Eat Like an Athlete, Perform at Your Best

By Shane Power, President of Watertree Health… 

Dollarphotoclub_83677752This Olympic season, I’d like to remind you to try and make smart decisions regarding your food.  As a former professional athlete, I can assure you that the foods you eat and when you eat them affects your performance on and off the courts.  I still follow these guidelines:

In general, opt for a diet that is sufficient in healthy fluids, vitamins, minerals, “good” carbohydrates, lean proteins and healthy fat.  Make time to eat breakfast because it will encourage higher levels of memory, attention span and concentration – All wonderful traits for everyone, not just athletes.  Well-timed, nutritious meals will influence the way you learn, feel and perform no matter the situation.  Regular consumption of healthy fluids and food will positively affect your entire well-being.

A few other tips I’d like to share with you:

  1. Ban sugary drinks from your diet — including fruit juices, which can contain as much sugar as soda. Sugary drinks have been strongly associated with various health problems including heart disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes.
  2. Eat food in its most natural state. Processed foods are empty calories full of unhealthy ingredients like refined grains and added sugar. 
  3. Use extra virgin olive oil — it is the healthiest fat, full of powerful antioxidants and monounsaturated fats. It’s heart-healthy and may lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Also, remember that necessary medication can be just as important to your overall health.  It is always a good idea to be compliant to the prescription schedule as directed by your doctor.  If you are not taking your drugs as instructed because of cost, check if a generic version is available or if your doctor can suggest ways to offset the drug cost.  The free Watertree Health Prescription Discount Card can also be a great help.

When you don’t take care of your health with proper nutrition and medication, it can affect your cycle of health. Improve your wellness.  Eat like a champ, perform like a champ!

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Letter To The Editor: Tampa Bay Times

By Shane Power, President of Watertree Health… 

Re: Prescription drugs increasingly unaffordable for seniors, AARP study says” (Feb 29):
February 29, 2016

Dollarphotoclub_78249158Thank you for publishing the story spotlighting the relentless rise in prescription drug costs. According to the latest AARP study of price trends, these increases have accelerated since 2007 and there may be no end in sight.  In the past seven years, the annual supply of a prescription drug doubled to an average cost of over $11,000—approximately three-quarters of the average yearly Social Security benefit.

Seniors are not the only ones being impacted. More Americans than ever are taking prescriptions, with almost 60 percent of them relying on drugs associated with obesity, blood pressure and cholesterol regulation.  They need these medications to live better and healthier lives—regardless of cost.  As noted in the story, prices for over 600 commonly used drugs, including generics, rose 9.4 percent alone in 2013. Put into perspective, drug costs outpaced the 2013 general inflation rate six times!

We have to ask ourselves. Are we taking care of our older generations? Are we making it nearly impossible for them to retire and take care of themselves?  Is our  country’s health care system failing every one of us when people cannot afford their medicines necessary to live healthy, productive lives?   

Shane Power
President, Watertree Health

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