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Avoid Body Drought — How to Prevent Dehydration

BodyDrought_SOCIt’s in every living cell, tissue and organ, and it’s second only to oxygen as the thing we need most to survive—pure, clean water. We can’t live without it, and we can’t live well without enough of it. We are constantly in need of water as we lose water with every breath and every activity of the body. We are especially at risk for dehydration when we exercise or we are ill—this is when dehydration, even mild dehydration, can take its toll, causing you to feel tired and drained of energy. Anyone may become dehydrated, but young children, older adults and people with chronic illnesses are most at risk.

Dr. Julie Scarano, a doctor of chiropractic who is trained in prevention and wellness (in addition to providing care for neuromusculoskeletal conditions such as neck or back pain, for which chiropractors are most well known) believes it’s better to prevent dehydration than to treat it. She also reminds you that the 23 intervertebral discs in your spine have high water content and that dehydration can be associated with spinal pain.

Here are some preventative tips to help avoid dehydration:

•    Choose your beverages wisely. Avoid or limit fruit juices, sodas, alcohol and high-sugar sports drinks.

•    Drink a glass of water during and between meals, as well as before, during and after exercise.

•    Plan outdoor activities for cooler parts of the day.

•    Eat foods that are high in water content, such as fruits and vegetables.

•    Make water your go-to beverage of choice.

For more tips and information and to find a doctor of chiropractic near you, visit www.F4CP.org/findadoctor.

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Reclaim Your Life With Immune-Boosting Supplements

Now more than ever, it is important to make good decisions about your health. COVID-19 and its variant descendants will likely be a part of life for years to come. Doing your best to maintain a healthy immune system protects you, your family and your community, even as the pandemic fades into the background.The ongoing pandemic has highlighted the importance of making good choices for your health. Many people remain fearful and anxious, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Taking care of yourself is the best way to move forward and reclaim your life. A strong immune system activates your body’s natural defenses to block the activity of a virus and stop it from spreading. Following a healthy lifestyle can help you support and maintain a healthy immune system. This means eating well and exercising regularly. However, anyone who is especially concerned about immune system support, such as older individuals and those with pre-existing health conditions, may want to consider oral supplements.The QuadraMune supplement is for anyone who wants extra immune system support to help protect themselves not only from COVID-19 viruses, but also from other germs and illnesses that are constantly circulating.QuadraMune is an all-natural supplement that is clinically proven to help promote a healthy and fully functioning immune system by enhancing the activity of Th1 cells and suppressing inflammation. The easy-to-take oral capsules contain several key ingredients that have demonstrated immune system support.- Pterostilbene. This natural dietary compound has demonstrated antioxidant activity and inflammatory properties. It also is found in lower concentrations in such nutritional superfoods as blueberries, almonds and grape leaves.- Epigallocatechin gallate. This powerful antioxidant plant compound has been getting attention for its antioxidant properties and potential ability to help protect the lungs and promote healthy T cell activity.- Sulphoraphane. This natural plant compound has been shown to help reduce inflammation. This feature may help protect your lungs and reduce your vulnerability to respiratory infections. QuadraMune also contains an active ingredient that is chemically related to hydroxychloroquine, but with no prescription needed. Visit buyquadramune.com for more information about QuadraMune and how you can be confident, stay healthy and enjoy life. 

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Peanuts Pack a Tasty Protein Punch

– Now more than ever, health and wellness are on everyone’s mind. To support your immune system, it’s important to follow a healthy diet that includes vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein. One easy way to get plant-based protein is from peanuts and peanut butter. Peanuts are known as a superfood because they deliver significant nutritional value in a small amount. One serving of peanuts is an ounce or approximately 35 peanuts and a serving of peanut butter is two tablespoons. Just one serving of peanuts delivers seven grams of protein, 19 vitamins and minerals, fiber and heart-healthy fats.”Studies conducted in the United States and around the world reveal that eating peanuts regularly helps prevent disease, improves life expectancy and delivers positive effects throughout the body,” says Dr. Samara Sterling, a nutrition scientist and research director with The Peanut Institute.”When you have foods such as peanuts and peanut butter that deliver plant protein, fiber and healthy fats, you’re making a smart choice that will keep you feeling full and help power you through the day,” Dr. Sterling adds.Peanuts not only contribute vitamins and minerals, but they provide energy and help support muscle repair, she emphasizes.Peanuts can also be good for your mind as well as your body.”When you break down the nutritional structure of peanuts, they have a unique combination of vitamins, minerals and bioactive compounds, including arginine, resveratrol, niacin, vitamin E and coumaric acids, that can contribute to cognition and mental health,” explains Dr. Sterling.A study published in 2021 in the journal Clinical Nutrition suggests that peanut and peanut butter consumption may improve cognitive function and reduce stress, based on data from healthy young adults.Adding peanuts and peanut butter to your diet is easy.Visit peanutinstitute.com for more information and for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and snack ideas.Meanwhile, check out this recipe for Peanut Butter Tart with Chocolate Crust and Strawberries:You need:

  • 1 cup Medjool dates, seeds removed
  • 1 cup peanuts, unsalted
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 4 ounces low fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 cup strawberries, diced
  • Chopped peanuts for garnishing

 1. Combine the dates and peanuts in a food processor, and blend into small pieces.
2. Add cocoa powder, brown sugar and water into the food processor and blend until it takes a dough form.
3. Press crust into the base of a pie tin, working up the edges.
4. Place crust in the freezer while you combine filling.
5. For pie filling, combine remaining ingredients in the food processor or mixer. (Make sure cream cheese and butter are completely softened before mixing.) Blend until all ingredients are incorporated and creamy.
6. Fill pie crust with the filling, smoothing out the top. Garnish with chopped peanuts and strawberries.
7. Refrigerate until set. Serve cold.