Of sugar, New York Knicks basketball player Derrick Rose says, “Everyone’s got their poison; mine’s sugar.” Perhaps calling sugar a ‘poison’ is a bit strong, but the truth is that sugar—particularly the processed stuff—is not very good for you. In fact, many healthcare professionals and nutritionists now are actually calling sugar an addictive substance. If you look up the term ‘addictive’ in a thesaurus, similar words are ‘habit-forming,’ ‘obsessive,’ and yes, even ‘enslaving.’ But how addictive is sugar, really? Following are some important daily health tips about the potential addictive qualities of sugar that will help you decide for yourself how much sugar is too much. Continue reading “Is Sugar Addictive?”→
Good digestion is vital to good health. Your digestive system is important because it’s where important nutrients your body needs to thrive are absorbed. Sadly, digestive problems have been on the rise ever since the food manufacturing industry learned to process foods for more bulk and longer shelf life. The modern American diet is sorely lacking in means of keeping our digestive systems working optimally. Processed foods can spike blood sugar, and they often contain little nutritional value. Additionally, today’s busy families often don’t sit down to dinner together for what used to be known as a ‘home-cooked meal.’ What often results is parents and children alike often reaching for quick foods that are ready fast and don’t provide nutrients necessary to keep the digestive tract, as well as all the other systems of the body, healthy and functioning properly. In fact, processed foods that are bad for digestion rarely are satisfying for the simple reason that they provide no value to your body, making you consume more and more of them to feel full. Following are some valuable recommendations from GI doctors in Flushing on how you can improve your digestion and begin feeling better almost instantly! For more help with your digestion contact a top GI doctor near you. Continue reading “How to Improve Digestion”→
Making other people happy, doing what you love, money, freedom, falling in love, living a healthier life—these are just a handful of the answers you’ll get if you ask the question, “What is the secret to happiness?” But, seriously, what is happiness’ secret? If you were able to ask happiness if it had a secret, what do you think it would say? This mystical inquest doubtless has been at the forefront of human pursuit since the beginning of time. So has anyone ever really come up with an answer for this question? That is, has anyone come up with a real, concrete, and more important, a demonstrable solution to this seemingly unanswerable query? If you were to explore just what translates into the state of ‘happiness,’ where would that exploration take you? Let’s take a look. Continue reading “The Secret to Happiness”→
Is your colon happy? Yes, you read that right. The question was: Is your colon happy? Think about it. You spend so much of your time making sure you’re building a happy home, a happy family, a happy childhood for your kids. You worry if your boss is happy with your work. You may even wonder if your bank account is happy. But you likely never think about whether your colon is happy. But the truth is when your colon is unhappy, you’re unhappy. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, there are a number of steps you can take to ensure that your colon is healthy. And the great thing about colons is that when they’re healthy, they’re happy. Here are some valuable tips from gastroenterologists in Queens that can help you turn your colon’s frown upside down. Continue reading “How to Make Your Colon Happy”→
Nicotine organically occurs in tobacco plants, but tobacco isn’t the only plant where it can be found. In fact, nicotine actually occurs in the leaves of some of the foods you eat, including tomato plants. Nicotine is a hotly debated subject, perhaps due to the fact that it can have both negative and (seemingly) positive effects on the body. However, because nicotine can be deeply addictive, its effects on both the body as well as the brain are largely negative. And, though nicotine is most prevalent in tobacco cigarettes, today’s e-cigarettes can also contain nicotine, a fact that can cause health risks. Following is valuable information about the nicotine contained within these products, as well as tips for healthy living that may help you to make a final choice about your personal use of nicotine. Continue reading “Health Risks of Nicotine”→
When it comes to the spread of colds and flues, prevention is perhaps the most important antidote. Grabbing the first cold or cough medicine you see off the drug store shelf is nowhere near the best answer to the not uncommon dilemma of how to deal with the common cold. The fact is, it is far more effective to avoid catching a cold on the front end than it ever could be to diagnose and treat it on the back end. If you really want to live a healthier life, it’s vital that you arm yourself with knowledge about prevention in order to counter a cold’s nasty effects before they even start. Following is important information about how to prevent colds by observing good hygiene habits, avoiding the spread of colds, and boosting your immune system. Continue reading “How To Prevent a Cold”→
Laxatives are used by many in an attempt to lose weight. More than half of those taking laxatives said they knew it was bad for their health, with most admitting it produced no long-term result. But the anti-constipation medication is used by slimmers looking for a quick fix, as it causes rapid water loss from the body.
Basic Information about laxatives:
Laxatives are available in the form of pills that can be used orally. They are used to speed up the digestion process. People suffering from chronic constipation are recommended to take laxatives to regulate their bowel movement. An important thing about laxatives is that using; laxatives over the long term can have a negative effect on your body as laxatives excrete nutrients from your body at a faster rate.
Dangers of using Laxatives for Weight Loss: Laxatives are for occasional use and are to be used in correlation with appropriate intestinal needs. Laxative abuse can lead to digestive system complications, dehydration, and electrolyte disturbances. The weight being lost is water weight and that can lead to dehydration. Dehydration slows down the metabolism, which will actually hinder your weight loss efforts.
Laxatives should be used when you are following a well-balanced diet.
Laxatives should be used only for constipation relief.
Get enough rest and sleep when you are using laxatives.
Try to keep your body warm while consuming laxatives.
Use of laxatives may become an addiction, so don’t use them regularly.
For women with polycystic ovaries and also for pregnant women, laxatives usage is strictly prohibited.
Avoid using laxatives for smaller children, even if they are suffering from constipation.
Never combine laxative use with other medication, as it may have reverse effects on your overall health.
Laxatives keep your body in a dehydrated state, which can manifest itself as a lower number on the scale temporarily. The minute you rehydrate, you’re throwing all those ounces back in. The majority of calories are absorbed in the small intestine, and laxatives work in the large intestine. So while your friends may be experiencing a small calorie deficit, they’re also risking fluid and electrolyte imbalances, which can be deadly. Worst of all, your body can get used to the laxatives and stop working naturally on its own. This condition is known as “flaccid colon” and can lead to chronic constipation. That can manifest itself as a larger number on the scale, as well as create a belly bulge and make you feel fat and bloated.
Many people these days find laxatives to be an easy option for weight loss because they are not fully aware of how laxatives really work. Some overweight people continue their diet habits but will take laxatives immediately after the meal to eliminate the consumed aliments from the body. This process does not happen as wished because very little of the ingested food reaches to the intestine.
How to take laxatives:
How you take laxative medication depends on the form it comes in, they are commonly available as:
Tablets or capsules you swallow.
Sachets of powder you mix with water and then drink.
Suppositories – a capsule you place inside your back passage (rectum), where it will dissolve.
Liquids or gels that you place directly into your rectum.
How long laxatives should be used
Ideally, laxatives should only be used occasionally and for short periods of time. Stop taking a laxative when your constipation improves.
After taking a laxative, to help stop constipation returning you can make certain lifestyle changes, such as drinking plenty of water, exercise daily and adding fiber to your diet. These types of measures are a better way of preventing constipation than excessive use of laxatives.
Most Americans get very little nutrition in their daily diets. According to the President’s Council on Fitness, the typical American diet exceeds the recommended intake limits in four categories, including fats and added sugars, sodium, saturated fats, and refined grains. It also reports that most Americans eat less than the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables, and 90% of all Americans eat more sodium than what is recommended for a healthy diet. However, perhaps what is most shocking is that the average calorie consumption has increased by 600 calories per day in the past four decades! If one of your goals this year is to eat a healthier diet, here are some tips for living a healthy life that will help you make better decisions every day from here on out so that you can look forward to a long and healthy future. Continue reading “What Is a Healthy Diet?”→
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “Obesity is common, serious, and costly.” The CDC’s website reports that more than one third of all American adults are obese, adding that “obesity-related conditions such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer can be prevented.” Pretty shocking to think that many of these diseases are largely preventable when obesity is overcome. The cost as well is shocking, as the CDC reports that the estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the United States is close to $150 billion. Sadly, these statistics do not surprise top gastroenterologists. If you are facing obesity-related health problems now or in the future, you may be considering weight loss surgery, but you may also be reluctant to take such drastic measures. Clearly, invasive weight loss surgeries are not for everyone. Thankfully, there are newer, noninvasive weight loss procedures. Continue reading “Types of Noninvasive Weight Loss Surgeries”→
Food allergies are on the rise, both in the United States and around the world. In fact, researchers estimate that upwards of 15 million Americans suffer from food allergies. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies among children increased by nearly 50% from the years 1997 to 2011. This swift rise in the number of people suffering from one or more food allergies is baffling to researchers, although many believe that modern chemical processes used to keep foods fresher longer play an important role. What’s most alarming is that this statistic is ever on the rise. If you’re one of the people who are suffering from a food allergy, you understand the significance this health condition can have on your lifestyle. Following is valuable information from top gastroenterologists in Queens that can help you better understand your food allergy and its affect on your body. If you have a food allergy or think you may be allergic to something you’ve eaten you should contact a GI doctor in Queens today. Continue reading “How Do Food Allergies Affect the Body?”→