Synergy Chiropractic

Foods to Fight Colds

February brings snowstorms, wind that cuts right through your coat, and a lack of available sunlight.

Ah, the joys of winter!

For many of us, winter means more time indoors, and a higher likelihood that we gather indoors.  When people are sick, that means that germs may circulate that could cause us to become sick.

When your ill, food is the last thing on your mind. Everything seems unappetizing when your nose is clogged, and

cold

Rest and fluids are critical when you’re ill

you can’t taste a thing. But, by making healthy food choices, you can become stronger and speed up your recovery. Also, by maintaining a healthy diet, you can strengthen your immune system and perhaps even get sick less often.

Eating the right foods when you have a cold can make big difference in reducing how long the cold lasts and the symptoms you experience.

You’ve heard it before, but it’s true. Food is the fuel for your body. You wouldn’t imagine putting diesel fuel into a Ferrari, so let’s dial down our nutrition and give your digestive system a break.  Be sure to eat easily digestible, nutrition-dense foods like lots of vegetables, low-moderate amounts of fruit and lean meats. It will help your immune system stay strong.

Here are a few other ideas to get started:

– Bone broth contains minerals that can boost your immune system.  Most butcher shops sell bones for making your own bone broth.

– Probiotics found in yogurt can improve your sleep, digestion, and immunity.  Choose unflavored/unsweetened plain greek style yogurt and add your own fruit.

– Lean meats, especially those with omega-3 fatty acids, can reduce inflammation.  Fish, grass-fed beef and free range poultry are best.

Don’t get left stranded on the road or when you’re held up at the office and getting home late.  A little planning can go a long way. Most of the time, we make poor choices when we are in a rush, or unprepared. And this often results in stopping by a restaurant or taking out food on the run.

Create a simple calendar highlighting your meals for the week. Healthy home-cooked meals will not only strengthen your immune system, but it can also help you save money!  Another great suggestion – cook once and eat twice.  Cook yourself extra food so you can take leftovers for lunch the next day.

Supplementation

Lots of people reach for some good old vitamin C when they have a cold.  It helps a lot, but it’s important to the get the right kind.  Your best source is from fruits and vegetables.  But when it comes to supplements, buffered Vitamin C is what you want.  Buffered Vitamin C is easy on your stomach and is absorbed well by the body.

Vitamin D is an absolute must.  Besides taking it regularly, you want to make sure you get the D3 version.  It is readily absorbed and acts like a turbocharger for your immune system.

Zinc is another great immune system helper.  Lots of great sources include seafood, red meat and nuts/seeds.

Science Source:
Chicken soup inhibits neutrophil chemotaxis in vitro. Chest. Oct 2000
Probiotics and immune health. Current Opinion in Gastroenterology. Oct 2011
Omega-3 fatty acids in inflammation and autoimmune diseases. The Journal of the American College of Nutrition. Dec 2002
Dr. Craig Hazel’s mission is to help families THRIVE. After graduating from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education, he went on to earn a Doctor of Chiropractic degree and a Bachelor of Science in Anatomy from Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas Texas. He is passionate about seeing children and families in his private practice at Synergy Chiropractic in Kanata Ontario. A sought after speaker, he has been featured regularly on TSN Team 1200, CTV and Rogers TV. He is also the Chairman of the Alliance for Chiropractic of Ontario.

How to Reduce Stress in the New Year

Are you overwhelmed by stress?

Well, you’re not alone. Studies show over 54% of people are concerned with the amount of stress in their daily life. Many of us carry this stress in our shoulders and neck. Muscle tension in our shoulders can contribute to headaches, neck and back pain.  Chronic stress can lower your energy levels resulting in irritability, illness, and even depression. But, there is good news! A few simple changes to your daily routine can help you dramatically decrease your stress level, boost your energy, and ultimately live a healthier and happier life. Keep reading to learn how.

Why it Matters: One of the best ways you can increase your energy levels and reduce stress is with motion! Our bodies are built to move. Improving spinal motion, or segmental motion is one the ways that chiropractic adjustments help you move and feel better. Research has shown that chiropractic adjustments can significantly reduce muscle tension in the shoulders, helping reduce pain, improve range of motion, and decrease stress!

“…cervical muscle tension was significantly reduced bilaterally after (an adjustment).”

“…we observed metabolic changes in the brain and skeletal muscles, as well as reductions in subjective pain, muscle tension… (after a chiropractic adjustment)”

Next Steps: If you know someone who gets sick around the holidays it is likely due to stress. Show them you care and share this research with them. These simple tips for reducing stress will help them have a happier and healthier holiday season!

Science Source:
Glucose Metabolic Changes in the Brain and Muscles of Patients with Nonspecific Neck Pain Treated by Spinal Manipulation Therapy
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Volume 2017. Article ID 4345703
Central Motor Excitability Changes After Spinal Manipulation: A Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Study
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. Volume 25. Number 1. January 2002
Stress in America Survey. American Psychological Association. 2010
Dr. Craig Hazel’s mission is to help families THRIVE. After graduating from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education, he went on to earn a Doctor of Chiropractic degree and a Bachelor of Science in Anatomy from Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas Texas. He is passionate about seeing children and families in his private practice at Synergy Chiropractic in Kanata Ontario. A sought after speaker, he has been featured regularly on TSN Team 1200, CTV and Rogers TV. He is also the Chairman of the Alliance for Chiropractic of Ontario.

 

Recover from Your Holiday Hangover

Prolonged stress, long travel and maybe just one too many fruitcakes can all contribute to the dreaded holiday hangover.

Most of us have been there.  I find it odd that I can actually feel hungry the next day after binging on turkey dinner the night before.

How about you?

Well, with the New Year comes a new opportunity to get healthier, lose those extra pounds, and overcome the holiday hangover.  How we eat plays a huge role in our weight and our energy levels. When you have a low energy level, it’s difficult to get the motivation to stay active and exercise. However, when you give your body the proper nutrition, you can have more energy, lose more weight, and stay more active. So instead of focusing on the foods, you shouldn’t eat, let’s highlight a few foods and supplements that can help you stay active, energize, and get ready to shed those pounds.

Why it Matters:

For healthy foods to give you an energy boost, it’s all about eating the right ones at the right time. Eating small meals and snacking throughout the day is a great way to keep your body fueled and your energy levels high.

Healthy Eating

Eating well is critical to getting rid of the holiday hangover

  • Here are a few high energy foods (without that sugar crash):  blueberries, strawberries, salmon, lean meats, nuts, whole grains, vegetables.
  • Supplements such as fish oil and probiotics can help you reduce inflammation and keep your gut healthy and happy.
  • Focus on having protein at every meal.
  • Stop mixing fats and carbs or protein and carbs.  Fats and proteins.  Carbs on their own.
  • Eat a handful of nuts once a day.

Next Steps – Hangover Cure:

Start by eating a few small meals per day and snacking every few hours in-between. This will help keep your energy up throughout the day. You’ll feel better, think better, and be more motivated to stick with your exercise routine. The New Year is a great time to improve your health, get a little extra motivation and even lose a few pounds in the process!

Science Source:
Harvard Health Publishing. 2017
Brain foods: the effects of nutrients on brain function. Nat Rev NeuroSci. 2008

 

Dr. Craig Hazel’s mission is to help families THRIVE. After graduating from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education, he went on to earn a Doctor of Chiropractic degree and a Bachelor of Science in Anatomy from Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas Texas. He is passionate about seeing children and families in his private practice at Synergy Chiropractic in Kanata Ontario. A sought after speaker, he has been featured regularly on TSN Team 1200, CTV and Rogers TV. He is also the Chairman of the Alliance for Chiropractic of Ontario.

Start Off This Year with an Energy Boost

Getting enough sleep can be difficult around the holidays. Well, let’s get real- many of us don’t have the best sleeping patterns to begin with, and the holidays can make it even more challenging. And when we don’t get enough sleep it can result in fatigue, difficulty making decisions, and even illness. But, by staying well adjusted and maintaining a consistent sleep schedule, you can keep your energy up and reduce your chance of getting sick.

Why it Matters:

Did you know that your sleep patterns directly contribute to your overall energy levels? It’s true. Sleep plays a significant role in your overall health. Chronic sleep deficiency has been linked to obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, chronic fatigue syndrome, and more. While you are sleeping, your brain and central nervous system are hard at work preparing you for the next day. Believe it or not, sleep is also essential to your immune system. A lack of sleep has been shown to decrease your immune system’s ability to fight common infections. The good news is that getting 7-8 hours per night will allow your body to feel and function better.

  •    Getting enough sleep will help you feel more energized with less fatigue
  •    Lack of sleep has been linked to obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, and more
  •    Maintaining a consistent 7-8 of sleep can reduce your likelihood of getting sick

Next Steps:

Reading a few pages of a book, or listening to some calm music before bed can help slow your mind down and prepare it for a good night’s sleep. If muscle tension, spasms, or pain are keeping you up at night, please let us know. We would be honored to create a specific care plan to help you get more rest and recovery. Start your new year right by staying healthy and active!

Science Source:
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. June 7, 2017.
Harvard Health Publishing. January 2006
Dr. Craig Hazel’s mission is to help families THRIVE. After graduating from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education, he went on to earn a Doctor of Chiropractic degree and a Bachelor of Science in Anatomy from Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas Texas. He is passionate about seeing children and families in his private practice at Synergy Chiropractic in Kanata Ontario. A sought after speaker, he has been featured regularly on TSN Team 1200, CTV and Rogers TV. He is also the Chairman of the Alliance for Chiropractic of Ontario.