4 Healthy Habits At The Workplace

iStock-527614789.jpgMany people notice a change in their health and waistline after they’ve started a new job. Between sitting at a desk all day long and partaking in the constant flow of treats being brought in, the office can be one of the biggest detriments to your health. But by making a few small changes to your daily habits at work, you can establish some healthy ones that will make a big difference. 

Get Moving

There are many ways to incorporate movement into your daily routine. Whether you decide to walk or bike to work a few days a week, go on a midday walk with a coworker or participate in lunchtime workout classes, there are many opportunities at the workplace to be active.

Focus On Diet

Making small changes to your eating habits during the workday can have a big effect. To gain energy, it’s important to drink water as much as possible throughout the day, eat breakfast daily, step away from your computer when eating lunch and bring in healthy snacks so you don’t end up at the vending machine mid-afternoon. 

Give Yourself A Break

Even five minutes away from your desk can go a long way to alleviate stress. Whether you go read a book, meditate, take a walk or simply take a few minutes to not be on electronics, giving yourself that time to relax and refocus can make a big difference for the rest of the day.

Find Other Supporters

Maintaining healthy habits at work can be much easier with a support system. Find others at the office who are trying to improve their daily routine as well and see if they’d like to walk a few times a week or be your accountability buddy when sweet treats are brought in.

If you’re looking for more helpful tips and up-to-date medical information, check in on the Denton Regional Urgent Care blog regularly this holiday season. 

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

Cold And Flu Survival Guide

WomanFluBed.jpgMost people contract at least two or three colds each year. In addition to colds, the flu plagues as many as 20% of Americans annually.  If you’re one of the unlucky people that gets either the cold or flu, you will be miserable for at least a couple of weeks. But the below survival guide can help you get through those awful weeks and to the other side of the cold or flu. 

Medication

Advil, Motrin, Tylenol and Aleve are all a great way to alleviate fever and pain if you’re suffering from the flu. Most people are worried about taking too many pills and end up under-dosing themselves. For adults who are healthy enough, Tylenol and ibuprofen should be alternated throughout the day and dosed according to the label directions. (Ibuprofen and naproxen work the same way and should not be alternated.)

Nasal Sprays

For a cold, stuffy noses can cause discomfort every day. Saline nasal sprays and oxymetazoline are a great solution for a stuffy nose, helping to clear out the nose. What’s better, nasal saline sprays can be used up to twice an hour, so you’ll be back to breathing better in no time. Doctors recommend using nasal sprays no longer than three days.

Fluids To Rehydrate

One of the most important things to remember when you’re sick is to hydrate. If possible, try to drink enough fluids so that your urine is either clear or light yellow. Milk and orange juice should be avoided when possible, as they tend to cause nausea.

If all else fails, make yourself some chicken soup. Studies show that chicken soup actually reduces the migration of a certain white blood cell that’s believed to produce symptoms of the flu.

If you’re suffering from cold or flu symptoms, consider visiting Denton Regional Urgent Care. We offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it, even after hours or on the weekend. 

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

How To Eat A Heart-Healthy Diet

Heart Valentine's day breakfastIt’s well known that a healthy diet is essential to a healthy lifestyle. In fact, by maintaining a healthy diet, you can reduce your risk of heart disease. And while most people try to make smart choices when it comes to diet, there are a few things to know if you’re trying to eat a heart-healthy diet.

Know Your Food Groups

It’s important to eat a variety of healthy foods for a well-rounded diet. A number of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and lean protein is vital for heart health.

Stay Away From Nutrient-Poor Foods

It’s important to limit foods and beverages that may be high in calories, but low in nutrients. This includes foods high in saturated fats, trans fats and sodium. High-sugar drinks like sodas, sugary coffee drinks and energy drinks also offer no nutritional value.

Embrace Healthy Fats

Many people are under the misconception that all fats are bad, but that’s definitely not the case. Foods like avocado, fatty fish and nuts are essential to your body and can provide energy and support cell growth.

Learn To Love Fish

Seafood is one of the best things you can eat for a heart-healthy diet. Not only is it a excellent source of protein, it’s a great way to get omega-3 fatty acids and healthy polyunsaturated fats, which also fight against depression, stroke and even skin cancer.

Enjoy Your Food

The most important thing about eating a heart-healthy diet is finding foods you love. Not only does this make it more enjoyable, but more sustainable in the future.

If you have health concerns, consider visiting Denton Regional Urgent Care. We offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it, even evenings or on the weekend, as well.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

4 Tips For Burning Fat Faster

iStock-540090588.jpgIt’s that time of year when everyone is trying to lose that extra weight they gained during the holidays. In fact, many people make it their New Year’s resolution to lose those last few pounds. If you’re one of those people, there are a few things you can do to help burn body fat faster.

Up The Protein

In order to maintain lean muscle, your body needs protein. A good way to determine how many grams of protein you need each day is to multiple .36 by your body weight. Good sources of protein include lean meats, low-fat yogurt and nuts.

Stop Sitting Down

Sitting for more than four hours a day is one of the easiest ways to expand your waistline, as this causes the enzymes that control fat and cholesterol metabolism to begin shutting down. Try standing whenever possible during the day. For example, if you’re on a call, consider using a wireless earpiece so you can stand or even walk around.

Sip Cold Water

You know it’s important to stay hydrated, but did you know that drinking 6 cups of cold water daily can raise your metabolic rate, burning as many as 50 extra calories each day? When done daily, this can result in a 5-pound weight loss each year.

Go Big In The AM

It’s important to start your day off right with a healthy breakfast. Studies show that those who don’t eat breakfast are 4.5 times as likely to be obese. It’s best to have a breakfast that is 22-55% of your day’s calorie intake.

If you’re planning to begin a new diet or exercise routine, you should consult a doctor to make sure you’re in good health. Consider visiting Denton Regional Urgent Care for a general health assessment. We offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it, even after hours or on the weekend. 

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.