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.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Reviewing Weight Loss Program Effectiveness

By John GilbertGrant

It's been found in many weight loss reviews that high-protein, low-carb diets may be effective for losing weight overall. In fact, many people have had success with this when they've followed the Atkins and South Beach diets, based upon this low-carb principle. According to a weight loss review, ketosis was responsible for the weight loss that occurs with these diets.

In effect, carbohydrates are restricted to less than 40 g a day, which forces the body to release ketones; this signals your body to start burning fat. Because carbohydrates are converted to sugar and stored as fat when metabolized, if they are limited, what you eat won't go to fat stores and you'll burn off the fat stores you have. This is why this diet is so effective, according to the weight loss review.

When eating normally, your metabolism first will burn calories from the food you consume and then store the rest of the carbs or sugars as fat stores for later use. Since the body's preferred fuel is sugars, a high protein, low carb diet forces the body to use what it has and not replenish it from the food you eat.

According to a weight loss review, this was actually found to be a very important to weight loss success. Consider, for example, that most adults eat about 300 g of carbohydrates a day, and when you're not on a diet, this means that a lot of excess can be stored as fat stores that may never be touched.

High-protein, low carbohydrate diets give the body nutrition it needs, but it has to burn stored fat for energy and fuel. In addition, a lot of people find this diet is very easy to stick with because you can eat all the eggs, butter, cheese, meat and low carbohydrate vegetables you want to. Most dieters report that they are satisfied, and have found that their cravings for carbohydrates and sweets diminish or even disappear. This usually takes a few days, according to weight loss reviews.

The reason this is true is that your body is avoiding the insulin highs and lows, which can trigger false hunger cravings. In addition, a high protein, low carb diet can be more filling and satisfying and many people actually feel full on less food than a normal diet, causing you to take in fewer calories. According to weight loss reviews, taking in fewer calories is important to lose weight on any diet, but it is not necessarily needed on a high protein, low carb diet, because there is not much to be stored as fat. The body uses the nutrients it needs and discards the rest.

In the weight loss review of a high protein, low carb diet, most people report losing several pounds in the first week, and there have been reports of 30 pounds lost in a month in some cases, depending on how much you weigh to begin with.

The Atkins diet starts up by restricting cards to less than 20 g per day for the first two weeks, and then gradually increases them as you begin to reach your target weight. It's fairly easy to start this type of diet on your own come if you carefully read labels for carbohydrates. With this type of diet, you can eat anything you want within the guidelines as long as ketosis begins and remains. Ketosis can be implemented and sustained by eating less than 40 g of carbohydrates per day, according to weight loss reviews.

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