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Your Healthy Tidbits; Volume 12 Issue 28

Your Healthy Tidbits; Volume 12 Issue 28



When dealing with stressful situations, know this: Nothing and no one can “make” you feel anything. How you feel and the way you deal with a situation is a choice. Remember… no one can drive your car unless you give them the keys. The serenity prayer states, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things that I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” Knowing and applying this can be a great stress reliever.


Antibiotic resistance has become a major threat worldwide and the primary cause of this man-made epidemic is the misuse of antibiotics. Pharmaceutical drugs are used to combat bacterial infections in humans and animals, but over the past decades they have been widely overprescribed. For example, viral infections cannot be treated with antibiotics, yet many have been prescribed antibiotics for a cold or the flu (both of which are viral). Antibiotics are also routinely used for growth promotion in livestock and are promoted by pharmaceutical companies as a means of preventing disease in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) where illnesses spread quickly. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), “Resistant bacteria are more common in settings where antibiotics are frequently used: health care settings, the community and food animal production. Aggressive use of antibiotics in livestock is a primary driving force of antibiotic-resistance.” The Natural Resources Defense Council advocates for the restriction of antibiotics in food production and maintains a petition to help consumers join the fight; consider buying meat and dairy from a trusted local farmer or use products with the American Grassfed Association logo.


People sometimes confuse thirst with hunger, so you can end up eating extra calories when an ice-cold glass of water is really what you need. Don't like plain water? Add citrus or a splash of juice, or brew infused teas like mango or peach, which have lots of flavor but no calories.


When thinking of your long-term health goals, it’s essential to understand that spinal health is about more than getting rid of pain. Spinal health has a long-term impact on every function affected by the spinal nerves, which influence every organ system in your body. Breathing is a good example. A case published in the 1980’s involved a 53 yr. old man with a 20-year history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. More than 14 months after starting chiropractic care, the amount of air he was able to forcibly exhale in one complete breath ("forced vital capacity") and the amount of air he could move in the first second of that complete breath had both improved substantially (1 liter and 0.3 liters, respectively). This case is part of a growing body of literature indicating that improved spinal health through chiropractic care is often accompanied by improved lung volumes (and so much more!). Who do you know that could benefit from chiropractic care?


Cucumbers contain unique anti-oxidants in moderate ratios such as b-carotene and a-carotene, Vitamins C and A, zea-xanthin and lutein. These compounds help act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and various disease processes. Cucumber peel is a good source of dietary fiber that helps reduce constipation and offers some protection against colon cancers by eliminating toxic compounds from the gut. It is an excellent source of potassium which is a heart "friendly" electrolyte that helps bring a reduction in total blood pressure and heart rates by countering effects of sodium.


“Being miserable is a habit; being happy is a habit; and the choice is yours.” ~Tom Hopkins

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