Dr. Gina is back in the office! We have really missed her the last three months and are very glad to have her back to see patients. Her new hours of availability are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am to 1pm. This part time schedule will change to add afternoon and evening appointments later in the Fall. If you would like to come in to see Dr. Gina please call the office at (314) 439-5548. She will no doubt continue her fitness kick and be happy to help you with your Summer workouts.
Please remember to stay hydrated and give your body the proper fuel it needs during these very hot days. If you have any questions about how to get the most out of your exercise routine and/or how nutrition and diet can improve your health, give us a call.
What do you know about Acupuncture? Do you have questions about how it works or if Acupuncture treatments could benefit you? Joy Sun is here to help. She will be happy to meet with you and discuss how Acupuncture works to balance the body and give you answers to alleviate your health concerns. Acupuncture can help with weight loss, improve sleep, decrease pain and effect fertility, and much more. Contact Joy at (314) 439-5548 to set-up a consultation.
We hope everyone is having a really nice summer and staying healthy. Feel free to ‘friend’ us on facebook ChiroCare Sports-Rehab.
-MollieShea Stephens, LMT
“National Nutrition Month®”,what Get Your Plate in Shape means to me.
I think about portion control, balance, composition and use of space. That’s that visual artist in me I guess. In order for me to get and keep my plate in shape I think about all my favorite food groups getting their proper space. I make sure everything is there including meat, grain, fruit and veg, like a beautiful piece of art.
With a background in painting and an early love for colorful things, my plate looks like a food rainbow. I love fruit and eat it every day. It’s so easy to grab an apple, banana or orange, even at the gas station.
When it comes to meat I try to keep it colorful also. For me this means fish first, my favorite, then highlights of chicken or pork and accents of red. I like eating fish because there are so many kinds (colors) to choose from; orange salmon, pink tuna, silver trout and saucy sardines. Once a week my plate has either mustard yellow sardines or red hot pepper sardines with multigrain crackers and a side of green. So pretty and yummy!
As a young woman with a family history of osteoporosis I know the importance of dairy on my plate. That doesn’t mean I have to have a big glass of milk or boring cheese. I find a great way to get healthy dairy is on salads. I try cottage cheese instead of ranch dressing, feta cheese instead of white cheddar or even plain yogurt with salt and pepper.
My last brush stoke for the rainbow food plate is very sweet. I love sugar and let myself have a bit of chocolate or dessert every day. Sweets that come in little packages are best, a piece of joy wrapped in colorful foil or a smile on a wooden stick is my favorite way to finish a beautiful meal.
A plate that’s in shape should represent all the food groups, be full of colors and end with a happy face. Think of meals as masterpieces.
MollieShea Stephens, LMT
Hi everyone, I hope that you have heard that we will be hosting a special talk in the office on Monday, February 27th at 6pm. Come learn about the Standard Process Purification and Weight Loss Program. I will be starting my program on March 5th and would love to have others join me! I have done this cleanse 3 or 4 times now. I’ve experienced great results in the past and hoping for the same this time. Let us share how the Standard Process Purification Program can help you reach YOUR health goals!
See you soon!
(Joy) Yijun Sun
L.Ac., Dipl.Ac, C.H
Hi, my name is Joy Sun (Soon). I am a licensed Acupuncturist and Diplomate in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology (NCCAOM). I am very excited about joining the team at Chiropractic Care & Sports Rehab, Inc. in November.
In China, Western and Eastern medicine are combined to care for patients, in most hospitals. From experience, they complement each other and…it just makes sense. Chiropractic Care & Sports Rehab, Inc. prides themselves in helping patients function optimally. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine are facilitators to help your body do that. So bringing the worlds together will only benefit the patients we see.
Now, about myself. I was born and raised in Beijing, China. My family is in the engineering field, but I had more curiosity leaning toward the health care profession. I chose to go to Beijing University for Chinese Medicine. After years of intensive training in both Western and Eastern medicine, I did a residency in Sino-Japanese Friendship Hospital. There I worked in the Chinese Medicine Department as a physician and had great success with pain management. We treated various conditions using a variety of applications including acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion, acupressure, Tuina, Qi Gong, Gua Sha and Chinese herbal medicine. In 1997, I was employed as a lecturer and practitioner by the College of Acupuncture and Orthopedics and Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. Shortly after we were transferred to the USA and ultimately St. Charles, MO.
I currently live in St. Charles with my husband and daughter, who is now a college freshman! Since being in the US I have embraced the culture. I’ve taken English lessons and received my Missouri License in Acupuncture and national certification (NCCAOM) in both acupuncture and herbology.
In my spare time I enjoy cooking meals with American ingredients, and walking or jogging at the park. I take pride in eating healthy and keeping active and enjoying a well balanced life.
I truly believe that our bodies are perfect creatures created by God. They have their own healing power if just given the chance. But imbalances occur and sometimes we need a little guidance. Acupuncture is becoming well known and widely used for treatment of disorders like digestive issues, musculoskeletal pain or dysfunction, neurological disease, immune compromise, women’s health and more. It helps with healing and slowing down the disease process. It is also great for disease prevention by promoting balance in the body’s energy system before the condition can become a disease or even be diagnosed by Western medicine.
I look forward to meeting you and helping to take care of your health needs. I know that acupuncture can be intimidating, but I’ll help you through that. You will be glad you tried it and hopefully it will become a part of your health regiment.
Summer Time Health Tips
Water is critical for our survival. In fact, after oxygen, it is the second most necessary life-sustaining factor. Under normal circumstances, people can live for weeks without food, but we can only survive without water for a few days. The human body requires adequate water to maintain its function.
Water is vital in transporting nutrients and eliminating waste, lubricating joints, regulating temperature and facilitating digestion. Water helps form the fluid in our joints, the mucous in our lungs, and many other bodily fluids. In addition, it is necessary when we exercise or are exposed to high temperatures—the evaporation of sweat helps cool us. The human body strives to maintain balance between the amounts of water that we lose vs. what we take in. When you are thirsty, drink water to restore the balance.
It is important to drink water all year but during the hot weather months it’s even more so. Stay healthy this summer with a few tips on HYDRATION.
First, What is Dehydration?
When we lose excessive amounts of water, or water and electrolytes, such as sodium and potassium, we get dehydrated. We feel the effects of dehydration in many ways, including weakness, abnormal heart rhythms, and fluid accumulation in the abdomen and/or the lungs. In a situation with increased water loss, such as physical exertion, dehydration can happen much quicker. In fact, dehydration can affect an athlete after less than 1 hour of exercise.
Signs of Dehydration
• Decreased performance
• Heart palpitations
Some other general information:
• In more physically active individuals, the amount of water intake necessary to maintain proper hydration varies between 2 to 16 liters per day, depending on the activity and the individual. Physically active individuals are not necessarily athletes. Farm workers, heavy laborers, and the like naturally have higher needs for water.
• If you are planning a strenuous physical activity, drink approximately 2 to 3 cups of cold water 2 hours before activity. Drink 1 cup approximately 10-15 minutes before the activity or during your warm-up. During the activity, drink 3 to 4 cups of water every hour of activity, or 1 cup every 15 to 20 minutes. After the activity, you should rapidly replace the fluids that you lost within 2 hours. You should drink approximately 16-24 ounces of water for every pound lost during the activity.
• Cool beverages of 50-60 degrees are the best forms of fluid for the body. If an activity lasts longer than 1 hour, a sports drink is often recommended.
• Fluids with salt (e.g., sodium, potassium) are beneficial because they increase thirst. The salt also helps replace what’s lost through sweat. If you choose a sports drink, it should contain no more than 7% of carbohydrates per serving.
Sports Drinks: The flavors make you want to drink more, electrolytes trigger your thirst mechanism and the carbohydrates boost energy. Use the right type of drink for the right sport. The more sugar the slower your body will re-hydrate
• Avoid fruit juices, carbohydrate gels, sodas, alcohol, and high-sugar sports drinks. These may dehydrate the body further by stimulating excessive urine production and/or decreasing your overall beneficial fluid intake.
Enjoy your summer and if you ever have questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to give us a call (314) 439-5548. Dr. Gina, Dr. Tushaus and MollieShea are here to help you stay healthy.
Yours in Good Health,
Chiropractic Care & Sports Rehab, Inc.