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10 Great Reasons to Stay Hydrated

Water is essential to life. Our bodies are already 60%-70% water, and those reserves need to be replenished on a daily basis to keep us healthy. Add either extreme heat or extreme cold (both of which dehydrate us), and drinking enough water becomes even more critical.

Chiropractic Care Offers Relief for Patients with Neck Arthritis

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), arthritis affects an estimated 50 million Americans. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, in which the cartilage surrounding joints becomes brittle and wears away, causing the tendons and ligaments supporting them to become stretched and painful. Eventually, the bones may even rub directly against each other, triggering even more pain. The result is that the arthritis sufferer loses mobility in the affected joints, and may develop chronic pain whenever they use them.

Fruit Juice and Kids: A Reality Check for Parents

Ah, the simple joys of parenting! You want to do your best to give your kids a healthy diet, so after reading all the articles about how bad soda is for them, you switch them over to fruit juice. But now when you pick up a newspaper or read posts on your favorite Internet forum, you see more and more evidence that fruit juice may also be bad for them. What's a parent to do?

What is Kinesio Taping?

Food as Medicine: Close-Up on Ginger

Hippocrates gave good advice when he said “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.” What we eat has a major effect on our health and well-being. One of the healthiest foods is ginger, which has been recognized for certain healing properties since ancient times. Ginger has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 2000 years.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Brain Health

Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids that are deemed "essential" because they fall into a category of nutrients that the body needs, but cannot synthesize in sufficient quantities by itself. They must be consumed in our foods or in the form of supplements so the body receives enough omega-3 to meet its needs.

What is “Inversion Therapy”?

Severe back pain can be debilitating, greatly limiting freedom of movement and enjoyment of life. Spinal vertebrae may sometimes become misaligned, causing nerves to become compressed. Because nerves are the body's channels of communication, compression or pinching interferes with the body’s signaling, leading to pain and occasionally incorrect function. Sitting or standing places pressure on the vertebrae as they support the upper body. By inverting the body, the pressure is reversed, sometimes leading to relief of symptoms.

Fitness Around the World

People in the US who are interested in staying in shape tend to favor running or working out at the gym to maintain fitness. But how do people in other parts of the world stay fit? And what might Americans learn from them? Following is a summary of how people in some other countries keep in shape.

What Are “Spinal Pelvic Stabilizers” and When Are They Useful?

Spinal pelvic stabilizers are a specialized form of orthotics worn in your shoes to help treat posture, balance, and spinal alignment problems. Unlike more general orthotics made to treat conditions such as overpronation, spinal pelvic stabilizers are designed to support all three of the arches of the foot that support your body and give it more stability when standing or walking.

 

Why would chiropractors treat my back and posture problems with inserts for my shoes?

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