Earthing: Take Off Your Shoes and Get Healthy!

TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES!

Hopefully, we have all experienced the sand between our toes at the beach or squishing around in the mud with our shoes off.  In today’s fast paced life, it doesn’t seem like we get many opportunities to do these kinds of things.  You may not realize, but every time you do get a chance to get your shoes off and dig your toes into the ground, you are gaining greater health benefits than you thought.  The technique that has been around since the day our feet touched the ground, is now making leaps and bounds in the world of natural healing.  Known as “Earthing”, you simply take your shoes off and let them touch any natural earth surface.

The goal is to balance the electrical exchanges in your body.  We have lost this exchange because we have become so grounded by wearing shoes almost every day.  I cringe as I write this blog because I have shoes on, inside a building, with carpet, with no chances of soaking up any electron potentials from the earth.  It takes me back to my days at The Ohio State University when I studied electrical concepts in my physics class.  There are three types of materials used in electricity: conductors, insulators, and semi-conductors. (1)  These electrical materials use protons, neutrons, and electrons as the active nano particles that make the magic of electricity occur.  It is the exchange of electron particles that power the appliance in your home or give an electric shock if not properly insulated.  Please do not confuse “Earthing “and electrical engineering though.  Electrocution is a serious hazard, and any electrical questions you may have, please refer to a qualified electrician.

So, what really happens when you practice Earthing techniques?  Your body becomes infused with the negatively charged free electrons that are so abundant on the surface of the earth.  Your body immediately equalizes to the same electrical potential of the earth.(1)  The earth’s frequency is 7.83 Hz (the Schuman resonance). (2)  Mankind has tried to harness the Earth’s energy from the beginning of time to generate electricity, make food, and machines.  The concept of harnessing the earth’s energy to create restorative properties in our bodies is a new concept which is getting some serious consideration at multiple levels.  You can simply Google “earthing mat” and look at all the products being sold that allow you to earth.  You can buy mats for the office and even home use so you can soak up the earth’s electron potential as much as possible.

Every day I learn about these new ideas, I get more and more excited about our bodies innate potential to heal.  For me, it was Chiropractic that grounded me to the universal concept that nature needs no help, just no interference.  The idea is that the power that made the body heals the body!  The idea that life is “vitalistic” and “holistic” and not “mechanistic” and “reductionistic”!  Maybe reading this blog today will trigger you start earthing and get grounded in this hectic life we live on planet earth.  So, take your shoes off, stay a while, and go get connected!!

Dr. Andrew Kender, III, DC
August 16, 2017

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Andrew Kender, Dr. David Hardy, Dr. Joseph Little, Chiropractic Physicians

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  1. Ober, C, Sinatra, S, Zucker, M: Earthing; The most important health discovery ever. Basic Health Publications, Inc. 2010. Page 5
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schumann_resonances

 

6 Ways You Can Choose to Be Happy!

Make Yourself

  Again!

 

When you’re living in a funk from day-to-day, it is hard to find things to smile about. It’s hard to find some refreshing positivity. But, the truth is, it is up to you. You can wallow in misery, but if you want things to change – if you want to find your smile again – you’re the one who has to make it happen.

Here are some of the ways to make yourself happy.

Thank Your Pillow

Get a boost of delight from thanking objects and what they do for you.  When you wake in the morning, put your hands together like a Buddhist monk, bow your head and say, “Thank you, pillow, for the dreams you have given me.” Try this with your bed, blanket, pj’s and shoes. Do it to as many things as you like.

Smack a Smile on Your Face

Leave your worries and boredom at the door. Make every entrance a bright one.  Whenever you’re walking through a door, imagine there’s a smile hanging from the top of the door sill. As you walk through the door, grab that smile and smack it on your face, like you’re putting a cover over your mouth.  Imagine that whatever worries or boring thoughts you may have had just got smile smacked out of you when you walked through the door.

Take a 30-Second U-Turn Back to Happy-Ville

Here’s how to get yourself back to happy-ville when you meet a silly little drama. When you get frustrated or upset, take a 30-second pause. For the first five seconds, you acknowledge the bad moment. For the remaining 25 seconds, you let the frustration or irritating feeling go by, imagining that you have arrived at this silly little drama-ville and you see it for what it is. Then you U-turn back to happy-ville.  Just remember, the only person who can put a dent in your happiness is you. You always can return to happiness.

Create a Happy Folder on Your Phone

One of the simplest ways to make yourself happy is to create a special “happy folder” of photos on your phone. The easiest way to do this is to browse through your photos and move the ones that bring a grin to your face to the happy folder. Don’t forget to add happy, inspiring Facebook photos too.  Now, when you feel bored, miserable, or hurt, launch your happy folder and feel the happiness oozing back into you again.

Pat Your Back to Brighten Up Your Feelings

Here’s a quick and easy way to lift your feelings up. Once you’ve successfully done something, raise your right or left hand, pat yourself on the back, and say something like, “Way to go, (your name)!”

You can do this any time of the day to give yourself a little pick-me-up delight.

Give a Surprise That Will Make You Smile

When you’re feeling bored or down, you can perk yourself up by surprising someone who is important to you. Buy a present or do something special or unique. You can try washing their car, mowing their lawn, or shoveling their snow without telling them. Just do it and imagine the surprise on their face when they see what some kind soul has done for them.  Of course, you can let them know it was you. Either way, you’ll be filled with a whole lot of merry pride.

Now Go Turn Funky Days into Sweet Delight!

Living in the funk is no fun, especially when it feels like there’s no way out. But escape is possible and there are ways to make yourself happy. You just have to take charge of things and actively seek out happiness every day. The takeaway is that it’s up to YOU to turn each day into sweet delight.

Barb Schrader
August 9, 2017

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Andrew Kender, Dr. David Hardy, Dr. Joseph Little, Chiropractic Physicians

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Taken from Ken D. Taylor, HealthyAgingHabits.com

Brain Health: What is the True Power?

The Bombardment of the Sensory Brain

Numerous articles and publications discuss the effects that our modern-day world and technology are having on our brains. I would like to simplify things right off the bat and state a little-discussed fact: every piece of sensory information to which you are exposed will re-wire your brain. Whether it is sound, light, touch, gravity, movement, smells, taste, etc.; stimulation to any of your body’s multiple receptors will fire neurons that send information to the brain. The old saying “neurons that firer together wire together” applies here. Now, the extent to which your neurons form new connections or fortify old connections depends on the frequency, intensity, and duration of the stimulation to the pathway. Bottom line, when it comes to activation and experience, the brain can learn to do things well (positive neuroplasticity) or it can learn to do things that aren’t good (negative neuroplasticity). In a world where we consciously like to believe we are in full control of things, it becomes an unpleasant fact that we are dependent and constantly manipulated by all the sensory information that bombards us every moment of our lives.

Let’s use light as an example. We know that if we were to flash light in front of a person with epilepsy it would not be a good thing. We also know that some people are sensitive to light and that others become depressed from lack of sunlight. Why is this? If you trace the pathways from the photoreceptors in our eyes, you would come to an area in the brainstem called the mesencephalon where roughly 10% of light stimulation is received. This area excites the rest of the brain and fires down to excite our sympathetic nervous system. Since no human brain is the same, each person’s response to a sensory stimulation is different. Someone with an over excited nervous system (ex. Epilepsy) cannot handle the stimulation. On the opposite end of the spectrum, someone with a underactive nervous system requires more light stimulation to function better. This is where a comprehensive neurological examination by someone who understands the nervous system is of paramount value.

In closing, all sensory information is excitatory. Consequently, are we getting too much or too little stimulation in our lives? Think about it; does our modern world increase or decrease our exposure to sensory information? The answer, of course, is we are now bombarded with sensory information and this is ramping up our brains. Also, think about what is going on around you in a calm setting versus a place that you need to protect yourself. One is lowly lit with calm flowing sounds and very little movement. The other is full of short frequent bursts of loud noises, flashes of light and chaotic movement around you. If you understand this then you can start to take control of your sensory overload. Sometimes the true power is turning the power off.

Dr. David R.A. Hardy, DC, DACBN, FABBIR
August 2, 2017

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Andrew Kender, Dr. David Hardy, Dr. Joseph Little, Chiropractic Physicians

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Rule Your Migraine The Functional Medicine Way!

VESTIBULAR MIGRAINE

Migraine is one of the most debilitating chronic health care disorders. For far too many, it is an everyday occurrence. Often these people go from healthcare provider to healthcare provider without finding lasting relief. The key to migraine treatment lies in identifying the underlying mechanism of onset and developing a unique, personalized treatment plan for that person. However, there are many mechanisms and variables to consider. In this post, I will discuss one of the most misunderstood and largely underdiagnosed mechanisms – vestibular migraines (VM).

Approximately 40% of migraine patients have some accompanying vestibular syndrome involving a disruption in their balance and/or dizziness at one time or another. The dizziness can occur prior to, during, after, or totally independent of their migraine event. VM is the most common cause of episodic vertigo in adults as well as in children. Migraine and vertigo (illusionary sensation of spinning) are two very prevalent conditions in the general population. Having both is a significant clinical challenge, since it is not always possible to understand whether they are causally related or associated by chance, requiring different diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. The clinical presentation of vestibular symptoms that often correlate with migraine includes—but is not limited to—dizziness; motion intolerance with respect to head, eyes, and/or body; spontaneous vertigo attacks (often accompanied by nausea and vomiting); diminished eye focus with photosensitivity; sound sensitivity and tinnitus; balance loss and ataxia; cervicalgia (neck pain) with associated muscle spasms in the upper cervical spine musculature; confusion with altered cognition; spatial disorientation; and anxiety/panic. The following are the diagnostic criteria for VM classification as determined by The International Classification of Headache Disorders (3rd edition):

ICHD-3 Beta Diagnostic Criteria of Vestibular Migraine

  1. At least five episodes filling criteria (C) and (D)
  2. Current or history of migraine, either with or without aura, considering the International Classification of Headache Disorders (ICHD)
  3. Moderate or severe vestibular symptoms, lasting 5 minutes to 72 hours4
  4. At least half of the episodes are associated with at least one of these migrainous features:
    1. Headache with at least two of the following characteristics:
      1. Unilateral location
      2. Pulsating quality
      3. Moderate or severe intensity
      4. Aggravation by routine physical activity
    2. Photophobia and phonophobia
    3. Visual Aura
  5. Not better accounted for by another ICHD-3 diagnosis or by another vestibular disorder

Causes of Migraine

One proposed explanation is parallel activation of vestibular (inner ear) and cranial nociceptive (pain) pathways. Sensory fibers from the vestibular system (inner ear) converge with several brain areas that play an important role in modulating the sensitivity of pain pathways. Sensory fibers are also involved in the formation of anxiety responses, explaining some aspects of the comorbidity of balance disorders, anxiety, and migraine. Various studies have shown increased vestibular excitability in migraine patients. This increased excitability is linked to increased motion sensitivity, even motion sickness; and reduced perceptual thresholds of dynamic head movements.

A number of other factors can also play a role in migraine including:

  • Hormonal changes in women. 
  • Foods. 
  • Food additives. 
  • Drinks. 
  • Stress. 
  • Sensory stimuli. 
  • Changes in wake-sleep pattern. 
  • Physical factors. 
  • Changes in the environment. 
  • Medications. 

How we treat it:

Vestibular rehabilitation training is effective in VM patients as an add-on treatment to medical therapy or as a stand-alone treatment option. The goal of treatment is to re-establish appropriate sensory integration within this system as it relates to the patient’s condition. At Functional Endocrinology of Ohio, we use cutting-edge diagnostic equipment and in-depth physical examination to find the appropriate intervention for each unique patient case.

Dr. Joseph Little, D.C.
July 19, 2017

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Andrew Kender, Dr. David Hardy, Dr. Joseph Little, Chiropractic Physicians

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Dieterich, M., Obermann, M., & Celebisoy, N. (2016). Vestibular migraine: the most frequent entity of episodic vertigo. Journal of Neurology, 82-89. Retrieved July 10, 2017, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4833782/.

Luzeiro, I., Luís, L., Gonçalves, F., & Martins, I. P. (2016). Vestibular Migraine: Clinical Challenges and Opportunities for Multidisciplinarity. Behavioural Neurology, 2016, 1-11. doi:10.1155/2016/6179805

Vestibular Migraine (a.k.a. Migraine Associated Vertigo or MAV). (2015, December 28). Retrieved July 10, 2017, from http://vestibular.org/migraine-associated-vertigo-mav

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/migraine-headache/symptoms-causes/dxc-20202434

Shake It Up and Starting “Blending” Your Diets for Amazing Results!

Blending Diets: Another way to keep you eating healthy!

Just when you think you were being original, you find out somebody has already coined the idea and find gobs of information about a certain topic.  This is the case often when I am working on an idea that just pops into my head.  I may run to google and do a quick search to see if there is anything on the topic and often, there is.  This happened at the beginning of 2017 when completing my annual New Year’s Detox.  On my detox, there is a week where you eat a strict vegan diet.  I took the opportunity to blend the vegan diet with ketogenic diet concepts and found profound results in doing so. In the past, I have struggled with vegan diets and just felt drained and deprived.  What was most magical about my vegan adventure was that I didn’t feel drained and deprived. I felt just the opposite.  I felt a sense of clarity and wholeness.  Maybe it was just the dopaminergic surges going through my brain from completing a new challenging diet and having great results.  Maybe it was the combination of two dietary philosophies and having a greater understanding of utilizing my diet as a tool to function at a greater state of health.  Either way, I use this story to help spark further excitement of how to use your eating plan to your benefit.

 

Recently, a fellow colleague said, “treat the patient and not the symptom.”  It was refreshing to hear because it reminded me again of the amazing opportunity I have each day to influence patients about their diet and lifestyle.  When people say don’t discuss politics and religion, I often fire back, “don’t forget diet”.  What I mean by this is that through my experience of discussing and making dietary recommendations, people can get very emotional about the topic.  Everyone thinks they have already done that diet or wants to “one up” me in the discussion about some detail of a diet.  The fact of the matter is that I don’t know it all and I enjoy learning new things about diet, but when I recommend blending two dietary philosophies, it is often an effort to make my patients further understand how powerful diet is in their lives.  Let’s take again, for example, a ketogenic diet.  This is a high-fat diet that can give the brain an abundance of ketone bodies, which are very efficient in producing energy for the brain.  I like to combine this diet with the Atkins diet concepts.  I always laugh to myself when making this recommendation because people always say, “Oh yeah, I’ve done that diet before”.  People may have indeed done this diet, but when I investigate further and discuss the biochemistry of this diet and how and why it may work, it often starts to go over people’s heads.  I do not do this as an egotistical rant about diet to prove how smart I am when it comes to dietary considerations.  I do this to help educate and hopefully spark some excitement into the minds of my patients.  I have seen it in myself and see it often in my patients, “the thrill is gone.”  It is hard to keep pushing forward with a healthy diet when so many bad influences surround us when it comes time to fueling our bodies with food.  When you eat healthily and feel better because of it, it’s like a freight train moving faster and faster.  It is very hard to slow that momentum down.

Next time you set out on a dietary adventure and try a new eating plan, I urge you to talk to your functional medicine doctor to learn as much about it as possible.  Read about the philosophy of the diet, try to understand the biochemistry of the diet, and certainly look up recipes on the diet so eating is fun and fulfilling.  In doing so, you will be building steam like the freight train.  Soon enough you will be blending dietary concepts and coming up with successful strategies that best fit your body type and propel you down the road to health.  So, get out there and try a new diet!

Dr. Andrew Kender, III
July 5, 2017

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Andrew Kender, Dr. David Hardy, Chiropractic Physicians

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Image compliments of: https://www.walmart.ca/en/kc/blending-food-101/KC1410400120000

45 Simple Lifestyle Changes for a Happier, Healthier You!

No One is in Charge of Your Health or Happiness But You!

“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking” Marcus Aurelius

Sometimes, it’s the simplest things in life that can make the biggest difference.  Below, I’ve listed 45 simple changes to incorporate into your daily life for a happier, healthier you!
  1. Never Skip Breakfast. You will be less likely to reach for something unhealthy later on in the day.
  2. Pray
  3. Create morning rituals you’ll look forward to every day.
  4. Set your intentions for the day before you even get out of bed.
  5. Believe in yourself. You’ve got this!
  6. Drink more water.
  7. Take the stairs.
  8. Always have a healthy snack handy. Almonds or berries will do the trick.
  9. Never go grocery shopping while you are hungry
  10. Spend more time enjoying the outdoors.
  11. Set a goal for the day.
  12. Get more sleep
  13. Never stop learning
  14. Tackle your most important tasks first. Don’t procrastinate
  15. Appreciate the little things in your life.
  16. Wear comfy shoes. I can’t live without my Sanuk’s: http://www.sanuk.com
  17. Sip on herbal tea at the beginning or end of your day.
  18. Sneak some leafy greens into your daily regimen.
  19. Always be kind.
  20. Pay it forward.
  21. Eat less sugar
  22. Do more of the things you love.
  23. Practice Positive thinking.
  24. Work hard. Don’t wish for it work for it.
  25. Exercise daily. A one-hour workout is 4% of your day.
  26. Develop your own nutrition and overall wellness goals.
  27. Surround yourself with good people.
  28. Smile
  29. Take a walk.
  30. Keep trying.
  31. Keep good clean food in your fridge.
  32. Recycle
  33. Practice patience
  34. Always make your bed.
  35. Create a playlist of all of your favorite tunes.
  36. Count your blessings
  37. Eat an apple a day.
  38. Call a loved one
  39. Show compassion
  40. Take it day by day, moment by moment. You are exactly where you are meant to be.
  41. Hold a 30-second plank in the morning.
  42. NO SODA!!
  43. Read
  44. Take a Yoga class. Of course, I was going to say that!
  45. Resist comparing yourself to others. You are YOU-niquely you!

 Go forward in life with a twinkle in your eye and a smile on your face, but with great and strong purpose in your heart.” – Gordon B. Hinkcley

 It’s never too early or too late to work towards being the healthiest you!

What lifestyle changes will you incorporate into your routine?

Joy Vale
June 28, 2017

 
Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Andrew Kender, Dr. David Hardy, Chiropractic Physicians

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“Smiling Makes You Look Younger.”  Creative Dental – Westfield, New Jersey. N.p., 04 Nov. 2016. Web. 05 June 2017.

Why I drink 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) everyday!

You’ve probably heard the claims.  But even if you are aware of all that apple cider vinegar has to offer, you might find it hard to believe that just one food can offer so many benefits. Surprisingly (or maybe not) it’s true!  Drinking apple cider vinegar daily is a sure-fire way to improve every aspect of your health and your life.

Raw, organic, unfiltered and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar (or ‘ACV’ for short) is one of the oldest and most useful remedies on Earth.  It has a wealth of raw enzymes and beneficial bacteria which are why its so healthy.

Just keep in mind that you should never drink apple cider vinegar straight as it can burn your esophagus. Instead, mix one tablespoon with 8 ounces of water. If you don’t like the taste, use a straw to minimize contact with your taste buds. Adding a bit of raw honey can help too.

My reason for taking ACV, I’ve had horrible allergies and sinus issues my entire life. I was the kid that had to go for allergy shots every week. As I got older I did outgrow a lot of my allergies but 3-4 times a year I was hit hard. I thought moving to the south would help but unfortunately, unless I was by the ocean I still had many issues. So I learned to live with taking over the counter allergy and sinus medications. In my 40’s I started to realize that something in the sinus medications was making me depressed so it put me on a mission to find something that I could do naturally. I read tons of articles but what kept coming up repeatedly was add 1 – 2 tablespoons of ACV to a glass of water would do the trick. So, I decided to give it a try. It took time getting used to the flavor and I’ve tried all different concoctions which I will share some of my favorites. But I noticed right away that my sinuses were improving and I hardly ever need to take any over the counter sinus medications. And I haven’t had a sinus infection in years.

Here’s a great site about ACV and your sinuses: http://healthycures.org/7-ways-to-use-apple-cider-vinegar-for-sinus-infection

Here are some of the other great benefits of taking ACV every day.

http://www.rd.com/health/wellness/apple-cider-vinegar-benefits/

  • Apple cider vinegar helps tummy troubles
  • Apple cider vinegar cures hiccups
  • Apple cider vinegar soothes a sore throat
  • Apple cider vinegar could lower cholesterol
  • Apple cider vinegar prevents indigestion
  • Apple cider vinegar clears a stuffy nose
  • Apple cider vinegar aids in weight loss
  • Apple cider vinegar gets rid of dandruff
  • Apple cider vinegar clears acne
  • Apple cider vinegar boosts energy
  • Apple cider vinegar cuts down on nighttime leg cramps
  • Apple cider vinegar banishes bad breath
  • Apple cider vinegar whitens teeth
  • Apple cider vinegar fades bruises
  • Apple cider vinegar helps control blood sugar

Here are some of the more unique uses:

It can soothe sunburned skin.

Add 1 cup to your bath, and soak for 10 minutes to eliminate discomfort from sunburn.

It is used as a natural aftershave.

Fill a bottle with equal parts ACV and water, and shake before applying to the face.

 It is effective in repelling fleas on your pets.

Spray one part vinegar and one part water on your pets’ fur and rubbed in generously. Saturate the entire coat, and continue every day for a few days to a week. Any flea infestation will surely be gone.

 Wash your fruits and veggies:

It helps reduce the number of Salmonella bacteria on fresh salad vegetables and was especially effective when mixed with lemon juice. Many people also use a vinegar-based mixture to wash their fruits and vegetables after they buy them from the store. Even if your produce is organic, there are likely still pesticides on it and this is a great way to wash those off and eliminate any germs from your fresh fruits and veggies.

Some great recipes: http://blog.paleohacks.com/apple-cider-vinegar-drink/#

A couple of my favorites are:

Ginger Lemon Mocktail

This invigorating drink is just the thing to sip on during a warm, sunny day.

Recipe: Gnowflins | Ginger Lemon Mocktail

Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie

Apple cider vinegar gets a sweet upgrade with fresh blueberries, strawberries, and bananas.

Recipe: Kitchen Missus | Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie

Nancy Boardman
June 21, 2017

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Andrew Kender, Dr. David Hardy, Chiropractic Physicians

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Great Grilling Recipes!

Well, the weather is finally getting nice and we all are eager to break out the grills and have some backyard barbecues.  Don’t go for the old fatty and nasty burgers and dogs.  This year let’s try something new, healthy and delicious.  Get the gang together and try some of these healthy delicious recipes.

HAWAIIAN CHICKEN AND PINEAPPLE SKEWERS

1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into chunks

¼ cup pineapple juice

¼ cup low sodium soy sauce

3 tsp Splenda

1 tsp Ketchup

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 ½ cup cubed fresh pineapple

2 large Bell peppers, cut into pieces

1 medium red onion, cut into pieces

Olive oil, for brushing

Kosher salt

Freshly ground pepper

Lime wedges for serving

  1. Whisk together pineapple juice, aminos (in place of soy sauce), SPLENDA® Sweetener, ketchup, garlic, and ginger. Pour into a large resealable bag and add chicken. Let marinate in the refrigerator at least 4 hours and up to overnight.
  2. Thread chicken, pineapple, peppers, and onion onto skewers. (Discard bag with marinade.)
  3. Heat a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat. Brush each skewer with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill skewers, turning occasionally until chicken is nicely charred and cooked through about 12 minutes. Serve with lime wedges.

Steak Fajita Skewers

1 lb sirloin steak, cut into large cubes

1 bunch scallions, cut into thirds

1 pack small, gluten-free tortillas, torn into large pieces

4 large bell peppers, cut into large pieces

8 skewers soaked in water for 20 minutes

Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

  1. Preheat grill to medium-high. Skewer steak, scallions, tortillas (folded), and peppers. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Grill, turning occasionally until steak is medium rare and vegetables are tender and slightly charred about 7 minutes.

WATERMELON STRAWBERRY CAPRESE SALAD

3 cups watermelon, cubed

2 cups strawberries, chopped

½ cup feta cheese, crumbled

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

¼ cup fresh Basil, torn

  1. In a large bowl, combine watermelon, strawberries, feta and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and toss to coat.
  2. Garnish with basil and serve.

WATERMELON SALSA –aka Fire and Ice (my favorite)

½ half red onion, finely chopped

1 jalapeno, finely chopped  (seeded if you prefer less heat)

Juice of 2 limes

¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

Zest of 1 lime

Pinch of salt

Combine diced watermelon, cucumber, red onion, cilantro, jalapeño, garlic, lime juice, and salt in a bowl. Let sit 10 to 20 minutes to let flavors meld.  Serve with chips – or better yet – use as a topping on your grilled chicken or shrimp.

You can also make this with strawberries in place of the watermelon.

HAPPY SUMMER GRILLING!

Barb Schrader
June 14, 2017

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Andrew Kender, Dr. David Hardy, Chiropractic Physicians

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 Receipes from Delish.com

Salt, Water and Sugar: Gold Nugget Tips to Choosing the Best One

When choosing a food source it is important to understand why.  I didn’t think much about it until I put thought into what foods I put into my body.  It is always easy to say that I would like to put something more natural into my body.  Key features exist in food sources and are often misunderstood.  The goal is for you to understand some key differences in these products that we come in contact with almost every day.

Salt

Salt has been around as history has record.  It has uses well beyond just seasoning food.  When it comes to choosing salt, we have many choices on the market and it is now understood that choosing a more natural salt is better.  We are inundated with iodized sea salt.  The most common brand I have seen is Morton’s iodized salt.  This is fine and dandy when in a pinch and need to add some flavor to a recipe, but for daily use, we can make a better choice.  Sea salt now includes a variety of trace minerals and we need these minerals to help cellular reaction occur in our body.  You can have well over 75 trace minerals in different varieties of sea salt.  If you get the regular Morton’s table salt, it only has two minerals.  By using sea salt, you will give you body more of the nutrients it needs for your metabolism.

Water

It is amazing to me that the ratio of water in our bodies compared to the ratio of water on the earth is very similar.  We know how important it is because the human body will expire without water much sooner than if we didn’t eat food.  When making a choice on which water to preferably drink comes as an extremely loaded question.  I have spent much time researching water and have concluded that natural spring water suits me best when choosing my drinking water source.  Let’s keep it simple.  Compare distilled water to spring water.  Distilled water is processed by boiling water through a distillery and capturing it in a clean container for use.  When it goes through this process you are left with the purest of water molecules because everything else is evaporated out or left behind in the original container from which it was boiled.  What is often left behind is precious minerals that would stay in the water if you were drinking it straight from the spring source.  It is very similar to salt that traces ionic minerals are naturally found in spring water sources and this water is more beneficial and easier for the body to process.  At the end of the day, I don’t want anyone to over think his or her water consumption and choose not to drink water because you don’t like the source.  I like to call this breed of people “water snobs”.  Rather, make sure you are drinking ample amounts.  If you are not sure what that is, then make sure to drink enough water that the urine runs clear at some point of the day and that you urinate at least three to four times throughout the day.

Sugar

Sugar is another example that you can make a better choice on the microparticles that can exist within its crystalline structure.  We have for years used white sugar as the mainstay for our cooking recipes and it is often used in abundance due to how cheap it is through its commercial production.  This, in my opinion, is the main culprit of all the sickness and disease that plagues the world.  In the year 1820, we ate less than 20 pounds of sugar per year.  Now in current day 2017, some people consume on average over 130 pounds of sugar per year!!(2) People literally eat their own body weight in some cases of sugar each year.  So what I am about to explain, when choosing a better sugar, please don’t take it as a reason to add another tablespoon to your coffee.

Cane sugar is like salt and water in the fact that it has trace elements found in it.  White sugar has non-trace elements.  The natural cane sugar can give your body some of the trace nutrients that help metabolism, but I still don’t feel that the good outweighs the bad in this case.  So next time you are baking in the kitchen and the recipe calls for sugar, don’t be afraid to try cane sugar versus white sugar.

Any way you break it down; no one is going to argue with a more natural source of food when it comes down to it.  Trace minerals are a very important part of your metabolism and hundreds of thousands of Americans are suffering from simple trace mineral deficiencies.  If you are one who has never thought about your salt, sugar, or water source, then now is the time to make the change.  So next time you are cruising through Wal-Mart and have nothing better to do, pick up these products and read the source.  Get motivated, and make a better choice!

Dr. Andrew J Kender III DC
June 7, 2017

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Andrew Kender, Dr. David Hardy, Chiropractic Physicians

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Adventure Is Out There! – 7 Inexpensive Ohio Day Trips

Take a Road Trip…It’s Good for the Soul!

With summer just around the corner, are you ready for an adventure? It’s definitely good for the Soul!  Some of you may remember Northeast Ohio’s most popular TV travel reporter, Neil Zurcher’s,  long-running series on fox 8 news, titled “One Tank Trips”.  Mr. Zurcher reported on his favorite local getaways and has inspired me to get out and live a little! I’m ready for a road trip and to spend some quality time outdoors with my family. With a little preparation and a tank of gas, there are so many amazing places to visit in Ohio. My favorite destinations are those that need just one tank and deliver a little adventure. Here are a few of my summer destinations:

Put-In-Bay nicknamed the “Key West of the North” – South Bass Island in Put-in-Bay Township, Ottawa County, Ohio

You can Jet Express to the heart of Put-In-Bay and enjoy a weekend full of shopping, boating, sunbathing and charter boat fishing. The island offers lovely, quaint bed and breakfasts’, historical events and a vibrant nightlife full of live music and entertainment.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Peninsula  – Peninsula Depot 1630 W. Mill Street Peninsula, Ohio 44264

Take an excursion on a Vintage Class III railroad operating on diesel-electric and steam power through Peninsula, Ohio.  My Favorite thing to do is Ride the Rail and Bike the Trail!  The railroad runs along the Towpath trail.  We often bike the trail in one direction, enjoy lunch and then hop on the train for a relaxing ride back to the car or you can even do it in reverse!

Nelson Kennedy Ledges – 12001 Nelson Ledge Road, Garrettsville, Ohio

This destination is popular for cliff diving, hiking, biking, camping, and swimming.  The ledges have a deep history dating back to the Ice Age and were once an operating rock quarry.   Throughout the summer Nelson Ledges is host to many special events!   Be sure to google upcoming events when planning your trip.

The Gorge Located 1160 Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44223

This scenic Metro Park provides access to Mary Campbell Cave, hiking and spectacular sound and scenery.  It’s good for the Soul!

Heineman’s Winery and the Crystal Cave Located 978 Catawba Avenue, Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456

In 1897, while workers were digging a well for the winery 40 feet above, they discovered celestine crystals up to 3 feet in width.  Heineman’s Crystal Cave is home to the world’s largest geode.  You will enjoy Mother Nature’s beautiful creation on a tour of the Winery’s caves.  Then, enjoy tastings in the beautiful wine garden.

Short North Arts District – Address N High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Known as the Art and Soul of Columbus!  Explore the arts district known for its wide variety of unique gifts, amazing art, fabulous food, nightlife, home decor and fashion.  This is one of my most favorite places to stroll.  Art is everywhere you look! Be sure to visit my favorite attraction the North Market Farmer’s Market.  The market is full of fresh fish, meat and produce.  You’ll never have the same experience twice!

Topiary Park – 480 E. Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215

This Topiary Garden is both a work of art and a work of nature!  Be sure to take the self-guided tour which provides the “artist’s view”, the history and many fun facts. 

Ohio is full of hidden gems!  I urge you to take a one tank road trip to nourish your soul!  Below are a few tips to successfully plan your next road trip:

  1. Pick 3 must see or do things for each person on your road trip. 
  2. Don’t try and see or do it all on 1 tank. Plan a future destination.
  3. Google your destination for upcoming events. Yelp can also be a very resourceful tool.
  4. Check the weather report.
  5. Buckle up and enjoy the ride!

Have you found a hidden gem in Ohio?  I would love to plan a new destination!

Joy Vale
May 24, 2017

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Andrew Kender, Dr. David Hardy, Chiropractic Physicians
 
To schedule an appointment, click here.