Giving up the habit of smoking is an essential step for preventing and treating COPD, and can help you avoid COPD complications—but it isn’t easy. About 70 percent of adult smokers report that they want to stop completely, but very few succeed in permanently quitting on their first attempt. To
It can seem overwhelming to lose weight or get fit, but it doesn’t have to be. How you approach behavior changes to help you reach your health and wellness goals can make a big difference. A key is to gradually change your habits.
“Making lasting changes generally isn’t a quick, big-win
It’s easy to reach for antacids or prescription medications when the fiery pain of heartburn strikes. But you may find more relief by changing your diet and lifestyle instead. Heartburn is just one symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition that is often related to the foods you eat
Fifteen million Americans regularly use prescription proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) to reduce stomach acid and treat heartburn. Millions more use over-the-counter PPIs.
But people who take PPIs should be aware of new evidence that shows an association between long-term, high-dose PPI use and ischemic stroke.
An ischemic stroke is the most common
What’s the best way to lose weight? Nutritionists often recommend reducing the number of calories consumed (see “Calorie Count Routine” sidebar below). As such, an online calorie counter can be extremely helpful. Today’s technology—computers, the Internet, smartphones—helps make calorie-counting an easy task.
One key to counting calories is to use
The risks associated with consuming industrially-produced trans fat, which is present in all foods that contain partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), are well documented: Eating trans fat raises LDL cholesterol levels and the risk of heart disease.
In late 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a preliminary determination that
The American Heart Association recommends that, if you have hypertension, you regularly monitor your blood pressure (BP) with a home monitor. Research shows people who use home monitors regularly tend to keep their blood pressure under control more effectively.
“Studies consistently show that readings taken at home are better indicators of
Health experts consistently say that the diets of most Americans contain too much added sugar—the type you sprinkle on cereal, stir into coffee or tea, and consume in all manner of beverages, sweets, and desserts. Added sugar provides calories but no valuable nutrients, and it can contribute to weight gain
Treating a dopamine deficiency can help you take back your health! How? First, you need to understand that depression is a disease that can be caused by a dopamine deficiency. In many cases, it is caused by actual physiologic changes in your brain. Therefore, when you feel depressed, don’t think