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It may be cold and flu season, but you don’t have to give in without a fight.  Here are a few tips to keep you and your family healthy this winter.

healthy winter family, photo courtesy of D Sharon Pruitt

These tips can help keep you and your family healthy this winter.

#1: Make Hand Washing a Habit

Your No. 1 defense against illness any time of the year is washing your hands.  For maximum effectiveness, you need to work up a lather and wash for at least 30 seconds with hot (but not scalding) water.  Teach your kiddos to wash underneath their fingernails and in between their fingers, too.  Make it a family habit to wash hands before eating meals, and emphasize the importance of washing hands after using the restroom, too.

#2: Bundle Up and Get Outside

Even if you don’t suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, you and your kids can still benefit from getting off the couch and getting outside.  If it’s cold, just bundle up in coats, scarves, hats and gloves.  The Vitamin D is great for your health, and the sunlight is a perfect boost for your mood.

#3: Stay Hydrated

Your body needs water, plain and simple.  Your cells need H20 to carry out basic functions and rid themselves of toxins.  Dehydration weakens your immune system, so make it a priority to drink plenty of water throughout the day.  A good rule of thumb is half your weight in ounces; though the old adage of 8 cups of water a day is a good place to start.

#4: Get Your Vitamins

Giving your body the tools it needs to fight off the viruses and bacteria swarming schools and offices is key to avoiding illness. We’ve talked about the benefits of Vitamin C, the B Vitamins and Calcium, but other vitamins like Zinc and Vitamin D can play a huge role in keeping you healthy during the winter.  The best way to get your daily vitamins is through a healthy diet of leafy greens, colorful fruits and vegetables, and lean proteins, but you might also consider taking a high-quality, all-natural multi-vitamin.

Vitamin Infusion at Infusion Express

If you’re immune system has taken a hit, it may be time to consider a Myer’s Cocktail.  This intravenous cocktail of hydration and vitamins can get your body back on track, and the best place to get it is at Infusion Express.

We offer IV infusion therapy services for both health conditions and wellness in a setting that makes receiving IV therapy pleasant.  Relax in a private room and enjoy our HDTVs, eReaders and iPads.  And because we offer scheduled appointments — including evenings and weekends — you won’t spend your valuable time waiting for treatment.  If you’re ready to experience a different kind of IV therapy, give us a call at 816-272-0174, or visit us on facebook or twitter!

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With the onset of fall comes a lot of lovely things — colorful leaves, crackling fireplaces and hot cider.  But with fall also comes flu season, which will last all the way ’til spring.  Read on to find out how to protect yourself this season.

Fight the Flu at Infusion Express

IV therapy at Infusion Express can help you boost your immune system to fight off the flu.

Consider a Flu Shot

The Centers for Disease Control recommend the flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older, including pregnant and breastfeeding women.  The flu vaccine, which is available in both a weakened live virus nasal mist and standard inactivated virus shot, protects against the three main flu strains of the season.  Getting the flu shot early will protect you through the entirety of the season.  Talk with your health care provider about whether the flu shot is right for you.

Keep Your Environment Healthy

Simply staying away from sick people and engaging in standard hygienic behaviors can go a long way to preventing the flu.  Wash your hands with hot, soapy water throughout the day, and avoid being near others who are suffering from the flu or a cold.  On the flip side, if you do get sick, do your friends and coworkers a favor and stay home and rest — you’ll recover faster and keep others from getting sick.

Boost Your Immune System

One of the most effective ways to boost your immune system is to eat a balanced diet full of vitamins and nutrients.  Giving your body the tools it needs to defend itself is key to preventing the flu.

If you feel like your immune system could use a bigger boost, you could even consider a Myers’ Cocktail or hydration therapy at Infusion Express.  These treatments offer the building blocks your body needs to build a healthy immune system in the quickest way possible — directly to the bloodstream where your body can put them to work.

IV Therapy at Infusion Express

IV therapy can promise better health and improved quality of life, but at Infusion Express we take it a step further.  We want you to enjoy the time you spend receiving your IV infusion.

At Infusion Express, you’ll experience zero wait time and a private room for your treatment.  While you receive it, you can watch HDTV, play games on our iPads, read a book on our eReaders, or simply relax (or even nap) in one of our comfortable reclining seats.

If you’re ready to start feeling better ASAP, give us a call at our Lee’s Summit location at 816-272-0174 or our Overland Park office at 913-948-2020, and be sure to check us out on facebook or twitter!

pirate with booty

Arrrr! If only t’ booty had been full o’ oranges, we might’ve escaped Davy Jones’ Locker!

Ahoy, ye scurvy dogs!  It may be International Talk Like a Pirate Day, but scurvy is no laughing matter.  Luckily, it’s not a common diagnosis these days thanks to the abundance of sources of Vitamin C.  Read on to find out more about what Vitamin C does for your body and why you need it.

Vitamin C: The Body’s Building Block

Vitamin C plays a vital role in creating the structural material for just about every important part of your body — bone, skin, blood vessels and other tissues.

Without it, you’re susceptible to the breakdown of those parts — gum inflammation, dry or scaly skin, joint pain and even nosebleeds — symptoms that together are commonly known as scurvy.

More Benefits of Vitamin C

In addition to our body’s basic needs for Vitamin C, we benefit in other ways, too.

Reduced Risk of Cancer

Studies have shown that eating foods rich in Vitamin C, which is a potent antioxidant, reduce the risk of cancers, especially of the mouth and digestive tract.

Antibacterial Function

Vitamin C is naturally antibacterial.  Because of this, people with high blood levels of Vitamin C are less likely to have ulcers caused by H. Pylori.

Improved Circulatory System Function

A 2003 study by the Children’s Hospital in Boston reported that women with the highest intake of Vitamin C had the lowest risk of heart disease over a 16-year period.  Similarly, a 2004 University of Oslo study reported that volunteers on a high Vitamin-C diet had lower levels of triglycerides and a higher level of healthy platelets that were less likely to clump and form blood clots.

Get Your Vitamin C Fix at Infusion Express

Vitamin C is part of our Myers’ Cocktail here at Infusion Express.  Whether you’re recovering from or preparing for a sporting event, looking for an energy boost, or looking to strengthen your immune system, a Myers’ Cocktail at Infusion Express can be a game-changing part of your wellness regimen.

We offer our IV infusion therapy services in a pleasant setting so you can actually enjoy the time spent during your treatment.  Relax in a private room and enjoy our HDTVs, eReaders and iPads.  And because we offer scheduled appointments — including evenings and weekends — you won’t spend your valuable time waiting for treatment.  If you’re ready to experience a different kind of IV therapy, give us a call at 816-272-0174 in Lee’s Summit or 913-948-2020 in Overland Park, or visit us on facebook or twitter!

Between high insurance costs and being shuffled in and out of doctors’ offices, it’s easy to feel like little more than a file number when you’re dealing with a chronic illness.  But it doesn’t have to be that way.  You’ll always have someone on your side if you become your own best health advocate.  Here’s how.

How to Be Your Own Health Care AdvocateThree Ways to Be Your Own Health Advocate

Navigating the healthcare industry can be daunting, but it’s worth the effort.  Here are three ways to start being your own health advocate.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions

You may not be a doctor, but you’re the one dealing with your condition.  That means you need to learn as much about it as you can, so don’t feel silly or dumb asking your doctor questions.  It’s their job to help you understand what you’re going through and what you need to do to feel better.

Do Your Research

You’ll get better answers when you ask better questions, so learn as much about your condition as you can from other resources, too.  Support groups, books, and even internet message boards can help you find out more about what others with your condition are experiencing.  Then you can take what you’ve learned back to your doctor, which lets you work as a team.

Ask Around for Recommendations

You rarely have only one option when it comes to healthcare.  Even if your doctor tells you that you can receive treatment at one facility, that doesn’t meant that’s the only place you can get treatment.  For instance, many physicians recommend hospitals for infusion treatment because they simply think this is likely the most convenient location for their patients — but in reality, hospitals are some of the most time-consuming and expensive places to receive IV therapy.

Talk to others with your condition to find out what resources they use — the best doctors, the best facilities, the best treatments.  You’re not alone, so connect with others who can help you — and whom you can help back.  And remember, just like you can choose your pharmacy, you can choose which specialists to see and where to receive treatments like IV therapy.

Infusion Therapy at Infusion Express

When it comes to IV therapy, you have options beyond cold, crowded hospital waiting rooms and doctors offices with limited options.  At Infusion Express, we offer private rooms with scheduled appointments, including evenings and weekends.  But more than that, we want to make sure your treatment isn’t just tolerable but pleasant, so we offer HDTVs, iPads and eReaders along with comfortable recliners.

And you don’t have to worry about the paperwork either.  We’ll work with your doctor to get the appropriate documentation, prescriptions and order forms so you can focus on feeling better.  If you’re ready to experience the difference, give us a call at 816-272-0174, or visit us on facebook or twitter!

At Infusion Express, we offer IV therapy to patients who’ve undergone surgery. Whether surgery is recommended as part of chronic disease management, or for a certain condition, we wanted to offer some advice.

After all – not everyone is comfortable with surgery.

The more you can do ahead of time to prepare, the better your recovery will go.  Here are some tips.

Exercise the Right Way Before Surgery

exercise-to-prepare-for-surgeryIt may seem counterintuitive, but exercise before surgery can make a big impact for a quick recovery. Obviously, the type of injury or surgery you need will affect the kinds of exercise you can do.

But if you can spend the six to twelve weeks before your surgery increasing your fitness, you decrease the odds of needing in-patient rehab by 73 percent.  The idea is to keep your muscles from deteriorating prior to surgery so you can bounce back more quickly.

Improve Your Diet Before Surgery

Going into surgery is a great time to look at your diet.  Putting better stuff into your body means it can work better — and that means you heal faster.  Eliminate processed foods, and add more protein and fiber.  If you’ve been looking for a reason to quit smoking, preparing for surgery is an excellent reason.

Consider eliminating alcohol to make sure your liver is properly prepared to deal with the drugs used for general anesthesia.  Additionally, eat plenty of fresh or lightly steamed fruits and vegetables like grapefruit, lemon, carrots, apricots and watermelon.

You can also eat pineapple and other bromelain-containing fruits and vegetables to reduce inflammation and post-surgery bruising.  Ask your doctor for specific recommendations.

Take Care of the Logistics Before Surgery

Lastly, before your surgery, make sure you have all your logistical ducks in a row.  Arrange for friends or family to help afterwards.  Grab that novel you’ve been meaning to read or rent those DVDs you’ve been wanting to watch.  Prepare meals ahead of time, or ensure your family or friends can bring you meals while you’re recovering.

If there’s anything you need to do to make navigating your home easier, before surgery is the time to do it.  If you typically sleep upstairs, you may want to set up a bed downstairs for a few days.  If you need to add safety mechanisms to your bathroom, do it before your surgery.

Make sure wherever you’ll be spending your recovery has everything you’ll need within reach, including phone and charger, computer if you need it, TV, clock, and anything else that will make you more comfortable.

Recover from Surgery and Call us for IV Therapy

With proper preparation, your recovery from surgery can be much easier and faster.  In the event you need IV therapy following your surgery, please give us a call at call at 816-272-0174, or visit us on facebook or twitter!