bias in word recall while those who slumped recalled mostly negative words.

In addition, poor posture has been shown to affect stress response. In 2015, Health Psychology: The Official Journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association published the results of a randomized trial on how posture affects stress responses. Seventy-four participants were randomly assigned to either upright or slumped seated posture. For the experiment, participants’ backs were strapped to hold the assigned posture.
The “upright participants reported higher self-esteem, more arousal, better mood, and lower fear, compared to slumped participants.” In addition, those sitting in a slumped position “used more negative emotion words, first-person singular pronouns, affective process words, sadness words, and fewer positive emotion words and total words during the speech.”

Researchers concluded that good posture in the face of stress maintains self-esteem, improves mood, increases the rate of speech, and reduces self-focus. Meanwhile, poor posture actually resulted in more stress, potentially leading to chronic stress.

 

The ways to improve it

A lot of the poor posture out there, whether it’s slumping or forward head posture, is the result of the devices we use. From computers to tablets to smartphones, they all require a different angle to utilize, all of which throw our posture off. And it turns out, the size of device matters — but it’s not what you may think. Instead of larger devices causing more problems, the opposite seems to be true. That’s because the smaller the device, the more we must move our heads or necks forward.

The good news is there are many steps you can take to correct your slumping or forward head posture. Structural Chiropractic corrects your underlying structure that all muscles and ligaments attach to, which will help you feel and function better. It will also help relieve joint pain, stiffness, and improve muscle balance.

Posture seems to influence behaviour. A study in Japan worked to correct elementary students’ posture, focusing on all four major components of posture: feet, buttocks, back, and the entire body. After practicing and promoting good posture in class, not only did posture increase roughly 20 percent to 90 percent in students, but students’ classroom performance improved as well.

Of course, you can always incorporate posture exercises to correct that pesky forward head posture and improve your mood and mental health but these won’t CORRECT the underlying structure. These include:

  • Arm circles
  • Arm closes
  • Chin tuck
  • Thoracic extension stretch
  • Push up
  • Cats and dogs
  • Lateral raises (straight and bent)
  • Rows
  • Pull-ups.

 

Conclusions

• Forward head posture leads to chronic pain, numbness in the arms and hands, improper breathing, and pinched nerves. But that’s not all. It can also affect our mood.
• Poor posture also has been shown to affect depression, memory, stress response, self-esteem, body image, and even brain function and behaviour.
• You can improve posture through chiropractic adjustments, and posture exercises like chin tuck, push up plus, thoracic extension, arm circles, cats and dogs, lateral raises, rows, and pull-ups.

 

Extra pressure put on your spine by Forward Head Posture

 

 

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