WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractic, 4-13-2020

Health Alert: Many Young Adults Have Bad Health Habits. An analysis of data from the National Health
and Nutrition Examination Survey found that less than half of young adults meet current exercise guidelines and
less than one in six consume the recommended intake of fruits and vegetables. Federal guidelines recommend
engaging in 150 minutes per week of moderate physical activity and consuming five or more servings of fruits
and vegetables per day. Western Journal of Nursing Research, February 2020
Diet: Another Reason to Eat More Fruits and Veggies… Using data from the Genes Environment Interaction
in Respiratory Diseases study, researchers estimate that individuals who consume a flavonoid-rich diet are less
likely to experience non-allergic rhinitis. Public Health Nutrition, January 2020
Exercise: Physical Activity Keeps the Brain from Shrinking? Researchers used MRI scans to collect data on
the brain size of more than 1,550 seniors and found that the average brain size of the most active participants
was 883 cubic centimeters, compared to only 871 cubic centimeters among those leading more sedentary lives.
The researchers note that this difference is equivalent to nearly four years of brain aging.
American Academy of Neurology, April 2020
Chiropractic: Up to 1 in 5 Headaches Originate in the Neck! Cervicogenic headaches are described as
headaches caused by dysfunction in the neck. The current research suggests that cervicogenic headaches
account for 15-20% of chronic headache cases. Doctors of chiropractic commonly use manual therapies, such as
mobilization and manipulation, to treat cervicogenic headaches. Brain and Nerve, March 2020
Mental Attitude: Sleep Helps Teens Adjust to High School. In this study, researchers observed that ninth
graders who slept eight or more hours per night were better able to adjust to the academic and social rigors of
high school than freshmen with poor sleep habits. Michigan State University, February 2020
Mental Attitude: Healthy Heart When Young Leads to Healthier Brain Later. The results of a long-term
study regarding participants whom researchers monitored from age 24 through age 54 found that those with a
healthier heart at the start of the study performed better on memory and cognitive assessments three decades
later. Study author Dr. Farzaneh Sorond writes, “We’ve known that vascular risk factors such as high blood
pressure and high blood glucose levels are linked to cerebrovascular damage and problems with thinking skills
in older people, but this study shows that these factors may be linked decades earlier and injury may start much
earlier.” American Academy of Neurology, April 2020
Quote: “A good half of the art of living is resilience.” ~ Alain de Botton
I found that Dr. Joe Megna is one of the best chiropractors I have found in the Napa region.