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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 

Self-Guided Imagery

Mindfulness techniques can assist a person substantially in achieving improved levels of health and well-being. These methods, including meditation and guided imagery, are gaining prominence as more traditional medicine group practices, hospitals, and teaching institutions 1,2 are embracing an integrated approach.

Learning the basics of mindfulness methods is easy and straightforward. Success in applying these techniques requires attention and discipline, and one's capabilities in these areas increase with time and practice.

Guided imagery involves picturing a peaceful, relaxing setting and may incorporate persons, animals, and other living beings in the imagined environment. The purpose of the exercise is to focus and immerse yourself in the quiet and soothing surround. The benefit derives from profoundly shifting one's habitual focus on stress and stressful circumstances onto positive images that help support health and healing.3

To begin, you seat yourself comfortably in a location where you won't be disturbed or distracted by others. You close your eyes, take a few relaxing breaths, and affirm to yourself that you're going to have a positive experience. You start the self-guided imagery session by picturing a favorite place, one that is enriching and uplifting, such as a beach, nature trail, or mountain habitat. The environment does not have to be one with which you have actual experience. The power of self-guided imagery is that your imagination is, in fact, your open-ended guide.

For example, if you're on a beach, you could first focus on the sensation of the warmth of the sun on your skin. Feel how it feels. Really focus on the aliveness that the sun's rays generate throughout your entire being. Picture yourself in your comfortable beach chair and experience the textures and tactile sensations of your casual, colorful beach attire.

After a while, you may choose to walk down to the shoreline. Feel the warmth of the sand on the soles of your feet. Experience the contours of the sand and how your balance has to adjust with each step to match the miniature hills and valleys of the sandy shore. Hear the deep rumble of the ocean and the gentle susurration of the waves. Focus on a sequence of waves. See them rise, crest, and crash on the shore. Experience the ebb and flow of your own heartbeat and your own breath, your personal internal rhythms that align with the rhythms of the ocean shore.

Your self-guided imagery sessions may last for five or ten minutes. You could do these sessions daily or one or two times a week. Essentially, you're telling yourself a wonderful story that you experience in your mind's eye. Your self-guided imagery sessions are filled with beautiful images, sounds, and even music that provide an experience of peace, fulfillment, and happiness. Over time, the results include reduced stress, greater awareness, a heightened sense of presence and being-in-the-world, and improved health.

Regular Chiropractic Care and Mindfulness Techniques

Whether you're engaged in meditation, guided imagery, awareness practice, or breathing exercises, musculoskeletal aches, pains, soreness, and tension can interfere with what you're attempting to accomplish. Unless you're an advanced mindfulness student, these physical ailments can easily become the focus of attention and drain energy from your healing process.

Regular chiropractic care can provide effective solutions to these daily musculoskeletal stresses and strains. By detecting and correcting sources of nerve interference and spinal biomechanical dysfunction, regular chiropractic care restores optimal functioning and structural integrity to your body's skeletal and muscular framework. As a result, you're able to breathe more easily and fully, get more oxygen into your system, and deliver more healing nutrients to the regions of your body that need them the most. In this way, by helping to resolve and heal stumbling blocks to your concentration, focus, and attention, regular chiropractic care provides great benefit to every mindfulness practice.

  1. Zech N, et al: Efficacy, acceptability and safety of guided imagery/hypnosis in fibromyalgia - A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Eur J Pain 21(2):217-227, 2017
  2. Nooner AK, et al: Using Relaxation and Guided Imagery to Address Pain, Fatigue, and Sleep Disturbances: A Pilot Study. Clin J Oncol Nurs 20(5):547-552, 2016
  3. Charalambous A, et al: Guided Imagery And Progressive Muscle Relaxation as a Cluster of Symptoms Management Intervention in Patients Receiving Chemotherapy: A Randomized Control Trial. PLoS One  2016 Jun 24;11(6):e0156911. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0156911. eCollection 2016