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First Med Urgent Care: Keeping your immune system strong

First Med Urgent Care tells how to keep your immune system strong!

First Med Urgent Care will always be around to treat you when you get sick, but ideally you never want to get sick! Here are some tips to keep your immune system strong during this wonderful, but also stressful, time of the year.

Get Plenty of Vitamin C: Everyone knows that getting plenty of vitamin C is key to keeping your immune system strong and fighting. The best way to get this vitamin is through fresh fruits and vegetables. Specifically berries, kiwi, oranges, bell peppers, and dark leafy greens are all great sources of vitamin C.

Get in the Sun!: Soaking up sunlight is important to the production of Vitamin D, a key nutrient for a healthy immune system. Getting some sunlight, about 30 minutes should do it, will help increase you production of Vitamin D.

Get Plenty of Rest: Fatigue is one of biggest contributors to a weakening immune system. Getting enough rest is critical to maintaining a strong immune system. The amount of rest someone needs varies depending on the person but it should be around 7 to 8 hours.

Drink Plenty of Water: Hydration is important for many reasons. How it keeps your immune system strong is because the body uses fluids to carry away toxins and flush your system through your urine. By drinking plenty of water, no target number just drink when you feel thirsty, you give your body the material it needs to flush your system of toxins and keep your immune system strong by eliminating threats.

De-Stress: The holidays are a stressful time, and stress means lowered immune function. Taking just a small amount of time to unwind and relax can do wonders for your health and immune system.

If you do get sick, First Med Urgent Care will be around to help treat you. Visit one of our many locations today!

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First Med Urgent Care Reveals 9 Ways Stress Can Impact Your Life: Part 3

First Med Urgent Care Shares Information About Stress

In part one and part two of this urgent care blog series, we have listed several ways in which stress can cause a slew of other issues for people who don’t get it under control. In the final part of this series, our urgent care staff will go over another 3 ways to demonstrate how stress can be troublesome in the long-term.

1. Stress can make you look older.

Chronic stress contributes significantly to premature aging.

Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, discovered that stress shortens telomeres — structures on the end of chromosomes — so that new cells can’t grow as quickly. This leads to the inevitable signs of aging: wrinkles, weak muscles, poor eyesight, and more.

2. Stress weakens your immune system.

The connection between mind and body is often underestimated.

It could be stated that nearly everyone has experienced a cold when they could least afford to have it happen. That’s because the high demands that stress puts on the body makes the immune system suffer, which makes you more vulnerable to colds and infections.

The American Psychological Association (APA) recommends calming exercises, as well as social outlets, to relieve stress.

3. Stress can lead to long-term disability.

The potential dangers created by even mild stress should not be underestimated. They can lead to long-term disability serious enough to render you unable to work.

Researchers reached this conclusion after their five-year study of 17,000 Swedish working adults, ages 18 to 64, published in 2011 by the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

One in four study subjects in the Stockholm area who had mild stress were awarded disability benefits for physical conditions like angina, high blood pressure, and stroke. Nearly two-thirds drew benefits for a mental illness.

Editor’s Note: This story was originally published on August 27, 2013 and was updated by Patrick Keeffe on August 4, 2016.

Our urgent care staff hopes that this information spread over our 3-part urgent care blog series has been eye-opening. If you think you have too much stress in your life it might be time to consider some techniques to bring your stress levels down.

On behalf of First Med Urgent Care, we hope that you have a safe, happy, and low stress fall!

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Back To School Immune System Boosting Tips

Ways To Boost Your Immune System

For most students around the metro area, school will back in session within just a few shorts weeks. During these times of high anxiety and moments of rushing around to get everything in order, keeping your immune system in check is more vital. Your immune system is responsible for battling bacterial and viral infections, thus; if it’s overly strained it can’t operate properly. That’s precisely why our urgent care team has developed this list of back to school immune system boosting tips.

1.) Vaccinations: Getting your vaccinations to fight against the flu and other illnesses would be your first step in maintaining a healthy body.
2.) Exercise: Cardiovascular exercise is one of the best ways to flush out bacteria, increase white blood cell circulation, and reduce the stress-related hormones.
3.) Lemon: Due to its high vitamin C and antioxidant content lemon can help you get over illnesses quicker. Squeezing a little lemon juice in your water or tea can help your body find balance.
4.) Hygiene: Remember to wash your hands after every visit to the restroom, as well as before and after every meal. Using antibacterial soap will limit your exposure to any harmful pathogens.
5.) Sleep: Create a healthy sleep pattern for yourself. Try to to stick to the same bedtime and wake-up times as much as possible, because lack of sleep can open the flood gate for all kinds of infections and weaken the immune system.

Even the healthiest people can feel the strain of starting a new school semester, but if you follow these guidelines you’ll be one step closer to a stronger immune system. In addition to these 5 immune system boosting tips, our urgent care staff would recommend avoiding alcohol, cigarettes, sugary foods, and stressful situations. All of these factors can cause inflammation in the body and prevent you from healing if you do become ill. If you find yourself feeling sick and none of the preventative measure have helped, visit First Med Urgent Care any day of the week!