How to relieve daily stress

How to Relieve Daily Stress

At Life Wellness Center we come across many patients who cannot recall the reason why they woke up with pain or dysfunction. We jokingly offer up the concept that it is emotional. Many patients respond in agreement, laughing.

A recent study published in the Journal of Cancer Survivorship demonstrates amazing findings on how brains responded to an emotionally distressing story. Think about an event that was difficult or really emotionally charged in your life. Notice that your body might increase tension or discomfort in various ways. Alternatively, think of biting down on a sour lemon and letting the juice of the lemon roll onto your tongue; do you make a face?Even though these scenarios are not happening now, your brain recalls the sensation or tension. With the principles of Neuro-Emotional Technique and

Even though these scenarios are not happening right now, your brain recalls the sensation or tension. With the principles of Neuro-Emotional Technique and Neurology, we are able to pinpoint the cause of distress driving our patients’ health concerns.

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The Food Pyramid is Now a Plate

Do you remember the Food Pyramid? Are you aware of the new guidelines? Instead of a pyramid, the US government has adopted the plate. The food pyramid is now a plate. What a practical way of displaying how we should eat!

A medical doctor, who happens to be vegan, developed this idea years before the government decided to update their stance on food and nutrition. You have probably noticed that may restaurants have been asking you what kind of “protein” choice you would like with your salad or other meals. Years ago, protein used to always mean meat. But now that definition has expanded to include vegetable- and grain-based protein options.

One great leader in the world of nutrition is Dr. Barnard. A very well spoken man with great research, I truly appreciate his contribution to the world of nutrition. I recommend following his thinking on his blog. While attending a recent cruise called the Holistic Holiday at Sea, I was lucky enough to attend some of Dr. Barnard’s lectures. I find that each individual’s nutrient needs are very distinct in regards to their genetic makeup, lifestyle, and drive to optimize their mind and body.

Call today to schedule a nutrition consultation 303.678.1979, or email at info@inspirelifechiropractic.com.

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Heart Circulation Health

How A Heart Attack Happens

Question: What is the first sign of a heart attack? A heart attack! Or… is it?

There are several factors that create stress for the heart and circulation. The primary factor is hypertension, or the tension caused in how we respond to our environment.

When the body is under relentless stress from the realities of daily life, such as lack of quality sleep, lack of sufficient dietary nutrients (poor digestive absorption), an inability to detoxify (secondary to the stress response), or posture alterations (e.g. text neck, seated posture), it will produce cortisol. This stress hormone will cause blood vessel constriction. If constriction is constant, the effect on the heart (the pump for circulation) is to beat faster and stronger to push blood through the shrunken blood vessel channels out to the capillaries. We are left unable to get oxygen and nutrients to distant tissues. If the pressure continues to increase, the system will eventually fail, which looks like a heart attack, arrhythmia, ventricular contractions, or [insert medical diagnosis of your choosing].

All of this assumes the blood cells themselves are being efficiently created and removed. We have a wide range of red blood cell sizes often overlooked on common blood labs. These will indicate your body’s ability to create blood, which is important because it is your body’s vessel for carrying oxygen and nutrients to tissues and cells as well as removing carbon dioxide and waste/toxins out of cells.

As we damage the walls of these tubes, cholesterol begins to build in the arteries as an attempt to barrier off the damage, further restricting the blood vessel. Inability to carry oxygen, nutrients, and waste through the system causes more backups. Now that our body is really under stress, we begin to show signs of liver and gallbladder congestion (e.g. elevated liver enzyme panels, cholesterol, weight begins to accumulate around the midsection) and even kidney problems (e.g. low back pain, kidney stones).

Ever see those care engine oil commercials where the viscosity causes built up in the engine leading to ultimate failure? Similarly, the more our body is under stress, the smaller the tubes are for blood to flow.

So, while a heart attack comes on rapidly, there are in fact many signs and symptoms to watch out for ahead of a potential heart attack. You may experience midback problems, jaw tension, shoulder tension, low back pain, immune problems, chronic anything, stress from life, and never have a heart attack. However, with US rates of heart attacks at more than 1 per minute, do you want to wait till you have one to do something about it?

If you feel tension in your body, get a massage. It’s great way to help you relax. But in addition to the temporary relief we can experience from a massage, we can also maximize our nervous system’s ability to handle the stress when we leave the massage table.

Patients often come in thinking that the pain they have been dealing with for 5 years is normal — tension, lack of energy, or an inability to process information quickly, accurately, and efficiently. If that is your reality, then be sure to make an appointment with your Brain Based Chiropractor as soon as possible.

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Reishi Mushroom Coffee

How to Make Reishi Mushroom Coffee

Reishi Mushroom CoffeeA personal favorite of mine, I have been enjoying Fat Coffee, or Bulletproof Coffee, for 6+ months now (note: I only use ghee, as butter still contains the casein protein which can be suspect for digestive stress and opiate activation/addiction).  I have been adding reishi to my coffee on and off as a way to support additional stressors which come up in my life.

In my life stress comes in the form of less than 6 hours of sleep, changes in my sleep cycle (times), lack of quality sleep (I use an app called Sleep Cycle), poor dietary choices (yes, I too eat junk from time to time), alcohol consumption, travel, emotional distress via relationship changes, financial concerns, longing for a life I currently am not living (related to how busy I become without breath or slow down).

I rarely get sick but when I begin to feel less that 100%, I often use reishi as my tonic. There are a myriad of herbal adaptogens in the world and each has its own protective properties and supports different metabolic pathways.  Each patient I see often requires some form of adaptogen to maximize their nervous system’s response to stress. Here is a step-by-step for a delicious bulletproof coffee.

How to Make Reishi Mushroom Coffee:

  1. Add 1 tsp. of reishi mushroom powder and 32 oz. of purified water to a pot and boil.
  2. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 10-20 minutes.
  3. Measure 5-10 tbsp. of ground coffee (according to preferred strength) and place in french press. Pour reishi water mix over coffee grounds and steep for 4 minutes.
  4. Return to pot and heat on medium-low. Add a healthy tbsp. of coconut oil and maybe some butter or ghee. Optional: add some almond milk or cream.
  5. Blend together using an immersion blender. Have a nice day!

 

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Brain-based wellness

Brain-Based Wellness Talks

Brain-based wellness has perhaps the greatest potential to impact your quality of life. One of the greatest health concerns in the world is neurodegenerative disorders, as emphasized in this article by the McGovern Institute at MIT.

Dr. Wendt is a member of several non profit communities, including PEP Talks (Practitioners Educating Patients), Chiropractors Crossing Boarders, and Doctors of Health and Wellness. As a member of these communities, he donates hours to local schools, community groups, churches/spiritual centers, and businesses by providing inspiring health talks. A goal of these programs is to educate our community on the core concepts of living a healthy life, free from reliance on drugs and surgeries, reducing injuries, maximizing performance of your body and mind.

Dr. Wendt often hears, “hey Doc, this makes so much sense, how can I get you in front of my HR director so you can help educate my work environment and make my work life more pleasant?” Just by asking! If you or your community would like Dr. Wendt to come give an inspiring presentation on brain-based wellness and health, call us at 303.678.1979 or email us at info@inspirelifechiropractic.com.

See your Life Wellness Center chiropractor trained in brain-based wellness today for a brian wellness evaluation!

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September Is Subluxation Awareness Month!

The first chiropractic adjustment for a subluxation was demonstrated on September 18th 1985. It was then that Chiropractic care started to develop into a legitimate and successful form of treatment for individuals with health ailments.

Subluxations are one of the most common reasons why people turn to chiropractic care.

When the motion or position of the spinal bones are compromised this can create absolute chaos within the body, not only affecting the spine but also causing stress, pain and discomfort to other areas of the body. Subluxations inhibit the body from operating properly in almost every way.

Incorrect positioning of the spine can and most likely, will irritate, compress or stretch nerve tissue, which is already extremely delicate. As the immune system weakens, strength and coordination are negatively affected and organs may cease to function normally.

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However, getting adjusted by a licensed chiropractor can increase your body’s white blood cell count by thirty percent! A raise in white blood cells means that your body can defend itself against the common cold, the flu and other contagious illnesses. Getting adjusted is not just for adults, children can also benefit from chiropractic care especially during that time of year when the common cold is most prominent. Having your child adjusted can help raise their immune systems to help fight against those nasty viruses.

Subluxations cause an increase in pain levels, pain consistency, as well as stiffness and fatigue. As if the physical symptoms weren’t enough, there could also be major affects to stress and our state of mind. It’s important to realize that subluxations are not just a tight wound, sore muscles in your back. They are silent killers which over time decreases the body’s immunity to disease. Think about subluxation this way, if you tie a piece of string around the tip of your finger very tightly and held it there, would you simply put hot water on it to decrease the tightness in your finger? No. Would you try and rub the tip of your finger to ease the tension of the string? Maybe, but the string is still tightly wound against the finger tip. The only way to ease the tension is to release the string from the finger. In essence, the only way to relive and treat subluxation is to release that damaging tension from the spine. This is accomplished through chiropractic adjustments.

So don’t wait! If you are looking for a Longmont Chiropractor, contact our office for a free consultation with Dr. John and find out how chiropractic can help benefit you and your family today.

Guest author credit: Kaitlin Lamarre

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Community of Life

Community

 

Without COMMUNITY we would not survive!  Our society is built on culture, and connection to others.  A well known story from a WWII hospital orphanage sadly discovered that babies who are not held will die, even if well fed.  An article just came out about a mother, whose baby was pronounced dead at birth.  She held him to say goodbye, and after two hours the baby came back to life!  This wonderfully illustrates how vital sharing the life force with each other is.  Without contact we do not grow to speak, think or act to our potential.  Communities provide our friends, our families, our support and our health. They provide outlets for our creativity, and exposure to new ideas, people and places. Many studies have demonstrated that people who are involved in their communities tend to live longer and happier lives.  Connection is the key the success of our species, and ironically, modern culture has ingrained the importance of self reliance, sole solidity, and independence above all morals.

The definitions given in the dictionary all fall short of what a real community offers.  Its a home, a friend, a deep and lasting connection with people that may share a locale or interest, but most importantly share love.  Love for a place, love for each other, love for humanity or earth or another interest.  Community is the people you see everyday, the people you intentionally gather with, the people you share your wins and losses with, the places that inspire you and the people that go there with you. Community is so much more than just people! People don’t exist without the community of plants, animals, water and air. Have you ever gone a day without air? Without air there are no plants, without water there are no plants, or animals. We are a deeply interconnected community on Earth, of all living things. We live in the precious balance and harmony by respecting other beings rights to be here, and ultimately, provide for us humans!

Here are some things you can do to strengthen your experience of community. Think of it like gardening your friends.  Plant seeds, water, weed and celebrate the harvest!

 

Get Outside!

Talk and Smile at strangers

Introduce friends

Offer to help a neighbor

Bake extra cookies to share

Find reasons to celebrate

Trade skills

Learn and instrument

Make room to PLAY!

Start a project with a friend

Share your gifts

Ask for help

Ask questions

Be POSITIVE

Leave your phone at home

 

    There are so many more ways to connect with each other.  We hope that you have made connections that are valuable, and lasting in your life. We want to overcome the walls that we have put up to health and community. The health and wellness of just one person drastically impacts the health and wellness of us all. One healthy, happy person can brighten all of the interactions they have during the course of a day. We hope that we can create a centered community with the goal of healing, and joyously celebrating living together!  Lets support each other! Change for the better, overall, must come from us all.

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Addiction

ADDICTIONS

In recent months Dr John participated in a study to see if NET work could help clear the emotions that lead to the addiction of smoking cigarettes.  He has found this method to be extremely useful, and has helped people ease the addiction to smoking. Any focus of addiction, whether it be smoking, coffee, bad relationships, drinking, or prescriptions all stem from the same need within us.  We had some need that was not met, and we adapted by using something to distract us from the pain of lack.  In conducting the stop smoking study we have seen the connectivity between all addictions and original events in life that lead to negative feelings.  With NET, we can clear those emotions and help ease the demand of addiction on our beings and psyche.

Ask Dr John today to clear an addiction for you!

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Fibromyalgia symptoms ease with Chiropractic

Chiropractic Helps Fibromyalgia

Up to 5 million Americans have a syndrome known as Fibromyalgia and possibly over  80% of those people suffering this syndrome are women.  It is a difficult syndrome to diagnose, because so many of the symptoms overlap with other issues.  Typically people with fibromyalgia experience widespread, and frequent pain lasting for at least 3 months, are fatigued, have diffuse tenderness in up to 18 different parts of the body, stiffness, IBS, sensitivity, have trouble sleeping and concentrating.  There are many theories as to the cause of this syndrome, including emotional stress, injury, illness, candida overgrowth, adrenal problems and it can even occur spontaneously. There is current research that shows that people with fibromyalgia are more likely to have certain gene combinations, however they are still researching if this is more likely to occur in families due to environmental or genetic reasons. Current science research says that people with fibromyalgia may have a gene that causes them to react more strongly to stimuli, that in others, would not perceived as painful.

Treating fibromyalgia is all encompassing.  There are as many ways to treat it as there are symptoms.  If an emotional stressor brought it on, therapy or emotional release methods such as Neuro Emotional Technique might help.  People report that massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, epsom salt baths, improved diet, exercise and meditation can all help ease the symptoms of the syndrome.  It might seem counter intuitive, but all the things that a body with fibromyalgia is having trouble doing, are all the things that need to be prioritized.  Make time for self care with early bedtimes, gentle exercise routines, and healing foods. Chiropractic can improve these symptoms by improving overall functioning of the nervous system and has been shown to decrease pain in many chronic conditions. A study published recently stated more than 60% of the participants who underwent thirty chiropractic treatments showed significant reductions in pain intensity and improvement in their overall fatigue and quality of sleep. Fibromyalgia sufferers reported less joint pain after being placed on raw food vegan diets. Your favorite chiropractor can help you design a care plan specific to your needs that is based on Nutrition, exercise and regular chiropractic adjustments.

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Overwhelm and Stress

How is Stress affecting you?

Emotional stress, physical stress, and spiritual stress can all contribute to leaving you feeling overwhelmed, and spent. Stress is an ever evolving system response to the changing stimulus of our environment.  We can feel stressed by our jobs, personal conflicts, project deadlines, demands of time or money. It may surprise you that the feelings of stress may have nothing to do with the stress in your life.  Poor posture, prolonged sitting, and accident, or an old injury can all lead to spinal stress. Chronic pain and muscle tension can cause you to experience nervousness and irritability,or nervousness and irritability can cause chronic pain and muscle tension.  We can help you unravel this catch 22.

Chiropractic care can help give your nervous system a greater capacity to adapt to stress. Like a vacation, in just a 15 minute appointment.  Chiropractic can be similar to exercise by reducing tension in the nervous system, improving your ability to tolerate and adapt to the stresses of modern life. We seem to exhibit stress and strain in the weakest area of our bodies. That area will be the first to go, like the weakest link in a chain. Finding the weak links in your spine and helping restore better function, can make a profound difference in your response to stress. Stress can show up as an upset stomach, recurring headaches, back pain, or muscle stiffness. Others may have nervous twitches, allergic reactions, or chemical sensitivities. Regardless of how your body responds to stress, your nervous system is involved, which is why chiropractic is such an important adjunct to your busy life.

The chiropractic approach to stress is to help normalize the function of your nervous system by removing interferences caused by spinal joint dysfunction.

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