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Top 5 Ways To Power Your Immune System (And NOT Get Sick)

Written by Dr. Chris Frykman. Posted in Immune System, Minneapolis Chiropractor: Dr. Chris Frykman's Blog

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Well, it’s official.  All my girls are back at school as of last week.  My youngest is now in kindergarten and my oldest is officially a teenager!

If your household is anything like mine your juggling busy schedules.  Maybe just yours and maybe multiple schedules.  Either way with Autumn around the corner, this is the season of colds, flus, and the like.

According to the CDC, 22 million school days are lost to colds every year in the US.  Here are a few things you can do to protect your health and your family’s.

 

1) Eat Well

It’s important to get the appropriate amounts of protein as well as anti-oxidants and minerals.  That means lots of fruits and veggies and limit the stuff like grains and juice boxes.

2) Sleep Well

It’s a no-brainer.  Most of us know we’re supposed to sleep 7.5-8 hours/night but many of us still don’t.  Here’s your reminder.  If you sleep the same time every night, and enough time, you’ll feel so much better, get sick less often, perform better.  JUST DO IT!

What You Should Know About Sleep

Written by Dr. Chris Frykman. Posted in Minneapolis Chiropractor: Dr. Chris Frykman's Blog

 

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Everyone sleeps.  Not everyone likes it. After you see this information, you may find yourself with a new found love of slumber.

We are a people of business and busy-ness.  We have lunch meetings.  Our kids have soccer games to get to.  We have emails to check.  Who has time for sleep?  Some people have imbalances that won’t allow them proper sleep.  At Transforming Chiropractic I sometimes will run a lab on someone with sleep deprivation and find melatonin imbalances.  Or cortisol imbalances.  Or blood sugar imbalances.  But most frequently, it’s simply a matter of taking the time.  The illusion is you don’t have time for sleep.  Reality is you don’t have time for sleep deprevation.

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Detox Tips

Written by Dr. Chris Frykman. Posted in Detox, Minneapolis Chiropractor: Dr. Chris Frykman's Blog

Detox-Program-Part-2I’m about a week out from coming off of my detox.  It was a huge success.  I feel younger, lighter, I’m recovering better from my running and my aches and pains are gone.  I know my body is working better.  I’m eating so much better – more veggies, fruits, healthy proteins and fats.  Grains are practically a thing of the past.  Cravings are much reduced from previous levels.  This morning I had a friend ask me for tips.  She wants to reclaim her health and lose some unwanted weight at the same time.  She’s currently 5 days into the Clear Change Protocol (10 day version).  Let me know if you want more information about it.  Here’s my response to her.

Sleep Right

Sleep is so so helpful for a number of things, optimal body composition being one of them.  Try to get to bed every night at the same time, by 10pm is optimal.  One of the things proper sleep will do for you is shift you away from a catabolic, cortisol-laden system to an anabolic, muscle building, fat burning, growth hormone releasing, lean, mean fighting machine.

Poop Right

Healthy gut function is paramount.  I could talk about this for days.  Suffice to say, if you aren’t pooping well and often you aren’t healthy.  I recommend this general protocol for

Metabolic Detox Program

Written by Dr. Chris Frykman. Posted in Detox, Minneapolis Chiropractor: Dr. Chris Frykman's Blog

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What’s a Detox?

There are so many different “detox’s”, “cleanses”, fad diets, and the like out there.  It can be really hard to know what’s actually healthy and what’s just a bad idea.  As a Chiropractor, Health Coach, Applied Kinesiologist, and a Functional Neurologist I have years of clinical experience as well as 1000′s hours of training.  I also have personal experience going through many different types of programs myself.

The best detox protocols will include getting off of all foods that your sensitive to to lift the toxic burden from your body.  In addition, it should include high quality nutritional support.  Detoxification is a natural process that is happening constantly in your body, or you would be dead.  The right nutritional support will push the healthy pathways, thus providing so many great benefits like

  • decreased pain & inflammation
  • clear thinking
  • reduced risk of heart disease, cancer, and all chronic degenerative diseases
  • improved digestion
  • improved immune function
  • and more

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Take a Lesson From a Child

Written by Dr. Chris Frykman. Posted in Minneapolis Chiropractor: Dr. Chris Frykman's Blog

Feel like you're too old to play?

Feel like you’re too old to play?

I was adjusting a practice member this morning and she mentioned she was sore from doing some roller skating with her kids over the weekend.  She made a comment, half jokingly (which, of course means she half NOT joking) that maybe she’s too old to do “stuff like that”.

Take a Lesson From a Child

Let me tell you.  I don’t care how old you are, you’re NOT too old to play.  What can happen is that if you don’t move regularly at varying frequencies, intensities, in different ranges of motion, etc you’ll start to lose muscle mass, strength, flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, and much more.  In short, kids are always ready to do something new because they are always doing something new.  Kids are constantly climbing trees, playing with the dog, dancing, etc.  I was playing monopoly with my daughters recently and I couldn’t get them to stop bouncing on the exercise ball (they don’t even bother with chairs).

Be Crossfit

One of the reasons I enjoy crossfit is because every time I go, it’s a different workout.  I’ve never had to drag myself to the gym for a crossfit workout.  (On the other hand, I’ve been on plenty of runs that I didn’t want to be on because I thought I should for one reason or another)  Crossfit is fun, it’s always different, it can be competitive if you want it to, or you can take it at your own pace.

It’s Never Too Late

There’s a lot to be said for the old adage, “You’re only as old as you feel.”  No matter your age, it’s always the perfect time to take back your health and your fitness.  Here’s a link to an article regarding strength training for “older people”.

So take a lesson from a kid.  Do lots of different things.  How’s that for simple?  It’s good for your body.  It’s good for your brain.  It’s even good for your relationships!  Trust me, you’re more fun to be around when you can move.

Unstick Your Health and Get the Results Everyone Is Talking About

If you want to get out and play but you’re finding yourself limited by health challenges like pain, lack of energy, or something else, perhaps a free consultation with me is exactly what you need to free you from your rut. Call me at 612-986-1402 or email me and we’ll find a time that works well for you.

 

Test your “pH” levels

Written by Dr. Chris Frykman. Posted in Minneapolis Chiropractor: Dr. Chris Frykman's Blog, Uncategorized

This is a great way to monitor your overall chemical health. It won’t tell you everything but it affects almost everything so if you do this well you’ll have a huge leg up on many people.

Test your pH levels.

pH (power of hydrogen) is a measurement of how acidic or alkaline you are. This is something I start a lot of my practice members on because if you don’t have this in balance, nothing else will be as effective.

Here’s what I recommend. Test your first morning urine and saliva. That means before you drink water, brush your teeth or anything else.

The levels you’re hoping to see are 6.5-6.8 in both fluids. If either or both are high OR low it means different things. It’s WAY too much to detail here so to keep it simple. If your urine and saliva (first morning) are both 6.5-6.8 you’re golden. If they are outside that range, I recommend you set up a consultation with me to determine the best course of action for you.

Top 5 Ways to Improve Memory and Boost Brain Power

Written by Dr. Chris Frykman. Posted in Minneapolis Chiropractor: Dr. Chris Frykman's Blog

Do you forget where you put your keys? Have you made yourself a shake for breakfast only to rush out the door on the way to work and realize that you left the shake on the counter? Do you ever meet people only to realize moments later that you spaced their name already?

I’ve had a handful of practice members recently ask about improving short term memory. At Transforming Chiropractic I treat every person as a unique individual. Because that’s what they are! Having said that, there are certain actions that everyone can benefit from if they are looking for improved memory. Here are some of them:

Is Fasting an Effective Way to Detoxify? 

Written by Dr. Chris Frykman. Posted in Minneapolis Chiropractor: Dr. Chris Frykman's Blog

There are many benefits to going through a detoxification program.  These may include:

 

  • Improved body composition
  • Improved immune function
  • Greater clarity of thought
  • Better sleep
  • Faster healing and recovery
  • Increased libido (an individualized plan can even help with infertility)


So if a detox program is going to make you look, feel, and function better, it sounds like a no brainer.  But what’s involved in a detox program?  Didn’t your neighbor mention she was doing a a juice fast?  Well read on.

Your Body Has A Health Reset Button

Written by Dr. Chris Frykman. Posted in Minneapolis Chiropractor: Dr. Chris Frykman's Blog

Health Reset Button

The Bad

Did you know that recent research shows that if you have a subluxation (that’s what I adjust when you come in for care) for more than 14 days it will cause “an inescapable degenerative pathological progression?”  Fancy words.  It boils down to this.  If you want to maintain optimal health, you need to come in for a check up every two weeks. If you want to IMPROVE your health status, you need to come more often.