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August 4, 2011

3 Keys to Keeping Your Balance Powerful

Falling is more than likely something you think of as an “accident”.  Something that randomly happens when you least expect it because of a trip, slip or bump that you did not see coming.  However, did you know that in reality, falls are a leading cause of injury and hospitalization amongst people 65 years of age and older?  Many of these falls result in hip fractures, head injuries and, yes, even subluxation.  But did you also know that many of those falls could be prevented with one simple examination of your balance?

Chronic health conditions and persistent dis-ease can lead to risks of falling later in life.  (Falling being the result.)  Take two of the most common forms of preventable disease today: diabetes and hypertension.  Some of the symptoms of diabetes are vision impairment, desensitized nerves in the limbs (especially the legs and feet) that are both known and obvious factors in a person’s balance.  Hypertension drugs have known side effects that may cause drops in blood pressure and dizziness.  (Also known and obvious factors that affect a person’s balance.)  Many brain targeting drugs, especially sleep aids can affect balance.  Other factors that contribute to balance are muscle strength, posture, gait habits, inner ear function, nutrition, and flexibility.

Because we know that many factors can lead to unsteadiness or unexplained falls, it is important to examine if there is a negative health issue that is causing it.  It also puts one on notice that paying attention to and caring for ones health from the earliest possible age will result in preventative measures that keep you from avoiding any unnecessary missteps and falls throughout your life.

3 Keys to Proper Balance

1. Regular Chiropractic Examinations – If you are experiencing any on-going or persistent balance or reflex issues, bring it up with your chiropractor.  They will take you through a battery of neurological tests that will help you to understand your symptoms better and determine a prevention plan.  Chiropractors are trained to detect subluxation which affect your coordination, reflexes and your footing.

2. Get Your Move On – The power of regular exercise can do wonders for your body and brain. If you do at least 10 minutes of a vigorous movement (like a brisk walk or treadmill) and 10 minutes of purposeful stretching (like yoga or tai-chi) it will do wonders for your stance. This will help you to strengthen and lengthen your muscles, which will bolster good balance for years to come.

3.  Power EatingNutrition is the best way to enhance your overall health.  Feeding your brain, muscles and organs the right foods will help you to reap rewarding benefits of a steady step and a strong posture.  Be sure to add in lots of water and a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and grains that are as close to nature as possible to give you sustained energy, strength and stamina.

August 4, 2011

Quinoa Summer Salad

Recipe adapted by Chef Trisha

Prep Time: 25 min.                                                                               

Servings: 6-8

INGREDIENTS: Always use organic when possible.

Salad:

  • 1 Pint Quinoa Cooked and Cooled
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper (diced)
  • 1 Large Sweet Onion (julienne style or diced)
  • 1 Bunch Italian Parsley (chopped into bits)
  • 2 Medium Corn on the Cob (shucked, roasted and cut from cob)
  • Fresh Baby Spinach
  • Feta Cheese (to taste)

Directions:

  1. Mix salad together (except Feta and Spinach) in your salad bowl.
  2. Add dressing (see recipe below) and toss.  (to taste. you will have some left.)
  3. Turn in Feta and Spinach right before serving.

Make Your Own Dressing: (To make a bigger batch simply double recipe.)

  • ½ Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Honey (drizzled in and whisked to taste)
  • Natural Sea Salt and Pepper (to taste)
  • Cumin (to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp Olive or Coconut Oil (as much or as little to your taste

Directions:

  1. Whisk dressing ingredients, adding in oil slowly at the last step.

You Are What You Eat!

(A Short Bio on the Nutrient Density of the Main Ingredients)

 

Quionoa:         Rich in amino acids, a complete protein that includes all nine essential amino acids, good source of manganese, riboflavin, magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorous which is helpful to migraine sufferers and diabetics. An excellent grain rich in fibre and and antioxidants.

 

Spinach:          Rich in vitamin K, calcium, magnesium important for bone health, excellent source of vitamins C and A and beta-carotene which help reduce free radicals in your body and prevent cholesterol, excellent source of folate and magnesium which are great for heart health and lowering blood pressure, also promotes gastrointestinal health, contains anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer nutrients, great brain food, contains lutein for better eyesight, iron for energy and overall phytonutrient flavonoids that promotes optimal health.

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