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Q&A – What to Expect from Your First Massage Therapy Session

Massage therapy has many health benefits

While massage therapy can be great for melting away the troubles of everyday life, there’s more to it than mere relaxation. It can also be an essential part of maintaining overall wellness. Often, it plays a significant role in stress relief and pain management for a variety of conditions. Although, if you’ve never had a clinical massage before, you might not know what to expect. It’s possible you even have several questions.

That’s perfectly natural!

To satisfy your curiosity, Algonquin Chiropractic’s very own Dr. Galante answers some of the questions you might be asking yourself.

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Walnuts to Improve Brain Function?

Walnuts have been shown to improve memory, cognition and neuronal effects related to oxidative stress (OS) and inflammation (INF) in animals and human trials.

Dr. Galante and Algonquin Chiropractic Center 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?

Walnut looks like the brain. The folds and wrinkles of a walnut resembles the brain. The shape of the nut even approximates the body part, looking like it has left and right hemispheres. And it’s no surprise walnuts are nicknamed “brain food”—they have a very high content of omega-3 fatty acids, which help support brain function.Walnuts Improve Brain Function by Algonquin Chiropractic Center

Walnuts develop over three dozen neuro-transmitters for brain function. They may also help head off dementia. A recent study found that walnut extract broke down the protein-based plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease. They found walnuts reversed some signs of brain aging in rats. Walnuts also appear to enhance signaling within the brain and encourage new messaging links between brain cells

Fibrillar amyloid beta-protein (Abeta) is the principal component of amyloid plaques in the brains of patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Scientific studies suggest that walnuts may reduce the risk or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease by maintaining Abeta in the soluble form. Basically, walnuts had inhibited the protein from becoming solid. It is proposed that polyphenolic compounds (such as flavonoids) present in walnuts may be responsible for its “anti-amyloidogenic” activity.

What can you do in addition to eating walnuts?

According to the Mayo Clinic:

Evidence suggests that the same factors that put you at risk of heart disease also may increase the chance that you’ll develop Alzheimer’s.

Examples include:

Lack of exercise
Smoking
High blood pressure
High blood cholesterol
Elevated homocysteine levels
Poorly controlled diabetes
A diet lacking in fruits and vegetables

We can discuss many more options such as weight control, nutritional supplementation and beneficial fats because lifestyle management is crucial in preventing chronic degenerative diseases.

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 Algonquin Chiropractic Center 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

Chiropractic for Pregnancy – Decrease Risk of ADHD

Can Chiropractic for Pregnancy Decrease Child’s Risk of ADHD?

Researchers at UCLA examined 64,000 women and children and discovered women who took ACETAMINOPHEN (commonly sold as Tylenol) increased the risk of having a child with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder by 40%! How can chiropractic for pregnancy help?

The longer the women took the pain reliever, the higher the risk.

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. So what are the implications?Image of Pregnant Woman Holding her Stomach and Using Chiropractic for Pregnancy

Pregnant mothers-to-be need to be especially cautious of their diet and medication.

In this study, researchers determined that acetaminophen may act as an “endocrine disrupter” meaning it effects estrogen activity in the body which may effect the development of the fetus’s brain.

We should all be cautious about the foods, chemicals and drugs we put in our bodies, especially pregnant women.  Many health experts are recommending non-pharmacological ways to deal with back pain, neck pain and headaches during pregnancy and after.

What are those ways?

  1.  Chiropractic for pregnancy has been shown in numerous studies to quickly and safely decrease pain and decrease dependence on medication, we have numerous special techniques that are used specifically for pregnant women.
  1.  Massage can be helpful to decrease pain and increase flexibility, massage in conjunction with Chiropractic care can speed recovery and provide lasting relief.
  1.  Anti-inflammatory diet and nutrition – implementing these lifestyle changes can lower “silent inflammation” and decrease your risk of chronic disease processes.
  1. Topical analgesics such as Biofreeze, stimulate specific nerve fibers in the skin to “block” pain signals from going to the brain.  Biofreeze works very well but please, do not use it if you are pregnant.
  1.  Exercise such as walking, yoga, tai chi, biking and swimming relieve stress, improve mood and control pain.

Above are a few tips to control your pain and keep you off drugs that may be dangerous to you and your unborn child, implement some or all and see how the quality of your life improves!

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 or are interested in chiropractic for pregnancy in Algonquin, 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 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

Improve Memory with Green Tea

According to the journal Nutrients, drinking 2-4 cups of green tea improved cognitive function (brain fuction) or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.

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. So what are the implications?Green Tea by Algonquin Chiropractic Center

This is likely the first human trial to show a specific dose of green tea can reverse the progression of cognitive dysfunction in the elderly.

The benefit comes from green teas polyphenol content. Green tea contains 30-40% polyphenols while black tea has 3-10%.

Good news if you are not a green tea fan, 2-4 cups of green tea has the equivalent of 227mg of catechins and 42mg of theanine.  You can find “green tea” pills with the above dosages if you are not a fan of drinking the tea.

The above effects were noticed after 3 months of daily tea drinking or supplementation.

After 3 months the Mini-Mental State Examination Scores were significantly improved in those taking the tea, in particular, short-term memory was improved.

This will have important implications in dementia and Alzheimer’s as short term memory loss is a common finding in these conditions.

Remember to use organic tea and sweeten it with a small amount of raw honey or Xylitol.

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. To learn more about green tea in Algonquin, or any nutrition, call us today!

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.

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

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