We don’t have to crack you! So don’t be afraid!

No more cracking and popping necessary to get you out of pain.

Just as lasers have replaced scalpels in some surgeries,
advanced technology has become available to the chiropractors at Lifetime Health and Wellness
to deliver chiropractic adjustments to relieve your back and neck pain.

This patented and FDA registered device was specifically created

to deliver gentle and precise chiropractic adjustments to the joints of the spine and extremities to relieve pain and restore function.

The Impulse Adjusting Instrument® is controlled by micro-computer circuitry housed within the device

that produces a controlled force that chiropractors can use to treat different areas of the body.

Born out of over a decade of research and engineering, Impulse® produces a controlled force that our chiropractors can use to treat different areas of the body with virtually no strain on the PATIENT’S body, while giving an accurate adjustment every time. Specifically tuned to the natural frequency of the body that joints, muscles and nerves respond to, optimizing results for you the patient.

Reach out to our office today to schedule your free consultation for us to demonstrate how we can adjust you safely and comfortably.

You probably won’t lose weight when these 5 hormones are out of whack.

For patients struggling to manage their weight, a hormonal imbalance may be to blame.

Below, we’ll explore 5 hormones that may be the root cause of a patient’s weight gain.

 

1. INSULIN

Insulin is a hormone that regulates glucose in the blood. When insulin resistance occurs, it often leads to significant weight gain. Studies have shown bio-identical hormone replacement therapies may help protect against insulin resistance.

2. CORTISOL

Cortisol, often referred to as the stress hormone, gets released by the adrenal glands when the body is under stress. Elevated cortisol levels can cause cravings for foods that are high in sugar, fat, and salt. BHRT(bio-identical hormone replacement therapy) has been shown to help manage stress and keep cortisol levels balanced.

3. ESTROGEN

For women, estrogen levels decline with age. Inadequate amounts of estrogen can cause the body to use blood sugars and starches less effectively, increasing fat around the mid-section. Optimizing estrogen levels could help reduce weight gain associated with an estrogen imbalance.

4. TESTOSTERONE – It’s not just for men. Women need it too!

One of the symptoms of low testosterone in men and women is an increase in body fat. Optimizing testosterone levels helps promote weight loss, increase muscle mass, and maintain energy levels—giving some patients that extra boost they need to hit the gym regularly. BHRT(bio-identical hormone replacement therapy) has been shown to help dramatically improve testosterone levels.

5. THYROID

Thyroid optimization is essential to maintaining a well-functioning metabolism. The thyroid creates the hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) from iodine. These hormones are used by the body to metabolize proteins, fats, and carbohydrates.

The only way to know what’s going on with your hormones is with a simple blood test. Call Lifetime Health and Wellness in South Elgin and schedule your blood test today to see if bio identical hormone optimization is right for you.  We accept all insurance and have an extremely reasonable cash price.

 

Your body contains trillions of micro-organisms, including beneficial bacteria, which make up what is called your microbiome. Learn more about Microbiome.

Your body contains trillions of micro-organisms, including beneficial bacteria, which make up what is called your microbiome.

Many of these micro-organisms are extremely important for your immune system, heart, weight, everyday stress levels, and many other aspects of good health.

In this blog article we will explain why it’s so important for your body to understand what the microbiome is and why it’s important to support good health.

 

What Is Gut Microbiome

The microscopic living things in your gut and intestines are referred to as microorganisms, or microbes, for short.

Most of the microbes in your intestines are found in a “pocket” of your large intestine called the cecum, and they are referred to as the gut microbiome.

Although many different types of microbes live inside you, bacteria is the most studied.

You are more bacteria than human.

In fact, there are more bacterial cells in your body than human cells. There are roughly 40 trillion bacterial cells in your body and only 30 trillion human cells.

What’s even more crazy is there are up to 1,000 species of bacteria in the human gut microbiome, and each of them plays a different role in your body. Most of them are extremely important for your health.

Consequently, these microbes may weigh as much as 2-5 pounds, which is roughly the weight of a human brain. Together, they will function as an extra organ in your body and play a huge role in supporting your good health.

How Does Microbiome Affect Your Body?

Microbes have learned to play very important roles in the human body. In fact, without the gut microbiome, it would be very difficult to survive.

The gut microbiome begins to affect your body the moment you are born.

When you are first exposed to microbes when you pass through your mother’s birth canal. However, new evidence suggest that babies may come in contact with some microbes while inside the womb.

As you grow, your gut microbiome begins to diversify, meaning it starts to contain many different types of microbial species. Higher microbiome diversity is considered important for your health.

As your microbiome grows, it affects your body in several ways, including:

  • Helping control brain health: Research suggests that the gut microbiome may also the health of the central nervous system, which controls brain function.
  • Digesting fiber: Certain bacteria digest fiber, producing short-chain fatty acids, which are important for gut health. Fiber may help curb appetite and thus prevent unwanted weight gain, maintain healthy blood sugar levels already in a normal range, promote heart and colon health.
  • Helping control your immune system: The gut microbiome also helps to maintain a healthy immune system. By communicating with immune cells, the gut microbiome can support your body’s normal immune response.

Therefore, there are a number of different ways in which the gut microbiome can affect key body functions and help you maintain good health.

It Maintains Your Gut Health

The microbiome can affect your gut health, playing a critical role in maintaining the health of the bowel and intestines.

Maintaining a healthy gut microbiome can reduce the occasional bloating, cramps and abdominal discomfort that some people experience due to gut microbes producing a lot of gas and other chemicals.

How Can You Maintain a Healthy Gut Microbiome?

There are many different ways maintain the health of your gut microbiome. Below are some options to help improve your gut.

  • Eat a diverse range of foods: This can lead to a more diverse microbiome, which is an indicator of good gut health. IN particular, legumes, beans and fruit contain lots of fiber and can promote the growth of beneficial Bifidobacteria.
  • Eat Fermented Foods: Fermented foods such as yogurt, sauerkraut and kefir all contain beneficial bacteria, mainly Lactobacilli, which can help maintain a healthy balance of beneficial bacteria in the gut.
  • Limit your intake of artificial sweeteners: There is some evidence that suggests artificial sweeteners, like aspartame, might affect the gut microbiome and cause spikes in glucose levels after meals.
  • Eat prebiotic foodsPrebiotics are a type of fiber that stimulates the growth of beneficial bacteria. Prebiotic-rich foods include artichokes, bananas, asparagus, oats, and apples.
  • Take a probiotic supplement: Probiotics are live bacteria that can help maintain a beneficial balance of good bacteria in the gut. They do this by “reseeding” the gut microbiome with beneficial microbes.
  • Take antibiotics only when necessary: Antibiotics kill many bad and good bacteria in the gut microbiome, possibly contributing to weight gain and antibiotic resistance. Thus, only take antibiotics when medically necessary.

The Bottom Line

Your gut microbiome is made up of trillions of micro-organisms.

The gut microbiome plays a major role in maintaining your good health by helping control digestion and benefiting your immune system and many other aspects of your health.

Proven To Extend Life

What if there were an all natural product that was proven in a 10 year federally funded study by The National Institute of Aging to extend lifespan by an average of 5 YEARS?

I know you’re thinking maybe something like green tea, Turmeric, Resveratrol, or fish oil maybe?
No, they were tested and they didn’t extend lifespan.
6 drugs have been proven to extend lifespan…but as with all drugs, they have TERRIBLE side effects…
I wouldn’t want to live longer while also being miserable…
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Amniotic Fluid To Treat Painful Knees

A new study conducted at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery titled, “A Randomized Controlled Single-Blind Study Demonstrating Superiority of Amniotic Suspension Allograft Injection Over Hyaluronic Acid and Saline Control for Modification of Knee Osteoarthritis Symptoms” published in the Journal of Knee Surgery found clear evidence that amniotic suspension allograft (ASA) injections may be a superior anti-inflammatory treatment for knee osteoarthritis.

This was a multicenter, three arm, randomized to a control trial where the ability of amniotic suspension allograft to modulate inflammation and swelling was compared with saline and hyaluronic acid (HA) injections in patients with knee osteoarthritis.

Two hundred subjects were randomized 1:1:1 to ASA, HA, or saline. Primary endpoints included changes from baseline of patient-reported outcomes (PROs)-EQ-5D-5L, Knee Osteoarthritis Outcome Score (KOOS), visual analog scale (VAS), Tegner, and Single Assessment Numerical Evaluation (SANE). Any patient who reported unacceptable pain at 3 months were considered treatment failures and removed from the study. They included 13.2% in the amniotic suspension allograft group, 68.8% in the HA group and 75% in the saline group.

According to the data collected, patients receiving ASA demonstrated greater improvements in overall pain (VAS), KOOS pain, and KOOS-activities of daily living scores compared to those in the (HA) group at 6 months and in both groups at 6 months. OMERACT-OARSI [Outcome Measures in Rheumatology-Osteoarthritis Research Society International] responder rates for amniotic suspension allograft, HA, and saline groups were 69.1, 39.1 and 42.6%, respectively (p = 0.0007).

Andreas Gomoll, M.D., a sports medicine and orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery summarized the results of the study to OTW.

“The amniotic fluid and membrane injection showed the best results because there are a lot of anti-inflammatory substances in amniotic membrane and it is the inflammation and swelling that really hurts.”

He added, “We use a lot of injections with injured athletes. If there is a truly mechanical problem, then surgery is indicated, but many athletes just have pain and inflammation. Less is often more when it comes to treating these athletes because it is harder to get back to sport after surgery.”

“The amniotic suspension allograft injections are also a good option for older patients as well. They allow us to try to delay or prevent all together the need for knee replacement,” he said.

Schedule your Free joint pain consultation with Lifetime Health and Wellness today. No reason to continue to live with the pain.

Signs You May Have Low Testosterone

Have you had your hormones checked in the past 6 months?

Signs of Low Testosterone in men:

  • Depression / Anxiety
  • Compromised self-confidence
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Lowered sex drive
  • Difficulty sustaining or achieving an erection (erectile dysfunction)
  • Use of viagra or levetra (past or present)
  • Decreased muscle or bone mass
  • Increased body fat
  • Fatigue – decreased energy and endurance
  • Flushing/hot flashes
  • Swollen, tender, or enlarged breasts (gynecomastia)
  • Lower work performance
  • Decreased exercise or sports performance
  • Joint Pains and Inflammation

Testosterone Quiz:

Take this short quiz to find out if you have signs of low testosterone.

Do you experience less enjoyment in your life than you did 6-12 months ago?
Do you suffer from lower confidence?
Is it hard to stay on task during the day?
Do you wake up well-rested?
Do you have a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep?
Do you have a decreased interest in sex?
Do you have sex less than 1 time per week?
Is it difficult for you to sustain or achieve an erection?
Have you taken Viagra or similar medications to achieve an erection recently?
Are you suffering from Osteoporosis or osteopenia? Or frequent bone fractures?
Are you struggling with weight loss and especially excess body fat or abdominal fat?
Do you run out of energy before the day runs out?
Can you function without caffeine during your busiest days?
Do you ever have night sweats or hot flashes?
Do you have tender or enlarged breasts?
Are you unable to crush it at work?
Are you too tired to exercise when you want to? Have you stopped going to the gym, or playing sports you used to enjoy?
Do you fall asleep on your couch or bed after or before dinner?

Stem Cell Promoting Therapies Now Covered By Medicare And Private Insurance

Stem cell promoting amniotic tissue injections are now covered by Medicare and some private insurances here at Lifetime Health and Wellness

Our regenerative medicine, amniotic liquid allograft derived from the amniotic liquid within the placenta is great to advance soft tissue repair, replacement, and reconstruction.

Relevant Conditions

• Sports Injuries

• Joint Pain
• Tendonitis
• Fasciitis

• Muscle & Meniscus Tears • Wound Care

Injectable Amniotic Allograft Clinical Indications

Recalcitrant Plantar Fasciitis

• Emerging treatment in later stages of disease to avoid surgical intervention

• Pluripotent cells aid in reversing the chronicity of the disease

Tendonitis

• Aids in the reconstruction and realignment of repaired tendon fibers

Ligament/Tendon Repair And Augmentation

• Growth factors, cytokines and proteases contribute to the process of soft tissue healing

Osteoarthritis (OA)

• Reduction in pro-inflammatory metalo-proteases reducing pain and immobility

Non-Healing Ulcerations Of The Lower Extremity

• Reduction in tumor necrosis factor-α to allow for increased healing potential

Nerve Repair

• Reduction of adhesions by down regulating gene expression

Recent Research

  • Amniotic membrane and amniotic fluid injections are considered a new line of treatment for many wound care and inflammatory musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Recent research has indicated that this injection treatment modality is a reliable and low risk treatment option for these conditions.
  • The research effort remains very active in this field. As with any treatment modality, there are certain recommended conservative care modalities that should be employed prior to using Fluid Flow.
  • Overall, patient foot pain was found to be significantly reduced in all treatment groups from baseline. FAAM scores for both activities of daily living and sports sub-scales also improved in all treatment groups, with overall improvement ranging from 60 – 150% compared to baseline. All patients showed variable degrees of improvement with no patients showing any deterioration. Garras et al.
  • Such grafts offer promising stem cell therapies with the potential to promote re-vascularization and tissue healing within poorly vascularized, non-healing wounds. In addition, amniotic allografts are not associated with problematic procumbent procedures and contain additional factors with anti-inflammatory and anti-microbal properties. Werber et al.
  • Current research and clinical cases using amniotic membrane for repairing orthopedic tissues have shown that HADT allografts can have promising results in repairing injured and diseased tissues due to their ability to deliver a natural ECM biomaterial that contains many active biomolecules. There is great potential for the use of amniotic membrane allografts for regenerative applications in orthopedics.

High-Dose Antioxidant Supplements: Friend or Foe?

Oxidative stress is doing this inside your body everyday.

You can’t stop it, you can only slow it.

The best way is to have your own body create reusable antioxidant enzymes.

Avoiding high-dose antioxidants and getting plenty of dietary antioxidants can help.

But to create the strongest defense against free radicals, your body needs to activate its own system that creates powerful antioxidant enzymes according to your body’s circadian rhythms.

Rather than flood the body with outside antioxidants, a powerful new product called Protandim® Nrf2 Synergizer™, tells your body to start making hundreds of different protective molecules, including antioxidant enzymes, whenever your cells are under stress.

It stimulates your body’s response to cellular stress by supporting the normal clean-up process for damaged cells, maintaining healthy cell function, and activating a response that protects cells against future stress.

What do antioxidants do?

Antioxidants work to protect our bodies from the oxidative effects of free radicals.

Our bodies make free radicals during our normal metabolic functions or when we are exposed to stressors like air pollution, toxins in our food and water, chemical cleaning products, or even sunlight.

When our bodies are overexposed to free radicals, bad things happen.

Supplementary antioxidants: Like putting out a house fire with a Dixie cup.

It takes one molecule of an antioxidant(“C” for example) to get rid of one molecule of free radical. The body produces over 160 sextillion free radicals every day (that’s a 100 with 26 zeros after it).

It’s like putting out a house fire with a Dixie cup. You would have to eat 11 pounds of blueberries every day, or drink 87 glasses of red wine every day.

Here’s how supplementary antioxidants (for example, Vitamin C) and activating your bodies own antioxidant enzymes compare:

  • Taking 2,000 mg of Vitamin C each day can neutralize about 0.01 moles (units of measurement) of free radicals.
    • One antioxidant from a supplement removes one toxin.
  • If you can increase your body’s production of an antioxidant enzyme like superoxide dismutase (SOD) by 2,000 mg per day, it can neutralize up to 5,270,000 moles of free radicals per day.
    • One antioxidant enzyme can be used over and over to remove thousands of toxins!

This means that if you really want to get rid of the free radicals that accelerate the aging process in your body, you need to get your body to produce more of its own antioxidant enzymes.

Plus many times synthetic forms of vitamins are not always in the most bioavailable form. They may come in massive doses, for example, 1000% of the daily recommended dose.

Researchers have found that these gigantic doses may actually interfere with the body’s delicate balancing act between free radicals (the bad guys) and antioxidants (the good guys).

Dietary antioxidants: 

Although you can’t get all the antioxidants you need,  Eating a “rainbow” of foods gives you the best chance of getting the most variety of the best kind of antioxidant nutrients, in its most natural form.

Antioxidant enzymes: 

Produced in the body, these are far more powerful than dietary antioxidants at stabilizing free radicals.

The antioxidant enzymes that your body produces are reusable—your body can use them over and over again to defend against free radical molecules. Your body can regulate the production of these enzymes depending on the balance between antioxidants and free radicals that’s currently happening in your body.

 

Here are five helpful tips that trigger the Nrf2 protein and your body’s antioxidant enzyme production system:

  1. Stop taking high-dose antioxidant supplements like vitamins A, C, and E.
  2. Get active!
  3. Try intermittent fasting—once a month, consume only water for 24 hours.
  4. Eat the right variety of foods (blueberries, onions, broccoli, cabbage, apples—remember a “rainbow”).
  5. Boost Nrf2 with properly balanced phytonutrients (nutrients found in plants that combine to activate Nrf2 even further than when the nutrients are consumed alone).
  6. Take one little yellow supplement,  Protandim® Nrf2 Synergizer™  to create the strongest defense against free radicals

Top 7 Foods that Cause Inflammation

Several ingredients have been shown to trigger inflammation, like the browning of an apple, and negatively impact overall health.

Here are a few of the top foods that cause inflammation.

1. Fried Foods

Fried foods like doughnuts, mozzarella sticks and potato chips are high in trans fats. A type of unhealthy fatty acid that has been

linked to a long list of side effects. In addition to cranking up cholesterol levels and increasing the risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes, trans fats may also trigger inflammation.

According to one study in the Journal of Nutrition, increased consumption of trans fatty acids was associated with higher levels of markers of inflammation, including C-reactive protein (CRP) and interleukin-6 (IL-6).

2. Processed Meat

Processed meat is any type of meat that has been smoked, cured, salted, dried or canned in order to enhance its flavor or extend its shelf life. Some of the most common examples include cold cuts, bacon, salami, sausage and beef jerky.

Not only was processed meat recently classified as carcinogenic by the World Health Organization, but it can contribute to inflammation as well. Studies show that eating more processed meat may be tied to higher levels of CRP, a marker that is used to measure inflammation in the body.

3. Alcohol

Although certain types of alcohol (like red wine) can actually be beneficial in moderation, excessive alcohol consumption is a major risk factor for inflammation. Studies show that drinking high amounts of alcohol can increase certain inflammatory markers, including CRP.

What’s more, alcohol intake can also ramp up the risk of leaky gut syndrome, a condition in which toxins and food particles leak from the digestive tract into the blood, causing widespread inflammation.

4. Refined Carbohydrates

Refined carbs like pasta, white bread, cookies and crackers are notorious as some of the top foods that cause inflammation of the joints. These foods undergo extensive processing, stripping them of beneficial nutrients, such as fiber.

Refined carbs also tend to have a higher glycemic index which is used to measure how quickly foods increase blood sugar levels. Research shows that consuming foods with a high glycemic index may drive up inflammation, even in healthy adults.

On the other hand, studies show that swapping out refined grains for whole grains instead can decrease inflammation and protect against chronic disease.

5. Artificial Sweeteners

Often lurking in low-calorie foods and diet products, some research suggests that could cause inflammation. Although more research in humans is needed, studies indicate that artificial sweeteners may disrupt the health of the gut microbiome, which plays a key role in regulating inflammation.

One animal model also  found that regular consumption of sucralose also known as Splenda, could cause liver inflammation in mice.

6. Vegetable Oil

Heavily processed or refined vegetable oils are very high in omega six fatty acids. Although omega-6 fatty acids are an important component of a healthy diet, consuming a high ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids can trigger inflammation.

While experts generally recommend aiming for a ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids of around 4:1, most people consume a ratio closer to 15:1 instead. Therefore, limiting your consumption of refined vegetable oils while also adding more omega 3 fatty acids to your diet may help alleviate inflammation.

7. High-Fructose Corn Syrup

High-fructose corn syrup is a type of sweetener that is often found in processed foods including soda, juice, candy and ice cream. Just like regular sugar, high-fructose corn syrup is at the top of the inflammatory foods chart and can have detrimental effects on nearly every aspect of health.

In addition to limiting your intake of foods that cause inflammation from the list above, incorporating a variety of foods that reduce inflammation into your diet can also be beneficial.

Plus an amazing resource that is scientifically proven to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress by 40% in 30 days is something we recommend to all our patients.

Anti-Inflammatory Food Swaps

A healthy, well-rounded anti-inflammatory diet should comprise mostly nutrient-dense, whole foods, including fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds and legumes. Herbs, spices, healthy fats and protein foods are also included on the anti-inflammatory foods list as well.

Making a few simple swaps in your diet is an easy way to get started. Try trading processed meats, for example, with healthier protein sources, like fish, poultry, eggs or legumes.

You can also ditch the deep fat fryer and try baking your own vegetable chips or French fries instead. Or, try swapping refined carbs like white rice, pasta or bread for whole grain varieties to give your diet an easy upgrade.

Here are a few of the best:

  • Fruits: peaches, pineapple, mangoes, apples, berries, pears, oranges
  • Vegetables: broccoli, kale, spinach, zucchini, squash, sweet potatoes, spinach, watercress, tomatoes, garlic
  • Nuts and Seeds: pistachios, macadamia nuts, almonds, chia seeds, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds
  • Legumes: black beans, kidney beans, chickpeas, lentils, navy beans, peas
  • Whole Grains: quinoa, couscous, farro, millet, buckwheat, barley
  • Proteins: salmon, chicken, turkey, eggs,
  • Healthy Fats: coconut oil, olive oil, ghee, grass-fed butter, avocados
  • Herbs and Spices: turmeric, black pepper, rosemary, basil, oregano, cayenne pepper, dill

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Age Healthier With Balanced Hormones

As the body ages, it undergoes various hormonal changes that can affect health. Some of the common symptoms of hormonal imbalance include weight gain, memory decline, fatigue, and muscle loss. Bioidentical hormones may restore hormones to their optimal levels.

Physical Benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men

The physical benefits a patient can get from the BioTE method of hormone replacement therapy depends on their individual needs. Some of the physical benefits men typically report experiencing as a result of testosterone treatments include increased lean muscle mass and tone, bone strength, thicker hair, improved focus and memory, increased energy and stamina, and improved mood.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Benefits for Women

A hormone imbalance in women can cause heavy, irregular, or uncomfortable periods, hot flashes, night sweats, indigestion, constipation, and diarrhea. Studies have shown that BHRT treats the root of these symptoms to promote relief as well as improved brain function, better mood, thicker hair, more restful sleep, upgraded muscle function, and higher bone density.

Physical Benefits of the BioTE Method of Hormone Therapy

We have helped hundreds of people gain the physical benefits of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

Research has shown that the physical benefits of BHRT are numerous, including:

  • added lean muscle mass
  • thicker hair
  • stronger bones
  • better brain function
  • focus
  • enhanced sleep patterns