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Boosting Your Immune System

Posted on: January 29th, 2015 by LAMedicalBlogger
The best way to treat illness is to stop it before it starts. You can do this by building up a strong immune system.

The best way to treat illness is to stop it before it starts. You can do this by building up a strong immune system.

If you have ever had the flu, you know how awful this dreaded virus can be. The best treatment is usually to rest and let the virus run its course. Wouldn’t it be a much more effective strategy to take measures to avoid getting sick in the first place? There are several healthy habits you start that will help decrease your risk of getting the flu year round.

Improve your stomach health: Over 70 percent of your immune system lives in your stomach. This consists of good bacteria that helps fight off the bad bacteria and viruses. Most of us have a damaged gut wall due to a poor diet and too many stressors. This damage causes foods to not be completely digested, sending undigested particles into the bloodstream. This can cause problems in the brain, immune system, metabolism and more. Fermented beverages, like kombucha tea, help repair the stomach’s wall by feeding its good bacteria so it can work properly.

Get more sleep: Sleep is vital for our body to function properly. Not getting enough sleep leads to high levels of stress hormones and can also cause more inflammation in your body. Seven to nine hours is the optimal amount of sleep for the immune system to function.

Wash your hands, but not too much: Washing your hands is the best way to avoid exposure to viruses. But washing them too much can hinder your immune system. If your immune system is not exposed to bacteria, your immune system can suffer from a lack of stimulation to produce a defense. This makes you more vulnerable to infections.

Your immune system’s job is to protect you from viruses and bacteria. Rather than reacting to an illness, be proactive and do what you can to prevent illness from occurring. LA Medical is your one stop shop for mobility, daily living, and safety products. Look through our online catalog today!

5 Things That Are Giving You A Headache

Posted on: January 27th, 2015 by LAMedicalBlogger
While nobody knows exactly what causes headaches, there is research supporting the case that certain foods may act as triggers.

While nobody knows exactly what causes headaches, there is research supporting the case that certain foods may act as triggers.

One out of every ten Americans has had at least one migraine that was physiologically caused by food, stress, or hormone changes. No one has a concrete answer as to what causes headaches and while everyone is different, there are patterns of food culprits that contain triggers for headaches and migraines. The most important thing is that you find the specific triggers for you and try to avoid them. Save yourself a headache and exercise caution around these items:

Your morning coffee: Although coffee can help wake you up and has been proven to have positive effects, it can also bring a big headache to some people. It has a stimulant effect that can result in muscle tension, causing a headache.

Artificial sweeteners: Foods made with artificial sugars and preservatives trigger headaches in many people. Check your labels and avoid ingredients like aspartame or words you can’t pronounce.

Last night’s leftovers: To avoid a headache, try to eat foods as fresh as possible. Tyramine levels increase in foods that are aged, fermented, or stored for long periods of time. Make sure you don’t eat leftovers from the fridge if they are more than three or four days old.

Dehydration: Simply put, your body needs water. Women should be getting eight glasses of water each day while men need about 10 glasses.  Drinking more water will hydrate your skin, reduce your risk of cancer, help fight infection and raise your energy levels.

Not eating often enough: Your body may react to a missed meal by giving you a headache. Aim to eat three meals each day with appropriate and healthy snacking in between. Be mindful of proportions, though, as eating too much at once can also be a headache trigger.

Eating a well-balanced diet and drinking plenty of water will help prevent a host of illnesses, including headaches. LA Medical Retail’s goal is to keep you and your loved ones happy and healthy. Please contact us with any questions you have!

Tease Your Brain- Good Ways to Give It a “Workout”

Posted on: January 25th, 2015 by LAMedicalBlogger
Giving your brain some exercise each day helps prevent cognitive problems like Alzheimer's Disease.

Giving your brain some exercise each day helps prevent cognitive problems like Alzheimer’s Disease.

Throughout our entire life, we are generating new brain cells and new connections between them. Experts believe that the more mental reserves we build up, the better we can fight age-related cognitive decline. You form more pathways when you challenge your brain with things like brain teasers, puzzles and games. These are good ways to stimulate your brain and give it a “workout”.

Getting adequate sleep and exercise are also important to having a healthy brain. Studies show that just 30 minutes of brisk walking each day can improve blood flow to the brain. This causes more cells to grow and connect just like mental exercise does. The stress hormone cortisol depresses growth of cells and connections in the brain, having the opposite effect of brain stimulation.

LA Medical wants you to have a healthy brain so we found some brain teasers to give your noggin a workout!

  1. A man stands on one side of a river, his dog on the other. The man calls his dog, which immediately crosses the river without getting wet and without using a bridge or boat. How did the dog do it?
  2. In 1990, a person is 15 years old. In 1995, that same person is 10 years old. How can this be?
  3. What do these words have in common: polish, job and herb?
  4. Put a coin into an empty bottle and insert a cork into the neck. How can you remove the coin without removing the cork or breaking the bottle?
  5. A sundial has the fewest moving parts of any timepiece. Which has the most?

Answers:

  1. The river was frozen.
  2. The person was born in 2005 B.C.
  3. All three words are pronounced differently when the first letter is capitalized.
  4. Push the cork down into the bottle. Then shake the coin out.
  5. An hourglass, with thousands of grains of sand.

We hope that these puzzles worked your brain! Daily stimulation is the best way to keep your brain as young as you feel! If you are already experiencing cognitive decline like Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, LA Medical wants to help you! We have different products to help you live an independent and safe life.

Could Coffee Save Your Life?

Posted on: January 22nd, 2015 by LAMedicalBlogger
Coffee not only helps give you a morning boost, but it can have a positive effect on your health.

Coffee not only helps give you a morning boost, but it can also have a positive effect on your health.

To many, a cup of coffee is the elixir of life each morning. You can’t fathom getting through the day without it. But not only is coffee warm and energizing, but according to research, it may also be good for you!  Check out some of the major benefits your cup of joe can have on your health:

Makes You Smarter. Caffeine, coffee’s active ingredient, is a stimulant that increases neuronal firing in the brain. Controlled trials have found that caffeine can improve your mood, reaction time, memory, and general cognitive function.

Helps You Burn Fat. Due to the stimulant effect we just mentioned, caffeine raises your metabolic rate and helps mobilize fatty acids from tissues.

Lowers Risk of Type 2 Diabetes. Type 2 diabetes has increased 10-fold in the last few decades, reaching epidemic proportions. Drinking coffee has been associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes with a range from 23% to 67%. People drinking several cups of coffee per day are shown to be the least likely to develop diabetes.

Lowers Risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Coffee not only helps your brain in the short term, but in the future as well. Coffee drinkers have shown up to a 60% lower risk of both Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Many people feel like they can’t survive without a cup of coffee in the morning and science is showing that this could be true! Coffee not only has physical benefits, but social benefits as well. Getting together with friends over a cup of coffee can help you feel connected. So don’t feel bad if you desire, or depend on, that cup of coffee in the morning. It has more benefits than just waking you up! For more health tips and advice, don’t forget to keep up with the LA Medical blog! We want to bring you relevant information to help you live a healthy life! While you sip your cup of coffee today, check out the products we offer in our online catalog!

Jumpstart Your Morning with These Healthy Habits

Posted on: January 18th, 2015 by LAMedicalBlogger
How well you start your morning could reflect on your entire day.

How well you start your morning could reflect on your entire day.

Mornings can be tough. It doesn’t seem that there is enough time to get up and ready, let alone have some time to eat breakfast or read the newspaper. But the energy you have throughout the day is determined by your morning routine. Even if you have a hard time getting up in the morning, these tips can help you be more productive and energized all day long.

Eat Breakfast: They say you are what you eat and this is especially true in the morning. The first meal you eat each day determines your energy levels throughout the day. Even if you don’t have a huge appetite, fill your body with protein to help wake it up.

Don’t Drink Coffee Right Away: Coffee is the solution to a rough morning for many people. But studies have shown that caffeine has a better effect on you after you have been awake a couple hours. Instead, start your day with a glass of water to wake you up and kick start your metabolism.

Exercise: Starting your day with activity will increase your energy and speed up your metabolism all day. If you can’t muster the energy to complete a full work out, simple stretching or yoga poses can improve your day. Stretching wakes up your mind and body, improving your energy levels.

Don’t Hit Snooze: When your alarm goes off, adrenaline kicks in and your body is ready to get up. Hitting the snooze button throws off your internal clock and can mess up your entire day. Those extra few minutes are not work confusing your mind and body.

Establishing a morning routine can help your mornings run more smoothly and start your day on the right foot. When your body gets used to waking up and completing certain tasks, you will stay energized throughout the rest of the day. LA Medical wants you to live a lifestyle that is as active and healthy as possible. Browse through our online catalog to see if any of our products can help you do that!

Myths about the Flu Vaccine

Posted on: January 15th, 2015 by LAMedicalBlogger
There are many myths floating around that keep people from getting a flu vaccination.

There are many myths floating around that keep people from getting a flu vaccination.

Although people have been talking about flu season since late October, the virus actually peaks in January and February in the United States. As many as 20% of Americans get sick with the flu each year but there are still many myths and rumors circulating around about this miserable illness. LA Medical believes it is important to make sure you know the truth about the flu virus and what you can do to prevent yourself from catching it.

1. You can catch the flu from the flu shot151

No matter how many times experts debunk this myth; many people refuse to get a flu shot each year. Flu vaccines are made from dead viral particles. Since the virus is not living, it cannot make you sick. The nasal-spray version of the vaccine contains a crippled version of a live virus but it still cannot make you sick. It takes two weeks for your body to form antibodies to the flu vaccine so there is still a chance you will get sick during that time, but don’t blame the shot.

2. The flu causes digestive problems

Although flu symptoms are miserable, gastrointestinal symptoms are rarely included. The stomach flu is a group of viruses that cause vomiting and diarrhea but these viruses are not influenza. Some sufferers do experience nausea and vomiting, however. But if these are your primary symptoms, it is probably not the flu.

3. Young, healthy people don’t need to worry about getting the flu

Influenza is most threatening to children, the elderly, and people with other illnesses. However, generally healthy people can still get the symptoms. For this reason, the CDC recommends that everyone get the shot early in the flu season. Even if you aren’t in the high-risk group of people, the vaccination can stop you from transmitting the illness to more vulnerable people.

Flu season happens every year and chances are you won’t be able to avoid it forever. Protect yourself by getting an annual flu shot. Not only will the vaccine protect you, but also those around you. If you are or are going to be interacting with young children or elderly people, it is important that you get vaccinated as well. LA Medical wants you to stay healthy this flu season and all year long!

Cold and Flu Survival Guide

Posted on: January 13th, 2015 by LAMedicalBlogger
Cold and flu season peaks in January and February. Keep yourself safe with some preventative measures.

Cold and flu season peaks in January and February. Keep yourself safe with some preventative measures.

As we all know, winter is a season running rampant with cold and flu germs. Flu activity typically peaks in January and February so it is important to not only understand how to treat yourself if you get sick, but also how to prevent it! We have a few easy methods you can use to combat germs this month.

Eat more berries – Blueberries and other dark berries help strengthen your immune system and help reduce inflammation. Try to get ½ to 1 cup each day!

Exercise – Walking, biking or jogging can cut the number of colds you get in half. The increased breathing, blood flow, and body temperature that come with moderate activity have been shown to aid the immune system.

Quiet your mind – Research from the University of Wisconsin shows that mindful meditation reduces cold frequency, length, and severity by 33% to 60%. Take a few minutes each day to relax, reflect, and clear your racing mind.

Sleep more – Getting more ZZZs when you are sick increases the activity of proteins to help clear the infection faster. This is also the best way to guarantee a speedy recovery if you do get sick.

Understand your symptoms – Knowing whether you have a cold or the flu can guide your treatment. Common symptoms of the flu are fever, chills, and aches while sneezing, stuffy nose, and sore throat are common symptoms of a cold. You can find out more about the difference between a cold and the flu in our previous blog post Cold vs. Flu.

LA Medical wants you to stay healthy this month and throughout the rest of the year. Washing your hands is the best way to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria. Remember that flu vaccinations are still available to prevent you and those around you from getting sick.

5 Ways to Practice Gratitude in 2015

Posted on: January 11th, 2015 by LAMedicalBlogger
A New Year is a great time to start some new habits like practicing gratitude.

A new year is a great time to start some new habits like practicing gratitude.

Although Thanksgiving is a couple months past, the start to a new year is a good time to start new habits. We are just coming off of the holiday season where we were surrounded by loved ones, warm homes, and delicious food. The holiday season is a great time to be reminded of what we are thankful for. Let’s not let another year go by without making a positive change. Simply practicing gratitude in your life is a tool to have a more positive attitude.

  1. Keep a gratitude journal

Make gratitude a daily habit! Buy a notebook and write down a number of good things that happened to you or that you are grateful for each night. Write as many things as you’d like but make sure you really feel grateful as you write each item. Commit to it and be consistent!

  1. Write thank you notes

Writing a thank you not to someone you have never thanked before can cause a quick and easy mood boost. Commit to write a thank you letter on a regular basis – like weekly or monthly. Not only will you make the recipient’s day, but yours too!

  1. Use your head

The feeling of gratitude itself can help you feel better each day. Recognizing and imagining your gratitude for someone can give you a mood boost.

  1. Thank yourself

Rather than focusing on areas where you believe you are lacking, focus on what you are grateful for! Each day, think about what you appreciate about yourself. Write a few things down to maximize the positive impact this exercise can have!

  1. Meditate

Mindful meditation on what you appreciate can be a powerful tool in your life. Try to practice being completely present rather than wishing for something in the future or past. Just be grateful for what is happening right now can change your perspective to something positive.

Being grateful is a healthy way to practice positivity in your life as well as the lives of others. It can also be very healing mentally and emotionally. LA Medical can offer products to help you stay healthy physically, but we care about your mental and emotional health too! Remember to take some time out of each day to reflect and be thankful. Contact us with any questions or concerns you have!