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, August 1, 2009

Alternate Remedies In Curing Fibromyalgia

By Michael Byrd

Fibromyalgia is a truly nasty disorder, and some patients even feel more sick when undergoing medical treatment. However, there is hope! Because I have observed promising results with alternative treatments for Fibromyalgia- and even seeing patients undergo complete reversals. Wouldn't it be great to be well again?

For those who are willing, they may begin by implementing changes in their lifestyle. You could do this by eliminating the stressful situations that you encounter everyday. You could also find better methods of reducing stress and relaxation. Exercises such as deep breathing and meditation are very helpful in dealing with the depression and anxiety associated with Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS).

The next activity is to begin doing light aerobic exercises like swimming or walking. These exercises may take some effort at the start, however they are helpful in reducing stress, so it's worth the initial pain. You should start slowly, gradually increasing until you are doing this for half an hour, four or more times a week.

You also need to make sure you get plenty of sleep. It helps to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day. Fibromyalgia's chronic pain generally causes fatigue, therefore you need to get adequate sleep whenever possible. You need to do everything needed to making your sleeping quarters comfortable, relaxing and quiet. It's also worth knowing that you shouldn't watch the news before going to sleep, as well as to avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugar in the evening, because these interfere with sleeping patterns.

With regards to eating and drinking, improving your nutrition is a crucial step to consider. In achieving a vibrant, healthy life, getting as much high-quality nutrition helps. In attaining optimum results, it helps to include a whole food program in your diet. This includes organic whole grains, lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as plenty of omega-3 rich fish. You also need to ensure that you keep your fat intake to around 30% below your daily calorie levels, and consume free-range meat if possible. In addition, drink lots of clean water- at least eight glasses a day. If you smoke, it would be best to stop this time.

Another vital nutritional factor to consider is that you need to get at least 1,000 i.u's of vitamin D. Dr. Michael Holick, director of Vitamin D, Skin and Bone Research Laboratory at Boston University, notes that people who have aching bones and muscles, are simply suffering from vitamin deficiency.

While you may do everything to eat the healthiest diet possible, most studies indicate that you still can't get all the required nutrition from the food you eat. It would be best if you take whole food supplements which are essential for good health, as the American Medical Association even recommends doing this.

In overcoming fibromyalgia, the most important thing to consider is to take better care of yourself. To do this, you need to eat right, exercise regularly, take time to relax, and inform everyone that you've got a new method for having more fun. You could listen to your favorite music, take a warm bath, get a massage, walk your dog, watch a feel -good movie, and whistle a happy tune. Live a great life!

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