How to Make Senior Moments Less Frequent

Improving memoryWhere did I put my keys? Didn’t I already pay this bill? I know you just told me five minutes ago, but what’s your name again?

We’re all susceptible to senior moments – minor cases of forgetfulness or confusion that are hardly limited to senior citizens. Sometimes senior moments are frustrating. Sometimes they’re funny.

Even though these mental glitches are usually harmless, they can make us wonder if we’re losing our mental capacity. Fortunately, we can follow a plan that can help minimize these senior moments. I like to call it your personal brain management program.

Step 1: Balance Fat Consumption

For most of us, that means increasing omega-3 fats, such as those found in cold-water fish, flax, and walnuts. It also means reducing consumption of omega-6 vegetable oils like corn, cottonseed and safflower oils, and eliminating dangerous trans fats. Balancing the consumption of omega-3 and omega-6 fats can be accomplished through dietary changes, and supplements are needed in many cases.

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

The Holidays Are Only as Stressful as We Allow Them to Be

How to Reduce Holiday Stress

According to the American Psychology Association, 69 percent of Americans are stressed by a perceived lack of time during the holidays, 69 percent are stressed by a perceived lack of money, and 51 percent of are stressed by the pressure to give or get gifts. 22 percent report an extreme level of stress.

Society has conditioned us to believe that we need to go absolutely crazy, spend all of our money, and try to juggle a ridiculous amount of stuff during a five-week period that encompasses Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s.

Some people were actually camped out for Black Friday sales last week. Are they celebrating Thanksgiving in their tents, or are they skipping the holiday in favor of leading a stampede and saving $100 on a new TV?

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

The Physical Impact of Stress

stress-therapy-and-management--40927192 (1)Many of us think stress is purely psychological. It’s all in our head, so we just have to work it out of our system. After all, it’s not like a broken leg or something.

No big deal, right? Wrong.

Stress is a really big deal, and not just psychologically. As part of the foundation of the Pyramid of Health, stress is one of the eight basic elements we must take into account in order to achieve optimal health.

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

The Importance of Controlling Our Response to Stress

Picture this scenario: I’m giving a presentation to 150 people in an auditorium that has one door on the right side and one door on the left side. As I’m fielding a question from the audience, a mountain lion walks through the door on the right.

Would you expect me to announce that the presentation is ending prematurely, thank everyone for coming, casually stroll to the door on the left, and shake each person’s hand as they leave? Of course not.

You should probably expect to see me sprinting face first through the wall on the left, door or no door, probably breaking every bone in my face, and running down the street to escape an obviously dangerous situation.

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

Dealing with Stress in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

Last week, a woman named Cathy who lived in Monmouth Beach came into our office, wrapped her arms around me and cried. She lost her house and her car. She even lost her job because her employer was devastated by the storm.

Hurricane Sandy brought something to New Jersey that very few of us have ever experienced in our lifetime. Unfortunately, this is the kind of tragedy and trauma we can’t prevent. Some things are just out of our control.

What we can control is our response to stress – how we get through each day, our thought processes, our nutritional activities, and our physical activities.

Cathy told me that when she went to her house to clean out whatever was left, she seemed to have an unusual abundance of energy. She was lifting heavy things over her head and didn’t stop working all day. She had no idea where this physical strength and energy came from.

I explained to Cathy that this is the body’s fight-or-flight reflex. The fight-or-flight reflex is the body’s reaction to stress. Hormones like adrenaline are secreted and released into our bloodstream and directed to our muscles and limbs. This gives us strength and energy, particularly in times of stress.

Maybe you’re going through a lot of highs and lows right now. Whether you’ve been personally impacted by Hurricane Sandy, or you’re trying to help others deal with loss, there’s a good chance that you’re filled with a lot of energy throughout the day as you try to get as much accomplished as possible. Then you completely crash at night. That’s part of the fight-or-flight reflex.

The way our brains are wired into our bodies can cause a lot of discomfort and even disease, so we need to be very conscious of that noodle between our ears. We need to be aware of how we’re processing information, especially in times of stress.

Stress disrupts our state of homeostasis, or our state of balance and stability. Sometimes stress is temporary, like if you’re late for an important appointment because you were stuck in traffic, or if you get into an argument with your spouse.

Dealing with stress during times of crisis, like in the aftermath of a life-altering hurricane, is something that many of us are dealing with day after day, and week after week. If we allow this disruption to our state of homeostasis to consume us, it can cause serious disorders, particularly in our immune system.

What we need to do is find that place of comfort among family, friends and community. Turn to foods that will nourish us, like fruits, vegetables, and sources of protein. Drink a lot of water and consume healthy oils, like olive oil and flaxseed oil. Avoid vegetable oils and foods that are high in fat and sugar. Bad nutrition just adds more of a stressful burden to our bodies. Although it may be difficult, it is also important to keep up with your regular routine as much as possible. Your chiropractic visits are more important than ever in times of mental and physical stress. Exercise outside of the manual labor of cleaning and rebuilding will help you de-compress, especially with a calming practice like yoga. And, of course, nothing beats a relaxing massage to help revive and refresh your spirit.

We all need to find a balance of physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual comfort because they’re all interrelated. This will enable us to process stress productively and make clear, sound decisions. If you find yourself struggling to find balance, look for support from people who can help you.

Remember, some events in life are uncontrollable, but we have the power to process stress and regain our balance and clarity. We can get through this, and we will.

Dr. James Prood­ian is an accom­plished chi­ro­prac­tic physi­cian, health edu­ca­tor and busi­ness vision­ary. He is a dynamic edu­ca­tor com­mit­ted to the prin­ci­ples of func­tional med­i­cine. As a keynote speaker, he has inspired thou­sands to con­sider prac­ti­cal ways to achieve bet­ter health and well­ness through Lifestyle Med­i­cine and Health Literacy.

About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.