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November 2016 Health Newsletter

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» Are Stimulants Stealing Your Energy?
» Dehydration & Your Brain
» Cashew Cookie "Larabar"
» Young Adults' Hard Work May Lead to Mid-Life Back Pain
» Chronological vs. Subjective Age: If You Think You Are Old, You Will Be
» Sugar and Cardiovascular Disease: New Concerns for Children’s Health

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.


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

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Young Adults' Hard Work May Lead to Mid-Life Back Pain

Back pain is a global problem. Most adults will experience back pain during their lifetime, and according to the World Health Organization, low back pain is one of the top 10 worldwide contributors to disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) with a prevalence of up to 70 percent of all adults in industrialized countries. There are myriad causes for low back pain, and the origins are usually multifactorial. But a new study from Finland suggests that strenuous labor while young may result in low back pain later during mid-life. The study also highlighted radiating low back pain in particular as a common outcome of heavy physical labor early in life. As new research improves our understanding of the origins of back pain, we can better manage and eliminate this painful and costly condition. Back pain (particularly low back pain) is one of the most commonly treated ailments by doctors of chiropractic, who not only treat back pain but also help their patients prevent future occurrences. With new research on the effects of strenuous labor early in life on mid-life back pain, this even further emphasizes chiropractic care's focus on patient education through teaching proper techniques and form for lifting and moving through strenuous work. Chiropractic treatments provide a holistic approach to resolving pain from the source, combining non-invasive treatments such as spinal manipulation with a host of other regimens including nutrition, exercise, massage, and more. While many patients simply mask their pain with medications, this type of treatment does not treat the source of their symptoms, and can lead to serious consequences from long-term medication use. Chiropractic care, on the other hand, is a safe and effective method of both resolving and preventing low back pain throughout all stages of life.

Source: Occup Environ Med doi:10.1136/oemed-2016-103727
Copyright: LLC 2016

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Chronological vs. Subjective Age: If You Think You Are Old, You Will Be

"You're only as old as you think you are" has been a popular saying for many years. People who honestly feel this way really do act, and oftentimes look, younger than their age. Conversely, some people seem to age quickly and decline mentally and physically simply because they think they're old once they've reached a certain age. Is there scientific backing for the old saying: "You’re only as old as you think you are?" Research done in 2014 at the University of Montpellier in France studied the correlation between chronological age, subjective age, and changes in memory. What the researchers found is eye-opening. A person's subjective age is the age they feel they are mentally and physically. Someone in good physical and mental shape may be 60, 70 or 80 years of age, but feel like they aren't a day over 50. On the other hand, someone dealing with illness or chronic pain may feel like they’re 80 when they're only 60. Researchers have found that saying, thinking, or feeling older than one actually is can cause depression and memory problems. People who feel younger had a slower memory decline and quicker recall capabilities. A person's subjective age has a lot to do with how they feel physically and mentally. Implementing the following four practices will help one feel younger than ever:
1. Daily exercise
2. Eating nutrient dense foods
3. Regular mental exercises, like puzzles, reading or learning a language
4. Being surrounded by happy, positive people.
Chiropractic treatments are vital in pain reduction and management. In addition to a healthy diet and active lifestyle, getting regular chiropractic treatments are a great way to stay healthy and young.

Source: J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci (2016) 71 (4): 675-683.
Copyright: LLC 2016

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Sugar and Cardiovascular Disease: New Concerns for Children’s Health

Cardiovascular disease used to be something only older folks had to deal with. Unfortunately, this and other "adult diseases" are now becoming commonplace among the younger generations. Why are children now at risk? Is there anything parents can do to protect their children? The American Heart Association has released a scientific statement via their journal called Circulation. In this statement, the AHA states that poor lifestyle and nutritional choices are contributing to a child's risk of disease. The #1 risk factor for disease was high levels of added sugars to the diet. In their research, the ADA found that a high level of sugar was a contributing factor in the following diseases: 
1. Cardiovascular disease
2. Diabetes
3. Obesity
4. Hypertension
5. Obesity-related cancer
6. Dental decay
7. Fatty liver disease.
Children shouldn't be dealing with these types of diseases, and yet they are. The ADA stated that it was a high level of added sugars that increased the risk of disease. Therefore, the #1 key to reducing the chance of serious diseases, like cardiovascular disease, is to reduce sugar intake.  Families should focus on eating less processed foods that are laden with added sugars, salt and chemicals. Instead, their diet should be comprised of delicious, nutrient-dense, fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. With a few simple dietary changes, as well as increased physical activity, parents can significantly reduce the risk of disease for the whole family. Chiropractors can help families reduce a child's risk of disease. With nutritional education and recommendations given by a quality chiropractor as permitted in most states, families have a higher chance of living the healthiest life possible.

Source: Circulation, online Aug 22, 2016
Copyright: LLC 2016

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