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Reading the Labels on Nutritional Supplements

Reading the Labels on Nutritional Supplements We often like to write these blogs based on what we see and hear frequently in our office. What we’ve heard recently is that many people have trouble figuring out how to read the nutritional information on their supplements or how to read the nutritional information on their food. But before we get into that, let’s start with the history. In 1941, the government began to put labels on food to make sure that everyone stayed healthy. Even before that, we knew that we needed a certain amount of certain things to stay healthy. For example, sailors on ships knew they needed to drink lime juice to prevent scurvy. But then we started to quantify that here in the United States in 1941. What came out of that is something called the RDA – recommended daily allowance. You’re not...

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Peanut Butter – Health Food or Junk Food?

Peanut Butter – Health Food or Junk Food? The great debate has raged on for a long time over whether peanut butter is healthy or junk food. Is this something that we are supposed to be eating or not supposed to be eating? You could put anything with peanut butter and make a sandwich: peanut butter and jelly, peanut butter and marmalade, peanut butter and bananas. But is the peanut butter part of it good for you? My staff was trying to get me to commit to the jelly portion, but the answer to jelly is no, jelly is not healthy for you. There is no debate there.  Peanut butter is at least 90% peanuts by trade, so the first thing we need to figure out is: are peanuts good for you? A 2021 study found that increasing daily nut intake by five grams lowered the overall...

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Nerve Flossing for Sciatica Relief

Nerve Flossing for Sciatica Relief Have you heard about nerve flossing for Sciatica Relief? It’s one of those things that almost has been forgotten in time. It was prominent in the US for a while, and now you don’t see hardly anyone talking about it. Although it’s not at the height of its popularity, nerve flossing can be used to get some relief from sciatic pain. This came back up here in our offices because we had a patient asking about how they were having pain down one of their legs when the disc herniation we saw on the MRI was on the other side. It has been challenging to explain what’s happening regarding irritation inside the spinal canal, but the quick answer is that it’s something called friction radiculitis. What happens is when you have anything inside the canal, so here we have...

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Back to School: How to Manage Your Back Pain by Not Making It Worse

Back to School: How to Manage Your Back Pain by Not Making It Worse The kids are going back to school, and here at Nightlight Chiropractic, we want to take YOU to Back School!  The term “Back School” has been around since the mid-’70s. A doctor in Sweden found that if he took physical laborers and taught them how their backs worked and what it was supposed to look like when they’re doing their jobs, they experienced fewer injuries and disabilities. It worked out so well that it was copied again in Canada and then in California. Now, you can find some version of Back School in a lot of different businesses as a tool to prevent injury to employees. Today, we’re going to distill it down into the basic concepts so you can keep your own back healthy. Basic Anatomy Let’s start out with basic anatomy. The spine is 33 movable units...

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5 Keys to Conquering Tennis Elbow

5 Keys to Conquering Tennis Elbow Here at Nightlight Chiropractic, I’m always looking for ideas for you to keep you healthy, to keep you at the top of your game. One of the most common complaints we get here at our downtown Orlando chiropractic office is tennis elbow. Whether you’re gardening, golfing, wrapping presents, or lifting weights, if you’re getting elbow pain, I know what it is. And I’m going to show you how to fix it without ever stepping foot in any medical office, including mine. What is Tennis Elbow? First of all, really important, what you’re getting when you’re getting pain along the outside part of your elbow when you’re using scissors or doing some other kind of manual work, is almost inevitably tennis elbow, otherwise known as lateral epicondylitis. But when people think tennis elbow, they think, well, I don’t play tennis....

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Are you even READY to exercise?: 5 ways to know.

Are you even READY to exercise?: 5 ways to know. Holiday parties, spring renewal, bikini season, there are so many reasons and motivations to get in shape and look great. Every new season brings a new wave of motivation in hitting those goals that seem to always get away from us each year. Sometimes our patients decide to join a gym and give it everything they have. While exercising can be greatly beneficial towards one’s health as it combats harmful illnesses and can help improve our overall quality of life, are you ready to exercise? Let’s go over why it is important to be ready as well as testing if you are ready to tackle the gym. While we applaud your motivation for the gym and we only want to hear of success, it can be very easy to hurt yourself when starting back up at the gym. A...

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