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Are Expired Drugs Still Safe And Effective?

With a pounding headache you reach into your medicine cabinet for some aspirin and realize the expiration date on the bottle passed … quite a while ago. Do you take it?  Will it be a fatal mistake or will you simply continue to suffer? One of the questions I get asked the most by patients is: “Should they take expired medication or throw it out?” This information is very important for two reasons:  A.) There are some medications that should not be used past their expiration dates and  B.) Medications can be expensive and habitually replacing expired but unused drugs…

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Headaches are Caused by Dehydration?

Did you know that 80% of headaches are caused by dehydration? On especially hot days, nine degrees or more above average, your risk of getting a migraine jumps 8%. Our brains are mostly water and when you reduce the water content in your body your brain literally shrinks because your blood flow function becomes disrupted and causes a reduction of flow to the brain. This in turn causes inflammation. In short, your body simply does not have enough water to function properly. You can recognize a dehydration headache because it causes pain when you move. To improve the symptoms, reduce…

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Good Bacteria

Bacteria comes in two forms GOOD and BAD. Bad bacteria is, of course, what can make us sick but good bacteria keeps us healthy. It is important to keep a steady stream of good bacteria coming into our bodies. Good bacteria is more commonly referred to as probiotics. Here are some great sources of probiotics you can begin consuming right away. -There are dairy sources such as yogurt, kefir, buttermilk and aged raw cheeses. -Veggies and fruits are also a great source– introduce tomatoes, artichokes, onions, greens, asparagus, garlic, leeks, berries and bananas. -Veggies and fruits are most effective when…

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Five Tips for Making Time for Exercise

Four percent of your day can change your body in mere months. One hour of your day is all it takes to get you fit. Here are five things you can change in your day to squeeze in a workout: Four percent of your day can change your body in mere months. One hour of your day is all it takes to get you fit. A few tiny changes in your day are all that is needed to squeeze in a workout. Here are five tips for making time for exercise: 1) Turn off the tube: Television can be a distracting…

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Listen to your Body

When we realize we are unhealthy and overweight, we have often been ignoring our bodies for far too long. You absolutely must listen to your body. Here are five ways your body is telling you that you need a change: 1) Your eyes: have you noticed that the dark circles under your eyes are darker and deeper? This is a sign that you need to take more time to sleep. What may not be so obvious is that dark circles can also be a sign of food allergies. Talk to your doctor about this symptom and journal your food intake…

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National Eye Exam Month

August is National Eye Exam Month, a month dedicated to the importance of eye health and safety. So, if it’s been a while since you’ve had your eyes checked, now’s the time to call your local ophthalmologist.

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