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...
My dad loves apples ! He always asks me to add them to the list whenever I’m heading to the grocery store. Originating in the Middle East more than 4000 years ago, the apple has become a staple of many people’s diets.
And like our ancestors found out oh so many years ago, these fruits are a healthy addition to your diet! According to the Institute of Food Research in the United Kingdom , some studies have found that apples may improve lung function as well reduce the risk of degenerate diseases such as Alzheimer’s and prevent chronic inflammation that can lead to heart cardiovascular. According to NutritionData at Self.com , one medium apple with skin is only 95 calories, but provides 17 percent of your dietary fiber. This fruit also is very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. Providing 14 percent of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C and A, the apple gets three out of five stars for weight loss and optimum health.
“Apples are a source of both sol...
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 ...
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