2016-06-16 / Neighbors

Rolnick Chiropractic

Dr. Ellie’s Health Tips:

Health Tips of the Month: According to CBS Nightly News in a recent report, exercise improves memory and cognition, and helps stave off dementia. Strength training — and working your leg muscles in particular — has been shown to have a particularly strong impact on brain function and memory. Among seniors, engaging in medium-to-high intensity exercise can slow brain aging by as much as 10 years. Exercise also helps dispel depression — in many cases more effectively than antidepressants — and purges your body of stress chemicals associated with stress-related depression. “Older adults who reported either light or no exercise at all experienced a cognitive decline equal to 10 more years of aging when compared to people who were moderate to intense exercisers. ‘The number of people over the age of 65 in the United States is on the rise, meaning the public health burden of thinking and memory problems will likely grow,’ study author Dr. Clinton B. Wright ... said in a statement. ‘Our study showed that for older people, getting regular exercise may be protective, helping them keep their cognitive abilities longer.’”

Are you having a hard time sleeping at night? Research shows that the body’s natural sleep hormone (melatonin) levels decrease if you are exposed to bright light and electronic displays 2 hours before bedtime. Melatonin levels are supposed to increase in the evening for a good night’s sleep. Studies suggest that to have good night’s sleep, room temperature needs to be below 70 degrees, take a hot bath or shower 90 minutes before bedtime, do not use your computer (I-pad, Kindle etc) or watch TV 2 hours before bed, eliminate electromagnetic fields in the bedroom such as wireless devices. Keep your phone at least 10 feet from the bed, or shut it off entirely. Avoid caffeine and alcohol 4-6 hours before bed time. Nicotine due to its many other adverse health effect should be avoided at all costs, but nicotine is also a stimulant and will contribute to poor quality of sleep. Many of our patients report sleeping better simply by getting brain-based chiropractic adjustments.

For more information, call Rolnick Chiropractic at 207-283-1168 or check out our web page at www.rolnickchiropractic.com

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