Back-to-School: How to Prepare your Kids for Success

 

In addition to dealing with the complexities of entertaining and keeping children safe during a pandemic, parents now have to worry about a whole new beast: virtual learning.   

 

PREPARE YOUR KIDS FOR SUCCESS: 

Every kid is unique and learns at their own pace. Some kids will thrive off of virtual learning while others will struggle with feeling overwhelmed by excessive screen time and environmental distractions. 

It’s important to find out what works best for YOUR child. Here are some ways you can make virtual learning a little easier on your kids: 

 

  • Have a consistent schedule where kids can more easily transition in and out of school time: Try to build as much structure as possible by setting regular times for meals, schoolwork, and other activities; however, allow for flexibility in the schedule. Give children a break if they are feeling frustrated, anxious, or overstimulated. 

 

  • Set up a designated “classroom” space: Whether this is an actual office space in your home or a desk in the kitchen/bedroom, there needs to be an area specifically for your child to learn.  

 

  • Reduce distractions by limiting the use of devices that aren’t being used for education: If smartphones and tablets are around your child, they are more likely to use them! Avoid the distraction all together by placing them in a separate room. Having the TV on during the day or having favorite toys around can also make it difficult to focus. Set up a quiet, clutter-free workspace for your child. 

 

  • Provide “brain breaks” in between learning: Studies have shown that higher levels of screen time are associated with a variety of health harms, such as obesity and depression while small amounts are not harmful and may have some benefits. 

 

  • Provide positive feedback: Children often receive reassurance and reinforcement from teachers and counselors throughout the day. Creating a reward system can help maintain motivation and enthusiasm for learning! Have fun with it — put a checkmark, star, or sticker on work assignments or allow extra playtime at the end of the day! Verbal praise is also highly effective and important.

 

  • Encourage healthy food choices: When you eat better, you feel better! Sugary drinks, refined carbs, and highly processed foods can all have negative results on your brain which impacts your memory and mood. Foods like fruits and vegetables, on the other hand, can promote energy levels, alertness, and focus throughout the day! Adding nutrient-rich vitamins to your daily regime can also be a helpful energy booster. We’ve partnered with Juice Plus+ to bring you the products we have tried and trust for immune support, building, and restoration as well as your overall well-being — which is especially important right now to combat COVID-19. Juice Plus+ products are made from the juice powder concentrates and oils from more than 40 different fruits, vegetables, and grains. There are options for the whole family, including the fruit and vegetable chewables for kids that deliver whole food based nutrition from 20 different fruits, vegetables, and grains in a tasty, soft chewable form! You can also read our recent blog post on boosting your immune system for more ideas. 

 

  • Be flexible and patient: If you find yourself getting frustrated throughout the day, the odds are, your child is experiencing the same thing! We are all adjusting to this new normal, and need the grace to make mistakes and learn from them. Watch what works for your child and what doesn’t. Set aside extra time to work on more difficult subjects and encourage your child to work independently on things that come more easily to them. 

 

Most importantly, remember: this won’t last forever! There will be bumps in the road, but that’s okay. Try to keep a positive mindset — we’re all in this together.

 

For more tips on creating a safe, ergonomic space for you and your child, check out our previous blog for everything you need to know to survive telework.

COVID-19, Reopening, & Your Immune System

We know that you are being bombarded with lots of information concerning COVID-19, and like us, these new developments may leave you with more questions than answers: Is it safe to participate in social gatherings? Do I still need to wear a mask when I go outside? What can I do to support my immune system so that I don’t get sick? 

While we may not have the answers to all your COVID-19 concerns, we can provide you with the tools for a holistic approach to reinforcing and supporting your immune system! Here are a few tips: 

FOODS THAT BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM: 

 

 

Consuming lots of nutrient-dense foods and spices with antiviral properties will help to keep your immune system strong and may prevent colds, the flu, and other infections. During your next visit to the grocery store, plan your meals around these powerful immune system boosters: 

Citrus fruits: 

  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Clementines
  • Lemons
  • Limes

Fermented foods:

  • Kimchi
  • Pickles
  • Yogurt
  • Kefir
  • Sauerkraut

Fresh herbs:

  • Oregano
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • Ginger

Vegetables: 

  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Red bell peppers
  • Garlic
  • Sweet Potato

Other helpful foods:

  • Green Tea
  • Kiwi
  • Papaya 
  • Turmeric
  • Yogurt
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Almonds
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Bone Broth
  • Coconut Oil

Want to make your own fresh vegetables from home? Check out our Tower Garden and take home some fresh greens!

HOW CAN ASHBURN FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC HELP YOU? 

The body’s enemies take on many forms — stress, seasonal changes, environmental contaminants. They’re virtually everywhere, hoping to capitalize on a moment of weakness. It’s a fight that never stops. It’s a fight that we want to win. Though we can’t make the immune system invincible to these pressures, we can make it more prepared.

We’ve partnered with Juice Plus+, Standard Process, and dōTERRA Essential Oils to bring you the products we have tried AND trust for immune support, building, and restoration as well as your overall well-being.  

Juice Plus+ products are made from the juice powder concentrates and oils from more than 40 different fruits, vegetables, and grains. While Juice Plus+ isn’t a substitute for eating fruits and vegetables, our whole food-based products support a healthy diet by offering a much wider variety of naturally occurring vitamins, along with antioxidants and phytonutrients found in fruits and vegetables. Every Juice Plus+ product is made from farm-fresh quality ingredients, providing the natural nutrients your body needs.

To create an online account, just follow the Juice Plus+ link and list Dr. Judy Lamp as your representative. 

The Standard Process link and doTerra Essential Oils will take you to supplements and products that can aid in immune system support.

If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment, please don’t hesitate to call us at (703) 450-4900.

Stay healthy and don’t forget to breathe!

Introducing Abel

We have a new addition to our AFC Family! Meet Abel Keen:

Abel has been a licensed massage therapist since 2009. Prior to becoming a massage therapist, he was a hospital corpsman in the United States Navy, specializing in mental health. After leaving the Navy, he wanted to continue pursuing a career in the health field. He chose massage because he preferred the “hands-on” approach and the almost immediate results his clients experienced.

He has worked in a small practice with just a few other therapists as well as in large membership-based franchises with 30-40 therapists.

His experience ranges from creating and providing sessions based on the patient’s needs to managing the entire staff and facility.

He has additional training in Pre-natal, Swedish, Deep tissue, Sports, Trigger point, therapeutic, and Hot stone massage.

Tower Garden to Table

During quarantine, a lot of people have taken to starting new hobbies: baking fresh bread, meditating, knitting, and even gardening (it is Springtime, after all!). But, what do you do if you want to flex your green thumb, but you don’t have enough yard space?

You ditch the soil altogether! Instead, save yourself the dirty fingernails and mud-stained clothes by using a Tower Garden!

You’re welcome to see our Tower Garden growing in our office — just give us a call and let us know that you’re interested in learning about it!

What is it?

Good health starts with positive, sustainable habits, like eating wholesome foods.

Tower Garden lets you easily grow your own fresh, nutrient-rich foods using a vertical growing system WITHOUT the use of soil. The advanced technology offers a cleaner, simpler, and more efficient way to grow fresh, healthy food for your family.

Tower Garden uses an aeroponic growing system — the same technology NASA uses — to grow plants using only water and nutrients. Research shows that aeroponic systems grow plants 3x faster and produce 30% greater yields on average. In fact, Tower Garden can grow more than 150 different wellness-promoting plants, with the exception of root crops such as potatoes and carrots. Check out the entire plant list here!

The new Tower Garden HOME is ideal for indoor gardening, while the Tower Garden FLEX is slightly larger and can be used indoors or outdoors.

A Tower Garden HOME Growing System kit is just $55.83/month for 12 months and includes a variety of starter seeds and everything you need to grow up to 32 full-sized greens and herbs. A Tower Garden FLEX Growing System kit is even less! At $51.67/month for 12 months, you can grow up to 20-full sized vegetables, herbs, fruits, and flowers!

Why are they good?

Food is the third-largest expenditure in Americans’ budgets. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans spend more than $7,000 on groceries and eating out per year, and guidelines laid out by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) show that a family of four can spend between $890 and $1,287 per month.

So, why not cut your grocery list in half by growing a wide variety of fruits and vegetables year-round in the comfort of your own home? Not only do you avoid the learning curve and mess of a traditional outdoor garden, but you save time and space: each model takes up less than 3 square feet and requires as little as 10% of the space and water you’d use with traditional growing. And the best part? With Tower Garden’s advanced technology, it’s almost impossible to screw up!

They’re great for classrooms, people with limited outdoor space, and even offices! If you’ve visited AFC over the last few months, you would have seen our beautiful Tower Garden! From our first sprouts in January to the beautifully mature vegetables growing in March, we’re happy to say that we’ve had more than a handful of clients ask us to take some of our Basil, Spicy Baby Greens, and Rainbow Chard home with them!

If that isn’t enough, having a Tower Garden in your home could be good for your mental health, too. Not only do plants make us feel better, but they also give us increased energy and bring feelings of vitality and an improved state of mind — which is something we could all use right now.

Whether you’re bored during quarantine, want to educate yourself and your family on the importance of home-grown food, or just want to add a little color to your home, give Tower Garden a try!

The Tele-Working Survival Guide

Dear patients,

For many of you, working from home means setting up shop at the dining room table or working from the couch.

Make sure that you’re set up for success without hurting your hips, back, neck and shoulders.

In this video, Dr. Scott Lamp talks about how to work from home without hurting yourself!

Part 1 – Introduction

Part 2: Ergonomics, Teleworking Basics and Peripheral Devices

 

 

Part 3: Memory Pegs

Introducing Joselyn

Our family at AFC just keeps getting bigger!

Introducing Joselyn!

Because one new face just wasn’t enough, we’d also like to introduce Joselyn!

Joselyn has been working as an administrator for over 5 years while also getting her AA in Science and continuing her education in public health.

She loves working with people and cares deeply about their overall wellbeing.

She’s happy she found Ashburn Family Chiropractic, where she is surrounded by positivity.

Please welcome her next time you come into the office!

How to Boost Your Immune System Against Illnesses Like Coronavirus

We’re hearing your concern about coronavirus and wanted to let you know…
WE’RE HERE FOR YOU!

We fully expect to stay open and allow our patients to stay on their current recommended treatment plan. Our message about obtaining maintaining your overall health and well-being hasn’t changed and it’s even more important now.

Rest assured that we always practice the highest standards for hygiene and cleanliness.

Here are a few reminders about how to boost your immune system as this novel virus spreads throughout our area.

  • Chiropractic Adjustments are proven to improve and enhance all your body’s systems, including your immune system. We fully expect to stay open to help keep you on your current treatment plan.
  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Be sure to clean between your fingers and under your fingernails. It’s the best defense we have against this virus.
  • Remember to eat whole, nutrient-dense foods. Fruits and vegetables are packed with the vitamins and minerals we need to support immune health. It's best to gain as much nutrition as you can from whole foods (ask us about our garden tower!). In the office, we have supplements and essential oils to give you that extra boost.
    • Juice Plus+ (Clinically Proven, Whole Food Based Nutritional Supplement)
    • Standard Process (Strengthen your immune system w/herbal supplements)
    • doTERRA Essential Oils (aid in immune support)
  • Drink plenty of filtered water. It keeps you hydrated and removes toxins from the body.
  • Get some exercise — and some rest, too! Moderate exercise and a healthy sleep schedule are critical to ensuring your immune system is operating at peak efficiency.
  • Detox your body! Through our Ion therapy footbaths, we can help remove impurities from your liver, kidneys, lungs, intestines, lymphatic system and skin, where toxins are stored.
  • Get a Massage! Build-up of stress can make you more prone to getting sick, so consider coming in for a massage. Massage has also been shown to improve the immune system, by promoting passive lymph movement.

We’re here to help you!

Call us for more information at (703) 450-4900.

micronutrients

The Importance of Micronutrients

micronutrientsThe holidays are a stressful time for a lot of people. From the pressure to give the perfect gift to the time crunch of fitting in all the holiday parties, a lot of people’s health takes a back seat.

As our stress increases, our ‘weak links’ come out — our treat-filled diets plus stress lead to inflammation in the gut and body, so health issues that you may normally have under control such as digestive issues, anxiety, aches and pains can all flare up. In fact, people can gain an average of 3 to 5 lbs. over the holiday season.

January is a great opportunity to get your body back in balance and start rebuilding with a good, clean system.

One of the best ways to do that is by adding micronutrients to your diet.

You’ve probably heard of the “big three” macronutrients — carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins — that your body needs to function. Micronutrients are all those vitamins and minerals that are necessary for things like keeping you energized, immune function, bone health, fluid balance and so much more. These can include vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, magnesium and zinc, to name a few.

When your body doesn’t get enough of these and other micronutrients, you may feel tired, in pain, foggy, depressed and otherwise run down.

One of the best ways to replenish these micronutrients is with a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, but with our busy lives, sometimes we’re too busy to get always have fresh produce on hand. Dr. Judy has a variety of concentrated fruit, vegetable and berry-based capsules and chewable tablets that are a great way to bridge the gap between what you do get and what you should get — and rebuild those all-important micronutrients.

If you’re interested in giving your body a great reset this January, ask Dr. Judy about her regimen and how you can reclaim your energy this winter.

Cold vs Allergies: Which Do You Have?

Cold weather is finally here! That means it’s time for Pumpkin Spice Lattes, warm sweaters, and.. fall allergies. 

 

If you’re experiencing a runny nose, congestion, sneezing, or coughing, you may be one of the more than 50 million Americans that suffer from allergies each year. Or, you could have a cold –– and telling the two apart isn’t as simple as it may seem. 

 

Allergies and colds are two very different diseases. Allergies are an immune system reaction to substances like pet dander and pollen, while the “common cold” is an infection caused by a virus that typically lasts 7 to 10 days. 

 

Colds are transmitted through virus droplets that a sick person sheds when they cough or sneeze, and, despite its name, you can catch a “cold” at any point in the year — Yes, even in the summer. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that the average healthy adult catches two or three colds per year.

 

While seasonal allergies are most common in the springtime, when hay fever and allergies caused by trees are heightened, many Americans experience seasonal allergies during the early fall months, too. Cool autumn air can even harbor irritants that are just as aggravating as pollen (Seriously!). 

 

So, why do people confuse the two so easily? 

 

It’s all about your symptoms – and the way you respond to them. Once you learn the difference between allergies and colds, you can find the right method of relieve for your symptoms — fast. 

 

One major signifier that you struggle with allergies and not a cold? Timing. If your cold-like symptoms develop suddenly and occur for long periods at the same time each year, you likely struggle with seasonal allergies. Unfortunately, people with allergies may be more prone to catching colds. 

 

Symptoms of the common cold include: 

 

  • Sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, in addition to coughing and sneezing 
  • For more severe colds: headaches, fevers, and body aches 
  • If symptoms last more than a week or two, the virus may contribute to a more serious infection, such as a sinus infection, pneumonia, or bronchitis 

 

Allergy and cold similar symptoms: 

 

    • Sneezing 
    • Coughing 
    • Sore throat 
    • Runny nose 
    • Nasal congestion 
    • Watery eyes 

 

Telling them apart: 

 

The symptoms that colds and allergies DON’T share can be more telling than anything. Colds are more likely to cause fatigue, aches and pains, sore throat, and fevers. Allergies are more likely to cause itchy eyes, wheezing, and skin rashes such as eczema or hives. 

 

When trying to decide what ailment you’re experiencing, consider these three things: 

 

  1. Time of the year 
  2. Duration of symptoms 
  3. What treatments are helping 

 

Consult with Dr. Judy if you are unsure about which category your symptoms fall under. 

 

Natural remedies for seasonal allergies: 

 

  • Detox your body by eliminating fried foods, sugar, alcohol and other toxins from your diet or try liver supportive foods and herbs such as milk thistle, turmeric, artichoke, citrus fruits, and nuts 
  • Cleanse your nose with a neti pot, sinus irrigator, or nasal oils
  • Try acupuncture to help address underlying imbalances within the body 
  • Take probiotics to help stimulate the production of immune-enhancing substances
  • Add essential oils like peppermint, basil, eucalyptus, and tea tree oil to your bath, tea, massage oil, or oil diffuser to help reduce allergy symptoms 

 

Natural remedies for colds:

 

  • Stay hydrated with water, juice, or warm lemon water (with honey) to help prevent dehydration and loosen congestion
  • Sip warm liquids such as tea, soup, or warm apple juice to soothe aches and increase mucus flow 
  • Add moisture to the air by using a cool vaporizer or humidifier 
  • Boost your Vitamin C intake to reduce phlegm 
  • Most importantly, rest: your body needs time to heal. 

 

Dr. Judy uses Standard Process supplements and doTerra essential oils to promote a healthy immune system all year round. If you are suffering from Cold or Allergy symptoms, speak with Dr. Judy at your next adjustment and get the relief you need!

Ticks: Dangers, Prevention Tips, and Treatment.

Ticks are a sensitive subject during the summertime in North America. And for good reason: a quick google of the word ‘tick’ will bring up stories such as “A New York Man Was Killed by a Rare Brain-Infecting Disease Spread by Ticks” and “Ticks are Reaching Record Numbers in North Carolina” – and it’s only August. 

 

Adult ticks – which are about the size of a sesame seed – can be active any time the temperature is above freezing, but they are most active during the warmer months. They are particularly pervasive from March to mid-May and from mid-August to November.

 

Ticks can be infected with bacteria, viruses or parasites, and carry pathogens that can be passed onto humans through the bite of an infected tick. The most commonly found tick-borne illnesses include Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Tick-Borne Relapsing Fever. 

 

In the United States alone, more than 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); however, health officials have acknowledged that the true number of cases is likely much higher. 

 

Lyme has been diagnosed in almost every state, but recent reports show that 90% of cases stemmed from 14 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin. 

 

Celebrities from Shania Twain to Avril Lavigne, Alec Baldwin, Yolanda Hadid, and Ben Stiller have been outspoken about their battles with the illness. Lavigne has even used her platform to spread awareness, famously telling People Magazine in 2015 that she was “bedridden for five months” due to her crippling symptoms. 

 

There is no direct way to test for Lyme disease – doctors can only test for the presence of antibodies that your body releases in response to the disease. If a test comes back negative, it may be that the antibodies haven’t built up enough to be detected, so if you think you have Lyme disease, it’s important to start treatment as soon as possible. 

 

Lyme disease – transmitted by the black-legged tick – has been called the “Great Imitator,” because its symptoms can mimic hundreds of other medical problems.

 

Symptoms of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases may be subtle or pronounced, and range from digestive and respiratory issues to vision impairments, neurological issues, and skin problems. 

 

Prevention Tips (and what to do if you’ve been bitten) 

 

Be tick aware. Use these prevention tips to maximize your safety!

 

  • Avoid areas where ticks live: woodpiles, long grass, leaf piles, and beach grass.

 

  • Apply doTerra’s TerraShield Outdoor Blend which contains powerful essential oils and other plant oils known to provide outdoor protection in a natural, safe way.

 

  • Alternatively, other EPA-approved tick repellents (such as DEET) can be used, but we recommend trying natural products first. 

 

  • Remove your clothing once you get home and toss it into the dryer for 10-15 minutes at a HIGH temperature. 

 

  • Examine yourself and your pets DAILY.

 

  • Check EVERYWHERE: ticks love to hide and are often found in hairy, hot places on your body. (Yes, even your armpits.) 

 

For more information on all common tick-borne diseases, go to  https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/diseases/index.html

 

How Chiropractic Can Help with Symptoms

A Science Daily report shows that 15% of patients with Lyme disease develop central nervous system involvement – resulting in painful, sometimes debilitating symptoms. And, this is not exclusive to Lyme disease: it can be felt by any tick-borne illness.

 

New research also indicates that inflammation plays a major factor in the neurological changes associated with Lyme. Chronic Lyme symptoms include fatigue, restless sleep, aching joints and muscles, speech problems, decreased short-term memory, and pain and/or swelling in the knees, shoulders, elbows, and other joints. 

 

Inflammation is a normal and healthy way for the body to preserve itself. It helps the body to heal by removing harmful irritants and pathogens. The issue arises when inflammation becomes chronic. At this point, the body responds by creating even more inflammation.

 

While there is no one answer or quick remedy for fixing the ailments caused by Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases, anti-inflammatory drugs have been used to prevent inflammatory reactions in the body. For people who don’t want to take medication, or have found that it isn’t enough to resolve their pain, chiropractic adjustments can help with the aches and pains by triggering a positive response in the immune system.