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Feeling Bloated Despite a Perfect Diet? It Could Be These 3 Things

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Mahalie Stackpole

Bloating Despite a Perfect Diet?

The most commonly cited causes of bloating are dietary factors. More specifically, it’s well-established that foods containing gluten, dairy, or FODMAPs (certain carbohydrates) can cause symptoms such as bloating, gas, and abdominal pain in individuals with food sensitivities or conditions such as Celiac disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), or Crohn’s and colitis.

Because the association between food and gastrointestinal distress has already been explored, let’s explore lesser-known factors behind bloating.

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MEGA, The Easiest Way to Remember What Your Thyroid Does For You

APRIL 26, 2009 - Horse Racing : The Horse racing event at Tokyo race course on April 26, 2009 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Tsutomu Takasu)

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Ever wonder why you have more difficulty losing fat than most? One influencer of your metabolism can be your thyroid, which is a butterfly-shaped gland sitting around the throat. In addition to metabolism, this gland impacts some of the most important systems in the body.

Furthermore, there are an estimated 20 million Americans experiencing a thyroid condition of some kind. Could you be at risk?
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Health or Hype: Is Adrenal Fatigue Real?

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Ever wonder why you feel more or less stressed than others around you? Your adrenal glands, a pair of grape-sized glands sitting atop the kidneys, may have something to do with your ability to handle stress.

For such a small sized organ, adrenal glands and their effect on the body when damaged have been subject to much dispute in the medical and wellness communities. Books are written by medical practitioners, popular bloggers are talking about it, it seems like around the world people are wondering the same two things: “What exactly is adrenal fatigue?”, and “Is it real?”

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Corporate Wellness: the Case Against Wearables for Employees, and the Importance of Behavior Change

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For employers interested in using metrics to decrease healthcare insurance costs and boosting employee productivity, the latest commentary might be interesting:

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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Are These 3 Popular Sugar Alternatives Healthy?

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Alden Chadwick

In the pursuit to consume less sugar and stabilize blood sugar, we may use sweeteners like aspartame (“Equal”), sorbitol, sucralose (“Splenda”) or saccharin (“Sweet n Low”). Although these sweeteners have been approved by the FDA as “Generally Recognized As Safe” (GRAS), they are also known to present significant health costs.

Health Costs Associated with Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners also make a difficult baking substitute. Due to different sweetness-to-volume ratios than sugar, they aren’t necessarily compatible for certain recipes, making

Fortunately, there are more natural alternative sweeteners available. Here are a few that are growing in popularity and increasingly found in products and cabinets.

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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Do You Have Brain Fog? Take This Quiz to See…

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Foggy thinking and lack of focus can affect all of us at one point or another. The question is whether you have a persistent case of “brain fog,” a loosely defined colloquial term that represents a set of symptoms related to decreased cognitive function, that warrants a deeper look into your health. In that case, there may be certain underlying chronic conditions as the root cause.

Take this quick quiz to see if you have a case of brain fog that warrants further investigation.

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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.