Breast Cancer Prevention Through Lifestyle

You know it is October when the NFL is suited up in hot pink, for breast cancer awareness.  While awareness is a wonderful thing, let us not forget that cancer can be prevented.

Yes a small percentage of cancers are genetic, but at least 50% of ALL cancers can be prevented, a well known statistic agreed up by even the National Institutes of Health and National Center for Biotechnology Information.

Each October the focus is for the early detection and treatment of breast cancer, rather than prevention. We know about the importance of mammograms and self-breast examinations, and are grateful for radiation and surgical treatments that save lives.

Yet we must remember that early detection and treatment of breast cancer is in NO WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM, a means to prevent breast cancer. So, let’s talk about prevention. Here are just a few suggestions:

  1. Exercise, exercise, exercise. Adipose tissue (fat) manufactures estrogen in the body and breast cancer is an estrogen dependent tumor. Therefore the more fat cells you have, the more estrogen you make and the higher chances you have for developing an estrogen dependent tumor. 30 minutes per day is best.
  2. Maintain a Body Mass Index (BMI) below 30. After menopause, obese women (over 30 BMI) have double the risk of breast cancer compared to women with a normal BMI. We can coach you to drop the weight with proper nutrition and exercise, through our 8WW program.  The 8WW program can be adjusted for people of all fitness levels and ages to benefit from.
  3. Burn away abdominal fat. The worst place to carry fat is around your middle. Your waist measurements should be less than 35” if you are a woman and less than 40” if you are a male. A high amount of abdominal fat is linked to breast cancer. If you haven’t visited our gym yet, get a complimentary personal training session to learn how to build your core strength.
  4. Eat healthy consistently. Eats lots and lots of cruciferous vegetables. Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and brussels sprouts, contain a substance called “indole-3-carbinol”.   This substance is a proven anti-oxidant and improves the detoxification of estrogen in the body. Flax seed and soy products are also important in balancing hormones in the female body. Our 8WW program focuses on making healthy eating decisions part of your everyday lifestyle.
  5. Take Vitamin D. Studies are linking Vitamin D deficiency with increased breast cancer risk. Take a minimum of 1000 IU’s of Vitamin D3.  Pick up a bottle at our front desk during your next visit.
  6. Don’t accept breast cancer to be your destiny, even if you have family history. Your mind set is probably the single most important deterrent of cancer that your body has.   Believe that your body has the power to heal, and it will.
  7. Improve your immune system with regular chiropractic adjustments. Not only do adjustments boost your immune system, it enhances every aspect of well-being. Schedule your next adjustment with one of our three doctors at 303-790-6000.

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8WW Graduate Maureen Shares Her Testimonial

Congrats 8 weeks to wellness graduate Maureen for completing the program, and making great strides to improve her health, wellness and fitness goals.  In her video she shares her experiences with each aspect of the 8WW program.

“It has had a great impact on my life, and I’m going to continue. This is a journey.
It’s a marathon, not a sprint in terms of our lifestyle and wellness. It is a life long
process, so I couldn’t be happier and more appreciative to the folks here.”

Interested? Learn more about our 8 weeks to wellness program.

Investing in Your Health for the Future

Take a moment to check out this video from the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

While we’re not affiliated with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, we think this is a great video to take a perspective on your health.

In the 8 Weeks to Wellness program manual, a point is made between the quality of your health and the quantity of you health.

Many people live into their eighties and nineties. But if the last 20 years of your life are riddled with pain, can’t remember your name, take eight different medications, live on dialysis, or depend on someone else to care for you, are you truly living?

8WW Program Manual, 2nd edition, page 5

So if your retirement goals include meeting and playing with your grand kids, traveling, and trying out new hobbies you didn’t have time for when you were younger, your efforts today will pay dividends in your future.

Discover your why – the motivation to improve and maintain your health and wellness.  Then along with the knowledge of professionals whether it be through our 8WW program, or programs made available by organizations like the Heart and Stroke Foundation, you can set out to make better health decisions that impact the rest of your life.

How do you plan on living the last 10, or 20 years of your life?

Weight Loss Tip #1: When to Eat Carbohydrates

For participants in our 8 Weeks to Wellness program we enforce no carbohydrates after 1:00 pm.

This includes: grains, breads, cereals, rice, corn, potatoes, pasta and fruit.
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Allowable food and sources of carbohydrates after 1:00pm include low glycemic index foods, which usually come from come from vegetables.

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The reason behind this is that your metabolism starts to slow down after 1:00 pm. Any sugars (carbs) that are ingested after 1:00 pm don’t get burned and thus are stored. If weight loss is your goal, continue exercising and try this weight loss tip.

For any questions please contact one of our doctors or trainers.

Rediscovering “The Why” The MS Ride 50 Mile

Staci pre MS Ride

Goal complete! This past weekend I accomplished a goal I set out for back in the springtime when I wrote about setting up a bicycle workstation.  In the past three months, using skills learned in the 8WW program, I fought my way through a sedentary work-lifestyle habits.  I started feeling stir crazy for a rewarding athletic accomplishment, and started looking into benefit, organized, bike rides, and thought the MS Ride in Colorado would allow some training to reach the goal.

Since getting my road biked in 2011, I would head out for 15-25 miles, but never really called myself a cyclist.  Upon completing 8WW in 2012, I experienced how just by improving my health and fitness level with the 8WW program, my beginning mountain biking improved.

My longest ride on the road prior to the MS Ride, was sub 30 miles.  But I had spent some time during the workdays on my trainer, and on uphills on my mountain bike, building up endurance, and adding some fun cardio workouts to my routine.

I’ve made a better habit to drink enough water whether or not I have a workout scheduled.  When I was journaling my 8WW experience, I struggled to reach my recommended water intake per day.  The day of the MS Ride however, I was well hydrated, and kept hydrated throughout the ride.

Early on, and most frequently when I would start a ride on the trainer, I would feel like my right hip seized up, leaving a sharp pain, that prevented me from pedaling until I had stretched it out.  A couple adjustments, and some stretching assignments was able to work out these muscles (which were probably trained to hold together while sitting at a computer).  And through the regular riding, stretching, and chiropractic adjustments, this pain and most of the pain from my right hip, thigh, and knee have dissipated.

Thanks to Kambeitz Chiropractic Health and Wellness Center P.C.’s doctors, trainers, massage therapists, and staff for their encouragement and insights for me to accomplish my next set of goals.

My victories range from completing a distance I had never before ridden, finding a cardio activity that I enjoy, keeping fueled up to adequately finisht the ride, and resetting my “why.”

Thanks!

Summer Strength & Conditioning for Youth Athletes

We are excited to announce that this summer, we will have an 8 week strength and conditioning program available for youth athletes. The program is designed to increase speed and strength for athletes from age 12-17 years.  It is ideal for club athletes and high school athletes alike, across sports and positions played.

Machovka_StrengthenWhat: Summer Strength & Conditioning Program for Youth Athletes

When: The 8 week program starts on June 2nd and will involve two group training sessions per week. Morning and afternoon sessions are available.

Where: The gym at Kambeitz Chiropractic Health & Wellness Center P.C.  The gym is within our clinic facility at 7100 S. Clinton St Suite 110
Centennial, CO 80112.

Who: The program is designed for athletes ages 12-17.

There are a limited number of openings per session so sign up today! Enroll  your child by calling the clinic at 303-790-6000.

Help prepare your athlete for their favorite sports, the safe and effective way.

Learn About Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic Syndrome is estimated to be present in 34% of the adult population in the United States.  Metabolic Syndrome is diagnosed by the presence of three out of five of the following medical conditions:

  • Central obesity >40 inches in men and >35 inches in women
  • Blood pressure >130/>85mmHg
  • Fasting blood glucose >100mg/dL
  • Triglycerides >150 mg/dL
  • HDL cholesterol <40mg/dL in men and < 50mg/dL in women

Metabolic syndrome increases the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

Our 8 Weeks to Wellness can identify if you have Metabolic Syndrome and then show you the steps to reverse it. 8WW is a proven system that creates habits involving diet and exercise, to improve your health and well-being.

It’s never too late to get healthy!8WW Gym Door

Health! What a great investment!

We all strive to make sound financial investments with the hopes that one day we can draw money from the investment for our retirement.  Any financial advisor would be happy to tell you all about this.  Now let’s look at our investments in our health?  Investing in our health now will allow us to make regular withdrawals later in life.  If you take the time now to learn how to eat correctly and exercise regularly you will be able to draw on this knowledge as you age.  Plus, the healthier you become now, the healthier you will be to enjoy your retirement!  Consider us your health investment advisor.  Let’s put together a plan today!

How Can 8WW Change Your Life?

The Doctors that created the 8WW program came up with a short video, giving insights about how 8 Weeks to Wellness was designed to change your health.  If you’ve heard about 8WW at Kambeitz Chiropractic, but have never been to our wellness talk, you can learn about the program.  This entire program is available at Kambeitz Chiropractic Health and Wellness Center P.C.

Do you know your numbers? Are you a skinny fat person? Do you have goals, but your health is preventing you from reaching them?  Give us a call to start your 8 Weeks to Wellness right away.

Diet & Exercise Work – If it is Consistent

We recently had an 8 Weeks to Wellness graduate redo their blood work.  Their MD requested a cholesterol panel during a regularly scheduled yearly check up.

Their initial blood cholesterol panel showed highly elevated levels for total cholesterol, triglycerides and LDL.  After their 8 week program all markers improved to either normal or near normal.  This was significant as this result was from diet, exercise and supplementation alone.

The values that came back one year after the program were worse than they were before the program!  What does this tell you?  Our program works, but you have apply what you have learned even after the eight weeks.

Change is hard…but do it anyway!  Create a healthy lifestyle, with diet and exercise, and keep working hard to maintain it.  Not just for weeks or months, but years, and your health will benefit.Healthy foods