South River Father's Day Gifts!
Father’s Day is approaching quickly and there’s still time to get your #1 man in your life a unique and thoughtful gift. South River Compounding Pharmacy’s gift department has been gearing up all week to celebrate dads and how important they are to our lives. We have hand-picked a few of our favorites and put them together in this list to give you some awesome new ideas! Come into either South River location and shop for cards and gifts from out Father’s Day collection!
If your dad, husband, grandfather, or any other father in your life has a majestic beard, Beard Balm could be the best gift they’ve gotten all year! All natural leave-in conditioner, the easiest way to grow a great beard! Beard Balm is handcrafted using natural, organic, and fair-trade ingredients. Directions for use: 1. Stop shaving 2. Apply Beard Balm 3. Awesome beard
- Eliminates itchy beard
- Stops flaky white stuff
- Blocks split ends
- Prevents broken hairs
- Denies knots and tangles
- Softens while strengthening
- Provides light sculpting hold
- Nourishes skin and hair
- Subtle, manly scent
Sigvaris Compression Sport Socks and Sleeves
Sigvaris has a way of making simple things like socks very beneficial to your comfort and health. South River has specialty staff trained in the fitting and use of all our Sigvaris products. For fathers who enjoy a good workout or some extra support on a daily basis, Sigvaris sports is a thoughtful and long-lasting gift!
Performance calf sleeves
• True graduated compression (20-30mmHg) for improved blood circulation during athletic activity and promotes lactic acid flush out for faster recovery.
• Increased oxygen delivery to muscle tissue for longer endurance
• Stabilizes and diminishes vibrations of active muscles for faster regeneration
• Less aching and cramping to optimize performance potential
Compression athletic recovery socks
• Promotes lactic acid flush-out and relieves delayed onset muscle soreness
• Athletic unisex sizing with comfort and fit supported by over 50 years of graduated compression expertise
• Patented Dri-release and latex-free yarns with an embedded Freshguard® treatment that virtually eliminates odors
• Ideal for travel
What’s a good workout without a good pair of socks? Incrediwear makes some of the most durable and comfortable socks, specially designed to increse circulation, provide support, and (depending on the type) warmth and protection against the elements. The advanced fabrics contain Nano Bamboo Charcoal and/or Geranium which help increase blood circulation, reduce swelling and pain, and increase flexibility and range of motion.
Camping or fishing? Made with the outdoor person in mind, Incrediwear patented hiking socks can bring comfort to tired legs and feet within minutes of putting them on, energizing individuals who spend long hours on their feet. Wearer-friendly for anyone who wants a great fitting, super soft hiking sock.
Men’s 45+ Multi
Get your favorite man started on South River’s all natural men’s multivitamin. Our complete and vegetarian multi is designed specifically for men aged 45 and older. Men’s 45+ Multi contains NO artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives; no wheat, gluten, milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, crustacean shellfish, or fish. Stop by and talk to one of our vitamin and supplement experts to learn more about the benefits of a 45+ multivitamin.
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Simple Grilled Venison Burgers
If you are unsure about the taste of venison, these burgers are a wonderful way to try it out. “Foodies” across the globe have embraced venison for its earthy flavor: Deer graze on grass, acorn, berries, and herbs, which lends to a unique taste and texture that is not found with any other cut of meat. The key to preparing venison is to enhance the natural flavors of this organic meat. Venison is usually quite lean, so in order to make sure these burgers aren’t too dry, the recipe calls for egg yolks and olive oil to give it a bit of help.
If you enjoy bacon, and save your drippings (or a few strips), you can add a heaping spoonful of the liquid (or ground strips) into the venison mixture. Just be sure to limit how much salt you are adding.
1 lb. ground venison
2 egg yolks
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Fresh ground black pepper and salt to taste
Gently combine all ingredients in a large bowl with a fork. Do not overwork the meat or it will give you very tough burgers. Shape into four large patties and grill over medium-high heat until medium well, about 3 minutes on each side, depending on thickness and the heat of your grill.
These are absolutely perfect topped with a slice of Colby jack cheese and fresh tomatoes.
Red Meat the Healthy Way
A diet high in red meat has been touted to either fatten your waistline and lead to heart disease, or to transform you into a leaner, healthier version of yourself. So what’s the skinny on eating red meat the healthy way?
Beef, lamb, pork, and venison provide quality protein, B-vitamins, iron, and zinc. Depending on the cut, meat can be low in fat. When buying meat, pay attention to the source, cut, processing, and preparation method.
Meat can be derived from grass-fed cattle that has been raised organically and not fed drugs or hormones. After slaughter, organic meats have not had any chemical preservatives added. Conventional meat comes from animals bred on factory farms and usually exposed to hormones. While the scientific jury continues to debate the health benefits of organic cattle, holistic health providers advise choosing organic meats.
Meat can go through a variety of processing to create what may be some of your favorite foods: bacon, hot dogs, sausage, deli meat. Read the labels to understand exactly what is added to these products. The more words that look like chemical names, the more processing the meat has gone through and the less nutrient dense it will be.
The leanest cuts of meat tend to have the word “loin” in the name: sirloin, tenderloin, pork loin. Also good options are round and bottom round, chuck shoulder steaks, filet mignon, flank steak, bone-in rib chops, lamb loin, and 90-95% lean ground beef.
Three to four ounces, or about the size your palm for a burger patty, steak, or chop.
Grilled steak is a favorite for many people, but the compounds that form when meat is cooked at very high heat have been linked to the disease process in many animal studies. Enjoy grilled meats occasionally; more often, choose gentler cooking methods such as braising, stewing, and steaming. If you grill or broil, flip the meat frequently, and don’t set it right on the flame.
Bison/buffalo, venison, and ostrich are lower in saturated fat than beef, high in protein, and good sources of vitamins and minerals.
Take a Hike
Hiking takes you out of your usual routine, fills your lungs with fresh air, and lifts your spirits with the sights and sounds of nature. You might even forget that you’re giving your body a powerful workout that has many health benefits.
A regular trek on the trail is aerobic exercise that is good for the heart and lungs. A weight-bearing exercise, hiking strengthens bones and joints, which helps to prevent osteoporosis. Trails with varied terrain build strength in the hip and leg muscles. You’ll also strengthen your abdominal and back muscles, and improve balance and coordination. Hiking a few times a week, not just once a season, can help you maintain a healthy body weight. Hiking is also good for the mind and spirit. Studies show that exercising in nature lifts symptoms of stress and anxiety better than exercising indoors. When you hike with family or friends, the social experience contributes to good vibes for you and your kin.
Hiking Safety and Fitness Boosting Tips
Pack right. Use a daypack that properly fits your torso so the extra weight you carry (snacks, water, maps, first aid) won’t cause discomfort. If you aren’t properly fitted for a pack, you could risk injury to the back and hips.
Know before you go. Most trail systems have online maps that indicate degree of difficulty and trail conditions. Familiarize yourself with the trail map. It’s always possible for a GPS to lose its signal or battery strength, so carry a paper copy with you. Check the weather; dress and pack accordingly.
Buddy-up. A partner or group can help you navigate and assist if you get hurt.
Start slow. A short, local hike is best for beginners. Gradually work up to trails with hills, rugged terrain, or higher elevation.
Use poles. Poles propel you forward and engage upper body muscles, which gives a more vigorous workout.
Know your limits. Keep tabs on your water and fatigue level. Stay on marked trails.
Herbs for Boosting the Male Libido
From the ancient Greeks concocting “nectar of the Gods” to modern pharmaceuticals, man has had an unrelenting desire to discover new aphrodisiacs to stimulate and enhance sexual performance. In Western herbal medicine, tonics were often employed to treat symptoms of poor reproductive function. Historically, these tonics were regarded with skepticism … then came Viagra.
With the widespread acceptance of the idea that male sexual performance could be pharmacologically enhanced, “herbal enhancers” for male sexual performance made their way to the market. Most so-called herbal alternatives to Viagra likely deliver only modest effects, at best. However, several herbs used in traditional Indian and Chinese Medicine, which are believed to provide support to the male reproductive system, have gained the attention of both holistic and conventional medical researchers. We introduce a few of these herbs below.
Keep in mind that herbs work synergistically with the body. Healthy dietary and lifestyle practices need to be in place or the body will not be able to make optimal use of herbal remedies. Herbs may take several weeks before beneficial effects will be noticed. Some herbs should not be taken with other medicines—consult with your personal wellness practitioner before trying any herbal tonic.
Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) is widely used in Europe and, in the U.S., it is the most popular adjunct herbal treatment for symptoms of enlarged prostate. It has been recommended as an alternative treatment by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Saw palmetto is nourishing to the endocrine (hormone regulating) system, which includes the sex hormones and may be the mechanism by which it helps improve overall reproductive function in men.
Pygeum (Pygeum africanum) is derived from the African plum tree and has been studied in small clinical trials for its effects on prostate cancer cells and symptoms associated with benign prostate hypertrophy. It also is used in traditional medicine to boost sexual performance and treat lower urinary tract infections.
Maca root (Lepidium meyenii) is a Peruvian “super food” rich in phytonutrients, amino acids, vitamins, and fatty acids. Scientifically speaking, it is an adaptogen, meaning its properties help boost the body’s natural resistance to disease. In traditional medicine, Maca is used to balance endocrine system function, including male and female sex hormones. In animal and human clinical trials, Maca is being studied for its effectiveness on sexual desire, hormone levels, and sexual performance.
To learn more about natural hormone replacement, JOIN US July 23 at 6:00pm to talk with Baylor Rice RPh FIACP at our West End Location.
9 Easy, Natural Ways Men can Stay Healthy
Most men know the basic health drill: eat more fresh, mostly organic foods; don’t smoke; exercise; and get an annual health exam. But there’s more to being a healthy, sexy man than choosing organic beef and hitting the gym a few days a week. Follow some of the “secrets” we list here and, in just a couple of weeks, you’ll see a boost in your vitality–and you might just live longer, too.
Take a time out
Getting into the Zen of the present moment reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, increases energy, and improves memory and immunity. A relaxed man also has better sex. Slow down for just 10-20 minutes a few days a week: try deep, belly breathing; getting outdoors for a walk (without your headphones); taking a yoga class; or checking out a meditation app.
Here’s a good excuse to go to a comedy club with the guys: Laughing eases stress, promotes social bonding, and lowers blood pressure. It may even boost your immune system. So bring some humor into your life, whether it’s with friends, a funny book, or a movie.
Power-up the morning
Skipping breakfast will make you feel lethargic and give you middle-of-the-day cravings for sugar and other foods that will expand your waistline. A balanced breakfast–say, a bowl of oatmeal topped with raisins, walnuts, and a dash of flax seed, plus a side of eggs–will rev-up your metabolism and maintain your energy. Plus, fiber in your daily diet regulates digestion and can moderate inflammation, cut your risk for diabetes, and promote healthy cholesterol levels.
Pour a cup of green
Drinking a few cups of green tea each day can improve memory and cognition in men. Rich in cancer-fighting polyphenols, green tea is also credited with boosting immunity, firing up your metabolism, and lowering blood pressure. Low in caffeine, green tea is the next best thing to a glass of water for hydration, too.
Eat a rainbow
Every meal should include a variety of fruits and vegetables so you can reap the health benefits. Vibrantly colored produce is packed with flavonoids and carotenoids, powerful compounds that help reduce inflammation. Antioxidant-rich dark leafy greens may be some of the best cancer-preventing foods. They also help with weight management and regulate digestion.
You know to protect your skin with daily use of sunscreen with at least SPF 15, but don’t forget about protecting your eyes. Get your Joe Cool style and protect your eyes against cataracts, cancer, and even sunburn by choosing shades that provide 99-100% UV absorption or UV 400.
Hit the sack
Jimmy Fallon might be funny, but the late hours won’t do much for your health. The number of hours of sleep needed varies for everyone. What’s most important is the quality of sleep you get. If you feel refreshed and ready for the day when you wake, then you’re getting good sleep. If you don’t, it’s time to change your pre-bedtime habits: Turn off digital devices an hour before bedtime; eat your last meal before 7 p.m.; stick to a regular sleep-wake schedule and … watch Jimmy the next day while you’re working out.
Sex it up
A relaxed, well-rested man has better sex. In turn, sex can make you look and feel younger, reduce stress, boost immunity, enhance sleep, protect against prostate cancer, and improve cardiovascular health. Some studies even suggest a link between the frequency and enjoyment of sex with longevity. Yes sir, sex just might help you live longer.
Your wellness provider can help keep you in good health, but the responsibility ultimately falls on you. Check in with your doc once a year for cholesterol and blood pressure screenings, and a colonoscopy and prostate exam. There are not many cancers that we can either prevent or detect early enough to make a difference, but these are two. You’re worth it, right?
The more you know, the better you may feel! Join us for a free seminar on the physical and mental effects of low testoserone and gain more infomration on Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement therapy from the source.
July 23 at 6:00PM at our West End Location
Healthy Sun Habits
Summer is finally approaching and the weather is definitely getting warm! Now is the perfect time of year to spend time outdoors with our family and friends, but it’s also the time of year to take extra precaution to protect ourselves from sun, insects, and irritants. There has been an increase in awareness of the harmful effects of sun damage as well as a strong new desire to find a skin protectant that will protect our skin effectively without harmful side effects.
Applying sunscreen on a sunny day may seem like a no-brainer, but there’s a lot to know about how, when, and what type of sunscreen to apply. It’s also important to know your risk factors for sunburn and skin diseases. Fair, pale skin is much more sensitive to the sun’s rays than someone with dark skin. If you have a family history of skin cancer or have been treated for skin cancer in the past, taking extra precaution in the sun can help reduce the risk of developing skin cancer.
Sunscreen basics: Apply sun screen 15 minutes before going into the sun, and opt for a broad-spectrum and high SPF lotion to get the best protection. “Broad-spectrum” refers to certain sunscreens that have passed the FDA’s test for eliminating a significant amount of UVA and UVB rays from contacting the skin. The SPF of a sunscreen is the degree to which the sunscreen can protect the skin from sunburn; the higher the SPF, the longer your skin will stay protected (SPF of at least 15 is recommended).
Don’t forget these commonly forgotten locations
• Tops of ears
• Tops of feet
• Backs of hands
• Back of neck
• Scalp where the hair parts or if you don’t have much hair, apply all over the head or wear a hat.
• Lips: choose a chapstick with SPF to keep the sensitive skin on your lips from burning
• Eyes: although you obviously cannot apply sunscreen to your eyes, that doesn’t mean that they can’t get damaged from the sun. When spending time outdoors, bring a pair of sunglasses that offer UV protection.
Certain medications, such as medications used in treating arthritis, can increase a person’s chance of sunburn, rash, and in some cases melanoma. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are the biggest troublemakers, which can interact with the sun and leave skin more vulnerable than usual to ultraviolet rays. TNF inhibitors have also been associated with an increased risk of melanoma.
Take extra care of a child’s skin in the sun. High SPF, broad-spectrum sunscreen works best when applied 15 minutes before going outdoors and should be used each time the child goes outdoors. Choosing a waterproof sunscreen is great for children especially when swimming or sweating.
Tricky Labels: What Do They Mean?
Foods labeled as “heart-healthy” have been deemed to be low in sodium, low in saturated fat, and contain no trans fats. Heart healthy foods contain very little fat in general.
The heart healthy check: You’ve seen this check mark on food labels in the grocery store, but you may have not known what it was for. What exactly does heart healthy food need to have before it can be labeled so? Foods have to meet a specific set of qualifications in order to be packaged with the Heart Healthy Check on their label. The FDA inspects each product to make sure it meets the standars. You can read more about the qualifications at heart.org:
- Total Fat: Less than 6.5 g
- Saturated Fat: 1 g or less and 15% or less calories from saturated fat
- Trans Fat: Less than 0.5 g (also per label serving*). Products containing partially hydrogenated oils are not eligible for certification.
- Cholesterol: 20 mg or less
- Sodium: One of four sodium limits applies depending on the particular food category: up to 140 mg, 240 mg or 360 mg per label serving*, or 480 mg per label serving and per RACC*. See Sodium Limits by Category for details.
- Beneficial Nutrients (naturally occurring): 10% or more of the Daily Value of 1 of 6 nutrients (vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, calcium, protein or dietary fiber)
Eating heart-healthy foods don’t mean you are going to directly lower your risk for heart diease. Certain fresh foods, nuts, beans, legumes that contain a higher level of soluble fiber are responsible for decreasing the risk of heart disease.
Some of the most heart-healthy foods don’t even have a label, which is why choosing foods just because they say “heart-healthy” on the label will not be the decision that makes the difference.
When a food claims to be rich in antioxidants, what exactly does that mean? We hear this term all the time now, but it’s meaning is still a little vague. Scientists aren’t even in agreeance on which antioxidants or what levels of antioxidants are enough to be beneficial. It’s suggested to seek out a wide variety of antioxidant-rich whole foods instead of shopping by antioxidant-rich labels. Some of the most popular foods that are packed with antioxidants are:
- Green tea
The best way to have a well-rounded diet of antioxidants is by eating a colorful rainbow of heart fruits and vegetables!
Foods that have a label that reads “high in fiber” must contain at least 5 grams of fiber per serving. That sounds like a simple and quick-to-the-point explanation, but sometimes during food processing fiber is lost. When this happens, manufacturers may add processed fiber back into the food to restore some of what was lost during processing or boost the food with added fiber.
The best way to add high-fiber foods to a diet is by choosing whole grains such and bran or oats.
The Dish on Diets: Healthy Eating for a Healthy Life
Fad diets and crash diets come and go, but there are a few diets that have stood strong throughout the years. We will be talking about a few of the most popular and long-standing diets that have come around, emphasizing both the positive and negative aspects of each. Diets don’t work for everybody, and diets are definitely not one-size-fits-all. We are all looking for a balance of food groups, essential vitamins and minerals, and living a healthy and active lifestyle. Steer clear of diets that promote rapid weight loss or have very strict guidelines. A diet is about a lifestyle change, not a temporary fix, and strict guidelines make it difficult for new dieters to stick to their plan!
The idea behind the paleo diet is that if cavemen did not eat it, we don’t need to eat it. The diet is supposed to mimic the diets of hunter-gatherer societies where protein makes up anywhere from 19-35%. Any foods that are processed or baked are foods that are excluded from the diet.
High protein: meat and seafood are a staple food
High fiber: non-starchy vegetables and whole grains
Healthy oils: the paleo diet has a higher fat intake, but not the type of fats that raise cholesterol or cause other cardiovascular ailments. Focusing on consuming healthy oils allows our bodies to get critical omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids.
- Low sugar and low sodium dieters
- Gluten-free eaters
- Easy to track food intake and calories
- Reducing risk of certain cancers
- Maintaining steady intake of all the necessary vitamins and minerals since whole food groups are eliminated
Fewer meats and carbohydrates than our traditional diet. It is intended to mimic the diets of cultures who live in the Mediterranean region—countries such as Spain and Italy. This is more of a lifestyle change rather than an option for a short-term diet. With correct use, the Mediterranean diet can help you maintain better control of blood glucose and assist in weight loss and weight maintenance.
If your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize the food, you don’t need to eat it
Lots of fruits and vegetables, nuts, beans, and plenty of seafood
Red meat and sugars limited to a handful of times per month
- Reducing risk of certain cancers, Type 2 diabetes, and heart disease
- People who do not already have a regular exercise plan in place
- People who do not shop for food frequently
The name stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. Focus on plant-based diets to sustain the body and keep blood pressure at a lower level, DASH is endorsed by many credible institutions and places itself as a lifestyle and long-term diet change rather than a short-term diet.
- High fiber
- Low to moderate fat
- All ages and the whole family
- Vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike
- Loweing cholesterol, lowering blood pressure, and makes it easier to lose weight
- Needed flexibility
- Those who need additional research and support
- People looking for a “quick fix” to lose weight
- Those who do not like to cook or prep meals as finding DASH-friendly foods elsewhere can be difficult
The idea that surrounds the volumetrics diet is that the volume of food a person consumes affects how much they eat and how satisfied they feel after eating. By increasing fiber and water intake, a person can still eat the same weight of food per day and feel satisfied but ingest fewer calories per meal. This is how weight loss occurs with this diet.
Decrease calorie intake per day by 500 or 1,000 depending on lifestyle. By increasing fiber and water with meals, dieters will still feel full when eating foods they love.
- People who love to eat! Satisfies hunger which allows dieters to stick to this long-term plan
- Comprehensive weight management and meal recommendations for all lifestyles
- People who do not already have a workout routine in place
- Dieters who do not like to cook or prepare meals
Join us for one of our free informational healthy transformaton seminars to learn more about how gaining and maintaining healthy eating and exercise habits can change your life and the health of your body. Bring your questions and concerns about weight loss to our small group seminar!
About ATP Ignite: Steady, Natural Energy
Energy drinks these days have so many unnecessary ingredients that it takes away from the beneficial, natural energy-inducing ingredients it does have. The added sugars, the artificial preservatives, the inevitable crash in the afternoon; these are the reasons most people steer clear of many of the most popular energy drinks. Even small-dose energy “shot” beverages, pack a strong punch with added sugars, flavoring, and preservatives (and, they are not cheap!).
Enter ATP Ignite: Each stick provides a combination of B vitamins, electrolytes, trace minerals, amino acids, herbs, and antioxidants to fuel your body’s energy production.
With 95 mg of caffeine in each stick, ATP Ignite is great for daily energy boosts or as a pre-workout drink. With just 5 grams of carbohydrates and 0 sugars, ATP ignite simply gives your body what it needs to produce energy steadily throughout the day.
Does Not Contain:
• Wheat, gluten, yeast, soy protein
• Animal or dairy products, eggs, fish, shellfish
• Tree nuts
• Ingredients derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs), artificial colors, artificial sweeteners, or artificial preservatives.
Transform a glass of water into a guilt-free energy drink! Dissolve the contents of one stick pack in 6-12 ounces of water according to preferred sweetness. Consume the effervescent drink once daily or use as directed by your healthcare practitioner.