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Hello, and welcome to the October 2020 newsletter! How are things going? Are you taking steps to stay healthy and to avoid contracting the coronavirus? There’s never been a better time to remain vigilant and extra cautious with your health, especially as we move into the winter months.
This month’s feature article was written by Mark Love, who runs a massage business in Arizona. It addresses the many massage benefits you can enjoy as you age.
You might experience greater relief from massage once you’ve reached your 40s and your body really begins to show signs of aging. After all, those body aches become more noticeable as the years take their toll. Do remember that massage is helping you to stay healthy and feel your best no matter your age.
The other article contains excerpts from a study on the effects air has on gut health. Your gut is host to a variety of bacteria that boost your immune system function and play a key role in your health. Maintaining a proper balance of these bacteria (your microbiome) is vital to keeping your body healthy, so do all you can to support your digestive tract!
See you soon for your next soothing massage!
Understanding the Value of Massage as We Age
by Mark Love
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 70 million baby boomers in the United States are poised to join the ranks of those aged 65 or older. As a result of baby boomers crossing the 60-year-old threshold, more Americans than ever before are entering into their golden years.
At the same time, modern medicine and health care are working to put an end to or decrease life-ending and life-shortening disease and illness. The result is a growing population that is expected to live longer than previous generations. How they live those years depends on how they live their lives today.
As we age and put more wear and tear on our bodies, the body needs more attention to remain healthy and stay in motion. Some of the challenges we face as we age include a decrease in mobility and strength, slower nerve function, body tissue is less elastic, skin becomes drier and thinner, loss of bone mass, a decline in the senses, and a less efficient immune system.
Therapeutic massage can be instrumental in helping the golden years be more productive and healthy. Massage therapy for seniors can be an effective, non-invasive way to help alleviate some of the symptoms of many age-related conditions, especially when used to complement traditional medical services.
The American Massage Therapy Association reports that approximately 9 million people over age 55 had a total of 39 million massages in the last 12 months, mainly for medical purposes.
Getting regular massage opens the door to many health benefits. Massage has been proven to reduce stress and blood pressure, improve range of motion in the joints and improve flexibility, increase the quality of sleep, help us feel more relaxed, reduce anxiety and alleviate muscle tension. Massage improves circulation and aids in the functionality of muscles.
Massage also stimulates the immune system by reducing stress and blood pressure. When stress levels are raised for long periods of time, some of the body’s systems will start to shut down. One system, for instance, is the immune system. The chronic stress creates high levels of cortisol and insulin in the body that shuts these systems down. Many studies have shown that getting a massage can reset or quiet the fight or flight sensors and aid in balancing hormone levels.
The immune system is not only affected when you suffer from chronic stress but also with poor circulation. The circulatory system is an extremely important system that can hinder the whole body when it’s not working sufficiently. Circulation is key to healthy living and looking young and great!
The circulatory system is a vast system that runs throughout the entire body, providing it with fresh blood cells, oxygen, nutrients and removing all old, dead and harmful components that are filtered through various organs. Massage is an exceptional way to improve and keep the circulatory system flowing properly.
A positive side effect from improved circulation is a better lymphatic filtering response, where toxins are filtered and removed from the body. Better blood flow throughout the body means a healthier body!
Finally, a primary benefit of massage for seniors is how massage can increase the functionality of the muscle system. Newton said it best when he stated the first law of physics: “a body in motion stays in motion.” Massage not only promotes muscular health but also helps correct poor posture. Better posture and strong muscles enhance our ability to breathe and move more freely and fully.
With regular massage, seniors can experience an improved quality of life, increased energy levels and feel younger and healthier overall.
Gut Health Linked To Air Quality, Unprecedented Study Shows
by Craig T Lee
Most studies into gut health focus on the diet, but could the air we breathe upset our stomachs too? That’s the conclusion of a new study out of the University of Colorado, Boulder. Researchers say poor air quality can have an adverse effect on the human microbiome and ultimately worsen gut health.
The study in the journal Environment International is the first-of-its-kind to connect gut health with air quality.
“We know from previous research that air pollutants can have a whole host of adverse health effects,” says senior author Tanya Alderete, adding that those previous studies tie the effects of smog to Type 2 diabetes, inflammatory bowel diseases, and weight gain. “The takeaway from this paper is that some of those effects might be due to changes in the gut,” she says.
Researchers find ozone has the greatest impact on gut health. Those with higher exposure to this pollutant have less variety in their gut bacteria.
“This is important since lower (bacteria) diversity has been linked with obesity and type 2 diabetes,” warns Alderete.
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The content of this article is not designed to replace professional medical advice.
If you’re ill, consult a physician.
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