Advanced Chiropractic + Wellness Centre September 2012 Newsletter

September 2012

Volume 3, Number 9

Office Update:

Labour Day Weekend Office Hours

Advanced Chiropractic will have the following office hours:

Saturday September 1 – OPEN  9:00 A.M-1:00 P.M

Monday September 3 – CLOSED FOR LABOUR DAY HOLIDAY

If you have any questions or concerns about our upcoming office hours please contact us at 905-591-2591.

Focus on Health: Dealing with Allergies

Written by: Correne Omland

The number of people with allergies has grown dramatically in recent years.  Currently, more than one in six Canadians suffer from hay fever (also known as seasonal allergies) during the spring and summer months.  A seasonal allergy is a reaction to a trigger that is normally only present for part of the year.  Examples of these triggers are pollen from trees, weeds and grasses.  Pollens are tiny, egg-shaped powdery grains released from flowering plants, which are then carried by the wind or insects.  When it’s present in the air, pollen can land in a person’s eyes, nose, lungs and skin.

Typical allergy symptoms are nasal (nose) and ocular (eyes): itchy, stuffy or runny nose, sneezing as well as itchy and watery eyes.  Not everyone will experience all of these symptoms and in fact may only have one symptom that predominates.  In some cases it may even be difficult to tell the different between seasonal allergies and the common cold.  Duration of the symptoms can usually be a reliable indicator.

Avoiding Pollen Exposure

One way to help reduce the impact of seasonal allergies on your life is to minimize pollen exposure.  Unlike perennial allergies (dust and pet dander), pollen is difficult to avoid completely.  Here are some types of how you can reduce your exposure:

  • Keep windows closed – prevents pollen from drifting into your house
  • Minimize early morning activity when pollen is usually emitted – between 5:00 – 10:00 a.m.
  • Keep your car windows closed while traveling
  • Stay indoors when the pollen count is reported to be high

-This is also true on windy days

  • Avoid freshly cut grass and mowing the lawn
  • Machine-dry bedding and clothing

       – Pollen may attach to clothing if it is hung outdoors

Natural Allergy Treatments

In a world of vast technological development and new scientific discoveries being made daily, we have yet to find the exact cure (or cause) of seasonal allergies.  That being said, there is no reason for you to suffer for months!

Homeopathic treatments such as Luffeel offer relief from the most common allergy symptoms; itchy, stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, itchy and watery eyes.  Because Luffeel is homeopathic it is perfectly safe to combine with other natural or conventional medications and is suitable for both children and adults.  When there is a history of seasonal allergies, the effectiveness of the treatment will be enhanced if it is started prior to the onset of symptoms.

For more information about Luffeel please pick up one of the information brochures next time you’re in the office.  Also ensure you take advantage of the fantastic offer for September.

 For the month of September

Luffeel Products20% OFF

Healthy Foods To Put In Your Kids’ Lunchbox

Written by: Michelle Chin, ND

School time is here and your kids are off to school to learn new and exciting things. To help your kids function at their best, you need to nourish their minds.  Here are the top eight foods that you should consider when packing your kids (and even your) lunches.

Blueberries – Blueberries are rich in bioflavonoids; these phytonutrients help to mop up free radicals, which can be damaging to cells. If fresh blueberries are not available, then purchase frozen ones.

Grapes – These are also rich in bioflavonoids and contain a phytonutrient called resveratrol, which is associated with good heart health.

Roasted soy nuts – Roasted soy nuts (unsalted) are a nice alternative to peanuts, which are a common allergy to a lot of school kids.  Soy nuts are also a great source of protein, which can help to stabilize their energy levels throughout the day. A healthy portion size would be one handful.

Almonds – Almonds are packed with nutrients like vitamins, magnesium, iron and calcium. In fact, almonds have more calcium than any other nut – 70 milligrams (mg) in 23 almonds.  They also contain essential fatty acids called omega-3, which are essential to nerve development, balancing the immune system and regeneration of skin cells. Please note that almonds are also available as a spread called almond butter. Almond butter is a nice alternative to peanut butter when making sandwiches.

Apples – Fresh apples are packed with all sorts of vitamins such as vitamin C.  Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant and helps to keep capillaries and blood vessels healthy. This vitamin also aids in the absorption of iron and folate.  Apples are also a great source of pectin; a form of soluble fiber that can help to stabilize blood glucose levels.

Broccoli – Contains phytonutrients that can help to prevent diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. They are also a good source of calcium, potassium, folate and fiber. They are great when paired with a dip such as hummus.

Kiwi – Another fruit that is great source of vitamin C and potassium

Rice cakes & crackers – Instead of packing potato chips in the lunch boxes, try these healthy alternatives.  They are low in saturated fats and sugar.

Recipe: Vit-A-Man

Martha Stewart Kids, Late Summer

With the rich spread of cream cheese, your little ones might not even notice this lunch is bursting with fresh vegetables — powering them through the afternoon.

 Servings: makes 4

 Ingredients:

    • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
    • 2 scallions, finely chopped (about 1/4 cup)
    • 4 large round rolls, such as kaiser
    • 1 to 2 large tomatoes, sliced
    • 1 large cucumber, thinly sliced
    • 3 cups loosely packed shredded carrot (2 to 3 carrots)
    • 1 1/4 ounces alfalfa sprouts
    • 1/4 head iceberg lettuce, shredded
    • 1 medium avocado, thinly sliced

Directions:

  1. Stir together cream cheese and scallions in a small bowl.
  2. Split rolls in half horizontally. Spread bottom of each roll with 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cream-cheese spread. Layer tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, sprouts, lettuce and avocado on top. Return tops of rolls, pressing down firmly. Cut sandwiches in half, if desired, and serve.

Cook’s Note: Spread can be refrigerated, covered, up to 4 days

Did You Know?

 

The muscle that lets your eye blink is the fastest muscle in your body. It allows you to blink 5 times a second.

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