Monthly Archives: July 2015

The Best Time to Eat Bananas

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The Best Time to Eat Bananas

Written By Janie Charlot FNP-C

 

If you love to grab a banana in the morning as you walk out the house for work or a quick workout then this article will be of great importance to you. Bananas are a great source of potassium, anti-oxidants, B-vitamins, magnesium, Vitamin C, Biotin, and Fiber. Bananas are excellent for cardiovascular health, the digestive tract, and a great “first food” for the young infants.

 

The next time you pick up a banana to eat you may want to keep a few key important factors in mind. The nutritional properties of bananas change as they ripen. Have you noticed that a banana gets sweeter as it ripens? This occurs has the enzymes contained in bananas progressively break down the starch (a polymeric form of sugar that does not have a sweet taste). As the banana ripens or get brown, the starch has already transformed into a simple sugar, which makes the banana much easier to digest, especially for those who have irritable bowel disease or abdominal bloating. However, if you are a Type 2 Diabetic, you might want to avoid the brown bananas, as the broken down simple sugar can cause a spike in blood sugar levels.

 

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According to a Japanese study, published in a 2009 issues of “Food Science and Technology Research”, the brown spots on bananas produce a substance called Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF), which breaks down abnormal cells including those that cause cancer. According to their research, as the banana ripens it produces more anti-oxidants and more anti-cancer properties. The darker spots it has the better the anti-cancer properties are. Also the research concluded that a banana with yellow skin and dark spots is 8 times more effective in boosting the body’s immune system than the banana with a green skin. Therefore, the best time to eat the banana is when it is fully ripen.

 

 

 

 

Aug 2, 2015 Starts Our Next Health & Fitness Challenge! Get Your Health Back!

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August 2, 2015 Starts the Next NP Way: Change Your BIO(Body Inside & Out) Health & Fitness Challenge for Men & Women!

 

There is No Better Way to Get Your Health Back Than to Do it With Family Nurse Practitioners Who Know What Your Body Needs Both Inside and out! With Fall Time Around the Corner and Children Going Back To School, Learn How To Get Your Whole Family More Active, Prepare Healthier Meals, and Adopt a Lifestyle That Will Keep You and Your Family Living Healthier Longer. Don’t Put on Those Fall and Winter Pounds This Year.

 

 

* Accountability 

 

* Two Certified Family  Nurse Practitioners

 

* Learn How to Eat to Live

 

* Learn How to Work Around Your Chronic Health Conditions

 

* Get 1 on 1 Time on Adopting a Healthy Lifestyle

 

*Ask All the Questions You’ve Always Wanted to Ask Your Primary Care Provider

 

* Be led By Example With Your Workouts and Meal Preps

 

* Do This In a Confidential Way From Anywhere In the World

 

 

 

Are We Practicing What We Preach To Our Patients?

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Written by Janie Charlot FNP-C

 

 

Just a few years back as I was leaving work one evening from a hospital, I could not help but to observe several people in the designated smoking area. Half of those people were hospital staff, and the other half were visitors and patients. At that moment I began to think about my purpose for promoting a life of good health. I knew it was my job to teach healthy habits to others, but at that moment I realized I needed to illustrate a life of healthy habits as well. It wasn’t just enough for me to be able to teach others, I needed to be able to put it into practice too!

 

Although we may be doctors, nurses, therapist, nutritionist, etc.; We are still subject to the same temptations of smoking, alcohol, caffeine, over-eating, stress, drug use, and the ins and outs of life.  When I walked out of the hospital that day, it occurred to me:  What would I have thought as a patient if I had seen my Healthcare Provider lighting up another one in the designated smoking area? It is definitely something to think about. Are we reflecting the picture of health in ourselves that we expect out of our patients? Can patients really trust what we are saying about nutrition and heart disease if we are severely overweight and smokers ourselves?

 

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I don’t have any statistical data to rattle off (although studies are out there), but being in the healthcare industry for many years, I can tell you that as healthcare providers we have to practice what we preach. I use WE, because it applies to me and all those delivering healthcare in some fashion to the public.

 

Here’s what I have found that may hinder healthcare providers from portraying the look of perfect health to their patients:

 

High Stress Positions

Outside demands such as low customer service scores, high patient volume, low reimbursement from insurance companies, staffing & workflow issues, no paid time off, & outside competition often place stress on healthcare providers.

 

Feelings that the same statistics and guidelines don’t apply to them 

Many healthcare providers do not have a PCP (Primary Care Provider) themselves. Therefore, many national screening guidelines such as yearly physicals, cholesterol checks, blood sugars, mammograms, etc. are going undone by healthcare providers. Consequently, chronic diseases can easily set in.

 

Lack of Balanced Life

Healthcare providers often spends a great deal of time caring for their patients, families, and communities that they fail to maintain a healthy lifestyle for themselves. Easy to pick up food or even office deliveries lead to eating unhealthy and  over-indulging. Long work hours can hinder  time dedicated for exercise.

 

 

 

With more and more people having access to care and choosing to visit their healthcare providers more often, we have to be able to practice what we preach! We want our patients to be able to trust us and that requires preaching and practicing the part!

 

What’s The Real Deal About The Superfood the Acai Berry?

   What’s The Real Deal About The Superfood the Acai Berry?

Written By Janie Charlot FNP-C

 

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The acai (pronounced ah-sigh-EE) is a fruit berry of the Amazon palm tree grown in Central and South America.

The fruit is the size of a small grape but in its natural state is an excellent source of:

  • Fiber(maintain effective digestive system)
  • Anti-oxidants (boost the immune system, fight off cancer, combat premature aging)
  • Heart-healthy fats( amino acids, omega 3, trace minerals)

Because of its small and delicate size, transport  is often difficult which is why you are most likely to find the acai berry as an ingredient in smoothies or as a juice in the refrigerated section of natural food stores in the United States. The acai has been featured on Oprah and several other television showings.

 

In my recent travels to Rio De Janerio, Brazil of South America, I wanted to experience this superfood. In the local area of Lapa while visiting the world famous Escadaria Serlon Steps, I was able to get the acai in a smoothie at a local juice bar. Although, I did not experience the acai in its natural fruit berry state, it was plenty tasteful! I found that the fruit had an energizing refreshing taste that blends chocolate and berries. Its deep royal purple color is where all the hidden energizing amino acids, anti-oxidants, and fatty acids are held.

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You may not be able to find this super fruit in your local supermarket, but you should be able to find it at a farmers market or a health food store (most probably in juice form). Although, there are no current research out that says acai  has more anti-oxidants than any other berry(strawberry, blueberry, raspberry), I highly recommend trying it!

 

 

Think Again Before Your Next Tanning Session written by Janie Charlot FNP-C

Think Again Before Your Next Tanning SessionBy Janie Charlot FNP-C

  

Usually around this time of year young adults are either engaging in indoor or outdoor tanning. Well, you might want to think again before you indulge in those UV(ultraviolet rays).

 

Both indoor and outdoor tanning are dangerous. Indoor tanning devices operate on a timer and is designed to give you high levels of UV radiation in a shorter time. The UV exposure vary based on age and type of light bulbs. Using indoor tanning methods such as beds, booths, or sunlamps can cause skin cancers including melanoma (the deadliest type of skin cancer), basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. UV radiation can also cause cataracts and cancers of the eyes (ocular melanoma).

 

A “tan” is the body’s response to injury from UV rays. Indoor tanning specifically, exposes users to two types of UV rays; UVA & UVB, which damages the skin and can lead to cancer. Indoor tanning is also particularly unhealthy for young users. Research shows that people who began indoor tanning during adolescence or early adulthood have a higher risk of getting melanoma. Not to mention the premature skin aging, wrinkles, age spots, changes in skin texture, and potentially blinding eye diseases if eye protection is not used with indoor tanning. A 2014 study by Wehner and colleagues estimated that more than 4000,000 cases of skin cancer may be related to indoor tanning in the United States each year, causing 245,000 basal cell carcinomas, 168,000 squamous cell carcinomas, and 6,000 melanomas. According to the 2010 National Interview survey, indoor tanning was mostly done by non-hispanic white women.

 

Healthy People 2020 has 20 cancer objectives, including two related to skin cancer. Healthy People 2020 provides science based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. Change is occurring in the United States alone regarding indoor tanning. California, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nevada, Texas, Oregan, Vermont, Washington, and some cities and countries have banned indoor tanning by minors younger than 18years of age. Brazil and five out of six states in Australia have banned indoor tanning all together.

Obesity Rates to Rise by Year 2030: What Does all this Mean? Written by Janie Charlot FNP-C

   

Here we are with recent analysis reports findings of increased obesity in the U.S. by 2030. Several studies conducted by multiple organizations including the CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention), the Trust for America’s Health, and The National Heart Forum have all conducted studies with similar outcomes: America’s obesity rates continue to climb! According to reports, all 50 states will have adult obesity rates above 44%, with 13 states way over 60%. Obesity is defined in the medical world by being 30 or more pounds over a healthy weight. It’s predicted that Mississippi will be #1 with the obesity rates of 66.7%; Oklahoma at 66.4%; Delaware at 62.6%, Tennessee at 63.4%; and South Carolina at 62.9%. As of Today, Mississippi has the highest rate of obesity in the U.S. at 35.1%

 

Now that we have all the statistics out the way, let’s talk about what all this really means for you and I. 1) It means increased cost. Currently, estimated costs of obesity related illnesses range from $147-210 billion per year. This means that by year 2030, estimated costs will climb between $48 to 66 billion if rates increase as projected. Childhood obesity alone currently costs $14.1billion. 2) We will see a decrease in Worker productivity and increased absenteeism. As a person’s BMI (Body Mass Index) increases, so does their number of sick days, healthcare costs, and medical claims which could potentially cost an employer several hundreds of dollars per obese worker each year. 3) Increased obesity related diseases. Obesity is linked to high blood pressure, stroke, depression, hyperlipidemia, coronary heart disease, gallbladder disease, some cancers (endometrial, breast, colon, kidney, gallbladder, and liver), type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, and now a possible link to autism.

 

Obesity now trumps smoking as the greatest health concern of this time! However, I see hope! It took many years to get all this fat, and it will take many more years of social change, education, behavior modification, and physical movement to reverse the alarming data. What can be done? Healthcare providers are the first link in educating and modeling to children, adults, parents, and seniors the benefits of maintaining a healthy body weight. With so many fad diets, non-FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved supplements, and quick gratification regimens out there now, it is imperative that people seek the advice of a medical provider before starting any particular fitness or meal programs. Almost all physical fitness trainers and nutritionist will take a health history making sure that you have been cleared by a medical practitioner prior to the start of any program. Therefore, be proactive and consult with your Primary Care provider FIRST. They are your first line of trusted individuals with the most up to date evidenced based practice data whom ultimately has your overall health at the forefront of your care.

 

To maintain a healthy body weight and limiting risks of obesity, I recommend limiting energy intake from total fats, and shifting fat consumption away from saturated fats to unsaturated fats. I recommend increasing consumption of fruit and vegetables, as well as whole grains, nuts, and legumes. It’s important to limit intake of sugars, and engage in at least 30minutes of regular, moderate-intensity activity most days of the week. However, more activity may be required for weight loss. Monitoring weight can also be a healthy practice. It is known that those people who weigh themselves every couple of weeks have been more successful in keeping excess pounds off. It is also important to keep stress levels down, acquire enough hours of sleep, and maintain a healthy work-life balance. Those using weight loss supplements should ensure these supplements are FDA approved.

 

The state of obesity is alarming and racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities persist. Our nation is at a critical point with the need to build a strong, unified, active, and vibrant culture of health that affords all people in America the opportunity to maintain a healthy weight and live a healthy life. If not, I fear what America will look like in 2030!

 

 

 

Why Did I Become A Nurse Practitioner Entrepreneur-Thinking Outside the Box  By: Janie Charlot FNP-C

 


 

Nurse Practitioner Entrepreneurship is an area most often lightly treaded by many. Why you ask? Well, because of the barriers. The barriers to Nurse Practitioner Entrepreneurship includes many, but some are lack of the nurse practitioner to operate in a business like profitable manner, start-up cost, billing, increasing cost of malpractice insurance, lack of marketing resources, criticism from physicians about the independent role, physician collaboration laws, lack of financial resources, the need to cover own healthcare benefits and retirement plans, and let’s not forget the inability to think outside the box.    Now, let’s discuss why Entrepreneurship of Nurse Practitioners can be a rewarding career. Nurse Practitioners are a very valuable asset to the healthcare industry. They are utilized to generate revenue, deliver healthcare in rural areas that many physicians do not want to commute to, being requested by patients, are educated with the skillset and knowledge of a nursing background, and can work independently. Nurse Practitioner Entrepreneurs have the authority to finance, organize, plan, and operate their own businesses. They can reclaim their power, increase their visibility, and direct their determination and creativity at their own pace and on their own terms. Today, Nurse Practitioner entrepreneurs are serving in various roles such as acute care, gerontology, home health, primary care, community health, fitness, independent contracting, long term care, and urgent care just to name a few.

 

What does it take to be a Nurse Practitioner entrepreneur? My first thought is the PASSION and LOVE for the healthcare industry. We all know that healthcare encompasses so many areas such as psychology, cardiology, physical therapy, counseling, pharmaceutics, teaching, etc. It really doesn’t matter which area you decide on, but what does matter is the passion and on-going pursuit to make it a success–This if often the difference between a business’s success and failure. After passion, follows excellent interpersonal skills, business knowledge, ability to merge nursing skills with business skills, independence, flexibility, assertiveness, vision, ability to handle stress, discipline, ability to make decisions, ability to manage time alone, high level of energy, ability to accept failure, and commitment to the work.

 

When I set out to be a nurse practitioner Entrepreneur, I wanted to wake up each morning feeling enthusiastic, passionate, and sure of myself that I was contributing to my part in the world. I set out to establish NP’sHired, LLC as an independent contracting company to provide quality medical consultations, treatment, and management of acute and chronic diseases to businesses, individuals, and communities by board certified family nurse practitioners who had acquired the educational requirements and training to assess, diagnoses, and treat various health conditions. We are an Atlanta, GA based company with services that can be provided to those across the world both nationally and internationally such as our health, fitness & coaching program. Through Entrepreneurship with this company, I have been afforded opportunities to work in urgent care settings, work with sports teams, work with the You Fit Health Clubs in the Atlanta area, chiropractors, speaking engagements, establish weight loss programs for other providers in their practices, form the Change Your BIO (Body Inside & Out) health and fitness program with colleague Rachelle Campbell-FNP who practices in Dallas, TX, and so much more. NP’sHired, LLC has allowed me to bridge the gap in healthcare, set my own destiny, pursue my passion in healthcare on my own terms, change lives, and it has taught me valuable lessons about determination, resiliency, and breaking down barriers.

 

Nurse Practitioners are providing high quality, cost effective, and patient centered care. Nurse Practitioners will lead as the Primary Care Provider of choice to millions in the years to come. Think outside the box, Think Entrepreneurship!

Learn More about NP’s Hired, LLC

www.nphired.com

https://www.facebook.com/nphired

https://www.facebook.com/changeyourbio

 

 

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We are Certified Family Nurse Practitioners who have teamed up to provide individuals with the necessary tools, education, coaching, and plans to gain and maintain a life of good HEALTH from the expertise and guidance of Health Practitioners. We know that being healthy consists of knowing and taking care of your Body Inside & Out (BIO).