Happy Turkey Day! What Is Tryptophan & Is It The Cause of My Food Coma?

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on all the things we should be thankful in our lives. It may involve lots of loud visiting relatives, watching funny movies and of course eating turkey! The age old tale of turkey and tryptophan seems to come up every year...Does the tryptophan in turkey make you extra sleepy on Thanksgiving? No, the tryptophan in turkey is not to blame for your extra sleepiness after Thanksgiving chow down. It is true that turkey contains tryptophan, an amino acid which is a building block to produce protein, however, many other food items contain much more tryptophan than the Thanksgiving mascot. Chicken, cheese, eggs, and yogurt all contain tryptophan. Once digested

Stomach Flu...What Should I Do?

The stomach flu, also known as acute gastroenteritis, is caused by one of several types of viruses. Viruses such as rotavirus, enteric adenovirus, and norovirus cause symptoms of frequent loose stool, nausea, vomiting, fever, and abdominal cramping. Typically, the illness lasts no more than a week and treatment is aimed at symptom management and hydration. If vomiting occurs, it typically lasts for the first few days of the illness. Anti-nausea medication can be helpful with this symptom so that hydration can be achieved. Some patients have such severe vomiting which requires IV hydration. Once you can tolerate liquids by mouth, starting a bland diet known as the BRATT diet can help gi

What's for Dinner?

If you are like most people, figuring out meals for you and your family can be a struggle. It is sometimes easier and less expensive to pick up “something quick.” Are you putting your family at health risks by doing this? Some of the most common medical conditions (hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and diabetes) today are attributed to our daily lifestyles, which includes the food we eat. Talk to your doctor about meals you can cook to help foster healthy eating in your household. Meal planning is time consuming, frustrating and even expensive at times for a single person and more so for a family with selective palates. So why bother? Evidence shows that a diet comprised of eating out, p

November Is COPD Awareness Month!

Do you cough or feel short of breath all the time? Get frequent respiratory infections? Are you a smoker that uses an inhaler regularly? COPD, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema, are lung diseases that affect millions of Americans and is the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S. November is COPD Awareness month. Talk to your doctor today to discuss symptoms of COPD and ways to prevent and treat this condition. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States. It is a preventable and treatable disease that affects millions of Americans. You may think that it only affects smokers, however, there are genetic conditions that pred

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