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Ask the Doctor: Sources of Potassium; Eyelid Surgery

Q: I know bananas are rich in potassium, but I don’t like them. Why do I need potassium, and can I get it from other foods?

A: Potassium is a mineral and electrolyte that the body needs for proper nerve transmission, muscle contraction, and kidney and heart function. Adults need 4,700 milligrams

Massage Eases Knee Osteoarthritis

People with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee may have a pleasant nonpharmacologic treatment to consider. According to a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine in December 2018, whole-body Swedish massage can significantly reduce pain and stiffness and improve mobility.
Study Methods
Researchers enrolled 200 patients with OA and randomly

Controlling Symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a term that encompasses ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn’s disease. These two conditions can significantly disrupt your daily life with symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal pain and cramping, fever, and fatigue. Fortunately, doctors now have a much better understanding of these diseases, and many treatment

5 Aloe Vera Uses That Benefit Your Health

5 Aloe Vera Uses That Benefit Your Health

For thousands of years, humans have used the aloe vera plant in various ways—as a wound and burn dressing, as an embalming fluid, and as a beauty aid to help keep the skin soft. And in the U.S., the plant, which is thought to have originated in Egypt and the

8. Treating Hypertension

Usually, a diagnosis of hypertension comes with a prescription for a blood-pressure-lowering, or antihypertensive, medication. Eventually, many people with hypertension require two or more drugs to control their blood pressure. In many cases, people diagnosed with higher blood pressure may begin antihypertensive treatment with multiple medications.
You and your doctor have

The Gut Microbiota

The gut microbiota—a community of trillions of bacteria and other microbes that live in the human digestive tract—may have a powerful impact on human health. The study of the microbiota (or microbiome) is a major frontier in nutrition research, as scientists work to understand how these organisms interact with our

6. Bronchiectasis

Bronchiectasis is a chronic obstructive airway disease in which the bronchi become damaged and easily collapse. Bronchi walls contain elastic and muscle fibers, which allow the bronchial tubes to expand and contract while maintaining their shape. In people with bronchiectasis, the elastic and muscular components in the walls of medium-sized

The Best Probiotics for Resolving Digestive Distress

Probiotics are considered “good” bacteria because they support digestive function and limit the growth of “bad” bacteria. In addition to yogurt and other fermented foods, they are available in supplement form, but it can be daunting to choose from the numerous products at most pharmacies and health food stores. Before

Supplements for Inflammation: Guide for Natural Pain Management

Supplements for Inflammation: Guide for Natural Pain Management

Whether you’re suffering from tendinitis or bronchitis, inflammation can make you feel awful. You pop an NSAID (like ibuprofen or aspirin), but it doesn’t seem to touch your pain. Plus, now you’re suffering from its side effects—nausea, vomiting, constipation, and headaches. If only there was something you could do (or

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