How Alcohol Affects Different Parts of Your Body

It’s not uncommon to see alcoholic beverages available at restaurants, sporting events, grocery stores, and of course, at liquor stores. Most people are aware of the side effects that alcohol can have on their bodies in the short term. However, frequent use and binge drinking can lead to myriad health-related issues in the longer-term.  … Read more »

Fast Food Consumption in the United States

In 2018, the National Center for Health Statistics reported that 36.6% of adults consumed fast food on a given day. This means that, daily, one out of three Americans will choose to visit a fast food restaurant. The alarming data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, released by the CDC, breaks down this… Read more »

A Beginner’s Guide to Healthy Eating

The fact is that most Americans are not consuming a healthy diet. The problem isn’t as simple as eating too many calories (though this is a related problem); the typical American consumes too much saturated fat, added sugars, and sodium. This fact is largely to blame for the 78 million U.S. adults and 12.5 million… Read more »

GERD Diet: What Foods To Limit or Avoid

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a chronic gastrointestinal condition that is typified by unusually frequent bouts of acid reflux or heartburn. While occasional acid reflux is normal, GERD can be highly uncomfortable and have a significant impact on your overall quality of life. GERD is linked to your diet, and while there are plenty of… Read more »

GERD Diet: The Best Foods for Controlling Reflux

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is characterized by a defective anti-reflux barrier at the gastroesophageal junction, which allows stomach acid to escape back up the esophagus. It affects the entire digestive tract and can cause issues ranging from heartburn and persistent cough to esophagitis, ulcers, and cancer. There are many medications and treatments for GERD, depending… Read more »

Senior Nutrition Guide: Healthy Diet Foods for Older Adults

How Does Aging Change Your Dietary Needs? Physical and Perceptual Changes Gastrointestinal Changes Dentition Malnutrition and Vitamin Deficiencies What Nutrients Do You Need for a Healthy Diet? Nutrients You Need Healthy Portions on Your Plate Your Hydration Situation What Is the Healthiest Diet for Weight Loss? Reading Food Labels Identifying Nutrients in Food Labels Understanding… Read more »

Medications for GERD Treatment

GERD Medications: Over the Counter and Prescription Therapy though medicines may be the most appropriate next step for the treatment of GERD, if diet and lifestyle changes alone do not resolve symptoms. For many patients, treatment with medicines will reduce heartburn and reflux symptoms. Patients with more severe symptoms may only experience partial symptom control… Read more »

Additional Reflux and GERD Resources

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a widespread and complex condition. The disease has impacted approximately 20 percent of the U.S. population at some point in their lives and they often manifest a variety of GERD symptoms. This broad impact means that there are many GERD resources available for anyone who is suffering from this condition.… Read more »

Glossary of Terminology

GERD Terminology Glossary As you learn about Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), you will encounter lots of medical terminology; this information is presented as a quick reference resource. GERD (reflux disease) is an acronym and there are many associated with this disease. Please visit our Alphabet Soup of Acronyms blog post for our acronym collection. Download… Read more »