Let’s celebrate women!! The good, the bad, and the things that we don’t want to talk about. Yes, I’m referencing menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause. Women are unique from men as we have significantly more chemical changes throughout our lifespan. Hormones and enzymatic processes can take over us and result in physical changes that are less than to be desired… cramping, weight gain, and low libido just to name a few. That may sound overwhelming, but there’s good news! YOU have some control over it and how you allow it to affect your overall well-being. Here’s a little insight:
Fuel your body with the right foods by loading up on the veggies and protein! Vegetables are a great source of nutrients and fiber which can only help women as we often battle constipation. Protein, specifically animal protein, helps to balance our blood sugar levels. Women tend to be very sensitive to sugar and, unfortunately, we often become addicted to sugar. When we eat high doses of carbohydrates, including fruit, our blood sugar goes through the roof. The body must respond by releasing high levels of insulin which often cause a significant drop in blood sugar levels. And the roller coaster ride begins causing us to crave sweets. Break the cycle now, or stop it before it even starts, by making sure the majority of your plate is vegetables and protein.
Avoid soy-based products! Soybeans have relatively high levels of protein which is often sought out by the vegetarian and vegan community. Unfortunately, the long term health effects that result from consuming large quantities of soy outweigh the benefit of the protein intake. Excessive soy intake has been linked to improper thyroid function as well as estrogen imbalance linked to infertility. There are plenty of other sources of protein in other legumes, nuts, and even pumpkin seeds. Keep your soy intake to a minimum please!
Let us help! Through nutritional counseling I have helped women for many reasons including weight loss, improved energy, and even infertility. Through the combination of dietary changes as well as nutritional supplementation we see many positive results. This month we are celebrating women by focusing on Standard Process’ Daily Fundamentals- General Female Endocrine packets. These convenience packets are taken in the morning and evening with a focus on the endocrine system from the starting point in the brain to the organs affected by hormone release. They also provide support for general health and well-being. Through whole food vitamins and nutrition, take some of the pressure of you and let Body Logic and nature help!
Our Body Logic family is growing! This past month we had the pleasure of adding two new massage therapist, JoAnn and Denise. Below is a little more about them and their style of massage. Don’t forget to call and book your next massage with any of our four massage therapist!
As a recent graduate of Cayce/Reilly School of Massage Therapy, JoAnn left with a mission to support individuals in achieving life balance through personal wellness. A firm believer in the inseparable connection between body/mind and the body’s ability to heal itself, JoAnn believes that massage therapy can be one of the many paths to restoring health and wholeness to the body. Her work incorporates deep Swedish techniques with effective neuromuscular, myofascial and trigger-point therapy, as well as stretching techniques to help clients attain balance and well-being. Her touch is highly intuitive, and each massage is tailored to meet her client’s needs. JoAnn’s interest in the movement of the human body and it’s intricacies propels her to continue her education with training and certification in prenatal/postpartum massage, craniosacral therapy, and advanced training in neuromuscular therapy, myofacial release and sports massage. JoAnn is a professional member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP), and a Professional Birth Doula.
JoAnn is an avid runner that enjoys spending time with her husband and four children camping, hiking and being outdoors.
Denise graduated from Cayce/Reilly School of Massage Therapy in August of 2014. She has always been interested in massage therapy for all the benefits it has to offer a variety of individuals. Denise finds relaxation when providing massage services to others and enjoys the relaxation it brings them. Previously working at a spa she was able to learn more Swedish-style techniques and has been able to incorporate them into her own tailored routine. Having an appreciation for knowledge she plans to continue learning new techniques to help Body Logic’s clients and patients in a more clinical setting. She also plans to focus on reflexology in the future as there are many additional benefits that can be gained from addressing the energy pathways of the body.
As we celebrate women in the month of October, I want to provide insight into the role that hormones play in the musculoskeletal health of women. But first, let’s talk anatomy. The ligaments and tendons throughout the body play a significant role in “holding the body together.” Ligaments connect bone to bone and are most prominent in the joints. For example: the anterior cruciate ligament in the knee attaches from the tibia in the lower leg to the femur in the thigh. Tendons attach muscle to bone and are found throughout the body, such as the patellar tendon, which attaches the quadriceps muscle group to the tibia in the lower leg.
Hormones are often at the front line when discussing the menstrual cycle and the symptoms associated with PMS, or Premenstrual Syndrome. One of the symptoms often associated with PMS is muscle and joint pain which is often experienced in the low back pain. Did you know that the low back pain can be a product of the hormonal changes throughout each cycle?
Pregnancy also relies heavily on the hormonal changes that impact our ligaments. As the body progresses through 40 weeks of pregnancy, a hormone called Relaxin increases significantly promoting the ligaments of the pelvis to loosen. The ligaments stretch even more during active labor allowing the pelvis to widen and accommodate for the baby to pass through the birth canal1. In this case, it is a blessing that hormones are involved!
On the other hand, there are some potentially negative results from hormones promoting laxity in the ligaments. In particular our younger female athletic population is at risk for injuries. Both Estrogen and Relaxin are released at different levels throughout the menstrual cycle. When the hormones are at an elevated state, the risk of spraining or tearing a ligament increases significantly. Studies have shown adolescent girls are 4 to 6 times more likely to sustain ACL injury (ligament in the knee) compared to boys. Furthermore, injury to the ACL increases the risk for early onset osteoarthritis of the knee 10-fold3.
As women age and the body progresses toward menopause the hormones change yet again. Many women notice an increase in joint pain as they enter the menopausal years. The hormonal fluctuations experienced through the “life change” can decrease in ligamentous laxity and, therefore, decrease flexibility. These fluctuations in hormones can also contribute to inflammation in the joints resulting in pain and stiffness2. Whether young or old, those hormones will affect you!
So women, please take care of yourselves! Exercise to maintain your strength and promote the integrity of your ligaments; stretch to keep your joints flexible and your muscles lengthened; and get adjusted! Chiropractic manipulation of the spine can help maintain proper mobility of the joints, reduce inflammation, and stretch the muscles. Preventative care with routine adjustments can be a powerful tool to help manage the hormonal fluctuations throughout a woman’s lifecycle. Find out today how we can help!
Although there are many kinds of cancer, all cancers start because abnormal cells grow out of control. Untreated cancers can cause serious illness and death.Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that starts in the cells of the breast. A malignant tumor is a group of cancer cells that can grow into (invade) surrounding tissues or spread (metastasize) to distant areas of the body. The disease occurs almost entirely in women, but men can get it, too.
Signs and Symptoms
Widespread use of screening mammograms has increased the number of breast cancers found before they cause any symptoms. Still, some breast cancers are not found by mammogram, either because the test was not done or because, even under ideal conditions, mammograms do not find every breast cancer.The most common symptom of breast cancer is a new lump or mass. A painless, hard mass that has irregular edges is more likely to be cancerous, but breast cancers can be tender, soft, or rounded.
Age: 1 out of 8 invasive breast cancers develop in women between 45-55.
Genetics: About 5-10% of breast cancers are hereditary; having a first degree relative with breast cancer nearly doubles a women’s risk
Personal History: A women who previously had breast cancer is at a higher risk to develop a new cancer.
Breast cancers that are found because they are causing symptoms tend to be larger and are more likely to have already spread beyond the breast. In contrast, breast cancers found during screening exams are more likely to be smaller and still confined to the breast. The size of a breast cancer and how far it has spread are some of the most important factors in predicting the prognosis of a woman with this disease.Most doctors feel that early detection tests for breast cancer save thousands of lives each year, and that many more lives could be saved if even more women and their health care providers took advantage of these tests.
PUMPKIN RICE KRISPIE TREATS
- 6 Cups Rice Krispie Cereal
- 3 tbs Butter
- 10 oz Marshmallows (approx 1 Bag)
- Red & Yellow Food Coloring (to make orange color)
- 24 Tootsie Rolls
- 1 Green Fruit Roll-up (you will only be able to find the blue/green combo)
- Melt your butter in a large sauce pan over low heat
- Add marshmallows and stir constantly until melted
- Remove from heat
- Add approx 4 drops of red food coloring & 2 drop yellow food coloring- Add until you have a nice bright orange color
- Mix in Rice Krispies
- Form small balls into the shape of a pumpkin (Tip: Add Non-Stick Cooking Spray (Pam) or Crisco to your hands before forming your balls)
- Cut Tootsie Roll in Half and add a half into each pumpkin while still warm
- Cut small leaves from the green portion of your Fruit Roll Up and enjoy!