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Finding the Right Balance for the New Year

By Dr. Jon Thomas D.C.

Even though we are only in the second week of 2017, January is the perfect time to strike the right balance for the rest of the year.  The old adage, “There’s no time like the present,” is doubly important when it comes to creating a health regimen that works.  While achieving optimal health might be your ultimate goal, to succeed you need to take into consideration a number of different aspects of your lifestyle. 

The Classic Car Syndrome

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Just as a car has many different systems, so does the human body.  I have been a classic car buff for most of my life.  Simply because a car is 20, 30 or 40 years old, doesn’t mean it can’t be in as good a condition as the day it rolled off the assembly line.  The difference between a honey and a heap pretty much comes down to maintenance.  The more tender loving care an owner lavishes on a vehicle, the longer it will last.

Just as an automobile can wind up with a dent, so too can the human body.  If you have been experiencing chronic pain of any kind, this has the potential to derail your long-term health plan before it even gets started.  While you may want to go to the gym, what’s the likelihood of following through if you find it hard to get out of bed?  So, the first thing you are going to need to do is to relieve any discomfort before you can realistically move forward. 

If you’re in pain, chiropractic is a great first step toward achieving your health goals.  Something as simple as a spinal adjustment can make a world of difference in how your body both feels and functions.  Just as a car will not drive straight if it’s front end is misaligned, from a health perspective, having a properly aligned spine will not only eliminate pain, it can also jumpstart your immune system by up to 200%.  Think of the difference this could mean to your well-being during flu and cold season.

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Many people tend to sign up with health clubs this time of the year.  While going to a gym is a great way to increase muscle tone, if your spine is not properly aligned, it can lead to soreness or even injury.  Chiropractic can make sure your movement patterns are correct, so when you exercise, your body will not overstress any of your muscles, ligaments or tendons.  Instead of “No Pain, No Gain,” your mantra should be, “No Pain, My Gain.”

Adding Fuel to the Fire

Just as a car needs the correct octane to run properly, so too does your body need to have the right kind of diet to stay healthy.  Particularly if you are looking to lose weight in 2017, diet is the key.  By diet, I am not talking about going on a starvation diet.  I’m talking about determining what foods cause your body to start fat burning and which cause you to stop burning fat.  More importantly, you don’t want to fall into the pitfall of starting a diet plan that doesn’t show you how to keep the weight off.  That’s even more important than shedding the pounds.
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Our NutriMost program is a lot different than other diet plans you may have tried in the past.  To start off with, we aren’t going to tell you to stop eating to lose weight.  That kind of thinking literally adds fuel to the fire, since it tells your body to go into famine mode.  Over the millennia, humans were conditioned to endure seasons of feast and famine.  That means when you radically restrict food intake; your body slows your metabolism to compensate.  If you have ever lost weight on a diet that had you reduce your caloric intake, only to put the weight back on, this is exactly what I mean.

NutriMost doesn’t work that way.  Instead of restricting the amount of food you eat, we test your body to determine the kind of food that causes you to burn and store fat.  This is different for every individual.  We will also support you during the entire process of fat burn.  When you’re going through the fat burn phase of a weight loss program, you’re going to need to add nutritional supplements to compensate for the nutrients lost when you shun certain kinds of food.  This is a very important part of the program.

Another unique part of the Nutrimost program is that it involves several phases.  The reason this is important is because we will help you reprogram your body so that once you’re done burning fat, you don’t wind up putting the weight back on again.  95% of our patients who lose 20-40 pounds in 40 days, keep the weight off.  (Feel free to go to our website to check out many testimonial videos from individuals and couples who have gone through the Nutrimost program.)

In the end, we are going to take you through a process called “Re-entry” that will teach you about how your body works.  This means there will be no doubt about trigger foods that can shut down your body’s ability to metabolize fat.  I want to emphasize that NutriMost is not simply a way to lose weight.  It is a complete transformation of how your body functions and what you need to do to keep it in top form. 

Diagnostic Testing

Unlike a car, spare parts for the human body are hard to come by.  That’s why we offer a number of non-obtrusive tests that can help you determine what is going on inside.  If you have been feeling run down, or have been experiencing any kind of ache or pain, we can help you pinpoint and solve the problem.

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Tytron Scan – A lot of people come to our office complaining of chronic neck and back pain.  They are wondering what is the underlying problem.  The Tytron scanner can detect precisely where the source of these problems lies in your body so treatment can begin.

Thermography – This scanner can detect things in your body within 60-90 days, including early-stage breast cancer. 

Quantum Reflex Analysis – Scientifically determines the kind of supplements your body needs to correct any health anomalies.

If you are serious about finding a healthy balance for the new year, the best way to get started is to schedule a free consultation with your chiropractor today.

Dr. Jon Thomas is a Board Certified Chiropractic Physician. His practice, The Vibrant Life Health Center, is located in the Mandarin section of Jacksonville. After studying and learning from some of the top health experts throughout the world, Dr. Thomas dedicated his life to helping people of all ages to transform their lives. The objective for each patient is to initiate the body’s healing and to work progressively toward a body that functions optimally. Dr. Thomas is seen regularly on TV on First Coast Living, where he discusses the transformations of his patients. He also speaks at events throughout the community and writes informative articles to improve the health of residents throughout Northeast Florida.


  1. When it comes to classic cars there are only two types: honeys and heaps. The difference is the amount of TLC shown by its owners. The same goes for the human body. As it ages it requires more maintenance if it is to continue looking and running well.

  2. I have had several Tytron scan done and they have been spot on and very useful for help diagnose and treat my back and neck pain. Great stuff.