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!

Are Vitamins Dangerous

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

Many people take vitamins and food supplements to optimize their health and to have more energy. In the US, the sales of dietary supplements totaled 37 billion dollars in 2014 and the number of supplement users in the US has reached 68 percent of the population.

The opinion of the American Medical Association used to be, “you can take vitamins if you want expensive urine”, meaning that it was useless and a waste of your money. About ten years ago, even they came out with the recommendation that every adult and child needs to take a multivitamin to ensure that we get all needed nutrients, since our food supply has been drastically depleted of nutrients because of standard farming practices.

The more health conscious of the population, which is about 20% of the us, often take much more than just a multivitamin. This is also the part of the population that exercise regularly, are weight conscious and often choose natural forms of healthy care such as chiropractic, acupuncture and massage therapy.

With planned regularity, we see segments on television and read articles in papers or on the internet that this vitamin or that supplement may be dangerous and you ought to talk to your physician about taking it. Vitamin C, E and fish oils among others have gone through these media campaigns. The reason for this is that the pharmaceutical industry is pushing to have vitamins regulated under the same rules as prescription drugs.

This has already happened in Europe, where many of the vitamins and supplements we can buy freely in the US, are now under control by the European Union Codex. The only thing you can buy in Europe now are very low potency supplements that are regulated and pharmaceutically controlled.

Is this a good idea? Do we really want an industry, that is responsible for 106,000 deaths per year as a side effect of medications taken as prescribed, to control what vitamins we take? Yes, that number is actually the latest statistic: pharmaceuticals are now the 3rd leading cause of death in the US.

Vitamins and supplements are basically very concentrated food. It should not be regulated differently than food. When you read or hear the media complaints about the possible danger of this supplement or that, pay attention to the careful wording and use of words like “may” or “can possibly” and “use caution”, etc. You never hear statistics and facts quoted, because there are none!

But just as you would consult a medical physician if you are sick, it’s a good idea to consult someone educated about supplements, if you want to be healthy and optimize your energy. It is also important to know the manufactures quality control, since there is a big difference in quality of ingredients and potency of different brands.

So, the answer to the head line is no! Vitamins and supplements are not dangerous. They are “super foods” that help to optimize your health!

Back to School Tips

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

The summer is going so fast and already parents are thinking about kids heading back to school. After running around, playing outside they will all be crowding in classrooms again. This sets the perfect stage for sharing germs and passing viruses around.

To stay healthy and avoid missing days of school, here are a few tips:

  • Talk to your kids about washing hands often and especially before meals or snacks. Start this habit at home so it becomes natural to always eat with clean hands. Teach kids to never touch their nose other than with a Kleenex. The mucus membranes of the nose is where viruses often enter the body.
  • Start kids on a daily multi-vitamin and extra vitamin C and D. Hopefully they got plenty of sunshine to create natural vitamin D, during the summer, but sitting inside all day stops the natural immune boost from the sun.
  • Serve a healthy breakfast with their vitamins in the morning and make sure they get a healthy snack after school. Keep the sugar levels low but have plenty of fresh fruit around.
  • Plenty of sleep is also important to stay healthy. During the summer they often get in the habit of staying up late, so make sure to set a firm bed time when school starts (yes, they will grumble!)

If they start to show symptoms of a cold or other illness, increase the vitamin C, add Echinacea or other immune enhancing supplements. There are also excellent Essential Oils and Homeopathic remedies that boost immunity in a natural way.

Remember that antibiotics are only effective for bacterial infections and have no effect to viral attacks, such as colds and flus. No need to rush to the doctor unless symptoms are severe and not improving. First make use of what nature has given us then let our bodies do the rest.

Take note that while we are only midway through the summer we all know how fast the time goes. Naturally we don’t want you thinking so hard about school coming that you don’t make the most of this amazing time of year. Outside activities, family outings and healthy grilling are all a part of this wonderful season. However, while we should be making the best of what we have now taking time to prepare for the school year that lies ahead allows us to be proactive with our children’s health as opposed to reactive when wandering germs might catch up with them in the school environment.

 

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!