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June 2014 Health Newsletter

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» First American Man in 31 Years to Win Boston Marathon is Chiropractic Patient
» Don't let your feet "Fall" down!
» Stay Cool For Better Exercise Performance and Safety

» Parent’s Food Decisions Most Impactful To Children
» Use Sunscreen To Prevent Signs of Aging
» Water Intake Tied To Increased Weight Loss

First American Man in 31 Years to Win Boston Marathon is Chiropractic Patient
First American Man in 31 Years to Win Boston Marathon: Chiropractic Strong
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Meb Keflezighi
Winner of this year's Boston Marathon, the first American man to do so in 31 years, and at 38, the oldest champion in 83 years.
"As an elite athlete, recovery and therapy is essential to staying healthy and competitive.  I have seen Dr. Devin Young as my chiropractor for years and see him twice a week during training. His care has been especially helpful leading up to and including the Boston Marathon. I have been able to recover faster and easier after races. He is very knowledgeable and professional, and I am very thankful to have him locally to keep me healthy." 

Source:  "Boston Marathon Winner Trusts in Chiropractic Care," by Editorial Staff of To Your Health, May 2014.


Author: Editorial Staff "To Your Health", May 2014
Source: Footnotes For Balanced Living
Copyright: Foot Levelers, Inc 2014

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Don't let your feet "Fall" down!

Do you notice fatigue, soreness or pain in you feet or legs? Are you experiencing pain or tiredness in the lower back? Did you know that your feet are unique structures that support is a dynamic way both weight bearing and motion functions of the rest of the body? There are 3 arches in the feet that act to support our  legs, hips, back and neck in what is called the "kinetic chain". When we are balanced from the feet up, then the body can overcome even quite significant differences in leg length, knee, issues, hip, back and neck pain, as well as foot problems. And, that pain in your feet might be coming from an instability in the spine that can be helped by spinal pelvic stabilizing orthotics for your feet! I want to make you aware that as a service to our patients, we offer digital foot scanning fee of charge to patients and their families. Insurance may pay all or part of the cost of custom spinal pelvic stabilizing orthotics, and we work with patients whose plans do not cover to help them afford to get the care they need.
Please call the office (201-525-0707) to schedule a free digital exam with your next office visit and find out if custom stabilizing orthotics are likely to help you!

Author: Carmel-Ann Mania, D.C.
Source: Foot Levelers, Inc.
Copyright: Carmel-Ann Mania, D.C. 2014

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Stay Cool For Better Exercise Performance and Safety

As the temperature rises so too does the risk for exercise related heat stroke and performance drop. The human body doesn't perform optimally when it becomes too hot. New research shows that using cooling techniques such as ice vests or cold water bathing/applications before and/or during workouts increases performance. Your body requires significant energy and blood flow to keep your body from overheating. Any external assistance with the cooling process provides the body with additional energy and blood flow to exercising muscles. Various cooling methods were studied including the use of cooling vests and cold packs, consumption of cold water or ice slurries, immersion in a cold water bath or a combination. Researchers also studied the effects on performance comparing pre-exercise applications vs. during exercise applications. Researchers found while pre-exercise and during exercise applications of cold increased performance, a combination of the two worked best. One of the most effective applications was wearing an ice chest during exercise along with a combination of pre-exercise techniques. Doing so improved athletic performance by close to 7 percent. In addition to the increased performance, cooling techniques reduce potential for heat stroke - a very common side effect of exercise, especially in the summer heat.

Source: British Journal of Sports Medicine, online April 19, 2014.
Copyright: LLC 2014

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Parent’s Food Decisions Most Impactful To Children

If you're a parent, you're aware of the vast amount of food advertising targeting children. In fact, you might be more than just a little annoyed with companies advertising their unhealthy food products to younger children, your children. However, new research coming from Ireland indicates the parent's eating habits are the most important predictor of what foods including unhealthy foods children are aware of and recognize. There's no question that the advertising of unhealthy foods and the fact that unhealthy foods tend to contain sugars and fats - something us humans enjoy - has an impact on children's knowledge and interest in those foods. However, this new research shows that ultimately parents have the most influence on unhealthy food awareness.  So if you're concerned about your children's dietary habits and influences (and you should be), check your pantry and your own dietary habits and ensure you're a positive influence - your children are watching!

Appetite, online May 21, 2014.
Copyright: LLC 2014

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Use Sunscreen To Prevent Signs of Aging

New research in Australia confirms the advice of many dermatologists to their patients - to avoid the aging effects of the sun on your skin, use sunscreen. While the benefits of sunscreen are well known when it comes to preventing sunburns and lowering the risk of skin cancer, researchers said rigorous studies were previously lacking on how sunscreen use affects the signs of skin aging, or photoaging. Photoaging happens after long-term exposure to ultraviolet radiation, which penetrates the skin and can cause collagen to break down and DNA to mutate. Long term effects of photoaging include wrinkles, leathery skin tone, loss of the skin's elasticity and spider veins. The new study, conducted at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research analyzed data from 903 adults younger than 55 who were followed between 1992 and 1996. Half of the participants were instructed to put sunscreen of SPF 15 or greater on their head, neck, arms and hands every morning, and to reapply when necessary. The other half used sunscreen according to their own discretion. At the start and end of the study, the researchers measured photoaging using the skin on the back of each person's left hand. The researchers found that over four years, the skin condition of people who were told to use sunscreen daily evidenced no detectable changes, once other sun-related factors were taken into account. Beta carotene, which was also given to some of the participants, did not seem to have any protective effect on skin aging, however.

Source: Ann Intern Med. 2013;158(11):781-790.
Copyright: LLC 2013

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Water Intake Tied To Increased Weight Loss

A new review of several prior studies finds that drinking more water when dieting may increase weight loss. Researchers at the Berlin School of Public Health in Germany, compared eleven previous studies on weight and water consumption. Three of the studies tied increased water intake to enhanced weight loss. One study found that women who increased their daily water consumption while dieting, lost more weight than those who drank less than a liter a day. Another found that participants who drank an extra two cups of water before a meal lost an average of four pounds more than a group that didn't. Still, researchers said there is not enough evidence to say for certain that drinking more water increases weight loss and it’s unclear how the increased water consumption might help dieters. The review authors speculated that the water provides a feeling of fullness, leading dieters to reduce their caloric intake. It’s also possible that the additional water increases the energy expenditure of the body; an idea called "water-induced thermogenesis." However, the researchers pointed out that the studies didn’t always show that people who drank more water necessarily weighed less. Some of the studies indicated that obese or overweight individuals drank more water than their thinner counterparts. Ultimately the review’s authors recommended larger experiments to examine water’s potential benefits while dieting.

Source: The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, online June 26, 2013.
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