2016-09-16 / Community

Rolnick Chiropractic

Dr. Ellie’s Health Tips

Health Tip of the Month: Regarding summertime treats, one would be hard pressed to find a more satisfying food than tomatoes. Tomato sandwiches, tomato salad, Gazpacho, a handful of cherry tomatoes, sliced tomato on a big burger, nothing beats a tomato. Tomatoes are loaded with folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin A. Tomatoes are high in carotenoids, chemicals that give fruits and vegetables their yellow and red colors. Carotenoids are what give tomatoes anti-cancer properties. Studies show that eating tomatoes on a regular basis can reduce the risk of cancers, such as ovarian cancer, digestive tract cancers and prostate cancer. Men who eat four servings of tomato product per week were shown to have a 40%-less risk of developing prostate cancer. One study even showed prostate cancer regression after only three weeks of eating 3/4 of a cup of tomato sauce per day! Eating tomatoes decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease and asthma and lung disease. The newest information on tomato nutrition shows that eating tomatoes can help you lose weight. Tomatoes contain chemicals in their skin called bioflavonoids, naturally occurring plant compounds that help fight disease in the plant itself, and give plants their pigment. The main selling point of these bioflavonoids is that they may counteract inflammation in the body. When inflammation is reduced, the body manufactures more of its weight loss hormone, leptin. Leptin plays a major role in suppressing appetite and regulating metabolism, which are both important components of losing weight. So the next time you are trying to decide whether to have a second helping of pasta salad or tomato salad, go with the tomato salad. Not only will tomato dishes taste great but, in the long run, they can help you be healthier and slimmer!

Thought for the Month: Grow your own tomatoes. Use natural fertilizers like your own vegetable compost, coffee grounds and ground egg shells. Guess what? You are growing organic tomatoes!! No pesticides, herbicides preservatives. 100% healthy!!

Chiropractic Thought for the Month: Do you have forward head posture? Does your head seem to lean or jut forward from the front of your body? This lean is indicative of forward head posture. For every inch your head moves forward, the head gains 10 pounds in weight as far as the muscles in your upper back and neck are concerned, because they have to work much harder to keep the head (chin) from dropping forward onto your chest. The extra weight forces the muscles that raise the chin to remain in constant contraction, putting pressure on the 3 Suboccipital nerves. This nerve compression may cause headaches at the base of the skull, and may even mimic sinus headaches. ~ Chirozine.com

For more information about Chiropractic and Wellness , call Rolnick Chiropractic at 207- 283-1168 or check out our web page at www.rolnickchiropractic.com

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