Food for Mood

Everyone has had their moment when they find comfort in food. You go into it knowing that it's only going to make you feel worse after. And then all of a sudden it turns into a stare down with the bottom of the ice cream tub and instantly you regret giivng in.

I have studied the mind-body connection in depth and have found myself researching more in the science of how being nutritionally deprived can cause certain mood changes in the brain. The gut has a mind of its own, and with its confirmed existence, we call it the enteric nervous system; a third unconscious system in your body. This system is also known as the second brain because while it talks to the brain, it also has the ability to act independently and influence behavior. What's amazing is that the gut has about 95% of the serotonin in your body and the brain only has about 5%. Some researchers perceive serotonin to be an important chemical that is responsible for maintaining a healthy mood balance. On the other hand, an insufficient amount of serotonin can lead to depression. With 95% of the serotonin in your gut it is clear that food controls your mood.

Poor gut health can have more farther-reaching effects than just your gut. With poor gut health your thyroid will also have trouble functioning. There are plenty of other red flags like heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, bloating and indigestion. These are good indications that something is out of balance and creating some trouble. Although very common and problematic these side effects can be very easily fixed. With the right knowledge about proper food combination and bacterial flora you will be on your way to a healthier gut. Remember...a healthy gut makes a happy you.  ☺

Call Jenna Gill, Pure Health's Clinical Nutritionist at (732) 747-0083 for more knowledge on the enteric system and simple food combining techniques for gut solutions.

What is Craniopathy and Can it Help You?

 

A little background first… Craniopathy is the study of the skull and the restoration of proper function. 80% of the central nervous system (CNS) is encased in the cranium while only 20% is in the spine. The skull itself is intended to be a pumping mechanism for the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF), which provides nutrients and removes metabolic waste to and from all areas of the brain. Some people ask if it is similar to craniosacral therapy. Craniopathy is different than craniosacral therapy. Although craniopaths do work with the dural system (protective layer surrounding the spinal cord and brain) we don’t stop there. Craniopathy is a much more in depth study with a strong focus on all the individual bones of the skull, how they move with respiration, the anatomy of the brain, flow of the CSF and the route and function of the cranial nerves. If you are suffering from any of the following conditions/symptoms then Craniopathy might be able to help you.

  • Migraines
  • Eye pain/pressure
  • Brain fog
  • Sinus headaches
  • Tinnitus
  • Vertigo
  • TMJ pain/clicking
  • Facial pain
  • Hypertension
  • Hypotension
  • Ear infection

Call today to schedule an appointment (732) 747-0083.

Suffering from low back pain and nothing seems to help?

There are many different causes of low back pain. It can be as simple as a misalignment of the joint in the low back or pelvis, muscle spasm or it can be a more complex issue that requires a completely different approach. We are seeing more and more people in our office that have tried many approaches to helping their low back pain including pain killers, anti-inflammatories, chiropractic, physical therapy and more. One often-overlooked underlying cause of low back pain is due to a pelvic instability/hypermobility. Whether it is from sitting all day, being in a car accident with your foot on the brake at the moment of impact or a simple fall or misstep. All of these can contribute or cause a pelvic instability/hypermobility.

What is a pelvic instability/hypermobility? The sacroiliac joint (SIJ), which is where your iliac bones connect to your sacrum, is an extremely important joint for not only proper biomechanical function but it also contributes to the pumping mechanism that feeds your ENTIRE nervous system. The SIJ has two major functions: weight bearing/force transmission and meningeal balance. What this means is that the ligaments that hold the joint together must first take on the weight of the entire upper body before the leg muscles can engage to support that weight. It is also responsible for dampening the shock forces when your leg or butt hits the ground before it can be distributed throughout your upper body. The meningeal balance function is how cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flows up and down your spinal column to feed all of your nerves outside your spine and, most importantly, your brain. The brain cannot allow its feeding mechanism to become compromised. So when that joint becomes wobbly due to a ligament sprain, or lengthening from various types of trauma, the next course of action your brain takes is altering the focal point of weight bearing/force transmission to the vertebral levels of L4/L5 and L5/S1. This adds additional compressive forces on those discs and can result in a disc bulge and/or herniation over time. I apologize for going in depth on the subject of anatomy however I believe it is important to understand the underlying mechanisms so that the approach to healing not only encompasses symptom relief but also true healing so your pain does not return.

There are many symptoms that present when you have a sacroiliac instability/hypermobility due to muscular adaptations. To name a few: low back pain, shoulder pain, tingling or numbness in hands/arms, grinding teeth at night, neck pain, knee pain, TMJ dysfunction/pain/popping and even headaches. Other signs of this are when you stretch, which feels great at the time, within an hour or so your pain is back and possibly worse, massage helps but the tightness and pain comes back within a day or two, side-posture chiropractic adjustments help with pain but by the time you get to your car or within the day your pain is back. Pain medications and anti-inflammatories are simply palliative so we can only assume that these have a tendency to mask your symptoms thereby giving a false sense of security and can result in furthering an injury by performing tasks that would typically be contraindicated.

What can be done to help? It is actually fairly simple. The ligaments of the pelvis need to heal with the respective bones in an ideal position so that true pelvic stabilization can occur. When this happens not only will you be pain free but you will also feel more limber and you won't have to experience that tightness you wake up with every morning. We accomplish this through a specific Sacro Occipital Technic (SOT®) approach that ensures optimal healing in the shortest time frame possible. The best part is that we use a system of neurological indicators that not only direct the doctor to the exact anatomical and biomechanical areas of dysfunction but as the patient you can see immediate the change for the better. For more information about what we do and how we can help, call us at (732) 747-0083.