Strengthen Your Swallowing

Exercise can help you improve your gulp

(HealthDayNews) -- If you've had a stroke or suffer from Parkinson's disease or cancer, the simple act of swallowing may be a struggle.

The New England Journal of Medicine's "HealthNews" offers the following exercise to strengthen the muscles that open the upper esophageal sphincter (the "gate" that lets food and drink down the esophagus to the stomach).

Lie face-up on the floor. Raise only your head -- keeping your feet, back and shoulders on the floor -- until you can see your toes. Pause, lower your head, then repeat this exercise 30 times. Take a one-minute break and repeat the whole cycle twice more, taking a one-minute break between each sequence of 30 head raises.

To continue swallowing better, you must continue the exercises.

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