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This week I want to talk to you about eating right. It can be difficult when you are at a cookout to turn down that second burger or third plate of potato salad, but sometimes it needs to be done. There are a bunch of tips that you can follow to make sure that you aren’t overindulging this summer, so here are a few of them to help you either lose weight or keep a healthy one over these next few months.
1. Food Tracker Apps. Since almost everyone has a smartphone these days, here is one of the most popular methods of keeping track of your food. These apps are extremely popular and can help people lose weight like you wouldn’t believe! Apps like My Fitness Pal and FatSecret can help you track your calories, write out your exercise plan, and even scan in foods to get the nutrition information right from the package. These often help people to not only get the weight off, but keep it off longer.
2. Food Journals. The more “old school” method may be better if you don’t have a smart phone or simply don’t like carrying it around and pulling it out at mealtimes. Having a paper journal has helped people for many years and there’s no reason why it can’t work for you as well! Talk to your doctor (or chiropractor!) and see what the best diet plan and layout is for you.
3. Bring Your Own Plate. This may seem odd when you are heading over to a friend’s house for some food, but bringing your own plate to fill can help you cut down on what you eat. If you are trying to portion correctly, you may want to mark off how much you should take of what food group and this can be easier to do with a plate you already know the size of. It also cuts down on disposable waste, so it can help the environment too!
Losing weight, or keeping the weight off, is never easy. It is even more difficult when you have friends who are great cooks! If you explain to them that you are trying to be healthier, however, they will certainly understand why you are taking less food. Talk with your doctor to see what the best method to weight loss would be for you and remember that we wish you luck!

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This week, I want to talk to you about something that may seem a little boring, but is extremely important especially at this time of the year. We need to have a chat about staying properly hydrated. Hydration is one of the most important things that you can do for yourself throughout the entire year, but especially during the summer. The extra heat of these few months can make you burn through your body’s supply of liquid very rapidly, which is not good considering how much we are made up of water. If you are trying to lose weight during the summer, it is especially important to remain hydrated since one of the first things that you will lose is what’s called “water weight”.
While the summer is known as a time to have fun and be relatively care free, it can be a rather dangerous time if you don’t keep up with your health. Making sure that you are healthy should always be at the top of your priority list. While we understand that you have a great deal of responsibility, we also want to remind you that you have a responsibility to yourself and if you don’t keep yourself healthy, then you can’t do much to help everyone else that you know and love.
If you are in an area that gets humid and hot, you should increase your water intake during the summer months up to fifty percent. The general guideline is at least eight glasses of water a day, but every person’s body is different. One good way of checking whether you are adequately hydrated or not is to check the color of your urine. While this may feel strange, it is a good way to see if you need to increase your water and liquid intake. The darker your urine, the more water you need to drink. Doctors recommend that your urine be clear, as anything darker may mean that you’re dehydrated and may develop kidney issues from this.
Keeping yourself hydrated is also very important for your joints and general health. Even if you don’t like drinking just water, drinking something like a sports drink or lemonade is better than nothing. Remember, soda and alcohol doesn’t help you that much, so stick to the clearer liquids as much as possible. Keeping yourself healthy should be your number one goal!

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This week, I really wanted to focus on what you can do during the heat of the summer because I know that I’m sweating bullets as I write this! It is almost eleven o’clock at night and it is still over ninety degrees with almost full humidity where I am. I have been struggling to keep myself healthy over the past few days due to the heat and wanted to remind people that there are some things that we can all do to help cool off even when it is so brutal.
Although it certainly isn’t the best thing to eat nutrition-wise, things like popsicles, Italian ice, and ice cream are great treats to help to cool yourself down. I don’t know about you, but I have been eating those bomb pops like crazy for the past few days. While it certainly seems patriotic, I know that it isn’t the best thing for me and I should stop. After all, everything in moderation. I don’t know about you, but I really need to stop buying treats like that.
The heat can be extremely oppressive for many people, especially if you grew up in an area or even at a time of year that was normally cooler than your current location. Having spent quite a bit of time up in New England, I can tell you now that it is always cooler up there than it is down here. I was also born during the winter, so I am more accustomed to the cool weather. This means that I need to make sure that I keep myself cool in the summer because it is easier for me to become overheated than most people that I know. Keeping hydrated and cool are the two most important things for me during the summer and I have to be very aware of what my body is telling me.
If you are older or if you are caring for younger children, you should definitely make sure that you know the signs of heat illness. These symptoms can be easily missed but heat illness is no joke. Falling sick due to the temperature is something that can be easily avoided and we hope that you will never experience coming down with one of these issues. Come into Wirth and see what else you may be able to do to keep yourself cool and healthy during these next few months.

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This week I want to talk to you about summer safe exercise. While we never want to tell anyone to sit out a day from moving around, there are some situations in which it may be better to hold off for at least a few hours. Now that July is upon us, the temperatures are going to get even higher and the humidity isn’t going to be far behind. These can combine to create extremely dangerous conditions for anyone who may be outside for extended periods of time and sometimes you should avoid this if at all possible.
Earlier this week, temperatures reached 100° in certain areas on the east coast. While we have learned to expect this in places in the southern United States, even states as far north as New York were in severe heat advisories due to the conditions. Every person that ran by my front windows, I offered water to simply to help them replenish any they lost during exercise. Hydration is key whether you are running or simply sitting outside on days like these, as you can fall victim to heat related illnesses extremely quickly and once these set in, it is difficult to get yourself back to a healthy state on your own.
If you do want to still exercise when the weather is so severe, we suggest you either do so inside where there is air conditioning or not exercise between 9 am and 6 pm. When the sun is up and high in the sky, any exposure can quickly dehydrate you and the sun isn’t too great for your skin either. Either exercise outside early in the morning or later in the evening once the sun isn’t beating down too hard. If you do need to be outside for work or yard work, be sure to take breaks often and hydrate a lot. It is also a good idea to brush up on the symptoms of heat related illnesses so that you can identify them in yourself of those you see outside.
Having a structured exercise plan is a good thing, however it needs to be flexible enough to allow for situations like these. It is more dangerous for you to be outside in weather like this than it is to skip a single day of running, so remember to be smart about what you do and when you do it. You don’t want to end up in the hospital for something avoidable like heat stroke!

Let’s face it, children are never easy to raise. It doesn’t really matter how many you have or how often you take care of other people’s children, it never really gets easier. Every child is different, so things never really work the same from one kid to the next. When you factor in the changing safety regulations and new scientific studies that show what is more effective in regards to parenting techniques, it can be downright overwhelming. Even technology is constantly changing in regards to childcare and you never know what may be available even from one child to their younger sibling, regardless of how much time passed between their births.
One of the things that is constantly changing is the car seat. From a handmade wooden chair strapped over the back of the seat like the one my mother used to the newer car seats that connect to an app through your smart phone, car seats have changed a lot over the last 50 years. Even 20 years ago, children of any age and weight were still facing forward and there really wasn’t something like an expiration date on the car seat. Now that we know it is safer to have kids in a rear facing seat up to a certain point and that the integrity of car seats can diminish over time, we have to wonder what the next major change will be. With car seats that alert you when you leave your child in the back seat, an overly warm car, or even an unbuckled belt, it can seem like there is nothing else to implement. Of course, however, we know that something new will come along soon and become the new standard.
Even with all of the safety regulations that we have, children do still unfortunately get hurt while in cars. We know that it is always difficult to see your kid hurt and in pain which is why we will do everything we can to help them out. Here at Wirth, we work with every tool we have at our disposal to make sure that any damage is mitigated when it comes to a car accident. We will come up with a personalized plan to help your child and anyone else in your family who is living in pain. Just give us a call and leave the rest to us and our team!

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This week I wanted to talk to you about old injuries. Many of us have problems that stem from old incidents that were never correctly treated. Some of us had botched treatments, others simply never had the injury looked at for one reason or another. Whatever the cause of the injury, they can often stay with you for the rest of your life. For example, my mother broke her thumb in a car accident back in 1986 and it still hurts her off and on depending on the weather and if she has been using it a lot. She had it treated at the time and still has a brace for it, but over 30 years later it still troubles her. This is the reality for a great deal of us.
Old injuries are extremely tricky to try and work with because often the body has found a way to compensate for the weakness or damage that was done. This may be with excessive scar tissue or abnormalities in the bones surrounding the area. There may be permanent weakness in the location, but perhaps the muscles and tendons directly around that spot have become tense and cannot be relaxed. No matter what the reality of your old injury is, chiropractic care may help to ease some of the pain or damage that has been done.
With old injuries, they are already healed so they likely won’t ever be back to 100% unless extensive work is done to it. Many times when you hear of a hospital or doctor “re-breaking” a bone, this is why. It must be broken again to fix it correctly because of the way it healed the first time. However, chiropractic care may be able to help relax the muscles around the injury or strengthen the area to get you back to being able to use it almost normally. This can also help to relieve the pain that often accompanies these old injuries which can also help with usage.
If you have an old injury that didn’t heal quite right, come into Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC and see what we can do to help you out. You never know until you try, so even if another doctor has said that nothing could be done, it’s worth a shot. Either way, you can get a nice adjustment out of the appointment so it’s going to be a win for you!

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This week I want to talk about hydration. One of the most important things to remember during the summer is that you need to drink water. Many people prefer soda or even a cold beer after a long day and that is fine, but water is really the best thing you can do for yourself after a hot day. In fact, drinking alcohol while outside in the sun is one of the worst things that you can do for your body so even if you are at a cookout with some friends, it is important that you make sure yourself and everyone else drinks plenty of clear fluids.
Soda and alcohol both get some liquid into your system, but there is so much carbonation in them that you likely can’t get enough of it in to combat the dehydration that happens naturally from being outside in the summer. We aren’t saying that you can’t “crack open a cold one with the boys”, but it is important to remember that you can’t drink beer if you are in the hospital with heat exhaustion. Heat related illnesses are difficult enough to catch in yourself already, but the impaired judgement that happens with alcohol will make it even tougher. A good rule of thumb is to drink at least one glass of water for every alcoholic drink that you have.
For those who don’t like drinking water, other mostly clear fluids are good too. Things like lemonade or iced tea are great alternatives and flavored water or sports drinks can be the way to go as well. Remember that sports drinks are specifically designed to combat dehydration in those who sweat a lot in a short period of time, so stock up on your favorite flavor and bring a few along when you’re planning to have some alcohol. They also work wonders if you end up waking up with a hangover.
Although it can be annoying to keep track of how much water you’re drinking, it is much safer than getting sick with something completely avoidable like heat exhaustion. Plus, a case of water is much cheaper than a hospital bill if you are admitted for dehydration. If you want to make the best out of your summer, be sure to keep stocked on some nice, cold bottles of water. Trust me, you’ll thank us in the long run!

Chiropractic treatment is still extremely misunderstood by many in our country and simply not on the radar of many more. For this reason, we get a lot of questions and quite a few are rather common. Here, we will post some of those questions and their answers in an attempt to help more people understand just how incredible chiropractic care can be!
1. Are Chiropractors Doctors? Yes, chiropractors are licensed doctors. A common misconception is that chiropractors don’t have medical training, but this simply isn’t true. In fact, chiropractors go to medical school just like any other practicing doctor and then they go through additional training and schooling to specialize in chiropractic care.
2. Isn’t Chiropractic Care Glorified Bone Cracking? Not exactly, no. While chiropractic care does have a focus in aligning the joints back to the way they should be, it isn’t “just cracking joints”. In fact, cracking any joints yourself can be rather dangerous. While everyone cracks their fingers and is normally okay, other joints such as those in your neck and back, are much less forgiving if something goes wrong. It is important to always visit a chiropractor if you feel like something in those sensitive areas need to pop.
3. I Heard It’s Quack Medicine, Is This True? Most definitely not. Chiropractic care is a non-invasive and non-medicated way of treating pain and other disorders. While it won’t help every issue that every person has, it has been shown through centuries to help millions of people who couldn’t find relief any other way. Just because it doesn’t use many of the more conventional (and expensive) methods of treatment doesn’t mean it isn’t safe and effective.
4. Do You Only Crack Necks And Backs? No. While back and neck alignments are what chiropractors are best known for, they can do anything that other doctors can do. They also tend to treat injuries like those from car accidents, sports, and other traumas in all parts of the body, including legs, arms, hands, and feet.
While there are many more questions that we could go over, these are the four most common. If you have additional questions, feel free to come in and ask them so that we can help to put your concerns to rest. After all, you never know how much better you’ll feel until you have a spinal adjustment so why not try?