If you have been reading my articles, you may have noticed a recurring theme: Health conditions related to lifestyle problems. Heart disease, diabetes, leaky gut syndrome, obesity, and some cancers have been mentioned. As discussed, a major issue with these conditions is that conventional medicine does not have an answer to the prevention and treatment of these diseases. However, through creating good habits and adopting a new approach to health, many of these conditions can be prevented or reversed. In our office, we use a number of different methods, formulated together into a life-altering program known as 8 Weeks to Wellness. The five pieces of 8 Weeks to Wellness include chiropractic care, nutrition counseling, functional exercise, massage, and mindfulness.
Researchers estimate that 57% of children who are currently between 2 and 19 years old will be obese by age 35 if current diet and health trends continue. Currently, about 38% of American adults age 20 and over are obese, a number which has been steadily climbing since the 1970s. It was determined that while childhood obesity is a definitive risk factor for adult obesity, a high number of normal-weight children are still at risk for developing obesity later in life, according to the projections.
The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association recently released updated blood pressure classifications and guidelines. These guidelines come from years of research and are accompanied by updated guidance and management strategies for individuals who may be at risk for a cardiac event. High blood pressure is known as a “silent killer,” which means it can cause harm without any symptoms. For this reason, it is important to stay up-to-date on current guidelines, and know where your blood pressure normally ranges.
Americans are now on more drugs than ever, a trend that has been steadily on the rise for many years. A recent Consumer Reports survey of almost 2000 American adults found that more than half of the adult population sampled is on at least one medication, while the average adult takes four. In 1997, Americans filled just over 2.4 billion prescriptions. In 2016 that number rose to almost 4.5 billion. This comes out to about an 85% increase in prescription medications, though our population only rose about 21%.
With no surprise many moms are starting to become more cautious about the food they are feeding their families. With that said, one of the most common questions and learning inquiries is about how to read and actually identify healthy food in the grocery store. Here are some quick facts to get you through the store, without having to take a full blown course. I mean we’re moms, who has time for these things anyways?!