Paleo, Keto, Fasting Recap

What’s in your water? A simple change for lasting health.

Thank you to everyone who attended last Tuesday night's workshop (and brought a guest) on the most important things to know about Nutrition. Hopefully you all left with a few takeaways you can implement into your daily lives right away. Small changes make a BIG impact over the long term.

One simple way to get started with reducing your toxic load and cleaning up your body's ecosystem is with clean water. As we went over on Tuesday night, tap water is full of toxic chemicals, especially here in the Bay Area. According to an article published in the SF Gate in July of 2017, "In the Bay Area, the Environmental Working Group found arsenic, bromodichloromethane, bromate, bromoform, chlorate, chloroform, chromium (hexavalent), dichloroacetic ccid, hormones, manganese, radiological contaminants, trichloroacetic acid and total trihalomethanes above the guidelines in different areas." The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that over 60,000 chemicals are used within the USA, but only 91 contaminants are regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act. The EPA has tested for 81 unregulated tap water chemicals since 1996, only begun regulation on 1, and hasn’t implemented regulation on any chemicals tested, according to the Environmental Working Group.

And unfortunately standard consumer level water filters such as a Brita or those that come with your refrigerator do not remove these harmful chemicals, which are linked to a myriad of health concerns including thyroid and other hormonal organ problems, poor gut health, digestion, and liver and kidney issues.

We recommend getting reverse osmosis filtered water to use in your household. Santa Clara and San Jose are full of reverse osmosis water distributors and for only $0.30/ gallon it is an easy fix and inexpensive solution. If you are overwhelmed about how to do this, ask Kristen or myself next time you are in the practice.

Why Continue with Protection?

The purpose of our Protection Plan is to insure that you protect the gains achieved during the initial stage in your relationship with our practice. When someone has completed their Neuro-Structural Corrective Care Plan and achieved great results, they are then eligible for Protection Care.

A question we often get from non-patients is “Why would your patients choose to continue coming in, even after their symptoms have gone away?” In fact, people love to come in and get checked for Neuro-Structural Shifts on a regular basis because, even though they no longer have glaring symptoms, they want to; 

WhatisProtection
  1. protect their structure from drifting and or shifting.

  2. continue to enhance the progress they have made.

  3. receive the health benefits of regular specific adjustments.

Below are some of the documented benefits that people have reported in our practice:

  • Improved blood and nerve flow to the body and brain

  • Increased Immune System function

  • Increased lymphatic flow

  • Get sick less frequently and recover faster

  • Improved hormone function

  • Improved muscular strength

  • Improved mobility/flexibility

  • Improved digestion

  • Improved work outs

  • Enhanced brain function

  • Calmness

  • Better connection to oneself and to others

  • Increased ease in the body

  • Improved sleep length and quality

  • Improved lubrication to the joints

  • Prevent future injuries

  • Prevent bone and joint degeneration

  • Prevent future pain and dysfunction in the body

  • Prevent stress

  • Reduced medication

  • Reduced surgeries

Keeping your spine and nervous system free of interference, allows your body to function without any loss or compensation, and prevents problems before they arise. Since many secondary health conditions, AKA symptoms, are typically caused by structural shifts, wouldn’t it make sense to get checked and adjusted on an ongoing basis to allow your body to work normally and optimally?

Top 5 Things to Know About Your Diet

Paleo, Keto, Fasting… What is Right for you?

If your social media looks anything like ours, it has been overrun with articles, recipes, success stories, and failures about the recent Keto, Paleo, and Fasting diet trends. It can be hard to discern what is good, what is bad, and what is right for you!

Dr. Karo will help you navigate your questions about each of these diets, and outline what you need to know to successfully adopt any nutrition strategy.

Tues July 9th @ 6:30 pm

RSVP via the form below to reserve your spot.

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Gut Health & Probiotics

Recent studies show that your brain affects your gut health and your gut affects your brain health.

The communication system between your gut and brain is called the gut-brain axis. Your gut and your brain are connected physically and biochemically. The Vagus Nerve is this connection. This nerve is controlled by the parasympathetic part of the nervous system, which is what we measure in our office with the Heart Rate Variability test.

When you are in balance, your body has the best adaptability, which includes making hormones that help you feel more connected, at ease, less anxious, less depressed, and less sluggish. The most important task we have here at Platinum Chiropractic is improving your structure and balancing your nervous system through Neuro Structural Correction.

By now everybody has heard of gut health and how important it is to our overall health. This is because there is an important connection between your digestive system and your brain. What’s more, recent studies show that your brain affects your gut health and your gut affects your brain health. 

The communication system between your gut and brain is called the gut-brain axis. Your gut and your brain are connected physically and biochemically. The Vagus Nerve is this connection. Vagus means wandering and so does this nerve, which emanates from your brain and wanders throughout your digestive system sending messages to and from your digestive system to the brain. This nerve is controlled by the parasympathetic part of the nervous system, which is what we measure in our office with the Heart Rate Variability test.  

When you are in balance, your body has the best adaptability, which includes making hormones that help you feel more connected, at ease, less anxious, less depressed, and less sluggish. The most important task we have here at Platinum Chiropractic is improving your structure and balancing your nervous system through Neuro Structural Correction. However, due to our lifestyles, increased environmental stress, toxicity, medications, poor food choices, and alcohol, our guts take the brunt. Which is why everyone should be focusing on cleansing their digestive system and healing it with pre and probiotic foods and appropriate supplements. We recommend for everyone to enhance his or her gut-brain health with high quality supplements that can help you digest better, heal your gut, and be at your best. 

Below are the two probiotic supplements that we recommend. These are the ones that Dr. Karo personally uses and has found them to be the best: 

  • Ther-Biotic Complete from Klaire Labs 

    • Is a probiotic blend (25+ billion CFUs) in a base of inulin (derived from chicory root).

    • Must be kept refrigerated

  • Proflora 4R™ Restorative Probiotic Combination from Bio-Botanical Research

    • Has been laboratory and clinically tested for effectiveness for over 25 years in addressing the G.I tract and supporting a healthy and balanced intestinal ecology.

    • The combination of Quercetin, Marshmallow Root, and Aloe Vera extract in Proflora 4R™ provide additional nutritional support for “leaky gut” and a healthy microbial balance.

    • Does not need to be refrigerated because it is a spore-forming probiotic.

    • Endospores are undamaged by antibiotic therapies and stomach acid, surviving to reach the intestines nearly 100% of the time.

Both are made from ingredients of only the highest quality and purity and are free of milk/casein, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat/gluten, corn, yeast, and soybeans. 

 Ask Kristen for more details or order yours here.

Exercises for Sciatica and Back Pain

Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of your sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back at L1-S1, goes through your hips and buttocks, and down each leg. Next Tuesday we will be talking about what causes this and what you can do to help manage and prevent it.

Our June workshop is coming up NEXT Tuesday June 11. We will begin with a short anatomy and physiology review, where Dr. Karo will explain how your lumbar spine works, and how it integrates with your hips and lower extremities.

Afterwards we will get interactive, and go through some of the foundational exercises for improving the function of your lower back and hips.

Wear athletic type clothing that you can move freely in.

RSVP below. Space is limited, but friends and family are always welcome!

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Sciatica, Lower Back Pain, Leg Pain

Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of your sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back at L1-S1, goes through your hips and buttocks, and down each leg. At Platinum Chiropractic we approach this problem from the roots.

Sciatica, Lower back pain, leg pain …. it is likely that yourself or someone you know has or is currently experiencing one or more of these symptoms. But what is sciatica really? 

Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of your sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back at L1-S1, goes through your hips and buttocks, and down each leg. Irritation to this nerve bundle anywhere along the pathway may cause lower back pain and, or leg pain, muscle weakness, or foot drop, just to name a few. Because of the wide variety of potential secondary conditions, sciatica is a very loose diagnosis with no effective long term treatment under standard medical care.

However, the way we approach this problem at Platinum Chiropractic is from the roots. Since these nerves originate from the lumbar spine, our first assessment is of the lower spinal vertebrae. We asses for Neuro-Structural shifts that could be irritating the nerves running down the leg. Usually, when we can correct the problem at the cause, the secondary symptoms such as leg pain, cramps, foot drop, etc. tend to go away on their own. We also include specific exercises to address any imbalances and help strengthen after we’ve corrected the problem. This is why we get such great results with our patients who have sciatica, or back pain in general. 

We invite you to our next workshop, June 11 at 6:30: Mobility for Low Back Pain to learn more. RSVP below:

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Health Challenge Day 21: Omega 3 Rich Foods

Health Challenge Day 21: Omega 3 Rich Foods

Omega 3's are anti-inflammatory to our bodies and are the required building blocks for a healthy brain and nervous system. The normal ratio ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 (which is pro-inflammatory) should be 1:2. The average American has a ratio of 1:24!!!! No wonder everyone has aches and pains all over and can't think straight, we’re inflamed because of our food. 

So what can we do about it? In order to get the recommended dosage

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Health Challenge Day 15: Get Outside

Platinum Health Challenge Day 15: Get Outside

Day 15… Get Outside.

While it is still too early in the year to synthesize Vit-D directly from the sun (because of our latitude and longitude), there are many other benefits to getting outside. Taking a break can make you more productive and help you see things in a new light, so step outside and get some fresh air to clear your mind. 

If you are missing your Vitamin-d, check out Dr. Karo's recommended supplement in our online store to hold you over until we can start to get it from the sun again. Both of these supplements are of the highest quality and are coupled with both vitamin K, specifically K2 as MK-7. Vitamins D and K are essential for optimal bone and arterial health and for maintaining the immune system in proper balance.

How to Win:

  • Raffles include prizes from WholeFoods, ButcherBox, Beautycounter, Squatty Potty, Altos Mobile Massage and more!

  • To qualify for the raffles, post about you and/or your family and friends completing the Challenge of the Day on social media.

    • This could be a photo or text on facebook, instagram, or twitter, sharing the original Challenge of the Day post, or commenting on the blog post.

    • Don't have Social Media? Talk to Kristen about how to qualify.

    • Be sure to include the #platinumhealthchallenge so we can find you!

  • To qualify for the Weekly Raffle Drawing, complete 5/7 challenges for the week (Sun - Sat). To qualify for the Grand Prize Raffle drawn at our Patient Appreciation Party on March 12 complete 13/21 challenges throughout the month. Party details will be in this week’s edition of the Platinum Advisor. Not signed up yet? send us a message or you can subscribe here: www.platinumchiroca.com 

**Weekly Raffles will be drawn on Sundays. To win you must be able to come by the practice to pickup your prize. We will not be mailing items.**

Health Challenge Day 14: Meditate for 15 min

Platinum Health Challenge Day 14:

Meditate for 15 minutes

Today marks the last challenge for week 2! Make sure to get all of your challenge submissions into Kristen by Sunday at 6 pm and use the #platinumhealthchallenge so we can find you. 

For Day 14 we are upping the anti in our meditation practice, Meditate for 15 minutes. Again, feel free to meditate using any technique you like, but a basic meditation is outlined for your reference below: 

Sit up tall with your spine straight, either in a chair or on the floor. You could also do a walking meditation if sitting is troublesome for you. Close your eyes or just gaze softly downward. Breathe slowly and fully through your nose. As thoughts go through your mind, return your focus to the sensation of your breathing. Set a timer so you know when you’re done, or try a guided meditation via a meditation app.

How to Win:

  • Raffles include prizes from WholeFoods, ButcherBox, Beautycounter, Squatty Potty, Altos Mobile Massage and more!

  • To qualify for the raffles, post about you and/or your family and friends completing the Challenge of the Day on social media.

    • This could be a photo or text on facebook, instagram, or twitter, sharing the original Challenge of the Day post, or commenting on the blog post.

    • Don't have Social Media? Talk to Kristen about how to qualify.

    • Be sure to include the #platinumhealthchallenge so we can find you!

  • To qualify for the Weekly Raffle Drawing, complete 5/7 challenges for the week (Sun - Sat). To qualify for the Grand Prize Raffle drawn at our Patient Appreciation Party on March 12 complete 13/21 challenges throughout the month. Party details will be in this week’s edition of the Platinum Advisor. Not signed up yet? You can subscribe here.

**Weekly Raffles will be drawn on Sundays. To win you must be able to come by the practice to pickup your prize. We will not be mailing items.**

Health Challenge Day 13: Fermented Foods

Platinum Health Challenge Day 13: Eat Probiotic Foods

For Day 13 we are back on the nutrition train… Eat Probiotic Foods! As you know, we are always talking about Gut Health and the important roll it plays for our overall wellbeing, mentally and physically. In fact, you can check out this video that we posted on our blog a while back: https://www.platinumchiroca.com/…/20…/9/10/your-second-brain

Probiotic supplements are all the rage right now, but it is hard to know what ones to take and if they are working. That is why it is best to get your probiotics from your food, which allows for more diversity of strains and effectiveness in your lower digestive tract.

So get out the sauerkraut and get to it! Below are some examples of foods known for their probiotics. Just make sure you are buying high quality fermented (not with probiotics added in at the end) items without sugar. You can usually find these in the refrigerator section. 

  • sauerkraut

  • kimchi

  • kombucha

  • pickles

  • apple cider vinegar

  • yogurt (best to go with a non dairy yogurt such as coconut yogurt)

  • kefir (best to go with  non dairy kefir)

Still in need of a probiotic supplement? Check out our probiotic supplements below, both made from ingredients of only the highest quality and purity and is free of milk/casein, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat/gluten, corn, yeast, and soybeans.

How to Win:

  • Raffles include prizes from WholeFoods, ButcherBox, Beautycounter, Squatty Potty, Altos Mobile Massage and more!

  • To qualify for the raffles, post about you and/or your family and friends completing the Challenge of the Day on social media.

    • This could be a photo or text on facebook, instagram, or twitter, sharing the original Challenge of the Day post, or commenting on the blog post.

    • Don't have Social Media? Talk to Kristen about how to qualify.

    • Be sure to include the #platinumhealthchallenge so we can find you!

  • To qualify for the Weekly Raffle Drawing, complete 5/7 challenges for the week (Sun - Sat). To qualify for the Grand Prize Raffle drawn at our Patient Appreciation Party on March 12 complete 13/21 challenges throughout the month.

**Weekly Raffles will be drawn on Sundays. To win you must be able to come by the practice to pickup your prize. We will not be mailing items.**

Health Challenge Day 12: Plant Something

Platinum Health Challenge Day 12: Plant Something

Is it still raining!?! Looks like we are in store for a lush and green spring time in northern California. To help out, for Day 12 your challenge is to Plant Something

But it is cold and rainy out you say? You in luck, we have supplies in the office for indoor planting. Remember to stop by and pick them up!

How to Win:

  • Raffles include prizes from WholeFoods, ButcherBox, Beautycounter, Squatty Potty, Altos Mobile Massage and more!

  • To qualify for the raffles, post about you and/or your family and friends completing the Challenge of the Day on social media.

    • This could be a photo or text on facebook, instagram, or twitter, sharing the original Challenge of the Day post, or commenting on the blog post.

    • Don't have Social Media? Talk to Kristen about how to qualify.

    • Be sure to include the #platinumhealthchallenge so we can find you!

  • To qualify for the Weekly Raffle Drawing, complete 5/7 challenges for the week (Sun - Sat). To qualify for the Grand Prize Raffle drawn at our Patient Appreciation Party on March 12 complete 13/21 challenges throughout the month.

**Weekly Raffles will be drawn on Sundays. To win you must be able to come by the practice to pickup your prize. We will not be mailing items.**

Movement Deficiency Syndrome

Dr. James Chestnut, who we had the opportunity to present this weekend, coined the term ‘Movement Deficiency Syndrome’ to identify the necessity of both physical activity and exercise on human physiology, function, and health. Physical activity and exercise are necessary components to keeping our bodies in working order, via supporting our genetic requirement for sufficient and pure movement. Our genes literally require movement to express healthy adaptation from our environment, Epigenetics 101. Unfortunately, according to a 2001 study “approximately 70% of adults in the United States do not undertake the recommended 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, five or more times per week, which includes those 24% of Americans who have no physical activity.” And this happens to only be the minimum amount that is required to avoid a chronic disease! (Brozinick et al.,Molecular Cell 7: 1085-1094, 2001)

We have a big job to do by teaching everyone we can about the exceptional benefits of physical movement and exercise. It could literally save someone’s life, is accessible, and all you just have to do is mimic our ancestral hunter-gatherer patterns. Daily physical activity is an integral part of our genetic make up. What we’ve found works best, is a rhythm of days of high intensity exercise, reminiscent of hunting, alternated with days of rest and light activity. Keep in mind, this exercise didn’t include basic physical activities of building and moving camp, cooking, cleaning, butchering, carrying water, and other requirements for survival also done on a daily basis. Many modern diseases, not including Osteoarthritis, did not exist when we lived as a society according to hunter-gatherer patterns in the pre agricultural age, about 10,000 years ago. Our genes have changed very little from that time period to now, however our day to day activity level has. As humans we require more exercise and movement to stay healthy. (Booth et al. J Appl Physiol 93: 3-30, 2002)

Unfortunately, most of us aren’t living in a society that innately supports lifestyles required for daily survival, i.e. walking to get water. The positive side of living in this day and age is we now have a clearer understanding of what is necessary to stay healthy. 

The short of it is, our genes require movement, and we have modern practices that can fulfill these requirements.

Daily Requirements:

  • Mobility: Moving our joints in all available ranges of motion as done during practices of stretching and Yoga. 

  • Cardiorespiratory: Elevation of your heart rate through movement and exercise for an absolute minimum of 30 min.  

3-5 Times Per Week Requirements:

  • Muscle Loading: Using our muscles to complete tasks such as carrying, climbing, and hunting. If you do not hunt or climb daily, this requirement can be fulfilled through body weight movements or external objects such as weights. 

  • High Intensity Activity: Performing intervals of burst exercises such as a 1-3 repetition maximum weight lift, intervals of 100 meter sprints, or about 12 seconds of maximal exertion. Additionally we must perform a sub-maximal exertion for a moderate duration, such as intervals of 200-400 meter sprints.

At Platinum Chiropractic our goal is to provide each of our practice members with the best in Neuro-Structural care as well as the latest in health science information. When we improve the alignment and motion of the spine, we are adjusting your body and allowing it to regain its genetic requirement for movement and exercise. This is why moving well is one of our principles of health.

Health Challenge Day 11: Gratitude

Platinum Health Challenge Day 11: Gratitude

Did you know that writing down 5 things you’re grateful for everyday can have significant beneficial affects on your brain and health? Let’s try it out! For Day 11, List 5 Things You are Grateful For.

The science is pretty solid, being grateful for the good things in your life — even the tiny ones — may be a way to train your brain to develop better habits and create a healthier future. It doesn’t do ALL the work for you, but it certainly seems like a good start. With that in mind, here are 5 brain changes that may result if you regularly practice gratitude: 

1) Your Brain Floods with Reward Chemicals: Gratitude focused on a specific person — i.e. thanking other people for their behavior towards you is flooded with positive chemicals of a unique kind. The brain’s response to gratitude is to activate a reward center, one specifically targeted at boosting our bonds with other people. 

2) Your Anxiety & Depression Symptoms May Lessen: Gratitude can help improve sleep, which can help reduce symptoms of anxiety. It’s also a challenge to negative thought patterns, which can be a core component of serious depression. 

3) Your Hypothalamus Works Better: That means gratitude can impact this part of the brain that controls our metabolism, hunger and other natural bodily functions and help them work more smoothly. 

4) You’re More Resistant to Stress: It impacts the body and brain’s ability to bounce back from seriously stressful events, like trauma, homelessness, grief or job loss. Studies show that people who are grateful recover more quickly from stressful situations.

5) You Fall Asleep More Easily: Grateful people fall asleep more easily, possibly because of the effects of stress reduction and better limbic system function (part of brain controlling instinct and mood as well as basic emotions (fear, pleasure, anger) and drives (hunger, sex, dominance, care of offspring).

Practicing gratitude doesn’t take much and the benefits are great. For our challenge, you can write them down for yourself of share them with us in a post. Either way, be sure to let us know you did the challenge by using the #platinumhealthchallenge.

How to Win:

  • Raffles include prizes from WholeFoods, ButcherBox, Beautycounter, Squatty Potty, and more!

  • To qualify for the raffles, post evidence of you and/or your family and friends completing the Challenge of the Day on social media.

  • This could be a photo or text on facebook, instagram, or twitter, sharing the original Challenge of the Day post, or commenting on the blog post.

  • Don't have Social Media? Talk to Kristen about how to qualify.

  • Be sure to include the #platinumhealthchallenge so we can find you!

  • To qualify for the Weekly Raffle Drawing, complete 5/7 challenges for the week (Sun - Sat). To qualify for the Grand Prize Raffle drawn at our Patient Appreciation Party on March 12 complete 13/21 challenges throughout the month.

**Weekly Raffles will be drawn on Sundays. To win you must be able to come by the practice to pickup your prize. We will not be mailing items.**

Health Challenge Day 10: Shoulder Mobility

Platinum Health Challenge Day 10: Shoulder Mobility

Now that our hips are all feeling great from yesterday’s challenge, it is time to give our shoulders some love. Day 10 is Shoulder Mobility! Check out this video from Dr. Karo showing some flexion and extension mobility for your shoulders. Accumulate 10 minutes throughout the day.

How to Win:

  • Raffles include prizes from WholeFoods, ButcherBox, Beautycounter, Squatty Potty, and more!

  • To qualify for the raffles, post evidence of you and/or your family and friends completing the Challenge of the Day on social media.

  • This could be a photo or text on facebook, instagram, or twitter, sharing the original Challenge of the Day post, or commenting on the blog post.

  • Don't have Social Media? Talk to Kristen about how to qualify.

  • Be sure to include the #platinumhealthchallenge so we can find you!

  • To qualify for the Weekly Raffle Drawing, complete 5/7 challenges for the week (Sun - Sat). To qualify for the Grand Prize Raffle complete 13/21 challenges throughout the month.

**Weekly Raffles will be drawn on Sundays. To win you must be able to come by the practice to pickup your prize. We will not be mailing items.**