Your Healthy Tidbits; Volume 13 Issue 14

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Our attitude has a profound effect on how we deal with situations. Negative attitudes affect our physical, spiritual, and mental wellbeing. When in a particularly stressful situation, try exchanging attitude for gratitude. Look around and think of all the things you can be thankful for, like health, strength, friends, family, nature, etc. Focusing on gratitude can definitely change your attitude.


A growing body of research reveals that a healthy diet (one high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish and unprocessed lean red meat) can prevent depression. It also reveals that an unhealthy diet (processed and refined foods) increases the risk for the disease in everyone, including children and teens. Depression may be genetic, triggered by a specific event or situation, such as loneliness (or the current COVID-19 pandemic), or brought on by lifestyle choices. But it’s ultimately about an unhealthy brain. A poor diet fails to provide the brain with a variety of nutrients it needs, which makes depression worse. A lousy diet also affects the gut. The good and bad bacteria in our gut have sophisticated ways to communicate with our brains and change our mood. Therefore, it makes sense that we need to maximize the good bacteria and minimize the bad. Even though a good diet may not replace therapy or medication, people at risk for depression should pay attention to the food they eat. It can serve as a supplemental treatment (with no dangerous side effects, unlike antidepressants). According to the Wall Street Journal, experts say it’s important to eat a balanced, Mediterranean-style diet to help beat depression.


Staying home during this COVID-19 scare? Be sure to stock the freezer with a range of ingredients for quick meals, such as frozen vegetables like corn, peas, and edamame, along with frozen fruits like cubed mango, pineapple, and berries to add instant nutrition to grain dishes, salads, and smoothies. Make double batches of family favorites to stash in the freezer for make-ahead dinners.


Some people who have been to chiropractors before say that they're feeling good now so they don’t need to get their spines checked. “If it’s not broken, why fix it?” The fact is there may be a misaligned (subluxated) vertebra in your spine interfering with the proper function of the nerve system. There is something “broken”. The inborn wisdom of your body (your brain and nerve system), which controls and coordinates the function in the body, is simply not working as it should. Do you feel the brain telling your stomach how to digest, or your lungs how to breathe, or your immune system how to function? We only actually feel a small amount of our nervous system. Just because it is not noticeable, doesn’t mean that dysfunction is not occurring or that damage is not accumulating within the body. How many years of accumulated nerve dysfunction, caused by unrecognized spinal misalignments, does it take before a heart problem to manifest? Or, for a stomach problem to show up? You wouldn’t avoid oil changes because your car has no symptoms, would you? That's why it's best to have your spine checked regularly for vertebral subluxations even if it does not appear to be “broken!”


Garlic's antibacterial properties make it a wonderful treatment for coughs and other throat irritations. Garlic may also reduce the severity of upper respiratory tract infections. Garlic is known to have antiviral properties, which helps the body fight against allergies.


"Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself." - Leo Tolstoy

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