What Does It Mean If You Are Anemic?

0 June 1, 2017

If you’re reading this, you might be asking yourself “Am I anemic?”

What does being anemic actually mean?

The definition of anemic is, “Suffering from anemia. Colorless, bloodless, pale, pallid, pasty-faced, sickly, weak, lacking in color, spirit, or vitality.” Anemia happens when your body doesn’t produce enough red blood cells. When you don’t produce enough red blood cells, you don’t get enough oxygen which results in feeling severely fatigued and can cause serious health complications. Anemia is also referred to as having low iron or poor blood. Signs and symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Irritability
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Racing or irregular heartbeat
  • Inability to concentrate or think clearly
  • Chest pain
  • Sexual dysfunction

Are these traits sounding familiar? If yes, you might be anemic. In order to be diagnosed as anemic you usually undergo the following:

  • A blood test that measures all the different components of your blood
  • Medical and family history (genetic or illness)
  • A physical exam showing your breathing and heartbeat
  • Other blood tests to show iron count or vitamin deficiencies to look more closely at the red blood cells

If you are diagnosed as anemic, it means that your

0 May 26, 2017

Did you know that there are so many great benefits of vitamin D?

Today we are talking about 3 types of vitamin D benefits that you won’t want to miss out on.

Vitamin D Benefits:

#1. Vitamin D Fights Disease

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, getting a daily dose of vitamin D actually helps reduce the risk of multiple sclerosis. Vitamin D also decreases your chance of developing heart disease, according to Circulation. Finally, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition says that, vitamin D helps reduce the likelihood of getting the flu.

#2. Vitamin D Reduces Depression

Ever heard of seasonal depression? If not, you can read about it here. Seasonal depression often times occurs when an individual is not exposed to vitamin D after long periods of time. In return, vitamin D might play an important role in regulating mood and warding off depression. Research has shown that people who were experiencing anxiety or depression were extremely deficient in vitamin D.

#3. Vitamin D Boosts Weight Loss

In a research study, people who received a daily dose of vitamin D and calcium supplement were able to lose more weight than subjects taking a placebo supplement. The effect of both t

0 May 18, 2017

Over 19 million American teenager and adults are struggling with daily depression.

Are you one of these 19 million who are fighting against daily depression?

Depression is a real illness. It is a brain disorder characterized by a persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities, causing significant impairment in daily life. Signs & Symptoms

  • Constantly sad, anxious, or feeling “empty”
  • Hopelessness or pessimism
  • Feeling guilty, worthless and helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
  • Low energy and fatigue
  • Difficult time focusing, remembering and making decisions
  • Hard time sleeping, over-sleeping, or early-morning awakening
  • Appetite and weight changes
  • Thoughts of death or suicide
  • Restlessness and irritability
  • Persistent physical symptoms

Symptoms are different for everyone. Some people feel constantly sad, while others may not feel sad at all. Symptoms may also vary depending on the stage of the illness.

6 Types of Depression

1.) Major Depression

This type of depression includes symptoms that interfere with your ability to work, sleep, study, eat, and enjoy life. Some episodes only happen once, but usually you can suffer with this frequently.

2.) Persistent Depres

0 May 12, 2017

Looking for some weight loss tips to help you lose some extra pounds by summer?

There’s more to weight loss tips than by just taking some magic fat burner pill. These 25 steps will be the easiest, simple small changes in your life that will make the biggest impact on your weight loss journey.

Disclaimer: Everyone’s body is different. Not all of these 25 steps are guaranteed to make your lose weight.

15 Weight Loss Tips:

1). Increase water intake When drinking about 4-5 liters of water a day, it cleanses your body from toxins in the form of urine which helps in any weight loss efforts. 2). Switch out your tea & coffee for green tea Drinking a cup of hot green tea every morning on an empty stomach can cleanse the toxins in your body and also reduce constipation. 3). Drink hot water with lemon & honey Hot water with lemon and honey is a great trick for losing weight. Drink every morning on an empty stomach. 4). Get rid of carbs Carbohydrates are a must in most individual’s diets. In fact, in all of the food groups, the amount of carbs consumed is the highest. This causes a problem because every gram of carbohydrate contains four calories. And most foods that are rich in carbs barely possess any other nutrients. Be careful with your carb intake. 5). Eat more

0 April 11, 2017

In this article you will learn about how to avoid type 2 diabetes and what exactly they are with a few facts and tips that will be life changing.

How can we avoid type 2 diabetes? Let’s first learn about what exactly is type 2 diabetes.

What is Type 2 Diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes is related to your glucose, or blood sugar levels in your body. There are different types of diabetes, but type 2 diabetes is the most common type which is when the body does not make or use insulin well. Insulin is a hormone that helps glucose get into your cells to give them energy. Without insulin, too much glucose stay in your blood and over time, high blood pressure can lead to serious problems with your heart, eyes, kidneys, nerves, gums and teeth. People are at a higher risk of type 2 diabetes if they are older, obese, do not exercise, or have a history of diabetes in the family. Symptoms include:

  • Extremely thirsty
  • Urinating often
  • Feeling very hungry or tired
  • Losing weight without trying
  • Having sores that heal slowly
  • Blurry eyesight

If you are close to obtaining type 2 diabetes, or are looking to prevent them, there is a lifestyle change that must occur in order to overcome diabetes. We’ve included a list below to take control and overcome diabetes

1). Become more active

By increasing your exercis

0 April 6, 2017

Are you, or someone you know currently fighting obesity?

Fighting obesity has become a common American topic across the country. Public schools are making the change over to “healthier options”, fast food chains are now displaying nutritional facts on menus, and the overall consumption of food per person is ever growing.

Believe it or not, obesity hasn’t been an issue until 2004, when Medicare announced the disease and started relief programs against the disease. This means that in less than 20 years our society has dramatically declined in health and awareness.

So what is Obesity?

According to the dictionary, the definition of obesity is, “the condition of being grossly fat or overweight”. Obesity is a disease that affects 78.6 million Americans, which is more than one-third of the U.S. adult population. 69% of the U.S. are categorized as being affected by obesity or having excess weight. Child obesity vs. adult obesity is extremely serious. When a child is obese they have a buildup of fat molecules and cholesterol in the views of the body and heart, and as the child grows older, the buildup will reach a blockage causing a heart attack. This topic of obesity should not be treated lightly. It is a serious issue as our world declines in health.

So what can we do to fight obesity?

1). Eat healthier Avoid fatt

0 March 31, 2017

Did you know that using headphones regularly can increase your risk at becoming deaf?

Any headphone user is at risk of becoming deaf and should learn how to lower that risk.

Headphones (and electronics) have become a normal necessary item for our everyday life. Our children use them at school, we use them at the gym, while we’re at the office working, at home listening to music, or listening along to a book. Everyone owns headphones and everyone uses headphones, which is all the more reason to learn how to use our headphones safely. According to doctor Natalie Johnson, she states that, “Very loud sounds, such as a gunshot, can damage hearing instantaneously,” says Johnson. “But listening to your iPod at moderately loud levels for a long time can do just as much damage.” There are a couple of things to keep in mind when listening with your headphones and that is: 1). Duration 2). Volume When thinking about duration it’s important to remember that if you participate in daily noise intake, that you should always try to give your ears a break periodically throughout the day and be cautious of not listening to anything too loud, for too long. Now think about volume. Most audiologist recommend that the sounds you are listening to should not go higher than 55 to 65 dBHL (decibels hearing level)

0 March 2, 2017

Want to learn to love your gut and improve your digestive health?

Learn about foods that your body will love and won’t keep you running for the bathroom door. We are going to clue you in on what’s good for your body to help improve your digestive health.

Today there are so many processed foods and not-so-good-for-you ingredients and elements that go into food preparation that our bodies sometimes just don’t love and end up having us head to the restroom more than (or less than) we would like. In all reality, our bodies were made to digest almost every type of food placed into your mouth. But sometimes our bodies just don’t like what we are feeding it and react in ways that wind up make us feeling sick. According to health.com, it’s best to avoid foods like fatty meats, to stay away and clear of upset stomachs.

Foods to stay away from:

  • High-fat and fried foods
  • Chili peppers
  • Dairy
  • Alcohol
  • Berries
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee, tea, and soft drinks
  • Corn

We’ve got a list for you below on foods that will leave your stomach and digestive system feeling well and great.

1.Yogurt

Yogurt contains healthy bacteria that help your gut digest food. Keep in mind that not all yogurts have these “bacteria’s” so make sure to check for live

0 February 9, 2017

Have you paid a visit recent to your local Montgomery Alabama Urgent Care?

If you have we hope you visited Medhealth Urgent Care. MedHealth Urgent Care is committed to providing convenient, competent, compassionate medical care in a warm, comfortable and nurturing environment.

MedHealth Urgent Care is a newly renovated urgent care that has been open and operating for almost two years. Dr. Lumpkin and Dr. Harris run the show and are high ranked doctors with a lot of experience who have high standards for their urgent care and make sure that their office is ran at the highest level of quality, no exceptions. The urgent care provides excellent and professional care on a whole new level, that is compassionate to everyone’s needs and always puts the patients first. Dr. Harris and Lumpkin have created an environment where they treat you like family and work together to make sure that everyone blends and feels right at home. Assistant Office Manager, Tiffany has been working for Medhealth Urgent Care for 18 months and when interviewed had this to say about MedHealth, “There’s quite a few urgent cares in Montgomery. I would say none of them compare to us. We are very professional and treat each patient as if they are the only one we take our time with them. That’s very important because you don’t want your patient to feel like they are being rushed in and

0 February 2, 2017

Ditch the Diet Coke runs… and DRINK WATER.

Are you getting the daily water intake that your body needs?

Most people can go an entire day only drinking one glass of water, or no water at all. If you are a victim of not drinking water, do you know how big of an impact this is having on your body? We need water to stay hydrated, have energy, get our body moving, flush out sickness, and keep our digestive system running regularly. So stop. Take a moment. And think about how much water you are really drinking everyday?  

Are you curious about how much water your body actually needs?

Find out how much water your body needs with these simple steps:

  1. Start with your current weight
  2.  Multiply your weight by ⅔ (67%)
  3. Figure out how many ounces you should be drinking

For example. If you weighed 175 lbs, you would multiply 175 X ⅔ and learn that you should be drinking 117 ounces of water a day, which is about 3.5 liters, just shy of a gallon of water a day. That’s right, almost a gallon of water a day!  

So why should we drink this much water?

  • Drinking water can help maintain the body fluids.

After all, our bodies are composed of 60% water.

  • Drinking water can help control calories.

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