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 17, 2009

Natural Sweeteners vs Artificial Sugar Substitutes

By Jamis Hartley

Hundreds of people are seeking out healthy alternatives to sugar. Some are looking to lose weight or just trying to keep their bodies running smooth. Others, unfortunately, are suffering from health conditions like diabetes and must find a different way to manage their diet. The good news is it can be done. The bad news is there are a lot of tricky products out there to watch out for.

There are a few options that very smart people have invented for sugar substitutes like saccharin and aspartame. Unfortunately, the way these products are processed and produced is turning out to be not such a healthy option. Fortunately, there are some all natural options too, like Erythritol and Xylitol. In general I like to go with the mother nature option over the well intentioned man.

There are several all natural sweeteners available on the market today. Those you'll maybe recognize are Xylitol, Stevia, Mannitol, Sorbitol, Erythritol and a few others. Currently, the most accepted as an overall best fit as a sugar substitute is Erythritol. Erythritol is made from natural sources of fruits and does not contain sugar, sucralose, aspartame or any other artificial sweeteners. Wouldn't you rather have the choice of natural sweeteners over artificial sweeteners?

Calorie free and 100% natural, Erythritol sweeteners are likely to be your safest bet. Other natural sweeteners have been known to cause gas and other stomach and intestinal discomfort. Because of the way your body digests Erythritol you are not going to have any side effects and Erythritol doesn't cause tooth decay. It's as safe as eating pears, grapes, melons, mushrooms and many other fruits and vegetables because that's where it comes from.

Natural sweeteners like Erythritol are great for diabetics and those with other medical conditions. Erythritol will not effect you blood sugar levels, does not hurt your teeth and has practically zero calories. It scores zero on the glycemic index, has no carbohydrates and has .2 calories per gram. Even better, you can cook with Erythritol where you can't with many other sugar substitutes. Erythritol is my preferred natural sweetener. Before you make it yours make sure you read around and try it for yourself.

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I have been using erithritol in my tea for about a week. I came to this site because I have had constant heart burn and wanted to see if there was any info about a connection. 'Nuff said?

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