High Cholesterol Levels Managed with these Five Foods

Cholesterol is a waxy substance derived from food.  Low-density lipoproteins, LDLs, are considered “bad” cholesterol, because they can turn into plaque, a substance that sticks to vessel walls, blocking blood flow and making vessels less flexible.  High-density lipoproteins, HDLs, are considered “good”, helping to metabolize vitamins and minerals and remove LDL from the bloodstream.

Increased cholesterol levels put you at risk for stroke, heart disease and other serious Pentz Family Chiropractic Good Cholesterolhealth issues.  Typically with high cholesterol, statin drugs are prescribed; though recent studies are showing that long-term use poses serious risks.

There are alternatives for controlling cholesterol that don’t include medicine.  Regular exercise and dietary changes can help reduce cholesterol significantly.

  • Beans: helps in lowering LDL cholesterol. A recent study in Canada showed that just one ¾ cup serving of beans, chickpeas, or lentils per day can cut LDL levels by as much as 5 percent.  Beans are full of fiber which helps remove LDL from the blood.  Fiber also helps with digestion and can reduce the risk of colon cancer.
  • Oatmeal: contains LDL-lowering soluble fiber. The fiber helps reduce the amount of “bad” cholesterol that can be absorbed into the blood.  1 ½ cups of oatmeal yields 6 grams of fiber.  5 to 10 grams of fiber is recommended per day to reduce LDLs.  You can pump up the fiber by chopping up an apple or banana for an additional 4 to 5 grams of fiber.
  • Tea: 3 cups of green or black tea, hot or iced, each day gives you the max LDL-lowering benefits. It also provides a significant source of antioxidants called polyphenols that can help ward off certain cancers.  Tea also boosts levels of “good” HDL!
  • Extra-virgin Olive Oil: Most fats we eat contain high levels of LDL cholesterol, but. olive oil actually helps battle the bad cholesterol. You only need 2 tablespoons each day to be beneficial. Be sure to purchase EVOO in a dark glass bottle or can with the words “cold-pressed” on the label.
  • Fish: Salmon, mackerel, sardines, or tuna contain heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which also help to reduce blood pressure.  2 servings of fish a week is recommended for heart health.  If you are not a fish fan, fish oil or ground flaxseed are another decent source of omega-3s.
    Geib, Aurora. High cholesterol levels easily managed with these five nutritious foods. Wednesday, May 28, 2014. http://www.naturalnews.com/045332_high_cholesterol_levels_nutritious_foods_dietary_choice.html

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Why Chiropractic Care is Being Recommended for Ear Infections

I was recently on a Mom forum where a distraught mother complained about her two-year-old’s chronic ear infections. She was tortured over the notion of giving her daughter yet another antibiotic which seemed to do nothing but guarantee a return of the ear infection.

This Mom’s concerns weren’t unfounded. For decades, the evidence-based research about antibiotics has shown that not only are they ineffective at treating ear infections, but they will actually lead to repeated ear infections in the future. In 2004 the American Academy of Pediatrics began its “watch and wait” approach to treating ear infections with antibiotics.

I was thrilled to read in the comments, under this mother’s post, that many other mothers were suggesting Chiropractic care citing their positive experiences. One Mom reported “My children used to be on antibiotics more than they were off them due to ear infections, sinus infections, strep throat etc. Once we began Chiropractic care we said goodbye to all that drama.

Chiropractors will tell you that they don’t treat ear infections. So how is it that so many parents report that their children under Chiropractic care no longer suffer from ear infections? Among many pediatricians who seek safer options for children, well renowned Dr. Sears recently said that he encourages chiropractic care to avoid the onset of ear infections.

Why? Because misalignment of the spinal bones can cause undue pulling on the child’s neck muscles creating tension to their eustachian tubes. The subsequent dysfunction of these tubes to drain lymphatic fluid causes an increased risk of infection. The Chiropractic adjustment aims to reduce the tension of misalignments all throughout the body–restoring normal physiology.

In an article in Pathways to Family Wellness Magazine, “Chiropractic and Ear Infections: What We Offer Makes a Difference, the author explains, “The purpose of Chiropractic care baby-ear-infection-ear-painis not the treatment of conditions or diseases; rather, it is the
restoration of normal body function. Chiropractors work with the nervous system via gentle spinal adjustments to reduce stress related interferences to the nervous system thereby enhancing overall body function. All systems of the body— muscular, glandular, respiratory, circulatory, digestive, eliminatory, hormonal and immunological—depend on the optimal functioning of the nervous system. With Chiropractic, we focus on improving the nervous system to enhance all the body’s systems.”

Chiropractic adjustments do not treat the symptom or infection. They do not suppress or mask the symptom, but instead they allow the body to regain its natural state of function and health. Infections indicate an overloaded immune system. The best course of action is to support the body in regaining its balanced immune system. Treating the ear infection with antibiotics causes an additional overload to the immune system and can actually create greater havoc, leading to the susceptibility of repeated infections.

The science of physiology has made clear that the body is an intricate ecosystem. A vigorous disruption to any of the body’s systems cannot support long-lasting health, nor does it honor the balance of health within. Chiropractic care is all about the restoration of normal physiological balance. With this balance a child’s immune system will function more efficiently.

While you follow the evidence based recommendations to “watch and wait” follow the scientific recommendations set by normal physiology and support your child’s immunity with safe, gentle and effective Chiropractic adjustments.

How to Boost Immunity and Not Fear the Flu!

Pentz Family Chiropractic Summerville SC Life Center Chiropractor No to Flu_nWhy do we fear the ‘flu season’ every year? Is there really a virus that comes out of hibernation every winter to prey on the unsuspecting? Unlikely. Though year after year the instances of viral and bacterial infections rises through the colder months.

As Americans, especially, 85% of our population could be classified as ‘less than healthy’, in reference to immunity to foreign invaders. Immunity suppressants can manifest as stress, lack of exercise, nutrition in the form of prepackaged meals, environmental pollution including the water we drink, etc. Immune system invaders are everywhere.

An American lifestyle is a fast-paced, high-pressure system that creates increased demands on our time – making us age faster and keeping us chronically inflamed. Excessive use of antibiotics as medicine and in our foods, pesticides, herbicides, preservatives, chronic mental stress, all challenge the anti-inflammatory organs and functions of the body, thus once again, depressing our immune system.

What are we to do? What we should do to keep ourselves healthy!

  • Get plenty of sleep to recharge and repair the body
  • Eat your veggies – Supporting the gut means supporting the immune system
  • Incorporate foods for their function
    • Yogurt (probiotic, acidophilus and bifidobacter preferred)
    • Oats (rich in beta glucans)
    • Garlic (contains allican)
    • Seeds, nuts and their oils (has minerals such as zinc and selenium)
    • Whole grains (wealth of B vitamins)
    • Colored fruits and vegetables (rich in beta carotene, vitamins A, C, and E)
    • Fresh wild fish (supplies essential fatty acids, Vitamin D and coenzyme Q-10)
    • Herbs and spices (echinacea, elderberry, ginseng, astraglus, bayberry, hawthorn, licorice root, red clover, tumeric, ginger, golden seal, black cumin seed, etc.)
  • Drink plenty of water so that your fluid systems can run at optimum effectiveness
  • Practice good hygiene
  • Reduce exposure to toxic chemicals and drugs
  • Adequate exercise and elimination of chronic stress will improve your immune status significantly!
  • Get your spine adjusted! – Removing pressure from the spinal nerves by aligning the vertebrae allows the nervous system to function optimally. Research over 3 years showed Chiropractic patients to have a 200% greater immune competence than people who had not received Chiropractic care.

Create Health and Create Resistance!

Berg, J. and Baker, K. (2014) ‘Autoimmunity and the Gut’; Fulop, J. (2014) ‘Disease, Health and the Human Microbiome’. NDNR; www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21446353

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A Recipe for Longevity: 33 of the Healthiest Foods on Earth!

“Is it possible to live to 125 or even 150?  It’s certainly a possibility!” says Chairman and CEO of Dole Food Company, Mr. David Murdock.  In 2009 Mr. Murdock joined Oprah Winfrey to discuss his secret to enjoying a successfully healthy lifestyle.

“No pills, not even aspirin ever entered my mouth – everything I need comes from my fish and 30-40 different kinds of fruit and vegetables every week.”  Even at age 86 (he is now still going strong at 92) he continues with this lifestyle and includes 50-60 minutes of cardio and strength training every day.

“By eating many fruits and vegetables in place of fast food or junk food, people could avoid obesity.  Obesity accelerates aging and risk of cancer even faster than smoking, according to scientific research!” This list below contains most of Mr. Murdock’s daily intake.

The Healthiest Food List

  • Apple
    • Boosts immune systemPentz Family Chiropractic Summerville Chiropractor Food be thy medicine
    • Fights lung and prostate cancer
    • Lowers Alzheimer’s risk
  • Artichoke
    • Helps blood clotting
    • Antioxidant superfood
    • Lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol
  • Arugula
    • Lowers birth defect risk
    • Reduces fracture risk
    • Protects eye health
  • Asparagus
    • Nourishes good gut bacteria
    • Protects against birth defects
    • Promotes heart health
  • Avocado
    • Limits liver damage
    • Reduces oral cancer risk
    • Lowers cholesterol levels
  • Banana
    • Increase fat burning
    • Lowers cancer risk (colorectal, kidney, leukemia)
    • Reduces asthma symptoms in children
  • Blackberries
    • Builds bone density
    • Suppresses appetite
    • Enhances fat burning
  • Blueberries
    • Restores antioxidant levels
    • Reverses age-related brain decline
    • Prevents urinary tract infections
  • BroccoliReduces diabetic damage
    • Lowers risk of cancer (prostate, bladder, colon,
      pancreatic, gastric, breast)
    • Protects the brain from injury
  • Cantaloupe
    • Bolsters immunity
    • Protects skin against sunburn
    • Reduces inflammation
  • Carrot
    • Antioxidants defend DNA
    • Fights cataracts
    • Protects against cancer
  • Cauliflower
    • Stimulates detoxification
    • Suppresses breast cancer cell growth
    • Defends against prostate cancer
  • Cherries
    • Alleviates arthritic pain and gout
    • Lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol
    • Reduces inflammation
  • Cranberries
    • Alleviates prostate pain
    • Fights cancer cells (lung, colon, leukemia)
    • Prevents urinary tract infections
  • Green Cabbage
    • Promotes healthy blood clotting
    • Reduces cancer risk (prostate, colon, breast, ovarian)
    • Activates the body’s natural detoxification systems
  • Kale
    • Counters harmful estrogens that feed cancer
    • Protects eyes against sun damage and cataracts
    • Increases bone density
  • Kiwi
    • Combats wrinkles
    • Lowers blood clot risk and reduces blood lipids
    • Counters constipation
  • Mango
    • Supports immunity
    • Lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol
    • Regulates homocysteine to protect arteries
  • Mushrooms
    • Promotes natural detoxification
    • Reduces risk of cancer (colon, prostate)
    • Lowers blood pressure
  • Oranges
    • Reduces LDL (bad) cholesterol
    • Lowers risk of cancer (mouth, throat, breast, stomach, leukemia)
    • Appetite suppressant
  • Papaya
    • Enzymes aid digestion
    • Reduces risk of lung cancer
    • Enhances fat burning
  • Pineapple
    • Speeds post-surgery
    • Promotes joint health
    • Reduces asthma inflammation
  • Plums/Prunes
    • Counters constipation
    • Antioxidants defend against DNA damage
    • Protects against post-menopausal bone loss
  • Pomegranate
    • Enhances sunscreen protection
    • Lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol
    • Fights prostate cancer
  • Pumpkin
    • Protects joints against arthritis
    • Lowers cancer risk (lung and prostate)
    • Reduces inflammation
  • Raspberries
    • Inhibits cancer growth (oral, breast, colon, prostate)
    • Antioxidant DNA defense
    • Lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol levels
  • Red Bell Pepper
    • Reduces risk of cancer (lung, prostate, ovarian, cervical)
    • Protects against sunburn
    • Promotes heart health
  • Spinach
    • Helps maintain mental sharpness
    • Reduces the risk of cancers (liver, ovarian, colon, prostate)
    • Nutrient dense
  • Strawberries
    • Protects against Alzheimer’s disease
    • Reduces LDL (bad) cholesterol levels
    • Suppresses growth of cancer (colon, prostate, oral)
  • Sweet Potato
    • Reduces stroke risk
    • Lowers cancer risk
    • Protects against blindness
  • Tomato
    • Reduces inflammation
    • Lowers risk of cancer (esophageal, stomach, colorectal, lung, pancreatic)
    • Reduces risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Watermelon
    • Supports male fertility
    • Reduces cancer risk (prostate, ovarian, cervical, oral, pharyngeal)
    • Protects skin against sunburn

David Murdock continues to share his wealth of knowledge through his companies, campaigns and the Dole Nutrition Institute at www.dolenutrition.com.

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How Today’s Pain Becomes Tomorrow’s….

Is it possible that pain can be your friend? That may sound a little crazy because pain obviously hurts. No one likes this uncomfortable feeling yet upon further examination, you will realize that pain can be your best friend, indicating that something is not right in your body and that you should do something about it before it becomes tomorrow’s deterioration, arthritis, ulcer, heart attack or cancer.

We have been trained to mask pain and keep on going. Over the counter sales of pain killing medications such as aspirin, acetaminophen, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) and many others run in the billions of dollars. Unfortunately, these temporary symptom relieving pills can make you feel better in the moment while setting the stage for more serious long term health problems down the road, especially if they keep you from addressing the cause of your pain.

Let’s start with a simple backache, hip pain or leg pain, for example. Many people who “feel” these symptoms for the first time may take one of these drugs to help them feel better in the moment, and then do this for years, never addressing the cause. Finally when the pain gets so severe that it causes a debilitating crisis, that individual may have accumulated deterioration and damage, to go along with their pain, which can affect their entire life.

Pentz Family Chiropractic Summerville PainWhat was a simple problem has now become a more complicated condition that could have been prevented with early Chiropractic intervention. What is worse is that the accumulated intake of these medications can lead to secondary health problems that are even more severe than the underlying cause of the pain.

Long term aspirin use, for example, has been linked to ulcers and blood clotting problems later in life. NSAIDS have been linked to kidney failure, and long term acetaminophen use has been linked to liver failure especially when combined with alcohol. These side effects are well-documented scientifically but unfortunately not well publicized. Many people take these drugs like candy, as a part of their lifestyle, not realizing the consequences of their actions.

Your body was designed to be healthy and function normally throughout your lifetime without pain and without the need for painkilling medication. Your nervous system, the master control, communication and internet hub of your body, connects your brain to your skin, muscles, bones and every organ including your heart and lungs. At nearly three million messages per second your nervous system monitors your inner world and adapts you to your environment. It will send you signals when things are not right, many times in the form of pain. Covering up these warning signals confuses your body and can lead to more severe conditions as you age.

Chiropractic care is very effective for eliminating pain, while also helping your body regenerate and restore the function that can keep you healthy for a lifetime. Top athletes utilize chiropractic care as part of their training and their lifestyle. More importantly, they are proactive in their approach using imbalance as their reason to be checked instead of pain.

Next time you or a loved one experiences pain, don’t just cover it up. Get to the cause with a Chiropractic check up. Better yet, be proactive. Check your balance before you “feel” like you need it. Ask our staff for a simple self test to see if you and your loved ones can benefit from a chiropractic check up.

Migraines Helped By Chiropractic

Pentz Family Chiropractic Summerville migraine   A feel-good story appeared in the October 7, 2005 issue of the Edmonton Sun about a woman whose life was changed by Chiropractic. Forty seven year old Miaen Khullar had suffered severe migraine headaches for over a decade.  She reported that she hadn’t had a pain-free day since 1990, when she was in a car accident.

   Her migraine symptoms have included vomiting, pain on one side of the head, difficulty breathing, sensitivities to light and sound, and seeing “auras” or vision disturbances like flashing lights or blind spots. She reported, “I don’t handle pain killers well; that’s why I tried a Chiropractor.” Miaen continued, “You wouldn’t believe I’m the same person today. I am getting a lot better and stronger.” Pentz Family Chiropractic Summerville migraine1

   Dr. Kyu Seung, her Edmonton Chiropractor stated, “Migraines are caused by restricted blood flow to the brain and the brain cries out.” He continued, “Medication will treat the pain but you need to deal with the underlying causes.” The article reports that Dr. Seung, noted that 90% of migraine sufferers report a stiff and sore neck, due to spinal misalignmentand resulting pressure on nerves, commonly known as subluxations.

The article also noted that according to a study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics in 2000, one in five migraine sufferers given Chiropractic adjustments reported a 90% reduction in migraines and half said they’d experienced a significant improvement in the severity of their migraines.

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