Sugar Fan? Get Back in Balance!

Are you one of those people who adores sugar treats and just can’t get enough of them? Is your body giving you any warning signals?

Sugar affects more than your blood sugar levels.The average person eats over ten pounds of sugar each and every month—nearly 4.5 cups per week, or 30-33 teaspoonfuls every day. That’s over twenty percent of our daily caloric intake spent on a refined food that upsets body chemistry and has literally no nutritional value. Refined sugar is 99.4% to 99.7% pure calories—it contains no vitamins, minerals, or proteins, just simple carbohydrates.

Or maybe you aren’t too fond of sugary foods and never have been. You might be spending your days patting yourself on the back for thinking you don’t eat that much sugar, but I guarantee you eat more than you imagine, and in foods you never considered. Sugar can be found in breads and crackers, marinades, condiments, tomato sauces, and salad dressings. Among other foods of course. Foods like what, you might ask. “Well, low-fat” or “non-fat” food are often starchy and bland in taste, so sugar is added to them as a masking agent to make them easier to eat. And if you look at ingredients labels, you’re likely to find things like high fructose corn syrup, sorbitol, and maltodextrin. High fructose corn syrup is well-known these days and easy to spot and avoid, but did you know that sorbitol and maltodextrin are also sugars that you don’t really want to consume?

This is why the food industry began to use these more scientific terms—because most people have no idea what they are and are more likely to just eat them. It’s become a bit different in recent years, for those with the time to look, because smartphones can connect people to the Internet and to definitions for unfamiliar ingredients. But still, in the majority of cases people don’t do more than make a cursory scan of the ingredients for anything obviously sugar before they put it in their cart and go on. If you’re one of those people, I guarantee you’re eating more sugar than you imagined or wanted to, and that it’s affecting you more than you know.

How You Feel (About Sugar) is Up To You!

In my experience, this is an example of what I call the Degenerative Disease Process. Most of your ailments are caused by the substances you put into your body, and a major part of the problem is not knowing what you put in your body.

In the case of sugar there are, of course, “bad” and “good” sugars. Instead of going into a long list of which are good and which are bad, it’s simply important to keep in mind that too much of anything—even good things—is bad. Any excess in sugar, particularly processed sugar, that you eat leads to a measurable disturbance of the mineral relationships in your body and organ systems. But in general, you’re better off eating a lot of sugars that are naturally present in foods rather than a lot of sugars that have been processed and added artificially. So apples are better than candy bars, and oranges are better than sugar cubes.

My advice is that if you are going to eat sugar—and it’s hard not to—you need to also consider taking a supplement that will help with these disturbances in your mineral content. The mineral imbalance probably makes your digestive enzymes incapable of digesting your foods properly, and when that happens you develop allergies.

Ultimately, how you feel when it comes to sugar is really up to you. A doctor can prescribe medications, which generally have unpleasant side effects, but you can avoid the need for those medications by being attentive to your diet and minimizing the processed sugar you consume. Some you just aren’t going to be able to avoid, but by avoiding what you can, you improve your health exponentially.

 

Dr. Scott Cabazolo

(540) 622-6400
112 East 6th Street
Front Royal, VA 22630
naturalresultschiro@yahoo.com

Chiropractic and Headaches

If you experience headaches, you’re not alone. Nine out of ten Americans suffer from them. Some are occasional, some frequent, some are dull and throbbing, and some cause debilitating pain and nausea. What do you do when you suffer from a pounding headache? Do you grit your teeth and carry on? Lie down? Pop a pill and hope the pain goes away?

There is a better alternative.

How Chiropractic Factors

Research shows that spinal manipulation—one of the primary treatments provided by doctors of chiropractic—may be an effective treatment option for tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck.  A 2014 report in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) found that interventions commonly used in chiropractic care improved outcomes for the treatment of acute and chronic neck pain. Increased benefit was shown in several instances where a multimodal approach to neck pain had been used.

Also, a 2011 JMPT study found that chiropractic care, including spinal adjustments, improves migraine and cervicogenic headaches.

Triggers For Headaches

Chiropractic and headaches are not as inseparable as you might think.Headaches have many causes, or “triggers.” These may include foods, environmental stimuli (noises, lights, stress, etc.) and/or behaviors (insomnia, excessive exercise, blood sugar changes, etc.). About five percent of all headaches are warning signals caused by physical problems. The remaining ninety-five percent are primary headaches such as tension, migraine, or cluster. These types are not caused by disease—the headache itself is the primary concern.

The greatest majority of primary headaches are associated with muscle tension in the neck. Today, Americans engage in more sedentary activities than in the past, and more hours are spent in one fixed position or posture (such as sitting in front of a computer). This can increase joint irritation and muscle tension in the neck, upper back, and scalp, causing your head to ache.

What Can You Do Now For Your Headaches?

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) offers the following suggestions to prevent headaches:

  • If you spend a large amount of time in one fixed position, such as in front of a computer, on a sewing machine, or typing or reading, take a break and stretch every 30 minutes to one hour. The stretches should include taking your head and neck through a comfortable range of motion.
  • Low-impact exercise may help relieve pain associated with primary headaches; if you are prone to dull, throbbing headaches then you should avoid heavy exercise. Engage in such activities as walking and low-impact aerobics.
  • Avoid teeth-clenching. The upper teeth should never touch the lowers, except when swallowing. This results in stress at the temporomandibular joints (TMJ)—the two joints that connect your jaw to your skull—leading to TMJ irritation and a form of tension headaches.
  • Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day to help avoid dehydration, which can lead to headaches.

What Can A Doctor of Chiropractic Do For You?

I may do one or more of the following if you suffer from a primary headache:

  • Perform spinal chiropractic adjustments to improve spinal function and alleviate the stress on your system.
  • Provide nutritional advice, recommending a change in diet and perhaps the addition of B-complex vitamins.
  • Offer advice on posture, ergonomics (work postures), exercises and relaxation techniques.

This advice should help to relieve the recurring joint irritation and tension in the muscles of the neck and upper back. As you know, I had extensive training to help you beyond just treatment for low-back pain, back pain in general, or neck pain. I know how tension in the spine relates to problems in other parts of the body, and I can take steps to relieve those problems. Don’t resist coming in just because “it’s not a back problem”—you might find it is.

 

Dr. Scott Cabazolo

(540) 622-6400
112 East 6th Street
Front Royal, VA 22630
naturalresultschiro@yahoo.com

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Improve your spine health at Natural Results Chiropractic in Front Royal, VA.In terms of overall wellbeing, the health of your spine is one of the most important areas to focus on. When your spine is in correct alignment, so many good things happen. The surrounding nerves and muscles function normally, free from irritation or inflammation. Blood is able to circulate more freely, breathing is free and easy, and even cognition is better.

But what happens when the spine is under too much stress? What happens when it’s out of alignment?

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Chiropractic Adjustments Help Maintain Your Quality of Life!

I had a patient come up to me the other day. She asked, “So Doc, why are these chiropractic adjustments so important? I know I had pain when I came in, but now I don’t. So why do I need to continue with them?”

I told her, “That’s a normal reaction. People judge their health by the way they feel, and to a certain point, that’s okay. But when you have nerve interference, you don’t necessarily have to have pain. I suggest you follow the recommended program that was tailored for your health, then continue getting check-ups at least once a month. And here’s why.”

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