Wellness Wednesday Quick Tips

Posted 06/30/2015 | By HealthCorps

Texting is not good for your spine.  Adult heads weigh, on average, ten to twelve pounds.  Tilting your head slightly downward chronically, as you text, increases stress on your spine.  Over time, you can develop a condition called “text-neck syndrome, which causes early wear and tear and degeneration of the spine.  Individuals may develop enough symptoms and changes to warrant surgery.  What is an easy remedy? Keep your phone higher up at face level so you’re not constantly looking down at the tech device.

Botox is most commonly known for its wrinkle-fighting abilities.  Research now suggests that a single injection of Botox into the crease between the brows may lower depression. The study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research suggests that the injection decreased depression symptoms in 47% of subjects.  The theory is that injecting the muscles between the eyebrows may reduce distress signals to the brain, boosting the person’s mood.

Most experts recommend eating a whole fruit over drinking fruit juice.  Juices raise blood sugar quickly and offer calories without true satiation.  A recent study found that orange juice also reduces the body’s fat burning.  The sugar in the juice is a carbohydrate and the body will burn carbohydrate calories before burning fat.  If you do love orange juice at breakfast, limit the amount and don’t eat any other carbohydrates at this meal.  Choose protein and a small serving of healthy fat.  Yogurt and a small serving of nuts is one good choice. (Source: Advances in Nutrition)

-Amy Hendel, PA/HealthCoach

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