I have been writing weekly health article for the past 21 years. That is a lot of health tips! If I were to go back and review all of my articles, I would find quite a few repeating topics. Some of the things I write about are too important to only touch on once. Others are simple easy tips that could benefit your health with little effort. Here is a topic that I have wrote about a few times in the past and is also simple and easy to implement into your daily health regimen. Apple Cider Vinegar is rich in bioactive components like acetic acid, giving it potent antioxidant, antimicrobial properties. This means that the vinegar has nutrients in it that repair damaged cells and tissues in our body and it has the capability to kill germs and bacteria. Vinegar is anti-diabetic and may help control blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Vinegar also has anti-cancer properties and shows promise for helping with heart health, acid reflux, brain health, and weight loss. When purchasing apple cider vinegar for consumption, look for a cobweb-like substance floating in it. This is known as “mother,” and it indicates your vinegar is of good quality. Your apple cider vinegar should be organic, unfiltered, unprocessed and not distilled. It must be murky looking, not clear. The two most popular brands are Bragg's and Spectrum Apple Cider Vinegar. You can purchase them at most large supermarkets and at health food markets. I have been consuming vinegar since I was in High School when I read a book called Vermont Fold Medicine. The book extolled the benefits of apple cider vinegar and raw honey (another great health tip!). Two tablespoons of vinegar mixed into a 8 ounce glass of water, taken daily is all you need. If you don’t enjoy vinegar, you can consume fermented foods (like yogurt and sauerkraut) to get many of the same beneficial acids while also helping to recolonize your gut with beneficial bacteria.
Thought for the Week: When I was a child and teenager there was not a seatbelt law in our country. You just hopped in car and rode. My parents would let the kids sit in the back of our station wagon and "play" on car rides. My first car, when I started driving didn't even have working seatbelts in the front seat. My thought for the week is that the majority of people that die in car accidents are not wearing seat belts. A large percentage of people who are killed are sitting in the back seat and not wearing a seat belt. The incidence of death and not wearing seat belts is now statistically higher in teenage drivers. Please stress to your children to wear seat belts in their cars and back seats of cars. It is also important to buckle-up when in a taxi cab, van or bus. When we hear of a bad accident to a bus or van, for the most part the driver is not seriously injured (they usually are wearing their safety belt), it is the passengers not wearing a safety belt who are injured or killed. Buckle up!!
Chiropractic Thought for the Week: A lot of people ignore their health (symptoms) thinking that things will get better in time. Most say they hate going to doctors. Stop thinking of chiropractors as doctors. Yes, we are very capable doctors with extensive training in what we do, but it might help you to think of us more as a body mechanic. Instead of having to go to the "doctor," you have to go to the chiropractor for a "tune-up" to keep your body performing at its best!!
Pregnancy Prenatal Chiropractic Care Info: Newborn infants depend on their immune system development from immune cells that are passed on during pregnancy from their pregnant mother. Eventually, children develop their own immune resistance from being exposed naturally to viruses and bacteria. The greatest gift given to a newborn are antibodies from their pregnant mother. Antibodies are immune system cells that identify viruses and bacteria and then attack them, protecting your health. Recent research shows that pregnancy changes the structure of certain sugars attached to the antibodies, which allows them to protect babies from infection by a much wider range of viral and bacterial cells. In addition to immune cells passed on through pregnancy, post pregnancy the next best line of defense are the immune cells that come from breast feeding your child.