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Are your kids getting enough water?

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With summer here it’s important to ensure your children (and you) are drinking lots of water.

More than half of children and teenagers in the United States might not be properly hydrated, according to a nationwide study from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. In fact, 54.5% of the students in the study had urine concentrations that qualified them as below their minimum daily water intake.

“I was surprised that almost one in four kids drank no water during the course of their day,” said lead author Erica Kenney, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Harvard Chan School.

Not all children and adolescents were equally dehydrated, according to the study. Boys surveyed were 76% more likely to be inadequately hydrated than girls, which was a statistically significant finding.

While mild dehydration typically isn’t life threatening, not drinking enough water could result in cognitive impairment, headaches and even nausea in severe cases, according to Dr. Anisha Patel, a pediatrician at the University of California, San Francisco.

For younger children, symptoms include fussiness, infrequent urination, dry mouth and a lack of tears when the child is crying. “Keeping kids hydrated can help them with learning and to perform better in school,” said Patel.

But how much water is enough? For kids and teenagers, daily water requirements vary quite a bit and depend on several factors, including age and activity level.

For total water intake, experts recommend that kids get the majority from drinking water, but also a small amount from food. Kids 1 to 3 years old need roughly four cups of drinking water daily. For kids 4 to 8, five cups is recommended a day. Once kids reach 9, the requirements differ by sex. For boys 9 to 13, eight cups of water is recommended daily, while girls need about seven cups.

“Children don’t have a highly developed thirst mechanism, so they’re especially vulnerable to becoming dehydrated,” said Dianne Ward, a professor of nutrition in the UNC Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health and director of the Intervention and Policy Division. “So parents need to remind their children to drink water,” Ward says.

All experts agreed that kids should steer clear of caffeinated and sugary beverages because these drinks contain other ingredients that don’t necessarily provide nutritional benefits. Even worse, beverages with caffeine are mildly diuretic, meaning they cause the body to produce more urine. This means that caffeine could even make dehydration worse.

The experts we spoke to all had one resounding message: schools need to do a better job of providing kids access to clean drinking water, and not just during lunch time.

At home, parents can start by setting by a good example: drinking primarily plain water to create a “culture of hydration,” said Ward. “Children shouldn’t even have to ask for water,” and younger children in child care should have clean drinking water available to them at all times.

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Chiropractic care is helping vets cope with pain

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For years, the military has worried that an over-reliance on prescription painkillers was putting both veterans and active-duty troops at risk of addiction, serious adverse reactions to the drugs, and accidental death. The problem was found to be greatest among veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan — particularly those with post-traumatic stress disorder — who, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, may have been given “inappropriate prescriptions” for opioids in a misguided attempt to quickly relieve their suffering.

Change appears to be coming as the military expands its use of treatments like Chiropractic care.

In fact, Dr. Robert D. Kerns, the national program director for pain management at the Department of Veterans Affairs, told the New York Times that the study “encourages” his department as well as the Pentagon’s health system, “to build on our existing initiatives.”

As more research pours in, Chiropractic care continues to gain supporters. A 2013 study published in the journal “Spine,” for example, found that 73 percent of participating active-duty military patients with acute low back pain receiving a combination of chiropractic treatment and standard medical care rated their global improvement as “pain completely gone,” “much better” or “moderately better.”

Just 17 percent in the same study who received only standard care said likewise.

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Do you suffer from Text Neck

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The daily use of cell phones, tablets and other devices is resulting in an alarming increase in pain, discomfort, and headaches for teenagers. This new syndrome is known as ‘Text Neck’ and is affecting thousands. The good news is that Chiropractic can help.

If you are suffering with ‘Text Neck’, call us first, then put the phone down and go for a walk.

2015 Masters Tournament Winner, Jordan Spieth, Credits Chiropractic Care for Good Health and Peak Performance

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Following a record-breaking win at the 2015 Masters Tournament, 21-year-old Jordan Spieth recognized those who significantly contributed to his victory, including his doctor of chiropractic Troy Van Biezen, Dallas, Texas. Since the age of 14, Spieth has relied upon chiropractic care to prevent injuries as well as optimize overall health and athletic performance.

“Dr. Van Biezen is an important member of my team and, thanks to his care, my all-time dream of winning the Masters Tournament has now become a reality,” states Jordan Spieth.

Noting that four out of five golfers experience back pain as a result of repetitive swinging, Dr. Van Biezen says, “Since a very young age, Jordan has aspired to win the Masters and has since applied great discipline to achieve this goal. Many athletes, and especially golfers, understand the significance to spinal and pelvic motion to functional performance.”

“Regular chiropractic care helps to alleviate back pain and greatly improve an athlete’s game,” states Dr. Van Biezen, a graduate of Parker University. “Back pain is the most common complaint among golfers, but isn’t the only pain experienced. Neck, shoulder, elbow and hip pain are also common complaints among golfers of all ages. Regular chiropractic care offers an effective non-pharmacologic solution for golfers seeking to rid themselves of pain and properly prepare for a successful and enjoyable game.”

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3 Simple But Effective Tricks To Keep Exercising

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Struggling with self-discipline doesn’t mean you have to raise the white flag and declare your efforts to improve your habits a complete failure. Instead, work to increase the chances that you’ll stick to your healthier habits – even when you don’t feel like it. These tricks can help you stick to your good habits over the long haul:

1. Plan ahead to reduce the excuses. When it comes to bad habits, we often look for excuses to give ourselves. Proper planning, however, makes it less likely that you’ll be able to find excuses to give up. Put your gym shoes next to the bed at night so you’ll see them first thing in the morning. Pack your lunch the night before so you can’t convince yourself you don’t have time. Look for strategies that will decrease your ability to make excuses for ditching your good habits.

2. Make it harder to give into temptation during a moment of weakness. We all have vulnerabilities that can sidetrack us from reaching our goals. Recognize the times when you’re most likely to give into temptation and make it harder for a single moment of weakness to sabotage your best efforts.

3. Create a list of all the reasons you should keep going. Giving in and giving up are decisions often made based on emotion, rather than logic. Reading a list of the reasons why it’s important to reach your goals can increase the likelihood that you’ll stick to your good habits.

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Strength training may prevent tension headaches

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Strength training might help prevent tension headaches, or at least reduce their pain. Researchers found that neck and shoulder muscles were up to 26 per cent weaker in people with regular tension headaches, compared with those without. They also saw strength imbalances between sets of muscles that hold the head straight.

People with tension-type headaches may feel like they have a tight band wrapped around their head but with less pain than is felt from cluster headaches or migraines, which tend to strike one side of the head. Cluster headaches are often accompanied by sinus congestion or runny nose, while migraines cause throbbing, moderate-to-severe pain and sometimes nausea and/or vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound.

The healthy people in the study had 26 per cent stronger neck extension (looking up) than those with tension-type headaches, but there was only a slight difference between groups in neck flexor (looking down) strength. As a result, the ratio of extension and flexion strength was 12 per cent larger in the healthy comparison group.

Past studies have also shown that forward-leaning head posture and weaker neck extension might be contributing to tension headaches.

The use of computers, laptops and tablets has increased in recent years, and this may increase the time sitting with a forward head posture.

Along with watching your posture, neck, shoulder and upper back exercises are key to strengthening your back muscles.

If you are unsure about what exercise is best for you, be sure to ask us.

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The Limits of Tylenol for Pain Relief

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Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is widely recommended for the relief of back pain and the pain of knee and hip arthritis. But a systematic review of randomized trials has found that it works no better than a placebo.

The review, published online in BMJ, found high quality evidence that Tylenol is ineffective in treating low back pain or disability. It also found evidence that the drug quadruples the risk of an abnormal liver function test, but the clinical significance of that finding is unclear.

Clinical guidelines from medical groups typically recommend acetaminophen for pain relief, but “the American guidelines were published in 2007, when the evidence was weaker,” said the senior author, Manuela L. Ferreira, an associate professor at the George Institute for Global Health in Sydney. “This new evidence — the highest quality evidence from papers all over the world — shows that it is time to review the recommendations on acetaminophen.”

The lead author, Gustavo C. Machado, added that patients should talk to their doctors and “discuss what are the best treatment options, and what are the risks and benefits. And they should be aware that this review shows that acetaminophen should not be recommended as a first line analgesic for these conditions.”

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