Celiac Disease: Going Out to Eat with a Gluten Disorder

Posted on: September 10th, 2015 by RCC Medical Supply Blogger

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If you or someone you know has a gluten disorder, such as celiac disease, you know how complicating and frustrating it can seem getting food from a grocery store or local market. What do you do if you want to go out to eat instead of staying at home?  Today, RCC Medical Supply in Greeley will discuss ways of looking for gluten-free restaurants and what you can order.


We have all been to great restaurants with great food. But, have you been to a GREAT restaurant before? The Gluten-Free Resource Education Awareness Training (GREAT) restaurants are a part of the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. These two groups provide training to foodservice professionals to meet gluten-free needs of their customers and to serve gluten-free meals safely and confidently.


It will take time to research and try different foods to know what kind of tolerance you have towards certain foods, which will make it more challenging when eating out. Before you order, ask to see a gluten-free menu or tell the waiter about your condition.  Even though celiac disease isn’t an allergy, it may be easier to explain to the waiter that your gluten disorder is an allergy, so they can prepare your food accordingly. An example if you happen to order eggs at a larger, sit-down breakfast chain is they put pancake mix in with eggs to fluff them up.  Ask your waiter to make prepare your eggs with a fresh cracked egg only.


If you’re thinking about going out this weekend for something different try doing these things:


  • Call ahead to see if the restaurant offers a gluten-free menu.
  • When ordering, ask how the dish is prepared, if they’re any spices or mixes and if there any garnishes.
  • Is there a separate preparation area for gluten-free food, separate cookware or do they use a separate cooking or frying area?
  • Be proactive. If you feel your meal isn’t what you ordered, ask to speak to the manager.


RCC Medical Supply in Greeley, is your full-service home medical equipment provider.

Celiac Disease: Two Types of Gluten

Posted on: September 10th, 2015 by RCC Medical Supply Blogger

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The two types of gluten-related diseases are celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity disease. Over three million people across all races, ages and genders suffer from gluten-related diseases.  RCC Medical Supply in Greeley, your full-service home medical equipment provider,  will compare the two diseases and explain what to do in case of you or someone you know having celiac disease.


What is Celiac disease? Celiac disease is an increasingly common autoimmune disease that damages the small intestine and the villi, or finger like strands, in your small intestine. This happens because your body isn’t getting enough nutrients from the food you take in. The gluten protein can be found in foods like wheat, barley or rye.


Non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) is less severe than celiac disease and it causes minimal intestine damage and isn’t genetically based.


Celiac disease affects one in 133 Americans and can affect any person at any age.  NCGS affects around eighteen million Americans and it only affects adults. Although symptoms may vary from person to person, celiac and NCGS do share similar symptoms and some people who may not realize they have one of these diseases may not feel any symptoms at all.  Symptoms may include:


  • Abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Infertility
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Weight loss
  • Delayed growth
  • Depression
  • Anemia


Doctors or specialists may take a simple blood sample from you to test for celiac disease and sometimes may need to perform a small intestine biopsy to confirm the diagnosis, while NCGS doesn’t have any lab tests to diagnose it.


If either celiac disease or NCGS go untreated or undiagnosed, both can lead to further complications such as osteoporosis, infertility, thyroid disease or cancer. The end result and only treatment for either disease to eat a strict, 100% gluten-free diet for the rest of your life.


RCC Medical Supply in Greeley promotes that you, or someone you know, who may have a gluten disease to get tested.

Protect your Heart in the Heat

Posted on: June 29th, 2015 by RCC Medical Supply Blogger

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Your heart health is important all year round, but it is necessary to be extremely cautious of your heart health during the summer. The mix of high heat and a heart condition can lead to serious health problems including stroke, heat stroke and the potential for a heart attack. RCC Med is bringing you tips on how to protect your heart in the heat this July.

Protect your heart in the heat

Avoid overheating– Whether you have a heart condition or not, overheating is not good for your health. It can make you feel tired, distressed and you could potentially end up in the hospital. You can avoid overheating by seeking shade while outside, drinking plenty of water and avoid the outdoors when there is a heat advisory.

Take regular breaks– If you are out in the backyard, you can take breaks by going indoors when you are feeling fatigued. Know your limits when you’re outdoors so you don’t end up feeling ill. When you take breaks, take the time to drink plenty of water to prevent an ill feeling.

Lather on the sunscreen– Some medications can have a bad interaction with sunlight. If your medication interacts badly with sunlight, the pill bottle should note how severe it is. If you’re not sure, talk to your local pharmacist to see if your heart or blood pressure medication has a bad reaction when mixed with too much sunlight. You can stay on the safe side by always wearing at least 15 SPF sunscreen and reapplying every 2 hours. If you are swimming or sweating a lot, be sure to put sunscreen on about every hour.

RCC Med wants you to protect your heart in the heat this July. We hope you enjoy the dog days of summer without overheating. Contact us today to learn more about our products and services.

Ways to Drink More Water

Posted on: June 29th, 2015 by RCC Medical Supply Blogger

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During the summer months, it is especially important to drink water to avoid dehydration. Living in Colorado means we experience beautiful weather during the summer, which is ideal for hiking. RCC Med wants to remind you to always keep drinking water in mind this July. Today’s blog will focus on ways for you to drink more water each day because sometimes, you may get sick of drinking water.

Ways to drink more water:

Set a goal each day– How much water can you drink today? If you are just starting out with an attempt to drink more water, start small and gradually increase your intake. Set a goal the first day to drink 32 ounces of water and work your way up. It’s better to set a realistic goal then to fail with a goal that is unattainable.

Get a water bottle you will enjoy using– Head to the store and find a fun water bottle you are willing to use each day to meet your water drinking goal. Whether you believe a colored water bottle would be better, or glass or clear, whatever works to get you drinking more water.

Get a water tracking app on your smart phone- If you own a smart phone, consider getting a water tracking application to make keeping track of your water intake easier. Some applications include WaterLogged, which has a visual of a water bottle being filled as you note how much water you’re drinking.

Infuse your water– Let’s face it, sometimes drinking glass after glass of plain water gets boring. You can add flavor to your water by slicing a few lemons or cucumbers and putting them in your water. Depending on what you like, almost any fruits and some veggies can be added to your water so you’re more willing to drink it.

RCC Med hopes these tips help you drink more water during the dog days of summer.

Seasonal Favorites- June’s Fresh Picks

Posted on: June 9th, 2015 by RCC Medical Supply Blogger


June brings many seasonal favorites to the area. The farmers market, fresh produce and gardens are all reminders of the summer months ahead. RCC Med brings you relevant health information to your life and in today’s blog, we are going to talk about seasonal favorites like cherries, cucumbers and other delectable fresh foods.

Cherries- These small morsels of sweetness are best consumed in the summer months, specifically June. Filled with antioxidants and powers to help with recovery from exercise, these low calorie fruits are the best for snacking or dessert after a meal.

Cucumbers- Made up of 95% water, cucumbers could be considered the most refreshing and cooling of them all. The hydration power is ideal for the warmer months of the year, especially since June is the start of cucumber season. Cucumbers can easily be grown in your garden or picked up at the local farmer’s market for a small price.

Papaya- Although this fruit can be found year round, its peak season kicks off in early June when the fruit is the freshest. Papaya is unique because one medium sized papaya has about 70% of your daily recommendation of vitamins A and C. If you’re looking for a good source of fiber and potassium, try this tropical fruit as a delightful snack option. All yellow and orange produce contain skin and immunity benefits.

Grapes- Just like cherries, grapes are perfectly tiny yet sweet and sour. Depending on your preference of grape, they can satisfy any craving. Pop a few onto your salad at dinner or bring them along for the day as a snack. The health benefits of grapes are endless.

RCC Med hopes you get a chance to explore the season’s freshest produce. Contact us today to learn about our products and services.

Finally Summer- Safety Tips to Keep in Mind

Posted on: June 9th, 2015 by RCC Medical Supply Blogger

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The summer season is filled with days spent outdoors and laying by the pool. RCC Med wants you to have a great and safe summer in Colorado so we are bringing you safety tips to keep in mind. Whether you’re hiking, in the backyard or at the park, be sure to always consider your safety first.

Safety tips to keep in mind-

Bug safety– The beautiful summer weather also brings pesky bugs to be aware of. It is best to think about bug safety before you head outdoors. For example, consider using unscented hairsprays, lotion and avoid perfume. The sweeter you smell, the more likely bugs will be there to bug you. When leaving wooded areas, check for ticks and other small insects that could potentially harm you.

Heat safety– The temperature will continue to rise as the summer moves along. The best thing you can do for yourself is to stay hydrated and seek shade when able. Heat related illnesses become more relevant in the summer months, meaning prevention is the best thing you can do to stop the heat illnesses before they strike.

Sun safety– Similar to heat safety, protecting yourself from the sun is just as important. Skin cancer cases are on the rise, so lather up with sunscreen before heading outdoors. Even if it doesn’t seem sunny outside, you can still catch the sun’s rays through clouds. Use at least a 15 SPF sunscreen daily and when you plan to be in an area where you are exposed to more sun, up the SPF in your sunscreen. Wear a wide brimmed hat to protect your face.

RCC Med wants you to enjoy the summer, but stay safe with these tips. Contact us to learn more about our products.


Reduce Bad Habits with These Simple Tips

Posted on: May 14th, 2015 by RCC Medical Supply Blogger

What are your bad habits? Sometimes, it can be hard to admit what our bad habits are or we may not even know they are there. RCC Medical Supply is bringing you advice to reduce your bad habits so you can live a healthier and happier life. Breaking your bad habit could be as simple as cutting back on your eating routine and being more aware of what you are doing.

Simple tips to reduce bad habits:

Stop stressing so much– This may be a difficult habit to break because there are always stressful events in life. The key is to not let stress overcome all parts of your life. An unhappy lifestyle can release stress hormones that cause unhappiness all around in your life. Stress-reduction techniques can help lower blood pressure, blood sugar; reduce depression and many other health problems.

Nix the bad eating habits– As long as you have motivation, your eating habits can change with a little practice. Our first way to simply reduce your bad habits is to reacquaint yourself with hunger. Mindless snacking can give you the idea that even the slightest bit of hunger means you need to eat. Challenge yourself to quit snacking and wait until your body is physically craving food.

Quit skipping breakfast– Skipping breakfast can lead to lost focus and irritation. You can actually gain weight from not eating, which is an even better reason to consistently eat breakfast. Save yourself the hunger pangs and binge eating later by taking 15 more minutes each morning to eat a hearty and healthy breakfast. Breakfast tip: Prepare your food the night before so you can easily pop your food into the microwave or grab it from the refrigerator and go.

RCC Medical Supply wants you to knock your bad habits and replace them with new ones. Share with us how you are cutting down on your bad habits!


Seasonal Allergies Aren’t May’s only Pest

Posted on: May 14th, 2015 by RCC Medical Supply Blogger


Seasonal allergies affect millions of Americans each spring. Although these are some of the hardest hitting of their kind, food allergies are important to remember. Not only is spring the perfect time to talk about allergies from pollen and other sources, we want to inform you about food allergies as well. Today’s RCC Medical Supply blog will bring you helpful information during Allergy Awareness Month.

Spring allergies:

May brings beautiful flowers, gardens and plenty of sneezing. Although the spring is beautiful in full bloom, that doesn’t mean that some of us don’t suffer from the higher allergy count. RCC Medical Supply understands how common allergies are, so we have over the counter options for allergy sufferers. The best thing you can do for allergies is to pay attention to the daily pollen count provided by local news organizations and through a simple search on the internet. When the count is high, it is best to avoid the outdoors or areas with plenty of flowers.

Food allergies:

Food allergies affect millions of Americans each year because there are so many different types of this common allergy. From peanut allergies to fish allergies, it is important to know about food allergies because you could save a life. Many people with food allergies are deathly allergic, so you can take precautionary measures when it comes to these allergies. If you have young children, it is especially important to understand their food allergies and when you send them to school, understand their peers’ allergies. Tell your children to never share food with a friend who has allergies and let them know to ask an adult if they feel ill from food.

May is Allergy Awareness Month and RCC Medical Supply hopes you are able to survive the spring allergy season. We also hope you are aware of the potential dangers of food allergies. Contact us today to learn about our nebulizers and respiratory products.


Preventing an Injury this Spring

Posted on: April 15th, 2015 by RCC Medical Supply Blogger

Spring is finally here! It seemed the snow would never stop falling, but April is here and it’s time to start those spring projects. If you have been sitting most of the winter, your body probably isn’t quite ready to tackle the list of big projects you want to accomplish.

Your friends at RCC Medical Supply want you or a loved one to be safe and healthy as you head into spring. Here are several simple ways to prevent injuries this spring.


  • Take a walk. Walking is a great way to wake your body up and get it warmed up before your tasks. Don’t overdo it; you may want to walk after your chores too as a cool down.
  • Warm up stretches are a simple and essential step to a busy day.  Stretching is not just for runners, it’s a way to prepare the body to use the muscle groups that may be underused.
  • Eat before you start your projects. Eat a decent breakfast and be sure you stop and eat lunch. No big meals that may weigh you down, just enough to give your body fuel.
  • Wear the proper clothing for the job. If you start a project early when it’s chilly, you may heat up as you work and as the day warms. If you get too hot, you may get dizzy and fall.  Dress in comfortable layers that you can add or remove as needed.
  • Dry muscles are sore muscles and that goes for your brain too, so stay hydrated. Keep water with you or close by as you work.
  • Take breaks. A few short breaks will let your body keep up with can-do spirit.


Is it time to “spring clean” your home medical equipment and supplies? If you’ve been waiting for a time to replace worn out equipment or supplies, spring is a great time to do it. See RCC Medical Supply’s online catalog or visit us in person today to see what’s new and how having the right home medical equipment can make a world of difference.


Spring: Big Allergies in the Air

Posted on: April 15th, 2015 by RCC Medical Supply Blogger

Winter in Colorado can be rough, but it does provide a brief respite for many people with allergies. Then spring arrives, trees bud, flowers bloom and grasses green which all lead to spring allergies.  RCC Medical wants to know if you deal with the sneezing, itchy eyes and wheezing and coughing as a result of spring allergies?  What causes those allergies? What can you do about it?

Although spring is a beautiful season here in Colorado, it does carry risks for those allergic to pollen.

The most common spring allergens are grass and tree pollens. Pollen are tiny, egg-shaped male cells found in flowering plants and trees that plants use during the fertilization process.

The biggest offenders of the grasses and weeds are: Bermuda, Fescue, Johnson, June, Orchard, Perennial rye, Redtop, Salt grass, Sweet vernal and Timothy. Most don’t know the difference between the grasses, but we would notice what they do to our allergies.

Some trees are worse offenders than others too. Some of the biggest pollen and allergy producers are Elm, Poplar, Hickory, Maple, Oak, Ash, Birch, Sycamore, Cypress, Western Red Cedar and Walnut. Checking your lawn and neighborhood for these trees may help explain your sudden allergy symptoms. Avoid sleeping with the windows open especially if there are trees close to your home.

There are some common spring allergy symptoms including itchy, watery eyes, sneezing and chronic cough.  Coughing is one of your body’s normal defense mechanisms designed to expel infection, mucus and other foreign material from your body. Sinus issues (caused by allergies) and drainage often produce a tickling sensation and coughing occurs.

Wheezing is also a common reaction to pollen-causing spring allergies, especially for people with asthma. When airways of the lungs narrow as a result of inflammation (as a result of allergens), it becomes more difficult for air to flow through the lung.  This creates a wheezing sound.

Not all chronic cough and wheezing are a result of spring allergies. They may be a sign of other respiratory issues including bronchitis, pneumonia and COPD. If your coughing or wheezing started before the spring allergy season or lingers for more than three weeks, see a doctor right away.

If you are dealing with respiratory issues caused by allergies or any other reason, RCC Medical has products and equipment to help. Browse our online catalog or stop in and see our oxygen and respiratory experts today.