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.

What is CoQ-10?

Also known as Coenzyme-Q10, this is something made naturally by our bodies. It is a powerful antioxidant that protects our cells, organs and tissues from damage. This Co-Q10 is necessary for healthy cells, organs and tissues and if you take certain medications the natural Co-Q10 in your body could be depleted. Do you take medication for high cholesterol? The popular statin drugs? If you answered yes, and experience aches and pains in your muscles you may be deficient in Co-Q10. Stop in today and ask us about Co-Q10.

Do you take metformin for diabetes

Metformin is one of the most effective treatments for diabetes patients at lowering their blood sugar. It also has very few side effects for most patients. For the small group of patients who experience side effects, these may be due to two specific vitamin deficiencies. These vitamins are folic acid and vitamin B12. Luckily, here at Sand Run Pharmacy, we have two fantastic products provided by Ortho Molecular, which replace these vitamins. Stop in today and ask anyone of our staff members, we would be more than happy to direct you to the right products.

Protecting Yourself from the Harmful Effects of the Sun This Summer

Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the United States with 5.4 million cases diagnosed annually.  However, it is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer.  With warmer weather on the horizon, here are some ways to help protect yourself and your family from the harmful effects of the sun.  Seek shade, especially between 10 am and 4 pm when the sun is the strongest.  Use a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and apply liberally 30 minutes before going outside.  Reapply every 2 hours or after swimming or excessive sweating.  Lastly, make sure you follow up with your physician every year for a professional skin exam.

The benefits of dietary fiber

What is glycemic index? Glycemic index is a term used to describe how quickly your body metabolizes carbohydrates. When you eat white bread, your stomach breaks it down into simple carbohydrates, or sugars. These sugars go straight into your bloodstream and circulate all over your body. Because white bread turns quickly into sugar it has a HIGH glycemic index. Whole grain bread often contains dietary fiber which slows down how quickly those sugars enter your blood, making it a LOWER glycemic index food. Low glycemic index foods help to avoid diseases like diabetes, obesity, and many more. Remember to check your labels!

How much sugar is in your diet?

According to the CDC, 36.5% of Americans are obese, making us one of the most overweight countries in the world. Added sugar is directly related to weight gain, and knowing how much is in your food can limit its effects on you. Next time you’re in the grocery store, check your nutrition labels. The average bottle of soda contains 40mg of sugar per serving. Added sugar is also found in energy drinks, fruit juices, processed foods, and many more.

Food for thought… did you know that 40mg is 10 teaspoons!? For the parents out there, would you serve your child 10 teaspoons of sugar at home?

Increasing EpiPen® Prices

Allergic reactions account for about 200,000 emergency room visits each year in the U.S.  When someone has a severe allergic reaction, they must inject themselves with epinephrine to prevent anaphylactic shock.  The most common way that patients do this is by using an EpiPen®.  Prices of the EpiPen® have recently increased from $97 in 2007 to over $600 for a pack of two.  There are other options available to keep your out-of-pocket costs low.  A manufacturer’s coupon is available for the EpiPen® that can save you up to $300 per 2-Pak®, or you can talk to your doctor about generic options.

Healthy Body Spring Cleaning

Spring is right around the corner and so is the warm weather we all love so much. During the winter months I know it’s difficult to be active, it’s just so cold outside. Take advantage this spring and get outside! Your hearts will thank you later. The American Heart Association recommends that EVERYONE get 30 minutes of exercise 4-5 times per week. Now what we call exercise and what they call exercise may be different things. They expect those 30 minutes to be challenging. Your heart rate should be over 100 beats per minute. Do you know how to check that? If the answer is no stop in and see us, we can show you just how to do it.

Are you suffering from seasonal allergies ?

Spring has sprung and with spring come seasonal allergens. Try to stay just one step ahead of your runny nose and itchy watery eyes this season. Here at Sand Run Pharmacy we have all of your allergy medicine needs covered so stop in and see us. Remember there are things you can do at home to help fend off nasty allergens too. Keep your doors and windows closed as often as possible. Shower, wash your hair, and change your clothes after you’ve been outside, and wear a mask while mowing the lawn or doing other outdoor chores.

Apps available for health or fitness

health-appsThere are many apps available on Apple and Android phones that can help you reach your specific fitness goals. They can do things like break down meals into nutritional information, count calories burned during a workout, help you lose weight, and help you drink an appropriate amount of water on a daily basis. MyFitnessPal is an app that has all of these features and is free to download in your app store. It can help you determine the nutritional contents and benefits of all of the foods you eat on a daily basis and more.