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.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A Women's Guide to Being Yeast Free

By Christy Night

Did you know that 75% of all women will develop a yeast infection in their life time, with most of them experiencing re-occurring yeast infections.

Where does this yeast come from ?

Well guess what, up to 90% of all the population, including both men and women actually carry Candida yeast on, and in their body.

With so many people harbouring this yeast, you might think we should be suffering yeast infections all the time, but our bodies have a natural defence against infections and overgrowth, called helper bacteria.

If you lower the levels of these helper bacteria, then the yeast will grow and spread into an infection. The most common cause of this antibiotics, after a course of antibiotics your body will be low on good bacteria since antibiotics do not distinguish between good and bad. This is the perfect time for Candida yeast to grow.

Because women's bodies are different they have the unfortunate problem of having a higher susceptibility to developing these yeast infections.

Changes in hormone levels, can cause an excess in Candida yeast. Pregnancy and the pill all contribute to massive changes in a woman's hormone levels, and cannot be helped. If yeast infections become to prevalent with the pill, many women will see their doctor about alternatives.

However diet can also affect a woman's hormone levels, and immune system. Many women do not realise that while they may not take antibiotics, much of the meat in food is pumped with antibiotics and hormones to make it healthy and grow quicker. When you consume this food the antibiotics lower your good bacteria, and hormones affect your own levels causing yeast to spread.

Any women can become yeast free with the right diet, however since yeast resides in men too, it only makes sense that the male partner should change his habits too.

Because yeast can be passed back and forth between partners quite easily, you could just keep re-infecting yourself if they do not cleanse their body of yeast at the same time as you.

Most men do not realise they have a yeast overgrowth, since it is not as common for it spread into a surface problem, and when it does it is normally treated as jock itch or something else.

When a women is suffering the burden of constant re-occurring yeast infections or yeast related problems, they need to get their partner to go on a full Candida cleanse with them, to permanently stop the suffering.

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