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.

Heartburn

heartburnHeartburn is something that affects millions of people around the country. Tobacco use, pregnancy, fatty meals, coffee, soda and certain spices can tend to have a negative consequences in individuals that suffer from heartburn symptoms. Some things that can be done at home to help with these symptoms include weight loss, quitting smoking, smaller and more frequent meals, not laying down within 3 hours of eating and elevating the head of your bed 6-8 inches. There are also medications to aid in this problem as well. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if these options are right for you.

Exercise and you……

exerciseThe American Heart Association has indicated that everyone should be getting 150 minutes of exercise per week to maintain a healthy heart, with many other benefits. 150 minutes can be broken down to 30 minutes a day for 5 out of 7 days in the week. Depending on the individual, this can be anything from walking around the block, to lifting weights, to running marathons. It is important to remember, when just beginning to exercise, to never push your limits. Find out what works for you and gradually work your way up. This will prevent injury and further help you maintain a regime of exercise goals.

Poison Prevention Week: March 19 – 25

Did you know that millions of people are accidentally poisoned each year?  A poison is any substance that causes unwanted symptoms.  There are several things that you can do to keep your family safe from poisons.  Make sure you lock up medicines and household products where children cannot see them.  Store medicines in their original containers, make sure you read the label, and follow directions carefully.  If it is a medicine, call it a medicine, not candy.  Finally, if someone you care about experiences a poisoning, call poison control at 1-800-222-1222 to get medical help right away.

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.

Consideration of OTC pain medications

otc-painThe two most important oral pain options OTC include NSAIDs and acetaminophen (Tylenol). Some of the different NSAID options include ibuprofen, naproxen and aspirin. The first and most important consideration is that if you are self-treating a problem for more than 2 weeks, your doctor should be made aware of this. The medications safety should be monitored by the doctor and they will indicate if it is safe to continue taking the medication for a longer period of time. Also, no more than 3250mg of acetaminophen should be taken on a daily basis.

Stomach bleeds

stomachIf you are currently taking any medications used to thin the blood, like warfarin, Xarelto, Eliquis and even low-dose aspirin, you could be at risk for bleeding inside your stomach or GI tract. Understanding the signs and symptoms of this problem can be very beneficial. You should be monitoring yourself for stomach discomfort and changes in bathroom frequency or texture. It would also be beneficial to monitor for bleeding or bruising on your skin.

The rule of “15” for diabetes

diabetesDiabetics can be in a constant battle with low blood sugars. This can make them feel shaky, anxious, and excessive sweating can occur. The “Rule of 15” is used for these individuals battling low blood sugar. Health care professionals recommend that if your blood sugar is low, you should eat/drink 15 grams of carbohydrates, wait 15 minutes, then recheck blood sugar levels again to make sure it is back to normal. 15 gram carbohydrate options include 4 glucose tablets, 1/2 can of soda, and a small glass of OJ.