July Newsletter

Sunshine Vitamin D BoostVitamin D is vital for human health and we get it through sunlight exposure and diet.  Our main source is from the sun. In the winter, we spend more time indoors and there is less sunshine when we are outside, so our exposure level drops below what our bodies need.  This decrease is linked to a weakened immune system and therefore one of the theories behind why most people get colds in the winter.  Vitamin D levels also drop in pregnant and breast feeding women, young children and older people, darker-skinned people and those who wear full-body coverings.

We can supplement our decreased production of vitamin D from sunlight with our diet.  Mackerel, sardines and fish liver oil are good sources of natural vitamin D. You can get supplements, too.  The only downside of vitamin D in our diet is that it is not as effective.  When you ingest vitamin D, only 60% of it sticks to vitamin D-binding protein; but when you make vitamin D through sunlight hitting your skin, 100% of it binds to the protein. Read our full article on getting your vitamin D safely.

 

Road to Recovery I can do itRoad to Recovery. We are often asked, "What can I do to get better quicker?" by patients as they begin care at our clinic  So we thought we would share with you the Top 5 things that you can do today to help you either get out of pain, improve your recovery from injury, or pass on to a friend or family member: remember though, if in any doubt about your suitability (diabetics and those with severe osteoporosis or arthritis, if you are on high-dose steroids or are undergoing chemotherapy) then please contact your Chiropractor or GP for advice.

1. Ice or heat: A recent study has shown that there is a 2% difference between these two contrasting therapies in terms of their effectiveness at relieving pain. Using ice or hot packs for 15 minutes seems to work.

2. Decrease your stress: There are 3 different types of stress: chemical, emotional and physical. We call them "The 3 Ts", toxins, thoughts and trauma. Most of these are not sudden, and sometimes not considered "big" things in your life, but it's worth working on decreasing them, through eating and drinking better (more water to start with), having some time to chill and movement...

3. Move: Walking, cycling and swimming (not breaststroke) are nearly always the best thing to do. A notable exception is if you have bad sciatica, in which case, rest and ice first before thinking about anything more than a gentle stroll round the house.

4. Use one pillow: all too often when patients say that they use more than one orthopaedic, contoured pillow or sleep on their front. This won't help a bad back, let alone a bad neck!

5. Stay positive: More often than not you will be reading this blog having had months or even years of pain, so exercise patience and congratulate yourself knowing that you will start the ROAD TO RECOVERY today by implementing the advice listed above: Speak to your chiropractor for further information, we are here to help.