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.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Your Personal Hair and Skin Products Made Easy

By Art Gib

Many factors contribute to how your skin ages. Natural aging and outside environmental factors all have a hand in how your skin ages. There are products that can help you keep track of your skin's health?

You can still go to your dermatologist for problems, but most of us don't have severe enough difficulties to warrant a trip to the doctor. You just want your hair and skin to glow, be healthy and shiny, and not have gone through hours worth of regimens to get it.

When you're young, your skin is still fresh and new and bounces back because the collagen is replenished. Natural rejuvenation wanes as your body becomes older. Natural genetic factors and environmental factors all contribute to your skin's aging process.

They know their products, but they don't know you. Unless you have a particular person that has attended to your needs for many years, but that doesn't happen as often as you want. They may go to another store and start touting other products that don't work for you. Or they may move away. Or you may move away and have to start all over.

Back to not having to go to a store or a beauty shop. The makers of all these wonderful products are coming out with handy online surveys that ask you particular questions about your hair and skin type, the problems you experience, and the kind of climate you live in.

There are several tools that are available for clinicians and cosmetic consultants, such as Toshiba's Portable Skin and Hair Analyzer, or personal products like Overstock's offering of a skin analyzer tool, GlowVista's Skin Analyzer Machine, and the more advanced sleek and practical product NuSkin's ProDerm.

With such handy tools available at your fingertips, taking care of your skin has become more personalized and easier to control and slow the aging process despite your genetic factors or environmental exposures.

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