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Posted: 08/23/2019

Understanding Opioid Use Disorder

Fact #1: It's a disease.

Fact #2: There is treatment.

Fact #3: Recovery is possible.

The more we know about opioid use disorder, the better we can understand that this disorder is real.


Antibiotic Alert

Due to their inability to distinguish between harmful and healthy bacteria, antibiotics can severely disrupt the balance of intestinal microflora - "friendly" bacteria that inhabit the intestinal and vaginal regions. For this reason, antibiotics are capable of causing diarrhea during and up to six weeks after antibiotic therapy. In addition, an imbalanced microflora can cause problems with digestion, nutrient absorption, and immune system function, up to four months later. In order to prevent these adverse side effects, researchers have suggested that patients take a probiotic supplement during and after antibiotic use. Supplementation with probiotics such as Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM and bifidobacterium species ensure adequate replenishment of intestinal bacteria, lessening the risk of diarrhea and other antibiotic-associated side effects. For more information, consult your practitioner or pharmacist.

Top 10 Reasons to eat MORE Fruits and Vegetables

  • Color and texture: Fruits and veggies add color, texture and appeal to your plate

  • convenieece: fruits and veggies are nutritious in any form - fresh, frozen, canned, dried and 100% juice, so they're ready when you are!

  • Fiber. Fruits and veggies provide fiber that helps fill you up and keeps your digestive system happy

  • Low in calories. Fruits and veggies are naturally low in calories.

  • May reduce disease risk. Eating plenty of fruite and veggies may help reduce the risk of many disease, including heart disease, high blood pressure and some cancers.

  • Vitamin and minerals. Fruits and veggies are rich in vitamins and minerals that help you feel healthy and energized.

  • Variety: Fruite and eggies are available in an almost infinite variety...there's always something new to try!

  • Quick, natural snack. Fruits and veggies are nature's treat and easy to grab for a snack.

  • Fun to eat! Some crunch, some squirt, some you peel.. some you don't and some grow right in your own backyard!

  • Fruits and veggies are nutritious and delicious

From the Wellness Foundation: Wellness & Fitness Center, Ivy Tech Community College

6 Early Warning Sign of Diabetes

These sneaky symptoms, even if subtle, are worth mentioning to your doctor.

Frequent Bathroom Trips. Urinating more often than normal, particularly at night, is a sign that your blood sugar could be out of whack.

Repeated Urinary Tract or Yeast Infections. When your blood sugar is high and your kidneys can't filter it well enough, sugar ends up in the urine. More sugar in a warm, moist environment can cause urinary tract and yeast infections.

Weight Loss Without Trying. If you have diabetes, your body isn't able to use glucose (sugar) as effectively for its energy. Instead, your body will start burning fat stores, and you may experience unexpected weight loss.

Vision Changes. High sugar levels can distort the lenses in your eyes, worsening your vision. Changes in your eyeglasses prescription or vision are sometimes a sign of diabetes.

Fatigue or Exhaustion. Several underlying causes of fatigue may relate to diabetes/high sugar levels, including dehydration (from frequent urination, which can disrupt sleep) and kidney damage.

Skin Discoloration. Look for dark skin in the neck folds and over the knuckles. Insulin resistance can cause this condition, know as acanthosis nigricans.

(Cleveland Clinic)


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