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!

Pain

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

Pain comes in many forms, ranging from a dull ache to sharp stabbing pain.  We have all experienced pain in various forms going through life.  Most low grade pain such as mild strains or sprains we can shrug off, because we know that it will be gone in a day or two.  Sharp pains, when we stub a toe or hit an elbow, disappear quickly but is very intense at the moment.  Of course there is pain from more significant injuries and chronic pain such as from arthritis or other illness.

In our culture we are very quick at swallowing a pain pill to numb the pain. We have all been trained by ads and the media that this pain pill or that are more superior or more long lasting.

We need to rethink this approach because of recent new research.  Harvard research recently published in July 2015 show that NSAIDs drugs such as ibuprofen (Advil and Motrin), and Naproxen (Aleve and Naprosyn) and Celebrex increases the risk of stroke and heart attacks or death from other reasons by 47% in people with high blood pressure or other cardiovascular disease.

So if you are taking blood pressure medication, cholesterol medication, or are being treated for more serious heart or cardiovascular disease, the advice is to totally stay away from NSAIDs.  It has previously been known that these medications can also cause gastrointestinal bleeding and kidney damage.

The opioid medications, like Oxycodone and Vicodin, are very addictive and should only be used short term for extreme pain.  Opioids are what they sound like, opium like substances (basically synthetic heroine).  More people are now at drug rehab centers treated for addictions to opioids than for street drugs and alcohol combined!

So what to do if you are in pain?  First of all, pain is not a disease but a signal that there is something wrong.  Sometimes it’s obvious if you just fell or injured yourself.  There are other times when the cause is not so apparent.  Covering up the pain signal can be like turning off the fire alarm instead of looking where the fire is.  It makes more sense to figure out what causes the pain, treat that and the pain will leave naturally.  A good doctor should get to the bottom of the cause and correct it (if possible) instead of leaving the problem to get worse while covering up the pain.  Chiropractic and acupuncture are good resources for most types of pain. Doctors of chiropractic are trained to diagnose and find the cause of pain and treat the cause or refer you to the appropriate health care provider for appropriate treatments.

For home therapy, ice is often as effective than over the counter medications without the side effects and complications.

NSAID’s For Pain, You Deserve Better

Pain comes in many forms, ranging from a dull ache to sharp stabbing pain.  We have all experienced pain in various forms going through life.  Most low grade pain such as mild strains or sprains we can shrug off, because we know that it will be gone in a day or two.  Sharp pains, when we stub a toe or hit an elbow disappears quickly but is very intense at the moment.  Of course there is pain from more significant injuries and chronic pain such as from arthritis or other illness.

In our culture we are very quick at swallowing a pain pill to numb the pain. We have all been trained by ads and the media that this pain pill or that are more superior or more long lasting.

We need to rethink this approach because of recent new research.  Harvard research recently published in July 2015 show that NSAID’s drugs such as ibuprofen (Advil and Motrin), and Naproxen (Aleve and Naprosyn) and Celebrex increases the risk of stroke and heart attacks or death from other reasons by 47% in people with high blood pressure or other cardiovascular disease.

So if you are taking blood pressure medication, cholesterol medication, or are being treated for more serious heart or cardiovascular disease, the advice is to totally stay away from NSAIDs.  It has previously been known that these medications can also cause gastrointestinal bleeding and kidney damage.

The opioid medications, like Oxycodone and Vicodin, are very addictive and should only be used short term for extreme pain.  Opioids are what they sound like, opium like substances (basically synthetic heroine).  More people are now at drug rehab centers treated for addictions to opioids than for street drugs and alcohol combined!

So what to do if you are in pain?  First of all, pain is not a disease but a signal that there is something wrong.  Sometimes it’s obvious if you just fell or injured yourself.  There are other times when the cause is not so apparent.  Covering up the pain signal can be like turning off the fire alarm instead of looking where the fire is.  It makes more sense to figure out what causes the pain, treat that and the pain will leave naturally.  A good doctor should get to the root of the problem and correct it (if possible) instead of leaving it to get worse while masking the pain with a pill.  Chiropractic and acupuncture are good resources for most types of pain. Doctors of chiropractic are trained to diagnose and find the cause of pain and / or refer the patient out for appropriate treatments.

For home therapy, ice is often as effective and less damaging to the liver and kidneys than over the counter medications. Using ice in 15 minute intervals will help reduce swelling and relieve pain.

Dr. Barbro Brost DC
The Brost Clinic
1421 E. Wayzata Blvd.
Wayzata, MN   55391