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Here you will find great tips for healthy living, nutritional advice, and the latest news on health studies and research.
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This years flu season is in full swing. Regardless about your thoughts on flu shots, did you know that those with the flu actually contaminate the air around them with infectious virus, just by breathing, without coughing or sneezing? A new, small study sampled the air around those who had the flu and found that there are infectious aerosol droplets that stay suspended in the air for a long time. Surprisingly enough, sneezing and coughing didn’t add much to the viral count of this contagious aerosol. The main takeaway from this is that the moment you know you are sick, go home immediately, stay home, stay away from public places and do not return to your workplace until you are no longer contagious. Everyone will appreciate it..!!
I occasionally take ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.) for headaches or for mild aches and pain, however I just read another study that gives pause to why anyone would take it. Though it does relieve those minor aches and pain, it also can have terrible repercussions. Did you know it can cause life threatening complications such as fatal heart attack or stroke. Also, a new study stated that men taking ibuprofen at 600mg for 14 days were more at risk of infertility through reduced testicular function, including testosterone production, resulting in a state of compensated hypogonadism. WOW!! There are other and safer alternatives to those aches and pain, just ask your Chiropractor..!!
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!!
Did you know many people seem to think neck pain and tight upper shoulders is normal? Especially if their job requires hours daily on the computer. The easiest way to prevent neck pain is to figure out the cause and in my profession, people sitting hours on end, at a computer, seems to top the cake for neck pain. Some people get so accustomed to the pain and tightness they actually ignore it until it is far advanced. Some causes include poor posture, by which workspace ergonomics such as poor positioning of computer keyboards and monitors are quite capable in contributing to neck pain. Sleep issues become an issue when the neck is sore and tight and there is an ongoing quest to find the right pillow to get one through the night. Don’t forget that most all of us tend to look down at our cell phones much of the day putting maximum stress on the muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons of the neck. When the neck is the issue, talk to your chiropractor about how to stop and prevent these types of overuse injury!!
As a follow-up to the last health tip, I wanted to share other reasons why people visit chiropractors as reported in the National Health Interview Survey. Many say they do not like taking medications. Others say that they sleep better and it gives them a sense of control over their own health. It helps them feel better emotionally and helps to relax or reduce stress levels. Some say that chiropractic care improves their energy, immune function and/or memory or concentration. Athletes say that it improves their athletic or sports performance. If you haven’t been to your chiropractor in a while, you may be missing out on some important benefits!!