Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

Tracy Davenport, Ph.D., Health Writer

Tracy Davenport, Ph.D., is a freelance health writer and the C.E.O. of Tracy’s Smoothie Place. She serves as the expert on a weekly radio show about health and wellness and is the author of Making Life Better for a Baby with Acid Reflux and multiple articles about the cost of caregiving. Learn more about Tracy and what healthy living services and products she can offer on her website. She can also be found on Twitter and Instagram @drinksmoothies.

Can Higher Chocolate Intake Reduce Risk of Heart Failure?

For those who have an undeniable sweet tooth, there appears to be scientific evidence to justify eating a moderate amount of dark chocolate daily. However, more research is needed before the connection between chocolate and heart health is completely ...
Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

How Do Common Pain Relievers Work in the Body?

Spring brings warm weather and outdoor adventures. A change in season can also bring new muscle and joint pain. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are often recommended as a short-term solution to relieve the pain. NSAIDs work on hormonel...
Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

Could Your Acid Reflux Be Causing Throat Problems?

Credit: iStock Many think of acid reflux as a condition that causes discomfort only in the stomach and chest area. However, some with acid reflux can experience symptoms in the mouth and throat, such as the feeling of thick phlegm or mucous in the th...
Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

Exercise as a Prescription for Chronic Pain

Only 21 percent of Americans meet the recommended levels of physical activity for health according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Lack of exercise can contribute to joint pain in both adults and children. Joint pain can then ...
Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

3 Must-have Specialists for Children With Acid Reflux

Credit: Thinkstock If your child has been diagnosed with acid reflux, it may be necessary to build a health care team that includes more than just your child’s pediatrician. Here are three specialists who should be part of that team. Gastroenterologi...
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Handling Hiccups with Acid Reflux

Credit: Thinkstock What are hiccups? According to the Mayo Clinic, hiccups are involuntary contractions of the diaphragm. The diaphragm is a large sheet of muscle that separates the chest cavity from the abdominal cavity. This muscle plays an importa...
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4 Reasons Red Foods Rock

Credit: iStock Not only are red foods fun to eat, but they can also be beneficial to our health. Red foods are so important to our diet that the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) recommendations for consumption are higher than what mos...
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8 Best Foods with Folate

Folate and folic acid are different names for the same B vitamin. Folate occurs naturally in food and folic acid is the man-made form of the vitamin. Folate is required for cell division and maintenance and also for repair of DNA. It is also credited ...
Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.