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.

Medication Safety with Pets

Just because a medication is safe for you doesn’t mean it is safe for your furry friends! Many medications that we take without a prescription are in fact toxic to animals like cats and dogs. Some of these include ibuprofen, naproxen, and acetaminophen. Before you give any medication to your pet, always ask your veterinarian if it is safe. It is also important to keep your medications out of your pet’s reach! Some medications that are used for blood pressure, depression, anxiety, and ADHD are very toxic to pets. If your pet accidentally consumes any of these medications, take your pet to the vet or call the Pet Poison Hotline (855-764-7661) immediately.

Managing Low Blood Sugar

Most people associate diabetes with having high blood sugar. However, low blood sugar is often a side effect of many diabetes medications and can be dangerous. Symptoms of low blood sugar, also known as hypoglycemia, include feeling shaky, sleepy, dizzy, confused or nervous, sweating a lot, or feeling clammy. To avoid hypoglycemia, it is important to take your medication as directed, avoid skipping meals, and check your blood sugar regularly, as directed by your doctor or pharmacist. If you start experiencing symptoms, it is recommended that you consume about 15 g of simple carbohydrates (3-4 glucose tablets, ½ can of regular soda, ~4 oz of fruit juice, or 3-4 pieces of hard candy).

Summer Swimming

Swimmers ear is an infection in your outer ear canal. It is often caused by water remaining in the ear after swimming. This creates a moist environment that helps bacteria grow and cause infection. The main symptoms you will see is redness to the outer ear, warmth, and pain. Swimmers ear can usually be self-diagnosed and treated with over the counter products. You can find ear drops that will keep your ears dry as well as products that will help treat the pain if needed. Talk with one of our pharmacists if you need help finding a product.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

COPD is a progressive lung disease that over time makes it hard to breathe. To prevent the disease from getting worse, wash your hands often to prevent respiratory infections. Proper use of your inhalers and deep breathing exercises are important to keep your lungs functioning well. When the disease progresses further, you may need to use oxygen at home. It is important to keep oxygen away form any heat, flames, or sparks. Do not let anyone smoke in the room with your oxygen supply. Do not use oil or lubricants on your equipment, and try to keep the tubing off the floor and out of your way. If you have any questions on proper inhaler use or other equipment, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Transitioning from Hospital to Home

Have you or a loved one had a stay in the hospital? Here are some tips to make the transition home a little easier. Invest in some nightlights to help you see during the night and make sure all throw rugs are secured to the floor. Consider sleeping close to your main bathroom. Arrange for help with errands and caring for pets if needed. If you might have problems with mobility, look into purchasing a cane or renting a knee walker. Benches for the shower and raised toilet seats can help make the bathroom a little safer. Also, make sure you have some good pairs of no-slip socks. We hope these tips help you or your loved one’s recovery more comfortable and successful!

Will Coffee Help Your Workout?

A new study on cyclists found that a morning cup of coffee boosts performance in both sexes. One cup of coffee contains approximately 95mg of caffeine. Caffeine is a known stimulant and is used by many to jump-start their day. It has a stimulating effect on muscles, can increase the body’s ability to burn fat, and also can increase feeling of wellness by releasing endorphins (the happy chemical in our brains). While it does have benefits, it also carries risk of upset stomach, insomnia, irritability, and cardiac effects in high enough levels and should be used with caution.