Courtesy of: Your Napa Chiropractor Dr. Joseph T. Megna

Health Alert: Many People May Not Recognize a Heart Attack. The top five most common heart attack symptoms include chest pain/discomfort; shortness of breath; arm and shoulder pain and discomfort; feeling weak, lightheaded, or faint; and jaw, neck, and back pain. A survey of 393 adults revealed that only 11.5% recognized all five symptoms and the majority (71.65%) only recognized chest pain/discomfort as a possible sign of heart attack.                                         International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, December 2020

Diet: Plant-Based Diet Boosts Metabolism? During a 16-week experiment, overweight/obese participants who adopted a low-fat, plant-based diet that included fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes experienced an 18.7% increased after-meal calorie burn, something that was not observed in individuals who ate their usual diet. The members of the plant-based diet group also reported more significant drops in fat mass and visceral fat.                                                                                      JAMA Network Open, November 2020

Exercise: Walking Benefits the Hearts of Postmenopausal Women. In a study that looked at a decade of data concerning over 83,000 middle aged and older females, researchers observed that the more steps a participant averaged per day, the lower her risk for high blood pressure. Hypertension, November 2020

Chiropractic: How to Reduce Work-Related Injuries. Work-related musculoskeletal conditions are unfortunately too common among workers in nearly all industries. The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai offers the following tips to help reduce work-related injuries: modify your work to reduce the amount of reaching and bending you perform daily; avoid slouching and bending in awkward positions; include stretching
and movement to strengthen your posture while working; reduce repetitive or prolonged activities when possible; take frequent breaks during your shift; and remember to use proper mechanics when lifting.
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, November 2020

Mental Attitude: Two Foods That May Reduce Risk for Early-Onset Dementia. A comparison of diet assessments of 54 recently diagnosed early-onset dementia (EOD) patients and 54 cognitively healthy individuals revealed that a diet rich in leafy green vegetables and fish may be associated with a reduced risk for
EOD. Nutrients, November 2020

Wellness/Prevention: Low Sodium Diet May Lower Risk for Stomach Cancer. The current research suggests that adopting a low-sodium diet can reduce a middle-aged adult’s risk for gastric cancer by up to 24%.
Cancer Medicine, December 2020

Quote: “Those who try to obliterate the past are injuring the present.” ~ Helen Dunmore

Your Napa Chiropractor Dr. Joseph T. Megna