Ventura Spine & Nerve Center March 2019

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MARCH 2019

RELIEVING THE STRESSES OF DAILY LIFE

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can cause acid reflux as well as exacerbate symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease. Many studies show that stress messes with your immune system, which may be why you’re likely to come down with a cold after a crunch time at school or work — or even on the first day of your vacation. Stress can even muddle your brain. You can see that it’s important to consistently monitor your stress level. Besides hugging a dog, here are other ways to manage stress. • When you eat the right foods, you balance blood sugar, restore hormonal robbing molecules like caffeine, alcohol, and refined sugars. Replace those foods with clean protein, healthy fats, leafy and cruciferous vegetables, berries, and nongluten grains. balance, and reduce the damaging impact of stress. Eliminate mind- Find and correct the biological or chemical sources of problems with the mind. This can include mercury toxicity, magnesium and vitamin B12 deficiencies, and gluten allergies. Find active relaxation that works for you. Whether that means deep breathing or a simple leisurely walk, do it. Make movement your drug: Exercise is a powerful, well-studied way to burn off stress chemicals and heal the mind. Take multivitamins and nutrients to help balance the stress response, such as vitamin C; the B-complex vitamins; zinc; and most importantly, magnesium, the relaxation mineral. • • • •

On Valentine’s Day, Susan and I celebrated the two-year anniversary of rescuing our dog, Pippi, from the animal shelter. It’s an appropriate day to receive the gift of unconditional love. She has brought us so much happiness, and there’s nothing better than seeing her wagging her tail, full of joy, when we arrive home. All the stresses of the day melt away. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, most of us have too much stress in our lives, especially during the prime productivity and child-rearing ages of 18–55. Life is about creating your own happiness by finding elements of joy wherever you can. It’s all about managing the ebb and flow of being a human being. As we have seen with Pippi, dogs can be an incredibly powerful part of weaving consistent delight into your daily life — the kind of delight that allays insecurities, calms worry, and lifts your spirits when hope seems elusive. At the Ventura Spine & Nerve Center, we’re on a quest to restore hope and health to others and help people battle the physical, chemical, and emotional stresses that can wreak havoc on a person’s health and take away the desires of a quality-filled life. Severe stress — the kind that continues for months or years — is more likely to lead to serious illness than short-term stressors are if left unchecked. Studies have shown that chronic stress is linked to increased inflammation in the body, which is thought to underlie many diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, and autoimmune disorders. Stress also affects your digestive tract. As a result, stress

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Prioritize sleep, and if you feel like you’re not getting high-quality shut-eye, find strategies to improve it. Proper spinal alignment with consistent chiropractic care helps negate some of the effects of stress and prevents long- term damage to the body. When the spine is misaligned, the nervous system is unable to properly send messages through the body. Better spinal alignment means better communication and increased system efficiency. You may also see other changes such as a better mood, less insomnia, and improved posture and self-image. Chiropractic adjustments release muscle tension, soothe irritated spinal nerves, and improve blood circulation. These changes can often alert the brain to switch off the fight-or-flight response so the body can return to a more relaxed state. While it’s impossible to completely eliminate stress, it’s important to do everything you can to negate the effects of stress on your body so you can live a drug-free, quality- filled life. We’re here to help. –Dr. Steven Alff, D.C. 1 (805) 648-7987

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