Vitamin D | Nasal Swab Test | Every Step Counts

May 6, 2020

Vitamin D capsules

Vitamin D

Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium, one of the main building blocks of bone. It also has a role in your nervous, muscle, and immune systems. You can get vitamin D through your skin, from your diet, and from supplements. How much vitamin D do you need?

Nasal Swab Test

Nasopharyngeal culture, or nasal swab, is a test that examines a sample of secretions from the uppermost part of the throat, behind the nose, to detect organisms that can cause disease. Learn more about how the test is performed and what the results may mean.

Keep Washing Your Hands

Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community.

Follow these five steps every time:

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

What is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is disease or dysfunction of the peripheral nerves.  Those are the nerves that connect your brain and spinal cord to the rest of your body. Peripheral nerve disorders can affect one nerve or many nerves and are the result of other diseases, nerve compression, or injury. Symptoms include numbness, pain, burning or tingling, and weakness. Learn more about how neuropathy is diagnosed and treated.

Every Step Counts

Taking less than 4,000 steps each day is considered a low level of physical activity. A common recommendation is a goal of 10,000 steps a day but, recent studies have shown that you will see health benefits even if you take fewer than 10,000 steps. They also suggest that the total number of steps per day is more important than the level of intensity.  The take away message is to move more and sit less throughout the day. Find out how to fit more exercise into your day.

Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Looking for a way to use overripe bananas (besides banana bread)? These Banana Oatmeal Cookies only have five ingredients and can be ready in less than 30 minutes.