Author Archives: Rachel Despres

5 Negative Effects of Sugar on the Brain

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Too much of anything can be bad for your health, sugar included. And while most people are aware of sugar’s negative effects on their waistline and heart, how it effects the brain is far less common knowledge. Although the brain does require a certain amount of sugar in order to function properly, this type is   …Continue Reading


5 Things to Know About Kyphosis

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Kyphosis is the medical term for a condition in which the curvature of the spine causes a forward rounding of the back. Although everyone’s spine is curved to some degree, the NHS says “a curve of more than 45 degrees is considered excessive.” And while kyphosis can affect people of all ages, it most commonly   …Continue Reading


Looking at 8 Common Causes of Eye Twitches

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We’ve all experienced it, that irritating sensation when the lid of your eye starts twitching involuntarily. Although eye twitches generally only last for a few seconds or minutes, in some cases Healthline.com says they “may occur off and on for several days.” While they may be harmless and painless in nature, you may be wondering   …Continue Reading


Arthritis Diet: 7 Worst Foods to Eat

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Arthritis is a general term used to describe a variety of conditions that are primarily characterized by joint pain and inflammation. The most common of these conditions are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis. Although the causes and symptoms of these conditions can vary, inflammation is a common issue among all types, which can unfortunately   …Continue Reading


5 Common Causes of Peptic Ulcers

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Peptic ulcers are “sores that develop in the lining of the stomach, lower esophagus, or small intestine,” defines Healthline.com, and they occur as a result of the stomach’s mucus lining no longer working effectively. They are a common issue, affecting approximately 1 in 10 people in Western countries at some point in their lives, and   …Continue Reading


8 Best Anti-Inflammatory Foods

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To a certain degree, inflammation is necessary for helping the body to combat infection and respond to injury. But nowadays the vast majority of people suffer from chronic inflammation, brought on by too much stress, a sedentary lifestyle, and a diet filled with processed foods. And if it persists over time, can lead to serious   …Continue Reading


6 Tips for Treating and Preventing Halitosis

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Approximately 30 percent of people worldwide are affected by halitosis—more commonly referred to as bad breath—an embarrassing condition that is characterized by “a foul-smelling odor that seems to come from the mouth cavity,” says TheraBreath.com. There are a variety of different causes that can lead to halitosis, including diet, the use of tobacco products, as   …Continue Reading


8 Foods That Are Valuable Sources of Prebiotics

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Over the past few years, the lengthy list of benefits associated with probiotics have become common knowledge, and many people work hard to get a beneficial amount of them into their diet—whether through food or supplements. Prebiotics, however, are far less popular. In fact, many people have never heard of them, let alone what their   …Continue Reading


7 Common Risk Factors for GERD

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Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition where stomach acid flows back from the stomach into the esophagus, causing problems like heartburn. It is a surprisingly common condition, affecting approximately 25 to 35 percent of people in the United States. But what exactly causes the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) to relax and allow this backflow   …Continue Reading


6 Things to Know About Osteogenesis Imperfecta

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Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI)—also referred to as brittle bone disease—is a disorder where a person’s bones are very fragile, causing them to break easily, oftentimes without cause. It is relatively rare, affecting approximately 1 in 20,000 people, and “occurs with equal frequency among males and females and among racial and ethnic groups,” says the National Human   …Continue Reading