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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 

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chiropractic wellness

Regular Chiropractic Care Supports Optimum Health and Well-Being

Regular chiropractic care is an important component in any health transformation. Regardless of your current status, upgrades in health quality are usually available. But augmenting one's diet and launching an exercise program are not always sufficient lifestyle enhancements. We need to ensure that we're going to get the most out of the time and effort spent in improving our nutrition and fitness. That's where regular chiropractic care comes in.

In order for us to make the best use of the healthy raw materials being supplied by our new diet and maximize the effectiveness of our cardiorespiratory and strength training exercise programs, all of our physiological systems need to be synchronized. Our digestive, musculoskeletal, endocrine, and lymphatic systems all need to interact timely and accurately. These seamless interchanges are made possible by the nerve system, the body's master system. By detecting and correcting sources of nerve interference, regular chiropractic care helps ensure optimal functioning of the nerve system and, thus, optimal functioning of all other systems. In this way, regular chiropractic care supports the ongoing health and well-being of our loved ones and ourselves.

The ultra, high-tech world depicted in the popular television series “Star Trek,” is what many may envision when thinking of the future.  And while it’s yet to be seen if its advanced fictional inventions such as molecular transporters and tractor beams could become reality, one thing is for certain, the miraculous healing techniques and futuristic medical care depicted on-air is still a long way away from anything presently available here on earth. While space-age cures are still in the realm of fantasy, we can take inspiration from the intensely creative, long-lived science fiction series and reflect upon taking care of our bodies and health using the tools and knowledge currently available.

Specifically, in the domain of health and well-being, such transformation would likely involve nutrition and exercise. Our habits in these areas have gotten us to where we are now. Given the facts of the worldwide obesity and diabetes epidemics, most of us are probably not at our ideal weight and out of shape with respect to conditioning and exercise. Fortunately, transforming one's health status is always possible. The requirements for such critically important change include actively choosing new lifestyle activities and being persistent in your new choices.

The process of actively choosing implies that you are the one in charge. For example, if you begin an exercise program as a result of someone telling you that you should, you probably won't get very far. If what you're doing is based on the insistence of another, even if that other is your spouse or a trusted healthcare professional, your commitment to that activity will falter as soon as something more interesting or important comes along. In contrast, if the impetus for your activity is self-directed, then you will continue to fulfill that activity as long as you continue to make the active choice. In other words, the old positive thinking slogan, "If it's going to be, it's up to me," still applies.

Once you have actively chosen to implement a healthy lifestyle, some basic information is required in order to begin well. Healthy nutrition is obtained by being sure, on a daily basis, to consume food from the five major food groups: fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, grains, protein foods, and dairy.1 Consuming the appropriate amount of calories is also important. Excess calories will be stored as fat. For most women, a daily intake of 1,500 to 1,700 calories will result in weight loss, over time, down to the person's ideal weight. For most men, a daily intake of 1,700 to 2,000 calories will result in weight loss, over time, down to the person's ideal weight.

In terms of exercise, a combination of cardiorespiratory activity and strength training is optimal.2,3 You could have a five-day program of three sessions of strength training and two sessions of walking, running, biking, or swimming. Or you could have three cardio sessions and two strength training sessions per week. The best exercise program is the one that works for you, the one you enjoy, and the one that causes you to make progress. In all forms of exercise, start slowly and build up strength and endurance over time. Injuries are usually caused by attempting to do too much too soon.

Thus, we can, in fact, cause our own transformation in the area of health and well-being. We can begin today to grow and evolve as a result of our active choices, our commitment to the welfare of ourselves and our families.

1Carruba G, et al: Nutrition, aging and cancer: lessons from dietary intervention studies. Immun Ageing 2016 Apr 7;13:13. doi: 10.1186/s12979-016-0069-9. eCollection 2016.

2Kiviniemi AM, et al: Lifelong Physical Activity and Cardiovascular Autonomic Function in Midlife. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2016 Apr 6. [Epub ahead of print]

3Karsten K, et al: The immunomodulatory effects of physical activity. Curr Pharm Des  2016 Mar 22. [Epub ahead of print]