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10 foods that beat holiday bloat


The holidays can puff you out faster than you can say pumpkin pie. Cookies, cocktails and second helpings can lead to trapped air, water retention and belly-bloating constipation. But that doesn’t mean you have to look like the Michelin Man at your next party. Here are 10 foods and drinks that will flatten your belly fast, whether you want to squeeze into your little black dress or deflate after a night of overindulgence.

To preempt holiday party bloat, sip on some peppermint tea or pop a peppermint oil pill like Heather’s Tummy Tamers Peppermint Oil Capsules about an hour beforehand, suggests Tamara Duker Freuman, a New York-based nutritionist who specializes in digestive disorders. “Peppermint is an anti-spasmodic. It calms down the entire digestive tract and allows gas to pass,” she says. Sipping tea post-party can also banish belchy gas.

Holiday travel can throw off your eating and sleeping, and wreck your regularity. This can lead to constipation, bloating and abdominal pain. “Pack a couple packets of plain instant oatmeal instead of grabbing a pastry in the morning,” suggests Freuman. “Oatmeal is a terrific source of soluble fiber to keep bowels regular.”

Person-centered health care focuses on patient as individual


CHICAGO — Every time JoAnna James took her husband, Lawrence, to the doctor, she left the hospital without understanding what was wrong with him.

“You ask (doctors) to break it down so you can understand what they are saying and they make you feel like there is something wrong with you,” said James, 67.

100 years young: No rocking chair for this Kenosha man


When it comes to active seniors, Ewald Brandes takes the cake.

A lifelong Kenosha resident who just turned 100, Brandes is both more senior and more active than some people half his age.

Shocking disorder: Trigeminal neuralgia causes intense pain in the face


Six years ago Mandi Ginn-Franz was at work when she got a terrifying toothache.

It was a burning, searing sensation that sent her scurrying to her dentist in a panic.

Refuge from the chaos of addiction


Living in addiction is living in the midst of constant chaos. Sometimes the only way out of chaos is to give yourself over to the structured environment of a recovery house.

Residents in Oxford Houses in southeast Wisconsin have found a refuge from that chaos.

Let’s figure it out: New Uptown mental health clinic offers personalized care and housecalls


You get an annual physical. You see the dentist once a year. But how often do you get your mental health checked?

Therapists at the new AMRI Counseling clinic at 2221 63rd St. in Uptown say it’s something everyone should do.

The right dose: Machine helps patients take pills on time


“Time to take your medication!”

It’s a phrase that Laura Dean, 59, hears four times a day from a machine that looks like an oversized coffeemaker perched on her bookcase.

3 vaccines you may need now


Don’t put off getting these three shots that could ward off serious illness, warns Consumer Reports.

Though last year’s flu vaccine was the least effective it has been in the last eight years — reducing risk of illness by only about 23 percent — experts say that even a not-so-good flu shot is far better than none. If you do get sick in spite of getting the vaccine, symptoms are often milder.

The journey beyond addiction: Moyers to speak at Help & Hope conference at UW-Parkside


Getting treatment for drug or alcohol addiction is important. But for William Cope Moyers, treatment is only the beginning; the real work is the journey that follows.

“Addiction treatment is always addressed as the acuity — in the moment — but it is what happens after the moment that is critical,” Moyers said in a recent telephone interview.

High-tech hearing assistance: Club to present program that explains options


For hearing impaired people, the world is changing at the speed of sound.

Or so it seems.

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