Easy Ways To Take Your Pills
Are there easy ways to take your pills?
For those of us taking prescription meds, vitamins, birth control or any other form of pill, that is a question many of us search for the answer too. Pills are odd sized, different shapes, capsules, gel caps, time release, a wide range of colors and they all seem to have one thing in common, they all taste bad.
In the United States alone, 50 percent of patients are not taking them as prescribed. People get busy and forget to take them or they take too many in the same day. This creates serious problems, such as an additional 750,000 hospital visits annually. A death happens every 4 minutes, or more than 130,000 per year. While medications are prescribed by trained physicians, almost half of those prescriptions are never picked up.
For those of us who take our meds and pills on a regular basis, we get back to the question, is there an easier way to take your pills? Hot coffee burns as it washes them down, water makes them sticky, fruit juices can cause a reaction that causes unwanted belching, all while leaving a bad taste in your mouth.
Chocolate milk is a good choice, its rich thickness and good taste makes it a more pleasant way to get the pills into our system. Chocolate milk has nutritional value in calcium as well as vitamin D. The downside is it has 210 calories, 8 grams of fat, 30 milligrams of cholesterol, 150 milligrams of sodium per cup. Not a great combination for those trying to lose weight or who have hypertension.
Tomato or V8 juice is a much better choice. The thick viscosity of the juice wraps around the pills and makes them easy to swallow. The added benefit is it only has 42 calories per cup, is high in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Potassium, has zero cholesterol and zero fat. Tomatoes are rich in Lycopene which helps deter cancer cells, lowers cholesterol, is an anti inflammatory and helps protect against heart attack.
Fruit Smoothies... create your own special bled of fruits or veggies. a perfect texture to help get those pills down easily. A great taste as well as great nutrition for you.
Alcohol and carbonated beverages are not recommended to take pills, may cause problems such as.
Nausea and vomiting
Blood pressure changes
Loss of coordination.
Other health risk could include depression, heart and liver problems and possible internal bleeding. The use of alcohol may also decrease the effectiveness of the medications and in some cases may make the medications toxic and harmful to your system
Be consistent on the time when taking your pills, make it a routine.
Are there easy ways to take your pills on a timely manner? In today’s world of high technology and apps for all of our smart phones there are actually ones designed to do just that. You add the meds and the time of day that you need to take your pills. At the preset time the app will give you an alert telling you what pill to take. Now there will never be a reason to get off schedule or to forget to take your pills.