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THINK MORE CLEARLY BY EATING BEETS
The March 2013 Reader’s Digest reports that eating beets increases blood flow to the brain, which helps improve cognition. This is due to their content of nitrates, which the body uses to produce nitric oxide. Nitric oxide relaxes the blood vessels of the arms, legs, and head, which allows more blood to flow to the corresponding body parts. The improved blood flow to the arms and legs helps you get a better “pump” during your workouts. Nitric oxide also improves blood flow to the reproductive organs, which may improve erectile dysfunction.
Beets are also packed with nutrients, including magnesium, sodium, potassium, vitamin C, and betaine. If beets are not already included in your regular diet, you may want to pick some up the next time you go grocery shopping. Your brain will thank you.
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
makes 16 servings
4 bunches fresh small beets, stems removed
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium heads Belgian endive
1 pound romaine lettuce
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Coat beets lightly with oil and roast for approximately 45 minutes, or until tender. Allow to cool thoroughly, then peel and dice.
Place romaine lettuce in a salad bowl, pour your favorite vinaigrette over greens, and toss to coat.
Rinse endive, tear off whole leaves, and pat dry. Arrange 3 leaves on each plate. Divide dressed salad greens among them, and top with diced beets and feta cheese.
This month you will learn about:
- The benefits of green tea, as well as what to consider when purchasing green tea.
- The best form of treatment for athletes suffering from back pain.
- The benefits of the superfood, beets.
My job is to make sure your joints and muscles stay healthy as well as to coach and counsel you on applying the science of nutrition and fitness for total wellness.
- Dr. Phelts
IS YOUR GREEN TEA AS HEALTHY AS YOU THINK?
Green tea is one of the most powerful health elixirs available today, with most of its health benefits coming from its content of an anti-oxidant called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Research has proven EGCG to reduce the risk of stroke, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes. It also promotes weight loss and is great for boosting your energy and immune system. While there are many benefits derived from consuming green tea, all green teas are not created equal and different brands provide different amounts EGCG. There was a study done by consumerlab.com, in which they tested different green tea products to see just how much EGCG they actually contain.
The findings of the study suggest that bottled green tea is not the best purchase option, because they contain very little EGCG compared to brewed tea. Diet Snapple Green Tea contained almost no EGCG, making it equivalent to drinking nothing more than flavored water. If you want experience the maximum health benefits of green tea, go for brewed teas (from loose leaf or tea bags) as they contain the highest concentration of EGCG. Teeavana contained the highest concentration of EGCG, with Lipton coming in second.
Up to 40% of athletes suffer from back pain, and many are forced to sit on the sidelines as a result of their disability. With dozens of treatment options available, you may wonder which will allow you to return to play as quickly and as safely as possible.
A recent study suggests that chiropractic is the best option for athletes with back pain.
The study compared various treatments including several different medications, acupuncture, massage, physical therapy, chiropractic, laser treatments, ultrasound, and cold/heat therapy.
Out of all those treatments, chiropractic adjustments and heat therapy produced the strongest clinical benefits with the least amount of side effects.
If back pain is keeping you out of the game, a chiropractor can identify the source of your symptoms and develop an individualized treatment plan to make your return to play efficient and safe.
Petering R and Webb C. Treatment options for low back pain in athletes. Sports Health 2011; 3(6): 550–555.
About Dr. Phelts:
Dr. John W. Phelts has been a licensed chiropractor since 2003. Dr. Phelts specializes in the treatment of conditions of the neck, shoulder, low back, hip, thigh, knee, elbow and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. He has developed a seamless method for treating these disorders without the use of drugs or surgery. As a chiropractor, he uses a "whole person approach" when taking care of his patients. By combining the very best hands-on-technique, state of the art physiotherapy procedure, and providing the newest and best natural vitamins, mineral, and herbal supplements on the market today, Dr. Phelts is able to help you to accelerate and/or maintain your journey to good health. His goal is always to restore your health to pre-injury status or better.