Wellness Blog

Dr Dave and friend marathon1Dr. David Menner, a Lake Zurich-based doctor of chiropractic with more than 27 years of clinical experience in chiropractic care and sports medicine, runs this blog full of educational posts on topics such as workspace ergonomics and overall wellness.

Training for a Triathlon

Training for a Triathlon

As some of you may know I participated in my first triathlon last year. This year I decided to do it again and ended up beating my previous time! The question I am asked the most is "How did I condition my body in the weeks prior to get ready for the upcoming triathlon?".  For me, it all starts with my mindset, making the commitment was only the first step. Everyday I was training I challenged my self and pushed my self outside of my comfort zone.If you workout regularly you can be ready for your first triathlon in only 12 weeks, granted I recommend getting started sooner to give yourself more time if you currently are not exercising regularly.

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Fueled through Nutrition

HOW DO I KEEP MY BODY FUELED WITH THE PROPER NUTRITION?

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Training for a triathlon can be hard work. One of the most important aspects to keep in mind is how you fuel your body with the proper nutrition. As many of you know a car requires gasoline to run, you also have a choice of gasoline grades to use depending on the performance you want out of your car. Likewise, your body requires fuel for energy, and just as there are different grades of gasoline, there are different types of foods to fuel your body. The timing, type, combination, and consistency of foods you eat can greatly influence your energy levels throughout your day!

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Lifestyle Choices

How can you change your lifestyle for the better?

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Our lifestyle choices play a key role in keeping us from getting hurt or sick. Limited sleep, inactivity, and poor nutrition can increase the risk of injury and disease. Also, increasing our sleep, activity, and the quality of what we eat and drink can speed recovery from a disease or illness. Less than 70% of adults get enough sleep each night. Poor sleep—less than 7 to 8 hours each night—is related to depression, work-related injuries, and weight gain. In addition, less than 45% of adults get the recommended 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity daily. Inactivity is tied to chronic disease, weight gain, and poor sleep. Finally, only 30% of Americans are at a healthy weight. Poor nutrition—too much sugar and fat and not enough fruits and vegetables—is linked to disease, depression, and inadequate sleep.

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Overall Wellness

How does Chiropractic Care Promote Overall Wellness? 

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As chiropractors we know that adjustments are good for your general health. Millions of satisfied patients cannot be wrong. But what do chiropractors know that the rest of us do not?

They know the nervous system is the one system in the body that directly affects every other system. This is because nerves conduct sensory information from every part of the body and then delivers this information to the brain. Once there, the brain analyzes the information to determine what the body needs to maintain a healthy state. So the health of this system is paramount to the good health of the rest of the body.

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Ergonomics

WHY IS ERGONOMICS IMPORTANT? work space ergonomics2

Think about how many hours each day you spend sitting. If you work in an office setting, you are likely sitting more than most people. According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) statistics, on average, 95% of an office worker’s day is spent sitting in front of the computer. Sitting in front of a computer all day for work is a relatively new concept that has become more common over the past two decades. Consequently, the adverse health effects associated with prolonged sitting have become more prevalent and are exacerbated when working at a computer. This is often due to poorly designed computer workstations and the physical stress that it places on joints, muscles, tendons, and nerves of the body.

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sandblast2016Find out what Dr. Alan Broering has been up to! This blog is loaded with fun, engaging postings by Dr. Alan Broering, who weighs in on sports related and nonsports related issues. The blog features everything from personal accounts of patients struggling though pain to living life in moderation with his family.

Trust Your Gut?

gut brain1I’m in the checkout lane at the grocery store and there it is, that orange wrapper grabs my attention and it’s saying “Alan, eat me!”.My brain says, “Don’t do it, there’s an apple over there,” but my stomach says, “Mmmm chocolate and peanut butter!” I can’t resist. After all, it’s been a long day and I deserve it. I look to see if any patients are around and slowly place it on the conveyor. Of course I have to eat it right away. I can’t let it melt on the way home. I get home and unload the car with the rest of the groceries. You know fruits, vegetables, some avocados, eggs, and some salmon. I am a doctor. I have a healthy eating reputation to maintain. After a few minutes inside, it hits me; that wall, the “I’m tired, and I want to throw on comfy clothes and lounge around.” We have all been in this scenario.  So I ask you, did I trust the wrong “brain”? 

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Moderation...

blog3 soupSO THERE WE WERE…..driving to Ohio for my cousin Kelly’s wedding.  We asked ourselves, "What are the common excuses that others use to not try a gluten and sugar free diet?"  I often hear "Then, what do you eat?"  My translation of that question is that it sounds hard and impossible, and they have instantly set themselves up for an uphill battle.  It is easier now than ever to make this change.  This thing called the internet makes it so easy to find tasty and delicious recipes.  We had a delicious Cocoa-Coconut Pork Chop Chili (say that 3 times fast) on Monday evening and it was delicious.  Click the picture to link to the recipe! 

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The Right Kind of Busy!

Payne swingSometimes life gets in the way and we have to prioritize the important things. Jennie and I have completed a month of being gluten free and sugar free. Were we perfect the entire time? No, but we have to live a little too. 

So what has me so busy that caused me to miss last week’s post? Everything! Summer weather brings summer fun! We began the summer with a colorful explosion at The Color Vibe Run in Lake Zurich. Jennie, Payne, and I ran/walked the event with members of the Menner Chiropractic office staff. It was an awesome event and a lot of fun. Some of you may have seen us rocking our new shirts.

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Want to win a Championship?

footballCheck out this great article from the Washington Post about Tom Brady, arguably the best quarterback in NFL history, and how he chooses to treat his body. He uses more alternative care and allows his body to heal naturally. He follows a strict diet of NO SUGAR, DAIRY, or WHITE FLOUR. In a separate article, also a great one, he is reported of having 2 smoothies per day. 

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Toughing it Out

Blog2One week in and going strong! We are feeling great and full of energy. 

Though, the first week wasn’t without challenges. Both of us felt normal detoxing symptoms -- stomach cramping, cold sweats, and a mild headache. They were nothing we couldn’t handle and tough out for the greater goal.  Saying no to the delicious Rice Krispie Treats at a small group BBQ we attended Friday evening was my biggest challenge. The weekend also brought Mother’s Day!  This was Jennie’s first!  We spent most of the day outside enjoying the beautiful weather, working on our deck, and doing a photoshoot for Payne. We wrapped the day up with delicious grilled cedar plank salmon (which I caught on Wednesday from Lake Michigan). 

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Chronic Case of the Mondays

Alan Family 2016My wife, Jennie, and I have an energetic nine-month-old son. Parenting is hard, but very rewarding. Lately though, we have had a chronic “case of the Mondays”. We’ve felt sluggish and tired, busy, unmotivated, and uninspired to do more than what really must be done. Being parents—titles we’re still getting used to—makes us want to change our lifestyle. We’ll do anything to be around for all of our little guy’s big (and small) moments. We’re TIRED of being tired, so we decided to DO something about it.

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Our staff here at Menner Chiropractic consist of licensed massage therapists, certified wellness coachs, reiki master, lymphedema and reflexology specialist. In this blog, they share their personal stories and experiences and how it relates to health and wellness.

PCOS and Nutrition

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A few years ago, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). I quickly learn a lot of other women suffer with PCOS as well. My doctor had suggested that I work out in the mornings and eat healthier. I wondered what does it mean to eat “healthy”? I knew that meant eating more fruits and vegetables, but what does it actually mean to truly eat “healthy” when you have PCOS? 

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