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Berry Sleepy Superfruits for Super Sleep

Berry Sleepy Superfruits for Super Sleep

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(Also available at Baltuska Chiropractic)

Berry Sleepy blends three proven sleep-inducing superfruits to create a healthy all-natural sleep aid rich in vitamins and antioxidants. Safe for all ages!

Tart Cherries, Goji Berries and Passion Fruit contain vitamins, minerals and naturally-occurring compounds that reduce insomnia and regulate sleep cycles. These three superfruits are combined to work synergistically for the first time in Berry Sleepy.

Dangerously powerful pharmaceutical drugs are being more commonly used to induce sleep. Even melatonin supplementation is considered a hormone which is much more invasive than fruit. Berry Sleepy is a wonderful, conservative and natural way to encourage a restful night’s sleep. I encourage all of my patients to practice optimal sleeping habits, and when considering the use of a sleep supplement, to first try this safe, conservative approach.


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Natural Alternatives for Heartburn and Acid Reflux Medications

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Natural Alternatives for Heartburn and Acid Reflux Medications

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) like Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid are taken daily by 20 million Americans for heartburn symptoms. These drugs have been linked to a heightened risk for a number of serious health problems that are much scarier than heartburn, including: chronic kidney disease, pneumonia, osteoporosis, hip fractures, dementia, heart disease, and heart attacks.
There are many ways to eliminate heartburn or acid reflux without drugs, starting with eating real food and probiotic-rich fermented foods like Kefir. There are also supplements available to help treat the underlying cause without the nasty side-effects.

The theory that heartburn symptoms is caused by too much stomach acid has been disproven. Most cases of heartburn are actually caused by one or more of the following scenarios:

  • Insufficient amounts of stomach acid: That burning sensation is not caused by too much acid, but instead by the rotting food that is sitting in your digestive track because it is not being properly broken down due to lack of stomach acids. Swap out your processed table salt for an unprocessed Himalayan salt. Take a tablespoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar before meals and/or take a hydrochloric acid supplement with meals. (Order a supplement here and enter code: BaltuskaChiropractic)
  • Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) imbalance: While H. pylori can be part of your normal healthy microbiome, it can cause problems, including symptoms of acid reflux and heartburn if there’s an overgrowth of it. This typically occurs over time as a result of poor food choices. Avoid processed, high sugar “food-like” substances.
  • Hiatal hernia: Some people actually have anatomical abnormalities in which part of the stomach actually slides up through the ring that the esophagus descends. See a Chiropractor to have your stomach adjusted into proper position.
  • Food allergies: Hypersensitivity to foods often contribute to acid reflux.  Eliminate common culprits such as wheat, dairy, sugar, caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine.

The uncomfortable symptoms that your body is signaling to you is a cry for help to correct an imbalance before it becomes a larger problem. When you mask this signal with prescription drugs, it only allows for the imbalance to fester into something far worse that is harder to correct. If you have become dependent on medication to control your acid reflux and heartburn symptoms for some time, do not stop taking them “cold turkey”.  Instead, as you ease into some of the natural alternatives, slowly wean your dependency over time. It will be worth the hassle and effort to avoid the disasters of long term use.


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Like these 10 Facebook Pages to add Health & Wellness to your Daily Newsfeed

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Like these 10 Facebook Pages to add Health & Wellness to your Daily Newsfeed

  1. Mark Hyman, MD: Rid yourself of your sugar addictions and overcome Diabetes naturally to get off of your insulin and other prescriptions.
  2. Food Babe: Vani Hari is a true activist and agent of change for the food world. She actively seeks the truth and justice from Big Food companies and food chains, holding them accountable and demanding the truth about harmful ingredients and food processes.
  3. David Perlmutter, MD: Author of the New York Times best seller and revolutionary game changer Grain Brain, David is shedding light on the truth about fat, wheat and processed grains. He is a highly respected author and physician and a revolutionary force in changing the face of health care.
  4. Dr. Christiane Northrup: A highly respected and well-known physician, Dr. Christiane Northrup is working to bring mind and body together, to heal and bring light to real-life health issues. She captivates her audiences with her speaking and focuses on the most pressing issues facing our society today.
  5. MindBodyGreen: Looking for one place that has all the health information you seek? MindBodyGreen is exactly that. They have mastered the art of bringing crucial and cutting-edge health information and advice to one central community.
  6. Gluten Free School: Here you’ll find an amazing collection of resources, recipes, interviews and blogs revolving around this niche topic. Jennifer Fugo brings you everything you need to know about living a gluten-free lifestyle for both beginners and veterans. With a podcast that features interviews with the top names in health and some of the most creative and delicious recipes I’ve seen, she is definitely bookmark worthy.
  7. The Blender Girl: The Blender Girl has successfully captured the attention of hundreds of thousands of people who are making small but meaningful health changes in their lives each day. Find delicious health promoting recipes here.
  8. Dr. Daniel Amen: An amazing advocate for health, Dr. Amen offers real-time solutions to real health issues. Join him as he actively brings health and wellness news and options.
  9. Michael Pollan: Michael Pollan is a game changer in the sphere of food and lifestyle. Author of amazing titles such as The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Food Rules, Pollan is shedding light on the truth behind food and our harmony with it.
  10. Environmental Working Group: The topics of toxins and food safety are not only challenging to understand, they are also complicated to navigate. The EWG is a heaven-sent organization actively working to bring you the facts behind food, toxicity and corporate responsibility. 
  11. Baltuska Chiropractic: Thank you in advance! I’ll do my best to keep you up to date on my latest inspirations to find better health.


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What is a Charley Horse? How do I Stop these Muscle Cramps?!

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A charley horse, or muscle cramp, is a common condition that results in your muscles becoming tight, stiff and extremely painful.

These muscle cramps are referred to as “charley horses” because of Charley “Old Hoss” Radbourne, an 1880s-era baseball pitcher who often suffered from muscle cramps during games.

What Causes a Charley Horse?

About 1 in every 3 adults is affected by muscle cramps in their lower limbs. I get asked very frequently from my patients about these pains. In many cases, the pain is temporary and goes away on its own, but for some the cramps interfere with sleep, quality of life and daily activities. Anyone can get a charley horse, but they’re most common in the following populations and scenarios:

  • During exercise
  • At nighttime, especially in the elderly
  • In pregnant women
  • In people with neurological disease
  • During kidney dialysis

Many medications are also associated with muscle cramps, including statin cholesterol-lowering drugs, blood pressure drugs, certain asthma drugs, diuretics and more. In addition, the following factors may also increase your risk of a muscle cramp:

  • Poor blood circulation in your legs
  • Muscle fatigue
  • Dehydration
  • Mineral deficiencies, including magnesium, potassium or calcium

Is Magnesium Deficiency Causing Your Charley Horses?

Up to 80 percent of Americans are not getting enough magnesium and may be deficient. Magnesium is often thought of primarily as a mineral for your heart and bones, but this is misleading. Researchers have now detected 3,751 magnesium-binding sites on human proteins, indicating that its role in human health and disease may have been vastly underestimated.

If you suffer from headaches or charley horses, low levels of magnesium could be to blame. Magnesium is necessary for activating muscles and nerves, and a key sign of ongoing magnesium deficiency can be headaches, muscle contractions and cramps like charley horses.

Low Potassium Levels May Also Trigger a Charley Horse

Potassium, a mineral and electrolyte, is essential for your cells, tissues and organs to function properly. It plays a vital role in heart health, digestive and muscular function, bone health and more. One of the symptoms of low potassium levels is muscle cramps.

While potassium is found in many foods commonly consumed in the U.S. such as fruits, vegetables, dairy products, salmon, sardines and nuts.

Potassium is a nutrient that needs to be kept in proper balance with sodium in your blood. If you consume too much sodium, which is common if you eat a lot of processed foods, you’ll have an increased need for potassium.

Others who are at particular risk of low potassium, or hypokalemia, are those with chronic malabsorption syndromes, such as Crohn’s disease, or those taking heart medicine. However, anyone who eats a poor diet with an excess of processed foods and not enough fresh, whole foods is potentially at risk of inadequate potassium levels and related muscle cramps.

Green vegetable juicing is an excellent way to ensure you’re getting enough nutrients for optimal health. Some additional rich sources of potassium are: Lima beans, winter squash, cooked spinach, and avocados.

Too Little Calcium May Trigger Muscle Cramps

Low blood levels of calcium may increase the excitability of nerve endings and the muscles they stimulate. Good sources of calcium include nuts, seeds and raw, organic, grass-fed dairy, and vegetables. Homemade bone broth is another excellent source. Simply simmer leftover bones over low heat for an entire day to extract the calcium from the bones. You can use this broth for soups and stews or drink it straight.

What to Do If You Get a Charley Horse

A charley horse often occurs without notice, sometimes waking you up from sound sleep. If you’re lying down when the pain starts, stand up and put some weight on your foot. (Easier said than done) Walking around will help to increase blood circulation to your muscles and possibly help to soothe and relax the cramp.

You can also try a simple stretch. If the cramp is in your calf in the back of your lower leg, pull your toes and foot upward until you feel a stretch in the back of your leg. You can also do this sitting down with your legs outstretched. Put a towel around your feet and gently pull both ends toward you until you feel a stretch.

Soaking in an Epsom salt bath may also help to relieve pain and possibly help with prevention. Massaging the area and applying a heat pack will increase blood flow to the area promoting healing and soothing pain.

Staying well-hydrated is also important for muscle cramp prevention. You’ll want to drink enough pure filtered water so that your urine is pale yellow in color. In addition, performing regular stretching exercises on your legs may help reduce your risk of a charley horse.

Chiropractic care will ensure that your skeletal system is in proper alignment and that your nervous system is functioning well. Regular adjustments will balance any bio-mechanical malfunctions that cause undue tension in specific areas of the body. Schedule your Adjustment online now at this link or call 913-283-9803.


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Six Common Surgeries that are Often Unnecessary

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Six Common Surgeries That Are Often Unnecessary

Be sure to get a second opinion before you have any non-emergencysurgery. These surgeries carry a high risk of being done without medical necessity.

Yes, there is a cost and significant hassle, but I strongly encourage to do your due diligence. The extra time and resources you invest in confirming the necessity of the surgery could have a major impact on your ability to enjoy the rest of your life.

  1. Cardiac Angioplasty, Stents

This invasive procedure involves inflating a thin balloon in a narrowed artery to crush plaque deposits; a stent (a wire mesh tube) is often then left behind to keep the vessel open. When used during a heart attack, an angioplasty can quickly open a blocked artery to lessen the damage to your heart, and when used in this way can be lifesaving.

However, oftentimes heart disease patients receive angioplasties even though they have not had a heart attack — a decision that goes against the latest medical guidelines. One 2011 study found that 12 percent of all angioplasty procedures (in cases that did not involve an acute heart attack) were not medically necessary. Separate research also revealed that angioplasty offers no benefit compared to less invasive treatment of heart disease.

  1. Cardiac Pacemakers

Pacemakers are used to correct heartbeat irregularities, but research shows that more than 22 percent of these implants may be unnecessary.

  1. Spinal Fusion Back Surgery

If you have low back pain and see different specialists you will get different tests: rheumatologists will order blood tests, neurologists will order nerve impulse tests, and surgeons will order MRIs and CT scans. But no matter what tests you get, you’ll probably end up with a spinal fusion because it’s one of the more lucrative procedures in medicine, even though the best success rate for spinal fusions is only 25 percent!

According to one review, more than 17 percent of patients told they needed spinal surgery actually showed no abnormal neurological or radiographic findings that would require surgery.

  1. Hysterectomy

The surgical removal of the uterus may be recommended inappropriately in 70 percent of cases, often because of a lack of adequate diagnostic evaluation and failure to try alternative treatments before the surgery. Some surgeons also remove healthy ovaries during hysterectomy as a ‘precaution,’ sometimes without the patient providing their consent or being informed as to the severe adverse effects the ovariectomy may produce on their remaining quality of life.

  1. Knee and Hip Replacement, and Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

Patients who were informed about joint replacements and alternative treatments had 26 percent fewer hip replacements and 38 percent fewer knee replacements than those who did not. Arthroscopic knee surgery for osteoarthritis is also one of the most unnecessary surgeries performed today, as it works no better than a placebo surgery.

Proof of this is a double-blind placebo-controlled multi-center (including Harvard’s Mass General Hospital) study published in one of the most well-respected medical journals on the planet, the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) over 10 years ago.

Recent research has also shown arthroscopic knee surgery works no better than placebo surgery, and when comparing treatments for knee pain, exercise is just as effective as surgery for people with chronic knee pain.

  1. Cesarean Section

Cesarean delivery is the most commonly performed surgical procedure in the US and rates are increasing. But research shows rates vary 10-fold among hospitals, even among low-risk pregnancies, suggesting that practice patterns, not necessity, are driving these high surgery rates.

According to the World Health Organization, no country is justified in having a cesarean rate greater than 10 percent to 15 percent. The US rate, at nearly 32 percent, is the highest rate ever reported in the US and is higher than in most other developed countries.

Chiropractic care is a wonderful first line defense to help with many health concerns. It is a safe, affordable and conservative way to stop problems before they become so debilitating that patients become desperate and turn to drugs and surgery. Even after major surgeries, Chiropractic is still an option when many people might think they are not eligible.

Schedule your Chiropractic Adjustment online now using this link or call 913-283-9803


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Why are you still drinking soda pop?

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Top 10 health problems from drinking soda pop:

1. Extra weight and obesity

2. Liver damage

3. Tooth decay

4. Kidney stones and chronic kidney disease

5. Diabetes

6. Heartburn & acid reflux

7. Osteoporosis (soft, brittle bones)

8. Hypertension (high blood pressure)

9. Heart disease

10. Impaired digestion and gastrointestinal distress

Here is what happens in your body after you enjoy a soft drink:

Within the first 10 minutes,10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. This is 100 percent of your recommended daily intake, and the only reason you don’t vomit as a result of the overwhelming sweetness is because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor.

Within 20 minutes, your blood sugar spikes, and your liver responds to the resulting insulin burst by turning massive amounts of sugar into fat.

Within 40 minutes, caffeine absorption is complete; your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, and your livers dumps more sugar into your bloodstream.

Around 45 minutes, your body increases dopamine production, which stimulates the pleasure centers of your brain – a physically identical response to that of narcotic use.

After 60 minutes, you’ll have a sugar crash and become irritable while your cravings will become very powerful in hopes to find a way to bring your blood sugar back up again.

Diet soda drinkers are not off the hook because the health risks are very similar to those of regular soda drinkers. The fake sugars used in diet drinks are very confusing to the human body.

One of the best things that you can do for your health is to choose to hydrate your body with water instead of soft drinks. Every chemical reaction that takes place in the body requires water as an ingredient. We know far too much about health and wellness now to continue consuming soda pop and soft drinks. There are better uses that have been discovered for these products in the area of astringents and cleaners to remove rust and grime from surfaces.


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Genes Load the Gun – Lifestyle Choices Pull the Trigger

epigenetic chiropracticWe once thought that the human genome served as a recipe for the body and that when you end up with “bad genes” there is simply nothing that can be done. Sometimes “bad things” happen to “good people” and that was long thought to be the end of story. The fact of the matter is that what you are born with is only the beginning of the story, and every day, through the choices you make in the area of diet, exercise, meditation, and Chiropractic care, you are actually recreating all aspects of your body. 

Although the genes you are born with can be thought of as loading your genetic gun, it is your life choices that determine when and even if those genes are ever fired. This is why a woman who carries a gene for breast cancer does not have breast cancer the moment she is born or perhaps even several decades into her life. Something must trigger the expression of that gene in her body. A recent study revealed that by practicing intermittent fasting, women can significantly reduce the chances of expressing the genes responsible for developing breast cancer. With life choices, we can choose whether or not to express certain genes.

There are thousands of epigenetic switches on each of our 25,000 genes and the position of those switches — whether the gene is turned on or off — is what determines when and if any given gene expresses in the body. 

So the question is, what controls expression of the genes? The pharmaceutical industry is spending billions of dollars looking for pills that will turn these epigenetic switches on and off. Science has already discovered the most powerful keys to the epigenetic switches. A clean diet, consistent exercise, centered emotions, daily meditation and Chiropractic care have all been shown to have powerfully positive epigenetic impacts. Currently, it is estimated that somewhere between 70 and 90% of our genes can be turned on and off epigenetically.

When you eat processed and conventional food, fail to exercise, and struggle to manage stress in life, you are playing a potentially deadly game of genetic Russian roulette. You cannot  continue to abuse the body without suffering in health. The beauty of how our bodies come to be is that we are now creating our body’s future experience with the choices made today.


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Take this Test to Discover Your Ayurvedic Dosha Type

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Ayurveda translates to “the science of life,” or “the knowledge of life span.” Dating back more than 5,000 years, Ayurveda teaches us how our lives can be influenced, shaped, extended, and experienced without interference from sickness and old age. The guiding principle is that the mind exerts the deepest influence on the body. Creating a balanced awareness provides the highest state of health and wellbeing.

Take this 60 question test to find out your Dosha type. Dosha is each of three energies believed to circulate in the body and govern physiological activity. If nothing else, finding out your Dosha type might help you realize why some practices work for one person to create health but do not necessarily translate across the entire population. Take it a step further and try some recommendations to balance your Dosha type to experience surprising health benefits.

Read each statement and mark, from 1 to 6, how well it applies to you.

1 = Does not apply to me

3 = Applies to me somewhat (or some of the time)

6 = Applies to me very much (or nearly all of the time)

Add your total score together for each section so that you find your scores for the three different Dosha types: Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

  1. I perform activity very quickly.
  2. I am not good at memorizing things and then remembering them later.
  3. I am enthusiastic and vivacious by nature.
  4. I have a thin physique and don’t gain weight very easily.
  5. I learn new things easily.
  6. My characteristic gain while walking is light and quick.
  7. I tend to have difficulties making decisions.
  8. I tend to develop gas or become constipated easily.
  9. I tend to have cold hands and feet.
  10. I become anxious or worried frequently.
  11. I don’t tolerate cold weather as well as most people.
  12. I speak quickly and my friends think I’m talkative.
  13. My moods change easily and I am somewhat emotional by nature.
  14. I often have difficulty in falling asleep or having a sound night’s sleep.
  15. My skin tends to be dry, especially in winter.
  16. My mind is very active, sometimes restless, but also very imaginative.
  17. My movements are quick and active; my energy tends to come in bursts.
  18. I am easily excitable.
  19. Left on my own, my eating and sleeping habits tend to be irregular.
  20. I learn quickly, but also forget quickly.

VATA Score _____

  1. I consider myself to be very efficient.
  2. In my activities, I tend to be extremely precise and orderly.
  3. I am strong-minded and have somewhat forceful manner.
  4. I feel uncomfortable or become easily fatigued in hot weather, more so than most people.
  5. I tend to perspire easily.
  6. Even though I might not always show it, I become irritable or angry quite easily.
  7. If I skip a meal or a meal is delayed, I become uncomfortable.
  8. One or more of the following characteristics describes my hair: (early graying or balding) (thin, fine, straight hair) (blond, red, or sandy colored hair)
  9. I have a strong appetite; if I want to, I can eat quite a large quantity.
  10. Many people consider me stubborn.
  11. I am very regular in my bowel habits. It would be more common for me to have loose stools than to be constipated.
  12. I become impatient very easily.
  13. I tend to be a perfectionist about details.
  14. I get angry quite easily, but then forget about it.
  15. I am very fond of cold foods like ice cream and also crave ice-cold drinks.
  16. I am more likely to feel that a room is too hot than too cold.
  17. I don’t tolerate foods that are very hot and spicy.
  18. I am not very tolerant of disagreement.
  19. I enjoy challenges and when I want something, I am very determined in my efforts to get it.
  20. I tend to be critical of others and also of myself.

PITTA Score _____

  1. My natural tendency is to do things in a slow and relaxed fashion.
  2. I gain weight more easily than most people and lose it more slowly.
  3. I have a placid and calm disposition. I’m not easily ruffled.
  4. I can skip meals easily without any significant discomfort.
  5. I have a tendency toward excess mucus, phlegm, chronic congestion, asthma, or sinus problems.
  6. I must get at least eight hours of sleep in order to be comfortable the next day.
  7. I sleep very deeply.
  8. I am calm by nature and not easily angered.
  9. I don’y learn as quickly as some people, but I have excellent retention and a long memory.
  10. I have a tendency toward becoming plump. I store extra fat easily.
  11. Weather that is cool and damp bothers me.
  12. My hair is thick, dark, and wavy.
  13. I have smooth, soft skin with a somewhat pale complexion.
  14. I have a large, solid body build.
  15. The following words describe me well: serene, sweet-natured, affectionate, and forgiving.
  16. I have slow digestion, which makes me feel heavy after eating.
  17. I have very good stamina and physical endurance as well as a steady level of energy.
  18. I generally walk with a slow, measured gait.
  19. I have a tendency toward oversleeping, grogginess upon awakening, and am generally slow to get going in the morning.
  20. I am a slow eater and am slow and methodical in my actions.

KAPHA Score _____

Although there are only three Doshas, Ayurveda combines them creating 10 possible body types. If one of the three numbers is obviously dominant (Ex: 90, 45, 65), then you are likely classified as a Single Dosha Type of your highest number. If two of the three numbers are dominant and relatively close together (Ex: 45, 80, 85), then you are likely classified as a Two Dosha Type of the higher two numbers. Or perhaps all three of your Dosha numbers are very close together (Ex: 88, 85,75). In this case you would be classified as the Three Dosha Type.

Single Dosha Types 

  • Vata 
  • Pitta 
  • Kapha

Two Dosha Types

  • Vata-Pitta or Pitta-Vata
  • Pitta-Kapha or Kapha-Pitta
  • Kapha-Vata or Vata-Kapha

Three Dosha Type

  • Vata-Pita-Kapha

Now that you know your Dosha, here is how you can use this information to create a healthier life for yourself.

Ayurvedic principles demonstrate that the source of all of our discomforts in life are a result of us not respecting our Dosha type and becoming unbalanced. We can practice balancing our Dosha type in MANY ways to restore health. Here are some examples:

Balancing Vata

  • Regular habits
  • Quiet
  • Attention to fluids
  • Decreased sensitivity to stress
  • Ample rest
  • Warmth
  • Steady supply of nourishment
  • Oil massage

Balancing Pitta

  • Moderation
  • Coolness
  • Attention to leisure
  • Exposure to natural beauty
  • Balance of rest and activity
  • Decreased stimulants

Balancing Kapha

  • Stimulation
  • Regular exercise
  • Weight control
  • Variety of experiences
  • Warmth, dryness
  • Reduced sweetness

Visit me for Acupuncture treatments to aid in the restoration of balance in your life.

This is just a glimpse of the MANY different ways to balance your Dosha. For more specific details about restoration in every facet of life, I recommend the book “Perfect Health” by Deepak Chopra, MD.


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Intermittent Fasting: 16/8 Method

 

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Fasting is not as difficult as it sounds

Intermittent fasting is a term for a cycling eating pattern between periods of fasting and eating. It does not say anything about which foods you should eat, but rather when you should eat them. In this respect, it is not a “diet” in the conventional sense. It is more accurately described as an “eating pattern.”

Humans have actually been fasting throughout evolution. Sometimes it was done because food was not available, and it has also been a part of major religions, including Islam, Christianity and Buddhism.

If anything, fasting from time to time is more “natural” than constantly eating 3-4 (or more) meals per day. If you think of your digestive system as a machine, you would understand that the less often you use a machine, the longer it will last. Our digestive machine will last longer if it is not overworked.

There are many different types of intermittent fasting. For the purpose of this blog, I will focus on my favorite and the most popular type, which is the 16/8 method. It involves skipping breakfast and restricting your daily eating period to just 8 hours, for example from 10 am to 6 pm, 11 am to 7 pm, or from 12 pm to 8 pm. (The actual 8 hour window can be during any time of day but makes the most sense for a majority of people at these times) Then you “fast” for 16 hours in between. I’ve personally found the 16/8 method to be the simplest, most sustainable and easiest to stick to. Timing it so that most of your fasting is done while sleeping works great!

When you fast, several things happen in your body on the cellular and molecular level. For example, your body changes hormone levels to make stored body fat more accessible. Your cells also initiate important repair processes, and change the expression of genes. This is a wonderful discovery in the area of epigenetics.

Here are some changes that occur in your body when you fast:

  • Human Growth Hormone (HGH): The levels of growth hormone skyrocket, increasing as much as 5-fold. This has the benefit of fat loss and muscle gain. Another great way to boost your HGH is to practice High Intensity Interval Training.
  • Insulin: Insulin sensitivity improves and levels of insulin drop dramatically. Lower insulin levels make stored body fat more accessible. This provides answers to those struggling to manage their blood sugar levels and are labeled pre-diabetic.
  • Cellular repair: When fasted, your cells initiate cellular repair processes. A natural and healthy occurrence where cells digest and remove old and dysfunctional proteins that build up inside cells. Cleansing and “taking out the trash” so to speak.
  • Gene expression: There are changes in the function of genes related to longevity and protection against disease. Less stress on the system allows for longer life span. Ask your body to express healthy genes, not flawed ones.

These changes in hormone levels, cell function and gene expression are responsible for the health benefits of intermittent fasting.

Here are the main health benefits of intermittent fasting:

  • Weight Loss: Intermittent fasting can help you lose weight and belly fat, without having to consciously count calories.
  • Insulin resistance:Intermittent fasting can reduce insulin resistance, lowering blood sugar by 3-6% and fasting insulin levels by 20-31% which is protective against type 2 diabetes.
  • Inflammation:There is a significant decrease in the lab work markers of inflammation, a key driver of many chronic diseases.
  • Heart Health:Intermittent fasting may reduce LDL cholesterol, blood triglycerides, inflammatory markers, blood sugar and insulin resistance. These are all risk factors for heart disease.
  • Cancer:Animal studies suggest that intermittent fasting may help prevent cancer.
  • Brain Health:Intermittent fasting increases a brain hormone called BDNF, and may aid the growth of new nerve cells. It may also protect against Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Anti-aging:Intermittent fasting can extend lifespan in rats. Studies showed that fasted rats live as much as 36-83% longer.

What if I don’t want to lose any weight? Intermittent fasting is not just for those who hope to lose weight. While it is a very effective way to do so, many people who practice IF are doing it to sculpt lean muscle and provide preventative healthcare benefits while maintaining a healthy body weight.

I invite you to give intermittent fasting a try for a few days. You will likely enjoy the benefits as much as I have and be surprised at how efficiently the body is capable of working.

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LLS Man & Woman of the Year Fundraiser with Jay Morton of Priority Fitness

Man and Woman of the Year

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Please join me in supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) by making a donation of money, goods or services to our fundraising campaign for Man or Woman of the Year. Baltuska Chiropractic and Priority Fitness are working to raise as much as possible in a 10-week period. Whoever raises the most money is named the Man or Woman of the Year.

Everyone wins when cancer loses! Your support will help fund the therapies and treatments that save lives. Over the years, support from people like you has been responsible for the blood cancer advancements that have doubled, tripled, and in some cases quadrupled the survival rate for some blood cancers.

Many LLS supported therapies not only help blood cancer patients, but are also now used to treat patients with rare forms of stomach and skin cancers and are in clinical trials for patients with lung, brain, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers. LLS funded therapies are saving thousands of lives every day.

All donations are greatly appreciated and tax deductible. They’ll not only support LLS research, but patient services, advocacy, public and professional education, and community services as well.

Please make donations using this Web site and share with friends who would also like to donate! Be sure to check and see if your employer is willing to match your donation as many companies have annual funds set aside for opportunities just like this. Stop by the Facebook Support Page to read Jay’s story about beating a Stage 4 Diagnosis and see the list of events and opportunities to help out.

On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere, thank you for your support! For more information about LLS, please visit www.lls.org

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