Here Comes the Sun: Vitamin D is Here!

Are you getting enough vitamin D? Vitamin D can help reduce your risk of the flu, cancer, muscle aches, cardiovascular disease, depression, diabetes, autoimmune disease, and osteoporosis.

Well, not literally, but if you live in Santa Clara CA, home of Platinum Chiropractic, you'll be happy to know that beginning last week being out in the sun and exposing your skin during peak hours for as little as 10min per day can synthesize up to 10,000 IU's of vitamin D!! So start getting out in the sun more.

As of today, March 20th the window is 12:20pm - 2:10pm. Most of us should still continue to supplement, but now we have access to a more natural source. Nature is awesome!

For more information about timing, peak hours, and how you can check for your area, take a look at this article from Dr. Mercola:  https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/03/26/maximizing-vitamin-d-exposure.aspx

Movement to Test Your Nervous System Health

Movement and strength are signs of a healthy functioning Nervous System. Your brain is designed to move your body in order to secure resources to maintain health and survival. When we examine people neurologically at Platinum Chiropractic, we are looking at things like their posture, balance, gait, and muscle strength because it gives us an idea about the functionality of their brain. 

Just think about what happens with things like MS, Parkinson’s Disease, and strokes. They affect our ability to move, but they are not strictly a muscular problem. They are brain problems!   

In 2014 the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology published a study that suggests that a simple movement test can predict risk of death in middle aged and elderly individuals. 2076 people were studied between the ages of 51-80 and were tracked from 1997 – 2011. Subjects performed a test called the Sitting/Rising Test (SRT). The test is really simple. The subject sits on their bottom and stands up. They are asked to perform the test without using their hands, knees, or sturdy objects.

"The SRT test, which can be used on middle-aged and elderly adults, is incredibly simple. Sit down on the floor, and then get up, using as little assistance from your hands, knees or other body parts as possible. For each body part that you use for support, you'll lose one point from the possible top score of 10. 

"Application of a simple and safe assessment tool such as SRT, which is influenced by muscular strength and flexibility, in general health examinations could add relevant information regarding functional capabilities and outcomes in non-hospitalized adults," the researchers noted.

For instance, if you put one hand on the floor for support to sit down, then use a knee and a hand to help you get up, you'll "lose" three points for a combined score of 7. What do the numbers mean? They correlated strongly with participants' risk of death during the study period of just over six years. For each unit increase in SRT score, participants gained a 21 percent improvement in survival. Specifically:

  • Those who scored 0-3 were 6.5 times more likely to die during the study than those who scored 8-10 
  • Those who scored 3.5 to 5.5 were 3.8 times more likely to die 
  • Those who scored 6 to 7.5 were 1.8 times more likely to die 

While I wouldn't take the results of this study as "gospel" and become distressed if you are 30 years old and score a three, it does provide an interesting perspective on the connection between mobility and health and can provide encouragement for many to get back in shape."*

What does this mean?
This test is a functional indicator of your strength and basic neurologic fitness. Being able to do this means your brain has good control and your muscles and joints have good fitness and mobility to move your body through space. It’s an indicator that you are fit and have good enough balance to not hurt your self. 

Rather than focusing on practicing this movement, you should be focusing on getting stronger and having better body balance. It means that maybe you should add some weight training to your weekly routine 2-3 times per week. It means maybe you should take a conscious movement practice like Yoga or Tai Chi to improve your balance and mobility.

Remember, you’re not doing these things to prevent death. You are doing these things to raise your health and help you to navigate life with a more functional body and higher quality of living.

 *http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2013/01/25/sitting-rising-test.aspx

Good Fats, Bad Fats?

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We have all heard by now that fat can be good for you and it’s not always the enemy it was portrayed to be. Starting from the 1950’s with the “fat free” movement, foods were stripped of fat and replaced with high amounts of sugar. However, fat is actually essential to our health in a myriad of ways, and we are now seeing the ramifications of that deficient diet in people who have grown up in the “fat free” era. Not all fats are the same and I would like to help guide you as to which ones you need and which ones to avoid. 

Saturated fats are the healthy fats found in products like butter, cheese, coconut oil, avocados, egg yolks, nuts, whole raw milk, and meats. 

What? Butter, cheese, and meats can be good sources of healthy saturated fats? That is correct!

However, as Dr. Mercola says, “you must be vigilant against hydrogenated vegetable and seed oils, which are unsaturated fats that have been artificially manipulated into saturated fats. These are also known as trans fats, which interfere with your insulin receptors and put you at risk of chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. It’s the trans fats found in margarine, vegetable shortening, and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils used in low-quality products that are to blame (the confusion about healthy vs. unhealthy fats). These are the unhealthy fats that you must avoid at all costs.” *

Why are healthy fats so important? Well, you need fat to make brain tissue, nerve tissue, and all the vessels in your body. In fact, 60% of your brain is made of fat, and half of that fat is from docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). DHA along with its partner eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) are found in Omega 3s. We find Omega3s in wild organic animals, especially fatty fish like salmon.

Unfortunately, the majority of Americans do not get enough good fats in their diets. Unless you eat fish a couple times a day, and only eat wild pasture animals, you are probably deficient in Omega 3s. The best solution we have to correct our deficiency is supplementing with fish oil. Obviously not all fish oils are the same. So you need one that is very high quality in order to get the most from the oil and avoid toxicity. 

At Platinum Chiropractic we focus on Neuro-Structural Correction. This requires us to make sure your nervous system has the proper building blocks to heal and create healthy nerve tissue, while we are correcting it. That is why we recommend Innate Choice Fish Oil. It is the highest quality fish oil with minimal processing. Our fish oil also has a natural and proper balance of EPA to DHA ratio, which your body recognizes as fish and absorbs it with ease.

 * http://www.mercola.com/nutritionplan/beginner_fats.htm