Reasons to Use End of Year Dental Benefits

dentalThe holidays are right around the corner, and everyone is busier than usual. The last thing you want to do is take time out of your busy schedule to go to the dentist, but if you have dental insurance and are overdue for a checkup, but doing it now can save you hundreds.

Reasons to use up benefits

Most dental insurance plans have a maximum benefit of $1,000-2,000 per year. It is important to be aware that these do not roll over from one year to the next. Any benefits that go unused at the end of the year are lost.

Most people spend about $50 per month or more for dental insurance, depending on the type and extent of coverage. Not using all of your benefits is like handing as much as $600 or more of your hard earned money to the insurance company. In fact, dental insurance companies make a lot of money from people who let their benefits expire.

Preventing problems

If you have ever had a cavity, you already know that not only can they be painful, getting them filled is also uncomfortable and can be expensive. The pain and expense are even greater if a root canal or other extensive work is needed. Regular cleanings can help prevent problems, and regular checkups can help find problems while they are small, so they can be fixed before they become severe.

Take care of problems

Extensive dental work can easily cost more than your dental benefits will cover in a year. If you have been putting off having some dental work done, the end of the year is a great time to get started. Consider scheduling one appointment before the end of the year to get as much done as your plan will cover, then schedule a follow up for early next year to get the rest done. Whether you just need a checkup and cleaning, a filling, or more extensive work, you’ll be glad you took care of it before it could get worse.

Fee Increases

As costs of materials, labor, and equipment increase, dentists must raise their rates periodically to meet these expenses. This is most often done shortly after the beginning of the year. Making an appointment now will give you the opportunity to take advantage of current rates before they go up.

Don’t forget the family

If there is one thing worse than having to take time out from a busy holiday schedule, it’s having a spouse or child with a toothache due to a cavity. Emergency dental care can be difficult to squeeze in at the best of times, but even harder during this time of year. Some dentists will schedule appointments for the entire family at the same time so everyone can receive cleanings, checkups, and needed care at the same time. Consider making it a family day and enjoy a special family lunch, dinner, or family activity after the appointment.

When your adult teeth come in, it is the last set of teeth you’ll ever have. If you take good care of them through proper brushing and flossing, and regular visits to the dentist, you will be able to avoid the pain and expense of extensive dental work. Isn’t that worth the inconvenience of taking a couple of hours out of your day to see your dentist?

If you are overdue for a checkup and cleaning, take the time to do it now, before your dental insurance benefits expire. Call your pain free dentist at Westside Dentistry today on 07 3278 0580 to arrange an appointment.

Fall Prevention – The Top Ways to Prevent Hard Falls

balanceawFalling over is a common event in everyday life. It is not too difficult to do but you can really hurt yourself in the process. Unfortunately, for some individuals, falling over may be a regular event, especially if that individual is elderly or disabled. In the event of a fall, a lot of damage can be done. Bones can be fractured and tissue bruising can occur. All of which are things we can happily do without. However, if you learn a few simple tips when it comes to preventing falls, you can go about your day fall-free!

To assist you in your fall-prone life, and in support of balance awareness week, we have decided to research into ways you can prevent yourself from falling. Of course, we can’t promise that these tips will prevent you from falling over ever again, but they’re a start and can greatly reduce your chances. Below are the top ways you can prevent hard (or soft) falls, some being simple while others requiring an Ealing Chiropractor. With the proper application, you can greatly reduce your risk of injury!

Get Your Eyesight Tested

This tip can be applicable to not only those who suffer from vision impairments. Everyone should be getting their eyes tested every now and again to make sure there are no issues that could result in nasty accidents, such as falling over. If you have bad eye sight you are more likely to trip on a stray box or a computer lead. Without the ability to navigate your way through daily activities, you run the risk of having a nasty fall that could result in hospitalisation. Do yourself a favour and take a simple trip to the opticians. They will be able to run a complete assessment of your sight, identifying any arising issues.

Make Your Home a Safe Place

This might seem like an obvious and stupid tip, but you’d be surprised just how many people fall over and badly injure themselves in their very own homes! All it takes is a small spillage and you’re on your backside. There are various tips when it comes to home maintenance and fall prevention. Here are our favourite:

  • Avoid walking on a slippery floor with socks
  • Use slip-proof mats and rugs
  • Clean spillages as soon as they’re made
  • Wear good shoes that fit your feet
  • Clean up the clutter on your floor

Pop Down to Your Local Chiropractor

This might seem like a strange one but there is a lot of logic behind it. Professionals, like Ealing Chiropractors, are able to offer help for specific balance disorders. This, of course, is only applicable if you have a balance disorder but it has been seen to be scientifically effective. Depending on the disorder, Ealing Chiropractors will be able to adjust the neck joints, allowing the brain to send correct signals to the muscles. Other treatments involve clearing the debris near the ear through a series of specialised movements. Through the right treatment, Ealing chiropractors will be able get you on your way to a fall-free life.

Conclusion

Falling over is an unpleasant experience. It gets even worse when you have a disability which affects your balance, and that is what balance awareness week is all about! With the tips above, you should be able to start taking action in order to prevent yourself from falling over on a regular basis. If you need any professional chiropractor help, please call to arrange an appointment on 020 8566 3757 now.

Tips on Preventing Cycling Injuries

bicycThe Tour de France is such an inspirational competition, a true test of strength and endurance. It is not surprising that this race that allows only two rest days among the stages that comprise two time trials, five hill stages, five mountain stages and nine flat stages inspires us!

For some amateur athletes, it is the cue to take their sport to the next level. For others who normally enjoy sport from the comfort of an armchair, it is the inspiration to take up cycling again, or even to get on a bike for the first time.

Unfortunately, attempting to emulate the sport’s star competitors can often result in injury. The following tips put together by Bathurst Chiropractor, Ben Purcell will help to avoid the pain of cycling injuries and help you improve your cycling capabilities.

Preventing the most common cycling injuries

Cycling is a really good ‘whole body workout’ that helps participants to stay fit but unfortunately, it does come with its fair share of injuries too. Traffic collisions and falls on the open road can cause severe injuries, or at worst, fatalities. Even the less serious injuries such as grave rash can be incredibly painful and debilitating.

Almost all cyclists these days wear a good cycling helmet and take the trouble to ensure it fits them correctly; however, in some cases head trauma and neck injury still result after an accident or fall.

Perhaps the most common cycling injuries though, do not result from a single fall or collision, but from the cumulative effect over time, of a series of micro-injuries, whether due to overuse or repetitive strain. Eventually, something gives – and whether this is a knee, an ankle, the lower back, shoulder or neck (all of which are common areas for injury), or elsewhere on the body, this can result in weeks or months, out of the saddle.

Take a Chiropractor’s advice!

Ben Purcell advises that after purchasing the best fitting, best performing cycling helmet you can find in order to protect your head, the key to preventing cycling injuries due to repetitive strain and micro-injury, is to take advice from a Sports Chiropractor in order to ensure that your bike frame is perfectly adjusted to your body frame. This will not only help in preventing injury but can be of help in improving cycling efficiency and performance.

Here are a few of his top tips:

  1. Avoid foot pain caused by too much pressure underneath the foot in the area behind the toes, by ensuring bike cleats are properly adjusted
  2. Avoid ankle pain by ensuring toes are in the correct cycling position, not pointing downwards as this causes too much strain on the Achilles tendon. This can be corrected by adjusting the saddle height and repositioning the cleats.
  3. Avoid knee pain by wearing cycling insoles and by having correctly adjusted cleats. These simple steps can often prevent a knee injury from occurring.
  4. Avoid the pain of saddle sores my minimising friction. Wear well-fitting clothing, choose the right bike saddle and use a cream that reduces friction between skin and clothing.
  5. Avoid spine pain whether this is in the lower back, neck or elsewhere. Do this by ensuring that your bike frame is adjusted to fit you and no one else. Doing so will keep you, your back and your neck in the correct riding position to avoid tension and excessive joint strain.

Work on improving your cycling performance

Your Bathurst chiropractor can prescribe exercises, for example, to improve core strength or to avoid calf and hamstring strain. We can also help with breathing techniques and tailor your training routine to optimise performance.

Please call us today on (02) 6331 1004 arrange your initial appointment. Our aim in preventing cycling injuries is to ensure that, even if you never get to wear that coveted ‘Yellow Jersey’, you will go on enjoying participating in cycling at whatever level you choose, for many years to come.

 

Pulstar Spinescan – An impressive amalgamation of Chiropractic and technology

backpainMany of us who have experienced mild back pain at some point in our lives have never thought of seeking treatment for fear of a complex therapy which may do more harm than good. However, nowadays chiropractors are using multiple advanced impulse technologies which offer a solution that not only makes the treatment pain-free but cracking and popping sound free as well which was a usual norm in traditional chiropractic methods. These cracking sounds used to make the patient more nervous and thus people used to avoid back pain treatment. Pulstar Spine scan is a highly advanced multiple impulse therapy tool which can effectively cure the spine related problems in just a few visits.

Scarborough Chiropractor Dr. Adam Rocchi explains that the Pulstar spine scan helps in identifying restrictions in the spinal movement and delivers carefully controlled, mechanical impulses at specific predetermined force into the stiff areas so as to restore normal movements.

How does a Pulstar spine scan tool function?

If you visit renowned Scarborough Chiropractor Dr. Adam Rocchi, he will explain that the treatment typically begins by making the patient sit comfortably in a forward-leaning position or by lying down on the stomach. The process should never be traumatic for the patient.

  1. Analysis – After the patient has comfortably settled down, the first step is that the chiropractor uses the impulse head of a Pulstar spine scan to analyze the spinal movement by applying a quick series of low-force impulses between each of the vertebrae of the spine. As a result of these impulses, the sensor in the impulse head records the movement of the patient’s spine. This recorded information is then processed by Pulstar control box and a cutting-edge software. The recorded information is then displayed on the computer monitor in the form of a bar graph. The graph indicates the areas of the spine with both normal and abnormal motion. Red and yellow colors on the graph indicate the problem areas.
  1. Adjustment- The information that is obtained from the bar graph and patient-specific diagnosis are then used by the chiropractor to apply several gentle and precise impulses to the areas where stiffness is more so as to improve the spinal movement. The sensor in the impulse head monitors the changes in the motion of the spinal segment that is being adjusted. The impulse head automatically stops the adjustment process once the spinal movement improves.
  1. Re-Analysis – The chiropractor uses the impulse head again after performing all necessary adjustments in order to re-analyze the spine. The information recorded from this re-analysis is used by the control box and the software to generate the second bar graph. The two bar graphs are then compared to understand if the motion in patient’s spine has improved or not. If required, additional adjustments can also be done to improve the movement of the spine. In case no further adjustment is required then the Pulstar chiropractic treatment is considered complete and the patient is advised by the chiropractor accordingly if he has to re-visit and when a follow-up treatment is required.

Renowned Scarborough Chiropractor Dr. Adam Rocchisays that from the beginning of the procedure to the end of the treatment, the Pulstar data is always accurate and it represents the change that both the doctor and patient can see both subjectively and objectively. Scarborough Chiropractor Dr. Adam Rocchi adds that the patients often feel that their pain has reduced noticeably in just three to four visits.

We can easily say that by combining chiropractic methods with this hand-held spine scan device, the spine treatment has become pain-free, gentle, low-risk and gives immediate results as compared to traditional chiropractic ways.

Call the practice now on (08) 61508785 Scarborough or (08) 61508783 Mount Pleasant to arrange an appointment if you are suffering from any back problems.

Smart Ways to Achieve Your Dream Body

fitnessAt one point or another, we have all dreamt about what it would be like to have a toned, and fit body.  These “dreams”, however, can easily become a reality no matter how old or young you are!  Making a plan and sticking to it is the first step in achieving your health goals.  There are many different ways to lose weight and still remain healthy and active in your everyday life.  Instead of dedicating short periods of time to excessive workouts and training, having some patience and letting your body adapt to your new lifestyle, will allow you to see results, quicker.

The Healthy Way to Go

We know that not everyone can afford a personal trainer or a gym membership – luckily, there are plenty of other ways to get in shape and stay active and fit.  The worst thing you can do when trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, is put it off until tomorrow.  Start researching things, now and you will eventually find yourself adapting to a new way of life, slowly but surely.  Performing simple exercises at home can soon increase and expand to more difficult and pro-like ways. However, there are definitely some things to be cautious about – going overboard with repetitions and weights can do more harm than good.  If you find yourself in a painful predicament, it could lead to more severe issues down the road.

Aside from the physical aspect of being healthy, there is also the diet and food route to consider.  All of the gym time and exercise routines will mean nothing if you continue to eat fast food and junk food, still.  Changing every aspect of your life for the better, will open up a whole new world for you.

Just in Case

So, what should you do if you find that maybe you over exerted yourself a little bit too much at the gym or at home during a workout?  First, if the situation is dire and you need immediate attention, find someone to take you to a hospital. If you feel like you just strained something or feel pain after moving a certain way, scheduling an appointment with a chiropractor is probably your best bet.  Sunbury chiropractor specializes in strains and issues like these, and can realign you and get things settled back in to place, so you can continue your healthy, active lifestyle in no time.

Conclusion

There is no right or wrong way to lose weight and stay healthy – you just have to find a good balance and routine that fits best with your lifestyle.  Taking things to your breaking point may not be the smartest thing to do but unfortunately, sometimes it happens without you even realizing it until it’s too late.  Seeking help as soon as you can to correct the issue, is the best thing you can do for yourself.  Today is the day to get started – rest assured that if you run into trouble, the best help out there is available to you!  Call us, today (- Roxburgh Park (03) 9303 9952 or Sunbury (03) 9746 3977) and get the help you need, now!

How to Keep your Fitness Levels High as a Man

fit-young-guyMaintain your fitness and body is difficult and most men need a little bit of training and practise before they can successfully lose weight and workout effectively. One of the biggest defeaters of fitness for men is injury. This is why it is recommended you get sports and spinal physio every now and again to make sure all your bones are inline and so you don’t suffer from injuries in the future. As well as injury, general nutrition and routine are also factors that many men need to improve when they are getting fit and to help you out here are a number of ways to improve your fitness and workout more effectively.

Try Strength Training

Depending on what you want to achieve you may want to be adding strength training to your workouts. Strength training is a lot different to regular training and involves improving your core strength as opposed to building your cardiovascular health and the physical size of your muscles. If muscle building is your aim you should be performing strength training beforehand because you can prevent injury and a trip to the sports and spinal physio client. Strength building involves lifting heavy weight for only a few reps. Ask a training in the gym for more advice when you’re strength training.

Eat More Fruit and Veg

Your body needs vitamins and minerals in it and without these your fitness routine will not be as effective. When you are making food and meals you need to include vegetables and fruit into it along with a good portion of meat. You can also eat fruit and veg as a snack throughout the day like carrot sticks or celery sticks. When you make sandwiches you can bulk them up with lots of salad and veg, which also adds to the taste. There are a lot of ways you can add vegetables and fruit to your diet.

Vary your Workouts

Performing the same workout can get very boring and it is also not very good for your muscles either. If you are aiming for mass you are going to want to vary your workouts so you can confuse your muscles and make them perform different movements. Even better, you can go ahead and try new sports like soccer and swimming which are all great for a full-body workout. Just be sure to warm up before performing other sports otherwise you may injure yourself, requiring treatment from a sports and spinal physio expert.

Don’t Get “Food Bored”

You need to be mixing up your diet and trying new food combinations. If you stick to one food you may become deficient in other important vitamins and nutrients which can result in worse performance when you are working out. You need to try different things and make sure that your body is getting the full range of vitamins that it needs to function properly. Try different fruits and meats, adding oats and shakes to your breakfast is also beneficial.

Recover and Repair Properly

When you are working hard the gym or at a sport you may suffer an injury or may be in of some help to get you repaired and recovered for your next work out. One of the best ways to do this is with a sports and spinal physio expert who can give you sessions to help you recover. A physiotherapist can give a series of massages and bone/muscle realignment which will help your body heal, helping you recover for your next fitness workout session.

Fitness is incredibly important for men and you need to have a level of fitness in your life, especially if you want to fight age-related illnesses in the future. If you want some extra fitness tips or need a physiotherapy session, call 9144-1510 now to schedule an appointment with one of our physiotherapists.

What is BPPV Vertigo Treatment?

dizzinessvertigoA distressing condition that causes recurring bouts of vertigo, set off by moving the head in a particular way, is Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). The attacks usually only last for a short while and most commonly affect those over fifty years of age – but can be a problem for almost anyone.

Although BPPV is the most usual cause of Vertigo, ruling out any possibility of another medical problem is important as other potential causes of symptoms, may include trauma, blood pressure and spinal cord problems.

If you are experiencing short-lived periods of vertigo, particularly if these happen when you move your head a certain way, making an appointment with your Ealing Chiropractor at the Neuroworks Chiropractic Clinic to assess your symptoms, is a very good first step. Call us today on 020 8566 3757 and if your problem arises from BPPV, treatment can commence for this easily remedied problem. Alternatively, we can provide a referral to a healthcare professional that can help if BPPV is not the cause.

What Causes BPPV?

The effects of BPPV can be very distressing and produce nausea, dizziness and sometimes, vomiting, the cause is some tiny, innocuous crystals of calcium carbonate within the ear. The two most common types of BPPV are, Geotropic and Apogeotropic.

Geotropic is where the tiny crystals are floating freely within the ear, Apogeotropic is when the crystals have become attached to the Cupula, a structure that is part of the inner ear. In both cases, moving the head in a particular way, or holding it in a specific position results in the crystals causing problems with the balance mechanisms of the ear, leading to the unpleasant symptoms described.

There are a few other reasons why people get BPPV and these can include problems arising from excessive alcohol consumption, problems with the Cupula itself or imbalances with other structures that comprise the inner ear.

How Is BPPV Assessed?

By gently positioning the patient’s head in a way that produces symptoms helps with diagnosis. This is because vertigo in certain head positions characterises the different types of BPPV. Other indicators include unusual, random eye movements. Observing all the symptoms helps us in determining the exact type of BPPV experienced. In this way, we are able to provide the correct treatment method and bring relief quickly.

What Treatment Can I Expect?

As explained, this will depend on the type of BPPV you have. In a patient with Geotropic BPPV, (for example), where the crystals are free-floating, manoeuvring the head gently helps to deposit these crystals into a sort of ‘pocket’ deep inside the ear. They remain here – and therefore, do not set off the balance and dizziness symptoms that occur when they brush against the delicate hair-like structures in the fluid of the inner ear.

For the treatment to be most effective, Ealing Chiropractor Johan C. Jeronimus asks his patients to stay as still and as upright as they can afterwards. If symptoms persist for an unfortunate few, follow-up treatments or Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) might be needed.

Other things that can help, post-treatment are the avoidance of caffeine and salt for about a week. Johan suggests that cutting back on these as a permanent measure, can help to reduce the likelihood of a recurrence as both have been proven to exacerbate build-up of the tiny crystals of calcium carbonate that cause the problem.

If you think you may have BPPV, visit your Ealing Chiropractor. The conservative, gentle and non-invasive treatment provided is completely drug-free and could provide a solution to your problem after just one treatment.

Could Your Dentures be Causing Your TMJ Pain?

tmjMost denture wearers are aware of gum irritation that can occur with poorly fitting dentures, but many are not prepared for popping or grinding sounds in the jaw, pain in the jaw or neck, or headaches. If you wear dentures and have noticed any of these symptoms, there may be a connection. These are all symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), and dentures that don’t fit optimally can cause dislocation of the jaw disc, which is a potential cause of TMJ disorders.

Causes and Symptoms of TMJ

Your lower jaw is connected to your skull by a pair of joints called the temporomandibular joints. These joints are complex structures made up of tendons, muscles, and bone that allow your jaw to move both horizontally and vertically. If these structures are injured, or if you have teeth that are missing or damaged, TMJ disorders can result. Depending on the nature of the disorder, symptoms can occur on either side, or on both sides. Symptoms can vary, but some of the most common include:

  • Popping or other sounds when opening the jaw
  • Difficulty or inability to move the jaw normally
  • Pain in the jaw, either with motion or at rest
  • Headaches or neck pain
  • Dizziness, vertigo, ear pain, or ringing

Because some of these symptoms are vague and can indicate any of a number of problems, and because some of them seem far removed from the jaw, TMJ can be difficult to diagnose. Also, some people with TMJ disorders may not experience any of these symptoms, or may experience any of a range of symptoms.

A frequent cause of TMJ disorders is a dislocation of the disc that cushions the joint. Dislocation of this disc can inhibit proper jaw motion, causing tension in the muscles surrounding the jaw. This tension can spread to surrounding muscles, such as those in the neck, and place pressure on nerves, leading to pain, numbness, tingling, and other problems.

TMJ and Your Dentures

The most common root cause of TMJ disorders is a bad bite. When your teeth fit together well, the muscles surrounding and controlling the jaw work together to allow your jaw a full range of motion. Damaged or missing teeth can cause misalignments in the jaw. When the jaw is not properly aligned, the muscles are not able to work together properly and can become tired, sore, and tense. Tension in these muscles can pull the jaw further out of alignment and can lead to further wear on the teeth. In some cases, this can even lead to further imbalances and misalignments which can increase the risk of falls.

So what does this have to do with your dentures? Gum irritation is one sign that your dentures don’t fit properly, but it’s only one sign. The best dentures are those that recreate an optimal bite. Unfortunately, conventional dentists typically rely on systems of bite measurement that are unable to create a bite that allows for optimal jaw movement. Other problems arise if dentures are not worn consistently, or if they are not relined and replaced as needed.

If you have experience jaw trouble or other symptoms of a TMJ disorder and you wear dentures, it may be time to have them checked for proper fit. It’s important not to wait, because a problem with your dentures will not resolve on its own. Westside Denture Centre will repair or reline your existing dentures, or build you a new set of dentures to help improve your bite. Please call on 07 3278 0580 now to arrange an appointment to find out how we can help ease your TMJ pain.

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Is your gut health affecting your brain function?

guthealthFood – we love to make it, talk about it, read about it, and of course eat it. For many it is the highlight of the day, for others just a necessity to quiet the rumbles of the belly. Regardless of motivation, the average Joe consumes between 2 and 5 meals a day.

But in this age of intolerances, low energy and demanding needs – should we take more care selecting what we actually introduce into our bodies? Could our very source of fuel be causing more harm than good? Neurofeedback experts at the Perth Brain Centre frequently advise their patients on diet and nutrition to improve their brain and gut health.

Energy – a fleeting resource

If you know what it’s like to hit mid-day and that once-so-promising energy is suddenly draining away, you know how easy it is to reach for the nearest and dearest snack to keep low blood sugar at bay. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics we are consuming more sweets and coffee than ever before, and most of us are doing it to buy some extra energy to carry us through the demands of a busy day.

If you are one of the many people who eat a fairly normal diet but experience symptoms like low energy, brain fog and occasional tiredness and lethargy, you might not be feeding your body what it needs to support the optimal function of your biochemistry. Some expressions of this might be poor immune health, gluten and dairy sensitivity, Irritable Bowel syndrome, constipation and digestive upset, but also other more subtle signs can point us in this direction.

Is my food serving me?

For many this is linked to energy, and let’s face it, having ample energy is vital for us to make the best decisions about health and wellness. This also impacts our families and the time we can dedicate to being them. With the research now finding more and more links between our gut health and our immune system, our mood, our emotional and physical wellbeing and our stress response, it is more essential then ever to empower yourself with tools to make the optimal decisions for your brain and gut health.

At Perth Brain Centre we are experts in optimising brain health and empowering you with the right tools to look after your brain and body so you can achieve your best potential. To take action and make sure you are not settling for less than best function, call (08) 6500 3277 to schedule an appointment today.

What is gut health, and why is it important?

The human body contains over 100 trillion microorganisms that are essential for our best expression of health and wellbeing. These little creations helps us digest our food, break down chemicals, keep foreign invaders at bay, they even help us synthesise vitamin K that plays an important role in maintaining blood, bone and tissue health. Perhaps you have experienced butterflies in your tummy when you think of something that excites you? We know that our brain influences our gut, but recent research is revealing a much greater impact from the gut to the brain then previously thought. Because your gut contains over 100 million neurones – more than the spinal cord and the peripheral nervous system itself, it is safe to say that maintaining good gut health is of essence to our health.

How does this relate to my energy?

Amongst the trillions of microorganisms that make up our gut flora, we also find the main residence of our immune system here. These little soldiers work night and day to protect our bodies from foreign and local invasions, so maintaining a healthy environment here is also imperative for optimal immune function. But it doesn’t just stop there, researchers are now making interesting links between gut flora and several of the most common neurodegenerative diseases, like Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimers. It appears looking after your tummy health can have far reaching effects for your overall health – both now and for the future.

To take action and make sure you are supporting your best brain and gut health for you and your family, make sure you contact Perth Brain Centre at (08) 6500 3277 to book an appointment now.

Resources:

http://www.jneurosci.org/content/34/46/15490.full

http://www.nature.com/news/the-tantalizing-links-between-gut-microbes-and-the-brain-1.18557#gutbrain

http://www.nature.com/neuro/journal/v18/n7/full/nn.4030.html

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/gut-second-brain/

 

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A Perth chiropractor gives inside knowledge on the 9 best foods for sports performance

ffaWhen you’re competing it’s obvious that you want to be the best there is, so that means you need to look after your body to the max, including what you eat. High fat diets are not good for those who want to be athletic and be the best, but luckily, there is plenty of help and advice out there.

Perth chiropractor, Dr Adam Rocchi, shares his secrets on the 9 best foods you can pack into your diet, to boost your athletic performance.

Salmon – We know that oily fish is great for your overall health, containing omega 3 fatty acids, but these are also great for performance, because they help to reduce inflammation within the body. Try and eat two portions of oily fish per week, such as salmon.

Quinoa – This wholegrain is packed with benefits, and it can help you recover much faster from a workout or sporting activity, helping to build muscle which is leaner.

Berries – You will know that antioxidants are fantastic for the immune system, but they also help the body to cope with oxidative stress which is put onto your system during physical exertion. This can also help to keep your muscles stronger for longer, so throw some berries into your diet.

Beans – It’s important to get protein into your diet when you are competing, and beans are a great plant-based source. They contain no saturated fat, and they will help you to feel fuller for much longer, without the need to snack.

Pasta – Carbs aren’t bad for you in moderation, because your body needs them for energy. Simply switch to a wholegrain version and you will get that energy boost without the negative effects.

Bananas – Potassium is important for health and wellbeing, and during times of physical activity, we lose this important ingredient. Bananas are rich in potassium, which helps to cut down on muscle cramping, and keeps your fluid levels where they should be.

Nuts – Nuts are a great snack option, and they are a source of not only healthy fats, but protein too. Nuts will help you to feel fuller for longer, and are also associated with recovery after exercise, especially if you go for Brazil nuts.

Broccoli – Like any dark green coloured vegetable, broccoli is rich in important vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, so throw some into your evening meal for major benefit.,

Pumpkin seeds – A great source of natural iron, pumpkin seeds could be your answer to a low iron count, however this is something you need to see your doctor about also. Low iron is not conducive to plenty of energy for exercise, and pumpkin seeds are a good natural answer.

Of course, you need to be mindful of every single thing you eat or drink when you are an athlete, but these nine superfoods could certainly help you become the best you can be, whilst also keeping yourself fit and healthy overall.

If you want to learn more about your how diet can help you in your sporting activities, then call the practice now on (08) 61508785 Scarborough or (08) 61508783 Mount Pleasant to arrange an appointment.