How To Treat Dehydration

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When your body loses too much fluid, dehydration can occur. This may happen when you stop drinking water or if you lose large amounts of water via diarrhea, vomiting, sweating or exercise.  If you’re not drinking enough, you may also experience muscle cramps and feel faint.

If you’ve just started to become dehydrated, your body may be able to reabsorb fluid from your blood and other body tissues; however, by the time you’ve reached severe dehydration, won’t have enough fluid in your body to get blood to your organs. While this can be a life-threatening condition, it can also be treated before it reaches a serious level.

If you are working outside and become mildly to moderately dehydrated, you should immediately stop your activity and rest. If you’re in direct sunlight, move into the shade and lie down. Try to drink a rehydration drink as soon as possible. It’s important that you rest and take it easy for at least 24 hours after you’ve experienced mild dehydration.

When you’re treating your mild dehydration at home, there are a few symptoms you should watch for. More serious dehydration, decreased alertness, dizziness or lightheadedness and decreased urination are all reasons to seek medical attention.

To avoid dehydration, it’s essential that you drink plenty of water before, during and after you are planning to be active.  Consider bringing a container of water or sports drink any time you will be exerting yourself for one hour or longer, especially outdoors, and try to drink at least once every 15 to 20 minutes.

If you believe you are suffering from moderate to severe dehydration, consider seeking medical attention. At Denton Regional Urgent Care, we have physicians that are board-eligible in family medicine or emergency medicine. We offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it, even after hours 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.

5 Benefits of Eating Avocado

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Many people don’t think of avocado as a fruit, but believe it or not, the highly nutritious food is, in fact, a fruit and not a vegetable. This little green fruit is often praised for its abundance of healthy fats, which have long been known to provide ample health benefits. In case you’re still on the fence about eating avocado, here are five benefits you receive from this fruit.

  1. Avocados have more potassium than bananas. Most people go straight for bananas any time they have a cramp, but avocados actually contain 100 grams, or 14% of the recommended daily value, in one serving (3.5 ounces). Bananas, on the other hand, have 10% of the RDA per serving.
  2. Eating avocados can reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Many people are worried about eating fats because they think it will raise their cholesterol; however, avocado actually works to lower LDL (the “bad”) cholesterol and increase HDL (the “good) cholesterol.
  3. Avocados can help prevent cancer. Although limited, some studies show that avocado can both reduce the risk of cancer and minimize the effects of chemotherapy.
  4. Avocados hold a laundry list of nutrients. Among the nutrients in avocados are Vitamin K, Folate, Vitamin C, Potassium, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin E.
  5. Eating avocado can help you lose weight. Because they are high in fiber and low in carbs, avocados are a great food to eat if you’re looking to shed a few pounds.

If you’d like to incorporate avocados in your diet, consider cutting one up in a salad, eating it as guacamole or even spreading one on toast for a healthy breakfast option. Because they take some time to ripen, it’s important to make sure that it feels slightly soft when you select your avocado. For more healthy tips and up-to-date medical information, check in on the Denton Regional Urgent Care blog regularly.

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.

Safe Workouts For Senior Citizens

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As people get older, it can become more and more difficult to stay active. However, exercise offers a number of benefits for seniors, allowing them to stay healthy longer. Exercising on a regular basis can help to prevent diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancer as well as to maintain a healthy weight.

Many older adults are worried that physical activity could actually harm them, but studies show that a lack of exercise can cause people to lose their ability to do things on their own.

When looking to work out, it’s important that senior citizens include both aerobic activity and strength training. Aerobic exercises are key to lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, increasing energy levels and, of course, burning some serious calories. Meanwhile, strength training is a great way to build muscle and stay lean.

Aerobic exercises that are safe for senior citizens include:

  • Walking briskly
  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • Playing tennis
  • Running

Strength training exercises that are safe for senior citizens include:

  • Slow squats
  • Light weight lifts
  • Push-ups
  • Leg raises

As mentioned previously, all exercise, no matter how strenuous, should be monitored closely. In addition to exercising, it’s important to maintain flexibility by stretching. It’s smart to stretch before any endurance or strength training exercises. Try sitting close to the front end of a chair, leaning back on your hands. Raise your legs out in front of you, stretching your feet and ankles by extending your feet forward, then away from your body.

If you are looking to begin a new exercise program, it’s important to check with your doctor first. At Denton Regional Urgent Care, we have physicians that are board-eligible in family medicine or emergency medicine. We offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it, even after hours 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.

Signs Of A Broken Bone

SportsInjury.jpgDespite what most people may think, it can actually be difficult to determine whether a bone is broken. If the bone is displaced, of course, it’s easily identified; however, if the break is small or you’ve suffered a crack (also known as a fracture), it can be harder to tell. It’s important to identify the signs of a broken bone so medical help can be sought as quickly as possible.

First, let’s determine the different types of breaks that bones can suffer:

  • Non-Displaced Fracture: Any time the bone is partially cracked or cracked all the way through, but stays in its place so it’s properly aligned, it’s called a non-displaced fracture.
  • Displaced Fracture: If the bone snaps into two or more parts then moves so that the two ends are no longer aligned, the break is known as a displaced fracture.
  • Open fracture: Perhaps the most difficult break to witness, an open fracture happens when the bone breaks through the skin. With an open fracture, there is often a risk of a deep bone infection.
  • Closed Fracture: This type of fracture occurs whenever there is no puncture or open wound in the skin.

Although the severity of symptoms will vary depending on the type of fracture, at least one of the symptoms below will typically be experienced if a bone is broken.

  • Swelling or bruising over a bone
  • Deformity of an arm of leg
  • Pain in the injured area that gets worse when the area is moved or pressure is applied
  • Loss of function in the injured area
  • In open fractures, bone protruding from the skin

If you believe you have experienced a broken bone, it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible to avoid furthering injuring the area. At Denton Regional Urgent Care, we have physicians that are board-eligible in family medicine or emergency medicine. We offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it, even after hours 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.

7 Ways to Treat Indigestion

Woman Has Stomach Ache Sitting on Bench at ParkMany people look at indigestion as something that happens when eating too much food or eating food that is high in fat and difficult to digest. But the truth is indigestion can be symptomatic of an underlying problem, like ulcers, gallbladder disease or a reflux disease. It’s important to identify if you’re suffering from indigestion and, if so, what may be causing it.

Symptoms of Indigestion

  • Bloating of the stomach
  • Gas and belching
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Extreme fullness during or after a meal
  • Burning in your stomach
  • Belly pain

If you’re feeling stressed, it may exacerbate symptoms. Also, some people may experience heartburn along with indigestion, caused by stomach acids rising into the esophagus.

Causes of Indigestion

While lifestyle factors (smoking, drinking or eating too fast) can cause indigestion, it is often caused by an underlying condition. Diseases such as irritable bowl syndrome, thyroid disease, pancreatitis, GERD and ulcers are often responsible for indigestion. Medications can play a role in causing indigestion as well. If you’re taking aspirin, birth control pills, steroid medications, antibiotics or thyroid medicines and frequently experience indigestion, it’s worth asking your doctor if the two may be linked.

Treating Indigestion

Some people may not require treatment at all as indigestion often goes away on its own in a matter of hours. However, if symptoms get worse, it’s a good idea to try a few things that may prevent indigestion or at least help treat the symptoms:

  • Avoid eating late at night
  • Avoid spicy foods
  • Drink beverages after meals instead of during them
  • Try not to chew with your mouth open as this causes you to swallow too much air, adding to indigestion
  • Quit smoking
  • Avoid drinking alcohol
  • If the above changes don’t help, talk to your doctor about altering your medication

If you believe you’re suffering from chronic indigestion, consider visiting Denton Regional Urgent Care. We offer convenient access to the quality care you need right when you need it, even after hours 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 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.

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.