Brake for Breakfast at Teton Radiology

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and here at Madison Memorial we’re celebrating with our event Brake for Breakfast on the first Wednesday in October. Starting at 7 am at Teton Radiology in Rexburg, we will be handing out 1,500 breakfasts along with make-up kits and other goodies. This event is held to remind women to get their annual mammograms and remind everyone about the importance of maintaining breast health. As the saying goes, early detection is the best protection.Even though the event starts early in the morning, it’s never too early to show your support for breast cancer awareness! Visit for maps, more details, and to invite your friends to come too.

If you live in Rigby or Saint Anthony, at the same time in the Broulim’s parking lot, we will be giving out 300 breakfasts.


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Improving your Digestive System

One of the most common initial problems and complaints treated here at Madison Memorial Hospital is abdominal pain. This can come from a number of problems associated with the body’s digestive system and often times can be solved through drinking water and going on a walk.

What is digestion?

Everyone who eats food somehow needs to digest it. When there are problems with digestion, various side effects can come about. The process of digestion refers to how the food you eat becomes nutrients for your body. Digestion then uses these nutrients to help your body with energy, growth and cell repair, according to WebMD.

What are common digestive tract problems?

There are several problems that can occur to digestive tracts. Some of these problems include constipation, diarrhea, gas, abdominal pain, heart burn, irritable bowel syndrome (I.B.S.), and inflammatory bowel disease (I.B.D). Inflammatory bowel disease is when part or all of the digestive tract is inflamed.

How do I improve my digestion?

The following things you can do to better improve your digestion.

Watch What You Eat

The first thing is to include high fiber foods in your diet. These foods consist of whole grains, legumes, vegetables, and fruit. Choosing lean meats such as lean cuts, pork loin, and skinless poultry can aid in better digestion. Low-fat yogurt and kefir are probiotics that will help normalize bowel movements. Instead of eating butter or margarine, you can substitute olive oil. When it comes to eating real food, check the freshness, whether or not it is organic, as well as the quality of food. It is beneficial to put quality food in your quality digestive system.

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The quality of our food and the quality of our digestive health have a strong correlation.

Eat on a Schedule

Try to eat on a consistent schedule. Sit down for your meals. Eat snacks around the same time during the day. As you eat, take your time and fully chew your food. Put technology away and focus on your meal. Savor your food and give yourself time to digest as you form healthy habits. While you are developing positive eating habits, watch your mood. Whether you have a positive or negative mood will affect how much you eat. When you eat only when you are in a positive mood, you are more aware of what you are eating. Eat in a nondistracted, relaxed environment.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Drink water often to ensure your body is properly hydrated. Being hydrated helps dissolve fats and soluble fiber and allows food to pass through your body easily. Water along with beverages which contain electrolytes are important in the body. Also limit smoking, caffeine, and alcohol. These substances can interfere with the function of your digestive system as they can cause stomach ulcers and heartburn troubles.


Exercise regularly! As you exercise, it will help move food through your digestive system. Exercises, such as walking, using the elliptical, and biking, will aid in the reduction of constipation and support healthy weight management. As you plan exercise into your schedule, you are more likely to get out and make it happen. Exercising can help with weight loss and reduce heartburn.

Lessen Your Stress

When you mishandle stress, it will send your digestive system into overdrive. To reduce stress, breathing techniques within meditation, yoga, walking around, or even taking naps can be beneficial. Stress is dangerous when not handled correctly.

What are symptoms of poorly functioning digestive systems?

Poorly functioning digestive systems show numerous amounts of symptoms. Check to see if you have any of the following:

  • abdominal pain
  • lower back pain
  • excess gas
  • bloating
  • loose bowel movements
  • headaches
  • migraines
  • irritability
  • acne
  • skin rashes
  • low energy

Here at Madison Memorial Hospital, we care about your digestive health. We don’t want you to be in pain with a poorly functioning digestive system. We encourage you to do your part to reduce the risk of having any problems.

Further dietary counseling information can be found at Madison Education Department.

Madison Education Department

35 N 1st E, Rexburg, ID 83440



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Top 5 Ways to Prepare for the Total Solar Eclipse

Are You Ready for the Solar Eclipse?

Here are the top five things you need to do to prepare for the solar eclipse which will be visible in Rexburg this August.

1. Get Eclipse Glasses

Looking at the sun for a long period of time can damage your eyes. When you view the eclipse, you will need eclipse glasses. Eclipse glasses should have a filter to look through. If the glasses aren’t labeled ISO, they won’t protect your eyes the way they should, according to

Places to find eclipse glasses include, BYU-Idaho bookstore, and other grocery stores.

2. Find a Good Location

Free areas you can view the eclipse are Porter Park, Evergreen Park, Madison Middle School, Riverside Park, Madison Junior High, Nature Park, and Smith Park, according to Rexburg Online.  

3. Remember the Date and Time

The eclipse will happen August 21, at 11:33 AM. Here in Rexburg, it will only last 2 minutes and 17 seconds! Make sure you don’t miss it.

4. Invite Friends and Family

This is a once in a life time opportunity. Though total eclipses can happen every few years or so, the next total eclipse over our country will be on April 8, 2024, according to

Be sure to invite your friends and family for this wonderful experience!

This is a time you won’t want to forget so one idea is to take pictures, but you need to be careful as you do so. Camera phones are not equipped for taking pictures of solar eclipses and will still damage your eyes through the lens. For taking pictures, make sure your camera has an eclipse filter, is stabilized, and that you give it a break so it does not overheat, according to

5. Prepare for other activities

Many people are coming to Rexburg for the eclipse. One way to prepare for such a crowd is to buy groceries in advance. Here at Madison Memorial Hospital, we recommend purchasing two weeks of food in advance of the eclipse, as others will be buying a great deal once they arrive.

Many vendors will have stations throughout Rexburg on the day of the eclipse. After or before the eclipse, feel free to walk around and help these local business flourish.

Also, the BYU-Idaho Manwaring Center has a buffet throughout the entire day in the Crossroads dining area. Price for the buffet is $7.99 plus tax, according to

Have a great solar eclipse experience on August 21 and stay safe!


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Eating Healthy

Healthful Food Suggestions recommends that our meals include about an equal ratio of fruits and vegetables compared to grains and proteins. That means that you should make fruits and vegetables about half your plate.

Try eating whole grains rather than processed grains for added health benefits. “People who eat whole grains as part of a healthy diet have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Grains provide many [emphasis added] nutrients that are vital for the health and maintenance of our bodies” ( Whole grains also contain more nutrients and fill you up better than refined grains.

Fruits are a sweet, natural dessert and a much better option than junk food or candy because they contain nutrients and lack the refined sugars.

“A diet rich in vegetables and fruits can lower blood pressure, reduce risk of heart disease and stroke, prevent some types of cancer, lower risk of eye and digestive problems, and have a positive effect upon blood sugar which can help keep appetite in check” (Harvard School of Public Health).

Fish such as salmon are another heart-healthy protein option. “The American Heart Association recommends eating fish (particularly fatty fish) at least two times (two servings) a week.”If you don’t eat meat, beans and peas are some alternative sources of protein.

If you don’t eat meat, beans and peas are some alternative plant sources for protein while still part of the vegetable food group.

Caloric Intake Guidelines

Ever wonder how many calories you should eat a day? This WebMD link shares the average calorie intake to “maintain energy balance” based on gender, height, and the amount of daily activity.

Learn What Your Food is Made of has a food tracker called Food-A-Pedia. It is a great resource to track the nutritional content and calories of what you eat.

Also, don’t forget to prepare your food properly and wash your hands before eating!

Other resources:

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)



Stay Hydrated

Water is the one nutrient which your body doesn’t store.

Summer Hydration

Summer is here and so is the heat! Due to the fact that our bodies are made up of about 60% water, staying hydrated is crucial.

“Summer is a particularly risky time, we lose a lot of water through our skin and through our respirations,” said Merri A. Bowler, Madison Diabetes Education Coordinator. “We just need to be extra diligent to make sure that we are drinking enough.”

Over the past two years, on average, Madison Memorial Hospital has received about ten cases of dehydration per month.

Summer heat increases the risk of dehydration, this is a concern as everyone tends to become more involved in activities during the warmer months.

If an individual gets dehydrated then they may become nauseated, very confused and have significant problems. It is also important to ensure children have access to water because they are more susceptible to dehydration.

Improving Water Drinking Habits

In order to stay hydrated throughout the day, it is a good idea to carry around a water bottle. Reusable bottles can be refilled multiple times and at the same time are more transportable than cups or glasses.

Madison Dietitian, Susan Clark, is a big believer in water bottles.

“If you have a 24-ounce bottle or something like that at your desk or with you all the time it’s easier,” said Clark. “I know I drink a lot more that way than if I just get a few ounces in a cup every few hours.”

One effective way to increase the drinking of water is to add flavorings.

“If you don’t like water then you can put some lemon flavor, lime flavor in it and that too to make it a little more drinkable,” Bowler recommended.

Water Benefits Proper Body Functions

Water is important for the proper function of:

  • body temperature
  • the bowels
  • the gastrointestinal tract
  • the kidneys
  • the liver
  • the skin
  • the urinal tract

Drinking water also helps muscles to be energized therefore it is very important to hydrate before and during exercise activities. Sweating causes those working out to lose fluids which need to be replaced through drinking water.

Drinking water helps to maintain the balance of our bodies’ fluids. WebMD suggests six reasons to drink water here.

Water helps with cognitive function or in other words thinking.

“Water helps our whole body work better, it keeps the organs functioning well especially like the kidneys,” said Bowler.

Water Benefits Physical Appearance

Drinking water is a strategy many dieters have used to help with weight loss and controlling calories. Foods which are water-rich are absorbed more slowly by the body and help you to feel full. A few examples of water-rich foods are:

  • beans
  • fruits
  • oatmeal
  • soups with broth
  • vegetables

Proper hydration helps the skin to keep moisture in because the skin contains water and helps fluid loss to not be excessive through prevention.

Water provides good hydration for most people and is all that most need unless if exercising at a high intensity for an extended period of time, then sports drinks may help provide electrolytes, according to While they may provide electrolytes it is important to be cautious with consumption due to high sugar content.

Sugar-filled Drinks

Drinks containing high amounts of sugar are not as beneficial for proper health.

“A little bit is okay. Things like Powerade, Gatorade, you know like your sports drinks, they have a lot of electrolytes so those are really good if you’re in a hot environment sweating a lot of your sodium out because there’s a lot of sodium in sweat,” Clark said. “For most people, water is sufficient.”

For most people, it is not necessary to drink beverages other than water.

Water and Diabetes

“If you are well hydrated then you eat less,” said Bowler.

Drinking water helps with feeling full. Often times feelings of hunger are actually indicators of thirst.

“Sometimes we are really thirsty when we think we are hungry and so it helps with that but it’s just a good thing to drink so that you don’t have added sugars and caffeine,” Bowler said. “It’s really important for people with diabetes to stay well hydrated also it really helps the body handle the sugar better.”

Water is important and so are you. It’s time to take a sip and get refreshed!

Further dietary counseling information can be found at Madison Education Department.

Madison Education Department

35 N 1st E, Rexburg, ID 83440


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