Running Out of Steam with Your New Year’s Resolutions?

Statistics show that about 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by the end of February. Don’t want to be one of those 80%? Here are a few simple tips to help get your resolution back on track: realize that change is difficult process and will take time to stick, create a detailed plan with small, realistic goals to help boost your motivation, and have a solid support system with your family and friends to help keep you motivated and accountable. Remember that it is never too late to reach your goals—all you need to do is get started!

Rapid Flu and Strep Throat Testing Available

Not feeling well? Think you might have the flu or strep throat? Stop by the pharmacy and ask about our new testing with the BD Veritor Plus Analyzer. Testing takes less than 15 minutes and is only $35 dollars per test! Did we mention that results can be sent directly to your doctor? Don’t worry about having to sit in crowded waiting rooms or stand in long lines. Sand Run Pharmacy’s friendly and caring staff will help you feel better faster with our rapid testing and over-the-counter product recommendations.

Viracid

Flu season is upon us! Make sure you and your family are protected. Vitamin deficiencies can compromise the immune system, so strengthen your body’ immune response by getting all your essential vitamins and minerals. A great product containing all the immune-enhancing vitamins and nutrients you need to fight off a cold is Viracid by Ortho Molecular. This product can be taken for immediate support at the first sign of a cold, or for maintenance to protect you from getting sick in the first place. If you have any questions about this or any other cold-fighting supplements, stop in to see us for our recommendations.

Safe Celebrating

How much alcohol is safe to drink? What is a standard drink? Alcohol is okay when consumed in moderation. Moderate alcohol consumption is defined as having up to 1 drink per day for women and up to 2 drinks per day for men. A “standard drink” is equal to 14 grams of alcohol. This amount of alcohol is typically equal to 12 oz. of beer, 8 oz. of malt liquor, 5 oz. of wine, or 1.5 oz. of distilled spirits or liquor.

Tend to Your Temperature

During this cold and flu season, make sure you know the many ways to treat fevers. Fevers occur when the body is trying to fight off an infection and they tend to be uncomfortable to the person experiencing them. Symptoms include a temperature > 100°F, sweating, chills, headache, muscle aches, loss of appetite and fatigue. To remedy your fever, drink lots of fluids (water or an electrolyte replacement) and rest as much as possible. Over-the-counter medications like Motrin and Tylenol can also help reduce a fever. If a fever exceeds 104°F, consult your healthcare provider.

Is a Fitbit on Your Christmas List?

One of the great medical mysteries that has been around for centuries is being able to accurately predict a person’s risk of death. Historically, this was predicted mostly by lifestyle choices, such as smoking and alcohol consumption, and other health factors, such as heart disease or cancer. New research suggests that wearable fitness trackers can provide more reliable predictions! Researchers found that total daily activity was the strongest mortality predictor, followed by age and time spent exercising. The fitness trackers were found to predict death risk 30% better than lifestyle data, and 40% better than health history. Will you be jumping on the Fitbit bandwagon?

Too Much of a Good Thing?

Many people turn to zinc to prevent colds this time of year, but what happens if you go overboard on the Cold-EEZE? Zinc levels can build up in your body from various dietary sources and vitamins and cause zinc toxicity. Symptoms of toxicity can include nausea, vomiting, stomachache, diarrhea and headaches. To ensure you are not exceeding this, make sure to stick to the package directions (no more than 6 lozenges per day) and avoid taking multiple supplements containing zinc. If you suspect you may have over-done it, drink a glass of milk to prevent the absorption of excess zinc and contact poison control at 1-800-222-1222.

Can You Feel it in Your Joints?

Do you remember hearing from someone that they can feel it in their knees that it’s going to rain? There might be some truth to that! A study has found that many people living with arthritis and other chronic pain conditions can have increased pain with certain kinds of weather. The research showed that on damp and windy days, people have a 20% greater chance of experiencing more pain, and that the most painful days for study participants were also cold. Now, when looking at your morning weather forecast, you may be able to better plan your activities in expectation of greater pain associated with certain weather.

Are e-cigarettes safe ?

Smoking electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) has quickly become a popular source for nicotine. Many use e-cigs as a safe way to quit smoking cigarettes. However, the long-term effects of e-cigs are still unknown. E-cigs contain nicotine, propylene glycol or glycerin, and different flavorings. There have been reports of quitting success with e-cigs, but they should not be considered “safe”. E-cigs can cause acute lung disease, atrial fibrillation, and nicotine poisoning. Studies reporting long-term effects of e-cigs on users are needed.

Eating a balanced diet

Eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and veggies can help keep you healthy and lower

your risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure. Only 1 in 10

adults eat the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables daily. The Centers for Disease

Control recommends that adults eat 1.5-2 cups of fruit and 2-3 cups of vegetables daily. Try

adding a side of fruit or veggies to all of your meals!