Hydration – Why We Need It

Hydration is key to the body’s peak performance.  It’s ironic that the one thing Debbie Scaling Kiley needed was the one thing that was all around her as far as the eye could see, but wasn’t for the taking: water. Setting sail from Annapolis, Md., and headed for Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., the boat Kiley and her crew of four were on sank off the coast of North Carolina leaving them with no survival equipment and not a drop of fresh water.

Stranded at sea in a small life raft, the five survivors slowly started to dehydrate, and after several hours, dehydration set in.

“We sank at about 2 p.m.,” says Kiley. “By the next morning, we were thirsty, but the cold was more important than the thirst. Later that day, though, the thirst started to drive us crazy. It’s a longing like nothing I’d ever felt before; it’s nothing like being hungry. It’s torturous because there was nothing we could do, but we’d have done anything for water.”

By the third day, they were semidelusional, and that night, two of the men on the raft drank seawater to quench their thirst. The next day, in a delusional state, both men jumped overboard.

“By the fifth day, we were so thirsty, we were overwhelmed by it,” says Kiley. “We were at the point of believing we were going to die of dehydration. I’ve been told the human body can last absolutely no longer than seven days, but in many cases, as I believe was the case with us if we had stayed out there longer, a person can only last five or six days.”

On the fifth day, Kiley and one other survivor were rescued. They were immediately given ice cubes to suck on and IV fluids to re-hydrate them. Her story, compelling in so many ways, illustrates to the extreme the importance of water and fluids in our lives.

Water: Why We Need It

“Hydration is important because the body is comprised mostly of water, and the proper balance between water and electrolytes in our bodies really determines how most of our systems function, including nerves and muscles,” says Larry Kenney, PhD, a professor of physiology and kinesiology at Penn State.

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Brain Foods that Benefit Your Health

Eating right can have numerous health benefits.  In fact, eating what are referred to as brain foods can help you maintain a healthy brain!  Your brain uses more than 20% of your daily energy intake.  This means that your brain demands energy to work efficiently.  Therefore, the foods we consume have a major impact on brain function.  Certain foods have the power to keep your mind sharp and nourished.  Brain foods are known to improve your memory, mood, concentration, and even overall clarity.

One of the most popular brain foods are blueberries.  Blueberries are rich in antioxidants and improve memory function.  Researchers found that blueberries also have the power to help improve motor function, balance, and coordination.  Eating breakfast is essential to fueling your brain throughout the day.  Researchers recommend starting your day off with high-fiber whole grains, diary, and fruits.  Salmon is also known to help increase brainpower.  The omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon also have been known to help fight against Alzheimer’s disease.  Brain foods also include flax seeds, coffee, mixed nuts, avocados, eggs, whole grains, chocolate, and broccoli.  To find out more about brain foods and how they can help improve your memory, mood, and concentration, visit this site.

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The Benefits of Chiropractic Care

People often seek chiropractic care for back pain.  About 35% of Americans who visit chiropractors annually seek relief from back pain.  However, chiropractors also treat patients suffering from neck pain, headaches, injuries, muscle strains, arthritis and more.  Recent studies reveal that chiropractic care may be more effective than medication in relieving neck pain.  Chiropractic care also focuses on on-going preventive and wellness care.  It promotes overall health and wellness by reducing the stress and irritation of the spinal nerve roots.

Chiropractic care can help reduce pain, improve joint range of motion, and even enhance your quality of life.  Chiropractors seek to develop treatment plans for their patients that will optimize their overall health.  Instead of resulting to medication for a “quick-fix,” chiropractic care focuses on relieving your pain and developing a plan to prevent similar injuries from occurring.  In “Dynamic Chiropractic,” Dr. Charles Masarsky explains that chiropractic care may also have long-term health benefits.  He identifies these long-term benefits as, “Retention of lung capacity, improved visual acuity, reaction time and balance, and enhanced cardiovascular health.”  Chiropractic care provides both short-term and long-term health benefits.  To find out more information about how chiropractic care can benefit your health, contact Lavanga Chiropractic today!

Massage Benefits: Wellness You May Not Know About

Sometimes the relaxing period of time after getting a massage makes us forget that a regular massage benefits our health!  The most noticed benefit is the relaxation that follows immediately – you will even be asked to sit up slowly and take a glass of water before you are on your way out.  Massages are a great way to reduce stress and bring back tranquility and peace to your life – even if it is only for a short time during the actual massage.  The more unnoticed massage benefits include help for the following conditions:

  • Anxiety
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia related to stress
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Paresthesias and nerve pain
  • Soft tissue strains or injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Temporomandibular joint pain

Types of massage

Swedish massage is a gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and energize you.

Deep massage is among the more common.  This massage technique uses slower, more-forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, commonly to help with muscle damage from injuries.

Sports massage is similar to Swedish massage, but it’s geared toward people involved in sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries.

Trigger point massage focuses on areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse.

You masseuse can identify which form of massage will be best suited for your needs.  As with all other forms of pain relief and exercise, be sure to check with your doctor before you start a new regimen.  Read more about massage benefits here.

 

To enjoy massage benefits The Lavanga Group has to offer, and to schedule your massage, contact Lavanga Holistic Center today!  Now through February 14, 2015 single massages are only $59.00 or schedule a couples massage for $119.00(a $30.00 savings!).  What a great way to reconnect and simply be with your loved one!

Where Are You With Your Goals?

Are you on track with your goals for 2018? Life is so busy.  We get so entrenched in our daily task of living that we forget sometimes to take a step back and access where we are going.

Take moment today and evaluate where you are going. What is it your most want right now? What is a small action step you can take today to move your forward? What is it you wanted when the ball dropped on 2018 for your life and your goals? What do you want to have happen when the ball drops on 2019 for your life and your goals? Our time is our most precious resource we have because we don’t get it back.

Take some time today and write down where you are with you career, you finances, your health and your relationships.  What do you want to have happen in those areas of your life for the rest of the year? What are your goals in those areas? Who will you have to be to achieve your goals? What will you have to learn? Who can help you with those goals?

At The Lavanga Group we help specialize in helping people achieve their goals in all areas of their life.

Stress Management

Do you often feel overwhelmed and stressed out?  When you are stressed, your body responds by making hormones that speed up your heart.  This usually results in faster breathing and also bursts of energy, which is called the fight-or-flight stress response.

Feeling stressed is normal and sometimes even useful.  Stress can help you work hard or react quickly.  However, if stress happens too often or lasts too long, it can have negative impacts on your health.  Stress is liked to headaches, upset stomach, back pain, and trouble sleeping.

What can you do about stress?  Check out the following stress management techniques:

  • Find out what is causing stress in your life.
  • Look for ways to reduce the amount of stress in your life.
  • Learn healthy ways to relieve stress and reduce its harmful effects.

Massage Therapy is also a great way to relieve stress. Massage therapy has proven to boost energy and increase concentration.  “Massage therapy can be effective for a variety of conditions, including arthritis, lower back pain, insomnia, headaches, anxiety, circulatory problems, and recovery from a sports injury,” says Mary Beth Braun, President of the merican Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).  To read more about massage therapy for stress relief and much more, click here.

For more information about stress management techniques, contact the Lavanga Group today!

Lack of Sleep Can Impact Body Weight and Metabolism

New research has been presented at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society suggesting that losing just a half an hour of sleep can have a long term impact on body weight and metabolism. The study consisted of 522 patients who had recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. The participant’s height, weight, and waist circumference were measured and samples of their blood were also taken to analyze insulin sensitivity. The participants were then required to keep weekly sleep diaries, from which their sleep debt was calculated.

Those who had weekday sleep debt were identified to be 72% more likely to be obese, compared with those who had no weekday sleep debt. By the six month follow up the link between sleep debt and obesity and insulin resistance was found to be significant. It was calculated that for every 30 minutes of weekday sleep debt there was an associated 17% increased risk of obesity and 39% increased risk of insulin resistance.

The study suggest that future strategies designed to combat metabolic disease should also consider sleep and other factors affecting metabolic function.

Lead Professor Shahrad Taheri notes that, “sleep loss is widespread in modern society, but only in the last decade have we realized its metabolic consequences. Our findings suggest that avoiding sleep debt could have positive benefits for waistlines and metabolism and that incorporating sleep into lifestyle interventions for weight loss and diabetes might improve their success.”

If you are experiencing pain from lack of sleep, contact Lavanga Chiropractic today to find out how they can help!

Sleeping Position and Back Pain

Many people have trouble falling asleep at night.  For people who often have backaches, falling asleep can be extremely difficult.  To help prevent or reduce back pain, there are certain sleeping positions that are better than others.

Good Sleeping Positions:

  • Sleep in a neutral position.  In other words, do not arch your back too much and do not keep it completely flat.  If you prefer to sleep on your side, try placing a pillow between your knees.  This will help keep your top leg from falling over your bottom leg.  If you prefer to sleep on your back, place a pillow under your knees.
  • Try to sleep on your back.  Research shows that this is the best sleeping position to prevent neck and back pain.  Sleeping on your back helps to maintain the neutral position discussed above.  This sleeping position also helps to reduce acid reflux and minimize wrinkles.
  • The next best sleeping position is on your side.  This will help to prevent neck and back pain.  Sleeping on your side can benefit your overall health.  This sleeping position reduces acid reflux and snoring.  By sleeping on your side your spine stays elongated.  It’s also the most recommended sleeping position for women during pregnancy.

Bad Sleeping Positions:

  • Try not to sleep in the fetal position.  This sleeping position is not good for preventing neck and back pain.  The fetal position is especially bad if you have an arthritic back or joints.
  • The worst sleeping position is the stomach position.  If you are trying to avoid neck and back pain, do your best to avoid sleeping on your stomach.  This position puts pressure on joints and muscles, which makes it very difficult to maintain a neutral position.

If you are experiencing back pain, contact Lavanga Chiropractic to schedule an appointment today!

Sleep and your Mattress

Getting the right amount of sleep is important to our health.  In fact, a lack of adequate sleep over time can lead to a shortened lifespan.  In general, adults should get eight ours of sleep per night.  Many people believe that the need for sleep declines with age, however this is false.  Adults may be able to function with as little as six hours of sleep per night, but it is not recommended.

Sometimes falling asleep can seem impossible. One of the leading causes for sleepless nights can be attributed to your mattress.  In a four year-study, more than 16,000 nights of sleep were evaluated on 128 subjects.  This study looked at how different support levels of mattresses impacted the following: sleep, pain and daytime functioning.  This study by Research Triangle International and Drs. Andy Krystal and Jack Edinger from Duke University, found that even small differences in mattress support (soft, medium, firm) correlated with changes in sleep and pain.  The study revealed that mattresses really do matter when it comes to sleep.

Memory foam mattresses have been known to provide advanced comfort and support while sleeping.  However, this foam does not breathe well, which means it warms up with more exposure to your body heat.  Tempflow is a visco-elastic memory foam mattress that uses patented airflow circulation technology.  This technology allows your body heat to ventilate out of the mattress, while cooler air can flow through the layers.

To find out more information about Tempflow, contact Dr. Dan at the Lavanga Group today!

Exercise Improves Quality of Life

The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate activity each week.  One way to accomplish this is to workout for 30 minutes at least 5 days a week.  Exercise helps to boost mental wellness, improve physical wellness, and prolong your optimal health.  Engaging in physical activity helps to improve your overall quality of life and also helps encourage you to spend some time outdoors!  Finding an exercise that you enjoy can be difficult. One way to overcome this battle is to make exercise enjoyable!
Are you looking for a day filled with motivation and inspiration?  Join Lavanga employees in the Wounded Hero 5k on June 13  at 10:00am!
The Annual Wounded Hero 5K is an event located in Warminster Pennsylvania to bring the community together in a show of support for our nations wounded Heroes.  This fun filled patriotic family event includes the 5k, The Manion Mile walk, face painting, balloon clowns, moon bounce, food and live entertainment and most importantly our wounded Heroes as guest speakers!  All proceeds raised from this event will go towards Operation Ward 57‘s Honor & Courage Program.  For more information about the Wounded Hero 5K, click here.
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