December 30th, 2011
Happy Holidays to all of the Lang Nelson residents we care for
and the wonderful staff we partner with!
We hope this holiday season finds you all doing well
and enjoying the company of friends and loved ones.
The Holiday Season is a time to celebrate, spend time with loved ones, and be thankful. It is also a time to focus on our personal health and safety. Here are a few tips to keep you feeling your best!
Cold viruses tend to permeate the immune system when the weather is cold and frigid. Since the average person will develop three colds per year, here are some ways to keep yourself cold free…
- Turn down your thermostat and turn up the humidifier. Dry air can dry out mucous membranes, leading to cracks in the skin that viruses are able to sneak in to and make us ill.
- Wash your hands! Hand washing is key to stopping the spread of diseases and viruses.
- Don’t forget to moisturize to prevent dry, cracked skin on your hands.
- Get your flu vaccine!
We all eat more during the holidays. On average, Americans tend to gain at least one pound or more between Thanksgiving and Christmas time. When many of our gatherings are centered on food and drinks, it is important to be conscientious of our food choices.
- Try substituting some desserts and cookies with fruit.
- Increase your fiber intake.
- Increase your water consumption to better hydrate and provide a feeling of fullness.
It is estimated that up to 30% of northern Americans suffer from some form of winter blues during colder months. It is thought to be related to lack of sunlight during daytime hours. Symptoms of winter blues include:
- Fatigue, depressed mood, difficulty concentrating
Things you can try to help with the winter blues:
- Exercise – exercising boosts serotonin, leading to a happier mood and overall better health. Take a walk outside with a warm jacket on when it is sunny outside.
- Get adequate sleep
- Reduce Stress
- Stay hydrated
- Take a daily multivitamin
If your feelings of sadness become severe, if you have changes in your weight or health, or if you lose interest in people or activities, please see your physician or medical provider for further evaluation.
Vitamin D is a hot topic in medicine right now. It has been shown to possibly help to elevate mood, support immune health, and maintain normal cell growth. Many of us have very low levels of vitamin D during the winter months. Vitamin D levels can be checked by your physician or provider and he or she may recommend that you take an additional supplement.
From all of us at Bluestone Physician Services,
have a wonderful, happy, healthy and safe holiday season!
Contact Bluestone to learn more about how our on-site primary care services can improve your health outcomes, or please feel free to contact any of the below participating Lang Nelson Communities.
400 West 67th St.
Richfield, MN 55423
Nursing Office: 612-259-2892
Earle Brown Terrace
6100 Summit Dr. N
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
Nursing Office: 763-560-4742
3000 Douglas Dr.
Crystal, MN 55422
Nursing Office: 763-780-6750
8500 Tessman Farm Rd.
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
Nursing Office: 763-425-2040
6288 Louisiana Court North
Minneapolis, MN 55428
Nursing Office: 763-536-7666
11111 River Hills Drive
Burnsville, MN 55337
Nursing Office: 952-895-5808
910 Western St.
Anoka, MN 55303
Nursing Office: 763-323-6578
163 West Wayzata Boulevard
Wayzata, MN 55391
Nursing Office: 952-476-4454
Bluestone Physician Services
270 North Main Street
Stillwater, MN 55082