Weekly Health Update:

Mental Attitude
Drinking Water Boosts Brain Performance. New evidence reveals that even mild dehydration has a negative effect on the brain's performance. Thirty four subjects were tested for memory, attention, learning, and reaction time on two mornings: once after they had consumed a cereal bar and water, and once after eaten a cereal bar only. Researchers found reaction times were up to 14% faster after drinking water, especially for those who felt thirsty. 
Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, July 2013

Health Alert
Higher Risk of Asthma If Overweight. Researchers recently examined the health records of over 600,000 children between the ages of 6 and 19. The study revealed that children who were overweight were 1.16 times more likely to develop asthma compared to children who were of a normal weight. Moderately obese children were 1.23 times more likely to develop the condition, and extremely obese children were 1.37 times more at risk. With this knowledge, health care providers must work to develop programs to prevent asthma in high-risk groups. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are currently 7.1 million children in the United States suffering from asthma. 
American Journal of Epidemiology, August 2013 

Another Good Reason For Women To Eat Lots of Fruits and Vegetables! Data collected over 12 years from over 185,000 adults found that the women who consumed the most fruits and vegetables were least likely to be diagnosed with invasive bladder cancer. 
Journal of Nutrition, June 2013

Weight Lifting. Resistance training increases muscle strength, endurance, independence, and the ability to perform a wide range of activities. It reduces disability and improves quality of life. Other benefits include an increase in bone density and lean body mass. 
Circulation, July 2007

Chiropractic For Neck and Arm Pain. A case study of a 60-year-old patient with a herniated disk in the neck region with radicular pain received chiropractic adjustments, cervical traction, and electrical muscle stimulation. After three weeks of treatment, the patient’s neck pain had resolved. At six weeks, the radicular pain was 60% improved. By five months, the patient’s numbness and grip strength were returned to normal. The study's authors concluded conservative chiropractic adjustments seem to be a reasonable alternative to surgery for cervical radiculpathy caused by a herniated disk. 
Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics, February 1994 

Taking Vitamin D Supplements Reduces Fall Rates. A review of people aged 65 and older who took vitamin D supplements or placebos revealed a reduction in fall risk of 19% in people who took at least 700 international units (IU) of vitamin D per day. The reviewers also noticed that the reduction in fall risk was only seen in people who achieved a vitamin D blood level of at least 60 nanomoles per liter. 
British Medical Journal, October 2009 

“Life is like riding a bicycle. 
To keep your balance, 
you must keep moving.” 
~ Albert Einstein 

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