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Frigard Chiropractic Associates
404 W. Grant Line Rd
Tracy, CA 95376

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Dr. Gregory Smith, Chiropractor educating a patient in his Tracy, CA Chiropractic Office

Dr. Gregory Smith, Tracy Chiropractor, education a patient in his office.

Did you know that people who continually make new friends tend to live longer?

friends_1384664535DrN_300x200.jpgAnd even more interesting, a study at the University of London by behavioral economists calculated that increasing your social circle by making new friends can yield as much satisfaction as increasing your salary by more than 100,000 dollars.

People live longest where they have a great circle of friends. Okinawans have something called “moais” which are groups of people traveling through life together. Other parts of the world have similar examples.

The result, however, is that people who socialize more tend to be healthier and live longer than those who don’t. Many senior centers have discovered this and have redesigned their extended care facilities to include many more social interaction opportunities than ever before. More and more people choose to move to such a retirement center long before they suffer any kind of debilitating disease in order to experience the benefits of building a circle of friends.

While you might not want to do anything quite as drastic as moving to an extended care facility, here are a few tips to help you rejuvenate your friendships and maintain them:

1. Use Your Calendar. Friendships need to be nurtured. It isn’t enough to have similar interests, but to spend time together. If you haven’t seen a friend in a while, schedule some time to spend together, even if it is having a cup of tea together over the phone. 

2. Celebrate. Whether it is a birthday, an anniversary (wedding or cancer triumph) be sure to support your friend and remember with a card and/or a phone call. Social media is fine, but the personal touch goes a long way toward maintaining a friendship. 

3. Tradition! Rituals have long been the way humans have maintained their cultural identity. In the same way, friends define their friendships with the traditions they have developed over the years. Some friends go on a ski trip every winter. Others meet for a week at the beach. Still others have tea parties where they take turns hosting the other. Regardless of your tradition, realize that it is just as important as the friendship because it is something that rose organically out of your relationship. 

Whenever you get to spend time together, focus on the quality of time spent, rather than getting caught up in how many times you get together. Be mindful of the experience and enjoy it to the fullest. Focusing on how many times you get together puts the emphasis on success or failure, which totally defeats the purpose, doesn’t it? 

Take a minute right now and contact a friend you haven’t spoken to in a little while. Chances are good you’ll feel better after you do.

Friends by Lisa Runnels 

omega3_capsules_fish_shape_300x198.jpgWe’re all on the lookout for ways to lose weight, keep it off, and be healthy overall. In our fervor to be healthy, we have cut off all fats. Not just the bad ones like margarine and other trans fats, but all fats. And we’re not feeling so well.

The reason is that in order for the human body to function properly, fat is an essential nutrient. Without fat, all fat-soluble vitamins are not absorbed by our bodies. There are a couple of fats, specifically linoleic and alpha linolenic acid that are physiologically essential because our human bodies cannot produce them.

How do we know that we need to increase our fat intake? And when we increase it, what should we be looking for? Extra virgin olive oil as part of the Mediterranean diet is an obvious choice as is grass-fed butter. These are two of the best fats you should include in your diet. As for when to increase fat consumption? Let’s look for a few signs:

Dry skin. This is one of the most obvious and yet overlooked signs that we need to include more fat in our diet. Sebum is the skin’s natural moisturizer, produced by our bodies using fatty acids available to us. Some come from the stores in our bodies, others come from our diet. Increasing fat intake can improve the moisture levels of our skin. For some people, taking daily omega-3 fish oil is an excellent way to help with dry skin.

Low carb diets. You’ve done pretty well, but now after a couple of weeks of low-carbing it, you feel just a little off. You set out on this diet to lose weight, and you did. Congrats on that. But now you complain about feeling exhausted, no energy, tired all the time, and headaches. You may be having a hard time sticking to your plan. The problem is that while you restricted carbs, you also restricted your fat. You’re burning a lot of body fat to help with your energy needs, but your body needs more fat in order to operate optimally.

Aching joints. This can point to a lot of factors, like arthritis and aging. Or perhaps an injury is responsible. However, your primary goal at this point is to decrease inflammation. To do this, make sure you’re eating enough fatty foods like omega-3 fish products like salmon. They are anti-inflammatory and have been shown to help patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. The proper fats in our diet help our bodies to perform at their best.

Low HDL. This is the good cholesterol. If it is falling along with your LDL cholesterol, it could be an indication that you need more fat in your diet. If you’re looking for a good fat to help increase your HDL, look no further than coconut oil.

Always hungry. You’ve eaten, and still you’re hungry. Low-fat diets are rarely satisfying. We eat, but constantly feel hungry. A low-carb diet can make us feel this way, but if we’re focusing only on protein and no fat, that could be why we’re always feeling hungry. Super high protein diets eventually make people feel sick of eating. This is not a sustainable way of lowering weight. At the very least, make sure you include good fats like olive oil, avocados, or coconut oil.

Omega3 Capsules – Fish Shape by George Hodan


Tracy Chiropractor | Blog. Dr. Lynn Frigard is a Tracy Chiropractor.