Gallbladder or Reflux? | How to Identify Reasons for Abdominal Pain

Upper abdominal pain, just below the right rib cage, can indicate gallbladder problems.  The pain can be triggered by eating certain foods, such as fatty meals, but also by things as innocent an apple or even a glass of water. If you see your conventional medical doctor with these symptoms then you will probably be sent…

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diet, exercise, healthy living, heart health, wellness, weight

3 Surprising Factors to Better Heart Health

DID YOU KNOW… • Heart disease is the #1 killer of Americans since 1900? • 1 in 3 Americans now have some form of cardiovascular disease? • Heat Disease is the #2 cause of death  for children under 15 years? Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease There are 4 well-established factors known to reduce the…

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Anti-oxidants Are Your Best Friends in Keeping Your Heart Healthy

Have you ever wondered what oxidants are and why you hear so much about being “anti”? Oxidation is a normal process of energy production in the body. However, oxidation produces free radicals (this just means they are missing an electron in their outer shell). These highly unstable molecules “attack” other molecules attempting to “steal” electrons in order…

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How to Keep Your Libido Up (Even If You are in Perimenopause)

Losing your sex drive may be one of the perimenopause symptoms that has the biggest impact. Suddenly, LOL is no longer Laughing out Loud but Loss of Libido. Since women’s libidos are strongly affected by intricate interactions of emotional, nutritional and hormonal factors, the solution to Loss of Libido has been more elusive than simply…

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How to Boost Your Energy Levels Naturally During Perimenopause

Many symptoms can start hitting you as you transcend into your menopausal stage; hot flashes, mood swings and sleep troubles are some of the many perimenopause symptoms that affect you in your 40s. Handling these can be tough. Low energy levels allow you to become stressed easily. Stress leads to cravings for sugary foods which…

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Can You Have a Gallbladder Problem if Your Labs Are Normal?

With millions of people being diagnosed with digestive problems each year it is important to understand the difference between gallbladder disease and gallbladder dysfunction. Early stages of gallbladder symptoms are often ignored or explained away as something else. Symptoms like belching uncomfortable fullness gas and  nausea after eating pain under the right rib cage are often…

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stress, health, wellness, acid reflux, indigestion

How Does Stress Cause Acid Reflux and Indigestion?

Does your acid reflux get worse when you’re under stress? The “hidden factor” is the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol comes from the adrenal glands in response to any stress, whether it is an argument with your spouse, a car accident, or food choices that cause blood sugar problems. Whether blood sugar is too high or…

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Taking Prilosec (Prevacid or Aciphex) and Still Feeling Bad?

Are you frustrated by stomach upset that doesn’t quit no matter what you’ve tried? Drugs like Prevacid and Prilosec are often the first line of treatment that your doctor may offer. They work by blocking an enzyme that is necessary to produce stomach acid, which effectively shuts down digestion. The good news is that for…

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Anatomy of Acid Reflux | The Real Underlying Cause

All cases of Acid Reflux are not the same. There are two main causes of acid reflux and it is important to find out which one of these is underlying your symptoms so you can pick the most best treatment for you. Contrary to popular belief, acid reflux symptoms are not caused by too much…

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How to Know if You’re Having Perimenopause Symptoms

The word Perimenopause is thrown around so much that you might think it is a disease. It is actually just a word to describe a variety of symptoms that happen over a span of about twenty years in a woman’s life – from her early 30’s into her 50’s. Here are the common symptoms that women…

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Perimenopause Symptoms | Handling the Weight Gain

Are you finding some extra weight around your middle even though you make healthy food choices and exercise regularly?   Hot flashes, mood swings and irritability are some of the most prominent perimenopause symptoms, but there’s another one  – weight gain. Believe it or not, gaining a few extra pounds (or keeping the same weight…

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Use of Hormones Increases Risk of Gallbladder Surgery

Think about all the women you know who are on Hormone Replacement Therapy to manage menopause symptoms. Until recently, a woman had two choices: put up with the symptoms or take medication. But as we learn more about the risks of these prescription hormones women are looking for, and finding, better alternatives. As the body…

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Scary Side Effects of Medication for Acid Reflux Symptoms

Acid Reflux, also frequently called GERD (gastro esophageal reflux disease) is a common digestive complaint. Unfortunately the conventional medicine approach of using acid blockers can cause long term health problems. People who take acid-blocking medications for the long term can become deficient in vitamin B12, which can lead to depression, anemia, fatigue, nerve damage, and even dementia.…

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Natural Ways to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

With all the recent media hype about women choosing preventative mastectomies to avoid breast cancer, it’s hard to know what to believe, let alone what you yourself can do to prevent breast cancer. Surgical removal of your breasts in the absence of disease is a radical choice that’s not appropriate for the vast majority of…

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Understand and Prevent Gallbladder Trouble in 4 Simple Steps

Your gallbladder looks like a baby eggplant. It is 4-5 inches long and it sits just beneath your liver, under the right rib cage. It’s job is to store bile and release it when needed to help you digest your food. The most common cause of gallbladder symptoms is an unhealthy lifestyle. A diet high…

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