How often should I have my chimney cleaned?

submitted by Matt Halper, owner, American Chimney

The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) says that fireplaces need to be cleaned when there is 1/8″ of sooty buildup inside the chimney or flue system. Since homeowners may not be able to judge the condition of the system, it is advised that a professional Chimney Inspection be done by a CSIA Chimney Sweep. This will determine whether a chimney cleaning is needed.

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Do a cleanse, your body deserves it!

submitted by Dr. Bruce Lewandowski, owner of Lewandowski Chiropractic & Nutritional Healing, www.lewandowskichiro.com

The summer is behind us, yet the barbeques and ice cream are sticking with us…literally. Before you go out and commit to an expensive yearlong health and fitness membership, consider starting with the basics – a cleanse and purification of your bodily systems.

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Six tips to make your home more comfortable and cut utility bills

submitted by Dave Peppelman Jr., General Manager, Christian HVAC

The good news is there is a lot you can do to achieve a cleaner, healthier, more comfortable and more affordable indoor living environment. Some are do-it-yourself projects; others are best performed by trained professionals. These tips will get you started in the right direction.

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Black Belt focus

submitted by Solomon Brenner, Master instructor of Action Karate, coach of Zen Fitness

Your child’s ability to focus can affect many different aspects of his life. If you feel that your child has problems staying focused because they are easily frustrated, distracted and hyperactive, it’s important to know how to identify the problem and the steps you need to take to fix it.

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Help your child to persevere as they try new things

submitted by Solomon Brenner, Action Karate

You can’t expect your child to be good at something the first time they do it, nor can they be made to expect that of themselves. You can’t wait for success to fall into your lap. You have to earn tomorrow’s success today.

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Fix diabetes in 30 days

submitted by Dr. Bruce Lewandowski, owner of Lewandowski Chiropractic & Nutritional Healing, www.lewandowskichiro.com

Adult onset diabetes is curable yet hardly anyone believes it. It’s hard to understand why. It is pretty clear that all sugar-handling problems, such as type two diabetes, can be reversed in the majority of instances. You can fix this yourself without medicine.

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Determining your Body Mass Index

submitted By Dr. Bruce Lewandowski, owner, Lewandowski Chiropractic & Nutritional Healing, www.lewandowskichiro.com

The BMI or Body Mass Index is a screening tool to identify weight problems for both adults and children alike. The BMI is an indicator of fat within individuals. However, it does not directly measure the percentage of body fat.

Facilities use several factors such as weight, height, gender, and even age. Some offices measure both body fat percentage and BMI as a baseline for determining obesity and future health risks that may occur as a result.

For those who have BMI ranges that are elevated, they are considered “at risk” for disease and health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, cholesterol and triglyceride abnormalities, cancer, respiratory problems, heart disease, stroke, gall bladder disease, and/or arthritic conditions. The use of BMI allows individuals to compare themselves with that of the general population.

There are other methods to measure “body fatness” including skin fold thickness measurements and water displacement tests. You can also utilize bioelectrical impedance due to the easy accessibility to this test.

Understand that the BMI is an accurate assessment tool; however, it is only one factor in many that relates to a potential risk for obesity-related disease.

A few other risk factors are physical activity (or inactivity), diet, and localized abdominal fat. The BMI is also used to screen children for both overweight and underweight concerns. For children, however, age and gender plays a more significant role and further assessments and screenings should be performed.

As with any age or gender, regular exercise and a well-balanced diet are the foundations of a healthy existence.

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Want to lose a few pounds fast?

submitted by Dr. Bruce Lewandowski, owner of Lewandowski Chiropractic & Nutritional Healing, www.lewandowskichiro.com

It’s not simple, but it is easy. You’ve probably heard the tip that if you’re interested in losing weight, it’s a good idea to eat slowly and chew your food at least 15-20 times before swallowing. Keep reading. Eating slowly allows your brain and your body to actually sense that it’s full, instead of cramming a bunch of food down your throat only to find out 30 minutes later that you’re stuffed to the gills.

So what’s a good fruit that’s good for you and helps you eat slowly? CHERRIES. Cherries are the #1 fruit for weight loss. With cherries, you can’t just pop 30 in your mouth in two minutes like you can, and probably do, with grapes or blueberries. Instead, the pits force you to eat them slowly, allowing your satiation sensors to chime in and prevent you from over-indulging. So that’s reason #1 built in portion control fruit.

Reason #2 and it’s a BIG one. Cherries have the LOWEST glycemic index of all fruits, and one of the lowest glycemic indexes of any carbohydrate source period. Write this down. Scoring at a ridiculously low 22, you can even snack on cherries without much detriment, as their effect on insulin is minimal at best. Not bad huh?

Again, it is not late-night eating that’s the problem, it’s eating the wrong foods (those that cause a substantial rise in fat-loss halting insulin) in evening hours. Don’t eat anything after 6:00pm. If you get hungry, grab a cold, cold glass of pH water, and drink that.

So next time you are in the mood for a sweet, satiating snack, reach for a small bowl of cherries and enjoy the goodness.   

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Understanding the basics of home skin care

submitted by Brittany Bray, B.A., LMA, Licensed Aesthetician, Aesthetics Director, The Spa at Lifestyle

When you’re ready to begin a new skin care regimen or if you’re graduating to a more advanced one, it’s important to understand the basics of home skin care. These tips can be implemented in your routine to achieve healthy skin.

To begin, cleansing is the most essential step since it prepares the skin for products to follow. Let the cleanser do its job without being aggressive. Skin has a pH of 4.5 -5.5. and cleansing with a product outside that range can lead to issues such as dehydration and irritation. Many OTC (over the counter) products are outside this range. Allow an expert to choose what’s best for you. *TIP: Sometimes a cleanser can be used as a mask.  If it’s professional, leave it on a few minutes for a treatment.

Another important step is exfoliation. OTC scrubs or acids can traumatize the skin, so be sure to invest in professional ones. You cannot “open or close pores” but your exfoliator will help to “decongest” them. Exfoliation can give you an immediate result but don’t overdo it. *TIP: If you have breakouts, do not scrub since it can aggravate an area that is already inflamed. You may be better off with chemical exfoliation.

Serums are the key to affecting change in your skin. Don’t skip or bargain with this step. Antioxidant serums protect skin from environmental hazards and can repair damage and are a good starting place if you’ve never used them. Another beneficial serum to incorporate is a lightening one. These are good for sun damage and uneven tone. Retinol based serums are wonderful but OTC formulations may be unstable and can cause irritation. *TIP: Retinols are not all created equal. Apply professional retinol at night and vitamin C during the day. This combination is a great start to achieving beautiful skin.

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Childhood obesity, a growing epidemic – Part 2

submitted By Dr. Bruce Lewandowski, owner, Lewandowski Chiropractic & Nutritional Healing, www.lewandowskichiro.com

In December we discussed the growing dilemma of obesity in children. It is a situation of epidemic proportion, which poses many questions such as, “Who is to blame?” The blame game needs to stop and people need to start focusing on solutions. What would happen if each head of the household made a decision today to be a catalyst for change in their own home? Everyone should want to be healthy, and want their children and grandchildren to be healthy.

The challenging part is that the vast majority of individuals do not know where to start. If one listens to the media, one would think it was possible to just purchase a product, which contains a superpower type of herb that is an anti-disease, ultra-healing, and a live-forever “one-a-day.” The truth is that changes need to be made one at a time. Make a list of the worst offenders and those that potentially play the biggest role of the weight issues of children. The food list could include soda, (diet or otherwise), juice (the 10% juice and 90% flavored sugar water kind), cookies, chips, etc. Refuse to purchase them again. It takes guts, but the end goal is worth it!

Probably one of the biggest offenders is high-sugar, high-calorie, nutrient-poor breakfast cereals. Next, make a list of foods that promote health. The easiest place to start is with fruits, such as apples, pears, and oranges. Vegetables, such as green beans, peas, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and salad mix need to be added daily even in spite of protest. Don’t forget about lean cuts of meat, chicken, and fish. Try to limit time in front of the screen and get your kids outside to run, bike, and hike.

A great way to jumpstart the healthy lifestyles of children is to jumpstart our own. In many cases of overweight children, you find overweight parents. Mom and Dad need to work on themselves and become role models. Making healthier living a family lifestyle will help to make the transition a lot easier and successful. Doing more activities together is the best way to go.

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