3 Amazing Superfoods to Add to Your Diet Immediately

When it comes to nutrition, sometimes it’s the small tweaks we make that can have a huge impact. You may have heard the term “Superfood” as of late, since it’s a little more trendy now to pay attention to what you eat and to use clean foods and beverages to fuel your body throughout the day.

Below, Holmes Chiropractic goes over a few amazing superfoods that will make a big difference in your health and wellness.

1.) Blueberries

Blueberries are considered a superfood due to their antioxidant and phytoflavinoid content. Blueberries also have ample amounts of potassium and vitamin C. Blueberries are anti-inflammatory and have been shown to lower your risk of heart disease and cancer.

2.) Turmeric

Turmeric is currently enjoying quite a bit of fame and has garnered quite a reputation as a superfood. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and has been shown to provide an all-natural natural defense against cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

3.) Kale

Kale is a TRUE superfood and the perfect base for any salad. Did you know that if you eat just one cup of chopped kale that you’ll be getting over 200% of your daily vitamin A, not to mention 134% of your vitamin C, and, lastly, nearly 700% of your daily vitamin K. Kale also has a ton of vital minerals, like potassium and copper?

Once you get your diet dialed in with these new superfoods, you should start feeling the positive effects in a short amount of time. At Holmes Chiropractic we provide treatments that go hand-in-hand with a healthy lifestyle, not to mention help patients deal with any injuries that come along the drug-free way.

Fall Wellness Goals

Even though we’re still in the midst of a global pandemic, life doesn’t seem to be stopping, which means it’s still important to prioritize our own health. Chances are, you had some objectives you set out to achieve this year, and the Fall season presents more than a few opportunities to double-down on your wellness goals for this year.

Below, Holmes Chiropractic goes over a few practical Fall wellness goals that you can still feasibly achieve, even during this half-quarantined, half-not world we’re currently living in. 

If You’re Staying At Home

First, for those of us who might be more susceptible to being impacted by COVID-19, it’s still a good idea to stay at home, if possible. There are an amazing array of tools that will help you beef up your home gym. Kettlebells are pretty much essential. You can also invest in a yoga mat and yoga blocks, etc. in order to build your at-home yoga practice. Since you’re staying at home, it’s probably easier now to prepare healthy meals for yourself, which will help set you up for successfully achieving your Fall wellness goals.

Getting Out into the World Again

Nature hikes are A-okay as far as we’re concerned. Try to go to less popular spots in or out of your area to limit your exposure and to ensure you’re doing your part to limit the spread of COVID-19. Going on hikes or nature journeys early on in the day will also ensure you come into contact with the least amount of people.

Putting Off That Marathon

Although it’s true that you’ll likely not get to run in any marathons the rest of 2020, you can still prepare for whatever fitness goals the future holds for you. 2021 is going to be a whole different story, right? 

If you have any questions about how our treatments can help you achieve your Fall wellness goals, contact Holmes Chiropractic today.

What is Tech Neck and How to Avoid It

If you’ve never heard of tech neck, it’s likely that you may have experienced it at some point or another without being aware of its name. As you can probably guess, Tech Neck has to do with problems and pains that occur in the neck area due to the technology devices we use every day, which include our smartphones, our computer screens, and our television screens as well.

Mostly, tech neck gets alleviated by smartphone use, since we all tend to keep our phones at about hip level, craning our heads downward in order to view texts, video, etc.

Doing this every day takes a serious toll on your neck. But there are ways you can counteract the effects of tech neck and restore full mobility in your neck, not to mention get rid of any pain or discomfort you’re experiencing the drug-free way.

First, try to limit your screen time, both when it comes to your phone and your computer/TV screen. Try to look upward whenever possible in order to counteract any lingering tech neck.

Take a yoga class, which will end up increasing your range of motion, not to mention make your neck and surrounding areas feel great.

Lastly, chiropractic treatment is also a great way to counteract tech neck. Contact Holmes Chiropractic today to learn more about how our treatments help get the very best out of our patients.

Why Should I Care About Posture?

Having excellent posture is not something that happens overnight or instantaneously. It’s an active process, which might include addressing some bad habits, not to mention holding yourself accountable to sitting and standing up with your spine in alignment and your head looking straight forward a large majority of the time. This is easier said than done due to the fact that we live with devices that make it easy to crane our necks, slouch, or worse.

Below, Holmes Chiropractic goes over a few reasons why you should care about posture and how it fits in to your overall health.

Keeping the Passageways Open

If you’re using poor posture, slouching your back, and craning your neck downward, this can really mess with your sinuses and your respiratory system, which can really affect your breathing and oxygen intake, which will have health consequences. Keeping good posture and stretching will open up your passageways.

Your Spine Health is Important!

Keeping your spine in line is important and spine misalignment can cause headaches, tension, numbness, pain, and more. Many of our body’s most important processes are deeply connected to the spine and our body’s alignment, such as our immune system, or GI system, and our central nervous system.

Good Posture Keeps You in the Game

When you incorporate good posture you’re engaging your core and building strength in your body while at the same time avoiding the wear and tear that comes along with breaking your posture. Posture is hugely important when it comes to balance as well, which you pretty much need for any sport.

Contact Holmes Chiropractic today to learn more about who we are, what we do, and how our treatments can help you improve your health and posture.

Chiropractic for Basketball Players

Chiropractic treatment in Houston, TX has more to do with just physical rehabilitation and drug-free pain relief. Chiropractic treatments actually help top-level athletes maintain their bodies and also counts as an effective form of active recovery. 

Basketball players actually stand to gain a tremendous amount of benefits from pursuing chiropractic treatment.

First off, chiropractic adjustments can help with low back pain, which is a common problem for basketball players, since they spend so much time running and jumping up and down on the hardwood floors.

Basketball is also tremendously abusive to your joints, so it’s a good idea to pair chiropractic treatment with your practice, which will help increase mobility, improve range of motion, and boost flexibility — which will help make you more effective on the court.

Chiropractic treatment also offers a serious brain boost that the medical industry is only now starting to truly comprehend. Your spine is inextricably linked to your central nervous system. One simple chiropractic adjustment will have your brain and body connecting better, and firing on all cylinders.

If you have any questions about how our treatments are helping patients of all ages and from all walks of life, contact Holmes Chiropractic today to schedule your consultation.

3 Simple Rules for Effective Stretching

Stretching is just as important as your workout routine when it comes to body maintenance and overall wellness. Day-to-day life really has a way of cramping our style, physically speaking, anyway.

That desk job and that commute to work aren’t helping either. And it’s likely that whatever you do on the daily has some sort of negative effect on your back, neck, joints, or more.

Below, Holmes Chiropractic goes over a few simple rules for stretching successfully.

1.) Hold Your Stretches

Hold your stretches for at least half a minute or more. Do not bounce during your stretch, but instead try to control your position for optimum effect.

2.) Don’t Hold Your Breath

Breathe deeply while you stretch and in oceanic rhythms, which will assist you in getting a deeper stretch. It will feel amazing to also get fresh oxygen into areas of the body that haven’t had it in a while.

3.) Don’t Push it Too Hard

You may feel the need to push it hard during your stretching to achieve maximum results, but it’s better to err on the side of caution, especially as we advance in age.

If you have any questions about how stretching will help you be more active and productive, not to mention how our treatments will help you get healthier, contact Holmes Chiropractic today to learn more.

Chiro for Kickboxing

It’s no secret that kickboxing is great cardio, which is why so many top-level athletes pursue it as a form of exercise. Basketball players, track athletes, and MMA fighters all engage in kickboxing, which has some serious consequences for the body.

Think about it, just throwing a kick requires use of the spine and puts some serious wear and tear on your joints.

That’s why chiropractic treatment is an excellent form of active recovery for kickboxers since it helps correct any misalignments that can and will occur in the spine while throwing those picture-perfect, rib-splitting body kicks. 

Chiropractic treatment will also increase your range of motion, which will help you obtain increased flexibility, which will help you as you unlock new moves and include them in your kickboxing repertoire. 

One simple chiropractic adjustment will also help you get more restful sleep at night, which is when your body repairs itself from your rigorous training regiment.

If you have any questions about how our treatments can help you in your training, contact Holmes Chiropractic today to learn more.