Thursday, March 30, 2017

4 Powerful Advantages of Veterinary Compounding

Families don't have to only be related by blood. They can also be related marriage, as well as simply by unbreakable bonds that develop between individuals that spend significant amounts of time together.

We aren't only talking about human beings. As any animal lover knows, our pets are integral parts of our lives and our families. Though we aren't related by blood (and aren't even the same species), the familial ties that are forged are extremely powerful.

As pet owners, we do everything we can to ensure the health and well-being of our furry family members. When they get sick or injured, it is up to us to provide them with the veterinary care they need. As devout animal lovers ourselves, the team at the Lime in the Coconut Specialty Compounding Pharmacy is proud to help with these efforts.

What Is Veterinary Compounding?

Compounding is the art of formulating each prescription medication specifically for its intended patient. Because every patient is wonderfully unique, the dosage amounts found in standardized medication cannot possibly account for every patient's individual needs. As a result, patients often suffer a variety of undesirable side effects when taking their medications.

It shouldn't come as a surprise that this same logic applies to medication for pets as well as medication for humans. Your pet is one-of-a-kind. At our compounding pharmacy in central Missouri, we not only recognize your pet's uniqueness - we celebrate it. Our job is to make your pet's prescription so that it addresses her unique, individual needs.

Advantages of Veterinary Compounding

When it comes to veterinary medicine, compounding offers several distinct advantages. Here are a few examples.

1. Accessing Commercially Unavailable Medications.
Standardized medication is designed to treat most people, most of the time. The same applies to standardized medication for pets. Sometimes, the best medicine for your pet will be something that is currently not manufactured or sold by standardized pharmaceutical companies. Because we make each medication specifically for each animal, we may be able to formulate a prescription that would not be available elsewhere.

2. Adjusting Specific Dosage Amounts.
Pets will need different medication strengths depending on their sizes and the severity of their conditions. We can adjust your pet's dosage amounts to meet her specific needs.

3. Adjusting Dosage Forms. 
Oral medication must pass through the digestive system before it can be delivered to the part of the body it is intended to treat. Consequently, it may not be the most effective way to treat certain conditions. We can compound your pet's medication as a transdermal gel that can absorb into the skin directly on the affected area. We have access to safe, non-toxic creams that are designed specifically for animals.

4. Masking Unpleasant Flavors.
If you've ever tried to give your pet medication before, you know that getting them to consume nasty-tasting medicine is often easier said than done. At our Lake of the Ozarks veterinary compounding pharmacy, we can flavor your pet's medication so that she will happily accept it as a tasty treat.

Contact The Lime For More Information!

We recognize the important roles your pets hold in your family, and it is our honor and privilege to help support and protect the health of your furry family members. If you have questions or would like to learn more about the advantages of veterinary compounding, please don't hesitate to reach out to our Mid-Missouri compounding pharmacy

Feel As Good On The Inside As You Do On The Outside!

111 Crossings West, Suite 6
PO Box 2145
Lake Ozark, MO 65049

(573) 964-6786 

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Thursday, March 23, 2017

5 Things You Didn't Know Affect Weight Loss

Maintaining a healthy weight is a laudable goal - one that nearly every single person longs for. Countless resources are available to help people achieve their ideal weights, which (for most people) means shedding some extra pounds. At the Lime in the Coconut Pharmacy, we dedicate a significant portion of our practice to helping our clients achieve their weight loss goals.

The Truth Behind Weight Loss

Most people assume that weight gain or loss is the result of a simple formula:

calories in - calories out = weight gain/loss

In many cases, this formula is an accurate way to predict whether you will gain or lose weight. For example, if you eat 3,000 calories in a day but only burn 2,000, you're left with 1,000 calories stored as body fat to be used when needed. If the next day you were to eat 1,000 calories and burn 2,000, your body could use the 1,000 calories it had stored from the day before. The problem is that for most people who consume more calories than they burn, the pattern is a continuous one. The equation rarely gets an opportunity to tip in the other direction and balance itself out.

However, the problem with this equation is that it is extremely two-dimensional. The truth is that there are multiple factors that affect weight loss/gain; calories vs calories out is only part of the picture. 

Other Factors That Affect Weight Loss

1. Stress
The relationship between stress and weight gain can be a vicious cycle. Stress hormones signal cravings for fatty, sugary, carbohydrate-rich snacks. These snacks trigger pleasure centers in the brain, which gives them an addictive quality. They also calm stress hormones, which can make you more likely to reach for them the next time you encounter a stressful event. Unfortunately, unhealthy snacks like this contain excessive, unhelpful calories that can make it harder to lose weight.

2. Sleep Schedules
Getting adequate sleep each night is an important step to losing weight. Losing sleep at night (potentially as little as 30 minutes) stimulates your body to produce more hormones that signal feelings of hunger, even when you're full. By ensuring 7-9 hours of sleep per night, you'll be less likely to crave food unnecessarily.

3. Dehydration
Experts recommend that you drink at least 64 ounces (eight 8-oz glasses) of water per day. If you aren't hitting this baseline, it's possible that you're consuming additional calories simply because your body is dehydrated. Experts recommend that you drink at least 8 ounces of water before every meal. By filling your stomach with water, you'll be less likely to consume extra calories at your meals. This is especially important before breakfast, since most people get dehydrated throughout the night.

4. Genetics
As much as we might like try to convince ourselves otherwise, the tendency towards obesity really is genetic. If you have a certain gene called the FTO gene, you will be more vulnerable to obesity and type 2 diabetes. It's important to recognize that having this gene does not automatically guarantee that you will be overweight, but most likely it will (unfortunately) make your weight loss journey more challenging.

5. Skipping Meals
If you're trying to lose weight, skipping meals may seem like an obvious strategy. While it's true that missing a few meals will lower your calorie intake, it likely won't help you reach your weight loss goals. If you wait several hours between meals, your body will likely lower your metabolism to conserve energy. While it may seem counter-intuitive, eating small meals every 2-3 hours is likely the better option.

The Lime In The Coconut Can Help You Meet Your Weight Loss Goals!

If you have been struggling to lose weight, consider our Lake of the Ozarks compounding pharmacy your go-to resource. We offer a variety of weight loss solutions, including the HCG diet and Metaid, our new exclusive high fat, low carb dietary lifestyle. For more information about our weight loss services in central Missouri, contact our pharmacy at 573-964-6786. We look forward to helping you!

Feel As Good On The Inside As You Do On The Outside!

111 Crossings West, Suite 6
PO Box 2145
Lake Ozark, MO 65049

(573) 964-6786 

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Understanding The Gut-Brain Connection

As everyone knows, the brain is a complex organ housed in the skull. Your brain is responsible for handling every one of your body's functions, both conscious and unconscious. However, modern research is revealing that there is a actually "second brain" - one responsible for its fair share of bodily functions and emotions. Believe it or not, this second brain is actually housed inside your gut. The Lime in the Coconut Specialty Compounding Pharmacy is here to help you get a better understanding of this second brain.

The Brain In Your Gut

Though the concept of having a "brain" in your gut may seem odd at first, we're willing to bet that you are already more familiar with it than you realize. We commonly tell people to "go with your gut," the sensation of "butterflies in the stomach" is a common nervous reaction, and you may feel "sick to your stomach" when you think about a painful, unpleasant, or gruesome experience. These examples are everyday indicators of that which we have always known deep down - our gut is more than a static system of organs. The trick is learning to listen to what the brain in our gut is trying to tell us.

What The Second Brain Controls

The brain in your gut cannot form rational thoughts or logic its way through a problem like the brain in your head can. Instead, the gut brain's primary responsibility is controlling digestion. It manages every step of this complex (and crucial) biological process, from breaking down and absorbing nutrients to eliminating waste. 

For many years, people have been well aware of the way certain emotions and mental health conditions impact the gastrointestinal system. It is not uncommon for individuals with chronic anxiety, stress, or depression to experience a number of gastrointestinal problems like bloating, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, upset stomach, etc. Short-term bursts of adrenaline can also disrupt the digestive system and cause loose stools, stomach cramping, or other complaints.

However, modern science has recently discovered that in some cases, things may not always happen in this order. In some situations, gastrointestinal health problems may actually cause mental health challenges such as anxiety and depression - it is not always the other way around.

Overall Health Is A Two-Way Street

The brain in your head and the brain in your gut are closely linked. In order to maintain optimum health, both brains must be tended to. Just as stress-relieving activities such as yoga, bubble baths, reading, and coloring are important, so are things that promote gut health. Here are a few examples of things you can do to improve gut health.
  • Take a probiotic.
  • Diversify your diet to include a wide range of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains.
  • Eat fermented, probiotic-rich foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, tempeh, Greek yogurt, and kombucha.
  • Reduce the amount of artificial sweeteners you consume.

Studies also show that breastfeeding for at least six months is an important way to promote gut health in babies. Setting the stage for proper gut health from the very beginning can greatly contribute to better gut health later in life.

The Lime In The Coconut - Your Resource For Gut Health

At our compounding pharmacy at the Lake of the Ozarks, we are keenly aware of the relationship between the brain and the gut, as well as the importance of keeping both these systems healthy. We are proud to sell an elite line of probiotic supplements designed to help our clients maintain healthy gastrointestinal systems. If you would like to learn more about probiotics or gut health, call 573-964-6786 or stop by our pharmacy in Lake Ozark, MO and talk to one of our experienced team members.

Feel As Good On The Inside As You Do On The Outside!

111 Crossings West, Suite 6
PO Box 2145
Lake Ozark, MO 65049

(573) 964-6786 

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Hormone Replacement Seminar at The Lime in the Coconut

Hormones are powerful natural chemicals. They control nearly all of our body's natural functions and influence countless other factors. As a few examples, hormones play a significant role in weight gain / loss, sleep schedules, mood, skin health (acne, dermatits, etc), and fertility. The list goes far beyond that, but these examples help illustrate the wide variety of factors that hormones influence.

Hormone Health

Because of the integral roles they play, maintaining proper hormonal balance is a crucial component of overall health. Throughout our lives, we expose ourselves to and undergo a variety of normal life situations that influence our body's natural hormone balance.

At the Lime in the Coconut Specialty Compounding Pharmacy, we dedicate a significant portion of our practice to helping clients achieve (and maintain) a healthy hormone balance. In order to further these efforts, we are hosting a seminar to help you get a better understanding of hormones and how their balance changes over time.

Hormone Replacement Seminar at the Lime

Though hormones are important for both men and women throughout every stage of life, our upcoming hormone replacement seminar is going to focus specifically on the hormonal changes women experience as they go through the various stages of menopause. 

If you are experiencing...
  • Night sweats
  • Hot flashes
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Memory challenges
... this event will help answer your questions and help you devise a plan for alleviating these symptoms!

Hormone Replacement Seminar - Event Information

Space is limited, so we ask that you RSVP in advance by calling 573-964-6786. The deadline to RSVP is Wednesday, March 15th.

Learn About Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy!

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can be a wonderfully effective way to minimize the symptoms of menopause (and other hormonal fluctuations and imbalances). Because bioidentical hormones are chemically identical to the ones found in the body, patients typically see few side effects when taking bioidentical hormones. 

We hope you'll join us at our upcoming seminar so you can learn more about this powerful therapy and how it may be able to benefit you. You can also visit our website to learn more about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy at the Lake of the Ozarks, or give us a call at 573-964-6786. Our talented staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Feel As Good On The Inside As You Do On The Outside!

111 Crossings West, Suite 6
PO Box 2145
Lake Ozark, MO 65049

(573) 964-6786 

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Compounding In Action: Medication To Fit Your Unique Needs

You go to the doctor for help with your recurring headaches. After a professional evaluation, your doctor prescribes a certain medication to help ease the pain. It is the same medication he previously prescribed to a different patient with a different complaint. What's wrong with this picture?

The Drawback of Standardized Medication

Though common, many patients agree that the above scenario is less than ideal. The primary problem with it is that the standard prescription given by the doctor is designed to help most patients most of the time. Because it is mass-produced, it cannot possibly account for the unique subtleties of each individual patient's needs. As a result, the benefits it offers will likely be countered by multiple unpleasant drawbacks that are commonly referred to as "side effects."

The Advantage of Customized Medication

Compounding fits the medication to the patient, not the other way around. It is the art of making each individual prescription specifically for its intended patient. This allows us to specifically accommodate each patient's needs. 

Compounding can be used for countless different purposes, including pain management, sinus relief, sports medicine, dental procedures, veterinary medicine, and bio-identical hormone replacement.

Compounding In Action

From dosage form to ingredients, our compounding pharmacy at the Lake of the Ozarks can design each prescription to meet our patients' specific needs. Here are a few examples of the different ways compounding can be used to the advantage of individual patients. 
  • Medicated lollipops and gelatin troches (lozenges) for kids who do not like the taste of liquids or for people who have difficulty swallowing a tablet.
  • Absorption delivery methods such as suppositories, troches, transdermal gels, or rapid-dissolve tablets for people suffering from nausea/vomiting.
  • Capsules with several different active ingredients, so people with multiple prescriptions can take only one pill.
  • Transdermal gels and creams containing non-steroidals and anesthetics for sports medicine.
  • Topical gels to prevent nausea and vomiting for travelers.
  • Flavored prescriptions to make it easier to treat cats and dogs (and people).

Compounding can be used to deliver needed medicine to patients with other specific needs as well. For example...
  • Patients with an intolerance for certain common ingredients in standardized prescriptions, including preservatives, lactose, gluten, sugar, and/or dyes.
  • Child patients who cannot take the adult prescription amount of their needed medicine.
  • Children, adults, and pets who cannot tolerate the flavor of standardized medication.
  • Vegetarian and/or vegan patients who have a moral, ethical, and/or dietary obligation to avoid animal-based ingredients.

Contact Us To Learn How Compounding Can Benefit You!

We have been providing quality compounded medication at the Lake of the Ozarks (and in the surrounding areas) for the past ten years. If you would like more information about compounding and how it may be able to benefit your specific situation, we would be happy to speak with you! Our Mid-Missouri compounding pharmacist and our staff are experienced, reliable, and dedicated to your success. 

To learn more about The Lime in the Coconut Specialty Compounding Pharmacy, call us at 573-964-6786 or visit our website:

Feel As Good On The Inside As You Do On The Outside!

111 Crossings West, Suite 6
PO Box 2145
Lake Ozark, MO 65049

(573) 964-6786 

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM