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With so many options existing in the world of healthcare services today, it is often difficult to determine which type of location is most beneficial for your circumstance. Whether a general practitioner, urgent care, emergency rooms, or walk-in clinics, understanding the advantages and benefits acquired from each can often be confusing. As a result of this confusion, individuals and patients tend to overpay for their care and treatment, resulting in the financial burden that has become synonymous with getting treated at a healthcare facility.

When it comes to walk-in clinics, there are an array of factors to consider that would best be suited at these medical locations, as opposed to going to a doctor’s office or the urgent care. This can include things such as the onset of minor illnesses, a typical, non-threatening injury, or if you’re on a tight schedule on a daily basis. Either way, there are various reasons why you may want to consider going to a walk-in clinic. Below you’ll find some of the primary reasons you should choose a walk-in clinic over other types of care, and how each will be most beneficial for you:

When you’re on a tight schedule

Going to a Walk-In Clinic - EzCare Medical Clinic
Going to a Walk-In Clinic – EzCare Medical Clinic

With general practitioners having such small windows of operation during the weekdays and outright being closed on the weekends, it can often be difficult to squeeze in a visit if you are on a tight schedule. Especially considering the extensive wait times that are present at the majority of physician’s offices, visits can become extremely inefficient in your busy day.

If you find yourself being unable to move around your daily schedule to fit in a doctor’s appointment and visit, consider going to a walk-in clinic for quick and efficient service, available during an array of hours throughout the day. Many walk-in clinics are open from early morning hours, such as 7 am and stay open to see patients into the later evening, with some staying open as late as 10 pm. If you don’t have time in your day to squeeze in a visit, going to a walk-in will be convenient and time-efficient for your schedule.

If you have a minor illness or injury

Often times people will visit their physician’s office for some very minor ailments. Things such as a common cold, basic flu, sprained ankles, or other types of acute illnesses can often be treated more efficiently at a walk-in clinic. Due to their ability to handle these minor issues quickly given their strong and advantageous patient-to-staff ratio at many walk-in clinics, it allows for these problems to be treated without the headache and stress that may come with visiting the office of your general physician.

It should be noted, however, that if the illness is a more serious one that cannot be resolved by a simple walk-in clinic visit, that making an appointment with your general physician should be undertaken immediately. This will ensure that the complications do not get worse, and you can be treated and back to normal quickly.

If you need a flu shot or other immunizations

If flu season is right around the corner, it is likely you or your family will be looking to get a flu shot in order to avoid coming down with a far worse version of the illness. Getting such immunizations is often most effective when done at a walk-in clinic, allowing patients to be in and out in far less than an hour. On the other hand, however, those who visit a general practitioner may be required to wait for more than an hour at the office, cutting significantly into their daily schedules and making it difficult to attend the doctor in the first place. Other immunizations and screenings can also be handled at walk-in clinics, in order to avoid the stressors of a general practitioner.

If you need to get a physical

An overwhelming majority of walk-in clinics can provide physical screenings for anyone who requires it, for whatever reason they may need. Not only is it more affordable and time-friendly to go to a walk-in clinic for this screening, but it is also generally more accessible and easy to do it this way as well. The nurse or physician’s assistant tending to your need will be able to provide you a copy of your screening notes, as well as send them out to an array of different healthcare providers if that is needed.

When you need to save money

Aside from being more time efficient and easy to deal with than a general practitioner’s office, going to a walk-in clinic is simultaneously far more cost-friendly than the latter. One of the primary concerns for those who need to visit a physician is the financial burden that it will bring about for them and their families, therefore causing them to forgo a visit. However, walk-in clinics reduce the monetary risk that often comes with a physician’s visit, and can handle the minor issues and illnesses at an affordable price.

When you feel a cold coming on

Many people are able to feel themselves coming down with a cold, prior to actually becoming engulfed by the illness. Unfortunately, a visit to the physician’s office may take a few days to book an available appointment, and by that time the ailment is already set inside the body. In order to avoid this complication, consider going to a walk-in clinic as soon as the cold (or other minor illness) is felt inside the body, as it will allow you to mitigate the ailment prior to it being in full swing.

The above considerations are just a few examples of when it would be beneficial to go to a walk-in clinic, and provides insight into the benefits of doing so as opposed to a physician visit. Going to a walk-in clinic is more affordable and accessible, convenient to fit your schedule, as well as providing effective care for acute illnesses. If any of the above apply to you, considering a visit to the walk-in clinic can have immense benefits and advantages.

Do walk-in clinics accept insurance. EzCare Walk-in Clinic
Do walk-in clinics accept insurance. EzCare Walk-in Clinic

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Testosterone is a male hormone that is produced primarily by the testicles and is often associated with manhood. It’s what puts hair on your chest and builds muscle during puberty. Testosterone is equally important in the roles of maintaining bone density and levels of red blood cells as well as a sense of well-being. Unfortunately, testosterone levels decline with age and may fall below the normal range causing more than one adverse side effect.

As men age, total testosterone levels decline. Free testosterone levels can also decline more quickly than total testosterone. Research shows that total testosterone decreases by approximately 30 percent in healthy men between the ages of 25 and 75. Free testosterone levels decline even more significantly with decreases of approximately 50 percent or more.

Low testosterone is commonly referred to as Low T and can start in men as early as age 30. Once in decline, testosterone levels will continue to drop and cause symptoms such as decreased sex drive, erectile dysfunction, depressed mood, and difficulties with concentration and memory.

There are, however, options for replacing low testosterone levels. Men experiencing issues due to Low T should have their levels tested. Since testosterone levels fluctuate throughout the day, more than one blood test is needed to obtain true levels. Contact EzCare Clinic in California to schedule your appointment for men’s health.

If levels are low, there are a number of synthetic and bioidentical testosterone products on the market to produce other vital hormones, including testosterone in men. Bioidentical hormones, under the guidance of a holistic doctor, are increasing in popularity and are believed to be a good treatment option.

However, before trying medications, there are a number of natural ways to boost testosterone levels and have only beneficial side effects.

Weight Loss

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If overweight, getting rid of excess pounds may increase your testosterone levels. Overweight men are more likely to have low testosterone levels, so this is an important tool to increase your body’s testosterone production. Dieters must limit the amount of processed sugar in their diet as it is a large contributing factor in obesity.  Eliminating soda is essential as is not using fructose. By cutting back on, or eliminating sugar altogether from their diets, men become healthier in addition to boosting vital hormones. Remember foods that contain added sugar and fructose, as well as grains like bread and pasta, should all be limited.

Refined carbohydrates like breakfast cereals, bagels, waffles, pretzels, and most other processed foods also quickly break down to sugar, increase your insulin levels, and cause insulin resistance. This is the number one underlying factor of nearly every chronic disease and condition known to man, including weight gain.

Replace unhealthy foods with better, healthier ones like vegetables and healthy fats and carbohydrates found in vegetables rather than grains and sugars are preferred as are lean protein and healthy fats.  Healthy fats are found in avocados and nuts and are essential for building testosterone. Research shows that a diet with less than 40 percent of energy as fat can lead to a decrease in testosterone levels.

It’s important to know that your body does need saturated fats from animal and vegetable sources and if you neglect this important food group in favor of sugar, grains and other starchy carbs, your health and weight can increase. Examples of healthy fats you can eat more of to give your testosterone levels a boost are olives, raw nuts, organic eggs, and grass-fed meat. Dairy products, like quality cheeses and whey protein, have also proven beneficial.

Exercise

Exercise is not an option—it’s a necessity. Exercise has been shown to boost testosterone and is proven to have a positive effect on increasing testosterone levels and preventing its decline. Keep in mind that aerobics or prolonged moderate exercise has been shown to have negative or no effect on testosterone levels. There are a variety of exercises that can be beneficial such as using an elliptical machine, a treadmill, swimming, even sprinting.  Make sure to stretch properly and start slowly to avoid injury.

In addition, strength training is also known to boost testosterone levels. When strength training to boost testosterone, increase the weight and lower your number of reps, and then focus on exercises that work a large number of muscles, such as deadlifts or squats.

Or, try weight training by slowing down your movement which actually becomes high-intensity exercise. Slow movements allow your muscle to access the maximum number of cross-bridges between the protein filaments that produce movement in the muscle.

Increase Vitamin D

Increasing your intake of Vitamin D, which is a steroid hormone and essential for the healthy development of and maintenance of semen quality and sperm count, can help boost testosterone and libido.

Sun exposure is a great way to optimize your vitamin D levels as are vitamin D3 supplements that can be taken orally.  Research shows the average adult male needs to take 8,000 IU’s of vitamin D per day in order to elevate their levels above 40 ng/ml, which is the absolute minimum for disease prevention.

Add Zinc

Add zinc to your diet as it is important for testosterone production. Men who added zinc to their daily supplements showed an improvement in testosterone among men with low levels.  On the flip side, limited dietary sources of zinc can lead to a significant decrease in testosterone.

Zinc can be found in protein-rich foods like meats and fish and other good dietary sources of zinc include raw milk, raw cheese, beans and yogurt made from raw milk.  Zinc supplements should have a dosage of fewer than 40 mg a day.  Intake of too much zinc, however, can interfere with your body’s ability to absorb other minerals, especially copper, and may cause nausea as a side effect

Reduce Stress

Lastly, reducing stress and taking care of yourself is your best way to increase Low T.  When a man is under a lot of stress, his body releases high levels of the stress hormone cortisol which blocks the effects of testosterone. To manage stress, there are common and very successful stress-reduction tools like prayer, meditation, laughter, and yoga. Learning relaxation skills such as deep breathing and positive visualization also help. When you create a visual image of how you’d like to feel, your subconscious will understand and begin to help you by making the needed biochemical and neurological changes.

If none of these natural approaches work and you still believe you have low testosterone, consider getting your levels checked by a doctor. If you do have Low T, he or she can help develop an effective treatment plan that will get you back to feeling like your old self. If you have any questions about your testosterone levels, please get in touch with EzCare Clinic.


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Do you know how important your adrenal glands are to your overall wellness? Many people are unaware that these little glands are the key to helping us cope with stress. The adrenals are in charge of making and regulating the hormones that help us react to stress in appropriate ways (and calm down afterward). Adrenals release epinephrine, norepinephrine, and dopamine that help us avoid potentially dangerous situations. These stress hormones can slow down digestions, divert blood flow to the brain and muscles, and increase awareness.

In addition, the adrenal glands also regulate cortisol, the hormone that controls our sleeping and waking cycle, helps us generate energy from food, suppresses inflammation and regulates blood pressure. They also produce aldosterone, which regulates the body’s mineral and fluid excretion. Starting to see why these little glands are so important?

When functioning properly, we respond to stressful situations in a way that is healthy and constructive. When the stress passes, our body returns to its normal state and we move on with our day. When the glands are not functioning properly, this process can get completely derailed. We may not ‘wake up’ enough to deal with a potentially dangerous situation, or we may continue to have a stress reaction long after the stressful event has passed.

What is Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome?

Simply put, adrenal fatigue syndrome is when your adrenals are no longer able to release the hormones necessary to cope with stress. This is not a process that happens overnight. Adrenal fatigue is the cumulative effect of prolonged demands on the glands and usually happens over the course of a few months or even years. We may not even know that we are depleting our adrenals until we’re hit with the anxiety, depression, lack of energy, aches, and other symptoms of the syndrome.

Here are 8 common causes of adrenal fatigue syndrome

Stress

Acute stress is usually caused by a situation such as a divorce, death of a loved one, or job loss. Though the event may not be that long in duration, its emotional impact hits hard and can be the equivalent of years of more low-level stress. This acute stress can put our bodies into a fight or flight mode that over-activates adrenals and begins draining their reserves.

Prolonged Stress

If a stressful situation goes on for too long, our adrenal glands simply cannot keep up. Working in a high-stress career, dealing with a stressful relationship, or performing a caretaker role for parents or grandparents are examples of situations that often lead to prolonged stress. If you cannot find ways to relax and recharge and get a break from the stress, your adrenals will suffer.

Lack of Sleep

Your entire body needs the rest and recharging of a good night of sleep and your adrenal glands are no different. Adrenals stay busy throughout the day reacting to stress and helping your body cope with the numerous demands put on it. If you are not getting restful sleep, especially during the crucial hours of 11 pm to 1 am, your adrenals have no time to regenerate and will eventually fatigue.

Poor Diet

In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to rely on coffee, soda, fast food, and convenient snacks to fuel our packed schedules. However, these take a big toll on our adrenals. Too much sugar causes our adrenals to pump out excess cortisol to process them and can affect overall hormone levels. Alcohol and caffeine both release stress hormones and any foods you may be allergic to, such as gluten or dairy, will also have a big impact on how healthy your adrenals are. Try to focus on a clean diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein like grass-fed beef and organic chicken.

Toxins

We expose our bodies to toxins every day in the form of air pollutants, contaminated water, antibiotics in meat, beauty products, and more. Did you know that there are an estimated 2,000 chemicals introduced to the consumer marketplace each year? The more our bodies are exposed to these toxins, the more we suffer. Toxins can lead to cancer, heart disease, and—you guessed it—adrenal fatigue.

When we are exposed to toxins, our adrenals make adjustments to compensate and react to the chemicals. This takes its toll and, if you are not getting the proper rest and nutrition, can result in adrenal fatigue.

Traumatic Incident

A single traumatic incident, such as a car accident or mugging, can be just as stressful on our adrenals as long-term stress. If you have been involved in a traumatic incident and feel you cannot get out of the ‘fight-or-flight’ mode, it’s a sign that your adrenals are working overtime and, of not corrected, will eventually fatigue them.

Overwork

Our bodies and minds crave time to relax and renew. Many people involved in high-stress careers are at work first thing in the morning, eat poorly throughout the day, and don’t return home to relax until late at night. This never gives their adrenal glands the break they need to recharge, and will eventually cause them to burn out.

Lack of Relaxation

Do you take time to indulge in your favorite hobbies, take walks, listen to relaxing music, or read books for pleasure? If you’re too busy working, taking care of others, and keeping your household running, you may miss out on the vital relaxation time you need. When you relax, your body gets a chance to relax as well. When you constantly push, your adrenals will eventually reach a breaking point.

Today’s busy lifestyles often cause health problems when we don’t take the time to relax and take care of ourselves as we should. Too much work, prolonged stress, lack of sleep, and repeated exposure to toxins can all add up to adrenals that are no longer able to keep our body in balance like they were designed to do. If you think you may have adrenal fatigue syndrome, please schedule an appointment with our licensed doctors for more information on how we can help.

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