The Calorie Conception

Most people were raised with the idea that calories in equals calories out. Counting calories are mainly linked to a desire for losing, gaining, or maintaining weight. The perception of this idea focuses on numbers rather than nutrients. When you fixate on caloric intake and additionally watch the weight on the scale, you can miss key factors for healthy weight maintenance. It is more important to look at the type of foods you’re eating, rather than the number of calories they have.

Breaking the Cycles

Two important cycles to mentally shift while eating would be eating for pleasure and following a strict, specific diet. Getting in the cycle of eating things for pleasure will increase food intake while you are bored and cause you to choose unhealthier options more and more over time. When you restrict yourself by saying you are on a diet, the foods you eat are only for a short period and are not chosen based on nutrients. Diets are rigorous cycles that do not support long term change.

A Healthy Holiday

During the holidays, food is almost the highlight of every gathering. While food is not bad, the choices of food we eat can be. Some holidays have specific food traditions and indulgences. Indulging on excessive amounts of unhealthy food puts your health in jeopardy. Food can even become an idol. It becomes an addiction to eat in a way that consistently affects the body in a negative way. When these decisions are made over time, our health begins to drop. Rather than waiting until something goes wrong, there is a settle shift that will completely transform your health.

Two Simple Shifts to Transform Your Diet and Nutrition

Performance Over Pleasure

Instead of looking at food as a simple pleasure or a way to lose weight, begin to look at food as a source of energy and health. Food is our fuel source so we can perform to our highest ability. When you are looking at your plate, or in a grocery store, ask yourself if each food will give you energy and assist in healing your body. Eliminate foods that only are for pleasure. When you eliminate these foods in your home, you will simultaneously be eliminating unhealthy habits of eating for pleasure over performance. Food can become more pleasurable when the focus shifts to improving our body’s performance.

Quality Over Quantity

Instead of depending on a diet for change, begin to depend on your judgment of food. When you are in tune with your body and the food you are eating, you will unconsciously begin to lose weight. Just because something has fewer calories, doesn’t mean it will assist in weight loss or health. Imagine if you were given two options as a snack, almonds and a Twinkie. You would actually find the almonds would be higher in calories, however, they would still be the healthier option. The health benefits along with the nutrients in almonds outweigh the harmful effects a Twinkie would cause to your body. When calories are the main goal, it can create unhealthy choices based on numbers rather than nutrients.


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Top 5 Ways to Detox Your Home

Three Day Detox

Many programs and products promote a detox to your body. A typical marketed item will include a 3 day cleanse. The problem is a true detox involves more than just your body; it also includes your environment. Detoxing your home will detox your body since you are removing toxins within your environment. Some symptoms that you need to detox your home can include allergies, asthma, migraines, and more. Some people don’t show signs of symptoms, but the chemicals our bodies are exposed to are storing up the chemicals within fat cells that alter weight and hormones.

More Than a Cleanse

Another true detoxing factor is making it individualized to every person. A specified detox will account for many factors including what you eat, past vaccinations, cleaning products, and much more. If you only detox your body short term through food, you will be missing all the other toxins that continue to come into your body in different ways including throughout your home. Making changes in your home will drastically eliminate toxins that are harmful to the body.

Top 5 Things to Remove From Your Home

1. Detergent

Whether it is laundry or dishwasher detergent, they can be extremely harmful to the body. Many studies link detergents to carcinogens affecting the body. Dishwasher fumes can be a toxic nightmare as well as the residue of the detergent staying on the plates and cups you eat and drink from. Find brands that are organic and non-chemical in a health store or online.

2. Surface Cleaners

Bleach, Windex, or countertop cleaners are extremely toxic and hard on your nervous system. Again, you can research chemical-free cleaners to find a toxic-free option. Eliminating these toxic items will remove deodorizers and phthalates. You can create your cleaners using vinegar, lemon essential oil, on guard or thieves oil, and water.

3. Air Fresheners

Anywhere from Febreze or Glade to candles can be cancerous due to the high toxins within each product. This can also include perfume and cologne. These items in your home or car can be swapped with organic oils in a diffuser. When you expose your air with toxins, your whole body can be affected by inhaling it. It is best to stay far away from any air freshener.

4. Antibiotic Products

If you researched hand sanitizer and cancer carcinogens, you will find that the two factors are linked together. Avoid antibiotic soaps, shampoos, and other body products. These products are harmful to the body even though advertised to support it. An easy way to remember that antibiotic products are harmful is understanding “biotic” means living things and “anti” means against. Do not buy products that are against our natural living makeup.

5. Lawn Care

Lawn products include round-up, pesticides, and herbicides. These toxins can mutate the environment from altering the genetic makeup of bugs to creating an overgrowth of fungus and algae. If you are using round up to make your yard look pretty, it is putting your pets and family at risk. These products are linked to lymphomas and many other health factors due to destroying people’s microbiome which makes up the majority of your body.


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Shocking Statistics

We are the sickest country in the world. Our life expectancy is decreasing. Our infant mortality rate is higher in America than it is in any other industrialized country. 1 out of 2 people have heart disease. 1 out of 3 people has cancer. These statistics should be eye-opening and awakening.

Sometimes Less is More

We have more doctors and medicine than any other country, yet we remain the sickest ones. If doctors and medication were the answer to all health issues, should we be the sickest country? The definition of insanity is doing the same thing again and again while expecting different results. Our healthcare system has continued to use a system labeled “health” care, yet the system focuses more on disease than true health. With an endless amount of medications and treatments, we should become healthier and lessen the amount of healthcare needed. However, as time passes it proves over and over again that this is not the case.

A New Foundation

If you had no idea the true meaning of health, you would at least understand some necessities for a healthy lifestyle such as clean water, clean oxygen, clean food, clean minerals, and more. You can understand the importance of rest to regenerate your health. You also know that movement is important, beyond working out, for a healthy body. More than just the physical aspects, a healthy lifestyle requires a mindset shift. The core values of Queen City Health Center layout a true foundation for health. If you focus on these five things, you will begin to advocate a healthy life for yourself and see drastic changes outside of following the protocols of our current health care system.

For the five foundations of true health, click here.


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The Common Mistake

There is an overwhelming list of medications almost every family keeps stocked in their houses such as Aleve, Ibuprofen, Pepto-Bismol, Tylenol, Imodium, etc. This stock of medication is commonly labeled as the medicine cabinet.

The issue with a medicine cabinet being normality is when people miss the true cost of relying on these substances to fix their issues. The reality is that medications, such as the ones previously listed, merely mask the issues at hand rather than dealing with the root cause.

Biblical Health

There is a biblical truth that your body was made to heal itself. Our bodies were not improperly made. In fact, our bodies were powerfully and wonderfully made. God did not mistakenly create our bodies. Every organ, system, and cell works together to create a healthy body.

An example of one of the powerful things our body does to heal itself is a fever. Many people are afraid of fevers, yet miss the concept of why our body creates one. When your internal temperature rises to 102 degrees it is able to kill bad bacteria and when it rises to 104 it is able to kill off a virus. Fevers are a good thing. A lot of people’s instinct for fevers is to tamper it down with medications due to fear.

Changing the Norms

Granted, there are situations when your symptoms become an emergency. If you are vomiting excessively, for example, you would need to replenish your body with electrolytes and fluids. A solution for this would be to receive an IV of fluids and electrolytes to support your body’s system to heal itself.

Making the medicine cabinet an old story or term we quickly forget can begin with us. Just because things have been accepted in the past does not mean to continue it in your own household. There are many natural ways to support your body as well as tons of research and information provided for you to understand why a medicine cabinet is unnecessary for minor health issues. It is time to start shifting your thinking so that you can ultimately shift your health.

For tips on how to naturally boost your immune system and allow your body to heal itself during common illnesses, click here.


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Why Won’t They Stop?

Migraines and headaches typically stem from the same underlying cause. Your upper cervical part of your neck is the main source of the issue. It can cause spasms, pain, and ultimately the feeling of a headache. These symptoms will also increase when there is a lack of blood flow to the brain which causes extreme pain. When your brain lacks oxygen, other health issues will arise due to the brain’s function being a control center for your health.

Finding the Causes

Studies have shown that 90% of migraines are paired with neck problems as well. Your upper cervical part of your neck is the main source of the issue. It can cause spasms, pain, and ultimately the feeling of a headache. Loss of curvature in your neck can accelerate headache symptoms and cause damage to the upper part of your neck. This can occur over time with poor posture, sitting at a desk job, car accidents, sleeping on your stomach, sports injuries, etc. Luckily, there are solutions to correct these issues that go beyond taking medication to cover up the symptoms.

Top 5 Solutions for Headaches and Migraines

1. Magnesium

Taking a magnesium supplement (Magnesium Calm) every day. Our body can become deficient in magnesium when we do not eat enough healthy foods or we have a digestive issue that blocks the body from absorbing these nutrients. Caffeine, sugar, and stress can also lower these levels. When magnesium is low, your body may constrict arteries and cause symptoms of a headache.

2. Spine Evaluation

It is vital to check your spine. Going to a chiropractor will allow you to see the posture of your spine and if there are any signs of degeneration. When you get an x-ray, you will be able to see any areas that need help with removing the interference in your body. Interference in the body not only block your ability to heal but also cause symptoms of headaches and migraines.

3. Cayenne Pepper

In the midst of experiencing a migraine episode, take cayenne pepper. It would be intense to put cayenne pepper on your tongue, so a unique way to get rid of an oncoming migraine would be to snort cayenne pepper. It will not hurt you and is not as painful as it sounds. It is a natural remedy to dilate the arteries to the brain.

4. Caffiene

Too much caffeine can cause constriction of the arteries which will cause more migraines in the future. Although caffeine is used to curve symptoms in the moment, such as Excedrin, you can create long term side effects that will negatively affect or cause an increase of migraines.

5. Screen Time + Sleep

Sleeping on your stomach is one of the top reasons people have neck issues. Other symptoms include neck pain, shoulder pain, numbness and tingling of the hands, and migraines. The best position to sleep is on your back. In addition, the amount of screen time can affect your neck and migraines. This includes the time spent sitting while looking at the screen as well as the blue light which increases a stress response in your body. Ways to decrease the negative effects of screen time can be to reduce the time using it, correct posture, and glasses or screen covers that protect you from the blue light.


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A Key Nutrition Tip to Change the Way You Eat

There is a lot of great marketing out there with food. The hard thing is deciphering through which foods are truly healthy and nourishing for your body. We teach people to look for labels such as grass-fed beef or organic, however, some marketing words can be misleading.

An example of figuring out if a food is healthy for you or not is to look for labels such as organic certified and non-GMO. The extra tip to truly knowing what you are putting into your body is quite simple.

What do you need to do? Read the ingredients.

Marketing can be true to what they are projecting, but can also leave out additional ingredients that will either add unnecessary sugars or flavoring that could potentially affect your health.

3 Main Keys

  1. If you can’t read it, don’t eat it. If you are unsure of what an ingredient is or search online to find out it is a chemical or man-made food you should avoid it. It should also be 5 or less ingredients on the label. Make sure you are able to pronounce or know what every ingredient is.
  2. Stay away from artificial flavoring and added sugars. Even if it’s marketed as “natural flavors” it is important to know there are no regulations on the word natural in ingredients.
  3. The best ingredients will be labeled as organic in the ingredient section. Make sure the majority, if not all, ingredients are truly organic even when marketed as certified organic. Foreign countries organic standards are not strict like America, so if food is from China or Mexico it is not truly organic as labeled.


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Arthritis and Joint Pain

Impact of Inflammation

Many factors over time can cause both arthritis and joint pain. Putting your body in a stress state due to either nutrition, activity levels, or other stressors will cause your body to become inflamed. When your body has a lot of inflammation, your joints also become inflamed and can be diagnosed as arthritis. Our body’s response to inflammation can result in pain. When our body is in pain, it is signaling that there is something wrong.

The Medical Approach

Typical medical solutions for these issues involve a cortisol shot or a high dosage NSAID (a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) to alleviate pain. Although pain may be lifted at the moment, these two solutions cause more health issues down the road including heart issues and gut issues. The medical model desires to reduce inflammation, however, the solutions are synthetic and not dealing with the root cause. Fortunately, our body is powerfully and wonderfully made to heal itself. Here are the top five things to naturally help arthritis and joint pain.

Top 5 Solutions for Arthritis and Joint Pain

1. Movement

A lot of joints become inflamed due to lack of movement. The liquid around the joint needs to be released for new fluid to come in. If there is a lack of movement, joints become dehydrated and can cause degeneration. Add all range of motion movements throughout your entire day.

2. Supplements

These natural supplements assist in reducing inflammation and restore strength in your joints. Turmeric, Boswellia, and ginger are great for reducing inflammation. Omega-3 fish oil, cod liver oil, and CBD oil help alleviate joint pain. MSN, Glucosamine Chondroitin, and bone broth help the structure of your joint.

3. Alignment

Medical professionals say arthritis is genetic. This is false; it can be as simple as having a misalignment. Get consulted by a chiropractor who can find the misalignments throughout the body to remove interference and allow the body to heal itself properly. Not only can pain be removed, but also the core issue itself can be removed as well.

4. Diet

The minimum change you need to make to your diet is to eat an anti-inflammatory diet. This includes removing sugars, grains, and processed foods. The ultimate step following this would be to follow a plant paradox diet. This eliminates gluten, high levels of lectin, and also dairy. These foods can cause high levels of inflammation and digestive issues.

5. Testing

If you have tried tips 1-4 and are still experience symptoms of joint pain, get your gut tested. You can be following the supplements and diet recommended, but due to the condition of your gut, it cannot handle the change. With the westernized diet, it has destroyed our digestive system. After being tested, you can focus on healing your gut. Your gut can be connected to arthritis and joint pain.


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Back Pain Epidemic

Number One Visit

The most common reason people see a doctor is due to back pain in America. Whether patients visit for pain relief or endure back surgery, a common medication prescribed is an opioid. The opioid crisis has become an epidemic in itself. Even for mild cases, most Americans are also used to taking an NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug). Instead of accepting the risk of falling into a medicated reliance, there must be another solution to healing these issues.

Providing Another Solution

Most back pain issues start as a mild ache, but over time create a larger issue. Instead of looking for sources to mask pain, we should focus more on what your body is telling you. When your body has a pain response, it signaling that there is a specific cause needing to be healed. Chiropractic care has shared the great connection between the spine and the rest of your entire body. Instead of undergoing unnecessary surgery, or relying on medications, there is another solution to these five underlying causes of back pain.

5 Back Pain Causes + The Solutions

1. Subluxation

Each joint within the spine needs to have movement. A subluxation occurs when there is an interference to the joints, vertebrae, or disks. We sit 90% of our day from things such as sitting at work, sports injury, sleeping wrong, and more. This creates a stress response, like back pain.

Solution: Go to a chiropractor to get consulted, x-rayed, and then adjusted to remove subluxations within the spine.

2. Inflammation

There can be inflammation within your apophyseal joints. These joints can be jammed. It is most common with anyone who has a pelvic tilt, athletes, or people who sleep on their stomachs. If you have forward head posture, your joints can lock up as well. When these are inflamed, it can cause back pain.

Solution: Strengthen and stretch your hip flexors and hip extensors. Also, eliminated foods that increase inflammation.

3. Disk Issues

This can include disk herniation, a bulging disk, disk degeneration, or broken disk. Inside our fluid-filled disks, there are ligaments. Movement creates the flow of old fluid and new fluid. You can also tear these ligaments over time and loss the proper curve in your spine which then distributes weight on your spine improperly. This will eventually cause back pain.

Solution: Prioritize movement daily, which can also be used as preventative care. Perform a full range of motion exercises.

4. Organic Issues

Kidney issues, like kidney stones, can cause a dull aching pain. Digestive issues, like constipation, can cause back pain. Added pressure while pregnant can also cause back pain. Upper back pain can be signaling gull bladder issues, such as inflammation.

Solution: Consult with your chiropractor on nutrition to heal the gut. Also, getting specific adjustments to the spinal regions connected to these organs.

5. Muscle Strain/Tear

This is the least common issue that stems from back pain. Most people assume this is the issue because of your muscles spasm. Car accidents or sports injuries typically cause this and would be considered as an acute injury as opposed to the other causes.

Solution: Have your chiropractor take x-rays to see all possible reasons for back pain to identify this cause. Rest and adjustments will allow your body to properly heal itself.


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Dieting FADs

There are many diets and programs spread over the internet, television, and books. When a person chooses to try multiple programs, it is referred to as “yo-yo dieting.” This involves completing a program, but gaining the weight back after the program ends. Each program promises weight loss, but what happens when the program is over? How do you maintain the weight you are looking to achieve?

Create a Foundation

Unfortunately, there are countless ideas and opinions about how to lose weight best. Instead of it being black and white, weight loss is truly dependent on your body. Many factors play a role in weight loss including hormones, calories, diet, exercise, and more. For example, if your hormones are imbalanced and not working properly you will have a hard time losing weight. If you are consuming an immense amount of calories, you will inevitably gain more weight. A true weight loss program needs to be individualized, but a general weight loss can be founded on these five crucial steps.

5 Foundation Tips for Long-term Weight Loss

1. Remove Certain Foods

The main foods you want to remove are sugar, grains, bad fats, and dairy. The majority of many people’s diet contains each of these foods mainly stemming from the food pyramid given to us promoting these food groups. There are many diets such as the Keto and Paleo, but the only diet to focus on is an anti-inflammatory diet. Inflammation is what causes weight gain, imbalanced hormones, and disease. The body creates a natural anti-inflammatory called cortisol. When you eat these foods causing inflammation, cortisol increases, and your body goes into survival mode. When your body is in this stress state, you will gain weight and sustain an imbalance of hormones.

2. Intermittent Fasting

When you do intermittent fasting, it gives your body time to heal and reset. When you limit the window of time you are eating, you eat less and your body uses stored energy (fats) during the fasting state. Working out in your fasting period will also kick your body into burning fat faster. A common way to do IF is fasting 16 hours and eating within an 8-hour window. More benefits from this system of eating include boosting your immune and digestive system, lowers insulin levels, oxidizes your body, and more.

3. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

Movement and exercise are vital for weight loss. This type of workout, however, is beneficial due to its duration in time and health benefits. HIIT does not raise stress levels or interfere with hormones. It also does not burn muscle; instead, it keeps you in a fat-burning mode. Sometimes the type of workouts you do can make your body hold onto weight due to the excess of stress you are putting on your body. HIIT workouts can be as short as 10-20 minutes long and utilize your fat as energy even after the workout is complete.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar helps improve digestion, breaks down food, and improves your microbiome. It is recommended to take one shot of ACV in an 8 oz. glass of water first thing in the morning and can be repeated right before bed. This also stabilizes blood sugar levels and keeps insulin levels down. You can research the many health benefits ACV has along with supporting weight loss.

5. Don’t Eat Before Bed

Make sure the last thing you eat is 3-4 hours before going to bed. When you go to sleep, your body uses glucose to regenerate your body. After your body burns through glucose, it will produce ketones that shift your body into a fat-burning state. Begin by shifting late-night eating habits to drinking tea or ACV because it will not disrupt your fasting state.


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More Than an Adjustment

Your body heals itself from the inside out, not the outside in. Your body just needs to remove interference to heal properly. Chiropractic care helps more than just back and neck pain. It is a key factor in improving digestive and overall health. When there are interferences in the spine, your nerves cannot function properly. Interferences, such as losing the curvature in your neck or lower back, create a chain of health issues.

Your Curve Matters

The spine incases the spinal cord, which is the only organ that is completely encased by bone. It is also connected to every organ throughout the body, along with tissues and cells. The spinal cord needs mobility. 90% of the stimulation to your brain comes from the movement of your spine. Our society has become so sedentary that it hinders this important factor. The correct curve of your spine creates a biomechanically sound structure so that gravity can evenly distribute weight throughout your spine. When weight is evenly distributed, you are avoiding disc herniation, degeneration, and multiple health issues.

Why Adjustments Matter

When you adjust the spine, it puts motion into the vertebrae and in return blocks stress responses in that area. When stress is removed, the body can balance itself into a homeostasis state. Adjustments increase your IGA levels. IGA levels are a huge part of your immune system; so when you are being adjusted, you are increasing the health of your immune system. The immune system is only one system that is supported through adjustments. Every area is significantly affected by the movement of the spine.

4 Areas of the Spine + Their Significance to Your Health

1. Cervical (Neck)

Certain health issues that stem from this region can include insomnia, digestive issues, migraines, allergies, and more. When an adjustment removes interference, the functioning of your brain, eyes, ears, vocal chords, thyroid,  neck, shoulders, and elbows will increase.

2. Thoracic (Upper Back)

Certain health issues that stem from this region can include asthma, heart conditions, bronchitis, heartburn, and more. When an adjustment removes interference, the functioning of your heart, lungs, gallbladder, liver, stomach, pancreas, intestines, spleen, kidney, and hands will increase.

3. Lumbar (Lower Back)

Certain health issues that stem from this region can include hernias, constipation, menstrual issues, cramps, miscarriages, bed wetting, and more. When an adjustment removes interference, the functioning of your appendix, abdomen, sex organs, bladder, knees, prostate gland, sciatic nerve, legs, and feet will increase.

4. Sacral (Pelvic Region)

Certain health issues that stem from this region can include sacroiliac conditions, hemorrhoids, pruritus, spinal curvatures, and more. When an adjustment removes interference, the functioning of your hip bones, buttocks, and rectum will increase.


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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