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Stress and its harmful effects on the body.

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UFMC-BlogImage Even if you don’t realize it, stress symptoms may be affecting your health. You may think illness is to blame for that nagging headache, your frequent insomnia or your decreased productivity at work. But stress may actually be the culprit. Being able to recognize common stress symptoms can give you a jump on managing them. Stress that's left unchecked can contribute to health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. If you have stress symptoms, taking steps to manage it can have great benefits to your health. Physical activity, relaxation techniques, meditation, and yoga, are all things that can help you settle down and manage stress. And ensuring you are getting plenty of sleep, eating a balanced diet, and avoiding tobacco use, excess caffeine and alcohol intake, will also help. If you have tried to relieve stress and you still can’t find the cause, call us! We are here to help you get your stress under control. Your doctor may want to check for other potential causes.

Quit Smoking Today!

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It’s a common resolution to quit smoking, but as many know it’s very hard to stop. Nicotine has such addictive properties that it have cause many effects when trying to stop. Most smokers today know that smoking is bad for their health and harmful to people around them. They know they should quit but they also know it's going to be hard. Fortunately, there's lots of help available. We have a lot of resources to help you stop smoking and help you find your reasons for quitting and then take the big step of quitting for good. Think about your reasons to quit and talk to your doctor. Your doctor can be a key resource as you're trying to quit smoking. He or she can talk to you about cessation medications and put you in contact with local resources. Set your expectations on what will happen when you stop smoking. The more you know in advance, the better prepared you will be to handle withdrawal symptoms and keep you on a smoke free path. Want to stop smoking? Schedule an appointment today so we can help.

January is Eye Care Month

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January starts off the year by recognizing the importance of eye care all month long. Get a kickstart on the New Year by taking care of your eyes. Your eyes help you see the world and without proper eye care, you run the risk of decreased vision and disease. A lot can happen since the last time you had your eyes checked. By having an annual eye exam, you are giving yourself enough time for your Ophthalmologist to detect any deformities early on in their development. Addressing eye health issues before they progress and become more sever is always a good idea, as treating them early will minimize damage to your eyes and vision. Even if you have perfect vision, having an eye exam once a year will help you save your vision for the future. Many people start losing their vision gradually, without noticing its effects. The longer you go without an eye exam, the harder it will be for your ophthalmologist to correct the vision loss. Although we are a family practice and do not have on staff optometrists and ophthalmologists, we feel that eye exams are very important, so get your annual eye exam today.

Drink more water! Water’s great benefits to your health.

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People, especially in Colorado, carry water everywhere. Water is essential to your health and your survival. Not only is it essential it’s great for you too.

  • Drinking water helps maintain body fluid balance. Water makes up 60% of your body and is included in functions such as digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature.
  • Water helps control calories. While water has no magical effect on weight loss, if substituting it for higher calorie beverages can certainly help. It can also help fill you up so you get full faster.
  • Water helps energize muscles and flush lactic acid after workouts. Water helps cells maintain their balance of fluids and electrolytes shrivel, which can result in muscle fatigue.
  • Water helps skin stay good and youthful. Your skin contains plenty of water, and functions as a protective barrier to prevent excess fluid loss. Unfortunately it does not over-hydration to erase wrinkles or fine lines. But can make you look younger with hydration.
  • Water helps your kidneys transport waste products in and out of cells. Your body does a great job of flushing fluids as long as your water intake is high.
For more information about the great affects water has on your body, talk to your doctor.

Broken Resolutions

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According to Time Magazine the following New Year’s Resolutions are the top resolutions, but also the top resolutions that are broken.

  • Lose Weight and Get Fit
  • Quit Smoking
  • Learn Something New
  • Eat Healthier and Diet
  • Get Out of Debt and Save Money
  • Spend More Time with Family
  • Travel to New Places
  • Be Less Stressed
  • Volunteer
  • Drink Less
It’s hard enough to finish and start a New Year, but if you make a resolution, stick to it and see how great the rewards and benefits will be.  Hold on to your willpower, but don’t be too mad at yourself if you start to slip. Get back into it and figure out the best way for you to stay on track. It’s all a mental game and only you know you can do it!