I just had my annual physical and here are some highlights of the visit that are noteworthy:

Immunizations.  This year's Flu Shot has the H1N1 immunization in it as well.  Only one shot needed.  Joy!

Vitamin D. As previously mentioned, more research is showing that Vitamin D is really important.  Out of all the patients that my doc tests for Vitamin D levels, he's had only 6 people with normal levels.  Hubby was tested during his last physical and was found to be deficient, quite with the majority.  My blood work is getting done as well, and I'm sure I'll find out the results soon.  But at any rate: Take 1000 to 2000 IU of Vitamin D EVERY DAY.  Easy as pie.  The Kirkland Signature brand at Costco has a D supplement that is 2000 IU.  Of course, I am not a doctor and you should speak with your own physician first for personalized advice. 

Cipro. If traveling, it's a good idea to take a small supply of Cipro - an antibiotic.  This is one that can clear up anything a traveler might pick up from stomach bugs to nasal things.  The generic is now available pretty cheap from the large retail pharmacies. As with all prescriptions, you need to see a doc first.

Chemicals All Around Us.  Check out Safecosmetics.org to see what's really in your everyday products. Even though the name says cosmetics, they have information in everyday non-gendered items such as toothpaste and sunscreens.  My Doc is concerned about the some chemicals that simulate estrogen (or something like that) which is linked to increases in breast cancers.  So, if you can limit the number of chemicals in your life, the better.

Eye Exams. Visit the eye doctor regularly, even if you don't wear/need glasses.  An eye doctor can see health problems before you complain of any symptoms to your regular doc.  Problems such as diabetes and heart disease.  Which reminds me, I need to make an appointment with my eye doc right quick!

Fish Oil. Take a fish oil capsule everyday.  This is a great source of those Omega-3 fatty acids which will help lower cholesterol levels and overall improve heart health. Mayo Clinic has some great info about Omega-3 fatty acids.  Of course, there are other sources of this which you can consider if fish is not your thing, such as flax seed oil and krill oil.  I do recommend taking this at night, however, because you may end up burping up the oil during the day, aka "fish burps". 

Be well, all!

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