Health Tips – July 2014
Did you miss some of our Health Tips we shared with you in July? Check them out below!
Savings! Added chiropractic coverage to insurance plans descreased the total cost to treat back pain by 28%, reduced hospitalization for back pain by 41%, reduced back surgeries by 32% and reduced the cost of medical imaging by 37%.
Complexity of the Brain. How complex is the brain? One cubic inch of brain cortex contains over 10,000 miles of connecting tissue.
Spinal Degenerative Joint Disease. Spinal DJD (degenerative joint disease) occurs in most people as early as 40 years of age. The degeneration is due to gravity, major traumas, and repetitive microtraumas. Once the spine degenerates, simple mechanical compression can change nerve impulses, and the central nervous system may interpret that as pain.
Diet & Exercise
Exercise helps you control your weight, preventing excess weight gain or maintaining weight loss, combats health conditions and diseases, improves mood, boosts energy, and promotes better sleep.
Soda Consumption and knee osteoarthritis. After controlling the risk factors for knee osteoarthritis, men who drank sugary soft drinks experienced worse knee osteoarthritis progression than those who did not. This correlation is not apparent in women.
Increased life expectancy! Low amounts of physical activity (75 mins of brisk walking per week) increased longevity by 1.8 years after age 40, compared with doing no such activity. Walking briskly for at least 450 minutes a week was associated with a gain of 4.5 years.
6000 steps. Women 45-72 years old who walked 6000 or more steps a day had a significantly lower risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
Cholesterol and Probiotics. Two daily doses (200mg) of probiotics lowered ‘bad’ and total cholesterol in study participants.
“Those who think they have no time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” – Edward Stanley
“The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.” – Anthony Robbins
“To avoid sickness eat less: to prolong life worry less.” – Weng Chu Hui
“So many people spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health.” – unknown
“Never confuse motion with action.” – Ben Franklin
Get Your Sleep! Sleep disorders lead to 253 million days of sick leave a year in the United States. 63.2 billion dollars are lost a year due to insomnia. A third of this is due to absence from work, while the other two thirds is due to a loss in productivity at work. 10% of the population suffers from insomnia. Sleep apnea affects 4-5% of the population.
Bad Day? Researchers found that adding just a couple extra minutes of exercise to your daily exercise routine can significantly increase your outlook on life.
Booster Seats. States with booster seat requirements for children up to 6-7 years old were found to have 35% lower rate of mortality and incapacitating injuries. States which had booster seat laws for children up to ages 4-6 had 20% lower death and incapacitating injury rates from car accidents than those without laws.
Children, Cars and Second-Hand Smoke. Just ten minutes in the back seat of a car with a smoker in the front seat increased a child’s exposure to harmful pollutants by 30%, event with the front windows completely rolled down.
Sleep and the immune system. Sleep deprivation increases the risk for developing inflammation related illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, arthritis and diabetes.
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