June 2020 Health Newsletter

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Hi everyone,

I hope you had a safe, happy 4th of July and were able to get outdoors and experience the wonders of fresh air, sunshine, and people. Sunshine brings higher levels of vitamin D3, an immune system booster. However, you must be outside for twenty minutes per day with exposure to the sun. Sunscreen negates this exposure so if you avoid the sun or use sunscreen then it is essential for you to take a supplement daily. The minimum dose recommended by most nutritional experts is 5,000 IU per day. If you are never in the sun or minimize your UV exposure by wearing protective clothing, you will likely need more. Minnesotans are only able to manufacture enough vitamin D3 per day for about 2 1/2 months each year. Ask your medical doctor for a blood test to determine your levels. Once you know your levels, I can help you manage your daily dose of vitamin D3. 

It has been incredibly hot and dry this summer and most people are not drinking enough water. I hear many people say they aren't thirsty but you are already dehydrated when you begin to feel thirst. A basic, but not carved in stone, rule of thumb is to drink a minimum of half your body weight in ounces of water each day. Naturally, the more active you are, or if you work outdoors, you should drink much more. A good way to know if you are hydrated is if your urine is clear. Bright yellow urine is an indication that you are dehydrated. 

We are in a state of heightened stress on a daily basis. You many not even recognize it anymore because it is there constantly. I have, though. People are anxious, tense, impatient, and often unkind. There is more hostility on the roads, not to mention the social chaos occurring daily. Chiropractic care is able to help you with your stress. Stress comes in three forms...physical, emotional, and chemical. We are all familiar with physical and emotional stress and we are certainly experiencing that. You may not consider physical stress occurring from lack of activity but it definitely impacts your health. Chemical stress occurs from pollution, cigarettes, alcohol, and prescription and recreational drugs, among other sources. How are you coping with your physical, emotional, and chemical stress?

Your endocrine (hormone) system impacts your immune system. When you experience stress, your endocrine system releases more cortisol, a stress hormone. This hormone is great for needing a sudden burst of energy to jump out of the way of a car. It is designed to elevate and then quickly drop to normal levels. Viruses, layoffs, job loss, economic depression, stay home orders, fear, and lack of social contact keep our cortisol levels elevated for long periods of time which can lead to obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and eventual heart disease and stroke. Cortisol also reduces your immune system function. Chiropractic adjustments stimulate nerve function which helps regulate your cortisol levels and improves immune function and blood flow to your brain, organs, and tissues. It helps to relieve tension in your muscles that occurs from chronic stress. Isn't it time you call for your next chiropractic adjustment? The clock is ticking...

As always, please call us to get evaluated or adjusted if you are injured. Time is of the essence in restoring normal joint alignment and promoting soft tissue healing after an injury, whether it involves a sport, a fall, or a car accident. Muscles and ligaments repair in six weeks. Whether they heal with healthy new fibers or scar tissue depends on getting chiropractic care or ignoring the injury. Not sure if you need to schedule? Call us and we can help you determine if you need an appointment. We are here to help. 

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Susan and I will be getting out of the office to enjoy summer by taking a vacation the week of July 27th. I hope you are enjoying summer. Get out and breathe fresh air and soak up the sun's healing rays. 

Dr. Tracy

 

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Current Articles

» Orthotic Footwear
» Prolonged Sitting Increases Back Pain
» Jump For Your Adjustment!
» Ditch the Cola: How Your Favorite Sodas Can Lead to Heart Failure

Orthotic Footwear

Author: Tracy Andrews
Source: Foot Levelers


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Prolonged Sitting Increases Back Pain

For those of you spending significant periods sitting, you're significantly increasing the chances of experiencing back pain, according to the research. In a recent study, researchers conducted a systematic review of previous studies to determine whether increased sitting was associated with an immediate increase in low back pain. Researchers found, as many might expect, that prolonged sitting does in fact increase immediate low back pain in adults. If you find yourself sitting for more than 20 to 30 minute periods, we recommend getting up, stretching, walking around, and taking a break from sitting. It's not only good for your back, it also helps to clear and reset your mind. If you're experiencing low back pain, contact our office today - we can help!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JMPT. Vol. 43, Iss. 1. January 1, 2020.


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Jump For Your Adjustment!

Looking to increase athletic performance and possibly your vertical jump height? Give an adjustment a try! A small blinded trial was conducted recently in young female athletes who were suffering from ankle joint dysfunction to see if an adjustment to the joint could affect their vertical jump height. The ankle joint, more technically referred to as the talocrural joint, is the joint formed from the ends of the lower leg bones (tibia and fibula) and the top bone of the ankle, the talus. Half of the female athletes with ankle joint dysfunction received an adjustment to their ankle joint once a week for three weeks while the other half received a sham treatment once a week for three weeks. On average, those receiving the adjustment to their ankle joint saw an average 0.47 cm increase in their vertical jump as compared with the sham group. Its important to recognize that adjustments provided by doctors of chiropractic can be delivered to and benefit more than just the joints of the spine. If you or someone you know is suffering from pain or dysfunction, or is simply looking to enhance their physical performance and overall health, give your local chiropractor a call today!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JMPT. February 2014. Vol. 37; Issue 2.


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Ditch the Cola: How Your Favorite Sodas Can Lead to Heart Failure

Sugary sodas may feel like the perfect thirst quencher, but prolonged soda consumption can actually have serious consequences in the long run. Over time, studies have shown increasing links between soda consumption and the risk for high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, and even heart problems. In fact, one Swedish study observed the soda consumption of 42,000 men over the course of 12 years. There were roughly 3,600 new cases of heart failure during the 12-year long study, and it concluded that men who regularly drank two or more servings of soda per day had a 23% greater risk of experiencing heart failure in their lifetime.  Women are strongly advised to ditch the soda as well. Long-term soda consumption in women has been strongly linked to a rise in insulin problems, high blood pressure, obesity, and type-2 diabetes, all of which are triggers for major heart problems. Heart failure occurs when the heart does not have the strength to pump enough oxygen and blood. 23 million people across the globe already deal with heart failure, and it will only continue to worsen with the regular consumption of processed foods, sodium, and sugary beverages like soda.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Heart, online November 2, 2015.


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