Archive for January, 2018

Stomach Flu vs Food Poisoning

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PDL-stomach-flu-vs-the-fluOften times when people have stomach pain, they either wonder if it’s a stomach bug or if it was something they ate. Sometimes people even use stomach flu and food poisoning interchangeably, as if they were the same thing. These two things are very different, which means a different course of treatment is required for them. The stomach flu/virus is a viral infection that attacks the digestive system, and is very contagious. Some symptoms of the stomach flu are nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, dizziness, fever and loss of appetite. The treatment is simply to get some rest, stay hydrated, avoid solid food for a few hours, and take OTC drugs until you start to feel better. The virus typically lasts 24-48 hours, and it is suggested you consult your doctor if you still don’t feel better after 2 days or if your symptoms worsen. Food poisoning is caused by bacteria, parasites, or viruses on food you digested. The bacteria can create poisonous substances that inflame the intestine. Symptoms usually happen about 6 hours after consuming the food, or in some cases it could take several days. Most people usually experience vomiting, nausea, fever, diarrhea, and/or stomach pain. You will be able to tell if you have food poisoning if someone else who consumed a particular food is also sick, or if you’ve eaten unrefrigerated foods. Symptoms can last anywhere from a few hours to days, but for the most part people start to feel relief in a day. If you believe you have food poisoning, it is very important to remain hydrated.


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What are the Healthiest and Tastiest Coffee?

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When most people think of coffee, they think of a quick pick me up for the day. What most people don’t know is that it’s rich in antioxidants known as polyphenols.  One very important one in coffee is chlorogenic acid (CGA). CGA helps to stop oxidation and reduce inflammation in the body. Some coffee beans have higher amounts of CGAs and are usually grown at high elevation and near the equator. A few places that grow coffee beans with higher quantity of CGAs is Ethiopia, Brazil, Kenya, and Columbia. The following are a some coffees with the highest content of CGAs at the grocery store: Dunkin Donuts Original Blend and McCafe Premium Roast Decaf/Medium Roast. Artisanal hand-roasted coffees also have high amounts of CGAs, almost 50% more.

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Brand is not the only discriminator to consider.  The type of roast you buy is also important. Light and medium roasts tend to preserve CGAs better because the beans are not roasted at higher temperatures as those coffees labeled “dark roast.”  You should also opt for a fresh ground coffee, because pre grounded coffee usually loses CGAs. Studies have shown that 3 to 5 cups of coffee daily is the desired amount for better health. Remember you can always drink high-polyphenol decaf coffees which can offset some of caffeine’s side affects of irritability, sleep inhibition or increased heart rate.

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Allergy Myths and Facts

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With spring approaching next season, allergies are a huge concern for many people. People who suffer from allergies take precautions to lessen or prevent the symptoms, but it is important to be aware of which ones of these precautions actually work. The following are a few myths you may have heard about allergies:

  1. You outgrow allergies as you get older: Allergies happen when your immune system is exposed  to the presence of the allergen, such as pollen, or mold. As you get older and your immune system starts to get weaker, your body doesn’t react as strongly to the allergens.
  2. Allergy tests are the only way to find out what you’re allergic to: The results from allergy tests are not the only things that should be taken into consideration. Other factors should be taken into consideration when trying to determine allergens such as medical history or a physical exam.
  3. Being allergic to certain foods is the same thing as having food sensitivities: Being allergic to something means your immune system is reacting to the allergen, involving organs) and systems and can even be life threatening. Food sensitivity is different because it only involves your digestive system
  4. It is easy to tell the difference between allergies and other conditions: Hay fever, also referred to as allergic rhinitis has some symptoms that are very similar to those of allergies. For example, hay fever can cause itchy eyes, throat or ears which is very similar to what allergies feel like.

Stay healthy!


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