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 8, 2009

Tips on Managing Your Child's ADHD

By Peter Clarke

As parents, we want the best for our children. We hope they will have a good childhood and grow up to be healthy, strong and independent individuals. We want them to get a decent job and have a happy family. And, every child will play, become hyper and be distracted from time to time, this is all part of what being a kid is and of growing up. For parents who have children who are overly hyper and become confused or distracted, may find that they have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD.

There are medicines and different therapies that can help with this, but many parents might wonder what else they can do to help their children. Some food may help ADHD and some other food may be good to limit or avoid for children with ADHD. Knowing the foods to eat and those to avoid can help in making children with this disorder, happier and healthier for a long time into the future.

When looking at ADHD in children, there have been a number of studies that have been carried out to investigate the causes of ADHD in children. The findings from these have shown that this could be as a result of an individual's diet and certain deficiencies in particular vitamins and minerals. Some of these do include omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamin C, zinc, and iron.

If a child with ADHD fails to get enough Omega 3 fatty acids then they will be at a higher risk of suffering from ADHD, and some children have been known to show other symptoms of a deficiency in this, such as dry skin and hair, thirst, and frequent urination. It has also been found that some children with ADHD, who were given a fish supplement, showed signs of improvement in just a few days.

Also, futher studies have found that any child who has ADHD will have the possibility of developing further allergies to different types of foods and may not ingest vitamins because of this. Additionally, you could find that children can become more hyperactive if they consume food dye. Some studies have identified that certain foods with these types of dye, once removed, showed vast improvements with child who had ADHD.

You will need to keep an eye on what your child eats and help them stay away from food additives and anything children with ADHD could be allergic to. Doing so will help improve their symptoms and make them less hyperactive. You may also find that giving them Vitamin C supplements will help improve the symptoms too. And, consulting a doctor, about other concerns, medicines and for regular routine checkups, is also advisable.

Many people also believe in the importance of the correct type and quantity for children with ADHD, so they can live healthier in life, but also because certain vitamins and minerals could cause ADHD symptoms to become worse. Which is the sole reason you should monitor what your child eats and that they eat a healthy and balanced diet - as well as complete regular exercise. Resulting in a child with ADHD being healthier and happier in the long term.

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