Archive | August, 2013

5 Tips to Aging Gracefully

26 Aug

Fortunately, the current crop of fitter, more health conscious baby boomers is not going to sit back and age the way their parents did.  Researchers are finding that far from wearing people down, meaningful work can actually help keep seniors both mentally and physically fit.  Also, thanks to modern technological and medical advances combined with an increased utilization of alternative and holistic health care options such as Chiropractic, our aging population is staying healthier longer. So here are 5 tips to help you live a healthier, more exciting, and more productive life than ever before.

1. Maintain a positive attitude.  It appears that one of the secrets to aging gracefully is maintaining a positive mental attitude and living fully in the present moment.  Those who age elegantly don;t spend their days speaking about the past or discussing the negative aspects of life.

2. Keep up with physical activity. In my experience, those people who have mastered successful again almost always engage in some form of exercise and physical activity on a regular basis.  Benefits can include weight control, improved circulation, increased muscle mass, better mood and improved balance.  Regular exercise cuts your risk of a multitude of diseases that include heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis, and osteoarthritis. 

3. Engage in Regular Mental Activity. One way to do this is to continually challenge yourself by leaning new skills, such as computer learning or learning a new language.  If you continue to learn and challenge yourself, your brain continues to grow not shrink.

4. Antioxidant Diet and Supplementation. Make sure to eat a diet high in antioxidant rich food which can help nourish brain cells.  Also, antioxidants help prevent the inflammation of blood vessels which can lead to heart disease or heart attack.  Some examples of these foods are colorful fruits and vegetables.

5. Strong sense of Community.  Having a strong sense of community and  involvement in a meaningful, purpose driven work or volunteerism is vitally important to  increasing healthy longevity. 

No matter what age you are, wake up everyday stating “I am healthy, strong, and vibrant and I love my life.” See what happens! I promise you will be amazed.

Yours in health,

Dr. Brian


Live the life you want to live!

19 Aug


Time flies when you are having fun! Why does summer go by so fast?  Why does life seem to fly by in the first place? As one ages, and it doesn’t matter what age we start school, our days, weeks, months, and years seem to pick up pace and just fly by.

My theory is that the more you enjoy what you do, the faster your days pass by. If we love our job, marriage, parenting, family, learning, etc. then life is easy, usually calm, and time flies! If we have significant challenges, choose the wrong job, don’t enjoy our children, and don’t have an optimistic support group, getting from one day to the next can be unbearable.

Some suggestions for enjoying life:

1. Surround yourself with happy, optimistic people.  If you can’t find any you are looking in the wrong place.  “To live the life you want to live, hang out with the people who are living that life”- Robin Sharma

2. If you hate your job, change.  Not necessarily the job, but that might be necessary. I suggest you change yourself.  Come in with a new attitude, meet some new people, talk to your boss, but stop doing the same thing over and over.

3. Are you immediate family relationships healthy? If not, don’t ignore them. You can choose your friends, but not your family.  Life is short so don’t wast time. Plan something special, take a vacation, seek counseling if necessary, but this is mandatory for you to stay healthy.

4. Look forward to something! Whether it is a vacation, a purchase, an event, a dinner out, or a golf game. Plan your life or your life will plan itself. Taking everything for granted is okay sometimes, but planning on a wonderful life is much better.

All the best,

Dr. Brian Wallace

Summer Heat

14 Aug

Summer has arrived and almost gone with all its glory and splendor.  It is an action-packed time of the year. It’s a time for sports, vacations, gardening, picnics, beach, camping, golfing, time outside, sun and heat.  Sometimes we get so caught up in our activities that we forget to prepare for them, or are having so much fun, we forget to use caution.  Here are 5 tips to keep us having a safe summer:

1. Avoid the sun during its peak intensity hours between 10am- 4pm.  This doesn’t mean that you can’t be outside it just means make sure there is some shade around to escape the heat for a little every once in a while.

2. Protect yourself from the heat.  Wear light-weight and light color clothing while out in the sun.  Lighter colors will deflect more of the suns rays and will absorb less heat. 

3. Wear sunglasses.  Most sunglasses block 100% of the ultraviolet rays.

4. Drink plenty of water. Begin any activity well hydrated.  During any activity drink a glass of water every 30 minutes.  Consumption of fluids on a daily basis should be half your body weight in ounces plus whatever is sweat out at a bear minimum.  I know there are a lot of designer fluids on the market today but the best is still good old H2O.

5. Use sunscreen, the SPF should be at a minimum 15.  Don’t forget that just because its cloudy out doesn’t mean you can’t get sunburn. Reapply every 2-3 hours or after a swim or intense activity.  There are many different types of sunscreen try to look for the ones that have the least amount of ingredients. 

Summer is my favorite time of the year but making sure that you and your family are protected will allow for many more years of fun in the sun….together.