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February 2015 Health Newsletter


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» Thank you!
» How to Use Affirmations
» Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken
» A new take on Trick or Treat
» Maintain Health : Be Proactive with Probiotics
» Goals Worksheet
» Leg Pain Relief From Chiropractic Care
» Back Surgery Even More Risky In The Obese

» ACA Statement on NIH Expert Panel Final Report on Use of Opioids in Chronic Pain

Thank you!


A big thank you to everyone who donated a new toy to students in need at Westminster Elementary in December.
Their holidays were a little merrier because of you! 

Author: Power Health
Source: Power Health
Copyright: Power Health 2015


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How to Use Affirmations

 

Affirmations are positive, affirmative statements that you can use to change your subconscious thoughts to help you achieve your goals. We have an estimated 60,000 thoughts each day. The tone and content of these thoughts is a conditioned by years of life experience, and beliefs about ourselves we have developed from things we hear, infer, and repeat to ourselves. By creating powerful affirmations we can begin to change the beliefs we hold, and this change in thinking affects change in our behaviors.
Use positive statements in the present tense. Avoid words like “don’t” “won’t” which trigger a negative response. Instead of saying “I will” say “I am”.
Repetition is important to rewriting the self-limiting thoughts we have. Repeat your affirmations at least three times each day. Write them down and place somewhere you will frequently see them like your bathroom mirror or dash of your car.

While there are many affirmations available online, the most powerful ones are those truly authentic to your goals.

Author: Power Health
Source: Power Health
Copyright: Power Health 2015


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Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken

 

This delicious shredded chicken is perfect for topping salads, lettuce wraps, or rice bowls. So versatile and freezes great too!
·2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken pieces
·3 cups diced tomatoes in juices
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1 small yellow onion diced
·4 cloves garlic minced
·2 serrano chilies, seeded and chopped
·2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
·1 tablespoon cumin
·1 tablespoon chili powder
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2.5 teaspoons ground coriander
·2 teaspoons sea salt
·1/2 teaspoon each—black pepper and cayenne pepper
Place all ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on low for 5 hours.

Remove chicken, shred with two forks, then return to liquids for one hour.
This recipe would also work well for beef or pork. Having a great 2015 starts with nourishing yourself. Plan ahead and use meals like this one to make sure you’re eating well and taking care of yourself. A little planning once a week goes a long way!

Author: Power Health
Source: Power Health
Copyright: Power Health 2015


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A new take on Trick or Treat

Later this month kids of all ages will be partaking in Halloween and receiving huge amounts of sugary confections. Excess sugar depresses your body's immune responses, impairing the body's ability to adapt and heal. This year consider handing out non-sugar treats such as fun pencils, glow sticks, or bottles of water. And when your kids come home with their loot, consider offering them a wanted toy, book or activity voucher in exchange for some or all of their candy. With a little creativity, the fun of Halloween doesn't have to come at the expense of health. 

 

Author: Power Health
Source: Power Health
Copyright: Power Health 2015


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Maintain Health : Be Proactive with Probiotics

Probiotics are a supplement of live, helpful bacteria used to improve intestinal health by restoring or elevating levels of "good" bacteria to diminish the population of harmful bacteria.

 

Bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract are part of a healthy, thriving body but their populations may be altered by illness, antibiotic use, ingestion of modified foods, and inflammation. What we eat and drink changes the populations that live in our gut. This also holds true for the littlest family members.

 

Health begins in the gut--80% of the immune system lives in the digestive tract. A healthy population of good bacteria can be very effective in treating causes of diarrhea, constipation, gassiness, reflux, thrush, eczema; and improving resistance to illness like influenza or the common cold.

 

Many food products in the grocery store now advertise containing probiotic cultures, but how active or plentiful are these cultures may be is up for debate, that is why choosing a high quality, easy to take supplement is a great way to support your family's health. In addition to capcules and chewable tablets, powdered probiotics are available that can be applied directly to breast or bottle for infants, or esasily mixed into a smoothie or applesauce for older children. Quality is essential, as the cultures must be live and in sufficient quantity to provide benefits.

 

Benefits of Probiotics:

  • Replenish the micro flora of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Enhances digestive support & bowel movements
  • Promotion of immune support
  • Triggers toxin breakdown and removal
  • Supports production of B vitamins
  • Promotes mineral & nutrient absorption
  • Helps maintain healthy bowel transit time
  • Helps bacteria populations recover after course of antibiotics

Author: Power Health
Source: Power Health
Copyright: Power Health 2015


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Goals Worksheet

2015 20Goals 20Worksheet pub 

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


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Leg Pain Relief From Chiropractic Care


New research indicates chiropractic care coupled with exercise and pain management techniques is more successful at easing back-related leg pain than simply exercise and pain management techniques alone. Researchers at the University of Minnesota recruited 192 patients suffering from back pain with pain radiating into the legs - commonly referred to as sciatica. Patients received either therapeutic exercises and basic pain management advice, or, therapeutic exercises and basic pain management advice along with 12 weeks of chiropractic spinal manipulation. After 12 weeks, twice as many of the patients receiving the added chiropractic spinal manipulation experienced a 75 percent or greater reduction in leg pain as compared with those who did not receive chiropractic spinal manipulation; 37 percent as compared with 19 percent. After one year, patients who received the added chiropractic spinal manipulation still had higher scores for overall improvement and satisfaction.


Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Annals of Internal Medicine, online September 15, 2014.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2015


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Back Surgery Even More Risky In The Obese


Surgery always comes with the risk of serious complications, even including death. Findings from a recent study indicate obese patients who undergo lumbar fusion have an even greater risk of blood loss, longer hospital stay, higher risk of complication and worse functional outcome than do non-obese patients. According to researchers of the study, "These findings suggest that both surgeons and patients should acknowledge the significantly increased morbidity profile of obese patients after lumbar fusion." Whether you're obese or not, chiropractic care offers a safe, natural, non-invasive treatment approach for dealing with back, neck and spinal related pain and discomfort. Chiropractic care not only focuses on providing relief, but it does so by dealing with the cause of the pain and discomfort rather than just masking the symptoms. If you're in pain or discomfort and/or are considering back surgery, call your local doctor of chiropractic today and setup a no-obligation consultation. And remember, back pain can often be reversed - back surgery, cannot.


Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Spine: 01 January 2015 - Vol. 40 - Issue 1.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2015


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ACA Statement on NIH Expert Panel Final Report on Use of Opioids in Chronic Pain

Arlington, Va. -  American Chiropractic Association (ACA) President Anthony Hamm, DC, issued the following comment today on a new report released by an independent National Institutes of Health (NIH) panel about the need for individualized, patient-centered care to treat and monitor the estimated 100 million Americans living with chronic pain. "ACA commends NIH for recognizing the value of an individual, patient-centered and multi-faceted approach to managing chronic pain. It is also interesting to read the conclusion from the panel that widespread opioid use does not provide an effective single approach for the chronic pain patient. Services provided by chiropractic physicians, including those being delivered in integrated community health centers, have proven effective with respect to patient satisfaction. ACA encourages NIH to study all complementary and integrated approaches to chronic pain management, including chiropractic. These integrated approaches can offer a higher degree of patient safety and reduce the use of medications."

Author: American Chiropractic Association.
Source: Acatoday.com - January 16, 2015.
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association. 2015


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