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Tips to Purchasing Running Shoes

Tips to Purchasing Running Shoes

Have you ever gone to a sporting good store looking for a new pair of running shoes only to walk to the shoe section and instantly become overwhelmed with sheer number of options to chose from. This is a common occurrence for many people who do not know how to buy the right shoe for their needs. Although there is no so called “perfect” shoe for all runners there are various characteristics that may help foster healthy running patterns. Listed below are 5 key characteristics of shoes the physicians at Desert Health Specialists alway recommend to help promote healthy running motion.

  1. Minimal heel-to-toe drop
    • This refers to the thickness difference between the heel cushion and the toe cushion for the shoe. When considering a shoe this is the first thing to assess. (Shoes with 6mm or less soles are consider “minimal” shoes)
  2. Look at Neutral Shoes
    • These are shoes that do not contain stability or motion control elements. These two things can affect the normal foot motions during running potentially leading to injury.
  3. Keep it Light
    • Make sure the shoes your running in are between 8-10 oz for men and women. To heavy of shoes will change your running pattern and to light of shoes might not have enough cushion.
  4. Wide Toe Box
    • To snug of a toe box will affect your running pattern and could cause injuries in your feet. So make sure your able to wiggle your toes in your new shoes.
  5. Cushioning
    • To much cushioning permits extra motion of the lower extremity and to little cushion may be uncomfortable to run in. So walk around the store in the shoes before you buy them to assess the cushioning.

Have more question regard if your shoes are right for you?

Call Desert Health Specialists at (480) 237-3889

*Ask about how you can get a discount of your next pair of shoes!

 

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Staying Skinny this Holiday Season

The holiday season is here, leaves are changing colors, the weather is getting cooler and of course all the delicious baked goods are being baked. This is the happiest time of the year, and the most dreaded time of the season for people trying to lose weight. Research shows that on average most Americans will put on a minimum of 2 pounds every holiday season. While this might not seem like a lot, most people will never lose the weight gained during the holiday season. This leads to unwanted pounds being gained each year. But, this is the year you are going to lose weight during the holiday season!  We have listed 7 easy steps to follow that will help you keep the weight off with even the potential to lose weight during the holiday season.

  1. Order Like a Kid
    • That’s right when you go out to dinner consider ordering off the kids menu! Usually the number of calories for kid’s meals is much less then that of adult entrees.  If restaurants frown upon this, look at the lighter options on the menu such as salads. When eating at home use a smaller plate for your meals. This tricks your brain into thinking you are eating more than you really are consuming.
  2. Drink Like an Athlete
    • No, that doesn’t mean you can go out and party like you just won the World Series or Super Bowl. But rather put down those high in calorie alcoholic and sugary drinks and drink more water. When you increase your water, especially prior to a meal it will help prevent you from binge eating.
  3. Spice Things Up & Forget about the Sweets
    • We all have those sugar cravings, especially during the holiday season when desserts are always around.  We have a challenge for you next time your reaching to add sugar to something, consider adding cinnamon instead.  Adding cinnamon can help reduce not only your blood sugar, but also cholesterol and triglycerides.  Spices and spicy food help to increase metabolism and in turn increase the number of calories burnt a day. There are many healthy spices you can add to different dishes. So while your in the kitchen cooking for large holiday meals try spicing things!
  4. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
    • Braving the craziness of the shops and restaurants during the holiday season can be quite stressful.  Shouldn’t the holidays be filled with happiness and joy, not stress and anxiety? Well take it from us and don’t sweat the small things in life! Try and block out some time everyday where you can relax. Whether that is taking a calming bath, or going for a walk, taking a nap, exercising or what ever you find relaxing is.  Managing your stress will help you stay in control of your eating and prevent you from going on a carb eating rampage!
  5. Make sure to Veg Out
    • Don’t forget to eat your veggies this holiday season. Vegetables are a great way to help watch your portion control and prevent the unwanted weight gain. Because vegetables contain fiber, other nutrients, and water they fill you up during meals opposed to the unwanted and empty calories carbs  and sweets offer.  This will keep you from over eating and feeling fuller long after meals have been consumed. Vegetables can also help give you a boost in energy in the afternoon by preventing that afternoon dip in your blood sugar allowing you to exercise.
  6. Sleep the Night Away
    • As the days get longer and the weather gets cooler the amount of sleep we get should not be shortened, but actually get a little longer.  Getting good quality sleep helps recharge our natural energy sources.  Resent studies have found that women who slept 7-9 hours a night weighed less on average then those who were sleep-deprived.  Good quality rest helps reduce anxiety and stress which, are 2 major contributing factors to an increase belly fat.
  7. Don’t Forget about Exercise!!
    • As the hustle and bustle of the holiday season gets into swing one of the easiest things to forget about is daily exercise. We understand nobody wants to spend all day at the gym when there is holiday shopping and dinner parties to attend. Getting in a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise a day can help boost your metabolism to help burn those unwanted calories eaten during holiday parties.

 

Have a Happy Holiday Season from all of us at Desert Health Specialists!!

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Testosterone Treatments in Chandler Az

Testosterone Treatments in Chandler Az

Have you been watching TV and seen the commercials of men with salt-and-pepper hair driving sports cars and making bedroom eyes at ladies all the while the narrators is asking, do you have decreased sex drive? Lack of Energy? or even Moodiness?

As men age we anticipate that their testosterone levels will drop 1 to 2 percent annually after age 30. This starts the era of what is called Andropause, aka male menopause. To slow this progression or even reverse it here are Desert Health Specialists Top 10 Tips to Help Boost Your Testosterone, Naturally!

  • Lose the Fat
    • Did you know that your body stores fat that depletes you of your testosterone levels? That’s right, that unwanted belly fat, aka visceral fat, as it increases it converts that sought after testosterone men have into estrogen. This visceral fat as it increase can cause other health problems such as increase risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, elevated cholesterol, hypertension, and much more. Don’t let fat take away your testosterone, start incorporate bullet “ High-Intensity Interval Training” into your exercise routine.
  • Increase Vitamin D
    • The majority of patients we see in our clinic are deficient in Vitamin D. Since Vitamin D is needed in the production of Testosterone having low levels does not benefit men. Get your Vitamin D tested today at our Clinic to determine your specific to to help boost your Testosterone.
  • Up the Zinc
    • Of all the minerals zinc is the most important for men in helping maintain normal testosterone levels. Zinc works by blocking the conversion of testosterone to estrogen. You can get zinc from many foods such as oysters, lean meats and spinach.
  • Munch on Cruciferous Veggies
    • Cruciferous veggies contain a rich source of glucobrassicin. This helps breakdown that visceral fat which drains men’s testosterone and turns it into estrogen. Add more cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, kale, watercress, and cauliflower to your diet.
  • Healthy Fats & Proteins
    • Cholesterol is the building block of your testosterone. By consuming GOOD healthy fats, including saturated fats this helps support a healthy hormone balance and potentially increased Testosterone levels.
  • Hot Chilli Peppers
    • By eating these hot, spicy chilies or other foods, it helps to burn body fat and calm down inflammation. By burning more fat, you rid yourself of that testosterone depleting fat. Look to add these chilies along with spices such as turmeric, black pepper, cinnamon, ginger and oregano into your diet.
  • Try High-Intensity Interval Training
    • These short bursts of timed activity help trigger the body to make more testosterone. You can incorporate HIIT training with your weekly strength training to help boost your testosterone levels naturally.
  • Quality Sleep
    • Studies have shown that skimping on sleep reduces your testosterone levels. Getting a solid 8 hours or more a night will help keep your levels balanced.
  • No more electronics at night
    • Using a computer or phone prior to bed can suppress your pineal gland affecting the release of melatonin. If melatonin is affected this can affect your sleep patterns, and also the production of testosterone.
  • Personal-Care Products
    • Check the bottles of your personal care products such as body wash, shampoo, deodorant and many others you use for harmful chemicals such as BPA. These chemical target your testosterone hormone converting it to estrogen using the aromatase enzyme.

Give Desert Health Specialists Top 10 Testosterone Boosting Tips a try before you start Hormone Replacement Therapy.

Call Today For Testosterone Treatments in Chandler Az!

(480) 237-3889

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Osgood-Schlatters Disease

Osgood-Schlatters is a knee pain kids experience who play sports such as basketball, soccer, and volleyball or any other type of activity that involves running, jumping and swift changes in direction. Most people associated Osgood-Schlatters with just boys, but now that girls are playing more sports the gap between them has narrowed.

Osgood-Schlatters is caused by repetitive stress on the patella tendon causing it to pull away from the shin bone. It can be very painful for some kids, sometimes causing inflammation of the bone, cartilage, or tendon. Osgood-Schlatters usually occurs during a time when kids are most active in sports along with having a growth spurt. It may develop in just one knee or both and the pain could last for weeks to months.Typical treatment options by conventional doctors consist of anti-inflammatories, braces, physical therapy, rest and sometimes cessation from sports all together.

Well at Desert Health Specialists we understand how important sport may be to you and we are here to help. We take an alternative approach to helping keep you on the court. We offer treatment options that get to the root cause of your problem to provide you pain relief and keep you playing.

Treatment Options

  • Prolotherapy/PRP injections have proven to help strengthen the fibre-osseous attachment of the patellar tendon into the tibial tubercle. By strengthening this area along with tightening other ligaments supporting the knee, prolotherapy helps relive the pain symptoms associated with Osgood-Schlatters in as little as 3-6 treatments.
  • We also run you through a series of muscles tests for your lower extremities to identify muscles that may be inhibited. Inhibited muscles cause other near by muscles to compensate for the their inactivity. This added stress of a muscle having to compensate for other inactive muscles puts stress on where the ligament inserts into the bone called the enthesis. So by reactivating the muscles that are inhibited it improves function and mobility and can decrease your pain.

If your child suffers from Osgood-Schlatters get them the Natural relief they deserve. Call the office of Desert Health Specialists and let our of our Physicians get your kid back in the Game!

Call today to schedule 480.237.3889

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Adding Fruits & Veggies to Your Diet!

Incorporating more Fruits & Vegetables into your Daily Diet

To get the most out of your nutrition and calorie intake make sure you are choosing foods with vitamins, minerals, fiber and other good nutrients.  When picking what to eat whether it be a snack or a meal make sure you choose fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to add to your diet.

  1. When choosing vegetables make sure you are eating the “rainbow”.  Try broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, carrots, bell peppers, mushrooms, zucchini and squash.
  1. Make your own saucy for gluten free pancakes or waffles: Puree blueberries, peaches, pears, apples.  You can also add these sauces to grilled fish or poultry!
  1. Mix up breakfast with a health smoothie: See recipe below
    • 1 cup Unsweetened Almond/ Rice or Coconut milk
    • 2 cups dark leafy green veggies
      • Spinach, Kale, Bok Choy
    • 1-2 Tablespoons organic coconut oil
    • 1-2 Tablespoons organic nut butter
      • Almond butter, peanut butter, sunflower butter, cashew butter
    • 1-2 Tablespoons Chia seeds, flaxseeds or hemp seeds
    • 1 Serving Chocolate or Vanilla protein powder
    • ~ 7 Ice cubes
  • Mix all together and blend until desired texture

4) Try crunchy vegetables instead of chips with you favorite dips such as Humus, salsa, or guacamole

5) Grill colorful vegetable kabobs with mushrooms, tomatoes, green, yellow, and red bell peppers, onions, and zucchini.

6) Add color to salads with carrots, grape or cherry tomatoes, spinach leaves, and berries.

7) Make an omelet with vegetables using broccoli, squash, carrots, peppers, tomatoes, onions, spinach, and avocado.

8) Stock up your fridge with raw fruits and vegetables cleaned and ready to grab n go!

9) Make one of your main dishes a sad with dark leafy greens and other colorful vegetables.  Add chickpeas or edamame and a olive oil and vinegar dressing.

10)  Add Quinoa to your salads to give that extra protein boost.

11) For that extra crunch or healthy snack try a handful of raw almonds or pecans.

For Food Sensitivity Testing Call (480) 237-3889

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Prolotherapy, Keeping You Active

Prolotherapy Phoenix Arizona

Today’s athletes are pushing their bodies even harder than before. With minimal time to really recover and no offseason with club sports around the corner or training day in and day out, it’s just a matter of time before ones body start to break down. As you stress the muscles and joints of your body, your ligaments and tendons can get over stretched causing pain at the site they insert into the bone, called the enthesis.

Prolotherapy is a great first line of treatment for athletes of all ages who suffer from acute, chronic or even overuse injuries (tendonitis).

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Don’t let an ankle sprain keep you out of the game

Arizona Foot and Ankle Specialists

No matter the sport or the level of competition you probably have suffered from an ankle sprain at least once. According to the AAOS, roughly 25,000 people sprain their ankle every day. In one study, they found that ankles sprains are the single most common injury of high school athletes, accounting for one out of every six high school related injuries.

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Concussions

Concussion Treatments Arizona

Concussions have been a hot topic in sports the past couple of years. As many of you may have recently heard in the news a potentially future NFL star has just retired after one year of play due to the risks of brain damage and the possible affects later on in life. According to the University of Pittsburgh’s Brain Trauma Research Center, there are more than 300,000 sports-related concussion a year in the U.S. They also state that if your a high school athlete there is a 19% chance of sustaining a concussion if you play a contact sports. For high school football players specifically, 34% of them have suffered one concussion while 20% of high school football players have suffered multiple concussions. But did you know that football is not the only sport where concussions occur.

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