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Prescription drugs keep popping up in dietary supplements – BGR

A new study published in JAMA Network Open offers an all-encompassing look at instances of prescription drugs being found in many different supplements, and it happens with startling regularity. A shocking 20% of supplements tested by the Food and Drug Administration was found to contain prescription medications that had no business being included.

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Cooling Heartburn – Harvard Health

This new report will show you how to banish heartburn from your dinner table and your life. You’ll discover the steps and strategies to speed heart-burn relief and to prevent recurrence.

You’ll learn the causes and consequences of acid reflux disease. You’ll read about six factors that can worsen symptoms. And, most important, you’ll find the measures and medications that can make a lasting difference.

If you experience heartburn more than once a month, or if a friend or family member suffers heartburn, you should download this Special Health Report now. Cooling Heartburn puts your health and happiness at the forefront. You’ll read…

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How Stress Affects Digestion

What Happens to Digestion Under Stress?

Digestion is controlled by the enteric nervous system, a system composed of hundreds of millions of nerves that communicate with the central nervous system. When stress activates the “flight or fight” response in your central nervous system, digestion can shut down because your central nervous system shuts down blood flow, affects the contractions of your digestive muscles, and decreases secretions needed for digestion. Stress can cause inflammation of the gastrointestinal system, and make you more susceptible to infection.

“Stress can cause your esophagus to go into spasms. It can increase the acid in your stomach causing indigestion. Under stress, the mill in your stomach can shut down and make you feel nauseous. Stress can cause your colon to react in a way that gives you diarrhea or constipation. We are all familiar with the athlete or the student who has to rush to the bathroom before the big game or the big exam,” explains Koch. “Although stress may not cause stomach ulcers, celiac disease, or inflammatory bowel disease, it can make these and other diseases of digestion worse.”

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The gut-brain connection – Harvard Health

Have you ever had a “gut-wrenching” experience? Do certain situations make you “feel nauseous”? Have you ever felt “butterflies” in your stomach? We use these expressions for a reason. The gastrointestinal tract is sensitive to emotion. Anger, anxiety, sadness, elation — all of these feelings (and others) can trigger symptoms in the gut.

The brain has a direct effect on the stomach and intestines. For example, the very thought of eating can release the stomach’s juices before food gets there. This connection goes both ways. A troubled intestine can send signals to the brain, just as a troubled brain can send signals to the gut. Therefore, a person’s stomach or intestinal distress can be the cause or the product of anxiety, stress, or depression. That’s because the brain and the gastrointestinal (GI) system are intimately connected.

This is especially true in cases where a person experiences gastrointestinal upset with no obvious physical cause. For such functional GI disorders, it is difficult to try to heal a distressed gut without considering the role of stress and emotion.

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Read on to learn how power foods help heal the body.

Doctors often recommend healthy lifestyle changes whether you’re fighting fatigue, searching for ways to boost your immune system, or recovering from an illness. The foods you eat can often significantly help prevent and manage symptoms. It is always better to get nutrients directly from food, rather than take supplements.

 

Read on to learn how power foods help heal the body.
  • Kelp increases your iodine intake. …
  • Ginger reduces nausea. …
  • Mushrooms promote health. …
  • Good vs. bad fats. …
  • Beets energize you. …
  • Probiotics fight disease. …
  • Calcium heals broken bones. …
  • Swiss chard has many benefits.

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