Month: August 2016

Before you read this, bear in mind that overcoming illness is often a mindset issue. So tell yourself that you WILL succeed. You will beat morning sickness!

The cause and treatment for morning sickness during early pregnancy has been an enigma for quite a while. The common answer of consuming several small meals each day or coating the gastrointestinal system with crackers or fruit is typically not reliable. In addition, you do not have to really feel nauseous just in the early morning to have issues with morning sickness.

An Effective Ally

When a female becomes pregnant, particular hormonal agents are produced in big quantities. Among these hormones is the hCG hormonal agent (Human chorionic gonadotropin). This hormone is mainly responsible for maintaining a pregnancy. The measurement of this hormonal agent is one of the most typical analysis devices to confirm fertilization. Non-pregnant females will not have considerable levels of hCG; usually it can not be identified at all. The hCG hormone will certainly keep you from spontaneously terminating (miscarrying) the newly conceived baby. These high degrees of hCG precipitate an action from the liver—it produces larger amounts of bile—a digestive enzyme that the body uses to break down fatty acids. hCG is a powerful ally, functioning to preserve the pregnancy. The bile, whose launch is promoted by the hCG hormonal agent, is the sidekick that triggers the early morning sickness. The encouraging information is that the more nauseous you feel, the much less likely you are to miscarry.

Why Bile Makes Us Feel Nauseous

When there are no fatty acids in your duodenum (the initial component of your small intestine and what lots of people typically call “the tummy”), there is nothing to digest except YOU! This triggers nausea. We will really feel a queasiness in the center of our upper abdomen, right under the sternum (the little bony expansion where the front rib cage intersects) and above the naval.

Eating Fats is NOT the Solution

You’d think that consuming fatty acids would take care of the issue, but that’s not necessarily the case. It makes sense that if bile is suggested to absorb fatty acids all we need to do is provide the bile the fatty acids it intends to absorb. The bile will certainly not bother our digestive lining making us really feel upset. Yet, when we eat foods with fats in them, it really causes the production of more bile. Currently we have the original bile making us feel uncomfortable PLUS a brand-new assault of this exact same nauseating substance. There is more to the bile story.

Bile Carries Expended Hormones

Bile is additionally the provider of used up hormones. The more hormones that are filtered out of the bloodstream by the liver, the more bile the liver will produce to get rid of them.

How Does the Western Diet Influence Bile Production?

Western diets tend to be high in fats. We cause the liver to make bile when we eat a lot of fatty foods. Nonetheless, bile itself is a fat; and not all of the bile fats will leave the body. Actually, a big quantity of the bile will certainly be reabsorbed and recycled by the liver. The problem with the bile recycling is that these bile fats bring much waste. This debris has actually been filtered out of the blood stream and placed in the bile fat carriers to be escorted out of the body. Yet if the bile is recycled, so is the waste  in the bile fat. This results in even more waste needing to be disposed of in the next bile release. The duplicated recycling of the exact same bile develops awful debris-laden bile that will make us feel a lot more nauseated.

Bile’s BFF

I mentioned just how the Western diet contributes to elevated bile levels. Soluble fiber and bile (or any type of fatty acid) have an excellent affinity toward each other. As no fiber (insoluble or soluble) could cross the digestive barrier, all the bile that has been bound together with the soluble fiber will leave the body through the digestive tract.

Is It Possible to Not Feel Queasy At All?

Yes, it is possible for you to really feel no queasiness from the true blessing of boosted hCG levels. I claim “true blessing” due to the fact that the increased hCG implies that you will more than likely have a complete term pregnancy. Removing the queasiness does not lower hCG; it just negates hCG’s negative effects (i.e. nausea).

THE Solution

The solution is to eat legumes. The question is, to just what level do you need to consume beans? You have to immediately eat your beans if you are feeling upset. You certainly should consume at the very least to to four tablespoons of prepared beans. If you want to eat a lot more, you may. You will likely see alleviation in under 20 minutes. The nausea or vomiting is sure to disappear or at the very least be moderate. The nausea may be back in a period of time, depending on the liver’s ability to produce more bile. If the levels of hCG are high, it will not be long (20 minutes to 4 hours) until you are feeling that restless sensation again. Then what? You eat your beans again. And so you go. You eat beans each time you have that sick sensation. So be it if that indicates you are spending the majority of your time at the table with a bowl of beans in front of you! It will just be for a short period of time. As the bile leaves your body, the successive releases of bile come to be less potent with waste. After consuming beans, each release of bile is much less abominable. Ultimately (within a few days) you will not need to eat beans all the time. You will be able to eat a small amount with meals just to avoid the morning illness from reoccurring.

What About the Adverse Effects of Eating Legumes?

Beans are often blamed for causing gas, but in actuality, it’s bile. As bile binds with beans, it ferments, causing gas and upset stomach.

The answer to morning sickness in early pregnancy, as I’ve demonstrated here, is not that hard. I am constantly impressed at just how tough we make things. Ladies, eat your beans!

Or, as the Chick Fil A cows would say: “Eet Mor Beens”

(Unless you’re on a 30-day, Maximized Living Advanced Plan that requires you to stop eating sugar. But if you’re pregnant, I don’t recommend you be on that plan!)

Ear infections are typically treated with antibiotics. But with prescription drugs wreaking havoc on the immune system, more and more parents are turning to alternative therapies to treat their children’s ear infections. In this post, we discuss the common causes for ear infections in kids and how Charlotte chiropractic adjustments can help.

What causes childhood ear infections?

Infections occur when a child’s immune system function is lowered, and there can be a variety of causes for this, the most common being a cold, flu, or other recent illness. It is important to keep your child’s immune function as strong as possible to prevent and treat such illnesses when they occur. You can do this by ensuring a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, and other antioxidant-rich foods. You can also administer a daily Vitamin D3 supplement or get your children outdoors on a daily basis so they get plenty of Vitamin D3 from the sun.

You can also assist their immune system function by taking them to a Charlotte chiropractor for regular adjustments. 🙂

How does chiropractic care work to treat ear infections in kids?

Charlotte NC Family Chiropractor, Dr. Holly Clemens, specializes in chiropractic for people of all ages, including babies and children. She has been known to successfully cure an ear infection in her young patients through a series of adjustments and other natural treatments such as diet and supplement recommendations.

Simply put, Charlotte chiropractic care works by strengthening a child’s immune system, which thereby helps them fight off the virus or bacteria that is contributing to their ear infection. It may seem hard to believe that cracking your back could treat or prevent ear infections, but a chiropractic adjustment is more than a simple series of back cracks. Dr. Holly targets specific areas of the spine that communicates with your body’s internal organs through nerve impulses. When your spine is not properly aligned, it puts pressure on your nerves, causing those impulses to be weakened. This leads to weakened organ function, and when your organs are not fully functioning the way they should, your body’s overall systems break down—including the immune system.

Your nervous system is at the core of your entire body’s ability to fight off illness. You can go approximately 3 weeks without food and 3 days without water. But you cannot go one second without nervous system function. Considering this, it makes perfect sense that for your body to operate at max capacity to keep you healthy, your nervous system should be at its very best, and proper spinal alignment is a key part of that.

So if you or your children suffer from chronic ear infections, make an appointment at Queen City Health Center! If you’re hesitant or unsure, click here to request a free 15-minute phone consultation with Dr. Holly to find out if Charlotte chiropractic care is good fit for you and your family.

Let’s face it: kids are picky eaters. As parents, we all want our children to eat healthy, but … #thestruggleisreal. Right? Getting them to eat their vegetables feels like pulling teeth, and preventing them from inhaling that cupcake at their cousin’s birthday party? Well, you might as well not even try. Or at least that’s what grandma and grandpa are telling you.

“Everything in moderation” is a popular saying these days, especially when it comes to food. But the problem with this saying is that everyone’s definition of “moderation” is different. What may seem moderate to you may be gluttonous to someone else. How do we define “moderation” and make it easy for our kids to consume healthy foods?

Here are 5 strategies to get your children to eat healthier that you can begin implementing at home right away.

1. Make healthier versions of common junk foods.

Substitute store-bought potato chips for homemade kale chips. Replace sugar in their favorite baked sweets with stevia or xylitol. Replace white or wheat flour with gluten-free alternatives like almond or chick-pea flour. Instead of buying ice-cream at the store, make your own dairy-free alternative at home. All you need is a frozen banana, coconut milk, berries, and a blender!

Believe it or not, there is almost always a healthy recipe out there for some of your children’s favorite junk foods. Check out this recipe for avocado chocolate mousse—a much healthier version of the chocolate pudding cups you can buy in grocery stores.

2. Sneak greens into smoothies.

You can mask the taste of kale and spinach easily in a smoothie. All you need is half a banana. You can also add in other fruits like peaches and apples, and even peanut butter. The possibilities are endless. 1-2 scoops of your favorite protein powder and you’ve got a healthy breakfast or mid-afternoon snack they’re sure to love!

3. Avoid eating out as much as possible.

All it takes is one trip to Chick Fil A, and they’re hooked. Trust me, I’ve seen it many, many times among my patients. Finding healthy alternatives to common foods is much harder when you go to a restaurant. Also, you can’t be sure that you’re getting grass-fed beef, free-range chicken, and organic fruits and veggies when you eat out. While many restaurants are incorporating more “superfoods” into their menu, it’s much safer to cook your own food at home.

4. Allow the occasional unhealthy treat.

There will be birthday parties and various other celebrations where your children will be enticed by a platter full of store-bought cupcakes. Grandma and Grandpa will want to spoil them with s’mores or candy on occasion. This is all part of being a kid. The good news is, it truly is “moderation” when you know it only happens while they’re visiting friends or relatives. So let them get their fix on occasion. If they are consistently eating healthy meals at home, they may not even have a taste for unhealthy foods anymore, which means the likelihood of them even finishing that cupcake is much smaller anyway.

5. Educate them early on good and bad foods.

Education is key! Take time to teach your children about the foods they’re eating, especially while they’re young. Teaching them early helps instill healthy habits for a lifetime!

Parents, what are some other tricks you use to encourage healthy eating habits in your home? Share them with us in the comment section below!

Children are often dubbed “little germ factories.” When they get around each other, they seem to pass illness around like candy, don’t they?

This is why it’s so important to take measures to prevent disease, especially during the school year. Here are a few tips we recommend to keep your children’s immune system strong as they head back to school in just a few weeks. (Some of these may surprise you…)

1. Teach your children to wash their hands frequently. Especially after using the restroom, before eating food, or after touching surfaces that a lot of other kids may touch. You may even want to include some natural, alcohol-free hand sanitizer or a cleansing essential oil in their backpacks in case they are unable to get to a sink for any reason. doTerra’s OnGuard and Purify essential oils are both great for preventing communicable diseases from spreading, and you can buy both from Dr. Holly by clicking here.

2. Avoid vaccinations. This may sound surprising to you, but vaccinations work by providing synthetic immunity, which wears off and sometimes does not even work at all to prevent the intended illness. We especially recommend that you avoid the flu shot, as it contains toxic ingredients and often does little-to-no good to actually prevent the flu. In contrast, by allowing your child to contract normal childhood illnesses like chickenpox or even measles, you ensure that they build up natural immunity, which lasts a lifetime, unlike the temporary synthetic immunity that vaccines provide.

3. Make sure they spend lots of time outside. Vitamin D3 strengthens the immune system and you can get it naturally from the sun. Being outdoors also gives them plenty of time to run around and get their much-needed exercise for the day, which in turn will help them to sleep better at night and improve their overall energy levels. This is essential to maximizing results while they are learning, which, after all, is the whole point of school in the first place, right? Recess is an important part of your children’s school day, so make sure it is implemented into their schedule, whether they are homeschooled or attend public school.

4. Pack a healthy lunch. This ensures that you know what your children are eating. Cafeteria food may be lacking in nutrients, and if they don’t enjoy it, they could resort to vending machines or pizza to fill their bellies. Neither of these options are good for their energy levels or their health. Furthermore, if they contract an illness, you want to make sure they are able to fight it off as quickly as possible so they don’t miss school days, and eating healthy foods will only help.

5. Get them adjusted regularly. Proper spinal curvature is imperative to your children’s health. The stress of school and carrying heavy back packs can contribute to poor posture and subsequently, poor health. Encourage good posture and make sure they come in regularly for adjustments, especially on days when they’re feeling under the weather.

What other tips do you have for keeping your kids healthy during the school year? Share them with us in the comments below!

Queen City Health Center is a Charlotte Chiropractic and total wellness center for individuals and families. With locations across Charlotte, NC and Matthews, NC, we specialize in helping individuals and families find true health and ways to maximize their lives through nutrition, lifestyle classes, detoxification and spinal correction.


SouthPark Office 4421 Sharon Rd #100 Charlotte, NC 28211 980-422-2000
Matthews Office 1730 Matthews Township Pkwy Matthews, NC 28105 704-844-6368