A light at the end of the tunnel.

I’m the first to admit I have not handled my frustrations with the current state of the world properly. I’ve been in denial, mad, disappointed, anxious, you name it and haven’t used all the proper stress reduction mechanisms I know work for me. Fortunately, I have an amazing wife who puts things in perspective for me and tells me what I NEED to hear. With that in mind, I’ve been working hard to focus on what’s under my control and take each day one step at a time.

There is hope out there, if you look for it! Positive news doesn’t always make headlines but doctors as close as Detroit are using intravenous Vit C and other vitamins (85 & counting with ZERO deaths) and prescription drugs combined with zinc to treat sick patients. Hospitals in NYC and China are also implementing similar therapies with initial success. Natural/holistic therapies are nothing new, they’ve been treating viruses with a high success rate for over 100 years. But, in a crisis, they are often the last thing we look to.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel and we will come out of this soon. But, no matter what we do, we are all likely to be exposed (if we haven’t been already) to the virus. “Instead of waiting for a silver bullet to kill the virus, we should be focusing on the host” (which is us) Dr. Brownstein.  We all need to be taking care of ourselves through healthy exercise, fresh air, mental well-being and nutrition (low sugar, high in Vitamins A, C, D, Zinc, Quercetin, and probiotics through food first, supplement any gaps in the diet). And, chiropractic can help whole body function and stimulate parts of your nervous system to enhance immune health.

As we slowly start coming out of restrictions, we want to be the light for you. We’re constantly looking for new ways to help our patients and their families. A new normal will be created whether we like it or not. But, what’s under our own personal control is much larger than we think. We need to work hard to ensure our daily actions and activities are conducive to healing and personal growth. We’ll be with you every step of the way.

Yours in Health,

Dr. Levi Pulver
Pulver Chiropractic

Healthy Vacation Habits, 5 Tips to Keep You Well

Healthy Vacation Habits, 5 Tips to Keep You Well

1. Move! It’s easy to walk 30 miles in three days if you’re in New York City. But what if you’re at a tropical resort or poolside in Florida? Make sure you go for walks every day, visit the hotel/resort fitness center or take the stairs instead of elevator whenever possible. For long road trips, go for a quick walk, perform squats, lunges and side bends when stopping for gas or restrooms.
2. Moderation. It’s easy to eat pancakes for breakfast, quesadillas for lunch, have drinks at happy hour and eat ice cream every day. I (Dr. Levi) know from experience 😊 But that often leads to a very sluggish finish to your trip and increases your chances of getting sick upon return home. It’s ok to have desserts, comfort foods and sugary and/or alcoholic drinks from time to time but keep it within reason. Try to add a vegetable to each meal and don’t forget your healthy fats (avocado, coconut oil, fish, etc). Pack trail mixes, meat sticks and protein bars for airplanes and long car rides.
3. Plan ahead. Make a meal plan, or at least an outline for each day so you’re not scrambling for ideas, eating fast food or snacking all day.
4. Hydrate. Front load your water first thing in the morning with two glasses before anything else. Drink between meals and aim for half your body weight in ounces per day. This is especially important for long car rides and airplanes.
5. Rest. it’s easy to go on vacation and plan things for all your spare time to get in sight seeing, etc. Take advantage of sunshine by soaking up Vitamin D and let yourself rest and take naps in the down times.

Bonus Tip: Get adjusted before and after your trip to ensure your body is ready for travel and allow for optimal recovery!

When Kids Get Sick; 5 Tips for a Speedy Recovery.

When Kids Get Sick; 5 Tips for a Speedy Recovery.
Nothing can be more painful than watching your little one(s) suffer when they’re sick. Fortunately, when following several natural health remedies, you can shorten the duration of the illness so they can get back to being themselves as soon as possible. Here are our top five tips for a quick recovery:
1. Heavy Doses of Vitamins: Vitamins C & D are staples to keep around the house and should be administered at first sight of illness. Elderberry syrup is easy for kids to take and is a strong anti-viral agent. Congaplex is an incredible immune supporting multi-vitamin that comes in a great tasting chewable tablet. Probiotics also come in a chewable form and help the healthy bacteria in the intestinal tract. Finally, slippery elm works great to heal and soothe the intestinal tract.
2. Use Kid Safe Essential Oils: Specifically, geranium helps as an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, immune stimulant and with allergies. Grapefruit can combat stomach issues. And use cypress for colds, coughs and a decongestant. Either diffuse in their room, mix with coconut oil and rub on their chest and feet or apply a couple drops in their bath to help them reap the benefits. For older children, Frankincense, oregano, lemon and tea tree will also provide immune support. Another great option is Plant Therapy.
3. Epsom Salt Bath: The magnesium found in Epsom Salt will help sooth achy bodies and reduce inflammation. Try one cup in a warm bath making sure the salts are fully dissolved before your child gets in. Also, feel free to add a couple drops of any of the previously mentioned oils.
4. Skin to Skin: Babies especially benefit from skin to skin contact from mom or dad. This helps regulate temperature, reduces pain and has a calming effect on the child.
5. Hydration: Make sure your child has plenty of water and they are going to the bathroom regularly (clear to straw colored urine). When needed, give them a homemade electrolyte drink or even a popsicle to replace vital minerals.
*Bonus Tip, get adjusted to improve circulation, drainage and lymphatic flow. Most parents who bring their children in when sick report a quicker recovery.
**Although it’s common practice to give a sick child, especially with a fever, Tylenol (acetaminophen) to help them recover quicker, this office does not recommend the practice. A fever is the body’s natural way of killing viruses and producing antibodies. Reducing a fever with medication allows the virus to live longer and prolongs the illness. It also diminishes antioxidant levels in the body making it harder for the body to detoxify. The child may seem better because their fever has reduced but they can still be harboring viruses, infect others and negatively affect their body’s response to their next illness. When given after a vaccine, Tylenol can prevent their body from detoxifying additives found in the shots which can cause other health issues later in life. Only use medication as a last resort and always seek out medical attention when a fever reaches 104 degrees, your child is incoherent or you suspect severe dehydration.

5 Tips to Help You Feel Your Best This Winter

5 Tips to Help You Feel Your Best this Winter.
Winter is the perfect time to re-set your health and restore your mind. Here are a few tips to help you stay happy and healthy through the winter so you can feel your best!
1. Optimize Your Water Intake: We need half our body weight in ounces of water per day (75% for 150-pound person). Start each day with two glasses of water before any other food or drink. Drink more water in between meals as too much during meals can dilute your digestive enzymes.
2. Get More Rest: All mammals are sleeping more this time of year and so should we. Go to bed earlier, sleep in when possible and take naps once or twice a week. Your body heals more when you sleep so give it the best opportunity you can.
3. Get Your Daily Dose of Vitamin D: Get outside as much as possible and supplement with 2,000-4,000 IU’s of Vitamin D per day to help with many biological processes in the body like immune support, bone health and autoimmune disorders. For more food sources of Vitamin D, read here.
4. Feed Your Soul: Take this time to look inward and reflect on yourself through prayer, meditation, writing, yoga, etc. to connect with your inner self and help relax the mind, calm emotions and raise your spirit. Learn more about stress management here.
5. Low and Slow Cooking with Broth: Broth is nutrient dense containing many essential minerals and can easily be used instead of water for cooking rice, beans, lentils, soups and stews. Cook on low temperatures for longer times and use in-season foods like root vegetables, winter greens and bone-in meats. This infuses food with heat to keep the body warm during winter months. Learn more about cooking with the season here!
Bonus Tip: Get adjusted to minimize spinal stress that can be keeping you from feeling like yourself!

5 Tips For a Healthy Holiday Season

5 Tips for a Healthier Holiday Season.
Holiday festivities can derail even the healthiest of eaters. For many people this leads to weight gain, sick days and leaves them more susceptible to injury. Try these simple tips to stay healthy over the holidays and start the New Year on the right track!
1. Watch your liquid calories. A 12-ounce flavored latte can have anywhere from 250 to 350 calories, hot chocolate has 250 calories, a glass of wine has 150 calories, a micro beer has 150 calories and a vodka/soda cocktail with lime has 100 calories. But, did you know that 8oz of kombucha has only 25 calories !?!?! At your next gathering, try serving GT’s Trilogy Kombucha mixed half and half with lime LaCroix. Trust me, your guests will love it! And, don’t forget to drink half your body weight in ounces of pure water per day.
2. Look for veggies and nuts. When snacking or eating appetizers, stick to veggies and nuts. Put them on a plate/bowl and pre-determine how much you’re going to eat. Don’t graze!
3. Stick to your routine. Go for walks, stretch, read, go to bed at the same time, don’t skip or add meals, exercise and take time for yourself each day. This will cut down on emotional eating, stress and help you not completely let yourself go.
4. Do something fun! Go for a winter hike, put together a puzzle, or watch a favorite Christmas movie with family and friends. Relaxation and laughter are good for your emotional health, which in turn benefits your physical health.
5. Bring healthy options to gatherings. Make up your favorite salad, soup or veggie platter to share with friends and family. Or, order this holiday themed cookbook for new, dairy free/gluten free options that are sure to be a hit!
Bonus Tip: Get adjusted to minimize one more stress on your body and to prevent illness and injury!

5 Tips to Stay Healthy This Fall

5 Tips to Stay Healthy this Fall

Don’t let the cooler temperatures and diminishing sunlight hinder your health. Try our top 5 tips to stay healthy this fall so you can enjoy all that the season has to offer!

Breathe: In through the nose until the lungs are full and hold for 5 seconds. Exhale completely and repeat for 3 full breaths. Do this 3 times a day to minimize stress, clear the airways and free your mind.
Walk Outside Daily: There is nothing more healing than connecting with nature and breathing in clean, cool air. Commit to walking 10-15 minutes (or more) at the same time every day.
Eat In-Season Foods: Fall foods are heartier and nourishing while also supporting the immune system. Make your favorite soups & stews and save leftovers for quick meals & easy lunches!
Reorganize, Clean & Donate: Autumn is the perfect time to take stock of things in your life, organize and let go of the old to make room for the new. Clean your closets, cupboards, computers and even your mind of unused, unnecessary items.
Get adjusted: Regular adjustments improve mobility, circulation, drainage & physical well-being. Don’t let a nagging injury linger into the holiday season!

Learn more about “Living with the seasons.”

5 Tips For a Fun and Healthy Beach Day

5 Tips for a Fun & Healthy Beach Day

What makes a fun beach day? The sun shining, sandcastles and a good beach read tops many lists. What ruins a fun beach day? Sunburn, hunger and being unprepared are things most people have experienced at some point or another. Here are some tips to make your beach days memorable for all the right reasons.
1. Protect your skin – Our favorite sunscreens are non-toxic and safe for everyone in the family. We recommend Badger sunscreen and re-applying every 2 hours. Rash guards and bathing suit coverups are helpful for protecting sensitive skin. A beach umbrella is also useful for alternating between sun and shade.

2. Stay hydrated – It’s easy to forget to drink enough water when you’re busy having fun at the beach. However, between the heat from the sun and energy being exerted while playing, it is extremely important to stay hydrated to keep the body working properly. Remember to not only pack those water bottles but be drinking from them!

3. Snack wisely – Avoid hunger pains and sugar meltdowns by packing snacks that are nutritious and travel well. Beef sticks, nuts and trail mix, mandarin oranges and cut up veggies are all easy options to pack and easy for little hands to hold at the beach.

4. Move – Play in the waves, walk along the beach or join a game of sand volleyball. The beach offers many ways to get your body moving and having fun at the same time. Bonus – if you get hot, just run in to the water to cool off! It’s wise to drink extra water if you’re being active.

5. Rest and Relaxation – If you’re able to close your eyes, take a nap or just listen to the sounds around you. Take deep breaths and just rest. Bringing along a magazine or book to enjoy is also a wonderful way to relax.

Put Spring in Your Step; 5 Tips to Feel Great!

Put Spring in Your Step; 5 Tips to Feel Great!

The days are getting longer, outdoor sports have begun, flowers are budding and you may be wondering how to feel your best to enjoy all these moments. While you’re spring cleaning your home, you can also take the time to make sure your body is ready for a change of season as well. Here are some tips to help you feel great in the transition!

  1. Try a detox or cleanse – Give your body a rest from sugar, grains, alcohol, and caffeine for added energy and better sleep at night. This can be as simple as a 24-hour juice cleanse , a little more intentional with our 7-Day Health Reset or as intense as 14 to 21 days full detox/cleanse. Your body will appreciate the opportunity to rid itself of some toxins and stored fat.
  2. Move – Walking in the fresh air is beneficial for your emotional and physical health. Lace up your shoes after dinner and walk around your neighborhood or check out a local nature trail. Grab a family member or friend and build relational connection or use the time alone to pray and meditate.
  3. Eat your veggies – For the freshest and most economical choices, select what is in season. Spring in Michigan is a great time for asparagus, various green lettuces such as arugula and spinach, beets, and carrots. Incorporate them into lunches and dinners, as snacks, or throw spinach in to breakfast smoothies!
  4. Try something new – Spring brings the feeling of excitement and new beginnings. Find something you haven’t done before and see how it works for you! Challenge yourself with a Couch to 5K program, discover new sights through hiking, discuss the latest reads at a book club, go fishing with your kids, or relax at the end of the day with a gentle yoga routine.
  5. Allergies – Often with the beauty of spring comes the runny nose, itchy eyes, and sneezing. To ease the discomfort of spring allergies, make sure you drink plenty of water, consume a low-inflammatory diet, try a Neti-pot, and schedule regular chiropractic adjustments to help with circulation and drainage.

Bonus tip: Get adjusted to improve alignment, mobility and circulation!

5 Tips to Help You Feel Your Best this Winter

5 Tips to Help You Feel Your Best this Winter.
Winter is the perfect time to re-set your health and restore your mind. Here are a few tips to help you stay happy and healthy through the winter so you can feel your best!
1. Optimize Your Water Intake: We need half our body weight in ounces of water per day (75% for 150-pound person). Start each day with two glasses of water before any other food or drink. Drink more water in between meals as too much during meals can dilute your digestive enzymes.
2. Get More Rest: All mammals are sleeping more this time of year and so should we. Go to bed earlier, sleep in when possible and take naps once or twice a week. Your body heals more when you sleep so give it the best opportunity you can.
3. Get Your Daily Dose of Vitamin D: Get outside as much as possible and supplement with 2,000-4,000 IU’s of Vitamin D per day to help with many biological processes in the body like immune support, bone health and autoimmune disorders. For more food sources of Vitamin D, read here.
4. Feed Your Soul: Take this time to look inward and reflect on yourself through prayer, meditation, writing, yoga, etc. to connect with your inner self and help relax the mind, calm emotions and raise your spirit. Learn more about stress management here.
5. Low and Slow Cooking with Broth: Broth is nutrient dense containing many essential minerals and can easily be used instead of water for cooking rice, beans, lentils, soups and stews. Cook on low temperatures for longer times and use in-season foods like root vegetables, winter greens and bone-in meats. This infuses food with heat to keep the body warm during winter months. Learn more about cooking with the season here!

Bonus Tip: Get adjusted to minimize spinal stress that can be keeping you from feeling like yourself!

5 Tips for a Healthier Holiday Season

5 Tips for a Healthier Holiday Season.
Holiday festivities can derail even the healthiest of eaters. For many people this leads to weight gain, sick days and leaves them more susceptible to injury. Try these simple tips to stay healthy over the holidays and start the New Year on the right track!
1. Watch your liquid calories. A 12-ounce flavored latte can have anywhere from 250 to 350 calories, hot chocolate has 250 calories, a glass of wine has 150 calories, a micro beer has 150 calories and a vodka/soda cocktail with lime has 100 calories. But, did you know that 8oz of kombucha has only 25 calories !?!?! At your next gathering, try serving GT’s Trilogy Kombucha mixed half and half with lime LaCroix. Trust me, your guests will love it! And, don’t forget to drink half your body weight in ounces of pure water per day.
2. Look for veggies and nuts. When snacking or eating appetizers, stick to veggies and nuts. Put them on a plate/bowl and pre-determine how much you’re going to eat. Don’t graze!
3. Stick to your routine. Go for walks, stretch, read, go to bed at the same time, don’t skip or add meals, exercise and take time for yourself each day. This will cut down on emotional eating, stress and help you not completely let yourself go.
4. Count your “courses.” If you’re like me, you like to eat food before you eat your food. In America, we call these the appetizers. Everywhere else, it’s simply called over-eating. Appetizers, main course, second helpings and dessert add up to four courses and a heck of a lot of food. Try sticking to just one to two courses. Chew gum, drink water before a meal, have a cup of tea after you eat, put all the food you plan on eating onto one plate to give yourself a visual, have a family member hold you accountable or just do whatever is needed to resist the urge to overeat.
5. Bring healthy options to gatherings. Make up your favorite salad, soup or veggie platter to share with friends and family. Or, order this holiday themed cookbook for new, dairy free/gluten free options that are sure to be a hit!
Bonus Tip: Get adjusted to minimize one more stress on your body and to prevent illness and injury!