2016-12-15 / Health

Rolnick Chiropractic

Dr. Ellie’s Health Tips

Health Tip of the Month: Obesity is a horrible word. It’s tough enough thinking of ourselves as fat, let alone thinking that we may be obese. Sadly, obesity is the official diagnosis when your body mass index exceeds 30 kg/ m2. Divide your weight by your height and that gives you your body mass inde x. Obesity is also typically defined as being over your ideal weight by 30 lbs or more. According to Mercola.com, an estimated 110,000 Americans die as a result of obesity each year. Worldwide, obesity claims an estimated 3.4 million lives annually. One third of all cancers are directly related to excess weight. The number of overweight or obese people around the world has almost tripled, from 857 million in 1980 to 2.1 billion in 2013. Of the more than 180 countries analyzed, the US carries the heaviest obesity burden, followed by China and India. Obesity is usually the result of inappropriate lifestyle choices, such as eating too much processed foods (high in carbs and low in healthy fats), and not fasting enough. Obesity is the number one contributor to the healthcare crisis in the world. It contributes massively (pun intended) to all of the major diseases in the world and it is the main condition that drives healthcare costs and insurance premiums through the roof. Losing weight is a difficult job. It requires a huge (there is that pun again) effort, crazy amount of will power and most importantly the desire to achieve results. Exercise is a key factor, but it is not the holy grail for weight loss. Diet is the way to go. Thankfully, advancements in nutrition studies have shown that simple changes to your nutrition plan can help your body not only lose weight, but be healthier. It’s time to cut the processed carbs. No more cereal, bread, pasta, cookies and junk. Replace with nutritious whole foods like brown rice, sweet potatoes, quinoa, vegetables. Eat lean protein like chicken, turkey, lean beef and egg whites. Add beans to your diet to stabilize blood sugars. Exercise!! Walk and hour a day! Go to the gym, bike, swim, dance, vacuum the entire house daily (What? It’s good exercise!). As I said, losing weight takes effort. But you can do it. if not for yourself, your family!!

Thought for the Month: Don’t dig your grave with your own knife and fork. ~English Proverb

Chiropractor’s Thought for the Month: Here is a thoughtful quote from the most famous chiropractor in my profession, the developer of chiropractic, Dr. BJ Palmer. “Many of us take better care of our automobiles than we do of our own bodies...yet the automobiles have replaceable parts.” Think about it. Regular oil changes, checking tires, etc. How about a regular monthly adjustment by your chiropractor?

For more information about Brain Based Chiropractic and Wellness, call Rolnick Chiropractic at 207-283-1168 or check out our web page at www.rolnickchiropractic.com

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