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.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

How To Prevent Wrinkles And Have Healthier Skin

By Joslyn Gayle

As kids, many of us wished we were older. As adults, though, all we ever want to do is look younger. For some, it becomes a matter of reversing things after they happen. Some, though, are able to learn how to prevent early wrinkles from happening.

Before you can prevent wrinkles, you need to understand how they get started. After all, it's impossible to avoid or treat what you don't understand. There are two big causes of wrinkles to learn about.

Internal, sometimes known as intrinsic, causes are one of the two big wrinkle creators. For example, genetics can play a role in the health of your skin. So, you might get wrinkles at age 20 or age 50, depending on your genes.

What are the signs of aging that could be produced by intrinsic sources, besides just wrinkles? Well, you might also have thin skin, sagging skin or skin that has lost its elasticity. On top of that, you could have to deal with dry or rough skin, too. Luckily, there are several products that can help you, but be aware that they are not all alike. Some don't work at all, while others work fairly well.

Of course, many outside factors change the state of your skin, too. Those are known as extrinsic, or external, aspects. Many of them have to do with the choices you make in life.


When it comes to wrinkles and signs of premature aging, one of the biggest external factors is sun damage. As kids, and even as adults in some cases, we spend way too much time in the sun. That makes something that is actually healthy, in moderation, into a nightmare later in life. Tanning beds or too much sun can definitely cause premature age signs. On top of that, though, it can even put you at high risk of developing skin cancer.

Smoke Damage:

If you smoke, you should consider quitting now, if you want to reverse signs of aging, like wrinkles. After all, smoking causes skin to become discolored, paper-like and wrinkled. So, you can't expect to avoid early signs of aging if you smoke.

Facial Exercises:

It's difficult to say whether facial exercises can help you stop wrinkles from forming or not. A few exercises can certainly help you to firm up your muscles. However, if you over do it, some say that you will just create the very wrinkles you're trying to stop.

So, as you can see, you can't avoid wrinkles completely. You can certainly slow down the aging process a bit, though. All you have to do is take good care of your skin. That means avoiding bad habits and using good skin care products.

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