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Living a healthy lifestyle

Stand or sit, that is the question!!

If you think sitting too much is bad for your health, (it is), then this will open your eyes. Just when you’re tired of heath articles with bad news, this comes along. I read a synopsis of a study that said too much standing may be worse than too much sitting. A study of over 7300 factory workers were twice as likely to develop heart disease than those who sat, according to the study. Always being upright can cause blood to pool in the lower extremities rather than circulate back to the heart. Standing increases oxidative stress, triggering inflammation and over time this can increase cardiovascular risks. If you stand a lot, for any reason, for extended periods of time, it would serve your well to sit on a regular basis if possible!

Keep the Disc Healthy..!!

I read an article discussing back pain, and as most chiropractic patients know, adjustments can help reduce back pain, improve spinal function and reduce the need for surgery and the nasty meds such as opioids. Not to mention that patients rank their satisfaction with chiropractic care at the top of the list of provider care. A recent study proves that not only does chiropractic adjustments help with back pain but it may also help maintain or even increase the height of the spinal disc. As we age, or if the disc is injured , it often loses its height, usually through degenerative changes. Since the discs are the shock absorbers of our spine, it is imperative to do whatever one can, to maintain the overall health of their spine. Chiropractic can help with a variety of health issues and this is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.!!

Sugar and cancer connection?

Do you have a sweet tooth? If you are one of the millions of people who like their sugar, you may want to give this a look. In a recent study scientist have possibly identified a link between sugar and cancer. Though there is no specific direct connection in humans yet, they have identified that when sugar is broken down within our cells, an intermediate compound that is produced during the process activates a specific protein that can mutate into a cancerous gene. Though the study was done on yeast cells, they acted like cancer cells, which rely on taking in glucose and fermenting it to produce lactic acid. Normal cells take in glucose and turn it into carbon dioxide and water. The takeaway here is that cancer patients may want to avoid as much sugary intake as possible to stop proliferation of cancer cells, since all cells use glucose. More research need to be done however it is food for thought!

Outdoors for better eyesight..!!

Did you know that getting your kids outside to spend time, may be good for their eyesight? Today’s kids spend time indoors and with technology like no generation before them. According to research, spending more time outside appears to impact a child’s risk of developing nearsightedness dramatically. In fact, increasing outdoor time by approximately 14 hours per week can reduce the risk that a child with two nearsighted parents will develop nearsightedness, from 60% down to 20%. That is stunning news and is just about the same risk as those with non-nearsighted parents. Incredible…!!

Squat, it works!!

The most healthy individual will most likely at some point in their life, experience back pain. Why? Because we are two legged creatures and most of the forces of our upper body is carried by the bottom two discs in our lumbar spine. Also, as we get older we tend to bend more with our backs when we pick stuff up. We either get lazy or weaker in the legs as we age, generally both. I watch my grandson, one day, almost every week and we play a lot of stuff. I observe him when he picks items up off the floor or ground, and he squats every time when he picks things up. Even at the playground, I notice other children do the same thing. Rarely do they bend at the waist. Take a tip from the little ones and reacquaint yourself with picking up and lifting things properly, and hopefully avoid those nasty back problems. But if you injure yourself, get to your chiropractor immediately, they will help!!

Lower Triglycerides with Fish Oil

Unless you live under a rock, you have probably heard about the amazing benefits of fish oil and its role in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. It lowers triglycerides, blood pressure and slows the hardening of the arteries. Evidence suggests it even improves health outcomes for those already with heart disease. Did you know a large 4-year study from Italy published in the British Lancet, determined that daily fish oils (Omega-3 fatty acids) were superior to the cholesterol reducing drug Crestor? The side effects of Crestor are numerous, but headaches, muscle pain, abdominal pain, weakness and nausea are just a few. Those who took the fish oil were less susceptible to hospitalization or death than those given Crestor. Remember that cholesterol lowering drugs are a multi-billion dollar industry, in and of itself. Talk to your Chiropractor about ways to improve your health through nutritional supplementation.

Chronic Pain? Get better sleep!

I think most of us have heard we need the proper amount of sleep in order to feel at our best. However did you know that poor sleep can also contribute to chronic pain? A review of studies including over 61,000 participants arrived at a disturbing conclusion, in that, the impact of sleep on pain may be more significant than the impact of pain on sleep. In fact, the report states that the those suffering from poor quality of sleep and/or quantity of sleep may experience an increase of chronic pain by a factor of two or three compared to those that sleep well. Poor sleep is associated with impaired response to bacterial infections, viruses, poor physical functioning, increased inflammation, higher cortisol levels, and other markers of pain, fatigue and overall compromised health..!! Don’t just sleep on it…talk to your favorite chiropractor to find out how they can help!

Exercise away Anxiety!!

Did you know exercise can help those with anxiety? A study of over 1000 participants suggests that in particular, resistance exercise can help reduce anxiety symptoms. In fact, according to the author of the study, the positive impact of exercising is comparable to what could be achieved with medication or psychotherapy. Resistance exercises are basically any exercises that require muscle contractions, such as a pushup or squat, or weights or machines or resistance bands. The cool thing is you really don’t need any equipment as body weight and gravity can also be the resistance you choose. Learn more with discussions with your chiropractor!!

Acupuncture and allergies

Do you have seasonal allergies? I, fortunately, do not, however those that do can suffer greatly during certain times of the year. Acupuncture may be able to help. In fact I chuckle to myself when I see an article in the paper or a magazine talking of the power of acupuncture to help a variety of issues. I use it almost daily in an effort to help patients deal with health issues. It works fabulously for most patients. I saw an article in the local paper that said it may help with allergies sighting a German study showing its effectiveness compared to sham acupuncture or medications. The nice thing about acupuncture is that it is non-invasive relative to other procedures and has a longer lasting effect without the need for medications. Though insurance generally doesn’t cover medications for allergies, the benefits will most likely outweigh the meager costs! Give it a try!

Hurricane mentality!!

Hi everyone, just wanted to forgo the usual health stuff to give thanks to all the first responders and wonderful people who are helping this great country through some nasty, natural catastrophes. It is heart warming to see the compassion, generosity, and heroism that comes from times like this. It is disasters such as these, that bring out the best in the good men and women of this wonderful United States, regardless of political affiliation. We are Americans, we will provide and survive and best of all we will cry, sigh, hold our heads high, roll up our sleeves, pull together and rebuild and replenish once again. May this help bring this nation closer together!!