You Can Manage Your Headaches Naturally – Yes, Even Migraines

Multiple triggers. Multiple drugs. Multiple yucky side effects. Multiple migraines.

How do you break the severe headache cycle without introducing prescriptions into your routine?

Our first tip: Know your headache

Stress, lack of sleep, exposure to bright light, shift in weather or barometric pressure, certain foods, loud noises, and extreme temperatures can all be potential triggers for severe headaches.

Tip two: Stop them before they start.

In addition to recognizing triggers and avoiding them when possible, it also helps to pay close attention to the signs and symptoms as you feel a headache coming on, which allows you to take action before it becomes too painful.

Try these other options under your doctor’s supervision.

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Your Winter Running Prep List

winter run Winter is practically at our doorstep and we’d love to stay inside by the fire. But a love for fitness has a way of trumping even our deepest desire for creature comforts, leading us to leave the doorstep in the flurries.

If your routine won’t quit when abysmal weather arrives, here’s what you need to know to prep for winter running:

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MSM vs. Glucosamine: What’s the Difference?

bend and stretch!Rainy weather always makes me think about my elbows and knees, because I am one of many who experience joint pain before the storm rolls in.

Though a subject of contention, barometric pressure’s effect on joint comfort isn’t the focus of this post. It can still serve as a reminder that joint health is multifaceted; genetics, acidity, candidiasis, heavy metals and exercise can all contribute to the relative wellness of the joint and surrounding synovial fluids.

This post is about the differences between two of the most popular joint support supplements available: MSM and Glucosamine.

Joint formulas often include both ingredients, offering more comprehensive support. But if you want to stick to a single ingredient option, here’s what you need to know.

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Supplementing During Cancer Treatment

21547222_lWhen we talk about supplements, we never indicate that they can treat, cure, prevent or mitigate any diseases. We don’t say: This pill right here will change your body! We say: This supplement will support your body’s normal processes.*

So what happens when those normal processes change as the result of treatments? Good news: supplements can still offer you support, no matter where your body has led you.*

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An Interview with Naturopathic Doctor Susan Jacobs

During Naturopathic Medicine Week, we were very fortunate to receive some time with a practicing Vermont primary care naturopath, Susan Jacobs.

Susan’s perspective is one that we need to share, because it’s based on a value system which we at DaVinci also hold true, one that involves whole body wellness, comprehensive understanding and preventative care.

Dr. Jacobs, who practices in Shelburne at the Champlain Center for Natural Medicine, first came across the concept of naturopathy at a young age.

“It was in my junior or senior year of high school and I was at a friend’s house where the family was talking about nutrition and how it could affect cholesterol,” she said.

As an undergrad, Susan studied pre-med and was still on the track to go to modern allopathic medical school, but realized it didn’t fit in with her worldview and philosophy on health vs. disease. She was more interested in “how do you treat with non-invasive methods? Be proactive instead of reactive?”

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Thinking about Supplements? Talk to your Chiropractor!

If you’ve ever been to the chiropractor then you know just how satisfying and fulfilling your5631349_l time there can be. Why not extend your experience with holistic care beyond the office? There’s an easy way: Just talk to your chiropractor about supplementation.

There are many supplements that could fit on your chiropractor’s office shelf—and in your cabinet for support when you’re far from the office. Here are our five top choices for those you should mention:

1) Disc-Discovery®

We are huge fans of this supplement because of how specific to spinal health it is. DaVinci formulated Disc-Discovery® to support the health of the spine and the intervertebral discs.* It contains 14 synergistic nutrients that focus on the synthesis and restorative processes of spinal connective tissue.* With bovine tracheal cartilage, manganese, calcium, magnesium and other nutrients, this formula is a cut above the rest.

2) Serenity Now

This delicious chewable is one of DaVinci’s most popular supplements to support stress management. It’s fast acting, so I chew one tablet about 15 minutes before something nerve-wracking. Serenity Now features l-theanine (Suntheanine® brand) and Lactium®, which work synergistically to support relaxation and better concentration.* Every chiropractic office should have this in quick supply – and if your doc doesn’t, but you want it, it’s a perfect addition to your talking-points list!

3) Perna® Plus

DaVinci’s been working with Perna for over 35 years. Perna is a green-lipped mussel from New Zealand that supports joint function.* We include the whole food organism in our supplements, so all of the health-building factors are present in the Perna® Plus formula.* Plus, there’s added DMG, MSM, glucosamine and manganese to support mobility and comfort.* That should capture your doc’s attention!

4) Mega Probiotic-ND™

We know by now how significantly gut health impacts your mental states and other bodily processes. We also know that to truly receive holistic care, you must care for all parts of your body, as each piece is so integrated. That’s why Mega Probiotic-ND™  is an ideal supplement for your chiropractor to provide.

With multiple, varied strains of live bacteria and prebiotics, as well as 15 billion colony-forming units per serving, this capsule product has it all. It supports digestive health and regularity, as well as a normal microbiota balance.*

5) Enz-Flame™

Enz-Flame™ includes 13 synergistic ingredients to support overall joint and muscle comfort, especially that associated with aches and pains due to overexertion.*

If you’re active and looking for added support for comfort and flexibility, this is the perfect drink mix to mention at your next appointment.

Enz-Flame™ is a sure bet.* The formula has a few stars and supporting characters, but Cetyl Myristoleate takes the lead. CMO supports cell membrane lubrication and joint comfort.*

Have you ever spoken with your chiropractor about beginning a supplement regimen? Does your chiropractor already provide this guidance? Share your story on our Facebook page.



Mindfulness: The Root of Wellness

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Mindfulness is a buzzword, sure. But it’s also so much more.

As we wrote back in 2012, mindfulness is all about being present.

It’s not about being comfortable when you are all alone in a room. (Though that is still important.) It is about being able to be fully in the moment and aware of the moment. It is about acknowledging the distractions that might remove you from the moment, and being open to both having and reflecting on the experience, rather than simply regarding it as one average event in a string of many.

It’s not easy to achieve, but a one-step-at-a-time philosophy can truly help. The funny thing about acceptance and mindfulness is that they require you to use acceptance and mindfulness to cultivate them in your life.

How do you accept the cracks? How do you let the light in?

One moment at a time.