As the school year begins, I thought it worth giving a few tips aimed at the teenagers out there who want to do their best this year at school. These tips also work really well for getting the most out of your work day.
I personally try to use all these techniques and can honestly say I think this is what got me through my study in high school relatively easily compared to many of my peers. Good luck in making your efforts this year efficient so you are left with plenty of time to have fun as well.
Pain, pins and needles, numbness, swelling and other symptoms are ways the body communicates that something is not functioning optimally.
Pregnancy is something almost every woman's body is built to handle. Pregnancy is not a disease whereby painful symptoms are not a "normal part of pregnancy" as many people are led to believe. Please don't accept pain, swelling, carpal tunnel, pins and needles, numbness etc as things you just need to put up with.
The body tends to be more sensitive during pregnancy as it is in protective mode for the baby growing inside. The body is undergoing changes ready for the birth process however these changes are something the body was designed to undergo. If these changes are causing significant pain it usually means something underlying is not adapting as it should. Chiropractic enhances the human body's ability to adapt to change in an optimal way.
Pregnancy is not a disease - it is a natural adaptive process. I encourage you all let's stop treating it like something that just has to be suffered through.
Newer light sources including LED's and screens of digital devices give out light that does not contain the entire spectrum of colour. The infra red component is missing from the spectrum. This may potentially cause a couple of problems in the long term.
Infrared appears to prime the retina for healing and regeneration. Light void of this infrared may therefore put you at increased risk of early degeneration of the retina and macula.
Your mitochondria require this near infrared component of light to produce energy. Mitochondria are really important in energy production as well as healthy ageing.
The blue light that remains is known to hamper the production of melatonin much more than any other frequency of light. Melatonin controls your circadian rhythms (your sleep / wake cycles) and is also the precursor to serotonin (the happy hormone). If you can not produce optimal amounts of melatonin, your body clock is likely to suffer and you put yourself at increased risk of depression.
Also worth noting is that many studies have linked exposure to light at night with increased risk of prostate and breast cancer, diabetes, obesity and heart disease.
This article by Dr Mercola provides a much more in depth look into the LED issue and provides some ideas for alternatives. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/10/23/near-infrared-led-lighting.aspx
Personally I'm all for energy efficiency but it is definitely worth considering the effects some of this new technology may have on our health over the longer term. ~ Bel
Science now tells us that the brain can produce new brain cells in a process known as neurogenesis. Did you know that you have quite the opportunity to influence this process of growing new neural cells?
What can you do to enhance neurogenesis?
A good 6-8 hours every night. During sleep is when your brain removes waste products which is imperative for the formation of new brain cells.
Running or high intensity interval training (HIIT) in particular increases the blood supply to your brain, increases the amount of brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and glial cell line - derived trophic factor (GDNF) and helps the body produce more testosterone. BDNF and GDNF are essential for growing new brain cells and testosterone is also very beneficial for new neural cells.
High quality fats particularly DHA from fatty fish, nuts and seeds are necessary to build and protect new brain cells. Calorie restriction has been linked to an increase in BDNF and an improvement in memory function and intermittent fasting has also been linked to increased neurogenesis. Foods containing flavonoid compounds like chocolate, red wine, blueberries and green tea are also good for neurogenesis.
Even 10 minutes of direct sunlight each day increases serotonin and GDNF levels in the brain both of which are important in brain cell production.
It increases our feel good neurotransmitters which increase neurogenesis.
So there are some nice easy tips and tricks to help you grow fresh new brain cells - more reason to do the things we already know to be good for us.
Do you sleep well after your adjustment? Maybe your child will too!
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Did you know that certain drugs can affect your ability to get pregnant and sustain a healthy pregnancy? This applies to both the male and female partners in a couple trying to get pregnant.
Your egg and sperm ARE your baby. Remember that issues with getting pregnant and miscarriage are not just a factor of the mother to be's health. Unhealthy sperm can still at times fertilise an ovum however if the DNA is damaged, this pregnancy is likely to terminate resulting in miscarriage. Your sperm and egg ARE your baby so it is really important to have the healthiest possible sperm and egg to make the healthiest possible baby.
Completing regular exercise is essential for just about everyone. The benefits of regular physical activity are wide and varied and include weight control, reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, reduced risk of almost all cancers, reduced risk of diabetes, manages and reduces stress, improves mental health and mood, strengthens muscles and bones and just generally increases your chances of living a longer healthier life!
So if you're looking for a simple and easy way to boost your overall fitness and get some great results from your workout routine, look no further than performing squatting exercises. Here’s why…
1. Squats are super easy and anyone can do them!
Squats don’t require any equipment and can be done anywhere from the home, to the office, to the gym. As people become more confident and advanced they may choose to add in weights and do their squats under load, but doing body weighted squats alone is a terrific work out and a great place to start.
2. Squats are functional
Functional exercises use multiple muscles and joints at the same time in one singular movement. These exercises improve not only strength but also improve balance, endurance, posture, coordination, flexibility and agility.
3. Functional Exercise Make Real-Life Easier
Functional exercises are movements that you use in every day life. Squats are one of the best functional exercises out there as humans have been squatting since the hunter-gatherer days. When you perform squats, you build muscle and help your muscles work more efficiently, as well as promote mobility and balance. All of these benefits translate into your body moving more efficiently in the real world too. Think of an elderly person struggling to get in or out of their chair, squats are almost an identical movement and it’s never to late to start.
4. Builds muscle and strength in your entire body
Squats obviously help to build your leg muscles (including your quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves), but what most people don’t know is that they also create an anabolic environment, which promotes body-wide muscle building.
In fact, when done properly, squats and other total body exercises are powerful stimulators for muscle-building hormones like testosterone and growth hormone. These hormones are essential for muscle growth and will also help to improve muscle mass when you train other areas of your body aside from your legs.
By moving your body through a full range of motion, you’ll not only build strength but you will boost flexibility as well. Deep squatting helps to increase range of motion in the entire hip complex as well as ankle and back flexibility. The benefit: reduced likelihood of back pain and an easier time getting around in daily activities, weather it be on the sporting field, in the work place, or in the back yard with the kids.
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