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7 Powerful Foods to Add to Your Diet

Posted on: May 14th, 2015 by LAMedicalBlogger
Find out about these "superfoods" and how they can help you look and feel healthier!

These “superfoods” can help you look and feel healthier!

 

While popping a multivitamin each day might be beneficial and worthwhile, it is a lot more fun to eat real food! You can get most, if not all, of your essential nutrients by selecting the right combination of foods. It is all about which ones you choose!

The list of “superfoods” is always growing, but we want to highlight a few different items that can boost your immunity, decrease inflammation, build muscle and fight off disease. Try to work the following foods into your diet:

Dried plums: Dried plums, also called prunes, are rich in copper and boron, both of which can help prevent osteoporosis. Try four or five a day to increase your bone strength and boost your energy.

Spinach: Usually known as a muscle building, spinach is also rich in vitamin K, making it a bone builder. Spinach is also high in calcium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.

Blueberries: Blueberries are a small, but mighty, immunity booster. They can help prevent diseases from cancer to heart disease. Just one serving of blueberries contains more antioxidants than any other fruit.

Chocolate milk: Research shows that the calcium and vitamin D in chocolate milk helps preserve cartilage and joint health. Drinking one large glass after you work out will boost your muscle growth and speed up recovery.

Olive oil: Extra-virgin olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fats, which can reduce inflammation in cells and joints.

Almonds: Another tasty inflammation fighter is almonds. This energy-rich snack helps lower bad cholesterol and can lower blood sugar in those with diabetes. Be sure to keep the skins on – they are full of antioxidants!

Pineapple: Pineapples have a mix of vitamins, antioxidants and enzymes that benefits the entire body. They can protect against colon cancer, arthritis and macular degeneration. Dish up half a cup, two or three times a week!

LA Medical recognizes that the fuel you give your body is important for keeping it healthy. You can find more information about nutrition and healthy living in our previous blog posts.

The Bitter Side of Sweets

Posted on: October 24th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
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Halloween is a great time to teach your kids about maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle

 

Halloween is a favorite time of year for many children. Who can blame them? You get to dress up in a costume, deck your house with spooky decorations and of course get lots of candy.

Halloween can also be a challenging time for parents who are trying to emphasize the negative effects of junk food to their kids. This time of year can be used as a tool to teach children the importance of a healthy diet and how to treat themselves only in moderation. As a family owned distributor, LA Medical cares about the health of you and your family. Try some of our tips to make this a healthier Halloween for you and your kids!

Procrastinate buying candy – Most stores have had Halloween candy displays since the middle of September. If you buy the sweets right when they hit the shelves, it is more tempting to tear into them before trick-or-treating even starts. Try to hold off buying your candy until one or two days before the big event. You may even get an end of season discount!

Establish candy eating rules with your child before they go – Discuss rules with your child about not eating any candy until they have come home and had an adult inspect it. Sort through the candy to make sure that everything is in its original wrapping and has not been tampered with.  This is also a good time to agree upon when the candy will be eaten.

Stay active – Take a longer walk around the neighborhood to trick-or-treat and enjoy the Halloween decorations and costumes that others are wearing.

Divide up the candy right away – After you have sorted through the candy, have your child help divide up their favorite sweets into small baggies. This is a good way to teach portion control, a vital part of a healthy diet. Set a rule about eating one baggie of candy each day and put the others out of sight so they are not a temptation.

Help your child to enjoy their Halloween without overindulging. If your family dedicates to practice healthy eating habits throughout the rest of the year, limiting poor nutritional choices throughout holidays like Halloween will be much easier. LA Medical offers different diabetic supplies in our online store.

A Scary Shift in Type 2 Diabetes

Posted on: October 15th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
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Type 2 diabetes is becoming more common in children

 

Are you ready for Halloween? Kids everywhere are getting excited for America’s scariest and sweetest night of the year. However, it is important to give children proper training about what makes a healthy diet and making sugary habits can affect their health.

Just a few years ago, it was almost unheard of to have a child diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. In fact, it used to be called adult-onset diabetes because it was much more common among adults. However, the diagnosis of type 2 diabetes is becoming more common in the youth of America, especially those who are overweight. It is a chronic condition that affects the way your body metabolizes glucose. If you have type 2 diabetes, your body does not use insulin properly. While medical suppliers like LA Medical offer diabetic supplies to help maintain diabetes, it is still a daily struggle for many adults and children. Doctors don’t fully understand why some children get type 2 diabetes while others with the same risk factors don’t, but there are some definite trends. Some different risk factors of type 2 diabetes in children are:

  • Being overweight
  • Family history of diabetes
  • Female gender
  • Specific ethnic groups
  • Problems with insulin resistance
  • Inactivity

While there is typically a genetic background to type 2 diabetes, the alarming increase in juvenile type 2 diabetes diagnoses underscores the role of environmental factors. The greatest risk factor for type 2 diabetes is excess weight. According to the CDC, nearly one third of all American children are considered overweight or obese. When a child is overweight, chances of them developing diabetes more than doubles. Obese children produce too much insulin so when the need for insulin arises, they are likely unable to produce enough more.

Type 2 diabetes is an increasing issue in the United States and, in many cases, can be prevented. Encourage your kids to eat healthy foods, be physically active and maintain a healthy weight. Halloween can be a great time to teach your kids the importance of maintaining a healthy weight through activity and a well-balanced diet. If you or your child suffers from type 2 diabetes, LA Medical offers quality diabetic supplies in our online store. Check it out today!

Celiac Disease- Why and How to Go Gluten Free

Posted on: September 12th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Before beginning a gluten free diet, ensure you are aware of where it is located and how to stay healthy without.

Before beginning a gluten free diet, ensure you are aware of where it is located and how to stay healthy without it.

People begin a gluten free diet for different reasons, the most common reason being treatment of celiac disease. Gluten causes damage to the small intestine for someone with celiac disease and is best to be avoided to prevent nutrient deficiency and other medical issues. Within two weeks of starting a gluten free diet, people with celiac disease often find their symptoms have improved. Whether someone adapts a gluten free diet for medical reasons or as a trendy diet, it is important to be aware of its purpose, where gluten it is found, and how to maintain a balanced diet without it. LA Medical believes a large part of living a healthy lifestyle is eating a diet full or nutrients and vitamins. Contact LA Medical for safety and health supplies today! We hope you make positive health choices and changes as needed!

What is gluten?

It is a protein that is found in wheat, barley, and rye. It helps food keep its shape and acts like a glue to hold substances together.

Where is gluten found?

Gluten is commonly found in pasta, cereal, bread, pastries, candies, crackers, cookies, salad dressings, sauces, and more foods. There are gluten free products in specialty stores and online. However, be careful of cross contamination that may occur in restaurants and factories. Just because something says gluten free, doesn’t mean it is completely free of any traces of it. Ensure the food is gluten free certified and safe for consumption.

Alternatives to gluten:

Because many foods are cut out of a gluten free diet, it is important to ensure you are still getting enough nutrients and vitamins. Foods that are allowed and encouraged are: beans, seeds, nuts, eggs, fresh meats, fruits, vegetables, and most dairy products. Foods from corn, flax, soy, potato, rice, and other gluten free flours can be used and often substituted for other flours.

It is important to be aware of the benefits and risks of any lifestyle or diet change. If you or someone you know is newly diagnosed with celiac disease, share this blog and help them make a smooth adjustment. LA Medical encourages you to live a healthy and positive life. With exercise, a healthy diet, and sleep, you are sure to function and feel your best.  Please don’t hesitate to give LA Medical 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!

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.