Curcumin: The Natural Anti-Inflammatory Supplement

turmeric powder and capsule and roots curcumin on wooden plateSociety is finally starting to realize that medication isn’t the only option for treating any number of conditions. There are substances that can be consumed, whether in food or supplement form, that are 100 percent natural, non-addictive, non-narcotic and have no side effects.

Curcumin is a prime example.

Curcumin is a chemical found in the bright yellow pigment of turmeric, which is part of the ginger family and made from the Curcuma longa plant. Curcumin is the most active ingredient in turmeric, which is also the main spice in curry.

In Indian culture, curcumin has been recognized as a healing agent for centuries and is part of traditional Ayurvedic medicine. I use curcumin as an anti-inflammatory herbal supplement in clinical practice every day. Continue reading

About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

Probiotics: The Good Bacteria

probiotics Digestion conceptWe’ve all heard of antibiotics. The doctor prescribes an antibiotic to help us fight off a bacterial infection. The antibiotic either kills the bacteria or stops it from reproducing so the body’s natural defenses can take over.

Bacteria, of course, are those microscopic, living critters – or microorganisms – that exist virtually everywhere.

Not all bacteria are bad. In fact, trillions of bacteria from more than 400 species exist in the average adult’s intestinal tract. These bacteria perform countless functions that are very beneficial to the human body.

The problem is that we as a society have destroyed our guts with bad food and high stress levels, and we consume far more bad bacteria than good bacteria.

Probiotics are the good bacteria that help keep your gut healthy and promote good digestion. Babies pick up probiotics and other bacteria as they pass through the birth canal during delivery, and the probiotics multiply from there.

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

Why Magnesium Is So Important to Our Health

magnesium is importantWhen most people think of important vitamins, minerals and nutrients, some of the ones that come to mind most often are iron, calcium, fiber, vitamin C and vitamin D. However, magnesium plays an enormous role in our health.

In fact, after oxygen, water and basic food, you could argue that magnesium is the most important element in the human body.

Magnesium is a mineral needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions that keep the human body functioning properly. Magnesium supports proper nerve and muscle function, the immune system, a regular heartbeat, bone strength and growth, strong cell structure, energy and protein production, and the regulation of blood glucose levels.

An important electrolyte, Magnesuim helps to keep the body’s fluids balanced in order to maintain normal muscle, nerve, and enzyme function. Magnesium also helps the body move other electrolytes in and out of cells.

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

The Flu Is Coming! The Flu Is Coming!

Avoiding the Flu Before you call me Dr. Killjoy for talking about the flu when it’s technically still summer, please hear me out. Instead of ignoring the flu until the winter months when someone we know gets sick, we can start taking steps now to enhance the body’s immune function and help us fight off the flu.

But first, how well do you understand influenza, more commonly known as the flu? Did you know…

  • The flu virus can survive on surfaces for up to 48 hours.
  • The flu virus can travel to 12 feet through the air – at 100 miles per hour. Yes, coughing and sneezing can really send a virus into orbit.
  • 10 to 20 percent of Americans come down with the flu each season, which typically runs from November through March.
  • Children are two to three times more likely to get sick with the flu and frequently spread the virus to others.
  • More than 100,000 people end up in the hospital each year because of the flu.
  • On average, approximately 36,000 people die from the flu each year. While most people do recover from the flu, the illness can be life threatening, primarily to the elderly, newborns, and those with certain chronic diseases.

(Statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Yes, the flu can really knock us for a loop. The flu is a respiratory infection caused by a virus, with symptoms that typically include headaches, chills, dry cough, body aches, fever, stuffy nose, sore throat and extreme exhaustion.

If the flu infects you, you’ll usually feel symptoms for one to four days. However, you can spread the flu to others before your symptoms start and for three or four days after your symptoms appear. Make sure you get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, and talk to your doctor about taking over the counter medication. Just make sure you don’t give aspirin to children or adolescents, and antibiotics won’t work on a virus, so don’t bother.

How can we reduce our chances of getting the flu?

Consider a vaccination. Getting a flu vaccination is a personal decision that should be made in consultation with your doctor. Each year, scientists develop new flu vaccines based on the strains of flu viruses that are in circulation at the time. Sometimes a new strain may appear after the vaccine has been made and distributed to healthcare providers and clinics. Because there are hundreds of flu strains, it’s important to understand that a vaccination doesn’t guarantee that you won’t get the flu.

Also, viruses for producing the vaccines are grown in chicken eggs, so a vaccine may contain egg protein that can cause an allergic reaction. If you’re allergic to eggs or have ever had an allergic reaction to a flu vaccine, consult with your doctor before getting vaccinated.

Stay clean. Coughing and sneezing spread viruses at 100 miles per hour. You can catch the flu by simply touching a phone, doorknob or countertop that’s contaminated. Wash your hands frequently, try to avoid crowded work environments, and make sure the air in your home and workplace is being properly circulated.

Take the right supplements. Supplements recommended for fighting the flu include vitamin C, vitamin A plus beta-carotene, zinc gluconate lozenges, garlic capsules, vitamin B complex in a multivitamin complex, protein in the form of free-form amino acids, and Immucore by Metagenics, a mushroom herbal supplement. Capsules are usually more effective than solids. Make sure you check with your doctor for proper dosage.

Reduce sugar intake. Most people aren’t aware that sugar suppresses the immune system and lowers resistance. In addition to being the leading cause of obesity and other chronic health issues, sugar hampers your ability to fight off flu infections.

Make smart health decisions. Adequate sleep, proper nutrition, avoiding stressful situations, moderate exercise, daily hygiene and a positive mental attitude all contribute to your general good health.

Yes, the flu is coming, and taking back our health as it relates to the flu is about more than getting a shot. Our daily activities and nutritional habits play a much greater role in our immune defenses and overall well-being. This is the year of the family, so let’s make sure we’re doing everything we can to avoid and fight off the flu, and enjoy as many sick-free days as possible each and every year.

What steps are you taking to avoid the flu?

Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Prood­ian is an accomplished chiropractic physician and health educator who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise for the past two decades has been in physical rehabilitation, and he has successfully established himself as a spinal specialist. In his practice, he advocates the science of functional medicine, which takes an integrative approach to treating patients by addressing their physical, nutritional, and psychological needs. Alarmed by the escalation of complex, chronic illness in our country, Dr. Proodian has been speaking to companies and organizations through his “Wellness at Work” program since 1994, motivating thousands of people to make positive lifestyle choices and lead healthier, more productive lives. He can be heard weekly on his radio program, “Proodian Healthcare By Design,” on Tandem Radio.

About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

Deliberating the Do’s and Don’ts about Vitamin D

Vitamin D Supplement FactsYou’ve seen it for years on milk cartons: “Vitamin D fortified.” When we were growing up, we all learned that vitamin D keeps our bones and teeth healthy and strong, but this hormone-like vitamin has been getting more attention recently for other potential health benefits.

Vitamin D’s primary functions involve calcium absorption and bone mineralization. Vitamin D deficiency leads to bone-softening disorders like rickets in children, and osteomalacia, osteopenia and osteoporosis in adults. More recent research suggests that benefits of vitamin D extend beyond the bones and could help with high blood pressure, autoimmune conditions, some pain syndromes and even cancer.

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

Raise Your Glass of Orange Juice for a True Genius

The word “genius” is one of those labels – much like the word “hero” – that’s thrown around far too frivolously in today’s society, whether we’re discussing business, science, sports, music, acting, art, fashion or cooking.

Webster’s Dictionary defines genius as “extraordinary intellectual power especially as manifested in creative activity,” or “a person endowed with transcendent mental superiority; specifically, a person with a very high IQ.”

This post is dedicated to a person who exemplifies the true definition of genius as provided by Mr. Webster. You get extra points if you can figure out who this genius is without skipping to the end.

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

Getting to Know CoEnzyme Q10, Nutritional All-Star

Getting to Know CoEnzyme Q10, Nutritional All-StarCoEnzyme Q10, commonly called CoQ10, a substance produced naturally in almost every cell in the human body, has two primary roles – energy producer and antioxidant. CoQ10 is active in the mitochondria, the part of the cell responsible for energy production.

Found in oily fish like salmon and tuna, organ meats like liver and kidney, and whole grains, CoQ10 is a very popular nutritional supplement for its energy producing and antioxidant functions.

The levels of CoQ10 in the body decrease steadily as we age, leading many scientists to believe that replacement of this dwindling CoQ10 supply through supplementation may make an anti-aging plan more effective.

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.