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Urgent Care Reveals After School Snacks Often Disguised As Healthy: Part 2

Urgent Care Warns Against Unhealthy Snacks That Appear Healthy

When you go to the grocery store to pick out the snacks your little ones will be munching on it can be easy to get tricked into thinking that what you are buying is healthy, but don’t be fooled by purposeful packaging! In part one of this series, our urgent care revealed 3 after school snacks that are often disguised as healthy, but they really aren’t. Today, we’re going to talk about 3 more popular go-to snacks that could be very unhealthy.

Additionally, our urgent care team also provides a few alternatives for each snack, instead.

First Med Urgent Care’s 3 Choices For “Snack Discussion”:

Trail Mix: The It’s easy to think nuts and seeds sound healthy enough, but the trouble is that a lot of the pre-packaged trail mixes don’t just have those ingredients in them. Most of them contain chocolate-covered candies, sweetened dried fruits, deep-fried banana chips, highly processed sesame sticks, and a lot of added salt.

Alternatively a tasty DIY option would be something like dried coconut flakes, raw nuts, raw seeds, and unsweetened dried cherries. You could try adding organic pink Himalayan salt and cinnamon rather than processed table salt or white sugar.  

Yogurt: Many When many parents think of feeding their kids yogurt they think it’s great for the gut. The truth is those cute little push-op style yogurt sticks and containers with granola added in are actually not so healthy. In fact, most yogurt marketed towards children have artificial food coloring and way too much sugar.

Alternatively you should opt for plain yogurt which does actually have high-protein, high-calcium, and healthy probiotics. To sweeten it up for those who think plain yogurt is too bitter, try adding natural sugars (not processed sugar) like honey or fruit.  

Pretzels: We all know the potato chip isn’t all that healthy which often leads parents to grab a “low fat” option like pretzels. Here’s the kicker; pretzels don’t really have any nutritional value and are nothing but white flour with added salt and sweeteners like corn syrup or malt syrup.

Alternatively to get that crunch you’re after you could just grab a hand full of raw nuts or seeds to serve to your kids.

Our urgent care staff hope that the warning about these popular unhealthy after school snacks have enlightened you a little more. Making the changes for your children’s diet could mean the difference in maintaining their healthy bodies longer.

Thanks for reading our urgent care blog series! We hope the rest of your school year is a healthy one!

Kidney Stones

Ways Your Diet Could Be Causing Kidney Stones

Things That Cater To Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are among the most common urinary tract disorders. They don’t always cause patients to have symptoms of pain, but the larger stones may block urine flow, which can later produce painful situations. Kidney stones may not have a definite, single cause, although several factors may increase your risk. One of those factors in question is your diet. Today, our urgent care team will be talking about a few reasons ways your diet can cause kidney stones.

1.) Not Drinking Enough Water: If you’re not drinking between half an ounce and one ounce of water for each pound that you weigh, every day, then you could be dehydrating the body. So if you weigh 150 pounds you would want to drink between 75 to 150 ounces of water daily depending on your activity levels. Drinking water helps dilute the urine so minerals or stone-forming salts cannot develop into stones.

2.) Eating Oxalate-Rich Foods: According to Linda Massey, Ph.D., at Washington State University in Spokane, many soy-based foods have enough oxalate in each to potentially cause problems for people with a history of kidney stones. If you’ve had calcium oxalate stones in the past, it is recommended to lower the amount of oxalate in your diet. Other oxalate-rich foods include, but are not limited to: chocolate, peanuts, beets, spinach, sweet potatoes, tea, colas and rhubarb.

3.) Overdose On Vitamin D & Calcium: The body does need vitamin D to survive, but if you take in too much you’ll be at risk for the formation of calcium kidney stones. Avoid taking vitamin D supplements unless directed to do so by a healthcare provider. You can get enough vitamin D each day by drinking fortified milk, eating yogurt, eating fortified cereals or by spending 15 minutes in the sun each day. Of course, if you’ve had calcium kidney stones in the past, then you’ll want to be careful about the amount of calcium packed foods that you consume.

These are just 3 common ways that your diet could cause you to have kidney stones. It should be noted that our urgent care staff understand that every person is different and has their own medical history to weigh in as a factor for everything they should or should not be doing. If you suspect that you have kidney stones of any kind, seeking the advice of a medical professional is advised.

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Wearing The Right Sunscreen For Protection: Part 2

Chemical Free Sunscreen To Prevent Damage

We know you love getting out in the pool or just enjoying the sunshine, in general. Our urgent care staff does too! As we discussed in part one of this series, a little sunlight is great for our bodies. It’s not only good for vitamin D, it also helps you to absorb more calcium for stronger, healthier bones. Of course, it doesn’t take much sunlight to get what you need. Since it’s not likely that most families will be willing to limit their outdoor activities to only 15-30 minutes per day it’s important to protect the skin from damaging ultraviolet rays by wearing sunscreen.

It’s vital to choose the right type of sunscreen, of course. In part one of our urgent care blog we listed a few chemical free options to choose from for those that don’t want to have potentially skin-irritating components like parabens (making skin tumor development more likely) being applied to your skin. Today, our urgent care staff is going to list a few more chemical free sunscreen products you can choose from for a healthier, safer time in the sun.

If you’re looking for a few products that are chemical free, our urgent care staff has done a little research and compiled the following list:

  • Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 60+: This oil-free sunscreen one can be found at most drugstores and feels weightless. It has been said that it won’t harm sensitive skin, either. It is unscented, for those that like it simple.
  • Coola Face SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen Cucumber Matte Finish: This lightweight formula has oil-absorbing silica to allow for a matte finish instead of the glossy sunscreen and it has shea butter for moisture. It has a fresh, cucumber scent.
  • Beautycounter Protect All Over Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30: This sunscreen has 19% of its ingredient concentration as zinc oxide and moisturizes with glycerin and aloe. It has a blend of citrus oils in it that produce its citrusy scent.
  • Goddess Garden Organics Everyday Sunscreen SPF 30: This sunscreen is plant-based with red raspberry and smooths the skin with coconut and green tea. Lavender essential oil is used for scent.

We hope this list of chemical free sunscreen products has been helpful to you. Our urgent care staff wishes you all a safe and happy time in the sun!