Improving Your Health This Autumn
With the changing of the leaves comes a new opportunity to change how you take care of your health! Our health experts at Urgentology Care are here to offer some guidance on where to start:
Prescriptions are vital to combat a wide range of illnesses and help you feel better, but they can do more harm than good if not used properly. First and foremost, you should always consult your doctor before starting or stopping any medication.
Here are some additional ways to ensure you’re taking your prescribed medication properly:
- Keep track of your medications.
- Stick with one pharmacy.
- Be aware of side effects and adverse effects.
- Store your medication properly.
- Speak to your doctor if you have any questions.
Better Diet, Better Health
A healthy diet is vital to keep your body healthy — especially later in life. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that you include these food groups in your diet:
- Lean protein such as fish or beans.
- Fruits and vegetables.
- Whole grain products such as cereal, bread, or rice.
- Low-fat or fat-free dairy products such as milk, yogurt, or cheese.
- Healthy fats such as olive oil, nuts, seeds, and fish.
The Power of Regular Exercise
Studies have linked living a sedentary lifestyle to chronic diseases and short life expectancies — making it important to get up and move often. Here are some options to help you get moving:
- Bike riding
- Group exercise classes
A healthy diet also includes drinking plenty of water. For proper hydration, you should drink at least 64 ounces of water a day, but many studies show drinking half your body weight in water is ideal.
Change Your Lifestyle Habits
The two main culprits that are keeping you from better health? Smoking and alcohol consumption. These habits can increase your risks for disease and also lead to premature aging. If you haven’t quit smoking yet, take this as your sign to start your journey to quitting.
Alcohol can also interfere with certain medications, so it’s important to speak with your doctor before having a drink. If it’s safe for you to drink, remember to drink in moderation.
Know Your Risks
If you have a family history of conditions that can develop later in life, you should take your doctor’s recommendations to take preventative measures for your health. No matter your risks, you should continue to see your doctor regularly for recommended screenings.
See Your Doctor Regularly
For pediatric, adult, and geriatric patients alike — it’s important to see your doctor regularly.
Vaccinations & Annual Shots
Vaccines are one of the best ways you can protect yourself and your children from illness. There are multiple vaccinations you should have throughout your life, and it’s important to speak to your doctor to know which you need.
Some of the most common vaccinations we offer by appointment, include:
Flu season runs from October through March, but most cases in the United States tend to peak from December through February. It’s essential to get your flu shot early each year, but getting your vaccine later in the season can still protect you and your family.
Just like the flu vaccine, the COVID-19 vaccine is not 100% effective, but it drastically reduces your chances of being infected and/or having serious symptoms if you do become sick.
In addition to lowering your risks, receiving your COVID-19 vaccine can help lower the risks of your family members, loved ones, and community — helping to significantly stop the spread.
Keep Your Mind Healthy
Your mental health has a direct impact on your overall health — making taking care of it just as important as eating a healthy diet. Stimulating your brain with word searches and puzzles or reducing stress through meditation or yoga are great ways to care for your mind.
Living a healthy lifestyle also plays an integral part in preventing conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
You When to Seek Treatment
While the signs of serious illness vary depending on your condition, it’s important to never delay medical care. Going to the doctor can help you diagnose your illness and help you find the right treatment — from allergies to COVID-19 and orthopedic issues.
In general, here are some common signs you should go to the doctor:
- Persistent, high fever.
- Shortness of breath.
- You have chest or abdominal discomfort.
- You see bright flashes across your vision.
- You’re repetitively vomiting.
- You’re in extreme or prolonged pain.
In addition, if you have an existing chronic illness, you should monitor your symptoms and visit your doctor if you experience any changes, pain, or discomfort.
Family Urgent Care Services in Arlington
At Urgentology Care, we dedicate ourselves to offering the best medical care for you and your entire family. From flu shots to treating a wide range of conditions, we’re here to help.
If you have any questions about our services, contact us today: (817) 799-7273