9 Easy Ways to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

9 Easy Ways to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

Did you know that there is actually a day to celebrate eating Vegetables?! June 17th is National Eat Your Vegetables Day as part of Fruit and Vegetable Month. One morning on the radio, I heard the DJs bemoaning the fact that we’re supposed to eat 9 servings of fruit and vegetables a day and how hard that is to accomplish. While this seemed silly to me, it turns out that most Americans are in this camp.

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5 Things I Wish I had Known Starting the Whole30

5 Things I Wish I had Known Starting the Whole30

I like to consider myself pretty savvy in the world of healthy cooking and living a healthy lifestyle.  When I first read through the Whole30 by Melissa Hartwig, it sounded like something I could complete no problem.  No sugar? No Problem!  No Carbs?  I really don’t love bread or pasta anyway.  I dabbled in the recipes, but as someone who already ate a copious amount of Zoodles, switching to vegetable based options didn’t sound like it would be life changing or very difficult.  For the record – I was very wrong.

1.     Actually set a conscious date to start.  DO NOT wake up sick one day and go, well, I guess today is the day I start.  That is exactly what I did, and honestly, I think it was a big portion of my downfall.  The Whole 30 takes time.  It takes meal prep, mental prep, conversations with your s/o about what is going to be changing over the next 30 days.  I decided on a whim, when I was sick, without taking into account that my anniversary, Easter, and a race would all fall within my 30 days.  That was just poor planning on my part

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Ice Vs. Heat

Ice Vs. Heat

If you've ever been confused about whether to use ice or heat, here's a handy infographic that might be able to help you out.  And, as always, if you are experiencing any sort of ache or pain, give us a call at 303-776-6767 to see how we can help you out! 

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How to Live to 100 (Or at least My Plan)

How to Live to 100 (Or at least My Plan)

My husband once told me that the maximum human life expectancy is 125. He then told me I should live to 126, just to spite science. Seems like a good enough reason to me to max out all the world records.

Now, how to do it? My Science Deifying Life Span Plan consists of 7 simple steps, most of these are based off of National Geographic’s study of the Blue Zones. To be honest, I say simple steps, but in reality, I have yet to implement most of them. But with living to 126, I think I have some time.

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4 Things to Know About Car Accidents - EVEN Small ones

4 Things to Know About Car Accidents - EVEN Small ones

1. Injuries can and often do go undetected - until later in life
“So what, I was only going 5 MPH in Longmont, why do I need to see a chiropractor for an MVA that is that small?”  We hear this all the time, the reality is that often times, especially for super small accident the bumpers do NOT crumple.  This means the energy of the accident goes into the thing that does move.  

Often times that means your spine and frequently your neck.  The only way to see that damage and it’s potential is with and examination and often with a specific chiropractic focused Xray.  Without detection AND correction, the problem can linger, for a long time.  

2. Long term damage can show up and magnify with time.

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3 Things You May Not Know about Chiropractic

3 Things You May Not Know about Chiropractic

Hi! My name is Holli and I am a new member of New Leaf Chiropractic. When I first started working here three months ago, my knowledge about chiropractic was practically nonexistent. In fact the only thing that I did know was that my dad had really severe back problems and frequented a chiropractor, which seemed to fix him. It came to no surprise to anyone that I had many important aspects of the practice to familiarize myself on. And while I am still a novice in the world of chiropractic, here are three extremely important facts about chiropractic care that everyone should know, but most don’t.

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Chiropractic : Safe, Gentle and Good for the Environment. 

Chiropractic for Cyclists

Chiropractic for Cyclists

A burning sensation in the shoulders, numbness of the arms and hands, and tightness in the neck are common sensations among both recreational and competitive cyclists. They might be easy to ignore at first, but if they come back again and again they can seriously interfere with both enjoyment and training progress. Upper and lower back problems are another common consequence of regular cycling. Can a chiropractor help with these problems?

Absolutely. In addition, chiropractors can help prevent injuries and even enhance speed, strength, and efficiency for healthy cyclists. Athletes of all kinds can find help with rehabilitation, maintenance, prevention, and treatment in the hands of a well-trained chiropractor.

Chiropractors have a unique set of skills to offer cyclists, in addition to their general musculoskeletal expertise. Both specific and general skills are critical to successful treatment of cyclists because everything in cycling is interconnected: the nerves, the muscles, and the joints. In fact, if your physician doesn't address all three of these issues at once, you are likely to continue to have the symptoms, pain, or injury without relief.

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Things Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Pregnancy

Things Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Pregnancy

Why Don't I Feel Good During Pregnancy? 

Congratulations! You’ve just found out you are pregnant. You are happy, excited and feeling great. Then one day, it hits you – nausea, back pain, sciatic pain, heartburn, headaches, carpal tunnel, and hip pain to name a few. Your idea of having an enjoyable pregnancy has now been side lined by uncomfortable symptoms. Some women may feel that these are normal “side effects” of pregnancy. Some may decide to grin and bear it, hoping for their due date to quickly arrive and provide relief after the baby is born. But there is something that you can do to help alleviate those symptoms! 

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Can Chiropractic Really Help with Asthma?

Can Chiropractic Really Help with Asthma?

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, "one in 12 people (about 25 million or 8% of the U.S. population) had asthma in 2009." With such a high prevalence, asthma is undoubtedly a disease that needs to be looked at. While "traditional" solutions like inhalers and prescription medications are commonplace in the treatment of asthma, chiropractic care is has been shown to be just as effective.

Asthma can occur as a result of environmental factors including pollutants (toxins), emotional stress (thoughts) or related illness. It leads to shortness of breath, wheezing, irritating cough, and can even progress into a full blown attack in which an individual requires an emergency inhaler or even medical attention. These things occur because asthma causes the lungs and airway to constrict, and inflammation makes it difficult for the body to effectively conduct and deliver oxygen to needy cells.

Many individuals with asthma have resolved to maintenance of the illness, using inhalers and medication. But chiropractic care has been shown to help improve the condition with regular treatment, and provides an alternative to these traditional therapies.

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Guide to Beating Back Pain

Do you remember our Ultimate Guide to Beating Back Pain? Well, now you can view it all in one handy infographic! Quickly remind yourself of the best stretches to help with pain, if it's better to use Ice or Heat on your back. Click this link here to get the full infographic! 

Do I have "Cervical Myelopathy?" If you do there may be reason for Optimism.

Do I have "Cervical Myelopathy?"  If you do there may be reason for Optimism.

Cervical myelopathy, or more specifically called "cervical spondylotic myelopathy" (CSM), is the most common spinal cord disorder in those over age 55. A spine under repeated stress often undergoes degenerative processes.  This abnormal normal wear and tear, can cause a narrowing of the space through which the spinal cord passes, compressing the nerves. OUCH!  Sound like you have CSM or would like to avoid it?  We don't blame ya...

Longmont Chiropractor Dr Jay Breitlow refers to this narrowing of the spinal cord as "Subluxation".  If left untreated this disorder (both subluxation and it's chronic cousin CSM) can cause pain and possible disability.  As time goes by cervical disc degeneration, (often common, but still not normal, in those over age 40) creates a narrowing of the space between the vertebrae when the disc either shrinks or bulges. Unfortunately, this degeneration also has a tendency to accelerate if not properly addressed.

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