Health-E-News October 2015
empowering you to optimal health
Let Food Be Thy Medicine
Chiropractor have known for
years that what you eat has a huge effect on your mental health. Along
with receiving Chiropractic care, proper nutrition is critical for
new study finds a diet loaded with fruit, vegetables, fish, beans, nuts
and olive oil can affect your brain chemistry and actually lift your mood.
The Mediterranean diet has long been associated with good
health, cutting the risk of heart disease and some cancers, and
now has been shown to staving off depression. A new Spanish
study involving more than 15,000 people has found a diet loaded with
fruit, vegetables, fish, beans, nuts and olive oil and with low levels of
processed meats could help keep depression at bay.
There is evidence dietary changes can change our brain chemistry –
altering the hormones responsible for controlling our mood. This is
where the so-called happiness hormone serotonin comes into play. Foods
that naturally boost serotonin levels, such as bananas, can lift our
mood. Conversely, foods that interfere with its production – such as junk
food and alcohol – can increase levels of anxiety and depression.
So what should you eat? Here are the top "feel
Spinach - Rich in iron: a great energy booster that wards off fatigue
and aids concentration. It’s also a good source of vitamin B6 and
folate, which support the brain’s ability to produce mood-boosting
neurotransmitters, such as serotonin.
Sweet potatoes - Rich in folate (a B vitamin), plus they are
better than white potatoes at keeping blood sugar levels steady.
Brazil nuts - One of the best sources of the mood-boosting mineral
selenium, which can ward off low mood and anxiety.
Oily fish - Sardines and mackerel are rich in omega-3 fatty acids
which help the brain to interpret moods and boost concentration levels.
Avocados - Full of depression-fighting folate, mood-lifting tryptophan
and stress relieving vitamin B6.
Eggs - Great source of zinc, which helps you to feel more alert and
energised by regulating your metabolism and blood sugar levels.
Tofu - Rich in protein, which increases energy levels and improves
concentration. It also contains an amino acid called tyrosine, which
boosts the brain chemicals norepinephrine and dopamine, as well as
thyroid hormone, which can all help elevate mood.
Bananas - Loaded with vitamin B6 which helps to relieve anxiety
and stress, and it’s also a great source of tryptophan – the essential
amino acid the brain converts into happiness hormone serotonin.
Seeing a Chiropractor first can save you
money and produce better results.
Over 80% of adults will experience severe back
pain at some point in their life, and likely everyone will experience
either spinal, hip or shoulder pain at some point. If you or someone you
know is suffering and you aren't sure who you should see first, a new
study will answer that question.
A recently publish study compared the costs and
the results of those who went to a Chiropractor first vs those who went to
a Medical Doctor first.
A total of over 700 people were surveyed and
asked about their condition, results, pain rating and overall
satisfaction. Patients who saw a medical doctor first reported less of a
reduction in their symptoms, less overall satisfaction, and the cost of
medical care was greater than those who saw a Chiropractor first. Even
after 4 months, those who saw a Chiropractor first reported greater
satisfaction with their care and great reduction in their symptoms.
If you or someone you know is
suffering, call our office. We can help.
A common question asked of Chiropractors is
"why do I need to be adjusted, I feel fine." The short answer -
Chiropractors are concerned with the functioning of your body, not
necessarily how you feel.
Did you know most people feel fine just before
they have a heart attack? Do you know why they call blood pressure the
'silent killer?' Because you typically don't 'feel' blood pressure
problems until it is too late.
your health based on how you feel can be dangerous - why? Everyone has
different pain thresholds and different 'standards' of what they feel
like. Chiropractors base health on how you, your spine and nerve system
are functioning. The World Health Organization defines health as "a state
of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the
absence of disease or infirmity." True health is based on so much more
than simply being 'symptom free.'
Chiropractors determine your frequency of
adjustments based on how your spine and nerve system are functioning.
People continue to seek wellness care from Chiropractors when they demand
more from their bodies. People who want to not only be symptom free, but
also be physically able to function at a peek level, get regular
adjustments as part of their healthy life style.
For instance, in the top picture to the right,
you can barely see the 2 chairs on the beach. You can see the chairs much
better, and the richness of the various colors in the lower picture. You
can see the chairs better in the lower picture since there is no
interference with your vision. The same occurs with you - when your spine
and nerve system are not working at 100%, you can still function; however
when your spine and nerve system are working at 100%, you are able to
function on a much higher level and experience more of life.
Today many of the world's best athletes,
actors, and people who want more out of life seek Chiropractic adjustments
to help them experience the most from life. Several Olympic athletes
receive Chiropractic adjustments - why? - they know that the difference
between Gold and Silver can be 1/100th of a second, and having a spine,
nerve system and a body that is working in 100% harmony is key to winning
and experiencing life to the fullest!
How Important Is Your Diet On Your Mental
This great TED talk reveals the
surprisingly role of nutrition on your mental health. Click on the
image below to watch the video.