(Article) Why You Should Start Every Morning With Apple Cider Vinegar

BY ROB GREENSTEIN

Most people make a beeline to their coffee maker after waking. However, what if it was possible to significantly improve your health with a one-minute morning ritual that could be performed while your coffee is brewing? The only caveat is that this ritual may cause you to make some funny, puckered-up faces. Still interested?

The Morning Tonic You’ve Long Desired:

We’re talking about  apple cider vinegar. This vinegar is lauded by nutritionists and doctors across the globe for good reason. It does a little bit of everything for the human body. Perhaps you are on the prowl for a means of beautifying and strengthening your hair. Or maybe you are looking for a way to fend off allergies. Some desire a healthier digestive system. Apple cider vinegar helps in all these areas  and in many  more. Read the full article.

(Article) You Absolutely Need to Stop Wearing Shoes in Your House

There may be no marker of modern civilization quite like the shoe: not only does it make clopping around our cemented world significantly more tolerable (and less dangerous), but it also serves as an indicator of our sensibilities, our profession, our sense of style. You can tell a lot by the shoes people wear from the type of work they do to their income levels, even their political standings. And there’s something else shoes can tell us: whether or not we’re at risk of serious health issues.

A recent study out of the University of Houston found that 39 percent of shoe soles sampled were contaminated with the bacteria C. diff(Clostridium difficile), a public health threat that is now resistant to a number of antibiotics. C. diff infections can cause severe diarrhea that may progress to colon inflammation and more serious health issues, especially if it does not respond to antibiotic treatment. Read More

Learn more about C difficile Colitis

Healthy Eating Resources

Healthy Eating Resources | Test your knowledge of the five food groups.For all of us, eating healthy is a journey shaped by many factors, including our stage of life, situations, preferences, access to food, culture, traditions, and the personal decisions we make over time. It’s important to remember that all food and beverage choices count. The ChooseMyPlate.gov website offers ideas and tips to help you improve your health. The new MyPlate quizzes are another tool to use to help move yourself – or others – in the right direction.

Test your knowledge of the five food groups.

After you’ve tested you food group knowledge take a look at these other resources.

3 trends worth tapping into – Activity trackers, farmers’ markets, and mindfulness aren’t just passing fancies. They can help you develop beneficial health habits. Read more.

Everything You Eat And Drink Matters – Focus On Variety, Amount, And Nutrition Read More.

The Glycemic Index is a system built by scientists and dieticians. The Glycemic Index ranks carbohydrates only on a scale from 0 to 100, according to the degree to which the food will raise your blood sugar levels after consuming the food. For diabetics and others looking to eat healthy the Glycemis Index is an important tool. See Our Glycemic Index page for more information.

Why People Fail at Weight Loss –  It is estimated that 92% of Americans who go onto a diet put the weight back on again within 12 months of getting off their diet. Read More.

(VIDEO) Go4Life Exercises from the National Institute On Aging

Designed for older adults, this Go4Life playlist includes flexibility exercises that can be done at home, at work, at the gym—almost anywhere. Trainer Sandy Magrath demonstrates the exercises and provide tips to motivate viewers, especially older adults, to be more physically active. These videos are designed to go alone with the guide, Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging.

The Go4Life website is full of information on nutrition, exercise and motivation. You can begin to live at healthy life at any age! Almost anyone, at any age, can safely do some kind of exercise and physical activity. The exercises on Go4Life are especially designed with safety in mind so that “you can be active even if you have a long-term condition, like heart disease, diabetes, or arthritis. Staying safe while you exercise is always important, whether you’re just starting a new activity or you haven’t been active for a long time.” This playlist is a great routine to start with if you are beginning your journey to health and wellness.

Remember to talk with your healthcare provider if you experience any new symptoms after starting an exercise routine. Check out this page for more information.

More Resources:

What’s Your Aging IQ?

Age of Champions, the award-winning PBS documentary

Myths About Exercise and Older Adults – WebMD

(Article) Migraines: 8 Things Everyone Needs to Know

1. “Migraine” is not synonymous with “bad headache.”

If a person has a bad headache, they do not automatically have a migraine. Migraine is a neurological disorder that 12% of Americans1 have and research increasingly shows that it is genetic. When someone “has a migraine,” they are experiencing an attack of this neurological disorder. If someone does not have the underlying neurological disorder, it is impossible for them to have a migraine attack… Read the full post.

2. Head pain is not the only symptom of migraine.

3. For 90% of people with migraine, attacks are disabling.

4. Painkillers are not a panacea.

5. A migraine is not over when the most painful phase passes.

6. During a migraine, thinking and finding words are difficult, decision-making ability is impaired, and a person can be extremely irritable.

7. People who have migraine are not more stressed out than those without migraine.

8. Lifestyle changes are often beneficial for people with migraine, but they aren’t always sufficient.

Please read the full article for more information.

If you are having migraines or any type of chronic headache you should have them evaluated. Our Wellness Screening is designed to identify key areas that are out of balance in your body. We will help you create and manage goals for your health and wellness to help you to avoid or interrupt the downward spiral of chronic pain and disease. Early detection, identification and solution based intervention is a critical key to long term wellness. Give us a call (541.223.5331) for a consultation.

MigrainesMore Information:

Migraine Phases – Migraine.com

18 Signs You’re Having a Migraine – Health Magazine

Migraine Information – The Mayo Clinic

Excedrin Coupons – Excedrin.com

(Article) What you need to know about Zika virus

What you need to know about Zika virus

By – John Ross, MD, FIDSA, Contributing Editor for Harvard Health Publications
Until recently, Zika was an obscure virus, confined to equatorial Africa and Asia, and known only to specialists in tropical medicine. It was discovered in 1947, when scientists studying yellow fever in the Zika Forest of Uganda stumbled on a previously unknown virus in a feverish rhesus monkey. In 1958, it was shown that Zika is primarily spread by the bite of the Aedes mosquito…

The vast majority of people with Zika virus are not very sick. In fact, most have no symptoms at all…

In those who do get symptoms, the most common finding is an itchy red rash. Fever, headache, joint and muscle pains, and inflamed eyes are also frequent. People typically recover in 2 to 7 days, and death is rare… READ THE FULL ARTICLE.

Key facts from WHO

  • Zika virus disease is caused by a virus transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes.
  • People with Zika virus disease usually have symptoms that can include mild fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise or headache. These symptoms normally last for 2-7 days.
  • There is no specific treatment or vaccine currently available.
  • The best form of prevention is protection against mosquito bites.
  • The virus is known to circulate in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific.
  • Full Fact Sheet on the Zika Virus

More Info:
What the rise of Zika (and other viruses) might tell us about our planet – Harvard Health Publications
4 ways to protect your family from mosquitoes – Harvard Health Publications
Help Control Mosquitoes that Spread Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika Viruses – CDC
Mosquito Bite Prevention – CDC

(VIDEOS) How Do Pain Relievers Work?

This is a great video that shows how and why we feel pain and how two of the most basic pain relievers work.

“Some people take aspirin or ibuprofen to treat everyday aches and pains, but how exactly do the different classes of pain relievers work? Learn about the basic physiology of how humans experience pain, and the mechanics of the medicines we’ve invented to block or circumvent that discomfort.”

While chiropractic care focuses mainly on spinal pain, the ultimate goal of chiropractic care is to help relieve pain and help restore normal function. This is our “Wellness Approach”, looking for the underlying causes of any symptoms and making whatever interventions and lifestyle adjustments that would help “turn on the body’s natural healing ability”. If you are experience issues with pain we encourage you to contact our office for a free wellness screening.  541.223.5331

Also see this article for more information…

All those different brands, varieties, and strengths filling the shelves at the drugstore can give anyone a headache! While there may be a hundred different color boxes and bottles on the shelf, there are basically four different types of non-prescription pain-relievers, otherwise known as analgesics. Each has their benefits and drawbacks, and which works best for you will depend on your own particular health concerns. The big four are aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and naproxen. Read the full article

(Article) Is Sitting a Lethal Activity?

Is Sitting a Lethal Activity?

The posture of sitting itself probably isn’t worse than any other type of daytime physical inactivity, like lying on the couch watching “Wheel of Fortune.” But for most of us, when we’re awake and not moving, we’re sitting. This is your body on chairs: Electrical activity in the muscles drops — “the muscles go as silent as those of a dead horse,” Hamilton says — leading to a cascade of harmful metabolic effects. Your calorie-burning rate immediately plunges to about one per minute, a third of what it would be if you got up and walked. Insulin effectiveness drops within a single day, and the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes rises. So does the risk of being obese. Read the full article.

Some simple changes can help you combat the ill effects of sitting. Try setting a timer and standing up once an hour. Or stand up when you answer the phone at work. If you are watching TV stand up in between episodes or during commercials. Take the stairs when you can and park in the back of the parking lot when shopping. Try adding more steps, more often into your routine.

Another route is to use a stability ball instead of an office chair. If this is difficult for you at first, commit to 30 mins of chair free sitting a day for the first two-weeks. You could also switch to a standing desk or a peddle desk. There are other options too like a rocking foot rest or an app that encourages mini breaks through out the day.

And check out our previous blog for more tips. (VIDEO) Are We Sitting Too Much?

(VIDEO) Quick Back Workout

We know that the next couple of weeks are going to be very busy for you. You may feel pinched for time, and tempted to skip your workouts. Or maybe you’re thinking about starting a workout after the holidays, when you have more time. Either way, we’ve found this great back workout video that you can do in 5 mins. No special equipment needed, but we do suggest a mat if you have one. Best of all this exercise will loosen and strengthen your back. So go ahead and try this quick back workout. And don’t forgot to make your holiday appointments 541.223.5331

5 Tips to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

IMG_13771)  Control your eating portions:  When Holiday parties come into existence, overeating is almost inevitable.  “Snack” throughout the entire party, don’t fill up your plate at any one given time.

2)  Drink water with every meal/snack:  Water will speed up the food absorption process, so you can make efforts to keep a fast metabolism.  Also, remember that dehydration occurs with no symptoms.

3)  Pick a workout partner now!:  Nobody, and I repeat nobody, will work out to the extent they need to during the Holidays.  If someone is meeting with you, your chances of exercising will go up 10 fold.

4)  No Sugary Foods in the Evenings:  When you’re not being active during the Holidays, don’t consume any sugar unless it’s in a fruit or vegetable!

5)  Get to bed Early!!!:  During the Holidays it’s very easy to stay up very late at night, and then be sluggish for the next day.  If you have kids, you’ll probably have to wake up with them early in the morning, especially when they don’t have school the next day.  Every day during the Holidays will have its own challenges, so please make sure you’re ready to start the day off the right way.

Need help getting in the recommended 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables? Check out this handy cook smart guide to enjoying those vegetables. Or go to www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org for lots of ideas.

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