How to Best Use Your Ricochet Nutrition Products

Guide to Using Your Ricochet Nutrition Products

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In previous blogs, we’ve explained how our products work, what they do, and how they help with surgery recovery. Still, sometimes people ask us how best to use our products. Today in the Ricochet Nutrition blog, we’ll give you a quick guide to show you the best way to use our products and optimize their benefits.

Do I Just Drink This By Itself?

Remember, Ricochet Nutrition products are meant to be a supplement for the surgery recovery process. They are not a meal replacement, and they are not a medication. RICOCHET is not meant to replace the supplements, diets, and medicines that are prescribed to you by your doctor. Our products are meant to help bolster your immune system through a unique blend of critical nutrients. When you use them along with the recommended programs from your doctor, you’ll be able to see the amazing recovery results.

You also need to be using it while following a healthy diet. RICOCHET provides nutrients for a stronger immune system, but it isn’t meant to give you the nutrients you need to sustain daily function. Having a poor diet is sure to weaken your immune system, which makes it harder for Ricochet Nutrition products to help optimize your body’s recovery process.

When Do I Drink It?

If you’re using Ricochet Nutrition products to help you while you’re recovering from surgery or chemotherapy, you need to drink two bottles a day for six days before and after your surgery or treatment. This allows the nutrients to build up in your body and fortify your immune system.

When you undergo surgery, your immune system is significantly weakened, especially if the surgery is highly invasive. Ricochet Nutrition products help your immune system optimize itself so that the potential complications after surgery are greatly reduced.

Contact Ricochet Nutrition Today

If you want to give your immune system a boost before and after surgery or cancer treatment, Ricochet Nutrition has the products you’re looking for. We’ve put in extensive years of research to make sure our products work. With immunonutrition, you can truly see a difference in your surgery recovery process.Our products are also conveniently packaged in 12 and 24 bottle containers, so you can plan out your supplements before your surgery. Contact us today for more information about our products and how they work. We’re happy to help.

Preparing for Spine Surgery: Expectations

Spine Surgery: What to Expect

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Spine surgery is a serious procedure, so it’s understandable to be nervous about it. If you’re about to undergo a spine surgery procedure, you can ease your stress a little by knowing what to expect. Today in the Ricochet Nutrition blog, we’ll explain in further depth what you can expect on the day of the surgery.

What to Expect: Days and Weeks Before Surgery

In the days and weeks preceding your spine surgery, you’ll be given specific instructions from your doctor as to what you need to do. If you happen to be on any medications, like blood thinners, they’ll most likely advise you to stop taking these medications. You’ll also likely have a medical evaluation and get cleared for surgery in the weeks leading up to the procedure. These appointments are fairly standard, and are certainly nothing to worry about. Also, you’ll likely be advised to not eat anything for a specific amount of time before the actual surgery.

What to Expect: The Day of the Spine Surgery

The day of the spine surgery, you’ll arrive to the surgery center and check in. You’ll most likely undergo a preoperative exam before being put under with an anesthesia. Spine surgery can be very invasive, so you can expect to be asleep throughout the entire surgery process. If you have any questions about this, be sure to ask your anesthesiologist and they can explain it in further depth. You’ll be transferred to the operating room before they put you under. Once you’re in a deep state of anesthesia, they’ll begin your spine surgery. You’ll wake up some time later.

What to Expect: After the Surgery

After spine surgery, you may have to stay in the hospital for an extended period of time, or you may be able to go home that same day. It all depends on the procedure itself. After you’re fully awake, your doctor will explain all of this to you, as well as what you need to do for recovery.

Enhance Your Recovery with Ricochet Nutrition

If you’re undergoing spine surgery, you’ll likely have a fairly lengthy surgery recovery process. Ricochet Nutrition products are specially designed to help optimize the surgery recovery process. Through extensive research, we have created a product that can truly help advance your recovery by enhancing your immune system with critical nutrients. For more information about our products, contact us today. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about recovering with immunonutrition products.

Recovering from Surgery: What Not to Do

Common Mistakes When Recovering from Surgery

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Recovering from surgery is inevitably a slow process. Surgery is hard on your body, so you need to give yourself plenty of time to recover. That’s why today in the Ricochet Nutrition blog, we’re going over some common mistakes people make when recovering from surgery and how those mistakes can slow the process down.

Trying to Rush the Recovery Process

You might be pretty restless after coming home from surgery. Some people just want to get back in the swing of things right away. While this is understandable, it’s not a good idea. Your doctor will give you very specific instructions as to when you can start engaging in normal activities.

Trying to move this timeline up will not only slow down your recovery, it will put you at risk of injury. If you get injured, recovering from surgery will take even longer than the original timeline you were given. Don’t let this happen to you — follow your doctor’s orders.

Not Doing Enough

On the flip side of things, if you’re supposed to be moving around and engaging in activities, you need to do it. Some people are afraid to start moving around while recovering from surgery. Your body needs the recommended amount of activity in order to regain strength and return to normal.

Lying in bed all day can lead to all of kinds of problems, and this is not a situation you want to put yourself in. Do your daily activities and prescribed exercises when it’s time to do them, and you’ll be much better off for it.

Not Getting Enough Nutrition

It’s perfectly normal to not have much of an appetite while recovering from surgery, but that doesn’t mean you can skip out on nutrition. You need to make sure you’re getting the proper amounts of food and drink. This is one area where Ricochet Nutrition can help greatly when you’re recovering from surgery.

Our immunonutrition drinks give you extra nutrients to help optimize the recovery process. Keep in mind our products are not meal replacements. You still need to follow the recommended diet from your doctor in addition to using our products.

Recovering from Surgery with Ricochet Nutrition

Ricochet Nutrition products are designed to bolster your immune system while recovering from surgery. By using our products alongside the recovery protocol laid out by your surgeon, you can experience better recovery results. For more information about our products, or to order some, contact us today.

Why Peer Support is Important Throughout Cancer Treatment

The Importance of Support During Cancer Treatment

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Cancer treatment is difficult no matter who you are. During these trying times, one of the most important things you can have is a solid support system of family and friends. Today in the Ricochet Nutrition blog, we’ll talk about why support is so important during cancer treatment.

Providing Hope and Positivity

In a previous blog, we talked about how important positivity is during the cancer treatment process. But it can be hard to be positive if you don’t have a solid support system. A good support system can keep a patient company, make them happy, and keep their mind off of their condition.

People are social by nature, and we need the company of others to be happy and positive. By being there for a cancer patient, you’re helping to give them hope, which will help them throughout the treatment process.

Someone to Be There for Them

Cancer treatment can weaken a patient significantly. They won’t be able to do everything they used to do, or at least not as easily. Having a support system means they’ll have someone there for them who can help with their daily activities. Doing things like running errands for them will help to make their life much easier and much less stressful.

Know How to Be Supportive During Cancer Treatment

Being supportive through someone’s cancer treatment is not always easy. Some people are not experienced with helping others through incredibly difficult times. While being supportive can be as easy as showing up and talking with the patient, helping them perform tasks, or making palatable meals, it’s still not something everyone is accustomed to.

They key is to just be there for them when they need you to be. Doing things like visiting on a regular basis, calling them to see how they’re doing, and helping them when they need it are all great things to do.

It’s also important that you don’t avoid the subject of cancer treatment. Continue to treat them normally. They’re the same person you’ve always known! They’ll appreciate not being treated differently just because they’re going through cancer treatment.

Ricochet Nutrition Products Can Help

When someone is going through cancer treatment, their immune system weakens. Ricochet Nutrition has designed products to help with this. Through clinical studies, our immunonutrition drinks have been shown to help decrease complications after chemotherapy. They’re designed to optimize and advance recovery. For more information about our products, contact us today.

A Look At Immunonutrition And How It Works

What Is Immunonutrition And How Does It Work?

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In the medical field, there are terms and phrases that are often used and aren’t easy to understand without an extensive medical background. A common example of these terms is immunonutrition. Last week we discussed medical foods and learned that immunonutrition isn’t that much different from them. However, it is important to have a strong grasp on what this type of nutrition is, especially if you or a family member are considering it for your personal healthcare.

In today’s post, Ricochet Nutrition will talk about what the term Immunonutrition means and how it works. There are a number of different factors and qualifiers to consider and we will explain a few of those in the process.

What Is Immunonutrition?

To give a short definition, immunonutrition involves foods that are enriched with what are called pharmaconutrients. These foods are fed to people through a variety of different methods in hopes of improving immune responses and help to manage negative symptoms. Essentially, this is a “category of nutrients that boost the immune system.”

These are nutrients that can also help in the recovery process, whether you are recovering from an illness or even a surgery, which is why they are similar to medical foods. They are specifically used for recovery.

What Are The Nutrients Involved?

Some of the most common nutrients associated with immunonutrition are arginine, glutamine, and Omega-3 fatty acids, as well as a wide variety of healthful antioxidants. The biggest difference between this form of nutrients and medical foods is that medical foods are specifically engineered for a certain illness or condition. These nutrients can be found in common foods and while they may be incorporated in medical foods, they aren’t tailored around medical foods.

How Are The Nutrients Implemented?

This depends on your condition and purpose for implementing. Recently, immunonutrition diets have been on the rise in hospitals to help with the recovery process. As noted, they differ with medical foods in the sense that they aren’t implemented through specifically engineered food, but rather implemented through dietary choices. With that being said, in some cases, this form of nutrition goes beyond a simple dietary change.

Contact Ricochet Nutrition For More Details

Immunonutrition is a fairly new development in the medical field, which means that there isn’t a lot of research or literature on the topic. However, there is evidence to show that its implementation can help to speed up or make the recovery process more complete. For more information, get in touch with Ricochet Nutrition at (417) 777-0797 or email us today.

Let’s Take A Look At Frequently Asked Questions About Medical Food

Answering Common Questions About Medical Food

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Medical foods are some of the most unique remedies in the medical field, as they don’t constitute drugs or supplements, but they provide important nutrients that are very beneficial for patients who choose to utilize them as a resource. This distinction between drugs, supplements, and medical food can be confusing, so we are here to help.

There are many questions surrounding this topic, and in today’s post, Ricochet Nutrition is going to take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions. Here are a few answers that will hopefully clarify any questions you have about medical food.

  1. What Is Medical Food?

Section 5(b)(3) of the Orphan Drug Act defines medical food as “a food which is formulated to be consumed or administered internally under the supervision of a physician and which is intended for the specific dietary management of a disease or condition for which distinctive nutritional requirements, based on recognized scientific principles, are established by medical evaluation”.

Essentially, these are foods specifically intended and formulated to help fight a disease or condition. This remedy is qualified under the supervision of a physician, making it more than just a dietary plan.

  1. Is It FDA Approved and Regulated?

Yes. The FDA both approves and regulates medical food to its own standards and requirements. Mostly, these requirements and regulations are centered around foods being exempt from nutrition labeling requirements. These regulations are in place both to allow for specialty foods to be legal for certain patients as well as preventing the evasive and misrepresentative nutrition labeling practices from other non-regulated food distributors.

  1. Where Can I Find This Food?

Because physician supervision is required for food to be recognized as medical food, the first step is to visit a doctor. If you have a disease or condition that would warrant the use of foods that are specifically intended to improve or alleviate your disease or condition, your doctor will be able to walk you through this process. While there are a variety of different facilities that help distribute these foods, a doctor’s supervision will ensure that you will receive nutritious specialty foods, and the confidence that your physician has chosen the proper foods for your condition.

  1. What Ingredients Are Used?

This ultimately depends on your disease or condition. The first thing that is important to remember is that these foods will not contain supplements or drugs, which would disqualify them from being deemed medical foods. According to the provisions of the FD&C Act and FDA regulations, all ingredients used must be nutritious, safe and meet the requirements of the FDA and FD&C Act.

Contact Ricochet Nutrition For Further Information

The details of medical foods for the treatment of health conditions can be confusing. If your question was not answered by this post, please contact us today at (417) 777-0797 or email us for further information.

Recovery Exercises For A Total Hip Replacement

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If you have recently had a total hip replacement, you know firsthand that the recovery process can be a long and grueling one. Everyday activities will take a heavy physical toll, so the urgency of your recovery will most certainly be felt as you try to get back to work and providing for your family.

Your rehabilitation is a major aspect of your recovery, but there are also things that you can do at home to speed up the process. Most notably, there are several exercises that will make the process that much easier. In today’s post, Ricochet Nutrition will take a look at a few easy at-home exercises that you can do to help recover from your total hip replacement.

Quadricep Squeezes

Your quadriceps play a major role in supporting the hip joints, as well as controlling them. After a total hip replacement procedure, it will be important to spend time doing quadricep exercises. Quad squeezes are an easy exercise that you can do at home without much trouble or physical difficulty. To do this exercise, you will need to:

  1. Lie on your back with your legs extended.
  2. Contract the quad muscles — located at the front of the thigh — while keeping your leg straight.
  3. Hold for five seconds before releasing.
  4. Do 10-15 reps, with breaks in between.

Heel Slides

Another muscle that has a major impact on your hips, even more so when you have had a total hip replacement, is the glute muscle. Heel slides are an easy exercise that helps you engage both the quadricep and gluteal muscles. You can do this exercise on a bed or on the floor. To do this exercise, you will need to:

  1. Lie on your back with your legs extended and your feet facing up
  2. Gently slide the foot adjacent to the impacted hip up towards your bottom, keeping your ankle flexed and your foot pointed at a 90-degree angle with your shin. Your knee should rise up off the bed while your heel stays in contact with the bed.
  3. Move your foot as close to your body as possible and then hold for 10-15 seconds.
  4. Do 10-30 reps at a time with this exercise, depending on how much your hip can handle, with breaks in between. You can do this exercise multiple times a day.

Hip Abductions

If you have had a total hip replacement, it will be difficult to do exercises that directly impact the affected hip. However, gently pushing through the difficulty at a reasonable pace can help the recovery process. Hip abductions are a great starting point. You can do this exercise on your side or on your back, but either way, you should be on the floor. We will explain how to do this exercise on your back. To do this exercise, you will need to:

  1. Lie on your back with your legs extended and your toes pointing toward the ceiling.
  2. With your toes still pointed up and your leg straight, slide the leg with the new hip to the side, moving away from your body. You should also keep the other leg straight during this exercise.
  3. Once you slide your leg 45 degrees, move the leg back to the center.
  4. Do this exercise in multiple sets with reps of 10-15 and breaks in between sets.

Contact Ricochet Nutrition For Total Hip Replacement Recovery Help

If you have recently had a total hip replacement, you have likely already learned that the recovery process is not easy. Richochet Nutrition is here to help. For information and assistance with your recovery, contact Ricochet Nutrition at (417) 777-0797 or email us today.

Here’s A Look At The ERAS Protocol Process

A Beginners Guide To The ERAS Protocol Process

 

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Surgery is never enjoyable and often serious. If you are going to go through with an operation, you will want to know that you are receiving the best treatment possible. This includes pre- and post-operation recovery, as well as the operation itself.

ERAS Protocol is among the best programs in surgical medicine. ERAS stands for Enhanced Recovery After Surgery. This protocol is centered around advanced recovery for the patient through individually constructed strategies that include both pre- and post-operation implementation. There are five phases of this protocol, progressively promoting an optimal recovery for the patient. In today’s blog, Ricochet Nutrition takes a look at these phases.

1) Pre-Hospital Phase

Preparing for your surgery under the ERAS Protocol goes far beyond the pre-operative steps that take place in the hospital. Under this protocol, your preparation starts before you walk in the doors of the hospital, most notably through detailed patient and family research. This research includes planning for recovery and pain management in the post-operative phase, as well as preparing the patient physically and mentally for the operation itself.

2) Pre-Operative Phase

Once you get to the hospital, you will then begin the pre-operative phase of the ERAS Protocol. During this phase, patients undergo recommended dietary changes, including limited fasting. Your last meal will usually be provided around six hours before the operation, and it is recommended that you consume a carbohydrate beverage up to two hours before your operation takes place. In this phase, patients will be treated with pre-operative medication. This phase also includes planning for your discharge phase and your post-discharge phase.

3) Operative Phase

The operative phase of the ERAS Protocol is the phase in which the patient will have the least control. In previous phases, patients have been informed about what to expect during the operative phase. The patient may experience some sensation and physical responses to the operation, particularly when it comes to the anesthesia. Anesthesia can induce nausea and vomiting, and patients may or may not be fully aware of their surroundings. Patients can rest assured that every aspect of the operative phase will be handled by qualified doctors and surgeons.

4) Post-Operative Phase

After your operation, you will enter the post-operative phase of the ERAS Protocol almost immediately. Patients will be put on a very specific nutrition and mobilization plan as they begin the early phases of recovery. You might still suffer from nausea and vomiting, but it will be easier to manage with the help of medical professionals. This is a phase where pre-surgery information given to patients and their families during earlier phases will be most beneficial.

5) Discharge Phase

Once you are officially discharged, much of the recovery will the responsibility of the patient and their family. It is important to monitor your symptoms and seek assistance if there is anything out of the ordinary. You will also need to remain on a tight rehabilitation schedule and follow any dietary recommendations while you continue your therapy.

Contact Ricochet Nutrition For ERAS Protocol Guidance

The difference between traditional recovery and the ERAS Protocol recovery is individualized and finely tuned processes that are specified for your individual situation. That’s why it’s important to contact the professionals at Ricochet Nutrition for help with the process. Give us a call at (417) 777-0797 or email us today.

Why You Need to Keep a Positive Attitude During Cancer Treatment

The Importance of a Positive Attitude During Cancer Treatment

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“Staying positive” has almost become a cliché among the cancer surviving community. However, the reason it is so often repeated is that your attitude has a legitimate impact on your quality of life. Hopefulness and a positive outlook are key components to coping with a difficult diagnosis or cancer treatment. Adopting one or a few of these coping mechanisms can help to make the process easier and help to keep from becoming discouraged.

Methods to Help You Stay Positive During Cancer Treatment

  • Take Up a Creative or Physical Hobby – Something as simple as writing your experiences and feelings can allow you to vent your feelings without feeling like you are burdening others. Taking up painting can give you a much need reprieve from your cancer treatment. If you are physically able to participate in activities like a walk in the park, your body will release endorphins. Endorphins can lift your mood while upping your metabolism.
  • Reach Out For Support – There’s no reason for you to face your cancer treatments on your own. There are numerous support resources for cancer patients. Whether it is a cancer support group that will allow you to discuss your experiences or social groups designed to create mutually beneficial relationships — take advantage of these resources. Friends and family members are also often willing to be a resource for the emotional toll that cancer treatment can have on you. Not only does this help you get some bad emotions out of your system, but it allows your friends and family to become involved in your treatment and recovery.
  • Seek Professional Help – If you are facing serious emotional issues as a result of your cancer treatment, you should seek the counsel of a professional. Cancer treatment can be traumatic. Side effects like hair loss and illness can have a serious emotional impact. A professional therapist can help you to work through these emotions and help you deal with these aspects of cancer treatment.

Maintaining hope is a difficult proposition during times of crisis. Additional professional support can help you to evaluate your situation realistically. Going into your cancer treatments with a clear mind and a strong will ensures that you will be better prepared to face whatever comes your way.

If You Are Facing Cancer Treatment Contact Ricochet Nutrition

To give yourself the best chance of overcoming cancer, it is important that you have the mental and emotional support to face treatment. You should also give your body the best chance to recover. RICOCHET is an immunonutritional medical drink with science-based evidence to improve the body’s ability to recover. If you are interested in learning more, contact Ricochet Nutrition today.

How to Rehab After a Total Knee Replacement

Rehab Steps for Total Knee Replacement Surgery.

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Recovering from a total knee replacement surgery can be a long road. However, if you put in the work, you can improve your odds for a good recovery. Regular exercise to restore strength and mobility to your knee is important to ensure your best results. Your orthopedic surgeon will recommend a gradual increase in mobility and strength building exercises, but which exercises should you do exactly? Today, Ricochet Nutrition offers tips and exercises you can use to help you bounce back to full health.

The Day After Surgery

Your total knee replacement surgery surprisingly does not keep you immobile for long. Your rehabilitation will begin the day after your surgery. You will meet with a physical therapist who will walk you through a few different exercises to improve movement and blood flow to your knee. Your general goals should be to increase blood flow to help prevent blood clots, as well as gradual improvement in your strength and mobility. Some of the exercises you may be prescribed include:

  • Quadricep Sets – This is simply tightening your quadriceps and straightening your knee, and it can be done while lying in bed.
  • Gluteal Sets – Much like quadricep sets, with gluteal sets you will tighten your glutes and slowly bend your knee. This is also an exercise that is done in bed.
  • Ankle Pumps – This exercise requires you move your foot up and down by contracting your calf and shin muscles.

Early Activity Revolves Around Walking

A few days after your total knee replacement surgery, you will begin to walk short distances and acclimate to performing everyday activities. You will begin walking with the assistance of a walker or crutches. Your doctor or physical therapist will let you know how much weight to place on your leg. You will want to start by comfortably standing with your weight evenly balanced. Eventually, you will begin to take slow, measured steps. Your goal should be to walk as rhythmically and steadily as possible. As your knee strengthens, you will be able to gradually put more weight on your leg, and you may begin to use a cane.

Advanced Exercises and Activity

A few weeks after your total knee replacement, you should regain independence for short distances. A full recovery will likely take many months, but now that you are starting to get your mobility back, you will need to continue to work to improve your recovery. Things like knee bends, swimming, and exercise bikes can be great low-impact exercises that improve strength and mobility. A total knee replacement is a serious procedure, so don’t get down if your rehabilitation takes longer than you expect.

Have a Total Knee Replacement Surgery on the Horizon?

One of the most important aspects of surgery recovery is ensuring that your body has the immunonutrition it needs to fight off infection. Ricochet Nutrition brings you RICOCHET, a medical drink specifically designed to be taken before and after surgery to improve your recovery time. Giving your body the nutrients it needs to heal can make all the difference for an easy recovery. Contact Ricochet Nutrition to see if RICOCHET is right for you!

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