As I've mentioned before, my husband, Norman, suffered from sleep apnea. He also had other cards stacked against him. He was diabetic and obese. He was an alcoholic. He'd tried to quit drinking, joined Alcoholics Anonymous, and he did manage to quit for short periods of time, but never for the long haul. His bouts with sleep apnea seemed to worsen when he was drinking. His snoring grew worse. He'd awaken more frequently, frightening me with his gasping for breath. He'd get up, disoriented, not knowing where he was or who I was. I dreaded those nights and often took the kids and stayed at a hotel or with a friend. But when I left him on his own, I couldn't help but worry. What if he did something to harm himself? What if he stopped breathing altogether? One of the hallmarks of Norman's illness was his excuse that a drink before bedtime made him sleep better. In truth, this is a fallacy. A nightcap might send you into dreamland faster, but alcoho...
If you’re totally over hangovers, you’re on a health kick, or you’re simply teetotal, why not get a bit creative and make up your own no-alcohol "mocktail" creations?
Stock up on things like 100% pure fruit juices — orange juice, pineapple juice, or cranberry juice work well to begin with, then add a bit of zing with citrus fruits, tonic water or lemonade, and experiment with different flavors.
The real secret with mocktails is in the presentation. So, garnish your glasses with plastic toothpicks skewered with pineapple chunks, grapes, cherries, or olives, colorful straws, tiny umbrellas, or slices of lemon, lime, orange or kiwi.
Here are 5 mocktail suggestions, which are perfect for the entire family:
1. Cran-Raz Spritz
16 ounces cranberry-raspberry juice
16 ounces soda water
2 tablespoons lime juice
Garnish — ½ cup frozen raspberries, 4 lime wedges
Combine cranberry-raspberry ju...
Heartburn is one of those symptoms that seriously commands your attention. First off, it can really hurt. Odds are good that your skin has rarely felt as fiery as your belly may feel during an attack of heartburn. Secondly, while it doesn't actually involve your heart, heartburn can give you the sense that something is amiss deep among your vital organs.
Heartburn can be a problem that you should bring to your doctor's attention. But as painful as this common condition can be, it's also something that you can also help treat and prevent on your own.
Heartburn arises when the contents of your stomach move the wrong way. The food and drink you swallow is supposed to only travel south from your mouth, but during heartburn, food, drink, and stomach juices move upward past the "doorway" between your esophagus and stomach. Your esophagus isn't as naturally protected against this harsh material as your stomach lining, thus it causes pain.
If heartburn strikes you often e...
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