6 Refreshing Tastes of Summer!

 “Every time you eat is an opportunity to nourish yourself.” –superhealinglife.com

When I think of summer, I think of all the sweet smells and tastes of fresh fruits.  Summer is my favorite time of the year!  One of my favorite things to do is stroll through local farmer’s markets and take it all in!  I appreciate all the hard work of local farmers and honor them with my support.

I am always looking to add nutrients into my diet in the easiest way possible. Fresh smoothies will always be a go to for my family and me.  I love the sweet taste of pineapple paired with some fresh baby spinach.  Even though I am not a big fan of kale, when paired with a pungent punch of a granny smith apple, I can still get its health benefits into my diet.

Below I’m sharing 6 of my favorite smoothie combos hoping to inspire your creativity and allow you to take in all the health benefits of this season’s fresh fruits and vegetables.

Pineapple Lime Cilantro Smoothie    

Ingredients:  ½ frozen Banana
1 cup Cilantro
1 inch of Ginger
1 Lime, juice
1 ¼ cup of Pineapple
1 cup of Spinach
1 cup unsweetened Almond Milk
3 Ice Cubes

Instructions:  Place all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend on high until creamy, smooth and delicious!

Blueberry Avocado Smoothie   
 
Ingredients:  ½ Avocado ripe
1 cup Baby spinach
½ cup Blueberries
1tsp. Grade B Maple Syrup
½ cup Almond Milk Yogurt
½ cup unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
5 Ice Cubes
Instructions:  Place all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend on high until creamy, smooth and delicious!

Cherry Almond Smoothie  
 
Ingredients:  ½ frozen Banana
1 cup Fresh Baby Spinach
1/3 cup pitted Bing Cherries
2 tbsp. Almond Butter
1 cup unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
3 Ice Cubes
Instructions:  Place all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend on high until creamy, smooth and delicious!

 Sunrise Super Smoothie  
 
Ingredients: 2 small Carrots
1 tsp. fresh Ginger
1 medium Orange
½ cup fresh Pineapple
½ Tsp. fresh Turmeric
8 oz. Unsweetened Almond or Coconut Milk
5 Ice Cubes

Instructions:  Place all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend on high until creamy, smooth and delicious!

Kiwi and Spinach Smoothie  
 
Ingredients:  ½ frozen Banana
2 Kiwis
1 cup of Baby Spinach
1 cup of unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
1 tsp. Chia Seeds
3 Ice Cubes

Instructions:  Place all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend on high until creamy, smooth and delicious!

Green Apple Ginger Smoothie   
 
Ingredients:  1.5 cups Kale
1 Granny Smith Apple
1 Orange
½ frozen Banana
1 tsp. minced Ginger
½ tsp. ground Cinnamon
1 tsp. Chia Seeds
3 Ice Cubes

Instructions:  Place all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend on high until creamy, smooth and delicious!

I urge you to increase your nutrient intake today! I also urge you to stroll and support your local farmer’s markets.  Healthy eating is easy, fun, delicious and nutritious!

What is your favorite smoothie combo?

Joy Vale
Patient Care Coordinator
July 25, 2018

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
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All That Screen Time is Affecting Your (And Your Children’s) Health!

It’s no secret that screen time affects our brains, but the blue light emitted from all types of screens particularly affects children & teens.  Blue light prevents the pineal gland, a pea-sized organ in the brain from releasing melatonin, the hormone responsible for reducing alertness and makes sleep more inviting.  Blue light also suppresses delta wavelength production in the brain, which induces sleep; As well as boosts alpha waves, which cause alertness.

You don’t have to stare directly at a screen for its rays to affect you: If enough blue light hits the eye, the gland can stop releasing melatonin. So, if your bedtime routine includes watching TV or taking your tablet or laptop to bed with you, this physically makes it harder to sleep, especially for sleep-deprived teenagers who are more vulnerable to the effects of light than adults.

“Teenagers have all the same risk of light exposure, but they are systematically sleep-deprived because of how society works against their natural clocks,” says sleep researcher Steven Lockley of Harvard Medical School. “Asking a teenager to get up at 7 a.m. is like asking me to get up at 4 a.m.”

A 2014 poll by the National Sleep Foundation found that more than half of 15-to-17-year-olds routinely get seven hours of sleep per night or less.  The recommended amount for teens is 8 ½ to 10 hours.  68% of these teens were also said to keep an electronic device on all night-a television, computer, video game or something similar.  It was also reported that sleep quality was better among children 6 to 17 who always turned their devices off: 45% of them were described as having excellent sleep quality vs. 25% of those who sometimes left devices on.

A study investigated by Figueiro found that when comparing melatonin levels of adults and teenagers looking at computer screens, she was astonished by the younger group’s light sensitivity.  Even when exposed to just one-tenth as much light as adults were, the teens actually suppressed more melatonin than older people.

Another study showed that teens who either excessively played video games or had intensive phone use were associated with poor perceived health, particularly when it negatively affected sleeping habits, which in turn was associated with increased waking-time tiredness.  Girls with intensive phone use were also found to have more musculoskeletal symptoms both directly and through deteriorated sleep.  A lack of sleep has been associated with ongoing depression, obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Musculoskeletal problems due to tech use are also becoming more of a problem amongst children and teens.  “Text Neck” is a new term for chronic flexion and anterior head malposition.  When the head sits correctly above the body-with the ears over the shoulders with the shoulder blades pulled back-the head weighs approximately 10-12 lbs.  For every inch forward the head moves, the heavier it is and more stress it puts on the neck musculature and spinal cord.  

A study by the Surgical Technology International quantified this problem: As the head tilts forward 15 degrees from neutral, the forces on the cervical spine and supporting musculature increases to 27 lbs.  As the tilt increases, the forces increase to 40 lbs at 30 degrees, 49 lbs at 45 degrees and 60 lbs at 60 degrees.  This malposition also loads the discs in the spine-eccentrically loading the spine causes cracks in the discs, slipped or herniated discs.  This leads to stenosis or blockage of the spine, says Dr. Kenneth Hansraj, chief of spine surgery at New York Spine Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine.  It can also cause pinched nerves, arthritis, bone spurs and muscular deformations.

To prevent developing tech-induced sleep deprivation and text-neck-shut the phones, TVs, computers, tablets, etc. off at least a half hour before bedtime.  Hold hand-held devices at eye level.  There are also apps available to warn you when your posture is not correct while on your device-The Text Neck Institute has developed the Text Neck Indicator, an interactive app that alerts users when their smartphones are held at an angle that puts them at risk for text neck.

Dr. Jessica Eckman, DC
July 4, 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. Jessica Eckman, Chiropractic Physicians

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/blue-light-from-electronics-disturbs-sleep-especially-for-teenagers/2014/08/29/3edd2726-27a7-11e4-958c-268a320a60ce_story.html
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S014019710600073X
http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-text-neck-20150404-story.html

Does Happiness Improve Your Health? 13 Tips To Make Sure It Does!

Being a happy, healthy person is much easier said than done.

Everyone wants heath and happiness.

Here’s a great article and shows some of the science that connect health and happiness. https://www.globalwellnesssummit.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/7_happiness_2018TrendsWellness.pdf

Loved this paragraph.

Mounting Evidence: Happiness Improves Physical Health Anyone that cares about human health needs to care about happiness because studies increasingly show that happiness has an independent and powerful impact on physical health. It’s been studied in-depth. For instance, a 2017 meta-review2 of 150+ studies on the connection confirm with “almost no doubt” that happiness really can influence health. Another Harvard meta-review3 of 200+ studies found a connection between happiness and optimism and lowered risk of cardiovascular disease and abnormal body weight. A 2018 study4 led by Cornell University found that people who experience a range of positive daily emotions – from enthusiasm to calm – have lower levels of inflammation, which is linked to a lower risk of premature death and chronic disease. Other studies show happiness’ positive impact on everything from speeding wound healing to longer telomeres. And, while these studies show a strong association more than cause and effect, the evidence keeps growing that happiness affects health and aging deep down to the cellular level.

We’ll see more “eating for happiness” with diets and menus packed with more foods like tuna, salmon, nuts, seeds, bananas, green tea, dark chocolate, spinach, blueberries, and blackberries because they boost serotonin and other happiness hormones. Research mounts that food has a powerful impact on the brain and mood: For instance, a 2017 study from Deakin University (AU) showed that an anti-inflammatory Mediterranean-style diet high in vegetables, fish, olive oil and nuts reduced symptoms of depression in 32% of its sample. J. Walter Thompson (JWT) also named “Mood Food” as one its top trends for 2018, and we see companies like Monarch Airlines creating mood-enhancing food menus for passengers (like green tea and lavender cakes to calm anxiety) or even Pizza Hut introducing a mood-enhancing pizza. The really eye-opening research is around how our microbiome – that ecosystem of bacteria, fungi, viruses, and yeasts that live in our intestinal tract – plays a powerful role in regulating our emotions and determining our very happiness. All those bugs in our gut generate many of the transmitters and hormones that play out within the brain, like serotonin that regulates mood, appetite, sleep and social behavior. Studies even indicate that the lion’s share of our serotonin is produced in our gut, and disruptions in the microbiome are being connected to anxiety, depression, autism, and dementia. The research about the tight connections between the gut and mental health is so compelling that the Denver VA hospital is running a trial using probiotics to treat veterans with PTSD, and their findings17 of the impact that this simple food supplement has on how our brains and bodies respond to trauma are fascinating. It’s no newsflash that more people are eating for a healthier microbiome, meaning more soluble fiber (like brown bread, nuts, and seeds) and probiotic/ fermented foods like yogurt, kombucha, kefir, sauerkraut, and kimchi. What we will see more of is research specifically on the gut-brain-happiness axis, an exciting field called psychobiotics.

Here’s another article: http://time.com/4866693/happiness-improves-health/

The review does point out that in many of these studies, it’s possible that better health could lead to improved emotional states, rather than the other way around. Since most studies on this topic are observational, it’s possible that other variables (that were not or could not be controlled for) are to blame for changes in both happiness and health.

But overall, the authors wrote, the evidence is strong enough to say that subjective well-being can influence health and longevity, “at least in some instances.” The question now, they say, is why happiness is linked to health for some people, but not for others.

Here are some tips that will overall help your happiness and your health.

Stop negative thinking

A negative mind will never give you a positive life. Stop thoughts that are limiting and self-defeating like “I can’t do that “or “I’m not good enough “. Don’t believe everything you think. Negative and pessimistic thinking is unhelpful and will hold you back from achieving your goals and greater self-confidence. Replace negative thoughts with words that are positive and motivating. At the beginning, it is difficult, but the more you repeatedly send positive messages to yourself, the better you will feel.

Stop comparing yourself to other people

It is an extremely unhealthy habit, but even the most confident people do it: Comparing. We all do it. It’s human, but constant comparison with others make you feel bad about yourself and lowers your self-esteem. You begin to question your own worth. And this can lead to frustration, depression, eating disorders, over-spending, and simply to the feeling of not being good enough. Life is not a competition. If you make it one, nobody will win. It’s always a losing battle because the only person you’re really hurting, in the end, is yourself. Stop comparing and start living!

Don’t be a victim

You create your life. You have to take responsibility! Even if situations become unbearable, there is always a way out. You will always have the choice to make a change.

Don’t be a people-pleaser

Respect yourself and others will respect you, as easy as that. Don’t spend your whole life on trying to make everyone happy. Practice building self-awareness, discover what you are willing to do and what you don’t want to do. Start putting this into practice by saying no when something doesn’t resonate or align with who you really are. People might get mad at first, but eventually, most will come to respect you.

Start loving yourself

Self-esteem is all about how much you feel you are worth — and how much you feel other people value you. Your level of self-esteem affects your happiness and everything you do.

Be yourself! 

Don’t be somebody else. Take control of your life and live it by your own rules. Find a personal style that feels great to you and be proud of it. There is no one like you and that is your power!

Care for yourself

Eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, drink plenty of water and sleep at least 7 to 8 hours per night. If you don’t get enough sleep, everything else will suffer. Sleep deprivation (which most of us suffer from) puts you in a pre-diabetic state, messes with your metabolism, makes you more likely to be overweight, increases your appetite, decreases your productivity, hampers your immune system, and makes you tired, moody, anxious and likely to be depressed.

Don’t strive for perfection

Nobody is perfect. You will always find someone who is more beautiful, smarter, richer, better or worse. But you won´t find someone who is perfect.

Concentrate on your strengths not your weaknesses 

Focus on what you have already achieved and reached, not what you lack and miss. Be proud of yourself and know your strengths. Avoid negative people, places, and things you don’t like or that make you feel bad about yourself.

Being around toxic people can drain your energy, make you unhappy and insecure. Surround yourself with people who lift you up, give you energy and make you feel good about yourself.

Stay focused on the present moment

It is the only reality. When the past and the future feel painful, focus on the task at hand and do it with your full engagement. Enjoy your life, make the best out of it!

Be childish and play more

When it comes to certain things, children do them way better than we do. Who said you have to get serious while growing up? Never lose the child in you, the childlike faith, childlike hope, childlike play and creativity.

Forgive yourself

Feeling bad about things you’ve done in the past can create a pretty painful present. Remember that you can begin new any day. Your past does not predict your future.

Be grateful 

Gratitude is an attitude and a way of living that has many benefits in terms of health and happiness. Feeling and expressing gratitude, instead of wanting more and more, turns our mental focus to the good things in life, which will create more things for which to be grateful. As you awake each morning, give thanks for your breath and being healthy. Life is a gift, never forget that.

Watch your thoughts, they become words.

Watch your words, they become actions.

Watch your actions, they become habits.

Watch your habits, they become your character.

Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.

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Here’s a great Podcast on Health and Happiness:  Happy Healthy and Fit Life By Hosts Janell Yule and Jennifer Grant

Here’s a great book to read.  Happiness & Health: 9 Choices That Unlock the Powerful Connection …

Have a Happy Healthy Day!

Nancy Boardman
June 14, 2018

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
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Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Jessica Eckman, Chiropractic Physicians

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7 Natural Allergy Remedies

7 Natural Allergy Remedies

Spring & summertime bring warm weather, sunshine & blue skies, but they also bring pollen, dust, mold, & ragweed/hay fever-all of which are responsible for allergies!  Whether you suffer from sneezing, runny nose or watery eyes, allergies can lead to uncomfortable sinus congestion & if left long enough-the dreaded sinus infection.  If you act soon enough, you can nip it in the bud!  The good news is you don’t have to take over the counter or prescription drugs to get relief. Here are some natural remedies to ease those sinus blues:

  1. Natural Antihistamines:
  • VITAMIN C – In addition to being a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C is also a natural antihistamine. Although many foods are rich in vitamin C, some foods (like citrus) are histamine triggers. Instead, supplement with a dose of 2,000 mg daily is often suggested

 

  • FLAVONOIDS – Flavonoids are plant chemicals that help create the bright colors in veggies, fruits, and flowers. Quercetin (found in cruciferous foods like broccoli or cauliflower) is one such flavonoid that fights allergy symptoms. It’s available in supplements and found in many foods.

    • OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS – In addition to other well-known benefits, omega-3 fatty acids reduce allergic reactions. Good sources include salmon, walnuts, grass-fed meat and flaxseed oil.
    • STINGING NETTLE – It’s hard to imagine how someone long ago figured out stinging nettle was actually a very useful plant. Fortunately, it’s not necessary to handle stinging nettle to reap its benefits. A University of Maryland study reported:
  • 57% of participants found nettle capsules relieved sneezing and other allergy symptoms
  • 48% found nettle was even more effective than allergy medications

The researchers used a 300 mg daily dose of freeze-dried nettle. Other studies have

corroborated benefits of using nettle as a highly effective natural antihistamine.

    • BROMELAINBromelain is an enzyme found in pineapples. It’s commonly used for swelling reduction in the nose and sinuses. For treating allergies, one study suggests taking   400-500 mg three times a day.
    • SALTWATER – A saline nasal rinse using a spray or neti pot helps lower symptoms by clearing allergens from nasal membranes. A saltwater gargle 1-2 times a day can also help soothe a scratchy throat.
    • GINKGO – Most known for its energy-boosting abilities, ginkgo is a powerful antihistamine as well. It’s great for things like seasonal allergies, bronchitis, asthma and more.
  1. Eat an anti-inflammatory, alkaline diet – this will help reduce your risk of allergies & other health problems.
  2. Local Raw Honey (Bee Pollen) – The International Archives of Allergy and Immunology published an article in 2011 that tested how pre-seasonal use of birch pollen honey affected people with birch pollen allergies. They discovered that patients taking honey “reported a 60 percent lower total symptom score, twice as many asymptomatic days, and 70 percent fewer days with severe symptoms.” And they used 50 percent fewer antihistamines compared to the control group that took conventional meds.  I recommend taking one tablespoon of RAW local honey daily, such as by stirring some into tea, adding some to oatmeal along with cinnamon, or putting some in your smoothies.

What makes raw honey so powerful at reducing allergies? One reason is that it has bee pollen, which is known to ward off infections, allergies & boost immunity. The bees living in your area go from flower to flower collecting pollen that you are suffering from. It would make sense then that eating local raw honey will help build up your immunity to local pollen. Honey also has many enzymes that support overall immune function.

 

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) – At the first sign of an allergy attack, put one teaspoon of ACV in your neti pot solution for a natural “sinus flush.”
  2. Neti pots – neti pots are a natural remedy for allergies and many respiratory conditions because they help to clear the sinuses and remove congestion. Use of neti pots helps improve quality of life in sufferers of respiratory illnesses and cause little to no side effects.  Clearing the nasal passages of allergens and irritants, this form of “sinus irrigation” originated in the Ayurvedic medical tradition hundreds of years ago. People living in India have received astounding results from using neti pots for centuries, and now you can, too.
  3. Essential Oils – One interesting study evaluated the effect that various essential oils had in killing the highly allergic house mites and found that eucalyptus oil ranked among some of the most potent. Essential oils for allergies work by reducing inflammation and improving detoxification of harmful bacteria, parasites, microorganisms and toxins that can trigger an attack. You can use eucalyptus oil for seasonal allergy relief in many ways: inhale using a diffuser, put into your neti pot, or add to coconut oil & use as a chest rub.

Another powerful essential oil for managing allergies is frankincense oil. The almost unbelievable cancer-killing capacity of Indian frankincense has been well established in the scientific literature for several years, but its life-giving power doesn’t end there.  Frankincense is used just as described above for eucalyptus oil.

  1. Probiotics – 80% of our immune system comes from our gut. One way to keep it healthy is to take a probiotic daily. Probiotics are beneficial “good bacteria” that live inside your GI tract and help defend you against infections, viruses, allergies and more. They are so effective that a study published in the journal Pediatrics discovered that women who regularly take probiotics during pregnancy significantly reduce their child’s risk of developing allergies.

Next time your allergies flare up, try these natural allergy remedies for effective relief without the side effects associated with over-the-counter meds.

Reproduced from https://www.khromaherbs.com/blogs/news/top-natural-antihistamines-to-treat-allergies-at-home &  https://draxe.com/8-natural-allergy-relief-remedies/

Dr. Jessica Eckman
June 6, 2018

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
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Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Jessica Eckman, Chiropractic Physicians

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7 Reasons Summer Makes People Feel Good!

If you catch yourself smiling more and feeling increasingly carefree during the longer days of the season, consider it a side effect of this time of year in the Northern Hemisphere: Summertime really does set you up to feel more joyful. Check out the seven sneaky ways sunlight and warm weather conspire to make you happier, calmer and more connected.

1. Sunshine Chemically Lifts Your Spirits

Thanks to summer’s stronger sunlight and the extra hours in the day to soak it up, you’re more likely to float through the day feeling energized and optimistic. It has to do with serotonin, a hormone that’s been dubbed the “happiness hormone” by scientists. When your body absorbs UV light, it produces more serotonin, and that pumps your mood, explains Ellen Marmur, M.D., assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and director of Marmur Medical in New York City. Exposure to sunlight also shuts down production of melatonin, a hormone that leaves you feeling sleepy and sluggish.

It only takes a few minutes in the sun to rack up these benefits, says Dr. Marmur. But if you plan on being outdoors for more than 10 minutes at a stretch, be sure to slather sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 on any exposed skin, so you don’t ruin your happiness haze with a painful burn.

2. The “School’s-Out” Mindset of Childhood Still Lingers

People are conditioned since kindergarten to think of summer as a break from routine and responsibility. And this “schools out” mindset carries over into adulthood, where many offices offer employees shorter hours and casual Friday dress codes. “Even though the work world operates year-round and responsibilities don’t suddenly stop, we reflexively feel more carefree during the summer months, like we did when we were kids,” explains Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D., a Los Angeles-based therapist specializing in the psychology of happiness.

 

 

3. Being in Nature Reduces Stress

We all feel calmer and more relaxed when we’re surrounded by nature — a finding reported by researchers all over the world. Studies from University College London and Deakin University in Australia show that going on a bike ride through a park, strolling along the beach or just inhaling the aroma of flowers in bloom makes us feel less stressed and more serene. Need more proof? A French study published last year linked being in a natural environment with higher levels of personal happiness. And a 2013 study in the journal Social Science & Medicine found that spending time near a body of water in an urban area had a therapeutic effect — so city dwellers can reap the blissful benefits of nature as well.

 

 

 

4. Organized Holidays Offer Freedom

In many countries, summer provides official holidays and extended vacations to enjoy. It’s also graduation and wedding season — two milestones typically honored with ceremonies and parties. “All that good cheer makes us feel optimism and joy for the future,” says Dr. Thomas.

 

5. Breaking a Sweat Boosts Bliss-Producing Endorphins

Another result of good weather: You’re less likely to blow off a jog, bike ride or other activity. And research shows that increasing your heart rate revs the production of mood-boosting endorphins (it’s the mechanism behind the “runner’s high”). Even if you don’t take part in a specific activity, summer sets up the perfect conditions to move around in less constructed but equally bliss-inducing ways — say by spending the afternoon gardening or playing tug-of-war at a family picnic.

6. Social Interactions Are Easier

Backyard barbecues, pool parties, company picnics, al fresco dinner parties … summer offers plenty of opportunities for socializing. “Humans are social creatures and mixing with friends, family and even strangers make us feel part of something larger than ourselves, which is fulfilling,” says Dr. Thomas. “The pleasant weather and relaxed vibe help bring people out of isolation and gives us the chance to interact and connect.”

 

 

 

7. Small Indulgences Are Everywhere

Trashy beach books. Trips to the ice-cream shop. Afternoons spent lazing on a blanket or hammock. “Summertime is about taking time to smell the roses, so to speak, and giving yourself license to indulge a little without guilt,” says Dr. Thomas. We can’t think of a better reason to take a vacation day from work to lie in a chaise lounge or meet up with friends and chill out with a round of ice-cold drinks.

Barbara Schrader
May 30, 2018

Reposted from:  Esther Crain, Written for Coco-Cola Company Stories

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Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Chiropractic Physician

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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
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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

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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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