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The Allergies of Spring – Natural Remedies

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (2017), nasal allergies affect about 50 million people in the United States each year. That is as many as 30 percent of adults, and 40 percent of children. They have also determined that asthma is the fifth leading chronic disease in the US in people of all ages. Seem like a lot? It absolutely is, and numbers are on the rise. In 2010 alone, Americans spent an estimated $17.5 billion dollars on treating allergy symptoms and allergy related infections.   So what can we do to prevent and reduce the harmful effects of every day allergens? While there is no cure for common allergies, there are steps that we can take to decrease allergy sensitivity and improve our overall health.   Suggested methods include:   Herbal Supplements Many over the counter herbal supplements have natural allergy fighting effects. Licorice root, for example, will help build up your bodies naturally produced steroids. This gives your body an extra boost in knocking out the allergen, while also loosening mucus for easier breathing. Green tea, another common household herbal remedy, is a natural antihistamine and can help to avoid congestion. Make sure you speak with a doctor before testing out herbal treatments, particularly if you are taking other medications or are pregnant.   Change What You Eat Food can have a huge impact on allergies, on not just from peanuts or other common food reactions. Melons, cucumbers, bananas, sunflower seeds, and chamomile can make weed pollen allergies even more severe according to Kathyrn Bolig (Web MD 2015), a family medicine specialist at Mercy...

Vegetables? Yuck!

“Vegetables? Yuck!”   We’ve all heard this around the dinner table, and not always from the children. What is it about vegetables that makes our taste buds rebel and our hands reach for sugary sweets over nutrient filled veggies? It all comes down to taste. There are five flavors that we taste in foods: Salty, savory, sweet, sour, and bitter. Salty and sweet are, by far, the most commons flavors to love with savory a close third. Sour seems to be an acquired taste, loved by some and hated by others, but wonderful when paired with sweetness in drinks like lemonade.   Bitter, though? Most people do not care for the bitter taste. In nature, bitterness is most often associated with substances that are harmful to us. As such, we have a natural aversion to the bitter flavor commonly found in vegetables. While they are not toxic, are generally good for us, and have a lot to offer in the way of vitamins and minerals – vegetables tend to have a bitter taste. This helps them avoid getting eaten in the wild.   Children, in particular, pick up on this taste and have an aversion to vegetables as a result. As we age and our taste buds become less sensitive, vegetables begin to taste better. While some of us may never learn to truly love the roots, legumes, leafy greens, and sprouts of the world at least now we know why. And knowing why means we can tackle the problem and make our vegetables taste better.   Here are some ideas, courtesy of Healthy Options, for improving the taste...

Employee Education and Appreciation Events

We are proud to announce the launch of our Employee Education and Appreciation Events. These events are available to businesses and groups within Davis County, Utah. They provide education and incentives to help drive a healthy lifestyle, increase awareness of chiropractic and alternative medicines, and to share the Hands for Life program and the services it provides. Employee Education and Appreciation Events include: Health Fairs Massage Events Presentations and Seminars Lunch and Learns Spinal Screenings Health Fairs Hands for Life will coordinate and arrange Health Fairs for local businesses and their employees. We work with local doctors to create a fun and educational environment where individuals can learn about available health options, providers in their area, ask insurance questions, and even receive services such as flu shots, spinal screenings, and more. These events are customized to the business and can be designed to complement company Wellness Programs, or to launch healthy initiatives. Massage Events Hands for Life staff will go to local business locations and provide free 10 minute chair massages for individuals on site. The massages are a quick, easy way of telling employees that they are appreciated while also providing information on chiropractic, stretching, massage, and other techniques that can improve the bodies natural defenses. We will also bring in additional information on Hands for Life and will provide vouchers for a free chiropractic consultation and exam, when available. Presentations, Seminars, and Lunch and Learns Dr. Grover and Dr. Ali are available for presentations and seminars regarding chiropractic health, upper cervical well being, and a variety of other subjects. The most popular presentation to date is a Headache...