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.

Monday, August 10, 2009

How To Use Music To Help You Lose Weight

By Melanie Marten

Trying to lose weight can be very emotionally difficult and depressing. People who are overweight often feel guilty for being so, stressed out about health and societal pressures, and lack self-confidence. Besides healthy eating habits, many people wanting to lose weight can do with something that will lift them up and make them happy.

Happy, up-tempo music can bring a smile to your face. Music with a quick beat can get your toes a-tapping. You can use music to help you lose weight.

In order to lose weight, people need a positive attitude about the whole process. When you first wake up in the morning, putting on your favorite up-beat music album or radio station can help you start your day off right.

Music that you enjoy can put a spring in your step and motivate you to move. Feeling good first thing in the morning can help you to feel more positive throughout the day. Also, if your mood begins to waver toward negativity, you always have the option to play more of your favorite music until you feel better.

Not only can happy, up-beat music help to make you feel happy and upbeat, you can also use more relaxing music to reduce stress. Putting a relaxing music tape in your car stereo system after a hard day at work will help you relax and unwind. Stress, and emotional strain is a huge reason that overweight give for overeating. The soothing music can help you lose weight by reducing stress. Reducing the stress levels will reduce snacking.

Not only can music effect your emotions, it can also affect you physically. When organizing an exercise routine, pick music that has a beat matching the exercise you plan to do. If your goal is to take a brisk walk, record music with a brisk tempo and a steady, driving beat. When you plug in your walkman or mp3 player and head out the door, the beat of the music will drive you along at a good pace.

Music can also provide a very simple, fun and effective exercise: dancing! Whatever type of music that you prefer to listen to, you can be inspired to dance. Put your music on loudly, close the curtains if you are shy, and dance around your living room. Faster rock, hip-hop, or club music will give you a vigorous workout. Up-tempo classical music and Latin rhythms will get your body moving as well. For less strenuous dancing exercise, choose music with a slower tempo.

Whatever your personal music tastes, or your fitness level, you can use music to help you lose weight. The benefits of music in a weight loss plan are two-fold: emotional and physical. Different types of music can improve mood and reduce stress. Music is also important for setting the pace of exercise, and for inspiring you to keep going. Using music as a weight loss tool is a very good idea.

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