Super Foods

My grandmother, who is 100 years old as of this writing, raised me to believe that the only superfood in the world is PASTA. I have learned over the years that one of the keys to her longevity was not that she ate pasta all day but rather that she COOKED pasta, bread, pizza and cookies all day. She was always cooking and serving, as were several of my other successfully elder aunts. She ate very little and sat very little.

I only realized this in my forties when I started spending one on one time with her. She nibbles and grazes but LOVES to share with others. I have often thought that our obsession with health food seemed off kilter with the fact that some many people in the world have NO food never mind “bad” food.

Food, in our culture, as in my grandmother’s world, is often associated with pleasure and comfort. But it is important to not always let our taste buds lead the way as food is fuel. And often when we make food choices, we are actually ROBBING our body of fuel rather than adding to it.

Because our soils are depleted and factories are processing our foods more often than the earth, we may be depleted in the nutrients our bodies crave. If you feel that you would like your body to heal more quickly, or function at a higher level, consider adding one or more of the following foods in this link.

http://www.oprah.com/health/Dr-Perricones-10-Superfoods

Some great reading on this topic is:

http://www.amazon.com/Omnivores-Dilemma-Natural-History-Meals/dp/1594200823

http://www.amazon.com/Animal-Vegetable-Miracle-Year-Food/dp/0060852550/ref=pd_sim_b_8

http://www.amazon.com/Nourishing-Traditions-Challenges-Politically-Dictocrats/dp/0967089735/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1306248417&sr=1-2-spell

Nourish yourself and give your body what it needs to function optimally and heal faster!

What Was Your Most Powerful Healing Experience?

Each week at the Community Chiropractic we have the honor of witnessing people heal and transform at the level of mind, body, and soul. For some, healing takes the form of emotional release, as they let go of painful memories and beliefs and realize that they deserve to be happy.  Others experience relief from physical pain and chronic illness as they learn new ways to nurture their body and restore their balance.  For many people, healing comes from connecting to their deepest spiritual selves.

No matter what form healing takes, it always has a ripple effect. When people from our practice go home, we know that their families, co-workers, friends, and everyone with whom they connect will also be affected by the gifts of healing and transformation, in ways small and large.

In order to share the healing ripple effect, today we invite you  to post your own most powerful healing experience. Your words may be just what someone else needs to hear to encourage them on their own healing path.

The Doctor Inside You!

Your body has an intelligence inside of it that has helped it to grow from two cells into the amazing, complex, dynamic being that you are today!  These two cells have created a body that:

  • Came complete with 100 billion brain neurons that can send impulses at lightening speed to every cell, tissue, organ and system in your body
  • Came complete with a very sophisticated nerve system that stretches for miles and stores over 100 trillion bits of information
  • Produces 8 million new red blood cells every second
  • Contains 100,000 genes with more than 50% designated to the structure and function of your nervous system

Your body has created the perfect amount of adrenaline, the exact right amounts of stomach acid and just enough insulin to keep you healthy.

But sometimes, it seems to us that the body is not smart.  It keeps not working the way we want it to.  Something is interfering with the body’s natural ability to heal, self regulate and mend.

Perhaps the years of physical, chemical and emotional demands that we place on our system have caused a “fuse to blow” and the natural healing ability of the body is now diminished.  Get your spine checked today and turn the switches back on so that your inner doctor can get back to work!

Mind Body and Spirit

Today, someone in the practice came in talking to me about a recent betrayal they had experienced in their relationship.  The ground had cracked beneath her and she felt so physically and emotionally horrible.  She was confused about why she felt physically ill when it was an emotional issue.  I explained with an analogy.

I hate mice.  They give me the “wicked” heebie jeebies.  (I am from Boston-give me a break!).  Anyway, if a mouse were to cross my path, my physiology would change.  My heart would beat faster.  My breathing would become more shallow.  My muscles would tighten.  My pupils might dilate.  My nervous system might kick into “fight or flight” or sympathetic mode which suppresses the immune system.  A cascade of biochemistry would create a domino effect of physiological change all as a result of one nasty creepy little rodent.

As you go through life’s mental and emotional “personal growth opportunities,” know that your body is often deeply affected.  Care for your body by making sure your nerve system isn’t having “fuses blown” or getting “glitched” by all the raucus.  It can also help you to deal with all of it with more flexibility and ease.

To my dear heartbroken friend, know the importance of grief.  Here are the words of the Sufi poet Hafiz:

“The heart is right to cry,When even the smallest drop of light, of love Is taken away.”

The Story about Symptoms

Often we hear people say things like: “I have been GREAT since my last adjustment and I don’t need to come in any more!” or “ I don’t need a chiropractor because – knock on wood – my back is fine.”

Would you wait for your car to blow up before you brought it to a mechanic for tune ups?

Would you neglect your teeth for 45 years and think that your teeth are healthy?

Would you wait to have a heart attack before you considered the health of your heart?

Symptoms are misleading.

Find out about the true health and FUNCTION of your nerve system by checking in with your chiropractor on a consistent basis.  For some people this is one time per month. For some one time per quarter.  Talk to your chiropractor.  Find out about your spinal health and function and then make a plan to take care of it before it is too late.