Welcome to this month’s article! How are you doing?
Some fun, summer reading... This month’s issue features a collection of interesting facts about your health and your body. Enjoy!
And make the most of your summer with a relaxing massage; see you soon for your next appointment. Until then, take care.
Three Great Health-Boosting Hints
Drink plenty of water daily
The Details: Our bodies are said to consist of anywhere from 45-75% water, so it should be no surprise that it is one of the key components to good health. The amount you are encouraged to consume daily will vary from source to source, so rather than give you a concrete amount ... simply always choose water. Instead of succumbing to the temptation of a more ‘tasty’ alternative, save your body the hassle of having to draw the water from the mixture and instead get it more directly.
The Benefits: Aside from hydrating the body for general functionality, drinking enough water is also great for flushing out toxins within the body. Use your urine as an indicator, the more yellow the urine, the more toxins you generally carry. Drink more water and monitor your results.
Added Bonus: Check your water source and do whatever is financially feasible to give yourself access to the cleanest water possible. Public water systems can contain fluoride, chlorine, pharmaceuticals and other unwanted chemicals that many existing systems can remove. The cleaner the water, the greater the benefits.
Take some deep full breaths throughout the day
The Details: Breath is undoubtedly the source of all life and yet so many of us don’t take the time to breathe properly. Take the time to practice at least a couple of deep breaths daily. Again there are conflicting theories on an adequate amount, but at a minimum take at least 2-3 deep breaths 3 times daily. These breaths exist of nothing more than a filling of the lungs, a tiny suspension and a full release of that same air.
The Benefits: Deep breathing is said to be great for releasing tension and toxins, as well as massaging the organs and assisting with digestion.
Drink a glass of warm water with a squeeze of lemon daily
The Details: Simply boil a mug of hot water and squeeze lemon into it based on your preferred amount.
The Benefits: Helps to coat and cleanse the throat to help prevent any form of ailment or even voice loss. The lemon also helps to boost your immune system, clear your skin and balance your pH level due to its alkaline properties.
Added Bonus: Drinking warm or room temperature beverages instead of cold is a lot less harsh on the body to process. So look to make non-chilled beverages your regular choice as much as possible
Massage: Get in touch with its many benefits
By Mayo Clinic Staff
Massage is generally considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. It’s increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations.
Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.
While more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage, some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:
- Digestive disorders
- Insomnia related to stress
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Paresthesias and nerve pain
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Sports injuries
- Temporomandibular joint pain
The real secret of long life—
Having a sense of purpose may add years to your life—and the benefit can be realized throughout adulthood. That’s the conclusion of a long-term study that tracked the physical and mental health of more than 6,100 Americans aged 20 to 75. Previous research has shown purposefulness to be one of the strongest predictors of longevity, but this is the first time its impact on mortality has been isolated from other influences. At the outset, participants’ sense of purpose was assessed according to their response to statements such as “Some people wander aimlessly through life, but I am not one of them.” They also answered questions about their emotional state and the quality of their relationships. Over the 14-year study period, 569 participants (roughly 9 percent of the group) died, and those subjects had all scored lower than their counterparts when it came to purposefulness. The findings held even after controlling for factors such as positive outlook, suggesting that purpose itself drives longevity. “Finding a direction for life, and setting overarching goals for what you want to achieve,” Carleton University psychology professor Patrick Hill tells BBC.com, “can help you actually live longer, regardless of when you find your purpose.”
— THE WEEK Vol 14 Iss 670
Your amazing body...
- In the adult human body, there are 46 miles of nerves
- It takes 25 muscles to swallow
- In an average lifetime, a person will walk the equivalent of 3 times around the world
- More people are allergic to cow’s milk than any other food
- An average pair of feet sweats a pint of perspiration a day
- When you stub your toe, your brain registers pain in 1/50 of a second
- People ages 50 and older can add three years to their lives by exercising
- You burn 3.5 calories each time you laugh
Source: This Book of More Perfectly Useless Information by Mitchell Symons
It's a sure sign of summer if the chair gets up when you do.
— Walter Winchell
The content of this article is not designed
to replace professional medical advice. If you’re ill, consult a physician.
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