You might know somebody who is living on the Ketogenic Diet (KD), or at the very least you might hear people using the term "keto." You might even be annoyed by it by now. Vital Energy Wellness and Chiropractic Center would like to take a closer look at this diet as a way to educate our patients and readers.

The ketogenic diet is hardly a fad diet, the type that takes the nation by storm only to be eclipsed by the next fad diet. No, the ketogenic diet has been around since the early 1920s as a prescriptive diet that helped keep epilepsy under control.

Nowadays, there's been new interest in the KD approach for treating conditions like:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Inflammation
  • Certain Types of Cancer
  • Neurological conditions
  • Chronic Maladies and Ailments

What Does the KD Consist Of?

A standard ketogenic diet is going to consist of:

  • Healthy Fat (80-90%)
  • Protein (8%-15%)
  • Carbohydrates (2%-5%)

This diet has you staying away from alcohol, sugars, fruits high in carbs, potatoes, yams, barley, grain, pasta, even quinoa. Instead, you eat healthy fats, like avocado, cheeses, pork, poultry, coconut oil, kale, broccoli, mixed greens, beef, olive oil, and more.

The KD puts the body in a state of ketosis. This means that the diet mimics what happens to the body when fasting. When a person consumes protein in moderation and largely limits carbs and sugars, energy comes from burning fat already in the body or fat that has been recently consumed in the diet.

Health Benefits of the Ketogenic Diet

The KD has anti-inflammatory benefits and disease-fighting properties that minimize, reduce, and diminish serious life-threatening conditions. It can be used as a prescriptive diet for those who already live with chronic conditions and ailments, or it can be used at a person's own discretion. 

If you'd like to know any additional information about the ketogenic diet, contact Vital Energy today at 303-229-5374.

We help our patients get healthy, clean, and lean by modifying their lifestyles to incorporate on-going cleansing, sensible eating, and active lifestyles. We help set up our patients for a lifetime of improved health & wellness.

Vital Energy Wellness & Chiropractor Center sees a lot of patients who sustain back injuries while engaging in sports and other activities. One price we pay for staying active is that we open ourselves up to a host of injuries that can come as a result of putting ourselves out there.

Risky Activity #1: Running

This is a big one because we have so many runners out there. The constant impact and repetitive nature of running can lead to back pain, especially when we run on uneven surfaces. The best way to prevent running injuries is to develop a healthy stretching routine, to develop strengh training exercises that develop your back, and to always wear proper footwear.

If you're big on running, it's also a good idea to develop a close relationship with your friendly neighborhood chiropractor who will straighten you out if your spine gets misaligned.

Risky Activity #2: Golf

We know, this is another big one. Lots of big deals and great connections can get made out on the golf course. It's also the chosen activity of many seniors, since it is deemed less active than, say, basketball or football.

However, the act of swinging a golf club puts incredible stress on your back and spine. Tennis is another activity that puts similar stress on your body.

Professional golfers make sure to see a chiropractor since their livelihood depends on it. If you engage in the sport regularly, it might not be a bad idea to call Vital Energy for an appointment here and there.

Risky Activity #3: Football

Football has gotten a ton of deserved flack for head trauma that players endure, but the sport is also incredibly risky for your back. Look to one of the on-field terms used when a player experiences a nasty hit. It's called a stinger, which might generate a painful sensation that shoots and radiates through the arms and the rest of the body. You can also experience back and neck strains on the gridiron as well.

Obviously, people are still going to engage in risky activities for their back and spine. Pushing our bodies to the limits brings certain rewards, but often we'll have to pay a price. 

Vital Energy Wellness & Chiropractor Center is committed to keeping our patients healthy and active for the long haul. Call 303-229-5374 to schedule your appointment.

We admit the title sounds a bit like a bad country album, but headaches can often arise from underlying spine problems.

Once such condition is a Cervicogenic Headache, which can be related to excessive neck stress. This kind of a headache might result from:

  • Cervical Osteoarthritis
  • Damaged Disc
  • Whiplash Movements
  • Cervical Nerve Compression

The neck consists of bony structures like facet joints as well as soft tissues (muscles) which can both contribute cervicogenic headaches.

More Info on Headaches Which Start at the Neck

Move your head suddenly, such as with a sneeze or a double take, and your head may start to ache. Besides the obvious neck pain, cervicogenic headaches also come with additional symptoms, like:

  • Nausea / Vomiting
  • Compromised Motor Skills
  • Extreme Dizziness
  • Blurry Vision
  • Light / Sound Sensitivity
  • Pain in the Arms

The Spine / Mind Connection

Spinal nerves enable communication between your brain and your body. It happens via the spinal cord -- think of it as a telephone line. Each cervical spine level is its own set of nerves. One is situated on the left side the spine, the other on the right. It is widely believed that your C1, C2, and the C3 have a say in causing cervicogenic headaches.

If you're experiencing headaches, there might not be anything wrong with your head. It may start at the spine. And we can help you with that here at Vital Energy Wellness & Chiropractic Center Inc. Chiropractic care is more effective today than ever before, and it's most effective when administered by seasoned professionals who understand both classic and innovative techniques. Dr. Wall and staff are here to help prevent you from sustaining injury. We're also here to help you deal with injuries that come along the way.

Call Dr. Wall today to experience a new sense of wellness.

Sure, you've probably heard about someone in your life going on a nutritional cleanse. But what does that entail? Maybe your friend is going on a juice cleanse of some sort; maybe they're doing the cayenne pepper, honey, and lemon juice thing. Today Vital Energy Wellness & Chiropractic Center Inc would like to break down some of the health benefits you might experience while on one of these various nutritional cleanses.

Experienced Weight Counselor | Chiropractor in Arvada, CO Talks Cleansing

One distinct benefit you will experience is weight loss. There's a significant amount of build-up and waste that a cleanse will rid your body of. You'll clear out your digestive tract and dislodge waste.

Second, you'll experience better sleep when your body isn't working hard to process foods. The body is also able to remove toxins that have been absorbed and ingested through food and environmental factors, which have been known to cause insomnia and irregular sleep patters.

The third benefit is a boosted immune system. After completing cleanses regularly, you'll be able to avoid frequent colds. Your body gets some time away from fighting harmful bacteria that get stuck in the intestines.

Fourth, cleansing helps fromote clearer skin. Built-up waste multiplies in the body, to the point where it starts coming through your pores as your body treis to sweat it out. Cleansing helps rid your body of such waste.

Lastly, nutritional cleansing limits oxidative stress and helps reduce free radicals in the body, which helps fight the process of aging.

What if I Still Have Questions and Need a Weight Loss Counselor Near me?

Contact Vital Energy Wellness & Chiropractic Center Inc today. We provide a wide array of wellness services, including Chiropractic Care, Nutrition Counseling, and Medical Weight Loss services. Call 303-229-5374 to schedule your consultation today.

If you've ever gone out for a hard night of drinking, then you might have experienced some aches and pains from the night before.

Ways You Can Get Hurt While Drinking

Let's skip the fact that you can get hurt when you lose your inhibitions. Drinking alcohol not only disrupts and damages the decision-making area of the brain, it also emboldens those who partake. You might slip and fall, take a spill, bust a move, or perform any number of brazen acts that end up with a visit to a chiropractor near you.

Drinking on St. Paddy's Day? That's okay! You're not alone. If you decide to skip the adult beverages, that's equally cool minus the next day hangover. But if you do have a few too many, could it lead to back problems?

Read on to learn more.

The Lowdown on the Back / Booze Connection

Prior studies have suggested a link between alcohol consumption and lower back pain, published back in 2012 in Manual Therapy. However, according to Australian researchers, conclusive evidence has yet to make a solid connection between the two.

An association was commonly found in studies (data was pooled from 26 studies in total) where the primary focus was investigating alcohol abuse in patients previously diagnosed with chronic back pain.

What's it all mean?

Well, researchers were only able to conclude that alcohol intake may be associated with lower back pain, but only in patients who engage in heavy drinking, binge drinking, or those who had problems with alcohol abuse and dependency in the past.

If you think you might have a problem with alcohol, seek treatment immediately, or your problem may get strong enough to deal with you first.

If you suffer from lower back pain, neck/spin pain, and even leg pain, chiropractic treatment may be the difference between discomfort and living a fully active life. Vital Energy Wellness & Chiropractic Center Inc. is here to straighten you out and get you back up on your feet. 

Call 303-229-5374 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Wall today.

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