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Middleton Chiropractor April Newsletter From SHCC

Lowering Your Cortisol Levels

Cortisol, known as the stress hormone, is one of the body’s instinctual response hormones to the fight-or-flight situation. It is released by the adrenal gland during times of stress and has several functions in the body, such as blood-pressure regulation, glucose mobilization, and reducing inflammation. However, although beneficial and even crucial in many aspects, chronically increased levels of cortisol will impede your body’s overall health. Cortisol is one of the hormones responsible for tearing down muscle tissue. It also increases fat stores, particularly in the abdominal area. One way to keep this destructive hormone lowered is to avoid stressful situations as much as possible. Another way to lower cortisol levels is via a proper, well-balanced diet with the right nutrients. Research suggests certain nutritional strategies may help to reduce levels of cortisol in the body. Here are a few to consider:

Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Studies reveal that taking fish oil for as little as three weeks reduces cortisol levels compared to placebo. Wild Alaskan salmon is one of the premium choices for omega 3. Other foods high in omega-3 fatty acids include halibut, walnuts, almonds, and flax seed oil.

Vitamin C: Increasing your intake of vitamin C, which is found in citrus fruits such as oranges, as well as bell peppers and dark green leafy vegetables, could reduce cortisol levels. A research study conducted at the University of Alabama concluded that rats supplemented with vitamin C had reduced levels of cortisol after a stressful event compared to those receiving a placebo.

Low-GI Foods: Low-glycemic-index foods can lower cortisol levels in your body. It is recommended to consume foods such as eggs, meat, poultry, fish, and vegetables to lower cortisol levels. High glycemic index foods containing large amounts of sugar or starch are poor choices for reducing this hormone level, and may even increase the level of cortisol in the blood. High-glycemic-index foods require utilization of almost an equivalent mass of animal protein to keep glycemic balance. It is also necessary to avoid extreme lowcalorie diets. Low-calorie dieting is a major stress to the body and increases cortisol production while simultaneously reducing testosterone levels.

Dark Chocolate: Good news, chocolate lovers: Eating dark chocolate may aid in relieving stress. Researchers in Switzerland examined the effects of dark chocolate on stress metabolism. At the end of a two-week study, scientists observed that the group given 40 grams of dark chocolate per day experienced decreases in blood cortisol levels compared to the control group.

Keep in mind that in addition to proper diet, getting the adequate amount of sleep (seven to nine hours of sleep per 24-hour span) and a regular exercise regimen are crucial in lowering levels of the stress hormone. Additionally, rose hip extract has been found to reduce cortisol levels and thus reduce stress.

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Middleton Chiropractor March Newsletter From SHCC

New Location and Hours

For patients who have not had an appointment for some time, we are now settled in our new location. The address is:

1468 N. High Point Road Middleton, WI 53562

We are located directly behind the old clinic and in the first building on the left when turning into Foxridge Hills Office Park.  Normal clinic hours have resumed. They are Monday through Friday 8:30 to 6:00, Saturday and Sunday by appointment.

Orthotics Can Help Lower Your Pain

Orthotics are shaped insoles placed inside shoes with the purpose of restoring natural foot movement. This is necessary when the natural balance of our lower body has been disrupted by, for instance, over-pronation or the foot rolling in. Over pronation is more commonly due to the arch falling.

Many common complaints such as muscle pain, heel pain, knee pain and lower back pain can be caused by poor foot mechanics. As the arch falls, the lower and upper leg roll in causing the hip on the same side to lower. This side where the arch dropped will call raise the shoulder on the same side. A rotated foot can cause many other postural misalignments. This results in joint dysfunction and pain.  If left uncorrected, it may result in arthritis, sciatica, headaches and more.

Chiropractors treat the whole body and can determine how the use of orthotics can complement our treatment. We also use specific mobilization and manipulation techniques to ensure that areas of restricted movement are released, which will have an effect on how your feet are functioning, helping your problem resolve better. It doesn’t make sense to just put an orthotic in a shoe without both using manipulation to clear the restrictions in your foot and give specific exercises to strengthen the supportive musculature.

Dr. Brent is trained in fitting custom orthotics and can determine if you require orthotics.

 

Middleton Chiropractor December Newsletter From SHCC

Clinic Hours & New Location

As the holiday season approaches, schedules can get crazy. At SHCC the schedule is going to be really crazy through December 13th! Dr. Kowalke is assisting another doctor transition to his next journey- retirement. Normal business hours will resume after December 13th.

Clinic Hours through December 13th
Monday: 12pm – 2pm and 5pm – 7pm
Tuesday: 8:30am – 7pm
Wednesday: 12pm – 2pm and 5pm – 7pm
Thursday: 8:30am – 7pm
Friday: 12pm – 7pm
Saturday and Sunday by appointment.

Coming Soon – SHCC New Location!
In the coming months, SHCC will be moving to the building directly behind the current clinic location in the same business park. This location will have greater space to offer more services and help more people get well. This move is tentatively scheduled for the end of December/beginning of January, however, we’ll continue to keep you updated on our official move in date.

The new address will be:
1468 N. Highpoint Rd. Middleton, WI 53562

Half Empty or Full

What’s your worldview? Are you an optimist or a pessimist by nature? Do you always expect good things to happen or are you waiting for the other shoe to drop? Our mental attitude affects how we interact with others and how we respond to events and the comings and goings in our daily lives. Remarkably, our mental attitude also affects our health and well-being. How we feel, not only mentally but also physically, is significantly impacted.
A plastic surgeon named Maxwell Maltz wrote Psycho-Cybernetics, a groundbreaking book that has been continuously in print for almost 50 years. Psycho-Cybernetics, one of the original self-help books, popularized the idea that the subconscious part of our mind is a goal-seeking mechanism. Maltz famously compared the subconscious to a guided missile, stating that the subconscious would do exactly what it is programmed to do. If you want to achieve a goal, Maltz proposed, visualize its successful completion. Visualize the fun you and your family are having on your trip to Hawaii or Italy. Provided that the instructions are clear, your subconscious will go to work to cause your goal to manifest in your life.
In terms of health, for example, attitude is critically important. How do you respond, internally, if a nearby co-worker coughs or sneezes throughout the day? Have you noticed that if you think that you, too, are going to get sick, that in fact you do? But others, exposed to the same environment, do not. Is it possible that these others paid no attention to the ill co-worker, that they did not internalize the notion that they were being exposed to contagion? Such a scenario is not necessarily true, but it is possible. The conclusion could be that our thoughts matter. As Earl Nightingale, one of the pioneers of the personal development field, famously stated, “You become what you think about”.