HOPE and BALANCE
HOPE. Hope is what will get us through these unprecedented times. As quarantine and lockdown orders add new stresses for our families, friends, and us, we need to hold on to hope that there is an end to this crazy season. Even though the world feels tumultuous right now, there WILL be an end to this crisis. As we hope for that time to come, we have to find new ways to maintain balance in our lives as we hunker down.
At the Alpha Spine Center, we often talk about balancing the 5 areas of our health; categorized as SPECS: spiritual, physical, emotional, chemical, and social health. I have seen first hand from my patients how the COVID19 crisis has affected the balance of our daily lives in many ways. From closing recreational businesses from gyms to restaurants and parks, to creating financial strain, worry, and emotional stress. A psychologist friend of mine has mentioned how the circumstances have increased strain on marriages and family structures as we are cooped up and lose our sense of purpose. And as we all know and feel, social distancing rules have forced us to go against our human need for social interaction.
Our daily balance is like a scale. When any single area of health is neglected, the entire scale becomes imbalanced. This means every part of our health is equally important. Whichever blend of stressors that you are currently going through, it is time to get creative to get back to balancing our 5 SPECS of health.
(1) TAKE THE SELF ASSESSMENT TEST:
Assess your BALANCE by using a 10 point scale for each of these areas. I rate my areas 0-10, 10 meaning I am knocking it out of the park! 0 means I need a drastic change in my daily habits to restore it.
When you honestly assess these areas, look at the area that needs the most work and make a small change in your lifestyle to improve.
(Ex. Physical- if you score a 1 on exercising, make a goal to walk or in-home workout 2 times that week.)
(2) CREATIVE WAYS TO FIND BALANCE DURING COVID19:
The trend I am seeing is that patients are having a hard time transitioning into their new SOCIAL patterns of life. My encouragement to you is to get out of your box of the old norm and create your new norm during this season.
Here is a family hike we did recently in Bartow County
(3) THE ALPHA SPINE CENTER is an ESSENTIAL BUSINESS during the new Georgia Stay-at-Home order
(Effective April 3-13th)
“Healthcare providers and Caregivers including physicians, dentists, psychologists, mid-level practitioners, nurses and assistants, infection control and quality assurance personnel, pharmacists, physical and occupational therapists and assistants, social workers, optometrists, speech pathologists, CHIROPRACTORS, and diagnostic and therapeutic technicians and technologists”
Read the US Department of Homeland Security Response to COVID-19 ESSENTIAL CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKFORCE HERE (Page 5, Paragraph 2)
Read Gov. Kemp's Executive Order HERE
Our team is here for you during this season and will be open as your Essential Health Care facility. We have created a safe, extra-sterilized environment, and adjusted to different check-in and check-out protocols which you will make you feel comfortable getting the care that you need with minimal person to person contact. It is important to keep your spine in alignment because it keeps your immune system strong, your stress reduced, and your brain and body operating at maximum
My hopes and prayers are with you, your family and the leadership of this nation.
In this journey we all walk together,
Dr. Bryan Salminen
Bolster Your Immune System with QUERCETIN
Quercetin is a plant based pigment/ bioflavonoid supplement found in many foods from onions, and peas, to green tea and apples. Condensed into a supplement, it is the little known immune booster that may be exactly what we need during this time of crisis. From viral infections to free radicals, taking this compound can assist your body’s fight to stay healthy and balanced.
In light of the current COVID19 pandemic, quercetin may be exactly what we need to take with our daily supplement routine. A 2015 joint study between the New York Blood Center and the State Key Laboratory of Organ Failure Research in China showed that quercetin inhibited viral infection of H1N1 and H5N1 Influenza during the early stages of infection. In a separate study quercetin was shown to have similar inhibitory/virus blocking effects on the other well-known SARS corona virus (similar shape to COVID19 but a different strain of Corona virus). Since Quercetin has shown promise in the EARLY stages of these viral infections, its best to take regularly as a supplement, such as the various ones available to purchase below by Designs For Health.
Now that the trees are in full bloom, quercetin can aid the body with its anti-inflammatory properties. This flavonoid affects histamine producing mast cells and allergy specific white blood cells called basophils. Less histamine production leads to less puffy inflammation as our bodies are barraged with the yellow dust of Georgia’s spring pollen season.
Antioxidants and Inflammatory Diseases
Quercetin shows strong antioxidant properties, showing it may be beneficial against various diseases, including an adjunctive therapy to cancer, and treatment for cystitis and prostatitis. It also has applications in managing gut inflammations, and is currently being researched for its ability to protect neuropathways.
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