WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday Dec. 16, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: The root cause of your pneumonia risk revealed by: Lexie Wynn, staff writer | November 29, 2019 Pneumonia is one of the worst killers for older Americans ranking as the sixth leading cause of death in people 65 and older.  With numbers staggering up to one million hospitalizations from this illness each year, you’re lucky to make it through a winter season without catching this, if your health is sub-par. In many cases, being over the age of 65 increases the likelihood that nutrients will not be absorbed efficiently.  In fact, even with a healthy diet (at any age), malnutrition can still be an issue – making it difficult for some to even maintain a healthy body weight – especially if the body is saturated with toxins like, mercury or aluminum. Simply put, a poor nutritional status will greatly increase the risk of pneumonia, especially as we age. If you find yourself in this category of potential malnutrition, your fat-soluble vitamin levels may be too low. Check with an integrative physician to see if your current levels in a blood test reveal a problem. For example, studies have found that those with low levels of vitamin D were 2.6 times more likely to experience pneumonia compared to adults with normal levels. This is especially true for CAP (Community-acquired pneumonia) cases. Vitamin E is also found to have advantageous effects on CAP with 63% lower odds of re-hospitalization after having CAP pneumonia. NOTE: besides the nutrients list, to protect yourself during the wintertime you need a cool mist humidifier and a humidity gauge to keep the humidity between 40 and 60%. Sugar suppresses immunity so keep junk food at a minimum and get more fruits and vegetables. Keep your water intake high as the dry air will deplete your of water.

WELLNESS: How to Prevent and Treat Seasonal Affective Disorder Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that occurs seasonally, typically ramping up in the fall and winter months and disappearing come spring. Helpful treatments include optimizing your vitamin D and omega-3 levels, light therapy (including blue light exposure in the morning, but not later in the day), optimizing your sleep, the Emotional Freedom Techniques and exercise. Your health and mood are intricately tied to exposure to sunlight. For example, your serotonin levels (the hormone typically associated with elevating your mood) rise when you’re exposed to bright light. Your melatonin level also rises and falls (inversely) with light and darkness. Vitamin D deficiency is very common, and should be a top consideration when you’re looking for a solution to flagging mood and energy — especially if it occurs during fall and winter months. While light therapy can take up to four weeks before you notice improvement, it was shown to be more effective than antidepressants for moderate to severe depression in a 2015 study.

HEALTH TIPS: Don’t Drink Sugar Calories. …Eat Nuts. …Avoid Processed Junk Food (Eat Real Food Instead) …Eat Fatty Fish. …Get Enough Sleep. …Take Care of Your Gut Health With Probiotics and Fiber. …Drink Some Water, Especially Before Meals…. Don’t Overcook or Burn Your Meat….Avoid Bright Lights Before Sleep….Take Vitamin D3 if You Don’t Get Much Sun….Eat Vegetables and Fruits….Make Sure to Eat Enough Protein….Do Some Cardio, or Just Walk More….Don’t Smoke or do Drugs, and Only Drink in Moderation …Use Extra Virgin Olive Oil…Don’t Eat a Lot of Refined Carbohydrates…Don’t Fear Saturated Fat…Lift Heavy Things…Avoid Artificial Trans Fats….Use Plenty of Herbs and Spices….Take Care of Your Relationships… Allow the doctor inside full access to your organs and glands by removing communication blockage through regular chiropractic adjustments, the best foods in the world won’t help if you can’t digest them, properly absorb them and then utilize them at a cellular level. Chiropractic makes a difference, through regular adjustments you raise the level of health within your body.

FUNNY BONE: “I hate the radio this time of year because they play “All I Want For Christmas Is You” like, every other song. And that’s just not enough.”– Bridger Winegar@@ “I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store, and he asked for my autograph.”– Shirley Temple@@ “Let me see if I’ve got this Santa business straight. You say he wears a beard, has no discernible source of income and flies to cities all over the world under cover of darkness? You sure this guy isn’t laundering illegal drug money?”– Tom Armstrong@@ “Christmas is a time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell the government what they want and their kids pay for it.”– Richard Lamm@@ “The one thing women don’t want to find in their stockings on Christmas morning is their husband.”– Joan Rivers@@ “I bought my brother some gift wrap for Christmas. I took it to the gift wrap department and told them to wrap it, but in a different print so he would know when to stop unwrapping.”– Steven Wright