Preservatives: Uses, Benefits, and Risks

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What Are Preservatives and Should I Be Avoiding Them? Preservatives are substances, both natural and artificial, that are added to a variety of goods in order to prevent premature decomposition and to prolong their shelf life. It is common to find preservatives in a large variety of foods and cosmetics. But what some may not… Read more »

How to Get Exercise at Work

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7 Ways to Incorporate Exercise Into Your Workday Exercise is generally good for you. While this isn’t a particularly enlightening or radical statement, it’s an important concept to keep in mind as we go about our day-to-day routines. Exercise can help you achieve an energy boost, improve your mood, control your weight, and avoid or… Read more »

Low Residue, Low Fiber Diet

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What To Know About the Low-Residue Diet Individuals that struggle with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Crohn’s disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), ulcerative colitis, or other digestive conditions may be able to reduce or diminish symptoms by simply changing their diet. What you put into your body, and how you nourish your body matters in healthcare… Read more »

H2 Blocker Medication Options for GERD

An Overview of H2 Receptor Antagonists for Reflux

An Overview of H2 Receptor Antagonists for Reflux Histamine type 2 receptor antagonists —  also known as H2 blockers — are used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and ulcers. Up to 60% of the US population experiences pain and discomfort from acid reflux. GERD symptoms may commonly include: Heartburn; Difficulty swallowing; Regurgitation; Gas and… Read more »

PPI Medication Options for GERD

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Proton Pump Inhibitors for Treating Reflux Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a digestive disease that occurs when the stomach’s contents return back up into the esophagus. Carrying stomach acid or bile, the contents of the stomach irritate the esophagus’ lining. Symptoms of the disease include heartburn, difficulty swallowing, excessive salivation, bloating, and chest pain. Fortunately,… Read more »

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 »