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December 2008 posts

Holiday Healthy Tips

The holidays are a time to enjoy family traditions that include social gatherings, food and drink.  Remember, in the swing of it all it is important to maintain your daily healthy routine.  

Most important in bring cheer are:

Exercise- even if you are getting less than usual.  Go out for a walk with others and enjoy the outdoors.

Sleep-  this should be a priority for you.  After a good night's rest you are less likely to be grumpy and more likely to have better energy.  Give your self some alone time to unwind before going to bed.

Boundaries-  it's ok to say "No" if you feel that you are over committing yourself and your family.  Learn what feels good for you.

Sugar- this addictive food will zap your energy and decrease the immune response in the body.

Be Well and Happy Holidays,

Alison Finger, ND

Lifestyle choices with Heartburn

Heartburn, one of the most commonly reported symptoms in the US, can be helped by looking at one's lifestyle choices.  The relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is the reason the majority of people are experiencing reflux.  The job of the LES is to insure that stomach contents do not move up the esophagus.  The underlying cause of LES relaxation is not known.  We do know that many factors contribute, such as:

  • Cigarette Smoking
  • Increased intake of saturated fat
  • Increased intake of alcohol
  • Eating large portions at one meal
  • Eating late at night
  • Hurried eating which creates a lack of complete chewing
  • Food that is void of nutrients

Naturopathic medicine does a great job at addressing the underlying behaviors which lead to reflux.