The Basics of GERD and Its Management

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, more commonly known as GERD, affects 20-30% of the adult population on a weekly basis1. GERD occurs when acid from the stomach moves up into the esophagus, which causes inflammation in the lining of the esophagus, which isn’t protected from acid like the stomach. Many people experience this phenomenon called acid reflux. … Read more

Understanding The Basics Of Diabetes

Diabetes refers to a group of similar diseases that affect how the body uses sugar (glucose)1. Glucose is essential for many body functions and functions as an energy source for muscles and the brain1. There are three main categories of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes, type two diabetes, and prediabetes. There are other similar issues as … Read more

Managing Constipation: The Basics

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease defines constipation as three or fewer bowel movements per week or hard, dry, or small bowel movements that are painful or difficult to pass1. Constipation remains one of the most prominent of gastrointestinal (GI) issues and affects roughly 42 million people in the United States1. … Read more

How to Maintain Healthy Blood Pressure

When is the last time you had your blood pressure checked? What was the reading? More importantly, did you know what the reading meant? Unless there is something glaringly wrong with your blood pressure reading (and sometimes even then), practitioners won’t say anything about your reading when they take it. They’ll just recite the numbers … Read more

How to Take Your Blood Pressure

Has your doctor recently informed you that you may have high blood pressure or pre-hypertension? If so, you know how important it is that you get your blood pressure under control. Your goal is to get it back within a healthy range and keep it there. Doing so may entail making some sweeping changes to … Read more