Water and Hydration

Water is essential to almost every function in the body.  Are you well hydrated?  Your goal should be to consume half your body weight in ounces of water.  So if you weigh 150 pounds, then you need 75 ounces of water daily.

Here are some interesting facts about water.

  • Water makes up about 60% of our weight. Unlike fat, your body can’t store water, so you need to replenish it often.
  • Water consumption is especially important during weight loss because it helps remove toxins and other unhealthy substances stored in your fat cells. By staying well hydrated, your organs and systems can function properly.
  • Water acts as the vehicle or solvent that moves nutrients, hormones, antibodies and oxygen through your bloodstream and lymphatic system. It also removes waste, allows the kidneys the ability to filter and eliminate metabolic byproducts and toxins.  So if you don’t drink enough your body is essentially recycling dirty water, and thus decreasing the efficiency of every metabolic function in the body.
  • We actually lose almost 10- 12 cups of water each day through perspiration, urine, bowel movements and breathing, etc. If you are not taking in enough water to replenish these losses, then you will become dehydrated rather quickly.
  • The only thing that can totally re-hydrate cells is water. You can survive on colas, soft drinks, and iced tea, but they will not rehydrate cells the way water will.

Many decide to increase their water intake but few stick with it.  During the first few day of drinking more water than your body is accustomed to, you’re running to the bathroom constantly.  It seems that the water is coming out just as fast as it’s going in, and many people decide that their new hydration habit is fruitless.  Have courage!  What is really happening is that your body is flushing itself of the water it has been storing throughout all those years of “survival mode”. It takes a while but this is a great thing happening to you.  As you continue to give your body all the water it could ask for, it gets rid of what it doesn’t need.  It gets rid of the water it was holding onto in your ankles and your hips and thighs, maybe even around your belly!  You are excreting much more than you realize.  Your body figures it doesn’t need to save these stores anymore; it’s trusting that the water will keep coming, and if it does, eventually, the flushing will cease, allowing the human to return to a normal life. This is called the “breakthrough point”.

Regular water consumption is a basic necessity for a healthy well balanced diet and lifestyle.  Water is a great healthy habit to add to your day as you move forward on your journey to a healthier life!

Your Support Community

When you consider your health, deciding your goals is probably not difficult.  Of course you’d love to be healthier and more active.  You want to spend more time with your friends and family.  You want to play catch with your kids.  You want to climb a flight of stairs without being out of breath.  You may even want to travel abroad or climb a mountain or run a marathon.

Having goals is a good first step, but goals alone aren’t enough to inspire a lasting change.   We need to put these goals within a structure that supports them.  With the right structure, our chance of success goes up.  With the wrong structure, our chance of success goes down.

Think of your health goals as if you are building a bridge.  Building a bridge can be challenging.  These are a lot of pieces, and sometimes those pieces might feel too heavy to lift by yourself.  The journey to realizing your goals can be easier if you create a support network, surrounding yourself with likeminded people that will help and encourage you when you need it most.

This social structure can be very powerful, and in my experience it is one of the most important tools for ensuring a client’s success.  Whether you need help putting the pieces of your bridge in place or a safety net to help you back up if you fall, creating relationships with supportive, inspiring people can mean the difference between making your goals a reality and slipping back into old habits.  Find this supportive community at Active Health Chiropractic. We are here to help you build your bridge to the health you desire.

Rachel Pederson, RD

Kids & Chiropractic Care

First off, virtually 80% or more of the kids in our practice are there because of injury or damage to the cranium or spinal column from in-utero constraint or traumatic birth injury that was never addressed and corrected. A few examples of research have shown that the first subluxation occurs either during the birth process or even before. This means these kids are starting off with compromised nervous and immune systems.
Subluxation simply put is when the vertebral joints lose proper positioning and alignment, which then leads to abnormal motion and movement… these two factors then lead to an alteration in the sensory firing pattern into the spinal cord and into the CNS/brain. Basically, the loss of positioning and movement leads to a loss of regular mechanorecption and proprioception (position sense), and increases nociception (stress).
This subluxation is often caused simply by the positioning required for even normal, natural deliveries… and is greatly magnified in its effect from breech positioning, long labor, suction/vacuum extraction, forceps, and Cesearean deliveries. All of these situations put an excessive amount of physical force on the head, neck, and spine and lead to subluxation (by altering structure and movement)… that in turn causes a negative neurological cascade of dysafferentation, dysautonomia, and dysponesis.
This subluxation complex also causes imbalances in the muscles of the upper neck and surrounding tissues, greatly affecting the function and movement of the eustachian tubes, sinuses, adenoids, etc. Basically, not only does it alter nerve function, it alters the flow of lymph, mucus, and other fluids in and “out of” the head, ear, nose and throat-type structures. This fluid is then allowed to “sit” for too long in these areas, thus harboring opportunistic pathogens that can then take hold and replicate… then in turn causing infection, inflammation, and irritation. It is not that the eustachian tubes are horizontal at that age… that does not “help” the situation, but it is not the primary cause of ear infections at all.
These children are then continually challenged when the antibiotic prescribed for the ear infection, eliminates and lessens the beneficial bacteria of the gut and colon, thus causing dysregulation of the immune system and leaving them susceptible to recurrent infection. Not only does this affect their immune system, but also their digestive system as well. Now they cannot process and eliminate food stuffs and toxins near as well, and this leads to a further “spilling over” effect of these into the bloodstream… which causes further immune reaction and inflammation and can begin the autoimmune cascade that may be linked to things such as allergies, asthma, eczema, and even ADHD later in life.
What is more, the upper cervical subluxation greatly effects the neurological control of the central nervous system, especially brainstem and other centers that are important for neurological “info relay” and autonomic control of tissues, organs, and glands. The subluxation, along with other factors, leaves their autonomic system in a highly sustained fight/flight state which is associated with lowered immunity, hyperactivity, anxiety, social challenges, decreased GI function (reflux, dyspepsia, constipation), and more.
So, as you can see, chiropractic can help with a variety of things, especially ear infections and ADHD. I feel that pediatric chiropractic is a highly under-utilized health care choice that should be made more available to parents, especially those looking for non-drug options that are safe and effective.
I hope this helps in your understanding of how chiropractic can help you and your children!

Testimonial

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