Wellness Wednesday – 1/1/20
WELLNESS TIP OF THE WEEK
Heartburn? GERD? Indigestion? What does all of this mean?
Ahmer Ibrahim, MD, Gastroenterologist, Pentucket Medical
GERD is an acronym for Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease. This is a health issue in which acid from the stomach goes back up (refluxes) into the esophagus.
Typically, acid, produced in the stomach, should remain in the stomach. Its lining is designed to resist damage from normal amounts of stomach acid.
Drugs such as aspirin or NSAIDs (ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve, naproxen, etc) can decrease the stomach’s defenses against acid, leading to damage and ulcers.
Heartburn is the most common sensation or symptom that occurs with GERD. It is a burning sensation under the breastbone that occurs with acid reflux. Indigestion (or dyspepsia) is the sensation of queasiness, nausea after eating, burping, or regurgitation (bringing up food previously eating, often with a burp). This can have many causes, from overeating to gastritis (inflammation of the stomach), or even more serious diseases. Often an EGD (Upper GI Endoscopy) may be necessary for diagnosis.
GERD / Heartburn / Barrett’s Esophagus can be treated with medications.
Most people with these symptoms reach for OTC antacids such as Tums, Rolaids, Zantac (ranitidine) or Pepcid (famotidine) for acid reflux.
Prilosec (omeprazole), Prevacid, Nexium, Protonix (pantoprazole), Aciphex, and Dexilant are sometimes prescribed due to being longer acting and stronger.
However, none of these medications, even Over the Counter (OTC) , should be used long term (more than 2 weeks) without consulting a doctor.
This is because these medications work so well they can mask a more serious disease, such as Barrett’s Esophagus, caused by chronic GERD (occurring over many years), and is a risk factor for esophageal cancer.
Should you be experiencing any of these symptoms and they occur more than a few times a week, schedule a visit with your doctor to come up with a treatment that works for you.
The Hottest Health Trends For 2020
Pullman Hotels & Resorts and Healthista hosted the second annual Pullman Prescribes Wellness Trends Event, an exclusive breakfast at its London St Pancras hotel, to announce the key wellness trends for 2020.
All trends for 2020 shared the common theme of wellness infiltration, as the wellness industry becomes increasingly entrenched in our everyday lives, influencing our choices in more ways than ever before.
According to Healthista, daily coffees will be infused with CBD, the number of people following plant-based diets will rise and male stresses and anxieties will be at the forefront of the mental health conversation.
To read the full list of 2020 predictions, click here.
Tips To Avoid Scammers During 2020 U.S. Census
In March of 2020, U.S. citizens over the age of 18 will be filling out the newest census survey.
The U.S. Census Bureau released tips to help avoid scammers who are phishing for information to the census survey period. The bureau said census workers will never ask for your social security number, your bank account or credit card or for money. If someone asks for these, it might be a scam.
“Number one issue is phishing scams by email,” said Micky Devitt, a research consultant with the Center for Public Affairs Research at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. “The census will never be asking you information through email or text. If you’re receiving an email asking for personal information, that’s not the U.S. Census. Financial information is not necessary to the census, it’s not one of the questions being asked so that’s a big red flag. ”
To read the full story by 3NewsNow.com, click here.
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LOCAL WINTER FARMERS MARKETS
January 4 and 11
Maxwell’s Winter Farmers Market
It’s the 10th season of Maxwell’s winter farmers market, and it’s all inside a heated greenhouse. There will be fresh produce, eggs, bagels, bread, beef, pork, fish and seafood, coffee, soups, empanadas, salads, cookies, cupcakes, Greek pastries, Peruvian cookies, micro-greens, wine, fruit snack boxes, sandwiches, chocolate, honey, alpaca hats and gloves, goat milk soap, pierogi, and plenty more! Visit anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Chelmsford, Mass. | MaxwellsOfChelmsford.com
January 5 and 12
Lowell Mill No 5 Food Tour
Learn about bitters and vinegars, try a variety of cheese made by local, and sample delectable pastries, milk shakes, and sodas.
Mill No. 5 in Lowell, Massachusetts is a unique collection of shops within a revitalized historic textile mill. Located just outside of Boston, join us on this exciting indoor specialty food tour where we’ll hear about the history of the Mill which took over a decade to bring to life. Visit anytime between 3 and 5 p.m.
Tour sells out and guests must purchase tickets in advance.
Lowell, Mass. | OffTheBeatenPathFoodTours.com
January 5 and 19
Newburyport Farmers Market
Enjoy the community feel and local eats at the Newburyport Farmers Market. Every other week from Jan 5 through April 5. Winter market hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Newburyport, Mass. | Facebook.com
Groundwork Winter Farmers Markets
Fruits and vegetables grown locally are best for you, your health and your family’s health because it supports local businesses, keeps money in our community and is the best for the environment. Come and support your local farmers, to get fresh products, and connect with your neighbors and Groundwork Lawrence’s Winter Farmers Market, anytime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Lawrence, Mass. | GroundworkLawrence.org