Happy Holidays, and welcome to this month’s article! It’s that time of year again, time to prepare for the busy holiday season. Try to make your plans early, so you can stay in better control of your schedule.
The holidays are a time best spent with those you love, for what is more important in life than the relationships that mean the most to us? Hopefully you’re able to spend some relaxing moments this year with those special people in your life.
As busy as life can be this time of year, it’s more important than ever to take good care of yourself. By getting your next massage, you’ll be helping yourself to stay healthy, reduce your stress levels, and feel your best.
This month’s article shares more good massage news and other health news that you should find both helpful and enlightening.
Have a wonderful holiday season; see you soon!
Massage can help to relieve allergies
By Gina Kraman
Allergy sufferers have another tool to fix their itchy, watery eyes, sinus pressure, and other seasonal discomforts without popping pills: massage.
Scientific studies of “psycho-neuro-immunology” document the connection between massage and healing, including allergies, explains Dr. Julie Kotiw, DC. In addition to being a chiropractor, certified massage therapist, and registered yoga teacher, Kotiw teaches massage therapy classes.
She says, “Stress is a major trigger that can aggravate symptoms of allergies, among other ailments. Stress, which is anything that disrupts the body’s balance, can overwhelm the nervous system, which can cause the immune system to not function at its highest level.”
Kotiw explains that allergic reactions happen when a sufferer’s immune system reacts to what are normally harmless substances in the environment. His or her immune system gets confused, and stress can worsen this confusion:
“Massage therapy can help to relieve stress from the nervous system, which can help the immune system function properly, so people can recover and feel better.”
Massage therapy works best on allergies with drainage issues. “Massage gets the circulation going, which relieves pressure caused from built-up fluid in the head and neck,” Kotiw says...
She cites another expert, Dr. Candace Pert, who believes that “we could replace 90% of mainstream medicine with a weekly massage."
Pert, Ph.D. and visiting professor at the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience at Rutgers University, expounded on the mind/body connection in the recent Massage Therapy Journal. She believes that the process of manipulating the skin through massage releases chemicals that program the whole body.
Enjoy a Low-Stress Holiday Season!
Reevaluate your goals— Having a clear picture of what you want to accomplish in life can help you to stay focused and avoid stressful distractions.
Lighten your load— You can only do so much; make sure the responsibilities you assume aren’t more than you can handle.
Don’t let life get too serious— It’s much easier to succeed when you can make what you’re doing fun. Turn your activities into games you can win!
Spend time with people you like— Being involved with people that are important to you can enhance your well-being.
Schedule a massage!— Nothing reduces stress and supports your health like a soothing massage, so be sure to make self care a high priority.
Beware of artificial sweeteners— Artificial sweeteners, among the most common food additives in the world, may be contributing to obesity rather than preventing it, reports the Financial Times. In a series of experiments, Israeli scientists found that exposure to three sweeteners widely used in low-calorie snacks and beverages—saccharin, sucralose, and aspartame—raised blood sugar levels in mice and increased their risk of glucose intolerance, a condition that often leads to obesity and diabetes. When the researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science then gave a regular dose of saccharin to seven human volunteers who did not typically use sweeteners, four of them developed glucose intolerance. Previous studies have suggested that certain artificial supplements can give consumers a “sweet tooth,” making them more likely to seek out sugary foods, but this research suggests that sweeteners might actually alter the body’s metabolism to make weight gain more likely. Sweeteners, the report found, “may have directly contributed to enhancing the exact epidemic that they themselves were intended to fight.”
Source: The WEEK, Oct 2, 2014
A simple way to prolong life— To delay aging, spend more time standing up. That's the surprising conclusion of a new study by Swedish scientists, reports The Daily Telegraph (U.K.). Researchers at Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm took blood samples from a group of sedentary, overweight men and women, all 68 years old, and measured the length of their telomeres—caps on the ends of DNA that generally shorten and fray with age. Half the volunteers were started on a moderate exercise program and told to sit less, while the other half were told to continue their normal lives. When the scientists took second blood tests six months later, they found that the telomeres in the "normal" group had shortened, as expected, but those in the exercise group had actually grown longer—their cells had become physiologically younger. Even more surprising, this wasn't because of the exercise regime: The telomeres of the volunteers who worked out the most tended to grow less and sometimes even shortened. The most beneficial factor was time spent standing up. The less time people spent sitting down, the more their telomeres grew. "Formal exercise may be increasing, but at the same time people spend more time sitting,” said co-author Mai-Lis Hellenius. “Sitting and sedentary behavior [may be] an important and new health hazard of our time."
Source: The WEEK, Oct 2, 2014
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