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Making Time for Yoga Can Save You Time at Work

By: Anthony Galante

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?

“Time is money.” A phrase most people have heard time and time again, especially when related to the workplace. Employers and employees alike are constantly pushing and pulling to make better use of their time in order to continue their successes. Through all the hustle and bustle, making time for yoga can often be overlooked or even seen as a WASTE of time, rather than a time saver itself.

But if our time racing the clock is broken up with aches and pains from sitting at a desk, or a constant swirling of chatter and stress in our minds, we end up wasting more time than we save. No amount of office supplies or technology can help a person be as productive as if they themselves are healthy mentally and physically.

Think about it this way… working harder, longer, faster may seem like the obvious route to productivity and success. But if that hard work is exhausting you to the point of physical pain or emotional instability, that also increases the amount of time you will need to recover in order to do it all again. Imagine feeling calm, clear minded, and strong consistently throughout the day rather than spending the first hour or so gulping down coffee trying to clear that morning fog, and spending the rest of the day running as fast as your mind and body can possibly go, with the distractions of physical and emotional stress, counting down the hours until you can crawl into bed.

That’s where yoga comes in. Making Time for Yoga Class by Algonquin Chiropractic Center

For the Body
The breathing practice of yoga, known as Pranayama brings more attention to how you breathe, slowing and deepening your breath and in turn reducing you resting heart rate and improving the flow of oxygen in the body.
Through a combination of postures (Asanas) yoga increases flexibility and strength, which can benefit not only the way we move, but the way we sit still (at a desk all day, for instance). Countless studies have shown that better posture leads to better work and better physical health. Keeping the body moving is also a great way to manage weight and in turn build self-esteem and self-love. Studies also show that certain asanas can reduce fatigue and increase the level of Cortisol in the body giving you a natural boost of energy.

For the Mind
Yoga requires presence and awareness in the way the breath and the body are moving. That attention and mindfulness isn’t something that is just left with a yoga practice, but something that filters into our entire day. Being able to quiet the mind of that constant chatter can lead to more focus on the task at hand, which in turn leads to higher productivity and better problem solving.

For the Spirit
As simply as it can be put, all of those benefits listed above make you feel good. When you feel happy and strong within yourself, you can find more peace in our work and positively move through daunting or challenging tasks with more patience and ease.

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Imagine arriving to work happy and energized and leaving with that same feeling. Waking up in the morning gets easier, tasks suddenly get completed more efficiently, and your relationship with yourself and others grow stronger. When you look at it that way, you don’t really have time NOT to fit some yoga in.

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 847-854-2000 for a consultation with a Chiropractor in Algonquin, Illinois!

Algonquin Chiropractic Center
2210 Huntington Drive North
Algonquin, Il 60102
847-854-2000
https://www.algchiro.com

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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.

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?

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.

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 to Expect During First Chiropractic Visit to a Lake in the Hills Chiropractor

By: Anthony Galante

Seeing a new doctor can be a bit intimidating, especially when you are in pain and the worst possible outcome is in the back of your mind. Knowing what to expect, while not eliminating your pain, can make the visit a bit less stressful. So, for those of you headed to a Lake in the Hills chiropractor’s office for the first time, below you will find what happens during the “average” first-time visit.

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.

Arrival at the Office
Upon checking in, you will be asked to fill out some paperwork. This is standard for any new patient and should only take a few minutes to complete. In addition to the standard Front-Office-Algonquin-Chiropractic-Centerbackground information a new doctor requires to set up your account, you will see some of the following questions:
• Where is the pain located?
• When did you first experience the pain?
• Do you know what caused the pain (the result of activity, injury, or existing)?
• How would you rate the pain on a scale of 1 to 10?
• Is the pain consistent or does it come and go?
• Are there certain activities that make the pain worse?
• What are you currently doing to alleviate the pain?

Meeting the Chiropractor for the First Time
Once your paperwork is completed, you will meet the doctor and have your initial exam. The doctor will review your answers and more than likely ask a few more questions before the actual exam takes place. The doctor will then check you for things such as muscle tone, area tenderness, strength and flexibility, to name just a few.

Treatment
Once your Lake in the Hills chiropractor has completed the initial exam and/or testing, he or she will come up with a chiropractic treatment plan and review it with you. In some cases, you will not receive this plan immediately, as the doctor may require outside processing of some tests or even a consultation with your primary physician before proceeding.

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Be Well!

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Living in a Toxic Environment-How Can You Protect Yourself? Ask a Lake in the Hills Chiropractor

By: Anthony Galante, a Lake in the Hills Chiropractor

Did You Know…

  • We live in a TOXIC environment.
  • 150 common home chemicals have associated health effects.
  • 1 in 2 chemically sensitive individuals report symptoms at least once per month.
  • More than 9 million U.S. workers are exposed to potentially hazardous chemicals.
  • Each year more than 4 billion pounds of chemical compounds and pollutants from plastics, pesticides, solvents, heavy metals, medications, and other sources are released into the environment and eventually find their way into our air, soil, and food and water supplies.
  • Newborn babies umbilical cords have been shown to have over 280 different toxins present!

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?

Environmental toxins have been implicated in numerous health problems including Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Allergies and Asthma, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, and many others.

Recently, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released their Dirty Dozen list of foods that contain the highest level of toxins.

What is #1: APPLES! Followed by strawberries, grapes, celery, peaches, spinach and bell peppers. The EWG is quick to point out that this is not a reason to stop eating fruits and vegetables. So how do we reduce our exposure?

EWG found fruits and vegetables with the least amount of toxins: corn, onions, pineapple, avocado, cabbage, peas, asparagus, grapefruit and kiwi. Notice most of these foods come with their own natural “wrapper,” or have an outer skin you peel or cut off which eliminates the toxins.

How can you protect yourself?Living in a Toxic Environment-How Can You Protect Yourself? Ask a Lake in the Hills Chiropractor by Algonquin Chiropractic Center

1. Buy organic if your budget allows. Try to buy the traditionally “dirtiest” produce organic. “Cleaner” produce can be bought non-organic.

2. Don’t use any soap, detergent, bleach, or other toxic chemicals to clean your food. They will leave a residue of their own on the surface.

3. Consider cleaning your fruits and veggies with distilled water or a diluted vinegar solution of one part vinegar and three parts water. Keep it in a spray bottle for convenience.

4. If you’re just using the water from your kitchen faucet to clean produce, let it run for a few minutes beforehand and always use cold water.
Just like you clean your produce you also want to periodically “clean” your body or detoxify.

Here are some tips:

1. Avoid programs that increase your bowel movements. They are not effective at detoxifying.

2. Drink plenty of clean water. Try this formula: Take your weight divide by 2, then divide that number by 12. For example a 200 lb person = 200/2 = 100. 100/12 = 8.3. This number is the number of ounces of water to drink every hour for 12 hours a day.

3. Many nutrients are helpful in detoxifying, in addition to others we always start people on Vitamin D3.

4. Our Ultra Clear Renew program has over 20 years of clinical testing behind it, proving its effectiveness at decreasing your toxic load. Hundreds of patients have done the program, almost all of them feel an immediate improvement in their health.

5. Avoid plastic bottles (water, sports drinks) and canned foods, the toxins from the containers leach into the food and drink.

6. There are numerous ways to detoxify, including saunas, sweating, suppositories, starvation diets, foot baths, liquid diets, etc… Don’t try to do this alone, metabolic detoxification can improve the quality of your life when done correctly.

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. Visit a Lake in the Hills Chiropractor 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.

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