WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday May 20, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: Learn More About Lutein’s Health Benefits Roughly 15 to 47 percent of the total carotenoid content in dark green leafy vegetables is composed of lutein. Your body needs antioxidants from foods and high-quality supplements to retain overall health and protect against infections and diseases. There are different types of antioxidants, each with its own functions and benefits. One is lutein, a carotenoid antioxidant, whose name is derived from the Latin word “luteus,” meaning “yellow.” Lutein is most known for improving your vision and assisting in fighting age-related eye diseases like cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. Green leafy vegetables are abundant in this antioxidant, with lutein comprising 15 to 47 percent of their total carotenoid content. However, you can also find lutein in orange-, yellow- and red-colored fruits and vegetables. Examples of lutein-rich foods to include in your meals are Spinach, Kale, Turnip greens, Swiss chard, Mustard greens, and Watercress. Research has also linked lutein to benefits for your heart, brain, and lungs. Helps improve cognitive function in young adults •Helps improve brain structure — An Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology study confirmed that lutein and zeaxanthin assisted in maintaining the integrity of your brain’s white matter. •May increase youthful neural responses — This Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience article showed that a healthy diet loaded with lutein-rich foods helped promote better neural responses.•May protect human retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells — According to this study published in Antioxidants, lutein and lycopene helped enhance eye health by reducing the risk for oxidative stress-caused RPE cell loss and inhibiting the cell growth in undifferentiated RPE cells.•Promote autophagy — This article in The American Journal of Chinese Medicine suggested that lutein may induce autophagy and help shield your body against certain stresses.•Optimized bone health — A study published in Foods highlighted that enhanced levels of macular pigment optical density (MPOD) have a role in promoting better bone health. Carotenoids like lutein and zeaxanthin greatly aid in improving eye health, especially your MPOD, and may induce bone-beneficial abilities.

WELLNESS: Pleasant Smells Can Curb the Urge to Smoke Your sense of smell plays a role in modulating behavior and interpersonal relationships; smokers report a reduction in cravings after smelling pleasant odors. Smells also called olfactory clues, play a significant role in your memories and in your sense of taste. Loss of smell may be one of the initial symptoms of a degenerative neurological disease. Your sense of smell has an impact on your psychological health and how well others are treated, potentially since odors affect the amygdala involved in emotion and the hippocampal system involved in long-term memory. Smoking damages your lungs, cardiovascular system, and cognition; however, while vaping is perceived to be safe, it carries additional long-term dangers affecting the same systems and, if used, should be for a short time to quit smoking. Additional strategies to help you quit smoking are getting healthy first to support your efforts, eating a nutritionally balanced diet, exercising and finding a healthy emotional outlet. NOTE: Ask at the front desk for our stop smoking handout.

CHIROPRACTIC: Did you know a nerve in the spinal cord will communicate up to five different nerves that send information out to your body. Just the pressure of a dime on the back of your hand can decrease the nerves of your spinal cord the ability to communicate by 40%, that’s why misalignments can cause such a problem. There are two basic types of nerves, ones that send information out to the organ, gland or the muscle and one that brings information back from the body to the central nervous system for processing. Outgoing nerves do not perceive any pain only sensory nerves can communicate pain. If you carry pressure on a nerve long enough the organ, gland, or muscle will start to malfunction. Your body knows exactly what to do to maintain your health it just needs to communicate with every part of your body and it needs the building blocks to make healthy tissue cells, enzymes, antibodies, and hormones. Every “drug” that you needs your body can make and it rarely causes side effects. Even your brain and spinal cord need nerve supply and so one level will enervate another level. When your structure is out of balance it put stress on your nervous system as a whole. As we bring your structure back into balance your body will begin to function a lot better and most patients can feel that with better energy, feeling more relaxed and sleeping better. You have a doctor inside, in chiropractic we call that innate intelligence and your body’s intelligence can keep you well so take care of your body.

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