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Water vs Soda

Soda is a prevalent drink option in the country. Many people head off to the convenient store early and often during the day and refill their mugs with their favorite carbonated beverage. Many refrigerators are amply stocked with cans and 2-liter bottles of carbonated goodness.  A Gallup poll survey found that 48% of Americans drink soda daily with the average consumption being over 2 glasses per day, or 42 gallons per year.

1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger. – meaning we eat more when we are thirsty
3. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 30% – an easy way to help promote weight loss is by drinking more water, thereby boosting your metabolism
4. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.
5. Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
6. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
7. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.
8. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.

Soda (mainly Coca-Cola) Facts:
1. In many states (in the USA) the highway patrol carries two gallons of Coke in the truck to remove blood from the highway after a car accident.
2. You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of coke and it will be gone in two days.
3. To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl and let the “real thing” sit for one hour, then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous china.
4. To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: Rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola.
5. To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion.
6. To loosen a rusted bolt: Applying a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.
7. To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of Coca-Cola into the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and bake. Thirty minutes before the ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix with the Coke for a sumptuous brown gravy.
8. To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of coke into a load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your windshield.
9. The active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. Its pH is 2.8. It will dissolve a nail in about 4 days. Phosphoric acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major contributor to the rising increase in osteoporosis.

10. To carry Coca-Cola syrup (the concentrate) the commercial truck must use the Hazardous material place cards reserved for Highly corrosive materials.
11. The distributors of coke have been using it to clean the engines of their trucks for about 20 years!

12. 20 ounces of soda contains 16 tablespoons of sugar – with 42 gallons consumed annually, this is 39 pounds of sugar per year just from soda.

13. Link to Type II Diabetes – in the last 30 years Diabetes rates have tripled and, during the same period, soda consumption rates have doubled. Liquid sugar (soda) is absorbed into the blood stream in approximately 30 minutes, whereas solid sugar (candy bars, cookies) absorbs much slower. The faster absorption rate creates a sugar spike which places greater demand on the pancreas to secrete sufficient insulin to manage it. This insulin strain taxes the pancreatic beta cells and can lead to insulin resistance and insufficient insulin production; in other words, Type II diabetes.

Diet Soda

In an attempt to manage the sugar and caloric intake of soda, many people have turned to diet soda. Diet soda uses an artificial sweetener in an attempt to mimic the flavor, but not the calories of sugar. On the surface it seems like a brilliant compromise, all of the bubbly goodness with none of the calories; but when something sounds too good to be true, it normally is.

1. The artificial sweetener, it is not sugar, but it tastes sweet; so the body thinks it’s sugar. In the false expectation to digest sugar the body begins releasing Amylase (the enzyme that digests sugar). With no sugar, but plenty of amylase at the ready, the body begins to crave sugar. So you naturally and instinctively begin eating more (usually simple carbs like chips, crackers, cookies, etc). And, by the end of the day, you actually end up consuming more calories than if you had just drank regular soda.

2. It tastes sweet, so the body, again believing that sugar is coming, secretes more insulin in preparation for the non-existent sugar. These insulin dumps can lead to an insulin resistance, increasing the likelihood of Type II Diabetes.

3. The artificial sweeteners (particularly aspartame) are highly neurotoxic. There are a number of signs of Aspartame poisoning including: headaches, ringing in the ears, memory loss, cramps, dizziness, vertigo, unexplainable depression, cramping, etc.

The bottom line: The occasional soda won’t kill you or even really harm you. But if soda takes the place of water in your life it has myriad health effects, all negative. And water is the far better alternative.

If you don’t like the taste of water (some don’t) cut up some fresh fruit and put it in a pitcher of water (lemon and cucumber; lemon and orange; blackberry and sage; strawberry and lime; raspberry and lime; strawberry and kiwi). You take 10 cups of water and add one cup of the sliced berries or one whole, thinly sliced lemon or lime with a dash of the spice. You can add more water to the pitcher as it runs low for 48 hours before you need to change the fruit.
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Chiropractic Management of Stress
by Dr. Brandon Robb
Stress is an unusual beast. Most people associate stress as a negative experience; however, not all stress is bad. Ironically, although not every kind of stress is bad for you, any stress, if it is prolonged, can be harmful.

In order to properly understand stress we need to first understand the types of stress and the effects they have on the body. There are two basic types of stress: physical and emotional. Physical stress includes mechanical stress, metabolic stress, and environmental stress. Emotional stress could also be considered circumstantial stress as all emotional stress is derived from our present or past circumstances and situations.

Emotional stress is easier to understand as the effects and experiences are more easily identified. Emotional or circumstantial stress is caused from our jobs, our families, the loss of a loved one, finances, etc. This is the stress we “feel”, we “carry”, and that tends to keep us awake at night and give us upset stomachs.

Physical stress is not as noticeable. Mechanical stress is stress placed through physical means. This could be from exercise, posture, giving someone a piggyback ride, being overweight, etc. This is the stress placed on the muscles and joints of the body. Proper mechanical stress, such as exercise, is incredibly important to the body. This type of stress strengthens bones, muscles, joints, improves circulation, and reinforces neural and brain integrity. However, negative mechanical stresses (i.e. excessive weight, poor posture, repetitive motions, etc) are very harmful to the joints, muscles, and ligaments. Oftentimes, this negative mechanical force leads to joint discomfort and pain, joint fixation, arthritis, soft tissue injuries, and may even lead to fractures. All osteoarthritis, most joint replacements, all degenerative muscle tears (i.e. rotator cuff injuries) are due to prolonged mechanical stress.

Metabolic stress is caused by our diets. Certain foods are hard on our bodies and digestive systems. The famous ones are lactose and gluten, although these do not adversely affect everyone. A number of foods encourage inflammation in our bodies, which produces a different kind of stress to our systems. The most common issue is too much sugar and not enough anti-oxidants. Sugar naturally inflames the body. Research suggests that this chronic inflammation of the body is the primary cause behind many chronic ailments including heart disease, high cholesterol, some cancers, Alzheimer’s, and many others.

Environmental stress is primarily due to chemicals in the environment. These chemicals are ranging, but mainly involve pollution, smog, heavy metals in the water, and could even include radioactive substances, such as radon, depending on where one lives. You can already tell the body has enough going on without having to also worry about inhaling the smog in the air and absorbing harsh UV rays.

Now, the question is how can chiropractic help with all of these stresses. Let’s begin with the easy one, mechanical. Chiropractic’s goal is to identify and reduce the subluxations in the spine and, for some chiropractors (including me) reducing the subluxations in the extremities as well. Chiropractic reduces the fixations in the joints, reduces tension in the muscles, reinforces ligaments, can help change posture, etc. In general, chiropractic excels at reducing the mechanical stress in the body; thus, reducing the possibility of severe arthritis, repetitive injuries, joint replacements, disc injuries, etc. Clearly, we can’t stop everything, but we can reduce the possibility of these types of injuries. 

As far as the metabolic stress, chiropractic does not have a specific effect on global inflammation. There is research that shows chiropractic reduces inflammation in the specific joints adjusted, but this research does not suggest the inflammation reduces in the body as a whole. The same goes for the environmental stress. Many chiropractors offer detox regimens to help with the toxins in the body, but a chiropractic adjustment does not help with reduce the environmental stresses.

Chiropractic cannot remove any emotional stress from the body. Clearly, there is nothing a chiropractor can do to ease job stress, financial stress, relationship stress, etc; however, a chiropractic adjustment can greatly reduce the effects of that stress on the body. To understand how we need to understand the nervous system a little bit. The nervous system is divided into two main systems: voluntary and involuntary; the involuntary system is also called the autonomic nervous system. The voluntary system is mainly the motor system. It is how you control your own function. The autonomic system controls everything behind the scenes which includes: heart rate, blood pressure, breathing rate and depth, digestion, hormone distribution, immune system, blood ph levels, and the list goes on and on. 

The autonomic system is divided into two parts: the Sympathetic and the Parasympathetic. The Sympathetics provide the Flight or Fight response; which is to say when you are presented with a threat, or rather a stress perceived as a threat, the Sympathetics take over preparing you to either fight or to run. When the Sympathetics kick on your adrenal glands begin releasing hormones, namely: cortisol, epinephrine, and norepinephrine. These hormones cause your heart rate and blood pressure to increase, your eyes to dilate, your breathing to increase, and your blood to shift from your internal organs to your arms and legs so your muscles have the energy they will need. Your Parasympathetics control what is commonly referred to as your Feed and Breed response. When the Parasympathetics are in charge your vital signs are lower, more blood is diverted to your internal organs to aid with digestion, and your hormones and immune systems function at much higher levels. The interesting key to this is the Parasympathetics are ALWAYS in control unless you are presented with a stimuli that is perceived as a threat. This means the Sympathetics are not designed to be on all the time and they are only on when presented with something that is perceived as a threat. We always think of a perceived threat as a physical altercation or argument. But, this threat could be financial concerns, job worries, family issues, relationship woes, past emotional scars, etc. To the body, all of it is the same. Each stress, regardless of the type or what it is rooted in, has the same response; the body ramps up the Sympathetics, thereby increasing your vital signs and decreasing your digestive, hormone, and immune systems. This is why people get upset stomachs and become ill more often while under stress.

So where does chiropractic fit in this? Chiropractic’s primary goal is balancing the nervous system by removing physical, or mechanical, stress on nerves. A large number of studies have been done that prove that chiropractic does exactly that. There have been a large number of studies on the effect of a chiropractic’s adjustment on blood pressure, digestion, heart rate, breathing, static muscle tone, skin temperature, and even the immune system. All of the studies show an immediate increase in the Parasympathetic response following an adjustment. Immediately following an adjustment the blood pressure lowers, the immune system is boosted (as evidenced by an increase in immune factors), the heart rate slows, digestion improves, and the list goes on.

Chiropractic cannot remove all of the reasons we are under stress. But it can reduce the effects of stress, particularly with regular visits. It’s time to set up an appointment. 

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