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, August 14, 2009

Have We Found The Holy Grail: Best Muscle Building Supplements?

By Jeff Kudo

The fitness supplement business is extremely profitable and has grown over the years. Our desire to look good has caused many companies to devise supplements promising to maximize our gains in minimal time. With fitness models on the label they promise to provide the best muscle building supplements and the best kept secret in the supplement industry. From fat burning pills to Acai berry drinks we are brainwashed to spend millions on products that will never do anything for us. The search for the best muscle building supplements is a futile quest that will only result in a lighter wallet and disappointment. With that said there are a few tried and tested supplements that CAN help improve your results and have scientific evidence to prove it. Here are three of the best muscle building supplements.

PROTEIN POWDER: Finding a great protein powder blend should be your first step. Also look more at the ingredients of the powder than the brand or the marketing. A good protein powder blend will contain casein, whey, and milk protein. Don't waste your money on the most popular brands. Think of it like buying the generic form of medication, the same drug chemically just half the price. So take your protein directly following your work out as well as at regular intervals throughout the day. Utilize your protein powder at times when you just don't have time to eat whole food or right after your workouts.

MULTIVITAMIN: Taking a good multivitamin is a no brainer because they are so inexpensive. If you're lacking any micro nutrients from the food you're eating a good multivitamin can make up the difference. So don't get caught up in brand names or price because most multivitamins are created equal.

FISH OIL: Since most people don't eat enough fish to get enough omega 3 fatty acids a good fish oil supplement can suffice. Fish oil is obviously good for its cancer fighting characteristics. Another positive effect of fish oil is that it slows digestion and thus keeps blood sugar levels stable. Of course the benefit of this is that it reduces your cravings for sweets.

Fat burners are huge in the weight loss and fitness industry. We are in an age of immediate gratification and what could be better than an magic fat burning pill to make your fitness quest painless. These pills contain caffeine and ephedrine which are very effective in raising the heart rate. The problem is that keep an elevated heart rate for too long can have detrimental effects on your body and in extreme cases death. So find your three best muscle building supplements above and forget all the hype.

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