Soda and aggression in children

Soda drinks were reported in a Pediatric journal to be associated with aggression in 5 year olds. The soda contains caffeine and high fructose corn syrup.


REflux , heartburn, caffeine, fatty foods, and fried foods


This video shows the contributing factors to reflux in the older child and adult which includes fried foods,, caffeine in tea, coffee, soda and chocolate as well as over feeding, These foods relax the lower esophagus valve and allow the food to regurgitate into the esophagus. Heartburn may be a symptom of reflux.

Foods that help you concentrate

Caffeine can make you more alert ( coffee, tea, dark chocolate)

Glucose (not table sugar) found in complex carbohydrates can offer short term memory boost and help thinking process.

Breakfast-such as high fiber whole grains, dairy and fruit help you concentrate

Fish containing omega three fatty acids enhance memory- especially as you get older

Blueberries-prevent age related conditions such as Alzheimer’s and improved learning and muscle function with aging.

reflux and its many causes

There is a common misconception that if you suffer from acid reflux, you must be eating spicy foods, drinking martinis and smoking cigars on a regular basis.

This is not true, said Dr. Anish Sheth, a gastroenterologist and assistant professor of medicine at Yale University.

In fact, lifestyle factors may account only for occasional heartburn sufferers, he said.
A person who experiences acid reflux on an everyday basis is more likely to have an anatomical or medical condition.

1. Sphincter has low pressure
Acid reflux occurs when the acidic contents of the stomach pass up into the esophagus, and the sphincter muscle (the barrier between the two) has a defect, so it is unable to block the acid.
If the sphincter muscle has low pressure, it causes acid reflux.

“Some people just have a low pressure, and we don’t know why,” Sheth said. “Pregnancy can lower the pressure, as can blood pressure and depression medications. But, most of the time, we don’t know what causes it.”

For patients who suffer from a low-pressure sphincter, there is hope: a minimally invasive surgery known as fundoplication can provide relief.

2. Pregnancy
“Elevated progestin hormones cause the pressure of the sphincter to go down,” Sheth said. “And the increased pressure of the growing uterus predisposes the woman to acid reflux.”
The good news is that once the pregnancy is over, the symptoms of acid reflux are likely to disappear.

3. Hiatal hernia
A hiatal hernia is very common (at least 40 percent of Americans have them) and doesn’t necessarily cause acid reflux, Sheth said.

However, in a subgroup of patients with very severe reflux, a hiatal hernia — where the upper portion of the stomach moves upward into the chest — can cause acid to reflux, Sheth added.
Hiatal hernias can range in size from 1 to 4 centimeters. They can be repaired during fundoplication surgeries.

4. Gastroparesis
This is a disorder in which the stomach takes too long to empty its contents.
“Normally, the acid is produced and emptied into the small intestine, but if it sits in the stomach for longer, by sheer logic, it will come back up into the esophagus,” Sheth said.

5. Obesity
“Even though obesity is a lifestyle issue, it’s also something that can go overstated,” Sheth said. “Obesity increases the pressure in the stomach area, so for people who don’t have the other medical causes, the sheer presence of obesity will cause them to have acid reflux.”

6. Bisphosphonates
This class of drugs prevents and treats osteoporosis in women and, occasionally, cause acid reflux in users.

“They stand out,” Sheth said. “They don’t necessarily cause reflux, but they can cause esophageal irritation, which can feel like heartburn.”

Sheth added it is always worth a quick review of any medication that you are taking long-term to see if acid reflux is one of its side effects.

7. Lifestyle
People who have heartburn “every now and then” may benefit from making lifestyle changes, Sheth said.

If they decrease their chocolate and/or caffeine intake (or other food or beverages that may irritate their symptoms), lose weight and stop smoking, they are likely to see a reduction in acid reflux symptoms, he said.

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Calcium citrate provides 40% of the elemental calcium absorbed, and calcium citrate provides 20% absorbed calcium. Calcium citrate however, is absorbed better in the elderly population who have decreased stomach acid because it doesnt require stomach acid for absorption as does calcium carbonate. Coral calcium is calcium carbonate. Too much caffeine and sodium in the diet will increase the calcium loss in the urine, so beware of your sodium and caffeine intake if trying to build or maintain bones density.

Some causes of Belly Pain by Dr Martin Fried


Some of the common causes of belly pain includes milk (lactose) intolerance, fried food, caffeine products, large portions, and reflux. Try to limit the amount of fried and fatty foods in your diet.