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How Can I Tell Whether I Have Sciatica or Peripheral Neuropathy

Is It Sciatica or Peripheral Neuropathy? What You Need to Know

The symptoms of sciatica or peripheral neuropathy are easy to confuse. Both conditions cause pain, numbness, and tingling in the legs and feet. The impact on your strength and balance may also make falls more likely.

Sciatica and peripheral neuropathy are two of the more challenging conditions treated at Algonquin Chiropractic. You may limit the activities you enjoy when you have one of these problems. You may also struggle to get a good night’s sleep or turn to potentially addictive medicine.

The conditions are very different, however. Read on to learn more and find out how chiropractic care can help.

 

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What is the Best Sports Drink? Let’s Answer that with Science.

“Performance is about fuel. Longevity is all about recovery.” — Jack LaLanne

Athletes want to know: what is the best drink for getting the nutrition that’s recommended before, during, and after exercise?  Dr. Robert Silverman reviewed the literature to find out what is needed in a sports drink and what nutrition the popular brands have in it.

An extensive review of various literature shows that the “best” sports drink should contain carbohydrates, electrolytes, and numerous other ingredients. Sports drinks should not only fuel activity, but also aid in recovery.  Let’s review the key components of an efficient sports drink and how some of the popular brands stack up.

CarbohydratesBest Sports Drinks

Carbs are a key component of nutrition for athletic performance, recovery, and health. Generally, 30-60 grams of carbs per hour is recommended for an athletic endeavor.  In addition, this amount enables athletes to maintain blood glucose levels. It also reduces dehydration, a critical concern for athletic performance.

Electrolytes

Sports drinks should contain electrolytes such as sodium, potassium, magnesium and chloride.  Magnesium, a key electrolyte, plays a pivotal role in 300 enzymatic reactions. Bisglycinate has been shown to be the best form of magnesium because it is chelated (bonded) to an amino acid (glycine). Magnesium in the form of bisglycinate ensures increased intestinal absorption of nutrition and prevents diarrhea.

Other Ingredients

Malic acid is a critical addition to a sports drink formulation. It reduces muscle tenderness and assists with soft-tissue recovery.

Taurine is an amino acid that helps regulate the level of water and mineral salts in the blood by keeping potassium and magnesium inside the cell.

L-carnosine, also an amino acid, helps fight muscle fatigue in fast-twitch fibers and aids in athletic performance.

In addition, a full range of complex B vitamins for energy production should be included in the drink as well to address a full range of nutrition needs.

What Are Most of the Popular Sports Drinks Missing?

Of the more popular brands, Powerade contains high-fructose corn syrup as a source of carbohydrates; it lacks electrolytes and any recovery ingredients. Gatorade has no vitamins and contains only sodium and potassium. Both these brands rely solely on glucose as a carbohydrate source and lack fructose. Another popular brand, Vitamin Water, has no sodium or chloride, and contains only trace amounts of magnesium.

Coconut water has very high levels of potassium without any sodium content, and low levels of magnesium. Analysis of coconut water reveals that it primarily contains sucrose as a main carbohydrate source, rather than glucose and fructose in an appropriate ratio of 3:1.

According to the research above, none of these aforementioned commercial brands provides adequate nutrition to aid in athletic performance. Indeed, they may even hinder athletic performance.

The best sports drink should contain all four electrolytes as ingredients and have the proper 3:1 ratio of glucose to fructose. In addition, it should include magnesium in the bisglycinate form, as well as malic acid, taurine, L-carnosine, and complex B vitamins to aid in athletic recovery.

You will not find a commercial drink with all of the above nutrients, where do you find it?

You’ll find it with a company that is on the cutting edge of nutrition and sports science.

The product is called Endura and it is made by Metagenics.Metagenics in Algonquin by Algonquin Chiropractic Center

From Metagenics website:

Endura is a rehydration formula mix with a unique blend of electrolyte minerals that are found in muscle cells.*

Benefits:

  • Delivers key electrolytes to help replace those excreted through sweat during exercise, activity, and/or hot weather conditions*
  • Is designed to provide high concentrations of absorbable magnesium, a mineral essential for cellular energy metabolism *

 

Serving Size:

1 heaping scoop (35g)

 

Ingredient Amount Daily Value
Calories 120
Total Carbohydrate 29 g 10%*
Sugars 21 g
Vitamin C 120 mg 200%
Vitamin E 28 IU 93%
Thiamin 2 mg 133%
Riboflavin 5 mg 294%
Niacin 10 mg 50%
Vitamin B6 5 mg 250%
Pantothenic Acid 28 mg 280%
Calcium 60 mg 6%
Phosphorus 69 mg 7%
Magnesium† 174 mg 44%
Chromium 83 mcg 69%
Chloride 148 mg 4%
Sodium 96 mg 4%
Potassium 176 mg 5%
Citric acid 950 mg **
Taurine 500 mg **
Malic Acid 500 mg **
L-Carnosine 20 mg **

Ingredients: Crystalline fructose, maltodextrin, magnesium bis-glycinate†, citric acid, taurine, malic acid, dipotassium phosphate, natural flavors, calcium citrate, sodium chloride, ascorbic acid, d-alpha tocopheryl acetate, annatto (color), D-calcium pantothenate, L-carnosine, niacinamide, pyridoxine HCI, riboflavin, chromium citrate, and thiamin mononitrate.

Directions: As a dietary supplement to help maintain adequate hydration, thoroughly mix one heaping scoop (35 grams) with 16 fluid ounces of water. Take on an empty stomach.

This product is non-GMO, gluten free and vegetarian.

Caution: Keep out of the reach of children.

Storage: Keep tightly closed in a cool, dry place.

†Our proprietary fully reacted magnesium amino acid chelate.
Endura® contains no artificial sweeteners.

 

Athletes exercising at a mild to moderate intensity and for less than 60 minutes should do just fine with water, especially if reducing the percentage of your body fat is the goal, as added carbohydrates will hinder your fat burning and weight loss.

Exercise sessions that are intense, last longer than 60 minutes, or are performed in high heat and humidity, on the other hand, require you to keep nutrition coming in. Endura should be used to replenish energy levels with the proper ratio of carbohydrates and B vitamins, re-hydrate (Endura is a powder that you mix with water), and replenish electrolytes and other amino acids as described above.

BONK!Tired after Exercise

Have you ever “bonked?”  Bonked is a term from cycling that can be applied to any sport. Bonking is a severe combination of nutrition errors including malnutrition, dehydration, poor training, and overexertion combined into one.  Your body shuts down and you suffer from extreme fatigue, dizziness, shaking, mental confusion, and all of your thoughts turn negative; you are obviously unable to continue to compete.

Feel Yourself Starting to Bonk?

Immediately decrease intensity, start to eat simple carbohydrates, and try to rehydrate – drinking Endura takes care of both of those at once.

Once you bonk, recovery time is increased significantly.

Bonking is actually a way of protecting the body from further damage: if you will not look out for your body properly, it will! Do yourself a favor and don’t let it get to that point.

Proper training, nutrition, hydration, and proper use of Endura will prevent “the bonk.”

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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.

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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?

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

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.

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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?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.

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
www.algchiro.com

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