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Dr. James Mixon

Dr. James Mixon is a Chiropractor in Garland, Tx. Through chiropractic care, he has helped thousands of patients overcome neck and back pain, mobility problems, herniated discs, and joint pain. By using Science Based Nutrition and customized nutrition programs, he has help many people improve their health to feel their best. You can reach Dr. Mixon at (972) 840-2520.

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Natural Immune Boosters for Flu Season

The flu is a miserable virus that strikes anywhere from 5% to 20% of the U.S. population each year. More than 200,000 people are hospitalized annually. Symptom of the flu include fever, chills, fatigue, nausea, coughing, a sore throat, a runny or stuffed up nose, headaches, general body aches, and, in children, diarrhea. These symptoms can move beyond mild to debilitating, and if they grow too severe, may even cause death.

image of a man with flu

When is the flu season?

You can catch the flu at any time; however, the season when the virus is most active runs from late October into early May. The peak period during that time is from December to March. Flu loves the cold!

Complications of the flu – who’s at risk?

Most of the time, people who get the flu recover in just a few days, and two weeks is generally the maximum duration of the illness. However, complications can occur that may lead to hospitalization or death.

Because the flu is a respiratory disease, pneumonia is a definite threat, as is bronchitis. The ears and sinuses are also subject to infections.

Even someone who is healthy can get the flu or be affected by flu related problems. Those most at risk are people 65 years and over, expectant mothers, and the very young. People who have chronic health problems may find their health problems worsened by a flu infection. A person with asthma may have increased attacks, while someone with chronic congestive heart failure may suffer an intensification of their condition due to flu.

Natural immune boosters for flu prevention!

Traditionally doctors recommend the flu shot, but even under the best conditions a flu shot only delivers a 50 to 60% effectiveness rate. (This is when the flu shot is a good match for the current variety of flu.) According to the CDC, “During years when the flu vaccine is not well matched to circulating viruses, it’s possible that no benefit from flu vaccination may be observed.” For these reasons it makes sense to take natural immune boosters during flu season.

These are simple steps easy for anyone to follow:

  • Eat nutritionally rich foods and exercise regularly. If your body and systems are in good condition, even if you contract the flu you’ll be in a better position to fight it off or prevent complications.
  • Manage your stress. Your body’s resistance lowers when your emotions are out of control.
  • Don’t spread germs by coughing without covering your mouth!
  • A really important point: wash your hands. Use soap and wash vigorously for several minutes. This is considered one of the best protections against flu germs.

Additionally, there are a wide variety of vitamins and herbs that are natural immune boosters.

  • Echinacea – may help boost the immune system and fight infections. Use it when you begin to feel bad and keep taking it for seven to 10 days.
  • Zinc is believed to inhibit viruses from achieving full cell access, so it may offer flu protection. A zinc supplement is fine, but even better is to eat zinc rich foods such as wheat germ, oysters, lamb, lean beef short ribs, spinach, pumpkin seeds and cashews.
  • Garlic has anti-microbial properties, which means it can help fight certain viruses. Try it as seasoning with those short ribs or with a steaming bowl of chicken soup, which is also considered an excellent way to battle illness.
  • Take a vitamin C supplement or eat vitamin C rich foods such as strawberries, lemons, oranges, dark leafy greens, kiwi, Brussels sprouts, or chili peppers.
  • Boost your immune system by using vitamins B6 and B12.
  • Mushrooms also boost the immune system and they can be delicious alone or eaten with other foods.

One product that we like and recommend is Epimune Complex, a vegetarian immune support supplement. This remarkable supplement contains EpiCor® along with maitake and turkey tail mushrooms.

Recorded in use for medicinal purposes in Asia between 200 B.C. and 200 A.D, Maitake mushrooms are natural immune boosters. The mushrooms were made into a powder thought to ease spleen and stomach problems, as well as serve as a calming element for the nerves. Epimune Complex contains a patented extract from the maitake mushrooms called MaitakeGold404. This formula also contains turkey tail mushrooms which are often used in Asian medicine for vigor and energy. Vitamin C is incorporated for its antioxidant value.

This complex delivers strong support for the respiratory system.

The flu is an unpleasant problem to deal with at any time, at any age. To lessen your potential to get the flu, follow the suggestions above. And remember, Epimune Complex can help keep your immune system strong throughout the winter and well beyond. .

Nutrition and Your Joints: A Love Story

Life! From the very beginning it’s all about movement. You wiggle, crawl, and walk, your movements growing bolder with age. Eventually you run, jump, and leap! Movement is a marvel of energy, coordination, and strength. It’s required for everything you do, big and small, whether running a marathon or picking up a pen. But you couldn’t do anything if your limbs weren’t constructed to twist and bend and move in different directions. Even your neck and torso have to be mobile for you to live fully.

An individual bone is about density and durability; it’ll break before it bends. So Mother Nature cleverly created joints to connect those durable bones in a manner that makes them beautifully usable. The opposable thumb that put us ahead in evolution is only one example of this physical wonder that pins your skeleton together.

Joints are integral to your physicality and you need them working as they were intended to work in order to live the life you want. However, you don’t think about them until they begin to bother you. If it reaches the point that you’re aware of a problem, the issue is more difficult to address. The secret is to focus on a preventative approach so you’ll never suffer the discomfort of joint pain and/or stiffness.

Let’s learn about joints and what you can do keep them healthy. Joints are fascinating, acting much like the hinges that allow a door to open and close. However, providing care for your joints simply isn’t as easy as greasing a squeaky hinge.

Joints 101

There are 360 joints in the human body and six different types of joints. Is it any wonder an unhealthy joint makes itself known? Check out the chart below, which provides images of the types of joints you utilize every day, they’re location, and how they work.

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Each joint type allows your body to move and stabilize, so when a joint isn’t working properly, your body won’t either. Consider this–according to USA Today, the life expectancy for women is 81.2 years and, for men, 76.4 years. Diseased or injured joints aren’t likely to last as long as you normally can live! A recent article in The Examiner states, “Thankfully, uninjured human joints can last a lifetime of activities including running. It’s only once they’re injured or diseased that the surfaces become rough and the wear and tear then accelerate into arthritis. Preventing and curing arthritis can extend the life of a joint.”

With this in mind, let’s look at nutrition and how eating well helps to keep joints functioning.

Dieting for your joints

Inflammation, which causes swelling, is generally painful. That’s dangerous because pain limits movement. Less movement (Link to movement article) lowers your overall health, setting you up for obesity and heart disease. What can you do to avoid this? Eating the right foods helps decrease inflammation.

There are nine foods and ingredients that cause inflammation:

Sugar – The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition warns that processed sugars trigger the release of inflammatory messengers called cytokines.

Saturated Fats – Many studies show saturated fats cause adipose (fat tissue) inflammation, which worsens arthritis.

Trans Fat – Found in fast foods and other foods you don’t prepare yourself, these fats cause systematic inflammation.

Omega 6 Fatty Acids – Excess consumption of omega-6 causes the body to produce pro-inflammatory chemicals. Common sources of Omega 6 fatty acids are vegetable cooking oils, margarine, shortening, etc.

Refined Carbohydrates –They fuel the production of Advanced Glycation End (AGE) products that stimulate inflammation. Refined carbohydrates include foods such as cookies, crackers, breads and potato chips.

MSG – MSG can create pathways for chronic inflammation. In additional to Chinese food, MSG in found in many processed foods. Hydrolyzed vegetable protein, textured vegetable protein, and yeast extract are also loaded with MSG.

Gluten And Casein – These may promote inflammation, especially if you already have arthritis or a gluten allergy. Gluten is food in wheat products, while casein is found in dairy.

Aspartame – It’s a neurotoxin that affects the brain. If you’re sensitive to this chemical, your immune system attacks it and that triggers an inflammatory response. Aspartame is a sweetener found in many sugar-free products.

Alcohol – Causes dysfunction in the liver and can interrupt other organs, ultimately leading to inflammation. Avoid or use in moderation.

These foods and ingredients are everywhere so cutting them out completely is nearly impossible. However, start small and work your way to bigger changes. The more you remove these foods and ingredients from your diet, the healthier your joints become and the less inflammation you’ll suffer, even if you already have a joint disease or injury.

Besides changing your eating habits, you can proactively help your joints by taking vitamins. The appropriate vitamins!

Frontrunners health to the rescue

Our Premium Multivitamin and Multi-mineral 2 daily,  has been developed specifically to promote overall well-being. We’ve combined very high potency vitamins, essential folate, important phytonutrients, and nature’s incredible carotenoid antioxidants into a powerful tablet that boosts your entire system!

Carotenoids are the deep red, orange, and yellow plant pigments found in many vegetables and some fruits. Even red or pinkish colored sea animals, such as salmon, lobster, shrimp and crab, contain carotenoids that they’ve absorbed from their algae diets. These extremely healthy foods all contain the carotenoid astanxanthin, and we’ve included this remarkable constituent in our multivitamin. It alone provides numerous health benefits!

The vitamins and nutrients in our 2 Daily Multivitamins support all of these important aspects of your bodily functions:

  • healthy aging (Astaxanthin)
  • energy production
  • blood cells and the nervous system
  • hormonal balance
  • protection against free radical damage (Astaxantin)
  • ocular health
  • cardiovascular health (Astaxanthin)
  • blood sugar
  • immune system (Astaxanthin)
  • cognitive and longevity support.

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Most important for you and your joints, two of the vitamins found in our product (vitamins E and A), are known for anti-inflammatory properties. Vitamin B6 is also included because  its lack may lead to inflammation.

A healthy diet supplemented by oral vitamins is ideal for keeping inflammation at bay or even helping to reduce it. When you take care of your body, it rewards you by allowing you to move freely without joint pain.

Be proactive! Try our Multivitamins to help your joints stay inflammation free. The rest of your body will be grateful, too! (Frontrunners Health multivitamins can be found within our office or through our website. )

For more information on the many ways we can help you stay healthy and feeling your best, contact Dr. James Mixon and his team of healthcare professionals at (972) 840-2520.

Five of the Best Reasons to Keep Moving

According to the website, Just Stand, global studies show that the average adult sits a whopping 7.7 hours a day. Some results are even higher, with estimates up to 15 hours a day.

With our sedentary lifestyles and service based jobs, these statistics aren’t really surprising. However, sitting and a lack of movement is associated with a wide range of health risks. From cardiovascular disease to blood clots and poor muscular and bone strength, a sedentary lifestyle can shorten your life and lead to poor health.

Sedentary lifestyles increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. “For people who sit most of the day, their risk of heart attack is about the same as smoking.” ~ Martha Grogan, Cardiologist, Mayo Clinic.

Sedentary lifestyles increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. “For people who sit most of the day, their risk of heart attack is about the same as smoking.” ~ Martha Grogan, Cardiologist, Mayo Clinic.

Below is an image showing nine dangers of sitting.

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If you combine a poor diet with a sedentary lifestyle, you’re looking at disastrous results. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), this includes obesity, which affects one out of every three adults. Here are a few of the primary medical conditions associated with obesity:

  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (excess fat and inflammation in the liver of people who drink little to no alcohol)
  • Osteoarthritis (a health problem causing pain, swelling, and stiffness in one or more joints)
  • Some Types of Cancer including Breast, Colon, Endometrial (related to the uterine lining), and Kidney
  • Stroke

Small changes make a difference

Government guidelines recommend that healthy adults take part in aerobic activity of moderate intensity for at least 150 minutes a week, or vigorous intensity for 75 minutes a week. This may seem like a lot. However, you can begin with small changes such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or parking farther away from your destination. Daily chores like vacuuming and raking leaves can also add to the tally.

For the purpose of this article, lets look at five reasons why moving is so important. As the saying goes, “Knowledge is power,” so let this knowledge empower you to step up your activity.

Range of motion and flexibility

The terms, range of motion and flexibility, refers to how far your muscles can stretch in the appropriate direction and how far your joints can move. This more flexible you are and the farther your range of motion, the less likely you are to become injured. Even more important, flexible muscles are helpful to the rest of the body. For example, if your hamstring muscles, which rest on the back of your upper legs, are tight, it can affect your back and lead to back pain. Therefore, movement is essential to maintaining or improving flexibility and range of motion because you are actively using your muscles and joints.

Core strength

Core strength refers to how strong the muscles in your midsection are. This includes your stomach and lower back muscles. Everything you do emanates from your core. For example, when you bend to pick up a box or even open the door, your core muscles are engaged. They are helping you maintain balance and transfer power from one side of the body to another. More than that, your core muscles help protect your spine and other vital organs. When you have a weak core, you are more prone to back problems, weak muscles, and even nerve damage.

Movement helps to avoid this because almost all exercises, especially strength training and walking, engage the core. They force your muscles to strengthen and stabilize. A strong core can help you maintain balance, which grows even more important as you age so you can avoid falls. Any way you look at it, your core is important, not only for your looks, but also for your health and function later in life.

Brain benefits

You may be surprised to find that exercise plays a vital role in brain function as well. Below are just a few ways it helps.

 

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Exercise is the best natural drug you can provide your brain. It may even help stave off diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.

According to the website, Help Guide, “Promising research shows that you can reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s and other dementias through a combination of healthy habits, including eating right, exercising, staying mentally and socially active, and keeping stress in check. By leading a brain-healthy lifestyle, you may be able to prevent the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and slow down, or even reverse, the process of deterioration.”

I think we can agree — improved brain health alone is reason enough to move more!

Cardiovascular health

As noted earlier, lack of movement has serious consequences for your cardiovascular system. Diabetes, strokes, and heart attacks are just three results of not taking care of your heart and cardiovascular system. Paired with a healthy diet, movement is the best way to strengthen and improve your cardiovascular system to avoid dangerous heart disease.

When you stay physically active over time, the results are even better. You’ll be more likely to have healthier cholesterol levels, more flexible blood vessels and improved circulation. Routine physical exercise will also help you maintain or even lose weight.

For those people who have a few extra pounds to drop, look how a weight loss of just 5 to 10% of total body weight can deliver impressive benefits:

  • Lowers Cholesterol Levels
  • Can Improve Blood Sugar Control
  • Reduces Aches and Pains
  • Improves Mobility
  • Can Improve Breathing
  • Improves Sleep
  • Reduces the Risk of Sleep Apnea
  • Helps Prevent Angina (chest pain caused by decreased oxygen to the heart)
  • Decreased Risk of Sudden Death from Heart Disease or Stroke
  • Reduces the Risk of Certain Cancers

Self Confidence — The ultimate side effect of moving is how much better you feel about yourself. Ultimately, when you care for yourself though movement, you’ll push yourself to exercise at new levels, taking on new challenges, and achieving new goals. In addition to feeling good from pushing yourself to new heights, you’ll feel good from the chemical changes that occur when you exercise. This makes for a potent combinations that leads to increased self esteem.

How we can help

We’re experts at treating neck, back and joint pain of all types. Our integrated chiropractic clinic in Garland, TX, combines the benefits of chiropractic treatment with the rejuvenating effects of massage and exercise rehab.

Movement is essential for healthy joints and flexibility, but most of us find it challenging to fit effective exercise into our daily routines. And, as we’ve just outlined, when muscles aren’t used, they weaken, leaving them unable to support healthy joint function and range of motion. To combat this, our exercise physiologists provide individualized assessment and instruction.

This may include the use of targeted exercise, resistance bands or light weights to help you regain range of motion, strength and flexibility. Not only can we help you while you’re in our office, but we can also develop at-home exercise programs to keep you on your path. We’ll be happy to set you up with an personalized program, complete with handouts that include instructions and easy-to-follow exercise images.

Here’s the bottom line: Movement is an integral part of life. In order to be the healthiest and happiest person you can be, you must move!

If you’d like to know more about Texas Spine & Wellness and our advanced treatment protocols for joint pain, back pain and neck pain in Garland, TX, give us a call. We’ve helped thousands of people feel better. We’d like to help you too.