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3 Healthy Habits for Kids: Life Beyond Healthy Snacks

Posted by Carlson Chiropractic on Aug 10, 2017 9:54:00 AM

Raising healthy kids is a chore. Healthy eating can feel like a fairy tale when stacked up against our family calendars. Besides, modern life offers convenience, and often fillers. Parents are faced with temptations of fast food, kids are tempted with fillers from numbing out in front of technology to cravings for unhealthy additives in foods. At Carlson Chiropractic we want your family to experience the best of health - naturally. But we're parents too! We offer a few easy health tips you can turn into habits for a huge impact on your child's health. 

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1. Embrace the Dirt!
In a world where every other mom seems to be carrying hand sanitizer on their key chains it seems we've lost the ability to let our kids get dirty - ever. But there's a big difference between cleaning their hands after a trip to the grocery store where everyone has touched everything and playing in the dirt. The first reason to embrace the dirt is it requires your child to get outside and play. Natural exposure to the sun provided needed Vitamin D,

The second reason to embrace the dirt is it can actually help boost their immune system. Natural bacteria and pathogens are an important part of the development of a strong immune system. Exposure to dirt can also boost natural iron and zinc which can be especially helpful for younger kids with a more limited diet (READ: picky eaters).

The third reason to embrace the dirt is the potential positive effects on sleep. Natural compounds in dirt can boost serotonin levels which even contributes to improved sleeping. Sleep can be improved also by a more active day which is far more likely to happen when kids are outside playing - even in the dirt!

Even if you can't embrace the dirt, you should embrace the outdoors and let your child go barefoot. Running on the grass, walking on the beach and even splashing puddles in bare feet can reduce the positive charge our body's electrons get from our life indoors. Our indoor exposure to electricity all day can be balanced out by the earth's negatively charged electrons - restoring a natural balance in our cells.

2. Skip the Drive-Thru
We're all busy. We get it. We're also nagged by kids who are triggered with marketing responses to things like the golden arches or the sonic carport. Busy lives mean we're not always in the ideal place when hunger strikes, but a little bit of preparation can improve your child's health, and save you money at the same time.

Pack an airtight container of healthy snacks to keep in the car. You'll be less tempted to pull into that drive-thru for a snack. Fresh cut veggies, hummus, seeds (think sunflower and pumpkin) pretzels, nut mixes and dried fruit can keep hunger at bay. Be sure to do your work reading the labels, but no matter what you choose you would be hard pressed to make a mistake against large french fries or a slushy with candy inside.

Be sure to visit your local health food store for healthy snacks. You can find some healthy choices including a big selection of gluten free and lower calorie snacks at your regular market, but be sure to read the labels and consider how what your kids are eating are effecting their blood sugar levels.

If thirst is the issue, be sure to grab a few bottles of water before you get in the car. Make this a habit by keeping some cool in the garage. If you have time for water in glass bottles, even better to limit the amount of liquid kids drink from plastic. If your kids just aren't into water try out one of the many liquid flavor drop. Just a small squirt flavors water, doesn't add calories and can keep you from temptation of a fast food experience.

3. Spice Things up!
Think spices don't belong in baby food? Spicing food up is a great way to help develop your child's palette and help you ultimately limit the amount of sugar and salt they crave. Baby food is unfortunately where people forget to add spices. It is assumed that bland baby food is best, but there is no reason not to experiment. We wouldn't recommend adding salt or sugar to baby food, but any spice an older kid would eat is safe for babies. Many spices have positive effects, like cinnamon's natural ability to regulate blood sugar levels.

Try adding spices like cinnamon, oregano, garlic, dill or basil. If you have concerns about introducing spices with your baby, then follow a 4 day wait-and-see time frame for each spice you introduce. Keep in mind that chilies and hot spices have the potential for reactions, but it shouldn't keep you from trying a lot of easy to introduce spices. Older kids will have fun trying new spices and talking about their newly acquired likes and dislikes!

The easiest way to add spice to your kid's life is with one of the most universal spices - salt! Modern life leaves most of us are unknowingly magnesium deficient. If your kids are eating a very healthy diet chances are they are getting enough, but a handful of Epsom Salt or tablespoon of sea salt in their bath gently boosts magnesium. It also has a natural relaxing effect that can help them wind down before heading to bed, reinforcing healthy sleep habits.

If your child suffers from eczema you probably already know this helps, but kids with allergies or asthma can experience benefits from this small change. If you can find a natural sea salt, or even a fancier Himalayan salt with more trace minerals, the benefit may be greater, but simple Epson salt is cost-effective and does the trick. Your kids may also like the softening effects on their skin too!

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Carlson Chiropractic Center is a state of the art health and wellness chiropractic center in Joplin, Missouri. Our team of doctors maintain a strong focus on prevention and are dedicated to helping people achieve wellness objectives by treating neuromuscular complaints such as back, neck, joint, arm and leg pain. As one of the few centers in the area offering certified decompression treatments, we provide a surgery free option for herniated and bulging discs. 

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Topics: Children's Health, Health & Wellness

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Posted by Carlson Chiropractic on Jul 31, 2017 2:53:39 PM




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5 Supplements to Improve Insulin Sensitivity

Posted by Dr. Christopher Gross, D.C. on Jul 6, 2017 11:02:00 AM

Your blood sugar level refers to the amount of glucose in your bloodstream at any point in time. Glucose is used by most cells in the body for energy, and is especially required by the brain.  A constant blood sugar supply is vital, and it must stay within a tight range. In fact, if it goes too low or high, severe illness and, potentially, even death can occur.  

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Why Dieting Can Make You Fat

Posted by Dr. Christopher Gross, D.C. on Jun 25, 2017 10:02:00 AM

According to Einstein, doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results is the definition of insanity. It’s an addiction to insanity in our culture, the weight loss diet.

Despite plenty of scientific evidence that diets don’t produce lasting results for most people, and despite countless numbers of dieters, most of them women, thrown into a lifetime of damaging despair, low self-esteem, and self-hatred thanks to failing diets, our culture still blindly adheres to the low-calorie diet.

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Topics: Health & Wellness

What are Essential Oils and how can they Enhance Chiropractic Care?

Posted by Carlson Chiropractic on Jun 3, 2017 9:35:00 AM

What is an essential oil?

If you have ever literally stopped to smell the roses, you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. These naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They are usually extracted through steam distillation, however, there are several other methods used.

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What Should I Eat to Prevent Bone Loss?

Posted by Carlson Chiropractic on May 20, 2017 11:57:00 AM


As we age, our bodies lose bone mass – it’s a fact of life. Our bone mass is attained at its highest density in our late teens and early 20’s. There is less of a risk of developing osteoporosis in adults who achieved a high bone mass in their 20’s. Low bone mass can cause severe neck and back pain, as well as fractures.

Even if a strong bone density was not achieved early in life, or a diagnosis of osteoporosis has been given, there are measures to slow the process of bone loss. There are many important steps to take to stop osteoporosis. Exercise and healthy eating are a must. Let’s take a look at good nutrition choices for healthy bones.

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A Few Words About Osteoporosis and Bone Health

Posted by Carlson Chiropractic on May 8, 2017 3:57:00 PM

Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones weaken and are at a significantly higher risk for fracturing. As people age, especially women, bone loss is one of the health indicators that are noted at a regular check-up. The painless, fast process of bone density testing is the best way to identify if you have osteoporosis or osteopenia. Osteopenia is an indication of lower than normal bone density and is a good “wake-up call” for proactive bone strengthening measures.

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Kevin's Decompression Therapy Testimonial

Posted by Carlson Chiropractic on Apr 26, 2017 11:16:06 AM




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The Causes of Arthritis in the Spine and How to Prevent Pain From Getting Worse

Posted by Carlson Chiropractic on Apr 21, 2017 8:03:00 AM


When we think of arthritis, we often imagine swollen and aching joints in the hands and knees of an elderly person. But did you know that arthritis can also occur, and often does, in the spine? Spinal arthritis can be very painful and debilitating.

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What supplements should I be taking?

Posted by Dr. Christopher Gross, D.C. on Apr 4, 2017 8:34:00 AM



It’s a common argument: “You don’t need to take supplements if you eat a healthy diet.” Although it is true that you can’t supplement your way out of a bad diet, supplements play an important role in supporting a healthy diet. Let’s look at some reasons you may need to take supplements.

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