15 Sep

Chiropractic for Every Body

When Michael and Kelley asked me to write a blog piece on “Chiropractic for Every Body” I was excited to share my passion.

For the sake of time and attention span, I’m going to assume that everyone knows Chiropractors as the “neck and back pain doctors,” and leave the nitty-gritty details of chiropractic care for a later blog. Today I want to specifically talk about why every body, young and old, needs a chiropractor. Regardless of health status, pain status, age, or anything else… Every Body needs a Chiropractor!

I am not like every other chiropractor, which is not to say that I’m better or worse, I only state this so that you don’t assume that every chiropractor you meet will share my same positions. I am what you may consider a Wellness Chiropractor, in that I focus on the importance the nervous system plays in a properly functioning body, and a lifestyle that supports a properly functioning nervous system.

In order for you to gain a greater understanding about the importance of chiropractic care for people of every age, beginning at birth and continuing through the entire life cycle and development, I will make a parallel with a profession that has a similar philosophy, but is  understood far better today than it was 50 years ago – Dentistry! Through much education and awareness, dentists have successfully spread the message of dental health and preventative care to the general population. People very clearly understand that when a child’s teeth come in you must start brushing, flossing, and taking them to the dentist to maintain good dental health. We now know that even before their teeth come in, the diet that mom had during pregnancy and nursing can have an effect on the teeth. Chiropractic care is similar to this, in that a child should have his spine checked at birth, and continue having it checked and adjusted on a regular schedule throughout his lifetime, regardless of pain,  symptoms, or lack thereof.

A chiropractor helps maintain the health of the spine and nervous system from the time of birth (which can be an extremely stressful event on a delicate spine) by checking for something called a Subluxation. A Subluxation is simply when a bone of the spine moves out of alignment and puts pressure on the delicate and vitally important nerves that exit between them. Even a slight amount of pressure from these misalignments can cause a great deal of dysfunction by interfering with the messages that are sent between the brain and the body. In many ways, the spine is like those teeth that have not yet come in, but are still being influenced by what mom is eating, if baby is being breastfed, if baby is getting a pacifier, and more.  Like teeth, we must continue to care for the spine throughout the life development.

Although we are not able to see our spine, it is influenced greatly by the stress that we place upon it during life. Regular spine evaluations and adjustments are a vital part of a healthy lifestyle for every body – young, old, and everywhere in between.

Stay tuned for more tips and awareness about chiropractic care, and please contact me with your questions.

-Yours in health,
Dr. Tracey Smith, D.C.

12 Sep

Quick Running Fuel

Larabar bar single

When Kelley and I started our Paleo journey, one of the hardest things was trying to figure out what we would eat for our workouts. It needed to be something quick, easily accessible and cheap. I asked a friend of mine who had been on Paleo for a while and he said that Bananas, raw eggs and coconut milk made into a smoothie were a good source of fuel but I wanted something already pre-made. I researched around and found a great product called Lärabar. There are not many prepackaged products out there that only include whole ingredients.Larabar Bar Double

The main three that we eat are:

The store we went too didn’t have much variety. We went to a different store and found a few more that I we will be trying next:

Now even though Lärabars are great, there are different types of Lärabars that contain not so friendly Paleo foods. The ones that contain chocolate or peanuts are disqualified because peanuts are in the lagoon family and chocolate is made with sugar and unclarified butter.

I usually eat one before I go running and then after I’m done with the run. After you eat the Lärabar, wait about 10 minutes before you workout and no more than 75 minutes. When you are done, make sure to eat even though you might not feel like eating. You want to make sure that your body gets the calories and nutrients it needs to build muscle. It’s never good to substitute one of ours meals as our workout food. Workout food needs to be eaten on top of  the normal three meals a day. We can all run or workout until we are overly sore but if we don’t put in calories that our body needs to build, we will never be able to grow our muscles.