Healthy reset, Balancing Protein and Vegetables

Hey guys, Doctor Christopher Hood from Hood Chiropractic. We last talked about how to reset your health by cutting out processed food, you then asked, “well then, what do I eat?” So, here’s the percentages. When you stop eating processed food and start eating real food, 60-80% of your diet should come from vegetables. Now the darker the green, like green leafy vegetables, the better. And the reason is, we’re trying to clear out the impurities in your body. Green vegetables have something in them called chlorophyll. chlorophyll is the opposite of what hemoglobin is in your blood. Hemoglobin carries oxygen to your tissues. Green leafy vegetables have chlorophyll in them, if you’ve studies photosynthesis you realize photosynthesis is the process in which plants take carbon dioxide and create oxygen for you to live on. When you have a lot of vegetables in your system that chlorophyll is actually cleaning your body of radicals, it’s getting the carbon dioxide out and you expelling it as waste. But it’s actually helping your body process and get healthier faster. So, the reason for vegetables (the darker the green the better) savages CO2 and waste and helps clean your system out. You see all these people detoxes and liver cleanses and starving themselves for thirty days. You don’t need to do all that. You can for other reasons but if you’re just looking to get healthy and build your health at the majority of your diet in green leafy vegetables. 60-80% starts to clean your body out. And you’ll realize that if you cut out processed food and sugars, then you’re not as addicted to that after a couple of weeks and vegetables will start to taste good.
Now where protein is concerned, I recommend 20% or less in protein. So, 80% veggies and 20% protein. If you want to watch a great informational video, the video Forks Over Knives talks about the fact that when people start eating a higher percentage of protein in their diet compared to vegetables their cancer rates go up. So, this is documented research from a couple of different medical studies. So, what I say is 20% or protein or less and 60-80% in green leafy vegetables. I really wanted to elaborate on why we need protein and vegetables because I think if you understand the logic you will be more willing to do it and its easier.
It is a pleasure to serve you guys. I’m doctor Christopher hood from hood chiropractic and God bless.

The Thyroid Gland

Hey guys, Doctor Christopher Hood, we are in nutritional month. We already went over the general overview, we talked about brain body connection, and we also talked about the gallbladder. Today we’re going to talk about the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is overlooked in both men and women, most people are concerned about it only because it affects the gaining of weight, but the thyroid gland, the pituitary gland and the brain together actually control a lot of metabolic function which is important for health. The reason I bring it up because what happens is the thyroid gland in the neck, if you’re a person that deals with thyroid issuers, what we usually see is that your diet isn’t rich in something called Iodine. Now, Iodine is necessary for the production of thyroid hormones T3 and T4. So, what we’ll see in the production, is if you lack Iodine in your diet, your body doesn’t have what it needs to healthy thyroid hormones. Now people think “well I’m eating Iodized salt” Also known as table salt. You can’t extract it there. Its more used as a preservative. You actually need to take an iodine supplement or you should be eating it in food. If you’re a sushi fan, seaweed paper as a lot of Iodine in it, kelp has iodine in it, beats of Iodine in it, cabbage has Iodine in it. So, there’s different thing you can eat that have Iodine in there. We want that in your diet almost everyday. If you’re just not a fan of any of those things, you can take a supplement called Prolamine Iodine. Prolamine Iodine is a protein Iodine so even with an Iodine allergy you should be fine, but always check with your doctor first. But I just wanted to give you some tad bits on what you can do. If you don’t have it in your body constantly, your body can’t make the hormones. Another tip, if you’re getting choline from the shower through your skin, or in the tap water that you’re drinking it will out compete for Iodine. So, even if you’re taking Iodine and you’re experiencing high levels of choline you want be able to utilize it. Lastly as a chiropractor one big problem is where everyone is developing rounded shoulders and a forward head poster, from everyone being on their phones or working on the computer all day. Understand the thyroid gland in right in your neck, so when your neck started to travel forward, it will actually put compressive force against the nerves that are sending the signal from the brain to the thyroid so the thyroid works properly. So, what we do as chiropractors is that we make sure we get your spine to a normal alignment in your neck. So, the brain and thyroid can communicate properly. If you haven’t been to the  chiropractor and you’re having thyroid issues, please, seek out a chiropractor, go take a look, so your body works the way it’s supposed to work.

I hope you enjoyed, I’m doctor Christopher hood. You have an amazing month, and I’ll talk to you again soon.

Nutrition of the Brain

Hey guys, Doctor Christopher Hood here. How many of you guess say, “There is so much information, I don’t know what to do, I don’t know how to apply it.” I’m teaching this stuff and I feel the same way, every time I go on the internet, there’s more information and how it applies. So, we’re going to get into some pacific this month. So, when it comes to nutrition, the first thing we want to address is the nutrition of the brain. Your brain is controlling the function of every other major organ, gland and system of your body and it does that through the spinal cord. Your brain is sending energy, electrical chemical signals through the spinal cords, down to the nerves that go to your heart, your lugs all the tissues! But! How do we nourish that brain, plenty of people come into my office, that are feeling tired, fatigued, depressed and they don’t know why. So, it all starts with is your brain. Your brain is control your functions. Number one thing I tell people what they can do is taking good healthy, omega fats. Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids are essential for brain developments. That’s why grandparents gave us fish oil as children. Because it healthy growth of the neurons of the brain. The brain is mostly made out of fat and protein, essential fats are responsible for making sure your synapses fire off when they’re supposed to, so you’re brain works at a sufficient pace. It also reduces inflammation in the body, lowers cholesterol, SO GOOD FOR YOU. 3000 mg of omega fats a day keeps the doctor away. 3000 mg a day, helps nourish your brain keep it healthy, keep it thriving. Number two thing I see people doing, which is incorrect is that people are using artificial sweeteners. The pink packet, the blue packet, the yellow packet, they all have neurological consequences. So much in fact that they’re doing research on multiple sclerosis and parkinson’s disorders along with artificial sweeteners. So, you got to cut out using artificial sweeteners. Pink, blue, yellow, oh my gosh, they’ll have purple one day, I don’t know. They’re bad for you, stop it, it is a neurotoxin get them out of your diet. Instead, what do you want to do? Stevia, stevia is a natural plant, it’s a ground up plant root. Its ultra sweet though, if you’re going to use it. So just a little tinsy bit, just a little bit goes a long way. You can use xylitol which is an alcohol based sugar, doesn’t affect your brain or your pancreas, if you’re worried about diabetes. You can also just use natural sugars, honey, raw sugars, dark molasses. No artificial sugars, instead natural sugars or stevia. The third thing we want to talk about is a nutritional supplement they just came out with. I’ve just been experimenting this within the past year, it’s called EHT. EHT itself has been show to increase the synapses in your brain so you’re brain functions better. So, it’s a newer product and now you’ve heard of it.

I hope these things are beneficial to you all, I’m doctor Christopher hood, it’s all good in the hood. God bless.

What to expect during Nutrition Month

Hey guys, it’s Doctor Christopher Hood, and you made it through Valentine’s day. You hammered down all the chocolate you can this month, so let’s get started. It is Nutrition Month. In the month of March here, we want to get some really good topics so that you can really get granule with nutrition. Now, when you see us talk about nutrition, we’re talking about eating plenty of green leafy vegetables, talking about eating plenty of omega fats, drinking plenty of water. But we don’t always get pacific. So, this month we’re going to cover a couple of key things. We’re going to cover brain health, we’ll talk about brain body connection. Your brain and your spinal cord control the function of everything in your body, which is why every man woman and child needs to go to the chiropractor. It’s the missing ingredient of so many people’s health regiment and protocols that they just don’t know. I didn’t know when I worked as a pharmacist, I learned it now I live it, I love it and now I’m teaching it. SO we’re going to talk about brain health and how that supports health metabolism health body.

We’re going to talk about the thyroid gland, we’re going to get into the fact that your metabolic changes, your glandular system, what you need to do so that stays health. A lot of people have issues with the thyroid glans

We’re going to talk about the gall bladder, digestion. A lot of people don’t realize that the second largest part of your nervous system, after the brain and spinal cord is the digestion system. So, you have a whole second part of a nervous system in your stomach, your digestive system.

So aside from the general things, vegetables the omega fats, drinking plenty of water, eating lean proteins. All the things you hear that we have covered in the past, this month we’re going to get very very pacific. With thyroid function, gall bladder function, healthy brain and nervous system functions. So, that nutrition month is like on steroids. We’re going to teach you things that you can apply right away.

We’re going to give really great content that you can apply for not just yourself but for your family. Again, I’m Doctor Christopher Hood, it’s all good in the hood. We’ll chat again soon. God bless


Cardiovascular Exercise and How it Strengthens Your Heart

Use it or Lose it! It’s the old adage “Use it or Lose it” you guys have heard it before, get your mind out of the gutter, I’m not talking about anything bad here. I’m talking about exercise, we’ve talking about heart health and what I’m really talking about here is getting your heart working. Use it and strengthen it or it weakens and goes away. I’m Doctor Christopher Hood from Hood Chiropractic. We’ve heard that in terms of exercise and muscle growth but I don’t really people think about it in terms or heart health.  The reason you want to exercise, partially cardiovascular exercise, is to strengthen your heart. I’m not talking about running a marathon or triathlons, although if that’s your thing go for it. We’re talking about, getting out and walking, jogging, race walking, swimming, walking the dog. Anything you like to do that gets your heart rate up, strengthen your heart. The stronger your heart is, the more efficient it is, the easier it is to pump blood, the blood pressure goes down, stress goes down longevity goes up. When you’re talking about exercise and utilizing the heart and utilizing strength, what we’re talking about is when you exercise your heart, when you raise your heart level up, your hearts has to contract harder, the arteries have to work harder and then they rest over the 2-3 days after the exercise they get stronger, therefore more efficient. Increase efficiency, increase blood through, increasing health. So, simple thing we can do for Heart Health Month, get out there and start moving. I recommend you exercise early in the morning before the day gets going. Go for a walk, take the dogs out there, get you heartrate up, don’t just putts around. Go out there and get your heart rate going, go on a walk with your family, go on a bike ride with your kids, whatever you need to do.

I hope you guys enjoyed this, Heart Health, get it stronger get those mussels going.

I’ll talk to you guys soon, it’s all good in the hood. God bless

Using Omega 3 to lower your blood pressure and cholesterol naturally

Hey guys, so you want to lower your blood pressure and cholesterol naturally? Especially since Valentine’s day is coming up. If you’re not aware of it, February is heart health month!

But if you want to lower your blood pressure and cholesterol naturally I’m going to give you some great tips right now because what’s a better gift for the ones you love than being healthy and living a long strong and active life. I’m Doctor Christopher Hood from Hood Chiropractic, and one of the things that goes on when someone has blood pressure or cholesterol challenges, is they use medication because what they’re trying to do is keep their arteries clean. Now, the arteries in your body, you start with your heart and they run arteries that run blood from your heart through your entire body, the arteries aren’t just a blind tube, they actually have three layers to them. You have the outer layer, inner layer and the middle layer. The reason they have that is because when your heart pumps those arteries pump too, so they actually pump with your heart. They don’t just lay there; the heart doesn’t just do all the work. So, you’re heart pumps and your arteries pump at the same time. The internal layer is called the tunica intima, it’s a Latin word for “The middle area” that layer actually has a smooth muscle that contracts with your heart. So, you hear people that end up with blood challenges and they’re worried about having atherosclerosis and arteriosclerosis, which is hardening and plaquing in the arteries. What they’re worried about is the arteries can’t flex anymore when the heart beats, and therefore the heart has to work harder and therefore your blood pressure goes up cause your heart is working harder and it is bad for your long term health

So, tips you can start using right now today is using omega fats. Fish oil, flaxseed oil, extra virgin olive oil. Coconut oil works as well even though it’s not technically an omega 3 fat.  But omega 3 fatty acids strengthens the tunica intima, the internal arteries, so when your hearts pumps and the arteries work better, and by having strength your heart doesn’t have to work as heart so it last longer.

My grandmother use to say “the candle the burns twice as bright lives half as long” If your heart is working overtime because your arteries don’t work right, you’re hearts not going to live all those years God intended and your just not going to have a healthy and vital life. Simple key, omega fats. 3000 units a day of omega fats, keep your arteries working properly, keep the tunica intima oiled up is you want to look at it like that. Keep the atherosclerosis and arteriosclerosis, hardening and plaquing, down. And you get to live a long strong health life. Omega 3 fatty acids 3000 units a day.

We’re really happy to be bringing quality information that you and your family can utilize to increase their health. Healthy family, loving family, long life together. I’m Doctor Christopher Hood, it’s all good in the hood. We will talk to you soon, and God bless.

What is chiropractic care and why is it so important?

So have you guys every hear when you talk to your friends “Man, I went to the chiropractor and it was the most amazing thing ever. They cured my diabetes” no you don’t hear that do you? Or you’ll have some people that’ll say “the chiropractor is the  most amazing thing ever, they made my sciatica go away” But if spend enough time talking to people about chiropractic you really will get stuff like “wow I feel better, I move better, I function better, I don’t get sick as often, my chronic disease is doing better.” And then you have to ask yourself why? What the heck is that all about? How does going to the chiropractor and getting your back ‘popped’ effect your overall health? I’m Doctor Christopher Hood, I’m a chiropractor and I just want to take a quick second today to talk about what chiropractic is and what chiropractic isn’t. I think that hard part about that is that people think when they go to the doctor, they have something they want to get rid of. Right? They say they have backpain and want to get rid of it. Or they have high blood pressure and want to get rid of it. But what if the problem isn’t that when you go to the doctor you have something you need to get rid of. What if the problem is you’ve lost something you should have and that’s effecting your body’s ability to function properly? Chiropractic is about function, it’s about the ability of your body function. The first thing we should talk about it “what is health?” And traditionally what we’re taught is that health is about looking good or feeling good.  “As long as I feel good then I’m healthy” But is that really what health is? Don’t we all know people who feel good in the morning? They wake up, like my grandfather, but then have a stroke by noon? So they felt great that morning yet still end up in the hospital by noon that day. Or how many people wake up that morning and feel fantastic and then go to the doctor that same day and they go “Oh by the way your blood work came back with cancer” cause you can’t feel cancer and you can’t feel heart disease. So just quickly, so we’re on the same page, health has nothing to do with how you look or how you feel. Although that’s how our culture or our society judges health. If you look up health by definition, the World Health Organization defines health by function. So, if your body is 100% then you have health. So the World Health Organization’s definition of health is “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” For my patients in my practice the reason why we get such overall health change is because we teach them how to get their bodies functioning optimally. I always say in the office, “health is not owned, its rented. And you’re paying rent on your health everyday.” So every day you’re either doing things to improve the quality of the function. Eat right, exercise, get your spines adjusted. Or you’re not doing anything about your health and instead of building health or optimizing function, you’re actually getting sicker over time. If that makes sense. So, that all being said. We all know that we should eat right, because eating right builds health and function. We should exercise, because exercising builds health and function. There’s even old sayings by our grandparents. “You are what you eat” right? So, we know that we’re supposed to eat right we’re supposed to exercise. One thing is that when I talk to people in the community and when my patients first come into the office, they don’t realize that your spine dictates the function of your health. It’s just on more piece of the puzzle that people don’t know needed to fit there.

I’ll try not to bore you to death with this, I’ll be as quick as I can, but I find this information fascinating. I started my health care career in pharmacy and I use to work in a hospital and I worked in drug stores on weekends and so I thought heath was about how you felt, because I was giving people medication to make them feel better. I went to a chiropractor really reluctantly in my early 20s, they taught this to me and it was like a switch or a light bulb that went off in me.

So, let me explain why. If health is in terms of function, we have to ask what system of the body controls the function of the body. The way your body works is that your brain is sending energy down the spinal cord out each of the nerves to the organs. Your organs are 100% dependent on the energy from your brain. So just like a cardiologist would focus on the heart and cardiovascular system and an orthodontist and dentist would focus on the teeth and the mouth, chiropractors focus on the spine. Your spine is the bones that surrounds and protects your brain and your spinal cord which is called your central nervous system. And a healthy nervous system is essential to your overall health. Your brain is sending electric chemical signals down your spinal cord in your neck, out each of the individual nerves and to your organs. Your organs actually send electrical chemical signals back to your brain so that the central nervous system can coordinate function with your organs to speed up of slow down chemical reactions in your body to optimize function. All the things your body’s doing everyday:  heartbeat, breathing digesting food, turning whatever food you’re eating to get healthy this year into living breathing skin hair and nails. That’s all taking place because the spinal cord and brain are actually organizing and controlling that function.

Now these bones, there is a normal alinement of the bones that make up your spine. We want the weight of your head and the tail bone to be positioned over the joints of the back. So, when you have normal alignment or position the energy from the brain can travel down the spinal cord out the nerves to the organs and the body can function properly. But what happens to us is stress. Stresses in your life can either be instantaneous like accidents or falls. Or stresses that accrue over time like texting or being on the computer. Or mental chemical stress, how you think effects your health cause your brain controls the function of your body. So, if your mentally stressed your heart rate goes up your digestive system has a problem all because of the brain.

Now, There’s a normal alignment, or position, of your spinal bones. And because of physical stresses either sudden or over time, either individual vertebrae, several vertebrae together or entire sections of the vertebrae can shift of misaligned from their normal position. If you move these vertebrae out of position the clinical term is subluxation or as most people know it as a pitch nerve. A subluxation is when your vertebrae is moved out of position, that subluxation blocks the energy, so the energy can’t get pass the area out to the organ. Then the organ that’s connected to that area progressively weakens and deteriorates. Now I know that’s a big step because I know you’ve never thought of this before, but it should make perfect sense. Now I really don’t see problems in people’s health because of accidents or trauma, now that does occur, but I see repetitive stress day in and day out. Nutritional stress, chemical stresses, physical stresses, mental stresses and emotional stresses decreases the body’s ability to communicate over time. Now as a chiropractor, what we want to do is we want to evaluate your spine. Check to make sure it’s lined up correctly from tip to tail. Now if it’s misaligned does that hurt? Yes, it does. And can it cause back pain or neck pain? Sure, it can. In fact, a lot of my patients come in for that, because they feel that directly. But when they’re here we realize that that pain might have brought them in, but their health is a greater responsibility than just fixing that pain. So, chiropractic is that we correct the areas that are misaligned back into as close as their normal position as we can. And get their brain and their body communicating again, increasing the function of their body, increasing the function of their nervous system. Then we start adding food and fitness and lifestyle, so then their bodies can begin to function as close to normal as possible. One of the things my mentor use to say is “if we can line up your spine and your lifestyles with God’s intentions, then your body functions better and you get healthier”

So, if you have misalignments in your spine or subluxations, and you’re not getting them corrected, you’re like a ferrari running on half its cylinders. You look good and you move but you’re not functioning at peak potential. I want you guys to understand we want your brain and your body to communicate we want that central nervous system to be able to orchestrate and control the function of those organs. I’ve brought this up before but think about the digestion of food and the organization of hormones and bio productions and kidney’s regulating blood pressure and your liver filtering your blood. That’s a lot going on that your body controls without thinking about it. Now that’s called an innate intelligence, the inborn innate intelligence of your body is controlling that function and that’s being orchestrated through your nervous system. So, we want to increase your innate intelligence, increase your body’s ability to function and then change your lifestyle to support that. That’s how chiropractors get great results.

I know that’s a lot to take in, but I just wanted to share that with you guys. Cause so many people come in and say “How do you get such great results with your patients?” It’s because we’re lining up their brain and nervous system so that the innate intelligence in their body helps their body function by correcting the misalignment in their spines and getting their brain to communicate with their organs. Then we start changing nutritional components optimized for function, we get you guys regulating an exercise routine, and we teach stress and time management, because how you think does affect the health of your body. So, we can get those things lined up that’s how we get health miracles. I started this conversion with how people say that chiropractors help with neck and back pain, but you do get the people that say “I’m off my blood pressure medication after going to my chiropractor “ “My diabetes is better when I go to the chiropractor” “I’m not as stress when I get adjusted” and “I function better and my immune system is better” All these miracles happen but I wanted you to understand that there’s a scientific explanation for why they happen and it’s just not that they’re getting their back ‘popped’. What I’m doing is getting their spines lined up, along with their health and overall lifestyle.

I’m Doctor Christopher Hood. I hope you found this very informative and gave you a little insight into what chiropractors do. It’s all good in the Hood and God bless.

Athletes of Life

Hey everyone, how is that paid gym subscription going for you? You ever buy a gym subscription? I know they’re getting cheap now, but you buy one and you never go? Are you that person? I know I am. I’ve done that too; a lot of people do that. As we’re cranking through New Year New You I know you guys are hitting your New Year’s resolutions, you’re making your mark, you’re losing weight. And you notice if you’re reading my blogs for January I have not really talked about the exercise portion. The reason is because exercise only makes up about 25% of the game. 75%-80% of your physical health is nutrition. So you notice we’ve been talking about that pretty steadily, but as we hit the end, at least for January, we want to build consistently for the rest of the year. Hopefully you worked through the Incremental Fasting stage. You got your Food Timing down. Now we’re going to discuss the exercise portion. Now, no one goes to the gym one time and looks like Arnold Schwarzenegger in his prime. Just wanted you to know. And the other thing is most people, they’re not trying to train for the Olympia. You know Arnold lifting weight getting huge like that was specifically for him trying to win Mr. Olympia like nine times or something. You know? Or Lance Armstrong, give or take some of the stuff that’s come up in the media, he was training to win the Tour de France . When you look at athletes who a lot of people want to idolize, they’re training for pacific events. You guys are Athletes of Life. What you’re training for is, this is what I train for, having fun with my kids, go for walks with my wife, be able to throw a football with my kids, be able to run around the yard without having a heart attack and dyeing.  So we’re training to be Athletes of Life here.

So you got the nutrition, now I recommend you start working out early in the morning. Now, everyone is a little bit different, if you really like lifting weights like I do, do your weights but for most of the human population that I talk about, you don’t need to join a gym membership for this. All you have to do is get up in the morning and go for a walk on an empty stomach. First thing in the morning, when you first get up. Drink your glass of water, no coffee yet and just go for a nice walk for 20 minutes. If you enjoy riding a bike, ride your bike. Whatever you like to do go do it. I know with my wife and I, we walk the dog with the boys. It’s an enjoyable thing. Exercising should be something you like. Go paddle boarding, do something you enjoy doing. You want to keep it up for 20 minutes. You want to keep your heart rate up pretty good while you’re doing it. I’m not talking about dragging, I see people walking the dog while smoking a cigarette, that’s not what we’re talking about here. Talking about getting your metabolism going, getting your exercise thing going, but do something you like. 20 minutes every day and it’ll be beneficial. People say “aw, you’re supposed to exercise three days a week.” But I’ve learned in my practice that if I say three days a week you’re never going to do it. So, exercise every day. And then you’ll get going and you’ll do it 3-4 days a week, that’s what we want. The reason I bring up the gym membership is cause I see so many people spend money on that and then never use it. If you want to save some bucks, cancel that and just get up and start doing what you enjoy doing when you get up in the morning. 20 minutes every day. Now some people say “oh I’ll do it after work” but will you really do it after work? If you were going to do it after work you would use the gym. Life gets in the way. You have to pick the kids up from soccer practice, or there’s an emergency or grandma needs help with something. I want you to do it first thing in the morning, give some time to yourself. The benefit of doing it first thing in the morning, if you exercise on an empty stomach when you first get up your metabolism is 15%-20% higher all day long. So then that initial hit where you get your heart rate up stays with you 15%-20%, so you continue to burn body fat throughout the day.

So, first thing in the morning or never, something you enjoy, stop wasting your money on a gym membership you’re not going to use it because you’re not trying to be Arnold Schwarzenegger. You’re trying to be you for your family and for your kids. I just hope that this really fuels you as the year progresses and you really hit your goals for the year because your health is honestly your most important asset. So, I’m Doctor Christopher Hood. It’s all good in the Hood, God bless you guys.  

Frequently Asked Questions About Water

Hey everybody, Doctor Chris Hood here, drinking my water and it got me thinking, a lot of my patient ask me “what is proper hydration? How much water should I drink? Why do I need to drink water? What’s the different between drinking water and coffee and soda?” Your body is over 85%-90% water. I didn’t say it was made of coffee or soft drinks or sports drinks. Its 85% water, to 90% water and the research continues. And when you don’t drink enough water, your body doesn’t have a response besides thirst to let you know that you need to drink more water. So, the trick is and this is what we learned when we were going to school to be a doctor. That when you’re thirsty it’s your first sign of dehydration. So, if you’re constantly walking around thirsty, then your chronically dehydrated. So, your body needs water because every major process, your blood is mostly made out of water, you’re Cerebral Spinal Fluid is made out of water. Your Synovial Fluid, that’s the fluid that lubricates your joints when you move, is made out of water. Your skin is mostly made out of water, your organs are mostly made out of water, your brain is mostly made out of water! Which you’ve most likely felt if you’ve ever had a hangover. Because the reason you have a hangover is because you lose water in your brain from the alcohol. I’ve never experienced that personally, but you gotta get that point, right? Your brain shrinks, it hurts. So, the thing I want to get through here is that water isn’t something you should do, it’s a necessity. There’s been books by incredibly brilliant medical doctors written, one was called ‘your body’s many cries for water’ it was written by a colleague, Dr.Batmanghelidj. You can read this on your own, I’m not promoting the book. He talks about the fact that a lot of the chronic diseases we suffer from now, including cancer, he talks about fibromyalgia, auto immune disease, are because people are walking around chronically dehydrated. So, my recommendation is start drinking more water. How much water? The minimum daily requirement. 6 bottles of waters a day which equates to the total of 3 liters. 3 liters a day keeps the doctor away. If you drink enough water, your body naturally will begin to function better. If everyone reading this, just started drinking 3 liters of water a day, aside from having to pee a lot more, which I’ll say good, you’ll get more exercise waking back and forth from the toilet. If you started drinking more water and you watch a video, thirty days from now or you email me in like a lot of you guys do with questions. I’ll tell you, there will be so many healthy miracle from so many people drinking water. You won’t know what to do with yourselves. So, the reason I have 3 liters listed out cause we all are challenged with the metric system. A bottle of water is about a half a liter. So, we want to do 6 bottles of water a day at a bare minimum. The thing about that is that water is essential to life. If you read books on it, if you look the subject up this is a big question by my patient base. 6 bottles of water a day, 3 liters a day keeps the doctor away. If you like this tip and you’re thirsty for more. Don’t hesitate to follow us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or Instagram. We’re coming at you with a lot of health tips to take your health in a new direction, in the right direction. It is a pleasure to serve you guys, I hope you found this interesting. Oh! One last tip as I go through this.

Water does not equate to coffee or sports drinks. So, caffeinated beverages have caffeine in them. Caffeine is a diuretic. It actually makes you lose water. So, if you’re drinking coffee during the day, I actually like my cups of coffee during the day, I drink two cups a day. You have to drink an extra cup of water for every cup of coffee you drink, same thing with soda with caffeine in it. Cause caffeine cause you to lose water. So, if you’re doing the 6 bottles minimum or the 3 liters and you get a cup of coffee a couple times a day or some soda that has caffeine. Make sure you drink two extra cups or one extra cup of water for every caffeinated beverage.

Hope you liked it. I’m doctor Christopher Hood, God bless you guys. We’ll talk again soon.

Three Supplements That Everyone Should Have

Hey guys Dr. Christopher Hood here. A lot of my patients are always asking me “Doc, what do you do? What are your supplements? What do you recommend?” First off, hear my heart when I say I recommend eating good quality food before we even talk about supplement. Eating the right type of food is something we should all be investing your time and our money into cause it’s cheaper to eat food, it’s better for you, it absorbs better than supplements. That being said, there are three supplements, THREE! That I recommend for all of my patients and if you’re not a patient, theses supplements will still be very beneficial for your overall health and well being. The first one is a good B Complex vitamin. B Complex vitamins are what I like to call the Standers American Diet the artificial colors, the artificial flavors, the preservative, the pesticides. The sugars, the amounts of sugars that are in there, the artificial sugars, they all rob B Complex vitamins, the B vitamin series out of your systems. B vitamins are responsible for immune system functions, they’re responsible for your brain and body activity, they’re responsible for different types of energy levels. Your body uses the B vitamin as catalase for different chemical reactions so when I’m talking to patients and I realize their fatigue and they’re drained a lot and they have all these issues, I recommend a good B Complex vitamin. B Complex vitamins are a staple for my nutrition component and I actually take a lot of these. You can’t overdose on B vitamins, they’re water soluble, so make sure you take a good B Complex vitamin and do that every day. The B Complex vitamin we have, this B Complex itself has close to 300 mg in a dose. 300 mg twice a day would be a great recommendation.

The second thing I always recommend patients because of the same thing, the diet we eat, the Standard American Diet, is a good probiotic. Probiotics a lot of people will talk about probiotics and the reason they want to use them is because they think they don’t need to use a probiotic because they’re eating yogurt. The dairy in yogurt is actually counterproductive. Not that you don’t get a good probiotic out of yogurt but to really replenish the flora by biota you need a stronger product. The one I recommend I recommend is by a company called Strengtia. It has 30 billion cfu of the different mixes, so when you’re looking at probiotics, understand you want a good complicated probiotic. With three main biotas. So Strengtia is a great product. I would take this once a day. Again 30 billion is what your coliform count wants to look like. Why probiotics? The food supply that we have, particularly the meat supply in our country is pumped full of antibiotics. To keep the cattle and chicken healthy they actually pump antibiotics and steroids into the meat. So even though the meat is cook and prepared, you’re still getting antibiotics in your food supply. When you take a steady stream of antibiotics, it kills both good and bad bacteria in your system. There’s some good, healthy bacteria in your digestive track that needs to be there for proper digestion. When you look at all the patients we have and all the people we have in our society that have digestive issues, irritable bowel, crones, colon problems, a lot of it is because of the antibiotics we’re taking, and in our food, let me talk about taking them. If you’ve taken antibiotics over your lifetime, note that antibiotics are killing not just the bad bacteria your infected with, that’s a brilliant thing, right? Medicines a brilliant thing. It’s also killing the good bacteria in your system as well. So, if you’ve been on a lot of antibiotics you’ll see people get things like thrush and yeast infections and it’s because the good bacteria have been killed by the antibiotic as well, not just the ones that made you sick. So, good probiotic again, very very healthy for your system at least once a day.

And the last supplement I recommend on a basic level is a good vitamin D supplement, now vitamin D itself is a fat-soluble vitamin. So, fat-soluble vitamins can become toxic if taken in high levels.  This product that we have has far as vitamin D is concerned has about 5000 iu. They measure vitamin D just like vitamin E, in ius, not mg. you want about 5000 iu a day in your system. Vitamin D is responsible for everything from skin health which is an immune system, immune system health, energy levels as well as just general wellbeing. So, vitamin D is robbed by the same Standard American Diet as well. So, that’s my recommendation and initial supplementation. Not just for my patients, but for everyone. Again, a good B Complex vitamin, a good probiotic and a good D vitamin supplementation. 5000 iu for vitamin D. 30 billion cfu for probiotic and 300 mg twice a day for the Complex B as well. You can take most of the B if you’re getting sick. It can help your immune system and again it’s not going to create a toxic amount. Cause B vitamins are water soluble. If you like this information on basic nutrition supplementation. Make sure you like us on Facebook, make sure to follow us on Twitter or Instagram it is a pleasure to serve you guys with some life changing information. If you have any information of need help on a local level. Go to I hope this give you great information, great content. Love and appreciate you guys and we’ll talk again soon.