All About Your Health and Apex, NC

Discover interesting health tips and happenings in our favorite town of Apex, NC

April Showers and May Flowers

Although it’s nearing the end of April, we haven’t had many showers in the Apex, NC area (which is where we’re located). And that’s got us thinking… do April showers really bring May flowers?

Believe it or not, it’s not a simple answer! It depends if you’re talking about annuals or perennials.

Perennials are plants and flowers whose roots stay alive even after the part aboveground dies. Their beauty is usually what announces the arrival of spring. When they arrive depends on where you live. If you’re way up north somewhere like Maine, you won’t see them until around May. But down here in the south, we see them much earlier, in March and April.

Regardless of when the perennials bloom, the rainfall of the previous month isn’t that relevant. 

And annuals, those beauties you plant each and every year, they kind of depend on April showers. But that actually has more to do with when they’re planted than any specific April showers.

You see, lifespan and growth are influenced by the rainfall in the months immediately after they’re planted, not the month before. But if they’re planted in the month of April, those showers could be helpful.

According to Slate:

The one place where April showers would truly bring May flowers is the desert. In arid regions like the Mojave, plants sit under the sand, sometimes for years, just waiting for enough water to send up shoots and leaves. A few weeks—or sometimes even days—after a heavy rainfall, the desert will explode with color.

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Springtime is Springing

With flowers in bloom and Easter right around the corner, springtime is in full swing! Now that the weather is warmer and the days are longer, what can you do stay healthy and make the most of this incredibly lovely season?

You can start by setting goals. You want to plant a new flower bed? Make it a goal! Write it down and come up with a list of everything you’ll need to do and buy to make it a reality. You can set goals to improve your health, too. For example, you may want to drink more water each day. Make a chart for the increases you want to accomplish week by week and see if you can reach your goal by the first day of summer.

And everyone knows about spring cleaning! It’ll get your body moving, help clear your head AND your house! Spring cleaning is a an opportunity open the windows, let some fresh air in, and make your home a clean, happy and efficient space.

Don’t know where to begin with your spring clean-a-thon? Lucky for you, Martha Stewart is here to help with a list of helpful ideas!

Take care of your full self! If you want to get healthy, you ought to work to improve all the different parts of yourself. Make an effort to get adequate rest, check in on not just physical health but emotional health as well. When you make sure that you’re healthy all the way around, you ensure long-term success, and not just in springtime.

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Allergy Relief the Natural Way

If you’re living in the South like we are, or really most places in the United States, you’ve probably noticed that it’s allergy season. And maybe you’ve simply noticed all the green pollen that makes streets, houses and cars look like they’ve been highlighted fluorescent green. Or maybe you’re one of the unlucky ones who is battling with runny noses, sore throats, or constant sneezing.

There are several over-the-counter medicines that can provide relief if you’re symptomatic, but there are also some natural remedies that can help, too. Whether you use them on their own or in conjunction with something like Allegra, here are a few that are worth learning more about.

As with anything, before adding anything to your healthcare routine, it’s best to speak with your doctor.

Neti Pot

According to the Himalayan Institute, the Neti Pot naturally cleanses, refreshes, and protects the nasal passages, one of our body’s first lines of defense against illness. Recommended today by doctors and pharmacists worldwide, the Neti Pot has been used for thousands of years in ayurvedic medicine to alleviate sinus and allergy problems.

Probiotics

Allergies are the result of an imbalance in the immune system that causes the body to react too strongly to a stimuli. New research links the presence of beneficial bacteria in the gut with reduced incidence of allergies.

Local Honey

There’s primarily anecdotal evidence to back this, but some folks swear by local honey. The theory is that consuming local honey from where you live will help your body adapt to the allergens in the environment there. This is supposed to work like a natural allergy “shot” and doesn’t seem to have a downside.

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Happy Weekend!

Happy weekend, everyone! Did you know that it’s easier to live an unhealthy life between when you clock out on Friday and clock back in on Monday? It’s true! Our mentality shifts and our actions tend to follow. But here are some fun, easy ways to keep living a healthy life even when you’re not in your typical routine. 

Eat like it’s a weekday. It doesn’t really make much sense to eat differently on the weekend than you do during the week – especially if your food choices during the week keep you fueled and energized – but a lot of people do. It’s easy to eat more when you’re at gatherings or simply have more time on your hands.

Stick with your normal sleep schedule! It’s tempting to stay up late and watch Jimmy Kimmel live, or to sleep way in and get up when it’s time for brunch, but those things can throw your body more out of whack than you might realize. So, stay with what your body knows and watch Kimmel online the next day.

Get outside. Smell fresh air. Listen to the birds. Connect with nature. It’s one of the best, most relaxing things you can do for yourself, and the weekend is likely your best time to do it. Even if you can’t quickly run to a National Park and see nature at its absolute finest, you probably CAN go for a leisurely stroll around your neighborhood, and sometimes that can be just as good!

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Visiting a Chiropractor? Do This First

Of course we think Dr. Case is the best chiropractor in Apex, but if you’re thinking of seeing one in general, there are a few steps you should take before you begin treatment.

First, you should ask about the chiropractor’s education and accreditations. Not all chiropractors are created equal! (to learn about Dr. Case’s education and accreditations, click here). For your safety, it is very important that you see someone who has been properly trained in healthy chiropractic techniques.

Second, have a conversation with the chiropractor and be sure to mention any medical conditions you have. If you do have medical conditions, ask whether the chiropractor has specialized training or experience in the condition for which you are seeking care.

Third, ask about typical out-of-pocket costs and insurance coverage. Chiropractic is typically covered by many private health plans, Medicare, and state workers’ compensation systems. But that’s not always the case. It’s good to know what you’re getting yourself into financially right from the start.

Fourth, it’s smart to tell the chiropractor about any medications you take. This includes both prescription or over-the-counter, and dietary supplements. During treatment, if the chiropractor suggests a dietary supplement, ask about potential interactions with your medications or other supplements.

And finally, if you start seeing a chiropractor, let you doctor know. Your doctor should be aware of all of any complementary health approaches you use. By giving them a full picture of what you do to manage your health, it will help ensure coordinated and safe care.

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