Chiropractor Discusses Dangers of Prolonged Sitting

Dr. J’s Health Tip of the Week:  My kids love baby carrots. Good news right? Carrots are a healthy vegetable, the kids like them so it is a no-brainer. Buy carrots. Not anymore, looks like I will be slicing my organic carrots into sticks. According to reports, while baby carrots are nutrient dense, they also are bathed in chlorine before sale, increasing the risk of exposure to disinfection byproducts, some of the most dangerous chemicals to your health. Carrots are a popular snack food in the U.S. as they are an easy vegetable to serve for dipping in hummus and other healthy dips. While cutting big carrots into sticks may be a chore, ironically the cutting of the carrot makes the carrot even healthier. Carrots release more antioxidants when cut (and partially cooked). Stick with the big organic carrots and take the time to cut them. It will be better for you. On a completely different health note, for all you sitters out there, this is scary news.  According to Kelly Starrett Phd, in her book Deskbound: Standing Up in a Sitting World, being sedentary for long periods of time each day appears to accelerate aging at the cellular level. Older women who sat the longest were, on average, eight years older, biologically speaking, than women who moved around more often. Cellular aging was accelerated among women who sat for more than 10 hours and got less than 40 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity daily.  On the bright side, the Journal of Physiologic Therapeutics found that occasional exercise 1-2 x per week statistically cut your risk of dying prematurely compared to those who did not exercise at all. This means, that all the people who refuse to exercise because they say they can’t stick to a routine or commit to a program, can work out occasional 1-2 times a week and still benefit their health. One or two 45 minute walks a week can make a big difference in your health.

Chiropractor’s Thought for the Week:  Chiropractic is about motion. When the chiropractor adjusts the spine, he is putting motion into the spinal joints. Realignment reduces friction on the spinal joints preventing degeneration from occurring or progressing. The chiropractor’s priority is motion and movement. As reported on previously, it is imperative for good health to move, movement is life. And as you can tell, movement trickles down to all aspects of the body’s health. In this case, motion of the spine to prevent arthritis. A patient once told me the reason that he went to the chiropractor on a regular basis was so that he wouldn’t “rust.” LOL. Funny, but true.

My name is Dr. J. Zimmerman and I am a chiropractor.  I have been in practice for 29 years.  My chiropractic practice uses many different chiropractic techniques to improve bodily function and restore health. My chiropractic office is located in Galloway Township (the Smithville section) of Atlantic County, NJ.  You can contact me for more chiropractic information at Health First Chiropractic Clinics, 609-652-6363

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Dr J. Zimmerman, Chiropractor Dr. Zimmerman is a practicing chiropractor from Galloway, NJ with 30 years of chiropractic practice.

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