Health Conditions

Simple Things You Can Do Today to Improve Your Digestion

Improve Your DigestionDo you suffer from gastrointestinal challenges? We’re talking about gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation and sometimes even nausea. Maybe you’ve even wondered if you have an inflammatory bowel disease or a digestive disorder.

Stomach problems are common. They’re so common that consumers spend billions of dollars every year on digestion remedies. These remedies often cause more problems than they resolve and the relief is only temporary. The good news is that there are things you can do today to improve your digestion.

1 – Eat Yogurt

Yogurt contains probiotics. These are microorganisms, bacteria, which are helpful for digestion. Your stomach is full of billions Continue reading

How to Tell If You Have a Food Sensitivity

Woman On Gluten Free DietYour digestive system is a complicated system. It may seem simple. You eat, you absorb, you eliminate. However, there are many steps taken to complete this process and many chemicals are necessary for things to go smoothly.

You use enzymes, minerals, and even bacteria to digest foods. And when one of these elements is out of balance, or not working optimally, the whole system goes off the rails. One of the effects of an imbalance in your system can be a food sensitivity.

Food sensitivities can cause headaches, skin problems including acne, and of course digestive problems including gas, bloating, constipation and diarrhea. So how do you know if you have a food sensitivity and what the offending food might be? There are actually a few methods you can use. Continue reading

How Changes in Bone Density Affect Seniors

How Changes in Bone Density Affect SeniorsAs seniors age, their bones become less dense due to the loss of calcium and other minerals. This erosion of bone material, called osteoporosis, is usually more pronounced in women who have already been through menopause. Your doctor can do a bone density test to see if you are at risk for osteoporosis.

Other changes that occur from aging include joint inflammation, pain, stiffness and even deformity. This not only affects body flexibility, but also balance.

Because the bones are more brittle now with less density, you have less balance, and you may have gained weight thus putting more pressure on them, thus increasing your risk of breaking a bone resulting from a fall.

And because seniors do not heal as fast as younger Continue reading

Gout Never Went Out of Style

Gout Never Went Out of StyleHistorically, gout was a disease that was associated with rich, old people. In fact it was a disease of royalty – the only people who could afford to eat fatty, over stuffed foods. While there’s some truth to the type of foods contributing to the problem, gout can happen to anyone at any age.

Gout is actually a type of arthritis. The pain is an inflammation that occurs when crystal deposits from inside connective tissue and impedes the joint function. These crystals are made from uric acid.

Your body makes uric acid from purines in certain foods. Most of the uric acid is eliminated from the body. But when the body makes too much uric acid, it gathers in the joints and causes serious problems. Continue reading

Pain Disorder – the Hurt that’s Hard to Explain

Pain Disorder - the Hurt that's Hard to ExplainYou have chronic pain yet you just can’t explain it. Your doctor can’t find it and yet it’s very real to you. You’ve probably been told that your pain is a Somatoform Disorder. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR) a somatoform disorder means that your pain symptoms are physical but don’t have any connection to a general medical condition.

So is the pain real? The answer is yes and no. When there is no medical reason found to cause the pain, then pain disorder or somatoform disorder is considered to be emotionally triggered – and yes, psychological pain hurts plenty.

Some of the symptoms of pain disorder are: Continue reading