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June 2014 Health Newsletter


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» Mosquito Repelling Plants
» Summer Footwear
» Marina's Chia Pudding
» Probiotics and Infant Reflux
» Stay Cool For Better Exercise Performance and Safety

» Parent’s Food Decisions Most Impactful To Children
» Water Intake Tied To Increased Weight Loss
» Use Sunscreen To Prevent Signs of Aging

Mosquito Repelling Plants
Just when it seems summer is finally here, and you are all set to enjoy the outdoors, or working in the garden, the mosquitoes appear. Here are six plants with mosquito repelling qualities. Consider adding a few to your outdoor space, and enjoy summer in peace.

1.  
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
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gives off a strong incense-like odor similar to citronella
          ·is fast growing and drought resistant.
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grow in a planter that can be moved to wherever you are spending your time.

2 .Marigolds
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distinctive smell deters many insects.
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grow in containers near your patio, or bordering your vegetable garden.
3.
Catnip
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component in many natural bug repellant sprays.
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oils in leaves deter mosquitoes; plant around your patio/deck.
4.
Basil
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most potent varieties include lemon basil and cinnamon basil.
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rub leaves on skin to deter mosquitoes from landing (and biting).
 5 .Lavender
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not only pretty but the scent repels these pesky critters.
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plant in containers around seating areas.
 6. Citronella grass
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plant along walkways and seating areas.
          ·take care to handle grass blades with gloves as they can cause skin irritation and allergic reactions.

 

Other summer pests… almost as pesky as the bugs are the unwanted weeds that try to take over your yard.Keep them (and harsh chemicals) at bay with this homemade weed spray:

          Combine 1 gallon of white vinegar with 2 cups Epsom salts, and 1/4 cup dish soap.
          Place in your weed sprayer, or portion into several spray bottles.
          Apply to weeds in the morning, and let dry throughout the day.
          Be careful not to apply to plants you wish to keep or your lawn.

Author: Power Health
Source: Power Health
Copyright: Power Health 2014


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Summer Footwear


Flip flops are the perfect accompaniment to an afternoon poolside, or trip to the beach but they are not suitable for everyday wear.The lack of support can cause plantar fasciitis , twisted ankles, knee pain, lower back pain, and painful calves and shins.Instead look for a pair of sandals with arch support, flexible sole, and a strap in the back that will stabilize your foot.
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Author: Power Health
Source: Power Health
Copyright: Power Health 2014


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Marina's Chia Pudding

 

This filling pudding makes a portable do-ahead breakfast, or snack.Top with your favorite fruit, or nuts.

3 tablespoons chia seeds
1 cup almond milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon pure, grade B maple syrup

pinch of sea salt Mix all ingredients and refrigerate overnight.Stir before serving.  


Tip   >>>    I make this in mason jars to grab-and-go in the morning, but as long as you maintain a 3 tbsp chia to 1 cup liquid, you can mix up in any quantity!



What are Chia Seeds?

Chia seeds come from a flowering plant native to Mexico and Guatemala.They are extremely concentrated sources of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, calcium, manganese, and phosphorus—not to mention antioxidants.They can be eaten whole or milled, and provide a feeling of fullness that can keep you going until your next meal or snack.Versatile and flavorless, it’s easy to let chia seeds take on the flavor of seasonings in a pudding, on top of a salad, or as a thickening agent.Each seed can absorb 12x it’s weight in water forming a gel.

Author: Power Health
Source: Power Health
Copyright: Power Health 2014


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Probiotics and Infant Reflux

 

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) may be present in as many as 18% of infants, and includes initial signs and symptoms of frequent vomiting, poor weight gain, persistent irritability or colic.Less common symptoms include anemia, —interference inpersistent cough, recurrent ear infections and torticollis.Although most infants to grow out of such reflux, the chronic acid and milk spilling from stomach back into esophagus prompts the introduction of prescription medications that inhibit proton pumps in the stomach.In addition to removing any subluxation the infant’s nervous system that may contribute to dysfunction, recent research suggests the use of probiotics may be an effective treatment, negating the need for prescription drugs in some cases.An Italian study showed the use of probiotics from birth significantly reduced the episodes of colic, constipation, and reflux in infants at 3 months old, compared to those babies receiving a placebo.

Probiotics are a supplement of live, helpful bacteriaused to improve intestinal health by restoring or elevating levels of “good” bacteria to diminish the population of harmful bacteria.Young infants can ingest a powdered probiotic supplement applied to a parent’s finger, breast, bottle, or pacifier.Health begins in the gut—80% of the immune system lives in the digestive tract.Babies are born without cultures of healthy gut flora and typically depend on breast milk or supplementation as the only source of probiotics for the first six months of their life.

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Author: Power Health
Source: Power Health
Copyright: Power Health 2014


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Stay Cool For Better Exercise Performance and Safety


As the temperature rises so too does the risk for exercise related heat stroke and performance drop. The human body doesn't perform optimally when it becomes too hot. New research shows that using cooling techniques such as ice vests or cold water bathing/applications before and/or during workouts increases performance. Your body requires significant energy and blood flow to keep your body from overheating. Any external assistance with the cooling process provides the body with additional energy and blood flow to exercising muscles. Various cooling methods were studied including the use of cooling vests and cold packs, consumption of cold water or ice slurries, immersion in a cold water bath or a combination. Researchers also studied the effects on performance comparing pre-exercise applications vs. during exercise applications. Researchers found while pre-exercise and during exercise applications of cold increased performance, a combination of the two worked best. One of the most effective applications was wearing an ice chest during exercise along with a combination of pre-exercise techniques. Doing so improved athletic performance by close to 7 percent. In addition to the increased performance, cooling techniques reduce potential for heat stroke - a very common side effect of exercise, especially in the summer heat.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: British Journal of Sports Medicine, online April 19, 2014.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2014


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Parent’s Food Decisions Most Impactful To Children


If you're a parent, you're aware of the vast amount of food advertising targeting children. In fact, you might be more than just a little annoyed with companies advertising their unhealthy food products to younger children, your children. However, new research coming from Ireland indicates the parent's eating habits are the most important predictor of what foods including unhealthy foods children are aware of and recognize. There's no question that the advertising of unhealthy foods and the fact that unhealthy foods tend to contain sugars and fats - something us humans enjoy - has an impact on children's knowledge and interest in those foods. However, this new research shows that ultimately parents have the most influence on unhealthy food awareness.  So if you're concerned about your children's dietary habits and influences (and you should be), check your pantry and your own dietary habits and ensure you're a positive influence - your children are watching!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: 
Appetite, online May 21, 2014.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2014


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Water Intake Tied To Increased Weight Loss

A new review of several prior studies finds that drinking more water when dieting may increase weight loss. Researchers at the Berlin School of Public Health in Germany, compared eleven previous studies on weight and water consumption. Three of the studies tied increased water intake to enhanced weight loss. One study found that women who increased their daily water consumption while dieting, lost more weight than those who drank less than a liter a day. Another found that participants who drank an extra two cups of water before a meal lost an average of four pounds more than a group that didn't. Still, researchers said there is not enough evidence to say for certain that drinking more water increases weight loss and it’s unclear how the increased water consumption might help dieters. The review authors speculated that the water provides a feeling of fullness, leading dieters to reduce their caloric intake. It’s also possible that the additional water increases the energy expenditure of the body; an idea called "water-induced thermogenesis." However, the researchers pointed out that the studies didn’t always show that people who drank more water necessarily weighed less. Some of the studies indicated that obese or overweight individuals drank more water than their thinner counterparts. Ultimately the review’s authors recommended larger experiments to examine water’s potential benefits while dieting.


Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, online June 26, 2013.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2013


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Use Sunscreen To Prevent Signs of Aging

New research in Australia confirms the advice of many dermatologists to their patients - to avoid the aging effects of the sun on your skin, use sunscreen. While the benefits of sunscreen are well known when it comes to preventing sunburns and lowering the risk of skin cancer, researchers said rigorous studies were previously lacking on how sunscreen use affects the signs of skin aging, or photoaging. Photoaging happens after long-term exposure to ultraviolet radiation, which penetrates the skin and can cause collagen to break down and DNA to mutate. Long term effects of photoaging include wrinkles, leathery skin tone, loss of the skin's elasticity and spider veins. The new study, conducted at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research analyzed data from 903 adults younger than 55 who were followed between 1992 and 1996. Half of the participants were instructed to put sunscreen of SPF 15 or greater on their head, neck, arms and hands every morning, and to reapply when necessary. The other half used sunscreen according to their own discretion. At the start and end of the study, the researchers measured photoaging using the skin on the back of each person's left hand. The researchers found that over four years, the skin condition of people who were told to use sunscreen daily evidenced no detectable changes, once other sun-related factors were taken into account. Beta carotene, which was also given to some of the participants, did not seem to have any protective effect on skin aging, however.


Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Ann Intern Med. 2013;158(11):781-790.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2013


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