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, July 20, 2009

IBS Nausea: Two Effective Remedies For This Common Symptom Of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

By Alison Harris

Nausea is a very common symptom for sufferers of IBS. It is not known for certain what the main cause is, but recent research now points to an overgrowth of bad bacteria in the small intestine as a major factor.

One thing that is for certain is that IBS sufferers have very sensitive colon muscles and this might be one of the reasons why they sometimes cannot hold any food down.

The cause of nausea in each IBS sufferer also seems to be unique to each individual and therefore what works for one patient might not work for the other.

This can be frustrating because you essentially become a guinea pig as your doctor has to keep trying different drugs on you to see which one would resolve the problem.

The sad thing is that whatever drugs you may be prescribed by your doctor will not treat the cause of your IBS, but only decrease your symptoms.

Other common symptoms of IBS apart from nausea:

Constipation Abdominal pain and/or discomfort Flatulence Noises in the stomach Bloating Diarrhoea

Some simple triggers for IBS Nausea:

There are quite a number of triggers for IBS which include some foods like gluten, sugar, some medications, stress, coffee spicy foods, sweeteners, and of course alcohol.

Simple steps to help combat IBS Nausea.

1. Pure Peppermint Oil: is one of the most effective remedies for digestive issues and that includes IBS. It calms the smooth wall of the stomach and intestines. Apart from that it also has analgesic (pain killing)properties and is very good for stomach cramps, spasms and stomach pain.

It is best taken in capsule form, but make sure that the brand you are using are enteric coated, which means that they will reach the stomach before dissolving.

You could also try peppermint tea, which is not as effective as peppermint oil, but will also make a significant difference to your symptoms.

2. Boost healthy bacteria in your gut: It is important that you boost the amount of healthy bacteria in your gut. The easiest way to do this is to reduce the amount of sugar in your diet, eat more fermented foods like olives, yogurt, and sour cream, and take high quality probiotics on a daily basis.

In this article we have looked at the various symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and also touched on two very effective natural remedies for it.

Did you know that there are more many more natural cures for IBS that you may not be aware of and that changing your diet would make a significant difference to your IBS?

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