Chiropractic Care Blog

Eat Your Greens!

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“Look well to the spine for the cause of disease.”
-Hippocrates


5 Fall Foods to Fight Allergies

It’s no secret that Austin is the allergy capital of the country, and Ragweed season is no joke. However, instead of hiding out in your house for the next few weeks, try combatting the pollen from the inside-out by loading up on these seasonal veggies:

broccoli

Broccoli

This one is a double threat–it’s loaded with allergy-relieving Vitamin D, and it’s also a member crucifer family which can be good for clearing out blocked sinuses. Packing about 80mg of Vitamin C per cup, this veggie is a must for lunches AND dinners!

 

kale

Kale

Like broccoli, this is another member of the crucifer family. It’s loaded with Vitamin A which is thought to relieve allergy symptoms. Drizzle it with some olive oil, a light dressing, and a few of your favorite salad toppings for a healthy lunch!

 

collards

Collard Greens

These fibrous veggies have high cartenoid content, which is great for battling allergies. They can take some patience to cook, but the pay-off is worth the wait! Tip: Instead of throwing out the cooking water, try adding it to some soup or use it to cook rice. A lot of the vitamins from the greens will leach out into the water, giving you double the nutrients.

 

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Onions and Garlic

Both onions and garlic contain quercetin, which fights allergies by acting like an antihistamine. Quercetin has been known to calm small allergic inflammations like a stuffy nose. Rather than curing a severe case of allergies, garlic and onions are most effective for warding off symptoms.

 

pumpkin

Pumpkin

This fall favorite, though technically a fruit, is another one packed full of cartenoids for warding off allergies. Though it is most popular in desserts, this gourd can be quite versatile when it comes to savory main dishes. Do your own research and don’t be afraid to get creative this season. Try something new: pumpkin turkey chili, pumpkin and avocado soup, even pumpkin lasagna! The possibilities are endless.


chiropractic health month

Each October, the American Chiropractic Association focuses on different aspects of the health benefits of chiropractic. This year is all about creating a pain free nation without prescription painkillers.
“Numerous recent studies have shown the dangerous over-reliance in the United States on prescription painkillers that simply mask the pain, but do not cure it.”

Visit the ACA website to learn more about chiropractic’s drug-free approach to health.

Sitting is Killing You

Improve Your Workstation!
As summer vacations come to a close, it can be tough to get back into the swing of long 8 hour work days. Sitting for long hours at a desk, especially with poor posture, can have a lasting negative effect on your spine resulting in back pain or discomfort.
The most important thing to remember when sitting at your desk all day is to give your body some movement. Try these ideas:
*Take walking breaks. Set a timer on your phone to go off every hour or so, and take a 2-5 minute walk. Get coworkers together for accountability. See if you can rope some others into walking with you on your breaks!
*Ask for a standing desk. When possible, working at a standing desk is often a much better option for your body than a sitting desk.
*Stretch it out. Find some neck and shoulder stretches you can do while sitting at your desk. We have a worksheet for some great desk stretches–ask us about it on your next appointment!

The Essentials of Sleep

The Essentials of Sleep
We should spend over one third of our lives sleeping, but many don’t understand the significance or importance of getting a good night’s rest. Sleep is an integral part of the wellness lifestyle. With summer winding down and school starting again, make it your goal to begin the year well rested by following these easy tips:

Skip the afternoon pick-me-up Caffeine is the culprit for countless cases of insomnia. Try staying away from beverages such as black tea, coffee, or soda at least 3-4 hours before bedtime. Remember, even “decaf” has small amounts of caffeine!

Unplug before bedtime There are cells in the eyes that can affect the ability to fall asleep by registering whether it’s night or day. These cells cannot differentiate between natural and artificial light, so watching TV or staring at your phone right before bed could be the reason you are unable to fall asleep. Try eliminating these light sources at least an hour before bedtime.

Rely on your internal clock A regular sleep schedule is conducive to a good night’s rest. Going to bed and waking up around the same time each day will help support your internal clock. When your body says it’s time to sleep, listen to it!

Patient Appreciation Day June 30th

Tuesday, June 30th we are having Patient Appreciation Day at our office. Come by to help us celebrate 7 YEARS in practice!

All existing patients and any family members can come by on June 30th to receive a complimentary adjustment.
Thank you for always choosing Discover Chiropractic in your time of need.

Don’t miss out on receiving your complimentary adjustment–call today to schedule your appointment!

Welcome to our office, Dr. Mac!

image (2)We are so excited to announce that we have a new member of the Discover Chiropractic team, Dr. John R. McClelland, DC!

Dr. Mac has been practicing chiropractic for 16 years. As a chiropractor, he is dedicated to understanding the origin of his patients’ complaints, and his number one concern is always their well-being. His gentle but effective style of hands-on spinal manipulations complements the high standard of chiropractic care that Discover Chiropractic is known to represent.

In addition to working weekdays, Dr. Mac will be in the office Friday and Saturday mornings. Walk-ins are alwayswelcome, so don’t hesistate to drop by if you need an extra adjustment to help get you through the weekend!