What is the Paleo Diet?

The Paleo diet is a trend that taps into your ancestral background to provide you with the nutrition that is essential for your body to function efficiently.

This diet has the ability to keep you lean, energized and strong. You will be relying on foods that were eaten by your primitive ancestors. Therefore, it’s going back to your roots as a cave dweller.

The diet constricts you to relying on sustenance’s that were available in the hunting and gathering generation. This means that you would be able to eat meat, nuts, fish, vegetables, and seeds.

You don’t have to keep tabs on your caloric intake. Instead, focus on your portion sizes. Moderation is the absolute key to this diet.

This diet is quite challenging, but the end results could create a better and healthier lifestyle for you in the long run. Think of it as going back to your roots before the agricultural developments, refined sugars and processed carbs.

Genetically, our bodies respond positively to the basic food groups. The Paleo diet is encouraging ourselves to eat the foods that we were biologically designed to consume.

As with any major dietary change, speak with your doctor before attempting this diet.

 

Do We Need This Toe?

For a very long time, there has been a common question reverberating through many minds.

This question often sounds silly, but really it is a very interesting question to bring up: Do we really need our little toe?

According to studies, it has been found that pinky toes are not critically important to our walking process. Now, don’t get super excited just yet and ask for it to be removed.

All of our toes are used to keep us in balance, however, the pinky toe is not exactly placed into the line of duty to keep you upright.

In fact, if you were to accidentally lose your pinky toe, you would still be able to walk and function as normal. The pinky toe was originally tasked to help our primitive ancestors climb trees and maneuver in wild terrain.

So, there’s your answer! You don’t need that little toe but you have it and it’s not such a bother to your well-being. Enjoy having all your toes.

 

Being Flexitarian

 

Flexitarian is the combination of the words: flexible and vegetarian. What does this word even mean? We have more information on what it means to be a “Flexitarian”.

Flexitarian is the concept of eating mostly vegetables with a limited amount of meat, fish or poultry. Therefore, it’s similar to being vegetarian without the restriction to avoid meat.

Flexitarians are allowed to eat whatever meats they desire, however, the trick is to make sure that the plant-based diet is dominant while the meat-diet is secondary.

Paying specific attention to how much nutrients and vitamins that you’re providing to your body is also an essential part of this lifestyle. Eating the right foods to keep your body in its best shape is key.

This type of diet requires the dedication to staying away from processed and ultra-processed meats. This means that if a flexitarian chooses to have their small portion of meat, they will have to purchase the animal-product in its raw and true form.

Preferably, the meat should also be as high quality as possible, within the range of being pocket-friendly. Therefore, flexitarians would be searching out free-range chickens, grass-fed beef and wild-caught fish.

Through being a flexitarian, you would be able to eat healthier, reduce the demand for animal meats and help the environment.

The flexitarian lifestyle is encouraged for people with cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. Improve your health by choosing to be a flexitarian.

The Hazard of Beef

 

 

Beef is a staple food of the American diet. However, it does pose a risk to your health if not consumed in moderation or without caution.

Before you tuck into your next serving of sirloin or filet mignon, here are a few things you should know about beef:

Transglutaminase

If the word sounds unfamiliar, the basic contents of transglutaminase are animal’s blood that is fermented in bacteria. What is the job of transglutaminase? Well, it’s considered to be “meat glue” that helps bind the beef together to form a round mignon shape. Meat glue increases the risk of sickness from beef, due to contamination issues, which may arise through the conglomeration of various beef pieces. The more transglutaminase used within a beef product, the higher your risk of contamination.

Pink Slime

There is a meat additive that has recently been recognized in the media. It’s called pink slime and it is technically a lean finely textured beef. The components that make up the additive are fatty leftover bits of meat that is heated and spun to remove the fat. The fat is then treated with ammonia gas which helps to kill harmful bacteria. The ammonia may get pathogens into the food supply and could most likely spread into your kitchen. Use caution when preparing beef.

Hardened Blood Vessels

Beef contains a compound called carnitine. Carnitine has been discovered to cause the hardening and clogging of arteries. High levels of this compound have been found to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Purse Overload

 

Women are very dependent on their purses. They carry everything from mints to their tablets. It’s fine to want everything with you at all times, but what are the long-term effects from toting around all that literal baggage?

Off-Setting Your Balance

If you have a bag that usually sits on one shoulder, then chances are, you’re throwing your body off balance. Your body will be slanted in one direction the entire time you’re carrying that heavy bag. Even if you think balancing the bag on the crook of your elbow will solve your problems then, you’re wrong.

Weight should always be evenly distributed on your body. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you’re supposed to fetch around a second bag. Just consider the weight and how it will impact the natural sway of how your body.

Muscle Tightness

Your muscle tenses up within the shoulder that carries your purse. You are trying to maintain the balance of the purse strap on your shoulder and that causes your upper back, neck area and shoulder to become stiff and agitated. There have been reports that people develop arthritis within their neck and lower neck because of heavy purses.

Headaches

That headache that you think is coming on because of stress is not what you think. Through the spasms that your muscles are going through to lift the weight, you will most likely develop a tension headache. You may experience the headache radiating from the rear of your skull to the front.

Our Advice

  • Lessen your load and learn to carry around what you absolutely need. Select a bag that offers a wider strap to help distribute weight over a wider area of your shoulder so that you aren’t placing too much of the weight in the delicate nerve areas of the neck and arm.
  • Select a bag that offers a wider strap to help distribute weight over a wider area of your shoulder so that you aren’t placing too much of the weight in the delicate nerve areas of the neck and arm.
  • Go for a smaller bag because smaller bags will mean less weight to carry around
  • Switch shoulders after a certain amount of time so that you’re not concentrating all of the weight on one shoulder.

Why Your Body Aches When You’re Sick

 

When you get the flu, there may be times where your body just feels achy and stiff.

The reason for this aching comes from your immune system. The immune system becomes dominant and diverts the white blood cells within your body to help fight off the virus. White blood cells are usually in charge of repairing muscle fibers on a day-to-day basis.

The white blood cells also produce a chemical called cytokines during the attack in the virus. This causes your muscle and joints to become inflamed.

Don’t be too alarmed because this aching is not going to last forever. After the virus is dealt with, your body will resume its normal duties and you go back to feeling like your old self once again. If you do continue to feel discomfort after the illness or if the pain is excruciating, then it is advised that you seek medical help from your doctor.

Typically, the aching and soreness can be easily numbed using over-the-counter painkillers such as Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen. Don’t over exert your body and try to take care of yourself. The faster you take care of your cold or flu, the sooner you could go back to being healthy.

Backpack Alert for Back to School Kids

 

We are nearing the Back-to-School season, and kids will be loading up their new backpacks with all of their latest school supplies. Backpacks seem harmless enough, but what are the risks that are associated with these school staples?

Lately, many doctors and therapists are noticing that children are developing back problems from carrying around heavy backpacks. It’s recommended that backpacks should weight 10% to 15% of your child’s weight to be on the safe side.

Additionally, monitor how your child wears their backpack. If they are “one-strapping” those bags, it causes them to place more weight and on one part of their body. As such, they will eventually develop lower back pain and strain within the shoulders and neck from one strapping their bag.

Knowing how to position the bag and adjusting the straps to the right length can make all the difference. The bag should not go past the lower back, nor should it be too high. The bag should fit in the middle of your back and barely grazing the small of the back.

Improper use of the backpack could result in back pain, bad posture and strain to your body. Make sure you know what your kids are carrying around and how heavy their bags are. Also, speak to your child about the proper way to utilize their bag.

Sun Protection

Skin cancer is caused by damaged skin cells that are the result of unrepaired DNA caused by ultraviolet radiation, tanning beds or from the sun.

These daily occurrences, which we may take for granted wreak havoc on our skin by those cells reacting to the exposure. What can we do to prevent this and protect ourselves?

Say “No” to Tanning

Whether you get to your perfect sun-kissed skin from a tanning bed or from the sun, our advice is to forego that process. Lying out in the sun for a substantial amount of time is not healthy for the skin cells. The urge to tan is understandable given that summer means getting to defrost your winter body from the winter, however, practice safe tanning.

Invest in tanning lotion that could give you the tan without having to sit out in the heat for hours. It’s super easy to apply and will give you the same outcome.

SPF

Sun Protection Factor (aka SPF) is a lotion or liquid that protects your skin from the suns ultraviolet radiation. The most effective way to use SPF would be to follow the directions on the packaging. Try to apply it as much as possible to your entire body. The UVA and UVB rays are what cause the cells to become damaged; therefore, this is your method of protection against the harm.

Wear Your Protection

There is now sun-protective clothing that helps to guard against the impacts of the sun. The clothing fibers are made with UV-inhibiting ingredients, which may help to block the harmful rays.

Sunglasses are encouraged, as it’s the only way to protect your eyes from harm. Additionally, feel free to toss on a hat to block the sun from directly hitting your face.

If you could avoid being out in the sun, then do so. However, if you must venture out, take heed to some of the advice to help protect your skin and your health.

Pregnant and at the Chiropractor’s Office

During your pregnancy, things can get a bit tricky as your body is slowly preparing itself to get the baby out when the time is ready.

The hormones within your body are kicked into overdrive to help relax your ligaments to get the baby’s head down and out. Through this process, your spine and lower body are being subjected to many changes.

Chiropractic care can help ease the burden and help you feel better if you are in the midst of any pains that spring up. Chiropractors are able to relax your stressed ligaments, help you control morning sickness, and reduce the chances of premature delivery.

Before visiting your chiropractor, ensure that they have worked with pregnant women in the past and that they have a specialized table that keeps pressure off of the belly. Speak to your obstetrician/gynecologist to see if seeking treatment from a chiropractor is best for you.

Heart Health Linked to Brain Health

Recently, there was a study conducted that shows a linkage between heart health and brain function. Through rigorous health measurements and tests, it was discovered that people who followed heart health precautions were more likely to have a higher brain volume by the time they reached middle age.

Researchers were tracking 518 people over the course of 30 years. Through this process, the mission was to have the participants follow 7 steps to maintain their heart health. These steps included:

  1. Eating Healthy
  2. Losing Weight
  3. Controlling their blood pressure
  4. Reducing blood sugar
  5. Keep track of their cholesterol
  6. Quit smoking
  7. Maintain an active lifestyle

Concluding their results, researchers discovered that by altering the participant’s lifestyle towards developing a healthier heart, they were able to also increase the volume of their brain.

It has been shown that those with smaller brains are linked with disability and death. Therefore, encouraging cardiovascular health is the first step towards a long and healthy life.