Latest News and Updates: Covid-19

To our Valued Practice Members:

As we continue to monitor the latest developments associated with the Novel Coronavirus Covid-19, we have implemented some small changes in an effort to limit contact when in the office. Please note the following changes:

• We kindly ask that you wash your hands when coming into the office. • We have removed our sign in system and pens. Shelley will gladly sign you in. If you need a pen, please do not hesitate to ask for one. • WE STILL HAVE FRUIT! It’s just hiding behind the desk! Again, Shelley will be more than glad to help you! • It is once again time for our Almond Guessing Contest! This is a favorite in the office and we didn’t want to cancel it! Guess the almonds in the jar, and you guessed it, Shelley will fill out your ballot! • As stated in our previous email, we have removed the kids toys in the play area. We have coloring sheets so please do not hesitate to ask us for those! • We also have medical grade disinfectant that we have begun utilizing this week and we are wiping down all high traffic areas multiple times per day.

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An Important Message from Platinum Chiropractic

While we have always prided ourselves on keeping our office clean, we have recently stepped up our efforts amid concerns of the Novel Coronavirus Covid-19. We have been diligently disinfecting our office multiple times per day and have been following information and recommendations from the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as new information becomes available.

Obviously our primary concern is for the safety and wellbeing of both our patients and staff. Along with regular disinfecting and handwashing, we have decided to temporarily remove our toys from the children’s play area. We continue to welcome your children into the office and will be able to provide them coloring sheets for their entertainment while here.

Please keep this in mind – our bodies’ nervous system is like an air traffic controller that directs the immune system in detecting and eliminating invaders. The more powerful your immune system, the less likely you are to get any virus. Now, we’re not suggesting that structural correction is going to ward off Coronavirus. What we are saying is that it is completely reasonable to suggest that a perfectly tuned nervous system can increase your immunity, and not only provide some shielding from Coronavirus, but very likely, all invaders. The other side of the equation is providing your body with what it needs functionally and nutritionally. You’ve probably heard it a thousand times, but here are some tips to keep your immune system functioning at its best:

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All About Intermittent Fasting

Eating right is hard. Counting calories to keep yourself in line can take more effort than it’s worth, which is why thousands of people have turned to a simple, almost effortless eating strategy called intermittent fasting instead. Unlike regular diets, intermittent fasting isn’t about WHAT you eat, but WHEN. And for many, that makes all the difference.

What Is Intermittent Fasting? Put simply, intermittent fasting is a pattern of eating where you schedule each meal to ensure you get the maximum metabolism-boosting benefit from it. By undergoing a series of short fasts, you push your metabolism to its full fat-burning potential. Fasting can take many forms, from simply not eating until 1pm every day or going full days without more than fluids. The choice of fast is completely up to you and dependent on what your body best responds to, so don’t be afraid to experiment.

The Science Behind Fasting The benefits behind fasting comes down to the amount of time your body spends in a “fed” and “fasted” state every day. Once you’ve digested dinner, your body enters a post-absorptive state for about 8-12 hours where it has low blood glucose levels and turns towards its own fat stores for energy, causing you to burn fat more efficiently. The longer you keep yourself in this “fasted state,” the easier it is to burn calories.

4 Intermittent Fasting Methods to Try It’s not difficult to try intermittent fasting. Below are four popular ways to fast for overall wellness that might give you the weight loss results you’ve been working towards. 1. Daily Intermittent Fasting (Lean Gains): As one of the most popular fasting methods for first time fasters, Lean Gains lets you eat for eight hour stretches and fast for sixteen. Most people fast from early evening until 1pm the following day.

  1. 5:2 Diet: This simple fasting strategy allows you to eat normally for five days a week and restrict yourself to a quarter of your regular calories (around 500) for two non-consecutive days each week.

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Good Fats, Bad Fats: What you Need to Know

Wouldn’t it be great if healthy eating was as easy as following clearly defined rules that worked for every situation?

Us too, but keep dreaming!

Nothing in life is that simple, least of all nutrition. Foods that we’ve happily eaten for centuries can quickly be vilified in diet books, causing them to vanish from store shelves -- and no food group has been more affected by this trend than fat itself.

Not so long ago, many nutritionists believed that eating fat made people fat. But health science today provides a more nuanced view. Now, we know that the fat in your diet doesn’t directly lodge itself in your belly, and that many kinds are essential eating for a healthy diet. Dietary fat keeps your skin soft, your organs happy, and your blood and muscles functioning properly. In fact, a healthy diet should consist of at least 10% fat every day.

That’s not to say ALL fat is good for you, though -- the nutritionists got some things right the first time around. Some fats are far more beneficial for your body than others, and learning the difference between good fats and bad is an important way to make strides towards total health.

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The Benefits of Drinking Coffee

Stop feeling guilty about your favorite part of every morning -- it turns out a daily coffee habit is good for more than just waking up. Research is revealing there’s a lot more to coffee than caffeine content and, in reality, this AM go-to might be a smart solution for maintaining your health.

Coffee’s Health Benefits Black coffee averages just two calories per cup, and its high antioxidant levels make it one of the best sources for these cancer-fighting vitamins. Beyond jump starting your day, each cup contains following benefits for your health.

Good for Your Heart Looking for an easy way to protect your heart? Coffee might be key. Research from Israel has found that drinking about 16 ounces of coffee per day can lead to an 11 percent lower risk of heart failure. Unfortunately for major addicts, the study didn’t find much benefit to drinking more coffee than this.

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