Listen to your Body

Listen up: Your body may be trying to tell you something. No matter how big or small a symptom, it's the subtle hints that may be warning signs of something much worse.

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Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears has been experiencing some minor symptoms — jaw pain, chewing discomfort, headaches and pain in his left ear —
and wonders what may be causing his discomfort. He visits oral surgeon Dr. Sanda Moldovan live on the show for a real-time wisdom tooth extraction.

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Body Symptoms
Find out what may be causing your common condition.

• Sweet and salty cravings, inability to focus, irritability. What could they mean?

Lower abdominal pain, painful sex, irregular period. Is it serious?
How do I sound? What is your voice telling you?
What's that smell? Can certain scents be a sign of serious health problems?

Body Colors


Passing Gas
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Flatulence is a natural bodily function, with the average person passing gas approximately 14 times a day. Dr. Travis explains that it smells because compounds in the gut, such as hydrogen sulfide, can give off an unpleasant odor.

If you have excessive flatulence, take a look at your diet. Eating foods high in fiber, such as beans and broccoli, can cause some people to produce more gas.

How to Minimize Gas

Eat smaller meals
Avoid spicy foods, coffee and tea
Avoid artificial sweeteners
Drink a cup of warm water to settle your diaphragm and reduce burping

• See a solution for foul-smelling gas.
• Try The Doctors' Flatulence-Free Dip.

Simple tips to help keep gas at bay.

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Dr. Jorge reveals simple ways to reduce acid reflux.

Heartburn relief
Acid reflux treatment

Acid Reflux
Do you suffer from horrible heartburn after a meal? You're not alone. More than 60 million Americans experience the burning pain of heartburn, or acid reflux, at least once a month.  It occurs when stomach acid moves up the esophagus rather than staying in the stomach where it digests food. The pain can occur in the middle of the abdomen and chest, or even move up into the throat.

Gastroenterologist Dr. Jorge Rodriguez explains which foods commonly create acid reflux. "Any food that's fatty is going to open up the sphincter between the esophagus and the stomach," Dr. Jorge says. "It's just a natural gate opener, so it's going to make it more likely for the acid to come up."

Foods that Can Cause Acid Reflux

Hunger Pangs

If your stomach feels unsettled or you experience uncomfortable hunger pangs after eating, your body may be warning you of a serious health problem. Dr. Jorge demonstrates what to be aware of.

Preventing hunger pangs

• Chocolate
Fried foods
High-fat dairy products
High-fat meats

"All of these foods can be bad for you, but they can also be OK if you eat them in moderation," Dr. Jorge says. "A lot of what has to do with this is how much you eat. If you overeat, it expands your stomach, [and] you're going to get heartburn. You don't have to deprive yourself of everything, just don't eat too much."

Dr. Travis explains that you have to listen to your body when it comes to acid reflux. "For some people, there are going to be certain triggers amongst those foods that are particularly worrisome," he says. "If, every single time you drink coffee, you get heartburn, it's probably time to put coffee to the side for a while."


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