Tips For Getting A Good Night's Sleep

Most people at one point or another in their lives struggle with getting the right amount of sleep. If you are regularly not getting enough sleep or getting interrupted sleep, this can impact your health in a large variety of ways.

Some of the most common reasons for not getting a good night’s sleep include:

●    Interruptions by children

●    Interruptions by pets

●    Caring for an infant, baby or toddler

●    Care giving for a child, spouse, parent or loved one with chronic illness or disease

●    Overwhelmed with work and putting in late night or early morning hours

●       Stress 

Not getting enough sleep can cause you to be more irritable, fatigue easier and have difficulty concentrating. Unfortunately, there are many people who have formed the habit of living without enough sleep. They are walking around sleep deprived without even realizing it and the harm they are doing to their body. These people have done it so long that their body thinks it is normal.

Can you remember the last time you actually slept for more than seven hours straight? It is what our body actually needs to function properly. We need to get a proper night’s sleep with adequate rest for our wellbeing, our health, our brain and our body.

Not having enough sleep can lessen our reaction time, interrupt our concentration and it begins affecting other parts of our body and life too. Not getting enough sleep has been linked to many diseases and illnesses including Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and more.

If you are not getting enough sleep, we would like to discuss it with you. If you cannot sleep through the night without waking up numerous times, we want to talk to you. If you are able to begin sleeping through the night and getting enough sleep, you’ll feel the impact almost immediately and you’ll be improving your overall well being too.

Tips for getting a good night’s sleep: 

●    Wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends.

●    Go to bed at the same time every day, yes, even on weekends.

●    We actually sleep better when we are cool than when we are warm, so go ahead, save energy and money - turn down the thermostat and it might just improve your sleep.

●    Keep the room dark.

●    No media before going to bed can help your brain be more relaxed, calm and ready for rest. 

Not getting enough sleep is a serious issue and can be and can cause serious medical problems. Contact us to discuss your sleep patterns and problems. We have sleep studies to determine if there is a medical issue causing you to not be able to get enough sleep or uninterrupted sleep.

A Season Of Being Thankful

We want to encourage everyone to practice wellness and let us help you understand the importance of preventative medicine. Be thankful for who you are, what you have and for the relationships in your life.

Many people are thankful for their health every day and realize the importance of good health. When we live with chronic pain or managing illnesses, we understand the effort that must be put into being our best. 

Did you know that maintaining a healthy weight or losing weight is one of the best preventative medicine resources available? A healthy weight directly impacts the way you feel about yourself, how you look and how you feel. Feeling good in your clothes is a great bonus and looking good is great. There's nothing that compares to feeling better and not being slowed down because of extra weight.

Carrying around extra weight is linked to many diseases and illnesses including cancer, osteoarthritis, heart disease and diabetes? Too much body weight is also scientifically linked to many other diseases and illnesses.

As we start to drop a few pounds, you may immediately notice feeling better. This is because your health starts improving even when there's only a small weight reduction.

Our professional team wants to help you lose weight, keep it off and encourage you to live a healthy lifestyle. This plan will include exercise and nutritious foods.

As the holidays quickly approach, we want to encourage you to take the time, dedication and effort necessary to enjoy a healthy weight and lifestyle.

It is possible! We will create a plan that is unique to you to help you achieve results that last.

Many people give up on the work that has been done so far and think it is better to put off beginning the new lifestyle until after the holidays. While we can understand the temptations of over-eating and indulging that comes with Thanksgiving, here are some tips to help you through the abundance of food and treats without sacrificing your work, effort or waiting until 2018:

6 Tips For Thanksgiving When You Are Trying To Drop Pounds

●     Exercise every day even for a few minutes

●     Never skip breakfast and make it one filled with healthy choices.

●     Don't arrive starving at events, festivals, parties or family gatherings.

●     Make your portion sizes reasonable.

●     Don't go back for thirds!

●     Eat slowly and enjoy the flavors.

●     Drink water, after all, it will save calories for the delicacies!

We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! It's not just about the abundance of food. It's time to celebrate those special relationships with friends and family.

So, for Thanksgiving 2017, make healthy choices, enjoy time together and be thankful! 

It's Just A Number

Change - it is something that happens to all of us. It never discriminates.

It is an inevitable force that impacts every part of our life and every single one of us at some point. Each day we are breathing, we get a little older and changes happen to us and around us.

No one can avoid change. Nobody can resist it even when we want to and try our best. As we celebrate our next birthday and the number creeps up, remember it is just a number, and it doesn't dictate our lives and abilities.

Each year, most of us will experience a change in some category of life. It could be in our families, in our careers, our environment or to our health to name a few. Some change is welcomed and embraced, and other changes are happening with dread and reluctance. There are celebrations and mourning throughout each decade of our life because of change. There are illnesses and disease to overcome or manage. Some of us will experience better jobs or lost jobs. While others will take chances with baby steps or leaps, all creating change which can be good or bad. Then, there are things like storms where we have no control and can only do our very best to recover and begin again.

 

While we cannot hold onto our youth, we can do our best to maintain our health. Part of this is maintaining a healthy lifestyle, weight and focusing on things we can do to help our overall wellness and fitness.

Our bodies take a lot of wear and tear, and they do need support over the years.  Our professional team can assist you with maintaining your health and even slow down the progression or loss associated with some diseases and illnesses.

We will do our best to help you hold onto your flexibility, agility, and mobility as well and as long as possible.

Maintaining a healthy diet, keeping a consistent exercise regiment can help us resist the change that happens to our bodies and age with a bit more grace.

While we may not be keeping up with a 25-year-old when we are 50 and may not be keeping up with a 40-year-old when we are 70, we can be our own unique very best at any age.

Most of us can work on becoming healthier than we ever have been. We are here to help you become fitter, drop the extra pounds, improve your health, and sleep better while improving your long-term health. While change is inevitable, our team is here to work with you to make the best of the changes that happen to our bodies as we age gracefully.

Flu, Flu Stay Away

It is time! Doctors encourage everyone six months and older to get a flu vaccine. The flu shot will take approximately two weeks to kick in and help protect you from the virus. Contact Kaner Medical Group today to get your flu vaccination.

While we would love to see a mild flu season, there is no guarantee. The best thing we can do is get the flu vaccine before you're in the middle of flu season. With that said, there are a few more things that you can do to help protect yourself from becoming ill with the flu.

 

Tips to avoid getting the flu:

     Get the flu vaccine soon

     Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer or antibacterial wipes when soap and water isn’t available.

     Cough into your elbow/arm instead of your hand

     Stay away from sick people

Is it the flu or a cold?

If you have the flu, it feels different than a cold because you feel terrible all over. That "hit by a mack truck" feeling is much worse than what you'd experience with a common cold. The flu also comes on suddenly where a cold can come on slowly.

I've got the flu!

There is no cure for the flu. If you do get the flu, there are anti-viral medicines that can shorten the length of the virus. Anti-viral medications must be prescribed by a doctor and are only effective if taken within the first 48 hours of your first symptoms. There are also over the counter products to help treat the symptoms you will experience if you do catch the flu.

 

Tips to feel better when enduring the flu:

If you are suffering from symptoms of the flu, here's a few tips that might just help you feel better. Give them a try. 

     Stay home - the flu is very contagious and best and most responsible thing to do is call off work or school or any appointments, events, etc.

     Rest and rest some more - This helps your body spend its energy healing.

     Enjoy drinking plenty of water, tea, and juices. Eat broth-based soups.

     Use over the counter medications to treat the symptoms you are experiencing such as a cough, pain, and fever.

The flu is expensive!

Getting the flu shot is the best way to prevent the flu. The flu vaccine is inexpensive especially compared to catching the flu.

If you get the flu, you'll have to miss time off of work, school, and even fun social events. Some people become so ill with the flu that they end up having to visit the doctor or even the hospital. Some also end up with a lengthy hospital stay. Sometimes lives are even lost as a result of the flu.

You can see the dollar signs adding up with the time off work, over the counter medications and potential doctor or hospital visits. Not to mention, the lost time of doing things you want to be doing besides being sick. 

 

Kaner Medical Group has the flu vaccine available. We offer extended hours for your convenience. Contact us today and do the best thing known to help the flu stay away - get the flu vaccine.

What is “The Flu”?

Here it comes!  The “flu” is an informal name for Influenza which is a highly contagious respiratory illness.

Most of us have had the flu at one time or another and you know how it begins, you might feel weak, rundown and ache all over. While that is probably stereotypically true, in reality the symptoms for everyone range from mild to severe.  For instance, people who are older, younger or living with asthma, allergies or other medical conditions feel the impacts of it even more than those with healthy lungs.

The absolute best way to prevent getting the flu is by getting a flu vaccine. This quick and relatively painless effort on your part is the best way to protect yourself, your coworkers, your friends and family from getting the flu later.

Why should I get a Flu Vaccine?

As mentioned before, the flu is highly contagious. It can spread easily to everyone around you. The flu can be spread on surfaces or through the air. If you are unfortunate enough to “catch” the flu you can expect to miss at least one week of work or school in most situations.

While it is inconvenient to stay home and costly to miss work and school, isolating yourself from others and giving your body time to heal is what you need to mend and get back to normal health. Another consideration is that it is also very inconsiderate to  your coworkers and classmates if you go to work or school knowing that you could potentially inflict this sort of illness on them, further impacting their ability to earn money or take part in activities and accomplish academic goals.

am sure once you are well your family, coworkers and friends will welcome you back and maybe even thank you for being so considerate.

When can I get the flu vaccine?

If you would like to start the fight against the flu before it ever has a chance to take its first swing, Kaner Medical group does have the flu vaccine available right now.

After you get a flu shot, you are not immediately immune to the flu. Your body will take from 2 to as many as 4 weeks to build up and develop the preventative antibodies that fight against the flu virus.

We know that flu season is right around the corner so it is recommended that you get the flu vaccine as early as possible.

How can I get vaccinated against the flu?

If you are interested in getting a flu shot for yourself and/or your family all you need to do is contact Kaner Medical Group and ask about our convenient Walk Up Flu Station or schedule an appointment.

As always we welcome the opportunity to serve you and your family and look forward to seeing you soon.

Let Us Help You Drop Pounds Before The Holidays

In just a few weeks, holiday decorations will be everywhere. Instead of not being comfortable in holiday clothing and being able to relax and enjoy yourself at gatherings, let us help you drop the pounds. Whatever progress you make before the holidays will make you look and feel better as you attend the holiday events instead of declining them.

We want to help eliminate some of the holiday anxiety that so many people experience. While we cannot help with all of the holiday stresses, we can help with the anxiety caused due to the concern of weight. 

 

Being overweight is hard on your entire body and can make you tired. We will help you learn to control how much you eat and provide individual attention so you can keep the extra pounds off.

The cycle of eating the wrong foods and overeating is hard to break. You are always aware that you need to lose weight. You're living a life filled with procrastination for “WHEN” drop the pounds. Thinking about our weight too often isn’t healthy for us. It causes us stress.

As you begin a new weight loss program, the same mind set will continue. You’ll be thinking too often about how much weight you are losing and feel you are not losing it fast or steady enough.

Taking steps in the right direction no matter how small is something to celebrate. Healthy changes in habits, exercise patterns, food choices and quantities of food are all positive choices to improve your life. Even baby steps are to be recognized and praised as well as the giant leaps when they do occur. The consistency of the positive choices as well as the numbers on the scales going down is progress to your desired weight. 

Think about how you are feeling as the healthy changes are being made. Notice the difference in your energy level and mental status. Reflect on how healthy habits, exercising, healthy food choices in proper quantities are going to help you feel better, do better, focus, improve sleep and function better.

The next time you are hungry, tired, in a hurry just skip the drive thru at the fast food chain. The binge on fast food for convenience is not a healthy choice. Think about how it makes you feel afterward. Wouldn’t a stop at the grocery store to grab a healthy option have been a better decision? Your body will feel better when the best choices are made. While these decisions impact your weight loss, they also change your life. 

 

Praise yourself for the days you can stay on track. Don’t focus on the how it will affect your weight. Think about how it will affect your health. Remember, while it is about weight loss, the ultimate benefit is a healthier you.

Don’t Get Caught Fighting The Flu

As cold and flu season arrive, you will hear about people you know who are fighting the flu. It’s unavoidable, when someone is sick with the flu they tell you about the headache, the body aches, chills, upset stomach and their overall misery. On the heels of their misery you will also hear a bevy of flu remedies and flu medication. At present, there really isn't a "flu medication" and when people talk about it, they are referring to the many over the counter products they purchase to help relieve the symptoms of the flu.  

Some of the flu remedies we've heard that help are

●     Rest and relax

●     Chicken Noodle Soup or Won Ton Soup

●     Drink lots of water

●     Drink green tea and ginger tea

●     Eat hot and spicy foods

●     Eat recipes containing garlic and onions

If you're a victim of the flu (and to prevent catching it), be sure to wash hands frequently with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available. Make sure you wash all laundry the sick person has used as well as all utensils to help decrease the chances of others in your household catching the flu. If you notice the symptoms of the flu are not improving with OTC medications to relieve symptoms, drinking plenty of water and resting, don’t delay, be certain to call us and see if there's anything we can do to help support you through the flu.

If you’re old enough to read this, chances are you know that the symptoms of the flu can and most likely do make you miserable. Adding to the frustration is that you will be missing out on your typical routine for a few days. Make sure you let your boss know you won’t be at work. If you’re in school hopefully you can make-up your assignments. When it comes to fun events and special days that have been planned for a while, you’ll be tempted to “put on a brave face” and go through with those plans but please, stay home, stay in bed because after being out for a little while you will feel run down. Also, you won't want to spread your germs.&nbsp

So if you are on the fence about getting your flu shot, do it, if not for yourself do it for your friends and family. Do it for your boss and all the people depending on you at work to be there. 

Need more incentive, just think about the potential of lost time when you are sick and get your flu shot. 

Flu recovery most commonly will take 5-10 days and the best thing to do is stay home. There is not an actual treatment for the flu. 

It is recommended to get your flu immunization as soon as possible to prevent the flu. Kaner Medical Group has flu vaccine availability and the flu vaccine cost $10 with check or cash. The flu vaccine administration is easy and appointments can be scheduled or you can walk up to our flu station at your convenience.

I Spent Decades Dreaming About My Dream Weight...

Do you wake up in the middle of the night thinking about losing weight? Do you get up and have snacks? How often do you think about your dream weight? Is it only every morning as you get dressed? Is it every time you shower? Is it every time you notice that article of clothing getting too tight? Is it every time you notice you’ve taken a step in the right direction with exercising and a wise food choice? 

spent decades thinking about my dream weight. I would make some great food choices and had some bad habits that were difficult to get rid of such as soda and bedtime snacks.
 

Today, in America, more than 35% of adults over the age of twenty are overweight. The thirty pounds I needed to lose haunted me for a very long time and finally, I was able to get on the right path with the help I needed. A one on one approach helped me achieve sustainable weight loss. I couldn’t do it alone. I couldn’t be disciplined to make a wise food choice more often than not. I couldn’t be disciplined to exercise daily. I couldn’t be disciplined to drink more water than coffee and soda. It was not easy. It was not quick. It took a lot of hard work, dedication and with a support team in place, walking with me step by step, my goal was was attainable. 

We offer the one on one approach that so many people need to be successful. When we do the weight loss journey with a professional, we receive the correct information as well as motivation. We need the experts to help us achieve our dream of weight loss as well meaning friends and family may not realize that everyone needs an individual plan. We provide help every step of the way to help you achieve your weight loss goals and be on your way to a better quality of life and healthier lifestyle. 

Let us help you make your dreams come true. We will put an action plan together so you can do this and live life at your ideal weight. You won’t have to be dreading summer, t-shirts, swimming and photographs. You might just be able to play more, relax more, embrace your body image, look better and even be healthier. We also provide you with valuable knowledge to help you sustain your dream weight long term so ideally you will never need another diet.

At Kaner Medical Group, we are passionate about helping you achieve your health and weight loss goals. We meet your individual needs as everyone is unique. Our team is highly trained and will help you discover healthy ways to manage your weight in a sustainable way so you’ll never have to be dreaming about losing weight again.

 

The most important part of Weight Loss - Keeping It Off

Has weight loss been something you push aside? We all know that maintaining a healthy body weight is better for our health. With so many quick and easy convenience foods and restaurants with delicious high calorie count dishes available mixed with our on the go constantly in contact lives, we continue to gain a little bit more weight gradually.

Deep down inside, the words weight loss and diet can make us exhausted just to think about it. We see dollar signs as we think joining a gym and selecting the healthier foods is going to cost more than we’re spending now. We see our already packed schedule and cannot imagine adding one more thing.

 

Losing weight isn’t easy but it can be simple. We understand and we will work with you one on one to develop a plan that is unique to you and your situation. We want to help you achieve your goals and see you experience sustainable weight loss and a healthier lifestyle. We guide you, provide education, support and measure your accomplishments. We are proud of you and with you for each step you take toward reaching your goal.

Sometimes we all need a little help to achieve our goals. Accepting our body image at a weight that is healthy for us and realizing all of us are not going to look like a fitness guru is a good step. Knowing there is really such a thing as emotional eating and learning how to control it can help with achieving and maintaining your goals. Learning to read food labels and knowing all the things that hinder weight loss is going to make a significant difference as you learn to shop healthier and consume products which work for your goals instead of against them. These are just a few of the keys that will help you achieve your goals and keep that weight off once and for all.

Sustainable weight loss can occur as we make the lifestyle changes necessary to maintain a healthier body. The most important part of weight loss is being able to keep it off. We will help you achieve sustainable weight loss by providing tips and advice on healthy eating, exercise and helping form good habits.

Weight loss can often even help lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels. There’s no better time than now to get started working toward sustainable weight loss and a healthier lifestyle. Contact us today and learn how we can help you get weight loss results, gain healthy habits and enjoy a better lifestyle. 

March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. But with new methods for early detection, the five-year survival rate for this type of cancer has steadily increased. This March, improve your awareness of colon cancer by learning about symptoms of the disease to watch for and lifestyle factors that increase your risk for developing the disease.

Colon Cancer Symptoms

Many cases of colon cancer present with no symptoms in the early stages of the disease. Symptoms that could indicate an issue and warrant urgent medical attention include:

-A change in bowel habits that persists beyond four weeks, including unusual constipation, diarrhea, or change in consistency.

-Blood in the stool, fatigue, weakness and/or unexplained weight loss.

-Chronic abdominal discomfort, including gas, cramps, or a bloated or "full" feeling.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, talk with your doctor.

Screening Recommendations

Because this disease is easier to treat in its earliest stages, screening is recommended to detect colon cancer even before it begins to show symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that regular colorectal cancer screenings begin at age 50 for most people. There are a number of screening methods used to detect the presence of cancerous cells in the colon or rectum. These include:

-An annual high-sensitivity fecal occult blood test (FOBT).

-Flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years combined with FOBT every three years.

-Colonoscopy every ten years.

For most people, screening can be discontinued at age 75. Your doctor can help recommend the screening modality and frequency that's right for you.

Controlling Risk Factors

While some risk factors for colon cancer such as family history and race can't be controlled, making certain lifestyle changes can decrease your risk. Colon cancer is more common among individuals who:

-Have had colorectal cancer or polyps in the past.

-Have a chronic intestinal condition like ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease.

-Eat a diet that's high in fat and low in fiber.

-Rarely exercise, have diabetes, are obese, drink alcohol heavily or smoke.

If you're concerned about your colon cancer risk, making changes to these risk factors is one way to stay healthy. Quit smoking, limit your alcohol use, make sure you get enough exercise and eat more fiber, while limiting fats, sweets and red meat.

Your doctor can help you navigate your colon cancer risk and recommend a course of treatment if you are diagnosed with the disease.