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Brain Foods that Benefit Your Health

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Eating right can have numerous health benefits.  In fact, eating what are referred to as brain foods can help you maintain a healthy brain!  Your brain uses more than 20% of your daily energy intake.  This means that your brain demands energy to work efficiently.  Therefore, the foods we consume have a major impact on brain function.  Certain foods have the power to keep your mind sharp and nourished.  Brain foods are known to improve your memory, mood, concentration, and even overall clarity.

One of the most popular brain foods are blueberries.  Blueberries are rich in antioxidants and improve memory function.  Researchers found that blueberries also have the power to help improve motor function, balance, and coordination.  Eating breakfast is essential to fueling your brain throughout the day.  Researchers recommend starting your day off with high-fiber whole grains, diary, and fruits.  Salmon is also known to help increase brainpower.  The omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon also have been known to help fight against Alzheimer’s disease.  Brain foods also include flax seeds, coffee, mixed nuts, avocados, eggs, whole grains, chocolate, and broccoli.  To find out more about brain foods and how they can help improve your memory, mood, and concentration, visit this site.

To learn more about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, contact Lavanga Chiropractic today!

Bad Posture Affects Your Health

  • Bad Posture Affects Your Health

Bad posture can have many negative affects on your body and health.  Repeating poor posture can actually change and adapt your body’s alignment, causing you to experience pain.  Bad posture can cause what is referred to as a hunchback.  This is when your back forms a C shape at the top of your spinal column.  Bad posture can also cause rounded shoulders, which is common for people who work mostly at a desk.  To find out what may be causing your bad posture and ways to correct it, check out this site!

While a slow, slumped walk tends to make you drowsy, skipping helps you to avoid bad posture and raise energy levels.  A great exercise to help stretch your back and boost your energy levels is skipping.  According to an experiment, you are more likely to feel or think of something positive when you are sitting up straight.  Having good posture is important to your health and overall happiness.  In fact, your body language has the power to shape your personality and even change your hormones.  Check out Amy Cuddy’s famous Ted Talk to learn more!

If you are suffering from back pain due to bad posture, contact Lavanga Chiropractic today!

Shoes Can Cause Back Pain

  • Shoes Can Cause Back Pain

Feet are the foundation of the body.  Wearing shoes that don’t give proper support could contribute or even cause lower back pain.  To avoid nagging back pain, it’s important to try and find footwear with that have extra cushioning.  It may also be helpful to use insoles or inserts to help provide extra support.

One way to avoid back pain is to replace your sneakers when you notice that they aren’t providing enough support.  If you run or jog regularly, make sure to invest in a high-quality pair of athletic shoes.  By investing in a more supportive shoe, you’ll be able to get more use out of them and benefit from the extra cushioning.

Another shoe that throws off the alignment of the body are high heels.  When wearing high heels, you’re not walking in a natural position.  This can cause stress and strain on the lower back.  It is recommended to wear lower heels when possible.  Another way to avoid the strain caused by high heels is to limit the duration you wear them.  For example, while walking to-and-from work, wear your sneakers and switch into your heels when you arrive at the office!

Flip-flops are a less supportive shoe that can lead to stress and strain on joints and tendons.  In fact, wearing flip-flops for a long period of time can cause arch pain, heel pan, ankle pain or knee pain.  Flip flops are ideal shoes for the summer, but if you know you’ll be walking long distances, try to wear your sneakers!

To find out more information about how your shoes can have an impact on your back pain, contact Lavanga Chiropractic!

Healthy Diet and Brain Health

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According to the American Academy of Neurology’s most recent study, eating healthy is linked to stronger cognitive health. Their healthy diet included not much red meat, moderate alcohol, and lots of fruits and vegetables, nuts and fish. The study included over 27,860 participants over the age of 55, from 40 different countries, and the participants were studied for an average of five years. However, certain health conditions were excluded at the start of the study, conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, or peripheral artery disease, and participants who had experienced stroke or heart disease during the study were no longer followed.

The baseline measure of cognitive health was a thinking and memory skill test at the start of the study, two years into the study, and finally five years from the beginning. Only 14% of those with the healthiest diets showed a decline in thinking and memory while 18% of those with the least healthy diets showed a decline. The numbers for the healthiest diets included 5,687 people, with 782 showing cognitive decline, and 5,459 participants with unhealthy diets, 987 showing a significant cognitive decline. The relative difference from these figures produces 24% lower likelihood of a drop in thinking and memory for people eating well.

However diet in later life is only part of the picture. Study author Dr. Andrew Smyth of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, says “Adoption of a healthy diet probably begins early in life, and a healthy diet might also go along with adoption of other healthy behaviors.

In conclusion, “we report that higher diet quality is associated with a reduced risk of cognitive decline. Improved diet quality represents an important potential target for reducing the global burden of cognitive decline.”

For help getting motivated to maintain a healthy diet, contact the Lavanga Group today, to discuss your options.

Sitting For Too Long Is Linked to More Health Risks Than You May Know

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Ditch the medicine ball at your desk – you’re still sitting down.  Obesity and metabolic syndrome are just two of the health concerns that have been directly linked to individuals sitting for long periods of time.  Even if you have a desk job, it is suggested to get up and take a quick walk every so often.  Some employers even allow a standing desk setup in which the employees are encouraged to use standing work stations instead of a desk and chair.

Too much sitting also seems to increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer.  Dr. James A. Levine details all of the risks of sitting too much in this article.

How To Use A Stability Ball

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You know that big round ball you see in gyms and say to yourself “Hmm I wonder what you use that for?”

Well that big bouncy ball is a balance ball; otherwise known as a stability ball, exercise ball, swiss ball, or fitness ball. The purpose of the ball is to help improve strength, cardio, stability, endurance, and balance.

In Sophia Breene’s article she gives 20 effective stability ball exercises that will help your lower body, upper body, and core. To see the exercises click HERE 

To experience that big bouncy ball call Lavanga Chiropractic for times on our stability ball classes!

 

Sleep and your Mattress

Getting the right amount of sleep is important to our health.  In fact, a lack of adequate sleep over time can lead to a shortened lifespan.  In general, adults should get eight ours of sleep per night.  Many people believe that the need for sleep declines with age, however this is false.  Adults may be able to function with as little as six hours of sleep per night, but it is not recommended.

Sometimes falling asleep can seem impossible. One of the leading causes for sleepless nights can be attributed to your mattress.  In a four year-study, more than 16,000 nights of sleep were evaluated on 128 subjects.  This study looked at how different support levels of mattresses impacted the following: sleep, pain and daytime functioning.  This study by Research Triangle International and Drs. Andy Krystal and Jack Edinger from Duke University, found that even small differences in mattress support (soft, medium, firm) correlated with changes in sleep and pain.  The study revealed that mattresses really do matter when it comes to sleep.

Memory foam mattresses have been known to provide advanced comfort and support while sleeping.  However, this foam does not breathe well, which means it warms up with more exposure to your body heat.  Tempflow is a visco-elastic memory foam mattress that uses patented airflow circulation technology.  This technology allows your body heat to ventilate out of the mattress, while cooler air can flow through the layers.

To find out more information about Tempflow, contact Dr. Dan at the Lavanga Group today!

Back Pain Related To Lifestyle

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According to WebMd there are several possible causes of lower back pain that relate to one’s lifestyle. Maintaining a healthy weight is imperative for your health. Carrying around those extra pounds puts added stress on your joints. What can you do today to improve your health? Maybe take a walk for 15 minutes, drink more water, and/or try getting an extra half an hour of sleep.

Cigarette smoking is known to increase the likelihood of lower back pain. Patients with a history of alcohol abuse or depression are four times more likely to suffer from back pain. Are you struggling with managing your emotions? Have you had some setbacks and are having a confidence crisis? Everyone needs help sometime. Do something today to improve your situation. There is no shame in asking for help. Building consistent healthy habits daily impacts how you feel and many times it helps transform other areas of your life. Start one small healthy change and implement it daily. Then slowly start adding to your daily activity to take care of yourself.  This study just reiterates another way how having healthy habits impacts your body. What you do daily take care of yourself stay connected with your values helps transform your life.

If you or someone you know is suffering from back pain it is important to get help from a professional. Call Lavanga Chiropractic today.

Juggle Work, Family, and Earning a Degree With the Least Amount of Stress

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Forty years ago, you didn’t need a degree to make something of yourself after high school.  You did have to work harder (at the very least) without a degree; however, it wasn’t mandated across the board.  Nowadays, college grads (with an undergraduate degree) are even having a hard time finding the career, not the job, they went to school for.  The “baby boomers” mostly retired from the job they got right out of high school and now, young adults have four or more jobs before they get their annual evaluation!

More and more adults who have careers and families are going back to, or starting college for the first time!  There is even an entire education sector dedicated to online schooling – to make education readily available to all who have internet!  Earning a degree for some is a right of passage – for others, they will be the first in their families to ever graduate from college.  For those who wait until later in life to earn a degree, don’t fear – it IS possible to succeed and maintain yourself and your life prior to school.

Today, you can find a lot of advice on how to juggle work and earning a degree.  You can even find advice on raising a family and earning a degree.  Here, you can read advice on how to juggle all three and still maintain a sense of self and still keep up with all of your obligations.  The article even touts that you can manage all three and “Still pick the kids up from school”.  There are no indicators for if this article is for single parents or not; however, the rules still apply in one way or another.

 

 

Happy People Do These Things Just After Waking to Ensure a Good Day

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Have you ever noticed the “happy morning people” and thought to yourself – UGH how do they do it?!  It is hard to find a relationship between morning people and their average hours of sleep/night.  Some folks say they slept “too long” and they are drowsy all day; others don’t get enough sleep and drag for hours. The suggested eight hours is not very attainable for most working adults.

Simple adjustments to your morning routine can drastically change your mood for the entire day!  This article explains the eight things happy people do in the first 5 minutes of their day.  Imagine just five minutes improving your mood every single day – then you can be one of the “happy morning people”.