Health-E-News November 2011
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The Power of Cervical Adjustments
In a series of 3 different studies, research is showing the benefits of cervical adjustments and the amazing healing power of the body.
Research out of Sydney, Australia showed that cervical adjustments help with cervicogenic dizziness (1).
Then in a study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, lung function of 100 volunteers was measured before and after a cervical adjustment. The spirometry test showed significant improvement in forced vital capacity, forced expiratory volume at the first second and peak expiratory flow.(2)
Then in a third study, it was shown that cervical adjustments restore proper muscle function in the neck, thus reducing neck pain. (3)
What do these three, very different studies have in common? They all show that having a properly functioning nerve system, starting at the top of your spine, allows your body to do what it is meant to do, heal itself and perform optimally.
(1) Chiropractic & Manual Therapies - September 18, 2011;19:21.
(2) JMPT - September 26, 2011
(3) JMPT - October, 2011;34:514-24.
Low Vitamin D Linked with Depression
Vitamin D may ease symptoms of depression in postmenopausal women, say scientists who tracked 81,189 women for three years.
The study participants were between the ages of 50 to 79 years at the study's onset. According to the report, "vitamin D intake at baseline was measured by food-frequency and supplement-use questionnaires. Depressive symptoms at baseline and after 3 years were assessed by using the Burnam scale and current antidepressant medication use."
After adjusting for various risk factors of depression, findings revealed that vitamin D, especially from food sources, significantly reduces the risk of depression.
AJCN - October 2011;94:1104-1112.
Best sources of vitamin D include: salmon, mackerel, tuna fish, egg yoke and fortified foods such as milk and yogurt.
Keeping Your Brain Young
As we age, the brain is susceptible to various degenerative processes, from simple lapses in memory and concentration to outright cognitive decline or Alzheimer's. Fortunately, there are simple ways to keep your brain healthy into your golden years. Here are three brain boosters to keep you on your mental toes:
Feed It: Your brain needs sound nutrition to function optimally. The outer membrane of brain cells requires a constant supply of fatty acids. That's where omega-3s can help. Another key vitamin is choline. Choline is present in high amounts in eggs, broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, wheat germ and tofu; and is key for brain neurotransmitter function helping mood and mental performance.
Exercise It: Research suggests consistent physical activity can help people maintain memory and cognitive function as they age. According to at least one study, the exercise necessary to achieve brain benefits involved simple activities such as walking, gardening, cooking and cleaning. Another recent study showed that after a year of lifting weights twice a week, elderly women performed significantly better on tests of mental processing compared to women who participated in a balancing and toning program instead.
Challenge It: In a sense, if you don't challenge your brain, stagnation can set it, leading to all sorts of problems over time. The solution is simple, research suggests: challenge your brain. How? Try crossword puzzles, chess, word problems or other strategies to keep your brain alert and engaged. The moral is simple: Take care of your mind and your mind will do the same for you.
Exercise and diet can prevent one-third of cancers
About one third of the most common cancers could be prevented through healthy diets, physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight.
This was the main message from a host of global organizations on World Cancer Day which this year focused on cancer prevention.
Dr Susan Higginbotham, director of research at the American Institute for Cancer, said making even small changes in the right direction could help lower the risk of cancer.
The institute has distilled the learning from thousands of studies on the subject of diet, weight, physical activity and cancer into the following recommendations: be physically active for at least 30 minutes a day; eat more of a variety of fruit and vegetables as well as whole grains and beans; avoid sugary drinks; limit the consumption of salty and processed foods and red meat; limit alcoholic drinks to two for men and one for women each day; be as lean as possible without becoming underweight; mothers should breast feed exclusively for up to six months, and, after treatment, cancer survivors should follow the recommendations for cancer prevention.
"When it comes to cancer, there are no guarantees," Dr Higginbotham said, adding that the recommendations represent "the best advice available anywhere".
The World Health Organization also focused on the benefits of exercise in preventing certain cancers. It said if over-18s undertake 150 minutes a week of moderate physical activity it can reduce their risk of breast and colon cancers.
John McCormack, of the Irish Cancer Society, said World Cancer Day was an opportunity to examine what we are doing to reduce our cancer risk. Each year about 12.7 million people discover they have cancer and 7.6 million die from the disease.
Did you know Chiropractic adjustments also reduce your risk of cancer? Chiropractic adjustments help your body strengthen your DNA and protect it against environmental stressors (article link). Living a healthy lifestyle with regular Chiropractic care, exercise and eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, is the best course of action to live a long and healthy life.