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April 29, 2022 “I Heard That…”

The first week of bootcamp always brings on a lot of interesting conversations for me. I cannot tell you how many times this week alone that someone shared some information with me that started off with “I heard that….” All of the information they shared with me was false. In my experience the term “I heard” has stopped a lot of people from trying something new, trying something that seemed impossible for them or trying some that would help them achieve their goals.  Here are a few of those conversations and FACTS to dispel the “I heard that…” conversations!

 

As I was going over a new client’s fit3d body scan I observed some severe posture and balance issues. I started asking her many questions about her history. She shared with me that she had been in a bad accident some years ago that she had to have neck surgery and a lot of rehabilitations. I suggested based on the body scan that she could possibly benefit from seeing a chiropractor. She instantly was like, “I heard that” they crack your neck and that that would cause more damage to her neck. 

FACT: A chiropractor is a type of medical professional who specializes in the manipulation of the spine and the nervous system and endures several years of graduate-level education. Chiropractors believe that many medical problems can be alleviated by adjusting the spine to align the entire body. When the body is out of alignment, the possibility of medical issues to erupt or worsen is likely. Listed below are just some of the many benefits of seeing a chiropractor. I personally have benefited greatly from my chiropractor sessions and would highly recommend doing your research.  A great chiropractor that does a thorough assessment and takes time to understand you and your past medical history will go a long way to improve posture among these other issues;

  • •             Improve neck pain. ...
  • •             Reduces reliance on opioid pain relievers. ...
  • •             Eases back pain. ...
  • •             Possible reduction of osteoarthritis symptoms. ...
  • •             Eases headache symptoms. ...
  • •             More affordable treatment for chronic back pain. ...
  • •             High satisfaction. ...
  • •             Reduces scoliosis symptoms.

    A client called me for a phone consultation and as I asked her what her health and fitness goals were, she said, “I heard that you cannot get toned after the age of 50”. I didn’t mean to laugh but I burst out laughing because I am living proof that not only can you tone, but you can get in the best shape of your life, become more fit, stronger, flexible, and healthier. 

    FACT: There’s so much to love about getting older, but there are so many realities we must face, as well. Our muscle mass, the amount of muscles in our body, peak at age 30 and our metabolism starts to sputter after 40. In women, our loss of muscle mass really starts to decline after age 50, which is partially caused by the hormonal changes of menopause, but also by inactivity.  What’s more, your muscles and tendons lose elasticity, and your joints will inevitably suffer. All of this is why, if you’re looking to get a lean body after 50, which let’s be clear you still can, you will need to take a hard look at both your diet and your exercise regimen, as neither can remain the same as they were in your 20s and 30s. 

    After the new members orientation, a client asked me about the alkaline water discussed during class. She stated, I heard that it is not healthy to drink alkaline water because our bodies shouldn’t be alkaline.

    FACT: Alkaline water can help detoxify your body over time and help with health problems like high blood pressure and acid reflux. To experience the full benefits, you’ll need to ingest alkaline drinking water regularly. 

    For regular water drinkers, it's widely known that health professionals suggest drinking at least eight glasses of water a day.  Drinking water daily helps us feel hydrated, improves our well-being, and flushes out every day toxins we ingest.

    If you've successfully achieved this daily minimum, congratulations! You can just swap alkaline water for your tap or filtered water. We recommend drinking half your bodyweight in ounces of alkaline water per day to experience optimal benefits. Don't make a fast switch, though, transition slowly by mixing up your alkaline water intake with regular water while you get used to the changes your body's pH levels. At Tadda’s café’ we start you at the lowest ph. level and work your way up. Never start at the highest level. 

    However, for those upping their daily water intake, if you’re not already used to drinking two or more liters of water per day, it’s best to start slow. Try drinking three to four glasses at first and gradually build up your intake. This will minimize any initial effects of switching to alkaline over normal water you may feel, which can include headaches and muscle aches, gas flu-like symptoms and tiredness.

    Not everyone experiences these side effects, but if you do, don’t panic! It’s actually a great sign that the alkaline water is doing its job of getting rid of the toxins and acid waste embedded deep in your muscle tissues. Once your body has become used to the lower levels of acid, any symptoms will subside, expect it to last two to three days or a couple of weeks, depending on your levels of toxification.

    When should I drink alkaline water?

  • • First thing. Starting your day with a glass of alkaline water gets your body ready for the rest of the day. Keep a bottle beside your bed so you can down it first thing.
  • • During exercise. A strenuous workout tends to use up fluids fast, so rehydrate with alkaline water to slow down the process. You can take sips before, during and after your workout.

    Hot tip: Never pair your alkaline water with food, your stomach needs acid, and the alkaline water will slow down the process. For this reason, it's recommended you drink at least thirty minutes before a meal and one and a half to two hours after meals.

    Experts in almost any field can tell similar stories. Increasingly laypeople do not care about expert views.  Instead, many of us have become insufferable know-it-alls, offering others information when we do not know what we are talking about. Or accepting information from non-professionals, instead of seeking the advice of the professionals.  Too many people have decided that attending the University of Google can replace actual experts, like doctors, nurses, and trainers.  It can’t.

    The phrase “I heard that” is defined in the Urban Dictionary, as used to emphasize the fact that one has heard a piece of information, and whole-heartedly agrees with it or believes it.  Stop listening to the “I heard people” and start listening to the experts so that you can focus on your fitness goals, the dreams, and desires that God has put in your heart to be healthier. Stop living in fear of failing, stop worrying if achieving those goals will be too much work, stop thinking you don’t fit the mold. Believe you can do anything your put your mind to, believe you are NO MESS!


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