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 31, 2009

Taking The Right Vitamins Can Help You Lose Weight

By Tom Servo

It is said that certain vitamins can help you lose weight. Vitamins make your body healthy and stronger, and being slim is all about being fit. Taking a vitamin is certainly much easier than running a mile or counting calories, so their no excuse to be lazy about this.

Nevertheless, you should still exercise and diet if you want to lose weight. Taking the right vitamins will just give you that extra edge. Here are some excellent vitamins you can take to lose weight:

B Vitamins: B2, B3, B5, and B6 are great for your metabolism, which is an important part of losing weight. If you don't want to take a B vitamin supplement, you can incorporate lots of eggs, oatmeal and wheat into your diet.

Choline: Choline is helps metabolize fat. Surprisingly, egg yolks (often said to be bad for you) contain contain lots of choline. Perhaps instead of eating an all whites omelet, you could you mix one yolk into your omelet, so that you're still cutting calories, fat and cholesterol, but also getting some choline. Choline is also found in peanuts and wheat germ.

Vitamin C: Vitamin C does a lot more than simply boost your immune system; it also improves the way your body converts glucose into energy. I think vitamin C tablets are yummy, but if you don't like them, you can eat lots of citrus fruits and green vegetables like oranges, grape fruit and broccoli.

Very Important: Believe it or not, there is such a thing as a vitamin overdose. Don't get impatient and think that if you take a bottle of vitamins at once, you will lose weight faster. You won't.

You'll just make yourself sick. Only take the daily recommended value of the vitamins you need. Vitamins are our friends, but if you abuse them, they can harm you. Like all good things, use them in moderation.

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