WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Nov. 4, 2013

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

DIET: OREOS ARE FOUND TO BE AS ADDICTIVE AS COCAINE When you eat refined processed sugars, they trigger production of your brain’s natural opioids — a key ingredient in the addiction process. Your brain essentially becomes addicted to stimulating the release of its own opioids as it would to morphine or heroin. As reported by Connecticut college: “…Oreos activated significantly more neurons than cocaine or morphine. ‘This correlated well with our behavioral results and lends support to the hypothesis that high-fat/ high sugar foods can be thought of as addictive,’ said Schroeder. Indeed, scientific research into the addictive nature of certain foods, combined with shocking “insider” exposés,tells us that Americans are not necessarily lacking in self control when it comes to their food consumption. Rather, food companies have perfected food concoctions that are addictive. And they know it.

WELLNESS: SLEEP IS CRITICAL FOR BRAIN DETOXIFICATION, GROUNDBREAKING RESEARCH FINDS How to Optimize Your Sleep: Avoid watching TV or using your computer at night This tricks your brain into thinking it’s still daytime, thereby shutting down melatonin secretion. Sleep in complete darkness, or as close to it as possible. Even the slightest bit of light in the room can disrupt your internal clock and your pineal gland’s production of melatonin and serotonin. Keep the temperature in your bedroom no higher than 70 degrees F. Studies show that the optimal room temperature for sleep is between 60 to 68 degrees. Take a hot bath 90 to 120 minutes before bedtime. This increases your core body temperature, and when you get out of the bath it abruptly drops, signaling your body that you are ready for sleep. Check your bedroom for electro-magnetic fields (EMFs). These can disrupt your pineal gland and the production of melatonin and serotonin, and may have other negative effects as well. Move alarm clocks and other electrical devices away from your bed. If these devices must be used, keep them as far away from your bed as possible, preferably at least three feet.

CHIROPRACTIC: CHIROPRACTIC SUCCESS WITH KIDS: Jacob W. “My son has ADHD. Jacob was uncontrollable and never listened. Since he’s started chiropractic care, he listens and follows directions. He completes his homework and we are much happier as a family.”–Alexa K. “Chiropractic has helped me with my hip dysplasia and my balance. Before I tried chiropractic, I used to have trouble performing gymnastics stunts. I would always go to the left or stop after my round-off because I couldn’t do my back flip. Since starting chiropractic care, my balance is better and I’m even winning awards!”– Kestyn J. “Chiropractic adjustments helped my daughter have regular bowel movements and helped her overcome acid reflux and allergies.”

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