CVS App

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CVS Pharmacy App is really cool. You can manage all your scripts on your smartphone. You can refill your meds and keep a medication history for up to two years. The app can send you alerts through email and text to refill your meds or to call your doctor to send more refills to the pharmacy. There are pictures next to the medications with their names. I especially enjoy seeing the weekly ads and being able to use my CVS card and have it scan from my smartphone while at the register. (As always folks be safe. Consult your healthcare provider before starting, stopping, or interrupting any health regimen. T-Tech Nurse is not a paid sponsor at this time). Thanks. T-Tech Nurse.

 

 

Drink Up

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Hello followers. T-Tech Nurse here again. I want to talk to you about this simple fluid called water. We underestimate this important but overlooked nutrient in our lives. Let’s face it folks we can’t survive without water. Did you know that 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated (medicaldaily.com)? Dehydration can lead to a host of issues including: fatigue, headache, dizziness, blurred vision, and moodiness. Not drinking enough water can also lead to urinary tract infections and other kidney issues. Mayo Clinic website (mayoclinic.org) states that are our bodies are made up of about 60% percent water and even a little dehydration can decrease our energy levels.

Water helps to lubricate our brains, muscles, joints, and tendons. It’s like motor oil for your vehicle. Nurses such as myself are guilty of not drinking enough water daily. I have been improving over the last two years. I usually take in about 1.5 liters of water per day. This isn’t bad for a college student who used to drink about 100 ounces of soda per day (Yikes!). According to the Breaking Muscle website article, there are 10 Life-Changing Reasons to Drink More Water, the benefits are as follows:

  • If you don’t drink water you will die
  • Prevent cancer
  • Be less cranky
  • Perform better athletically
  • Lose weight
  • Have less joint pain
  • Flush out waste and bacteria
  • Prevent headaches
  • Make you skin glow
  • Feed your body

I have experienced better moods, improved work outs, less headaches, and glowing skin, since I started drinking more water. Most people usually use the eight-eight ounce rule for staying hydrated by drinking water. Another good rule of thumb is, watching the color of your urine. It should be a pale yellow color or almost clear. Another fun way to keep up with your water intake is to use a free app such as Water Balance (see my article below). A woman oversees posted before and after photos of her facial and skin improvements by drinking three liters of water for 28 days. This can’t possibly be light and camera angles. I myself have noticed better looking skin, hair, and nails since I started drinking more water. This woman basically had a natural face lift. Check out the pictures at (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2480491/How-drinking-litres-water-day-took-years-face.html). Drink Up. Thanks T-Tech Nurse. (As always followers please be sure to consult your health care provider before starting, interrupting or stopping any health regimen).

Emergen-C

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Hello Followers. Cold and Flu season is just around the corner. It’s a good idea to take in some extra vitamins and minerals. A great product that I have been using for almost two years is Emergen-C Dietary supplement. In 2013 I came down with a horrible sinus and ear infection. I decided to try the product because a private duty patient of mine hardly ever got a cold and her mother told me about this product. I have not had a cold, sinus infection, or ear infection in almost two years. The product delivers a 1,000mg of vitamin C daily. It has other great ingredients as well such as folic acid, vitamin b12, calcium, phosphorus, and zinc. I have told family and friends about this great product. Just open the packet and mix with water. I’m living proof that it works. It’s inexpensive and can be purchased at your local pharmacy for about $10.00 (one month supply). Before starting this product, I would have to have antibiotics at least twice per year. This would cost me about $160.00 for co-pays, antibiotics, and OTC drugs to help keep me comfortable. I’ll take $10.00 over $160.00 any day. I take this product year round and it still comes out less than $160.00.  Everybody stay germ-free. (As always folks be safe. Consult your healthcare provider before starting, stopping, or interrupting any health regimen. T-Tech Nurse is not a paid sponsor at this time). Thanks. T-Tech Nurse.

The Cephaly

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The FDA has approved its first migraine headache prevention device. It’s called the Cephaly. If you know migraines like I do, they can be quite painful and debilitating.  This new device runs on battery and rest across the ears and forehead, just above the eyes. According to Wed MD it applies an electric current to the skin and underlying tissues to stimulate the trigeminal nerve. The Cephaly is said to be only for adults to use about 20 minutes per day. It available by prescription only.

So, what it a migraine headache? Migraines are thought to be a neurological condition caused by over excitation of specific brain areas. The American Migraine Foundation states that migraines affect 36million Americans. They cost Americans about $20 billion annually in medical cost and lost productivity. Currently there is no cure for migraine at this time. Therapy is aimed to prevention and keeping the number of migraine days as low as possible. I currently take an anti-migraine medication called imitrex, propranolol and allergy pill to prevent migraine headaches. Some migraine triggers that I have experienced myself is excessively loud noises, bright lights, dehydration (see my Drink More Water article and Water Balance App Article) lack of sleep, excessive heat or cold, etc.

The Cephaly is said to be safe and effective. According to the Cephaly website (www.cephaly.us) the electrodes that are applied to the skin can be used multiple times. The device itself should not cause pain and most people get used to the sensation very quickly. Some of the contraindications include having a pacemaker, metal implants in the body and pregnancy. The website reports that 81% of regular users are satisfied, have decreased use in medications by -75% and a decrease in migraine headaches of -77%. This device reminds me of something on the X-Men movies, but if it works it works. (As always folks be safe. Consult your healthcare provider before starting, stopping, or interrupting any health regimen. T-Tech Nurse is not a paid sponsor at this time.) Thanks. T-Tech Nurse.

Juice Plus Products

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Juice PlusHello followers.  One of the topics that I like to discuss on my blog is self care.  Self care should be practiced not just by nurses but by all people. Everyone is told from a young age to eat your fruits and vegetables. Most people can’t eat the recommended servings of fruits and veggies daily. Most of us need some help in the area of nutrition because of the everyday business of life such as work, school, kids, projects, family, etc. We know that we should get the recommended amount but we just don’t. The CDC recommends that adults whom engage in less than thirty minutes of exercise daily should consume 1.5-2.0 cups of fruit and 2-3 cups of vegetables daily. Seventy six percent of Americans did not meet the fruit requirements and eighty seven percent did not meet the vegetable requirements, according to the CDC article Adults Meeting Fruit and Vegetable Intake Recommendations –United States 2013.

I admit that I don’t get the recommended amount. How can Americans do better with consuming more fruits and veggies? I have been taking a product called Juice Plus since March of this year and it has made a huge difference in my everyday life. Juice Plus is not a vitamin. Juice Plus is made from real fruits and veggies from organic produce that is dehydrated and turned into a capsule or chewable.  Vegetables and fruits included in the product but not limited to are as follows:

Acerola cherry

Beets

Dates

Broccoli

Spinach

Carrots

Blackberry

Raspberry

Blueberry

Artichoke

There are over thirty fruits and vegetables in these products ladies and gentlemen. We all agree that fruits and vegetable are good for us. This product has made major changes in my life such as more energy, improved sleep, and better looking hair, skin, and nails. There is nothing artificial about or in Juice Plus products. The company invests in research to show proof that their products are beneficial. Children can also take Juice Plus. When an adult buys Juice Plus a child can be added for free to the adults order. The child will be a part of the Juice Plus Study and the parent just has to fill out a survey occasionally to show how Juice Plus has improved the child’s life. The company has found that 96% of Juice Plus children were showing some kind of benefit such as drinking more water, eating less fast food and soft drinks, and missing less days of school. Juice Plus has made such a tremendous change in my life.

The company also offers a plant based protein shake and a garden tower than can be moved into the house and grown year around. I wrote this article because I know there are people looking for a product like this and I want to share this product with as many people as I can. My stamina, workouts, endurance, strength, and concentration have all improved with these products. Juice plus comes in orchard, garden, and vineyard blends. I recommend taking all three to get the full benefits. Juice Plus is not a quick fix product. You need to give this product at least three months to work and get the best results. Juice Plus is affordable and cost about $2.50 per day for all three blends. The company also gives you the choice to make monthly payments if you can’t pay for it all upfront.   If you are interested please email me at rtonna1@cougarmail.collin.edu. As always stay safe folks. Consult your healthcare provider before starting, stopping or interrupting any healthcare regimen. Thanks and enjoy. Ttech-Nurse.

Water Balance App

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Happy New Year to all my followers.  Some of you may have health and fitness goals for New Year Resolutions.  This will be a great tool to help you reach your goals.  The Water Balance App is a great and fun tool to keep track of your daily water intake. I use it every day to help me stay encouraged and hydrated. This app is completely free and can be downloaded to your smartphone. The app first calculates the amount of water that you need by your sex, height, age and weight. It will give you notifications throughout your day to remind you to drink water and record it. This app even gives you ribbons for completing certain tasks such as drinking your calculated amount consistently for a certain amount of days. Each day starts with a body figure that is empty. Once you start recording the amount of water it fills and tells you the percentage.

The app has different categories to choose from such as water, juice, milk, tea, coffee, etc. You simply push the category, the amount in milliliters, and then the replenish button. It will automatically record your water intake on a grid and you can tap on the bar and it will tell you how much you had for a particular day for up to one year.   You can learn fast facts about drinking more water and earn a ribbon once you have read them all. As always folks be safe. Consult your healthcare provider before starting, stopping, or interrupting any health regimen. Thanks and Enjoy. T-Tech Nurse.