What Are the Expiration Dates on Your Meds?
As we return to Daylight Saving Time this weekend (Sunday, March 9th) we will be expected not only to "spring forward" all of our clocks but there are several other reminders that have become tied to that change.
The most universally popular - for good reason - may be to check/change the batteries in all of our smoke detectors. It has been determined that a working smoke detector more than doubles a person's chances of surviving a home fire.
We are also encouraged to change the direction of our ceiling fans. A fan’s blades should be spinning in a counterclockwise direction so that cool air is pushed downward during the warmer months.
When we change our clocks and timers has also become a good day to act as a reminder to change/check the various filters in our homes: furnace filters, refrigerator water filters, water pitcher filters, stove top exhaust fan filters, air purifier filters, AC filters, vacuum filters, humidifier filters, aquarium filters, etc. Other reminders include flipping our mattresses, checking our fire extinguishers, updating our first aid kits, if necessary, to mention only a few more.
Soon the warmer weather will encourage us to do more outside activities, so we want to add one more clearing/checking important task for inside our homes. Take a few minutes to check your medicine cabinet or closet shelves for any expired or unneeded prescription drugs, over-the-counter remedies and supplements. If you do find some questionable products you are welcome and encouraged to bring them to either of our stores. If products do need to be discarded we have the safest way to do that and will be happy to do it for you - just bring them into our stores.
Whether we will do all of these activities or only a few, it would appear we will have a busy weekend! Enjoy your time and be safe, we want to keep you as our friend for many, many seasons.
Are you eating too much sugar?
What a perfect time to write a cautionary note about our consumption of excess sugar than on the heels of Valentine's Day, right?
According to the latest information, even though more candy is sold in the U.S.A. close to Halloween than any other time, Valentine's Day still tops the list for the most sales of chocolate.
But is eating a lot of candy a good idea? Probably not. And, not just candy.
It is baffling to learn that the consumption of added sugars in the diets of many Americans is still on the rise. New information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states Americans are eating too much sugar and it is killing us. As the consumption of added sugars rises, so too does the risk of dying from heart disease. According to the data, compared with those individuals who got less than 10% of their daily calories from sugar, those with 10-25% of their daily calories coming from sugar were 30% more likely to die of cardiovascular disease. Those with more than 25% of their daily calories coming from sugar were twice as likely to die of cardiovascular disease. This becomes even more significant considering that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S.
The concern is not related to the sugars occurring naturally in fruits and vegetables. Instead, it’s the added sugars in foods such as sugary drinks and beverages, candy, desserts and other sweetened carbohydrate snacks. In fact, most processed foods we consume have added sugar to make them taste better.
It is to our benefit to be more aware of ALL of the foods and drinks we consume and continue (or, begin!) to make very sensible choices. Maybe next holiday we can celebrate with an apple and a walk around the block, right?
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