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.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Cleanse Your Colon The Natural And Effective Way

By Harold Ulvaeus

A large amount of people rely on food alone to cleanse the colon. While this may be a good and effective alternative to invasive medical procedures, such as colon hydrotherapy, it is better to combine a colon cleansing diet with other types of colon flushing remedies. There are a great number of foods that cleanse the colon, and when consumed in conjunction with each other, they can have a greater positive effect.

Juice Fasting One of the most effective ways that foods can cleanse the colon is really the lack of foods, or a fast. You can fast and refrain from eating most foods to help the body purge itself of built up feces in the colon. Juice fasts are popular, as they will provide you with the nutrients your body needs during the fast. Make sure to consult your doctor before going on any type of diet or fast.

Vegetables. Leafy green vegetables such as kale, broccoli and spinach has shown to have a positive effect on the colon. Maybe you were not too thrilled when your mother insisted you eat your spinach, but the truth is that even if broccoli doesn't thrill you, there are an abundance of recipes to be found that will make any vegetable into a delicious, mouth watering side dish. Fresh spinach sauteed in some olive oil with fresh garlic make a very tasty and healthy addition to your meal.

Fruit.Fruit is one of the best foods that cleanse the colon quickly and efficiently. The natural fibers found within fruits help to promote regularity. Many fruits, including prunes and grapes, actually serve as a laxative and can help break up constipation.

Whole Grains. Grains still containing their hull, and thus the fiber content, are another source of natural colon cleansers. Look for breads with whole grains, and pasta with whole grains.

Avoiding the wrong foods is as much a part of colon cleansing as adding healthy foods is. You should eliminate fried or fatty foods including fast food, burgers and French fries. Cook with olive oil instead of vegetable oil or butter and use sparingly.

Avoid ice creams, chocolates and other high calorie foods and make sure you get plenty of exercise. There are many foods that cleanse the colon but overall, the most effective way to flush your colon is to maintain a healthy diet and stay fit through exercise. You'll not only cleanse your colon but learn how to keep it clean!

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