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TOP 3 Things For Health, Plus Pregnancy Prenatal care and Chiropractic fights opioid addiction

I would like to present to you my top 3 healthy living tips that I have personally found to be essential for every single living person on our entire planet.  If the population would adhere to the advice offered below, I am quite certain that health care costs in our country would plummet.  The number one health tip is increasing the serum levels of vitamin D3 in our bodies. This could prevent chronic diseases that claim nearly one million lives worldwide each year. Vitamin D3 can significantly lower your risk of a variety of cancers, including bladder, colorectal, and breast cancer. There appears to be a causal relationship between vitamin D3 levels and death; this relationship is strongest when it comes to death from cancer.  In addition, D3 is a potent immune system enhancer and has been shown to prevent and reduce severity of the flu and common cold.  D3 is the sunshine vitamin and is the reason why there is a flu season in the winter time, not the summer season.  Healthy sun exposure creates vitamin D3 in the body. Scientists suggest that the optimal D3 supplement dosage during the winter months is 35 units per pound of body weight (ex. 150 lb. person would need just over 5000 units a day).  The next two health tips involve weight gain.  Obesity is the leading cause of overall ill health and disease in the United States.  By paying attention to the following health tips, the general population would lose weight, thus improving health and lowering health care costs. Research shows that the artificial sweetener aspartame (as in Nutra Sweet) worsens insulin sensitivity to a greater degree than sugar. Artificial sweeteners promote weight gain by tricking your body into thinking it will receive sugar (calories); when the sugar doesn’t arrive, carb cravings can result, making you even hungrier. Artificial sweeteners likely also cause weight gain by disrupting your intestinal microflora, thereby raising your risk of both obesity and diabetes.  In addition, aspartame is a neurotoxin and can lead to the same symptoms of multiple sclerosis.  Popular artificial sweeteners to avoid are Nutra Sweet (aspartame), Sucrolose and Splenda. The last tip for promoting health involves exercise and boosting the metabolism for weight loss.  Interval cardio training has been shown to be the most effective form of cardio training for the entire body.  Not only is it the most effective way of increasing the body’s metabolism ( the ability to burn calories at rest), interval training increases heart and lung volume, improving cardiovascular health more than typical endurance training like distance running, distance biking or distance swimming.  The whole idea of interval training is that you do an exercise that gets the heart pumping for 20-40 seconds non-stop.  You than take a 10-15 second rest break and repeat. Beginning trainers would do this for only 6 minutes a day.  As endurance improves 12-20 minutes is all that is needed for optimal benefits.  Researchers in Japan have found that 5 minutes of high intensity interval training is the equivalent of jogging / biking/ swimming for 40 minutes. So not only is interval training better for you, it saves you time!  Example exercises include running, swimming and biking (run, swim or bike hard for 20-40 seconds than rest 10 and repeat). Skipping rope, jumping jacks and or a combination of calisthenics could also be performed in this style of training.  In summary, these three health tips could have a major impact on your personal health and wellbeing as well as the having an impact on the ever increasing health care costs in our country. The only problem is the old horse adage about leading the horse to water!!

Chiropractic Info:  Chiropractic care is on the front lines of battling opioid addiction.  Inadequate pain management coupled with the epidemic of prescription opioid overuse and abuse has taken a severe toll on the lives of tens of thousands of people in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as one in four patients who receive prescription opioids long term for non-cancer pain in primary care settings struggles with addiction. Every day, more than 1,000 people are treated in the ER for misusing prescription opioids.  Beyond the risks of addiction and overdose, prescription drugs that numb pain may convince a patient that a musculoskeletal condition is less severe than it is or that it has healed. This misunderstanding can lead to overexertion, a delay in the healing process or even permanent injury. Chiropractic and other non-drug approaches to pain management can be an important first line of defense against pain and addiction resulting from the overuse of prescription opioid pain medications.  Chiropractic is a 100% natural drug free healthcare profession that has an impressive history of caring for patients with musculoskeletal pain.  In addition, chiropractic’s holistic approach to health care by improving neural impulse flow from the spine improves function and performance in the entire body, promoting overall health and wellness.

Pregnancy Prenatal Chiropractic Information:  Typically, pregnant women will schedule an initial chiropractic prenatal appointment at some point during the first trimester. It's common to see a chiropractor once per month during the first trimester.  Most women will see the chiropractor once a month during the first trimester and increase the visits as the pregnancy progresses. Of course, every woman's pregnancy is different, and certain conditions may require additional chiropractic treatments.  In addition to helping pregnant women with aches and discomforts associated with pregnancy, Chiropractic helps to ensure that the joints of the pelvis and especially the sacrum are positioned in such a way as to allow the baby to get into the optimal position for labor.  Chiropractic care is effective in creating a much more comfortable pregnancy and is proven to treat things such as back pain, headaches, pelvic instability, nausea, and carpal tunnel. Chiropractic care during pregnancy has been shown to reduce overall labor times as well.

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

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