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October Chiropatients of the Month

Megan has been a patient at Family First for almost 6 months. She always comes in smiling and laughing. Megan does her recommended exercises with enthusiasm and is already seeing major improvements in her spinal health. She loves the chiropractic care she’s receiving and refers all of her family and friends!

 

 

 

Samuel comes in with his Mom, who is an advocate of chiropractic care and its benefits. He came in initially with no symptoms, but understands the importance of chiropractic as a preventative plan for wellness. Samuel is also very helpful, and loves to tidy up our playroom!

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October Products of the Month

Do you have a sore throat? The menthol in Thieves® cough drops helps soothe sore throats, relieve coughs, and cool nasal passages. With naturally derived ingredients and no processed sugar, dyes, artificial flavors, or preservatives, these cough drops are easy to take anywhere you may need relief!

For an extra immune boost, try adding two drops of Oregano Vitality™ and 2 drops of Thieves Vitality™ in a veggie capsule to support a support a healthy immune system. Veggie capsules are my preferred way to ingest these powerful oils, but you can also add them to your Ningxia Red or water.

Oregano Vitality:
· Supports a healthy lifestyle regimen.
· Cleansing for the digestive system.
· Has antioxidant properties
· Supports the immune system

Thieves Vitality:
– Supports a healthy immune function.

– May contribute to overall wellness when taken as a dietary supplement.

– Contains Eucalyptus Radiata essential oil, which may help support a healthy respiratory system when taken as a dietary supplement.

– Includes the naturally occurring constituent eugenol from Clove and Cinnamon.

To prevent the “oil burps” try taking your capsule with a fatty drink like almond milk. You can also add a few drops of carrier oil to the capsule or simply follow the capsule with a 1/2 Tablespoon of coconut oil. Essential oils are attracted to fat, so they sit better in your stomach with another fatty substance.

These three are a powerhouse for the upcoming change of season!

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Fall Means…

Fall means football, flu season, and that last stretch of pleasant weather before winter kicks in. Days are getting shorter, temperatures are getting cooler, and as the holidays approach, it’s a tempting time to slip out of exercise routines and pack on the pounds. Read this short article for some tips on fall wellness.

1. Prioritize Physical Activity

Fresh, crisp air, and beautiful changing leaves can beckon you outside, but the colder weather and shortening days can become barriers to physical activity and exercise.

Take advantage of the sunlight and try exercising outside as much as possible. You’ll get a boost of disease-fighting vitamin D, known as the “sunshine vitamin,” which is harder to come by naturally as winter approaches and the days grow ever shorter. Research shows that it’s easier to focus and concentrate on activities while you’re outdoors, so you may be more likely to keep up with a fitness program if it’s taking place outside.

2. Prevent Sickness

Many people feel that it is almost impossible to avoid getting sick during the autumn and winter months.  Often when you do get sick, your body builds it’s immunity and becomes stronger!

It is possible to keep yourself healthier during the winter months.  Here are some tips to help you keep as healthy as possible:

  • Wash your hands often & cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze/cough
  • Get plenty of sleep to avoid a weakened immune system
  • Eat healthy, fresh foods with vitamins
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Avoid emotional and physically stressful situations

3. Maintain Good Nutrition

Autumn boasts an abundance of delicious fruits and vegetables in season. Take advantage of nutritious seasonal fruits like apples, grapes, persimmons, pears, and cranberries. Leafy greens like chard, kale, mustard greens, and spinach also are at their best in the fall months. Sweet potatoes and winter squash, which are packed with beta-carotene, are available in the autumn months. They can be roasted, pureed, or mashed.

With such a variety in season, eating well as the leaves turn doesn’t have to be a chore. These seasonal fruits and veggies tend to be hearty, filling foods that can satisfy your hunger during colder weather.

4. Stick With It

The hardest part of staying healthy this fall is sticking to a positive routine. Keeping up with physical fitness, keeping an eye on what you eat, and getting enough sleep are all key ways to avoid packing on holiday pounds and succumbing to the next bug making the rounds.

Fall is a busy season. Make it all simpler by getting into a rhythm now. Whether it’s packing lunches or planning a workout regimen, it will be much easier to keep everything organized with a weekly routine that you and your family can stick to.

If you prioritize healthy habits, you can successfully navigate these challenges while enjoying the beautiful weather and holiday festivities.

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September Chiropatients

Jessica has been a patient since March 2017 and is 14 years old. She comes in with her whole family and her mom understands corrective care for entire family. She originally came in for neck pain headaches and back pain. It was affecting school, ability to exercise, ability to focus in her studies and she now is back to living normal life as a kid should be!

 

 

 

 

 

Jim and Bonnie have been patients for over a year. They are the grandparents of Molli and Maddy who were previous chirokids! They have been under chiropractic care their whole life and have continued their care at our office! They attend as many health classes as possible and are avid participants in their home health and wellness.

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Gearing up for Back to School

Back pain is pervasive among American adults, however it is not uncommon among children and teens either. In a new and disturbing trend, young children are suffering from back pain much earlier than previous generations, and the use of overweight backpacks is a contributing factor, according to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). In fact, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has previously reported that backpack-related injuries sent more than 7,000 people to the emergency room in one year’s time.

What Can You Do To Help Prevent This?
ACA offers the following tips to help prevent the needless pain that backpack misuse could cause the students in your household.

  • Make sure your child’s backpack weighs no more than 5 to 10 percent of his or her body weight. A heavier backpack will cause your child to bend forward in an attempt to support the weight on his or her back, rather than on the shoulders, by the straps.
  • The backpack should never hang more than four inches below the waistline. A backpack that hangs too low increases the weight on the shoulders, causing your child to lean forward when walking.
  • Urge your child to wear both shoulder straps. Lugging the backpack around by one strap can cause the disproportionate shift of weight to one side, leading to neck and muscle spasms, as well as low-back pain.
  • Wide, padded straps are very important. Non-padded straps are uncomfortable, and can dig into your child’s shoulders.
  • The shoulder straps should be adjustable so the backpack can be fitted to your child’s body. Straps that are too loose can cause the backpack to dangle uncomfortably and cause spinal misalignment and pain.
  • If the backpack is still too heavy, talk to your child’s teacher. Ask if your child could leave the heaviest books at school, and bring home only lighter hand-out materials or workbooks.
  • Although the use of rollerpacks – or backpacks on wheels – has become popular in recent years, ACA is now recommending that they be used cautiously and on a limited basis by only those students who are not physically able to carry a backpack. Some school districts have begun banning the use of rollerpacks because they clutter hallways, resulting in dangerous trips and falls.
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July Product of the Month

Young Living Mineral Sunscreen Lotion
  • Broad-spectrum SPF 10 sunscreen protection
  • Blocks UVA and UVB rays
  • Water- and sweat-resistant for 80 minutes
  • Helps prevent sunburn
  • Smooths easily onto skin and won’t leave a white residue
  • Formulated for those with sensitive skin
  • Made with naturally derived plant- and mineral-based ingredients
  • Dermatologist tested and hypoallergenic
  • Formulated without UV chemical absorbers, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, animal-derived ingredients, synthetic preservatives, synthetic fragrances, or synthetic dyes
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July Chiropatients of the Month

Grandma Bonnie (who has been a regular wellness patient here for over a year) brought her grand daughter Molli to us (who is visiting for the summer).  Molli was suffering from projectile vomiting, constipation and multiple digestive issues when she was brought into the office.  Her grandmother’s goal was to get her off of medications and her back to functioning like a normal kid.  Since beginning care Molli has not vomited once, is now going to the bathroom regularly and is almost off of all her prescription medications.  She is well on her way to functioning at 100% and is enjoying her summer at the beach!

 

Carole and Jerry have been patients at Family First for over 16 years. They love getting their weekly maintenance adjustments, and if they know they’re going out of town they make sure and get their adjustments before they go! They always bring such joy and fun to our office and we appreciate them as patients!

 

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What Does Freedom Mean to You?

This month we celebrate our freedom as a nation and all that it stands for which is wonderful. Freedom is defined as the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.

That leads to the question, “What does freedom mean to you regarding your health – financially, physically, spiritually, or mentally?”

Does that mean for you and your family:

  • Debts paid off
  • A new weight loss journey
  • Boosting your immune system through chiropractic care
  • Getting toxins out of your home
  • Having a time of daily meditation or prayer
  • Saving money for a new home, car, or vacation
  • Being more thankful in your daily life

That leads to the next questions, “How will you get that freedom you desire? How will you live life differently once you reach that freedom?”

Here’s some tips to help you get there:

  1. Make a vision board with your goals in mind
  2. Have small goals to complete first
  3. Target one area at a time
  4. Once that goal is completed, celebrate your freedom in that area by doing something meaningful to you

Do you have any other tips you would like to share with us or what areas you are seeking freedom in? We would love to hear from you and support you in any way that we can!

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Juicing Recipes

Have you ever tried juicing? Some health benefits of incorporating juicing into your life are:

  1. Enjoy your daily dose of veggie and fruits – and try new ones!
  2. Your body can easily absorb the nutrients
  3. It can help you detox your body

Anti-Inflammatory Juice

  • 4 Celery Stalks
  • ½ Cucumber
  • 1 cup Pineapple
  • ½ Green Apple
  • 1 cup Spinach
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 knob Ginger

Beet and Berry Liver Cleanse Juice

  • 2 medium beets
  • 2 c. blueberries
  • 1 apple
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1/2 c. raw broccoli
  • 1 whole lemon
  • 2″ knob ginger, skin removed
  • 1/2-1 c. pure coconut water

Cleansing Green Juice

  • 3 cucumbers, peeled
  • 3 organic hearts of romaine lettuce
  • 2 organic gala apples, cored
  • 1 organic celery heart
  • ½ lemon
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