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May 2016 Health Newsletter


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» Are Stimulants Stealing Your Energy?
» Dehydration & Your Brain
» Cashew Cookie "Larabar"
» Natural Treatments for Back Pain Show Promising Results
» Sitting and Diabetes Linked by Inactivity
» CDC Warns Against Opioid Use

Are Stimulants Stealing Your Energy?

modified excerpt by Kelly Hayford C.N.C., provided by the ICPA

 

All stimulants or extreme foods send your body's chemistry soaring out of balance, then crashing in the opposite direction in an effort to restore balance. The sound and image of a bomb dropping—phhheeeeeeoooow -- BOOM!—is the best way to describe what take place in the body when stimulants are comsumed. This is a good thing to keep in mind when deciding whether or not to indulge in them. And the reason the second Eating-for-Health Guideline is: eliminate or relegate stimulants to rare occasions...the more distant and rare the better.

In terms of foods and beverages, stimulants include, but are not limited to:

  • Sugars—including refined carbohydrates (high fructose corn syrup, white refined flour, etc.) and all other concentrated sweeteners

  • Refined Salt
  • Caffeine & Chocolate
  • Alcohol & Tobacco
  • Some food additives, such as MSG and artificial sweeteners

These extreme substances are anti-nutrients that act more like drugs than food in the body. They're nototiously addictive in nature and the biggest thieves of your energy and mental clarity. Stimulants also hijack your taste buds, cause unnatural cravings and lead to cronic conditions ranging from mild to severe. Some of the many problems associated with stimulants include: arthritis / inflammation, lowered immune function, fatigue / adrenal exhaustion, insomnia, anxiety / depression, PMS/menopausal issues, cancer / heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sinusitis / allergies, tooth decay, kidney & liver problem, hypoglycemia, digestive disturbances, candida (yeast over growth) and headaches. If that's not reason enough to eliminate stimulants altogether or only have them on rare occasions, I don't know what is!

People frequently dismiss the notion of cutting out the extreme foods in their diet because they mistakenly believe they're providing energy. When in fact, the stimulants are what's making you increasingly tired in the first place. And the more you depend on them, the worst it gets.

Although the concept of elminating stimulants from your diet is pretty simple, because they're so addictive, doing so is often not that easy. In fact, out of all the guidelines this may be the most difficult to implement. Starting with the more prevalent stimulant in your diet is frequently the best place to start. And for most people in the North America today, that means sugar.

 

Author: Power
Source: April 2016 Newsletter
Copyright: Power Health 2016


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Dehydration & Your Brain

When you are feeling tired and sluggish it is crucial to determine if you are suffering from dehydration. 

Even mild dehydration diminishes your power to process new information, your memory recall, affects your mood and may cause headaches. You may notice you feel tired and struggle to concentrate on the task at hand. This happens because your body is very sensitive to changes in ions such as sodium and potassium in body fluids. Sever or chronic dehydration can result in shrinking of the brain tissues.

A study from the University of Connecticut showed that when dehydrated you will perceive mental tasks to be more difficult even if your performance doesn't suffer. Research also shows that your brain will expend more energy to complete a task when dehydrated.

Dr. Chelsea recommends we drink a letre of water for every 50 pounds of body weight.

Examine your urine colour—it should be very pale yellow. Darker urine is a sign of dehydration.

Remember that by the time you are feeling thirsty you are already dehydrated. And keep in mind that sometimes what we intrepret as hunger is actually thirst.

Keep a water bottle with you throughout your day - this goes for little ones too!

Author: Power Health
Source: April 2016 Newsletter
Copyright: Power Health 2016


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Cashew Cookie "Larabar"

Check out this recipe from 100 Days of Real Food, an easy snack made of real food to throw in your bag, office, or backpack. This recipe is a nice flexable back for creating other flavour combinations. Add some dried fruit, cacao nibs or seeds—whatever you have on hand.

http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2012/07/01/recipe-homemade-larabars-4-ways-including-nut-free/

 

Author: Lisa Leake
Source: 100 Days of Real Food
Copyright: 100 Days of Real Food 2016


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Natural Treatments for Back Pain Show Promising Results

It's easy in this modern age to jump right to drugs or surgery for stubborn back pain, but there are many other options to consider before going under the knife. Scientists from the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle tested two mind-body therapy techniques for the reduction of low back pain and found positive results. Mindfulness-based stress reduction and cognitive behavioral therapy have both been shown to be helpful when patients don't respond to other therapies. In the study, 342 adults were split into three groups to either cognitive therapy, mindfulness-based therapy, or no therapy at all. For the two groups in therapy, more than half saw meaningful improvement to their pain. Though many may brush off these alternative treatments, an open-minded doctor could find that these methods may have some benefit for patients for whom nothing else works. Safe, natural care for back and spinal pain from natural therapies, including those provided by doctors of chiropractic, can be a new treatment option for many. These alternative natural therapies are not only effective, they have the benefit of virtually no side effects or recovery time, unlike standard treatments.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JAMA, online March 22, 2016.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2016


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Sitting and Diabetes Linked by Inactivity

Danish scientists recently found that time spent sitting is linked to developing type 2 diabetes, but generally only among people who are inactive or obese. Those who sit for more than 10 hours a day saw a 35 percent heightened risk of diabetes, but those who had a healthy weight and exercised saw that risk minimized, even with prolonged sitting. The risk of developing diabetes was completely eliminated when people moderately or vigorously exercised for at least 150 minutes per week. During the study period, those who sat for more than 10 hours a day were also more likely to be generally physically inactive, drink alcohol, smoke, and be overweight. So if you can't avoid sitting at work, there is evidence that getting a few hours of moderate exercise per week outside the office along with a healthy weight can protect you from developing type 2 diabetes. But there is still much to gain by breaking up your sitting time with short periods of movement. To maintain a healthy lifestyle, it's important to move your body often. Take breaks, walk around the office, and get exercise when you can. Reducing your level of sitting and adding more activity is a smart way to stay healthy for life.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: British Journal of Sports Medicine, online February 23, 2016.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2016


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CDC Warns Against Opioid Use

Pain medications can often come with a long list of possible side effects ranging from manageable to severe. Recently the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent have focused in on the overuse of opioids for chronic pain. It's a serious matter, as at least 40 people in the U.S. die each day from an overdose of these strong drugs. The number of people on these drugs has quadrupled since 1999, fueling a crisis in side effects and misuse. In a new set of guidelines, the CDC is urging non-opioid therapy for the management of chronic pain along with the lowest possible effective dose when it can't be avoided. The side effects for these powerful drugs can include physical dependence, increased sensitivity to pain, confusion, depression, and many others. The American Chiropractic Association is encouraging patients to look at chiropractic therapy as a safer, alternative tool to opioids used to treat back, spinal and other soft tissue related pains. With virtually no side effects, alternative therapies can reduce or even eliminate the need for strong drugs.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: ACAToday.com, online March 18, 2016.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2016


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