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May 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
» Chiropractic For Tension Headaches
» Research Calls for Conservative Treatments Before Painkillers for Low-Back Pain
» Mediterranean Diets With Olive Oil and/or Nuts Improve Brain Health

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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Chiropractic For Tension Headaches

A good portion of those seeking chiropractic care do so for the relief from headaches. Of all the different types of headache, tension headaches are the most common representing approximately 60% of all headaches. Tension headaches are caused by the sustained contraction of the muscles in the neck and head region. Sufferers experience a constant tight or pressure sensation with mild to moderate pain, generally feeling like a tight band is wrapping around the head, lasting from hours to days. According to a new Danish study, tension headache sufferers exhibit neck and shoulder strength up to 26% weaker than in non-sufferers. Also found in those with tension headaches were muscle imbalances between sets of muscles that hold the head straight. Researchers weren’t sure whether the measured muscle weaknesses and imbalances were the result of the tension headaches or a cause of them. The good news is that most chiropractors have great success treating tension headaches. Biomechanical imbalances of the cervical and upper thoracic spine, and, muscle weakness and dysfunction are all things most chiropractors evaluate when treating tension headaches. Chiropractic adjustments along with stretching and strengthening exercises are commonly utilized with much success. If you believe you’re suffering from tension headaches, call your local chiropractor today!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: 
Cephalalgia, online April 1, 2015.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2015


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Research Calls for Conservative Treatments Before Painkillers for Low-Back Pain

Arlington, Va. – The American Chiropractic Association (ACA), in response to recent research calling into question the efficacy of acetaminophen in the management of spinal pain, strongly encourages patients and healthcare providers to consider the benefits of a conservative approach to back pain. According to the British Medical Journal study, the widely used painkiller is ineffective against low-back pain and offers only "minimal short-term benefit" for people with osteoarthritis of the hip or knee. Similar conclusions were reached in a study published in The Lancet in July 2014, that acetaminophen "does not ease low-back pain."
 
"People need complete information about their treatment options," said ACA President Anthony Hamm, DC. "Research supports the use of more conservative treatments as a first-line defense against pain. This sensible approach not only reduces healthcare costs, but may also help some patients avoid riskier treatments altogether."
 
A "conservative care first" approach to health care encourages emphasis on more cost-effective and safer approaches over potentially addictive medications for pain management and health enhancement. Conservative management of painful conditions may include chiropractic manipulation combined with exercise and stretching prior to moving on to high-risk procedures. Chiropractic physicians are the highest-rated healthcare practitioners for low-back pain treatments due to their patient-centered, whole-person approach that provides greater interaction and communication for appropriate diagnosis and development of more cost-effective treatment plans.
 
"There are effective, more conservative treatments that help many patients lessen reliance on addictive painkillers and get back to their normal lives and activities," said Dr. Hamm. "The services provided by chiropractic physicians are not only clinically effective but also cost-effective, so taking a more conservative approach at the onset of low-back pain can also potentially save both patients and the healthcare system money down the line."
 
Numerous recent studies have clearly shown the dangerous overreliance in the United States on prescription painkillers. This has tremendously increased Americans’ risk for overuse, and abuse of these drugs if taken for long periods, leading to more than 17,000 related deaths in 2010 (more than heroin and cocaine combined). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls the abuse of prescription pain medications an "epidemic."

Author: American Chiropractic Association
Source: Acatoday.org, online April 10, 2015.
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association 2015


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Mediterranean Diets With Olive Oil and/or Nuts Improve Brain Health

Looking to enhance your brain function and improve memory? New research out of Barcelona, Spain indicates a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra virgin olive oil and/or mixed nuts can do just that. Researchers randomly assigned 447 healthy aging individuals (average age 67) who were considered at high risk for a cardiovascular complication to 3 different dietary groups - A Mediterranean diet group supplemented with extra virgin olive oil (1 liter per week), a Mediterranean diet group supplemented with mixed nuts (30 grams per day), or a control diet group where participants were advised to reduce dietary fat. All participants received cognitive function tests at the beginning of the study, and those remaining in the study (approximately 75%) after approximately 4 years received the testing again. In general, participants consuming the low-fat control diet experienced a significant decrease in memory and cognitive function. Conversely, participants consuming the Mediterranean diet with nuts experienced significant improvements in memory, while those adding extra virgin olive oil experienced significantly better cognitive function. Both nuts and olive oil contain oleic acid which is one of the most common fats making up the brain which is 70% fat and is dependent upon getting its nourishment from the foods we eat. The antioxidant-rich foods in Mediterranean diets as well as nuts and olive oil provide nourishment to the brain and appear to help protect against overall brain health and cognitive decline.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JAMA Internal Medicine, online May 11, 2015.

Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2015


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