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How to Boost Your Immune System with 7 Simple Foods | Garland Chiropractors

a woman suffering from a coldDo you want to know how to boost your immune system safely and affordably? In this article we’ll offer 7 easy and effective tips to help health-conscious people stave off seasonal bugs.

Since the immune system is our first line of defense against most types of illnesses, a strong immune system is especially critical during winter when colds and flu begin to make the rounds. In the case of these troublesome viruses, the old saying holds true; “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.

Fortunately many common foods and herbs can help us avoid unexpected trips to the doctor or emergency room. Here a few immune boosting foods and herbs that are easy to incorporate into your everyday meal plans

Garlic

Garlic is an incredibly potent immune system booster. It has been used for centuries around the globe as a natural medicine. Garlic has sulfur compounds that act as antibacterial and antiviral agents. Garlic, when steeped in warm water with lemon juice and honey, serves as both an excellent preventive for respiratory infections, colds, cough, and influenza and as a treatment that that can help speed up recovery. When the garlic tea is sweetened with raw honey, the tea also acts a natural throat soother. If having “garlicky” breath isn’t appealing, you can also buy “deodorized” garlic supplements such as those offered under the Kyolic label.

Citrus Fruits

Two-time Nobel laureate Linus Pauling, may have been the world’s most vigorous Vitamin C proponent. Whether you agree or disagree with this chemist’s opinion, one thing is certain, he succeeded in highlighting this important vitamin’s role in fighting off colds and virus infections.

Centuries ago, sailors recognized they could prevent scurvy, the common seafarer’s disease, by carrying a stash of limes aboard their ships. By ingesting this simple citrus fruit, the sailers could ward off the bleeding gums that accompany this serious Vitamin C deficiency. “Limeys” a nickname for a British citizen, arose from this practice.

Eat a single orange, tangerine or grapefruit to get 100% of your daily RDA.

Yogurt

Beside tasting yummy, yogurt is an excellent source of beneficial bacteria. Our intestinal tracts rely on this type of bacteria for effective and healthy digestion. Live active cultures can dramatically increase our white blood cells, which are part of the immune system “attack team”. The white blood cells search and destroy bad bacteria and viruses. Many researchers believe beneficial bacteria can effectively treat conditions from eczema to inflammatory bowel disease.

Antibiotics can pose a threat to this good bacteria, since even one dose of antibiotics can kill all the bacteria in our gut, (both good and bad). So if you’ve recently had to take an antibiotic, consider supplementing your diet with yogurt to reintroduce good bacteria to your system.

Getting the best yogurt, one that Contains only live and active cultures and milk, may require a trip to your local health food store. Many grocery store brands are heat treated which negates much of yogurt’s natural benefits.

To get the most effect from the bacterial contained within yogurt, you may need to eat several servings a day. If that much yogurt than you can handle, consider adding a probiotic capsule to your daily routine. We stock several excellent probiotics at our Garland chiropractic office.

Green and Black Teas

Both green and black teas offer many well documented immune enhancing benefits. Green and black teas boast an important amino acid, theanine, which is used in fighting illness. Teas are also a good source of antioxidants, which are another critical component of our immune systems.

Protein

Protein contains zinc, which the body uses to fight off infections. Even a mild zinc deficiency can lower our ability to fight infections. For people who wish to avoid animal protein, try drinking whey or soy based protein shakes. (Always look for Non-GMO sources.)

Unsaturated fats

To function optimally, our bodies require healthy fats. For centuries, Virgin olive oil has been used around the world for its health benefits. Health-conscious consumers should mainly use healthy oils that contain omega-3s. Both olive oil and coconut oil are excellent sources of omega-3 fats. Whenever possible avoid the “cooked” oils such as canola, safflower, vegetable, etc. These oils interfere with cell metabolism of sugar compounds, which can contribute to diabetes.

Echinacea

Although not a food, this natural herb has been used centuries to stimulate the immune system At the first signs of a cold or flu, try taking a a dose of echinacea. Many stores carry the herb in both tablet and tincture form. Naturopathic doctors and nutritionists often recommend starting the herb at the first sign of an illness. You are advised to continue taking the recommended daily dosage for another couple of days once symptoms subside.

Note: Don’t take the echinacea for more than about 2 weeks at a time or use continuously as a preventive, as it can overstimulated the immune system.

Enjoy the winter months in good health

As you add these natural immune-boosting foods and herbs to your diet, try to cut down on other choices that can lower your immune system, like processed foods high in sugar and fat. Keep your immune system healthy and happy and your body will sail through the winter months without a sniffle!

At Texas Spinal Health, we offer a wide range of supplements that can help strengthen your immune system and help you feel your best. In addition, we offer personalized nutrition testing and customized clinical nutrition. Our programs have helped hundreds of local residents improve their health and vitality.

If you’d like to learn more about our Wellness programs, please give us a call. Our Garland chiropractors will be happy to talk with you about your concerns and explain how we can help.

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The Hidden Health Risks of 4 Common Cleaning Products

In our efforts to maintain sanitary and fresh smelling households, we unwittingly bring many hidden toxins into our households. An average of 62 toxic chemicals pollute the average home. These toxins are three times as likely to cause cancer than outdoor air. In addition, 3 million poisonings are reported each year from common household cleaners — and these products are the top cause of poisoning in children.

Toxic cleaners and cosmetics have been linked to the astonishing 600% increase in asthma cases that have occurred since 1980. Other common diseases associated with chemical toxicity exposure are; multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, depression, hormonal imbalances and circulatory problems.

There are more toxic chemicals in most homes than in a modern chemistry lab!

Let’s look at a few common household products and explore their potentially dangerous hidden ingredients.

• Air fresheners – Who hasn’t used an air freshener? The fresh scents are intoxicating, and an easy quick-fix for nasty smells. Unfortunately, they contain petroleum distillates, the chemicals used in paints and solvents. They are flammable, irritate the eyes, lungs, skin, and may even cause pulmonary edema. Air fresheners also contain formaldehyde, which can cause cancer.
• Bleach – This common cleaning agent is used for disinfecting and washing clothes. Bleach contains sodium hypochlorite and/or chlorine — and has been linked to increasing rates of breast cancer in women, reproductive problems in men, and behavioral problems in children. NEVER mix bleach with drain or toilet bowl cleaners, which contain ammonia. The combination of ammonia and chlorine will produce chlorine gas, the same deadly chemical warfare agent used in World War I!
• Drain cleaners – These clogged drain remedies usually contain sulfuric acid or sodium hydroxide (lye). They can cause painful chemical burns, blindness if splashed into the eyes, and lung destruction. There’s a reason these chemical cleaners warn users to use gloves when handling!
• Mothballs – Composed of naphtha or naphthalene, the powerful ingredient in mothballs is a carcinogen so strong it will kill head lice! This chemical can cause headaches, dizziness, and can even lead to cataract formation.

Among the many other toxic cleaning products readily available in grocery stores are; ammonia, laundry detergents, oven-cleaners, rat poisons.

Now let’s take a look at a few safe and sustainable alternatives to common household cleaning products.

• Air fresheners – Use flowers, herbs, or natural potpourri. Diffuse essential oils to scent and cleanse the air. Natural incense may also be an option for you.
• Laundry bleach – Borax provides a safe alternative to bleach and can be used on all clothes. You might also choose to add ½ cup white vinegar to the rinse water.
• Drain cleaner – Try flushing the pipes once a week with boiling water. Here a simple, all natural formula for a homemade drain cleaner. Start by adding in ½ cup baking soda to the sluggish drain, followed by ½ cup vinegar. Wait a few minutes, then pour in 2 quarts of boiling water, and flush.
• Mothballs – Cedar chips also act as moth and insect repellent. Any garment that has been contaminated by insect eggs can be run through a hot clothes dryer to kill the eggs.

There are many other safe alternatives that can replace common household cleaning products. Not only are these products non-toxic, they’re also incredibly economical.

• For brass polish, use equal parts salt, flour, and vinegar
• A good disinfectant is ½ cup Borax dissolved in a gallon of hot water
• For fabric softener, use ¼ to ½ cup baking soda per wash load
• Natural furniture polish – use almond or olive oil, or part vegetable oil mixed with lemon juice in a 2:1 ratio
• For oven cleaner, scrub with a copper scrubber and baking soda, soap, and water

These are just a few examples of toxic cleaning products, and their safe alternatives. We all want a healthy and safe environment for our families, children, and pets! While the commercial cleaning manufacturers may be slow to “get the message” we can make safer choices. With a little care our decisions can help detoxify our living spaces, improve our overall health, and promote sustainable, earth friendly products.

At Texas Spinal Health, Garland Chiropractor Dr. James Mixon helps people who are searching for practical ways to better health. By using Nutrition Response Testing and his whole food nutrition programs, he can help you improve your health without the harsh side effects of medications. If you want to feel your best, give us a call We’re here to help!

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5 Healthy Tips for Treating Back Pain

Like many of us, you may be looking for alternative ways of treating back pain other than traditional medical solutions or pain pills.

if you’re currently treating your back pain with either over-the-counter or prescription drugs, recognize that these medications are incredibly strong, and all have a long list of side effects that may lead to more health problems.  Besides cigarettes and alcohol, pain pills, acetaminophen, aspirin, and ibuprofen are a few of the most common toxins.

Every medication we take, every thing we eat or drink is filtered through the liver. If the liver becomes toxic, you’re on very dangerous ground. Since the liver is the largest cleansing organ of the body, we must take care to protect this vital organ. Unfortunately, it is well known that even legal drugs are hard on the liver. So where does that leave you and me?

Either we need to deal with the pain, or we need to find alternative solutions to help us function better. Our chiropractic and nutrition programs can help your body heal naturally. It’s also likely you’ll feel better emotionally, which can help with depression and anxiety.

So what are these natural cures for treating back pain?

  1. Whole Food Supplements – Dr. Mixon’s customized nutrition programs can help  strengthen your body. Using Nutrition Response Testing, Dr. Mixon can determine the precise supplements that will help to decrease inflammation, rejuvenate tired ligaments and muscles and reduce pain.  Not only can our whole food supplements reduce your need for pain medications, they can also improve your overall health.
  2. Spinal Decompression Therapy – Spinal decompression is a well known therapy that has a proven track record of success in treating back pain.  Whether your pain is from sciatica, disk problems, or from excess weight this  highly effective treatment can help you. This simple procedure requires only that you lie down on the bed of the computerized spinal decompression table. The technician will program the machine with the settings the doctor has recommended and then you’re free to rest and relax. The machine will guide you through a series of stretches that will relieve pressure on the discs while encouraging healing.
  3. Chiropractic Treatment – Getting your back into proper alignment will often result in almost immediate pain relief. When small spinal misalignments are corrected, your nervous system  can communicate more effectively, resulting in faster healing.
  4. Exercise – After chiropractic treatment,  your Garland chiropractor will determine if you are physically able to add more movement into your life. If so, your chiropractor may recommend targeted exercises to help you strengthen weak joints and muscles. Here’s an added plus. Exercise helps to release natural endorphins, (much like natural opiates) to help control the pain and make you feel better.
  5. Homeopathy– Homeopathic treatments are natural and effective remedies for treating back pain. This time honored tradition of medicine is remarkably safe and affordable. The health professionals at Texas Spinal Health can determine the right remedies for your condition.

As a side note, proper posture will also help keep your back in better alignment. Try not to slouch while seated or stand with your shoulders hunched over.  If you spend long hours at a desk job, give your back a break by taking frequent stretch breaks or short walks to the water color.  Also remember to drink lots of water to help cleanse your body. Each good habit you adopt will positively impact your overall health.

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