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While many of us seem to survive off of coffee and soda, no one can reasonably argue that it is a healthy way to exist. Although the caffeine is often extremely welcome to our systems when we need to get up early for work, it doesn’t actually do our bodies any favors. Even for things like waking up, water is going to be your best bet. Focusing on getting enough water in your system should be priority number one if you are trying to be healthy and happy.
                  Water does a great many things for us, including regulating our body temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, and metabolism. It also helps to flush out any waste from the body, especially from the kidneys. Although things like coffee and soda do help people to get water into their systems, they have other ingredients that the body can absorb including sugars which can be damaging in high levels. This is why water and other liquid-based foods are good to have on hand. Things like yogurt, most fruit, and salads often have a large amount of water along with other health benefits. It is important to remember that water can come from many sources, but it is best to consume in its original form.
                  We always hear that we should drink eight glasses of water each day, but this isn’t necessarily true. In fact, drinking too much water can be dangerous to your body as well. Instead, scientists are now saying that drinking enough water to urinate every two or three hours is a healthy amount as long as your urine is clear. While some people may be able to get away with only a couple of glasses of water each day, people who exercise often will need more due to sweating out a lot of the water that they consume. The proper amount of water to drink to stay healthy is fully dependent upon the person.
                  Staying hydrated is only part of the healthy picture, but if you are concerned about your food and liquid intake, come into Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC and we can set up a nutrition plan that works for you. While you’re in, get a spinal adjustment and see just how much better you feel after. You never realize how much of a difference it can make until you already have one done!
 

Greenville Chiropractor
This week, I really want to talk to you about your diet. Now don’t worry, I’m not going to say that you need to change your weight at all. I just want to make sure that you’re eating in a healthy way! You see, chiropractors aren’t good just to crack some of your joints and send you back home. Although not everyone knows this, chiropractors can help you in other aspects of your life as well, since they have gone through medical school just like any other doctor you may visit. Here are a few of the things that you really should focus on in regards to what you’re eating.
Fruits and Veggies. You knew that this was going to be the first thing that I listed. I know that not everyone enjoys these foods and that they can be unfortunately expensive, but they really are super important to get. We often get patients asking us if drinking a bunch of V8 or similar drinks is okay as a substitution to eating these helpings and although they are better than nothing, it really isn’t ideal. If you can get the proper amount of fruits and veggies into your body through eating them, then you will already be in better shape than most.
Meats. If you are not a vegetarian or vegan, then you likely consume meat. Don’t worry, we aren’t here to tell you to stop. That is between you, your doctor, and your feelings. However, we also want to remind you that a diet of nothing but meat is not healthy either. You need to include balance in your meal planning and too much meat, especially red meat, is not good for your system. Try different ways of getting protein every now and then to see how you’ll feel.
Dairy. While some people cannot consume dairy for health reasons, and others don’t due to personal beliefs, there is nothing wrong with having an extra glass of milk in the morning if you want it. Having dairy in your diet is something that you may want to talk to your doctor or us about to see if you are getting an appropriate amount. Just be careful about how much cheese you eat. Come into Wirth Chiropractic today and let us know if you think your diet may have anything to do with how you feel from day to day.
 

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This week, I really wanted to focus on letting you know that most concerns that you may have about going to a chiropractor are not necessary. If you are like most people, any time you are heading into a doctor’s office is worrying. However, we wanted to really put some of those fears to rest for you because we are probably the least terrifying doctors you will ever meet. We are like the panda bears of the doctor world; we’re just super cuddly and want you to love us.
                  Many people are under the impression that chiropractors are not real doctors. This is a fairly silly belief because chiropractors go through medical school just like anyone else. In fact, just like any other specialty, chiropractors go through extra medical school to get their specification just like if we were going for orthopedic surgery. The only difference is the name of our type of practice and what exactly it is that we do. We don’t have to go to learn about surgery because we hope that we can solve your issue before it comes to that. We don’t have to learn about medications and what mixes well with what because we hope that we can fix whatever has happened without having you take pills for the rest of your life. Even though we don’t deal with scalpels or pills, we can assure you that we are still fully fledged doctors.
                  While we are fully understanding of any issues or concerns that you may have, we also want you to understand that we have no problem putting those fears to rest. If you are worried about something, let us know. I personally like to have my doctors talk to me while they do whatever it is they’re doing. If you’re like me, then let us know. If you’d rather not talk at all, let us know. We will do everything we can to make you comfortable and relaxed while we treat whatever you have come in for. Even if you are only in our office to accompany someone else, we will answer any questions you have. It really isn’t a problem. We want to be open with you if you are concerned and will do all we can to make that happen. Come into Wirth Chiropractic and see how much better you feel after talking to us!
 

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This week, I want to talk to you about stretching. As you may have noticed, I like to talk about how important stretching is to staying healthy. I stretch often due to having arthritis and fibromyalgia and have noticed a great improvement in my daily pain levels from the time I started stretching. When I was first diagnosed, I stopped stretching as often as I had before. When I realized I was getting worse, I began again and immediately noticed how much better I would feel throughout the day if I stretched for even ten minutes in the morning. Here are some of the stretches that I generally do.
Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and breathe deeply and evenly. Reach up towards the ceiling but don’t push yourself to go higher. Slowly bend over towards your feet so that your hands are hanging down. Take a deep breath and sigh. You will notice that your hands have now reached lower. Do this a couple of times until you feel like you cannot stretch any lower. Hold this for ten seconds, then slowly roll back up, as if you were building your spine up one vertebrae at a time until your head rests back where it should be.
Sit with your legs out in front of you together and reach towards your feet. If you cannot touch your toes, don’t worry. Keep reaching until you feel a stretch. Once you do, hold it for ten seconds and then crawl your hands back until you are sitting up again. Do this repeatedly. Over the time I spent stretching, I was able to get my hands from around my ankles until I could hook my wrists over the tops of my toes. It took me a couple of months, but it does work wonderfully.
Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and breathe deeply and evenly. Pretend that there is a string attached to your head that is pulling you up. Bring your hands up and stretch as close to the sky as possible before pretending to grab a bar. Hold that for ten seconds and then slowly go back to your original stance. Stretching is one of the best tools that you can have to battle pain. Come into Wirth Chiropractic for an adjustment and see what other kinds of stretches may be able to help you.
 

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This week, I wanted to talk mostly about methods to handle stress and about mental illness. These two things often go hand in hand and more often than not, chronic pain compounds the issues. Personally, I can tell you that this is true for me. Stress is always present in one form or another, but when you have a large amount of stress it can physically manifest into pains which is obviously never good. Statistically, people with chronic pain suffer from mental illness in larger numbers. You begin to see rather quickly how much of a vicious cycle these three things can be.
                  While it is never easy to get rid of stress, there are some things that we can do to help alleviate some of the symptoms. For me, more creative outlets have always been what works best. Things like writing, reading, singing, and even wood working can help me clear my mind and focus on the task at hand. Perhaps a nap is what works best for you. Maybe you like to doodle or even watch a mindless television show and just relax your muscles. As long as what you are doing is healthy and not harming yourself or someone else, then there’s nothing wrong with your method. After all, every person reacts to stress differently so it makes sense that something different will help get rid of it.
                  Mental health is something that we really need to speak about more, but we unfortunately don’t often have the resources to deal with this the way we do with something like a broken bone or blood disease. Mental illness can look different in each person, much like stress, and this unfortunately makes it more difficult to treat. However, we want to impress upon everyone the importance of seeking help if you believe something is wrong. The last thing that we want to hear is that you are unhappy due to something that you cannot control, such as the way that your brain produces certain chemicals.
                  Although we can’t solve everything, we want you to know that you are always welcome in Wirth Chiropractic. We love seeing you walk through the door because we know that no matter what else is going on, we can help at least one aspect of your life. Chiropractic care can help reduce pain which can help you to feel better. Come on in and let us help you relax, at least for a little while.
 

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This week I want to talk about getting a balanced diet. Having a healthy eating plan is the first stepping stone to living longer and being able to enjoy it more. While staying active and exercising is an important part of your lifestyle, it is only one factor. Making sure that you eat correctly to support all of the progress you make while working out is just as important as anything else.
                  Naturally you know that I’m going to say you need to eat your fruits and vegetables. If you know it, then be sure to do it! Now that spring is starting, more fruits will be ready to harvest and therefore more affordable. Getting those five portions of each every day can sound difficult, but if you think about all of the times that you snack (or want to) and try replacing the food you normally eat with fruits, you’ll see that it’s much easier than you think!
                  Another thing that you should try in your quest to eat healthier is eating more fish. Many dieticians suggest at least two portions of fish each week, including one oily portion. This would include fish like fresh tuna, salmon, trout, and others. Fish is a great source of protein and the oily fish can help your omega-3 levels which has been shown to promote heart health. If you do start eating more fish, try to get as wide a variety as possible. Just be sure to be careful around canned fish as it can be extremely high in salt.
                  Another common tip that we hear about healthy eating is to cut down on sugar and fat. Saturated fat is the real culprit here, which can be found in things like hard cheese, cream, butter, and cakes. If you’re looking to cut sugars out of your diet, you should start by reducing your intake of soda, most fruit juices, alcohol, and even most breakfast cereals. Sugar can be sneaky, so always be sure to read the ingredients and nutrition facts on the back of your food.
                  If you want a more personal approach to your diet, come into Wirth Chiropractic for a specialized dietician plan. We can work with you to figure out what will best meet your needs while still promoting a healthy lifestyle. You’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll feel!
 

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Something that doesn’t seem to be spoken about enough, yet often goes hand in hand with chronic pain, is mental health. There is a large stigma against having mental health issues but we are slowly working to allow a dialogue to form between people so that we can become more open and accepting in regards to this issue. The reason we bring this up is because very often people who deal with chronic pain tend to have a higher chance of developing mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. This is due not only to the heightened pain levels, but also the lack of restorative sleep that comes along with the pain.
                  For some people, the only thing that helps combat mental health issues is medication. If this is true for you, then that’s perfectly fine! We want you to understand that even though we personally don’t prescribe medicine, we still believe in the incredible things it can do when taken responsibly. Sometimes a person’s brain cannot produce enough of certain chemicals just like a diabetic’s body cannot produce insulin correctly. We would never suggest someone with diabetes to come in for chiropractic care under the pretense of them being able to stop taking insulin and so we will not do that for someone with a disorder like depression or anxiety or anything else. If medicine works for you, then at least you have found something that does and we are thrilled to see that you feel better with it.
                  With that said, we will still suggest that you come into Wirth Chiropractic for some treatment. There are literally over 100 years of practice and evidence which shows that our type of non-invasive treatments can severely help people who experience chronic pain. It has also been shown that people who experience chronic pain and then are relieved of that tend to be healthier mentally than those who are still exposed to those heightened levels. This makes a great load of sense, but sometimes people don’t always put two and two together or have tried any number of other methods to find relief and haven’t heard of chiropractic care.
                  If you are suffering from a mental health disorder, we want you to know that you are not alone and that we are not necessarily the doctors to visit for that treatment or diagnosis. However, we can help you to reduce your pain levels which may just help you to feel better mentally as well. Come in to Wirth Chiropractic today and give us a try!
 

Greenville Chiropractor
Something that some of our clients do which always seems to help is keep a journal. While some like to journal their feelings or events that happen with their loved ones, others keep a record of what happens related to their health. This is actually a wonderful idea and we always suggest this if someone seems to be suffering from something chronically. Recording each instance of symptoms can help you and your doctors identify certain issues easier and writing them down as they happen are more reliable than just your memory.
                  One suggestion that we always give is to purchase a daily organizer at a discount store, such as a dollar store. If you can find one that has a fair amount of space for each day, that is the best format for recording your symptoms. While just a few words may be helpful to mark down how often these incidents occur, it is better to be as descriptive as possible. This means that you need the extra space in order to remember exactly what was happening. It also helps to write down the time in case you have multiple episodes in a day.
                  Some people use color coding to differentiate between symptoms if they have multiple medical problems. This can also be extremely helpful in picking out what needs to be told to which doctor. Naturally this isn’t something that will work for everyone, but it is a good idea to try and see if this method is for you.
                  If you cannot find a daily planner with enough room for each day, then you may want to jot down a couple of words in it and keep a separate notebook or digital document for more details. When you are first trying to explain symptoms for a diagnosis, keeping detailed records are key and this is a great way to make sure that you won’t forget to mention anything once you get to the doctor.
                  Even for things like back pain that may not seem like they need to be recorded, we suggest trying it before you begin treatment. This means that once you start to see someone for it, like a chiropractor, you will be able to quantify how much better you feel. Come into Wirth Chiropractic today and see just how great you’ll feel once you start to get treatment.