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Don’t Let Acid Reflux Spoil Your Cup of Coffee

Don’t Let Acid Reflux Spoil Your Cup of Coffee

Written by Jess Walter
on Friday, 24 February 2017

Do you feel a burning sensation in your chest after drinking coffee? 

You are not alone. 

What you are feeling is acid reflux, which many people experience. It might not be due to just coffee; spicy foods and alcohol can also cause this feeling. Some individuals only experience it now and again, whereas others experience it quite frequently and it can affect them during the day or night.

Unfortunately, even just the occasional cup of coffee can cause reflux, because of the acid in the caffeine. The organic acid in coffee beans is what gives it that tangy “hit” that coffee drinkers enjoy so much. Some people’s digestive systems cannot cope with these natural acids and can be left with a burning sensation, accompanied by belching and unpleasant acidic liquid that comes up from the stomach, through the esophagus, and into the back of the throat.
Top Brain Boosters to Add & Brain Drainers to Drop from Your Shopping List

Top Brain Boosters to Add & Brain Drainers to Drop from Your Shopping List

Written by Dr. Christopher Calapai, DO
on Wednesday, 22 February 2017

The foods you have in your pantry and fridge may be helping or hindering your brain. 

Dr. Christopher Calapai DO, a New York City Osteopathic Physician board certified in family and anti-aging medicine, explains that the foods we choose have a lot to do with how sharp, attentive, alert, focused and happy we feel after they are consumed. 

Certain foods may taste great have additives in them that literally cloud our brains and leave us sluggish and dull-headed. The opposite is also true. We can eat certain foods and feel a charge of mental energy and focus. 

Dr. Calapai provides a quick list of foods that boost and drain the brain. Which ones will you add and remove from your shopping list?
Gym Goals: How to Save on Your Fitness Membership

Gym Goals: How to Save on Your Fitness Membership

Written by Jane Austen
on Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Thinking about joining a gym to meet your fitness goals? 

There are steps you can take to help save on your membership fees.

Weigh Your Options

The good news is that there are endless fitness facilities around that you can check out. Many of them even offer complimentary trials where you will get the first few days or weeks for free.

After reviewing all your options, it will be easier to make a decision based on the one that suits you the most. It’s more motivating to stick with something that appeals to you.
Cosmetic Surgery Hype: Which Procedures Are Zeroes, Not Heroes?

Cosmetic Surgery Hype: Which Procedures Are Zeroes, Not Heroes?

Written by Kirk Brandow, MD
on Tuesday, 14 February 2017

The name of the game today in cosmetic surgery is fast and non-invasive. 

The reasons are obvious. Nobody wants to be bedridden out of work and off the social grid as they recover. Fast results of a thinner, tighter, younger look within an hour is very alluring. 

How many of these seemingly miracle procedures actually do what they claim to? 

Board certified Philadelphia plastic surgeon, Dr. Kirk Brandow, breaks down cosmetic surgery hype; which procedures are zeros not heroes.
10 Foods to Get You in the Mood on Valentine’s Day

10 Foods to Get You in the Mood on Valentine’s Day

Written by Dr. Christopher Calapai, DO
on Friday, 10 February 2017

Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching and instead of making reservations to some over-hyped trendy spot, stay in and prepare a “Lover’s Platter” full of indulgent aphrodisiacs. Pop some champagne, get that romantic playlist ready and feast on these 10 foods to get you in the mood for love this Valentine’s Day. 

Dr. Christopher Calapai, DO, a New York City Osteopathic Physician board certified in family and anti-aging medicine gives us his interesting insights on these aphrodisiacs.

“Aphrodisiacs are foods that have certain chemical properties that could increase pheromones, estrogen of testosterone, estrogen, heightening our interest in sex,” explains Dr. Calapai.

To be considered a true aphrodisiac the substance must be consumed orally, must reliably increase libido or sexual desire and within minutes. 

So, what are these sexual super foods and what is it about them that lights the fire of desire?
Beat the Blues: Balancing Your Gut for a Natural Mood Boost this Winter

Beat the Blues: Balancing Your Gut for a Natural Mood Boost this Winter

Written by Raphael Kellman, MD
on Friday, 03 February 2017

The deep connections between gut and brain health are frequently overlooked. 

It’s a fact that alterations in the gut microbiome can lead to a whole host of symptoms, including changes in mood and brain function. These trillions of bacteria are interconnected with the vast signaling and communications taking place between the gut, brain, immune system and hormones. The microbiome even creates many of the biochemicals the brain uses to process emotion and thought. 

When the microbiome is healthy, your mood is lifted and you experience a deep sense of well-being that can never come from a pill. In an unhealthy state, it’s common for anxiety, depression, brain fog, and memory and concentration issues to pop up. For the greatest impact on brain health, look to the microbiome for the answers.
Do You Need a Therapist? 5 Signs that Point to YES

Do You Need a Therapist? 5 Signs that Point to YES

Written by Sanam Hafeez, PsyD
on Wednesday, 01 February 2017

You lose a loved one, a job, a relationship, a pet or get into an accident, have an injury, gain weight, have a baby, return from war or experience something else that just rattles you to your core. You know something isn’t right, you feel a bit off, but continue living your life thinking you’ll get over it. 

We all have been there and often with time we do get over it, sort of. These life scars helps us to grow and while that is great in theory, the pain that comes with growth can take a toll on us. Our mental health is directly connected to our physical health. 

When we see illness we know it’s a clue our mental outlook is out of whack. 

Do you need a therapist? How can you tell?
Wonder Water: 6 Unexpected Infused Water Ideas for Gorgeous Skin

Wonder Water: 6 Unexpected Infused Water Ideas for Gorgeous Skin

Written by Dr. Christopher Calapai, DO
on Thursday, 26 January 2017

While most dermatologists and doctors preach the benefits of drinking more water, water gets boring. 

Perhaps you’ve done just about everything to make your plain glass of water more enjoyable. If you’re running out of ideas and are tempted to reach for a caffeinated beverage you’re not alone. 

Top experts suggest the following six fresh infused water recipes that pack a punch of flavor and add health and beauty benefits to your H2O. 

If you’re new to infused water it’s easy. Chop up the ingredients, let them sit overnight in your water pitcher, and sip your way to healthy hydration inside and out.
Men's Health: Crucial Screenings You Don't Want to Skip

Men's Health: Crucial Screenings You Don't Want to Skip

Written by Natalie Martin
on Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Although figures are gradually showing signs of improvement as awareness grows, men are not always on top of undergoing crucial tests and screenings.

Missing these screenings at pivotal points in a man’s life may lead to illness and even death.

Here is a look at some of those tests and screenings you simply can’t afford to skip.
The Cheese Trap: Break the Addiction to Lose Weight, Gain Energy & Get Healthy

The Cheese Trap: Break the Addiction to Lose Weight, Gain Energy & Get Healthy

Written by Neal Barnard, MD
on Monday, 23 January 2017

Have you ever watched a baby nurse? It’s amazing to watch a cranky, tense, hungry infant instantly slip into a relaxed, sleepy, almost drunken state. 

We sometimes attribute this familiar scene to the beauty of the mother-baby bond. 

But, the truth is, in a benign and loving way, mother’s milk really does deliver a mild drug-like compound to the baby. 

Drug-like compounds in milk? It’s true. Think about it this way: if a baby, a calf, or any other mammal didn’t want to nurse, the survival of the species would be in trouble. So, nature devised these compounds to reward babies for nursing. 
7 Strategies to Curb Cravings, Practice Mindful Eating & Lose Weight for Good

7 Strategies to Curb Cravings, Practice Mindful Eating & Lose Weight for Good

Written by Rovenia M. Brock, PhD
on Friday, 13 January 2017

America, we have a problem. More than two-thirds of adults in the U.S. are overweight or obese. The statistics are staggering, but they shouldn't lead us to believe the problem is insurmountable. In fact, it's not, and there's plenty of proof. More than a half-million people have lost over 50 million pounds by learning to conquer their food cravings that have little to do with physical hunger.

Because our food choices are mostly driven by emotional rather than physical hunger, we eat to satisfy some kind of longing. It's critical that we redirect our emotional eating.

Every time you're at a decision point with food -- which, by the way, happens over 200 times a day for most Americans -- stop and take a few breaths. Ask yourself: What is the best choice for the body I want?

Beat the defeat of unhealthy eating habits and get back to your optimal weight by using these seven strategies that work.
Cold Weather Exercise: Surviving the Elements

Cold Weather Exercise: Surviving the Elements

Written by John Gallucci, Jr., MS, ATC, DPT
on Wednesday, 11 January 2017

As the temperatures continue to drop outside, we find ourselves cooped up indoors, whether that be at home, at work or at the gym hiding from the painfully cold, wet weather. 

As the itch kicks in to get outdoors and get some fresh air, follow the tips below for soothing those cold, wet weather aches and pains during the long winter months.
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