Many believe that eating gluten-free means you are eating taste free. Today, as with anything in the modern world, we have much more say in the matter. The breads, pizza, cookies, and cereal you have always loved are now more flavorful and scrumptious than ever. Those with Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerance, Gluten Allergies or even a sensitivity to can gluten rejoice in the delicious choices of gluten free foods.
It was not that long ago that much of the gluten free foods on the market were horrible tasting. Over the last five years, dramatic advancements in food quality have been made. This is due to the increasing number of people who are being diagnosed with Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerance, Gluten Allergies and sensitivity to gluten. Couple this with the wave of people simply cutting out this protein because they think it is healthier and you have a variety of food manufacturers stepping up to create edible gluten free foods.
The main foods that companies focus on are bread, pizza, cookies and cereal. One of the first breads on the market was from Ener-G. This bread, which needed to be heavily toasted, is still found on supermarket shelves across the globe. People who do not know any better choose this bread. Ener-G brand bread is possibly the worst tasting bread on the market today while just a few years ago it was the only option. Today, numerous companies including Rudi’s, Udi’s, The Grainless Baker, Against the Grain and Canyon Bakehouse have started producing bread that is almost as delicious as the real thing. The best part about all of the gluten free foods from these companies is that they do not need to be toasted to be enjoyed. Anyone who has been dealing with gluten related issues for longer than a few years undoubtedly remembers when bread products had to be heavily toasted to even be edible.
Pizza is another popular item that companies are producing. Over the past few years several companies have stepped into the lime-light to offer a tasty alternative for this beloved dish. The best of the best comes from Schar Gluten Free but even major brands like Freschetta have pretty amazing gluten-free products. The personal size pizza shells are sold in a two-pack. As with all foods without gluten, it is primarily how you prepare the dish that counts. When making pizza with this crust it is best if you put a little butter on the bottom of the pizza shell with some garlic salt and Italian seasoning. Top with your favorite toppings and bake on a dark pan or aluminum foil at 325 degrees until the cheese is slightly browned. This will ensure that the bottom of the pizza is nice and crispy while the top is softer from absorbing the sauce during the cook time. Gluten free cereals have been replaced by mainstream manufacturers who changed their recipes and production lines to create products now that do not contain gluten.
All in all, there are hundreds of new products available in the health food store and online that are made without gluten. Gone are the days when the food items available were barely edible. Today, those on gluten free diets can rejoice in the delicious choices of gluten free foods.
Chiropractic is helpful in diagnosing, treating and resolving various health problems. Chiropractic can cure various conditions arising due to problems in the spine or the neural system. Chiropractic has found to help in conditions like neck and back pain, CTS, allergies, joint problems, accident related injuries and many others. This is done by making chiropractic adjustments. There are many more conditions suitable for chiropractic treatment, not all medical.
There are several medical conditions that can be suitably cured by chiropractic treatment. Not only back pain and slipped or herniated discs, but some other conditions, such as allergies, which is not normally associated with chiropractics, yet many conditions that involve neural pathways are treatable using chiropractic therapy. Here is a range of conditions that can be treated using non-invasive chiropractic manipulative therapy.
Neck and Back Pain
The treatment of back pain, and other problems associated with the spine, is a classic application of chiropractic science. Most spinal problems can be resolved using manipulative chiropractic therapy much more effectively than that by surgery. A number of problems related to back and neck such as low back pain, slipped discs, sciatica, etc can be treated and resolved by chiropractic care. Slipped disc or herniated discs are treated in a much better way by chiropractic
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
CTS is caused by a strained nerve in the tunnel of bones formed by the carpals in the wrist. Chiropractic care entails manipulation of the upper spine, elbow and wrist and may also use ultrasound therapy. Two studies were carried out involving 25 and 91 individuals who reported significant improvements in the condition after chiropractic treatment. The second study which involved 91 people concluded that chiropractic was at least as effective as conventional treatment involving drugs and wrist supports. The condition can be caused by a misalignment in the spine, hence the manipulation of the upper spine and neck forms a part of the chiropractic treatment.
There are various reasons of joint dysfunction, including osteoarthritis, degradation due to misaligned joints, disc problems and a few more. Chiropractic treatment can realign joints very efficiently, and also resolve disc problems. A lack of flexibility due to osteoarthritis can be improved by chiropractic manipulation accompanied by pain relief.
Symptoms include neck pain and stiffness, shoulder and arm pain, visual disturbances and frequent headaches. Physical chiropractic therapy can be used in combination with strengthening exercise to treat the damage caused, and the neck and spine can be adjusted to get you on the road to recovery. Chiropractic therapy for whiplash is aimed to optimize motion in the spine, treat the spinal discs, reduce muscle spasm and develop muscular strength.
Allergic reactions are caused by the immune system responding to a cause which it senses as being pathogenic. The processes that initiate the allergic reaction are passed through the neural system, down the spinal cord to the areas concerned. Chiropractic science can sometimes be used to help control the allergic reaction by working on the neuro-musculoskeletal system.
Pain, such as headaches and other neurological conditions, has many causes. Sometimes chiropractic care can be used to moderate pain or eliminate it altogether, depending on its source. Common sources of pain that are treatable using chiropractics include trapped nerves, inflamed nerve roots and pressure being exerted on a nerve by, for example, a herniated disc or misaligned bones.
Chiropractic treatment can in accident or injury cases which have resulted in misalignment of the bones in your spine or damage to your neural system. Realignment of bones or gentle chiropractic manipulation of areas of the spine could reduce nerve inflammation and debilitating pain.
There are many more conditions suitable for chiropractic treatment, not all medical. It can be concluded that chiropractic care can be used to treat a range of conditions, some of them having no immediately obvious connection with the area being treated.
If you suffer from back pain you probably would not consider acupuncture as a treatment until you have exhausted many other alternatives. However, acupuncture is a type of ancient Chinese medicine that’s been around for over 2,500 years and throughout this time it has been used for back pain relief, increasingly so in these modern times.
While it is not traditionally a part of western medicine, nowadays your doctor is quite likely to send you for this treatment if you are suffering from back or neck pain either persistently or due to accident or injury.
If you are going to have this therapy you may want to know a little about how it works. The general belief is that the body has 20 energy flow patterns called meridians or pathways. Through these pathways it is thought that the life force or vital energy flows, this is known as the qi (it is pronounced chee) and is considered to be essential to maintain good health. There are over 2,000 points on our bodies that connect with these pathways and it is at these points which the hair-thin needles are inserted, this is done in varying specific combinations depending on the treatment required. These actions are believed to either correct the flow of qi or to reinforce it.
Even though it cannot be proven that this works as a type of pain relief, it is thought that as a result the central nervous system is stimulated. Most patients say that they get a pins and needles sensation on the insertion of the needles and indeed into the duration of the treatment, which usually lasts about 15 to 30 minutes. Some people report that they feel energised or even very relaxed so it appears as if the effect can be is somewhat different depending on the individual.
The acupuncturist will use up to 20 metallic needles during a treatment session and the depth they are inserted is dependent upon the area, deeper muscular or fatty areas need more penetration and the scalp for example would be just below the surface. The practitioner may turn the needles one way or another depending on what they are trying to achieve, in my personal experience they were turned on insertion, then again about half way through the treatment. At no point is the treatment painful, there is a mere sensation of the needles going in and they do not feel sharp at all, this is because unlike needles used for injections, an acupuncture needle’s tip come to a smooth point without sharp edges. They are also very thin, about 20 times thinner than a hypodermic needle. In my experience the most troublesome part of the treatment is lying in the same position without moving for up to 30 minutes, especially if you suffer from back pain or similar.
Although there are many medical experts who believe acupuncture is an effective way to treat certain conditions such as back pain, there is no true consensus. Some adhere to the theories of qi and meridians whilst others attribute acupunctures’ benefits to the biological changes that are brought about in the body as a result of treatment. Needless to say there will always be the sceptics who deny that acupuncture has any effect at all, but in my opinion if you are suffering from ongoing back pain it is certainly worth trying.