by Dr. Leah Hahn, D.C., F.I.C.P.A.
The holiday season is starting earlier and earlier! By the time Halloween candy is hitting the shelves, holiday trees and decorations are abundantly advertised. Seasonal food items are everywhere. Eating sugary comfort food has become a staple of the holiday season and is becoming the norm as a "must" for celebrating. We might survive this season better if it weren't a 3 month process, but when Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte's are arriving with fanfare, we know seasonal treats have become an important part of our holiday culture. My goal is to build health now, so when New Year's Day hits, I am not working off extra stress and inflammation accumulated over several months. There is definitely a purpose to building healthy habits before the holidays!
Dr. Scott and I are highly trained in the neurology of the body. Research and science show us that the nervous system affects every single function of your health. The next most important system is your digestive tract. Over 95 million Americans have issues with digestion. The lifestyle promoted by the media during the holidays is like adding fuel to the fire of an already struggling gut. Increased stress and a hectic lifestyle, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, eating inflammatory foods (sugar, processed foods, grains, and dairy for many), and lack of the right nutrients can lead to constipation, diarrhea, acid reflux, or irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Because these symptoms put the body in such a state of stress, neurological health (brain and spinal cord) can be compromised, but other conditions such as eczema, blood sugar issues (Diabetes), arthritis, brain fog, fatigue, Alzheimer's, autoimmune diseases (RA, Lupus, Sjogren's , Crohn's disease, etc.), sinus and allergy issues, sleep issues, immune system issues, weight gain, and depression, anxiety, etc. may arise due to an underlying issue with digestion.
Dr. Scott and I have seen the holiday season as a perfect time to determine the root cause of a gut issue and start forming a plan to heal the gut. Many people may not have the time, energy, or will power during the holidays to have a true weight loss plan in effect, but they can focus on building their health so when the time comes to focus on weight loss, they have the proper plan and information to create success. A foundational issue for the gut that needs to be discussed is that of Leaky Gut Syndrome. Leaky gut is when stress, medications, the wrong foods for the individual, and sugar are gradually causing inflammation in the gut, allowing food particles to escape into the blood stream, causing inflammation and stressing the nervous system. This can result in the conditions and symptoms discussed above. When this is addressed and a plan for healing the nervous system response is set, then the gut, energy, vitality, and health can recover, and eventually thrive.
We have two events in November that can be life-changing by providing you with actionable steps for creating health. On Wednesday, November 13th, attend "Phases, Stages, Levels, and Biofields" at 6:00pm to learn more about the multi-faceted healing approach provided with Network Spinal Analysis Care. On Monday, November 18th, at 6:00pm attend "Maximizing Your Digestive Health." We will provide valuable insight into why your digestive issues may not have healed or may not have responded to medical treatments and how you can create a plan to truly heal the gut.
Think of this time period as the perfect time to set a foundation for health in the upcoming year. Healing is a process.....with the right information, the right tools and plan, as well as the right support team, your life can change and you can heal. Remember, Create Health by Choice, Not by Chance.