Have you ever looked at the anatomy of the human neck? It is truly amazing how much goes on in such a small area of our bodies.
The majority of us take for granted the freedom our cervical spine delivers (area from the base of your head to the top of your back). It allows us to look in every direction, up, down, left, right, and supports our 10-14 lb head. It is only when we begin to have neck problems (pain, stiffness, etc.) that we truly understand how important this region is.
The freedom offered to us by the mobility of our cervical spine comes at a price. It is susceptible to injury! (...)
Lets look at the statistics:
- Back and neck pain are the leading cause of disability in Americans under the age of 45.
- Over 26 million American report having frequent or chronic back pain
- National Institute of Health
- 51% of chronic pain patients feel they have little to no control over pain
- 59% report an impact on their overall enjoyment of life
- 77% report depression
- 86% reported an inability to sleep
- American Pain Foundation
- 52.7% of workforce reported headaches, back pain, osteoarthritis, other pain in the past two weeks
- Age does not seem to affect the findings
- Lost production time due to pain causing decreased performance (not absenteeism) was estimated to cost $61.6 billion annually
- American Productivity Audit
Why are these statistics so outrageous!?!? It's quite simple...
Do you take your health seriously?
If you do, exercise should be an integral part of your lifestyle. This is a great article which discusses the importance of neutral alignment.
The Highlights - What I want you to take away from the article and how they relate to our focus on Structural Correction:
Usually when people feel tight, it’s some combination of physical muscle length and NEUROLOGICAL INPUT [emphasis added]. That neurological input can be the result of a lot of things, but most of the time it’s based on habitual positions and your body’s response to those positions."
This could easily have been written as "based on structural shifts" - Our body is full of receptors that constantly monitor systems to keep things balanced. An example is blood pressure. Every time you sit, stand, or lie down, receptors are at work to maintain your normal blood pressure levels which prevent you from passing out! (...)
I am asked by many of our patients for nutritional advice and usually respond by letting them know what I choose to eat and why.
Bulletproof coffee comes up in these conversations as I incorporate it in my diet on a regular basis. Not everyday...but fairly regularly. Over the past few years Bulletproof coffee has become a breakfast substitute for many Americans. I guess you can say I jumped on the bandwagon but let me tell you why.
I won't delve too deep into the biochemistry and physiology of our human bodies in this blog (thats reserved for our Sexy Foods Workshops - shameless plug) but my understanding of how our bodies work is the reason I choose to drink bulletproof coffee.
Fat has been "boycotted" for the last 50+ years. This was due to the concern over heart disease and it's relationship to increase fat in our diets. This lead to fat being eliminated from many common foods (all those "low-fat" labels). The problem with that (besides the fact that fats are essential to our health) is the food taste terrible when they are further processed to remove fat. To compensate for this, food manufacturers add sugar into their products to make them palatable.
This is where biochemistry comes in. Carbohydrates are sugars. As you know, bread, pasta, sweets - all contain carbohydrates which equals more sugar.
When we ingest carbohydrates in any form (bread, pasta, sugar, etc) our bodies then utilize it as a primary source for energy. This is a good thing! It is a quick, easy way for us to get energy.
When we eat more carbohydrates than we burn, the excess is stored as glycogen in our liver and muscles. This is a good thing! It is a way for our body to store energy for those times when we go without eating for awhile.
When we excessively eat carbohydrates and our glycogen stores are full, it is transformed into FAT tissue for storage. This is a BAD thing! Especially as our diets continue to be primarily composed of carbohydrates, the fat accumulation continues.
When you look around at the average American what do you see?? Overweight, unhealthy, Type 2 diabetes, respiratory conditions, etc. Our diet is the main culprit for this epidemic.
This is where I insert healthy fats into my diet. My bulletproof coffee contains a tablespoon of grass-fed butter (KerryGold) and a tablespoon of Pure, Organic coconut oil. This concoction contains no carbohydrates and therefore forces my body to burn fat for energy! Which is a good thing! Especially for those of us that have a little extra fat storage currently.
Fats do not raise our blood sugar like carbohydrates do so you avoid that mid-morning crash typical of a sugary breakfast (toast, cereal, orange juice, etc.).
I do not advise introducing bulletproof coffee into your diet if you plan on eating a carbohydrate rich meal shortly after, your wasting your efforts and adding excess calories into your diet. It is essential to use high quality ingredients as they contain all the necessary nutrients without any toxic additives.
I know many who have given bulletproof coffee a try and have reported increased energy, better sleep, and gradual weight loss. When used appropriately it can be a beneficial breakfast substitute. As I said at the beginning, I use this regularly but not everyday. If I know I have to exert myself heavily in the morning (exercise, golf, yard work, etc.) I will opt for oatmeal and fruit or similar. I just try to avoid simple carbohydrates as much as possible.
Yours in health,
"The magnitude of these forces that are on your spine are so large that the best body mechanics in the world are not going to keep you from getting a back problem."
In the past couple months, National Public Radio (NPR) has issued two really informative articles in relation to nurses, injuries in the workplace, forces the spine endures during various lifting techniques, and the body mechanics utilized.
These articles show a staggering number of back and other injuries occurring to nurses at their workplace. From the Department of Labor's Bureau or Labor Statistics, more than 35,000 workplace injuries every year occur among nursing staff and employees. (...)
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