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.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Clear For Life - How To Get Rid Of Zits

By Chris Jensen

How to get rid of zits - this is usually the concern of most teenagers. According to studies, about 80 percent of all teenagers suffer from this skin disturbance.

Acne is a condition in which the skin of the face, and often the neck, shoulders, chest, and back, is covered with pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, and boils. This development is controlled by chemical substances called hormones, which stimulate the oil glands in the skin. These glands, which are called sebaceous glands, grow larger and produce more oil. When the surface pores are clogged with sebaceous gland secretions and keratin, or when so much extra oil is being secreted that it backs up into the ducts, the result is the formation of skin blemishes characteristic of acne.

Do you want to enjoy clear and beautiful skin? Here are simple tips on how to get rid of zits:

1. Wash your face regularly with a mild facial cleanser, preferable one containing salicylic acid. Salicylic acid exfoliates the skin and prevents it from drying out. Rinse well with water, pat skin dry with a clean towel, and apply a moisturizer.

2. Apply fresh slices of cucumber to the affected areas for about 20 minutes. Rinse your face with cold water thereafter.

3. Apply crushed garlic to the affected areas. Garlic has anti-bacterial properties, therefore killing acne-causing bacteria on your skin.

4. Do not pop your pimples nor put your hands in your face frequently. Our hands and fingers may be dirty and inhabited by more germs, and so doing these things will only make matters worse.

5. Drink plenty of water daily. Water will hydrate your skin and prevent it from looking dry and scaly. Also, it will detoxify your body of unwanted substances that accumulate in your colon and contribute to your acne.

In conclusion, taking care of your skin is very important, not only for your personal sense of beauty but also for your general well-being.

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