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Health Benefits of Salmon & Why I Love It – Its Amazing!

Why I Love Salmon and its Amazing Health Benefits

I love Salmon and given how good it is for you, so should you. Not only does it taste great but it can also provide some great health benefits.  So how much do you know about salmon?  Most of us know its a fish with a pinky/orange type colour, but what beyond this?  Below I have given some of the reasons I love salmon. My colleagues here at Lushington Chiropractic will tell you it’s not only Salmon I love. I love all fish and often enjoy it for breakfast! Luckily here in Eastbourne we have access to fresh fish on our doorstop.

Omega 3s

Salmon is a fantastic source of omegas 3s.  If you have visited us here at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne you will know that it is one of our “must have enough of” and if people aren’t getting enough in their diet they could get it with a supplement.  The importance of omega 3s is well researched and they are important for pretty much everything!  Firstly they are converted into compounds that have an anti-inflammatory action, this is important for many health reasons.  Omega 3s are linked to cognitive function (your brain function), eye health, cardiovascular health, skin and hair.  So pretty important stuff and salmon is one of the best dietary sources. The health benefits really are amazing!

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is also called the “sunshine vitamin” due to the fact that our body makes vitamin D when we are in the sunlight.  It is also available however in some foods.  Salmon, together with eggs and fortified milk or cereals, is one of these.  Vitamin D has long been known to play a part in bone health.  More recently however, its importance is being found to be further reaching and the vitamin is being linked to various chronic diseases.

Some people are more at risk for vitamin D deficiency these are :

  • People who don’t consume good amounts over time, for instance people with a strict vegetarian diet (because most of the natural sources are animal based), or people with poor diets.
  • Those who have limited exposure to sunlight, either because they live in northern latitudes, are housebound, cover up for religious reasons or other reasons such as an occupation which means they don’t get much sunlight.
  • People with darker pigmented skin as this reduces the skin’s ability to make vitamin D
  • Older people and people with kidney problems as the kidneys play an important role in converting vitamin D to its active form.
  • People who have trouble absorbing nutrients from food due to digestive problems
  • Obese individuals as vitamin D is extracted from the blood by fat cells changing how it is released into the circulation, i.e they may have lower blood levels.

Recently there has been some concern over the population’s vitamin D levels, reasons suggeted have been a poor summer leading  into the winter and there has been a recurrence of rickets (bone softening due to vitamin D deficiency) in children.

If you think you may be deficient in vitamin D it is worth talking to your doctor or other suitable healthcare professional and the Department of Health recommends a supplement for the following people:

  • All children aged six months to four years.  See this NHS page for more details on babies.
  • All pregnant and breastfeeding women
  • All people aged 65 and over
  • People who are not exposed to much sun as described above

Great source of protein

I am not going to write much on this.  Essentially protein is important for everything!  It is one of the major food groups and very important for all body processes, growth, development and repair.

Good source of selenium

Selenium is a less well known mineral, but is important in working with vitamins as an antioxidant.  It plays a role in thyroid function and the immune system and is also important in male fertility.

So these are the more “sciencey reasons” for why I love salmon and why it can be great for us, but also when we eat salmon it is normally with vegetables and potatoes or cous cous and salad, not so often with chips or other unhealthy items so helps us there too! It also tastes great and is easy to cook, put it in the oven for 20 minutes and bake, it’s so versatile and can be grilled or poached as well.  My latest discovery is the smoked salmon trimmings in the supermarkets makes a lovely salad.

So there we have it, many, many good reasons to eat more salmon if you aren’t eating enough already.

This blog from our old colleague Caroline Mulliner shows us her favourite Salmon recipe.

Why do you love salmon?

Has anybody got any good salmon recipes they would like to share with me?

Thanks for reading.

James

 

Part 2 An interview with James Revell, Clinic Director at Lushington Chiropractic Clinic in Eastbourne.

Continuing from last time, here is part 2 of the interview with James Revell, Doctor of Chiropractic and Clinical Director of Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne. If you missed part 1 you can read it here.

Once graduated, whereabouts did you go to and work?

Having grown up on the coast in Sussex near Eastbourne, it was always natural for me to work in the south. I looked at chiropractic clinics, osteopaths and even multi-disciplinary clinics for physiotherapists across the south of England.

One of the chiropractors I was most inspired by was a “chiropractor neurologist”. He specialised in neurological (nervous system) conditions understanding and treating them using chiropractic neurology. 

I spent eighteen months working with him in West Sussex, as well as other clinics before branching out towards Eastbourne to open a chiropractic clinic at the Horder Centre, which at the time was known as the Apollo Centre.

Image shows James Revell, Clinic Director at Lushington Chiropractic Clinic in Eastbourne, outside of the clinic.

James Revell, Clinic Director at Lushington Chiropractic Clinic in Eastbourne

How long were you there at the Horder centre in Eastbourne?

I worked at the Horder (Apollo) Centre for three years. During that time, I used to commute to Eastbourne from Brighton. After a little persuasion, my wife agreed to move to Eastbourne so we could open up our own chiropractic clinic.

Was Lushington Road your first choice to open a chiropractic clinic?

Initially we looked at the potential of opening up a chiropractic clinic in Seaford, or Hailsham, but favoured Meads High Street in Eastbourne in the end. However, when 30 Lushington Road came on the market we fell in love with it. It is a big building with great potential to convert into the kind of warm welcoming chiropractic clinic that fitted our vision.

What do you really enjoy about being a chiropractor here in Eastbourne?

Something I really enjoy about being a chiropractor is helping people and making a difference. Eastbourne has already got a lovely community feel – there’s lots going on, especially for us as we are bringing up our young family. I find it really rewarding as a chiropractor to be able to contribute to the community; not only helping individuals, but joining in with local charity events and even running some ourselves.

I like to be able to help people and to feel that I have made a difference, so in a town like Eastbourne, you really can make a difference, rather than some of the larger towns and cities.

I also really like Eastbourne’s location next to the sea, the Downs and, when you need it, there is easy access to London and Brighton.

You’ve been working as a chiropractor in Eastbourne for over a decade – how many more years have you got left in you?

My role as a chiropractor has grown, just as our clinic has grown too. I really enjoy working with people and still run clinics on a weekly basis myself. However, I do have to balance that now with managing the clinic overall as well.

I have got no immediate plans to retire and hope to continue practicing as a chiropractor in Eastbourne for at least another twenty years.

Why did you decide to have other therapists alongside chiropractors working with you?

I think it is important that a patient’s treatment is tailored personally to them. By having a team of practitioners who are experts in their own individual fields, the patient can get the best possible treatment personally tuned to meet their individual needs. That’s why I insist on meeting with all the massage therapists every week to discuss cases with them.

Eastbourne Chiropractors James Revell and Mykel Mason. Shown wearing red glasses at a recent conference.

Eastbourne Chiropractors James Revell and Mykel Mason.

Lushington is the largest chiropractic and multi-disciplinary clinic in Eastbourne – in fact, we are one of the largest clinics in East Sussex! We have a team of over twenty covering sports massage, medical acupuncture, Chinese acupuncture, nutrition therapists, podiatrists, psychologists and counsellors. I think for a little clinic here in Eastbourne we are doing rather well, but what I am most proud about is the genuine collaborative atmosphere that puts the patient first.

That’s great James, keep doing the hard work and thank you for agreeing to be interviewed!

Stuart

Why I love working at Lushington Chiropractic

Why I love working at Lushington Chiropractic

I love working at Lushington Chiropractic

I know many people may be surprised by that statement. There are so many people I come across who do not enjoy their jobs, but for me it really is the case!

I find it very interesting to see people come in to the chiropractic clinic in great discomfort and feeling uneasy as they don’t really know what to expect. As a clinic assistant I try to be friendly and welcoming and answer any questions that they may have, the most common one being …”Where is the toilet?”

Once they have seen the chiropractor the guest is often visibly relieved, they know that the chiropractor has given them an extremely thorough examination and knows exactly what is wrong with them and more importantly that something can be done about their problem or issue.

Often after only a very few visits the guest will comment about how much better they feel. Sometimes these people have experienced pain for a long period of time and had resigned themselves to ‘putting up with’ their issue. For many, the only solution they had found was to take pain killers – which, of course, only masks the symptoms and doesn’t get to the root of the problem.

The chiropractors are constantly learning and all attend courses that further their knowledge and allow them to develop their own specialities. For instance, Caroline Mulliner (Doctor of Chiropractic) loves working with children and Victoria White (Doctor of chiropractic) enjoys using dry needling (acupuncture). It triggers the body to produce pain-relieving substances such as endorphins and serotonin in the pain pathways of both the spinal cord and the brain. This modifies the way pain signals are received and improves circulation to the area and decreases muscle tightness, which can have the effect of increasing joint flexibility.

Mykel Mason (Doctor of chiropractic) has attended several courses which has enabled him to help people a lot with exercises to improve their posture which in turn helps to alleviate their symptoms and James Revell (Doctor of chiropractic) has attended many courses one of which recently was all about using Rocktape, which can have a dramatic effect on swollen and bruised skin.

Use of Rocktape at Lushington Chiropractic

Lushington Chiropractic has received multiple chiropractic and customer service awards. We won Business of the Year in 2014 and we are the only business in Eastbourne to gain a PPQM award from the Royal College of Chiropractors. This recognises excellence in meeting patient expectations, treating patients with respect and providing outstanding levels of service and care.

This is because we try to maintain very high standards with the work of all the professionals and the clinic assistants. The clinic is always clean and tidy and interesting for people when they come to visit. We aim to make every visit as beneficial for our guests as possible, so there are always lots of chiropractic and health-related materials on the walls and notice board for people to read. We also like to fill the clinic with fun things that will bring a smile to people’s faces, like photographs from the latest charity challenge that someone has taken part in!

A new innovation brought in within the team at Lushington is ‘Team member of the month’. Once a month at our regular team meetings we vote for a member that has done something that has touched us, or cheered us up or just made us smile. The person with the most votes is made team member of the month and their picture goes on the wall for all guests to see with a miniature, and I do mean miniature trophy!!

Team member of the month trophy

 

Charity work is something that is very important at Lushington Chiropractic. The clinic has taken part in many charity events:

In 2014 James Revell (Doctor of Chiropractic), Sue Hudson (Massage therapist), our podiatrist, admin staff and some chiropractic guests completed the Paris to Eastbourne Pier bike ride in 24 hours which raised money for St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

The Lushington Chiropractic Paris to Eastbourne Pier 24 hour cycle team

 

Later on in the year, James Revell (Doctor of Chiropractic) and some friends of the clinic independently completed a London to Lushington bike ride, 90 miles in 12 hours from Buckingham Palace to Eastbourne raising more money for St Wilfrid’s

In November, several of the male team members grew moustaches for ‘Movember’, which raises funds for Men’s health (testicular cancer, prostate cancer and poor mental health and physical inactivity). It is a sad fact that on average, across the world, men die 6 years earlier than women.

Mykel Mason and James Revell Doctors of Chiropractic with their Movember moustaches at Lushington Chiropractic

Throughout the year during the Eastbourne schools’ half-term holidays Lushington Chiropractic offers Free Health Posture Checks for school age children, waiving the fee in exchange for a donation to Barnardo’s Children’s Charity.

Lushington Chiropractic entered a team into the Gauntlet Games on Saturday 8th August 2015 in aid of Barnardo’s.

James Revell, Mykel Mason and Claire, one of our fabulous clinic assistants, were joined by three other brave (possibly foolish) team members to slip, slide and crawl their way through a series of obstacles manned by gladiators doing their best to throw them off course! James and Mykel completed the 10k course and the ladies completed the 5k

They were extremely muddy and tired at the end but had had a fantastic time and helped to raise money for Barnardo’s at the same time!

The triumphant Lushington Chiropractic team

Lushington Chiropractic is also registered with ‘Hands for Heroes’

What is ‘Hands for Heroes’ about? It’s about honouring our courageous Servicemen and women, both serving and retired, by providing valuable, practical, hands-on care to relieve physical, emotional and chemical stress and trauma.

We provide a series of sessions of chiropractic care that is free to Gulf, Iraq or Afghanistan veterans

Hopefully it is becoming clear that we at Lushington Chiropractic are serious about chiropractic care but do not take ourselves too seriously!!

One thing that we do every month to enable us to keep in touch with each other and keep up to date with what is going on in each other’s lives is ‘Lush News’, where we write a short piece about what has been going on for us accompanied by photos which can be very interesting!!!

My husband likes to grow vegetables and flowers and sometimes the amount that he produces at the height of the growing season can be a bit overwhelming!! So it is a good thing that everyone at Lushington is very keen to try to eat a healthy balanced diet from our supplies. Needless to say, this often leads to some weird and wonderful concoctions appearing in the form of juicing experiments. In fact, the latest innovation has been various kinds of vegetable spaghetti made using a spiralizer. I always know that the excess veggies will be gratefully received at the clinic and never seem to hang around for very long and the flowers help to brighten up the reception area…..Keep up the good work Phil!!

You may be wondering what chiropractors do?

Chiropractors have expert training to diagnose and treat muscle, joint and trapped nerve type problems throughout the body. The focus is always on getting to the root of a problem and helping the body work better.

Chiropractors are specialists. They are also licensed to take and read x-rays.

Our aim is to help the body work at its best, as healthy as possible.

Health is a state of optimal physical, mental and social wellbeing. Not merely the absence of disease and infirmity.

The way we think about health makes a difference to the way we live. It helps us make important choices about how we look after our body.

Good health depends on your body’s ability to cope with the stresses and strains of life. Good health is when each and every cell, tissue, organ and system of your body are working at their best.

Chiropractors believe health comes from within. When our body is working properly, it knows what to do, when and how to do it and when to stop doing it.

Chiropractic is so much more than just backs……….Most often, people go to chiropractors the first time for relief from back pain. But chiropractors treat a broad range of complaints, from back and neck pain to headaches, arthritis and more. Moreover, people don’t need to have a specific complaint to benefit from a visit. Chiropractors also focus on on-going preventive and wellness care. Chiropractic care is effective for people of all ages, from infants to the elderly.

Here at Lushington Chiropractic we are also able to offer many therapies that work well alongside chiropractic.

 

Theraputic Massage

We have 3 massage therapists who offer therapeutic massage: Sue Hudson Bsc(Hons), LSSM(Dip0, MISRM, Andy Swan LSSM(Dip), MISRM, MNHMA and Kirsty Ellis

What is therapeutic massage?

Therapeutic massage means massage used to treat a condition. It can involve gentle and/or deep tissue massage techniques, depending on what you need or want. Therapeutic massage helps to relieve pain or injury problems and feels great. Although a course of treatment is often needed, most people feel the benefits immediately. As well as massage, you might also be given advice on stretches and/or exercise to help your muscles heal properly.

At Lushington we only work with massage therapists with the highest of standards and training. We’re blessed with a fabulous team of therapists, each of whom have years of experience as well as a background in sports or health too.

Our massage therapists are highly professional and love what they do. As well as their original qualifications they’re constantly doing continuing professional development courses and studies.

Remember the firmness of the massage is entirely up to you. Just let them know when you see them if you’d prefer light, relaxing massage or deeper, firmer sports massage.

Massage therapist at work

Acupuncture

You can also enjoy Traditional Chinese Acupuncture at Lushington, which is practised by Robert Bowley.

Robert practices Chinese “syndrome acupuncture” (mainstream acupuncture as practised in China).

This type of acupuncture is an aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has been practised for thousands of years. It is now one of the most widely recognised complementary therapies.

Robert Bowley Acupuncturist

Podiatry

Lushington is proud to have local leading podiatrist Marie Upton BSc (Hons), Podiatry MChs, Member of HCPC as part of the team. Marie has a passion for podiatry and foot care. She has thirty years of experience and continues to develop her knowledge and clinical skills with regular continuing professional development, courses and seminars.

Apart from the common issues like corns and callus or nail disorders, a number of disorders such as diabetes can affect your feet and there might also be a case of functional and or structural disorders that Marie can help with.

 

 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Steve Clifford R.M.N, R.N.LD, Dip.C, Pg, C.C.P, Pg.D (CBT), A.C.T.P has worked in the field of psychological health for over thirty years. He believes that certain qualities are essential to successful therapy – trust, discretion, motivation, confidentiality and respect. With therapy tailored to your needs, he will ensure you to find a way to get your life back on track.

 

Steve Clifford, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist

 

Nutritionist

Nutritional therapy practitioners like Michaela Jezzard use a wide range of tools to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances and understand how these may contribute to an individual’s symptoms and health concerns. This approach allows them to work with individuals to address nutritional balance and help support the body towards maintaining health. Nutritional therapy is recognised as a complementary medicine and is relevant for individuals with chronic conditions, as well as those looking for support to enhance their health and wellbeing.

 

Michaela Jezzard, Registered Nutritional Therapist

 

I hope that you can see from all of the above that there is a great deal of variety at Lushington Chiropractic which means we are able to help people in a completely holistic way

This is why it is such a unique experience to work here!!

 

Do carrots have great health benefits?

Of course they do. You will never look at carrots in the same way again.

They are amazing.

When you were younger did your parents ever say to you that you need to eat all your vegetables to grow strong and healthy? My parents did and my dad always told me to eat my carrots so I can see in the dark.

I loved these and bonus they would make me see in the dark.

night vision

I was going to have super human carrot power!..

I would wake up at night and check if I could see in the dark. I would look around my room and try really hard to see something,  but couldn’t see a thing. I thought I just needed to eat more carrots! I would munch my way through raw carrots, just like bugs bunny I used to love watching.

  bugs bunny I was very young at the time.

Disappointingly I never did get the super power of night vision, but I do thank my parents for introducing me when young to a healthy balanced diet. I also enjoy all my vegetables now even cabbage!

I have found that there is however some seed of truth with eating carrots and vision.

Carrots have a good source of vitamin A which is important for healthy eyesight. Carrots contain Beta-carotene that helps to protect vision, especially night vision. After beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A in the liver, it travels to the retina where it is transformed into rhodopsin, a purple pigment that is necessary for night-vision.

Do you know other carrot powers and where the myth originated from about seeing in the dark?

I came across this article which tells you about the origin of the myth and had no idea it was British gunners in world war 11 spreading a rumour – read more. Truly fascinating.

More carrot powers-

Carrot oil is really good for chapped and dry skin and can also make the skin softer, smoother and firmer?  Has also been used in Europe for decades in baby oil, night creams and body lotions.

Carrot face mask give it a go.

Good fibre source, help reduce appetite, increase fullness, control high blood sugars and can help to reduce risk for developing diabetes.

There are so many benefits with carrots for your health, some of which are natural antioxidants, cardiovascular and anti cancer. Amazing how great the carrot is read more

Almost all carrots were originally purple check out how they turned orange as we know them today….

Hope you enjoyed reading some of the amazing powers of carrots. I will always have happy memories as a kid of waiting for my night vision and I am sure I am not the only one!

Claire – Clinic Assistant Lushington Chiropractic