5 easy and cost effective ways to improve your immune system

5 easy and cost effective ways to improve your immune system

You don't need to be feeling sick to think about boosting your immune system. And you don't need to put a lot of effort or money in to it. Dr Jay shares five easy, cheap ways to boost your immune system. When you're immune system needs a boost, remember these at home remedies, and of course, don't forget your adjustments!

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9 Surprising Ways Stress Affects Your Body and What to Do About It

9 Surprising Ways Stress Affects Your Body and What to Do About It

Believe it to or not, stress isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It can protect your life, motivate you and improve your memory. These little bursts of stress boost your body into performing at a higher level. The idea then is that immediately after the danger has passed, all your stress chemicals, cortisol, adrenaline, and noradrenaline, will return to their normal level.

The most common example of this is our ancestors being chased by lions. The sudden boost of stress sent their body into the “fight or flight” mode, which allowed them to escape the dangerous situation. Getting out of the way of danger, staying alive: these are good things. Stress is the body's natural defense against predators and danger. This would be considered acute stress. Or more modern versions: fretting over the past or worrying about upcoming events.

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The Truth about Sugar

The Truth about Sugar

Natural Sugar vs refined sugar.  They are different right?  RIGHT?!?!

 

Although the harmful health effects of sugar are now indisputable, we are still eating an incredible amount of it.  In fact, the average Longmont resident consumes three pounds of the sweet white poison per week!

It’s easy to understand why. Sugar is tasty, and it’s addictive (and did i mention tasty?).  Well the addictive nature of sugar, when you study brain scans, suggest sugar is just as addictive as cocaine.  YIKES!

 

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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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Unrealistic Weight Loss Expectations for Gluten-Free Diets?

Unrealistic Weight Loss Expectations for Gluten-Free Diets?

Many people take up a gluten-free diet with expectations of losing weight but they may find themselves disappointed. As US News reports, "But there's no hard evidence that a gluten-free diet is appropriate for weight loss or is any more effective at whittling waistlines than other diet plans". However, the article goes on to say, "Still, cutting out gluten can lead to weight loss, since the plan forces dieters to shun high-calorie refined carbohydrates. 'Tell anyone to cut down on bread and pasta, and they're likely going to drop calories and lose weight,' Politi [Elisabetta Politi, nutrition director at the Duke Diet and Fitness Center in Durham, N.C] says.

But gluten-free is no weight-loss panacea, either. 'If you're going down the grocery aisle grabbing gluten-free cookies and pasta and bread, you probably won't be as successful.' A gluten-free brownie is still a brownie.

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Drink Your Vegetables! Guide to the Best Vegetable Juice Options

Drink Your Vegetables! Guide to the Best Vegetable Juice Options

Experts recommend that we get 9 servings of fruit and vegetables each day in order to stay healthy and reduce our likelihood of a wide range of diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer. An evaluation of long-term studies conducted in Europe and the US found that those who ate more than 5 servings of fruit and vegetables daily had a 20 percent lower risk of stroke and coronary heart disease than those who ate fewer than 3 servings per day. Although fruit is very healthy (it provides lots of vitamins and fiber), it contains a lot of sugar in the form of fructose. This is why experts say that about three-fifths of those 9 servings of fruit and vegetables should be comprised of vegetables.

But it's not easy for a lot of people to get those all-important servings each day, given our increasingly busy schedules. Luckily, it's relatively simple to get your daily veggies from drinking juice. Just to be crystal clear on this point- it is generally better for you to eat whole vegetables either raw or very lightly cooked as often as possible.

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Memory Foam Mattresses and Back Health: The Pros and Cons

Memory Foam Mattresses and Back Health: The Pros and Cons

Could a memory foam mattress help you get a better night's sleep? Could it help relieve your aching back? If you're not getting enough sleep every night or you're waking up every morning with a backache, you might be willing to pay almost anything to stop the suffering. But should you? It's important to start with one important idea: Everyone's body is different. Some people swear by memory foam mattresses, and some people hate them.

But first, let's examine what a memory foam mattress actually is. As the name suggests, these mattresses are made of a foam-like material that cushions the body. Designed for NASA in the mid-1960s, this material was perfect for cushioning astronauts from the heavy forces of acceleration during liftoff. The qualities of the memory foam mattress allow it to custom fit any person. The specially-made foam molds around the body, giving way to pressure and temperature to mold to each person's unique shape. The foam is designed to spring back to its original shape once the person gets up.

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Top Foods for Longmont Residents Concerned With Healthy Joints

Top Foods for Longmont Residents Concerned With Healthy Joints

Keeping our joints healthy is one of the most important things we can do to remain independent and active as we age. Life is awfully challenging for humanBEings who are immobilized by joint pain.  Captain Obvious says "it can result in reduced physical and social activity as well as a higher risk of psychological and emotional problems. "

When it comes to joint health, exercise is very important, perhaps just as important as what goes in the pie hole - but what you EAT also plays a significant part. Here are some of our Longmont area favorite joint-friendly foods:

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What Are the Best Sources of Fiber?

What Are the Best Sources of Fiber?

Getting adequate amounts of fiber in your diet is important for a variety of reasons. The primary benefit is that it improves digestion and contributes to lowering your risk of contracting chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

The FDA recommends that adults get at least 25 to 30 grams of fiber in their diet every day. However, our typical western diet, which is high in refined grains and processed food, provides the average person only about 15 grams of fiber per day.

There are two different types of dietary fiber:

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Best Nutritional Supplements for Children

Best Nutritional Supplements for Children

Do you think that children who eat a healthy, balanced diet, that they should not generally require nutritional supplements? If you said yes, you would be correct. However, not only do very few children actually eat a wide enough variety of foods to get the all the nutrients their growing bodies need, but additionally our food sources have become so modified that most food is stripped of it's nutrients.

So we do recommend most children, and toddlers, even infants supplement.  And to help you choose the best nutritional supplements for your children, we discuss the most important ones below.

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