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Smoking and Back Surgery

I tried smoking when I was younger but never really cared for it, and haven’t since, however did you know smokers are more at risk of lumbar spinal stenosis and surgery? A study published in The Spine Journal reports that heavy smokers were 46% more likely to undergo surgery for spinal stenosis than non-smokers and moderate smokers were at 31% greater risk of surgery. Surprisingly, even former smokers were at 13% greater risk of surgery. Cigarette smoke contains nicotine which constricts the blood flow and promotes inflammation which is not ideal for those with low back problems. Thus, the more you smoke the greater the risks. Talk to your Chiropractor to find out how they can help!!

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!

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!

Forget “low fat” & “heart healthy”

Wow, what weather we have had in our area.  Hope everyone and their vehicles and houses made out ok.  Lots of tree damage and hail damage.  Speaking of damage, did you know that many years ago one doctor decided that dietary fat was what caused heart disease?  This ideology was then sanctioned by the WHO.  They determined that animal fat and cholesterol in our diet was the culprit.  Did you know that 75% of people who have a heart attack have normal cholesterol?  The more our society has tried to lower cholesterol and trim the fat, the worse heart disease in this country has gotten.  Talk about damage! The enemy is sugar, and foods labeled “low fat” and “heart healthy.”  These foods equate to significantly more sugar in the diet and perpetuate inflammation within our bodies.  Those are the factors that increase the risk of heart disease.  We must eliminate most processed foods from the diet, read the labels, stay informed.  It might help you avoid meds such as Lisinopril, Metoprolol, Norvasc, Diuril.

Arthritis and Fiber

I just read an interesting article about fiber and arthritis?  Did you know that a study of more than 1200 adults found that those who consumed the most fiber had a significant reduction in their risk of knee arthritis. The top 25% of fiber consumers had a 61% lower risk of osteoarthritis of the knees, than those at the bottom levels of fiber intake.  It also showed that eating fiber earlier in life had even more positive effects on arthritis later in life.  The authors concluded that there may be two reasons: 1) a reduction of inflammation which causes pain and 2) helping maintain a healthier weight which puts less stress on the joints and bones.  Either way, seems like a good reason to eat more fiber…!!

Walk away inflammation!!

Did you know that just 20 minutes of walking can help reduce inflammation?  New research shows that a single 20-minute moderate intensity workout session can have anti-inflammatory effects.  The cool thing about this study is that it does build upon other studies showing the benefits of physical exercise, but more importantly it showed that even people with reduced strength or mobility can benefit, even if they just perform some fast walking for 20 minutes or more.  This may also help develop new therapies for individuals with auto immune disease!!  Go for a fast walk and enjoy the benefits!!

Joint Pain, Inflammation, And What You Can Do

Joint pain is often a result of inflammation, even low grade inflammation can cause problems. In fact, inflammation is now considered the major culprit in cardiovascular disease, more so than lowering cholesterol. Some herbal ingredients and spices provide anti-inflammatory properties. Extracts from turmeric and ginger are good, as well as antioxidant and anti-inflammatory botanicals such as ashwaganda, boswellia and maritime pine. They are systemic in nature so when consumed, they can significantly reduce inflammation within the body as well as the joint.

Joint Pain And Supplementation

Speaking of joint pain, did you know that stress activates a biochemical pathway that signals a chronic inflammatory response that can interfere with joint function. Some good joint anti-inflammatory agents include omega 3 EFA’s, EPA and DHA from fish oil. Also, vitamin D and E offer benefits that are good for joint pain but also joint stiffness. Finally, glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate are great for supporting the joint cartilage and are known as natural “joint builders.” Adding these basic components to your diet can help tremendously, if used properly and consistently. More about this next time!