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Prescription Drugs – Proceed with Caution

CautionJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Despite overwhelming evidence that adherence to a healthy lifestyle plays a critical role in preventing, managing and reducing disease risks, less than 3% of American adults actually follow general principles of healthy living—a nutritious diet, moderate daily exercise, weight management and avoiding smoking. One problem contributing to this seeming lackadaisical attitude towards general wellbeing is that people are led to believe that there’s a pill to cure every ill. So much so that 55% of Americans take 4 different prescription medications daily, far more than citizens of any other country, and nearly 70% take at least one prescribed drug.

All drugs, whether prescription or over the counter, can have harmful side effects. Although some side effects, such as gastrointestinal issues, fatigue, and muscle aches, are considered minor; allergic reactions, heart palpitations, internal bleeding and organ failure may also occur. Many take additional medications to counteract side effects, while others who find side effects intolerable discontinue medications against medical advisement. There’s no doubt that certain medications are essential and enhance the quality of life. Others are lifesaving, treating potentially life-threatening diseases and infections. Some are life-improving, helping to manage chronic or debilitating conditions. Still others are life-prolonging, treating cancers and rare conditions.

Per Thomas J. Moore, senior scientist for drug safety and policy at the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, barring overdoses and misuse, there is no formal process for quantifying injuries, hospitalizations, or deaths caused by therapeutic drug use. While consumers and healthcare providers are encouraged to report adverse reactions to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the agency says its unable to use this reporting data to quantify overall deaths that result from taking prescribed pharmaceuticals as directed.

It would appear that simply taking prescribed drugs as instructed may potentially expose an individual to significant risks. Moore and other researchers, who closely evaluated hospital admission studies over several decades, reported their findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Recent analysis estimates adverse drug reactions result in 1.5 to 2.7 million hospital admissions each year. Sadly, approximately 128,000 Americans die each year from taking medications properly prescribed by physicians. Other research suggests that half of those events were preventable.

When medication is clearly necessary, always read the safely information that lists known side effects of the prescription. Some individuals may not experience any side effects. Those who do should report all adverse reactions to their healthcare provider, as there may be alternative medications that work equally well with fewer side effects. Those taking multiple medications are advised to be particularly cautious and weigh the benefits of the medications versus any potential harm. In certain situations, paying serious attention to improving lifestyle habits may provide a non-pharmaceutical intervention to improving health status, especially for borderline conditions such as prediabetes, osteopenia, prehypertension or even mild depression.

Of course, prevention is always the best medicine. Healthy nutrition and lifestyle habits are known to greatly reduce the likelihood of developing chronic diseases. Oftentimes borderline conditions and minor health issues can be improved with dedication to taking better care of one’s health, improving one’s diet, and nutritional supplementation. Regular exercise is key to weight maintenance and maintaining cardiac health, as well as healthy blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Although it’s not easy to change unhealthy behaviors, the rewards of a healthier life today and the ability to function independently later in life are more than worth the effort required to improve long-term health.

-Abundant research and a clear consensus support healthy lifestyle strategies in the prevention, management, and reduction of cardiovascular disease and its risk factors.

-To address prehypertension, cut back on sodium, lose excess weight, exercise regularly, control stress, drink alcohol in moderation, and don’t smoke. The DASH diet is recommended for those with hypertension to help lower systolic blood pressure.

-Weight loss if appropriate, a healthy diet and exercise can reduce blood sugar levels in prediabetes. If you are carrying excess weight and have been unsuccessful with weight loss, consider a formal weight loss program for diabetes prevention.

-Back and joint pain can often be improved with physical therapy and appropriate exercise, such as yoga, tai chi, swimming and gentle stretching. Supplements such as MSM, hyaluronic acid and curcumin support joint tissue health and reduce inflammation.

-Weight bearing exercise can slow the progression of osteopenia and encourage the body to build new bone cells. A whole food diet filled with calcium-rich foods is also advisable. Sufficient vitamin D is needed for the body to absorb and utilize calcium and other minerals.

-Exercise therapy, as well as various forms of talk therapy, are valid non-pharmacological primary treatments for mild depression. Exercise temporarily boosts mood enhancing endorphins and may encourage positive rewiring in the brain. Certain supplements such as omega-3 essential fatty acids, B vitamins and 5-HTP may also be beneficial for mood support.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality supplements to support overall health and a healthy lifestyle:

MSM powderMSM powder by Pure Encapsulations®: This naturally occurring patented formula provides 99.7% pure MSM, plus elemental sulfur, in support of healthy joints and connective tissues. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

Hyaluronic AcidHyaluronic Acid by Pure Encapsulations®: This naturally occurring compound supports healthy joint lubrication and joint function. Additionally, hyaluronic acid supports skin hydration, nutrient delivery and proper cellular communication. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO formulation.

Curcumin 500 with...Curcumin 500 with Bioperine® by Pure Encapsulations®: Curcumin supports a healthy inflammatory response and supports healthy liver, colon, musculoskeletal and cellular function. Bioperine®, a black pepper extract, has the potential to enhance the bioavailability and promote the absorption of curcumin. If taking medications, consult a healthcare provider before supplementing with curcumin.

5HTP Supreme5HTP Supreme™ by Designs for Health: As a precursor to serotonin, the feel-good neurotransmitter, 5HTP may help to promote healthy mood and reduce food cravings. This formula includes an activated form of vitamin B6 for overall neurotransmitter support. Gluten free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

Active B-ComplexActive B Complex by Integrative Therapeutics: A highly bioavailable complex providing a full complement of B vitamins, this formula naturally boosts brain chemicals that improve mood, energy, concentration, visual clarity and alertness. Gluten, soy, dairy and artificial ingredient free, vegetarian formulation.

References:
Less than 3 Percent of Americans Live a Healthy Lifestyle. http://health.usnews.com/health-news/articles/2016-03-22/less-than-3-percent-of-americans-live-a-healthy-lifestyle
Over Prescribed America. http://www.topmastersinhealthcare.com/drugged-america/
Death by Prescription. http://health.usnews.com/health-news/patient-advice/articles/2016-09-27/the-danger-in-taking-prescribed-medications
What are possible side effects of a drug and where can I find the most current information about my drug? https://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/Transparency/Basics/ucm194959.htm
Prevention and Treatment of Osteopenia. https://www.osteoporosis-health.com/conditions/osteopenia/prevention-and-treatment-osteopenia
Why it’s hard to change unhealthy behavior – and why you should keep trying. www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/why-its-hard-to-change-unhealthy-behavior-and-why-you-should-keep-trying
Lifestyle strategies for cardiovascular risk reduction. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25092580
Prehypertension: Does it really matter? https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/prehypertension-does-it-really-matter

 

Looking Our Best While Aging

LookingBestAgingJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

It’s a simple fact, we all want to look our best at every age. While aging is a normal natural process, aging well and gracefully requires a positive outlook, good habits, healthy choices and maybe a bit of courage! Though we must accept the inevitability of aging, it doesn’t mean we can’t look and feel good while doing it. Outward appearance can have a significant impact on self-esteem, and a healthy confident attitude regarding aging can lead to a happier state of mind. Aging well means taking steps to promote healthy longevity so you can look forward to celebrating your birthday each year.

One key to looking well is eating well, as foods that are good for your body are equally good for your appearance. Cleaning up your diet is one the best things you can do to look and feel healthier. For healthy, more youthful looking skin, eliminate unhealthy, salty, fried, sugary, pro-inflammatory foods, and include anti-inflammatory fresh whole foods, green leafy vegetables, omega-3 fats, berries, nuts and spices.

A diet high in colorful antioxidant and phytonutrient-rich fruits and veggies supports overall health and disease prevention, boosts the immune system, aids weight maintenance, and gives skin a healthy, more youthful glow. A diet high in sugar and high glycemic refined carbs can result in systemic inflammation. Inflammation produces enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, negatively affecting skin health and appearance.

A healthy relationship with food supports a healthy body image. When reaching and maintaining an ideal body weight, keep in mind that being too thin can make one appear older than their years, and carrying excess weight can prematurely age the body. Healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes, and ideal body weight is subjective. You can be slightly overweight and still be healthy, if you are adhering to healthy lifestyle habits, eating well and exercising.

Staying well hydrated benefits digestion, nutrient absorption and delivery, as well as toxin elimination. Keep in mind that the skin is the body’s largest organ. All organs consist of cells, and all cells need sufficient hydration for proper function. Insufficient hydration can result in less resilient, dry, tight and flaky skin. In addition to drinking water for daily hydration, address dryness by applying a hydrating moisturizer while the skin is still porous after a bath or shower.

Products that contain hyaluronic acid are wonderful for skin hydration. Hyaluronic acid attracts, absorbs and holds water, thereby plumping cells and supporting elasticity and a more youthful appearance. Retinoids, vitamin A derivatives, found in prescription and OTC products, have been shown to help unclog pores, speed cell turnover, even out skin tones and smooth fine lines. Retinoids can initially cause dryness, redness and flaking, so be sure to follow directions for use. Apply at night before bed, and follow with moisturizer to prevent dryness.

Statistics shows that one in three Americans report they are not getting enough sleep on a regular basis. If you are getting fewer than 6 hours of sleep nightly, it’s very likely to negatively affect your appearance. Inadequate sleep has been correlated with reduced skin health, diminished skin barrier function, accelerated skin aging, and lower satisfaction with appearance. Sleep gives the skin time to rejuvenate and repair from the stressors of pollution and UV rays. While you are sleeping your body boosts blood flow to the skin, providing nutrients, vitamins, minerals and hydration. Insufficient sleep can result in a lackluster complexion, while getting sufficient “beauty sleep” can keep skin looking youthful. Strive for 7 – 9 hours nightly and you are likely to notice a healthier appearance in just a matter of weeks.

One more good reason to exercise–physical activity boosts circulation, nourishing the skin with oxygen and nutrients. Exercise helps keep collagen-damaging cortisol levels in check, and supports the production of new collagen, which helps to keep the skin more firm and supple. Perspiration helps to clear pores, eliminate toxins and correct hormonal imbalances that can cause adult breakouts. Heart pumping aerobic exercise not only benefits overall health, it gives you that healthy post-workout glow.

Psychological stress has been shown to trigger numerous health conditions, and research has confirmed skin as a target of stress responses. Stress is known to affect multiple neuroinflammatory skin conditions including acne, psoriasis and several forms of dermatitis. Elevated levels of cortisol result in moisture loss, collagen damage, redness, fine lines and wrinkles. Lifestyle habits that help reduce stress, including sufficient sleep, regular exercise and finding time for relaxation, all contribute to overall healthy aging, as well as stress-free more radiant skin.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality products in support of healthy aging:

HyaGloHyaGlo™ by Cogent Solutions Group: This well tolerated, moisture-retentive, advanced skincare provides pure hyaluronan serum, a unique hydrating substance naturally produced by the body. Apply twice daily for deeply hydrated, silky smooth, more radiant skin. Vegan formulation.

 

Hyaluronic AcidHyaluronic Acid by Pure Encapsulations®: This product provides support for a healthy and youthful appearance by hydrating and smoothing the skin, and modulating the appearance of fine lines and age spots. Additionally, hyaluronic acid supports joint comfort and function by promoting healthy joint lubrication and shock absorption. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO formulation.

 

Collagen JS 1000 mgCollagen JS 1000 mg by Pure Encapsulations®: This product supplies patented BioCell Collagen®, along with hyaluronic acid in support of healthy skin and optimal joint motility and comfort. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO formulation.

 

Collagen Beauty...Collagen Beauty Green by Vital Proteins®: This nourishing, powdered elixir provides Non-GMO marine collagen peptides, along with hyaluronic acid, amino acids, organic raw greens, and probiotics in support of overall healthy skin, hair, and nails. Flavored with organic coconut water and Madagascar vanilla bean. Gluten free, Non-GMO, kosher formulation.

References:
Sleep deprivation leads to aging skin, study suggests. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/07/130723155002.htm
Does poor sleep quality affect skin ageing? https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25266053
7 Ways You’re Aging Your Skin. http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20402986,00.html
Health Tip: Getting Your Beauty Sleep. http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=194947
Younger Skin Through Exercise. https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/16/younger-skin-through-exercise/?_r=0
The Beauty Benefits of Exercise. http://www.everydayhealth.com/news/the-beauty-benefits-of-exercise/
Anti-Inflammatory Diet. http://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/arthritis-diet/anti-inflammatory/anti-inflammatory-diet.php
7 Surprising Benefits of Exercise. http://time.com/4474874/exercise-fitness-workouts/
Brain-Skin Connection: Stress, Inflammation and Skin Aging. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4082169/

Fight Aging with Hyaluronic Acid

combatagingJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

For many of us, regardless of age, skin care is an important part of our daily ritual. Skin care basics include nourishment, both inside and out, to protect and enhance the look and health of our largest organ. Skin that has lost its youthful luster, along with chronically dry eyes and joint pain and stiffness, are very common aging concerns. Did you know that hyaluronic acid can improve the appearance of the skin, reduce dry eye discomfort and help alleviate painful joints as well? Naturally produced by the body and found in most cells, hyaluronic acid is an essential component of the skin, joints, eyes, and connective tissues.

Highly researched benefits of hyaluronic acid include:

  • The ability to reduce inflammation and relieve aching joints.
  • The consistency, viscosity and ability to bind to water has been shown to help maintain vibrant, healthy, youthful looking skin.
  • The capability to provide relief for dry eyes by replenishing moisture, restoring fluid balance and aiding tear production.

Found in the greatest concentration in the skin, hyaluronic acid nourishes and hydrates collagen, helping to increase moisture and provide elasticity and flexibility. As a highly viscous substance that has a large capacity to retain water, hyaluronic acid is a powerful humectant, or moisture-binding substance, that hydrates and firms the skin. Babies are born with a high level of hyaluronic acid, which keeps their skin so beautifully plump and smooth. As we age, our production of hyaluronic acid begins to decline, most significantly around age 40, when we may begin to notice fine lines and wrinkles.

Often recommended by dermatologists, hyaluronic acid can help improve skin texture and appearance naturally. Technologically advanced skincare formulas, such as topical serums and eye creams, have been shown to reduce fluid loss and slow collagen degradation, naturally reducing the signs of aging. Skin cells that are sufficiently hydrated appear healthier and more youthful. Because it is able to naturally lubricate different parts of the human body, some describe hyaluronic acid as “nature’s moisturizer.”

Hyaluronic acid is also found in cartilage and connective tissues. When healthy joints are properly lubricated, they work like well-oiled machines. We can thank synovial fluid, a thick, slippery substance whose primary function is to act as a shock absorber, cushioning, lubricating, and reducing friction on the cartilage-covered bone surfaces in healthy joints. The concentrated levels of hyaluronic acid found in synovial fluid allows for pressure absorption and smooth, predictable movement. Hyaluronic acid can help to maintain and protect normal joint cushioning, providing resistance to wear and tear. It may also help to improve joint lubrication and reduce pain and tenderness associated with degenerative joint disease.

As the fluid inside the eye socket is composed mostly of hyaluronic acid, it is commonly used to treat eye injuries and disorders including dry eyes and cataracts. Hyaluronic acid is often utilized before, during and after eye procedures, such as surgical removal of cataracts, corneal transplants or detached retina repair. Anti-inflammatory compounds found in hyaluronic acid help to reduce the inflammation associated with dry eyes. Hyaluronic acid in supplement or eye drop form has been shown to comfort and soothe the symptoms of dry eye, providing relief for many who have dry eye syndrome.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other fine products to support skin, eye and joint health:

Hyaluronic AcidHyaluronic Acid by Pure Encapsulations – Each vegetable capsule provides 40 mg of low molecular weight hyaluronic acid powder in support of healthy joint comfort and function, as well as support for a healthy and youthful appearance. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO formulation.

 

Hyaluronic AcidHyaluronic Acid by Collagen M.D. – One serving provides 100 mg of hyaluronic acid in support of healthy tissue hydration. Gluten, dairy, soy and sugar free formulation.

 

Vegan Hyaluronic...Vegan Hyaluronic Acid by Deva Nutrition – This sustainably sourced plant-based hyaluronic acid supplement supports soft connective tissues throughout the body. Each serving supplies 100 mg of hyaluronic acid. Gluten, soy, dairy and sugar free vegan formulation.

 

Episilk Pure...Episilk™ Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum by Hyalogic – This intensely hydrating serum rejuvenates and improves the tone and appearance of the skin. Light and non-oily, this concentrated premium grade hyaluronic acid enhances the skin’s ability to retain moisture, leaving the skin looking soft and fresh, while smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. Contains de-ionized water, hyaluronic acid and zinc citrate.

 

Hyaluronic Acid...Hyaluronic Acid Liquid by Pure Encapsulations – This low molecular weight convenient liquid formula supports skin hydration and healthy joint lubrication. Natural apple flavor, stevia sweetened. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO formulation.

 

References:
How Do Synovial Joints Work? http://www.arthritis-health.com/types/joint-anatomy/how-do-synovial-joints-work
What Is a Synovial Joint? http://www.arthritis-health.com/types/joint-anatomy/what-synovial-joint
Where is Hyaluronic Acid located in the body? https://storify.com/stanfordchem/where-is-hyaluronic-acid-located-in-the-body
Effect of hypotonic 0.4% hyaluronic acid drops in dry eye patients: across-over study. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19034126
Tackling Dry Eyes Syndrome. https://www.victoriahealth.com/editorial/tackling-dry-eyes-syndrome