Let’s talk about Alaska, nature vs stress, adjusting babies, exercise, and fiber vs heart failure.
Greetings from Alaska. Monday was my last night in this great state, and I have to tell you, this was a great place to visit. I have seen most of the United States and there are many beautiful sites, but they don’t compare to the magnitude and grandeur of Alaska. You just can’t believe how big the glaciers are; they are huge. The valleys between the mountain ranges are immense, and around the corner was another valley just as big. We saw porpoises, eagles and whales, along with bears, moose, caribou and mountain sheep. We were constantly intruding into real wilderness (wildness). All in all, a great tonic for the soul and one I recommend you take at least once in your lifetime.
SPEAKING OF NATURE….
In a recent study in Frontiers of Psychology by MaryCarol Hunter, PhD., the researchers found that just 20 minutes of exposure outdoors in a natural setting significantly reduced the levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Sitting or walking anytime in the daytime, without doing exercise, talking on the phone, using any electronics or reading during that time can be a low cost solution for reducing stress.
Just so you know, I adjust babies. You can view my videos on how and why I adjust babies and children on my website at www.bengriffesdc.com, and click on the Health & Fitness button. The other day my 20 month old grandson was leaning on a little scooter and fell forward, doing a face plant on the concrete. My daughter brought him over the next day, sporting a huge lump on his forehead. I checked his neck and adjusted his C1 vertebra, restoring normal nerve flow to the rest of his body. Who knows what health problems could have developed if he didn’t have a grandfather to adjust him.
EXERCISE FOR THE MONTH
The exercise for the month is… exercise. In a study of 315,000 people by the NIH-AARP Diet and Health group, people aged 40 to 61 who exercised regularly after years of physical inactivity reduced their risk for death by 32% to 35%. Their odds of death by heart attack and cancer also dropped, compared to those who never exercised. So, it is never too late to start exercising. If you have any questions on how to start smart, give me a call.
Want to reduce your risk of heart failure? Eat more fiber. A recent study by Cristiane Mayerhofer, M.D., of the Oslo University Hospital found that patients who had had a heart attack had less diversity in their gut microbiota, which was linked to a lower intake of dietary fiber. You can remedy this potential problem by increasing your intake of fruits, vegetables, cereals and other high-fiber foods to have healthy gut flora.
Speaking of fiber….
Looks good, going to try a few of these recipes.
THOUGHTS FOR THE MONTH
Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself. – Chinese Proverb
The goal of education is to replace an empty mind with an open mind. – Malcolm Forbes
The things taught in schools and colleges are not an education, but the means to an education. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
America’s future walks through the doors of our schools every day. – Mary Jean LeTendre
The two basic processes of education are knowing and valuing. – Robert J. Havighurst