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Summer Shrimp Recipe | Healthy and Tasty

With summer comes eating light and healthy.  This Summer Shrimp recipe blends the perfect healthy recipe with 16 grams of Protein, 7 grams of Fiber and 18 grams of healthy fats from the Avocado per serving.  

Whip up this delicious Summer Shrimp Salad for all to enjoy but we won’t tell if you decide to keep it for yourself.  😉 

How Vitamin D Deficiency May Affect You

What is all the hype about Vitamin D?  This vitamin has been found to be an essential nutrient.  Wonder how Vitamin D deficiency may affect you? 

Do you have musculoskeletal aches and pains?  Are your legs weak?  Do you not get enough sun?  If you answered yes to any of those questions, you are most likely Vitamin D deficient.  In fact, most people who are not taking a Vitamin D supplement and live in the Midwest, are Vitamin D deficient. 

Vitamin D deficiency has been related to the following conditions:

  • Bone loss
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Increased cancer risk
  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Infection
  • Immune Dysfunction
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Depression

There are also other conditions linked to vitamin D deficiency including fatigue and asthma in children.

What can you do to prevent Vitamin D deficiency?

Spending short periods of time in the sun may help but the general consensus is that most Americans need a Vitamin D supplement in order to meet the body’s needs.  Vitamin D is also necessary for calcium absorption.  You can also help by eating food sources rich in Vitamin D such as milk, sardines, etc. 

Talk to your doctor at Ford Chiropractic for the best way to meet your Vitamin D requirements.  They will also be able to suggest a high quality Vitamin D supplement that will best suit your needs.

UV Safety | Fun in the Sun

Since July is UV Safety month we would be neglectful if we didn’t dedicate one post to this important health issue.  With all the “fun in the sun” that Americans have planned for this summer, there will be many who are not prepared for the damaging rays the sun provides.

Both UV-A and UV-B rays can damage your skin and eyes.  UV-A rays have longer wavelengths that penetrate the middle layer of your skin while UV-B rays have shorter wavelengths that reach the outer layer of your skin. 

Unprotected sun exposure can cause the following problems:

  • Damage your eyes and cause vision problems
  • Skin Cancer
  • Suppression of the immune system
  • Premature aging of your skin

The best way to protect yourself from these damaging UV rays are:

  1. Cover up when in the sun – wear a hat, long sleeve shirts, pants and sunglasses
  2. Stay in the shade when possible or at least minimize your exposure when the sun is at its hottest between 10am and 4pm.  It’s still important to stay protected while in the shade since the UV rays can damage your skin on cloudy days.
  3. Use the correct sunscreen – SPF should be at least 15 while the label should read that it protects you from both UV-A and UV-B rays.
  4. Apply your sunscreen properly – You should apply one ounce (about a palmful) of sunscreen every two hours and more often if you are sweating or swimming (even if it is waterproof). 

If you are having any problems after being in the sun, please talk to your healthcare professional.  You may also ask your doctor at Ford Chiropractic if you have any questions regarding UV Safety.

Stroke Prevention

The first step to stroke prevention is knowing your risks and the signs of a stroke.  Your risk factors are broken down into two categories:  controllable and uncontrollable risk factors.

Controllable Risk Factors:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Uncontrolled Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Excessive Alcohol Intake
  • Being Overweight
  • Existing carotid and/or coronary artery disease

Uncontrollable Risk Factors:

  • Age – over age 65
  • Gender – Men have more strokes while women have deadlier strokes
  • Race – African-Americans are at higher risk
  • Family history of stroke

Strokes Most Common Symptoms*:

  • Weakness or numbness of the face, arm, or leg on one side of the body
  • Loss of vision or dimming (like a curtain falling) in one or both eyes
  • Difficulty talking, or understanding what others are saying or loss of speech
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
  • Loss of balance or unstable walking, usually combined with another symptom

Thrombotic strokes are the most common and account for almost half of all strokes annually. High blood pressure is the number one risk factor for a stroke. 

Steps for stroke prevention include eating lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet along with two to four servings of fish per week.  You must avoid foods with saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol and keep your alcohol consumption to a minimum.

While ten percent of all stroke victims almost full recovery, 25 percent of stroke victims survive with minor impairments. It’s important to act fast: The sooner your blood supply can be restored to your brain, the better chances of recovery with little or no disability.

Ask your doctor at Ford Chiropractic about stroke prevention.

*WebMD

Top Three Cancers Affecting Men

The top three cancers affecting men are prostate, colorectal and lung. It is estimated that in 2012, cancer took the lives of 301,000 men making it the second highest cause of death behind heart disease in the U.S.  In 2012, lung cancer was the leading cause of cancer deaths in men responsible for 29% of the deaths while prostate and colorectal were each responsible for 9% of the deaths.  75-80% of all cancer deaths in the U.S. are environmentally related.  That’s the good news!

That means that you have more control over the odds on whether cancer will strike you.  Here are some tips to prevent cancer from affecting you:

  1. Stop smoking
  2. Get more physical exercise – 30 minutes per day most days of the week.  Approximately one-third of the cancer deaths in the U.S. are due to obesity and physical inactivity.
  3. Get your cancer screenings.  Early detection means raising your odds on beating cancer.

Over the past few decades, cancer death rates have steadily declined.  You CAN fight cancer.  Nearly 14 million Americans that have been previously diagnosed with cancer are living.  Reduce your risks of the top three cancers!

Ask your chiropractor at Ford Chiropractic if you have any questions regarding the top three cancers affecting men.

Men’s Heart Disease Prevention

Although men and women equally have heart disease, men’s heart disease seems to come at an earlier age.  Intriguingly, men’s arteries develop atherosclerosis earlier than women’s.  Men die on average under the age of 65 from cardiovascular disease while women live an average of six years longer.

What can you do to help prevent heart disease?

  • Cholesterol screening – beginning at the age of 25 and every 5 years after
  • Monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.  Control them if they are high.
  • Stop smoking
  • Increase your physical activity to 30 minutes per day 5-7 days per week.
  • Eliminate trans and saturated fats from your diet.
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables.  Think of a rainbow and eat a variety of colors in both fruits and vegetables.  This will provide you with the variety of nutrients your body needs.
  • Work on stress reduction.  Stress has been shown to impact all areas of health.

These are some of the top and most successful steps you can take to reduce men’s heart disease.  Ask your chiropractor at Ford Chiropractic for more information and advice on how to prevent heart disease.

 

Men’s Health Facts – Know The Risks

What are the facts on Men’s Health?  Let me warn you that they are alarming.  In 1920, women lived an average of one year longer than men.  According to the CDC, today men die, on average, five years earlier than women.  Men die at higher rates than women from the top 10 causes of death. Of over 92% of workplace deaths, the victims are also men.  36.2% of men over the age of 20 have hypertension (2011-2014).  36.5% of men over the age of 20 are obese (2011-2014).  The percent of men over the age of 18 that are in fair or poor health is 12.4%.  It’s time to focus on men’s health.

The top 10 causes of death for men:

  1. Heart Disease 
  2. Cancer
  3. Stroke
  4. Accidents (unintentional injuries)
  5. Chronic lower respiratory diseases
  6. Diabetes
  7. Influenza and Pneumonia
  8. Suicide
  9. Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis
  10. Kidney Diseases

What can you do to improve your risks?  Stay with us for the next three weeks as we discuss men’s health.

The Many Faces of Mental Illness

How many faces of mental illness are there?  With more than 200 classified forms of mental illness, it is estimated that there are one in four adults age 18 and older or 26.2 percent of the U.S. population with a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year.  However, only about 6% of this population is diagnosed with a serious mental illness.  Many people suffer from more than one mental disorders at a time.

Mental disorders consist of anxiety and panic disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), attention deficit disorder (ADD), autism, bipolar, borderline personality disorder, depression, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), substance abuse and addiction, and more.

May is Mental Health Awareness month and we’d like to offer you the National Institute of Mental Health’s website for more details on each specific condition.  If you feel that you are suffering from a mental health disorder, please contact your health professional to receive the proper treatment for your specific condition.  There is no shame in mental health.

Mental Health

Lowering Blood Pressure Naturally

Our blood pressure has a direct impact on our heart health.  It is important to know what our blood pressure readings are so we can adapt our lifestyle to keep hypertension under control.  Heart.org offers this chart as a guide:

Blood Pressure Chart

As you can see there are five different categories.  Most of us know about what our readings should be and the dangers of high blood pressure (hypertension) so this blog post will focus on alternative ways to reduce hypertension without medications.  Please be sure to speak with your doctor about any and all methods of reducing hypertension.

  1. Weight Loss – weight loss is one of the most effective methods of controlling blood pressure.  Losing just 10#’s can help lower your levels.
  2. Regular physical activity – Exercising at least 30 minutes most days of the week can lower hypertension by 4 to 9 millimeters of mercury.  However, you must be consistent because if you stop exercising, your levels can once again increase.
  3. DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) – also consider increasing your potassium
  4. Sodium Restrictions – limit sodium to less than 2300 mg/day; if you have a greater salt sensitivity, reduce sodium to less than 1500 mg/day
  5. Limit alcohol consumption – drinking more than moderate amounts of alcohol can cause hypertension.
  6. Quit Smoking
  7. Practice stress reduction methods
  8. Do deep breathing exercises

The above tips will help you reduce hypertension.  If you have tried all these methods and are still unsuccessful, please consult your medical professional for the next steps.  Also, talk to your doctor at Ford Chiropractic for practical advice on controlling your blood pressure.

Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac

Many people have gluten sensitivity, also known as an intolerance to gluten.  You may have heard of Celiac disease but may not be familiar with what it is.  Celiac is a serious genetic autoimmune disorder in which gluten ingestion damages the small intestine.   It is estimated that this disorder affects 1 in 100 people worldwide and two and one-half million Americans are undiagnosed.

Gluten is a protein found in rye, barley and wheat.  When gluten is ingested, the immune system recognizes this protein as an invader and attacks the villi which lines the small intestine.  These villi are important for nutrient absorption and when damaged affect the nutritional status of the individual. 

Celiac can develop at any age after individuals start consuming foods and medicines containing gluten.  There are a wide array of symptoms and variances between adults and children.  The most common adult symptoms are diarrhea, fatigue and weight loss.  They may also experience bloating and gas, abdominal pain, nausea, constipation, and vomiting. If left untreated, this condition can cause the following long-term health complications:

  • vitamin and mineral deficiencies
  • lactose intolerance
  • iron deficiency anemia
  • loss of calcium and bone density
  • infertility and miscarriage
  • cancer
  • neurological problems

Consult a doctor if you have diarrhea or digestive issues longer than two weeks. Contact your doctor if your child is pale, failing to grow, irritable, has a protruding belly, and has foul-smelling bulky stools.

Ask your doctor at Ford Chiropractic for more information on Celiac disease.

Testimonials

How would you describe your care at Ford Chiropractic? "Caring and excellent help to make yourself feel better. Lots of suggestions and ideas as to what to do at home between treatments. The doctors are very thorough and remember who you are; you are not a number in their eyes. The office girls are very efficient." ...Sheila


"I started seeing the doctors at Ford Chiropractic Clinic because of some lower back problems I was having. Before seeing the Ford Chiropractic doctors I was taking a lot of prescription medications for lower back pain with little or no relief. With help from Ford Chiropractic, I no longer am on prescription medications for my back problems. With Dr. Fords help,and a small amount of over the counter meds, I now have the quality of life that I was missing back. Thank you Ford Chiropractic!" ...Sherry


"I used to get migraines nearly once a week, but after receiving treatment from Dr. Sprecher on a regular basis, my life and my health have changed for the better. Of course, I still get an occasional headache every now and then, but the migraines which used to leave me nearly incapacitated have completely disappeared. Thank you so much for opening my eyes to chiropractic care and helping me realize chronic pain relief is possible." ...Brenda S.

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