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June 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
» Boost Performance - Eat Your Breakfast
» Chiropractic Physicians Urge Conservative Approach to Pain Management
» Social Media... Depressing

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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Boost Performance - Eat Your Breakfast

Skipping breakfast can lead to a reduced athletic performance later in the day according to U.K. researchers. In a group of 10 males, researchers compared performance later in the day when eating breakfast as well as when skipping breakfast. In this particular group of individuals, when breakfast was skipped, even though more calories tended to be consumed during lunch (an average of approximately 200 additional calories), their later day performance was still reduced. More studies will need to be performed but if you're an athlete with an athletic performance later it the day, making a decision to skip breakfast may reduce your overall performance, even if more calories are consumed later in the day.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, online May 12, 2015.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2015


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Chiropractic Physicians Urge Conservative Approach to Pain Management

Painkiller overuse has led to negative outcomes for musculoskeletal conditions, reveals JAAOS study
Arlington, Va.— With new research highlighting more risks associated with the increased use of opioids for pain, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) strongly urges patients and healthcare providers to consider first exhausting conservative forms of pain management. According to a recent report published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS), the increased usage of opioids has led to unanticipated consequences such as a tolerance among some patients to the drug hydrocodone and negative treatment outcomes for conditions such as work-related musculoskeletal disorders, joint replacements and spine surgery.

"Beyond the risks of overuse and addiction, prescription drugs that numb pain may convince a patient that a musculoskeletal condition is less severe than it is, or that it has healed. That misunderstanding can lead to over-exertion and a delay in the healing process or even to permanent injury," says ACA media spokesperson Robert Hayden, DC, PhD.

JAAOS points out that more than 80 percent of the world’s opioids are consumed in the United States and that orthopedic surgeons are the third-highest prescribers of these medications – behind primary care physicians and internists. Researchers note that orthopedic surgeons must continue to treat pain but also implement strategies to battle the opioid epidemic.  

According to Dr. Hayden, one potential strategy is the use of conservative forms of care for pain before initiating higher-risk options such as opioids. A conservative health care model emphasizes more cost-effective and safer approaches over potentially addictive medications or surgery for pain management and health enhancement. For example, conservative management of back pain may include trying spinal manipulation combined with exercise and stretching prior to moving on to procedures involving higher risk.

Health care quality organizations now recognize the value of a conservative approach. Earlier this year, the Joint Commission, which certifies more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including every major hospital, revised its pain management standard to include chiropractic services and acupuncture. Clinical experts in pain management who provide input to the Commission’s standards affirmed that treatment strategies may consider both pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic approaches.

Author: American Chiropractic Association
Source: Acatoday.org, online May 20, 2015.

Copyright: American Chiropractic Association 2015


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Social Media... Depressing

A growing amount of research indicates those suffering from depression, loneliness and other mental health issues can be at risk for addiction to excessive internet usage. A new study shows similar findings with Facebook usage. Facebook addiction or intrusion arises when Facebook usage begins to negatively impacting one’s day-to-day activities and interpersonal relationships. In this recent study, 672 Facebook users were assessed utilizing questionnaires to determine their degree of Facebook addiction and current level of depression, if any. Researchers found those individuals with higher depression scores suffered from higher levels of Facebook addiction. Additionally, their time spent online was also associated with the degree of Facebook addiction - the more time online, the more Facebook addiction. However, time spent online alone was not associated with depression. These findings indicate that Facebook and likely other social media websites have a heightened attraction to those suffering from depression and addictive behaviors. Findings also identified those with the highest risk of becoming addicted to Facebook - young males spending an extensive amount of time online.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: European Psychiatry, online May 8, 2015.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2015


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