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The Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

The Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting has certainly gained popularity recently in the health and nutrition world. Unlike many fad diets and nutritional crazes created by the media, there is actually plenty of research to support the health claims associated with intermittent fasting. When used appropriately, intermittent fasting can have some pretty profound benefits for your body.

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What Is Northwest Wellness?

What Is Northwest Wellness?

Northwest Wellness is the lifetime vision of Dr. Lorri Nichols of Federal Way, WA.  Beginning as a small chiropractic practice in 1989, Northwest Wellness has grown into a multidisciplinary, integrated practice providing comprehensive health care to Federal Way and the surrounding community.  Our practice consists of primary care, chiropractic, physical therapy, massage therapy, naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, nutrition and weight loss to serve all of your health care needs.

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Dr. McCarter's Spotlight on: Spring Renewal

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Springtime is upon us! It may not look or feel like it when you walk out of your door, but it is here and there is a bit of a buzz in the air. There is an expectation and an acceptance of renewal and newness that accompanies this season. We have no choice but to feel it as it surrounds up in the budding of trees and flowers. Tomorrow, will conclude the Spring into Health Event at Northwest Wellness and it has been wonderful to see so many people taking advantage of the energy of this season and either starting fresh or starting again on their journey toward optimal health. 

Spring (as a verb) describes action. There are a number of meanings depending on its use but a few of the definitions that catch my attention are:  to move or jump suddenly or rapidly upward or forward; to originate or arise from, however, my favorite definition is to move quickly and suddenly toward a particular place or to a new condition. We are in the midst of a season dedicated to being in a different place. This can be physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually. I believe that it is never too late to begin, whatever that new beginning may be. As a Naturopathic physician, I believe this to be true about your health in particular. It is never too late to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Even if it means just improving your quality of life. 

I often remind my patients of the amount of control that they actually have over their health. Outside of genetic factors, and these days, even with certain genetic predispositions, we have the power to effect great change in our health and lives. I think that embarking on the journey toward better health starts with investigation and requires commitment and consistency. One of the guiding principles of Naturopathic medicine is to treat the root cause. I complete a thorough investigation of an individuals health concerns addressing not only the physical aspect of the symptoms experienced but the psychological and emotional as well. In this way, both myself and my patients understand the connection between the mind and body and together, we develop a multi-pronged approach to their health concerns. 

I encourage you to take advantage of this season of renewal and literally, spring into the next phase of your life with better health-on all levels. There is so much that Naturopathic medicine can offer to you on this journey. Come in to Northwest Wellness so that we can get started!

An Activity of Self Reflection

An Activity of Self Reflection

One of the most beneficial activities in life is the process of self-reflection. We all participate in self-reflection, whether we know we do or not. Self-reflection helps us learn more about ourselves and grow. It is an activity that can help you understand your strengths, and recognize your weaknesses. Although this is often a subconscious activity, setting aside time specifically dedicated to self-reflection is important. Most CEO’s and great industry leaders will tell you that having a practice of active self-reflection is important for not only personal growth, but also for maintaining relationships, achieving professional goals, understanding financial decisions, and improving your overall quality of life.

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How To Prevent Back Pain

How To Prevent Back Pain

Eighty percent of all adults will experience and episode of lower back pain during their lifetime.  For some individuals this will become a chronic condition that can become debilitating.  Here are some tips to avoid back pain and take good care of your spine:

·         Sit with Proper Posture-Shoulders back with your lower back slightly curved forward.  You can also use a lower back cushion for extra support.

·         Avoid Prolonged Sitting-If your job requires you to sit for eight hours per day be sure to stand up, stretch and walk around every hour.

·         Bend At Your Hip-When bending over,  hinge at your hips while keeping your back straight rather than bending in the lower back.

·         Use Proper Lifting Techniques- Hold the item close to your body, engage your core and bend at the knees or the hips.

·         Sleep on the Proper Mattress in the Correct Position-A mattress should be firm enough to support your weight but have a soft enough cover to cushion your body.  Sleep on your side with a pillow between your knees or on your back with a pillow under your knees.

·         Avoid An Inflammatory Diet –Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, healthy fats and healthy proteins.  Avoid sugar and processed foods.

·         STOP SMOKING-smoking inhibits blood flow, weakens your bones and breaks down the cushioning disks between the bones of the spine.

·         Exercise Regularly – Walk, swim, cycle, stretch and lift weights.  These activities promote flexibility, strength and circulation which will keep your spine healthy.

·         Maintain a Healthy Weight- carrying extra weight will stress the joints of the spine as well as the knees and ankles causing degeneration and pain.

For more information on avoiding back pain and maintaining a healthy spine call Northwest Wellness in Federal Way, WA at 2539270660

 

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Things You Should Know About Low Back Pain

Things You Should Know About Low Back Pain

Low back pain is far too common in today's society. About 80% of people will experience low back pain at some point throughout life. Low back pain can be very debilitating for many people and can severely impact overall quality of life. The good news is that low back pain can be managed. In fact, most low back pain conditions are easily managed conservatively and do not require surgery. 

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