March 2019 Health Newsletter

 



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» January 2019 Calendar of Events and Affirmation
» Goal Setting for 2019
» Intention Over Resolution
» Chiropractic Connections
» Instant Pot Tuscan White Bean and Kale Soup
» Reducing Risk of Recurring Low Back Pain for Office Workers
» New Study Finds Obese Seniors Can Improve Disability with Diet and Exercise
» Even Bad Cholesterol in the Moderate Range Can Spell Early Death

January 2019 Calendar of Events and Affirmation  

Calendar of Events

January 1 - office closed

January 2 - regular office hours resume

 

 

 

Monthly Affirmation

I am healthy in body, mind and spirit.

 

Author:Power Health
Source:January 2019 Newsletter
Copyright:Power Health 2019


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Goal Setting for 2019  

Before it’s time to ring in the New Year take some time to start thinking of your future and set goals to achieve the life you desire.  Why should you set goals:

  • Allows you to think of your desired future and get excited.  It also helps clarify what you really want—which most people don’t actually know.  You can begin 2019 with intention!
  • Causes you to make long term improvements, lifehack.org describes this as structural improvements that are required for your goal to come to fruition.
  • Planning big allows you to see the potential in each day and start accounting for the present moment seeing how each action and choice can move you closer to your goals.
  • Goal setting helps you identify and confront beliefs and behaviours you desire to change, developing powerful habits for the future.
  • Think not only about the end goals themselves, but also how it will feel to accomplish it.  Visualize that feeling and scene in detail.

Set SMART goals.  They are:

Specific—concise with no justification required.

Motivating—your goals should inspire you to do the work.

Attainable—Break down a large goal into smaller actions to be accomplished.

Relevant and Realistic—Use affirmative language to write what you will accomplish, not what you’d like to avoid.

Trackable— your goals should be measurable.  Also try using dates (including month and year) to keep you accountable.

Set goals in the following areas:

  1. Physical   2.  Mental     3.   Emotional    4.  Relationships    
  2. Work    6.  Home    7.  Social     8.  Financial
  • In a 1979 study on Harvard MBA graduates it was found that 3% had goals they had written down.  13% had goals but had not written them down and 84% did not have specific goals.  Ten years later, the 13% with goals earned twice as much as the 84% without.  The 3% who had written down their goals earned ten times as much.  Little hinges swing big doors!
  • Goal set as a team.  Sit down with your partner and/or kids and write down specific goals.  Seal them in an envelope and then revisit them next December.  Be clear in your mind about how to achieve your goals and then let the subconscious brain provide.

 Use our 2019 Goal Setting Sheet

Author:Power Health
Source:December 2018 Newsletter
Copyright:Power Health 2018


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Intention Over Resolution  

The new year is here, and it can be a wonderful opportunity to slow down, and take time to reflect on what felt right the past year, and what did not.  There can be pressure to have resolutions set out for January 1, and that they must be followed perfectly to feel successful, but this isn’t sustainable or practical.  Rather than all-or –nothing, view each day as an opportunity to move in a general trajectory. 

Setting goals is extremely important, but focusing too much on the future, or making happiness contingent upon future success does not allow us to be fully present here and now.  Understanding your intentions for the year is far more powerful. 

Setting an intention is a call to action for the universe and yourself, affecting your emotional, physical and psychological self.  Intentions are a better reflection of how we want to feel, the energy level we want to vibrate at.  Intentions are positive, and focus on what  we want, rather than a long list of things we don’t want to do. 

You are what your deepest desire is.

As your desire is, so is your intention.

As your intention is, so is your will.

As your will is, so  is your deed.

As your deed is, so is your destiny.

- Vedic text Upanishads

 

 

 

 

Wishing you a fulfilling and  abundant year!

 

Author:Power Health
Source:January 2019 Newsletter
Copyright:Power Health 2019


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Chiropractic Connections  

The Electrical Nature of the Body

Honoring the electrical nature of the human being invites us to explore our heart’s magnetic field and the potential it has to create coherence in our mind and life. When we think of a body, we usually think of flesh and bone and the many separate parts that make up the whole. But when we begin to view the world around us through the heart, the ‘parts’ of our body dissolve, along with the objects and people around us, into a unified field of wholeness. In Pathways issue 55, we explore this topic in detail.

Chiropractors work with the nervous system and the electrical nature of the human organism. With electricity in the body, surrounding fields of energy must also exist which can be felt and worked with. Chiropractors lead people to recognize the electrical nature of our body by correcting subluxations and aligning the nervous system in a  physical, tangible way. This adjustment gives the electro-magnetic field of a person of any age the ability to better harmonize with their inner and outer environment.

A New Stress Mindset

Stress in life has been targeted as a major source of most ailments in life. Your Chiropractor’s office, as well as your Medical Doctor’s office may both agree on this point. But there appears to be a caveat to this largely accepted conclusion about stress and the caveat is this: stress can be the cause of disease…but it is also the cause of things like well-being, growth, joy, and love.

Knowing the truth of this paradox, we can learn to ‘take in’ stress in a way that reflects its positive potential for our lives. This is where chiropractic comes in. Subluxation is a helpful sign that your body has been taking in stress negatively over a sustained period of time. If the same stressor were received by the body harmoniously, we would not experience the pain of subluxation, because the subluxation wouldn’t exist! The fact is we are not trained to harmoniously receive stress in our life, neither on a physical/ chemical level nor on a mental/emotional level through what Kelly McGonigal, in Pathways issue 55, calls the appropriate “stress mindset.” Furthermore, even if we were masters of stress, physically, chemically, and mentally, there can always be accidents that happen outside our control.

Chiropractic has the ability to re-align our nervous system to its innate potential, which is simply the potential to take in stress constructively. The elegant aspect of adjustments to the nervous system through chiropractic is that not only the physical/chemical pathways, but also the emotional and mental pathways are reintegrated toward greater balance.

Normal Physiology

Chiropractic is a pillar of well-being for children today. Realigning the nervous system to enhance function can offer help in the developing child in all areas of life, including their quality of sleep. Many parents who report irritability, colic, irritable bowels, and many other negative stressors in their children often report improvements after presenting their children with chiropractic care. Sleep is a time when the brain waves enter a frequency that allows the body to restore and rejuvenate. The mechanisms of sleep are still largely a mystery, but we can be sure that the nervous system is a prominent piece of the puzzle. The beauty of chiropractic care is how it honors normal physiology. Chiropractors don’t treat illnesses, they restore normal physiology so that all systems connected to the nervous system can function as nature designed them to.

 

 

Author:John Marc
Source:January 2019 Newsletter
Copyright:ICPA 2018


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Instant Pot Tuscan White Bean and Kale Soup  

We love our Instant Pot and use it to create nourishing foods and meal prep for the week.  This soup comes together really quickly, and is great to have on hand for a quick weeknight meal, or to pack in a thermo the next day.  Find the recipe from the Kitchen Girl (including stovetop directions if you don't have an Instant Pot) here

Author:Power Health
Source:January 2019 Newsletter
Copyright:Power Health 2019


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Reducing Risk of Recurring Low Back Pain for Office Workers  

Are you an office worker who has experienced low back pain in the past?  If so, you are at a significantly greater risk of future low back pain.  According to a one-year study of 669 healthy office workers, people who had previous episodes of low back pain were more likely to experience low back pain again.  The amount of recurring low back pain was also influenced by the frequency of work rest breaks as well as psychological stresses.  This study gives some clues as to how to avoid getting low back pain while at the office.

Here are some tips:

  • Take Frequent Desk Breaks. We are not talking about taking advantage of your employer and “shirking off” during the day for long periods of time. A quick break could simply be to stand up for a minute or two and stretch before returning to your work.
  • Reduce Workplace Stress. While some of this is out of your control, you can take some positive steps to reduce workplace stress. Speak up and ask for an extended deadline if the task needs it. Try to work out problems with coworkers respectfully and proactively.
  • Chiropractic Care. A qualified chiropractor can help you reduce low back pain when it happens and prevent it. Contact our office today for a no commitment consultation!

Author:ChiroPlanet.com
Source:JMPT. June 2018 Volume 41, Issue 5, Pages 405–412
Copyright:ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2019


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New Study Finds Obese Seniors Can Improve Disability with Diet and Exercise  

According to a new U.S. study, seniors age 65-79 may be able to improve their disability and lessen fatigue if they start exercising more.  Plus, if they cut calories, they may achieve overall improved health.  Researchers at Wake Forest School of Medicine in North Carolina conducted the study. The experiment involved 180 obese senior adults from the age of 65 to 79 years-old.  Each participant was randomly given a 20-week task: Regular aerobic activity, or regular aerobic activity combined with cutting calories.  All 180 seniors focused on treadmill exercises at least 4 days per week. However, the group assigned to cut calories also were instructed to eat at least 250-600 fewer calories per day, as well.  According to the study, the group who exercised and cut calories was able to increase their exercise capacity (the body’s ability to supply oxygen to muscles during longer exercise sessions) by 14-16%.  Meanwhile, the seniors who only focused on aerobic exercise increased their exercise capacity by nearly 8%.  The researchers concluded, in general, people who cut a moderate amount of calories from their diets and complete regular aerobic workouts will see good results.  You don’t have to slash calories drastically, because this is difficult to keep up.  Best of all, anyone at any stage of life, even people who are both obese and elderly, will see health benefits from getting active and eating less.

Author:ChiroPlanet.com
Source:The Journals of Gerontology Series B, online July 5, 2018.
Copyright:ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2019


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Even Bad Cholesterol in the Moderate Range Can Spell Early Death  
Adults who don't keep their "bad cholesterol" numbers at bay, who are otherwise healthy, are far likelier to die early deaths from cardiovascular issues than those who keep their cholesterol in the "good" range.  A recent study from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center looked at data from over 36,000 patients with zero past incidences of diabetes or heart disease, including a low risk for heart attacks and strokes.  However, these patients had some level of LDL-C ("bad cholesterol" that can build up in your blood vessels), although it was low enough not to warrant prescription cholesterol medication, called statins.  The follow-up period for the study was around 27 years. During this time, over 1,000 people died from cardiovascular disease, while nearly 600 died from heart disease.  According to the study, the higher the person's LDL-C levels (ranging from 100 to 190 mg/DL), the higher their risk of dying from cardiovascular disease or complications.  Usually, physicians don't prescribe statins unless the patient's cholesterol level reaches a threshold of 190 mg/DL.  This means even moderate levels of LDL-C can put you at risk.  Researchers say that the biggest takeaway from the study data is that a low risk for 10-year cardiovascular events does not mean the risk posed by higher LDL-C levels is wiped out.

Author:ChiroPlanet.com
Source:Circulation, online August 20, 2018.
Copyright:ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2019


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