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Preventing the Flu

According to the CDC, the most effective way to prevent the flu is getting a flu vaccine.

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  • Flu Shots can Prevent or even lessen the severity of flu.
  • 71% reduction in flu-related hospitalizations among adults of all ages*
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From the CDC:

 

How can I protect myself against flu?

Yearly flu vaccination is the best tool currently available to protect against influenza (flu).

While how well the flu vaccine works can vary, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccination as the first and most important step in protecting against flu and its potentially serious complications. Millions of people have safely received flu vaccines for decades. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.

Recent studies* by CDC researchers and other experts indicate that flu vaccine reduces the risk of doctor visits due to flu by approximately 60% among the overall population when the vaccine viruses are like the ones spreading in the community.

A flu vaccination does not guarantee protection against the flu. Some people who get vaccinated might still get sick. However, people who get a flu vaccine are less likely to get sick with flu than someone who does not get vaccinated.

Why should I get the flu vaccine?

There are lots of reasons to get a flu vaccine each year.

  • Flu vaccination is an important preventive tool for people with chronic health conditions. Vaccination was associated with lower rates of some cardiac events among people with heart disease (Ciszewski, 2008; Phrommintikul, 2011), especially among those who had had a cardiac event in the past year (Udell, 2013). Flu vaccination also has been shown to be associated with reduced hospitalizations among people with diabetes (79%; Colquhoun, 1997) and chronic lung disease (52%; Nichol, 1999).
  •  A recent study showed that flu vaccine reduced children’s risk of flu-related pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) admission by 74% during flu seasons from 2010-2012 (Ferdinands, 2014).
  •   Flu vaccination can reduce the risk of more serious flu outcomes, like hospitalizations and deaths.
  •   Flu vaccination also may make your illness milder if you do get sick (Belshe, 1998).
  •   Flu vaccination can help protect people who are at greater risk of getting seriously ill from flu, like older adults, people with chronic health conditions and young children (especially infants younger than 6 months old who are too young to get vaccinated).
  •   Flu vaccination can keep you from getting sick from flu. Protecting yourself from flu also protects the people around you who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness.
  • One study showed that flu vaccination was associated with a 71% reduction in flu-related hospitalizations among adults of all ages and a 77% reduction among adults 50 years of age and older during the 2011-2012 flu season (Talbot, 2013).
  • Vaccination helps protect women during pregnancy and their babies for up to 6 months after they are born. One study showed that giving flu vaccine to pregnant women was 92% effective in preventing hospitalization of infants for flu (Benowitz, 2010).
  • Other studies have shown that vaccination can reduce the risk of flu-related hospitalizations in older adults. A study that looked at flu vaccine effectiveness over the course of three flu seasons estimated that flu vaccination lowered the risk of hospitalizations by 61% in people 50 years of age and older (Talbot, 2011).

*A list of references for the research studies mentioned above is available on the CDC website http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/benefit-publications.htm.


National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases

How well do flu vaccines work?

The benefits of flu vaccination can vary. The most important factors that affect how well the flu vaccine works include:

The “match” between the flu vaccine and the flu viruses that are spreading that season; and

Factors such as the age and overall health of the person being vaccinated. For example, olderpeople with weaker immune systems may respond less well to vaccination.Experts are working to create flu vaccines that work better, but existing flu vaccines still offer important health benefits to the community.

The following is a list of all the health and age factors that are known to increase a person’s risk of getting serious complications from the flu:

  • Asthma
  • Blood disorders (such as sickle cell disease)
  • Chronic lung disease (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD] and cystic fibrosis)
  • Endocrine disorders (such as diabetes mellitus)
  • Heart disease (such as congenital heart disease, congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease)
  • Kidney disorders Liver disorders
  • Metabolic disorders (such as inherited metabolic disorders and mitochondrial disorders)
  • Morbid obesity
  • Neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions
  • People younger than 19 years of age on long-term aspirin therapy
  • Weakened immune system due to disease or medication (such as people with HIV or AIDS, or cancer, or those on chronic steroids)

Other people at high risk from the flu:

  • Adults 65 years and older
  • Children younger than 5 years old, but especially children younger than 2 years old
  • Pregnant women and women up to 2 weeks after the end of pregnancy
  • American Indians and Alaska Natives

It is especially important that these people get a flu vaccine and seek medical treatment quickly if they get flu symptoms.

For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/flu or call 800-CDC-INFO.


We share some simple ways you can avoid catching the flu and Dr. Morgan shares how to make a rehydration formula.


When you need to see a doctor NOW for flu, colds or other illness, Summit Urgent Care is convenient and available without an appointment, 7 days a week365 Days a Year! We have locations in East Point, Newnan, and Fayetteville, GA. Servicing the nearby cities of Sharpsburg, Peachtree City, College Park. Every member of our team, from board-certified doctors has the same patient focus and is dedicated to delivering the best possible care.

Stay Safe And Healthy During Summer

Summer is here and it’s time for cookouts, going to the lake and getting lots of sun and Vitamin D.
Being outside in the summer is great when you take the steps to keep you and your family safe.

Here are some simple tips to keep you safe during the summer months.

Drink Plenty of Water

A common rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces each day. So if you weigh 150 lbs, try to drink around 75 oz. of water each day (especially if you’re out in the hot sun).

Your body also loses important minerals when you sweat. Electrolyte drinks can help restore these important minerals, but watch out for too much sugar in these drinks. Too much sugar can actually dehydrate you.

Instead, try coconut water, cucumber juice, or create your own rehydration solution with 6 tsp of sugar and 1/2 tsp of salt per liter of water (add a little lemon to make it taste good).

Wear Loose Clothing

Forget the fashion rules, follow the heat rules. Wear lightweight, light-colored, breathable clothing because dark colors and dense threads tend to absorb heat. Also, hats can help keep your body cool by keeping your face and neck cool.

Avoid Sun During Peak Hours

Between the hours of 1 pm and 3 pm, the sun’s rays are the strongest. Avoid the sun whenever possible during these times and instead, plan your outings for the morning or evening hours. Even when it is cloudy outdoors, UV rays can still damage your skin without the proper protection, and if you are in water or near sand, the risk is even greater. Which brings us to the next item.

Use Sunscreen

Using a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or greater is generally recommended to prevent Skin Cancer and avoid sunburn. This is important for all skin types. Darker skin tones, though they often take longer to burn, are also susceptible to UV damage and Skin Cancer. An SPF of 30, for example, allows you to stay in the sun approximately 30 times longer without burning. Be sure to reapply sunscreen liberally after exposure to water or extreme perspiration. If you feel you are starting to burn despite using sunscreen, put on a shirt or get out of the sun altogether.

Remember, hot weather is nothing to ignore. Heat can affect everyone. Play it safe, stay cool, avoid over-exertion, and stay healthy.


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Summer Thoughts to Stay Healthy

The summer is the perfect time not only to shed some layers of clothing but also to shed some pounds. It’s a common time for people to start diets, whether it be to look good on the beach or just feel better in day to day life.

Here are a few simple thoughts to add to your summer repertoire.

Bitter is Better

The alkaloids contained in bitter foods have pharmacological effects, such as relieving and clearing away summer heat, promoting blood circulation, relaxing blood vessels, etc.

Eating some bitter foods can not only can help circulation and heart health but relieve stress, refresh the brain, reduce appetite, revitalize your spleen and stomach. Just to name a few benefits.

Some examples of bitter foods would be:

  • Leafy Greens (especially Kale or Spinach)
  • Fermented foods such as sauer kraut or Kombucha (fermented tea)
  • Green tea (especially Sencha which is the whole leaf)
  • Apple Cider Vinegar (great for overall gut health, probiotics)
  • Unsweetened Yogurt (full of probiotics)
  • Including bitter herbs, such as parsley and rosemary into more of your food.
  • Tart fruits such as granny smith apples, raspberries

If some of these foods are major turnoffs for you, just remember our palates are trainable. Most of our palates are trained to eat the wrong foods. When you start choosing healthy foods first, you’ll find yourself craving these same healthy foods.

Make Sure you get your Electrolytes and Vitamins

In the midsummer, an excessive amount of sweat will bring about a great loss of sodium chloride and other vitamins/minerals from your body. This means we need to replace that sodium chloride in our body somehow. It is likewise essential for everybody to get vitamin B1, vitamin B2, and calcium consistently. This can lessen the utilization of sugar and protein in the body, which is advantageous to human wellbeing.

Here are some foods that will help get these vitamins back.

  • Watermelon
  • Cucumber
  • Tomatoes
  • Beans
  • Coconut Water (watch out for high sugar content)
  • Bananas
  • Dates
  • Raisins
  • Avocados
  • Coconuts
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Spinach
  • Lean meats

Watch out for Sugary Drinks

When it’s hot out, it’s usually easiest to grab the coldest drink nearby. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s a sugary soft drink. A good way to counter this is keep healthier refreshing drinks on hand. Filtered water is healthiest, but if you’re craving something carbonated – try sparkling water. It’s a great substitute for soft drinks because they have no sugar. You can also try adding essential oils to chilled water, if you’re craving something with flavor.

 

20 Foods for Losing Weight – Part One

High carbs or low carbs? High fat or low fat? We hear so much about the foods that will help us lose weight, but starving our bodies can be just as bad as the alternative. It’s important to find foods that are fillingnutritious but also healthy. So we can maintain a healthy weight.

We created a list of 20 great foods for losing weight. The foods on the list may surprise you…

Beef has a rep as high in fat, but eating it may help you lose weight. In a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, women on a diet that included red meat lost more weight than those eating equal calories but little beef.“The protein in steak helps you retain muscle mass during weight loss,” says study author Manny Noakes, Ph.D. Try to consume local, lean, organic beef; it’s healthier for you and the environment.

Steak

Slice leftover steak and add to salads or pasta for a protein boost. Add beef to your fajitas or stir-fry for a delicious meal. Make drip beef in your slow cooker for an easy time-efficient dinner.

Dig in to eggs, yolks and all: They won’t harm your heart, but they can help you trim inches. Women on a low-calorie diet who ate an egg with toast and jelly each morning lost twice as many pounds as those who had a bagel breakfast with the same number of calories but no eggs, a study from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge reports. “Egg protein is filling, so you eat less later in the day,”says David Grotto, R.D., author of 101 Foods That Could Save Your Life (Bantam).

Eggs

Egg salad is a healthy choice for a quick lunch. Poach your breakfast eggs for a change. Keep boiled eggs on hand for a quick protein boost. Make a frittata for dinner, eat the leftovers for breakfast.

Long sidelined as a lowly garnish, this green belongs center stage on your plate. One raw chopped cup contains 34 calories and about 1.3 grams of fiber, as well as a hearty helping of iron and calcium. But kale’s earthy flavor might take some getting used to. Spinach, another nutrient powerhouse, is a milder-tasting option.

Kale

Saute kale in olive oil and garlic with other greens of your choice for a vitamin rich side dish. Add kale to your favorite bean soup.

“Oatmeal has the highest satiety ranking of any food,” Grotto says. “Unlike many other carbohydrates, oats—even the instant kind—digest slowly, so they have little impact on your blood sugar.” All oats are healthful, but the steel-cut and rolled varieties (which are minimally processed) have up to 5 grams of fiber per serving, making them the most filling choice. Instant oats contain 3 to 4 grams per serving.

Oats

You can add oatmeal to most baked goods for extra fiber and chewy texture. Make baked oatmeal for breakfast for a tasty and healthy treat. Add oatmeal to meatloaf or meatballs instead of breadcrumbs.

Lentils are a bona fide belly flattener. “They’re high in protein and soluble fiber, two nutrients that stabilize blood sugar levels,” says Tanya Zuckerbrot, R.D., author ofThe F-Factor Diet (Putnam Adult). “Eating them helps prevent insulin spikes that cause your body to create excess fat, especially in the abdominal area.”

Lentils

For a rainy day, make lentil stew with a ham hock for a rich comforting flavor. Blend cooked lentils with garlic, sour cream, and salt for a smooth and filling dip

6 Nutrients for Natural Weight Loss

The nutrients you eat can play a very important role in weight loss. Losing weight isn’t just about cutting calories, as a low-calorie diet can do more harm than good if you aren’t getting the right nutrients. Many of us have bodies that are nutrient-starved, from an imbalanced diet. A balanced diet includes protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. You also need to drink plenty of purified water. Here are the nutrients that can help you lose weight…
Iron

Women and young children are susceptible to iron deficiency anemia which is the most common mineral deficiency in the world, and one that is prevalent in developed countries. If you are female and chronically fatigued, chances are you may suffer from iron deficiency anemia.

Iron helps your red blood cells carry oxygen. Without enough iron, your body’s cells can’t get the oxygen they need to function properly. You will feel tired, run down and exhausted all the time. It will be difficult to summon the energy to exercise, and since exercise is a key component of weight loss, iron is one of the most important minerals you may need to lose weight.

If you don’t know your iron status get it checked. These foods are good iron sources:

• beef

• turkey

• spinach

• lentils

• mussels

• clams

Remember that Vitamin C status is important for iron absorption, so you will likely need to supplement with this as well.
Fiber

Fiber helps keep you feeling full longer after a meal, which can reduce your tempation to snack and make dieting easier. Increase your fiber intake by eating plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains. Eat an enriched breakfast cereal; not only will this give you plenty of dietary fiber, but it will reduce your likelihood of overeating later in the day.

Gradually increase your fiber intake to the recommended 25g per day. Drink plenty of water to avoid feeling bloated and gassy.
Healthy Fats

Fats are a macronutrient. Sufficient amounts are needed daily. There are good fats and bad fats. The trans fats like fast food restaurants often use are especially bad. Choose a good fat like extra virgin olive oil (high in oleic acid) for your main fat source. . Bad fats, such as trans fats and saturated fats, can inhibit weight loss Omega-3 fatty acids aren’t quite the same as the fats listed on the food pyramid Also remember omega-3 fatty acids found in eggs and fish, can help you lose weight because they increase your energy levels and keep you feeling full longer. They are also essential to heart health and brain function.

Eat salmon occasionally or sardines frequently to add omega-3 fatty acids to your diet. The lower food chain fish like the sardines aren’t as contaminated with mercury as the high food chain fish. Nuts and grains, such as flaxseed, contain omega-3 fatty acids also although they may not convert to the more important Omega 3s like EPA and DHA in most people (there are genetic differences). A fish oil supplement may be the best choice for regular Omega 3 intake because you don’t get the heavy metal burden of the mercury that most cold water fish also contain ( like our Omega-3 HPD).

Omega 3 HP-D is a great natural source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids as well as 1,000 IU of vitamin D. It comes in capsules so you don’t deal with the fishy breath.
Calcium

Adults require 1,000 milligrams of calcium per day. Calcium helps bones maintain their proper strength and density. It prevents osteoporosis and helps regulate blood pressure. Studies suggest that getting the recommended daily amount of calcium can also help you lose weight. Low fat dairy products can give you calcium to help you lose weight and protein to help increase muscle mass. Many vegetables are also high in calcium.
Vitamin D

Vitamin D is essential to calcium absorption, but many adults don’t get enough of it. Your skin can make its own vitamin D by absorbing ultraviolet sunlight, however, if you wear sunblock, there’s a good chance your skin isn’t getting enough UV rays to produce vitamin D. Cod liver and fish oil are rich in vitamin D.
Protein

Just like carbohydrate and fat, protein is what we call a macronutrient. Everyone needs adequate protein. Muscle burns more calories than fat. If you increase muscle mass then you will burn more calories. To build and maintain muscle then you need to have adequate protein intake. Women, especially, are often relatively protein malnourished.

Contact Us about our natural Whey Protein from New Zealand cattle.

We also offer top quality Liquid Vitamin D and Omega 3s in the store connected to our Newnan Clinic!

Contact Us about our Weight Loss Health Packs, convenient monthly supplies of the nutrients and herbs that help with weight loss and health.

Resources:

European Society of Cardiology (ESC) (2010, September 5). Iron deficiency in heart failure.

American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (2010, September 22). Higher dairy calcium intake and increased serum vitamin D are related to greater diet-induced weight loss, Israeli study finds.

Northwestern University (2011, March 23). Load up on fiber now, avoid heart disease later. ScienceDaily.

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