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5 Veggie Superfoods

5 Veggie Superfoods – Nutrition in Algonquin

A vegetable-rich diet can help protect you from arthritis, heart disease, stroke, dementia, cancer, and even slow down your body’s aging process.

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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. If you are interested in learning more about nutrition in Algonquin, call us today. So what are the implications?

A recent study found that people who consume seven or more portions of vegetables and fruit per day have a 42% lower risk of dying from all causes, compared to those who eat less than one portion—and vegetables pack the greatest punch.Veggies Nutrition in Algonquin by-Algonquin Chiropractic Center

Here are 5 common nutrient-packed veggies:

1. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are an excellent source of lutein, zeaxanthin, and vitamin C (which is most concentrated in the jelly-like substance that surrounds the seeds), as well as vitamins A, E, and the B vitamins, potassium, manganese, and phosphorus.
Tomatoes are also a particularly concentrated source of lycopene — a carotenoid antioxidant that gives fruits and vegetables like tomatoes and watermelon a pink or red color.

2. Avocado

Avocados are nutritional gems, including being rich sources of monounsaturated fat that your body can easily burn for energy. Because they are so rich in healthy fats, avocados help your body absorb fat-soluble nutrients from other foods.

They also provide close to 20 essential health-boosting nutrients, including potassium, vitamin E, B vitamins, and folic acid.

3. Berries

Berries contain concentrated amounts of the disease-fighting phytochemicals found to boost your immunity, prevent cancer, protect your heart, and prevent seasonal allergies. Berries are lower in sugar than many fruits, so they are less likely to destabilize your insulin levels.

Women who eat more than three servings of blueberries and strawberries per week have been found to enjoy a 32 percent lower risk of heart attack, due to the fruits’ high anthocyanin content.

Two recent studies reveal even more about how berries can protect you against illness. One study published in the June 2014 issue of Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy identified a compound in black raspberries that suppresses the growth of tumor cells. Another recent study found that strawberries contain a compound called fisetin that may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss.

4. Cucumbers

In spite of their mild favor and high water content (95 percent), cucumbers contain a number of necessary vitamins and minerals, as well as exerting anti-inflammatory properties. They are rich in vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), fisetin, vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, magnesium, manganese, silica, and fiber, and can help your body eliminate toxins. Recent studies show that cucumbers also contain powerful lignans that bind with estrogen-related bacteria in the digestive tract to potentially reduce your risk of several cancers, including breast, uterine, ovarian, and prostate.

5. Green Leafy Veggies

Consuming a variety of fresh organic greens is one of the absolute best things you can do for your body. Topping the list in terms of nutrient density are watercress (which are really easy to sprout at home), chard, beet greens, and spinach—but adding other leafy greens such as lettuce, kale, collards, dandelion leaves, mustard greens, and escarole will just add to your overall nutrient infusion.
Greens like spinach and kale are loaded with cancer-fighting antioxidants including beta-carotene, vitamin C, and sulforaphane. Spinach provides folate, which research shows can dramatically improve your short-term memory.

Eat a variety of veggies daily, 6-10 servings or more and watch your health improve!

If you still feel that you are struggling in creating a healthy living plan or would like to learn more about nutrition 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
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Eat Chocolate, Live Better!

Benefits of Chocolate by Algonquin Chiropractic Center 1

By: Anthony Galante

Eat Chocolate, Live Better

You heard us right, Dark chocolate is actually beneficial for your over all health. Keep in mind we are talking about pure cacao, not that processed stuff you will find at the checkout like of most grocery stores. Here are some benefits of regularly indulging on this delicious treat:
1. Reduces Risk of Heart Failure, Stroke, Diabetes and Cancer!
2. Improves Brain Power
3. Reduces Stress
4. Protects Skin From UV Rays
5. Suppresses Coughs

There are a couple known properties found in cacao that are very beneficial to our bodies like:
1. Flavonoids—Flavonoids control insulin sensitivity and cut risk for diabetes in half! Flavonoids also improve blood-flow to the brain and increase alertness and performance. Chocolate contains 5 times the amount of flavonoids of an apple!
2. Theobromine— Theobromine, which is responsible for the “feel-good” effect of chocolate, actually suppresses the Vagus Nerve, which is responsible for coughing fits.
3. Pentamer— Pentameric procyanidin, or pentamer, disturbs caner cells’ ability to spread.

One or two servings per week can reduce risk of heart attack or stroke by one third! Dark chocolate’s thick bitter-sweetness is satisfying as well as filling in small amounts, and helps suppresses cravings for other fattening foods and helps keep weight in control. Cacao also significantly reduces stress and protects skin against UV rays.

Even though we know dark chocolate has impressive benefits, this doesn’t mean you can skip meals. Also remember when we say dark chocolate, we are talking about chocolate containing at least 70% cacao. Anything below that is probably loaded with sugar and other additives.

If you still feel that you are struggling in creating a healthy living plan, or would like to learn more about nutrition 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 today!

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

How Can I Slow the Aging Process: Nutrition in Algonquin

How Can I Slow the Aging Process: Nutrition in Algonquin

By: Anthony Galante

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Researchers at Harvard Medical School in a joint effort with the University of South Wales in Sydney, Australia were able to REVERSE some of the aspects of aging. Researchers identified a “messenger” in the cell that runs between the cells nucleus (the cells control center) and the mitochondria (the part of the cell that produces energy). When levels of this this messenger fall, as they do with age, metabolism slows, energy production decreases, cells age quicker followed by disease and premature death.
(Alternatives, Volume 17, No 3, March 2014)

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This messenger is known as NAD (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide).

NAD and Resveratrol: The lead researcher, Dr. David Sinclair of Harvard published some of the initial research on resveratrol years ago which showed resveratrol did slow down the aging process but the mechanism of action was not well understood.

We now know that in order for resverastrol to have its maximum effect, there has to be accompanying high levels of NAD (the messenger).

Adequate NAD levels are now thought to be the primary factor in the rate of aging.

There are two ways to increase NAD: give your body the nutrients it needs to produce it or boost your bodies ability to salvage and recycle existing NAD.

Brief periods of fasting and severe caloric restriction will increase NAD; however, not very practical for everyday life. Resveratrol works by re-synthesizing NAD and you can get it in grapes and red wine as well as supplement form.Salmon Nutrition by Algonquin Chiropractic Center

Niacin and niacinamide can be used to increase NAD levels. You can find it in sardines, tuna, salmon, chicken, turkey breast, peanuts, lentils and pasta. Of course, taking a supplement is easy and consistent but watch for the harmless “niacin flush.” Niacin opens blood vessels in the face, neck and shoulder area which can turn red, hot, tingly and itchy. It is harmless and will subside in 15-30 minutes.

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. If you are looking for more information on nutrition in Algonquin, contact 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.

Back to Basics for Better Energy – Nutrition in Algonquin

By: Anthony Galante

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! If you would like to learn more about nutrition in Algonquin, call us today!

Energy, The biggest leg up for motivation, inspiration, productivity and accomplishment. Without energy, everything we do becomes more of a challenge and feels more like work, even when it isn’t. But when we’re filled with energy, we have the potential to not only feel, but actually BE unstoppable. This is a big reason why there’s a Starbuck’s on every corner, or an entire fridge set aside strictly for caffeinated and sugary beverages in virtually every gas station or grocery store we visit. We live in a society of GO, GO, GO and in order to keep going, we need to keep chasing energy. Sometimes the fastest or most convenient route to energy seems like the easiest or the best, but a lot of the things we do to get ourselves energized are in truth also sucking the energy out of us.

Coffee
The cult classic in the world of energy fixes. Coffee actually doesn’t have to be bad for us, the antioxidants in java are actually something your body will love, but in moderation. The problem with coffee is that for most of us it’s not just one cup, it’s 7. It’s a burst of energy, then a crash, and if we’re not ready to crash we pour ourselves another until we make it through the day. It’s really just a bandage for fatigue and the more we drink, the more we need to get that boost. Luckily, we have other healthier options.

WaterDrinking Water by Algonquin Chiropractic Center
Sounds too obvious, right? Well, it is. Think about it, water accounts for roughly 60 percent of your body weight. All the vital systems and organs in your body require water in order to function properly. Even minor dehydration can cause those systems to slow down and make us feel sluggish. Try it, start your day with a big glass of water and anytime you start to feel fatigued have another glass or two. Most of us are dehydrated just about every day without even knowing it.

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“You are what you eat.” A phrase most of us have heard before, and it can clearly apply to our energy level. Carbs, for instance are a great energizers. But there are two ways to eat carbs, white flour based for a quick boost followed by a quick crash, or whole grain options that give a natural you lasting energy. Consider every time you eat not just eating to fuel, but to nourish. That means also cutting back on those other quick boost/quick crash fixes like processed sugary candies and drinks, and boosting your intake of fruits and vegetables, enriched with natural sugars and, yes, WATER too.

ExerciseExercise in Algonquin by Algonquin Chiropractic Center
The benefits of exercise aren’t something to be ignored. It may seem like the smart thing to do to sleep in when we’re feeling fatigued. But really, over sleeping can actually add to our cloudiness and make it harder to snap out of. If we get ourselves out of the bed and moving, when it’s time to go to sleep again we will get a more restful sleep without adding hours of extra pillow time to the equation. Exercise also increases endorphins, a natural hormone in our body that get’s us going and feeling motivated.

Sure, there are lots more tricks for energy boosting out there, and the benefits of our basics listed above go far beyond the length of this blog. The important thing to note here is just what these are, the basics. Our basic physical needs as humans: water, food and exercise. So why, when trying to boost our bodies, wouldn’t it make sense to bring our attention and care back to the basics?

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 learn more about nutrition 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 847-854-2000 for a consultation today!

Algonquin Chiropractic Center
2210 Huntington Drive North
Algonquin, Il 60102
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.

Long Term Effects of Antibiotics

University of British Columbia, August 18, 2014. New University of British Columbia research found that receiving antibiotic treatments early in life can increase susceptibility to specific diseases later on.

The University of British Columbia released a report on August 18, 2014 stating the utilization of antibiotic in infants and youth can compromise the immune system in later life.

When administering antibiotics, we are killing off the bad and the GOOD bacteria indiscriminately. We have more non-human cells in the body than human when considering the good bacteria in our gut. Estimates are over 100 TRILLION cells that line our GI tract.

Long Term Effects of Antibiotics by Algonquin Chiropractic CenterThe study that was conducted and then published in JOURNAL OF ALLERGY AND CLINICAL IMMUNOLOGY demonstrates the importance of the good bacteria and that it can be very costly to overall health. The longer we are without adequate good bacteria the more potential adverse conditions we can develop.

Many studies have demonstrated what each of the good bacterial strains help to accomplish. Let’s look below what the article stated:

“This is the first step to understanding which bacteria are absolutely necessary to develop a healthy immune system later in life,” says Kelly McNagny, a professor in the Dept. of Medical Genetics who led the research along with UBC microbiologist Brett Finlay.

The researchers tested the impact of two antibiotics, vancomycin and streptomycin, on newborn mice. They found that streptomycin increased susceptibility to a disease known as hypersensitivity pneumonitis later in life, but vancomycin had no effect. The difference in each antibiotic’s long-term effects can be attributed to how they changed the bacterial ecosystem in the gut. Hypersensitivity pneumonitis is an allergic disease found in people with occupations such as farming, sausage-making, and cleaning hot tubs.

Long Term Effects of Antibiotics on Children by Algonquin Chiropractic CenterThe researchers stress that infants should be treated with antibiotics when needed, but they hope these results will help pinpoint which bacteria make us less susceptible to disease. This could open up the possibility of boosting helpful bacteria through the use of probiotics.

“Probiotics could be the next big trend in parenting because once you know which bacteria prevent disease, you can make sure that children get inoculated with those bacteria,” says McNagny.

This research was supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and AllerGen NCE, a national research network funded by Industry Canada through the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) Program.

This is another wake-up call that we cannot treat the body with drugs without causing other reactions in the body. This was a very narrow study on potential side effects but very insightful. We have used pre and probiotics in our practice for over 20 years. In fact, I take pre and probiotics daily and will always do so.

Before you go and buy a probiotic at the grocery store, consider this: “Metagenics guarantees its probiotics for purity, clinical reliability, and predicted safety via scientific identification of strains with established health benefits.”

Many generic brands will not have the proper strands, proper dose and poor stability (meaning the bacteria will die before you take it.)

Metagenics, www.metagenics.com, our Algonquin Nutrition Company, has many well-researched probiotic formulas that help to restore the normal flora in our GI tracts. Taking a daily probiotic is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve your health and prevent disease.

We make it easy to order online, call our office to set up a Metagenics account, 847-854-2000.

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