Tag - recovery

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Staying Hydrated Is the Key to Recovery Success

Make People Better understands that the success of your recovery depends on how prepared you are at home. There are several key categories with things you can do to make your recovery a success. Important things to have:
  • Access to WiFi – it is a must! 
  • Access to a smartphone so you can text and send pictures.
  • Phone numbers for your providers including your pharmacist (TIP - ask for their back office number).
  • Email address for your providers. 
  • Cell phone number for your provider is really a plus. Many times a provider will have a cell phone that you can text information to ask questions. Often they don’t always offer, but if you ask they usually give you one. 
  • A list of all your medications including supplements (TIP - try to keep all your prescriptions at one pharmacy). 
  • A copy of your discharge instructions. 
  • A copy of any teaching information you were given.
  • Get a calendar and write down important follow up appointments and exercise routines you were given. 
  • Have a list of at least 5 people you can call for help. Notify them that you are recovering and you may need their help.
  • Get the app for Uber or Lyft just in case you need a quick ride.
  • Blood pressure cuff
  • Pulse oximetry monitor
  • Reliable scales
  • Thermometer 
Prepare your environment
  • Make sure your home environment is clean, clear of clutter, and you have personal support. 
  • Remove small throw rugs – you would be surprised how many people trip over rugs.
  • Borrow/rent/purchase a walker if needed– you will be weaker than you think.
  • Have clean sheets on your bed.
  • Put a phone charger next to your bed.
What to eat and drink 
  • Having all your food and drinks prepared and ready the first 2 weeks are key (TIP - most grocery stores deliver).
  • Because all medications cause nausea, you should eat small portions frequently.
  • Having a small amount of food in your stomach at all times can help. This can be as simple as a few crackers. 
  • Freshly prepared soups are great, just keep a large pot in the fridge. Bone broth soup is an easy go-to and full of nutrition. Here is a great recipe
  • Steel cut oats are another good choice. Oatmeal really does stick to your gut! 
  • Breakfast for dinner works when you are recovering. Nothing gets an appetite going like bacon, and even a cardiologist will agree that a little bacon will not hurt.
  • Your body is busy recovering. Do not eat large or hard-to-digest food. You do not want to re-route too much blood and oxygen to the gut. 
  • Fruits and vegetables are preferred over meat. Staying hydrated is the key to your success. 
If you are not able to drink enough water, then you can purchase an over-the-counter hydration supplement. Of course we recommend re:iimmune. It is our favorite hydration and immune support supplement. Mix 1 packet into 2 cups of water, stir it up, add ice, sip on it throughout the day, and check out the difference it makes!
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Why Diabetic Friendly is Better for EveryBODY

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In theory we all recognize that processed chemicals aren’t good to put into our bodies on a regular basis. We can agree that eating whole foods will benefit our health, trumping a microwave dinner any day, but what do we know about the actual chemicals we’re avoiding besides that they’re bad for us? Sometimes it’s good to know why you’re calling something bad in order to take your claim seriously. When re:iimmune® was created, every single ingredient was carefully considered and scrutinized.

 

Most hydration drinks are loaded with sugar and unnecessary chemicals, and that’s exactly why it was vital for re:iimmune® to be diabetic friendly, Clinical Strength Hydration™. Usually your mind would automatically just assume that means it’s sugar free, but this concept goes much deeper than the table sugar you store in your pantry. We don’t use sucralose, dextrose or sugar-instead, we use agave insulin extracted from an all natural, organic, blue agave plant. Organic agave extract is rich in nutrients, and is also considered a “super fiber” that promotes digestive health by serving as a prebiotic- aiding the good bacteria that lives in our gut.

 

Why is one of the most important questions you can ask, so why do we choose not to use other commonly used sugar substitutes? Good question!

 

Sucralose, a commonly found sugar substitute, is technically just chlorinated sugar according to it’s processing. There are a lot of big words associated with the research on sucralose, but the important thing to know is that it has been found to be 300,000 times more carcinogenic than DDT, an insecticide that was banned for it’s extreme toxicity. The compounds formed in this process have been linked to a number of diseases, birth defects and immune dysfunction. There you have it! Why would a product that was created to make you feel better contain a chemical linked to the very things we’re fighting?

 

Dextrose, is a form of sugar that is most commonly made from corn that is genetically modified and is chemically identical to glucose (blood sugar). Being as I just used the diabetic dirty word, glucose, you can assume the obvious: it spikes blood sugar levels like crazy which is terrible for the average person, but especially for anyone who is pregnant, nursing, hyperglycemic or diabetic. It also takes a slug at the body’s general immune system function. This particular derivative of sugar is most commonly going to be GMO, and that’s a whole other can of worms I’ll let you open on your own time!

 

Sugar is important to recognize as harmful beyond the commonly thought of cavities and love handles as it’s linked to a myriad of dangers from disrupted hormonal cycles, the development of diabetes itself, and a vast amount of cardiovascular issues.

 

As timing would have it, the FDA recently announced new food labeling restrictions to adjust the serving sizes according to the amount one would typically consume, and for the first time all labels will be required to list added sugars! Knowing what we’re consuming and why, is one major step in the right direction towards a healthy and functional lifestyle.

Now you know re:iimmune® is sugar, dextrose and sucralose free and WHY,  we hope you also have some valuable information that you can carry with you on your next grocery shopping trip.

 

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Pre and Post Surgery Care

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Chances are, most of us will have surgery at some point in our lives, in fact the average person will have several procedures in their lifetime from- tonsil removal, getting your wisdom teeth cut out, or something a little more serious like- hip replacements and open heart surgery. When the time comes to prepare for a surgery, there are many important factors to consider- making sure you have the right caretakers appointed for post surgery recovery, choosing the right surgeon, and learning as much as you can about your condition. One of the most important things we can do to prepare for invasive surgery is boost our immune system. It’s important to be well rested, eat a balanced diet, and take optimal care of our bodies in the weeks leading up to an operation.

 

Surgery, regardless of the seriousness, poses itself as a trauma to our bodies, and in turn triggers inflammation and depletes essential nutrients. These things impair the immune system and in turn leave you at a higher risk for post operative complications, especially infections. There are many ways to make sure your immune system is charged up, and one of the top influencers of your immunity is your gut health. Making sure you are working on building your beneficial, intestinal bacteria, is essential to your gut health, and ultimately, your immune system’s strength.

 

Hydration is also a key component to a smooth recovery, patients who are well hydrated report less nausea and pain after going through a surgery. Water retention after surgery is a common discomfort as well, and the more hydrated you are, the lower your chances of water retention will be. Not only will adequate hydration leave you feeling more comfortable, but the more hydrated you are, the faster your body will flush itself of the anesthesia and drugs you have been administered as you are recovering, in allowing your body to relieve itself of any unnecessary toxins.

 

We believe re:iimmune® is the perfect touch to any pre surgery preparation or post surgery recovery. Combine it’s clinical strength hydration and intestinal immune support with a balanced diet and lots of rest- you’re sure to get better, better™!

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