Heartburn or GERD can Kill

Heartburn is a common annoyance. The busy lifestyle, quick meals, fatty or spicy foods all contribute to the occasional need of a chewable pain reliever. The acceptance of heartburn as an inconvenient, but natural, part of the daily grind can blind you to the warning that a severe heartburn symptom can bring.

Heartburn as a Disorder

Heartburn can be a symptom as well as a disorder. Simple heartburn or GERD can be controlled and dealt with. However, heartburn can signal the presence of a much more serious problem. If it’s heartburn, you will have a burning sensation in the chest usually after eating. There may be a spread of the burning to the throat, sometimes accompanied by a bad taste, difficulty in swallowing, belching, coughing, hoarseness and/or wheezing.

It can become worse by lying down or bending over or by eating. Relief can come from an antacid. While the more severe heartburn symptoms may be mistaken for a heart attack, simple heartburn is usually not made worse by exercise. If there is any concern that the pain may signal a heart attack, get help quickly.

Monday, June 22, 2009

9 Power Foods for Athletes

By Curtis Ludlow

Many women don't focus enough on getting the right types of food into their diets.

Fresh fish, fruit, and green vegetables are the preferred food sources since these foods aid in providing the vitamin requirements of the body.

Women have different dietary requirements as compared to men. Hence, they need to eat differently at various stages of life. Women need more iron and calcium as compared to men. Keeping nutrition requirements in mind here are the top 10 power foods which can help women with weight loss and maintaining a healthy body.

Wild Fish

The wild fish that you consume will have a high lean protein content and it will also be an excellent source of B-vitamins like magnesium, zinc, and calcium.

Yogurt

Due to pregnancy and other issues, the level of calcium can become low in a woman's body. Therefore, yogurt can be a great source of calcium since it also has friendly bacteria that can be digested easily.

Leafy Green Vegetables

Vegetables like broccoli, collard and kale are great store houses of a wide variety of nutrients including calcium, potassium and vitamin B complex. Apart from these, they also contain a high amount of antioxidants as well.

Water

Water is great as an appetite suppressant and also essential for the proper functioning of your body. Hence, this the drink you need everyday. A great strategy is to set a timer and take a few sips every 15 - 20 minutes.

Soy Beans

Soybeans and other soy products are great for fighting the bad cholesterol (LDL) and increasing the good cholesterol levels. They are also rich in phytoestrogen as well. You can have soy in the form of tofu or soybean nuggets.

Red Meat

Red meat is a great way to get the essential nutrient known as iron, ladies. You will find this nutrient in abundance in foods like lentils, lean red meats and dark poultry.

Flax

Flax products are one of the best sources of Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3's are essential for the proper functioning of your brain and body. Be sure to supplement daily to make sure you are getting enough.

Beta

Beta Carotene is also an essential super nutrient found in foods like carrots, pumpkin, sweet potato and squash. These foods are rich in antioxidants which help in preventing ageing and breast cancer problems.

Bean

Beans are rich in soluble fiber, protein and they also attract bile. This is good because it removes it from your system before the cholesterol inside of it can do damage.

Be sure to work these amazing foods into your diet and transform you life today!

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