2021 July Issue

How to Keep Your Brain Healthy

A healthy brain can help us solve problems, manage emotions, deal with stress, and unlock our goals in life. And just like we exercise other parts of our body, paying special attention to our brain to help keep it functioning optimally is important.

Here are a few tips:

• Avoid a high sugar diet, as it may increase your risk of dementia.
• Get enough rest—ideally, seven to nine hours each night. Inadequate sleep is linked to slower thinking.
• Keep your brain stimulated daily with games and puzzles. Engaging socially with friends and family is also great.
• Never stop learning. Continue to read about new things that interest you, learn a new skill, or pick up a hobby.

Want to do more for your brain health? Chiropractic adjustments are designed to restore balance and function to your nervous system. Call us to book an appointment.

Improve Your Well-Being With 30 Minutes of Fun

It would be impossible to describe the past year as “fun”. However, as we slowly find our new normal, it’s important that we restore the fun in our lives, too—and science agrees. Scheduling 30 minutes of fun each day is great for our well-being. Here’s why.

It may improve your relationship. As we age, we get lost in the day-to-day routine of life and miss out on new opportunities. Partaking in a new activity with your partner that induces laughter is a great place to start.

Fun can encourage movement. Physical activity releases dopamine, serotonin and other feel-good endorphins. Physical movement doesn’t have to be intense—you can try things like gardening, swimming, or a walk around the block.

You’ll laugh more. When we’re having fun, we naturally laugh. It’s long been said that laughter is the best medicine as it’s an antidote to stress. Individuals who laugh frequently tend to show fewer negative feelings in stressful situations.

What “fun” will you be adding to your life this month?

Source:
*Gottman Research Institute, Seattle

What Makes a Supportive Shoe?

When it comes to shoes, many people often pick trends and fashion over function and support. Wearing unsupportive shoes can actually cause problems beyond blisters and sprains, like back pain. Since the feet are the base of your body, it’s important to support them properly.

The next time you’re in the market for a new, everyday shoe, here are a few important things to consider to help keep your feet (and spine) happy.

1. Choose a shoe that’s the right size. Your feet and toes shouldn’t feel tightly packed, but have just enough room to wiggle around.
2. Look for shoes that are flat. This helps avoid improper weight distribution and allows the natural roll-through process of your foot to occur when moving.
3. Find a flexible sole. You can test for this by bending the shoe at the heel and toe.

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