5 Recipes to Boost Your Immunity

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  • 17 Oct, 2017

1. Asian Inspired Chicken Soup

We all know that chicken soup has always been our mother’s favorite homemade remedy! Turns out, it’s not just an old wive’s tale. When making this soup, look for a bone broth at your grocery store instead of regular chicken broth. (You can also make your own!  Try this recipe. )

Bone broth is rich in minerals that support the immune system. Not to mention, the collagen in bone broth helps to reduce intestinal inflammation. Bone broth also contains lipids, which are vital for the production of white blood cells.


We love Eating Well’s Asian-Inspired take on Chicken Soup that is full of fresh veggies like cabbage, mushrooms, broccoli, onions and leeks.

Get the recipe here.


2. Beet Hummus

Hummus is already packed with lots of healthy benefits, and helps to reduce inflammation, which is the root cause of many chronic diseases. Chickpeas (what hummus is made from) have also been shown to have protective properties against cancer and help to keep harmful bacteria out of your digestive system.


Take up the immune system boosting benefits up a notch by adding beets to your hummur. Beets have lots of vitamin C, folate and iron that help to keep you healthy.

Get the recipe from Food Network here.


3. Carrot-Orange Juice

Carrots and oranges are a color-coordinated match made in immune system heaven! Carrots contain lots of beta carotene, which is a powerful phytonutrient that boosts your immune system’s infection fighting cells. They are also an excellent source of vitamins C, D, E, K, B1 and B6. Oranges contain 116.2 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin C. The powerful punch of this vitamin is key when it comes to fighting off colds.


Blending these two together in a delicious juice is an easy way to get tons of nutrients in just one glass. Make sure you drink your juice as soon as possible after making it so you get the most value from the vitamins and nutrients.

Get the recipe from Food Network here.


4. Ginger Peanut Tofu Curry

This recipe from Homespun Capers is packed with flu-fighting, immune-boosting ingredients. As noted by the recipe author, Liberty, ginger is usually used to help with digestion, but it’s anti-viral and anti-bacterial nature helps to raise circulation and cleanse your blood. It has a history of being used for medicinal purposes.


The curry is packed with protein - which is a nutrient that will help protect your body from bacteria, viruses and other germs.

Get the recipe here.


5. Best Tomato Soup Ever

Tomatoes have 3 major antioxidant vitamins - beta-carotene, and vitamins C & E. These help to protect cells against damage from free radicals, which are detrimental to your immune system. They also contain lycopene (which has been proven to be one of the most potent antioxidants), folate and lots of micronutrients.


Everyone loves a good tomato soup during the fall and winter months, and we’ve found one of the best from The Food Network. Get the recipe here.
By proadAccountId-356662 23 Oct, 2017

What exactly are GERMS?

 

To protect yourself and your loved ones against these invisible microorganisms, we must first understand what they are!

 

The Merriam Webster Dictionary notes the medical definition of germ as :

 

1 : A small mass of living substance capable of developing into an organism or one of its parts 

2 : Microorganism; especially, a microorganism causing disease

 

The four major types of germs are: bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa . They can invade plants, animals, and people, and sometimes they can make us very sick.

  Bacteria are tiny living beings (microorganisms) - they are neither plants nor animals - they belong to a group all by themselves. Bacteria are tiny single-cell microorganisms, usually a few micrometers in length that normally exist together in millions. We all know that there is good and bad bacteria (especially in the stomach and intestinal tracts).  Specific bacterias are also used by scientists in labs to produce medicines and vaccines.

  Viruses  need to be inside living cells to grow and reproduce. Most viruses can't survive very long if they're not inside a living thing like a plant, animal, or person.  Because some viruses can only live for a short time on something like a doorknob or countertop, be sure to wash your hands regularly (regular hand washing is the key to limiting the amount of germs that seek to invade the body).

  Fungi  are multi-celled plant-like organisms. Unlike other plants, fungi cannot make their own food from soil, water, and air. Instead, fungi get their nutrition from plants, people, and animals. They love to live in damp, warm places, and many fungi are not dangerous in healthy people. An example of something caused by fungi, is athlete's foot.

  Protozoa  are one-cell organisms that love moisture and often spread diseases through water. Some protozoa cause intestinal infections that lead to diarrhea, nausea, and belly pain.

Once germs invade our bodies, they tend snuggle in for a long stay. They begin to gobble up nutrients and energy, and can produce toxins or proteins that actually act like poisons to the body. Those toxins can cause symptoms of common infections, like fevers, sniffles, rashes, coughing, vomiting, and diarrhea. Looking at samples of blood, urine, and other fluids under a microscope or sending these samples to a laboratory for more tests, doctors can tell which germs are living in your body and how they are making you sick. Then the best course of medical treatment will be suggested to remove the type of germ that is making you ill and help restore you to optimal health!

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By proadAccountId-356662 17 Oct, 2017

One of the easiest ways to prevent breast cancer is to practice healthy habits in your everyday life. According to the latest breast cancer statistics, about 1 in 8 women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. Over 250,000 new cases are expected to be diagnosed in women in the US this year.


Breast cancer is a disease that doesn’t discriminate, it can happen to anyone - even TV stars. Veep and Seinfeld actress Julia-Louis Dreyfus was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and had past co-star Jason Alexander reach out to her to talk about  his own wife’s battle with the disease .


Here are some tips you can follow to help reduce your risk:


1. Limit alcohol intake.

Drinking alcohol increases your risk of developing breast cancer. It’s recommended that you limit yourself to less than one drink per day.


2. Exercise!

By staying physically active, you have more control over maintaining a healthy weight. Overweight and obese women have a greater chance of developing breast cancer, so getting regular exercise is key.


3. Eat healthy foods.

Harvard researchers discovered that women who has the highest levels of carotenoids (found in fruits and vegetables) in their blood had a 19% lower risk of breast cancer. Lycopene, which is found in tomatoes, is also shown to have cancer fighting properties.


4. Breast-feed your children.

It has been shown that women who breast-fed on a regular basis had a 10% reduced risk of death from cancer. Because women don’t have a period while breast-feeding, it limits the number of cycles she has over a lifetime. This in turn limits the amount of estrogen being exposed to the body.


5. Detect it early.

You have a much greater chance of surviving breast cancer when it’s caught early. Get regular breast exams and mammograms starting in your 40’s. You should also get familiar with how your breasts normally feel so that you can recognize any changes in appearance or touch.


By proadAccountId-356662 17 Oct, 2017

1. Asian Inspired Chicken Soup

We all know that chicken soup has always been our mother’s favorite homemade remedy! Turns out, it’s not just an old wive’s tale. When making this soup, look for a bone broth at your grocery store instead of regular chicken broth. (You can also make your own!  Try this recipe. )

Bone broth is rich in minerals that support the immune system. Not to mention, the collagen in bone broth helps to reduce intestinal inflammation. Bone broth also contains lipids, which are vital for the production of white blood cells.


We love Eating Well’s Asian-Inspired take on Chicken Soup that is full of fresh veggies like cabbage, mushrooms, broccoli, onions and leeks.

Get the recipe here.


By proadAccountId-356662 26 Jul, 2017

Cycling is one of the most popular outdoor activities in Marin County, if not the most. It's a great way to boost your health and give yourself an intense workout. However, many people overlook the injuries that can come along with the sport they love so much.

According to studies, 42 percent of cyclists have injured their knees, 36 percent hurt their groin and buttocks, 31 percent damage their hands, and 31 percent their back. Health issues caused by cycling can progress over time as a result of repeated movements like pedaling or can arise suddenly with a fall. Both types of injuries should be taken seriously.

Most cycling injuries are caused due to riding at a high speed, with soft tissue injuries and musculoskeletal trauma being the most common. While you may not be able to avoid all injuries, you can still take preventative measures to minimize damage. You can start with wearing a helmet and practicing proper posture by keeping your back and shoulders straight! 

These other bicycle-related injuries are a bit more complex.

Knee pain

This is one of the most overuse injuries in the sport.   If your cleats are not positioned the correct way, you will start to notice a sharp pain in your knees that won’t go away. Not sure how to properly position your cleats? Ask someone at your local bike shop for help. Not only will you prevent knee pain, but your pedal strokes will be more powerful. Cyclist's knee and patella and quadriceps tendinitis are other common knee overuse injuries. If you're already noticing pain in your knees, do not ignore it. This is an injury that should be treated promptly.

Lower Back Pain

Spending long periods of time in the same position without taking a break can inflict pain on your muscles. When cycling, the position of riding a bike puts a lot of stress on your spine. When your body is in a flexed position, you're bound to have back pain. So make sure your back is in the right position for the frame of your bicycle for the entirety of your ride. Back pain isn't something you should have to live with. A chiropractor is a doctor that works specifically with the spine and can help to combat some of the issues caused by cycling.

Muscle Tightness

You may not even be aware, but your hamstrings and your calve muscles are likely too tight. This is hard to feel when you are riding because your body has adapted to the constant motion. If you try another exercise like jogging or rollerblading, you'll start to notice the pain. Muscle tightness can lead to tearing, which can be a much more serious injury and requires medical attention. Always make sure you warm up before you get on your bike and stretch to loosen up your muscles! 

Muscle Fatigue

Ever noticed how large the quadriceps are of pro cyclists? This is due to the fact that they use these muscles to keep the bike going. Your quads need time to recover. If the muscles get too tired, lactic acid builds up in them and starts to cause muscle pain. A massage can help to soothe the pain. You should also try to switch pedaling in an out from the saddle in order to let some muscles relax while you put pressure on others.

Neck Pain

Neck pain is not something you should take lightly! It is caused by tightness in the muscle that begins at the base of your skull and rungs along the sides of the neck all the way to the shoulders. This muscle gets tired because it carries the weight of your entire head during the time you're riding. By making sure you have a bike that fits your body poperly, using good posture and loosening your grip on your handlebards, you can help prevent neck pain. A chiropractor can also help treat and prevent neck pain, as well as alleviate some of the symptoms.

SUMMER SPECIAL:

Right now we're offering a 20% discount on first-time visits for new patients! If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, or are preparing for a big ride, come in for a visit with one of our specialists to make sure you're in tip top shape!

To take advantage of this special offer:

  1. Enter your name & email address in the contact form at the bottom of this page
  2. Copy "SUMMER SPECIAL" in the message section & submit.
Once you've submitted your request, you will recieve a discount code via email. Bring this code to your first visit and get 20% off!

By proadAccountId-356662 26 Jul, 2017

Each year in California, more than 100 people are killed and hundreds of thousands more are injured in bicycle collisions. Some bicycle related crashes are connected to the bicyclist’s behavior, while others are due to the motorist’s lack of attention.

Bicycle riders on public roads have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists, and are subject to the same rules and regulations. The best way to avoid collisions is to be prepared and be aware of other vehicles around you. Avoid common bicyclist errors and common motorist errors committed around bicyclists.

Here are some safety tips for biking in Marin County:

Always obey traffic signs and signals

Bicycles must follow the rules of the road like other vehicles. When cyclists pass red lights when other vehicles are stopped or ignore stop signs even when it appears ‘clear’ this is when the probability of accidents rise considerably.   Adhere to all traffic signs and signals as if you were driving a vehicle for optimal safety to you, other vehicles and pedestrians.

Never ride against traffic

It is generally either illegal or unsafe to ride on a sidewalk or on the road towards oncoming traffic. As a rule, it is best to ride in the direction of traffic, staying as far to the right as is practical. However, make sure there is room to handle emergencies and that you do not ride so close to the right that you run the risk of hitting the curb and being thrown into traffic.

Stay on the defense

Make sure you are always aware of your surroundings. Know what is behind you and watch out for what is in front of you. Always be on the lookout for road hazards; parked cars where people may be opening doors, gravel, glass, railroad tracks, sewer grates and pot holes in the road. These can easily cause your wheels to catch and be thrown from you bike. Always wait until you have enough time to make your move, whether you are changing a lane or turning a corner. Do not expect to be granted the right of way in any instance. This assumption can be dangerous.

Use the bicycle lane

On a roadway with a bike lane, bicyclists traveling slower than traffic must use the bike lane except when making a left turn, passing, avoiding hazardous conditions, or approaching a place where a right turn is authorize

DO NOT pass on the right  

Motorists may not look for or see a bicycle passing on the right. Also, even though motorists don’t always use their indicator to turn, they may be turning without it and not see you in their blind spot or as you speed up to pass.

Scan the road behind you  

Learn to look back over your shoulder without losing your balance or swerving. Some riders use rear-view mirrors, which can be extremely helpful and avoid accidents.

Keep both hands ready to brake  

You may not stop in time if you brake one-handed. Allow extra distance also for stopping in the rain or foggy conditions, since brakes are less efficient when wet.

Wear a helmet and never ride with headphones  

Always wear a helmet. Regardless if you’re going to your local store or heading out on a marathon ride, always wear a helmet. Make sure it is properly fastened and fitted. It should always feel secure and snug on your head. Never   wear a headphone while riding a bike your sense of hearing which is essential to alert you safely from vehicles, pedestrians and other potentials dangers.

Dress for the weather

In rain wear a poncho or waterproof suit. Dress in layers so you can adjust to temperature changes. Wear bright colored and/or reflective

Use lights and wear reflective gear at night

Be sure your bike reflectors and reflective clothing are visible from a safe distance of at least 500 feet. This will give a vehicle time to slow down and brake if needed. Many reflective materials, especially those used for promotional safety products are of inferior quality and do not reflect very well. If you choose ANSI compliant reflective materials – these allow you to be seen from all angles and from over 1000 feet away. Regardless of your preferences, you want to ensure that you can be seen from a safe distance at night and in all weather conditions.

Always use hand signals

Hand signals tell motorists and pedestrians what you intend to do. Signal as a matter of law, of courtesy, and of self-protection. Motorists are more apt to give you the right of way when you communicate with hand signals effectively.

Keep your bike in good repair  

Adjust your bike to fit you and keep it working properly. Check brakes and tires regularly. Routine maintenance is simple and makes a huge difference on the road for your safety and the safety of others on the road.

And most importantly...Keep your body in good repair!  

Once you've made sure your bike is in tip top shape, make sure you're in tip top shape as well! It's important to make sure you're in proper condition to ride before you head out on a stenuous cycle. If you have a big race coming up, it's smart to get yourself checked out beforehand so you can avoid any further injury. 

SUMMER SPECIAL:

Right now we're offering a 20% discount on first-time visits for new patients! So come in and make sure you're ready for your next ride!

To take advantage of this special offer:

  1. Enter your name & email address in the contact form at the bottom of this page
  2. Copy "SUMMER SPECIAL" in the message section & submit.
Once you've submitted your request, you will recieve a discount code via email. Bring this code to your first visit and get 20% off!

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