In the race to perfection, people will do about anything for a younger look. Nip here. Tuck there. Lift that, smooth this, and this and this too. With all these things buzzing around, you probably heard the word "collagen" a time or two. Maybe preceding the word "injection." Why are people putting this in their bodies?
Collagen is actually a protein already found in your body. It's is a three stranded protein, which gives it an elastic characteristic, and it is found in muscles, tendons, and in the skin. Its abundance in the skin and connective tissue allows for the youthful vibrance and flexibility. As we age, our skin looses this elasticity and ::gasp:: wrinkles can form. The skin turns less vibrant and will even, dare I say, sag. Collagen also gives your nails and hair vitality. Youthful hair strands can be slightly tugged and it will stretch. If you do the same thing to hair that has lost collagen, the strand will snap. Hello split ends and flyaways. Trust me, it's not a good look.
But this is just the exterior. Collagen affects the muscles and tendons just as dramatically. We need our tendons to remain stretchy and resilient. Our tendons hold our muscles to our bones. Whenever we use our muscles, which is always, the flex and pull of the muscles can only be done properly with the malleability of the tendons. As we age, the collagen in our body begins to diminish slowly and our tendons and muscles can become stiff.
Now, let's be honest. Most people would be more concerned about the VISIBLE affects of diminished collaged. But vanity can be a powerful motivator, which, in this case, will benefit the body as a whole. Collagen can be added to your diet easily. Collagen supplements come in powder or tablet form. But, do some research to figure out how that particular collagen is sourced, especially if you follow a certain dietary lifestyle. Some is sourced from collagen of other mammals (fish or cows) so these would not do well for vegetarians but these may have more bioavailability, meaning they are absorbed better by your body. Also, liquid or powder form is usually absorbed faster than pill form for most medicine or supplements.
At GoodPill pharmacy, we carry NeoCell Collagen in powder form and YouTheory Collagen in tablet form. Both contain collagen derived from mammals and have a high bioavailability. If you don't take tablets well, the powder may be the way to go. One scoop in the morning before a meal and you are set for the day. If you are the type that may be on the go and don't have time to take the powder supplement 30 minutes before breakfast, the YouTheory tablets may work better. The dose can be taken at any time.
Next time you come in to GoodPill pharmacy, talk to our staff about the benefits of adding collagen to your daily routine. It's never too early to give your body an extra boost of vitality and flexibility!
Summer takes on different meanings for different people. Maybe your definition of summer is a hammock and a Pina Colada in your hand. Maybe its poolside with a book. Or maybe its pick-up ultimate frisbee games and football at the beach. If this sporty, exhilarating idea of summer is yours, then you might be familiar with the sports injuries that come from going from cubicle to QB way too fast.
Listen, we've all been there. Who needs to warm up? You're sure you can make that pass... One more rep on the weight...twist a little faster to tackle. Next thing you know, you pulled some muscle you didn't even know existed. Vastus Intermedius?! Can't you just say thigh muscle?! These pulls and muscle knots can be painful and, if not treated, can lead to further damage. If your injury is serious, seek medical help immediately. If you feel sore and strain, it could be that you just didn't warm up enough. Don't let these injuries tape you down, tape THEM down first.
The first time I ever saw kinesiology therapeutic tape was when I ran my first half-marathon. A few runners had some tape on their calves, some on their arms (which get tired from pumping as momentum), and even on their thighs. How come some runners have "stickers"? Yup, I was a clueless newbie. But after that race, I got first hand knowledge at just how sore and tired your muscles can get. KT tape helps prevent and support injuries from sports and muscle exhaustion. Similar to compression stockings, KT Tape helps with circulation and recovery. This stretchy tape adheres strongly to your skin to withstand outdoor heat, sweat, water, and is flexible to move with your body during your activities. From experience, this tape is comfortable to wear and I forgot I was wearing it. But, the strong adhesive means that it is difficult to take off when you're ready to shed the tape. Use baby oil and the tape comes off easily. Without baby oil...congratulations, you just got waxed.
If you're looking forward to some outdoor activities, getting ready for a fun run, or you're already experiencing muscle soreness, stop by GoodPill pharmacy. We offer a selection of different brands, and different colors ::cough PINK cough:: for you to pick out. Take some time to speak with our knowledgeable staff that will walk you through the CORRECT way to apply the tape depending on the area and muscle you're trying to target. If you don't apply it correctly, you won't be doing much to support your muscles. Our brands, Strength Tape, Mueller, and KT Tape, all come with the same great adhesive abilities and are precut. This makes it even easier to use when you're in the middle of your activity or on the run. The sizes are generous to encompass the most common areas you would need to tape up. Shoulder, forearm, wrist, calves, tennis elbow, knee, hamstring. This tape has you covered!
Do yourself a favor. Sunscreen, hydration, TAPE. Don't let a sports injury keep you from all fun and stress free activities of the summer.
You're on your feet all day, you're constantly moving and on the go. Is it any wonder that your legs feel tired by the time you're ready to call it a night? Your legs support you all day, its time you give them some support back. A spa day would be nice but what about daily comfort and support? Ever heard of compression stockings? If you're a gym rat (like me), you have probably heard of, and probably own a couple dozen, compression leggings. These are largely popular especially among runners because of the support and recovery compression leggings and pants offer.
But these are not JUST for the everyday gymaholic. Compression hosiery can be purchased and worn by anyone experiencing fatigue, decreased blood flow, troublesome spider or varicose veins, diabetics, or people who suffer from swelling. These symptoms aren't reserved for a certain age group and you can start wearing these at any age and for any profession. Teachers? Yes. Flight attendants? Yup. Customer service? Si. Doctors, pharmacists, cleaners, computer techs. Yes, Yes and YES. Even if you sit for prolonged periods of time, your legs aren't being given optimal blood flow. If you're diabetic, you know the importance your feet and blood flow play with your health state. You want to make sure you are giving them ample attention and care.
Compression hosiery can also be recommended by a doctor pre and post surgery to insure you don't get any blood clots. Let's be real here, you put on socks every day. You wear stockings for work. The beautiful thing about compression hosiery is that it fits your lifestyle. Socks, knee highs, thigh highs, stockings. Nude, tan, black, white. The combinations are (almost) endless and the comforts are infinite.
Because there are different uses for the hosiery, there are different levels of compression. It will be necessary to stop into GoodPill Pharmacy to get measured and sized. Our friendly staff are certified and educated on all the quality compression products we have stocked here. We will get you on your way to feeling energized and giving relief for your tired legs.