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Manage Stress for Better Physical and Mental Health

Manage Stress for Better Physical and Mental Health

By on Apr 17, 2018 in Health Tips | 0 comments

If you suffer from painful headaches, muscle tension and fatigue, it could be because there’s too much stress in your life. Stress is one thing we cannot completely avoid, but it is also a problem that can affect every part of your body. It can also affect your behavior and your mood. Even a little bit of stress can make you tense those muscles, make you feel overwhelmed, and cause you to eat too much, or not enough. Everyone has stress in their lives. But the amount of stress that you live with is what might be making you sick. One of the most common areas of the body that can be affected by stress is the musculoskeletal system. When you’re stressed, your muscles tend to tighten. Prolonged muscle tension in the shoulders, neck and head can cause migraines and other types of headaches.  Talk to your pharmacist at Searcy Medical Center to get answers to all the questions you have about stress headaches. Stress affects all part of your body  It’s not just muscles that take a beating from stress. It affects other parts of your body too. Stress makes you breathe harder, sometimes making you hyperventilate or causing an existing condition like asthma or lung diseases to worsen. It makes your heart beat faster and if the stress is long-term or chronic, it can cause problems for your heart and blood vessels. Too much stress causes blood pressure to go up, putting you at risk for stroke or heart disease. Stress can also have a negative affect on your stomach and other parts of your gastrointestinal system. You may have upset or nervous stomach that, again if prolonged, can cause other conditions. Stress makes you feel overwhelmed, anxious and nervous. People who already have chronic medical conditions are advised to avoid as much stress as possible. Stress drains your body and can adversely affect those conditions, making them worse.  Knowing how to relax is the key  If you have stress because of job-related deadlines or family problems, then you probably need to know how to relax. You may need to intentionally carve out time for relaxation. Talking with friends or family, keeping a sense of humor, exercising regularly...

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Why Drinking Water Should Be On Your To-do List

Why Drinking Water Should Be On Your To-do List

By on Mar 8, 2018 in Health Tips | 0 comments

Almost every one of your body’s systems, especially the digestive and endocrine systems, depends on an ample supply of fluid to function. Drinking water, along with a balanced diet, is one of the important things you do every day to make sure you have a healthy body that works efficiently. Dehydration causes lots of problems You might not be so dehydrated that you need to take a trip to your doctor or hospital, but everyone has some level of this lack of water because of activity and diet. If you work out and sweat a lot at the gym, you’ve lost valuable fluid. Even regular daily activity can decrease your body’s natural fluid levels. If you don’t eat a balanced menu of fruits and vegetables, you might not have enough fluid in your system. Medications, illness, and too many alcoholic drinks can also decrease the fluid that your body craves and needs. The good news is that unless you’ve lost a huge amount of your body’s water because of illness, exercise, or medications, your body often tells you that you need to drink. Replenishing the balance of fluid in your body means that you should drink water and eat those fruits and veggies. Dehydration causes your energy to drop, so you’ll feel tired and listless When you’re fatigued, brain function is affected, too. A lack of water can cause pain in your muscles and joints. Many experts believe that you’ll most certainly have more muscle cramps if you’re not drinking enough water. Water is beneficial for many things Drinking water helps you digest food. It helps push it through the digestive system. It hydrates the kidneys and colon and can relieve constipation. Some experts believe that water can help prevent colon and bladder cancer. Others believe that it will help you avoid dry, brittle nails; dull hair and dry skin. Much of this may again be because you’re dehydrated and not getting enough water every day. Water can help if you want to lose weight. Drinking it before a meal can make you feel full and less likely to overeat. Unless you add something to it, it has no sugar and can replace those sugary drinks that cause weight...

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You Have More Control over Your Heart Health Than You Think

You Have More Control over Your Heart Health Than You Think

By on Feb 15, 2018 in Health Tips | 0 comments

Heart health is a serious issue for many people, both male and female. And while heart attacks are serious and dangerous, they are not the only condition that can cause a heart to be damaged or even fail. Here at Medical Center Pharmacy we see many people concerned, and frightened, about the possibility of heart-related conditions. That’s why we think it is important for everyone to understand how and why the heart can be affected and what steps can be taken to prevent a surprising heart illness or ailment. Many conditions can affect the heart Heart health and heart disease have been linked to a variety of conditions including genetics, lifestyle, and congenital defects. It’s not always just one condition, but the combination of them that result in heart episodes. For that reason, it is good to know the different potential problems to reduce your risk as much as possible. Consider these: Cholesterol levels. A body can experience coronary heart disease if there is too much bad cholesterol. Everyone needs cholesterol, at least the good kind. But bad cholesterol can stick to the sides of cells and build plaque in your arteries. This build-up can cause chest pains. The resulting clot is what causes blockage in your arteries and heart attacks can occur. Shortness of breath and fatigue can occur because the flow of blood, which supplies oxygen, is diminished. Blood clots form when the plague builds so much that it ruptures. Muscle strength. Because the heart is a muscle, like any other muscle, it can become weak or damaged. The heart’s pumping of blood becomes affected and congestive heart failure becomes a possibility. The natural process of aging can put anyone over the age of 65 at risk for congestive heart failure. But not all who suffer from congestive heart failure are elderly. Chronic health conditions. Young women are at risk as well as those who have a damaged heart valve or other conditions that could affect the heart. Conditions like diabetes, thyroid disease and high blood pressure can weaken the heart so that it cannot pump blood as it should. Over use of drugs and alcohol can also weaken the heart muscle and cause it to fail....

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Headaches are a Pain in the …

Headaches are a Pain in the …

By on Jan 9, 2018 in Health Tips | 0 comments

Everyone experiences a headache from time to time. They can be painful and sometimes signal a more serious condition. They can put you in bed and be debilitating. But, with self-awareness and the help of a trusted doctor, you can often treat your headache successfully. You know your own body. For example, you may already know that if you don’t get enough sleep each night, you’ll experience a headache the next day. Or if you don’t eat enough or eat too much sugar, your head will hurt for a short period of time. You also know that you can treat these headaches on your own with over-the-counter pain medications like aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen. But for headaches that you can’t explain or are caused by another condition, you will need to consult your doctor. Different types of headaches can occur There are two different types of headaches that most people may experience: primary and secondary. Primary headaches are further categorized as tension headaches, migraines or cluster headaches. The Mayo Clinic defines cluster headaches as headaches, “which occur in cyclical patterns or clusters, are one of the most painful types of headache. A cluster headache commonly awakens you in the middle of the night with intense pain in or around one eye on one side of your head.” Primary headaches occur because of problems with blood vessels, nerves in the brain, brain tissue, chemical changes, and muscles and joints. Some of these headaches can be triggered by things like alcohol and the food that you eat, lack of quality sleep, and increased stress. Even not eating can cause these headaches. Secondary headaches are any headaches that are caused by other conditions. A few examples are: Acute sinusitis Blood clot Brain tumor Concussion Dehydration Dental problems Ear infection (middle ear) Encephalitis High blood pressure (hypertension) Influenza (flu) and other (fever) illnesses Medications to treat other disorders and overuse of medications Stroke Treatment doesn’t always mean medication While you can get relief from many headaches with an over-the-counter pain medication, making lifestyle changes can also make a difference. Reducing stress, managing blood pressure, exercising, eating a balanced diet, and getting plenty of good sleep can make a difference in the number and...

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Watch Out for Your Bones and Muscles During Treacherous Winter Weather

Watch Out for Your Bones and Muscles During Treacherous Winter Weather

By on Dec 5, 2017 in Health Tips | 0 comments

Winter weather – snow and ice – can be beautiful when it’s white and glistening. But as anyone knows it can also be treacherous. Falling on a patch of ice or even sliding on the snow can result in sprains, broken bones and general aches and pains. A worker’s compensation website for the company SFM, says that 25% of all winter falls occur in parking lots. But many people also fall on their own driveways and sidewalks. Streets and sidewalks can be snowy during the first few days of a winter storm. But even after snow is removed by homeowners or city officials, ice and slush can make walking dangerous. You should also consider the probability of slick floors inside buildings because of melted snow and ice. The best way to prevent winter falls is to be conscious of surfaces and walkways. Don’t carry too much in your arms, walk carefully taking short steps, and bend the knees a bit. If you do fall, try and avoid using your arms to break your fall.   Fractures, sprains and strains occur in winter   One of the most common results of falling on the ice could be a fractured or sprained ankle. If you experience a fracture or a severe sprain, you should seek medical help from a doctor immediately. Fractures can mean that you’ll have severe pain, swelling, and bruising. You may not be able to walk or put weight on the ankle. Fractures are often tender around the broken bone. You could also sprain or fracture your wrist or elbow. Head injuries may not be as common, but they are possible. Sprains can have the same symptoms, but treatment will vary with the severity of the sprain. Unless you have severe pain and swelling, you may be able to treat your own pain. You can purchase an elastic bandage or compression wrap from your pharmacist to wrap the ankle or wrist. You might also try an ice bag for the swelling. Keep it elevated and get plenty of rest. If you can’t put weight on your ankle, you may need to purchase a cane or some kind of brace.    Ask your pharmacist about creams for pain  ...

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Are Probiotics a Good Choice for You?

Are Probiotics a Good Choice for You?

By on Nov 2, 2017 in Health Tips | 0 comments

You’ve probably seen the commercials with the celebrity spokesman who loves eating yogurt to solve her digestive issues. She recommends it to all her friends because it has probiotics in it. Probiotics have become a hot topic for many who have digestive issues. But what are probiotics and are they good for you? What do doctors say about probiotics and should you take supplements of probiotics? Here at Medical Center Pharmacy, we get lots of questions about probiotics. What are probiotics? Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health. Each of us has both good and bad bacteria in our bodies. The balance between the good and the bad is essential for good health. The wrong food choices, lack of sleep, stress, age, and taking too many antibiotics are just some of the factors that can rock this health balance. Once the balance is tipped towards too much bad bacteria, our immune systems will allow disease and other conditions to play havoc with our bodies. Are probiotics good for you?  When we lose good bacteria because of these factors, probiotics in food, beverages and supplements can restore the body’s original good bacteria. Probiotics can help move food through the gastrointestinal tract for better digestion. The two most common types of probiotics are lactobacillus and bifidobacterium. Lactobacillus can be found in fermented foods like yogurt and acidophilus milk. They have been used to alleviate conditions like colic in babies, inflammation of the colon, and urinary tract infections. These probiotics can also be used to treat digestive problems, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, and vaginal yeast infections. Probiotics can also help alleviate skin disorders including fever blisters, canker sores, eczema and acne. Bifidobacterium helps ease the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, too, and is used in the treatment of infectious diarrhea caused by viruses, bacteria or parasites, antibiotic-related diarrhea, ulcerative colitis, yeast infections, colds and flu, breast pain, hepatitis, and lactose intolerance. What do doctors say about probiotics and supplements?  Doctors believe that probiotics can benefit patients who are on antibiotics. These doctors prescribe probiotics to prevent diarrhea. Remember that we are talking about two different forms of probiotics – the natural probiotics that you can get...

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