When we think about migraines, our eating habits don’t generally come to mind. But experts say that what we eat may very well increase the likelihood of experiencing one of these debilitating headaches. Caffeine and processed foods are among the most likely culprits, according to a 2016 study out of the University of Cincinnati. Conversely, other foods are thought to keep migraines at bay.
The connection between diet and chronic disease is long-established. One of the most noteworthy, landmark statements on this fundamental health link came from the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2002. The WHO panel concluded that a poor diet was a major risk factor for a plethora of major diseases, from obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer to osteoporosis, bone fractures, and dental diseases.
For those suffering from osteoarthritis (OA), it is wise to note how critical the diet is to strong health and to adjust their meals to include better foods (ones that are high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, for instance). In so doing, OA patients can reduce their symptoms.
When it comes to finding knee pain relief, a commonly recommended treatment is to develop strength in the legs, hips, and glutes, which results in stronger knees and less pain. The great news is that heading to the gym isn’t the only way to build muscle—yoga has been around for thousands of years, but only in the last few decades has it become a mainstream conditioning and therapy option. According to a 2013 study by the University of Isfahan, just 8 weeks of yoga can significantly decrease pain and symptoms of osteoarthritis. How does the knee benefit from yoga, and what are some effective poses for stronger knees? (more…)
Low back pain is a common complaint. In fact, the Mayo Clinic has reported that lower back pain relief is one of the top three reasons that people see a doctor in America. Low back pain treatment varies depending on the underlying cause. Your chiropractor can help you determine the cause and help you avoid more invasive and risky procedures with the use of chiropractic treatment.
Acute and chronic lower back pain have different underlying causes. Acute back pain is commonly caused by muscle and ligament strain. This injury based lower back pain may be the result of muscle or ligament damage due to heavy lifting, twisting, sudden movement or other physical activity. Straining of the lower back may be mild to severe causing symptoms from minor discomfort to extreme pain, depending on the extent of the injury. When treated promptly, acute low back pain caused by injury can heal without turning into chronic pain. (more…)
Water is the most important nutrient we consume, as it makes up about two thirds of our bodies and is responsible for everything from our blood flow and digestion to body temperature regulation and cell health. What happens when increased demand in the summer from excess heat and activity exceeds our body’s regular intake? Dehydration, and it can have major effects on the body.
What is dehydration?
Most people think that “dehydration” is just “not drinking enough water,” but the Mayo clinic defines it as a condition “occurring when you use or lose more fluid (through extreme sweating, fever, vomiting/diarrhea, etc.) than you take in, and your body doesn’t have enough water and other fluids to carry out its normal functions.” (more…)
Scientists have long believed that music is a powerful way to impact the way our brains process information. In recent years, the evidence has shown that a soothing melody can actually deliver pain relief.
Musical Pain Relief?
When you touch a hot stove, an electrochemical signal is sent from your finger to your spinal cord, where it is forwarded to the brain. In turn, areas of your brain that specialize in pain quickly assess the communication and lead to your understanding that your finger hurts. In turn, your body knows to retract your hand. (more…)
Not long ago, following a gluten-free meal plan was only recommended for those with Celiac Disease, an inherited autoimmune disorder that can cause damage of the lining of the small intestine. According to the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center, only about 1% of Americans have Celiac Disease. So why has the “gluten-free” weight loss trend become a $6 billion industry, and how can it help you?
Gluten is the gummy, glue-like protein found in the grains wheat, barley, and rye. Most obviously, it is in breads, pastas, pastries, and cereals. It is also used to add flavor, texture, or a “binding” effect in thousands of products from beverages and sauces, to hot dogs and medications. In some people, the immune system sees gluten as the enemy and will unleash weapons to attack it, causing inflammation in the intestines as well as in other organs and tissues. This can lead to diarrhea, abdominal pain, bloating, and a host of related health issues.
Diabetes management: it’s a task that sounds tedious but is critical to ongoing wellness for those afflicted with the disease. Let’s look at one diabetic’s story and pointers on how to handle your diabetes in the workplace.
Michael Eisenstein is a publisher who works for the American Diabetes Association and is himself a diabetic. He is actually surrounded by this life-altering disease not just with his work but with his home life: his father, wife, and one of his daughters all suffer from type 2 diabetes.
Getting diagnosed with osteoarthritis (OA) is not entirely negative: understanding the condition that you have is the first step in treating it. Let’s discuss OA, along with five natural therapies to curb pain and improve joint function.
Osteoarthritis: description & natural treatments
Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, is diagnosed more than any other chronic joint condition. A total of 27 million people are afflicted with it in the United States, according to the Arthritis Foundation. OA can occur to any of the hundred of joints in the human body, but it is most typically found in the knees; hips; base of the thumb and fingers; big toe; and neck and lower back.