Dr Bobbie’s Home Made Powerbar Recipe

Dr Bobbie’s Home Made Powerbar Recipe

Homemade Powerbars! If you’re like me, most traditional “health-food” bars just don’t make the cut. There are a few I like, such as Lara bars (they’re raw!), however most nutrition bars are nothing more than a candy bar with a healthy sounding name. In fact, a snickers just might be healthier than some of the options out there. Palm kernel oil? Hydrogenated oils? We sometimes forget that labels matter when it comes to ALL types of foods, and fancy names and labels on health products are just for sales. I decided awhile ago to start making my own bars, first because I wanted something small to have before morning long runs. Now my boyfriend takes them as an afternoon snack to boost his after-work workouts. I’ve realized I feel better and my athletic performance improves when I eat foods make with healthy, all natural ingredients. Plus, since I make only enough for our household, there are no added preservatives. Here is one of my favorite recipes: 1 cup organic creamy peanut butter (or nut butter) 1 cup local honey 3 cups organic oats 1/2 cup wheat germ 2-3 scoops vanilla protein powder 1/2 cup raw unsweetened coconut Start by melting the peanut butter and honey over high heat. When well mixed, add remaining ingredients. Form small bars (think half the size of a traditional bar) and place on a greased pan. They are rich, so a small bar is plenty. Chill in freezer for 1 hour, then remove from pan and individually wrap bars. I store them in a big bag in the freezer, but it is not necessary to freeze them. How many calories do these bars contain? Enough to fuel a great run! Enjoy! . Questions about how to improve your health and stamina? Call our Tempe chiropractic office for a free 15 minute consultation: 480-775-2593 . DISCLAIMER: This article is for informational purposes only, and does not take the place of an evaluation. For proper medical advice, see your chiropractic physician or medical doctor before determining what type of self care works for you. Dr. Bobbie Bennett works with patients of all ages and walks of life. She enjoys helping her patients find freedom from pain and gain increased mobility so they can live their life without...

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Back to Basics: Eat Right & Stay Active

Back to Basics: Eat Right & Stay Active

Ready to improve your health? In this world of fad diets, get skinny quick, and magical pills I often hear patients complain how overwhelmed they are with choices. “I want to get healthier, but with so many options I’m not sure where to start!” Getting healthy doesn’t have to be a complex process if you go back to the basics of healthy eating, exercise, and preventative healthcare. Here are my suggestions for a starting point: 1. Find an activity that interests you. I can’t tell you the number of people I hear complain how much they hate their workouts! With options spanning from yoga to Zumba to group training classes, you really don’t have to run if you hate it. Studies show if you choose an activity that interests you it will become fun, not a chore. 2. Eat whole foods. Our world is filled with processed foods, and finding quick meals that don’t contain trans fats and/or high fructose corn syrup can prove to be challenging! Cooking with whole foods takes all the guess work out, but when you don’t have time pay close attention to food labels. Remember, the first 3 ingredients are used in the largest amount in the product so avoid foods that list sugars or enriched flour here. 3. Guzzle that water! It’s a common recommendation to get your “8 glasses a day”, however for many of us that isn’t enough. Here in the desert we really should get more to account for the lack of moisture in the air. While many fruits help us hydrate, beverages like sports drinks, pop, and juice should be consumed in minimal amounts. Unless you’re performing intense exercise for more than 60 minutes, water is a better choice than sports drinks. Excess calories are excess calories regardless of whether they’re food or liquid! Juice and pop should be avoided due to the high sugar content, and diet versions as well due to the “fake sugars”. Think of using fruit such as lemon, lime, or orange to sweeten your water if you desire. 4. Utilize preventative medicine. Stress has a negative effect on our bodies, and removing or decreasing it can enhance our way of life. Chiropractic care, massage therapy, and acupuncture are excellent ways to decrease stress while optimizing your life! . Questions about how to improve your health? Call our Tempe chiropractic office for a free 15...

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What is the Purpose of a Chiropractic Adjustment?

What is the Purpose of a Chiropractic Adjustment?

Why Chiropractic? Glad you Asked. Many people are familiar with chiropractic care, but are unaware of how it may benefit them personally. In a nutshell, chiropractic care helps promote movement of the spine and extremities. Joints that may become less mobile due to poor posture, tight muscles, or immobility open up with chiropractic care, making everything from working out to sleeping more comfortable. In addition to making your workouts easier, you will also enhance your abilities and may find that working out becomes more enjoyable. Chiropractic care is also a great treatment when you are interested in prevention. A concern for many women are the arthritic changes within the spine and joints of the extremities. While arthritis is something that all of us will see as we enter our later ages, chiropractic care can help prevent the signs of arthritis from showing up as early, and in addition will slow the progression of these changes. Chiropractic care makes a perfect compliment to any healthy lifestyle, and will help you achieve your workout goals! . Questions about if chiropractic care is for you? Call our Tempe chiropractic office for a free 15 minute consultation: 480-775-2593 . DISCLAIMER: This article is for informational purposes only, and does not take the place of an evaluation. For proper medical advice, see your chiropractic physician or medical doctor before determining what type of self care works for you. Dr. Bobbie Bennett works with patients of all ages and walks of life. She enjoys helping her patients find freedom from pain and gain increased mobility so they can live their life without...

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Costochondritis – A Benign Cause of Chest Pain

Costochondritis – A Benign Cause of Chest Pain

Costochondritis To explore the topic of heart health this month, I’d like to touch on a topic that isn’t well known among the general population: Costochondritis. Costochondritis is a benign cause of chest pain, and is more common than you think. In fact, it is one of the most common reasons for chest pain in both men and women. Costochondritis is defined as inflammation of the cartilage connecting the ribs to the sternum, or breastbone. It can cause sharp pain on either side of the chest, and may radiate into the shoulder or arm on the same side. You may also notice a discomfort when taking a deep breath or coughing. While the symptoms can be quite frightening, the reason costochondritis comes on is less clear. A physical injury or fall on the area, a recent infection, or excessive coughing or sneezing may be to blame. Many times the rib itself is out of alignment (a rib subluxation) causing increased inflammation with each breath in and out. The treatment for costochondritis can vary from icing the area to getting a chiropractic adjustment to the rib and accompaning vertebra that is out of alignment. The adjustment can be a bit uncomfotable, but the relief is generally instantaneous if this is the cause of the irritation. The treatment of ice will calm down the inflammation and allow you to heal with less pain. DISCLAIMER: Chest pain is an emergency. All chest pains and concerns should be reported to and checked out by your physician. This article is meant to be purely educational and does not replace a visit to your physician. . Questions about chiropractic treatment? Call our Tempe chiropractic office for a free 15 minute consultation: 480-775-2593 . DISCLAIMER: This article is for informational purposes only, and does not take the place of an evaluation. For proper medical advice, see your chiropractic physician or medical doctor before determining what type of self care works for you. Dr. Bobbie Bennett works with patients of all ages and walks of life. She enjoys helping her patients find freedom from pain and gain increased mobility so they can live their life without...

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The 5 Components of Vertebral Subluxation

The 5 Components of Vertebral Subluxation

Did you know there are many things that could be causing your back pain? 1. Chemical component – Biochemical abnormalities can sometimes occur when one or more of the other vertebral subluxation components occur. 2. Muscle component – Problems that occur when impinged nerves cause vertebral muscles to malfunction. This may present as pain associated with prolonged sitting, standing, or overuse. Common layterms include “knots” or “trigger points”. 3. Nerve component – “Neuropathology” is another term for this, which essentially refers to undue pressure on a spinal nerve. Consider what standing on a garden hose does to the water flow. Increased pressure results in decreased flow, whether it’s water or nervous activity. 4. Osseous (bone) component – This occurs when one or more vertebrae are either not in correct position or moving improperly. Sometimes, degeneration of the vertebral bones can cause this. Chiropractic care is a great treatment options when spinal alignment is saught. 5. Soft tissue component – When subluxations occur, they can affect the soft tissues, including ligaments and tendons, surrounding your spinal cord. Irritation in the soft tissues can cause irritation and swelling in the area, thus leading to pain symptoms. Tendons can also become irritated by excessively tight or fibrotic muscles. Chiropractic care can help to not only treat the symptoms of subluxation, but also treats the source of the problem. This prevents the symptoms from returning and allows you to live life pain free! . Questions about how to eliminate your back pain? Call our Tempe chiropractic office for a free 15 minute consultation: 480-775-2593 . DISCLAIMER: This article is for informational purposes only, and does not take the place of an evaluation. For proper medical advice, see your chiropractic physician or medical doctor before determining what type of self care works for you. Dr. Bobbie Bennett works with patients of all ages and walks of life. She enjoys helping her patients find freedom from pain and gain increased mobility so they can live their life without...

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Stress and Your Body

Stress and Your Body

Stress is a dangerous thing. While we all agree that stress isn’t optimal, most of us wouldn’t suggest it to be dangerous.  According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of dangerous is: 1 : exposing to or involving danger 2 : able or likely to inflict injury or harm. As a chiropractor, I see injury caused by stress daily.  Headaches, neck tension, lower back discomfort, and arm pain are only a few things that we can trace back to stress when searching for their cause.  Stress has been declared a hazard of the workplace by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Why? Stress costs American industry more than $300 billion annually.  Yikes. So what can you do to decrease the stress in your life? One way is to try chiropractic.  Chiropractic, you ask?  But I wasn’t in an accident!  This misnomer is one reason chiropractic isn’t sought after for common stress causing ailments.  Chiropractors work primarily with the spine, the root of the nervous system through which nerve impulses travel from the brain to the rest of the body. One effect of chronic stress is prolonged muscle tension and contraction. This muscle tension creates uneven pressures on the bony structures of the body, often leading the misalignment of the spinal column, known as subluxations in the tradition of chiropractic. Chronic stress also leads to nerve irritation. The adjustments of a chiropractor release muscle tension, and that helps the body return to a more balanced, relaxed state. Adjustments also reduce spinal nerve irritation, and improve blood circulation. These changes may be enough, in many cases, to convince the brain to turn off the fight or flight response, beginning the process of healing. A healthy and balanced spine is one key to effectively managing stress. Chiropractic is based on the concept that given the opportunity, the mind and body can heal itself. In relieving some of the effects of chronic stress, chiropractic care provides just such an opportunity. While chiropractic cannot make a job less stressful, or create a quieter, calmer world, a chiropractic treatment can help you develop healthy responses to stress, reducing potential physical damage. . Questions about how chiropractic treatment can help reduce your stress? Call our Tempe chiropractic office for a free 15 minute consultation: 480-775-2593 . DISCLAIMER: This article is for informational purposes only, and does not take the place of an evaluation. For proper medical advice, see...

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