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Is it too much turkey or is it GERD?

Is it too much turkey or is it GERD?

After seconds or even thirds of turkey, stuffing mashed potatoes, gravy and pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving, your stomach may begin to make some strange noises.  But when are those noises something to worry about?  Gastroenterologist Ronald Hsu, medical director of Sutter Roseville Endoscopy Center, has some tips that may help explain the racket your belly is making.

“People may be surprised to learn that those gurgling noises coming from your abdomen don’t actually come from the stomach,” said Dr. Hsu. “They’re generated by the intestines when food particles, gas and other substances move from one end to the other.”

A gentle rumble is usually considered normal functioning. But overindulging during the holidays can cause additional discomfort.

Foods to Improve Your Mood

Foods to Improve Your Mood

Interview by Elizabeth Schainbaum

For Nancy Hoffman, PsyD, the old adage “you are what you eat” doesn’t just relate to physical health. It’s also mental.

The simple neuroscience behind eating begins with how nutrients influence the brain’s chemical composition. Foods that boost neurotransmitters, such as serotonin or dopamine, can also boost our mood, alertness, and ability to cope with stress.

A licensed clinical psychologist with specialized training in neuropsychology, Dr. Hoffman is based at Kaiser Permanente Union City Medical Offices. Dr. Hoffman is also the guest of the Health Talks Online webinar “Food and Mood” on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 12:30 p.m.

Briefly explain the neuroscience behind what we eat.

2013 Weekly Challenge #46: What have you learned?

2013 Weekly Challenge #46: What have you learned?

2013 Weekly Challenge #46: What have you learned?

Posted: 15 Nov 2013 12:00 PM PST

Life is about learning and growing.  When you know better, you can do better, right?  This week, we are thinking about lessons learned.

Think about the important lessons YOU have learned this year, and how it has changed how you think, how you act, how you feel and then...

Share it with someone!

Join us on the Facebook page and tell your Mama Bootcamp family what lesson you are most thankful for.  Could be just the lesson one of your sisters needs to learn, too.

Have a great week! 

WEEKLY CHALLENGE: Eat Your Break(fast)!!!

WEEKLY CHALLENGE: Eat Your Break(fast)!!!

SCOE to Host 9th Annual PHAST Youth Coalition: Tobacco Slam Training

SCOE to Host 9th Annual PHAST Youth Coalition: Tobacco Slam Training

SCOE to Host 9th Annual PHAST (Protecting Health and Slamming Tobacco) Youth Coalition: Tobacco Slam Training

The Stanislaus County Office of Education Prevention Programs Department, in partnership with the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency, California Youth Advocacy Network (CYAN), and Follow the Signs, will host the 9th Annual PHAST Tobacco Slam training on Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Martin Petersen Event Center, 720 12th Street in Modesto. 

2013 Weekly Challenge #37: The Power of the Push Up

2013 Weekly Challenge #37:  The Power of the Push Up

What do you do when your bootcamp coach says "time for pushups?" I'm willing to bet you groan, shoot a dirty look or, at a minimum roll your eyes. Admit it - you know its true!

Pushups aren't the easiest thing in the world to do. But they are worth every bit of effort you put into them. Pushups work SO many muscle groups. Primarily, they work your deltoids (shoulders), triceps (back of the upper arm) and pectorals (chest). As if that weren't great enough, they can also engage your rhomboids (shoulder blade area), Erector spinae(spine), Rotator cuff, Posterior Deltoids (shoulders), Serratus anterior (near your arm pits), Rectus abdominus (abs), Transverse Abdominus (abs), Gluteus maximus (glutes), and Quadriceps (quads).

That's a lot of bang for your exercise buck, so its no surprise they can be challenging!

Officials call Air Alert

Officials call Air Alert

Increasing ozone levels and possible smoke impacts from lingering wildfires have prompted local air officials to declare the air basin’s second Air Alert episode of 2013 beginning today (Monday, Sept. 9) and continuing through Wed., Sept. 11. The Air Alert is effective in San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and the Valley portion of Kern counties.