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April 2017

Hello, and welcome to this month’s article! With things warming up, it’s a good time of year to make sure you’re drinking plenty of pure, refreshing water.

Staying hydrated is vital to your health. This month’s lead story shares another important water-related health benefit—handling stress.

One of the objectives for this column is to share recent health-related studies, so you’ll have more information to help you make informed choices. As science advances, we sometimes find that things we always knew to be true are now in question. Hopefully these health articles will inspire you toward greater health and happiness.

Of course, massage is the great support tool that can help your body do its job better, so schedule your next session. See you soon!

Here’s Why You NEED to Drink Water When You’re Stressed
by Claire Nowak

Some stress symptoms we know all to well: headaches, difficulty concentrating, acne breakouts. But did you know dehydration also has a close relationship to stress?

It all has to do with your adrenal glands. These small glands (found on the top of both kidneys) produce hormones that regulate your immune system, metabolism, and other important functions. One of those hormones is cortisol, which gives you the energy to handle stress or fear, as part of our fight-or-flight instinct.

But what if the pressure from your stress doesn’t let up? Prolonged stress can lead to adrenal fatigue, and your worn-out glands function less than normal, Robert Kominiarek, DO, a board certified family physician in Ohio told health.com. That means they produce fewer hormones, including aldosterone, which regulates fluid and electrolyte levels in the body. When there’s less aldosterone, electrolyte levels drop, and you get dehydrated. Plus, being dehydrated can increase cortisol levels. While increased cortisol levels isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it becomes a problem when your body doesn’t physically respond to its fight-or-flight mechanism. In other words, if cortisol levels increase, and stressed-out you does nothing about it, it will build up and lead to a host of problems, including depression and mental illness. Basically, you’re stuck in a cycle of stress and thirst.

So the next time you start feeling overwhelmed, take a breath and take a drink of water. Increasing your fluids can help reduce immediate stress. ...

Source: www.msn.com

For the first time ever, bottled water has overtaken soda as the most popular beverage in the country. Americans bought 12.8 billion gallons of bottled water in 2016, up almost 9 percent since 2015—and some 400 million gallons more than the 12.4 billion gallons of carbonated soft drinks they consumed.

—USAToday.com

5 Ways Massage Can Improve Your Health

1. Reduce stress—The longterm effects of stress can take emotional and physical tolls. Massage therapy may relieve stress and conditions associated with it, such as tension headaches.

2. Get better sleep—Research indicates that massage can improve sleep in those with lower back pain, fibromaylgia, insomnia, pain and other health conditions.

3. Boost mental health and wellness—Research suggests that symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression (all associated with mental health) may be directly affected with massage therapy.

4. Manage pain—Pain can negatively affect a person’s quality of life and impede recovery from illness or injury. Research shows massage can help low-back pain, headaches, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and more.

5. Increase range of motion—Elite and recreational athletes alike can benefit from massage therapy. Massage can help reduce muscle tension, improve exercise performance and prevent injuries.

Source: www.amtamassage.org

Eat produce, live longer

People striving to improve their health by eating more fresh produce may want to double down on their efforts. After analyzing 95 studies on diet and well-being, researchers from Imperial College London have concluded that we should be aiming to eat 10 portions of fruit and vegetables a day, rather than the five portions recommended by the World Health Organization. They found that daily consumption of 28 ounces of fresh produce was associated with a 33 percent reduced risk of stroke, a 13 percent drop in cancer risk, and a 31 percent lower risk for premature death. “Fruit and vegetables have been shown to reduce cholesterol levels and blood pressure, and to boost the health of our blood vessels and immune system,” the study’s lead author, Dagfinn Aune, tells TheGuardian.com. These benefits may be linked to valuable nutrients found in fresh produce, such as fiber, glucosinolates, and antioxidants, which can help prevent DNA damage.

The WEEK 3/16/17

65% of American workers dream about their jobs. 47% say that thinking about work keeps them up at night.

—Harris/CareerBuilder

Unhealthy dietary fads

People are trying all sorts of dietary changes to improve their health, but many of these fads may do more harm than good. Researchers from several U.S. institutions reviewed 25 studies, covering tens of thousands of people over 40 years. They concluded that the most effective diet for reducing the risk of heart disease is one high in fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and seeds—and very low in sodium, added sugars, refined grains, and fats. But they warned that people should be wary of certain nutrition fads. Coconut oil, an increasingly popular alternative to olive oil, is loaded with artery-clogging saturated fat. Juicing fruit and vegetables can remove valuable fiber and other nutrients. And there is no evidence that avoiding gluten helps with weight loss—in fact, gluten-free foods are often higher in processed carbohydrates than whole grains. “If you are gluten-sensitive, allergic, or have celiac disease, you should avoid gluten,” Andrew Freeman, lead author of the review, tells ABCNews.com. “Otherwise, gluten is not necessarily the enemy.”

The WEEK 3/16/17


The high value put upon every minute of time,
the idea of hurry-hurry as the most important objective of living,
is unquestionably the most dangerous enemy of joy.
—Hermann Hesse


The content of this article is not designed to replace professional medical advice. If you’re ill, consult a physician.
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