‘Tis the season for New Year’s resolutions. Topping the list year after year is (you guessed it) getting healthy. While a clean-slate perspective can do wonders for your motivation, being too eager will backfire if it leads to injury. Overdoing it in the name of fitness is a recipe for chronic pain—something that’ll surely throw a wrench in your exercise plans.
A balanced diet is critical in getting strong support to your tissues and organs. Your body needs nutrients in order to operate correctly, get the energy it needs, defend you against infections, and keep your systems free of disease. When children do not get the healthy, balanced nutrition they need, they are likelier to experience developmental issues or struggle at school. In fact, it can heavily impact a boy or girl into adulthood – because often the lack of a balanced diet during youth turns into a lifelong approach.
There’s nothing like the holiday season for reconnecting with friends and family and sharing in gratitude for a good year and good health, but this same time of year can also become stressful because of added familial obligations, plenty of rich and indulgent holiday meals, and the frenzy of holiday shopping or approaching deadlines.
Striking the right hydration balance can be tricky. The body, which is about 60 percent water, needs water to stay alive. Every system depends on it – from carrying nutrients to the cells and flushing toxins from organs.
Knee pain will affect one out of every two Americans at some point during their lives, according to the Arthritis Foundation. As the number two cause of chronic pain, more than a third of Americans report being affected by it at any given time.
If you go to bed soon after eating the kind of large meal that quickly breaks down into sugar, the headache you wake up with probably isn’t monsoon-related.
But if you notice that during monsoon season – defined as between June 15 and Sept. 30 since 2008 – there’s a marked connection between your headaches and/or joint pain increasing when those severe storms are about to occur, there quite possibly is a link.
Monsoon season doesn’t usher in host of new patients, but we definitely note a tendency to see more of our existing patients at this time of year.
Inflammation is our body’s first line of defense in repairing injury or infection and against anything toxic, but that same protection can become problematic if it is too regularly called upon to “guard” us against perceived attack. Chronic inflammation is a high stress state of response in the body that has been associated with a host of diseases, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s, mental health issues, arthritis and more, and reducing that stress is an emerging field of research and focus in the medical community.
When it comes to gauging summer heat, you always hear the saying “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity!” While humidity certainly can make high temperatures feel hotter (up to 15-20 degrees!), dry heat can be just as taxing on the body and staying hydrated is essential to keeping your body operating in top form this summer.
With half of all Americans experiencing symptoms every year, lower back pain is the number one reason for missed work, the second most common reason for medical visits, and costs more than $50 billion annually, according to the American Chiropractic Association. This year, save some time, pain, and money by employing these simple solutions for getting back on your feet sooner and for preventing injury in the first place.