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» How Relaxation Exercises Can Decrease Your Doctor Visits
» National Chiropractic Health Month: Take Steps to Better Musculoskeletal Health
» Vegetarians May Live Longer
» “BPA-Free” Plastics Potentially Worse

How Relaxation Exercises Can Decrease Your Doctor Visits  

Meditation and Yoga are known to drastically reduce stress, but they could also be the trick to staying healthier longer. In fact, a recent study asked various health providers to refer over 4,400 people to a "Relaxation Response Resiliency Program" to receive special Relax Response Training. This type of therapy calls for patients to perform intense relaxation exercises, like deep meditation and yoga positions, to loosen the grips of their anxiety and stress.  In a stunning result, around 42% of the study participants who tried Relax Response Training greatly decreased their doctor visits the following year. This also includes a 44% drop in mandatory lab work and another 21% drop in other health-related appointments. The study also looked at roughly 13,000 people who had never received Relax Response Training and saw no decrease in their annual doctor visits.  Decades of medical research shows a clear link between relaxation exercise, like yoga and meditation, and better overall health, but how does it keep the doctor away? Relax Response Training forces patients to slow down, take a breath, and focus intensely on their relaxation. This creates a positive physiological response that naturally reduces inflammation, improves muscle ability, and decreases stress to improve heart health.

Author:ChiroPlanet.com
Source:PLOS ONE, online October 13, 2015.
Copyright:ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2016


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National Chiropractic Health Month: Take Steps to Better Musculoskeletal Health  

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and chiropractors nationwide are encouraging the public to take simple steps toward better musculoskeletal (MSK) health during National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) this October. The MSK system is comprised of the spine as well as all the muscles, bones and joints of the body. Keeping this vital system strong is the focus of 2019’s "Strength. Stability. Success." campaign.

When the MSK system functions well, we feel stronger and healthier; however, when there's a problem we might experience pain and even disability. More than one in two adults report experiencing an MSK condition such as back pain, neck pain, joint pain, arthritis or osteoporosis. They are the most commonly reported medical conditions among those under age 65 and the second most common condition for people age 65 and older. Low back pain alone is the leading cause of disability worldwide.

"Chiropractors provide care that helps people improve musculoskeletal health and relieve conditions such as low back pain naturally, sometimes enabling them to avoid or reduce the need for riskier treatments such as prescription opioid pain medications and surgery," notes ACA President Robert C. Jones, DC.

This October, set yourself up for future stability and success by taking steps to improve the strength of your musculoskeletal system:

  1. Move more. Bones, muscles and joints need movement to stay healthy. The U.S. surgeon general recommends adults get at least 150 minutes weekly of moderate physical activity (such as walking, yardwork, recreational swimming) or at least 75 minutes of intense weekly activity (jogging, hiking uphill, basketball).
  2. Eat a balanced diet. Proper nutrition is just as important to musculoskeletal health as it is to overall health. Eat a balanced diet that includes whole fresh foods and try to avoid processed foods. Be sure to get enough calcium and vitamin D for your bones and lean protein to build and maintain strong muscles.
  3. Go outside. The sun helps our bodies produce Vitamin D, which in turn helps us to absorb calcium and strengthen bones.
  4. Do weight-bearing exercises. Walking, jogging and resistance exercises such as weightlifting can improve bone density. Planks and squats can also strengthen core muscles. (Non-weight-bearing exercises such as swimming and biking can benefit the MSK system as well, especially for people unable to walk or jog while recovering from back, hip or knee pain.)
  5. Stay hydrated. Drinking water makes muscles stronger by carrying oxygen to the cells of the body. It also helps lubricate and cushion joints.
  6. Quit smoking. Smoking contributes not only to cardiovascular disease but also osteoporosis and bone fracture as we age.
  7. Get adequate rest. A good night's sleep enables your body to repair muscles and joints that are strained or injured during the day.
  8. Don’t drink too much alcohol. Drinking alcohol excessively can lead to osteoporosis and bone fracture.

We can also reduce the risk of pain and injury to our MSK system by improving our posture and movement techniques as well the ergonomics of our work and home environments. Learn more at www.acatoday.org/NCHM.

Author:American Chiropractic Association
Source:Acatoday.org. September 10, 2019.
Copyright:American Chiropractic Association 2019


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Vegetarians May Live Longer  

A five year study of people's eating habits suggests that people who limit or eliminate meat from their diets are less likely to die over time. Researchers at Loma Linda University in California studied data from over 70,000 participants and found that people who eat mostly fruits and vegetables enjoyed a reduced risk of heart disease and other diet-related causes of death. In the test group, 8 percent of subjects described themselves as vegans who didn't eat any animal products, 29 percent were lacto-ovo-vegetarians who didn't eat fish or meat but did eat dairy and egg products, and 15 percent occasionally ate meat and fish. The researchers found that while seven out of 1000 individuals died in any given period of time, the death rate among vegetarians and occasional meat-eaters dropped to five or six individuals in the same time period. However, the researchers were reluctant to attribute the effect solely to the test subject's diet choices. They pointed out that the vegetarians also generally worked out more, were better educated, less likely to smoke and weighed less, all of which contributed to their decreased mortality rate. Still, they concluded that the data suggests that reducing or eliminating animal products from your diet could lead to healthier overall outcomes.

Author:ChiroPlanet.com
Source:JAMA Internal Medicine, online June 3, 2013.
Copyright:ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2013


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“BPA-Free” Plastics Potentially Worse  

If you’ve purchased plastic related drinking containers you’ve surely noticed many products touting their "BPA-free" status. BPA or bisphenol-A is a chemical used to harden plastic and has received much bad press over the recent years due to studies linking it to brain and behavior issues in children and infants, altered hormone levels, obesity and cancer, to name a few. Unfortunately, new research from Canada shows the replacement being used for BPA, BPS or bisphenol-S, has now also become a cause for concern. Researchers from the University of Calgary have now found BPS to cause changes in the brain development of zebra fish embryos at extremely low doses. Authors of the study state their findings are directly relevant to humans, especially for women in their second trimester of pregnancy.

Author:ChiroPlanet.com
Source:Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Jan 12, 2015.
Copyright:ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2015


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