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How Can I get my Toddler to brush her teeth?

How Can I get my Toddler to brush her teeth?

Here is a question from a reader: I love my little girl to pieces, it is truly a joy to be her mother. However, like every parent, there are times when I struggle with patience. It feels like a battle every night to get her teeth clean. […]

Dandelions- Medicinal Uses

Dandelions- Medicinal Uses

These annoying weeds in our yards actually have several health benefits when ingested. Native Americans used boiled dandelion in water to treat kidney disease, swelling, skin problems,  heartburn, and upset stomach. In traditional Chinese medicine, dandelion has  been used to treat appendicitis, stomach problems, and breast problems, such […]

Make Scuba Diving Your New Workout

Make Scuba Diving Your New Workout

Make Scuba Diving Your New Workout Yes we are in a land-locked state but that doesn’t mean that you can’t be a scuba diver if want to! Scuba diving is easy to learn and so much fun.  Not only is it adventurous, it is a […]

Blood drives this week in NWA

Blood drives this week in NWA

Here  is a list of blood drives and donor centers in NW Arkansas Blood Drives for the Week of March 17 – 23, 2014. You’ll be helping to save lives of patients at 38 area hospitals. Donate Today! BELLA VISTA, AR ► Allen’s Food Market, Mon […]

Cut the Fruit Juice!

Cut the Fruit Juice!

It can be very confusing being a consumer in this world. We know that fruit is good for us. When we read a label of a fruit juice it says ” 2 servings of fruit”. Most people assume this satisfies some of your “fruit requirement […]

Get a WorkOut Partner

Get a WorkOut Partner

Workout Partners There are a million reasons to skip your exercise routine. You feel tired. You don’t have time. The list goes on and on. Here is a way to keep on track: get a work out buddy! Studies prove that having a work out partner increases your […]

Organize Your Medical Information

Organize Your Medical Information

Organizing Your Medical Information It is also so important to know your personal medical history so that you are able to share it when needed. If you are managing a chronic disease, traveling to or moving to another state or country, a personal health record can […]

Breast Care in NWA is Top Notch

Breast Care in NWA is Top Notch

Local Breast Center Designated as a Center of Excellence Fayetteville,  AR  —    On  January  14,  2014,  the  doctors  and  staff  at  The  Breast  Center,   a  MANA  clinic,  received  a  package  in  the  mail  with  some  long  awaited  news.  The   Breast  Center  in  Fayetteville  has  been […]

Use of Humidifiers

Use of Humidifiers

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Fayetteville Mom Wigs Out to Beat Cancer

Fayetteville Mom Wigs Out to Beat Cancer

Contributed by: JoAnn Johnson How many times have we talked about how time is flying. It is strange how in some chapters of our lives time flies.  Other chapters seem so long. Five and one-half years ago on April 7, a new chapter of our […]

Winter Storm Preparedness

Winter Storm Preparedness

COLD WEATHER/WINTER STORM People should take the following steps: Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or other local news channels for critical information on snow storms and blizzards from the National Weather Service (NWS). Avoid driving when conditions include sleet, freezing rain, snow or dense […]

FDA Very Close to Ban on Trans Fats

FDA Very Close to Ban on Trans Fats

  Have you heard? The FDA has declared that trans fats are no longer safe for us to eat.  This is wonderful news because it will propel the removal of this deadly, unnecessary ingredient from our food supply. These pesky trans fats (which are found in all partially […]


Diet Tips

The Role of Sodium in Your Diet

The Role of Sodium in Your Diet

The Role of Sodium in Your Diet

Contributed by Dr. Ty Russell

Most people get far too much sodium in their diet. A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that the adult intake of sodium averaged 3,466 mg per day. Perhaps even more disturbingly, children were not far behind at a daily 3,387 mg. Both of these numbers have become cause for concern in the healthcare community because they are considerably higher than the government’s recommended daily intake of 2,300 mg. The high intake of sodium can cause high blood pressure and raise your risk of suffering a stroke or heart attack. Nevertheless, eating too little salt can be just as bad.

A Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) study found that low-salt diets are not only ineffective in preventing high blood pressure, but they may also make it more likely for people on the diet to die from a stroke or heart attack. Similar findings appeared in a 2006 study that was published in the American Journal of Medicine, in which a low-salt diet was associated with a significant increase in the rate of heart attacks. In addition, scientists found that restricting sodium may encourage insulin resistance, thus increasing the risk of diabetes.

However, there are some populations that do need to maintain a sodium intake as low as about 1500mg per day. This includes children, the elderly and anyone with hypertension or heart disease. Considering the excessive amounts of sodium in the typical American diet, this may be much more difficult than it seems.

Most American diets (and increasingly those in the rest of the developed world) consist of processed food and meals from fast food restaurants, which is where the majority of dietary sodium can be found. Interestingly, only about 10% of our daily intake of sodium originates from the salt shaker on the table or in home cooking. Manufacturers add sodium to processed foods in order to increase flavor and extend shelf life.

Most of the sodium found in prepared foods is pure sodium chloride, which is essentially the same as refined table salt, only food manufacturers use larger amounts of it. All salt originates from evaporated seawater, which consists mostly of sodium chloride. But seawater that has simply been evaporated also leaves behind trace elements of other important minerals such as calcium, potassium and magnesium that processing strips away. The refining process not only removes important trace elements, traces of other substances are added during the refining process, such as ammonium citrate, sodium ferrocyanide, aluminum silicate and bleaching agents.

Sodium, in combination with the important minerals mentioned above, is vital to the body’s proper functioning, allowing our muscles to move and our hearts to keep beating. It also helps the body maintain a healthy balance of fluids and allows us to think clearly. If we sweat to the point of dehydration, it is important not only to take in enough water, but to take in some salt as well in order to replace lost electrolytes.

So you want to be sure to keep your intake of salt within recommended limits, while using salt that has been processed as little as possible. Unrefined sea salt (particularly Celtic sea salt, gray salt and Himalayan sea salt) contains up to 90 different trace elements. Also, unrefined salt contains less sodium (typically 85%-90% as opposed to 98%) and tastes far more flavorful, allowing you to use less of it for the same effect.

Dr. Ty Russell graduated in 1998 from the prestigious Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, TX.  He practiced over 8 years in Colorado, and spent 3 years living and practicing in Ireland as part of an international fellowship. He  also served on the board as Secretary of the Irish Chiropractic Association.  Dr. Ty is board certified in  Arkansas and took over ownership of Bailey Health Center in November 2010 (Now Health Builders Clinic of Chiropractic).  He and his wife, Kelly have been happily married for over 15 years and have 4 beautiful children ranging in age from 4 to 12 years. They are members of Keypoint Church in Bentonville. Dr. Ty has enjoyed working with the Gravette Lions’ athletes and looks forward to serving families in this community for many years. For more information, visit http://drtyrussellblog.com/ or visit their facebook page at www.facebook.com/tydocrussell and  www.facebook.com/weightlossnwa

 


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Cut the Fruit Juice!

Cut the Fruit Juice!

It can be very confusing being a consumer in this world. We know that fruit is good for us. When we read a label of a fruit juice it says ” 2 servings of fruit”. Most people assume this satisfies some of your “fruit requirement […]

Organize Your Medical Information

Organize Your Medical Information

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Teledermatology in NWA

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Volunteering is Good for You

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Recipe: Fresh Pico De Gallo

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