What Mattress Should I Use?

I wish I had known a little more about mattresses two years ago – before we bought our Tempurpedic mattress. I wish I had known that we didn’t need to spend THAT much money on a “high quality” mattress and still see great results.

We often get asked what mattress people should be sleeping on. While there are many factors to consider, the first thing that we want to look at is the support that the mattress is giving you. We want even support and no sagging. I also recommend a pillow top to provide comfort and a better night sleep while also helping to keep you cooler.

That being said, you may have noticed a huge influx of online mattress stores claiming to be the the most comfortable and affordable. For what it is worth, Dr. Bret and I have begun recommending an online mattress that is ridiculously reasonable too. It’s the Classic Brand, and it is sold through Amazon. Here is why we like it:

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4 Reasons to Drink Hot Lemon Water Every Morning

Whether or not you are trying to cut out coffee from your morning routine, you should first start with a mug of hot lemon water. Here’s why:

It helps you detox every day. While lemons may seem quite acidic, they're a surprisingly good source of an alkaline food that can help balance your body's pH. Internist and doctor of integrative medicine Dr. Frank Lipman is a big proponent of a hot water with lemon habit, since the combination wakes up your liver and flushes out nasty toxins.

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Pediatric Chiropractic

The main purpose behind chiropractic care is not to alleviate symptoms or pain, but to ensure that you have a properly functioning nervous system. This is absolutely vital because our nervous system controls every single function in our body, and any dysfunction of that nervous system can be detrimental. It is how our brain communicates with the rest of our body.

How does this dysfunction occur? Believe it or not, this can happen in utero and continue through the birth process and early infancy. It is important to remember that the mother and neonate share the same nervous system during pregnancy, so if mom is stressed, the baby will be stressed as well.

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Holiday Weight Gain is Real

I’m sure that we all secretly knew this, but Cornell University conducted a research study and confirmed that we do, in fact, gain weight over the holiday season.

The study included 3000 participants from the US, Germany and Japan. They were studying year round weight patterns of these individuals and found that the weight gain actually begins in October.

We tend to start the weight gain with the presence of Halloween candy, and it continues into Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.

The interesting part of this study wasn’t the fact that we gained weight, but it was the fact that on average, it took five months to take all of the weight off again!

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Why Vitamin D?

In the world of nutrition, supplements live in murky territory. While we want to make sure we're getting all of the vitamins and minerals we need, research from Harvard Medical School shows that these nutrients are more powerful when they come from real foods as opposed to pills.

There's one vitamin in particular, though, that's pretty hard to get on your own, unless you live in a tropical locale: vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin. Here's why vitamin D is so important— and what you need to know about supplementing.

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