Vinaigrette Dressing*

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This is a very tasty salad dressing and just as good for you! It is very easy to make and can be done once to week to keep your salads tasting great.

Ingredients:
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup vinegar (balsamic or apple cider) 1 garlic glove, finely minced
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper Pinch of sea salt

Combine all ingredients into a 12oz jar with lid. Cover and tightly shake to combine ingredients. Store in refrigerator for up to 1 week; shake well before using.

*Detox Friendly

Coconut Flaxseed Cereal*

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This is a great alternative to standard oatmeal and is fairly filling. Use this version to change things up a little bit and take advantage of all the benefits of coconut!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup coconut milk or unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup ground flaxseeds (can be purchased pre-ground)
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4 cup chopped walnuts, walnut halves, or raw hulled sunflower seeds Ground Cinnamon (to taste)
1/4 cup sliced strawberries, blueberries, or other berries

Combine the milk, ground flaxseeds, coconut flakes, and walnuts or sunflower seeds in microwave for 1 minute. Serve topped with cinnamon and berries.

*Detox Friendly

The Great Cholesterol Myth

healthy book review, the great cholesterol myth, functional medicineWhen most people think about getting annual blood work done with their doctor, the biggest concern is usually seeing what their cholesterol numbers look like. Most people know, or think they know, what cholesterol is and how bad it is to have high cholesterol. For many years now the general public has been told that high cholesterol equates to poor heart health and increased chance of heart attacks.

But is this actually the case? Statins, the drugs used to keep cholesterol numbers low, are the most widely sold pharmaceutical drugs in history. It is estimated that statins earn drug companies around 26 billion dollars annually. That’s right, annually! This is a BIG business and they have no intention of slowing down. In fact, they keep pushing to lower the ‘desired’ cholesterol numbers so that more people will be prescribed statin medications. And once your on them, good luck getting your doctor to take you off them.

The Great Cholesterol Myth is a fantastic book that addresses the truths behind cholesterol and the statins that we as a nation are eating like candy. It is an easy read and truthfully analyzes the studies used by the pharmaceutical companies to get their drugs on the market and in the bodies of the majority of Americans over 40. If you are on statins, worried about your cholesterol, or just want to be better informed about your health, pick up a copy of this book and educate yourself.

What Supplements Should I Take Regularly?

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supplements orange county, supplemental nutrition orange county, chiropractor orange countyI work with a lot of people on their nutrition and figuring out what supplements they need to be taking.  My goal is to help them be as healthy as possible, which will help them perform at their highest level.

The first thing I always look at is food.  You can take all the supplements in the world, but if your core diet is not healthy, those supplements aren’t going to help much.  I recommend a diet that is as clean as possible with lots of vegetables and good sources of protein.

However, there are a few supplements that most people can benefit from.

Minerals

As you workout, and sweat, you lose minerals and resources from your body.  These minerals are necessary for most reactions in your body.  For example, in order for a muscle to contract, potassium and magnesium are a couple minerals that are needed to make that muscle work appropriately.   If you don’t have the proper amount of minerals, it will inhibit your ability to use your muscles to the best of their abilities.

Minerals are found in many foods – like vegetables, meats, and nuts.  However, because of modern farming techniques, most vegetables don’t have the same amount of minerals they once did. As a result, many people can lack the proper amount of minerals in their body.  Taking a mineral complex is an inexpensive and easy way to ensure you have enough minerals in your body.

Probiotics

Your digestive tract is one of the most important organs in your body because it feeds all other organs.  It is the place where your body takes in nutrients and distributes them where they are needed.  If your digestive tract is not functioning properly, the rest of your body won’t function the way it should either.

Within your digestive tract, there are good bacteria that are essential for your health.  These bacteria are often compromised due to things like antibiotic drugs, sugar, dairy and gluten.  Taking a probiotic supplement will boost your good bacteria and can help with a number of problems people have, such as irritable bowel syndrome, digestive problems, waking up with nausea, and stomach issues, to name a few.

A lot of protein powders contain probiotics, so you might want to check to see if yours does, or try to find one that has it included.

Protein

I recommend that many people take a protein supplement.  It’s easy to throw into smoothies or mix in with food.  Protein helps you recover faster from workouts and is critical for building muscle and increasing performance.  In addition, I find that most people who are restricting their diet end up not getting enough protein, which can work against them in the long run.

However, there are a lot of bad protein powders out there, often including a lot of sugar and fillers.  The best kind of protein is plant based, such as pea or hemp proteins.  Whey protein absorbs a bit better in the body, but most people do not require an excessive amount of muscle building, and plant protein is always much cleaner.  It’s important that you find a protein that is as clean as possible, meaning free of sugar and a lot of additives.  Make sure to read the ingredients on the label.  Sugar has many names so don’t be fooled.  Most good proteins will say ‘No added sugars’ on the label.

Overall, these supplements are what most people could benefit from.  However, when I work with clients, I analyze each persons diet for their specific needs.  Depending on their diet and activity level, I can add or remove supplements depending on what they need.

If you are interested in learning more about how we can help you feel better and improve your performance, we offer a free consultation.  Give us a call at 949-916-9742 and we can schedule an appointment for you.

Is Regular Chiropractic Care Necessary?

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sports chiropractor orange county, sports chiropractor lake forest, momentum sports therapyWhen I first meet with people, many are worried that they are going to have to come in for a lot of appointments and are going to have to maintain this level of frequency forever. Fortunately, I’m not going to recommend you come in 7 days a week for the rest of your life.

When people come to me, it’s often because they have been experiencing pain for months or even years. Because of this, it often takes time to return the body to a healthy state. Unfortunately, most people are used to receiving a medication or shot that can help them feel better in the short term, but doesn’t address the underlying problem. My goal is to identify the underlying dysfunction and fix it so the source of the pain goes away and is not simply masked.

Some common underlying problems usually involve dysfunctional movement patterns, poor mobility, and/or a strength deficiency, each preventing the joints from moving properly. When this happens, it puts stress on the nervous system and creates compensation patterns in the body. Because of this, pain occurs.

Fixing the source of the pain can take time, and everyone is different. After I first meet with people, I outline a plan for how long their recovery will take and how much it will cost. Typically, the visits are more frequent initially, and then taper off as the underlying problem is being fixed. This could take a couple weeks or it could take a few months, depending on the severity of the underlying problem.

After the underlying issue has been resolved, I do recommend that people come in on a somewhat regular basis to make sure they stay healthy and their bodies are operating at 100%. The frequency really depends on your activity level, work habits, nutritional habits, and stress levels, but usually is around once per month.

I like to think of it as doing regular maintenance on your body, just like you would on your car. If you don’t take care of the problem regularly, it could come back, which would then cause you to have to go through a whole new round of care to get back to healthy again. Not only is this more expensive, it also creates pain for you where it could have been avoided. It’s better to keep everything working once we’ve re-established your health, just as it’s better to get regular dental cleanings rather than wait to have root canals!

Like I mentioned earlier, I give everyone I meet with a plan tailored to their specific needs. Along with this, I let them know how much it’s going to cost. In the current healthcare system, I believe there are too many hidden costs. Because of this, I try my best to be up front and honest about what you need, what you don’t need, and how much it will cost. I will give you the information you need to make a decision and from there, it’s up to you.

If you are experiencing pain or think you might need chiropractic care, please give us a call at 949-916-9742. We offer a free consultation to assess your needs and see if you qualify for chiropractic care and a return to full health.