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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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Weight Loss Balloons, Surgery Risks, and Managing Weight Loss Without Surgery

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Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, Phalinn Ooi

 

A new weight loss surgery has been approved to fight obesity.

The new procedure places a balloon into the stomach using an endoscope, after which the balloon is then filled with saline solution. The entire procedure takes fewer than thirty minutes during which patients are sedated.  The balloon is intended to be temporary Continue reading

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Statins for Everyone? See the Risks and Side Effects First (and changes you can make for a healthy heart)

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Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, Nicolas Raymon

Half a million Americans die of of heart disease every year.

Two new studies have emerged regarding the new 2013 guidelines on statins, the medications used for lowering cholesterol in those at risk for cardiovascular disease. The 2013 guidelines were based on the notion that many people can benefit from statins, beyond those at risk for heart disease. When announced, this opened the door for millions of Americans to begin taking more prescription pills. In the JAMA-published studies–here and here–physicians weighed in on statin therapy for primary prevention – prevention designed to prevent the occurrence of disease and promote health – of cardiovascular disease, and cost effectiveness. Continue reading

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.

4 Lifestyle Changes to Lower Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

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Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, Carlos let´s go

For those with a high risk of Type 2 diabetes — 86 million Americans over the age of 20, according to the American Diabetes Association — glucose is the name of the game.

Glucose, the main type of sugar that circulates in your Continue reading

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.

Good Food for a Great Cause: WellnessFX at the Ronald McDonald House of San Francisco

(L-R) Christine, Courtney, Angela, Jeremy, Madeleine, Jing

(L-R) Christine, Courtney, Angela, Jeremy, Madeleine, Jing

When it comes to the holistic approach to health and wellness, there are many pieces in play: physical, emotional, and mental. When it comes to having healthier employees, a recent Harris poll reported the strong link between volunteering and better physical, mental and emotional health:

  • 76% of respondents said that they have felt physically healthier as a result of volunteering.
  • 94% of respondents reported that volunteering has improved their mood.
  • 78% of respondents report that volunteering lowers their levels of stress.

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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 Detoxes & Cleanses Healthy? What You Need to Know

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Credit: Flickr Creative Commons; DeathByBokeh

Detoxes and cleanses have been around for a while but are picking up steam these days, thanks to popular channels like Instagram, which attract a large population of health and fitness-minded people, celebrities and their following.

This is not surprising – the way we access, consume, and engage with our health is remarkably different from just 20 years ago; We’re a lot more social, and becoming natural crowd sourcers and sharers.

The explosion of health and fitness on social channels, from juice cleanses to teatoxes, have presented us a seemingly endless amount of choices to pick from – but is there any merit to them when it comes to being effective at the claims they make, like weight loss, flushing toxins, and jumpstarting a healthier eating regimen? How safe are they? Continue reading

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.