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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
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I’m Not a Celebrity – Do I really Need to Detox My Body?

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Moving Thought Forward About Detoxification

Detoxification programs!  Do I have to drink some weird concoction or skip food altogether? Will I be living in the bathroom or sleeping my day away? Celebrities are always telling us that they keep healthy because of this detox or that detox.  But, do they really work?  Are they necessary for the “regular” person?
I have no doubt in my mind that detoxification methods absolutely work for the human body!!  WebMD states “…our bodies naturally detox every day.”[1]   As a Chiropractor, my clinical experience allows me to see first-hand the positive health impacts that come from detoxification on patients’ blood work and symptomatology. Positive long-lasting effects often stem from the detoxification process.  So, the question is not whether a detox will work but instead – what kind of detoxifying should I be doing?
Most people associate a detox with a colon cleanse where they essentially would be on stand-by for the latrine.    We must understand that there are many ways that the body detoxifies.   Exposing yourself to a variety of detoxification methods is important to living your days out on this earth with greater vigor and excitement for your daily tasks.  There is no doubt that we poison our bodies each day with a variety of toxins.  We experience toxicity in mental, chemical, and physical forms.  I personally believe you should focus on purging those negative build-ups as a regular part of maintaining your health.  After all, you change the oil on your car every 3-5K miles; do you ever clean the filters in your body? [Click to Tweet] It is worth considering new options for lifestyle management.
Dr. Oz mentions the major detoxifying organs on his popular TV show.  He says, “The kidneys are like the micromanagers of detoxification.”[2]   Other detoxifying organs are the lungs, skin, and colon.   Once you understand what actually detoxifies the body, it becomes more clear that one must consider the types of detoxification practices that are available.  If you are unsure whether a detoxification protocol is right for you, I recommend contacting a qualified functional medicine or holistic primary care physician for safe guidance.
What are some popular and effective methods to practice detoxification?  The website GAIAM offers 10 options for detoxification.[3]
  1. Eat plenty of fiber
  2. Cleanse the Liver
  3. Take vitamin C
  4. Drink more water
  5. Breathe deeply
  6. Transform stress
  7. Practice hydrotherapy
  8. Sweat
  9. Dry-brush your skin
  10. Exercise
There are also many good quality detoxification systems available from a doctor’s office that help detoxify the organs and balance your body’s chemistry.
In reality, your body is detoxifying right now!  But, the rate of detoxification varies by person, where they live, what they eat, etc.  Why not enhance the body’s natural detoxification process?  The refreshing idea is that after reading this blog, you now hold a greater innate potential to purify the mind, body, and spirit.
Everyday holds the potential for something greater than the day before.  Embracing the idea that we have capabilities to enhance our natural detoxification forces encourages us to continue to move forward and embrace optimal ideals and actions.   So next time you think of detoxifying, don’t wait. Embrace the innate potential you hold within! [Click to Tweet]
Tell us how you detoxify your body?
Dr. Andrew Kender
August 16, 2015
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 Starkey and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians
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[1] http://www.webmd.com/diet/detox-diets-cleansing-body?page=2
[2] http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/organs-detox-your-body
[3] http://life.gaiam.com/article/10-ways-detoxify-your-body