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October 2015 Health Newsletter

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» How to Use Affirmations
» A new take on Trick or Treat
» Maintain Health : Be Proactive with Probiotics
» Pumpkin Spice Green Smoothie
» 10-Spice Vegetable Soup
» Study Reveals Majority of U.S. Adults Inclined to Visit a Chiropractor
» For Better Lipid Levels, Encourage Kids and Adults to Consume Fewer Sugary Drink
» One-Third of Cases of Diabetes in the U.S. are Undiagnosed

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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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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Pumpkin Spice Green Smoothie

Indulege in one of this season's favourite flavours while getting in the greens your body loves.


2 cups fresh Spinach/Kale

2 cups Almond milk, unsweetened

1 cup Pumpkin, unsweetened (canned or fresh)

1 Banana

1 cup frozen Mango

1 teaspoon Pumpkin Spice

1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. That's all!


Author: Power Health
Source: October 2015 Newsletter
Copyright: Power Health 2015

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10-Spice Vegetable Soup

Check out this link for a 10-Spice Vegetable Soup receipe. This tasty vegan and gluten-free soup is prefect for gathering the family around the table for those crispy Autumn nights! Freezer friendly too!


10-Spice Vegetable Soup Recipe

Author: Angela Liddon
Source: www.
Copyright: Angela Liddon 2015

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Study Reveals Majority of U.S. Adults Inclined to Visit a Chiropractor

Millions of U.S. adults would choose chiropractic care first to treat neck or back pain, according to a 2014 nationwide survey. The Gallup-Palmer report revealed 57% of all U.S. adults believe in the effectiveness of treatment and are likely to visit a chiropractor. Over 50% of adults have visited a chiropractic doctor in the past, and over 25% would choose a chiropractor over any other type of doctor if they experienced back or neck pain. The nationally representative survey, commissioned by the Palmer College of Chiropractic in Iowa, also found that more adults are seeking chiropractic treatment than previously estimated. The survey found that 33.6 million Americans visited a chiropractor in 2014, up from the 2012 estimate of 20.6 million Americans. Chiropractic care takes a trained, conservative approach to the treatment of neuromusculoskeltal concerns, limiting the need for prescription painkillers or surgery. However, about four in ten U.S. adults reported concerns about cost, and nearly half did not know whether their insurance plan covered chiropractic services. According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), numerous recent studies refute these misconceptions. The ACA reports that chiropractic care is at least partially covered by most insurance plans and is considered a cost-effective form of treatment for back and neck pain.

Source:, online September 08, 2015
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For Better Lipid Levels, Encourage Kids and Adults to Consume Fewer Sugary Drink

Children may not know the difference between "good" and "bad" cholesterol, but both parents and children should understand that habits formed in childhood could have lasting effects on their health. A recent study found that children who lowered their intake of sugary drinks by at least one serving per week over a 12-month period increased high-density lipoprotein (HDL), known as the good cholesterol that supports heart health. The yearlong study, performed by researchers at Tufts University in Boston, gathered results from 690 children in the area, with 380 completed questionnaire responses by the twelfth month. The 690 preliminary questionnaires were given to children between ages 8 and 15, 85% of who stated they had consumed sugary beverages such as sodas, fruit juices and sweet tea over the past week. Nearly 20% reported consuming at least one sugary beverage each day. The study found that older children and those with a lower socioeconomic background tended to consume more sugary beverages. The children who drank sweetened beverages tended to consume more total calories, but fewer fruits and vegetables, and be more sedentary. Other studies have suggested that decreasing sugar intake in adults can also lower triglyceride levels, which is a contributing cause of heart disease.

Source: The Journal of Nutrition, online September 2, 2015.
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One-Third of Cases of Diabetes in the U.S. are Undiagnosed

Advanced screening for diabetes has helped detect cases early on, but new research suggests that over a third of cases in adults still go undiagnosed. A team of researchers led by Andy Menke at Social and Scientific Systems in Maryland studied National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data from 1988-2010 and 2011-2012. About one in nine adults has been diagnosed with diabetes, which, according to the World Health Organization, will be the seventh-leading cause of death by 2030. Untreated diabetes can lead to a myriad of health problems, including nerve damage, amputations, strokes and heart disease. Blood tests help detect diabetes by tracking average blood sugar levels and calculating the percentage of hemoglobin that is coated with sugar. Despite the availability of these tests, researchers state that more than half of cases in Hispanic and Asian individuals go undetected. Could better education be the key to early detection of diabetes and pre-diabetes? Risk factors include obesity and family history of the disease. Although research indicated that fewer individuals are undiagnosed now than in the past, individuals who are considered high-risk should be screened earlier and more often.

JAMA, online September 8, 2015.
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