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.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Detox Diets More Harm Than Good

By Amanda Ligi

Detox diets are becoming very popular these days. Everyone is looking for the quick fix. Detox diets are suppose to be a quick fix. Beyonce had just come out publicly saying that she lost twenty pounds for the movie Dreamgirls by using Master Cleanse a detox diet. But detox diets are not the healthiest diet, some expert even say it does nothing more then cause damage to the body.

Detox diets are used to cleanse toxic chemicals from one's body. Some detox regiments include the use of special drinks, or pills and liquids only. Once the body is cleansed is the dieter allowed to bring food back into their diet. Detox diets are intended to reduce the toxin levels within the colon and liver. The diets claim to improve your energy or your immunity. It is suppose to reduce the toxin levels in the colon and liver.

A public heath expert Roger Clemens says "the lungs, kidney, liver, gastrointestinal tract, and immune system are effective in removing our neutralizing toxic substances on their own." If they body can do it all on it own, then is this detox just a bad fad?

Short term it will help you lose a few pounds and maybe think you feel better, but the long term effects are what are harmful. "Long-term fasts lead to muscle breakdown and a shortage of many needed nutrients," says Lona Sandon, a Dallas dietitian and spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. As the weight comes off people decide to go from short term to long and that is when most of the damage occurs. The body goes from being cleansed into starvation mode due to the low calorie regiment. The body starts to lose muscle mass and nutrients the body needs to work properly. Also a low calorie diet will lower your metabolic rate which helps speed up weight loss. "Never go below 1,200 calories a day-doing so can slow your metabolism down for years to come" says Pamela Peeke, M.D., and author of Body for Life for Women.

Some of the detox diets require you to take laxatives, or laxatives are found in the powders or drinks. Taking laxatives on a regular bases is extremely dangerous. Laxative use can cause dehydration, colon damage, chronic diarrhea, or impaired bowel movement where one can only go to the bathroom with the use of laxatives.

Overall detox diets are a way to hurt your body more then help. Getting a quick fix is never the way to go. Controlling portions and exercising is the only true way to get the pounds off. Taking the easy road by doing a detox will hurt you in the long run. A happy healthy life is what everyone should want, not a life full of health problems. So do lose the weight in a healthy way, not with the fad detox diet.

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