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Help Boost your Immune System

Green Tea Green tea is about 40% polyphenols by weight — and may be the most powerful of all the teas. It contains compounds called catechins, as well the antioxidant quercetin and the amino acid L-theanine, all of which support a strong immune system. These compounds are effective agents in helping the body fight viruses, such as influenza and many forms of gastrointestinal infections. Green tea is an immunity warrior. One study showed that women under 50 who drank green tea at least three times per day reduced their risk of breast cancer by 37%. But you may not necessarily have to drink green tea all the time to reap its benefits. In fact, gargling these catechins has also been…

Common Natural Flavors and Their Health Effects

iStock.com/Kwangmoozaa Meanwhile, there are some that are sources of concern based on what we do know. Here are some of the most common natural flavors and their known health risks. Diacetyl This one is best known as natural butter flavoring. Unfortunately, when you consume diacetyl, you may be in for more than buttery fingers. A condition sometimes referred to as “popcorn lung” has been shown to affect workers in microwave popcorn factories. According to the CDC, studies have found an association between exposure to diacetyl vapor over time in microwave popcorn facilities and workers developing abnormal lung function and shortness of breath. Animal studies have further linked diacetyl toxicity to airway damage. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) Probably best known for being…

New Research Findings: Lower Chance of Opioid Use Among Chiropractic Users

  The National Post published an article on October 24, that supports the beneficial role chiropractic care can play in lessening opioid use among those suffering from spinal pain. The study, “Association Between Chiropractic Use and Opioid Receipt Among Patients with Spinal Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis ” published in Pain Medicine, indicates that  chronic spinal pain patients who use chiropractic services are 64 percent less likely to use opioids than those who do not. The OCA strongly believes that chiropractors can have a positive impact on lessening the crisis of opioid dependence and improve the lives of Ontarians. The OCA thinks chiropractors are uniquely skilled to assess, diagnose and treat pain, rather than using opioids. In July 2019, we…

Kiwi can help boost your Immune System!

Kiwi Eating kiwi fruit has been shown to reduce the duration of the common cold. In fact, it can reduce a child’s risk of getting sick by 50% and can even shave a few days off of how long the elderly are sick with upper respiratory infections. Kiwi is high in vitamin C, folate, potassium, and antioxidants, such as alpha-Tocopherol and lutein. It has been shown to have positive effects on the immune response — making it potentially helpful in preventing a wide range of ailments. Kiwi makes a great snack for all ages. It’s easy to throw into a lunch bag or serve sliced alongside a hearty breakfast. Most people peel it, but when you include the peel, you…

Vegan “Egg” Salad

Although it’s an old lunchbox standby, egg salad isn’t exactly a healthy school lunch for adults or kids. Eggs may have some health benefits, but they also have a potentially concerning influence on chronic disease. Not to mention they pose ethical concerns about the treatment of caged hens. Egg salad is also typically mixed with a boat-load of mayonnaise, which can contain more eggs, preservatives, flavorings, and of course, plenty of oil and other unhealthy fat. But if you want to recreate the taste and texture of egg salad for a school or office lunch, without the potentially harmful ingredients, give this Vegan “Egg” Salad by From My Bowl a try. Tofu stands in for eggs in this recipe, but…

More people seek chiropractic care: Utilization is up

Over the past 12 months, 26% of Ontarians received treatment or services from a chiropractor; this is an increase from the 20% found in the 2016 survey. This upward trend in chiropractic usage is apparent across Ontario regions. Congratulations, by providing exceptional care, more people recognize the expertise of chiropractic care.

Pack it Light, Wear it Right

.Kids think it’s “cool” to strap on their backpacks and head out to school. But if they don’t know exactly how to choose, load, lift and wear them – these all-important accessories can be a pain in the back. Literally. Not to mention the neck, head, and shoulders. Backpacks can affect your children’s health. Carrying a heavy load that is unevenly or improperly distributed can result in poor posture; and even distort the spinal column, throwing it out of alignment. This can cause muscle strain, headaches, back, neck and arm pain, and even nerve damage.   Packing it properly:They’re not moving out! Make sure your children’s packs contain only what is needed for that day, and that the weight is…

Healthy lunch Alternative

Smashed White Bean, Basil, & Avocado Sandwich Photo Courtesy of Pumpkin and Peanut Butter Pumpkin and Peanut Butter’s Smashed White Bean, Basil, & Avocado Sandwich combines the flavors of hummus, guacamole, and pesto all in one. The only additional ingredients are salt and pepper, lemon, and dijon mustard. And you can also add whatever veggie sandwich fixings your heart desires. You could easily spoon the filling over a salad or in a veggie bowl. You could even mix with the vegan egg salad for an adventurous but healthy lunch.

Almonds Begin Because of Bees

Almonds’ sustainability story doesn’t end with water. For these nuts to grow, bees must pollinate each blossom. Almond orchards are the first natural food source of the year for many bees after winter hibernation. Bees store this food to start their pollination season. According to the Almond Board of California, almond pollen is nutritious, providing all 10 of the essential amino acids bees need. In total, California’s almond industry requires roughly 2 million hives — it’s the world’s largest managed pollination event. Almost all the bees are brought to the state from across the country. More than 70% of all commercial honey bee colonies in the United States are used to pollinate almond orchards. And in case you don’t know,…

Yoga for People with Low Back Pain
Posted on July 23rd, 2019

Yoga can be an effective and gentle tool to help manage your low back pain. Its many benefits include relief from pain, stress and anxiety – it’s also fun and challenging!  Yoga can help you reduce muscle tension, increase flexibility and strength while improving your balance. Warm up before trying yoga, as you want to help your back pain, not make it worse.   Here is a list of yoga poses that are great for beginners and can be done at home! Always listen to your body and do not continue a pose if it is painful. If you’re unsure if yoga is right for you or feel pain once you try it, talk to your chiropractor.   Downward Dog   This bending pose strengthens the shoulders, core, back and legs while promoting back flexibility.  

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