Do you REALLY know what a “superfood” is? Take the quiz and see how many you get right?

Vitamins and minerals are an extremely important part of the equation when it comes to experiencing optimal health. Unfortunately, in this day and age, most people don’t make it a point to get the 9-13 servings of fruits and vegetables that research has shown to prevent, and in some cases reverse, chronic degenerative disease.

Considering that our body is made up of trillions of cells and each cell carries out countless functions, which are mediated by vitamins and minerals, a deficiency will prevent our bodies from performing those very important tasks, resulting in problems.

Some foods that provide an over-abundance of those key vitamins and/or minerals are sometimes referred to as “superfoods”. What is a superfood? Test your superfoods IQ with this online quiz featuring heart-healthy, weight-friendly, fruits, vegetables, drinks, and other foods that are available at your fingertips.

Source: Take the Superfood Quiz Here


Disclaimer Statement: Michael Ward is a Critical Care Registered Nurse and Wellness Consultant. He works directly with USANA Health Sciences as a brand ambassador after having an amazing product experience, specifically with the joint health product, Procosa which you can get here. Because USANA uses word of mouth advertising and relationship marketing ONLY, Michael decided to partner with them to get these amazing products out to people he cares about and that need them. You may have heard of USANA through many of the 750+ olympic and pro athletes that use their products or perhaps you have seen top USANA scientists on the Emmy Award-Winning daytime talk show the “Dr Oz Show”.

If you’d like to learn more about USANA’s award winning health products or would like to learn how to work with Michael and earn a supplemental income bringing value to others helping them to live a more healthy lifestyle, connect here.

Headed to the ER? Don’t make this costly mistake…


As an ER/Trauma RN I’ve seen a lot of death and dismemberment. I’ve also seen many people come into the emergency room for little cuts and scrapes or the occasional cough and cold.

These days big things are happening within the healthcare industry. A massive shift is taking place, which has emergency rooms all over the U.S. overflowing with patients 24 hours a day.  This is due partly from an increased number of people on governmental assistance these days and are required to pay less than $5 out of pocket to visit the emergency room.  Combine that with the aging “Baby Boomer” population, which if I remember correctly 10,000 of them turn 65 years of age EACH DAY since June of 2011.

For these reasons and many others there has been enormous growth in “Stand Alone” emergency rooms and the “Urgent Care” Centers. These two establishments, which appear seemingly similar for those not in the know, are very different and serve two very different patient needs and demographics. Knowing just this little piece of information can save the patient THOUSANDS of dollars unnecessarily spent.

A few months back I had the opportunity to work at a “Stand Alone” emergency room for a friend of mine. It was pretty great! The pace was a little slower than I was used to, but a nice change. A patient came in to the “Stand Alone” complaining of a sore throat and cough. We took care of her, got her feeling better and the patient was discharged. Not much later we all heard a commotion coming from the discharge clerk’s desk. Apparently, the patient had no health insurance and expected to pay a clinic fee of approximately $75 dollars, when in fact she was charged a whopping  $865 for her treatment. She had assumed the “Stand Alone” was the same as an “Urgent Care” Center, which charges FAR LESS than an emergency room visit. Needless to say, she was extremely disappointed (It pays to be educated on this).

Many insurance companies urge policyholders to seek medical attention at an Urgent Care Center instead of an emergency room FIRST if they feel they won’t need to be admitted to the hospital. However, many policyholders don’t know this because they don’t know to look or have forgotten. Furthermore, many insurance providers require a pretty hefty co-pay upon discharge from an emergency room that is waved if you have to be admitted to the emergency room. This co-pay has a much higher price tag than most urgent care visits do. This being said, I’d encourage you to check your provider for this info.

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                                    Situations to Consider

So, if you find yourself needing medical attention and you are looking for an urgent care, rather an emergency room, be sure to ask before you register. In an emergency room you would be surprised how many costs you can accrue even before seeing the physician!   The mistaken choice can be a costly choice, and we all like to avoid spending money unnecessarily. 🙂

Well, that’s it! My hope for you in reading this is that you become educated and that you are equipped to make the right decision, the less costly decision if an acute medical emergency arises. I hope this has been helpful. If you feel this post has provided value, please like and share. I think if we all do our part in doing what we can to help others, it helps us all. Thanks so much!


Disclosure Statement: Michael Ward is a Critical Care Registered Nurse and Wellness Consultant. He works directly with USANA Health Sciences as a brand ambassador after having an amazing product experience, specifically with the joint health product, Procosa which you can get here. Because USANA uses word of mouth advertising and relationship marketing ONLY, Michael decided to partner with them to get these amazing products out to people he cares about and that need them. You may have heard of USANA through many of the 750+ olympic and pro athletes that use their products or perhaps you have seen top USANA scientists on the Emmy Award-Winning daytime talk show the “Dr Oz Show”.

If you’d like to learn more about USANA’s award winning health products or would like to learn how to work with Michael and earn a supplemental income bringing value to others helping them to live a more healthy lifestyle, connect here.

Your poo is telling you something. Are you paying attention?


They are finding out more and more every day about our gut. Did you know that it was recently discovered that there are more neuro-synaptic connections within our gut than our brain?! Pretty incredible, right? AND that many processes in our bodies won’t work too well without optimal digestive health?

Things like depression, weight-loss, energy levels, and even immune function can all be negatively impacted with poor digestive health. It’s all in the medical literature. Which is why it is SO important to take care of that gut.

One of the best things you can do so you’ll know how your gut is performing is to “ANALYZE the outcome” if you know what I mean.😉😉 Here’s s great little info graphic that will give you all the stink on what to look for when you view your poo.

Lastly, it’s VERY important that you eat the right stuff. Plenty of fiber, 12-20 GMs per day, is sure to make a big impact on your gut health. Also, things like digestive enzymes and probiotics will get certainly provide an added benefit. Did you know that although our bodies are made up of TRILLIONS of cells there is still 10 bacteria in our gut for every 1 cell in our bodies! This means we should DEFINITELY eat better, but also fortify our intestinal tract with good bacteria found in probiotics.

I hope this helps guys. The latest research on digestion and the microbiome is truly incredible. I encourage you to check it out, ESPECIALLY if you are having crazy health issues or symptoms you just can’t seem to pinpoint. You might just need a little gut check.

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