How Do You Know if You Have Spring Fever? 7 Clues!

The definition of Spring Fever: a feeling of restlessness and excitement felt at the beginning of spring.

Did you know there was actually a disease called Spring Disease or Spring Fever? In centuries past, an affliction struck the populace in spring, rendering them weak with joint swelling, loose teeth, and poorly healing wounds.  The name given this disease of listlessness and weakness was “Spring Disease”, or “Spring Fever”, and that name has continued into our time as the listless loss of ambition that accompanies the first few days of warm weather in the spring.  A few centuries ago, this disease of spring was more serious and was often fatal.  It was scurvy.  Scurvy is the lack of vitamin C, of course, and in the 18th century, it was a major threat to life. Here’s more information on the real disease of the past. https://pauljanson.wordpress.com/2013/04/26/when-spring-fever-was-a-real-disease/

I don’t have that disease; it hasn’t been warm enough.  As I write this today it’s still snowing outside. I pride myself on being a very optimistic person and for the most part, light-hearted and fun. But I’m so sick of the cold and the snow that it actually has started to affect my mood.  I keep telling myself it’s only a couple more weeks and it’s going to get warmer. And, in anticipation, I’m ready for the fever”  Here are 6 things that tell me I’ve got it:

  1. I can’t wait to get back outside to start back my walking routine. I don’t enjoy walking on a treadmill; I last about 4 miles and then I’m done. But if I’m outside, I can go 6-8 miles pretty easily. I’m excited to get back to training for a half marathon. Here’s a great site with a training plan if you want to get out and walk too. https://walkthewalk.org/training/training-plans/
  1. I’m getting focused on my diet and eating lighter and healthier.  I’m ready to buy fresh produce from farmers’ markets in the area and looking forward to using the grill!  My favorite spring vegetables:

Artichoke
Asparagus
Avocado
Celeriac

 

Looks are deceiving when it comes to celeriac, which despite its knobbed and gnarled appearance, is actually one attractive addition to your diet! Stock up on this vegetable in the spring months for its high levels of vitamin C, vitamin K, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin B6, magnesium, and manganese, which are important for blood health. In addition to these nutrients, celeriac is an excellent source of dietary fiber, which is important for digestive health and can help you feel satiated for longer.

Fennel
Mustard Greens
Radishes
Vidalia Onions
Watercress

3.  Have you ever noticed during the spring and summer you need less sleep? I think it’s because it stays lighter out longer and I feel like I can do more. Here’s an article that talks about sleeping more during the winter months. https://sleep.org/articles/changing-sleep-needs-2/

4.  I know I keep smiling.  I just am happier. I feel like my energy level really jumps and it takes a lot more to aggravate me. I can get through anything that hits me, and I can’t wait to get outside and feel the sun on my face. It just makes me feel like anything is possible.

5.  I also get really organized; I can’t wait to put my boots and winter clothes away and pull out my flip-flops and sandals. I like getting the house all clean and organized. I actually look forward to cleaning out the garage.  

 

 

6.  And I’m ready to get that first pedicure after the winter months of keeping my toes hidden. Of course, all the upkeep takes a little getting used to again, as I’ve neglected my feet during the cold months knowing no one is going to see them. According to Glamour magazine here are some of the nail color trends for Spring 2018:  Metallic Gold,  Dark Green,  Zig Zag pattern,  Purple,  Pastels (Matte), Magenta.

7.  It’s also time for fun warm-weather reading. I’m starting with Spring Fever by Mary Kay Andrews.  

So if you have any of these “symptoms,” don’t be surprised – you just have SPRING FEVER!

Nancy Boardman
March 28, 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, Chiropractic Physician

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Spring Forward With a Positive Attitude! Tools You Can Use Now to Help.

There Is Power In a Positive Attitude.

“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.”-Willie Nelson

Dear Negative Thoughts,

We’re just not good for each other.  I’ve decided we need to break up.   I’m moving on and replacing you with Positive Thoughts!

Sincerely,

Negative Nelly

Life happens! There will always be stressful, challenging times throughout our lives.  Stress is a natural part of life and we all experience it. However, your mind is an incredibly powerful tool and with a little exercise, even the most negative of Nelly’s can turn their thought process around.

We all have the power to create a positive atmosphere through what we believe, think and choose.  A positive and optimistic attitude will help to diffuse stressful situations and help cope with life’s biggest challenges.  How we choose to respond to those challenges will make all the difference in the world, not only to you but to everyone else around you too.

Below are a few exercises to train your brain to spring ahead with a positive attitude:

Exercises to train your brain to stay positive:

  1. Take care of your body.  A healthy plant-based diet and regular exercise will nourish the body, boost your mood, support your detox organs and keep your lymph’s moving.
  2. Practice positive affirmations first thing in the morning. They will set the tone for your day inspiring you to change the way you think.  Speak kindly to yourself.  Stand up straight and walk with confidence.
  3. Savor life’s joys.  Don’t look back. Practice living in the moment. Whatever you enjoy, do more of it.
  4. Avoid over thinking. Come to terms with the situation and/or your decision.  Focus on a solution and not the problem or focus on your attitude and efforts. Maybe simply change your activity to redirect your thinking.
  5. Have gratitude.  Be thankful for all the good things in your life.  Make a list. Keep a gratitude journal.
  6. Learn to forgive.  Accept what is and make peace with it. Let go of fear, anger, guilt, regrets, and worrying, blaming, predicting, mistaking, labeling, personalizing, catastrophizing.  It will set you free to move forward in a positive way.
  7. Practice acts of kindness. Do one random act of kindness a day.  It will give you a sense of purpose.
  8. Invest in the ones you love and those within your life. Express positive emotions. Tell them today because tomorrow is never promised.
  9. Make sure that you are routinely getting 7-8 hours of sleep each night so that you awake refreshed and rejuvenated. Be sure to make your bed each morning. This will bring about a sense of accomplishment to start your day.
  10. Keep good company.  Attitudes affect others and are contagious.  Surround yourself with like-minded people.

Positive thinking contributes to your overall health and wellbeing as well.  If you keep your mind in a good shape, you will be less prone to depression and anxiety.

The benefits of positive thinking:

  1. Positive thinkers will have less stress and more control over the way they respond to negative situations. You will experience more joy and happiness by letting go and moving on. When you have a strong positive attitude you won’t give up on things.
  2. Finding the positive in a negative situation will help put your mind at ease, redirect your thinking and allow you to move forward with good intentions.
  3. A positive attitude will improve immune health and give you a better quality of life.
  4. Positive thinking boosts self-esteem. Focus on all of your good qualities. You’ll feel more confident in your daily life and when making decisions
  5. You will be more appreciative of the here and now. Positive thinkers find the lessons along the way.
  6. More success. Your attitude is an excellent predictor of your success. When you expect the best you will continue until you reach your goals.
  7. Positive thinkers inspire others to think positively. People are attracted to you solely because of your positive attitude will be around more often.
  8. A positive attitude attracts positive results. Believe in yourself and keep focusing on your goals.  Set daily goals or a to-do list.

How to get out of a momentary funk:

  1. Get Moving! Go for a walk. Change your location or your perspective.
  2. Get some fresh air
  3. Drink lots of water
  4. Read some inspirational quotes
  5. Take deep breaths
  6. Rest
  7. Call a friend
  8. Yoga! You are one class away from a good mood.
  9. Essential oils.  Here is a great diffuser blend recipe:  1 drop Myrrh, 1 drop Eucalyptus, 1 drop lime

We all go through certain phases and challenges in our lives and sometimes we may need to take a step back and reassess our situation.  If you’ve been in a funk or spend too much of your energy in a negative state it’s the perfect season to turn it around! It may not come easily but I challenge you to spring forward with a positive attitude. Challenge yourself to add at least one brain exercise a day.

 Sincerely,

 Positive Patty

What do you do to turn a negative into a positive?

Joy Vale
Patient Care Coordinator
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, Chiropractic Physician

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3 Tips to Make Your Job or Career Change a Healthy One!

There is no doubt that switching a job or career is a stressful event in anyone’s life often causing people anxiety and affecting their health when they need to be at their best. This is even worse if you were fired or laid off from your job. In this case, a person’s stress level ranks 8th out of all major life stressors on the Holmes and Rahe scale at a 47. To put that in perspective, number one at a rating of 100 is the death of a spouse. What is also amazing is how often people are changing careers and jobs in our current job market; the average person will change careers 5-7 times during their working lives. On top of that, about 30% of the total workforce will change jobs every 12 months. This is a lot of people who are walking around with a highly increased stress level and that is taking a serious toll on their health. For instance, increased and prolonged stress can cause higher blood pressure, heart conditions, sleeping problems, upset stomach, diabetes, decreased energy levels, brain fog, depression and anxiety just to name a few. So what can we do to combat the harmful effects of this stressful event but also help a person’s brain and body to excel in their next career chapter?

Adrenal Support

The adrenal glands are the factories for producing the body’s stress hormone, cortisol, and these glands work overtime to keep up with the racing thoughts and uncertainty. So to support these tiny glands, it is wise to avoid substances that are going to cause your adrenal glands to pump more cortisol before the well runs dry and a person is left in a state of constant fatigue.  Stay away from caffeinated beverages, sodas and coffee the best you can. On top that any substance that affects your blood sugars will have an effect on your cortisol levels, such things like sugary snacks and food, high carbohydrate foods and alcoholic beverages. Exercise is key to helping the body use up your stress hormones and decrease the effects of having excess cortisol in the system. Supplementation can also help keep these important glands health. The clinical research has several references to the health benefits of adaptogenic herbs. These herbs help to support your body and keep your body’s chemistry within range.

Brain training

Everybody has strengths and weaknesses in their brains; there are functional differences in the way certain pathways fire in the brain and how active or under active these pathways are. More importantly, a qualified healthcare practitioner trained in functional neurology can name this weakness in your brains function and then match it up with a treatment or exercise to make these pathways work better. This is not only important to help rehab the damage that is going on in person’s brain when they are under stress but to also getting that person’s brain firing better so they can do their next adventure.

Neurofeedback 

This is a great treatment modality to help a person regulate the electrical activity in their brain. The first step is to do a brain map were a cap with 19 different sensors read the electrical activity in a person’s brain. It is then compared to a statistical analysis comparing 1000s of other people who are the same age and gender to see what parts of the brain have too much or too little activity. After we gather this information, it is time to train that part of your brain through operant conditioning. This is when we reward a person’s brain when it is in a good brainwave frequency. We reward through sound, a video or through a game. The overall outcome is a sharper calmer brain.

A new career or job is exciting.  Get yourself ready!

Dr. David Hardy, DC
February 21, 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 and Dr. David Hardy, Chiropractic Physicians

To schedule an appointment, click here.

References:
http://www.careers-advice-online.com/career-change-statistics.html
https://www.stress.org/holmes-rahe-stress-inventory/

7 Amazing and Natural Facial Cleansers You Can Make At Home! What a Great Christmas Gift!

So, we’re all working hard to put only good stuff inside our bodies.  We have detoxed and healed our guts and eat healthy, good for us foods.  But how are we taking care of our skin?  Are we still using facial cleansers full of chemicals and perfumes?

You do know that all those chemicals and perfumes seep through your skin, back inside your body – ruining that detox you just did.  Plus they cost a fortune.  So here are a few recipes for facial cleansers you can make at home.  Everything you need is probably sitting in your cupboards.

Jojoba (Coconut) Lemon Facial Cleansing Cream

1 tbsp beeswax
3 tbsp Jojoba oil (or coconut oil)
1 tbsp witch hazel
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/8 tsp borax
6 drops lemon essential oil

Melt the beeswax in a saucepan, using low heat. Add the jojoba or coconut oil and beat, using a hand mixer, for about 5 minutes or until it reaches a creamy consistency.

Heat the witch hazel and lemon juice in another saucepan just until warm, and then stir in the borax to dissolve.  Add this mixture to the cream and beat with a mixing spoon until well combined.

Set aside until the ream is cool. Mix in the lemon essential oil and spoon into a container.

Olive Oil Facial Cleanser

2 tsp liquid face soap or baby wash
2 tbsp water
2 tbsp glycerin
½ cup olive oil

Pour ingredients into a food processor or blender mix until thickened, smooth and creamy.

To use, pump a quarter-size amount of cleanser into your hand.  Gently massage into your neck area, face, eyelids, and eyelashes for about one minute.  Remove with a warm washcloth.  Rinse washcloth in warm water and gently remove any remaining dirt or makeup off your face  Keeps up to a year.

Anti-Aging Lemon Facial Cleanser

1 tbsp natural yogurt
1 tsp lemon juice
2 drops lemon essential oil

Mix all ingredients together. Soak a cotton wool pad in the mixture and remove makeup.  Repeat with fresh cotton wool pads to remove all makeup.

As you can tell by the small measurements of ingredients, this recipe is a one-time application.  This mixture will not keep. Please use immediately.

Homemade Honey Cleanser

3 tbsp honey
½ cup vegetable glycerin
2 tbsp liquid castile soap

Mix ingredients together.  Apply to face and neck and massage into skin for at least 30 seconds, allowing the cleanser to loosen dirt and debris. Rinse face with warm water.

Facial Cleanser for Oily Skin

1 tsp powdered skim milk
1 tsp honey
Few drops of apple cider vinegar

Mix your ingredients in a bowl and apply it to the skin in a circular motion with your fingertips for a minute or two.  Rinse with warm water and a washcloth.

Facial Cleanser for Dry Skin

1 tbsp oat or rice bran
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp cream

Heat your ingredients gently in a saucepan stirring until well blended.  Be sure to use your cleanser while it is still warm

Facial Cleanser for Sensitive Skin

1 part baking soda
2 parts ground oatmeal

You can ground your oatmeal in a food processor or with a mortar and pestle.  Then, mix it with the baking soda and store in a sealed container.  Whenever you want to wash your face, mix ½ tsp of the dry mixture with warm water.  Rub gently on the skin in circular motions.  Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

So try some of these cleansers.  You can make them at home and save some money and make your skin happy.  Plus, they make great Christmas presents!

Barb Schrader
December 13, 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 and Dr. David Hardy, Chiropractic Physicians

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Recipes from www.healthbeautyupdates.com

Have a Keto Halloween

Keto HalloweenWhile we at Functional Endocrinology of Ohio are not typically into diet fads, members of our office have recently adopted a very effective eating plan – The Ketogenic Diet.

A ketogenic diet is a low-carb, high-fat eating plan designed to encourage the body to burn fat for energy and not carbohydrates. This is a powerful weight management strategy and provides several other known health benefits. This diet has demonstrated effectiveness as an adjunct treatment approach in managing a number of health-care conditions, including:

When the body uses fat for fuel, the liver produces ketone bodies. Ketone bodies burn fat more efficiently than carbohydrates. By eating this way, you create an environment where most of the body’s energy comes from ketone bodies in the blood, rather than glucose.   It becomes easy to use your fat stores to burn them off. This is obviously great if you’re trying to lose weight, but there are also other less obvious benefits like, such as less hunger and a steady supply of energy throughout the day and into the evening.

So, the question then is what should I put into my body to allow it to enter Ketosis? Generally speaking, one should adhere to the following macro-nutrient ratios:

  • High Fat – 60%-80% of total calories from fat.
  • Moderate Protein – 15%-35% of total calories from protein.
  • Low Carbohydrate – 5% or less of total calories from carbohydrates.

Eating according to this macro-nutrient breakdown will allow you to deplete your body of glucose and force it to start breaking down ketone bodies. While the guidelines outlined in this diet plan might seem challenging or intimidating to readers, it’s actually quite simple once you get the hang of it.

Another important part of ketogenic dieting is the concept of net carbs. This calculation is as follows: (Net carbs = Total carbohydrates – Fiber). For example, a medium-sized zucchini has about 6g of total carbs and 2g of fiber. That means that a medium zucchini has 4g of net carbs. Ideally, you should shoot for somewhere around 20g of net carbs/day when starting out.

If you’re looking to clean up your diet, or for an effective way to manage your weight long-term, this strategy might be for you. As always, you should consult a health-care practitioner before beginning any diet program. For many, this diet may not be appropriate and you should make sure you meet the right health criteria before starting.  Also worth noting is that weight loss is not the end-all-be-all marker of overall health. It’s still very important to make sure your body is getting the right nutrients that it needs to work, which it might not be getting just through diet alone.

In the spirit of October, here’s a link to a great holiday keto-friendly Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake worth giving a try this season.   Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake

Dr. Joseph Little, D.C.
October 18, 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. David Hardy, Dr. Joseph Little, Chiropractic Physicians

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How Much Sleep Do You REALLY Need?

How Many ZZZZZs Do You Need To Be Healthy?

Ahhhh, nothing better than a good night of sleep. I am one of those people who knows I need a least 8 hours. I’ve been that way since I was a child. My parents have always said I never needed a bedtime because I would just go to bed when I was tired.

But do you really need 8 hours like they say? I went out and did some research to find out….

Here’s what I found out: [1]

Sleep is an important function for many reasons. When you sleep, your brain signals your body to release hormones and compounds that help:

  • decrease risk for health conditions
  • manage your hunger levels
  • maintain your immune system
  • retain memory

Researchers in the United Kingdom and Italy analyzed data from 16 separate studies conducted over 25 years, covering more than 1.3 million people and more than 100,000 deaths. They published their findings in the journal Sleep. Those who generally slept for less than six hours a night were 12 percent more likely to experience a premature death. People who slept more than eight to nine hours per night had an even higher risk, at 30 percent.

Researchers also found that people who reduced their sleep time from seven hours to five hours or less had 1.7 times the risk of death from all causes.

People who are sleep-deprived:

  • have a harder time receiving information due to the brain’s overworked neurons
  • may interpret events differently
  • tend to have impaired judgment
  • lose their ability to access previous information

It’s important to get seven to eight hours of sleep so that you can experience all the sleep stages. No one stage is responsible for memory and learning. Two stages (rapid eye movement and slow wave sleep) contribute to:

  • creative thinking
  • procedural memory
  • long-term memories
  • memory processing

I know it’s hard to make sleep one of your top priorities. We all have such busy lives and we let our phones and TV’s keep us up, which then makes it tougher for us to fall asleep.

We need to keep sleep our top priority [2]:

“Sleep helps heal and repair our heart and blood vessels, and thus sleep deficiency can lead to an increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. Over time, lack of sleep can lead to obesity. During our sleep, the body helps maintain and balance our hormones. If we don’t get enough sleep hormones like ghrelin (signals hunger) and leptin (signals satiety) become imbalanced. Ghrelin increases and leptin decreases. In addition, sleep also affects how our bodies react to insulin, the hormone that controls our blood glucose (sugar). Lack of sleep is linked to high blood sugar. Our sensitivity to insulin greatly decreases with inadequate sleep. In addition, sleep aids healthy growth and development. Human growth hormone is excreted during sleep, and research suggests that it’s during REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep that the body is able to: restore organs, bones, and tissue; replenish immune cells, and circulate human growth hormone for strong muscles and bones.”

TIPS FOR GETTING ADEQUATE SLEEP

  1. Download filters for your phone and/or laptop (check out lux) to reduce blue light and power electronics down 1 hour before bed
  2. Try a meditation app (check out Calm, Headspace, or the Mindfulness App)
  3. Use Low Blue Lights glasses, lighting, and filters in your home
  4. Stick to a sleep schedule – try to sleep and wake at consistent times
  5. Reduce or eliminate caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol before sleep
  6. Include physical activity in your daily routine (limit within 2 hours of bedtime)
  7. Increase bright light exposure during the day – natural sunlight during the day helps keep our circadian rhythm healthy
  8. Decrease the temperature of your bedroom slightly
  9. Relax and clear your mind in the evening – try reading, journaling, stretching, or prayer

Personally, I’ve started to listen to an audiobook or podcast. Something easy and relaxing will whisk me off to sleep quickly. I’m usually asleep within 15 minutes of when I lay my head down on my pillow.

Nancy Boardman
October 4, 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. David Hardy, Dr. Joseph Little, Chiropractic Physicians

To schedule an appointment, click here.

[1] http://www.healthline.com/health/science-sleep-why-you-need-7-8-hours-night#overview1
[2] https://www.hitenutrition.com/blog/2017/7/10/why-you-should-make-sleep-a-top-priority

 

5 Tips for Pow-Wow Happiness

5 TIPS FOR POW WOW HAPPINESS | Functional Endocrinology of Ohio

Get busy being happy, or get out of the way.

I recently attended an Indian Pow Wow and while browsing through the arts and crafts I came across a burden basket, which is a combination of a dream catcher and a basket intertwined with decorations of different colored beads and a variety of feathers.   The Cherokee people believe you should not bring your burdens into their homes and while you are a guest you are at ease and carefree.  The basket hangs on the front door and your guest would symbolically place their burdens aside and enjoy the warm spirit that their host had to offer while visiting with them.   It is small reminders that help set the tone for me sometimes and I hope by sharing this short story it will do the same for you.

People study the science of happiness and share it in a variety of blogs and studies published on the Internet.  Trained professionals like psychologists and life coaches dedicate their lives to making people achieve a greater state of happiness.  The brain is an amazing organ that can bring us great joy and laughter into our lives or also create great sorrow and tears.  The universal hope is that we can all achieve a greater state of inner peace and we all have our own quirky little ways of doing so.  I have outlined 5 basic reminders of things to help with putting your mind and body at ease as another constant reminder that we were designed to be happy.

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