Your Healthy Tidbits; Volume 12 Issue 33

Happy Couple at Beach


"Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing." ~Muhammad Ali


For decades, the U.S. Food and Drug Admin. has discouraged “indiscriminate addition of nutrients to foods,” including and especially pertaining to snack foods such as candies and carbonated beverages. Coca-Cola is now pushing the FDA to ease up on this “jelly bean rule” (called this because companies cannot fortify candy such as jelly beans for the purpose of making a health claim). Gummy fruit snacks are a perfect example of an unhealthy snack marketed as healthy. Whether the primary ingredient is corn syrup or concentrated fruit juice, they contain mostly sugar, and contrary to real fruit, these snacks are loaded with artificial flavors and dyes. Processed foods are designed to be eaten quickly, on-the-go, and often in large, addictive quantities. In eating these foods, you may satisfy a brief craving, but you won’t get the vitamins and minerals, the live enzymes and micronutrients, the healthy fats or high-quality protein that your body needs to function, let alone thrive. Again and again, studies show processed foods and sweetened beverages promote chronic disease and shorten life span. Fortification changes nothing. It’s just a marketing ploy that increases sales, so don’t be fooled. As a general rule, if a product comes with heavy advertising, you can be pretty certain it’s not a healthy choice.


You don’t need an hour, or even half an hour a day to lose weight or get into great shape. A study in the European Journal of Applied Physiology found that 15minutes of resistance training was just as effective at boosting participants’ metabolism as 35 minutes. Another study found that women had a better chance of sticking to a plan if they only had to commit to 15-min. sessions.


What determines whether a patient undergoes spinal surgery? “Approximately 43% of workers who saw a surgeon first had surgery within 3 years, in contrast to only 1.5% of those who first saw a chiropractor.” Even though there is little evidence that spine surgery is associated with improved outcomes, surgery rates have increased dramatically since the 1990s. The reduction of back surgeries in those consulting chiropractors for spinal pain or function problems represents a substantial cost savings and is proven to deliver the highest quality of care and success approval ratings. This is just the tip of the chiropractic iceberg! The value and purpose of a Chiropractic adjustment is not to treat any sort of ache, pain, ailment, or condition. The purpose of a chiropractic adjustment is to remove interference in the nervous system so the brain and body can function without compromise. This is the main reason why the benefits of a Chiropractic adjustment, as determined by the best science and research of today, go far beyond just pain relief.


Butterfly Pea Tea has been ascribed many health benefits in both Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. The herb shows promise in studies for its brain boosting effects and its wide spectrum of neurological benefits including helping with depression, anxiety and reducing fever.


Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal. ~Henry Ford

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