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Is “Fat-Free” Better?

Is “Fat-Free” Better – Advice from a Lake in the Hills chiropractor

 
The Journal of the American Medical Association reported in 2010 that the average person in their study consumed 21.4 teaspoons of added sugar per day! In that study, they found that people with the highest sugar consumption had the lowest HDL (good cholesterol) and highest triglycerides.
Sugar has been implicated in obesity, diabetes, heart disease, peripheral artery disease, stroke and many chronic degenerative conditions, including arthritis.

Dr. Galante, a Lake in the Hills chiropractor, is Committed to Helping You!

We are sharing this information with you to keep you informed, improve your health and well-being and help you understand critical health care information and how it impacts your health and your wallet. So what are the implications?

Sugar by Algonquin Chiropractic Center

 

 

 

 

 

One can of pop has 39 grams of sugar!

And look at this:

6 oz Commercial yogurt – 12 grams.

One cup tomato sauce – 22-24 grams.

“Fat -Free” Salad Dressing:

1/2 cup French – 21grams

1/2 cup Italian – 10 gram

1/2 cup Thousand Island – 22 grams

Muffins – 16-32 grams

And that “healthy fruit smoothy” – 38 to over 100 grams! (depending on size).

Sugar is everywhere, here are some tips:

1. Make your own salad dressing, it takes 2 minutes.

1-2 tablespoons olive oil, 1/2-1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar, pepper and if desired add garlic.

2. Watch what you drink. Some fruit juices have more sugar than pop! Energy drinks are loaded with sugar. Filtered water and herbal teas are good alternatives. Stevia, xylitol or unpasteurized honey can be used as a natural sweetener.

3. Remember – bread, bagels, pasta, muffins, etc….get broken down into sugar.

4. Portion your plate – make your protein serving larger than your carbohydrate serving. For example, if you are having a 6oz chicken breast, have less than 6oz of mashed potatoes.

5. “Light,” “diet,” and “sugar free” products are loaded with artificial sweeteners, which come with their own set of problems…avoid them

6. Read labels – avoid foods where sugar is one of the top ingredients.

Decreasing your sugar load is difficult to do in our society, even harder when we shop at traditional grocery stores and is also one of the best dietary changes you can make to improve the quality of your health and decrease your risk for chronic disease.

Remember health is a journey and not a destination. What you do in the practice of health care will go miles and pay dividends over time.

If you still feel that you are struggling in creating a healthy living plan, you will be thrilled to know that Dr. Galante, a Lake in the Hills chiropractor, has powerful programs that will teach you the specific steps that will help you to become and stay healthier.

Call for your consultation 847-854-2000.

Mention this article and receive $25 off your initial visit.

Our Mission – To educate and inform patients so you can make educated decisions to improve your health.

Algonquin Chiropractic Center
2210 Huntington Drive North
Algonquin, IL 60102
(847) 854-2000
www.algchiro.com

How Metagenics Can Help You

Metagenics in Algonquin

By: Anthony Galante

According to the Journal of International Society of Sports Nutrition, 2010, nutrient needs could only be met if individuals consumed 27,575 calories worth of food each day!

Dr. Galante is committed to helping you!

We are sharing this information with you to keep you informed, improve your health and well-being and help you understand critical health care information and how it impacts your health and your wallet. If you want to learn more about Metagenics in Algonquin, we can help! So what are the implications?

Michael Phelps does not even eat that much!

Metagenics, the main company we use, was founded in 1983 on a brave new scientific concept: how the right nutrition could help people realize their best health possible by influencing what makes them unique—their genes.

Today, this ever-growing and respected field of science is known as nutrigenomics.Metagenics in Algonquin by Algonquin Chiropractic Center

We have known for decades that our diets leave us nutrient deficit, Metagenics fills the void. We use their detox programs, medical foods, supplements, sports nutrition and we get excellent results.

Buying you supplements at the big stores? Recently in New York the attorney general took dozens of supplements off the shelf. Why? After testing, the “supplements” did not have any active ingredients in them, just placebos. When they tested glucosamine sulfate 19 of 27 brands tested had little to no active glucosamine in them, just placebos being sold as supplements.

When purchasing supplements, stay with a good brand, choose Metagenics.

Be Well!

If you still feel that you are struggling in creating a healthy living plan, you will be thrilled to know that Dr. Galante has powerful programs that will teach you the specific steps that will help you to become and stay healthier. Call us today to discuss Metagenics in Algonquin.

Call for your consultation (847) 854-2000.

Mention this article and receive $25 off your initial visit.

Our Mission – To educate and inform patients so you can make educated decisions to improve your health.

Algonquin Chiropractic Center
2210 Huntington Drive North
Algonquin, IL 60102
(847) 854-2000

The Benefits of Vitamin B

Did You Know…

In the February 2013 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers report that by taking a simple combination of B vitamins, you can reduce your risk of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (a leading cause of vision loss in older adults) by 34-41%!

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We are sharing this information with you to keep you informed, improve your health and well-being and help you understand critical health care information and how it impacts your health and your wallet. So what are the implications?

The Benefits of Vitamin B by Algonquin Chiropractic Center

There seems to be a constant stream of negative press regarding nutritional supplements; however, studies like these are buried and never come out in the press.

Mainstream medicine would love for every citizen to stop all their nutrition programs and get on drug therapy for the rest of your lives.

Fortunately, you are smarter than that.

This study is a great example of how effective even a simple nutrition program can be. Dr. Christen of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School conducted a 7 year study of over 5000 women.

The specific nutrients used were Folic Acid, and Vitamins B6 and B12, the beneficial
effects of started at 2 years and continued throughout the study.

How does it work? Researchers feel the beneficial effects may be due to lowering homocystiene (homocystiene is also a risk factor for heart disease), antioxidant effects and improved function of the blood vessels of the eye.

Nutrition can save your sight….. and your life!

Be Well!

Remember health is a journey and not a destination. What you do in the practice of health care will go miles and pay dividends over time.

If you still feel that you are struggling in creating a healthy living plan, you will be thrilled to know that Dr. Galante has powerful programs that will teach you the specific steps that will help you to become and stay healthier.

Call for your nutrition consultation in Algonquin 847-854-2000 today.

Mention this article and receive $25 off your initial visit.

Our Mission – To educate and inform patients so you can make educated decisions to improve your health.

Clear Associations Between Diabetes and Thyroid Problems

By: Anthony Galante

Did You Know…

According to a recent study in the

European Journal of Clinical Investigation
here is the shocking stats of diabetics’ risk
of dying from thyroid cancer:

1. Men 75 years of age, 185% increased risk,
women 22% lower risk.

2. Men 65-74 years old, 121% increased risk,
women 203% increased risk

3. Men 55-64 years old, 253% risk, women 299%

4. Men 25-54 years old, a whopping 580% increased risk, women, not to be outdone, 534% increased risk.

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We are sharing this information with you to keep you informed, improve your health and well-being and help you understand critical health care information and how it impacts your health and your wallet. So what are the implications?

Not surprising, considering that the diabetic spectrum is the worst thing that could happen to your body. So, there are clear associations between pre-diabetes / diabetes and thyroid problems.

Let’s look at cancer and the diabetic spectrum. (BTW, I refer to the “diabetic spectrum” rather than pre-diabetes or diabetes in particular because the difference is purely arbitrary–both are incredibly devastating to the human body).

Insulin levels are elevated in the diabetic spectrum as the body tries to better manage the elevated blood sugar that is having a harder and harder time making it into the cells (due to decreased insulin sensitivity, ie insulin does not “attach” to the cells).

Insulin is a proliferating hormone, meaning that it causes cells to divide more. Any time a cell divides, the chance for an error is present. And, while cell division is darn near perfect, it is not 100% perfect.

An error in cell division can lead to cancer. This means that anything that causes a cell to divide more would potentially increase the risk of a cancer developing.

And this would be relatively non-discriminatory as to the type of cancer. This is why we see an elevation of so many different types of cancer in the diabetic spectrum.

Clear Associations Between Diabetes and Thyroid Problems by Algonquin Chiropractic Center

What Can You Do?

1. DIET! It all starts with diet! When you think about it a lot of our health problems in this
country are due to what we eat. Obesity and diabetes are directly related to our diets. Obesity and diabetes increase your risk for numerous disease processes.

2. EXERCISE! One of the main reasons we develop diabetes spectrum is from sedentary lifestyles. A typical day for a lot of us is drive to work, sit at the computer, drive home, sit at your kid’s baseball game and go home.

Ideally 30 minutes of resistance exercise with 30 minutes of aerobic exercise 3-5 days per week.

Resistance exercise can be body weight exercise like pull-ups, push-ups, sit-ups, squats,
etc… Dumbbells, bands, kettlebells, free weights and machines are all examples of resistance exercises.

Aerobic exercises can be treadmill, elliptical, biking, swimming, running, rowing, whatever you enjoy. If you don’t have time or inclination to exercise work more activity into your daily routine. Get a pedometer, a pedometer counts the number of steps you take in a day, try to increase that number by 10% every month.

3. NUTRITION! Depending on people’s specific blood chemistry, we put together individualized treatment plans to correct nutritional deficiencies and decrease health risk factors.

For example, 83% of Americans are deficient in a specific mineral.
People who have been eating a lot of refined carbohydrates can be deficient in a certain trace mineral.
Deficiency of a specific vitamin has been called “epidemic” by researchers because it is such a problem.

We also address cholesterol, triglycerides, homo-cysteine, insulin and blood sugar from a nutritional perspective.

Controlling blood sugar and insulin levels are vital to good health, BE HEALTHY!

Remember health is a journey and not a destination. What you do in the practice of health care will go miles and pay dividends over time.

If you still feel that you are struggling in creating a healthy living plan, you will be thrilled to know that Dr. Galante, a chiropractor in Lake in the Hills, IL has powerful programs that will teach you the specific steps that will help you to become and stay healthier.

Call for your consultation 847-854-2000 from a chiropractor in Lake in the Hills, IL.

Mention this article and receive $25 off your initial visit.

Our Mission – To educate and inform patients so you can make educated decisions to improve your health.

What Do Muscles Really Do?

By: Anthony Galante

What Do Muscles Really Do? (With a Program to Develop Your Muscle Mass)
We all know muscles allow us to walk, run, jump and to breathe, chew and swallow food, circulate our blood and empty our bowels and bladder. We were taught that in elementary school.
Dr. David Williams gives another take on muscle function and it doesn’t have anything to do with “traditional” concepts of muscle function.

“The amount of muscle tissue you have can actually help determine your
ability to prevent disease, recover from illness, and live the longest life possible,” Dr. David Williams. 

What Do Muscles Really Do? by Algonquin Chiropractic Center

The medical term is sarcopenia, a fancy way of saying muscle loss. It is very common as we get older and drug companies are scrambling to come up with a wonder-drug to “treat” sarcopenia. As you will see this is not a “drug” problem but a lifestyle issue.

Muscle tissue is very metabolically active and uses glucose (blood sugar) as its form of energy. Due to this fact alone, increasing muscle tissue is extremely important for diabetics to control blood sugar levels.

The rate of diabetes begins to increase around the same time muscle mass starts to decline.

Muscle tissue is the only place in the body where you can store amino acids and as we know amino acids are the building blocks of protein, they also have a crucial role in immune system function.

Amino acids such as glutamine, arginine and cysteine play a critical role in antibody production and detoxification. They are also important for the growth and integrity of the gastrointestinal lining and provide energy for lymphocytes, neutrophils and macrophages (immune system cells).

When you lose muscle mass your body loses its amino acid storage facility which will weaken your immune function. This is one of the primary reasons mortality rates are so much higher in the elderly and frail during epidemics.

Less muscle equates to more falls.

 

Falls are the leading cause of death due to injury in the elderly. 

*87% of all fractures in the elderly are caused by falls.
*40% never return to independent living.
*25% die within a year.

Here are just a few lifestyle tips to maintain and increase you muscle mass:

1. You do not have to become a body builder or lift weights to strengthen and tone muscles.

2. Resistance exercises are essential. These can be body weight exercises like squats, lunges, push-ups, pull-ups or dumbbell exercises, exercising with bands, free weights or machines.

3. A healthy diet is crucial with little to no refined carbohydrates and grains and plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean protein, nuts, seeds and Omega-3 eggs. Get more information at www.deflame.com.

4. Proper nutrition includes our foundation nutrition program with our Multi-nutrient supplement with essential fatty acids, magnesium, vitamin D and probiotics.

5. In addition, the best time to use a high quality whey protein supplement is 30-60 minutes before exercise and a scoop immediately after exercise. This will provide muscle tissue with energy during exercise (to prevent breakdown) and help the repair process after exercise. On days you do not exercise it can be taken anytime.

What a muscle building program may look like:

Diet:
Breakfast: Veggie omelet with fruit.
Mid-morning snack: String cheese, pumpkin seeds, fruit.
Lunch: Salad with avocado, veggie with a chicken breast.
Mid-afternoon snack: Nuts, fruit.
Dinner: Spinach salad, veggies, protein like beef, fish or turkey.

Supplement Program

Wellness Essentials (different formulas for men and women) – 1 pack per day.
Magnesium
Vitamin D – dosage depends on lab testing.
Probiotics – taken on an empty stomach.
Whey protein – 1 scoop 30-60 minutes before exercise, 1 scoop after exercise (within 30 minutes).
Before bed – casein protein (a slow digesting and absorbing protein that will supply your muscle with amino acids all night long). You may use a powdered protein supplement or food choices like a hard-boiled egg, cottage cheese or your favorite protein source like beef or chicken.

Exercise

Bands – Bands or tubing are inexpensive, last a long time and can be done at home.
With the band under your feet, handles in your hands:
1. Press your arms overhead.
2. Press arms overhead, keeping your arms straight, perform a squat.
3. With your arms at your side, raise both arms up to shoulder level (lateral raise).
4. With hands/arms in front of you pull the handles of the tubing up so your hands are near your shoulders (upright row).
5. Put the band around a pole, step forward until it is tense and perform flies (with your arms out to the side slowly pull your hands together until they touch in front of your chest) and reverse flies (turn around and with your hands in front of you, move them out to your sides).

Perform 3 sets of 15 repetitions for each exercise; it should take about 30 minutes. Perform 3 times per week.

Aerobic exercise – perform three times per week.
Walking, biking, swimming, cycling, elliptical or any other exercise you enjoy that raises your heart rate… with one twist – interval training.

Interval training is increasing your rate of speed for a short period of time to increase heart rate, fat burning and muscle mass. During your exercise session, increase your effort (can be an all-out effort if you are ready for that) for 30-60 seconds, then go back to your normal pace until you recover. Recovery here means you are not out of breath and can talk in full sentences. Perform 1-7 intervals.

A simple program.
The diet and fitness “experts” tend to complicate things, make it seem like it’s too hard, too confusing, and you can’t do it without their expensive help, it is really very simple.

Eat well, proper supplementation and get 30 minutes of daily exercise.

Try it for 30 days and let me know your thoughts.

Please do not stop or discontinue any medication, do not start an exercise program unless you have had a cardiovascular examination and your heart is healthy enough for strenuous exercise.

Call for your consultation 847-854-2000 with a Lake in the Hills Chiropractor.

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Our Mission – To educate and inform patients so you can make educated decisions to improve your health.

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