Thousands of athletes from around the world are in the final stages preparation for the upcoming Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Did you know that many athletes and sporting professionals incorporate chiropractic care into their overall wellness regimen?
With the Australian love of sport, Dr Paul Nothdurft regularly comes across sporting related ailments and provides care to patients who participate in sport.
Dr Nothdurft is a member of the Chiropractors Association of Australia (CAA) which has long been committed to sport, having sponsored several elite athletes in the past, such as Olympic gold medal winner Matthew Mitchum and champion swimmer Ellen Fullarton.
Many of today’s athletes utilise a sports chiropractor to prevent injury and to improve biomechanical and neuromuscular function with the ultimate goal of enhancing performance.
All chiropractors provide care in management, rehabilitation and performance optimisation. Whether you are a backyard beginner or a pin up professional, Dr Nothdurft is here to help you keep moving at your best.
For more information on how to maintain a healthy spine, please visit www.chiropractors.asn.au
Belly fat is known to increase the risk of cancer, but exactly how is just being discovered.
Shedding light on the importance of shedding pounds, a new study from Michigan State University finds that a particular protein released from fat may be to blame for causing cells to turn cancerous. More specifically, the researchers say it isn’t so much surface (subcutaneous) fat that causes the most harm. Rather, it’s a deeper layer of abdominal (visceral) fat that seems to produce more of the tumor causing protein.
“Our study suggests that body mass index, or BMI, may not be the best indicator,” says study lead author Jamie Bernard in a press release. “It’s abdominal obesity, and even more specifically, levels of a protein called fibroblast growth factor-2 that may be a better indicator of the risk of cells becoming cancerous.”
A new study finds that a protein released by visceral fat found in the belly may be responsible for the growth of cancerous cells.
Echoing the concerns of numerous health officials, The MSU researchers emphasize the importance of their latest study given the American obesity epidemic. They noted that obesity seems to be a factor in many types of cancer, including those that affect the breasts, colon, prostate, uterine system, and kidneys.
The study authors added that fat also increases estrogen, which is possibly implicated in increasing risk for some cancers.
“There’s always an element of chance in whether a person will get cancer or not,” Bernard says, noting genetics are also an influence. “But by making smarter choices when it comes to diet and exercise and avoiding harmful habits like smoking, people can always help skew the odds in their favor.”
The study adds a new element to other recent research which finds that up to 90 percent of adult males in developed countries are “overfat,” as distinct from being overweight. In many individuals, researchers said there can be excess fat without one’s BMI being high enough to be considered overweight.
Led by Australian health expert Philip Maffetone, the study on over-fatness also pointed to excess fat stored in the abdomen region in particular. Researchers warned of abdominal fat’s association with “an increased risk of chronic disease (e.g., cancer, stroke, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes), higher levels of morbidity and mortality, and reduced quality of life.”
Offering some good news, a Harvard Medical School article notes that “visceral fat yields fairly easily to exercise and diet, with benefits ranging from lower blood pressure to more favorable cholesterol levels.”
The same article notes that surface fat (the kind you can pinch) located at the waist can be frustratingly difficult to lose, but in normal weight people is not considered as much of a risk as visceral fat.
As far as dietary recommendations for cutting dangerous belly fat, research from the American Heart Association suggests that cutting sugary drinks should be among the first steps.
Using data from the federally funded Framingham Heart Study, the AHA research showed that “among middle-aged adults, there was a direct correlation between greater sweetened beverage consumption and increased visceral fat.”
The growing attention on sugar in encouraging disease-causing abdominal fat comes amid an avalanche of articles and scientific studies that suggest a revamping of dietary guidelines on carbohydrates – guidelines that may have been influenced by sugar lobbies starting in the 60s.
Indeed, an especially large study presented at this week’s European Society of Cardiology conference suggested that diets high in carbohydrates, such as sugar, were more dangerous than diets high in fat.
3 steps to really love your veggies – Precision Nutrition
Regardless of where you’re starting — never eaten a green thing ever, or just want some new ways to eat plants — there is a simple formula you can use to make bitterness less intense, more palatable, and much more enjoyable:
Find a bitter food, something that requires a special effort, and something that you won’t normally just eat.
Psych yourself up. You’re going to TASTE that kale!
You may hate it… you may love it… you may just think “meh”.
Either way… you have now been brave, and at least tried it.
Research suggests that we may need to try new foods many times before we’ll tolerate or like them. So, challenge yourself regularly. You might be surprised about what happens
Building on the complexity of flavor perception, almost all well-developed recipes use a kind of “flavor harmony”.
In this case, it means pairing a food or aromatic with your vegetable to push several taste/flavor buttons at the same time.
We can actually predict some of this harmony in advance now, using complicated measurements like gas chromatography. But generally, we rely on chefs — who often have amazing intuition about “what goes with what” — to do it for us.
Pairing bitterness with certain flavors can magically turn its volume down.
On your tongue, you have a variety of receptors that bind to the chemicals in food. When these receptors get a chemical signal, they send information to the brain about what you are “tasting”.
(Variations in the number and type of these receptors help give us our innate flavor preferences.)
Chemical signals are like cars on a roadway. Sometimes the road to the brain is clear, sometimes the road can get jammed.
Sweet and fatty flavors, in particular, can jam up the road and interfere with our brain’s perception of bitterness. Even the specific types of sugar and fat can matter (for instance, butter versus olive oil; glucose versus fructose, etc.)
So, after we have chosen our Challenge food and a Complement, we find a Cushion.
Excellent Cushions for bitterness include honey, maple syrup, oil, almonds, and butter.
Don’t freak out if those sound calorie-dense. We just need balance, not a cup of oil or a pound of bacon.
Cookie Dough Swirl
Winter is here and the cooler weather is most welcome. Of course, winter does seem to bring its fair share of "winter ills" with coughs and sniffles. Even if you lead a healthy life, three are as many as 200 different cold viruses around, so there's a chance you may catch one this winter. But don't worry as there is some great natural options to help reduce those annoying cold symptoms.
Chiropractic care although not treating the common cold directly, can help raise one's natural resistance by reducing nerve interference through the correction of Vertebral Subluxation.
Available in the practice this winter is the BioCeuticals ArmaForce. ArmaForce contains andrographis and vitamin C to decrease the duration and severity of the common cold, The addition of echinacea and olive leaf, traditionally used in western herbal medicine (WHM), helps relieve upper respiratory congestion, sore throat and feverish conditions, while zinc supports healthy immune function.
BioCeuticals ArmaForce is now available at the practice.
Excessive sugar consumption is a major contributor to health problems in our society. Sugar, in one form or another, can be found in many common food products, from breakfast cereal to salad dressing to ketchup.
Obesity and diabetes
Obesity and diabetes are two (often-related) health problems associated with excessive sugar consumption. Sugar is commonly consumed in the form of sugar-sweetened beverages, such as soft drinks, energy drinks and other beverages. These drinks frequently contribute to weight gain and obesity. According to a study published in The Lancet, sugar-sweetened soft drink consumption is associated with childhood obesity. Another study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, reports that increased consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages causes weight gain and obesity and that public health measures should be implemented to discourage the intake of sugar-rich drinks as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Excessive sugar consumption (especially in the form of sugar-sweetened beverages) leads to metabolic syndrome- a set of unfavourable health symptoms- and type 2
diabetes in many people. An article published in the journal Diabetes Care confirms that, in addition to weight gain, greater intake of sugary drinks is indeed associated with metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. Another study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, reports that the excessive calories and large amounts of rapidly absorbable sugars associated with sugary drinks are linked to a greater degree of weight gain and a heightened risk for type 2 diabetes in young and middle-aged women.
Sugar consumption, including the consumption of soft drinks, plays a significant role in tooth decay. According to a study published in the Journal of Zhejiang University, the acids and sugars found in soft drinks may cause both dental cavities and enamel erosion. A study published in the journal Dental Education states that controlling sugar is one if the — if not the — most important aspects of preventing dental cavities.
Depression is a complex health problem that may be caused by many factors. One often overlooked factor may be excessive sugar consumption. According to a study published in the journal Depression and Anxiety, sugar consumption may directly affect the prevalence of major depression-a disorder characterized by bouts of low mood, low self esteem and reduced interest in normally enjoyable activities.
Your chiropractor can counsel you on how to use diet and nutrition to help balance your blood sugar levels, reduce your sweet cravings and reduce your risk for health problems commonly associated with intermittent, excessive sugar consumption.
6 thin slices sirloin steak, or flank steak
2 tsp olive oil
2 tsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 cups red bell pepper, sliced into juliennes
1 cup green bell pepper, sliced into juliennes
1 cup zucchini, sliced into juliennes
1 cup mushrooms, sliced into thin strips
salt and black pepper, to taste
STEP #1 Preheat the grill to medium to high heat.
STEP #2 Add a teaspoon of olive oil to a skillet on medium-high heat. Add in the vegetables and season with salt and pepper.
STEP #3 Cut the steak into thin slices and coat both sides with olive oil. Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, and garlic, and set aside.
STEP #4 Place a portion of the cooked vegetables on one end of each steak slice.
STEP #5 Roll the steak slices up and hold them in place with a toothpick. Once the steak slice is rolled up, the end of the vegetables should stick out.
STEP #6 Place the steak rolls on the grill and cook them on each side for approximately 5 minutes. This step also applies if you are cooking the steak rolls over medium high in a skillet, or frying pan.
STEP #7 SERVE!
Ingredients & Method
1/2 cup leeks
2 cups Brussels sprouts
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup Prosciutto, chopped
1. Wash the leeks thoroughly and slice thinly. Rinse sliced leeks in a fine mesh colander to remove any remaining grit. Wash Brussels sprouts, then trim ends and halve. 2. Preheat a skillet over medium heat then add the olive oil to the pan. Once hot, cook leeks and sprouts until the leeks begin to brown. 3. Add the Prosciutto on top of the vegetables and cover the pan with a lid. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 10 additional minutes. 4. Mix and serve Each serving comes out to be 102 Calories, 7.21g Fats, 2.51g Net Carbs, and 3.68g Protein.
In 2 separate bowls place 1 packet Banana Pudding & 1 packet Dark Chocolate Pudding.
In EACH bowl add 1/4 C. liquid egg whites,
1/4 tsp vanilla,
1/2 pkt Stevia,
1 cup water (or more to make into a cake-like batter.)
Spray 3 mini loaves with olive oil, layer batters on top as the picture shows (or use a mini muffin tin.)
Bake for 20-25 minutes in a 350 degrees F pre-heated oven.
Keep checking with toothpick to make sure it's baked through.
Slice to serve. 2 servings
Starting: 83.2kg, BMI 27.5, Body fat 23%
May 2017: 67kg, BMI 21.9, Body fat 12.5%
WEIGHT LOSS: 16.2kg!
My story of Ideal Protein:
Before I came to the weight loss clinic I was having pain in my back and hips, and was told to lose weight by my physio. I kept seeing my weight go up and I knew I had to lose it.
I did not know how to lose weight; I had no goals or plans on how to stop putting more on. I knew I wasn’t eating healthy food, and I wanted to learn to eat better.
I have improved out of sight and have lost over 16kg of body fat! I now eat a big breakfast, lunch and dinner plus a few snacks and have maintained my weight.
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