Weekly Health Update: Monday, November 15th, 2010

By · Monday, November 15th, 2010

Mental Attitude: Don’t Go Crazy With Caffeine. Caffeine can increase irritability. If the caffeine you consume later in the day disrupts your nighttime sleeping, you are likely to be cranky and exhausted until you get a good night’s rest. Caffeine can also bring on a burst of energy, often ending with a spiral into fatigue.

Journal of the American Dietetic Association, Sept 2008

Health Alert: Stay Healthy! Nationwide physician shortages are expected to balloon to 62,900 doctors in five years and 91,500 by 2020. That’s up more than 50% from previous estimates. AAMC officials attribute the widening gap to increased demands from the aging baby boomer generation and expansion of coverage by 2019 to 32 million uninsured Americans under the health system reform law.

Association of American Medical Colleges, October 2010

Diet: Water & Weight Loss. Drinking just two 8-ounce glasses of water before meals helps people melt pounds away. After 12 weeks, water drinkers lost 15.5 pounds, compared to non-water-drinking dieters, who lost only 11 pounds. They also kept the weight off for a full year after the weight loss study. Drinking water may help people shed pounds for the simple reason that it has no calories and fills up the stomach, making people less hungry. Recommendations: Women drink about nine cups of fluid every day, including water and other beverages, and men about 13 cups. National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, August 2010

Exercise: Want To Burn Fat And Build Muscle? Try Timed Sets: Complete as many repetitions of a particular activity as possible during a set time. For example: Jumping jacks for 1 minute; pushups for 45 seconds and squats for 1.5 minutes. Challenge yourself to increase the amount of reps and shorten or lengthen the time as you improve. Chelsea Cooper, MPA, CPT

Chiropractic: National Chiropractic Health Month & Obesity Prevention. This year’s theme, “Why Weight? Get Healthy” highlights doctor-of-chiropractic approved prevention and treatment options for patients dealing with obesity — which affects more than 68% US adults. “There are many strategies that are used to address obesity concerns. The most important and the most well established are basic changes in lifestyle related to food, physical activity and personal motivation,” notes Gerard Clum, DC, president of Life Chiropractic College West. “Doctors of chiropractic represent an underutilized resource for addressing this critical health and societal concern. The hands-on nature of chiropractic care lends itself to opportunities for advice, counseling and encouragement to address this important health risk.”

Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, Oct 2010

Wellness/Prevention: Ovarian Cancer. Tea consumption decreases the risk of ovarian cancer with increasing frequency and duration of overall tea consumption. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, 2002

Quote: “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” ~Mother Teresa


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