Those pesky mosquitos

While summertime is often a time to be enjoying the great outdoors, nature is not without its risks. There are some simple steps you can do to protect yourself and others from one of nature’s annoying pests, the mosquito. Wear loose fitting, long-sleeved shirts and pants, use mosquito nets if camping, and be sure to use insect repellant that contains DEET. If you get bitten, do not scratch the bite, as this may cause the bite to become infected. You can use an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream if the bite is itchy, and see a doctor if the bite becomes infected.

The hot days of summer are upon us !

Summer is here, which means days filled with sunshine and heat. Despite the warm temperatures, a major concern during this time, especially for the elderly, is overheating.  Conditions like dehydration, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke can be life-threatening, and it is important to take several steps to stay safe. Remember to drink water frequently and stay in the shade as much as possible. Wear loose fitting, light-colored clothing, and always wear a hat. Also, never keep a child or pet in a locked car with the windows closed. With these tips, you can be sure to enjoy summer’s warmth while staying safe!

Cookout time !

 

Cookouts are a favorite summer time past time.  It is important to remember though not to let food sit out in unsafe conditions.  About 48 million people get sick from food borne illnesses each year.  But there are a few easy steps that you can take to prevent this from happening at your events! Always wash hands and surfaces before and after handling raw foods and make sure to cook them to the right temperature.  Food that is left out needs to be properly chilled or kept warm to prevent bacteria from growing.  Finally, don’t let any raw meats or eggs come in contact with ready to eat foods to prevent the spread of bacteria.

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.

Air Quality Alerts: what does this mean to me ?

Have you ever heard or seen air quality alerts on TV, radio, or online? These alerts are meant to tell you when air pollution is at a higher level than normal. Certain individuals, especially the elderly, infants, children, and those with breathing illnesses can be at higher risk of a breathing or asthma attack during these times. Pay attention to these warnings and try to limit the amount of time you and your loved ones are outside, especially from 10am to 4pm. To help cut down on pollution, consider carpooling, combining multiple errands into one trip, and making sure your car is properly maintained.

Lacking energy? Maybe you need more Vitamin B

Vitamin B comes from our diets, foods containing vitamin B are fish, meat, poultry, eggs or dairy products. Vitamin B doesn’t store in our bodies so we need some everyday, and if we don’t get enough it can cause us to lack energy throughout the day. Many medications can cause us to be deficient in B vitamins also. At Sand Run Pharmacy we carry a product by Ortho Molecular which contains the highest pharmaceutical quality B vitamins available. Stop in and ask us today if you could benefit from taking a Vitamin B supplement.

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.

Children petting a dog….teach them how to be safe

     Children often get excited when they see a dog and want to pet it.  It is important though to teach them proper safety when interacting with pets.  They should also ask the owner to pet the dog first and then let the dog sniff their hand.  Children should also be taught about the importance of being gentle and not pulling on ears or tails.  They should also know that if a dog is growling or showing its teeth that they should leave it alone.  Children should never be left unsupervised while playing with pets either.  By teaching children all of these things they can stay safe and enjoy the companionship of pets!

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.