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15 “Bulletproof” Biohacks to Spark Your Life!

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What are Biohacks?

Everyone is looking for the best, fastest and easiest way to do things, right?

Well, biohacking is the latest buzz word for improving your biological health and wellbeing. It looks at physical, chemical and emotional factors which can be seriously improved by simple little steps. In a nutshell, it’s the shortcut to boosting your health. It’s opening the little loopholes in your system to create a giant flow of benefit- hence the reference to hacking. When you want to improve your biology you can use biohacks.

The “Bulletproof” people have created a whole movement around this starting with their bulletproof coffee concept. Below you’ll find a list from them of 15 of their top biohacks that you can consider. I’ve tweaked a couple to make more sense.

  1. Know your chronotype (Read “The Power of When” by Michael Bruess)
  2. Practice daily gratitude
  3. Volunteer with an organization that you are passionate about
  4. Follow your passion
  5. Give 3-6 second hugs and really feel a connection with that person
  6. Ground (walk barefoot on Earth or Sand) and spend time in nature
  7. Manage your circadian rhythm (That’s your daily body rhythm)
  8. Replace all toxic cleaning products in your home with non-toxic ones ( See Dr Andrew for some suggestions)
  9. Drink filtered water
  10. Practice a ketogenic/low carb diet to balance blood sugars and insulin
  11. Rebound for 3-5 minutes per day ( Remember those little trampolines?)
  12. Have a deep breathing and meditation or prayer practice- calm the mind.
  13. Maintain healthy relationships/communication and have frequent encounters with those who share your core values
  14. Take time to understand the opposite sex (Read Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus by Dr. John Gray)
  15. Remove all GMO (and those sprayed with Roundup) foods from your diet, eventually move towards an organic, whole food Bulletproof diet. (Google the diet)

Last of all, stay tuned for our next blog about Coffee! It may be better for you than you think. I was certainly surprised by the research.

Dr Andrew Iggo

Dr. Andrew Iggo is in private practice in Sydney, Australia. Working from state of the art premises in Fairlight, his focus is on providing not only relief from pain, but correction of function and the provision of wellness care for families and individuals. With a young family of his own comes a natural inclination toward the care of kids and Mums-to-be. A strong sports and dance background also give him a unique perspective on performance enhancement and injury recovery. We are sure you’ll be in great hands.

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May 23rd to 29th Spinal Health Week

Back Your Inner Athlete

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This year, Spinal Health Week 2016 runs from 23 to 29 May with the theme ‘Back Your Inner Athlete’.

Every day more and more Australians experience disabling low back pain, neck pain and headaches, limiting their ability to work and engage in an active healthy life.

One explanation for this is the impact an increasingly sedentary lifestyle has on postural fitness. Think about all the hours you spend each day sitting at work or school, on a computer or other mobile device, watching television or playing computer games. Poor posture increases pressure on your spine which can cause low back pain, neck pain, headaches and fatigue.

Low back pain is a growing problem and now ranks second in Australasia and seventh in the world according to the World Health Organisation’s latest Global Burden of Disease study. Neck pain is also problematic ranking ninth in Australasia and 21st in the world.

If you suffer from back pain, neck pain or headaches or if poor postural fitness is impacting on your ability to live life to the fullest, visit our chiropractors at Fairlight Chiropractic and Back Your Inner Athlete.

Each week around 300,000 patients visit an Australian chiropractor. Chiropractic care is an increasingly common and effective treatment for back pain, neck pain and headaches eliminating the need for drugs or surgery. This means chiropractic care can also be very cost effective in comparison to other types of treatment.

At Fairlight Chiropractic we are encouraging our patients and the Northern Beaches community to begin a conversation about preventative health and wellbeing and adopt healthy habits.

Chiropractors have an important role to play in preventative health and wellbeing because they understand that a vital part of maintaining normal spinal function is by helping patients to make healthy lifestyle changes around nutrition, exercise and wellness.

Adopting healthy habits today (such as improving postural fitness) can significantly reduce the risk of injury or pain later on and have a positive impact on your self-esteem, social relationships and even mental health.

During 23rd 29th May at Fairlight Chiropractic we will be making available workplace stress management seminars, colouring competitions, posture screening events and in office spinal health checks.

 During Spinal Health Week 2016, make an appointment at Fairlight Chiropractic for a spinal health check-up and discover what steps you can take to improve your overall health and wellbeing and Back Your Inner Athlete.

Celebrate Spinal Health Week on 23 May by downloading the CAA Back App with augmented reality feature at www.backyourinnerathlete.com.au, on the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Contact us at Fairlight Chiropractic on 9949 3800 for an appointment today.

Spinal Health Week 2016 is a national initiative of the Chiropractors’ Association Australia (CAA).

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Why Every Sports Team Needs a Chiropractor!

  • My sports team needs a Chiropractor? Performance Enhancement

  • Wouldn’t a Physio be the same?

  • No Brainer?

So you’ve got an idea about what a Chiropractor does but here is where the rubber meets the road. What possible benefit could a fit healthy sportsperson get from having a Chiropractor on their team or associated with their club?

Let’s check the beautifully simple logic and be amazed.

So the first thing we look at is the common thread for athletes- muscles. Big ones, giant ones, fast ones, fine ones and those that can keep going forever. Yes they are critical to your performance but did you ever stop to think about what makes them work?

It’s easy, you know it well. Think about what happens when they can’t work. What happens to a paraplegics legs after an accident or injury? They stop working right? Why? Because the connection between the brain and the muscle is broken. No nerve connection = no muscle activity. Now let’s tone it down a few notches. Let’s say you have some stress or irritation to the nerves and not a total disconnect. What happens to the muscles then? Are they weak, in spasm, not able to last the distance- maybe all of the above? As little pressure as the weight of a 10 cent piece can change a nerve message by around 50-60%.

So how do the nerve stresses and pressures come about? There are two main ways. Direct changes in spine function (Vertebral subluxations) can cause irritation to nerve activity as the nerves leave the spinal canal. These are caused by physical, chemical or emotional traumas or simply the postures and stresses of daily Western world living. But the second way may be even more important. Spinal function changes or changes in function of any joint in the body send crazy messages back to the brain. These messages are all about proprioception.

So what is proprioception?

It’s the message system that works with balance, co-ordination, movement and your ability to know where your body is located in space. Now think about it. If you had to chose the most important things for any sports person wouldn’t they be balance, co-ordination and movement? Absolutely. The funny thing is all these things feedback to the base of your brain and affect agility, reaction time and strength too. Now we are getting somewhere!

Abnormal message from joint or spine > To spinal cord and base of Brain> Brain changes muscle action to protect and causes other brain centres to function abnormally > muscles not fired up(weaker), balance affected, reaction time slows.

Now remember we are only getting to the tip of the iceberg here. The mechanism is quite complex and can even result in increased release of stress hormone, poorer concentration and focus. Not so bad if you are playing rugby league, but what if you are driving a race car, or shooting a target, or trying to stick a landing after a ski jump?

The bottom line is that the nervous system and its relationship to how your joints and muscle work is the key here. So which health professional specialises in correcting and maintaining function of your nervous system? It’s not your Physio, it’s not your neurologist- unless you want some drugs or surgery, it’s not your masseur. It’s a no brainer- get yourself a Chiropractor.

  • If you’d like to learn more or have Dr Andrew teach your sports team or organisation more about getting the best from it’s members call the office today on (02) 9949 3800.

We haven’t even touched on injury prevention and recovery. So let whizz through something as simple as an ankle sprain.

Abnormal spine, joint or nerve function > poor proprioception > poor ankle control and location > poor response to sudden position change on the ground > ankle sprain and injury.

Well that just about wraps up the basics of how, with a few simple changes, even the fittest person can benefit from having the spine, joints and nervous system assessed and optimised with Chiropractic care.
Dr Andrew IggoDr Andrew Iggo B.Sc. B.App.Sc.Chiro. (RMIT) is a 21 year veteran to Chiropractic and currently clinic director at Fairlight Chiropractic in Sydney Australia. He has a keen interest in family and sports Chiropractic and in particular the amazing impact that can be achieved with a better functioning nervous system.

This is his view this morning as he writes this blog – someone’s gotta do it 😄.

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