Acid Reflux

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Many people have experienced heartburn at some point in their lives, but what happens when it becomes a frequent or even daily occurrence?

Problems associated with chronic acid reflux, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), can lead to the erosion of tooth enamel—requiring costly dental restoration—and may even increase the risk of developing cancer of the esophagus.

Most people can prevent severe tissue damage and manage GERD through diet and lifestyle changes. First, they should try to identify and eliminate foods that cause acid reflux. Though individual triggers may vary, common foods that cause acid reflux include alcohol, caffeine, citrus, chocolate, spicy or fried foods, garlic, onions, peppermint and tomatoes. After eliminating their triggers, individuals should try to limit portion sizes as well.

When you eat is just as important as what you eat. It is recommended that acid reflux sufferers wait at least three hours after dinner before going to bed. For many, this means eating dinner earlier.

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5 Essential Nutrients for a Healthier You!

Are you wanting to make a commitment to your health in the new year? To improve it and maybe become more active? Take a look at this article from Everyday Health for great tips on the 5 Essential Nutrients to Maximize Your Health | Guide to Essential Nutrients | Everyday Health.

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Grilled Vegetables

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5 nutrition textures (fruits and vegetables isolated on white)It’s about that time of year when many people are thinking about firing up the grill. Here’s a great grilled vegetable recipe to celebrate summer’s approach.

• 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
• 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
• 3 sweet potatoes, cut into 1-inch slices
• 3 corn cobs, cut into 2-inch sections
• 1 eggplant, cut into 1/2-inch slices
• 12 green onions, trimmed

Mix oil and garlic in a large bowl. Add vegetables and toss. Place vegetables on broiler pan or grill. Cook 10 minutes, turning twice until vegetables are tender. Place vegetables on platter and serve.

Yield: 6 servings. Each serving provides 190 calories, 5g of fat, 0g of saturated fat, 0mg of cholesterol, 45mg of sodium and 8g of fiber.

Pilates 101

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Pilates is a style of exercise that has recently surged in popularity. It builds flexibility, muscle strength and endurance in your body’s core.

Its inventor and namesake Joseph Pilates developed the system in the first half of the 20th century. Drawing on bodybuilding, yoga and gymnastics, Pilates refined his system while held in an internment camp during World War I. Having access to only bare-bones equipment, he designed a crude series of resistance machines, and even today, some Pilates equipment resembles furniture that might be found in a prison hospital. After the war, he immigrated to one caucasian man exercising workout fitness in silhouette studithe United States and opened a studio in New York City, where he taught until the 1960s.

Despite its relative newness on the fitness scene, Pilates has been embraced for the emphasis it puts into improving coordination and balance, as well as developing strong arms, legs, hips, back and abdominal muscles.

People of all fitness levels can enjoy the benefits of Pilates, and it can be an integral part of a total fitness program. Pilates allows for different exercises to be modified for difficulty ranging from beginning to advanced. Intensity can be increased over time as the body conditions and adapts to the exercises.

A word of caution when looking for a Pilates studio or trainer: There is no mandatory accreditation process for Pilates instruction, and anyone with no prior training can offer “Pilates” to the public. To find a qualified instructor in your area, check with local gyms and don’t be afraid to ask about background training and apprenticeships.

Stroke Awareness Month

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Stroke is among the leading causes of death in the United States and is a major cause of adult disability. There are two types of strokes that cause damage to the brain by stopping blood flow: ischemic and hemorrhagic. Ischemic strokes are caused by a blood clot, while hemorrhagic strokes are caused by ruptured blood vessels.

If a stroke occurs in the brain’s right side, the left side of the body and face will be affected, which could produce paralysis, vision problems and inquisitive behavior. A stroke occurring on the left side of the brain may produce paralysis on the right side of the body, speech or language problems and slow, cautious behavior.

The chance of having a stroke approximately doubles for each decade of life after age 55. Gender, ethnicity and heredity have also been found to be determining factors in the likelihood of suffering a stroke. However, there are preventive measures you can take to reduce your risk of stroke, including eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, getting enough exercise, reducing alcohol consumption and not smoking.

Reboot Your Workout

bigstock-Running-sport--trail-runners--47575639It’s very common to fall out of a fitness routine, especially at this time of year. Everyone has their excuses: holiday schedule changes, bad winter weather, injury or illness, failed New Year’s resolution, etc.

Regardless of the reason, you need to get back in the habit. Now is a perfect time to recommit to achieving and maintaining a prime fitness level. But before you start to pick up where you left off, be mindful of the following things:

  1. Start slow. Do not try to make up for lost time. Depending on the length of time since your last workout and the reason for stopping, you might not want to resume working out at the same level you were at when you stopped. Rather, decrease your exertion by 20 to 30 percent and gradually build your way back up.
  2. Choose an activity you like. Enjoying your workouts is a must. If you find cardio preferable to weight lifting, focus on that. The goal during the first month is to get moving, whichever way you choose.
  3. Recruit a buddy. Grab a friend to join you. Adding a partner to your workouts can boost your commitment and give you someone to discuss fitness with, and the two of you can keep each other motivated.
  4. Track every workout. Charting your workouts is a great way to watch yourself steadily improve and to stay motivated. Small fitness milestones give you a series of short-term goals to reach as you work towards your overall goals.

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Protect Your Health

bigstock-The-word-Health-surrounded-by--43388209When you’re sick, you have to deal with visits to the doctor’s office or the hospital, bottles of medications and days in bed recovering. Wouldn’t it be easier to just stay healthy in the first place? If you’re not a fan of medication schedules and wasting days weakly lying in bed, you should consider the powerful role that prevention care can play in keeping you healthy.

The most important part of preventing disease and illness is healthy habits, including a balanced diet, sufficient sleep and enough exercise. Going to the doctor for recommended checkups and screenings is also a key factor in identifying and treating potential health problems before they develop or worsen. Recommendations vary depending on your age and gender, and sources such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer guidelines for various preventive screenings and tests.

Due to recent health care reform, you may be able to receive many preventive services at no cost. Non-grandfathered health plans are required to cover a variety of preventive services. Check out what is covered by your insurance and take advantage of preventive care that can keep you and your family healthy.

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Try some of these foods when hunger strikes

This article gives some good tips on foods which will fill you longer and help stop hunger cravings.  Read more via http://www.everydayhealth.com/digestive-health-pictures/satisfy-your-appetite-with-these-delicious-choices.aspx?pos=1&xid=nl_EverydayHealthDietandNutrition_20130710#/slide-11

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Start With a Better Breakfast

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Don’t let lack of time or other hurdles keep you from having a balanced breakfast. Research shows many benefits of eating breakfast every morning.

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