Archive for November, 2018


Monday, November 12th, 2018



Heartburn, acid reflux, continual coughing and an ever-present sore throat can all be symptomatic of GERD. GERD stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease, and it’s a chronic digestive condition that affects 15 – 30% of the US population. November 19-25 is GERD awareness week. To honor the designation, here’s a look at some symptoms that accompany the condition, as well as potential solutions.


Symptoms include:

  • Heartburn that persists more than 2 weeks
  • Heartburn that wakes you up at night
  • Discomfort that interferes with daily activity
  • Pain or difficulty when you swallow


Solutions can include:

  • Changing diet; removing foods that trigger symptoms
  • Medication to relieve symptoms and reduce stomach acid
  • Surgery for severe situations
  • Holistic methods to help with gut repair

Water Does A Body Good

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

Cooler temperatures and leaves turning colors signal that the fall season has settled in. While the lack of blazing temperatures may not seem to illicit the same need to quench your thirst, it’s vital to remember the importance of hydration during cold weather months.


First of all, not drinking enough water affects both your physical and mental capabilities. Just a slight percentage decrease in your water intake can lead to brain fog and a loss of mental sharpness. The physical can follow, from feeling thirsty to inability to achieve tasks. Incidentally, by the time you realize you’re thirsty, it’s already reached a low point.


Although a variety of other liquids boast that they can quench your thirst, it’s not the same as having water. In fact, ironically, some drinks can cause you to lose fluids. Among them, coffee and caffeinated drinks. You can wind up in worse shape and less hydrated after gulping a large Coke.


Don’t let the cool temps fool you. Although you may not be sweating profusely like you would in mid-June, you’re still losing fluids. Keep up your water intake, and don’t be lulled into a false sense of security. By being educated and informed as far as what your body needs, you’ll keep the fall season fun!


And while we’re discussing the Autumn season, here are a couple of fun things coming up at Master Shim’s World Class Tae Kwon Do:

The 2018 Ha Tae Kyung Taekwondo Championship will kick off the fall tournament season, on November 10. A week later, Master Shim’s 3rd Annual Fall Family Festival will be an exciting time for all ages.


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Did You Know. . .

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

Muscle strain and muscle sprain are often used interchangeably. In some instances, they can share similar symptoms. Strains and sprains are, however, different injuries with different diagnosis and varied methods of treatment.


  • A sprain is defined as a stretching or tearing of ligaments
  • The stretching or tearing of a muscle or tendon is a strain
  • Both injuries have the same initial treatment: rest, ice, elevation
  • Symptoms of both can include pain, swelling, and limited movement to the area
  • Numbness, pain or difficulty moving are reasons to see a doctor for further treatment
  • Fatigue, poor conditioning, and improper warm up can all contribute to strains and sprains happening
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises can help out with prevention
  • Use proper form and technique when engaged in activity





An Array of Skills

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

Did You Know ….


The U.S. Open International Tae Kwon Do Hanmadang held its 10th Annual event in July. This year’s event hosted close to 1300 Tae Kwon Do enthusiasts from around the world, and offers them an outlet to showcase their skills. Here are a few details about the event:

  • The first contest was held in 1992 in Denver.
  • Participants showcase their skills in traditional forms, creative forms, creative board breaking, power breaking and demonstration team events.
  • Practitioners from China, Taiwan, Korea and other European and Pan American countries are represented.
  • A world-famous Tae Kwon Do Demonstration Team performed at this year’s Opening Ceremonies.
  • Grandparents, parents, children, aunts and uncles can form teams.
  • Other host cities include Colorado Springs and Chicago.