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Food Allergies vs. Sensitivities

Are you really allergic?  Or do you just want to be gluten-free?  I’ve been asked these questions countless times in the last 15 years.  Typically, I keep my answer simple and just respond that I am allergic, so the person questioning me will just leave me along.  What I really want to say is “Everything in life is a choice. I choose to do what is best for my body and that means not eating gluten!”  Enduring those questions, experiencing the frustration of ordering at restaurants, and seeing first-hand what positive dietary changes can do for my body has inspired me to help others when they are faced with a similar challenge.  Educating yourself on the terminology used is the first step to understanding your body and what it is going through…

Food Allergies vs. Food Sensitivities… what’s the difference?

Food allergies occur when the body views the food as a foreign substance and the immune system is mobilized to attack.  There is typically a histamine response and symptoms onset very quickly (within minutes or hours).  For some people, these symptoms can last for up to 48 hours.  Testing for food allergies can be done through a skin prick test or blood test.  The skin prick test can determine if the body has a reaction to the food by developing a raised bump.  The blood test actually measures the immune system’s response by measuring the amount of immunoglobulin E (IgE) also known as the allergy-related antibody.  Frequently, a person suffering from food allergies is aware of the biggest offenders because the symptoms can be more intense than a sensitivity.  Symptoms of food allergies can include, but are not limited to:

  • sudden onset of low blood pressure, dizziness, or faintness
  • swelling of the lips or throat, nausea, or feeling bloated
  • diarrhea or vomiting
  • dry, itchy throat or tongue, coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, or a runny or blocked nose
  • itchy skin, rash, hives
  • anaphylaxsis

It is critical that the person allergic avoid the offending foods.  In an allergy situation, it could be a matter of life or death.  Treatments are variable, including allergy shots or low level exposure to desensitize the immune system.  When discussing a patient’s food allergies with them, my best piece of advise… when in doubt, don’t eat it!

Food sensitivities are a different story.  In this case, the body doesn’t have an acute immune system response.  The body can still has an adverse reaction to a food, but there is not an IgE mediated response.  The biggest challenge with food sensitivities is the sometimes delayed onset of a reaction.  For some people, the reaction can occur within hours.  However, for some, it can take days to notice.  The delayed reaction makes it much harder to pinpoint the culprit.  The symptoms associated with a food sensitivity are variable and many people blame “other causes” for their symptoms:

  • stomach/bowel upset (IBS)
  • abdominal bloating or generalized increased inflammation
  • headaches or migraines
  • wheezing or runny nose
  • hives
  • generally not feeling good

Testing for food sensitivities is more challenging than testing for food allergies.  There are blood tests that may reveal a different immunoglobulin or antibody involved known as the IgG antibody.  Although there is some controversy over the reliability of testing for IgG antibodies, I have found the results clinically significant.  I have many patients, including my family, that have experienced life-changing positive results by removing the foods that tested positive from their diets.  In some cases, the sensitivity is life-long whereas in other cases there has been successful reintroduction of the food.  Other “testing” methods include keeping a food journal to evaluate for trends in symptoms and foods eaten and/or an elimination diet.  The elimination diet is simply that, eliminate the suspected foods for a period of time and then reintroduce one food at a time to see if symptoms return.  I highly encourage you to speak with a physician or specialist while going through the process of determining food sensitivities.  The process can be an overwhelming challenge!  However, when the methods are done properly and with guidance, the results can be life-changing.

For information regarding the food sensitivity testing we can perform at Body Logic, click here.

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May Classes

Change Habits, Change Lives for summer! Join us on May 8, 2018!
Looking for a healthy way to start the summer off so you can to hit the beach? It’s time to start the 21 day Purification Program! The average American diet is loaded with added and hidden sugars, unhealthy trans fats, and highly processed foods that are nutritionally void. The Standard Process Purification Program supports the whole body’s natural toxin-metabolism processes. When you complete the 21-day purification program, you will develop a new way of eating based on wholesome, healthy food which will help you Move Better, Feel Better, & Live Better! Our classes are FREE and open to the public! Reserve your spot through Eventbrite by clicking here, or call our office at (757) 427-0355

Secrets to Food Prepping- Dr. Amanda will be sharing tips on food prepping on May 22, 2018!
Have you ever wondered how people “meal prep” every week? Eating healthy while leading a busy lifestyle is not easy. Planning ahead and preparing meals in advance can make life simpler and healthier! Dr. Amanda will be discussing different meal prep techniques and healthy alternatives that are realistic. You can be healthy and busy at the same time! Join our FREE class to find out some helpful tips! Our classes are open to the public, so bring a friend! Register today by clicking here, if you have any questions call our office at (757) 427-0355

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May Updates and Mother’s Day Sale!

Treat your mom, or any mom in your life for Mother’s Day!

Our Annual gift certificate sale is now through May 13th! Receive $10 off ANY 60 minute massage or $15 off ANY 90 minute massage! If ordering online use codes 10$offmd or 15$offmd at checkout to receive discounts!

 

 

In observance of Memorial Day the office will be closed on May 28, 2018.  We will reopen on May 29 with normal business hours

 

 

Office changes are coming….Beth has decided to take on another job that allows her to work from home so she can spend more time with her kids and focus on homeschooling! We are excited for her new adventures, but she will definitely be missed! We will be welcoming a new Customer Experience Coordinator soon!

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Massage Room Etiquette

Have you considered receiving a massage but you are not sure what to expect in the massage room? Will I have to remove all my clothes? Will I be face up or face down? What about pressure? What if I fall asleep? What if I don’t want to talk the whole time? What about draping? I don’t want to be exposed in any way. Let’s answer some of those questions for you!

First and foremost every client should be treated with respect and attentiveness to help achieve a sense of balance and well being, relief from stress, a feeling that your individual self and needs have been attended to in a caring way.

The massage therapist will ask you questions about you, your health issues (if any), medications you take, and your lifestyle, based on the intake form you completed. Asking these questions will help you and the therapist determine what type of massage will best serve you and help achieve your goals. You will be instructed to disrobe to your comfort level, where to place your clothes and whether the session should be started with you being face up or face down. The massage therapist will step out of the room to allow you to get on the table and begin to relax.

When the massage therapist returns to the room, and the session has started, keep in mind that you are in control of how the session flows. If you don’t want to talk during the session, which should be up to you, you can request no talking. If the pressure is too much or not enough you should speak up so that adjustments can be made. If you do not feel secure with the draping, you feel a draft around the area, or you feel too much of an area is exposed, please speak up and let the therapist know so the draping can be adjusted to help you feel more secure.

So you have begun to relax and find yourself dozing off, you want to fight it because you don’t want to miss any of it. Relax, doze or snore if you want, as you relax your body allows your muscles to relax as well providing you the ultimate goal, relaxation!

If you have any questions about your session, at any time, please feel free to ask your massage therapist. If you don’t feel you are the focus of the session, things are not going well communicate this to your therapist. Keep in mind that you have the right to cancel the session at any time if you are not comfortable, no questions asked. Communication between the client and the massage therapist is key to achieving the ultimate experience.

You can relax knowing that massage therapist must be licensed by the Board of Nurses in the Commonwealth of Virginia after they have completed an accredited program and passed a certification exam. Massage therapy is not a luxury, it is like a maintenance plan for your body. We should all consider massage therapy as part of our health plan.

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Benefits of K-Tape: Is It For You?

When exercising at the gym or attending a sporting event, you may have seen colored straps arranged over a participant’s body and wondered what it is? It is likely they are wearing Kinesio Tape, a popular therapeutic intervention that has versatile applications ranging from healing sporting injuries and improving posture to reducing lymphedema and supporting pregnant bellies. It wasn’t until recent years that it became more widely used, particularly in the sporting community, but for many it has become the right tool that is helping them to recover from injury faster while enhancing their performance.

Developed by Japanese chiropractor Dr. Kenzo Kase, in 1979, Kinesio Tape or “K-Tape” is an adhesive body tape that minimizes pain and promotes healing from musculoskeletal injury while supporting and correctly mobilizing joints and soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia) during activity. K-Tape is different than typical athletic tape, which is a strapping tape used to immobilize joints and soft tissues and is intended to restrict movement as the body heals from musculoskeletal injury.

A nice feature of K-Tape is that it can be cut to length, shaped, stretched to a pre-determined tension, and applied in a specific pattern depending on the person’s needs or region(s) of complaint. This allows for K-Tape to be used on any practical area of the body. Although it is commonly used in shoulders, knees, and along the length of arms and legs, it is often used to help support and provide pain-free movement of back, neck, and abdominal muscles. The adhesive and cotton material used in K-Tape make it feel like wearing a stretchy band-aid, but stronger. Most brands of K-Tape are also designed to be waterproof and will typically last for up to 5 days when applied correctly and left undisturbed. It is also hypoallergenic and latex-free.

Kinesio Tape facilitates the body’s natural healing methods by mechanical intervention only. There is no medicine or anti-inflammatory agent built into the tape, making it incredibly safe to use. Instead, when applied directly to the skin over the site of injury, its elastic design lifts the skin away from its damaged underlying tissue. This created lift helps promote blood and lymph circulation at the site of injury for faster tissue repair and drains excess fluid to reduce inflammation and swelling within the area between skin and muscles known as the interstitial space. The reduced swelling, simultaneously, creates less pressure on pain receptors within our body, resulting in less pain. This entire process speeds up overall recovery time; appealing to athletes of all levels who inherently suffer from recurrent sport injuries and want to return to doing activity as soon as possible.

Although K-Tape is most commonly used to assist healing overuse injuries (such as sprains, strains, tendonitis, etc), it is also an excellent tool used in muscle re-education to correct one’s posture or faulty movement patterns, with or without injury. When applied in a correct orientation to specific muscles, K-tape also stimulates sensory mechanoreceptors on the skin. When stimulated, these mechanoreceptors tell the brain how the body (or body part) is positioned. The brain then uses this body awareness feedback to help correctly turn on and turn off certain muscles groups during movement with timely precision. This can be essential when every degree of flawless motion matters, like during a baseball pitch or golf swing.

With the warmer weather finally here, you may be more motivated to be active and stay active. Don’t let pain keep you from enjoying what you like to do most and ask your chiropractor or therapist if K-Tape would be of benefit to you.

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Diffusers

You see them everywhere.  What are they doing over there in the corner of the room?  Why are so many people choosing to use them? Those are probably a few of the questions you ask when you see a diffuser in use.

We have the one in the lobby and we have four others in use in the massage and chiropractic treatment rooms. We don’t do it for just for their appearance, but for the benefits they have to offer all of us. There is no more efficient way to get the biggest benefit with your essential oils. This allows you to use just a few drops for hours and with multiple people!

We use and recommend using ultrasonic diffusers for a variety of reasons.  They have a small disc that vibrates so amazingly fast that the water and oil become a vapor and disperse into the air.  The reason we recommend this type is because the oil doesn’t change chemically during the process. Heat diffusers change the chemical constituents, which then, of course, change how the oils work!  The ultrasonic diffuser gets the oil dispersed over a greater area, allowing for more effect with less oil than an evaporative oil diffuser.  Diffusers may vary greatly in price. They all diffuse, but their lifespan may be different.  So for a long life and high quality machine you might consider purchasing one of the doTERRA diffusers here or in the office.

We have said before that not all essential oils are made equal.  You may think you can use the cheap oils in your diffuser. But remember that when those oils are getting diffused, and you are breathing them in, the oil is traveling across your olfactory nerve and can cross the blood brain barrier. You don’t want cheap oils that contain chemicals and impurities in your brain!  So, enjoy the freedom in using any doTERRA oil and what it has to offer.

Some useful diffuser blends you might want to try:

For Sleep: Lavender and Wild Orange; Patchouli, Wild Orange and Frankincense; Lavender and Vetiver; Peace and Frankincense

For Study: Rosemary, Peppermint and Lemon; Sandalwood, Lime and Frankincense; Motivate and Frankincense

For Mood Boost: Balance and Citrus Bliss; Elevation, Serenity and Grapefruit; Serenity, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli and Cedarwood.

For Morning wake up: Wild Orange and Peppermint

For Seasonal Irritants: Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint

For Winter Ickies: OnGuard

For Environmental Annoyances that fly and buzz: TerraShield; Lemongrass, Peppermint, Melaleuca and Lavender.

 

Load up your diffuser today and enjoy the benefits as well as the fragrance it has to enhance your life!