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Combating Alzheimer's The time is now to protect yourself from Alzheimer's - a disease affecting around 4.5 million Americans (some as young as 55). Below are few simple ways to keep a fit mind: 1. Try the Sunday crossword puzzle in the newspaper. 2. Eat foods or supplements containing omega-3 fatty acid DHA. 3. Do a puzzle a week that requires logic, like Sudoku, Kakuro and Nurikabe. 4. Play games that involve strategy, like chess, dominoes or bridge. 5. Take up a new musical instrument, or learn a new language.
The time is now to protect yourself from Alzheimer's - a disease affecting around 4.5 million Americans (some as young as 55). Below are few simple ways to keep a fit mind:
1. Try the Sunday crossword puzzle in the newspaper.
2. Eat foods or supplements containing omega-3 fatty acid DHA.
3. Do a puzzle a week that requires logic, like Sudoku, Kakuro and Nurikabe.
4. Play games that involve strategy, like chess, dominoes or bridge.
5. Take up a new musical instrument, or learn a new language.
Check your H20 levels
The exact cause of leg cramps is not known, however, they are most often associated with dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. That said, and you've heard it before, drinking the optimal amount of water - 7 to 8 eight-ounce glasses of water per day - is the first line of defense against "charley." Staying hydrated is also important for overall health, so the water speech bears repeating!
Stretch those stems
Also, simple stretches before bed can stave off cramps. Try this simple stretch before you hop into bed each night:
Just remember, when stretching, to take it slowly. Jolting right into a deep stretch and quick bouncing motions through the stretch are mistakes that can cause injury.
Supplement your regimen
If you're still bothered by occasional cramping, your diet may need slight supplementation. According to Charles Kuntzleman, EdD, associate professor of kinesiology at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, taking a daily supplement of 400 IU of Vitamin E is usually very helpful. If the cramps persist, your body may be experiencing a lack of calcium and magnesium, found in dark green, leafy vegetables such as kale and broccoli. Dr. Kuntzleman suggests supplementing with daily dosages of up to 1,000 milligrams of magnesium and 500 to 1,000 milligrams of calcium.
How can chiropractic help?
Circulation is crucial for rushing nutrients from food and supplements to the areas of the body that need healing most. Chiropractic adjustments can improve circulation and greatly reduce healing time. Remember to inform your chiropractor if you're experiencing muscle cramps.
There is a feeling of hoplessness after a car accident like mine. I was sitting at home just taking medication waiting to get better. I felt depressed and useless. The more I waited the worse I felt. It seemed like my doctors were beginning to not believe that I was still hurting and I felt limited. The first thing Dr. Klinger wanted me to do was to walk and become active again. With adjustments I was able to move better with less pain and heal well. I can't thank you and your office enough for all the help I got and all the benefit I received. I hope nobody has to go through this but if it happens go see Dr. K.
Nathan K / Antioch, CA
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