7 Potential Benefits of Fish Oil

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If you had to guess the most-used natural product in the United States, what would you say? Despite what your answer might be, the correct answer is fish oil. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, nearly 8% of adults take fish oil on a regular basis. Whether you’re already enjoying this wonderful supplement, or are thinking about hopping on the bandwagon, you deserve to be well-informed.

Fish Oil May Help Fight Chronic Inflammation

Oils extracted from fatty fish like sardines, anchovies, and mackerel provide two types of omega-3 fatty acids: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These are commonly know to help reduce inflammation and help improve inflammatory conditions in the body.

It’s Thought to Help Protect the Heart

Fish oil has been shown to help increase HDL cholesterol (this is the good kind), lower triglycerides (or blood fats), reduce blood pressure, prevent plaques from forming in arteries, and stave off the hardening of the arteries. All of these perks help protect and fortify the health of the heart, which means fish oil helps to lower your risk of heart attack and heart disease.

Fish Oil Might Help Boost Bone Density

In America today both men and women typically consume more omega-6 fatty acids, which are derived from plants, than omega-3 fatty acids. This imbalance is the main suspect for low bone density in American adults. However, the good news is that adults who consume more omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to maintain greater bone density. This points to the fact that fish oils may be a mediator between aging and bone loss.

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Fish Oil May Support Eye Health

While studies have come up with varying conclusions, some suggest that fish oil might help reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration. When you have this condition your central vision becomes distorted or even lost. Macular degeneration becomes more prevalent as you age, but according to recent research fish oil may be able to help save your eye sight.

Fish Oil Could Lower Your Child’s Risk of Asthma

Research suggests that consuming fish oil while being pregnant may help reduce the risk of asthma in children. It’s important to know that if you’re expecting you should not take fish oil on your own. You should consult your doctor to make sure it is appropriate. If so, make sure to get the proper dosage and form from your doctor.

It May Help Keep Your Mind Sharp

One study found that fish oil helped to improve cognitive performance in healthy adults between the ages of 51 and 72 in just five weeks. In addition, the research found that omega-3 fatty acids may help lower your risk of depression and anxiety.

Fish Oil May Help You Stay Physically Fit

Research has linked omega-3 fatty acids with weight loss. It has also been proven to help slow the decline of muscle mass in both men and women. In fact, the fats in fish oil help to stimulate muscle growth, improve muscle mass and increase muscle strength. What’s more, research has shown that fish oil helps with weight management by affecting the portion of the brain that controls food intake.

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Arghhh Don’t Go Over Me Matey & Seek Professional Advice Yo Ho

After reading all of the benefits fish oil provides, you may be tempted to run out and start guzzling the stuff down. But hold your horses. Too much of a good thing can be very bad for you. For instance, fish oil has a blood thinning effect, so too much of it can increase your risk of bleeding. It can also have negative effects if paired with certain prescription medications. That’s why it is imperative that you consult your doctor before taking fish oil. The only way to benefit from a supplement of any kind is to use it properly, and with the guidance of a knowledgeable health professional.

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Resources:

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Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD

October 9, 2019

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The 9 Best Halloween Candies

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Is there such a thing as “the best Halloween candy?” In fact, there is such a thing. What makes these candies better than all the rest? Simple, they are healthier for you. Let’s face it, Halloween is not Halloween without candy, but many of the most commonly distributed candies are full of artificial flavors and mysterious ingredients. Trust me, you do not want those things in your or your children’s bodies. So, below are nine top candies hand-picked by nutritionists that you can enjoy and feel good about eating. I am not tricking you. I promise.

1.) Yum Earth Naturals Gummy Bears: These delicious gummies are a great substitution if gummy bears are your go-to candy. They’re sweetened with brown rice syrup, cane sugar, and fruit juice, and are colored and flavored naturally using ingredients from carrots and saffron. They are also gluten-free and non-GMO. In addition, one snack pack provides 100% of your daily target for vitamin C.

2.) Surf Sweets Organic Spooky Shapes: These treats are fun and healthy. They’re sweetened with organic fruit juice and cane sugar, and flavored and colored naturally, rather than artificially. And like the Yum Earth gummies, they are non-GMO and give you a boost of vitamin C—over 90% of your daily recommended intake, to be exact.

3.) Alter Eco Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Bar: This is one of my personal favorites. As a chocolate lover, I used to be opposed to dark chocolate until I tasted one of these chocolate bars. Now I crave dark chocolate. It is rich in minerals and antioxidants. Plus, dark chocolate has also been shown to have good-for-you benefits such as supporting your brain and heart health and triggering a mood boost. Did I mention they are non-GMO?

4.) MadeGood Vanilla Crispy Squares: Prefer vanilla over chocolate? Not a problem. These modern and sophisticated rice crispy treats are made with ingredients you can actually say and sound smart pronouncing. Plus, you’ll actually be sneaking in veggie powder from spinach, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, beets, and shiitake mushrooms with every yummy bite. And yes, they are non-GMO.

5.) Theo Chocolate Almond Butter Cups: What’s the worst part about Halloween? Someone eating all of your Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Don’t be scared because these smooth, creamy, and chocolatey treats will satisfy your craving. They’re made with simple, real food ingredients and no unwanted additives. Plus, they’re vegan, organic, soy-free, non-GMO and deliver 4 grams of fiber and protein, and 15% of your daily iron needs. 

6.) Canada True 100% Pure Maple Syrup Lollipops: Lollipop, Lollipop oh Lolli Lollipop! The only ingredient in these pops is pure maple syrup, nature’s fall treat. They are a great source of manganese, which is a mineral that helps produce collagen and supports skin and bone health. What’s more, they are non-GMO.

7.) Unreal Dark Chocolate Coconut Bars: Looking for a chocolate treat with a hint of paradise? Then try these tantalizing sweets that will take you back to the days of almond mounds. They’re made with just a few simple ingredients: organic coconut, organic cassava syrup, and organic dark chocolate. They’re free of corn syrup, artificial flavors, GMOs and preservatives, and boast the minerals and antioxidants found in dark chocolate.

8.) Bear Real Fruit Yoyos: This snack is a sweet treat and an interactive toy. The only ingredients are real fruit and vegetable extract for color. There are no preservatives or any additional additives. This means no GMOs.

9.) Yum Earth Organic Candy Corn: You are going to think I am crazy, but I have never been a fan of candy corn. I always felt like the pure sugar was going to make my teeth rot right out of my head (Sorry if I spoiled candy corn for you). But these candies are a whole nother ball game. This is candy done right. The first ingredient is cane sugar, but this version is made with all organic ingredients and is free from the artificial additives used in traditional candy corn, like man-made colors and artificial flavors. Instead, YumEarth includes recognizable ingredients like turmeric, honey, and rice protein. Need I say they are non-GMO certified?

So hop in that costume and hit the neighborhood. Or better yet hop in your costume, sit on your couch with a scary movie, and order these candies on Amazon because you probably won’t get them in your neighborhood. When you get home from a night of treats, tricks, and spooky delights indulge yourself with a bag full of healthy snacks. What’s the best part of Halloween besides getting to dress up? Eating healthy candy that lives you feeling good and satisfied.

To learn more or to schedule a chiropractic appointment call 912-826-4444 or visit www.hambychiro.com.

Resources:

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Kathleen Felton

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October 21, 2019

Adjustment Techniques

Since the founding of the chiropractic profession in 1895, chiropractors have performed a manipulative therapy known as an adjustment. Chiropractors have been using adjustments in an effort to relieve patients of their pain and improve the mobility of the vertebrae. This common goal remains unchanged throughout the chiropractic industry. However, how practitioners go about the laying on of hands varies widely.

According to the American Chiropractic Association, there are about 150 different techniques mentioned in chiropractic literature. Chiropractors tend to use a variety of different techniques in their treatment programs to help meet the needs of their patients. Out of the 150 techniques the following are the five most commonly used by doctors of chiropractic.

1.) Gonstead Technique: This hands-on technique involves adjusting the patient’s low back or pelvis while the patient is on his or her side. Chiropractors use this technique to realign joints, reduce pain and stiffness, and increase mobility.

2.) Activator Technique: This technique uses a handheld adjusting instrument that delivers a gentle impulse to the vertebral segments of the spine or to various extremities of the body. The activator can be used to treat anything from low back pain to headaches.

3.)Flexion Distraction: This technique is used in more than half of all chiropractic offices. This technique is used to treat herniated discs, facet joint pain, scoliosis, and other various conditions.

4.) Drop Table: This technique involves a specially adapted table designed to drop a fraction of an inch when the chiropractor applies a quick thrust to perform the adjustment. The subtle dropping motion helps make the adjustment comfortable for the patient.

5.) Diversified Technique: This technique is used to adjust the spine and extremities. It is very similar to the Gonstead technique. It is considered to be the most widely used technique. It uses very precise, hands-on thrusts aimed at restoring proper movement and alignment to the spine.

Whether your chiropractor uses one, all five, or a variation of the techniques listed above, it is essential to your health that you receive regular chiropractic treatment. If you have questions or concerns about any of these techniques or other various forms of treatment used by chiropractors make sure to address it with your chiropractor. Do not be afraid to ask questions. Part of a chiropractor’s job is to educate you so that you make informed health decisions that will enable you to achieve your health and wellness goals.

To learn more or to schedule a chiropractic appointment call 912-826-4444 or visit www.hambychiro.com.

Got Insomnia? Here’s What Not To Do At 3 A.M.

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Are you frustrated with your sleep or your lack thereof? You are not alone. Most people will experience insomnia at some point in their lives. But for some insomnia is more than a rare occurrence–it’s a chronic problem. In fact, 10% of people suffer from chronic insomnia. You may be thinking, “10%? That is not that big of a deal.” Well, if you are one of the 10 percenters who are staring at the ceiling hour after hour, night after night it certainly is a big deal. The issue that compounds the problem is it can be hard to know what to do or how to fix the issue.

The following are some mistakes you could be making and some things you could be doing to help improve your sleep.

1.) Don’t Look at the Clock: Rather turn the clock away from you or put it in a place where you cannot see it. Constantly checking the time only serves to arouse you and reinforces the idea that “you will never get back to sleep.”

2.) Don’t Stay in the Bed More Than 15 Minutes: When you can’t sleep leave your bed and go do something quiet. This could be sitting in a soft chair while you read a book or sitting on the couch watching a boring television show. By leaving your bed when you can’t sleep you are cementing in your mind that the bed is a place for sleep not lying awake.

3.)Don’t Sit in Bright Light: If you need to get up make sure you turn on the lights dimly. Bright light disrupts the production of melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate your sleep.

4.) Don’t do Anything Too Stimulating: Instead, find something that occupies your time while giving your brain a break. For example, read a book or flip through the boring channels on television. Avoid playing on your phone or tablet and by no means balance your checkbook.

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Insomnia is a very real and prevalent condition. But it is not untreatable and there are ways that you can naturally and holistically sleep better. So the next time you crawl under the sheets try implementing these tips while you count sheep and drift off into neverland.

To learn more or to schedule a chiropractic appointment call 912-826-4444 or visit http://www.hambychiro.com.

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5-move Bodyweight Workout You Can Do Anywhere

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Surprise, surprise you don’t need a gym membership, an at-home gym, or even a set of dumbbells to stay in shape. Your body weight is all you need when it comes to toning and strengthening your body. It is just as good as any fitness equipment. Below are five bodyweight workouts that you can do anywhere.

Disclaimer: These exercises are tailored towards people with intermediate or advanced levels of fitness. Beginners do not be afraid to try these workouts, but take it slow. If you need a break or feel as if you cannot complete the workout do not feel bad. Give yourself an A+ for attempting the workout.

1.) Lunge Pulses+Foward Fold Jump: Begin with your feet together and arms at your chest. Step one foot back and bend both legs to 90-degree angles to form a double lunge. Pulse in the lunge twice and then straighten both legs. Next, bend over your front leg to touch the ground. From there, bend both legs again to form a double lunge and then spring up into a small jump. Repeat this move on both legs six times on each side.

2.) Hip Hinge Pulse+Jump: Begin in a squat position with your legs slightly bent, knees hip-width apart, and your arms pointed at the ground directly in front of you. Pulse into a squat three times then use the momentum from the third squat to launch into a small jump. Land your jump in a squat position and finish by coming to a full stand before repeating the exercise. Repeat this move six times.

3.) Inchworm To Up-Downs: Begin in a standing position. From there, hinge at your hips bringing your arms down to the ground. Crawl your arms forward into a plank position. Then lower down from your hands to your forearms. Lift back up onto your hands and use your arms to crawl yourself back up into a standing position. Repeat this six times.

4.) Plank Twist+Rotation: Begin in a plank position placing your hands below your shoulders while keeping your spine in one long line. Shift your weight to your right hand and thread your left hand across your right side. Pulse your left arm on your right side three times and then raise it to the ceiling as you shift your body into a side plank. Repeat this move six times on each side.

5.) Plank To Bear: And lastly, begin in a plank position place your shoulders above your hands and your heels directly above your toes. Jump your feet forward so they’re directly behind your hands. Repeat this move three times. On the third jump raise into a standing position. Repeat this exercise six times.

To learn more or to schedule a chiropractic appointment call 912-826-4444 or visit www.hambychiro.com.

Resources: Health Magazine

Christina Oehler

October 22, 2019

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Your Walking Speed Can Help Tell How Fast You Are Aging

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If your stride has slowed down then you might be aging faster than you realize. At least that is what research says, according to a new study, which found that your walking speed at age 45 can be an indicator of your physical and mental aging. This particular study published in the JAMA Network Open, analyzed hundreds of 45-year-olds to get a deeper understanding of what walking speed reveals about your age. Here is what the study found (I am not going to go into deep detail about what the research entailed but if you are interested go to https://www.health.com/fitness/walking-speed-premature-aging ):

First, slow strides indicate that you could be in “poor physical condition” at the midpoint of your life.

Second, researchers determined that slow strides are associated withan acceleration in the aging process.

Third, the research team found that there is a link between slow strides and worsening neurocognitive function. The study pointed to the fact that those who walk faster had a higher IQ and a reduced risk of dementia.

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So how should you be using this new information? One take-a-way researchers want you to gain is, even though walking may seem like a simple task, in actuality it requires the effort of many different organs such as your heart, lungs, muscles, eyes, and nervous system. By striving to keep your mind and body healthy you are improving your physical and mental health, while also increasing your pace.

Another take-a-way researchers want you to be aware of is, you can keep track of how well you are taking care of yourself by measuring your gait yourself. You can do this by following these simple instructions:

First, choose how many feet you wish to walk. Then get a tape measure and mark the distance with tape or a piece of chalk. Next, using a stopwatch or other timing device, time how long it takes you to walk the distance at your normal pace and without exerting yourself. Lastly, divide the total amount of distance by the total amount of time it took you to walk the distance. To get the best possible reading, repeat the process several times. It goes without saying the lower the time the better off you are healthwise.

Don’t forget true health comes from within. This means you need to strive to eat a nutritious diet, exercise regularly, and go see your chiropractor on a routine basis.

To learn more or to schedule a chiropractic appointment call 912-826-4444 or visit www.hambychiro.com.

Resources: Health Magazine

Leah Groth

October 17, 2019

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The Benefits of Eating Seaweed

While seaweed has long been a staple of many Asian diets, it is the new kid on the block in American culture. With that being said, seaweed’s popularity is growing exponentially in American society as people discover the delightful flavors and multiple health benefits. According to dietitians seaweed, a plant-based food, is great because it is high in protein, low-calorie, crunchy, salty, bursting with nutrition, and easy to find.

Common Kinds of Seaweed

While there are over 100 types of seaweed the following are the most common varieties you will come across.

-Nori: Think of Noir as the gateway seaweed. It is in sushi rolls and seaweed snacks.

-Kelp: This type of seaweed is the main ingredient in a Japanese dish known as dashi. Dashi is the base of miso soup. In addition, kelp is used in a powder form in some smoothies and can be made into noodles.

-Wakame: This is the main ingredient in most seaweeds salads and miso soup.

-Dulse: This kind of seaweed is typically sold dried in flaky, whole, or powdered form. Some say if you fry it tastes just like bacon. Not chicken. Bacon. I will let you be the judge of whether or not that is true.

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Health Benefits

Like I previously told you seaweed is high in protein, low-calorie, crunchy, salty, bursting with flavor, and easy to find. But besides that, it is also a vitamin and mineral jackpot. Seaweed is chock-full of vitamin A, E, and B. In addition, it has high amounts of calcium, magnesium. potassium, copper, iron, and iodine. It is basically a naturally growing periodic table. Moreover, it is overflowing with omega-3’s and polyphenols, which means it is an amazing source of protein and fiber. What more could you ask for out of a food group?

3 Ways to Eat Seaweed {Besides Sushi}


1.) When cooking beans make sure to add in kelp or kombu. The kelp helps to break down the sugars in beans that cause gas.

2.) The next time you make coleslaw for a barbeque make sure to add in kelp for great depths of flavor.

3.) Whether you are eating popcorn at the movies or in the kitchen roasting vegetables, cooking fish, or making an omelet make sure to sprinkle some nori on top for some extra nutrients.

Where & How to Buy Seaweed

With the rise in seaweed popularity these days certain kinds, such as nori, can be found in most snack isles in the grocery stores. If you want other varieties look in Asian supermarkets or natural food stores.

So the next time you take a grocery shopping trip or are hankering for a snack make sure to pick up one of the variations of seaweed. You will be delighted with the taste and all the wonderful health benefits.

To learn more or to schedule a chiropractic appointment call 912-826-4444 or visit www.hambychiro.com.

Resources:

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Jenna Helwig

October 14, 2019

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Chiropractic Care Is Tied To Lower Odds Of Opioid Use

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Do you suffer from low back pain? According to the American Chiropractic Association, around 31 million Americans suffer from low back pain at any given time. In fact, low back pain is the fifth most common reason for all physician office visits in the United States. However, the more important question is, how do you deal with your low back pain? According to research from the Annals of Internal Medicine, 80% of Americans were prescribed one prescription for low back pain and 33.3% were prescribed 2 or more prescription drugs. The prevalency at which prescription medication is being distributed to people who are suffering from low back pain has played a key role in one of America’s largest health crises–the opioid crisis.

The opioid crisis is no joke. In fact, opioid abuse recently increased by 30% in 52 areas around 45 states. Nearly 2 million Americans struggle with an addiction to opioids. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 130 people die every day due to opioid abuse. If you multiply this number by 365 you come up with 47,450. This means that nearly 50,000 Americans die annually from opioid abuse. As you can see this crisis has devastating consequences.

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But there is a solution–chiropractic care. According to The Good Body, 56% of patients who saw a doctor (for surgery or prescription medication) experienced a 30% reduction in low back pain after 4 weeks while 94% of patients who underwent chiropractic treatment experienced a 30% reduction in low back pain after 4 weeks. Moreover, people with chronic back and neck pain who received chiropractic care experienced a significant decrease in opioid painkiller use, according to recent research.

The research, which contained more than 62,000 participants with spinal pain, found that 11% to 51% of participants used chiropractic care. According to the Journal of Pain Medicine, those who saw a chiropractor were 64% less likely to use opioids than people who didn’t. In fact, organizations such as the Veterans Health Administration and the American College of Physicians are recommending that patients try conservative treatments offered by doctors of chiropractic rather than opioids.

Having said this, it is paramount that more and more people become aware of the benefits of chiropractic care. By educating people on the benefits of chiropractic care you are helping lead others toward safer and healthier life changes. You are opening their eyes to an alternative form of healthcare that doesn’t perform invasive operations or risk introducing a person to prescription addiction. Most importantly, you are inviting them to experience the natural healing and restoration that only chiropractic care can provide.

To learn more or to schedule a chiropractic appointment call 912-826-4444 or visit www.hambychiro.com.

Resources:Health News

October 24, 2019

Lisa Rapaport

What’s The Deal With Tempeh?

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Are you looking for a healthy meat alternative that is delicious, minimally processed, and packed with proteins and vital nutrients? Well then, you’ve come to the right place. Enter into the wonderful world of tempeh. Tempeh (pronounced tem-pay) is a close cousin of tofu. The difference is tempeh is highly fermented and contains loads of protein. It is tastier than tofu too.

Tempeh vs. Tofu ( Let’s Get Ready to RUMBLE! Ding, Ding)

Tempeh is nutritionally superior to tofu. It packs twice as much protein and fiber than its rival. In addition, tempeh is far less processed than the blocks or cakes of tofu. Moreover, the fermentation of tempeh means it provides valuable probiotics and contains more calcium, iron, potassium, and B-vitamins. The only downside is tempeh is higher in calories than tofu (But you can counter this by consuming less of it).

What Is Tempeh?

That all sounds grand, but what is tempeh? A fruit? A vegetable? Meat? Tempeh is actually none of those things. Tempeh is an Indonesian staple that dates back centuries. Tempeh is made up of fermented soybeans and mold or fungi.

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Is It Good For You?

Well, if the fact that tempeh is packed with fiber, protein, probiotics, calcium, iron, potassium, and B-vitamins has not convinced you, then consider the idea that eating more soy-based foods in place of meat can help reduce your risk of chronic diseases. In addition, think about the fact that soy-based foods are lower in saturated fats, contain no cholesterol, and provide phytonutrients called isoflavones that have anti-cancer properties.

What Does Tempeh Taste Like?

Tempeh has a dry, chewy texture with a slightly nutty, mushroom-like taste. It’s usually combined with grains like wheat, quinoa, or beans to make satisfying savory dishes.

How Do You Cook Tempeh?

People usually marinate tempeh to amp up its flavor. After you marinate it, feel free to steam it, sauté it, grill it, or bake it. The choice is yours. In addition, mix it up by serving it sliced, diced, or crumbled. Don’t be afraid to experiment with your recipes. Tempeh is most commonly used as a substitute for ground beef in tacos, sloppy Joes, spaghetti sauce, and casseroles.

Essentially, if you are thinking about going vegan or vegetarian and want to pack in more protein into a meal then consume tempeh.

To learn more or to schedule a chiropractic appointment call 912-826-4444 or visit www.hambychiro.com.

Resources:

Health Magazine

Julie Upton

October 7, 2019

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