Why We All Should Have Indoor Plants

As we are busy planting our outdoor gardens, take a moment to read about the importance of keeping the inside flourished as well. As many people already know, pollutants can be found both indoor and outdoor. Interestingly enough, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that there are more indoor pollutants affecting health than outdoor. Indoor pollutants may include: gases such as radon and carbon monoxide, household products, mold, pesticides, pollen, tobacco and materials used in building and furniture. How can indoor plants help? Plants help reduce carbon dioxide levels in the air, and they release oxygen. If you keep 2 to 4 medium sized plants for every 100 square feet, you can eliminate a whopping 87 percent of air toxins in about 24 hours. Here is a list of 5 easy to care for plants that can help eliminate indoor toxins in your home. Chinese Evergreen – The Chinese evergreen has striped leaves and is easy to care for. It requires a light spots in the house, but avoid direct afternoon sunlight and overwatering it. Dracaena – Dracaena can have tree-like woody stems and can grow 5 to 6 feet tall. You can keep them in medium to brightly lit areas. They require weekly waterings.

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Trace Mineral B-12 - Why Should I Take It?

Trace Minerals-B12 was originally designed for patients with undulant fever (rising and falling fever passed from animal to human from untreated milk products). It contains a lot of manganese, which is depleted by undulant fever. This product also contains zinc, copper, iodine and vitamin B12 – all trace minerals, meaning that our bodies require low amounts of all of these minerals to help perform regulatory and structural functions.

Manganese is an enzyme activator and a ligament strengthener and has been found by doctors in the field to be useful for people with herniated discs. In the case of herniated discs, which are often times extremely painful, taking this supplement can strengthen the ligaments around the disc which will provide more support and decrease discomfort.

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Breastfeeding Issues? Chiropractic Can Help!

We have noticed an influx of new babies in the office with latching issues and difficulty nursing. This can become extremely concerning and frustrating for the mom. In an article from Pathways magazine, Dr. Jeanne Ohm does a great job in explaining how this happens and why chiropractic care should be a consideration.

“Modern birthing procedures, even those with seemingly minimal intervention, are known to cause trauma and stress to the infant’s cranium and spine.

In a leading pediatric textbook on manual therapy for children, one author tells us, “When considering injuries and dysfunctions of the spine and its associated structures, the significance of birth trauma is often underestimated, and the resulting symptoms frequently misinterpreted.”

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The Benefits of Stretching Daily

Most of us realize the benefits of stretching, but how many of you actually stretch daily? I always find that the stretching routines get pushed to the side, much like the recommendations for daily veggies and fruit. In theory, it’s a great idea, but many of us get “busy” or usually don’t remember to stretch because they’re “not in pain”. We see this a lot!

Here are some great benefits to regular daily stretching. Hopefully it will make you reconsider!

Mid-day Energy Boost. Just a few minutes of stretching each afternoon can increase blood flow through your entire body, including your brain.

Improve Balance. Research shows that stretching can help with fine motor coordination skills, which definitely can help prevent tripping and falls!

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Celebrating Our 9 Year Anniversary!

What a ride this has been…

Back in January of 2009, I was an associate doctor in Johnston, IA, and Dr. Bret was finalizing plans for HIS office in Ames. We were not married yet, and although we were engaged, we thought it best to work separately.

That thought process changed just one month later and we agreed that it would be best for both of us to work together. Opening day was April 1, 2009, and I was away at training and missed it!

Throughout these past nine years many things have changed. When the office opened, we were living in Sheldahl (so that we would be in between where I was working in Johnston, to Ames). We were married in October of 2009 and then moved to Gilbert in March of 2010. We had our daughter 4 months later, and then welcomed our son 18 months after that.

We have seen ups and downs,

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