Optimal Health in the Summer
by Alaina Rowswell-Kuliikowski DC DICCP
Now that Summer is here, families are out of doors more. The heat increases, and we are swimming in pools, out on the beach, boating etc. Nutrition, Exercise, Sleep, Purpose and Getting adjusted are the strategies to pursue optimal health in this season of adventure! Let us explore how we can move towards better health during the warm months of Western New York.
There are a number of strategies for improving your nutrition. Always a priority is remaining hydrated! Don’t forget to take the water bottles with you as you leave the house, or exercise. The fresh produce is just starting to come in. Look to your local farmers market to stock up on the berries, fruit and vegetables that are grown close to home. Pick your own is a great family event if you are looking to get out. Remember the homeostatic environment we live in. Do you need help with allergies? Use local honey. The bees will be preparing your body for the pollen around you. We have great organic farms like Thorpe’s in East Aurora, Paul’s in Holland, Root down in Clarence Ctr and Porter in Elba. HealthyLiving in Akron, Erba Verde in East Aurora and Thompson Farms on Grand Island have locally raised organic meats and produce that are available as well. When you have a get together, bring those fresh vegetable treats so that there are healthy options for your family and stay away from processed foods or desserts. Don’t forget to take your vitamins! Our Chiropractors can help direct you to supplementation if desired.
No more excuses for exercise! This has been a beautiful season for our weather. Get out early in the morning if it is going to be a little warm in the forecast! Be sure you are stretching before you go and cool down at the end of your session. As we pack to go camping or away to visit family, be sure to lift with your legs and not bend from the waist as you put the heavy luggage in. Yard work is a great form of exercise, but be careful to set boundaries for the amount of time and what you need to get accomplished. Sweating is a great way for your body to excrete the toxins. We should be doing enough exercise to sweat at least 3 days per week. The long daylight hours are tempting us to stay awake longer. Be sure to use room darkening window treatments so that you can sleep as much as your body needs it. It is important that we limit our exposure to stressful things like the news in the evening. Decide to turn off the blue screens an hour before bed. Let your eyes and mind begin the process of rest before you retire for the evening.
Make it a priority to have a purpose for everyday. Take time for prayer, meditation, reading scripture, thanksgiving, being at peace and then serving your neighbor. We are never too old, too weak, too sick etc to pursue purpose. You can make a difference in this world! Fill your soul up and then pour out love and joy to those around you.
As these summer months will go by quickly, be mindful of our children. They are playing in the streets, crossing traffic to retrieve balls, learning how to become more mobile on wheels, navigating new milestones. Always supervise family, friends and strangers near water. No one should swim alone. Lock those gates and deterrents for waterfront access. Wear our helmets! Let us work together to prevent drownings, injuries and accidents. If we all slow down and become aware of our surroundings and our neighbors we can have a safe and fantastic summer
Most of all get adjusted! We often wait until we can’t take it any longer to get adjusted. We wait for pain to dictate when we finally take care of ourselves. Think about your joints and the daily wear and tear, aging and trauma we endure. With this pandemic, many of us have found ourselves in front of a screen for hours on end. Make it a point to take care of yourself! Get adjusted before you fall apart. Acute care (getting adjusted when we hurt) is the majority of the Chiropractic care sought in our office. But we are happy to give you supportive, preventative or maintenance chiropractic care as well. Schedule with your chiropractor monthly and see how much better your days are when your alignment is maintained.
We are so excited that June brought massage back for our patients! Our amazing Massage Therapists are here to work those tired muscles that have been overworked, over stretched, overloaded, and over stressed! Please note that due to new NYS department of Health guidelines, our therapists have had to accommodate a litany of hurdles to provide this service for you.
To accommodate new Covid-19 guidelines our cost for massage has increased by $10 per massage (mostly in the cost of linens).
Keep in mind each of the providers that share space at Riverview Chiropractic Health own their practices separately. Although we are happy to share space, time, employees etc each is responsible for their own business. As such, some of our therapists will not be as available until this pandemic subsides. You are encouraged to visit our website at Riverviewchirohealth.com to schedule your own care. But, you can always call our mutual number 716-877-0676 to schedule an appointment with the provider of your choice. Also, we are using email communication to comply with our new standards of “touching less”. Please be on the lookout for appointment reminders, and outcome assessments that will be sent before your appointment. Let us all do our part to prevent the spread of Covid. Our website has direct guidance and we are diligent to keep all of our patronage healthy!
Recipe of the Month
Grilled Summer Squash
by Dr. Alaina
One of my favourites of summer is yellow squash or zucchini. This vegetable is so versatile. You can saute, bake, roast or grill!
I cut my Summer Squash lengthwise in long strips, then use spray oil to coat them.
I love the new 21 Seasoning Salute from Trader Joe’s. I sprinkle that all over the squash and then put them in a grill basket.
I grill on medium heat until the squash is tender.
Often we will use a balsamic reduction on it as well.
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