Negative Effects of Coffee

As we all know, coffee is great for many things such as energy, boosting the metabolism, can be excellent for stress management and relaxing. With all the good things that coffee can bring into our lives, can it have negative effects on our bodies as well? As they always say ‘everything is good in moderation,” but too much of anything can be harmful. As studies show, more than 4 cups of coffee a day can end in multiple harmful results. One of the most concerns with coffee is the side effect it can have on the heart. Drinking too much coffee can increase your heartbeat causing nerves responds to the heart making you feel jittery and anxious and causing high blood pressure. With high doses of caffeine, cardiovascular conditions will occur and cause heart attacks in the long run.  

High consumption of caffeine can also cause weight gain. Weight gain is mainly influenced by how much cream and sugar is added to the coffee. Too much coffee can also keep you alert at bedtime triggering lack of sleep and insomnia- reflecting snacking at night, and gaining weight. Not being aware of calories and how your body is processing additional unwanted energy. Consuming additional calories and gaining weight plays a big part with how fast and affective the metabolism is and should be made aware to a nutritionist and Weight Loss consultant. Other negatives of too much coffee consumptions include gout attacks, indigestion, headaches, difficulty with fertility, early menopause in females, joint pain, stomach ulcers, and risk of premature death. When consuming large amounts of coffee be aware of symptoms or side effects, and drink responsibly.

How Healthy Is Your Gut?

I’ve been hearing the word microbiome lately and had no idea what it referred to.  Microbiome is the ecosystem of bacteria living in and on our bodies.  Our gut is home to over 100 trillion bacteria that line your intestinal tract.  This complex living system aggressively protects your body from outside toxins.  Recently studies have shown that foods which are high in probiotic help to keep your gut and its bacteria healthy.   Foods which are fermented like kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi are recommended to add into your daily diet.  Your gut is a direct link to your health and it is important to understand why a healthy gut is important.

When your gut is healthy your digestion is improved.  When you boost the numbers of beneficial bacteria in your digestive tract it can help with issues such as; gas, constipation, bloating and diarrhea.  Our guts and our brains are connected and studies show when your gut is healthy it can enhance your mood by producing brain chemicals like serotonin, lower stress related hormones and have antidepressant effects in the body.  Having a healthy gut can also help to improve your immune system.  Some probiotics can specifically nourish bacteria and helps to seal barrier gaps so harmful toxins can’t get into the body. 

If you have questions regarding probiotic foods or gut health I would recommend talking to your local dietitian or nutritionist like San Diego Chiropractor Dr. Henry Wong.  He recently started adding nutritional information to his welcome packet to inform his patients of which probiotic foods can help improve gut health.  Many San Diego Chiropractors are also starting to incorporate nutritional aspects to their office so patients can understand that health is a combination of many different things such as; diet, exercise, spinal health and nutrition.  Remember before starting a new diet make sure you have done your research and find what works best for your body.  You can also have blood work and testing done to find out more information about the health of your gut especially if you have digestions issues.

Do You Read Your Food Labels?

Many of us are guilty of pulling an item off the shelf in the grocery and not even glancing at the label.  As the old saying goes “you are what you eat,” I think it is important to read food labels and know what we are consuming.  Before 1994 almost all food labels just listed ingredients, today they have greatly expanded information that can be very important to your health.  Here are some basics you should know and understand. 

Serving size is usually the first thing to be listed on food label; this is the calculation upon which all the other numbers on the food label are based.  Be aware when you are reading nutritional content you are reading for the serving size, which is usually less than the serving per container.  For example a bag of 8 cookies with be the serving per container, 2 cookies will be your “serving size” and calculations on nutritional value will be based on 2 cookies, if you eat the whole bag of cookies you may want to get a calculator and multiply everything by 4.  Next you will usually see the amount of calories per serving.  Calorie is a unit of energy or heat your body generates from the food you eat (proteins, fats and carbohydrates).  Usually a breakdown of calories from fat, this is an important area to look at especially if you are watching their fat intake and calories.  It then goes on to list total fat, saturated fat, polyunsaturated fat and monounsaturated fat.  We should be consuming more of the healthier monounsaturated and fewer saturated and polyunsaturated ones. 

Next cholesterol is listed.  This indicates the number of milligrams of cholesterol per serving.  This is a number we want to see on the lower side and it is important to limit the amount of cholesterol we ingest, the daily value is accepted at 300mg per day.  Sodium is usually listed next and we should keep this number no higher of 2,500mg per day.  Please remember this number is per serving, so if you are eating more than the servings size you may be getting more than you should be.  Also listed with be total carbohydrates, dietary fiber, sugars and other nutrients such as vitamins and minerals. 

If you have questions about labels and reading labels I would suggest talking to you local nutritionist like San Diego Chiropractor, Dr. Henry Wong.  Dr. Wong and other San Diego Chiropractor agree that nutrition is just as important as spinal health and are taking extra measure to ensure their patients are informed and educated about nutrition.  Many wellness companies are offering workshops and even cooking class to help promote good eating.  Remember you are in control of what you consume.  Take time to read labels and ensure you are making the best choices.  

 

Early Menopause And Pregnancy Symptoms

Early menopause and pregnancy symptoms share a number of the same symptoms which makes it extremely important for you to see your doctor in the event that you suspect either and you're over 35. You want to rule out whatever else more serious.

Symptoms of Early Menopause

1) You can find the well-known hot flashes and night sweats. Unexplained changes in things including your menstrual cycle, blood sugar levels, sudden depression, and irritability have now been noted.

2) Your moods could be extremely variable; you may lose interest in doing intercourse, or become suddenly depressed. Your own hair growth and quality may change. Dryness of the vulva and water retention is common. Chronic headaches, extreme fatigue and insomnia issues will also be experienced by many women. Yeast infections, cramps, body aches and pains, as well as changes in blood sugar levels. You will likely experience irregularity in your period and bleeding, this is due to the ups and downs of hormone levels. You can read out more about menopause and pregnancy at http://aimwellnessclinic.com/womens-health/pregnancy/.

Symptoms of Pregnancy

Being pregnant may be the most joyous time in your life but, for many women there may be very uncomfortable symptoms that accompany their pregnancies. Periods become irregular, bleeding will likely change, and you might experience changeable moods, changes in blood sugar levels, fatigue, and headaches. You might experience food cravings as well as aversions to certain foods or smells. Frequent urination is also very common because the pregnancy progresses.

Early menopausal symptoms may be pharmaceutical including over the counter and prescribed pain relievers, muscle relaxants, and anti-inflammatory medications. Replacement of female hormones-Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is just a very common treatment for menopausal symptoms. There were some very serious unwanted effects including ovarian, breast, and uterine cancers.