This is a post about Calcium. No, wait, it's a post about Magnesium. Actually, it's a post about your body and why Magnesium is one of many unsung heroes. Magnesium is a necessary mineral for our body's balance and aids in over 300 chemical reactions that occur within our body on a daily basis.
So why is it that magnesium deficiency is common in America? There is such a huge push for Calcium with the buzz word Osteoporosis. But, in order for Calcium to be absorbed, we need Vitamin D. This is produced naturally in our body when we carefully and responsibly (No tanning beds, people!) expose our skin to sunlight. Now, here is the kicker, for Vitamin D to be absorbed properly, some researchers say that we need Magnesium. Because of this, Magnesium is important in bone health as well. Now, why are we deficient? Well, we could point our fingers at the American Diet but lets be responsible people and say its our own fault.
Basically, we should have listened to Popeye a little more. Spinach, kale, zucchini, leafy greens have wonderful amounts of Magnesium in them. Our body isn't able to store Magnesium the way it stores Calcium. Meaning, we need to start each day eating our way to our optimum Magnesium intake - 500mg.
Aside from bone health, Magnesium is also noted to help in treating diabetes, high blood pressure, anxiety, and even for PMS.
Talk with your doctor and come in to GoodPill to speak to our friendly and knowledgeable staff to discuss the possibility of supplementing Magnesium into your diet. We offer several options that can fit your lifestyle. MagOx 400, Slow-Mag, and 21st Century Magnesium Dietary Supplement all offer varying milligram strengths and absorption rates. Even if you decide to supplement with these reputable tablets, be sure to increase your intake of leafy vegetables!
The moment that most parents' dread, your child's first sneeze. Perhaps this was preceded by some out of character crankiness and an elevated temperature. You may want to deny it, but your child is coming down with a cold. But don't panic! In today's day in age, with the overabundance of prescribed antibiotics, you may not know that there are homeopathic remedies that can aid in managing your child's symptoms.
At the first signs of a cold, you can administer Oscillococcinum. This homeopathic remedy is suitable for anyone ages 2 and over. In the form of quick-dissolving pellets, the slightly sweet taste makes taking this fun and easy, no matter the age - this is coming from personal experience. This is especially directed for the onset of flu like symptoms. It should not be used if the cold or flu has already progressed. Looking for something similar for a more common cold? Children's Cold Relief Coldcalm is more geared for relief in Sneezing, Runny Nose, Nasal Congestion, Minor Sore Throat. This is also in the form of pellets that your child, 3 and over, can take easily as these too dissolve quickly.
You may be familiar with the brand Hyland's if you used their products during your child's teething days, I'm sure those days are ingrained in your nightmares - ahem, memories I mean. This sugar and dye free syrup is perfect for your children ages 2-12 who suffer from the common cold symptoms including nasal congestion, coughing and sore throat. Other similar products carried at GoodPill Pharmacy include Zarbee's Naturals Children's Cough Syrup and Children's Cold & Cough Chestal. Be sure to consult the pharmacist to see which is best for your child's age and symptoms. Zarbee's Children's Cough Syrup is safe for children 12 months and older, giving a wider range of use.
All of these natural products have little to no interactions with antibiotics, should your child develop an infection. Remember that the common cold is a viral infection and antibiotics have no affect on them. Should your child develop an infection, sinus or ear infection, these homeopathic medicines can help manage their symptoms while their antibiotics attack the infection at the source. GoodPill pharmacy will help provide the care and instructions in taking these Over The Counter medicines and prescribed medications. Be sure to read our previous post on Tylenol suppositories if your child spikes a temperature during this time.
There may be a point in your life when you have a little child who may refuse to take his medicine. Maybe that was put a little too gently...there WILL be a point when this happens. Whether your baby is teething or fighting off an infection, using a pain reliever and fever reducer is going to be necessary. You consulted your pediatrician, you checked and rechecked your thermometer readings, you may have even prepared your medicine cabinet for such an event. What do you do when you baby keeps spitting out the dose of medicine?
At this point, you may have tried to get creative. Maybe a little suspension in apple sauce, just a little bit mixed in with his bottle. You've begged and bribed but children are not always easily broken of stubbornness.
What you might not know is that there are acetaminophen suppositories. They come in different dosing amounts so make sure you read the labels and checks it your pharmacist. These are individually wrapped small suppositories that are pre-measured, dosed appropriately for your little one. There is very little discomfort that your baby feels and its as easy as a quick insert during a diaper change.
Come into GoodPill Pharmacy. The majority of our friendly staff are also parents. There isn't one story or frustration you can share with us that we haven't gone through as well. Our pharmacist will be able to discuss the FeverAll brand that we stock and help you choose the appropriate dosing amount for your child.
If you've ever had curry, you've probably had turmeric. Even though this spice isn't particularly spicy, its used often in Indian cuisine and is utilized more for its ability to give color to food. What most people might not know is that turmeric has much more depth and importance that just adding flair to your weekday dinners. Curcumin, which is found in Turmeric, has many healing and health properties.
If you've watched daytime television or picked up any health magazine, you may have heard the word ANTIOXIDANT and FREE RADICALS. This has to do with valance shell electrons reactivity and...well, antioxidants are good for you. Free radicals are not. Curcumin is an antioxidant which means it will protect your body, your DNA, from damaging free radicals which are linked to a slew of negative affects on your body including aging and diseases.
Research found on WebMD shows Curcumin to also provide anti-inflammatory benefits, sometimes showing better results than ibuprofen. Patients who suffer from arthritis or R.A. can find relief with using Curcumin extract tablets. There has also been studies that show Curcumin may protect against Alzheimer's , colitis, high cholesterol, ulcers, skin disease and even that it may have helped inhibit the growth of certain tumors.
Come into the pharmacy and you'll find we have a few choices of Turmeric and Curcumin supplements to peruse. Keep in mind that there are many brands available but quality is key to making sure there is a high level of Curcumin extract with 250-400mg. Out top brands include LifeExtension and Himalaya Pure Herbs. Our friendly staff and pharmacy can help you find the best choice for your lifestyle needs.