caffeine, natural healthcare, charlotte, nc, natural medicine, naturopathic medicine, dr parkes

Caffeine Awareness

Although it’s completely legal, caffeine found naturally in coffee and other drinks is really a stimulant drug. In fact, caffeine is the most commonly used psychoactive drug in the world. It is recognized as an addictive substance by the World Health Organization. Have you ever noticed that if you (or someone you know) go a day without caffeine, will develop headaches, body sweats and irritability? These are all symptoms of caffeine withdrawal, very similar to withdrawal from other stimulants and drugs.

Caffeine affects the central nervous system by elevating your heart rate, increasing alertness, and changing the way your brain and body function. While these may sound somewhat useful, it should only be used occasionally. Caffeine should not be used to replace sleep. It is absorbed into the blood and body tissues within 15 minutes and its effects lasts up to six hours, which can greatly affect sleep.

Whether caffeine is consumed in food, drink or as a medicine, it changes the way the brain and body work. Most of us know that coffee, energy drinks and soft drinks contain caffeine, but you may be surprised to learn that caffeine is hidden in many commonly consumed items. Protein bars, decaf coffee, hot or cold tea, chocolate, “fortified” water and pain medications are a few of the items that contain hidden caffeine.

Although caffeine may appear to have some positive effects, its negative effects greatly outweigh them. Below are some of the most commonly experienced effects of caffeine use:

Dependency and addiction

Similar to any drug, caffeine is very addictive. Most people change how much they use over time based on their built-up level of tolerance. Over time, you will need more caffeine to produce the same energizing effects because your body will naturally build up tolerance. This is very similar to the increased tolerance of alcohol or illegal drug use. If you’re a coffee drinker and have ever had to go without your “fix”, you know how difficult the withdrawal symptoms can be. Withdrawal is a serious reaction to weaning yourself off of caffeine and should not be taken lightly. These symptoms can include headaches, anxiety, irritability, body sweats, trouble concentrating, fatigue, digestive issues and changes in appetite. Relying on caffeine for energy is extremely dangerous and can produce adrenal fatigue that can lead to negative effects on other aspects of your health.

Anxiety

If you suffer from high stress levels, nervousness and anxiety, caffeine can exacerbate these symptoms and make you more susceptible to the negative effects of caffeine. If you are someone who already suffers from these conditions, you should completely avoid caffeine, sugar and other similar stimulants.

Insomnia

Caffeine is known to disrupt sleep and can make insomnia worse in people who suffer from sleep-related concerns. Even if you generally have no trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, caffeine can disrupt your body’s natural hormone levels, such as serotonin and melatonin, that help promote restful sleep. Because of this, you’re more likely to need caffeine to help you function the following day, putting yourself in a never-ending cycle of “needing” caffeine to have a productive day.

Hormone Levels

Over time, caffeine causes the adrenal glands to overwork and eventually weaken. When you’re lacking quality sleep, you suppress healthy hormone production. Caffeine can be especially harmful for women suffering from many hormone related issues such as PMS, PMDD, PCOS, fibroids, endometriosis and infertility.

Dehydration

Caffeine is a diuretic, so you’ve probably noticed you have an increased need to urinate after consuming it. Additionally, caffeine depletes levels of key nutrients and minerals, including B vitamins, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, calcium and zinc.

Additives

The effects of caffeine combined with sugar in sweetened coffee, soft drinks and energy drinks has an even bigger, negative impact on the body than caffeine alone. These high-sugar, processed ingredients are full of artificial sweeteners and chemicals and are extremely dangerous especially when combined with caffeine.

If you are ready to eliminate caffeine from your diet but are unsure where to begin, try switching out some of your sugar filled, caffeinated beverages with some healthy alternatives. You can try flavored herbal teas, including green tea. If you really enjoy the taste of coffee, try switching out your daily fix with a dandelion root tea or latte. To sweeten your caffeine free beverages, try sweetening with pure stevia.

If you have a severe caffeine addiction and don’t know where to begin, call our office today at (704) 334-3761 to schedule a free phone consultation with one of our Naturopathic Physicians. We can get you started on a detox that will kick start your journey to a happier and healthier you without the need for caffeine.

References:

https: //draxe.com/caffeine-overdose/

http ://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/285194.php

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Probiotics can help keep you healthy this cold and flu season

What are Probiotics?

Probiotics are good bacteria that line your gut and are responsible for nutrient absorption and supporting your immune system. If you can increase the amount of good bacteria and balance microorganisms in your body, it can have tremendous health benefits, including boosting your immunity, balancing hormones, detoxifying your liver, helping clear up your skin, and decreasing inflammation, to name a few. This “friendly” bacteria makes up 70-85% of our immune systems.

Probiotics are beneficial microorganisms that are responsible for a number of things in the body. Probiotics help break down food as well as extract minerals from those foods. Probiotics assist our bodies in producing essential fatty acids and vitamins. These helpful bacteria are also known to eat excess sugar in the body, reducing health risks associated with sugar intake such as inflammation.

If you don’t have enough good bacteria in your gut, the side effects can include: digestive disorders, skin issues, candida, autoimmune disease, and frequent colds and flus.

Every time you take a round of antibiotics, it throws off your gut flora and can affect digestion and many aspects of your health for many months. This is why it is important to limit the number of antibiotics you take to only when completely necessary. You should instead try to boost your immune system to fight off illnesses. Many people go to their doctor every time they are sick and receive antibiotics for viral infections or minor illnesses, when in fact, antibiotics do not help rid viruses.

In addition to excessive antibiotic use, other reasons that the microflora in our systems become unbalanced are eating foods with added hormones and preservatives, exposure to fertilizers and pesticides, carbonated beverages, steroids and even stress. For this reason, it is very important to sustain a healthy amount of good bacteria in your system by eating a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

How to incorporate probiotics

The best way to ensure you are getting a healthy amount of probiotics in your system is to incorporate probiotic-rich foods into your daily diet as well as taking a daily probiotic supplement. The following foods are high in probiotics; sauerkraut, pickles, kimchi, kombucha, and apple cider vinegar (as salad dressing). Getting good, high-quality fiber in your diet can also enhance the development of good bacteria in your body.

When choosing a daily probiotic supplement, you should purchase a high quality, reputable brand that has at least 15 billion CFU (colony forming units) per serving. It should have multiple strains and some high quality brands require refrigeration (once the probiotics touch the air or are heated, they lose their potency). It is however, important to choose a probiotic that is shelf stable as refrigeration may be compromised during transport. The Not Just Weight by Dr. Parkes brand offers a superior probiotic product that is individually packaged to encourage freshness and preserve quality.

Tip: Probiotic-rich food recipes

Simple sauerkraut

Ingredients
1 medium head of cabbage (about 3 pounds)
1.5 tablespoons of kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Clean everything: When fermenting anything, it’s best to give the good, beneficial bacteria every chance of succeeding by starting off with as clean an environment as possible. Make sure your mason jar (2 qt wide mouth) and jelly jar (smaller jar that fits inside of the 2 qt jar) are washed and rinsed of all soap residue. Make sure to wash your hands, too.
  2. Thinly slice and chop cabbage.
  3. Combine the cabbage and salt: Transfer the cabbage to a big mixing bowl and sprinkle the salt over top. Begin working the salt into the cabbage by massaging and squeezing the cabbage with your hands. Do this for 5 to 10 minutes (there should be a significant amount of liquid formed).
  4. Pack the cabbage into the large mason jar. Every so often, push down the cabbage in the jar with your fist. Pour any liquid released by the cabbage into the jar.
  5. Once all the cabbage is packed into the mason jar, slip the smaller jelly jar into the mouth of the jar and weigh it down with clean stones or marbles. This will help keep the cabbage weighed down (the cabbage needs to be fully submerged in the liquid).
  6. Cover the mouth of the mason jar with a cloth and secure it with a rubber band. This allows air to flow in and out of the jar, but prevents anything from getting into the jar.
  7. Over the next 24 hours, press down on the cabbage every so often with the jelly jar. As the cabbage releases its liquid, it will become more limp and compact and the liquid will rise over the top of the cabbage.
  8. If after 24 hours, the liquid has not risen above the cabbage, dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt in 1 cup of water and add enough to submerge the cabbage.
  9. Ferment the cabbage for 3 to 10 days: As it’s fermenting, keep the sauerkraut away from direct sunlight and at a cool room temperature. Check it daily and press it down if the cabbage is not fully submerged by liquid.
  10. Start tasting your sauerkraut after 3 days, when the sauerkraut tastes good to you, remove the weight, screw on the cap, and refrigerate.
  11. While it’s fermenting, you may see bubbles coming through the cabbage, foam on the top, or white scum. These are all signs of a healthy, happy fermentation process. The scum can be skimmed off the top either during fermentation or before refrigerating. If you see any mold, skim it off immediately and make sure your cabbage is fully submerged; don’t eat moldy parts close to the surface, but the rest of the sauerkraut is fine.
  12. This sauerkraut will keep for at least two months and often longer if kept refrigerated.

Reference:
https:// draxe.com/boost-immunity-with-probiotics/
https:// draxe.com/probiotics-a-pro-or-con-for-your-health/
https:// draxe.com/what-are-probiotics/
http:// www.everydayhealth.com/cold-and-flu/probiotics-for-flu-prevention.aspx
http:// www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/do-probiotics-reduce-cold-and-flu-risk/
http:// www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/research-confirms-probiotics-support-immune-system/
http:// www.prescript-assist.com/intestinal-health/immune-system-probiotics/

Recipe Reference:
http:// www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-homemade-sauerkraut-in-a-mason-jar-193124

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The Truth about Fat

Many people are still under the assumption that a low-fat diet is best for your health.  This belief is false.  Our bodies require fat to function, but not all fat is created equal.  Fat provides the body with the proper nutrients for hormone development, cell growth and energy production.  Proper nutrition can be achieved through a diet rich in fats, vitamins, minerals, and nutrients.  Fat itself is an essential nutrient.  Our bodies need the appropriate ratio of nutrients; this includes fats, protein and carbohydrates.

Fats are composed of building blocks called fatty acids.  These fatty acids fall into two categories: saturated,  and unsaturated fats (further divided into monounsaturated and polyunsaturated).  There is also a fourth type of fat known as trans fat.

Saturated vs. Unsaturated Fat

Unsaturated fats are mostly liquid at room temperature and come primarily from plant-based foods.  Unsaturated fats protect against heart disease as they do not raise blood cholesterol levels.

Unsaturated fats can be divided further into two groups: monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats.  Examples of monounsaturated fats are olive oil and almond oil.  These are safe for consumption but due to their chemical makeup, they should not be heated to high temperatures.  Polyunsaturated fats are those consisting of omega-3s and omega-6s such as walnuts, green vegetables and fish.

Saturated fats are derived from animal-based products and are solid at room temperature.  Saturated fats leave little room for free-radicals to intervene, thus these require minimal processing, which in turn makes them very good for our consumption.  The most known examples of good saturated fats are butter and coconut oil.

The Most Harmful Fats: Trans Fat

Trans fats are the fats most harmful to cholesterol levels and provide the most increased risk to heart disease.   As discussed, unsaturated fats are found liquid and saturated fats are found solid.  Trans fats are naturally liquid oils but become solid at room temperature by the addition of hydrogen.  This process is known as hydrogenation.

Hydrogenation turns relatively healthy oils into solids for the purpose of extending a food’s shelf-life.  Indicators of trans fats are foods with ingredients containing words such as hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated.  The most well known hydrogenated fat is margarine or shortening.

You should avoid refined oils such as canola oil or other vegetable oils as these go through extreme processing.  Also avoid “junk food” and fast food or anything that is pre-packaged such as cookies, muffins, pies and cakes as these often contain high amounts of trans fats.  Most fast food chains use shortening and hydrogenated oils for frying food because they are inexpensive, readily available and they do not go rancid.

Avoid foods advertised as “fat-free” or “low fat”.   These foods are usually chemically modified and may have harmful effects.  When buying meat, chose the fattier cuts as this is more naturally occurring fat.  For example, get ground beef with 20% or 30% fat instead of 3% or 5% percent.  The best fats are natural and include real butter (with no oils added), olive oil and coconut oil.

Good Fat vs. Bad Fat

It is not always easy to differentiate between a healthy fat or an unhealthy fat.  Some examples of good fats and bad fats are listed below:

Good fats – eggs, coconut oil, avocados, olive oil, nuts, butter, fish high in omega-3 fatty acids

Bad fats – soybean oil, margarine, butter substitutes, hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils, flax oil


Recipes Using Good Fat

Salmon with Mango and Avocado Salsa Lettuce Wraps

FOR THE SALMON

1-pound fresh salmon fillet or 4 (4-ounce) fillets
2 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil
1 fresh lime, halved
1/4 chili powder
salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

FOR THE WRAP

Green leaf lettuce (butterhead lettuce or large spinach leaves work well)

FOR THE MANGO AVOCADO SALSA

1 mango, pitted, peeled and diced
1 avocado, pitted, peeled and diced
1/3-cup finely diced red bell pepper
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
juice of 1 whole lime
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 425F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Transfer salmon to the prepared baking sheet.  Drizzle with olive oil and squeeze lime juice over the entire fillet.  Rub the chili powder into the salmon, and season with salt and pepper.  Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until salmon is cooked through.  Remove from oven and let stand couple minutes.

To prepare the salsa, combine diced mango, avocado, pepper, cilantro, lime, oil, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl; toss to combine.

To finish, wrap salmon and salsa into lettuce wraps.

Baked Egg in Avocado

Avocado
2 eggs
Sea salt & pepper
Seasoning, optional

Instructions:

Cut avocado in half, remove pit.  If necessary scoop out some avocado to make room for egg.  Crack eggs into a bowl.  Place yolk and some egg white (with a spoon) into the avocado’s hole.  Place in muffin pan or similar so the avocado will stand up and not spill egg.  Bake in oven on 425 for 13-15 minutes.

Healthy Pesto Spread

3 cups basil (moderately packed)
juice of one small-medium lemon
1/3 c walnuts or pine nuts
2 large garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped
3/4 tsp himalayan salt
1/4 c extra virgin olive oil

Instructions:

In a food processor, combine all ingredients except the olive oil.  Pulse until evenly chopped.  Slowly add in the olive oil through the top of the processor.  Pulse until evenly combined, but not completely smooth.

Resources:

http:// braveforpaleo.com

http:// diethood.com

http:// dontwastethecrumbs.com

https:// draxe.com

http:// drhyman.com

http:// goodinthesimple.com

http:// health.harvard.edu

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Stress and Your Health

What is Stress?

Stress is the stimulating feeling one gets when facing a difficult situation or pressuring thoughts. Most of us live such busy lives that stress is a common occurrence for us. We commit ourselves to so many things on a daily basis; our work, families, friends and communities. We often question how we will fulfill all of our responsibilities. That constant feeling of pressure leads to chronic stress.

How Can Stress Affect Health?

You may think of stress as something that only affects your mental state on a day-to-day basis. However, chronic stress plays a huge role in our physical well-being. Some stress can be good for us and may provide us with small bursts of energy and increased attentiveness. Although, having too much stress can interfere with our daily functioning; creating brain fog, chronic headaches, fatigue, lack of concentration, an impaired immune system and other serious health problems. Stress can have a profound impact on your body weight, heart health, menstruation, skin complexion, and mental well-being.

Recognizing Symptoms of Stress

Many times, we experience the feeling of stress so often that it feels natural to us and we stop recognizing its presence. At that point, we are at an even greater risk of experiencing negative symptoms from stress. Chronic aches and pains, often accompanied with headaches are very common signs of stress weighing on our health. Forgetfulness and lack of concentration are both typical indications of uncontrolled daily stress. Unexplained irritability is also attributed to chronic distress.

Taking Action Against Stress

Many acupuncture practitioners are observing the positive results of acupuncture for stress reduction. Research shows acupuncture treatments can lower stress hormones in the bloodstream. This is done by acting on areas of the brain to reduce sensitivity to common stressors. Acupuncture can also help to improve memory and attention, both of which are afflicted by stress.

Stress management may also be achieved through proper counseling. Consulting with a psychologist or licensed therapist may help you to reduce or cope with stress. Mental health professionals can guide you in managing stress effectively and help you recognize factors that contribute to your chronic stress. Together, you and a professional can create a customized program for managing stress and maintaining good health.  

The Lifestyle Clinic offers both acupuncture and counseling with a licensed therapist in order to help you manage stress. If you need additional help, call us to schedule today. 

Available for sale is the Stress Less in 10 Days program – $39.00 – Pick up your copy at The Lifestyle Clinic and get started today!

Stress-Less in 10 Days is a day-by-day detox program to guide you through a deeper understanding of those underlying emotions that drive your everyday decisions. It was developed specifically for the everyday person to enhance optimum wellness! This process was developed by Dr. Lorrie J. Miller and is steeped in the understanding that Stress is a Mental & Emotional Experience. And despite the physical benefits, all the salads and physical fitness in the world will not change how you think, view the world or respond to your emotional stress triggers! The only way to effectively manage emotional stress is to face your emotional baggage head on! Stress-Less in 10 Days will help you jump start this process!!

Dr. Lorrie J. Miller is the newest addition to The Lifestyle Clinic team! To learn more about her visit: http://lifestyle-clinic.com/our-team/. Dr. Miller specializes in Stress Management and General Counseling Therapy.

Tips on Fighting Stress Symptoms

Breathing Exercises

A simple breathing exercise can immediately calm the body’s nervous system and ease an overactive mind. Your breathing pattern must provide an exhale that is longer than your inhale in order to provide a calming effect. Follow these steps as many times daily as needed.

Step-by-Step Instructions:

To begin, sit still and tall somewhere comfortable. Close your eyes and being breathing through your nose.

Then, inhale for a count of two… hold the breath in for a count of one… exhale gently, counting out for four… and finish by holding the breath out for a count of one. Keep your breathing even and smooth.

If the 2-4 count feels too short try increasing the breath lengths to 4 in and 6 out, or 6 in and 8 out, and so on. But if longer breaths create any anxiety there is no need to push yourself. The most important thing is that the exhale is longer than the inhale, not the absolute length of the breath.

Set a timer and breathe this way for at least five minutes! You will see a difference in your mood.

Other Useful Tips Include:

Maintain an adequate sleep schedule – Ensure that you get a healthy 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night. Eliminate caffeine, eliminate the use of technology such as television, computers or handheld devices at least one hour prior to sleep.

Practice relaxation exercises – yoga, general daily stretching and other relaxation exercises not only help reduce stress, but also boost immune functioning.

Follow a healthy diet – Eat mostly fruits and vegetables and avoid high-sugar foods.

If you or someone you know are experiencing the negative side-effects of chronic stress, call The Lifestyle Clinic today to learn the services we have available to help!

 

Reference:

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-4386/A-Simple-Breathing-Exercise-to-Calm-Your-Mind-Body.html

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Relieving Pain With Acupuncture

The ancient art of acupuncture has been used in Asia for centuries to treat many conditions and relieve pain.  It’s now being used all over the world to ease everything from lower back pain, to shingles, headaches, and menstrual cramps.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely fine needles into the skin at certain points to correct imbalances in the flow of energy (also known as qi, pronounced “chee”) to promote the natural self-healing process, thus alleviating pain in the body.

Acupuncture works to do this by producing a signal that travels along the spinal cord to the brain, triggering a release of endorphins, which scientists believe reduces the sensation of pain by acting as a natural painkiller.  Research also shows that inserting an acupuncture needle aids in the production of cortisol, a hormone that helps control inflammation which is attributed as one of the major causes of pain.

During your treatment, your acupuncturist may enhance the effects of the needles by twirling them, applying heat or applying electrical stimulation.  They may also perform moxibustion, which is the burning of a therapeutic herb on or near the skin to strengthen the blood and stimulate the flow of energy.

The acupuncturist typically inserts four to 10 needles and leaves them in place for 10 to 30 minutes while you rest.  A usual course of treatment includes six to 12 sessions over a three-month period, depending on your situation and suggested treatment plan.

Acupuncture is generally safe and effective if performed by a licensed and experienced acupuncturist.  Your acupuncturist will use a single-use, sealed needle package which will eliminate the risks of blood-borne infections such as hepatitis B or HIV.  One of the major benefits of trying acupuncture for pain relief over taking anti-inflammatory drugs is its’ lack of side effects in comparison to pharmaceuticals.

Most people know that acupuncture works successfully to relieve pain, but many of it’s other uses may also surprise you.  Acupuncture is believed to treat a range of ailments such as infertility and hormone imbalance, to allergies, digestion and even anxiety.  You should always seek out an experienced acupuncturist who completed an accredited program at an acupuncture school.  There are many practitioners who can receive acupuncture certificates in a short amount of time and do not have the clinical experience that a licensed acupuncturist may have.

Visit: http://lifestyle-clinic.com/services/acupuncture-charlotte/ to learn more about how acupuncture can help you!

At The Lifestyle Clinic, we are now offering acupuncture with Dr. Zachary Hurt. For a limited time, he is offering 2 sessions for the price of 1! Call today to schedule your appointment before it’s over!

References:

http:// www.health.harvard.edu/blog/acupuncture-is-worth-a-try-for-chronic-pain-201304016042

http:// www.acupuncturetoday.com/abc/moxibustion.php

http:// www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/treatments/natural/other-therapies/mind-body-pain-relief/oa-acupuncture.php

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The Benefits of Responsible Sunbathing

Many people have grown more concerned with spending their time in the sun.  The effect from sun exposure has been in the limelight in recent years.  While there are many factors that contribute to an unhealthy relationship with the sun; poor diet, over-exposure, poor hydration, and environmental factors, spending time in the sun can actually be quite healing and support a healthy lifestyle.

There are actually many benefits to sun exposure.  One positive result from being in the sun is the effect it has on your brain.  By soaking in the sun, your brain produces serotonin and endorphins.  These hormones will elevate your mood and can help to decrease any feelings of depression.  Sunbathing has also been shown to increase one’s melatonin production.  Melatonin is a hormone secreted from the pineal gland that regulates our body’s internal clock.  By increasing the production of melatonin one can improve their chances of getting more restful sleep at night.  The sun can also help improve various skin conditions such as acne, rashes, eczema, and athlete’s foot.

The sun can also help regulate the development of hormones and lessen the severity of symptoms from PMS and menopause.  Sunbathing actually assists your liver with its process of detoxifying the body.  Exposure to the sun can increase blood cell counts and help improve circulation.  Perhaps the most well-known benefit of sunshine is its role in the development of Vitamin D.  When our skin is penetrated by the sun’s UV rays a chemical reaction occurs and vitamin D is formed within the body.  Vitamin D aids our immune system and increases calcium absorption; both of which will lead to better overall wellness.

Contrary to popular belief, wearing sunscreen is not the best way to protect yourself from the sun.  The majority of sunscreens found on drugstore shelves contain harmful chemicals.  By applying these sunscreens directly to the skin, you are allowing these chemicals to be absorbed into the body because the skin is the largest organ of your body, and because it is porous it absorbs everything.  The effects of these chemicals can last a lifetime.   If over exposure to the sun cannot be avoided, try finding a vegan sunscreen without any harmful chemicals.

It is important to know how to sunbathe responsibly, in order to receive the benefits without being over-exposed one must learn how long they can be in direct sunlight at one time based on their particular skin complexion.  Our skin complexion indicates the amount of melanin in the skin and thus how many UV rays our skin can safely absorb.  The lighter one’s skin is the less melanin they have.  Those with little melanin should be more cautious of over-exposure.  The sun is strongest between the hours of 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM, during these you should avoid lying in direct sunlight.  The safest way to expose your body to the sun is to do so gradually.  While sunbathing, one should never be in the sun long enough to obtain a burn any shade of red.

All things considered, sunbathing can be an easy way to maintain good health if proper precautions are taken.  Use the provided safety tips to protect your skin and gain the most benefits from the sun this summer and all year long!

Written by: Kivette Parkes, Naturopathic Doctor at The Lifestyle Clinic

References:

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/sunbathing-can-increase-life-expectancy-a6954976.html

http:// gentleworld.org/the-benefits-of-responsible-sunbathing/

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Now Offering Acupuncture!

Having been utilized in China for millennia, acupuncture is quickly becoming recognized as a mainstream alternative to conventional medicine in the United States. Known for its efficacy, research shows that acupuncture treats many illnesses – from the common cold to chronic pain or fatigue. Dr. Zachary Hurt provides an effective approach to acupuncture by bridging the gap between ancient Chinese theories and modern evidence-based research to provide exceptional patient-centered care.

What Does Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture treats a WIDE variety of common illnesses/conditions – both acute and chronic. Acupuncture is also great to help keep you “tuned up” and performing optimally. Below is a list of commonly treated conditions:

  • Regional Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sciatica
  • Sports Related Injury
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Facial Pain/TMJ
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Headache/Migraine
  • Induction of Labor
  • Morning Sickness
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Post-operative Palliative Care
  • Stroke Complications
  • Hyper/Hypotension
  • Leukopenia (low white blood cells)
  • Chemo/Radiation Palliative Care
  • Allergies/Allergic Rhinitis
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Infertility
  • PMS/Heavy Menses
  • Gastritis
  • Asthma/COPD
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Insomnia
  • Food/Drug/Alcohol Addiction
  • Nerve Damage/Paralysis

Will Acupuncture Hurt?

A common misconception with acupuncture is that it will be painful or uncomfortable. This is absolutely NOT true. The size of each needle is roughly the width of a single hair. Around 40 acupuncture needles can fit into the tip of one hypodermic needle (a needle used to withdraw blood). The only sensation you should typically feel is heaviness or achiness around the needle insertion site.

Typically patients report that acupuncture sessions are very relaxing – sometimes to the point where a patient will fall asleep during the treatment. Our goal is to ease your pain, so if at any time a needle feels uncomfortable, the needle will be either repositioned or removed.

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What Should Be Expected?

Your first acupuncture session will last around 1 hour and will consist of a brief intake discussing your chief concerns and medical history, a Chinese pulse and tongue examination, and the acupuncture treatment. Each treatment after the initial visit will generally last about 30 minutes, as there will be a shorter intake and more treatment time. A common question concerning acupuncture is how many treatments it takes before results are achieved. While there is not one answer for every person, it generally takes more treatments the more chronic the condition. Someone that has recently sprained his or her ankle will respond faster to treatment than someone with a 10-year history of rheumatoid arthritis.

The Lifestyle Clinic is now offering a LIMITED TIME INTRODUCTORY OFFER of 50% OFF! That’s 2 treatments for $125!! Call today to schedule with Dr. Hurt at (704) 334-3761.

Learn more about Dr. Zachary Hurt here: http://lifestyle-clinic.com/our-team/

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Naturally Protect Yourself From Bugs This Summer

This week brings the official first day of summer which means longer days, rising temperatures, blooming flowers and a surge of insects.

Summertime usually leads to spending more time outdoors enjoying beaches, lakes and other sceneries of nature.  Summer is an important time to know how to protect yourself from insects, as rates of insect-borne illnesses are on the rise.

At The Lifestyle Clinic we focus on disease prevention, not only in terms of nutrition and exercise, but also by minimizing exposure to toxins unique to this time of year. Most commercial insect repellents contain a chemical called DEET which is a pesticide and should be used with extreme caution.  Before reaching for a harsh bug spray, why not try some safer preventative measures?

Try these 10 easy tips to stay safe from insect-borne illnesses this summer.

  1. Protect your skin by wearing long sleeves and long pants when possible.  Choose light-colored solid prints so that insects are more easily detectable.
  1. To stop ticks, tuck long pants into your socks and avoid tall grass and underbrush.  Keep up with the growth of your lawn.  Always do a full body check once coming from outdoors.
  1. Try to stay indoors during dusk and dawn which are peak times for mosquito activity.
  1. Keep window screens in good repair.
  1. Keep outdoor meals protected by using a fan to deter mosquitoes.
  1. Plant mosquito-repelling plants such as scented geraniums, lemon thyme, marigold, citrosa plants, sweet basil or sassafras.
  1. Eliminate any standing water near your home where mosquitoes could be reproducing.
  1. Encourage natural insect predators such as ladybugs, bats, dragonflies, praying mantis, spiders, and birds.
  1. Use yellow light bulbs in outdoor fixtures.  Bugs are not as attracted to yellow lights.
  1. Use unscented skin products and choose non toxic repellents.

If you do encounter a sting or bite from an insect then try one of these natural home remedies to relieve your symptoms:

  • Apply tea tree oil to the affected area.  Remove the stinger and gently apply around the entry point.
  • Mix baking soda with water to form a paste.  Remove the stinger and apply the paste to the area until the pain is gone.
  • Slice a yellow onion  in half and rub the cut side onto the bite, the onion’s sulfur compounds will react with the area of the bite.
  • Tape a cotton ball soaked in white vinegar over the bite and leave overnight.

Written by: Dr. Kivette Parkes, Naturopathic Doctor

References:

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-13582/11-tips-to-naturally-protect-yourself-from-bug-bites.htmlhttp://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/08/23/mosquito-repellent.aspx