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Like many digestive disorders, acid reflux disease or GERD (gastric esophageal reflux disease) has grown to be a substantially common problem among Americans. The National Institute of Diabetes and Kidney Digestive Diseases reports that based on a study conducted in 2004, 20% of the US population suffers from symptoms of GERD on a weekly basis. This is just one of many digestive disorders that affect 60 to 70 million people, many of which may have been prevented with a good diet to begin with. 
For those that don’t know, GERD symptoms arise as a result of the LES (lower esophageal sphincter), not closing well. This causes food and hydrochloric acid to leak back into the esophagus, which results in a burning sensation in the chest, also known as heartburn. Even though most traditional treatment methods can improve symptoms in the short term, over time these approaches can actually make the problem worse by not addressing the underlying cause and disrupting the body&rsquo...
The combination of kale, red onion, fresh and dried fruit and sweetened almonds and a surprise ingredient – chia seeds -- makes for a knock-out salad. A citrus vinegar makes this raw salad refreshingly tart but the honey sesame almonds, dried cranberries and pear add a nice sweetness and crunch. It will hit the high note on your Thanksgiving spread with your vegetarian and meat-eating guests alike.
This autumnal salad features one of my new favorite salad greens: raw kale. My love of kale is no secret. But even though it is rising in popularity as a salad or smoothie ingredient, many people are unaware of its health attributes. Here are five health benefits of raw kale :
It has more vitamin C than an orange
Kale is a great source of alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), an omega-3 fatty acid
It has the highest concentration of vitamin A among all leafy greens
Kale is high in calcium
It has plenty of phytonutrients like quercetin and sulphoraphane
Many of kale’s ...
Have you seen the news this week? There's been a lot of coverage in the health news about a new study from the UK that was published in the European Respiratory Journal .
Apparently this study found that drinking apple juice—but not eating apples—can actually help control wheezing in people who have asthma.
The study looked at 2640 primary school children who were ages 5 to 10 years that lived in Greenwich, south London. The researchers found that drinking a glass of apple juice every day lessened both the severity and the frequency of wheezing, which is probably the most common asthma symptom.
Researchers think that it's phytochemicals in apple juice that provides the protection. The specific kind of phytochemical that seems to calm the airway inflammation in asthmatics that can lead to wheezing is called "flavonoids." Flavonoids are found in many different foods.
However, in this study, the positive results were only obtained by drinking apple...
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