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.

Arthritis

Winter is coming quickly, and for some that means flare-ups of arthritis. So, what can you do to feel relief this season? We’re here to help. Here are a few quick tips to help manage your symptoms in the cold weather: dress warmly, stay hydrated, stay active, and make sure you’re getting enough vitamin D! Still feeling achy? Stop in and ask our recommendations for joint pain relief and supplements to help keep them healthy.

Fall Prevention

Winter is coming, which means family, the holidays, and ice! We’ve all seen someone take a nasty fall on the snowy sidewalks; you may have even taken one yourself! Here are some helpful tips to help you be safe outside this winter: walk slowly with small steps, wear shoes with good traction, avoiding carrying large items or walking with your hands in your pockets to maintain better balance, and watch where you’re going!

Do You Qualify for Medicare?

To be eligible for Medicare in Ohio, you must be 65 years or older and either a US citizen or a legal permanent resident of at least 5 years. You’re also entitled to Medicare benefits if you have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease). If you have ALS, you are automatically enrolled in Medicare the same month that your Social Security benefits start.  You also qualify for Medicare if you have End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD, kidney failure). However, you will need to sign up for Medicare benefits; it won’t happen automatically as with ALS. For more information, visit the social security website.

Do You Still Need Your Heartburn Medicine?

Many patients experience acid reflux and heartburn and take medication to resolve their symptoms. Medications like Nexium, Prilosec, Protonix should only be taken for two weeks unless prescribed by your physician. Risks of taking some of these medications long-term include osteoporosis, bacterial infection, and pneumonia. To reduce heartburn in other ways, you should avoid foods that cause heartburn, do not lay down after eating, and avoid tight clothing. Talk to your doctor if you have questions about needing your acid reflux or heartburn medications.

Be Fast!

Having high blood pressure increases your risk of having a stroke. A stroke occurs when a clot or rupture interrupts blood flow to the brain. Remembering to “BE FAST” can help save your loved ones.

B: Balance (watch for balance issues)

E: Eyes (blurred, double vision, or vision loss)

F: Face (uneven smile or drooping on one side)

A: Arm weakness

S: Slurred Speech

T: Time is of the essence—call 9-1-1 as soon as possible

E-Cigarettes and Vaping Raise Safety Concerns

As of the end of last year, there had been 1,080 lung injury cases associated with using e-cigarettes or vaping products reported to CDC.There have been 18 deaths confirmed in 15 states. Although their investigation is ongoing, the CDC urges the public to stop using e-cigarettes and vape pens, especially those containing THC. If you are using e-cigarettes or vaping and are experiencing shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, abdominal pain, please talk to your doctor. If you were using e-cigarettes to help stop smoking, there are many other options we can show you to help you quit.

Try OrthoMolecular

Looking for a reliable supplement line? Ortho Molecular Products are as dependable and effective as they get. Stationed right here in the United States, this company provides good quality products with no surprises. Ortho Molecular develops formulas using the most well-researched ingredients. Their supplements are designed to be easier for your body to absorb and use. They manufacture their own products and control every step of the process, so you know exactly what you’re getting in your supplements. They rigorously test their products in a state-of-the-art in-house laboratory to ensure the purity, strength and composition of each supplement. If you are looking for a brand of supplements you can count on, stop in to see us and ask about Ortho Molecular.

The Salt of Life

 Did you know that you might be getting more salt that you need, even if you never pick up the salt shaker? According to the American Heart Association, about 70% of the salt that you eat comes from packaged and restaurant foods. They recommend that you consume no more than 2,300 mg of salt a day (food and drink combined)! One simple way to help reduce your sodium is to pay attention to food labels and choose the lowest sodium option as possible. Try looking for canned vegetables labeled “no salt added” and frozen vegetables without salty sauces.