Teaching Kids To Eat Healthy

Teaching Kids To Eat Healthy

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When it comes to kids health one of the toughest tasks for parents is teaching kids to eat healthy. Sure It can be tough getting your kids to eat a healthy diet, but the reward is worth the effort.

There are so many reasons why kids don’t eat healthy. Maybe they are picky eaters, rushed lifestyle, lack of choices and so on. There are so many things that we as parents can do to improve our children’s diet and make sure we are teaching kids to eat healthy.

HOW TO TEACH KIDS ABOUT HEALTHY EATING

As parents the first thing we must do is know what our kids are putting in their bodies. If we haven’t read labels of done research, don’t buy it. If your child is old enough teach them about bad ingredients, too much sugar, fried foods, help them understand that some things just aren’t good for them. Make sure our kids have a say in what we put in the fridge and on the table. Kids love choices and being able to participate in decisions involving what they eat. Let your child be a part of their healthy eating routine. This will follow them as the years go by.

Kids Can Cook Too

If your child can be a part of choosing what they eat, why cant they be a part of preparing the food also? Maybe they cant make the entire thanksgiving day dinner for the family, but they can be guided and successful with meal preparation. Let them
help prepare vegetables, fruits, meats and pasta. Encourage creativity and let them choose what healthy foods to eat. They will learn what is healthy and which are treats.

Teaching Kids To Eat Health Everyday

Want to make sure your kids are eating healthy day in and day out, regardless of whoever who they are with? Make sure to give them healthy eating choices throughout the day. Let them choose what to eat and what not to eat. Make sure to passively introduce new foods, and never force a child to eat what they do not want. If they have eaten enough let them leave the rest. The habits of healthy eating, choosing and knowing when they are done will carry with them and instill confidence.

Make Eating Fun For Kids

Meal time is a time to share, laugh and enjoy the food that is there in front of you. Stick with the plan and eventually your kids will embrace the healthy choices. Most of all make the eating experience fun and remember teaching kids to eat healthy is all about modeling. After all they look to you, their parent as the person who knows what to do. That goes for eating and food choices too. For the best wellness results Have fun, eat up and laugh.

Benefits of Exercise

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The benefits of exercise are more than just pumping up the muscles that we can see. Exercising works the heart improving cardio and increases the blood flow, which is beneficial for your brain.

Benefits Of Exercise

Exercise is great for the brain and will increase its function immediately. Becoming more alert and the ability to focus are just some of the added benefits. Being told something is good for us without knowing or experiencing why does not provide the motivation for some. Here are some of the added benefits when you exercise routinely:

Weight Management- Working out and exercising on a regular basis will burn calories resulting in weight loss. Cut out the T.V and sitting in front of the computer and get moving.

Increased Energy- Exercising and energy levels are directly related. The more you exercise the more energy you will have.

Lower blood pressure- A healthy heart increases blood flow and reduces stress. If you have high blood pressure, cardiovascular exercise may help lower it. If you don’t have high blood pressure, exercise may help prevent it from rising as you age.

Everyone has reasons why they exercise. Some want to lose weight, others do it for blood pressure, or to prevent disease or to fit in to that new pair of jeans.

Benefits of Exercise For The Brain

The brain reaps many rewards from the hard work your body puts in when you exercise. Memory and the ability to think are both enhanced greatly when exercise is part of your routine. In addition to Stimulating growth factors, the health of brain cells and new blood vessels all rewarded through exercise. With dementia on the rise throughout the world, brain health is as important as ever.

Exercise For Weight Loss

If reducing fat is your goal exercise will help you get there. A regular exercise program of aerobic and strength training will burn calories and speed up your metabolism. There are many activities that can help you shred the pounds. Therefore, Pick an activity and stick to it, swimming, running, biking and joining a local gym all will help you get to where you need to be.

There are so many options out there for fitness. If a crowded gym isn’t your thing, try boot camp, yoga, Pilates, cardio dance, aerial silks, rock climbing, kickboxing, CrossFit, Spinning or join a group that trains for half-marathons if running is more your speed.

Plan For Daily Exercise

Don’t have time to go to the gym or run everyday? You can still work a fitness plan in to your daily routine. Walk faster, get up out of your chair more often, In addition to eating  healthier, stretching, using stairs not elevators, push ups, squats and keep coming up with ways to challenge your activity level. Remember the benefits of exercise are a change that will reap benefits for life. You don’t have to make drastic changes, just slowly implement exercise into your lifestyle and watch as the positive changes take place.

Cardio Fitness

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A good cardio fitness workout will elevate the heart rate, improve lung capacity, and help you shred the pounds. Sprints, interval training, boxing, rows, kickboxing are all great for cardio and overall health. With your workout make sure to warm up, cool down and hydrate.

Strength training and cardio in the same workout will benefit you in many ways. Intervals give you a time to slow the pace. Instead grab some light weights and pump out some reps, or use body weight exercise such as push ups to maximize the interval training.

Change The Scenery

If you find that your workout is becoming stale or routine, take your cardio fitness training outdoors. Sure this seems simple but it can make all the difference. If boredom has set in, the change of scenery could put some pep in your step and up the energy needed for a great workout. St Petersburg is surrounded by beaches, parks, stairs and bike trails. All you need to do now is go outside and get moving.

Music For Workouts

Have you ever noticed that your energy reflects the music that you are listening to? Slow and relaxing music is not what you want on while you try to get the heart rate up. Make sure the playlist you have set to go for your workout reflects the energy you want to have. Change your playlist often and keep it fresh. A good cardio fitness training program and motivational music will do a lot for your next training session.

Change The Pace

The overall health and wellness benefits of changing up speeds during training can not be over stated. Your heart will reap the benefits of increased speed during your next run. Running on a treadmill is great for speed change. Sure the treadmill may seem boring, but use it to benefit your training with changes in incline and speeds.

Cardio Fitness Tips For Health

These Cardio Fitness tips for overall health can change the way you approach your workouts and change your life.
Remember to Exercise regularly and do good warm ups and cool downs. Walking, biking, jogging and swimming are all good for the heart. Maintain a healthy diet that includes grains, fruits and vegetables and legumes. Limit the amount of fats, oils, fried and sweets and be consistent. Good cardio fitness training isn’t just a once a week thing, it is a lifestyle. It may take you a while to adapt, but the body amazing, and it will happen.

For more great health and wellness lifestyle tips visit Dr Bond’s website or call us for a health consultation: 727-522-1900

Chiropractic Knee Therapy

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Chiropractic knee therapy is used to help patients that suffer from pain or soreness for any number of reasons. The knee is a complex joint made up of bones, menisci,ligaments, cartilage, muscles and tendons. Many of our St Petersburg patients experience pain when they suffer an injury to one or more of these areas.

Injury occurring during sports participation such as football, wrestling, basketball, swimming, baseball, softball, track, judo, jiu-jitsu, tennis, soccer, weigh-lifting, racing, skate boarding, martial arts, golf, bowling and lacrosse are very common and can benefit from chiropractic treatment.

St Petersburg is a great place to live and play. With great weather year round outdoor activity and sports tend to thrive. With all of the activity comes injury, and injury needs treatment. Here are some symptoms that may tell you its time to visit Dr Bond Thomas regarding your knee.

Symptoms of Knee Pain:

The area of the knee that you experience pain will vary depending on the injury.The following are an indication you may have a knee injury:

– Swelling in the knee
– Popping noise when bending
– Heat in knee area. Warm to the touch
– Knee area feels weak or unstable
– Redness and warmth to the touch
– Less than full range of motion in knee

When you have one or more of these symptoms and have tried rest, ice, elevation and compression and still no improvement, it may be time to see a professional. As we discussed prior, knee injuries can happen in a number of ways and can differ in degree and chiropractic knee therapy may be your best option. These are some of the more common types of knee injuries:

Knee Injury Types:

– ACL injury- Surgery may be needed if there is sufficient damage. Cutting at high speed and high impact type of injury

– Torn meniscus- The meniscus can be torn by suddenly twisting your knee while bearing weight on it

– Knee bursitis- the small sacs of fluid that cushion the outside of your knee joint so that tendons and ligaments glide smoothly over the joint.

Knee injuries are common during sports participation and activity, however there are other factors that can leave you vulnerable to a knee injury.

Risk Factors For Knee Injury:

– Previous injury to the knee area
– Lack of Muscle support in knee area
– Overweight. People who are overweight are at risk because of the stress that is constantly on the knee.
– Physical labor – Repetitive motion that stresses the knee joint
– Age- wear and tear

Prevention From Knee Injuries:

– Wear good shoes for running, work and casual use
– Wear knee pads or use a kneeling pad when working on your knees
– Jumping- minimize with age
– Keep your quadriceps muscle strong
– Wear a knee sleeve or brace for support
– weight management
– Strength and flexibility
– Use your brain- think about the exercise or sport you are involved in. Is it a high risk and worth it?

Chiropractic Knee Treatment:

Chiropractic treatment is a great option for knee pain, swelling and injury. Stretching, adjustments, massage and other non invasive techniques that are offered at Bond Thomas Chiropractic, can eliminate pain and increase range of motion.

– Exercise
– Stretching muscles from over-tightening
– Ice often to keep swelling down
– Elevation
– Compression
– Bracing – for joint support
– surgery
– range of motion

Chiropractic Knee Therapy Can Help:

Our sports chiropractor uses adjustments to align the spine and reduce inflammation and get proper blood flow. Routine visits before and after sports participation will ensure that your body is in optimal condition for the stress that it will encounter.

Knee inflammation, pain in your knee and injury to the knee are all reasons to pay your chiropractor a visit. Waiting to long can do more damage and can be prevented. The professionals at Bond Thomas Chiropractic use non invasive chiropractic knee therapy methods to reduce pain and swelling in your knee and improve strength and range of motion.

Call our office today to schedule your appointment and discuss any knee pain or symptom you may be experiencing.

Call us at: 727-522-1900

Time To See A Chiropractor

We are often asked the question, when is the best time to see a chiropractor. The best answer is to be proactive and make chiropractic visits part of your regimen.

If you visit a chiropractor as part of your regular health routine that is the best possible case scenario. However if you are one of the people that work and play hard, and wait til something doesn’t feel right to go, then this article is for you specifically.

Signs That Tell You To Visit a Chiropractor

When it comes to your health, paying attention to what your body is telling you and doing something about it is the key to maintaining good health. If you experience pain, have headaches or limited range of motion, its time to call Bond Thomas Chiropractic and schedule a visit with Dr Bond. Chiropractic care has proven to treat many different issues and increase your mobility and blood flow.

Neck Pain

Experiencing neck pain on a daily basis can be frustrating and uncomfortable. Accidents, sports injuries and bad habits can all lead to neck pain. Bond Thomas Chiropractic of St Petersburg can improve your symptoms and eliminate the pain you are having with chiropractic adjustments. Making some little lifestyle changes can also provide measurable improvements when it comes to neck pain. Adjusting the level of your office chair, desk, and posture while sitting and texting are just a few that will help.

Back Pain

Inflammation from old sports injuries or car accidents may be causing the pain you experience in your lower back. Many factors can contribute to back pain in your day to day life. Posture, standing and sitting are just a few that can lead to back pain. If you realize your back is more than just sore, it’s time to visit Dr Bond Thomas at Bond Thomas Chiropractic of St Pete for a spinal adjustment. Adjustments are often effective in reducing the pressure that is placed on certain discs and will help with the back pain you experience.

Pain in your Legs

Experiencing pain or numbness in the legs may signal that you have a pinched nerve or it’s possible that one leg is longer than the other and throwing the spine out of alignment. Dr Bond will diagnose the cause of the pain you are experiencing and treat and eliminate your pain with non invasive chiropractic techniques.

Involved In a Car Accident

If you were recently involved in a car accident seeing a chiropractor is a must. Car, truck and motorcycle accidents involve a great deal of force and impact. Even at a slow rate of speed a person can be seriously injured. Seeing a trained chiropractor is necessary to diagnose, document and treat your auto injuries.

Chiropractic Treatment Is For Everyone

Living an active lifestyle whether through work, play or sports can be quite demanding on the body and spine. Aiming for health and longevity should be your wellness goal. Going to a chiropractor should be proactive and not just something you do when your body hurts. The best answer to the question when should i see a chiropractor is, Anytime is a good time to see a Chiropractor.

Flu Season Best Practices

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Flu Season Best Practices

First and foremost Flu Season is here and all across the Country people of all ages are experiencing the flu. Typically, the cold and flu season arrives in the United States around October and typically runs through the Month of May, reaching it’s peak between December and February. Some years are worse than other years, in terms of number of people affected and the severity of the illness. Flu season is a threat to human life and should be taken very seriously. People over the age of 65 accounted for approximately 58% of flu related hospitalizations. While flu associated deaths in children had reached a new record high at 185.  80% Of the children who die from flu related symptoms were not vaccinated for the flu during the calendar year.

What are the symptoms of flu?

– Flu viruses can cause mild to severe illness
– Flu viruses can lead to death
– Flu Is Different from a cold
– Fever or chills
– Cough
– Sore throat
– Runny or stuffy nose
– Muscle or body aches
– Headaches
– Fatigue (tiredness)
– Vomiting and diarrhea

Preventing The Flu

How can I prevent catching the flu? There is no way to guarantee that you will not get the flu, but a flu shot will give you a good chance of not catching the flu virus. For the last flu season, the Center for Disease Control estimated the overall effectiveness of the 2017-2018 flu vaccine against both influenza A and B viruses was 40%.
If I am healthy enough to go and get a flu shot, as many of us are, I think 40% effectiveness is worth it to me.

Chiropractic Care Improves The Immune System

The immune system protects us from harmful substances that may harm our bodies. Chiropractors use expert training to correct any vertebral subluxations with non invasive spinal adjustments. With a strong nerve flow patients are better equipped to fight any potential flu or cold. Using Chiropractic treatment to strengthen the body inside and out to fight flu and cold is a great way to stay healthy and make sure your body is prepared.

Chiropractic Care Tips For Flu Season:

– Eating nourishing food
– Sleep is important
– Water drink plenty
– Exercising Regularly
– Routine Chiropractic Treatments

Do Flu Shots Really Work?

There are a lot of people that believe that a flu shot will get make you sick. The flu shot is not made up of a real virus. For people that think you can get the flu from a flu shot, well that is not true. If somehow you get sick right after getting a flu vaccine, it was just very bad timing. Flu shots do really work, however they do not work for all strains of the virus. This is why some people that do get the flu shot still end up getting sick. The good thing is that each year, the flu vaccine does protect you and your family against three or four different flu viruses.

Catching The Flu or Cold

Remember we are exposed to different viruses and bacteria every day. At any time these could cause you to get sick. The body’s defense system when healthy, fights off and protects when it is healthy. We get sick when our body’s immune system is weak or our system is weakened by a medical condition. A properly functioning body is a healthy body and ready to defend the cold and flu. Making routine visits to your Chiropractor will ensure that the nerve pathways between your organs and your brain open and healthy by keeping your spine in alignment and the nerves free from impingement.

Is the Flu Shot For Me

Now that you are armed with more information about flu shots and the flu itself, you can decide whether or not it is right for you. Prevention of the flu can come with Chiropractic treatment for the immune system, flu shots or a combination of both. Flu season is here and it takes lives. Making sure your family is prepared and healthy is what matters most. Bond Thomas Chiropractic is here to help you prepare your body and immune system for optimal health. The best thing to do is to educate yourself on the flu and take action. Fight the flu with a healthy you!

Have A Pinched Nerve? We can help!

Have A Pinched Nerve? We can help!

Did you know that chiropractors can help with pinched nerves in the neck?

Ever experience the wrenching pain and the sting of every neck turn throughout your day? Dr. Bond in the St. Petersburg area is familiar with the pain you are in! Sometimes these cervical radiculopathies occur at the slightest of movements. They can occur when you wake up in the morning, after working out, reaching to grab something, or simply turning the wrong way.

When you first experience this pain / uncomfortable sensation – you probably try to diagnose yourself and help alleviate the pain with heat, ice, massage, and anti-inflammatories. Sound about right? The problem is, with a pinched nerve – even if you try the home remedies, at the end of the day…. you still have a pinched nerve.

Leaving a pinched nerve unattended can lead to similar issues that can arise more often and in many cases intensify throughout time.

What exactly is a pinched nerve?

Pinched nerves usually are caused either by a bony impingement, meaning there might be a joint that is pressing on the nerve, or in many cases by a bulging disc, herniated disc, or tight muscles

How Can Dr. Bond Help?

Chiropractic treatment can relieve pressure off the nerve and offer remarkable relief from pinched nerve pain. A pinched nerve doesn’t only have local pain, but can radiate down the arm, or the low back into the leg. Dr. Bond can help relieve these pains by repositioning the bones, relaxing the muscles, and reducing the pressure on the nerves.

Lower Back Pain St Petersburg

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Lower Back Pain St Petersburg:

Lower Back Pain causes many to suffer in the St Petersburg area. As a lower Back Pain Specialist, Dr Bond Thomas treats low back pain and other issues related to the body. Making sure that each client has an individual plan for success, Dr Bond Thomas uses his expertise with traditional and alternative treatments to help people live pain-free.

Causes Of Lower Back Pain:

Many of our patients young and old alike, suffer from lower back pain and often ask what the cause is. The honest answer is lower back pain that many of our St Petersburg community suffer from, has many causes. Some may be caused by degenerative disc disease and osteoarthritis, while others may be effected by poor posture, weight issues and muscle injuries.
Simple daily activities such as bending, lifting, and twisting may result in poor movement patterns, ultimately causing lower back pain. Quite often we see people who had a minor injury and put treatment off only to have it get worse, and ultimately life changing. Fortunate for anyone who suffers from a lower back injury, Bond Thomas Chiropractic of St Petersburg can treat back issues and eliminate the pain.

Lower back sprain/strain- result of bending and twisting movements, as well as repetitive lifting. Awkward bending to lift heavy objects

Herniated Disc– can result from repeated bending and twisting movements, as well as sudden, heavy lifting. Age may play a part as well.

Sciatica– pinching or damage to the sciatic nerve can cause pain on the lower back.

Healing Lower Back Pain:

Healing the lower back and eliminating the pain that comes with it through expert Chiropractic treatment is what we do.
Using hands on manipulation of the spine Dr Bond Thomas gives proper alignment to the injured patient’s musculoskeletal structure. Doing so enables the body to heal without intrusive methods.

We see patients who at first seem unsure of adjustments through hands on manipulation, but after they give it a try they rave about their experience. Many times our St Petersburg patients have said that they are worried adjustments would hurt, but now know that there is no pain and just relief from the pain they have suffered from.

Care and treatment of Lower Back Pain for our St Petersburg patients is our primary concern. We urge anyone suffering from Lower Back Pain to come in and speak with Dr Bond Thomas about treatment. Our patient care is personalized and effective. Our Lower Back Pain treatments will not just make you feel better, they will help you get back to your normal routine and say goodbye to back pain.

St Petersburg Chiropractic Tips

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St Petersburg Chiropractic Tips:

Here are some great St Petersburg Chiropractic tips to help you make the most of your treatment and overall wellness goals.

Make sure to keep your scheduled visits and self care in between. Often our St Petersburg Chiropractic patients call and visit us with an immediate need such as back pain, pinched nerve in neck and other symptoms. A single chiropractic treatment may in fact do the job in some cases, however with other patients treatment may last a few weeks. It is important to follow through with your chiropractic appointments and home exercises for best results. Do as the Dr recommends your rehabilitation will move along quickly.

Keep Your Chiropractic Schedule:

Consistency with your St Pete chiropractic appointments and sticking to the wellness plan while you are away from the doctor will give you the best and quickest road to recovery. Dr Bond Thomas takes time to develop a wellness plan to maximize your therapy and improve your overall health. Things like ice or heat, exercise, stretching or certain dieting tips may be in your wellness plan. It is just as important to follow through at home as it is while you are at our St Pete chiropractic office for treatment. Some injuries may be linked to years misalignment and may take some time to correct. By following Dr Bond’s plan at home and keeping your scheduled chiropractic visits, your road to recovery will move right along.

The Right St Petersburg Chiropractor:

Choosing the right St Petersburg chiropractor for your treatment is an important decision. Referrals from friends, family, co workers and online reviews can often help in making your choice. Scheduling a consultation so that you can meet face to face and ask questions, may be just what you need to make your choice.
St Pete Chiropractors are often the choice for athletes and people who want an all natural non invasive for of treatment. The results from our St Petersburg Chiropractic treatment have been life changing.

If you would like to learn more about chiropractic treatment and how it can help you please call us to schedule a consultation. We would love to talk to you:
Call Us: 727-522-1900

Arthrostim Chiropractic Adjustments

Arthrostim Chiropractic Adjustments

Arthrostim Chiropractic Adjustments like the ones that we perform at Bond Thomas Chiropractic of St Pete, are a gentle option that is becoming more popular in the world of wellness. Adjustments using Arthrostim do not cause the same popping and cracking noises in the joint that can make some people feel uneasy.

As opposed to traditional chiropractic adjustments that we perform at our St Petersburg Chiropractic center, the use of Arthrostim uses a mechanical method to properly align the body. Great adjustments with less muscle soreness and no popping or cracking is what our St Petersburg Chiropractic patients love about the Arthrostim adjustments.

ArthroStim Therapy St Petersburg

By using the ArthroStim our St Petersburg patients notice a series of taps instead of one big thrust for the Chiropractic adjustment. These taps are so quick it prevents the patient from tightening up and allows for a much better adjustment. The precision of the ArthroStim allows Chiropractors to better target treatment for precise areas such as the knees, shoulders and other joints.

Patient Benefits of ArthroStim Adjustments

Patients who have tried ArthroStim Adjustments at our St Petersburg Chiropractic Center have reported that:

The treatment is quick and easy
– it is a non invasive procedure
– very little force used to perform adjustment
– procedure is great for children, infants and senior citizens.
– procedure was not stressful at all

If you live in St Petersburg and want to know more about ArthroStim Adjustments that are offered at Bond Thomas Chiropractic , feel free to give us a call: 727-522-1900
Our team of experts is here for our St Petersburg community and would love to schedule you for a consultation to answer all of your Chiropractic Treatment questions.

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