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Do you suffer from foot pain?

How do your feet feel after a long day at work or after a workout? Do you suffer from foot pain?

One of the most common foot problems, plantar fasciitis, occurs in over two million Americans a year, and will occur in 1 in 10 Americans over their lifetime. Additionally, over 95% of us will develop some type of foot ailment due to collapsing arch structure. There are many routine treatments for foot problems, from anti-inflammatory pills to cortisone injections, to different pads, cushions, ointments and, of course, surgery. All of these have temporary, pain-relieving effects. 

To permanently solve the problem, you must change the way your feet function on the ground. The foot is a complex area of the body that is made up of 26 bones and even more joints that all work together when you move. When it works as designed, the foot is capable of remarkable things which all help insure not only pain-free health of the foot, but the parts up the chain, including ankles, knees, hips and spine. Th…

Fitness, Nutrition and Chiropractic

Did you know over 80% of the chronic diseases currently affecting the population are completely preventable with a healthy lifestyle?

For anyone trying to achieve a healthy lifestyle three major areas must be addressed: fitness, nutrition, and chiropractic. Having a daily exercise routine is an important factor in achieving your EnVitality, or ultimate health. Did you know that regular exercise can lower your risk for various diseases and conditions like diabetes, cancer, heart disease, depression, etc. Research also shows that any amount of exercise, at any age is beneficial. Regular exercise creates a fit and healthier you, and a longer lifespan. The list of benefits is impressive and having a fitness routine is one important piece of the healthy lifestyle triad. 

The next import piece of the triad is nutrition. As stated by Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, "Let food be thy medicine & let thy medicine be food." Too often as Americans we simply want to pop a p…

Do you know your birthing options?

This may be a subject that many mothers and families are unfamiliar with because the majority of mothers in the U.S. have hospital births. According to a recently published study, having your baby at home with a registered midwife is just as safe as a hospital birth for women with normal, uncomplicated pregnancies. The study showed a lower mortality rate in the home birth group versus the hospital birth groups. The babies were also less likely to need oxygen therapy or resuscitation. In addition, the women that gave birth at home were less likely to need interventions or have other adverse outcomes, like tearing or hemorrhaging, compared with the planned hospital birth groups attended by a midwife or physician. The women were also found to have higher satisfaction with their birth experience.

Did you know in the Netherlands about one-third of the women give birth at home? Home birth in uncomplicated pregnancies is supported by the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Ro…

Gut Health Promotes Good Health

Did you know your digestive system contains about 80 percent of your immune system? Your gut has so much influence over your health because of the 100 trillion bacteria, about three pounds worth, that line your digestive tract. This is an extremely complex living system that aggressively protects your body from outside offenders on a daily basis.

Having the correct ratio of beneficial bacteria, or flora, to pathogenic bacteria is what keeps us healthy and from getting sick. More and more studies are being published about the important roles gut flora plays in maintaining overall health. The great news is the amount of influence each person has in this area. Processed foods high in sugar and chemical additives, stress, pollution, and antibiotics are all things that kill off the good bacteria. Every course of antibiotics tends to wipe out the majority beneficial or good bacteria which gives an opportunity for the pathogenic bacteria that causes illness to grow uncontrolled and occu…

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The Perfect Pair -Chiropractic and Pregnancy-

Do you know someone that is pregnant or are you currently pregnant?

There are endless amounts of benefits for a mother being under chiropractic care throughout her pregnancy. Did you know that over 50% of pregnant women experience back pain during their pregnancy? Taking medications, even over-the-counter medications, are not recommended because they cross the placenta and enter the baby's blood stream. A study published in the Journal of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine followed 25,000 British children and their mothers. The results from this study found that women who take antibiotics during pregnancy are more likely to have a child with an allergy-related condition such as asthma, eczema, or hay fever compared to women who do not take medication during pregnancy.

The safe, effective alternative for these aches, pains and/or colds during pregnancy is chiropractic care. The adjustments are modified to accommodate the mother's growing belly and studies have shown chi…

Organic vs. Non-organic

Many people wonder if buying organic foods is worth the investment. Conventionally grown foods, or non-organic, has become almost entirely a commercialized business operation where everything is grown in large crops, and to maximize the yield of the crop pesticides and herbicides are used to kill insects and weeds. Organic farmers use natural methods such as insect predators, crop rotation, mulches, and barriers to maximize the yield of their crops. Pesticides are designed to kill living organisms that inhabit crops and reduce the yield. Many studies have shown that pesticides damage the environment, are dangerous for workers and have many negative effects on laboratory animals.

Almost all commonly used pesticides are neurotoxins that affect the nervous system. Your nervous system is made up of your brain, spinal cord and nerves which control and coordinate everything within your body. Think of your nervous system as the computer of your body that runs every program and keeps everythi…

What is EnVitality?

Welcome to your wellness resource!
You might be asking yourself what exactly does EnVitality mean?
The prefix En- simply means to put or pour yourself into.
Vitality means lively, energetic, ultimate physical and mental health.

Simply put, this is a blog for anyone that pours themselves into achieving ultimate health, or for anyone that wants to learn how to take simple steps to becoming healthier. Topics will range from chiropractic to nutrition, infertility, fitness, raising children naturally, weight loss, pregnancy, and more. I am available as a resource for anyone wanting to live a more natural and holistic lifestyle. 

The next question becomes what is health? The World Health Organization defines health as "a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease." I believe this definition is a true representation of everything that complete health encompasses. We can think of health as a triad of the mind, body and spirit. If one pa…