Vitamin D, harnessing the power of the sun for strong bones, healthy teeth, and more!

Vitamin D promotes healthy bones and teeth, but did you know it can also strengthen your heart? And your immune system? This is a vitamin that everyone needs, in fact, it is so important that we get it from spending time in the sun and we even store it in our bodies. But if you don’t have enough your body can suffer. How do you know if you’re getting enough? It’s hard to say, but studies show that most people living in our area of the country don’t get enough vitamin D. Stop in and see us at Sand Run Pharmacy to get your vitamin D today.

Healthy fats and unhealthy fats

Here in the United States we are scared of fats. Fats make us gain weight and lead to things like heart disease and obesity. But we’re to tell you that some fats are okay to eat in moderation, in fact, they’re essential! Fish oils like omega-3and omega-6 along with the MCTs or medium chain triglycerides found in coconut oil can actually lower cholesterol and help us lose weight. Other sources of good fats are walnuts, almonds, pistachios, and pecans. These make for great snacks at those moments when you just can’t seem to get full.

Adren-All and Adapten-All

Stress levels are on the rise. Increased screen time, poor diets, less exercise all contribute. Higher stress causes a decline in focus, lower energy and fatigue. Your body tries to fend off the stress which in turn exhausts your reserves — making it more difficult for you to function at a high level. We have the solution to become more resilient to stress, have quicker recovery from fatigue, clearer thinking, and be focused and alert.

Cerenity

Mood imbalances such as irritability, nervousness and worry can be caused by a variety of stressors. The feelings can be triggered when an event makes you feel frustrated, pressured or uneasy. Anxiety is a natural response to stress, but when it happens often, it can be disruptive to productivity and may even cause mood swings . Put a stop to stress and support your mood with Cerenity, a comprehensive formula that provides a sense of calm and supports focus.

Strokes and your health

Each year over 900,000 people in the US will have a stroke.  It is important to recognize the signs of a stroke and seek help quickly so that doctors can effectively treat them.  It is best to be seen by an emergency room within 90 minutes of symptoms starting because some drugs cannot be used if you come too late.  Signs of stroke follow the F.A.S.T. acronym which stands Facial drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulties, and Time.  If you or anyone else has these symptoms, remember to quickly get to the emergency room for the best possible treatments

Do I Need Antibiotics?

Cold and flu season is upon us! One commonly asked question is – do I need antibiotics? Antibiotics are only used to treat bacterial infections, not viruses. So, how do you know if you have a bacterial infection? There are a few differentiating symptoms. Your infection is likely bacterial if:symptoms last longer than 2 weeks, your fever worsens after a few days, you have yellow or green mucus or white spots in your throat. While those trends are associated with bacterial infections, the only way to know for sure is a trip to your doctor.

Alcohol consumption

alcoholAlcohol doesn’t only have harmful characteristics when consumed. There have been many proven reasons why having one drink daily can be beneficial to your heart and other body functions. Red wine should be the preferred alcohol beverage, one glass a day (8 oz.) and with your evening meal. It must be noted that after one alcoholic beverage, the benefits to an individual’s health drastically decreases. Other forms of alcohol can be consumed at moderation with benefits, but red wine has other properties that make it the preferred option.

Don’t Kiss the Babies

In the winter, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) runs rampant. This virus presents as a common cold in adults but can be fatal to infants. Adults are most often contagious before they even start showing symptoms. When babies are infected with this virus, it can cause severe inflammation of the airways and even pneumonia. While it might be hard to resist giving your adorable little loved ones a quick smooch, please think twice to keep them safe and healthy!

Concerned with Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a fat-like substance that comes from food and your body. It is found in foods from animal sources only, and it travels in the body by lipoproteins (HDL and LDL). HDL is known as “good” cholesterol, and LDL is known as “bad” cholesterol. HDL helps keep LDL from sticking to artery walls and reduces plaque buildup. This process can lower the risk of heart disease and stroke. Foods that are high in HDL include avocados, fatty fish, nuts, beans, and oats. You should limit the amount of fatty beef, pork, dairy products made from whole or reduced fat.

Too Sick to Sweat?

Can you actually “sweat it out”? Working out while you’re sick seems like adding misery to an already uncomfortable activity, but it has shown to be beneficial in some ways. Head cold symptoms like nasal congestion and headache may be relieved by increased heart rate and improved circulation from exercise, and moderate exercise has been shown to reduce the risk, severity, and duration of common respiratory illnesses. It is important to stay hydrated while working out, especially if you’re sick, and it is best to avoid extremely strenuous workouts. Try to focus on activities like light jogging, yoga, swimming, or a bike ride.