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Things to Look for in a Chiropractor

At Optimal Health & Wellness Center we go above and beyond to give our patients the concentrated care they need to live active and healthy lives -- which ends up helping us live more meaningful lives as a result!

Chiropractic care should be a part of your personal wellness and body maintenance routine -- not just an avenue only to be considered during and after injury. Below are a few qualities to look for in a chiropractor near you.

1.) Creates a Comfortable Atmosphere

Listen to your gut when it comes to choosing your chiropractic care specialist. When you talk to the staff on the phone, what sort of feeling do you get? During your initial consultation, how did the doctor make you feel? You need to feel like you're in the very best of hands, literally, when it comes to choosing your chiropractor.

2.) Great Qualifications

Make sure to check up on your doctor's qualifications, where they went to school for undergrad, medical school, and where they performed their residency. Do they do any volunteer work? If your prospective chiropractic care specialist has any special qualifications, that's also a plus.

3.) Great Facility and Staff

Make sure that you feel taken care of and comfortable every step of the way, whether it's when you're scheduling your appointment over the phone or when you're in the waiting room.

We strive to be the best chiropractic care specialist in San Antonio, TX at Optimal Health & Wellness Center. If you believe you could benefit from drug-free, holistically-driven chiropractic care, then give us a call today. We provide a multitude of health and wellness services, all under one roof.

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3 Amazing Ketogenic Foods

You may have heard of the ketosis diet and have been wondering about what it's like to make the transition. Maybe you see someone at your place of work who brings their own lunch and adheres to the ketogenic diet, which generally means that this person will be eating high amounts of healthy fats (think avocado, coconut oil, MCT oil, etc.) while cutting out sugars and processed carbs nearly completely.

You may have also wondered if making the transition to a ketogenic diet is difficult.

Below are a few foods that make the transition easier -- all while still adhering to your new ketogenic diet!

1.) Have All the Meats!

Making sure you're eating a lot of clean protein is vital to keeping your ketogenic diet. Try to eat as much poultry as you can, but you're also clear to eat steak and other red meats.

2.) And All the Seafood, Too

You'll be able to eat as much seafood as you want on the ketogenic diet. But if you opt for sushi, you need to make sure you 86 the rice -- because you'd be breaking your no carb rule.

3.) Veg Out on Low Carb Veggies

You'll want to eat plenty of veggies that grow above grown, especially our leafy greens. Opt for spinach, mushrooms, green beans, and green bell peppers. Stay away from potatoes and other veggies that are higher in starch.

If you're just starting your ketogenic diet -- we wish you all the best of luck. If you have any questions about incorporating your new health and wellness plan contact Optimal Health & Wellness Center today to schedule a consultation. We have a fantastic track record of keeping our patients healthy and active.

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A Quick Look At Extremity Pain

Extremity pain is a condition that can affect people of all ages, and many times extremity pain can be treated drug-free by your local chiropractor. Optimal Health & Wellness Center offers treatment for extremity pain in San Antonio, TX -- all as a way to get you back to active again!

Your lower extremities include the legs, ankles, and feet -- they're controlled by nerves that start in the lower back and spine. Pain in these areas can usually be attributed to using improper form when lifting or doing something active. Pain can also result from trauma or wear and tear or stress that compounds over time.

Your upper extremities include the neck, shoulders, wrists, and arms. Shoulder and wrist pain and injury is most common, due to daily wear and tear. Think of it this way, the more you do a certain motion, the area that gets used undergoes wear and tear each time. Not to mention, the more you use a body part, the higher your chances are of injuring it. Engaging in low-risk activity, like cycling or indoor swimming, for instance, will help you avoid wear and tear and injury as well.

When it comes to treatment for long-term pain relief, chiropractic care is a fantastic and viable option to utilize your body’s alignment, which will help maximize your body's ability to heal itself. Chirpractoc increases your functionality without resorting to drugs or surgery. It's a natural, holistic option with no side effects and zero risk for addiction. Contact Optimal Health & Wellness Center today to schedule your consultation if you've been experiencing extremity pain and need the care of an experienced chiropractor in San Antonio, TX. 

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How to Sit with Perfect Posture

The importance of good posture is basically undeniable at this point. You don't even have flat-earthers disputing the fact that it's bad for your back, neck, and spine to sit with poor posture. In addition to keeping your back straight, good posture keeps your bones and joints in correct alignment -- that way the muscles can be used properly. Good posture helps you conserve energy, it helps you prevent the spine from being caught in abnormal positions, and also contributes to a desirable appearance.

But some of us might not know exactly what makes good posture.

Below Optimal Health & Wellness Center goes over a quick checklist you can make to achieve good posture on a daily basis. We hope you're sitting down down for this... (just kidding)

First, make sure that you sit with your back straight and pull your shoulders back. Keep your 3 normal, healthy back curves present throughout. Make sure that your hips are evenly distributed and that your feet are flat on the ground. You want your knees resting slightly below your hips.

You don't want to be staring down at your computer screen. More so, you want to be looking straight ahead or slightly upwards.

If you've been sitting in the same position for 30 minutes or more, it's time to switch it up. Start by creeping all the way up to the end of your chair and hold a pronounced slouch for a moment. Then draw spine back up slowly, moving your neck then head up. If you can, incorporate some yoga-influenced stretches into your workday as well.

If you have any additional questions about good posture or believe that your back or neck are having problems due to your posture, contact Optimal Health & Wellness Center today to schedule your chiropractor consultation in San Antonio, TX. Our mission is to keep you active for the long haul.

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Health Benefits of the Ketogenic Diet

The ketogenic diet is a diet gaining in popularity at the moment as more and more people cut out sugars and processed carbohydrates from their diets.

Incorporating a ketogenic diet promotes the metabolic formation of ketone bodies, which happens by causing the body to utilize fat (instead of carbohydrates). Your body's fat becomes your principal energy source.

The ketogenic diet is high in fat, adequate in clean protein, and low in carbohydrate intake -- it was originally used to epilepsy in children.

Read on for a few health benefits you'll enjoy from adopting a ketogenic diet beyond burning unwanted fat.

Watch Your Energy Levels Rise

Although, initially, you may experience sugar withdrawals (headaches and nausea included) in addition to fatigue, what the keto diet will end up doing is give you a serious energy boost. When we use fat as a fuel, our endurance is stronger and more sustainable.

Type 2 Diabetes Protection

Since the keto diet drastically diminishes your daily carbohydrate intake (to less than 20 grams a day, to be exact), this has been shown to help those who are diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. Putting your body into ketosis can dramatically improve your blood sugar control.

Reduce Inflammation

Inflammation has been shown to be linked to all sorts of health problems, like heart disease, autoimmune disease, arthritis, viruses, and more. Keto diets can help reduce inflammation through nutrition, improve a large host of health conditions.

If you have any additional questions about the ketogenic diet, contact Optimal Health & Wellness Center today. We do more than just keep your spine in line as your number one Chiropractor in San Antonio, TX. We're your one-stop wellness spot.

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