illustration of a flu virus structure on isolated backgroundBernhard Wiedermann, MD, MA,  a specialist in pediatric infectious diseases. shared with “Rise and Shine” that grocery shopping is important, but sometimes people get more worried about the objects they’re touching than about the people that are around them. When it comes to grocery shopping – and things outside the house in general – you want to first focus on the setting and the people involved.

When I go grocery shopping, I make sure it’s at a store where the customers, salespeople, and checkout people are all wearing masks. Ideally, the checkout people are behind Plexiglass barriers so they’re somewhat protected. All of this tells me it’s a safer environment, especially since most grocery stores do not have aisles that are 6 feet wide, so maintaining social distancing of 6 feet in a grocery aisle isn’t that practical – you’re going to have to pass someone at some point.

When it comes to touching things in the grocery store, my advice is to do whatever gives you more peace of mind. It’s a good idea to plan your visit and make a grocery list. Your overall objective is to get in and get out as quickly and safely as possible. You should wear a mask while shopping, and if it makes you feel more comfortable, you can wear gloves.

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How to live in the “new normal”

Edwards Elmhurst Health asked in its Healthy Driven Blog, “When will it be safe to go back to life as we used to know it?”

That, among other questions, remains unanswered. Experts say it could be years before we can resume our normal activities without masks and hand sanitizer at the ready, though they don’t know for sure.

In the meantime, how do we help prevent ourselves or our families from getting sick?

Fortunately, there are temporary steps we can take to keep ourselves healthy and still enjoy life.

The most important things to remember, regardless of activity, are that we should strive to maintain a 6-foot distance between ourselves and people we don’t live with, wear a mask when we can’t maintain that distance, continue being vigilant about hand washing, clean frequently-touched surfaces and use hand sanitizer.

One warm-weather tip: Be mindful of your mask. If you notice your mask (either surgical or cloth) is fully saturated or damp, put on a new mask. Dispose of your saturated surgical mask or launder your cloth mask. Read more

How Much Caffeine in Coffee | All You Need To Know

You’re probably one of those coffee lovers who can’t go a day without taking at least a cup of coffee. Most people cannot kick start their day without a hot cup of coffee in their hand but most of them have not stopped to ask how much caffeine in a cup of coffee is appropriate.

One of the most popular sources of caffeine is very common in coffee. The coffee caffeine content that is contained in coffee varies considerably and this depends on a certain number of factors. These factors could include the type of coffee, the method by which the coffee is brewed, and the brand of coffee.

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Reading Food Labels

The National Institute on Aging shared that reading labels can help you make informed food choices. Packaged foods and drinks—the types that come in cans, boxes, bottles, jars, and bags—have a lot of nutrition and food safety information on their labels or packaging. Look for these things on the food label.

Product Dates

You might see one of three types of product dates on some foods you buy:

  • “Sell by,” tells how long the manufacturer suggests that a store should sell foods like meat, poultry, eggs, or milk products—buy it before this date.
  • “Use by,” tells how long the food will be at peak quality—if you buy or use it after that date, some foods might be stale or less tasty.
  • “Best if used by” (or “best if used before”) tells how long the food has the best flavor or quality—it does not suggest a date by which the food should be purchased.

Product dates are not safety dates and are not required by federal regulations (except on infant formula). They are added voluntarily by manufacturers.

Ingredient List

This tells you each ingredient in the food product by its common or usual name. Did you know that the ingredients are listed in descending order by weight? That is, the ingredient that weighs the most is listed first, and the ingredient that weighs the least is listed last. Read more

How to make the most of your Video Visit

Smiling young man with curly hair using tablet computerEdward-Elmhurst Health in its Healthy Driven blog shared that as we adjust to how this pandemic is affecting our day-to-day lives, we’re also adjusting our interaction with our doctors. Some health issues that sent us to the doctor’s office before can now be addressed virtually.

Edward-Elmhurst Health is offering Video Visits for the care you need today.

While our offices are open to patients who need to be seen in-person, we’re also ready to “see” you while you’re at home.

More than 500 of our physicians (with Edward Medical Group, Elmhurst Clinic, Elmhurst Memorial Medical Group, and Elmhurst Medical Associates) are offering Video Visits in specialty areas like family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and more. If you need to find a doctor, we can help with that, too.

What exactly is a Video Visit? It’s simply a video call which allows you to meet face-to-face, in real-time, with your doctor from the comfort of home.

Video Visits are available to new and established Edward-Elmhurst patients of all ages, including pediatric patients, for a new health issue or as a follow-up visit for a range of issues, such as back pain, cough/cold symptoms, allergies, asthma, headache, pink eye and more. Read more

Five Reasons You Should Consider a Video Visit

Confident relaxed businesswoman at her workplace in officeKrunal Patel, MD a physician with Elmhurst Clinic who specializes in internal medicine and earned his medical degree from the Ross University School of Medicine. shared in the Healthy Driven Chicago blog that video health visits have increased since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. These visits allow patients to connect with their provider using an electronic device – cell phone, tablet, or computer with a webcam. Providers are able to visualize and review patient concerns without the patient having to come to a physical office location. Although they’ve been available for several years, COVID-19 has given people the opportunity to recognize the convenience and safety benefits of video visits.

More than 500 of our physicians (with Edward Medical Group, Elmhurst Clinic, Elmhurst Memorial Medical Group, and Elmhurst Medical Associates) are offering video visits in specialty areas like family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and more. If you need to find a doctor, we can help with that, too.

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The Health Benefits Of The Worlds Favourite Drink

Tom Bolland, from the UK who shares his thoughts in Happy Barista. com recently wrote an article on the health benefits of coffee, my favorite beverage, so I thought I’d share it with the Healthy Lombard followers.  Tom writes that collectively, we pour 1.4 billion cups of coffee every day. That’s an incredible amount. With so many people drinking coffee, it must be good for you, right?

What are the health benefits of drinking coffee? Is coffee good for you? What sort of nutrition is in coffee? If you find yourself asking any of these questions, then you’re in the right place.

The Proven Health Benefits

There are lots of articles out there that tell you that coffee is beneficial for everything. I’m sorry to tell you that this just isn’t the case, however, there are some proven health benefits that have real evidence to back the claims up.

Here are a few benefits we have recently discovered. Read more