Eating Alkaline for Health

Written by Dr. Barbro Brost, The Brost Clinic

Eating an alkaline diet is one of the choices we need to make daily if we want to have and maintain optimal health. Alkaline is the opposite of acid and the PH (the measurement of alkalinity/acidity) is affected by the choice of foods we eat. The more acid our bodies are, the higher risk for degenerative diseases and even cancer. Our blood PH has to always remain constant for us to survive. When we eat acidic foods the body has to buffer the acid to get to a normal blood PH. The easiest way for the body is to pull calcium from our bone. Hence the high incidence of bone loss (osteopenia and osteoporosis) in this country, where acid forming foods are common in the diet.

So, you ask, what are acid and what is alkaline foods? There are books written on this or you can google to get detailed information, but to simplify and make it easy to remember when you go to the grocery store: grains, baked goods, candy and red meat are acidic. Fruits and vegetables are alkaline. Rice is PH neutral.

Eat lots of vegetables and fruit. Stay low on red meat, grains, baked goods and sugary foods. This will keep your body at a healthy PH and decrease the risk for many diseases, slow down the aging process and give you more energy. This kind of diet will also help you keep a healthy body mass index, which is another key to optimal health and wellbeing.

Health Care Cost Solutions

Written by Barbro Brost, D.C. The Brost Clinic

Everyone’s deductibles and premiums are higher than ever for health insurance and January 1st, they are getting another substantial hike.

The “Affordable” care act has been anything but affordable for most families, where the cost for health insurance now often is higher than their house mortgage.  Health care reform needs to be reformed and we need to get the focus shifted to actual health care instead of sick care, which is today’s model.

Because of the higher deductibles there is a change in thinking, from waiting until something goes wrong with the body, to trying to keep healthy to avoid needing to use the expensive health insurance.

There is a financial incentive to switch from a sick care model to a health care attitude: How can I better take care of myself to stay healthy?

80% of all health care problems are lifestyle related, so there is a lot that can be done to prevent problems and save lots of health care dollars!

  • Eat a healthy diet: lean meats, chicken, fish, eggs, vegetables, nuts, fruits and berries.  Avoid sugar and grains. Stay low on dairy.
  • Take vitamins.
  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day.
  • Exercise at least 3 days per week.
  • Get 7-8 hours of sleep per night.
  • Keep your nervous system, which controls all other body systems, well-functioning with regular chiropractic care.

Chiropractic patients have 60% less hospitalizations compared to the general population and their overall health care spending is 50% less.  So if you have not yet discovered chiropractic, now is a great time to do so!

Chiropractic has always been focused on wellness care, long before it became popular!

Alternative Health Care
Expands 100%

Article written by Barbro Brost, DC, the Brost Clinic, Wayzata

As this country struggles to figure out a working health care system that is effective and not cost prohibitive, chiropractic emerges as a winner with several key alternative systems following directly behind. A new Gallup poll studying over 30 million people shows that 14% of the population used chiropractic care last year. This is a 100% increase from the 7% usage that was the norm for many years. When health care consumers have to personally pay more of the health care costs, they tend to be smarter consumers and research both effectiveness of care and cost.

Chiropractic care for low back pain and neck pain (which are the conditions most big studies focus on) is very effective and significantly less expensive than medical care. Add the fact that more and more people are getting leery of the prescription medications often used to address these problems. The NSAID drugs (Ibuprofen, Naproxen, etc.) are tough on livers and kidneys. The opioid drugs like Vicodin,Oxycodone, etc. are very addictive. Many patients have traded a back ache for a drug addiction.

When dealing with the many stresses that can affect our lives todays woman is seeking a safe, non-invasive, and very effective means by which to treat their problems. Utilizing alternative health care options as a primary care choice for all back and neck conditions as well as the many other stress related issues we deal with on a daily basis would represent a cost savings for the health care system and patients that would be tremendous. The loss of work days would drastically decrease and drug rehab centers would have time to take care of the people that have primary drug and alcohol problems instead of rehabilitating people that got addicted to the medicine that was prescribed to help them!

7 Keys to Great Health

Article written by Barbro Brost, DC, the Brost Clinic, Wayzata

Research shows that 80% of chronic diseases are created by the lifestyle we live. If you had the keys to the knowledge of greatly increasing your odds to live a longer, healthier, more vital life, would you use them? What if I told you most of them are free?

Realizing that we have 80% control of our health is powerful. Here are seven of the most important keys.

  1. Don’t smoke!
  2. Motion. The body is created to move, not sit on a chair all day. Exercise and an active lifestyle is imperative for a healthy future.
  3. Diet and Supplements. Organic, fresh, locally grown foods are now available to us even in regular grocery stores. No excuses to eat foods sprayed with poison! Weight control is one of the biggest health issues. Even being 10 pounds overweight decreases your health odds. Everyone needs a basic multivitamin, Omega 3 fatty acids, and minerals. Some need more specific supplements.
  4. Water. Water is greatly under rated but imperative for the body to function optimally. Even 2% dehydration slows some of your organ function and affects your mind. Three quarts/day is a good rule of thumb.
  5. Sleep. We live in a culture of sleep deprivation. Most people don’t get the 7-8 hours of sleep that the body requires to repair and for the brain to re-charge. Turn off the TV and go to bed!
  6. Happy Relationships. Relationships and a stimulating social life are very important to our health. The body and the mind work in concert. Stop hanging out with negative people. Surround yourself with friends that make you happy! Laughter is one of the best ways to stimulate your immune system!
  7. A Well-Tuned Nervous System. This may be new information for some of you: It is your brain and your nervous system that regulate and coordinate all the functions in your body. It is also the communication between your mind and your body. Irritation or blockages in nerve flow set the stage for malfunction and disease. To ensure a well-coordinated and functioning body you need regular chiropractic check-ups. Chiropractors are specialists in detecting and removing pressure or irritation on the nerves where they are most vulnerable, at the exit point from your spine!

Water vs. Soft Drinks

Article written by Barbro Brost, DC, the Brost Clinic, Wayzata

Eating healthy is important, but what we drink is just as important and has as much of an impact on our health as our food choices. The supermarkets have literally hundreds of choices available for drinks, so what to choose? The answer
is simple. Our bodies are requiring water for survival and health. Period.

There are so many tempting drinks that appeal to our sweet tooth, but they do not quench thirst as well as water and contain sugar or artificial sweeteners, food coloring, artificial flavors, etc. There are no ingredients in soft drinks that have positive health effects.

The obesity epidemic in the USA has, in part, been linked to this nation’s over consumption of soft drinks. There is a tremendous amount of empty calories and sugar consumed. Most sodas are not sweetened by sugar in the USA. They are
sweetened by high fructose corn syrup, a chemical designed to inhibit your satiety center in your brain. This means that you can’t stop drinking, so you consume much more than you otherwise would. “Diet” drinks that are artificially sweetened by chemicals that taste sweet are actually an even worse problem, with bigger health risks than sugar sweetened drinks.

The severe weight problems that lead to chronic disease can, in part, be blamed on soft drink over consumption. We have seen patients lose up to 30 pounds in a month just changing their drinking habits to water instead of pop! We have also witnessed migraines and other health problems clear up when patients get off artificial sweeteners. Both the sugar, and especially the artificial sweeteners, become very addictive so it takes a firm decision and will power to break these habits.

Water comes in many forms: tap water, bottled water, carbonated water, and naturally fruit flavored water. Find a water that appeals to your taste and price, your body will love you for making the switch!