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Sleep Better Tonight! 8 At-Home Natural Remedies for Insomnia

Posted on: July 29th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Give these ideas a try and say goodbye to restless nights.

Give these ideas a try and say goodbye to restless nights.

August is one of the warmest months and sleeping in the heat can feel nearly impossible. You flip your pillow, turn on a fan, buy cotton sheets, and do a multitude of other tricks to stay cool. While it may be difficult to sleep in the heat, some people struggle sleeping every night, in every condition. Insomnia is caused for a multitude of reasons, the most common being depression, anxiety, obesity, change in schedule, stress, caffeine, and nicotine. While insomnia begins for different reasons in every individual, it can be eased with the use of these eight at-home natural remedies. LA Medical hopes you give these a try and discover a better night’s rest.

  1. Meditation is a practice that can be performed before bed to slow breathing and reduce stress hormones. Mindfulness meditation focuses all your energy and thoughts on the present. Focus on breathing or an object in front of you and stay present in the moment. Visualization involves all your senses as you picture yourself in a specific setting, acknowledging the sounds and sights around you.  Either practice can help calm your body and mind to prepare for sleep.
  2. Aromatherapy involves essential oils that are used to relax the mind and body. English lavender is traditionally used to help a person sleep. With a drop of lavender oil on a pillow or in a warm bath, it can provide a soothing smell and trigger the body to relax.
  3. Limit the intake of caffeine and nicotine. Both stimulate the body and brain and make falling asleep more difficult. Stop consuming caffeine six to eight hours before bed.
  4. Foods rich in magnesium have a natural sedative that can be found in almonds, cashews, green leafy vegetables, and whole grains.
  5. Use your bedroom strictly for sleep. Avoid watching television, eating, or working in your bedroom.
  6. Establish a bedtime routine to trigger your body when it’s time to wind down. A hot bath taken two hours before bedtime is a great way to relax your body and mind and prepare it for rest.
  7. Melatonin is a hormone that regulates the biological clock. Research shows taking a supplement 2 hours before bedtime will aid in falling, and staying asleep.
  8. Exercise done before bed can release adrenaline that make sleeping more difficult. However, regular exercise can improve mood and sleep, if done at appropriate times.

With a good night’s rest, you will have improved focus, mood, and energy. We value you and your health and hope you take the steps necessary to ensure your best physical state. LA Medical has bathroom safety equipment, walking aids, and other health and safety equipment available for your needs. We invite you to visit us online and give us a call today!

National Peach Month: How and Why to Eat More Peaches

Posted on: July 29th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Enjoy this delicious fruit and reap the many health benefits it provides.

Enjoy this delicious fruit and reap the many health benefits it provides.

Peaches are refreshing, juicy, and delicious. Every August we celebrate National Peach Month as an opportunity to incorporate more of the fruit into our diets. Peaches keep the skin healthy, fight obesity, reduce hair loss, and acts as a natural stress reliever. With these benefits and many more, there are plenty of reasons to eat more peaches! LA Medical hopes you live a healthy and balanced lifestyle with proper exercise, a healthy diet, and thorough sleep. A healthy diet should incorporate fruits and vegetables that will provide the body with the nutrients and energy it needs. We invite you to try out the recipes below and enjoy National Peach Month!

Peach cobbler is a dessert beloved by many.

You will need:

  • 6 large peaches, cut into thin wedges
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

For the biscuit topping:

  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ stick cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • ¼ cup boiling water

To make the cobbler:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
  • Toss peaches with sugar, lemon juice, and cornstarch in a nonreactive baking dish and bake in the middle of the oven for 10 minutes.
  • While the peaches are cooking, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Blend in butter with fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in water until just combined.
  • Remove peaches from the oven and drop spoonful of topping over them. Bake in middle of the oven until topping is golden, about 25 minutes. Enjoy!

Another easy recipe is Summertime Peach Ice Cream.

You will need:

  • 4 cups peeled, diced, fresh peaches
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1 (3.75-ounce) packaged vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 cups half-and-half

To make the ice cream:

  • Combine peaches and sugar, let stand 1 hour.
  • Process peach mixture in a food processor or until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides.
  • Stir together evaporated milk and pudding mix in a large bowl; stir in peach puree, condensed milk, and half-and-half.
  • Pour mixture into freezer container of a 4-quart hand-turned or electric freezer. Spoon into an airtight container, and freeze until firm.

These are two recipes your family and friends are sure to love. Give them a try in celebration of National Peach Month! Visit the LA Medical online catalog and see what else we can do for you today!

National Immunization Month: 4 Reasons to Immunize from LA Medical

Posted on: July 29th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Take preventative measure this month to keep you and your family healthy.

Take preventative measures this month to be in your best health.

Reduce your risk of sickness and disease by taking advantage of immunizations. August is National Immunization Month and provides the perfect time to ensure you and your family’s immunizations are up to date. People of all ages can have immunizations to protect themselves from harmful diseases. Nobody should suffer from an illness that can be prevented, which is why LA Medical encourages you to take advantage of immunizations provided by doctors. Here we have 4 reasons to have you and your loved ones immunized.

Defense

One of the best defense methods against harmful diseases is the use of immunizations. They are available to ensure prevention against illnesses that can interrupt our life and cause serious health issues, and sometimes even death.

Protect Infants

Baby’s immune systems are not strong or able to fight many diseases. Before the age of 2, babies can be protected from 14 serious diseases. While it is not easy for any parent to have their child immunized, it will pay off in the long run. Most parents choose to have their babies vaccinated, with only less than one percent not giving any vaccinations.

Travel Abroad Safely

Anytime you leave the country it is a good idea to check with your doctor or online to ensure all immunizations necessary are taken care of. It’s vital to have all vaccinations done before leaving the country to keep you and others safe.

Peace of Mind

Don’t wait until an outbreak happens to get vaccinated. Take preventative measures so that if and when an illness starts spreading, you are protected. Missing work and other responsibilities when sick can add unnecessary stress to life.

This month LA Medical encourages you to take responsibility for you and your loved one’s health. We hope you to visit our online catalog to find health and safety products to assist you in daily life.

Back to School Safety from LA Medical

Posted on: July 28th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Keep safety in mind as a new school year begins.

Keep safety in mind as a new school year begins.

School is back in session! This time of year is exciting as classes begin and kids are busy with sports and other extra-curricular activities. Whether you have children, grandchildren, or friends going back to school, it is important to practice back to school safety. No matter how much precaution is taken, accidents can still occur. It is important to do all we can to protect children and for them to be aware of how they can stay safe as well. LA Medical invites you to visit our site for medical and safety supplies. From walkers to wheelchairs, we have aids to ease the life of anyone in need. Stay safe this August with tips found here:

  • Many schools require certain immunizations before attending school. Ask your school what they require and visit a doctor so your child will be protected. Physical check-ups are often also required before a student can participate in athletics.
  • Use sidewalks when walking to school or walk facing the traffic if a sidewalk is unavailable. Look both ways when crossing the street and practice walking the route with your child before they do so alone.
  • If biking to school, always wear a helmet and use hand turning singles. Ride on the right side of the road and in a single file.
  • Bullying can take the form of hitting, teasing, intimidating, or cyber bullying over social media sites or e-mail.  It can have a negative impact on the victim leading to depression, anxiety, missed school, and sometimes suicidal thoughts. If you ever sense someone is being bullied, ask questions to get all the information, access the situation, and take proper action.
  • Eating a healthy breakfast and lunch can provide children with the energy and nutrients they need to get through the day. Studies show children who eat a healthy and full breakfast are more alert and have higher tests scores than those who skip.

Ensure the safety of your child, grandchild, or friend this school year and offer these tips to them! We wish everyone the best of luck and invite you to visit LA Medical online today!

Differences between Assisted Living Facilities and Nursing Homes

Posted on: July 28th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Make the right decision for your loved one.

Make the right decision for your loved one.

It can be a difficult decision to move a loved one into an assisted living facility or nursing home. As people age, their need for care increases and they can find assistance in a home designed for their comfort and health.  It’s important to weigh the different options to ensure your loved one has access to the care they need.  LA Medical has bathroom safety products and other supplies available to provide you or a loved one with better safety and care within the home. Assisted living facilities and nursing homes are open and welcoming to anyone in need. Here we have provided the definitions and differences of assisted living facilities and nursing homes to select the best option for you.

Assisted Living Facilities provide a place for elders to become a part of a community and maintain independence. They are often given a space they can decorate themselves. They have group meals, laundry services, and housekeeping available. Individuals who need little to no help performing daily tasks will find comfort in an assisted living home. Aids are always on staff and available for patients to call upon when needed. Assisted living homes provide an atmosphere that is welcoming and appealing to many.

Nursing homes provide additional help to patients suffering with a cognitive impairment, debilitating medical problem, or need help with daily living tasks. Individuals who need special medical treatment and additional attention can find expertise in a nursing home. Families can feel better knowing their loved one is under the care of professionals who will provide 24-hour medical services. Nursing homes provide a comfortable atmosphere for the elderly to socialize and spend their days with the best assistance.

Deciding between an assisted living facility and a nursing home can be difficult. Make sure to take your loved one’s unique characteristics into consideration. Be conscious of their health and safety needs and ensure they are met as best possible with either option. LA Medical invites you to visit our site for safety and health equipment.

Discover the Benefits and Risks of Coffee Today

Posted on: July 28th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Be educated of the foods and beverages you consume.

Be educated of the foods and beverages you consume.

How do you take your coffee? 56% of Americans consume coffee every day, and over half of them claim it helps to feel more like themselves. Caffeine has been used for thousands of years to increase focus, clarity, and mental alertness. It stimulates the central nervous system and can cause mild dependence when consumed regularly. Coffee houses have become social hubs and meeting places for friends and professionals. Starbucks dominates on the West Coast, where it originated, whereas Dunkin Donuts has a larger presence on the East Coast, where it calls home. Wherever you are in the country, you are sure to find a coffee shop close by. LA Medical invites you to visit us online for your medical supplies. Here we have provided you with the benefits and risks of regular coffee consumption.

Benefits

  • Coffee contains caffeine which can increase energy and focus. Drinking a cup or two in the morning can help a person feel more awake and ready to tackle the day’s tasks.
  • Harvard published a study in 2011, stating women who consumed 4 cups of coffee or more a day had a 20% lower risk of depression.
  • Caffeine is found in almost every fat burning supplement on the market because it is one of few natural substances that have been proven to aid fat burning.

Risks

  • Caffeine is a drug and when consumed regularly, can cause mild dependence. When someone quits consuming caffeine, they may suffer with headaches, fuzziness, and fatigue until their body adjusts.
  • Most coffee beans are grown outside of the country where they are exposed to pesticides and harmful chemicals.
  • Pregnant women should avoid coffee because it travels through the placenta and reaches the fetus. The fetus is very sensitive to caffeine and metabolizes it very slowly. Women who are expecting a child should limit coffee consumption to only one cup of decaf a day or nothing at all.

Whether you are a coffee drinker or not, we encourage you to be educated about the food and drinks you are putting into your body. LA Medical cares about your overall health and we encourage you to keep us in mind for your health and safety supplies.

5 Steps for Eating Better on a Budget

Posted on: July 28th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Eating healthy can help you to feel your best!

Eating healthy can help you to feel your best!

Eating a balanced diet has many health benefits. It can give a person more energy, improve focus and mood, and help maintain a healthy weight. While eating well is important, it can be expensive. The key is to plan and prepare as much as possible. LA Medical hopes to provide you with 5 steps towards a healthier diet on a budget. We hope you find these helpful and incorporate steps here into your own life. We offer and abundance of home medical and personal products to improve your overall safety and health. Don’t hesitate to visit us online and give us a call today!

Step 1 – Create a budget for each month with your total income and expenses. Be sure to account for any special purchases needed in a month, for instance, in August you will have to buy back to school supplies. When it comes to food, always allow for more expenses than you predict. This is where most people incorrectly estimate the amount needed.

Step 2 – Eat out less to save more. Restaurants can be expensive and when dining with a family, meals add up quickly. Save your cash and cook a healthy meal at home instead! Visit websites, such as Pinterest, for fun and easy meal ideas your whole family will enjoy.

Step 3- Make large meals that you can refrigerate or freeze to have throughout the week. When pressed for time and money, it is easy to heat up a healthy meal you have already made and avoid snacking on unhealthy options. You will better avoid greasy fast food when a healthy option is ready to go right at home!

Step 4 – Don’t shop while hungry to avoid making unnecessary purchases. You will have better judgment of what you really need when your stomach is not growling. Shop the perimeter of the store to hit the healthiest options and avoid anything packaged and processed.

Step 5 – Shop in season for the freshest produce. Take advantage of farmer’s markets to find fresh and locally grown fruits and vegetables.

This month, LA Medical encourages you to save more and choose healthy options for you and your family! Eating better can be done easier when taking these steps and incorporating them into your life! Improve your health and financial standing with more preparation and planning.

5 Benefits of Life After 65

Posted on: July 28th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Age with ease and have fun along the way with LA Medical!

Age with ease and have fun along the way with LA Medical!

As people age they may become more aware of their growing medical and health needs. They may pay more visits to the doctor, have more prescriptions, or struggle with tasks that used to come easy. While aging is a process that typically involves extra care and attention, there are also many benefits that come with it. LA Medical has supplies to assist you or a loved one around your home and when going about daily life. We are confident you could use our products to ensure better safety and comfort in the life of you or a loved one. Below are 5 benefits that come with aging we hope you can relate to.

  • When someone turns 65 years old, they are granted senior citizen status. They are now able to receive Medicare, an affordable health insurance from the government that can offset many health expenses.
  • The government also provides every senior citizen with Social Security to ensure their financial wellbeing. The amount allocated depends on the individual’s income, retirement account, and taxes.
  • Senior citizens receive discounts at many restaurants and stores after providing proof of their age.
  • After retirement, it is still possible to find enjoyable part-time work. Whether for enjoyment or to make extra cash, there are companies that hire seniors for specific positions and agencies available to help with placement.
  • There are community centers all across the nation for seniors to gather at and socialize. They often have organized activities and volunteer opportunities to work at with your spare time.

Life after 65 can be an exciting time as you find new hobbies to enjoy or have time to travel to places you’ve always wanted to go. Keep your health in mind with LA Medical and call us today for your medical supplies!

4 Commitments to Make to Your Health Today

Posted on: July 28th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Work towards a healthier life.

Shifting to a healthy lifestyle takes work and and a commitment, but it is worth it!

Whatever stage in life you are at is the perfect time to recommit yourself to a healthy lifestyle. Being healthy doesn’t require strict diets or running marathons. It requires a balanced diet, an exercise regimen that you enjoy, and a positive mindset. By taking small manageable steps towards a healthy lifestyle you are sure to be successful. LA Medical values your health and hopes to provide you with products to increase safety, improve mobility, and assist with daily tasks. Visit our online catalog and discover what we can do for you. Here we have listed 5 steps to take towards a healthier lifestyle.

  1. A balanced diet should consist of a colorful plate with vegetables, fruits, protein, and whole grains. Start today to incorporate more greens and whole foods. Focus on portion size and freshness to ensure a healthy meal. Limit highly processed foods with added sugar and sodium.
  2. Exercise should become a part of daily life. If it isn’t already, start to make daily exercise a priority by moving at least 30 minutes every day. You will notice an increase in mood, energy, and weight loss. Being active isn’t about being unrealistically skinny; it’s about strengthening your bodily systems to fight cancer and disease. It’s about being able to experience life alongside your love ones.
  3.  Attitude is everything. A positive outlook on life is important to ensure your happiness and that of those around you. Thinking one positive thought every morning can increase your mood for the remainder of the day. Remember what is important in life and what is not worth fretting over. Life is short and you deserve to be happy.
  4. Show gratitude for those who have helped or inspired you throughout life. It may have been a teacher, coworker, or sibling that has done something for you. Write a letter or send flowers to show your appreciation.

LA Medical wants you to live life to the fullest. We have products to help you move and improve safety that we hope you take advantage of.

5 Health Concerns that Come with Age

Posted on: July 25th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Learn more about the common health concerns.

LA Medical explores common health changes our bodies may encounter as we age.

As people age they are faced with illnesses, disease, and pain than they may have never experienced before. Changes occur on the inside of the body as well as the outside. It is important to care for your health early in life to reduce the risk of issues later on. Simple steps like wearing sunscreen can protect your skin and prevent premature aging. LA Medical offers a wide range of safety equipment and aids in our online catalog to assist you. We invite you to visit our site today and allow us to meet your health and comfort needs. Listed here are 5 health concerns that come with age.

Falls- With age comes the risk of more falls. More than one third of 65 year old individuals experience a fall, which are the leading cause of death from injury in this age group. Grab bars can be installed on any smooth surface in the house for extra assistance.

Limited Mobility- Due to an illness, injury, or surgery, many elders experience limited mobility. Canes, walkers, wheelchairs, and scooters are all available through LA Medical to assist in stability and balance.

Arthritis- This is the most common chronic illness in the United States that affects the joints, muscles, ligaments, cartilage, and other internal body areas. It can be very painful and is often genetic.

Menopause- Women hit menopause at different times around their mid-40s. It has symptoms of hot flashes, mood swings, weight gain, sleep disorders, and others. It is best to be educated of the changes occurring and understand it is a normal aspect of aging.

Osteoporosis– Bones become thinner and weaker with age. When there is not enough calcium stored in the body, it is extracted from the bones. When bones are less dense, they are prone to fractures and breaks. It is important to consume enough calcium and vitamins to provide the body with sufficient nutrients.

Now is the time to take responsibility for your body and increase your strength and activity to prolong your health as long as possible. LA Medical values you and your health and we invite you to take advantage of our products for your needs!