Get Your Body Winter Ready

healthy living advice cliffs chiropractor southendIt’s Time! The clocks have gone back and as winter approaches, daylight reduces and delightful children bring various ‘bugs’ home, yes, it’s certainly time to get your body winter ready.

Here are our Southend chiropractors top tips for getting your body winter ready:

  1. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables: Of course this is good advice throughout the year but if your fruit and veg intake has waned over recent months now is a good time to get your fruit bowl full and dig out some great winter warming recipes that use lots of veggies. Root vegetables that are in good supply over the winter months are great for soups and adding to casseroles. Keep dried fruits and nuts to hand and eat them instead of reaching for the sweets, chocolates and other unhealthy snacks!
  2. Start your day as you mean to go on: Eat a big bowl of porridge to set you up for the day and stop those mid morning cravings. Add fruit and nuts as toppings to get in your early doses of fruit for the day. Use water or non dairy milk such as almond or oat to make your porridge and avoid adding any sugar.
  3. Take regular exercise and get outdoors: Exercise is important for maintaining a healthy body and has so many other benefits such as boosting our mood and immune system. Getting outdoors can have similar effects so wrap up warm and step outside.
  4. Boost your immune system: Your gut is the epicentre of your immune system so take Vitamin D3 and Zinc daily to boost it. Keep Echinacea on the shelf for a quick anti viral response should a cold start to tickle.
  5. Visit a chiropractor: A good chiropractor will be able to help you with any pains or discomfort you may experiencing. They can also provide nutrition and lifestyle advice to support your good health.

Our experienced chiropractors at Cliffs Chiropractic Clinic in Southend are here to help you keep well throughout the year.




5 Ways to Keep Your Kids Safe This Halloween

child health advice from Cliffs southend chiropractorsMost kids look forward to Halloween. As a time of year that offers the opportunity to dress up, fill their bellies with their favourite sweets and stay up past their bedtime, it’s easy to see why.

But as a parent, the spooky evening can be daunting.  Of course, you want your children to enjoy a fun-filled night; you want to give them memories of fancy dress ghouls and exciting trick or treating. But you’re probably also a little concerned about their safety.

Relax – our family-orientated chiropractors in Southend have some fantastic tips on keeping your kids safe this Halloween.

1: Buy Costumes with Caution

Before you purchase your child’s fancy dress costume, make sure you check the label to be certain it is flame resistant. If you’re making their costume (give yourself a tap on the back, by the way!), use flame-resistant fabrics such as nylon or polyester and avoid making anything that is oversized or baggy. To prevent back ache or other injurers, always make sure that you choose suitable footwear for your child – even if they don’t quite resemble the pointed-toed witch shoes that your five-year old is insistent on wearing!

2:Practice Makes Perfect

To reduce the risk of trips and falls, get your child to try on their costume several days before Halloween. This will allow you plenty of time to make any necessary adjustments. Also check that any accessories, such as toy swords or knives, have blunt ends.

3 Avoid Masks

Fancy dress masks – especially some of the monstrous types seen on Halloween – can obstruct your child’s vision. If your child insists on transforming his face into a terrifying tyrant (or even his favourite TV character) opt for face paints instead of a mask. Most quality fancy dress shops will sell nontoxic face paints, but always test the paint on your child’s face beforehand to be sure it won’t trigger an allergic reaction.

4: Keep Them Visible

You can help to keep your child visible in the dark by adding a few pieces of reflective tape to their costume and trick or treat bag. Glowing bracelets or necklaces can also help to increase visibility but keep these away from young children and babies as they may be tempted to chew on them.

 5: Communicate

Remind your child about road safety rules and make sure your child understands what to do if they get lost. A mobile phone or a GPS tracking device can provide extra safety and security. Agree a time that your child should return home and set a limit on where they are allowed to venture.

Our team of Southend chiropractors wish you all a safe and spooky Halloween!