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Posts Tagged ‘Gastric reflux’

Suggested Diets for Chronic Inflammatory Diseases such as Asthma, Arthritis, and Celiac Disease

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Inflammation has much to do with many of the chronic diseases known to man.  The ones that I am concentrating on today are Asthma, Arthritis and Celiac Disease.  Why, because Asthma seems to hit individuals early and later in life.  While Arthritis comes later in life and Celiac Disease spans the entire life of an individual.  So I am covering with these diseases, the entire life span of an individual.  So what do all these diseases have in common?  Answer inflammation of one sort or another.  The idea to combat these diseases is to eat foods that are anti-inflammatory.

Starting with Gluten-free food, these flours are an excellent source of anti-inflammatory foods. They have been proven effective for pain and injury in arthritis, helping stop the formation of the inflammation factor in asthma, and just a plain miracle food in Celiac Disease.

Apples are wonderful anti-inflammatory and pro alkaline fruit.  The old saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is really true.  Research indicates that eating 3 to 5 apples a week will decrease asthma attacks approximately 30 percent.  It will also decrease gastric reflux attacks.

Tart cherries are known to have the highest anti-inflammatory content of most foods.  Studies have shown tart cherries, juice and dried cherries especially effective for osteoarthritis pain.

Caffeine has been shown to prevent inflammation in the development of cardiovascular and other diseases.  New studies are showing that people that drink coffee live longer.

A new study on postmenopausal women noted that a diet of anti-inflammatory foods such as: healthy fats, vegetables and fruit, whole grains and gluten-free grains, prevented osteoporosis and bone fracture.

Lastly, researchers have found that resveratrol, a compound in red wine, has anti-inflammatory effects.

Lists of more specific foods that are anti-inflammatory can be found online.

A Reminder of Holiday Feast Dangers

Friday, November 21st, 2014

I wrote about these dangers last year, but these reminders and tips are worthwhile for another look.

Everyone is anxiously awaiting Thanksgiving meals and Christmas feasts.  Families use these times for reunions and just getting the family together, away from their busy schedules.  Tons of turkey, gravy, mash potatoes, stuffing, appetizers, cookies, breads, and pumpkins pies are being prepared.  Mass amounts of food and alcohol will be consumed.   Here lies the danger- most of these food items are VERY ACIDY.  Lacking in these meals are multiple vegetables and salads.  The results of these acidy meals are many.  The most prominent reaction is Gastric Reflux.  Other problems that the fire department frequently get calls for during the holidays are: Syncope (loss of consciousness), strokes and TIAs (mini strokes), choking, heart problems, anxiety problems,  and alcohol related problems.  Here are a few simple things you can do to prevent these issues.  For appetizers stay away from foods that contain high amounts of salt; examples are processed cheeses, shrimp, deviled eggs, and others.  Dairy items like dips with cream cheese are also a problem.  Hummus is a great substitute for dairy dips.  New spicy hummus dips are very popular now.  Veggies with stuffed mushrooms or petite stuffed green, red, or yellow peppers are also popular.

For the dinner portion, try an organic turkey and brine it yourself.  Cooking the stuffing separately will prevent any bacteria problems with the stuffing.  Instead of using only potatoes for the mash potatoes, add cooked cauliflower or parsnips to the mix.  Add more cooked vegetables and salad to balance out the already heavy acid of the meal.  A good idea for a salad is an apple salad.  Apples are very BASIC and will counter-act the other acidy foods.  It is a great addition to the Holiday meal.  When dishing up the meal try to give moderate amounts of food to the plate.  Let your guests go back for more if they need to.  Have plenty of water and juices available to drink to counter- act the acid of the alcohol and sodas consumed.  Have water glasses on the table.  Try and get everyone to walk after the dinner to help digest the meal.  If your seniors takes a nap after the meal, monitor them afterward for confusion or difficulty with speech.  Hopefully these suggestions will ensure a healthy and happy gathering.  Happy Holidays.

Extra Note:  Look up my “Holiday Feast Recipes” in my recipe section for turkey and appetizer ideas.  Try my “Winter Baking Recipes”  for gluten-free cookie ideas.

The Benefits of “an Apple a day”.

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

What does ”an Apple a day” have to do with heart attack and strokes?  The newest thinking by the medical community is to give statins to most individuals over the age of 50.  But the side effects of statins are not that good.  So a study using mathematical models formulated the results of individuals eating “an apple a day” came up with some interesting results.  With the individuals participating with good compliance, the results were interesting.  It found that “an apple a day” does work.  For over 50 year olds, eating an apple a day prevented 8,500 deaths from heart attacks and stroke versus  the individuals taking statin the prevention number was 9,400 but had the side effect of risk of muscle  disease and diabetes in the thousands.  This begs the question “What happen if you do both? Take statins and eat an apple a day?”  Talking to your doctor for the best option for you is the ideal recourse.  The study went on to note that for 30 year olds the “an apple a day” was one of the best ways to prevent heart attack and stroke that may plaque this age group in future years.

The apple is already know for it’s anti-gastric reflux properties.  An apple is extremely alkaline and it helps balance the acid in one’s stomach.  It will not cause you to gain extra weight and will help with your digestion.  What more could you want.  An Apple a day does keep the doctor away.

Dangers at Holiday Feasts

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Everyone is anxiously awaiting Thanksgiving meals and Christmas meals.  Families use these times for reunions and just getting the family together from their busy schedules.  Tons of Turkey, gravy, mash potatoes, stuffing, appetizers, cookies, breads, and  pumpkin pies, are being prepared.  Here lies the dangers- mass amounts of food and alcohol  will be consumed.  Lacking in these meals are multiple vegetables, and salads.  This means that the meals will be VERY ACIDY.  Gastric Reflux will be just one of the possible reactions of your guests.  Others problems that the fire department get frequently during the holidays are: Syncope ( loss of consciousness), strokes and TIA (Mini stroke), choking, heart problems, anxiety problems, and  alcohol related problems.  There are a few simple things you can do to help prevent these issues.  For appetizers stay aware from foods that contain high amounts of salt, examples are: processed cheeses, shrimp, deviled eggs and others.  High dairy content dips like those with cream cheese are also a problem.  Hummus is a great substitute for dairy dips.  Vegetables like stuffed mushrooms is another great substitute.  Tortilla chips are gluten-free normally, but are very high in calories.  Organic turkeys are a good choice.  Cooking the stuffing separately will prevent any bacteria problems with the stuffing.  Instead of using  only potatoes for the mash potatoes add cooked cauliflower or parsnips.  I tried it no one noticed.  Add more cooked vegetables and salad to balance out the acid of this meal.  Apples are very BASIC so an apple salad is a great addition to your meal.  When dishing up the meal, try (this part is hard) to give moderate amounts to the plate.  Let your guests go back for more if they need to.  Beside alcohol and sodas which are very acidy, have plenty of water bottles available and water glasses on the table.  Try and get everyone to walk after the dinner to help digest the meal.  If any senior takes a nap after the meal, monitor them afterwards for confusion or difficulty with speech.  Hopefully these suggestions will ensure a healthy and happy gathering.  Happy Holidays!

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