September 2020 newsletter

Let’s talk about chiropractic, boosting your immune system with exercise and other suggestions, walking with a purpose, and new COVID-19 guidelines.  (It doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom)

I just want to remind you that chiropractic is unique to all the healing arts:

1. It doesn’t treat anything.
2. It acknowledges the inborn healing potential of every human.
3. It’s remarkably safe.
4. Side effects are mostly positive effects.

Who do you know that would benefit from chiropractic care?  Share the gift of health today and spread the word.  Dr. Ben

EXERCISE CAN BOOST YOUR IMMUNITY AND REDUCE YOUR RISK OF COVID-19

https://experiencelife.com/article/get-off-the-couch-exercise-can-boost-immunity-and-may-reduce-risk-of-covid-19/?et_cid=15512167&et_rid=42766237&et_attr1=

CARING FOR YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM from an article by Jill A. Poole, MD, in Bottom Line Health, 9/2020

Please understand that your immune system is your first line of defense from foreign invaders, like the coronavirus, or staph infections or strep throat.  When your immune system identifies an invader, it sends out “killer cells” to attack and destroy these invaders.  It also signals other cells to come and help, which eventually create antibodies, an in-house immunity that helps prevent those same invaders from doing you harm the next time around (natural immunity).  You can also get a vaccine, or man-made immunity, to help prevent an attack by a specific pathogen (invader), but they are specific and not always effective for everyone.

What you can do to improve your natural immunity is to 1) reduce your stress level, because chronic stress will wear you down and increase inflammation in your body.  Meditation, deep-breathing exercises, yoga or Tai Chi can help manage chronic stress.  2) manage your internal clock, meaning that you have a circadian rhythm that oversees the daily cycles of your body functions, controlled by light and dark and sleep.  When your body rhythm is out of sync, your immune system gets out of balance and it’s harder to resist infections.  Getting 15 to 30 minutes of sunshine per day helps “reset” your body clock.  3)  getting enough sleep.  Seven to eight hours per night is normal, but what is important is that you wake up rested and refreshed.  If that’s not happening, look at your sleep patterns, such as outside noise, light, mattress and pillow and covers, and how much and how soon before bed you are engaged in electronics.  It is important to “calm your brain” before getting in bed.  4) eating rhythms can affect infection rates, so one suggestion is to only eat within an 8 to 12 hour window, say 8 am to 6 pm.  Some people follow a more austere program of intermittent fasting, only eating within 8 hours a day, leading to a return of normal weight levels. 5) getting the right nutrients; this includes Vitamin D, which you can get in a supplement, suggested at 4,000 units per day, or 15+ minutes of sunshine per day.  Vitamins C, E and A are three power nutrients which help boost your immune system, best absorbed in the foods you eat – leafy green vegetables, colorful vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds.  Zinc is a mineral found in lean meats, poultry, chickpeas, beans and yogurt, and helps reduce inflammation in your body.  6) additionally, don’t smoke, drink alcohol in moderation, and get some regular exercise.  This all adds up to a healthy lifestyle and the best way to reduce your risk of getting sick.

Why walking with a purpose is better for you:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2214140520301055?link_uid%3D30%26via%3Dihub

Updated COVID-19 guidelines (so you won’t feel left out)

https://www.aol.com/article/lifestyle/2020/08/26/cdc-quietly-changes-testing-guidelines-to-exclude-people-with-no-symptoms/24600565/

THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH

If we were to wake up some morning and find that everyone was the same race, creed, and color, we would find some other cause for prejudice by noon. -George D. Aiken, US senator (20 Aug 1892-1984)

HUMOR

I was thinking about old age and decided that old age is when you still have something on the ball, but you are just too tired to bounce it.

When people see a cat’s litter box they always say, “Oh, have you got a cat?”  I just say, “No, it’s for company!”

Employment application blanks always ask who is to be called in case of an emergency.  I think you should write, “An ambulance.”

The older you get the tougher it is to lose weight because by then your body and your fat have gotten to be really good friends.

Have you ever noticed: The Roman Numerals for forty (40) are XL.

Aging: Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.

Some people try to turn back their “odometers.” Not me.

I want people to know why I look this way.

I’ve traveled a long way and a lot of the roads were not paved.

You know you are getting old when everything either dries up, sags or leaks.

Ah! Being young is beautiful but being old is comfortable.

Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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