WHAT IS WHARTON’S JELLY? At Regenerative Sport Spine and Spa, a great number of the clients we see are athletes. With their seemingly superhuman ability to run, jump, and throw, athletes are consistently inspiring the world with their hard work and dedication to their sport. With Tiger Woods making a huge career comeback to win the 2019 Masters, Lebron James being the only player in NBA history to average at least 25 points a game for 13 consecutive seasons, and Usain Bolt breaking the Olympic record for fastest 100 meter sprint, athletes seem to be reaching new heights every year, which means they are pushing their bodies even harder than before. When athletes increase their training, they experience what’s known as microtraumas in heavily utilized areas like their shoulders, knees, elbows, and back. The continuation of these microtraumas occurring without treatment eventually leads to more-serious injuries. To help initiate a natural rebuilding process of injured muscle joints and bones, our team will use Wharton’s jelly. Wharton’s jelly is part amniotic sac and part umbilical cord and can be harvested after a cesarean delivery. Because it is such a young source of nutrients, Wharton’s jelly is very rich with collagen growth factors and anti-inflammatory in nature. It also is considered immune-privileged,
which means there is no potential for rejection. While there are ample benefits of using Wharton’s
jelly for injuries, there is still conflicting research regarding whether or not the substance contains live
cells when it’s injected. Regardless of whether or not it contains live cells, it’s an effective and natural option for both athletes and individuals over the age of 55 — clients from whom we’d rather not harvest bone marrow.
In addition to being a natural way of potentially rebuilding bone and muscle joints, using Wharton’s jelly also serves as an amazing preventative agent. By frequently supplying heavily used areas like your knees or back with the richness of Wharton’s jelly, athletes can actually prevent injuries from happening. While a majority of the population has never heard of Wharton’s jelly, it’s extremely useful for many of our clients here at Regenerative Sport Spine and Spa. If you have any further questions or think Wharton’s jelly might be a viable option for you, give our office a call at 407-730-5600.
Since we’ve given you lots of material to read already, why don’t you take a quick break? But don’t just sit there. Use this break as an opportunity to practice some meditation. TAKE A BREAK FROM READING ... AND PRACTICE SOME MEDITATION Meditation has gained ample traction in recent years due to the benefits it can offer. There are many good meditation techniques for beginners and more advanced practitioners alike. If it’s your first time trying it, we recommend starting simple. Step 1: Find a quiet and comfortable place to sit. Step 2: Set a timer (5 minutes is a good starting point). Step 3: Take a moment to check your posture. Try to find a position that allows you to keep your back straight. Step 4: Close your eyes, and tune into the process of breathing. Take note of your breath as it goes in and out of your body. Step 5: When you notice that your mind has started to wander off, gently but firmly bring your attention back to your breath.
ZUCCHINI SALAD WITH TOASTED HAZELNUTS
With raw zucchini, toasted hazelnuts, and a robust Parmigiano-Reggiano, this early summer salad is a delight of different textures and flavors that will make a great side at your next cookout.
3 small zucchini (3/4 lb.)
1/4 cup toasted hazelnuts, coarsely chopped
1/2 tsp lemon zest, grated
Mint leaves, for garnish
3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
Parmesan cheese, preferably Parmigiano-Reggiano, for garnish
3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
1. Using a mandolin or very sharp knife, slice zucchini lengthwise into extremely thin, wide ribbons. 2. Arrange zucchini ribbons on a plate, sprinkle with lemon zest, and drizzle with juice. 3. Drizzle oil over zucchini, season with salt and pepper, and toss. 4. Scatter hazelnuts over the top, garnish with mint and cheese, and serve.
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