Take care of your body during holidays and afterward

Cosineau Chiropractic

Stress. Tension. Fear. Worry. Doubt. 

All feelings we have experienced throughout 2020. As we pass the holidays, we just wanted to send a reminder to you, our incredible patients, to take care of your bodies so they’ll take care of you. 

From your diet to exercise routines to adjustments and massages, be mindful of what you’re doing to fuel your body to keep it as strong and healthy as possible. 

Things may look and feel different this year, but that doesn’t mean you and your family can’t feel your best. 

Here are a few tips: 

• Limit sweets – We know it’s hard, and it’s fun to indulge every now and then, but too much sugar can have negative effects on your body and mind. 

• Move, move, move – Exercise does wonders for body and mind. Get out and move as much as you can. Take family walks, park in the farthest parking spot at the market so you have to walk further, and take the stairs whenever you can. Little movements add up. 

• Get adjusted – Don’t let aches and pains keep you from doing the other things you need to do to stay healthy. 


Epsom salt baths to soothe body and mind 

There are few things more relaxing than a warm bath at the end of a long day. But did you know that adding epsom salts to your bath might just make it even better? 

Many athletes and trainers swear by the recovery benefits of epsom salts. 

It is believed that an epsom salt bath can reduce muscle soreness and ease inflammation. 

Epsom salt contains magnesium, an essential mineral. It is thought that soaking in a magnesium-rich epsom salt bath may provide pain relief, have detoxification benefits, and help you relax for more restful sleep. 

Ultimately, it’s an easy way to add an extra level of relaxation to your self-care routine that may just ease those aches and pains. 


Nine inflammatory foods to avoid 

When struggling with chronic pain, such as arthritis, it’s important to be mindful of your diet and how the foods you eat could be affecting your pain and inflammation. 

The following nine foods are known to increase the body’s inflammatory response: 

Sugar 

Saturated fats 

Trans fats (processed foods) 

Omega 6 fatty acids (such as corn and peanut oils) 

Refined carbohydrates 

MSG 

Gluten 

Aspartame (artificial sweetener) 

Alcohol 

If you’re suffering from chronic pain and inflammation, try reducing or cutting out these nine foods from your diet, while increasing the amount of fresh fruits, vegetables, and omega-3s you’re consuming, and you may find some relief. A chiropractic adjustment may also be able to help with your pain.

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