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
 
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What is Your Color and What Does it Say About You?

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE COLOR?

Did you know that colors play a role in your health and personality?  Your favorite color can tell psychologists a lot about you.
For instance, RED represents health, fire, heat, blood, passion, will power, survival, anger, temper, danger, destructions.  Red stimulates, excites and acts as an irritant. It gives a person a sense of power.  We use red to energize and encourage movement, instant response, passion.  For example – red traffic lights, the Red Cross, etc.
People who love the color red live life to the fullest and are tenacious and determined in their endeavors.
ORANGE is a happy, joyful, creative and warm color, combining physical energy with mental qualities.  It is the color of creativeness and adaptability. It induces a general sense of well-being and cheerfulness.  Orange symbolizes warmth and prosperity and relates to self-respect.    An orange wall in a dining room promotes family union.  An orange sunset promotes relaxation.
People who love the color orange are forever the optimist.  They fully expect something wonderful is about to happen. They have perfected being present, living in the moment and focusing on what and who is in front of them.  They are social animals/social butterflies and mediators.
YELLOW is the color of intellect and perception.  In the old days, it was the color that symbolized life and joy.  Yellow relates to self-worth and to how we feel about ourselves.  It is the color of the personality and ego.  It is psychologically good for despondent and melancholic conditions. It is the color for clear thinking, detachment, brightness, confidence, charm.  For instance, businessmen often wear yellow ties for self-confidence.
People who love yellow enjoy learning and sharing their knowledge with others.  Finding happiness comes easy to them and others would compare them to the sunshine.
GREEN is the color of love, progress, youth, inexperience, fertility, hope, balance and new life.  It is also the color of jealousy, envy, and superstition as it is the color of feelings.  It is also a calming and quieting color.  Worn by surgeons to calm the patient green builds up the immune system.  It also fights stress: e.g. a walk through a green field promotes relaxation.
People who love the color green are often affectionate, loyal and frank.  Green lovers are also aware of what others think of them and consider their reputation very important.
BLUE is psychologically more soothing than green in emotional conditions.  It is the color for meditation and spiritual expansion, as it relaxes the mind.  Blue is the color of truth, devotion, calmness, and sincerity. It is the color of higher mental qualities. Blue relates to self-expression.  It is the color of peace, comfort, and reliability.  Blue hospital signs support tranquility, patience, and health, while blue uniforms inspire security and reliability.
People who love the color blue love harmony, are reliable, sensitive and always make an effort to think of others. They like to keep things clean and tidy and feel that stability is the most important aspect of life.
INDIGO is psychologically a good color for discipline structure, faith, and efficiency. It is also considered to help clear away addictive emotions.  Indigo brings up fears, encourages and inspires self-responsibility. Service to humanity is one of the strengths of the color indigo. Powerful and dignified, indigo conveys integrity and deep sincerity. It symbolizes structure, focus, and duty: e.g. dark blue indigo business suits, school uniforms, etc.
People who love the color indigo are honest, compassionate and understanding. Integrity is extremely important to them.  They need structure in their life – organization is important to them and they are quite inflexible when it comes to ordering their life.  They love rituals and traditions. They look to the past when planning for the future. They are conscientious and reliable – a good person to have around in a crisis. They may have a great need to acquire qualifications. Being a personality color indigo indicates you are hungry for the meaning of life.
VIOLET is psychologically related to self-knowledge and spiritual awareness.  It is considered a healing color it encourages between ego and spirit.  It is a powerful color and color therapy with violet is not recommended for children. It represents the future, the imagination, and dreams, while spiritually calming the emotions. Violet inspires and enhances psychic ability and spiritual enlightenment, while, at the same time, keeping us grounded.  It’s a relaxing, spiritual color used in churches, funerals (to feel closer to God for comfort and understanding) therapeutic rooms, old people’s homes; it takes people’s minds off daily worries.
People who love violet are artistic and unique.  They have a great respect for people but at times are arrogant. They are sensitive and compassionate, understanding and supportive, thinking of others before themselves. They are a gentle and free spirit. Your feelings run deep and you are quite sensitive to hurtful comments from others, although you would never show it.
So what’s your favorite color? And what does that say about you?
Barbara Schrader
May 11, 2016
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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http://lighttherapyuk.com/colour%20therapy%20how%20to%20use.htm
https://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/happiness

Get Sprung – 4 Real Benefits to Gardening

GardeningAs we quickly move away from the winter months and into to spring season, I’d like to take a moment to stop and smell the roses. Figuratively speaking that is, because the roses are nowhere near in bloom yet here in Northeast Ohio. I always forget how refreshing it is to see the new growth on the trees, the perennials blooming from the bare ground, and Home Depot rolling out there spring selection in the gardening center. I catch spring fever knowing that it is time to get outside and get growing. Whether I am setting up a small urban garden or planting new evergreens to bring more life to the land, I am always reminded of how Mother Nature can be such a recharge for the batteries that get drained in my soul from time to time.

Gardening brings an abundance of health and wellness in a variety of ways that we don’t even consider. It is that innate primal instinct that draws us to get our hands dirty and get growing. Think about these 4 key health benefits when you are debating whether or not you are going to get to the landscape this spring and summer season.

#1 Cardiovascular and Physical Well Being

No matter what size of a project you take on, you have to put a degree of physicality into your work. Whether it is lifting those heavy bags of mulch or turning up soil with your hand tools to cultivate the earth, you are sure to work up a sweat in doing so. Like any other form of exercise, you must be active for at least thirty minutes for it to be considered exercise. Studies show that gardening can rank right up there with bicycling and walking in regards to how it can help our bodies stay fit. (1)

#2 Brain Health

Not only will your body benefit from the cardiovascular and strength component of gardening, your brain will also benefit from the increase of blood flow and oxygen to the brain. Other ways that gardening often helps the brain is by stimulating both right and left-brain activity. Maybe you got your tax refund and you are budgeting in that new landscape design which puts you into left-brain mode. The analytical side of the brain is the left-brain and you will shunt more blood flow to that hemisphere. You also can fire off the right brain just as equal when designing that landscape project you just budgeted. The artistic right side of your brain will begin to recruit energy to it when designing any project. The right brain is the creative brain and you will have to be creative to envision a landscape masterpiece and put it together.

#3 Vitamin D

The Center for Disease Control has at one point estimated that at least one third of Americans are living vitamin D deficient. (2) That alone stands as a major reason to get out and do some gardening. When your body is exposed to the sunshine you are naturally synthesizing vitamin D in your skin cells. Vitamin D can be synthesized into healthy levels with only 5-30 minutes of sun exposure twice per week. If this doesn’t encourage you to get out and get some sun then I don’t know what else does.

#4 Healthy Micro biome Potential

For those of you who don’t know what a micro biome is and the importance of it, then I am glad you are reading this blog. The micro biome is a collection of all the natural bugs and bacterium that populate the different regions of the body. Specifically the skin has a micro biome rich with a variety of species that help make up a healthy skin micro biome. It is uncanny the similarities of our skin micro biome and the soil microbes. Each time we put our hands into the soil, we help populate the healthy critters that should be balanced and in abundance for a healthy skin micro biome. (3) Staphylococcus aureus is a nasty little critter that can wreak havoc on the body if one becomes infected. One of the best ways to prevent such infection is to have a healthy variety of skin micro biome to fight off the foreign invaders. One of the most important and abundant bacteria is staphylococcus epidermidis. The skin micro biome is gaining a lot of attention recently and advances in the way you can support it are growing at an exponential rate. Stay tuned to my next blog for more exciting info on the skin micro biome!

All around I can’t think of many reasons why you wouldn’t want to garden this springtime. It has been a part of culture since the beginning of time and can help us reconnect our roots with Mother Nature. The health benefits mentioned above are just the tip of the iceberg. Get out there and get growing.

Dr. Andrew Kender III DC
May 3, 2016

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, Chiropractic Physicians

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https://wellnessmama.com/130266/skin-microbiome/

So, What Is a Nightshade Vegetable? And Should I Be Eating Them?

Recently I’ve been working with our patients in the therapy department.  Often, they come into therapy right after seeing the doctor. In the last few weeks, I’ve been asked, “The Doctor told me I can’t have any nightshade vegetables; is a green pepper [or some other vegetable] a nightshade vegetable?” I say I’m not sure and will check with the Doctor. Or, we will print out a list.  This has prompted me to learn about nightshade vegetables and I thought I’d share my research with you.

What exactly is a nightshade vegetable? Nightshade vegetables are part of the Solanaceae plant family, which has well over 2,000 different species!

The variety extends well beyond vegetables to include innocuous flowers, such as morning glories, and even toxic herbs, such as belladonna. There are even nightshade trees.  Still, the vegetables are a prominent part of the family, so much so, that Solanaceae is sometimes called the “potato family” or “tomato family.” The main edible members of the family that you should know are:

  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Peppers

So why are these vegetables fine for some and bad for others?

If you are a person that struggles with food sensitivities, allergies, autoimmune disease, inflammatory bowel disease or leaky gut syndrome, there is a chance that a nightshade could be contributing to your health condition.  If you have a sensitivity, you may experience diarrhea, gas, bloating, nausea, painful joints, headaches, and depression from consuming nightshades.

This blog was very helpful as I was doing my research: https://paleoleap.com/nightshades/

Nightshades contain two primary toxins: Saponins and Lectins.
Both of these chemicals play a major role in increasing intestinal permeability, laying the groundwork for a variety of modern conditions.

Saponins are natural chemicals in some plants that can impair health by creating holes in the intestinal lining. A perforated intestine is vulnerable to any microbes and toxins that may enter the bloodstream. Foods high in saponins are potato skins and potato chips with the skins. Ripe tomatoes have low levels of toxic saponins. However green tomatoes and “hot house” tomatoes, or those that are harvested before they are ripe, are exceedingly high in these toxins. Peppers are high in saponins, such as bell peppers, cayenne pepper, chipotle, chili pepper, paprika, jalapeño pepper, pimento, serrano pepper, ancho, habanero, and tabasco.

Lectins are natural proteins in plants that are cell code breakers. Our cell walls are covered with chemical receptors to protect and make sure entry of only the right compounds. Lectins can crack the codes and trick the cell into doing things it normally would not do. Lectins can bypass our defenses, “getting behind the lines” to travel all over the body. Lectins can penetrate the protective mucus of the small intestine, promote cell division at the wrong time, and even cause cell death. Lectins can perforate the intestinal wall, or trick the immune system to thinking there’s an intruder, causing an allergic reaction.

Lectins and Saponins act like a Trojan Horse intruder into the intestines, exposing the body to microbes and toxins that would normally be destroyed by a healthy immune system.

Here is a good list of nightshade vegetables.

  • Ashwagandha
  • Bell peppers (a.k.a. sweet peppers)
  • Bush tomato
  • Cape gooseberry (also known as ground cherries—not to be confused with regular cherries)
  • Cocona
  • Eggplant
  • Garden huckleberry (not to be confused with regular huckleberries)
  • Goji berries (a.k.a. wolfberry)
  • Hot peppers (such as chili peppers, jalapenos, habaneros, chili-based spices, red pepper, cayenne)
  • Kutjera
  • Naranjillas
  • Paprika
  • Pepinos
  • Pimentos
  • Potatoes (but not sweet potatoes)
  • Tamarillos
  • Tomatillos
  • Tomatoes

While this is a very complete list of edible nightshades, note that many of those listed include dozens of varieties.  There are many, many varieties of hot peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, and even something like 200 varieties of potatoes, for example.  And the number of products including nightshades is enormous.  In fact, if a label lists the vague ingredient “spices”, that almost always includes paprika.  Many spice blends, like curry and steak spice, usually contain nightshades (for more information see Spices on the Autoimmune Protocol).   You might find ingredients such as sambal, shichimi, or tabasco listed and not immediately realize that those are sauces made with hot peppers.  In fact, there are thousands of varieties of hot sauce, all of which contain nightshades. https://www.thepaleomom.com/what-are-nightshades

The next time a patient asks me if a green pepper is a nightshade vegetable I will have the answer and a lot more information.

Nancy Boardman
April 12, 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, Chiropractic Physicians
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Source: Dr. Loren Cordain, professor and author of “The Paleo Diet”.  Find Dr. Cordain’s complete articles here: #1 Potatoes#2 Tomatoes#3 Peppers.

 

Are you Coo Coo for Coconuts? How to Jump on the Coconut Oil Bandwagon!

It took me a while to jump on the Coconut Oil bandwagon. I’ve used it off and on over the last few years, I still was more of an Olive Oil kind of woman. But over the last 6 months I’ve made the change and now am almost only Coconut Oil and occasionally Olive Oil.

Why did I change?  I kept reading about all the benefits for my health.

Coconut oil is high in natural saturated fats. Saturated fats not only increase the healthy cholesterol (known as HDL) in your body, but also help to convert the LDL “bad” cholesterol into good cholesterol. By Increasing the HDL’s in the body, it helps promote heart health, and lower the risk of heart disease.

Some of the Scientific Benefits:

Increases Weight Loss

Builds Muscle

Can Help Fight Infection

Helps Lose Abdominal Fat

Curbs Appetite

Increases Metabolism

Moisturizes Skin

Prevents Gum Disease and Tooth Decay

Protects your Kidney and Liver

Reduces Inflammation and Arthritis

Improves Digestion

Supports Thyroid Functioning

And there are more……

 

Many people misinterpret the term “virgin” coconut oil as not being  oil that is not refined at all; however, all coconut oil is refined considering oil does not actually grow on trees. Therefore, virgin coconut oil actually refers to oil that is the least refined.  That being said, most nutritionists will, understandably, only recommend virgin coconut oil to avoid the adverse affects that refining may have on the last oil product.

It’s recommended to consume two tablespoons of coconut oil per day.

Here are some great recipes:  http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/slideshow/how-to-cook-with-coconut-oil

Some of my personal favorites are: Any vegetable that you would roast with Olive Oil make the switch to Coconut Oil.

I love taking a Butternut Squash, microwaving it for 1 minute or so and then peeling it (microwaving it makes it easier to peel).  I then remove the seeds and cut up in bite size pieces. I will then cut up a sweet onion. Put in a gallon size bag; add Coconut Oil and some sea salt. Put in the oven at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes.

I also love putting Coconut Oil in the pan heating it up and adding any vegetables that I have, cooking until tender adding some spinach and then adding eggs depending on how many people you are serving… Delish!

Roasted Chicken: Preheat your oven to 300 – 350 degrees. Take a roasting chicken and rub coconut oil on the outside and under the breast of the chicken and skin add lemon pepper on the outside cut up a lemon and put it  the chicken cavity with some onion. Add whatever vegetable you want to surround your chicken.  Add a little chicken broth in the bottom of the pan and let cook uncovered until done. It’s done when you insert a thermometer into a meaty part of the leg (avoiding the bone.) When the temperature reaches 165 degrees, pull the bird from the oven. Let rest 10 minutes. Kitchen Tip: thigh meat is forgiving, even if overcooked. Cook 1 ½ – 2 hours.  https://cooking.nytimes.com/guides/11-how-to-roast-chicken

Here is my favorite brand of Coconut Oil Nature Way: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_2_11?url=search-alias%3Dgrocery&field-keywords=nature+way+coconut+oil&sprefix=Nature+Way+%2Caps%2C177&crid=3NR9NDLR5PSJK

Here’s some information on how to use Coconut oil with your skin. http://blog.paleohacks.com/coconut-oil-for-skin/#

I know you can get your 2 tablespoons in daily and you will start to see all the benefits!

Nancy Boardman
March 29, 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, Chiropractic Physicians

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Make March Matter – 12 Tips!

Make Choices That Matter!

Throughout this great adventure of life, we have countless choices.  The culmination of these choices has led us to where we are right now.  The decisions we make and the result of how we got there either lead us down a path of self-improvement or to become more independent.  Each decision has resulted in an outcome.  Often times these decisions come with great reward or great disappointment.  Choose wisely.  Make choices that matter!
After a recent bump in my road, I forced myself to make some difficult choices and forced to make some lifestyle changes that I was not ready to make.  I can either let the disappointment consume me and my thoughts, feel sorry for myself, or accept the challenges I must face.  I choose to let it lead me on a path of self-improvement.  I choose to move on and focus on God’s plan for me and my family.  I want to continue to focus on what matters most in my life.  I’m going to make March matter by embracing the changes in my life and continue to focus on growing from my choices.  The spring flowers begin to bloom, encouraging us that in each new day and with each new season we can grow.
Let’s make March matter!
Choose to Invest in yourself. Invest in yourself both physically and mentally so that you can move forward with a clear mind and a positive attitude. Make healthy choices. Physical activity and proper nutrition will be empowering.
Choose to invest in those around you. Choose to listen, love and encourage.
Choose Acceptance. Accept that you cannot control every outcome but that you can control how you respond to it.  Live in the moment and understand what it is teaching you.
Every day choose to focus on what is most important to you and your family and how you can move forward in a positive way.
Choose to surround yourself with people who bring out the best in you. Those you can talk to and work through your choices.  Let go of toxic relationships and invest in the good ones.
Embrace the moment and the choices that led you here. When something is good, recognize it.  When it is bad, recognize it.  Make a choice to appreciate the good and learn and move on from the bad.
Choose to live well. Take pride in your home and yourself, your car and you work space.  Clear the clutter, wear lipstick, go through the car wash and add your favorite picture to your office decor.
Learn to be content with your choices. There will always be unforeseen outcomes. Remember you don’t always have to know what to do, or the best choice to make, you’ve never been here before.
Choose how you show up. Your energy will set the tone of the room.  You can brighten someone’s day simply by smiling. Choose to give the best version of yourself.
Choose to give. Pay it forward. Helping others will, in turn, give you a sense of comfort with your choices.
Make decisions that you 100% believe in. Stand proud of your of your decisions. If you can’t, it’s probably not the best decision.
It’s up to you! Happiness is a choice too!
Choosing happiness is a choice we all need to make in the month of March!  I urge you to find beauty in the changing season.  Each day brings about new opportunity to live the best version of yourself.  I encourage you to make March matter.  Choose wisely.   Live your life with gumption and make meaningful, wise decisions. Not only will it matter for you but it will matter for everyone around you!
How will you make March matter?
Joy Vale
March 15, 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, Chiropractic Physicians

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“11 Things To Appreciate About Spring.” Odyssey. N.p., 11 Apr. 2016. Web. 27 Feb. 2017.

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Daylight Savings Time Can Make You Healthier!

As we quickly close out February, we begin March and another daylight savings time.  Daylight savings is Sunday,  March 12, 2017, this year.  Some dread the idea of losing an hour of sleep but with it also comes more daylight hours to get out and enjoy the nature that surrounds us.  It’s the beginning of warmer weather too!  As I continue to grow in this world, I try to find a breath of fresh air anywhere I can.  I like to commit to those things that bring happiness and health into my life.  I would like to use the daylight savings this year to get you on the road to better health.
I remember doing my first “detox” fresh out of Chiropractic school.  A book inspired it and the detox included a special cocktail made with apple cider vinegar, lemons, and other ingredients I don’t remember. What I do remember was that it was a bitter drink and added to the excitement of cleansing the body.  I was given foods to eat and avoid and I remember to this day the health and wellness it brought that summer.  Since then I have personally done multiple different detoxes and recommended thousands of detoxes to my patients with great success.  Well, it’s that time again folks, with the seasons beginning to change then so should your diet.  I urge those out there reading to use the daylight savings event as a catalyst to propel you into the abyss of health and get busy on some form of new eating plan and supplement regimen.  Some of us just finished a “New Years cleanse” and are saying “Dr. Kender I just did a cleanse at the beginning of the year!”  Well, that’s great and it’s time to get busy again.  My good friend from Chiropractic school helped inspire the idea of the “quarterly cleanse” which I quickly adopted.  It makes perfect sense to me in northeast Ohio.  Every time the season changes is a good time to do a “detox”.  Daylight savings just happens to fall around that quarterly mark and so begins another journey.  You only have one life to live so you can either get busy being healthy or you can keep being a lump on a log and do nothing!  What’s it going to be?
How about resetting your sleep patterns these daylight savings?  Does anyone remember who said, “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise”?  I’m sure most of you have heard that Benjamin Franklin quote.  I love this quote and have used it and will continue to use it until the day I die because it gets me fired up to try to get a good night’s rest and get up and embrace the day with excitement and passion.  Usually, this works better in the fall because it gets darker earlier but do not let that be your excuse to try to reach a goal of getting more rest. At least half to 75% of my patients have some form of sleep complaint.  Sleep issues come in all shapes and colors.  Problems falling asleep or staying asleep are the two most common complaints.  The reasons why vary for each person.  I have found in my private practice that health related issues can cause a lack of good rest, which is recovered with proper support.  But what do other professionals say about adjusting to the time change?  WebMD says, “it takes about one day to adjust for each hour of time change”. (1) Whatever gets you fired up, make it happen.  As the late Michael Jackson once sang, “I’m looking at the man in the mirror, Ohh, I’m asking him to change his ways, Ohh.”  It’s all about attitude; you’ve got to want to make the difference.
How about using the extra daylight to do something physical.  Take that jog in the morning that you keep talking about.  The park is open at daylight and closes at dusk so your excuse that the park isn’t open until sunrise does not work anymore so get out there and “git er dun” …You know who you are reading this;)  Maybe you get up and tend a little slice of the garden that you’ve been talking about doing for the last three summers and never did.  Whatever it might be, use the daylight and extra time to make something happen that brings health and happiness to your soul, because we all have things tearing at us each day.  If we can’t keep our positivity at least 51% and our negativity down below 49% then the devil wins.  That’s no good.
This blog is only simply intended to have you do something great with yourself this change of season.  I will be committing to the quarterly cleanse and my second round begins on the daylight savings time clock.  I’m sure I’ll add a few things to the list as I still have two weeks to think about it and hopefully you do too.  Remember,  “[t]he power that made the body, heals the body”
Yours in peace and prosperity,
Dr. Andrew J Kender III DC
March 8, 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, Chiropractic Physicians
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[1] http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/features/coping-with-time-changes
Picture thanks to: https://futurism.com/20083/

How Tough Are You? You Must Be Mentally Tough – About Your Health!

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Do You Have the Mental Toughness to Be Healthy?  

As I was preparing for my APEX Clearvite Detox and reading everything it entailed I started to get overwhelmed. It was 21 days of mostly vegetables, along with supplements, shakes and then I read, I couldn’t eat sugar, dairy, red meat and for one week no animal protein. WHAT? I’m not sure I can go a day without cheese.  Then I took a moment and thought about why I chose to do this. I needed to detoxify my liver; this organ is responsible for removing toxins from my body. The liver changes toxic agents into harmless agents and waste products in a two-phase detoxification process. It is, therefore, normal that some toxins are present in the liver because this where the body sends them for processing. A problem develops, however, when a buildup of inorganic and organic toxins begins to inhibit Phase I and Phase II detoxification. Removing these foreign substances from the body will help the liver get back to operating at optimal levels. But mostly I was looking forward to how I would feel:

  • Weight loss
  • Feel and look younger
  • Increase my energy

As I thought about it, I realized that, physically, my body would be fine. It was a matter of preparing myself mentally. I needed to get mentally tough if I wanted to succeed. What is Mental Toughness?   It is “a measure of individual resilience and confidence that may predict success in health, sport, education and the workplace.” [1] “Mental toughness” is often used colloquially to refer to any set of positive attributes that helps a person to cope with difficult situations. I always say I can do anything for 30 days. And this was only 21 days! But I knew I need to prepare my mind for success. So, I read a few books on Mental Toughness.  These two were my favorites: (1) The Art of Mental Training by DC Gonzales with Alice McVeigh and Training Camp What the Best Do Better Than Everyone Else by Jon Gordon.  I also did some research on the internet.  Here are a few of my favorite blogs on this topic.

  1. http://womenshealthconversations.com/hot-for-your-health/strong-body-strong-mind/

Dr. Kellie Middleton said, “If you want to be the best possible version of yourself, it’s essential that you give your body and mind the tools that they need in order to thrive. Use this as your guide to unlock your true potential by understanding and implementing the mind-body connection in your everyday life.”

  1. http://examinedexistence.com/14-ways-to-develop-and-improve-mental-toughness/

This blog was great to help me think outside of my daily routine, and most of the things they suggested would be a lot harder than what I chose to put in my mouth for 21 days. The idea of kickboxing would be fun but actually doing it – –  I just don’t know.

  1. http://lifehacker.com/how-and-why-to-develop-your-mental-toughness-1619305771

This helped me set up my game plan and be prepared for other things that may happen during the 21 days of the detox.

Now that I’ve done my research, I know I can do this! I am motivated and I put a game plan together. I knew the key was preparation, preparation, preparation. How many times have we all heard this and it’s always true so why don’t we always prepare ahead of time? I wrote down a list of vegetables I loved. I looked up recipes that fit within the guidelines. I went shopping and prepped meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I know me and I know I couldn’t have choices.  It needed to be set ahead of time and ready to go.  I prepped my supplements so that they were easily accessible so I wouldn’t forget. I set my alarm on my phone so I didn’t miss taking them. I also had plenty of support; both my Mom and my sister were doing the detox with me.  And, of course, everyone at work was supportive. Most did the detox in January. I’m ready.  I’ve got this!

I’m a little over half way there and it’s been easier than I thought. I have lost some weight and my energy level is high.  I’m not sure I look 5 years younger but I’m feeling younger. I do miss my cheese. I’ve been out to dinner and I was fine. I must admit I did eat one french fry when I took my nephews to McDonald’s as treat.  It tasted greasy and very salty so one was enough.  I’m on no meat week now so I’m ready to add chicken back into my life. Only 2 days… I know if I hadn’t mentally prepared for this detox I would have cheated in the first week. But I kept telling myself I can do anything for 21 days and I’m only helping myself which will enable me to help others.

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Nancy Boardman
February 22, 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, Chiropractic Physicians

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[1]  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mental_toughness

Love is in the Air and in Our Hearts!

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Love is in the Air and in our Hearts!

As the love holiday approaches, we focus our attention on Valentine’s Day. How did Valentines Day originate you may ask? There are many different stories behind this question but the popular belief is that it began with a saint – St. Valentine. He was a priest from Rome in the third century AD. “An Emperor named Claudius II had banned marriage because he thought married men were bad soldiers. Valentine felt this was unfair, so he broke the rules and arranged marriages in secret. When Claudius found out, he threw Valentine in jail and sentenced him to death. There, he fell in love with the jailer’s daughter and on the 14th of February (his execution date), he sent her a love letter signed ‘from your Valentine’.”
What heart-2017an interesting story… and while celebrating Valentine’s Day is all in good fun, the month of February is significant for another reason as well. This month we recognize and raise awareness for American Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, heart disease causes 1 in 4 deaths. This month, our goal is to take measures towards preventing heart disease.  In order to spread awareness, we urge you to try to incorporate spices into your meals instead of salt. Salt raises the amount of sodium in our bloodstreams, reducing the kidneys’ ability to process and remove excess water, which in turn can lead to high blood pressure (hypertension). So, diet is crucial in preventing heart disease. Too much fat, especially saturated fats, clog our arteries and raise our cholesterol levels. Ideally, we want to prevent excess body fat, high blood pressure, increased levels of blood sugar, high triglycerides, and low levels of high-density lipoprotein (our good cholesterol) to stay optimally healthy.
Exercise is crucial in maintaining a healthy weight.  Be active every day! Our school systems need to encourage this and join it into their curriculums so that it is instilled from a young age.   The Department of Health and Human Services says that most healthy adults should exercise “[a]At least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week, or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity.” When we do moderate exercise, like walking, our heart beats faster and we breathe a little harder which pumps blood flow from and to our heart. Our muscles will then use more glucose, the sugar in our blood stream, which will help regulate blood sugar levels. It also promotes better insulin production throughout our bodies.
smokingThe third main topic I would like to touch on, during heart month, is smoking. Smoking and even second-hand smoke put us at an increased risk for developing cardiovascular diseases. “Smoking damages the lining of our arteries leading to a build up of fatty material, which can narrow our arteries.” The chemicals in tobacco harm our blood cells, our blood vessels, and heart function.  This is the reason that smoking can lead to atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is a disease in which plaque accumulates in the arteries due to damage to the endothelium around the blood vessels.
February is a month for celebrating your “Valentine” and their healthy heart. Try and spread awareness by wearing red this month. Take the proper steps towards preventing heart disease by eating healthy, exercising, staying at a healthy weight, drinking alcohol in moderation, managing your stress, quitting smoking/staying away from second-hand smoke, and controlling your cholesterol.

Kristy Narsinghani
February 12, 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. Robert Nichols, Chiropractic Physicians

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Source: https://healthfinder.gov/NHO/FebruaryToolkit.aspx

 

Are you eating inflammatory foods? Food for thought!

food-sensitivitySo I dropped my boys off at daycare the other day.  It was an early morning for my toddler and infant so I didn’t have time for them to sit down and eat breakfast at the table so I sent their food in with them to eat at daycare.  I forgot that one of the breakfast snacks I left had peanuts in it.  I left the daycare pretty quick that day and the teacher did not have time to find the error and send me back out the door with the contraband.  When I came back later that evening to pick up my son there was a friendly reminder posted on the door as follows; To All: Please remember this is a peanut free zone.  This was obviously intended for me to see since I made the mistake earlier that morning.  I tucked my tail between my legs and walked out knowing then the mistake I had made.

Recently, a study reported that giving peanut butter to some children early may help prevent a peanut allergy.[1]  Generally, peanuts are one of the top food allergens in the United States according to the Food and Drug Administration [2]. Others topping the list include dairy, gluten, soy, eggs, shellfish, and even other varieties of fish.  With such serious consequences that some of these foods can have for children like anaphylaxis, it is likely that most of you reading this blog have heard of the threat that food holds.  I share this example not for entertainment, but for enlightenment.  It just really goes to show the power of foods and the effects it can have on the body.  Certain foods are lethal for some affected with true allergies.  But what if I was to ask you to define an “inflammatory food,” would you be able to answer?  My education and research about the effects of food on the body began in high school when I had my first lesson in inflammatory foods due to those darn school lunches!  That was the first thing ever to give me heartburn, which was signaling my body to tell me what I ate was inflammatory to my digestive tract.

What is inflammatory for one person may not be inflammatory for another.  This highlights how all of us are very unique and special in our own ways. I have practiced now for 6 years and have “mixed” (joke for my colleagues reading this – you know who you are) in nutritional support for my patients and dietary recommendations to follow.  I have been so excited to watch the success patients have by eliminating these “inflammatory” foods from their diet.    Diet and nutritional supplements played a large part in this success in addition to a physical and mental health plan.  At the end of the day, it is the synergistic effect of all the recommendations made under my chiropractic scope of practice that ultimately allows the life forces to generate greater magnitude.

So what is an inflammatory food??  I would like to clarify what I consider inflammatory foods based on my clinical ability and professional opinion.  For the most part, I follow the lead of the United States FDA.  This is a good place to start because these foods are bold-faced at the end of the ingredient labels on anything packaged. Gluten, dairy, soy, eggs, tomatoes, and peanuts are a good starting point.   This is what I consider the “introductory” inflammatory foods.  I would definitely expand the list if you really wanted to sit down with me and discuss food topics as I could talk hours about a variety of reasons why certain foods are good or bad for you.  But, my intention today is to make you think a little differently about the power of food.  After all, we eat it every day, and we know that it is going to affect how we function.

So what I want you to do next time you are reading that food ingredients on the back of your favorite food product at the grocery store, skim all the way to the end of the list and look for any bold-faced ingredients.  Those ingredients are generally inflammatory.  To find out if these foods might be inflammatory to you, see your functional medicine doctor and get tested!

Yours in Health,

Dr. Andrew J Kender III, DC
January 18, 2018

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. Robert Nichols, Chiropractic Physicians

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[1] http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/new-guidelines-preventing-peanut-allergy-babies-201701171104

[2] http://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ucm079311.htm