How bad do you really need caffeine?
Here’s a classic paradox of American society: while some health experts estimate that as many as 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated, caffeine consumption is on the rise. We are literally ignorning the one ingredient that nourishes every cell in our body while consistently stimulating our central nervous system with a psychoactive drug. In other words, we are ignoring natural energy and choosing fabricated energy. And the list of side-effects that caffeine consumption continues to grow:
- Contributes to sleep disorders
- Stomach irritation
- Headaches due to dependency
- Restlessness, nervousness and anxiety
- Can worsen symptoms of a number of conditions including diabetes, epilepsy and glaucoma
- Contributes to acclerated bone loss by increasing the amount of calcium that is disposed of through urine.
The fact is that everyone’s body interacts with caffeine differently. And while only you know if you are drinking too much caffeine on a daily basis, it is worth asking if you are drinking enough water. H2O, when properly consumed, can also boost energy and may actually help you perform even better than caffeine.
Carpal tunnel is a workplace concern
Carpal tunnel is classic repetitive strain. Office workers spend a significant percentage of their life in front of computers; often the only active parts of the body are the hands and fingers. As more jobs shift into white-collar office scenarios, it’s conceivable that this problem will grow unless we take preventative action. Already, as much as 5% of the working population is thought to suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome.
How easy is your body to ignore?
Drinking water, stretching regularly, remembering to exercise; in this busy world of ours, our healthy habits are often the first to fly out the window. Our smart phones, in the interest of optimizing our lives, notify us when it’s time to take a break from the computer, replenish our hydration or get up and stretch; it can lead us in these activities and keep track of our progress. In short, we can absolve ourselves of the responsibility of listening to our bodies. But the question is, if you were already ignoring your body to begin with, can’t you just as easily ignore a cell phone?
How we become spun out in time for Christmas dinner
The formula feels familiar: myriad holiday parties, marathon baking and cooking sessions, christmas shopping to fit in wherever; all of this on top of your already hectic work and home schedule. Forget exercise or diet, you are just trying to keep one step ahead of being completely burnt out. The holiday season has a way of turning up the stress that no other season can really lay claim to; if you are susceptible to this cycle, read on to find out how chiropractic can help balance body and mind this holiday season.
Holidays and back pain go together
Below we have brainstormed a quick list of Christmas-specific risk factors for your spine:
- The tree: everything from cutting it to setting it up and adorning it with ornaments. Trees are heavy! Take care to use proper form when lifting and moving.
- The shopping: stress leads to muscle tension; tight muscles pull your spine out of alignment.
- The lifting of young relatives: any lifting motions should be performed with care.
- The sitting around: lack of activity is a cardinal threat to your spinal health.
- The consumption of booze and other inflammatory ingredients
Go ahead and indulge this holiday season
Indulging is good for the soul; a single slice of pie can bring a measure of happiness that is hard to find elsewhere. But there is such a thing as diminishing returns on each consecutive slice of pie. And while overindulgence is symptomatic of the holiday season, it is always worth keeping things in perspective when it comes to your physical fitness. At Holmes Chiropractic, we are in the business of body balance- and the holiday season is a consistent challenge for the fitness of our patients. Here are some friendly holiday reminders from your chiropractor.