FIVE tips for your Health!

September 10, 2017

  1. If you have iron deficiency anemia and have turned to taking an iron supplement to improve your levels but have been struggling with constipation (one of the most common side effects of iron) try increasing your daily intake of vitamin C! Studies have shown that vitamin C will enhance the absorption of iron in the body. Foods high in vitamin C are all your citrusy fruits (oranges, lemons, grapefruit) You can also try broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, honeydew, kiwi, mangos or pineapples. 

  2. If you have asthma or COPD and use a steroid inhaler (Advair, Flovent, Breo Elipta), it's very important to wash your mouth after every use! Thrush is a very common side effect for patients who forget to rinse out their mouth after inhaler use. Thrush is a painful yeast like growth on the tongue and inner cheek that might get better with home remedies but usually requires a prescription medication for treatment. 

  3. When you get a prescription medication for a bacterial infection, it is really easy to feel the need to discontinue an antibiotic before the course of treatment ends. You feel better so why take the medicine, right? Wrong. I cannot stress the importance of finishing the full course of the treatment. I like to simplify matters for my patients by telling them to just imagine the bacteria in your body as a huge family of multiple generations that keeps dividing and growing. The days of treatment directly correlates with the amount of generations of bacteria in your body and the generations that are yet to come. Day one of treatment will cover the oldest generation, and the days after will cover every generation after that. If you miss the last 3-4 days of treatment, the youngest generation of bacteria will become resistant to the diluted medication in your system. When this happens the bacteria grows and multiplies into something that is resistant to the original antibiotic introduced, making the antibiotic useless in the future. This is dangerous because we only have a limited amount of antibiotics.

  4. Although you might feel fine, having high blood pressure is a real problem. Normal BP levels should run around 120/80. If yours is continuously running over that, around 140/90 or higher, it may be time to consider getting treatment. Hypertension (the fancy way doctors say high blood pressure) is known as the silent killer because it is the number one cause of stroke! 

  5. Do you experience headaches or some sort of aching pain that is easily relieved with over the counter (OTC) pain medication? So do most people, and that's completely fine! But have you ever read the warning label on the back of the box that warns about gastrointestinal ulcers when these medications are taken on an empty stomach? Most OTC meds that help alleviate pain come from a class of drugs called NSAIDs: Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs. These medications include Ibuprofen, Motrin, Aleve, Advil and Aspirin! These medications must be taken within a 2 hour period of your last meal to protect against esophageal (esophagus) and gastric (stomach) ulcers because the acidity level of the medicine without food in your system will tear through your digestive tract. 




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