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, August 5, 2009

Closet Organizers: 4 Tips to Revolutionize Your Closet

By Ashleigh Oden

If you find yourself struggling to keep up with the mess in your closet, then you need a system for organizing your clothes, shoes, and other items. This is something anyone can do with an afternoon and a few dollars to spend on some simple tools. In 4 steps you can take a cluttered closet and morph it into a usable space for your clothes and shoes! Let's take a look at these steps in a bit more details.

1. Removing items no longer worn, used, or needed.

Do not skip this step! Go through all your closet items and remove what's not been taken out in the last year. You can either sell it on line or donate it to a local thrift store, just get it out of there! It only should be in your closet if you use it.

2. Organizing shoes with a shoe rack.

A favorite of all closet organizer tools, the shoe rack is of utmost importance. This is more true for those of us who have an addiction to buying shoes. Go for the kind that hang from the closet rod or the closet door so you can leverage your space to get the most out of it.

3. Use a double closet rod.

Would you like to magically have two times as much space to hang clothes as you do now? You can... all you have to do is get one of these clever organizer tools known as a doubling rod. They hang from the existing rod in the closet and add a second one a few feet below it.

4. Grouping similar items together.

Now that you've removed upwards of half your clothes, gotten the shoes organized, and doubled the amount of hanging space, the final step is to logically sort what's left. How do we do that? By simply groping like items together, such as putting all your summer dresses together, and then your dress pants, dress shirts, and so on. This will allow you to easily see what clothes you have in your closet and simply grab what you need and go.

As you can see, it doesn't take a lot of extra money or an insane amount of time to get the closet under control. By using a few key closet organizer tools and applying a logical method of sorting your items, you can completely organize a closet in one afternoon!

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