STAPLETON: An apple a day? 2 proving better

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By Dr. James Stapleton

Studies constantly are proving that what you eat can be as powerful and more potent than a prescribed drug. Recently, it was proven that the presence of fresh apples in your diet could improve your memory and sustain brain health.

Apples are becoming increasingly associated with brain health after more recent studies have proven the effect of antioxidants and flavonoids present in apples on reducing brain-cell inflammation and oxidation that naturally occurs because of the presence of free radicals. 
The consumption of as much as two apples a day heightens levels of acetylcholine, a specific neurotransmitter that greatly influences brain signals responsible for movement and sensory perception. 
Not only that, but regular consumption as such was discovered to diminish accumulations of toxins in the brain, particularly one type of toxin called beta-amyloid, which is thought to be one of the main culprits that cause Alzheimer's disease. 
Although apples are now being proven to aid, halt, and reverse Alzheimer's disease, enhance cognitive functions, prevent memory loss and help in other brain-related matters, there are still a multitude of studies being vigorously conducted to prove that apples are the perfect food for diabetics, patients with heart disease, cholesterol, obesity, and constipation.  
The old proverb said one apple a day was enough, but studies suggest increasing that dosage to two apples is a good idea for optimum health benefits.



Walk your way to health

Requiring nothing more than a sturdy, supportive pair of shoes and a healthy dose of self-discipline, walking is an excellent way to help protect your health.

Walking is good for your cardiovascular well-being and will tone the muscles of your legs and lower body. It reduces the risk of heart disease and burns calories.

Before you start any sort of exercise regimen, you should check with your physician.

To get the most from your walk, swing your arms freely in coordination with your legs. Don’t carry weights or dumbbells when you walk. They’re better used as a separate part of your workout.

Walking on a rubberized track is ideal for reducing stress on your body. Nevertheless, a little soreness in your leg muscles is to be expected during the first week or two of your exercise.

Any pain beyond that, though, like in a knee or hip, could lead to bigger problems. If you start compensating for a pain in one part of your body, you can throw off the balance of your body and create pain in other areas.

Your doctor of chiropractic can help you in this regard, by making sure your joints and vertebrae are in proper alignment.


A  primer on doctors of chiropractic

Certain facts about chiropractic continue to be sources of some misunderstanding.

So here’s a primer on some of them: All 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, officially recognize chiropractic as a health-care profession.

Doctors of Chiropractic practice in hospitals and other multidisciplinary health-care facilities. They undergo at least four years of professional training at one of 16 chiropractic colleges accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education, an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.


Before they can practice, Doctors of Chiropractic have to pass national board examinations and be licensed by the state in which they intend to practice.

The guiding belief of chiropractic is that when the body is in proper alignment, particularly the spine, from which all the body’s nerves emanate, it is capable of healing itself without the use of drugs or surgery.


Dr James Stapleton is an owner of Shelby County Chiropractic. You may reach him at 633-1073 or visit www.shelbycountychiropractic.com.