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June 2017

Dan’s Wellness Pharmacy Monthly Newsletter filled with coupons, articles and resources for the health of you and your family.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Can Diet Make a Difference?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a group of symptoms, including pain or discomfort in your abdomen and changes in your bowel movement patterns, that occur together.  If you’ve been diagnosed with IBS, talk with your doctor about how adjusting your diet may help. 

Certain foods or drinks may make symptoms worse:

  • High-fat foods
  • Some milk products
  • Drinks with alcohol or caffeine
  • Drinks with large amounts of artificial sweeteners
  • Beans, cabbage and other gas-causing foods
  • Gluten-containing foods (for some people)
  • Fermentable carbs (fructose, honey, apples, pears, mangoes, cherries, etc.)

To learn if certain foods trigger your symptoms, keep a diary and track:

  • What you eat daily
  • Your symptoms
  • When symptoms occur

Take your notes to your doctor and talk about which foods seem to make your symptoms worse.  You may need to avoid these foods or eat less of them.

Sources:  National Institute of Diabetes and… Continue reading

Men’s Health Update

Guys, You Can Eat Hearty and Stay Healthy

Men’s Health Week is June 12-18, so it’s a great time to think about your diet.  According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a healthy diet for men includes:

  • At least 2 cups of fruits and 2 ½ cups of vegetables daily.
  • Whole grains. Replace refined grains with whole-grain bread, cereal, pasta, brown rice or oats.
  • At least two to three servings of fish per week.
  • At least 38 grams of fiber per day for younger men; 30 grams of fiber per day for men over age 50.
  • Unsaturated fats such as oils, nuts and oil-based salad dressings in place of saturated fats, including full-fat dairy foods, butter and high-fat sweets. (Cut down on saturated fat from meat and fried foods, too.)
  • 4,700 milligrams per day of potassium from fruits, vegetables, fish, and skim or low-fat milk.

Moderately active males should… Continue reading

Tension Headaches and Migraines

What’s the Difference?

Headaches are the most common form of pain, according to the National Institutes of Health.  They’re a major reason why people miss work or school or visit a doctor.

Tension headaches (the most common type of headache) are caused by tight muscles in the shoulders, neck, scalp and jaw.  They may be related to stress, depression or anxiety and may occur more often in people who work too much, sleep too little, miss meals or drink alcoholic beverages.

Migraine headaches, which affect about 12% of Americans, involve moderate to severe throbbing pain, often on one side of the head.  During a migraine, people are sensitive to light and sound and may feel nauseated.  Some people have visual disturbances before a migraine.  Anxiety, stress, lack of food or sleep, exposure to light, or hormonal changes (in women) can trigger migraines.  Genes that control the activity of some… Continue reading

Fireworks Safety

Have Fun and Stay Safe on July 4

Everyone loves July 4th fireworks!  Attending a professional fireworks celebration is best.  But if fireworks are legal where you live and you decide to set them off, follow these safety tips:

  • Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Follow warnings and instructions.
  • Be sure other are out of range before lighting fireworks.
  • Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from houses, dry leaves and flammable materials.
  • Never try to re-light fireworks that have not fully functioned.
  • Keep a bucket of water handy.

Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Rx Gourmet

Heart Healthy, Diabetes Friendly – and Delicious!

Teriyaki Ginger Chicken
Serves 3

These tasty chicken pieces are so tender and full of flavor.  They can be cooked outside on the grill, inside on a kitchen grill or even in a stove-top pan.  Try serving them with roasted, diced sweet potatoes and stir-fried vegetables.  If you have leftovers, these work great in an Asian-style wrap for the next day’s lunch.

18 ounces chicken tenders pounded lightly to flatten
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, peeled and minced
2 green onions, finely chopped
¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce*
¼ cup teriyaki sauce
1 teaspoon honey
1 bunch fresh cilantro (optional)

Combine all ingredients except chicken in a small bowl.  Pour the mixture over the chicken.  Turn the pieces to coat evenly, cover and place in refrigerator for a minimum of three hours, but preferably… Continue reading

Bug Bites and Stings

When to See the Doctor?

Most bug bites and stings aren’t serious and can be safely treated at home with topical medication, such as hydrocortisone cream or an oral antihistamine to reduce the itch.  But sometimes a bug bite or sting could become serious.  Go to the emergency room immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms after a sting or bite:

  • Difficulty breathing.
  • The sensation that your throat is closing.
  • Swollen lips, tongue or face.
  • Chest pain.
  • A racing heartbeat lasting more than a few minutes.
  • Dizziness.
  • Vomiting.
  • Headache.
  • A red, donut-shaped rash that develops after a tick bite. This could be a sign of Lyme disease.
  • A fever with a red or black spotty rash that spreads. This could be a sign of Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

Source:  American Academy of Dermatology