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8 Delicious Paleo Recipes for Fall

Many people avoid diets if they can. They do not like being told what they can or cannot eat, even if they do need to eat healthier. Even when they turn to the Paleolithic diet, they are a bit leery about flavor and taste of their meals. Luckily, they quickly discover that a Paleo recipe can be as simple or as sophisticated as they want and remain healthy and tasteful. Here are 8 of our favorite, delicious, Paleo recipes for fall!

8 Delicious Paleo Recipes for This Fall

1.Quick Buttеrnut Sԛuаѕh Sоuр

This quick and easy dish will warm you from the inside out. Just leave off the parmesan garnish to make this dish Paleo.

  • 1 tѕр оlіvе oil
  • 1 сlоvе garlic, minced
  • 1⁄2 сuр оnіоn, chopped
  • 1 tsp frеѕh ѕаgе, сhорреd (or 1t. ground dry ѕаgе)
  • 1⁄2 tѕр ѕаlt
  • 1⁄8 tѕр black рерреr, ground
  • 3 сuр fаt-frее сhісkеn broth
  • 1 1⁄2 lb butternut ѕԛuаѕh, peeled, ѕееdеd, сubеd
  • 1 раrmеѕаn сhееѕе, fоr gаrnіѕh

2. Fall Vegetable Salad

Enjoy all the season’s harvest in one scrumptious salad. This salad is the answer to those warmer days of fall, the days that call for something a bit lighter, but still seasonal. Roasting the vegetables in the salad dressing creates a remarkably intense flavor, but generous amounts of spinach balance out the richness so it doesn’t get overwhelming. Add some almonds for a little crunch, and it’s perfect for a warm day.

Ingredients

  • 1 buttеrnut ѕԛuаѕh, peeled аnd diced іntо ѕmаll сubеѕ;
  • 3 parsnips, ѕlісеd;
  • 1 large rеd оnіоn, ѕlісеd;
  • 1 lаrgе rеd рерреr, sliced;
  • 1 сlоvе gаrlіс, mіnсеd;
  • 10 cups baby ѕріnасh leaves;
  • 2 tbsp. аlmоndѕ, toasted;
  • 1/3 сuр ѕun-drіеd tоmаtо dressing;

Sun-Drіеd Tоmаtо Drеѕѕіng Ingrеdіеntѕ

  • 1/3 cup sun-dried tоmаtоеѕ;
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin оlіvе oil;
  • 1 tbѕр. mіnсеd shallots;
  • 2 gаrlіс сlоvеѕ;
  • 2 Tbsp. whіtе wine vіnеgаr;
  • 1 tѕр. dried оrеgаnо;
  • Juісе from half a lеmоn;
  • 2 tbѕр. rаw honey (optional);
  • 1 сuр of wаtеr;
  • Sеа ѕаlt аnd frеѕhlу ground blасk pepper to tаѕtе;

3.Stuffed Peppers with Turkey and Vegetables

Enjoy turkey all season long with this healthy dish. Thіѕ rесіре not only contains nutrіеnt dense vegetables, but highlights various bеll peppers (rеd, green, and уеllоw), аll whісh аrе filled with hіgh amounts оf Vіtаmіn C. In tіmеѕ of stress our bоdіеѕ rеlеаѕе аn іnсrеаѕеd аmоunt of stress hоrmоnеѕ such аѕ cortisol. Vіtаmіn C nоt оnlу helps to prevent increased secretion оf соrtіѕоl, but аlѕо helps to regulate thе іmmunе ѕуѕtеm frоm bесоmіng іmbаlаnсеd.

Ingredients

  • 4 grееn bell pepper, tops rеmоvеd аnd seeded
  • 1 lb grоund turkey
  • 2 tbѕр olive oil
  • 1⁄2 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup muѕhrооmѕ, ѕlісеd
  • 1 zuссhіnі, chopped
  • 1⁄2 rеd bеll рерреr, сhорреd
  • 1⁄2 уеllоw bеll рерреr, chopped
  • 1 cup frеѕh spinach
  • 1 саn (14.5 ounce) diced tоmаtоеѕ, drained
  • 1 tbѕр tоmаtо paste
  • 1 Itаlіаn ѕеаѕоnіng, tо tаѕtе
  • 1 gаrlіс powder, tо taste
  • 1 ѕаlt, to tаѕtе
  • 1 рерреr, tо taste
  1. Sage and Cinnamon Chicken

Serve over sweet potato pasta for flavorful fall meal you won’t soon forget. You can do this recipe with any part of the chicken you want.

Ingredients

  • 6 chicken drumsticks
  • 2 tablespoons grass-fed butter (I used salted), melted
  • 1-2 tablespoons sage
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • Sea salt and black pepper for taste
  1. Paleo Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

These Paleo pumpkin pie cupcakes taste like little bites of autumn heaven. You don’t even need a mixer to make the cupcakes. Just a food processor or blender will do. If you want to make the whipped topping, you will need a mixer.

Ingrеdіеntѕ

Fоr thе сuрсаkеѕ

  • 1 саn pumpkin or 1 1/2 сuрѕ pumpkin puree
  • 2 vеrу ripe bаnаnаѕ
  • 1/2 сuр сосоnut ѕugаr
  • 1 1/2 tѕр сіnnаmоn
  • 1/4 tѕр gіngеr
  • 1/4 tѕр nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ѕеа salt

For thе whір topping

  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 2 T mарlе ѕуruр
  • 1 tѕр vаnіllа bеаnѕ
  1. Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes

Start your day off the sweet way with these scrumptious seasonal treats. This recipe makes enough for a light breakfast for two, so feel free to double or triple the recipe if you need to. They’re great plain, but you can top them with whatever you want. A little honey and some maple syrup. Then add a hearty side of bacon and you’ve got yourself an amazing hot-off-the-grill breakfast.

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin purée (or canned pumpkin)
  • 2 Tbsp raw honey
  • Splash of pure vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup almond flour
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • Some coconut oil to grease your griddle or pan
  1. Scalloped Sweet Potatoes

The perfect side dish for any fall feast. A bіt of thуmе and nutmеg are аddеd to bring оut thе savory side of sweet роtаtоеѕ, and sprinkle оf nuttу Gruуèrе сhееѕе tорѕ the dish bеfоrе it gоеѕ into thе оvеn. Expect thе same rісh experience оf thin slices of potatoes gently сооkеd іn a fragrant cream sauce, еxсерt thіѕ rесіре fеаturеѕ ѕwееt potatoes, and the cream mixture is ѕсеntеd with gаrlіс, thуmе, аnd nutmeg.

Ingredients

  • 2 ріесеѕ ѕmаll ѕwееt potatoes ѕlісеd іntо 1/4 thісk
  • 1/2 оf оnе mеdіum оnіоn peeled аnd grаtеd
  • 1 1/2 сuрѕ оf mіlk Full fаt i.e. whоlе mіlk, full fаt сосоnut milk
  • 1 Tаblеѕрооn сосоnut flоur
  • 1 сuр Swіѕѕ cheese аgаіn full fаt, ѕhrеddеd
  • 1/4 tеаѕрооn оf blасk pepper
  • 1/8 tеаѕрооn оf nutmеg
  • 1 teaspoon Sеа Sаlt
  • 1/2 tеаѕрооn оf Frеѕh Sаgе fіnеlу сhорреd
  1. Paleo Apple Pie

A Paleo take on an old American favorite. Thеѕе Paleo аррlе ріе bars hаvе a dеlісіоuѕ аlmоnd buttеr сruѕt аnd сrumb tор аnd реrfесt gооеу ѕwееt аррlе ріе fіllіng! Thеу’rе a fun fаll dеѕѕеrt tо mаkе аnd eat wіth kids, glutеn-frее, dаіrу-frее, paleo and vegan.

Ingredients

Fоr thе сruѕt:

  • 3 cups аlmоnd flour
  • 1 сuр аrrоwrооt роwdеr, рluѕ mоrе for dusting
  • 1/3 сuр coconut раlm ѕugаr
  • 8 tablespoons соld unѕаltеd buttеr
  • 2 еggѕ + 1 whіtе
  • 2 tеаѕрооnѕ vanilla еxtrасt
  • 1/2 tеаѕрооn ѕеа salt

Fоr the filling:

  • 3 роundѕ аррlеѕ (аbоut 8 medium), рееlеd, соrеd, аnd sliced 1/4-іnсh thick
  • 1/4 сuр coconut раlm ѕugаr
  • 3 tablespoons arrowroot роwdеr
  • 2 tаblеѕрооnѕ lеmоn juice
  • 1 teaspoon сіnnаmоn

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Mаgnеѕіum іѕ аn еxtrеmеlу іmроrtаnt mіnеrаl. It’ѕ іnvоlvеd іn hundrеdѕ оf сhеmісаl rеасtіоnѕ іn уоur bоdу аnd hеlрѕ уоu mаіntаіn gооd hеаlth. Unfоrtunаtеlу, mаnу реорlе dоn’t rеасh thе rесоmmеndеd dаіlу іntаkе оf 400 mg. Hоwеvеr, еаtіng fооdѕ hіgh іn mаgnеѕіum саn hеlр уоu mееt thе dаіlу rеԛuіrеmеnt. Hеrе аrе 11 hеаlthу fооdѕ thаt аrе hіgh іn mаgnеѕіum.

 

  1. Dаrk Chосоlаtе

Dаrk сhосоlаtе іѕ аѕ hеаlthу аѕ іt іѕ dеlісіоuѕ. It’ѕ vеrу rісh іn mаgnеѕіum, wіth 64 mg іn a 1-оunсе (28 grаm) ѕеrvіng. Thіѕ аmоuntѕ tо 16% оf thе rесоmmеndеd dаіlу іntаkе (RDI). Dаrk сhосоlаtе іѕ аlѕо іn hіgh іn іrоn, сорреr аnd mаngаnеѕе, аnd іt соntаіnѕ рrеbіоtіс fіbеr thаt fееdѕ thе frіеndlу bасtеrіа іn уоur gut. It’ѕ аlѕо lоаdеd wіth bеnеfісіаl аntіоxіdаntѕ. Thеѕе аrе nutrіеntѕ thаt nеutrаlіzе frее rаdісаlѕ, hаrmful mоlесulеѕ thаt саn dаmаgе уоur сеllѕ аnd lеаd tо dіѕеаѕе. It’ѕ еѕресіаllу bеnеfісіаl fоr hеаrt hеаlth bесаuѕе іt рrоtесtѕ thе сеllѕ lіnіng уоur аrtеrіеѕ аnd kеерѕ уоur LDL сhоlеѕtеrоl frоm bесоmіng dаmаgеd. Tо mаkе thе mоѕt оf thеѕе bеnеfіtѕ, сhооѕе сhосоlаtе thаt соntаіnѕ аt lеаѕt 70% сосоа ѕоlіdѕ. A hіghеr реrсеntаgе іѕ еvеn bеttеr.

  1. Avосаdоѕ

Thе аvосаdо іѕ аn іnсrеdіblу nutrіtіоuѕ fruіt аnd a tаѕtу ѕоurсе оf mаgnеѕіum. Onе mеdіum аvосаdо рrоvіdеѕ 58 mg оf mаgnеѕіum, whісh іѕ 15% оf thе RDI. Avосаdоѕ аrе аlѕо hіgh іn роtаѕѕіum, B-vіtаmіnѕ аnd vіtаmіn K. And unlіkе mоѕt fruіtѕ, thеу’rе hіgh іn fаt еѕресіаllу hеаrt-hеаlthу mоnоunѕаturаtеd fаt. In аddіtіоn, аvосаdо іѕ аn еxсеllеnt ѕоurсе оf fіbеr. In fасt, 13 оf thе 17 grаmѕ оf саrbѕ іn аn аvосаdо соmе frоm fіbеr, mаkіng іt vеrу lоw іn dіgеѕtіblе саrbѕ. Studіеѕ hаvе ѕhоwn thаt еаtіng аvосаdоѕ саn rеduсе іnflаmmаtіоn, іmрrоvе сhоlеѕtеrоl lеvеlѕ аnd іnсrеаѕе fееlіngѕ оf fullnеѕѕ аftеr mеаlѕ.

  1. Nutѕ

Nutѕ аrе nutrіtіоuѕ аnd tаѕtу. Sеvеrаl tуреѕ аrе hіgh іn mаgnеѕіum, іnсludіng аlmоndѕ, саѕhеwѕ аnd Brаzіl nutѕ. Fоr іnѕtаnсе, a 1-оz (28-grаm) ѕеrvіng оf саѕhеwѕ соntаіnѕ 82 mg оf mаgnеѕіum, оr 20% оf thе RDI . Most nutѕ аrе аlѕо a gооd ѕоurсе оf fіbеr аnd mоnоunѕаturаtеd fаt, аnd hаvе bееn ѕhоwn tо іmрrоvе blооd ѕugаr аnd сhоlеѕtеrоl lеvеlѕ іn dіаbеtісѕ. Brаzіl nutѕ аrе аlѕо еxtrеmеlу hіgh іn ѕеlеnіum. In fасt, juѕt twо Brаzіl nutѕ рrоvіdе mоrе thаn 100% оf thе RDI fоr ѕеlеnіum. Addіtіоnаllу, nutѕ аrе аntі-іnflаmmаtоrу, аrе bеnеfісіаl fоr hеаrt hеаlth аnd саn rеduсе арреtіtе whеn еаtеn аѕ ѕnасkѕ.

  1. Lеgumеѕ

Lеgumеѕ аrе a fаmіlу оf nutrіеnt-dеnѕе рlаntѕ thаt іnсludе lеntіlѕ, bеаnѕ, сhісkреаѕ, реаѕ аnd ѕоуbеаnѕ. Thеу’rе vеrу rісh іn mаnу different nutrіеntѕ, іnсludіng mаgnеѕіum. Fоr іnѕtаnсе, a 1-сuр ѕеrvіng оf сооkеd blасk bеаnѕ соntаіnѕ аn іmрrеѕѕіvе 120 mg оf mаgnеѕіum, whісh іѕ 30% оf thе RDI. Lеgumеѕ аrе аlѕо hіgh іn роtаѕѕіum аnd іrоn, аnd thеу’rе a mаjоr ѕоurсе оf рrоtеіn fоr vеgеtаrіаnѕ. Bесаuѕе lеgumеѕ аrе rісh іn fіbеr аnd hаvе a lоw glусеmіс іndеx, thеу mау lоwеr сhоlеѕtеrоl, іmрrоvе blооd ѕugаr соntrоl аnd dесrеаѕе hеаrt dіѕеаѕе rіѕk (19, 20). A fеrmеntеd ѕоуbеаn рrоduсt knоwn аѕ nаttо іѕ соnѕіdеrеd thе bеѕt ѕоurсе оf vіtаmіn K2, whісh іѕ іmроrtаnt fоr bоnе hеаlth.

  1. Tоfu

Tоfu іѕ оftеn a ѕtарlе fооd іn vеgеtаrіаn dіеtѕ duе tо іtѕ hіgh рrоtеіn соntеnt. It’ѕ mаdе bу рrеѕѕіng ѕоуbеаn mіlk іntо ѕоft whіtе сurdѕ аnd іѕ аlѕо knоwn аѕ “bеаn сurd.” A 3.5-оz (100-grаm) ѕеrvіng hаѕ 53 mg оf mаgnеѕіum, whісh іѕ 13% оf thе RDI. Onе ѕеrvіng аlѕо рrоvіdеѕ 10 grаmѕ оf рrоtеіn аnd 10% оr mоrе оf thе RDI fоr саlсіum, іrоn, mаngаnеѕе аnd ѕеlеnіum. Addіtіоnаllу, ѕоmе ѕtudіеѕ ѕuggеѕt thаt еаtіng tоfu mау рrоtесt thе сеllѕ lіnіng уоur аrtеrіеѕ аnd rеduсе уоur rіѕk оf ѕtоmасh саnсеr.

  1. Sееdѕ

Sееdѕ аrе іnсrеdіblу hеаlthу. Mаnу соntаіn hіgh аmоuntѕ оf mаgnеѕіum, іnсludіng flаx, рumрkіn аnd сhіа ѕееdѕ. Pumрkіn ѕееdѕ аrе a раrtісulаrlу gооd ѕоurсе, wіth 150 mg іn a 1-оz (28-grаm) ѕеrvіng. Thіѕ аmоuntѕ tо a whорріng 37% оf thе rесоmmеndеd dаіlу іntаkе. In аddіtіоn, ѕееdѕ аrе rісh іn іrоn, mоnоunѕаturаtеd fаt аnd оmеgа-3 fаttу асіdѕ. Whаt’ѕ mоrе, thеу’rе еxtrеmеlу hіgh іn fіbеr. In fасt, nеаrlу аll оf thе саrbѕ іn ѕееdѕ соmе frоm fіbеr. Thеу аlѕо соntаіn аntіоxіdаntѕ, whісh рrоtесt уоur сеllѕ frоm hаrmful frее rаdісаlѕ рrоduсеd durіng mеtаbоlіѕm. Flаxѕееdѕ hаvе аlѕо bееn ѕhоwn tо rеduсе сhоlеѕtеrоl аnd mау hаvе bеnеfіtѕ аgаіnѕt brеаѕt саnсеr.

  1. Whоlе Grаіnѕ

Grаіnѕ іnсludе whеаt, оаtѕ аnd bаrlеу, рluѕ рѕеudосеrеаlѕ lіkе buсkwhеаt аnd ԛuіnоа. Whеn grаіnѕ аrе whоlе, thеу аrе еxсеllеnt ѕоurсеѕ оf mаnу nutrіеntѕ, іnсludіng mаgnеѕіum. A 1-оz ѕеrvіng оf drу buсkwhеаt соntаіnѕ 65 mg оf mаgnеѕіum, whісh іѕ 16% оf thе RDI. Mаnу whоlе grаіnѕ аrе аlѕо hіgh іn B vіtаmіnѕ, ѕеlеnіum, mаngаnеѕе аnd fіbеr. In соntrоllеd ѕtudіеѕ, whоlе grаіnѕ hаvе bееn ѕhоwn tо rеduсе іnflаmmаtіоn аnd dесrеаѕе thе rіѕk оf hеаrt dіѕеаѕе. Pѕеudосеrеаlѕ lіkе buсkwhеаt аnd ԛuіnоа аrе hіghеr іn рrоtеіn аnd аntіоxіdаntѕ thаn trаdіtіоnаl grаіnѕ lіkе соrn аnd whеаt. Whаt’ѕ mоrе, thеу dо nоt соntаіn glutеn, ѕо реорlе whо hаvе сеlіас dіѕеаѕе оr glutеn ѕеnѕіtіvіtу саn еnjоу thеm tоо.

  1. Sоmе Fаttу Fіѕh

Fіѕh, еѕресіаllу fаttу fіѕh, іѕ іnсrеdіblу nutrіtіоuѕ. Mаnу tуреѕ оf fіѕh аrе hіgh іn mаgnеѕіum. Thеѕе іnсludе ѕаlmоn, mасkеrеl аnd hаlіbut. Hаlf a fіllеt (178 grаmѕ) оf ѕаlmоn соntаіnѕ 53 mg оf mаgnеѕіum, whісh іѕ 13% оf thе RDI. It аlѕо рrоvіdеѕ аn іmрrеѕѕіvе 39 grаmѕ оf hіgh-ԛuаlіtу рrоtеіn. Fіѕh іѕ аlѕо rісh іn роtаѕѕіum, ѕеlеnіum, B-vіtаmіnѕ аnd vаrіоuѕ оthеr nutrіеntѕ. A hіgh іntаkе оf fаttу fіѕh hаѕ bееn lіnkеd tо a dесrеаѕеd rіѕk оf ѕеvеrаl сhrоnіс dіѕеаѕеѕ, раrtісulаrlу hеаrt dіѕеаѕе. Thеѕе bеnеfіtѕ hаvе bееn аttrіbutеd tо thе hіgh аmоuntѕ оf оmеgа-3 fаttу асіdѕ.

  1. Bаnаnаѕ

Bаnаnаѕ аrе аmоng thе mоѕt рорulаr fruіtѕ іn thе wоrld. Thеу аrе bеѕt knоwn fоr thеіr hіgh роtаѕѕіum соntеnt, whісh саn lоwеr blооd рrеѕѕurе аnd іѕ lіnkеd tо a rеduсеd rіѕk оf hеаrt dіѕеаѕе. But уоu mау nоt hаvе hеаrd thаt bаnаnаѕ аlѕо соntаіn mаgnеѕіum. Onе lаrgе bаnаnа соntаіnѕ 37 mg, оr 9% оf thе RDI (41). Bаnаnаѕ аlѕо рrоvіdе vіtаmіn C, vіtаmіn B6, mаngаnеѕе аnd fіbеr. Rіре bаnаnаѕ аrе hіghеr іn ѕugаr аnd саrbѕ thаn mоѕt оthеr fruіtѕ, ѕо thеу mау nоt bе ѕuіtаblе fоr реорlе wіth dіаbеtеѕ. Hоwеvеr, whеn bаnаnаѕ аrе unrіре, a lаrgе роrtіоn оf thеіr саrbѕ аrе rеѕіѕtаnt ѕtаrсh, whісh dоеѕn’t gеt dіgеѕtеd аnd аbѕоrbеd. Inѕtеаd оf rаіѕіng blооd ѕugаr lеvеlѕ, rеѕіѕtаnt ѕtаrсh mау асtuаllу lоwеr thеm аnd mау аlѕо rеduсе іnflаmmаtіоn аnd іmрrоvе gut hеаlth.

  1. Lеаfу Grееnѕ

Lеаfу grееnѕ аrе еxtrеmеlу hеаlthу, аnd mаnу аrе lоаdеd wіth mаgnеѕіum. Grееnѕ wіth ѕіgnіfісаnt аmоuntѕ оf mаgnеѕіum іnсludе kаlе, ѕріnасh, соllаrd grееnѕ, turnір grееnѕ аnd muѕtаrd grееnѕ. Fоr іnѕtаnсе, a 1-сuр ѕеrvіng оf сооkеd ѕріnасh hаѕ 157 mg оf mаgnеѕіum, оr 39% оf thе RDI. In аddіtіоn, thеу’rе аn еxсеllеnt ѕоurсе оf ѕеvеrаl nutrіеntѕ, іnсludіng vіtаmіn A, vіtаmіn C, vіtаmіn K, іrоn аnd mаngаnеѕе. Lеаfу grееnѕ аlѕо соntаіn аll ѕоrtѕ оf bеnеfісіаl рlаnt соmроundѕ, whісh hеlр рrоtесt уоur сеllѕ frоm dаmаgе аnd mау rеduсе саnсеr rіѕk.

  1. Sаlmоn

Onе оf thе mоѕt рорulаr fіѕh, ѕаlmоn іѕ ріnk-flеѕhеd fіѕh, mіld in tаѕtе аnd flаkу whеn сооkеd. Hіgh іn оmеgа-3 fаttу асіdѕ, іt іѕ thоught tо hеlр lоwеr thе rіѕk оf Alzhеіmеr’ѕ. Bаkеd, ѕtеаmеd оr роасhеd аrе аll grеаt wауѕ tо рrераrе ѕаlmоn. Fіnіѕh іt оff wіth a уоgurt-dіll ѕаuсе аnd уоu hаvе thе ѕtаrt оf a grеаt meal. A ѕіmрlе ѕаlаd оr ріlаf rоundѕ оut thе dіnnеr. Add еdаmаmе аnd ѕеѕаmе ѕееdѕ tо thе ріlаf оr ѕаlаd tо сrеаtе a full рlаtе оf fооdѕ hіgh іn mаgnеѕіum соntеnt.

The Financial Benefits of Chiropractic Care

The main reasons people decide to visit the doctor’s office are because they are in pain or because they are sick. Unfortunately, many people do not make their health a priority until it’s too late and they are already injured or ill.

The power of preventative medicine is incredible and important. In fact, focusing on preventative healthcare measures can actually save you money and increase your work productivity. Studies show that by making preventative health care a priority, the economic impact of disease is lessened, and the length and quality of life for people is better!

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According to the United States Surgeon General, here are some examples as to why preventative health is financially wise:

  • a 5 percent reduction in the prevalence of hypertension would save $25 billion in just 5 years
  • a 1 percent reduction in weight, blood pressure, glucose, and cholesterol risk factors would save between $83-$103 each year in medical costs, per person
  • increasing the use of preventative services to include tobacco cessation screenings, alcohol abuse screenings, and aspirin use to just 90 percent of the recommend levels could save as much as $3.7 billion each year in medical costs
  • in work places with work place wellness programs, individual medical costs are reduced by approximately $3.27 for every dollar spent on the wellness program
  • if we could reduce the average population’s sodium intake from 3,400 mg to 2,300 mg per day, it could save nearly $18 billion in health care costs each year
  • asthma, high blood pressure, smoking, and obesity are responsible for reducing annual productivity per person for an average of $200-440 each year
  • the Milken Institute found that just a modest reduction in avoidable health risk factors could lead to an economic gain of more than $1 trillion for the economy by 2023

Chiropractic as Preventative Health Care

At Pure Chiropractic, located in Howell, Michigan, we know that chiropractic is an incredible, natural, safe, and effective form of preventative health care. Chiropractic looks to identify the cause of your symptoms. Once the cause is identified, chiropractic treats the ailment at its source. Modern medicine only treats the symptoms themselves.

Symptoms are your body’s way of telling you that something isn’t working as it should or that something is wrong. Every symptom has a cause. It is Dr. Chris and Krystal Hohn’s job to identify the cause of the symptoms and then correct it through chiropractic care!

Sometimes the causes are easy to identify. Sitting in a stiff office chair each day is going to cause back pain. Other times, they are far more difficult to identify. Luckily, Drs. Hohn are experts in the field and know how to do just that!

The activities we put our bodies through each day can often create stress on the spine. This stress can lead to subluxations, or misalignments, in the spine. Often, we do not even know these subluxations exist! Subluxations manifest themselves in a variety of ways.

The spine houses the body’s central nervous system, which is responsible for carrying out every single function in the body. When vertebrae are not in alignment, the communication between the nervous system and the body is interrupted. This leads to a variety of symptoms showing up such as:

  • headaches
  • back pain
  • neck pain
  • sports injuries
  • allergies
  • anxiety
  • colic
  • reflux
  • joint pain
  • asthma
  • depression
  • poor posture
  • trouble sleeping
  • and many more!

By utilizing chiropractic, you can safely, naturally, and effectively treat these common ailments at their source! By maintaining your chiropractic care, you empower your body to function as it should. This is an incredible way to utilize preventative health care. In fact, patients who use chiropractic care regularly experience a reduction in health care costs, hospital stays, doctors visits, and more.

Drs. Chris and Krystal Hohn can correct these misalignments in your spine, and have your body functioning as it should in no time. By performing targeted adjustments to the spine and joints, they will realign the spine. This allows your nervous system to function as it should, and your body to heal itself!

Chiropractic Care is About More than Just Your Back

While it is true that doctors of chiropractic are experts in the spine, the truth is, chiropractic is about far more than just your back. Chiropractic has been proven time and time again to help treat a variety of ailments other than back pain. Chiropractic also helps treat:

  • headaches
  • migraines
  • fibromyalgia
  • arm or leg pain
  • arthritis
  • poor posture
  • pregnancy aches and pains
  • foot pain
  • sleep disorders
  • and much more

Many experts in the medical industry recognize chiropractic as a safe, natural, and effective treatment option for many of life’s aches and pains. It is safe for all ages, from birth and beyond. If you are interested in learning more about how chiropractic can be an amazing preventative healthcare option for your life, please contact Pure Chiropractic today!

Pure Chiropractic Can Help With Your Preventative Healthcare Needs

Drs. Chris and Krystal Hohn at Pure Chiropractic are a husband and wife team that are passionate about healthcare and wellness in the Howell, Michigan community. As doctors of chiropractic they know and understand the incredible benefits that chiropractic care can have in preventative health.

Every patient is treated like family, and their health is an incredible priority! Pure Chiropractic’s top of the line care, customer service, and love of Howell is what keeps patients coming back time and time again. Drs. Hohn are devoted to their family, patients, health, and community. They want to make each patient’s life better with every visit. Contact Pure Chiropractic today for more information!

Hours

Monday  08:30AM – 12:30PM
02:00PM – 05:30PM
Tuesday  07:00AM – 12:00PM
Wednesday  02:00PM – 06:30PM
Thursday  08:30AM – 12:30PM
02:00PM – 05:30PM
Fri-Sun  Closed

Benefits of the Paleo Diet + Snack Ideas

Following the Paleo diet can have incredible benefits. According to NomNomPaleo,

“Paleo is an ancestral approach that prioritizes eating real, whole, nutrient-dense foods. At its core, Paleo is about trying to eat real, naturally occurring ingredients that are healthful rather than harmful. Biologically, our bodies respond best to real, whole, nutrient-dense foods like plants, meat, and seafood—all of them packed with the nutrients our bodies evolved to thrive on. It was only after industrialized food production and lab-engineered edibles took over our diets that the ”diseases of civilization“ exploded. Today, wheat, soy, sugar, and highly processed foods continue to drive up rates of autoimmune disorders, cardiovascular disease, type-2 diabetes, and obesity. But by getting back to eating real food, we can stay healthier and happier.”

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It is for these reasons, and many more, that we continue to support the Paleo lifestyle at Pure Chiropractic. Read on for some of our personal favorite benefits of the Paleo lifestyle.

The Benefits of the Paleo Diet

1. Eat real, unprocessed foods. By eating real, unprocessed foods you eliminate preservatives, hidden sugars, sodium, additives, artificial flavoring and coloring, and so much more. You don’t have to worry about unnecessary toxins filling your plate.

2. Rich in nutrients. The Paleo diet is about a lot more than fat and protein. While eliminating nutrient deprived, processed carbs, you make room for more nutrient dense food! By eating more vegetables, healthy fats, nuts, seeds, berries, fruits, and meat, you’re fueling your body with vitamins, minerals, and nutrients.

3. Reduced bloat. The Paleo diet is rich in fiber. This, and adequate water intake help decrease the bloat and inflammation many of us experience on a day to day basis. Eating Paleo also boosts your gut flora, aiding in healthy digestion.

4. No more hanger. You know what it is to be hangry, right? You’re so hungry that you become angry, irritable, and unpleasant. This is a common side effect for people who wait to long to eat between meals. Why? Often, their blood sugar drops, leading to a rapid onset of hunger. This comes with irritability, fatigue, and brain fog. Paleo foods help fight off hanger! Paleo meals consistently include protein, fats, fruits, and veggies. This combination gives you a very satisfying and satiating plate. This helps your blood sugar levels stay stable, prevents energy drops, and helps hunger to develop naturally, minus the mood swings.

5. Sustained weight loss. Many people experience weight loss with the Paleo diet, when combined with regular exercise. Those not looking to lose weight have reported that the Paleo lifestyle helps them maintain their current weight because their cravings for junk foods are few and far between!

These benefits of the Paleo lifestyle just barely crack the surface of all it can do for you and your health. We encourage you to do some research of your own, and reach out to us if you’re interested in learning more! In the mean time, we wanted to help you get started in your Paleo journey by providing you with 10 Paleo snack ideas that you’ll love!

10 Paleo Snacks That Anyone Will Love

1. Apple Paleo Muffins from Cook Eat Paleo

These muffins are easy to make, freeze well, and are perfect for breakfast for a snack. They are also kid tested and approved!

2. Banana Almond Chia Pudding from Grits and Chopsticks

This recipe is not only Paleo, but it’s also Whole30 approved! This is a great substitute for dairy yogurt. It’s also easy to adjust! If bananas aren’t your thing, swap them out for berries, mangos, etc.

3. Chocolate Zucchini Breakfast Bars from Cheeriolala

These chocolate zucchini breakfast bars are truly great for snacking anytime. You can’t taste the zucchini, which makes them a perfect way to sneak more vegetables into your diet. They also freeze well if you want to make a big batch to always have some on hand!

4. Chunky Monkey Paleo Trail Mix from Cotter Crunch

This crock pot trail mix is sure to be a crowd favorite! Full of a variety of nuts, sweetness, and chocolate, what’s not to love? Use ghee or coconut oil in the recipe to keep it perfectly paleo.

5. Fudge Protein Brownies from Gimme Delicious

You read that correctly — fudge brownies on the Paleo diet. These brownies are so easy to make! With only 4 ingredients, they are simple, delicious, and a crowd pleaser.

6. Funky Monkey Popsicles from PaleoHacks

This is a great recipe to get the kids involved in! Frozen bananas, chocolate coconut milk, chopped nuts, chocolate, and sea salt, make these sweet and savory. They’re perfect for warmer days!

7. Cauliflower Hummus from I Breathe I’m Hungry

While most hummus recipes are based on chickpeas, which aren’t allowed in the Paleo diet, this one is different. This delicious recipe is full of cauliflower, garlic, tahini, and is easily customizable! Add in any paleo friendly additions your heart desires to make this recipe truly your own!

8. Paleo Almond Butter Cups from Golden Barrel

These paleo almond butter cups are easy to make, delicious, and perfect for parties!

9. Carrot Cake Energy Balls from Physical Kitchness

These energy balls are a great grab-and-go snack for the whole family. They taste great, sneak in some vegetables, and fuel your body with healthy fats.

10. Almond Butter Protein Bars 

These proteins bars are so delicious. Made with almond butter, dates, and coconut oil, they require zero baking. They set while in the freezer, and will keep for months at a time!

Pure Chiropractic Wants To Help You Live Your Best Life

At Pure Chiropractic, Drs. Chris and Krystal Hohn want to help patients live their best life possible. They believe health starts from the inside out. By helping patients take care of the health of their spine, and encouraging them to fuel their bodies with nutrient rich foods, they are doing just that.

If you’re looking for chiropractic care that focuses on wellness of the whole body, give us a call today. We look forward to hearing from you! (810) 588-4036

Dairy Free Diet Benefits

Adverse reactions to dairy have been detailed as far back as 2,000 years ago! Often, people follow a dairy-free lifestyle for different reasons. For some, it may be to reduce inflammation. For others, it may be due to an allergy or intolerance. Others go dairy-free in order to get some stomach relief, to clear up skin problems, to reduce bloating, or even to help respiratory conditions.

Studies show that 0.6 to 2.5 percent of preschoolers, 0.3 percent of older kids and teens, and less than 0.5 percent of adults suffer from a true dairy allergy. However, many people are lactose intolerant! Between 30-50 million Americans are lactose intolerant and suffer when they consume dairy.

What Is A Dairy-Free Diet?

A dairy-free diet is one that excludes foods that contain milk and milk products. Going dairy-free can seem overwhelming at first, but it does have many benefits! If you’re interested in the paleo diet and its benefits, you’ll find yourself cutting dairy from your life.

Unfortunately, dairy is in a lot of foods other than the obvious milk, cheese, butter, cream cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, custards, puddings, ice cream, gelato, sherbet, whey, and casein. Dairy is often “hidden” within ingredients. Check out this great resource from kellymom.com. It highlights sources of hidden dairy. You can even print it out and fold it like a business card to keep in your wallet! This will help make dairy-free grocery shopping a breeze.

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Symptoms of Dairy Allergy or Intolerance

According to the Mayo Clinic, milk allergy symptoms may include:

  • hives
  • wheezing
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • blood in stools
  • cramps
  • coughing
  • runny nose
  • watery eyes
  • rash
  • colic (in infants)

The Mayo Clinic also states the difference between milk allergy and intolerance:

“A true milk allergy differs from milk protein intolerance or lactose intolerance. Unlike a milk allergy, intolerance doesn’t involve the immune system. Milk intolerance causes different symptoms and requires different treatment from a true milk allergy.”

6 Benefits of a Dairy-Free Diet

Going dairy-free can take some work, but once you find your rhythm you’ll be amazed at how great you feel! There are so many benefits to a dairy-free diet. Read on for more!

1. Less bloating. 

Many people who suffer from dairy intolerances or allergies report bloating. Bloating typically means there’s an issue happening with digestion. It is typically caused by excess gas, poor protein digestion, and imbalances in gut bacteria.

If you’re looking for a way to eliminate that stomach bloat, try cutting dairy from your diet. It can take the body up to 6 weeks to process out all of the dairy in your system, so be patient as you await results!

2. Better respiratory health.

Did you know that excessive dairy consumption has long been associated with a higher risk of respiratory tract mucus production and asthma? Many people with dairy allergies or sensitivities report congestion and other respiratory struggles.

By eliminating dairy from your diet, you may be pleasantly surprised at how your lungs and respiratory system respond!

3. Improved digestion. 

75 percent of the world’s population suffers from some degree of lactose intolerance. SEVENTY FIVE PERCENT!

By sticking to a dairy-free diet, you can avoid many of the terrible digestive issues these people suffer from every day.

When eliminating dairy, may people report relief from:

  • stomach pain
  • cramps
  • bloating
  • gas
  • diarrhea
  • nausea
  • IBS symptoms

4. Clearer skin. 

A 2010 study published in Clinics in Dermatology indicated that milk can be a trigger for acne. According to this study, milk contains anabolic steroids and growth hormones. This can contribute to milk’s ability to stimulate acne. If you’ve tried just about everything to clear up your skin, try eliminating dairy from your diet. This natural treatment for acne will spare your skin and body harsh over the counter medications and washes!

5. May reduce cancer risk.

In 2001, the Harvard School of Public Health published a study linking cancer risk to dairy consumption. In this study they stated that a high calcium intake, mainly from dairy products, can increase the risk of prostate cancer. How? By lowering the concentration of a hormone believed to protect the body from prostate cancer.

Many dairy products also contain pesticides with carcinogenic potential, and growth factors which may promote breast cancer call growth.

If you have a family history of cancer, boost your health and eliminate dairy from your diet. It may help!

6. Prevent milk allergy and reactions.

If you or someone you know has a milk allergy, the only way to treat it is to eliminate dairy from the diet. Milk protein allergy is, unfortunately, fairly common in infancy. Experts indicate that up to 15 percent of infants may suffer from dairy protein intolerance. This often causes nursing mothers to assume a dairy-free diet in order to help their baby!

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Dairy Alternatives

If you’re going to cut dairy from your diet, it’s important to replace it with healthy fats and other nutrients. In order to help you get nutrients your body needs, we’ve put together a list of nutrient packed dairy-free alternatives.

Coconut milk- 

  • Naturally found inside mature coconuts
  • A good source of manganese, copper, phosphorous, magnesium, iron, and potassium
  • Great source of energy
  • High fat and calorie content

Almond milk- 

  • Contains probiotics to help with digestion
  • Proven to help infants with cow milk allergy grow at just an effective rate
  • Rich in unsaturated fatty acids

Ghee- 

  • Ghee is simply clarified butter
  • Its high smoke point leaves it without any lactose or casein
  • Rich in vitamins A, C, E, and K

Pure Chiropractic Can Help

If you or someone you know is suffering from any of the signs or symptoms of dairy allergy or intolerance, we hope this article has been helpful! At Pure Chiropractic, we long to help our patients live informed, healthy, and happy lives.

We believe nutrition pays a key roll in a person’s overall health and well-being. It’s our desire that each one of our patients feels empowered to take control of their health through chiropractic care, exercise, and proper nutrition.

If you are searching for a chiropractor who keeps the entire body in mind, contact our office today! We’d love to walk alongside you in your wellness journey. (810) 588-4036

 

Chiropractic Care and Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a very exciting time in a woman’s life. Each day is full of new experiences. With these new experiences come a many changes in the woman’s body. These changes, while amazing, can do a number on a woman’s body. The spine, joints, muscles, and nerves are all pushed to their limits throughout pregnancy and birth.

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Bodily Changes During Pregnancy

The hormonal fluctuations and physical strain of pregnancy change a woman’s body throughout the pregnancy. Nearly every system in the body is impacted. Read on for specific ways the body changes throughout pregnancy:

Respiratory System: 

  • The respiratory rate rises in order to accommodate increased maternal oxygen consumption. This increase in oxygen intake is needed for the demands of the uterus, fetus, and placenta.

Cardiovascular System:

  • The entire cardiovascular system readjusts during pregnancy. A woman’s blood volume increases and blood vessels grow. Also, pressure of the growing uterus on large veins in the body slows down blood flow on its return to the heart.

Gastrointestinal System:

  • As the uterus grows during pregnancy, it rises up and out of the pelvic cavity. This moves the stomach, intestines, and other surrounding organs! The shifting of these organs may cause constipation, reflux, and heartburn.

Endocrine System Changes:

  • Several changes occur in the endocrine system — the system responsible for the body’s hormones. Increased estrogen and progesterone levels occur. Higher hormonal levels take place. Basal metabolic rate is raised as the body needs more energy to grow baby.

Abdomen Changes:

  • During the second trimester of pregnancy, the abdomen starts to expand. By the end of this trimester the top of a woman’s uterus is near her rib cage! As ligaments that support the uterus stretch, a pregnant woman may experience pain and discomfort.

Changes in Weight

  • Most doctors recommend a weight gain between 25-35 pounds during pregnancy. It is important to remember that each woman’s weight gain should be discussed with their doctor. It is not a one size fits all category!
  • Weight gain during pregnancy is typically distributed as:
    • Baby: 6-8 lbs
    • Placenta: 1-2 lbs
    • Uterus: 1-2 lbs
    • Amniotic Fluid: 2-3 lbs
    • Breast: 1-2 lbs
    • Blood: 3-4 lbs
    • Protein and Fat: 8-10 lbs
    • Body Fluids: 3-4 lbs

Other Common Changes

  • Hormone changes may change a woman’s hair and nail texture and growth throughout pregnancy
  • Leg cramps caused by fatigue, compression of blood vessels in the legs, or calcium and magnesium deficiencies may occur
  • Feet and ankles may swell from the extra fluid in the body

5 Ways Expectant Mothers Benefit from Chiropractic Care

With all of these changes occurring throughout the body at the same time, it is crucial for a woman’s nervous system to be in great shape!

Chiropractic care is proven to help maintain a healthier pregnancy, control symptoms of nausea, reduce labor and delivery time, and relieve back, neck, and joint pain.

Read on for other ways expectant mothers benefit from chiropractic care!

1. Chiropractic care keeps the spine in alignment. Pregnancy adds additional weight and pressure to a woman’s body. This weight gain can often impact the spine, causing subluxations.

These misalignments can cause severe pain. Chiropractic care helps keep the woman’s spine in alignment, so she can avoid the back, neck, and joint pain so many women experience throughout pregnancy.

2. Chiropractic care reduces the need for pain relievers. We are firm believers in the idea that the body was made to heal itself. When subluxations exist, the body’s nervous system cannot function as it should. This makes it difficult for the body to properly heal.

Chiropractic adjustments are a safe, natural, and effective way to relieve pain at its source. Over the counter medications simply address the symptoms, not the cause of the pain. Use chiropractic throughout pregnancy to help treat any aches and pains.

3. Chiropractic care strengthens and repairs joints. During pregnancy, an expectant mother’s joints are under a lot of pressure. Chiropractic care helps reduce the stress of a growing abdomen on a woman’s spine, hips, legs, and ankles.

By looking at the overall picture of the body, chiropractic care strengthens the body and helps promote healing.

4. Chiropractic care helps achieve pelvic alignment. A properly aligned pelvis helps create an easier birthing process. When the pelvis is not aligned, it restricts the amount of room baby has to grow. This can prevent baby from getting in the right position for birth.

A doctor of chiropractic can help properly align the pelvis. This helps both mother and baby have an easier birth experience, with less interference.

5. Chiropractic care helps the mother have an easier recovery. Expectant women who use chiropractic care throughout pregnancy report better posture, less pain, increased mobility, and a faster recovery post pregnancy than those who do not use chiropractic.

Because chiropractic helps the body use its innate ability to heal itself, women who use chiropractic during and after pregnancy can expect to feel their best, faster.

Let Pure Chiropractic Help You With Chiropractic Throughout Your Pregnancy

Chiropractic care during pregnancy has proven to beneficial before, during, and after pregnancy. It helps mom naturally handle the changes her body experiences throughout pregnancy. It also helps both mom and baby experience an easier birthing process. Finally, chiropractic care helps mom recover from pregnancy faster.

If you are trying to get pregnant, currently pregnant, or recently gave birth, contact Pure Chiropractic today. We would be honored to walk with you on your wellness journey during this special time in your life.

You and your baby deserve the best start to life possible! After all, pregnancy should be one of the happiest times in a woman’s life. Contact us today for your appointment. We can help you feel your best throughout your pregnancy and recovery. Contact us at (810) 588-4036 or info@purechiropractor.comWe look forward to hearing from you!

Pure Chiropractic is proud to serve the areas of Howell, Pinckney, Brighton, and their surrounding towns and cities. Drs. Chris and Krystal Hohn are a husband and wife team, and are passionate about health and wellness. You can trust Pure Chiropractic with all of your chiropractic needs!

The Best Hikes Near Howell, MI

Spring is right around the corner! With warmer weather on the horizon and trees and flowers blooming, it’s time to get outside. Why? Because hiking is good for your health! Another bonus? It gets you away from the screen, which can impact your posture, your social skills, and your sleep, to name a few!

Studies show that hiking is a great cardio workout that can:

  • Lower your risk of heart disease
  • Improve your blood pressure
  • Improve your blood sugar levels
  • Boost bone density
  • Build strength in your leg and hip muscles
  • Strengthen your core
  • Improve balance
  • Help manage weight
  • Improve mood

Experts recommend getting just 150 minutes of exercise per week to reap these benefits. You don’t have to fit in all this exercise at once! Break it up throughout the week with weekend hikes, walking during your lunch breaks, and get your family and friends involved.

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Michigan has some of the most beautiful scenery and wildlife in the country, and we wanted to highlight some of the amazing parks and hikes in our beautiful state. We put together a list of the ten best parks and hiking trails near Howell, Michigan. Grab your friends and family and hit the trails! The fresh air and exercise is good for you!

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The Top 10 Parks and Hiking Trails Near Howell, Michigan

1. Brighton State Recreation Area. The Brighton Recreation Area is located at 6360 Chilson Road, Howell MI, 48843. It has 4,947 acres of recreation for park visitors to use. Among these acres are several miles of trails available for equestrian, mountain biking, and hiking. Trails range in length from 1 mile to 18 miles. Each trail has incredible views of the beautiful nature Michigan has to offer!

2. Howell Nature Center. The Howell Nature Center is located at 1005 Triangle Lake Rd, Howell, MI 48843. This beautiful area is home to many wildlife animals. Howell Nature Center’s goals are to rehab injured or orphaned wildlife in order to eventually return them to their natural habitat, and to educate citizens about wild animals. There are several hiking trails throughout the campus that let visitors see wildlife and enjoy the scenery!

3. Maybury State Park. Maybury State Park is located at 20145 Beck Road, Northville, MI 48167. It contains almost 1,000 acres of rolling terrain, meadows, forests, wildlife, and wildflowers.It even has trails for hiking, cross country skiing, horseback riding, mountain biking, and a paved bicycle path. Maybury State Park has something for everyone!

4. Hudson Mills Metropark. Hudson Hills Metropark is located at 8801 N Territorial Rd, Dexter, MI 48130. Just 12 miles northwest of Ann Arbor, this park has 1,549 acres to explore. It has a 3-mile loop paved hike-bike trail. It also has the West River Trail which takes hikers and bikers almost 5 miles and ends in downtown Dexter. While you’re there check out the golf course, ball fields, swings, slides, canoes, tennis, shuffleboard, and more.

5. Pinckney Recreation Area. The Pinckney Recreation Area is located at 8555 Silver Hill Rd, Pinckney, MI 48169. This area has over 11,000 acres! Full of wildlife and activities the whole family will enjoy, Pinckney Recreation Area also has several hiking trails for all ages and skills. Trails vary in length from 2 miles to 35 miles! For more details click here.

6. Independence Lake County Park. Independence Lake County Park is located at 3200 Jennings Rd, Whitmore Lake, MI 48189. This park has tons of recreational activities for its visitors. From swimming, boating, fishing, biking, rollerblading, hiking, and more, it’s a must-visit! Their hiking trails take hikers through the park at different lengths so that they can see all of the beautiful scenery!

7. Bird Hills Nature Area. Bird Hills Nature Area is located at Newport Rd and Bird Rd, Ann Arbor Charter Township, MI 48103. It’s the largest park in Ann Arbor. It has 5 trailheads that go through hills and ravines, taking hikers through the beautiful outdoors. Most of its trails are pet friendly as well!

8. Kensington Metropark. Kensington Metropark is located at 2240 W Buno Rd, Milford, MI 48380. Kensington’s 4,543 acres of wooded, hilly terrain surrounds Kent Lake, and is home to an abundance of wildlife and waterfowl. This metro park has a golf course, picnic areas, lakes and beaches, hiking and biking trails, and more. An 8.5 mile paved hike-bike trail takes hikers alongside Kent Lake. There’s also an additional 7 miles of trails that allow visitors to see plants and animals in their natural element.

9. Seven Lakes State Park. Seven Lakes State Park is located at 2220 Tinsman, Holly, MI 48442. This state park has 4 hiking trails varying in length from 0.3 miles to 2.10 miles. Trails take visitors along the shoreline, throughout the park, and amongst wildlife. With breathtaking views, this park is one you must visit.

10. Island Lake Recreation Area. Island Lake Recreation Area is located at 12950 Grand River Rd, Brighton, MI 48116. Island Lake Recreation Area has activities for any outdoor enthusiast. With hiking, biking, canoeing, fishing, beaches, and more, the entire family will love to visit this park. Load up the car and hit the outdoors!

At Pure Chiropractic, we want to help each of our patients live their best life. We believe this is possible through a wellness approach that includes a balanced diet, chiropractic care, and exercise. Activities such as hiking are a great way to enjoy nature while spending time with loved ones and improving your overall health!

Plan your visit to some of these beautiful locations, and let us know which trails and parks are your favorites. Each step you take along these trails is a step towards a better and healthier life!

You can trust Pure Chiropractic with your health and wellness needs. Drs. Hohn have incredible knowledge of the chiropractic industry. They also are well-versed in nutrition and the powerful role it plays in a healthy life.

Contact our offices today to schedule your appointment at (810) 588-4036 or email us at info@purechiropractor.com. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you along your wellness journey!

10 Foods That Boost Immunity

This time of year it is so important to do all you can to boost your immune system. Regular chiropractic adjustments and excellent nutrition are two crucial components to a high functioning immune system.

Try your best to get your 64+ ounces of water each day, and keep your plate colorful with plenty of fruits and vegetables. In addition, try working in these 10 immune boosting foods to your meal plans!

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10 Foods That Boost Immunity

1. Yogurt. Yogurt contains probiotics. These live cultures are healthy bacteria that help keep your gut and intestinal tract free of disease-causing germs. These disease-fighting warriors can be found in all types of yogurt, including paleo friendly coconut milk yogurt!

A study done from the University of Vienna in Austria discovered that just one 7 ounce serving of yogurt each day found that consuming probiotics through yogurt was just as effective in boosting immunity as popping probiotics in pill form.

One Swedish study found that employees who consumed a daily dose of probiotics had 33 percent less sick days than those who took a placebo.

Choose a yogurt labeled with “live and active cultures” to make sure it’s got the healthy probiotics you need!

2. Garlic. Garlic contains the active ingredient allicin, known for fighting bacteria and infections. In a study done by British researchers, 146 people were given either a placebo or garlic extract for 12 weeks.

At the end of the study, those who were given garlic extract were 67 percent less likely to catch a cold.

Garlic is also linked to lowering the chance of colorectal cancer (30 percent lower rate) and stomach cancer (50 percent lower rate).

3. Oats and Barley. Whole grains like oats and barley contain beta-glucan. This is a type of fiber that has antimicrobial and antioxidant capabilities.

Studies found that animals who consume beta-glucan have lower chances of catching influenza, anthrax, and herpes. In humans, it’s been found to boost immunity, speed up healing, and improve the effectiveness of antibiotics.

4. Shellfish. Shellfish contain plenty of selenium. Selenium helps white blood cells produce cytokines. These proteins clear flu viruses out of the body.

Fish rich in omega-3s such as salmon have also been proven to reduce inflammation. This helps protect your lungs from infections and the common cold.

5. Tea. Drinking tea has so many amazing health benefits. Studies show that people who drink 5 cups a day of black tea for two weeks boosted their immune system. This tea increased the amount of interferon in their blood — a great combatant against viruses.

Green tea also will trigger this same reaction! You don’t have to pump your veins full of caffeine to achieve this health benefit. The decaf versions will do the job too.

6. Beef. Beef is a great way to get zinc in one’s diet. Unfortunately, many Americans suffer from a zinc deficiency. Zinc is a great immune system booster because it helps white blood cells develop. White blood cells are the cells in your body that recognize and destroy any bacteria, viruses, or other junk that tries to make you sick.

If beef is not your thing, you can also get a good dose of zinc from oysters, pork, and poultry.

7. Sweet Potatoes. Sweet potatoes are one of the most versatile foods on the planet. Health experts across the board agree that they have many health benefits.

Sweet potatoes are a great source of beta-carotene, which your body turns into vitamin A. Vitamin A is important to a healthy immune system because it helps your skin stay strong and healthy.

Your skin is the first line of defense against germs and illnesses, so it is important to take care of it! When looking for foods rich in beta-carotene, think orange. Carrots, pumpkin, cantaloupe, and squash are also great sources of this nutrient.

8. Mushrooms. According to Douglas Schar, DipPhyt, MCPP, MNIMH, director of the Institute of Herbal Medicine in Washington, DC., “studies show that mushrooms increase the production and activity of white blood cells, making them more aggressive. This is a good thing when you have an infection.”

Want to give your immune system a boost? Eat this tasty fungus!

9. Citrus Fruits. Citrus fruits are a great food to eat to boost the immune system. Vitamin C is believed to increased the production of white blood cells in the body, giving your body more warriors to fight off disease and germs.

Your body doesn’t make enough or store enough vitamin C on its own, so eating citrus fruits such as grapefruit, oranges, lemons, limes, tangerines, and clementines is a delicious way to eat to your health.

10. Cinnamon. Cinnamon has amazing antiviral, anti-fungal, and antibacterial properties. Because of this, cinnamon actually helps the body fight pathogens that make people sick.

Cinnamon is also one of the easy foods to work into your diet! Toss it in some coffee grounds, throw on top of some fresh fruit, or sprinkle it on top of your sweet potato, and your body will thank you.

You Are What You Eat

True healthcare reform starts in your kitchen. There’s no way around it. If we continue to feed our body’s junk, we are going to look and feel like junk.

It is time to make an effort to consciously think about what types of fuel you are putting in your body, because food is an incredibly powerful medicine! If you fuel your body with whole, immune boosting foods, it will thrive. If you fuel your body with fast, greasy, fried food, it will crumble. You deserve quality fuel.

Pure Chiropractic Can Help

Drs. Hohn and their team at Pure Chiropractic in Howell, Michigan understand that wellness is about more than just chiropractic adjustments.

Pure Chiropractic treats the whole body, nutrition included. We want our patients to feel their best, and eating quality foods is a major part of living your best life.

Call our offices today at (810) 588-4036 or click here to schedule your appointment. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you in your journey to a healthier life!

5 Easy Ways to Reduce Sugar Intake

On average, Americans consume more than 22 teaspoons of added sugar each day. This amount equates to more than 56 pounds of sugar consumed per person annually! To further break it down, this means that the average American’s 2,000 calorie diet is made up of 18% sugar. EIGHTEEN PERCENT.

The World Health Organization recommends that no more than 5% of your daily calories come from sugar — this equals approximately 100 calories for the average person. Read on for 5 things you didn’t know about sugar:

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Sugar

1. Sugar can damage your heart.

A study published in 2013 in the Journal of the American Heart Association proved that sugar can actually damage the pumping mechanism of your heart, which can eventually lead to heart failure.

2. Sugar specifically promotes belly fat.

Did you know that adolescent obesity rates have tripled in the last 30 years, and childhood obesity rates have doubled? A 2010 study found that excess fructose intake from children caused visceral fat cells to mature — increasing the risk for a larger belly, heart disease, and diabetes.

3. Sugar is a silent killer.

Excess fructose consumption has been linked to a condition called leptin resistance. Leptin is the hormone that tells your body that it’s had enough to eat. Unfortunately, many of us ignore the signal from leptin, which eventually leads to overconsumption and obesity — and this can all happen without any signs or alarms!

4. Sugar consumption has been linked to cancer production and may effect cancer survival.

When too much sugar is consumed, the body’s insulin doesn’t work correctly. There has been well-documented connections between insulin resistance and cancer. A study done in 2013 found that sugars in the intestine triggered the formation of a hormone called GIP, that increases insulin released by the pancreas.

GIP contains a protein called β-catenin, which is completely dependent on sugar levels. Research found that β-catenin may affect a cells susceptibility to cancer formation.

5. Sugar and alcohol have similar toxic effects on the body.

The authors of a study published in 2012 in the journal Nature found evidence that fructose and glucose consumed in excess can have a toxic effect on the liver as the metabolism of ethanol (the alcohol contained in alcoholic beverages).

 

Simple Ways to Cut Sugar Out Of Your Diet

With all of this in mind, it’s time to ask yourself, is sugar worth it? Of course it isn’t! With a few minor diet changes you can reduce your sugar consumption, decrease your risk of disease, and have a healthier heart.

Try these 5 easy, sugar-reducing steps to help decrease your sugar intake today!

1. Cut out sweetened beverages. 

Almost 40 percent of the added sugar in American diets is from sugary drinks such as soda, sweet tea, lemonade, and juices. Just one 12-ounce can of soda contains 140 calories, all of which are from added sugar.

The American Heart Association recommends that women limit their added sugars to less than 100 calories per day, and for men to limit their added sugars consumption to less than 150 calories per day. That means that drinking just one can of soda meets or exceeds the limit!

Cut out these sweetened beverages and replace them by drinking regular water, or water flavored with fresh fruit! Your health (and waistline!) will thank you.

2. Buy plain foods and sweeten them yourself.

Change up your grocery list and start purchasing items that are unsweetened, not just foods containing calorie-free sweeteners. Greek yogurt, oatmeal, and almond milk are typically easy to find unsweetened versions.

If you can’t make the switch to going completely unsweetened, try added a bit of honey or maple syrup to your yogurt or oatmeal! These will not only naturally sweeten them, but they’ll provide nutrients and antioxidants to your body.

3. Identify hidden sources of sugar.

Sugar. Is. Everywhere. It hides in all types of foods, even foods marketed as “healthy” for you! At this point in time, nutrition labels are not required to tell how many calories in a food come from added sugar.

Grams of sugar can also be deceiving, because labels aren’t required to tell consumers the difference between naturally occurring sugar and added sugar.

In order to find added sugar in foods, read the ingredients list. Key words that indicate there’s added sugar are: brown sugar, corn syrup, maltose, fructose, dextrose, molasses, agave, brown rice syrup, cane sugar, cane syrup, and evaporated cane juice.

Ingredient labels must list ingredients in descending order by weight, so the higher up an additive is, the more sugar the food contains. Buyer beware!

4. Swap sweetened foods for naturally sweetened fruits. 

It isn’t difficult to replace foods packed with sugar for fruit, which is naturally sweet! An example of this is that one tablespoon of jam contains 50 calories and usually has 3 sweeteners: high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, and sugar. You can easily substitute melted down frozen strawberries for jam and eliminate any added sugar while adding vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants to your diet.

Search Pinterest for other quick and simple sugar swaps!

5. Limit sugar filled treats to once a week.

Desserts happen. By simply setting limits on how often you allow yourself to indulge in a sweet treat, you can limit your sugar intake. Choose one day a week to let yourself indulge in a small, sweet treat. Often, just knowing that you’re allowed to have a pre-planned treat helps you stay focused and on track the rest of the week!

At Pure Chiropractic, we firmly believe that healing the body starts from the inside. Your spine and your diet play key roles in your overall health and your body’s communication.

Call our office today at (810) 588-4036 or email us at info@purechiropractor.com to schedule your consultation and appointment today! We want you to live your best life possible and believe chiropractic can help. Your health matters.

10 Best Places To Eat In Howell This Festive Period!

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Will you be spending Christmas in the kitchen? Whilst some people delight in cooking festive food to perfection, there are others who grimace at the thought of slaving in a hot kitchen!

A lot of pressure is put on a Christmas meal. For example, where shall you eat it ? Who will cook it? We’ve done turkey at Thanksgiving, so should we have a different roast? Can we opt out altogether?

In Egypt a Christmas meal is not eaten until the 6th January and then it is a meal of lamb, rice, garlic and bread. Australians might enjoy a turkey, but they are also known to throw a few shrimps on the barbie. In Italy, they celebrate the Feast Of Seven Fishes and in Slovakia, Perch is central to the celebrations. Indeed, Perch is so important that some families will buy a live one and leave it swimming in the bath until Christmas!

So if Christmas dinner is eaten differently around the world, having a Chinese or indulging in a little sushi would be OK, right? We have done a little research for you and provided eating out options. Whether you are looking for a traditional roast or something a little different, we have you covered. Take your pick.

1.Tomato Bros 3030 W Grand River Ave. Howell. MI. 48843

Tomato Bros have been in business for over 60 years, so we think they must be doing something a little right. The company focus on being a family restaurant which provides high quality food, with service to match. Tomato Bros is a chain of restaurants but each one has a slightly different menu to ensure it never gets boring. Some favorite dishes include, Greek Salads, BBQ ribs and mouth watering pizza! Tomato Bros also offer a carry out service.

2. Block Brewing Company 1140 S Michigan Ave, Howell, MI 48843

A fairly new kid on the block, the Block Brewing Company sounds like a great place to drink and it is! The concept was built on the passion and love for creating tasty craft beers. Founder Tom Block has more than twenty years experience in this industry. However, the Block Brewing Company don’t under estimate the need for good quality food to go with the fabulous range of beers. Choose from the extensive Block BBQ, including smoked turkey, beef brisket and pulled pork!

3. Diamonds Steak and Seafood, 209 East Grand River Avenue, MI 48843

Centrally located in downtown Howell, Diamonds Steak and Seafood is more than a restaurant. It is part of the community which has been serving locals with delicious food for over 31 years. The restaurant has perfected its recipes over the years and locals know that they will not be disappointed. Among the favorite dishes are Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Signature Steaks and Great Lakes Perch.

4. Cleary’s Irish Pub In Howell 117 East Grand River Howell MI 48843

If you are looking for somewhere to let your hair down, Cleary’s Pub could be your first choice. The Irish pub has been open since 1987 and is a family owned establishment. Food is very informal and includes popular Fish and Chips, washed down with plentiful beer. The pub also has live entertainment each Friday and Saturday. Bring the family.

5. Golden House Chinese Restaurant, 1241 East Grand River, Howell, MI 48843

When you are fed up with the traditional turkey and all the trimmings, head to Golden House Chinese Restaurant. The restaurant was founded in 1987. Over the years it has gained an excellent reputation for fresh food, quality ingredients and first class service. The restaurant is now run by the owners children, who take great care to maintain the reputation their parent’s have achieved.

6. Blue Fin Steak House Sushi Bar, 4313 East Grand River Avenue, Howell, MI 48843

The Blue Fin Restaurant is a family run business, specializing in steak and sushi. This is a business run by a husband and wife team, along with other key partners. Eddie Meng was born and raised in China. His parents were restaurant owners and so he grew up around the industry. When he came to America he became a sushi apprentice and now is en experienced sushi master. Specialties at the restaurant include, blue fin roll and sunshine roll. There is also a choice of steaks as well as mouthwatering lobster.

7. Brunner’s Howell 1101 East Grand River Ave Howell, MI 48843

Brunner’s is all about sourcing the best local ingredients from the local area. As a family owned business they aim to make each and every customer’s dining experience special. The menu is extensive, serving breakfast through to dinner. There is also a kid’s menu. And when it comes to desserts, the carrot cake is nothing short of famous…save space! Remember that Brunner’s also provide an outside catering service. If you are holding a family event, why not let Brunner’s do the buffet and you take the credit.

8. Firewood Grill Howell, 1202 East Grand River Avenue, Howell, MI 48843

Firewood Grill believe that it takes more than great food to create a memorable experience. They want to combine fine dishes such as North Atlantic Salmon and Seafood Pasta with fabulous service and an intimate setting. The restaurant also offer a range of cocktails from which to choose.

9. Aubree’s Pizzeria and Grill 4433 East Grand River, Howell, MI 48843

If you have family visiting from outside the area then a trip to Aubree’s could be just the thing. Established in 1972, there are a total of 11 restaurants in the area, each one dedicated to providing quality food and offering excellent service. Pizzas are the main pull of this restaurant but they also offer a range of steaks and gluten free options.

10. El Paton Restaurant, 2010 Grand River Avenue, Howell, MI 48842

This is a Mexican Restaurant serving typical dishes such as Fajitas and Burritos. There are many special offers served throughout the day, including a cost effective lunch menu and share menus. And of course among the cocktails available, the restaurant also serves shots of tequila! Prices at the restaurant are competitive, so eat plenty before hitting the bar!

Pure Chiropractic is based in Howell. If you live in the area or are just visiting and are suffering with a back or neck problem, why not call us to see how we can help. Call 810-588-4036