When it comes to taking charge of our health, some changes can seem overwhelming. But there is one small change you can make today that will have an instant impact on your health: stop drinking soda. With this simple step, you will gain the following health benefits:
- Improve your heart health – Multiple studies have shown the damaging effects of soda on your heart. A 2012 Harvard University study found that participants who drank soda frequently were 20% more likely to have – and die from – a heart attack. Another study showed that soda raises your blood pressure: and the more you drink, the higher it goes.
- Reduce your risk of chronic disease – Soda is a leading contributor to America’s obesity epidemic. Obesity has a long list of health complications, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and cancer. Cut out soda and you’ll notice a reduction in your waistline.
- Reduce the strain on your kidneys – Caffeine is a diuretic and can leave you dehydrated if you aren’t careful about your water intake. Your kidneys need plenty of water to flush waste from your system, and dehydration can lead to kidney disease and/or failure. But diet and caffeine-free sodas are just as bad, since they contain high amounts of sodium (salt) which also has a negative effect on kidney health.
- Your bones will be stronger – The link between soda and osteoporosis has long been established. Cutting out soda will decrease your risk of osteoporosis, and consuming high calcium foods such as broccoli and almond milk will help strengthen your bones.
- Your brain will function better – People often drink soda for the caffeine boost, looking for help to get over that 3pm hump. However, it can have a negative impact on your brain in the long run. One study showed that regular, long-term consumption of soda leads to impaired learning as well as memory and behavioral problems.
- You’ll improve your reproductive health – Some sodas – but not all – contain Bysphenol-A (BPA). This chemical is linked to an increased risk of cancer and impairment of the endocrine system. It can also interfere with the function of women’s reproductive systems, increasing the risk of infertility.
Research has proven time and time again that soda is bad for our health. That is why health experts have supported a tax on soda and other sugary beverages, such as the one recently passed by Philadelphia. If you want to improve your health, put down the soda and reach for water instead.
Get Control of Your Health with Lyceum Physical Medicine
If you’re ready to take control of your health, Lyceum Physical Medicine is here to help. Our nutrition experts will consult you on what is missing from your diet – or what needs to be taken out – and help you develop an eating plan that will boost your overall health. If you need to loose weight, our weight loss department will design a customized plan just for you that focuses on lifestyle changes rather than “quick fixes” that don’t last.
Contact us today and start the journey to a healthier you.
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Cooler weather is on the way, a welcome relief from the summer’s heat and humidity. Fall is the perfect time of year to get outside for fresh air and exercise. While it is well known that exercise is good for your health, walking is an easy activity that can be performed by almost all ages and health ranges, and also has some unexpected benefits.
Here are some benefits specific to walking that may surprise you:
- Helps you gain control over your sweet tooth. A recent study revealed that walking for just 15-minutes can help curb cravings for carbs, chocolate, and other sugary foods. Snacking on high-calorie foods is an easily formed habit that can be difficult to break, but taking regular, brief walks can help cut your treat consumption in half.
- Eases joint pain. Walking protects your joints – especially your knees and hips – by lubricating them and strengthening the muscles that support them. Walking also reduces joint pain caused by arthritis and can help prevent the development of osteoarthritis.
- Counters the effects of weight-promoting genes. Research has shown that our genetics play a large role in body weight, but a recent study found that walking can help mitigate the effect of weight-promoting genes. For those who took a brisk walk for roughly an hour a day, the genetic effect was reduced by 50%!
- Boosts the immune system. Appalachian State University conducted a study that found walking for 30-45 minutes a day boosted immune system function, reducing the rate of colds and upper respiratory infections in participants by 43%. When the participants did become sick, it was for much shorter periods and with milder symptoms. Walking also seems to have a cumulative effect, with its benefits to the immune system increasing over time.
- Helps reduce the risk of developing breast cancer. While it’s known that any type of physical activity helps reduce the risk of breast cancer, research by the American Cancer Society evaluated the benefits of walking specifically. They found that walking for as little as 2.5 hours a week can reduce a woman’s breast cancer risk by 18%.
Get Walking Again with Lyceum Physical Medicine
If you have been unable to exercise, Lyceum wants to help you get moving again. With excellent chiropractic care and physical rehabilitation services, we can treat new or old injuries and get you back to enjoying life again. We also offer state-of-the-art stem cell therapy that has been providing our patients with pain relief without surgery.
And if you want more help taking control of your health, our weight loss and nutrition team will create a medically-based weight loss plan specifically to you. No extreme exercise routines or harmful drugs, just doctor-guided, common-sense protocols that produce results.
Call Lyceum Physical Medicine today and start the journey to a healthier you!
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Running is the most popular form of exercise in the United States, but it also comes with a risk of injury. 65% of runners will be injured in a given year, with the average runner sustaining one injury for every 100 hours of running. Achilles tendon injuries account for 5-12% of all running injuries and are most common in men.
What is the Achilles Tendon?
The Achilles tendon connects your calf muscles to the back of your heel and is the thickest, strongest tendon in your body. The Achilles transmits all the force of “pushing off” while you are running, a force that can be up to three times your body weight. The faster you run, the more strain is put on the Achilles, which is why it is such a common running injury.
If your Achilles tendon feels sore during your run, pinches after your run, or feels tight and stiff as you walk, you may have an Achilles tendon injury. Other symptoms of an Achilles tendon injury include pain and/or tenderness along the back of your foot and above your heel. This pain may be mild and get worse over time.
How to care for an Achilles Tendon Injury: the dangers of conventional wisdom.
Continuing to run on an injured Achilles only makes the injury worse.
The conventional wisdom regarding these injuries used to be rest and physical therapy, assuming the tendon would heal itself if the calf and ankle were strengthened. However, the Achilles does not heal as rapidly or completely as once thought. In fact, trying to stretch calf muscles and increase the ankle’s range of motion before the tendon has healed may actually cause more damage.
Thankfully, there is an easy treatment that can produce great results. With stem cell therapy from Lyceum Physical Medicine, you can begin seeing improvement shortly after your first treatment. Stem cell therapy has shown to be extremely effective in treating Achilles tendon injuries.
The Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy with Lyceum Physical Medicine
Stem cell therapy has been helping ex-football players regain mobility and has even been used to heal ACL tears without surgery. Lyceum Physical Medicine is a pioneer in this cutting edge procedure and are proud to be able to offer it to our patients.
This in-office procedure has proven to be an effective nonsurgical pain relief solution that quickly restores your quality of life. And while most insurance companies do not yet cover this procedure, we offer no-interest financing and payment plans to help space out the procedure costs. You can read more about how the procedure is performed, or call us for a FREE 30 minute consultation.
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Knees are the most injury-prone part of our bodies because of the everyday wear and tear of walking, bending, and climbing stairs. Injury, overuse, and aging all cause knee pain, which only worsens with age. Pain can range from uncomfortable to severe, hampering daily activities. Many people think a knee replacement is their only option, and a painful one that may not offer significant relief or permanent results. But are there other options?
The best way to avoid chronic knee problems is with prevention. If your knees are beginning to trouble you, there are some exercises you can do to strengthen the muscles that support your knees and improve your range of motion and flexibility.
Knee Strengthening Exercises
- Quad Clenches: This exercise focuses on strengthening your quad muscles, the group of four muscles on the front of your thigh.
– Sit or lie down with your leg straight out in front of you.
– Tighten the muscles on the front of your thigh by pushing your knee downwards. – You should experience a tightening of your quadriceps.
– Hold this position for about 3 seconds, then relax. Repeat 5 to 10 times per leg.
- Long Arcs: Not only is this exercise great for strengthening the leg, they are an excellent way to prevent your knees from getting stiff if sitting for extended periods of time. If you are stuck at your desk, take breaks to perform this exercise and keep your knees limber.
– While sitting, place both feet flat on the ground with your knees bent.
– Slowly raise one foot until your knee is straight, then hold this position for 3-5 second before slowly lowering your foot.
– Do 5-10 reps per leg at least 3 times throughout the day.
- Kick Backs: This exercise focuses on the hamstring, which is located at the back of your thigh.
– While standing upright and holding onto something sturdy, lift one leg toward your bottom as far as you can, bending the knee.
– Hold for 3-5 seconds, then lower your leg. Do 5-10 reps per leg.
With all these exercises, you should only push yourself until you feel the stretch. Trying to push further can cause more problems.
Get Pain Relief for Your Knees with Stem Cell Therapy from Lyceum Physical Medicine
Many people wait until a joint is in total deterioration before they seek treatment. However, you get much better results if you seek treatment early – and you’ll save yourself from living in unnecessary pain!
Lyceum Physical Medicine offers a wide array of treatment options, from physical rehabilitation, to injections, to groundbreaking stem cell therapy. Stem cell therapy offers significant pain relief to patients who thought knee replacements were their only option.
Call us today to schedule a consultation. Remember: You can always have a knee replacement after stem cell therapy if you still think it’s necessary, but you can’t have stem cell therapy once you have an artificial joint. Avoid painful surgery and try stem cell therapy today.
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Substance addiction is a growing problem in the United States, impacting millions of people and their families. The statistics are staggering:
- 23 million Americans age 12 or older suffer from alcohol and drug addiction.
- More than 15 million of those are dependent on alcohol, four million are dependent on drugs, and the rest are dependent on both.
- Individuals who abuse alcohol are approximately ten times more likely to commit suicide than the average person, and people who are addicted to drugs have a nearly 14 times greater risk for suicide.
- 100 people die every day from drug overdoses. This rate has tripled in the past 20 years.
But there is hope! While there may not be a tried-and-true “cure” for addiction, many addictions can be controlled with medication-assisted treatment. Lyceum Physical Medicine now offers the BioCorRx Recovery Program®, an outpatient, non-addictive, medication-assisted treatment program for alcohol and opioid addiction. It is a comprehensive program that combines medication to reduce cravings for alcohol and opioids with intensive one-on-one addiction counseling.
Why is the Combination of Medication and Counseling Necessary?
In America, treatment of addiction has been chronically ineffective and misguided. While we have great success treating the psychosocial/behavioral aspect of addiction, we still have shockingly low rates of sobriety; this is because the physiological and pharmacologic aspects of treatment are often ignored. Yet studies have shown that using prescription drugs to combat dependency, in combination with treatment, boosts the recovery success rate to 50 percent.
The physical cravings need to be suppressed so that an individual can focus all their attention on the behavioral aspects of their addiction. Our program participants have intensive, individualized one-on-one sessions with licensed drug and alcohol counselors. The combination of medication and counseling leads to sobriety in the vast majority of our program participants.
What is a Naltrexone Implant?
Naltrexone is an FDA approved medicine that can remove or diminish the euphoria and cravings associated with alcohol and opioid drug addiction. As an implant, naltrexone has a sustained release, providing consistent levels of medication for months. It is non-addictive and has no physical dependence or withdrawal.
Placing the implant is a simple procedure that only takes 15-20 minutes. Within a few hours the naltrexone is released into the bloodstream and begins to make its way to the brain.
Recovery is Possible with BioCorRx and Lyceum Physical Medicine
Alcoholism and drug addiction are chronic, complex, and multi-faceted diseases. Both the physical and behavioral aspects need to be addressed to have the best chance of achieving–and maintaining–sobriety. With our program, you have the best chance for recovery. If you would like more information for yourself or a loved one, visit our website.