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woman-runningAre you ready for GERD Awareness Week? November 23 – 29, 2014 is dedicated to raising awareness nationwide about gastroesophageal reflux disease, a chronic digestive disorder that causes stomach contents to back up into the esophagus, often resulting in heartburn, indigestion and/or acid reflux.

While occasional heartburn and reflux are not uncommon, GERD refers to the more serious, long-lasting disorder (more than twice a week for two weeks), which affects about 20 percent of Americans. And although anyone can develop GERD, the National Institutes of Health tell us certain groups are more likely to develop the disorder: people who smoke, are overweight or obese, pregnant or taking certain medications.

Occasional Heartburn & Reflux? Simple Tips to Follow
Many people don’t realize that occasional heartburn and reflux may be controlled through a healthy diet and lifestyle changes, which in turn may help prevent the development of GERD. Here are some simple, everyday tips to follow:

  • Avoid greasy, fried foods and spicy foods
  • Avoid processed foods high in refined sugars
  • Avoid acidic foods such as tomatoes and citrus
  • Avoid alcohol and carbonated beverages
  • Avoid chocolate and caffeine
  • Consume more dietary fiber
  • Do not overeat or eat too quickly; chew your food well
  • Try to stop eating 2 to 3 hours before sleep
  • Maintain a healthy body weight
  • Quit smoking

To find out more about how you can get involved in your community, visit the GERD Awareness Week page on the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders website for helpful tips, resources and ideas.

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In October digestive care expert Brenda Watson, C.N.C. released her new book, The Skinny Gut Diet, in which she reveals the secret to weight loss success (hint: it has to do with your gut bacteria). Now, we’re excited to announce the Skinny Gut public television special will begin airing next week!

Tune in to Skinny Gut, Vibrant You on your local public television station to find out why you are not entirely responsible for your weight gain or your poor health. That’s right—there is actually a missing piece to the puzzle.

It has to do with the trillions of bacteria inside your gut and whether they are in balance or out of balance. In fact, they are the underlying reason why you struggle to lose weight and achieve optimal health, but by addressing your internal balance you will finally be able to lose the weight and keep it off—plus enjoy the side benefits of fewer digestive problems, a stronger immune system, and even a better mood!

In Skinny Gut, Vibrant You Brenda reveals how living a Skinny Gut lifestyle can help you regain vibrant health. Be sure to tune in to this eye-opening special that reveals the science behind your inner weight loss secret and provides simple ways to achieve permanent weight loss.

Click here to find out when Skinny Gut, Vibrant You will be airing in your area!

For a quick preview of Brenda’s new special, click on the link below!

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