SECRETS FOR SUMMERTIME WELLNESS & PREVENTION
Summer is here, school is almost out and we all want to get outside and enjoy it. With the temperatures near triple digits and the sunshine come two favorite pastimes – barbeques and picnics with family and also with many summer camps going on. These activities often involve food choices, preparation and storage that is not as stringent as it should be. Foods often get left unrefrigerated or uncovered. While the popular media eagerly reports each Salmonella, E. coli scare or food poisoning episode it is important to note that your best defense comes not from the local pharmacy but from healthy intestinal flora (probiotic bacteria). Research shows that probiotics are useful in helping to prevent food poisoning bacteria such as E. coli or campylobacter from surviving in your intestine as reported in the Microbiology Ecology Journal 2005. Probiotics have also been shown to be protective against traveler’s diarrhea. Supplementation with probiotics is recommended because levels of beneficial bacteria decline due to the Western Diet, medications, and age.
Another secret that you may not of known about is to ensure that you and your family are sufficient in omega-3 fish oil. Omega-3 fish oil has been traditionally known for brain and nervous system health. Now research from the University of Manchester in England is suggesting that fish oil may also protect us against the dangers of excessive sun exposure. Taking daily fish oil showed reductions in several early markers of cancer risk in skin - including sunburn! Just remember that the study had people INGESTING the fish oil, not applying it to their skin!
The take-home message of this week’s article is that the best prevention strategy is a wellness strategy. Getting and staying well is about making good choices – it’s that simple! Have a happy and healthy summer!
If you would like to learn more about ways to keep your family healthy, you are invited to stop by our offices and meet the team at Four Points Family Chiropractic. We will be very happy to answer any questions you may have.
You are also invited to attend one of Dr. Ross’ weekly “Half Hour to Health” workshops - Wednesday June 11th at 6:00pm.
As always, Dr. Ross Coccimiglio and his staff are dedicated to providing you and your family with the tools and knowledge needed to achieve optimal health. For more information please contact - Four Points Family Chiropractic - 6618 Sitio Del Rio Blvd. - Suite 101 (In River Place Plaza, across from the IBC Bank) 512-345-9355 (WELL). Or visit www.fourpointschiropractic.com.
"Watching Your Back,"
Your Health Coach,
Dr. Ross Coccimiglio