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Energy Zappers 

1. Dehydration
Your extreme fatigue might be coming from hidden sources. Nixing these spirit-depleting factors from your life will automatically help reboot your verve.
It turns out that even moderate dehydration (which results in the loss of 3 percent of your body weight) can make you feel mentally sluggish and mess with your concentration. The next time you're feeling foggy or lightheaded, don't just assume you're in serious need of some food. Try downing a glass or two of water.

2. Cell Phones
Checking your cell before bed amps up brain activity, making it harder to doze off. Plus, any electronic gadget's artificial blue light can suppress the sleep hormone melatonin. A 2011 poll by the National Sleep Foundation found that 20 percent of people ages 19 to 29 are awakened by a call, text, or e-mail at least a few nights a week. Power it down well before bedtime.

3. Medication
Many drugs have veiled energy-sapping side effects. Chief among them are some classes of antidepressants and certain beta-blockers used to prevent migraines or treat high blood pressure. If you start a new med and feel more lethargic than usual, see doctor Bert for an alternative. (If there isn't one, take your dose right before bed.)

 4. Overtraining
While working out zaps the stress hormone cortisol, prolonged sweat sessions--like, for example, regularly running for more than 30 minutes at a steady rate--can actually rev cortisol production. Interval training (bursts of intense activity) combined with strength training (free-weight and body-weight moves) helps keep cortisol in check.

5. Low Iron
The mineral shuttles oxygen around your body and removes waste from your cells. If you're not getting around 18 milligrams a day, your body struggles to function properly and you can feel worn out; low iron levels in your diet can cause iron deficiency anemia. If you feel sluggish, call our office and ask for a simple blood test to see if you should be taking a supplement. 

For more information please call our office at 786-360-6355 

Planning for Success

Every successful athlete knows that a plan is necessary to reach the highest levels of performance. How many practice sessions are needed each week, what kinds of things to work on during each session, how much rest to get, how much and what kinds of food to eat, how much water to drink - these are some of the factors in an overall program for athletic success.

Venus and Serena Williams, Lisa Leslie and Diana Taurasi of the WNBA, and Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh (perennial women's beach volleyball champions) are examples of world-class athletes who have very clearly defined roadmaps to help them get where they want to go. Michael Jordan worked on his jump shot every day, even after he won his sixth world championship. Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees takes batting practice and does strength training every day during the baseball season, as he continues a stellar Hall of Fame career. Track-and-field stars such as Usain Bolt of Jamaica (brand-new double world-record holder in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash) train year round and have very specific plans to reach their performance peaks at race time.

Even though we may not plan to become professional athletes, we still require a plan for success in terms of physical performance and overall health and well-being. 1-3However, most of us don't consider health and fitness from the point of view of planning. We forget that the hallowed maxim of business success - "if you fail to plan, you're planning to fail" - applies equally to health and fitness. What happens if we don't have an actual plan for being healthy? We eat to satisfy cravings. We sit on the couch and watch TV all evening. We spend all weekend at the mall. None of these activities helps us maintain good health. We put on weight, year after year, and allow our bodies to deteriorate hour after sedentary hour.

What would we be doing if we had a plan for achieving optimal health and wellness? Obviously we'd be consuming a healthful diet and engaging in regular vigorous exercise. We'd maintain a good weight for our particular body type and we'd be getting sufficient rest on a weekly average. Maybe not so obviously we'd also see our chiropractors regularly. Chiropractic care is a key ingredient in planning for long-term health and wellness. Your chiropractor is an expert in human performance.

We are able to identify roadblocks and limitations that can be corrected with chiropractic care. Diet, exercise, and rest are critically important to good health. The underlying mechanism that coordinates all your body's activities - the nerve system - needs to be in top shape, too. That's where chiropractic care comes in. Talk with us  about your plans for your family's health and wellness. We  will be glad to help design programs that will work for your entire family.

1Holla J, et al: Recreational exercise in rheumatic diseases. Int J Sports Med August 14, 2009 (online ahead of print)
2Pisinger C, et al: The relationship between lifestyle and self-reported health in a general population. Prev Med August 27, 2009 (online ahead of print)
3Sternfeld B, et al: Improving diet and physical activity with ALIVE. Am J Prev Med 36(6):475-483, 2009


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How Do I Start?

Planning for success in the realm of health and wellness could start right now, in this moment. As with success in any other area of life, success in health begins with a choice and a shift in attitude. The choice to be healthy. The attitude of being responsible for your own health.

With a positive attitude and the freedom that comes with a choice, you're all set to begin working your plan. Having a healthy diet and doing regular vigorous exercise are deeply related, and engaging in one area will support and improve the benefits of the other.

Start right where you are - there's no special preparation needed. If you've not exercised in a very long time, begin by walking ten minutes a day for a week. Over the next four weeks, slowly build up your time and then gradually increase your pace. By the time you're able to do 30 minutes of very brisk walking, you'll be noticing some amazing changes.

To begin eating a healthful diet, a good place to start is with fresh fruits and vegetables. Five portions a day is highly recommended (in fact, this is the recommendation of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). Choose colorful fruits and vegetables - these are  packed with nutrients. Cut way down on fast food, sugar, salt, and empty calories and you're working your plan!