Navigating the Holiday Season: A Healthy Guide from Blakes Pharmacy

As the holiday season approaches, it brings joy, festivities, and a flurry of activities. Amidst the celebrations, it’s crucial to prioritise your health. Bakes Pharmacy is here to guide you through the holiday season with tips and advice to ensure your well-being during this special time of the year.

Managing Stress and Anxiety:

The holiday season can be overwhelming, leading to increased stress and anxiety. Visit Blakes pharmacy to explore natural supplements, stress-relief teas, or consult with our knowledgeable staff for recommendations on managing stress and promoting relaxation.

Maintaining a Healthy Diet:

With tempting treats and indulgent feasts, it’s easy to stray from a healthy diet during the holidays. Learn about maintaining a balanced diet, incorporating essential vitamins, and managing portion sizes. Our pharmacy can provide nutritional supplements to support your well-being.

Traveling Safely:

If your holiday plans involve travel, ensure you’re prepared with necessary medications, travel-sized first aid kits, and any required vaccinations. Consult our pharmacists for advice on managing medications while traveling and staying healthy on the go

Preventative Measure:

Learn about preventative measures, such as getting vaccinated, proper hand hygiene, and immune-boosting supplements available at our pharmacy. We’re here to help you stay healthy and enjoy the holidays symptom-free.

Hydration Essentials:

Staying hydrated is crucial, especially in the summer heat. Pack a reusable water bottle and make it a habit to sip water throughout your journey. Dehydration can lead to fatigue and discomfort, so ensure you have access to clean water sources wherever your travels take you.

Gift Ideas for Health Enthusiasts:

Looking for thoughtful and health-conscious gifts? Explore our selection of wellness products and beauty items. From immune-boosting supplements to luxurious self-care products, we have the perfect gifts for your loved ones.

Over-the-Counter Medications Guide:

Be informed about over-the-counter medications for common holiday ailments. Whether it’s relief for indigestion, headaches, or seasonal allergies, our pharmacists can guide you in choosing the right medications for your specific needs.

This holiday season, prioritise your health with the guidance of your trusted pharmacy. From stress management to staying immune-healthy, we are here to support you on your wellness journey. Wishing you a joyful and healthy holiday season!

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IT IS FLU SEASON PROTECT YOURSELF

Cold and flu season is here and people are getting ready to fight colds and flu head on with a number of weapons in their “medicine chest”.

If you think serious complications from the flu are only for the elderly, children and pregnant women to worry about – think again

Everyone is at risk of catching the flu virus – even healthy, young adults. While symptoms may vary from person to person, they may include the following

 

 

 Seasonal flu

Common cold 

What is it?

 

Influenza, or the flu, is a common and highly contagious, infectious respiratory disease that affects the nose, throat and lungs.
Influenza viruses can change rapidly.  That’s why there is a new flu shot made every year to protect against the circulating virus strains.

A cold is a mild infection of the nose and throat caused by a variety of viruses.
Although a cold might linger, the symptoms remain mild.

 

Symptoms 

 

 Almost Always

         Common

Sometimes 

Runny nose
Sneezing
Cough
Sore throat

Sudden onset of cough and fever

Fatigue
Muscle aches
Sore throat
Headache
Decreased appetite Runny nose 

Nausea
Vomiting
Diarrhea 

 

While most people infected with an influenza virus recover in a few weeks, complications such as pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections and ear infections can occur and make chronic health problems such as asthma much worse.

The flu season has hit Australia early this year, with experts warning a quarter or more of the population could face an increased risk of severe complications from the virus this winter.

Doctor Hampson, Chairman of the Influenza Specialist Group, urged all Australians to consider receiving the flu vaccine this year and not to see cost as a barrier.

“The flu vaccine is free for high-risk groups such as those aged over 65, pregnant women, and people over 6 months of age with medical conditions like severe asthma, diabetes or other chronic diseases which put them at risk of influenza-related complications. It’s widely available for around 20 dollars for others, which is cheaper than cough medicine, pain relievers and time off work,” said Dr Hampson.

What can you do to prevent the flu?

You can play an active role in staying healthy and preventing the spread of the seasonal flu if you:

  1. Get your flu shot: You can protect yourself and others by getting an annual flu shot.
  2. Wash your hands frequently: Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer.
  3. Cough and sneeze into your arm, not your hand: If you use a tissue, dispose of it as soon as possible and wash your hands.
  4. Keep your hands away from your face: In most cases, the flu virus enters the body through the eyes, nose or mouth.
  5. Keep common surface areas clean and disinfected: Doorknobs, light switches, telephones, keyboards and other surfaces can become contaminated with all kinds of bacteria and viruses which can live on hard surfaces for up to 48 hours. Regularly cleaning and disinfecting these surfaces with normal household disinfectants can help prevent the spread of viruses.

Please consult your healthcare professional or contact Mail Order Pharmacy friendly staff for more information about flu vaccination or Cough, cold and flu products.

 

7 Things to Include in a Diet for High Blood Pressure

If you have high blood pressure, it’s important to follow a healthy diet to help manage your condition. Here are some things to include in your diet for high blood pressure:

  1. Whole grains: Whole grains are an excellent source of fiber and nutrients, and they can help lower blood pressure. Choose whole wheat bread, brown rice, oatmeal, and whole grain pasta.
  2. Fruits and vegetables: These foods are high in potassium, which helps balance out the effects of sodium on blood pressure. Aim for a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, including leafy greens, berries, citrus fruits, and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower.
  3. Lean protein: Choose lean sources of protein, such as chicken, fish, beans, and legumes. Avoid processed meats, which can be high in sodium.
  4. Low-fat dairy: Dairy products are a good source of calcium and vitamin D, which are important for maintaining healthy blood pressure. Choose low-fat or fat-free options to keep saturated fat and calories in check.
  5. Nuts and seeds: These are a good source of healthy fats, protein, and fiber. Choose unsalted varieties to keep sodium intake in check.
  6. Herbs and spices: Use herbs and spices to flavor your food instead of salt, which can raise blood pressure. Try garlic, ginger, basil, rosemary, and oregano.
  7. Water: Staying hydrated is important for maintaining healthy blood pressure. Aim for at least eight glasses of water per day.

Remember, while making these dietary changes can help lower blood pressure, it’s important to also talk to your doctor about other lifestyle changes and medications that may be necessary to manage your conditio

 

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