Category Health Tips

3 Ways to Strengthen Your Immune System

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Your immune system fights off germs, bacteria, and microorganisms. These items can make you sick or even cause disease. As such, it is important that your immune system is functioning at its highest level, to help you remain healthy. Here are three steps that you can take to boost or strengthen your immune system.

Eat Plenty of Fruits and Vegetables

One of the top ways to strengthen your immune system is to eat a diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables contain nutrients and vitamins that are key to helping your body function at its highest level, including your immune system. Studies have shown that when you are deficient in Vitamins A, B, C and E or have mineral deficiencies of copper, folic acid, iron selenium and/or zinc, your immune system suffers...

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3 Simple Cardio Ideas for Summer

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When it comes to staying healthy, there’s a lot to keep in mind. From eating right to exercising frequently, staying in shape can be a challenge. But if you focus on improving your diet gradually while also focusing your cardio, staying in shape can become easier. Take a look at these three simple cardio ideas to stay in shape this summer.

Bike or Run in the Morning

While there are a few different options you can do for cardio, running and biking are some of the most beneficial. However, when summer temperatures are high, it can be difficult to schedule the time for these important exercises. In order to not overwork yourself and stay cool, we recommend running or biking in the mornings. This will ensure lower temperatures so you can work out at your best.

Utilize an Indoor Gym

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5 Summer Skin Care Tips Boca Raton Residents Need to Know About

Summer Skin Care Tip

If you’re like most people who live in Boca Raton, Florida, you’re undoubtedly looking forward to indulging in plenty of summer fun this season. However, you probably also care about your health and want to make sure to practice precautions when it comes to protecting yourself from overexposure to the sun. After all, sun damage not only leads to premature aging to the skin, it can also increase chances of developing skin cancer. Fortunately, strategies exist for minimizing the risk. Read on for more information.

Reapply Sunscreen Every Two Hours

You probably already know that wearing a full-spectrum sunscreen is an essential tool in decreasing skin cancer risk, but you may not know that to achieve maximum protection, sunscreen needs to be applied, on average, once every two hours while yo...

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Hypothermia Can Still Be a Problem in Florida

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Hypothermia isn’t just a concern for those living in cold-weather states. It can also be a serious problem for Floridians, especially if you spend time on the water. And you might be surprised to know that a person can develop hypothermia in water that is well above freezing.

What Is Hypothermia?

Hypothermia is a life-threatening condition where your body loses heat faster than it can produce it and your internal temperature falls below 95 degrees F. According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the most common way that people in Florida develop hypothermia is by falling off a boat into water that is cooler than their body temperature and remaining there for an extended period of time.

How long can the average person survive after they’ve fallen overboard depends on a number of factor...

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3 Ways to Combat a Stomach Virus at Home

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Nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain — a stomach virus is one of those short-lived bugs that nightmares are made of, rendering you in an utterly miserable state of being. For the most part, a trip to the doctor will yield you instructions to get rest, drink fluids and wait for the problem to pass. Take a look at some other things you can do at home to help yourself recuperate from a stomach virus faster.

1. Follow the BRAT Diet

The BRAT diet is a simple diet of four bland foods: bananas, rice, applesauce and toast. These foods are really easy on your digestive system, and they break down quickly once they hit your stomach to provide you with energy. If you feel a bit hungry at all, try nibbling on some of these items slowly...

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Mar-J Medical Supply — How Walking Keeps Us Healthy

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At Mar-J Medical Supply of Boca Raton, we often meet clients who wish to improve their overall health and strength.

If you’re looking for a good answer, may we suggest asking your doctor about adopting a walking routine?

According to Harvard Health Publishing, a division of the Harvard Medical School of Harvard University, walking reduces the risk of cardiovascular events significantly, for all adults. Protection is observable starting at 5½ miles per week, even at a casual pace (at least 2 miles an hour).

Wide-Ranging Benefits

Studies show that walking prolongs a person’s life. It also helps stave off dementia, cancer of the colon and more. The cardiovascular benefits include an improvement in blood pressure, blood circulation, cholesterol and insulin levels.

Walking to keep your we...

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Prepare Your Family Now for Cold and Flu Season

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Cold and flu season typically runs from fall through spring. During this time, your family has a higher risk of getting sick from influenza and the common cold. Although cold and flu season hasn’t started yet, this is a good time to start making sure that you and your family are prepared for it. Keep the following tips in mind, so you can stay as healthy as possible.

Wash Your Hands

While this should be done on a regular basis, it becomes even more important during cold and flu season. Teach your children to wash their hands thoroughly with soap and warm water, especially after using the bathroom and before eating. Hand-washing is a simple, yet highly effective, way to lower your risk of getting sick...

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5 Tips for Healthier Sleep

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Humans sleep approximately a third of a lifetime. All of this sleep facilitates various essential body and brain functions. Insufficient sleep can result in problems focusing and performing routine tasks, and it leads to serious health effects. Here are some tips from Mar J Medical Supply, your Boca Raton medical supply provider, to help remedy some common causes of difficulty sleeping.

Tips for Healthier Sleep

1. Reduce Caffeine Intake.

Consuming caffeine, especially later during the day, can contribute to poor sleep. Health experts suggest avoiding caffeine in the afternoon and evening. Ideally, avoid caffeine for ten full hours before trying to fall sleep. Substitute caffeinated drinks for decaf choices.

2. Eliminate Intrusive Light.

Even small amounts of light in the room can af...

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7 Stretches to Do in the Morning

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Instead of starting your day with a rushed cup of coffee, ease in with some rejuvenating stretches. Do all these stretches on an exercise mat, or on carpet or a floor rug if you don’t have a mat.

And if you need medical supplies in Boca Raton, keep us in mind.

1. Child’s Pose

This provides the perfectly soothing way to start the day, as it involves totally stretching out your spine while breathing deeply with your arms outstretched and your feet under your hips.

2. Cat-Cow

Done on all fours, this stretch imitates the movements of both a cat and a cow. It lengthens out your back and shoulder areas and gets you ready to face the day.

3. Downward-Facing Dog

This is yet another move that feels so good as a way to stretch your entire back and shoulder area...

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5 Ways to Combat Stress Anywhere

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Stress can be more than an unpleasant mental state. It may lead to upset stomach, heartburn, headaches, sleep issues, over-eating and more serious physical symptoms. Here are some helpful stress management tips, provided by MAR-J Medical Supply, your online center for medical supplies in Boca Raton.

5 Ways to Combat Stress Anywhere

1. Deep Breathing

Relax your shoulders. Close your eyes. Breathe in deeply through your nose. Feel your chest and abdomen move as you inhale. Then, exhale slowly through your nose or mouth. Repeat 5 to 10 times.

2. Visualization

Close your eyes. Picture yourself in a serene place, maybe sitting under a shade tree, or on a quiet beach. Imagine the birds singing, or the waves gently breaking. Feel the delightful breeze.

3. Muscle Relaxation

Consciously relax eac...

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