Aside from the occasional aches, pains, and sleeping troubles, my 82-year-old mother is in very good health for her age. But like many other older adults, she takes a medication to help control high blood pressure symptoms. And like plenty of older individuals, she relies on her doctor to let
What most people commonly know as “heartburn” is a symptom of Gastrointestinal Esophageal Reflux Disease, or GERD. Heartburn—a sharp, burning feeling in the chest—can be an occasional problem that doesn’t require anything more than symptom relief with an over-the-counter (OTC) antacid. But if heartburn becomes a persistent problem, it could
You will gain benefits from eating just about any type of vegetable; here’s more information on what are considered to be the healthiest vegetables.
Asparagus provides more folic acid per serving than any other vegetable, which is especially important for women who are pregnant because it can decrease the chances of
Oil of oregano can be a powerful weapon against all kinds of conditions. In a companion post, we cited “5 Amazing Oregano Oil Benefits.” And in a host of other articles, we dug deeper into the many uses of this natural treatment (see sidebar below: “Oregano Oil vs. Depression, the
Looking for safe and long-lasting gastritis relief? Antacids only provide a temporary fix. But, identifying the true root cause of your gastritis will quickly guide you to the best therapies.
Q: I think I might be allergic to nightshade vegetables. What are the symptoms?
A: It’s rare but not impossible to have an allergy to edible nightshades. It’s more common to have an intolerance to them.
Nightshade vegetables—which include bell peppers, cayenne or chili peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, white potatoes, and goji berries—gained their
If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to sugary drinks that still can satisfy your sweet palate, try all-natural apple juice, which contains no added sugars such as high-fructose corn syrup or sucralose (an artificial sweetener). In fact, natural apple juice contains little to no ingredients at all besides the
Q: Can one eat ground flax seed and/or walnuts instead of fish for good heart health?
A: Alice H. Lichtenstein, DSc, director of the Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory at the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging and executive editor of Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter, answers: “Fish and shellfish contain the long-chain
There are natural compounds found in many healthy foods—including leafy greens, nuts, seeds, beans, and whole grains—that have been thought to potentially decrease the nutritional value of these foods. Sometimes called “anti-nutrients,” these compounds may bind with specific vitamins, minerals, or other nutrients, limiting their absorption by the body. “Anti-nutrients
Healthy bone is a balancing act. Our bodies continually remove older bone and replace it with new. As adults, if we lose bone at too fast a rate, replace it at too slow a rate, or both, the result is osteoporosis—weak, porous bones that fracture easily. The National Osteoporosis Foundation