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, July 24, 2009

The Keys To Stress Reduction

By Kimberlee Cusumano

Easy ways to find inner peace.One of man's current troubles is to come up of ways on how to lessen the stress in their lives without having to spend too much money or too much time in the process. In our busy lives, we often encounter a lot bumps that create greater tension and hinder us from doing our best. A way of finding the secrets to relaxation is trying the reiki technique.

What is Reiki? It is a way of explaining how the proper flow of an individual's energy levels affects one's body. Reiki is basically from Japanese origin as a technique for stress reduction and relaxation that can also promote healing. It treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. The reiki technique is to bring wholeness in you and get rid of all stress whether they may be on the outside or in. The Reiki technique believes that if one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel the stress and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

The purpose of this technique is to let your body unwind and release all tension. Let the aches and stress find release, it can be as simple as the practice of meditation where basic and proper breathing keeps the mind and body relaxed. There are various types of meditation, the most common being formal sitting is concentrated in keeping the body immobile and the attention controlled. Examples of these would be Zazen and Vipassana meditation; these elaborate on how a posture can affect our breathing and how our breathing can affect our body's way to relieve stress. Other meditation techniques involves how a person treats the situations that happens to him/her, there are expressive practices where we are let to have anything happen and be happy with it.

A popular form of getting rid of stress is also through massage. This can be expanded with healing starting from the physical state of a person and getting through all the way to the mind and the soul. The goal of a massage is to slowly eliminate tension in muscles after the body has felt better; the mind will also start feeling better. It has been said that pain is only in the mind and if ache is taken off from the body then the mind would also stop thinking of pain.

As said earlier, massage is about making the body loose and less tense by applying pressure. The hands, feet, fingers, forearms and elbows of the person can be used to apply pressure, but the person should preferably be a massage therapist. Since a massage therapist is already well oriented on what areas of the body need pressure, it will have a better effect and prevent the individual from feeling more tension caused by wrong methods of massage.

There are simple and easy ways to feel better. Whether we choose to start from our physical pain moving inward or create an inner balance in ourselves and move outward. Various methods will help us get through every back-breaking day with ease and comfort.

About the Author:

Benefits of an Anti Cellulite Cream

By Mandy Adamsen

No one wants to have cellulite. Unfortunately, it is a condition suffered by many. Women are especially concerned over this condition, since about 80 percent of women actually suffer from it. It's good to know though that there are now new treatments such as anti cellulite creams that help get rid of cellulite in a fast and safe manner. Cellulite creams are now prevalently available in the market and there are many advantages to using these creams. Let's find out what these advantages are.

Luckily, skin creams are now more sophisticated than ever. Back in the day, there were creams that had powerful ingredients, but had many downsides. For instance, irritation of the skin was not uncommon upon using those old creams. Also, powerful ingredients became useless since there was a lack of other agents that could help the cream itself penetrate better into the skin. Anti cellulite creams now offer so much more, and are milder to use on our skin. They are also now more effective, since they can now target the problem at the source so that the chances of developing future cellulite are minimized.

Cellulite Cream - Good creams now act both as fat burners and eliminators of unsightly cellulite. Creams are now designed to target the accumulation of fat and toxins beneath the skin. When we age, our skin naturally loses firmness and becomes more and move vulnerable to sagging due to fat cells attached beneath the skin. What these fat cells do is trigger the development of dimples and uncomfortable lines.

Repairs Damages - Another advantage of using an anti cellulite cream is the fact that creams now do not only get rid of cellulite but also do some repair work on damaged skin. This means you get to have softer and younger-looking skin while you treat the cellulite. Now you won't have to purchase separate products to help sooth and heal your skin. This double-action is probably the reason why users of anti cellulite creams can easily see results in just a matter of weeks.

What about diet and exercise? Of course, exercise and a proper diet works well in getting rid of cellulite, but these alone may require more than just a number of weeks for you to start seeing considerable results. Having that said, creams do work best alongside regular exercise and a healthy diet.

All-Natural - Furthermore, anti cellulite creams now contain gentler ingredients from nature while still providing optimal effectiveness. The great thing about ingredients that derive from nature itself is the fact that the body can go well with their application and experience no harsh side effects. More and more individuals are now turning to natural products mainly because of their mildness and compatibility with the skin. For instance, a natural anti cellulite cream may contain natural ingredients like caffeine, vitamin A and shea butter. Caffeine helps dissolve fat cells that cause cellulites via energy/heat, vitamin A acts to repair damaged skin and shea butter helps sooth skin and keep it soft and healthy.

Alternative Treatment - Of course, you may try natural methods to treat your cellulite. For instance, you may wrap an affected area in a caffeine solution. However, there is a bigger advantage in using a pre-prepared anti cellulite cream, and that is convenience. Treating cellulite doesn't have to be messy or take a lot of time. Simply rub on anti cellulite cream as recommended and you're good to go!

About the Author:

Renew Your Chakras, Live A Better Life!

By Kimberlee Cusumano

With the Reiki discipline of self-healing, learning to stop and breathe for a moment, may it be in a moment of meditation or simple relaxation, is very important to keep the energy flowing. In this very tense, yang world, we are often unable to get that break in order for us to meditate and allow our bodies to heal itself.

However, meditating is not that easy. Our modern life consists of noise. Whether it's in the form of traffic in the street or the sheer number of visual distractions that they put up like advertisements in the streets, our society wallows in distraction. Due to these distractions, we must learn to take time to focus on the spiritual aspect of our lives.

Unfortunately, such deep meditation could seem impossibility. Our modern life consists of so many distractions that we cannot keep our minds clear. This is why you require a Reiki master to introduce you to some basic techniques of meditation. This way, you will be able to focus on your spiritual, mental and physical self-healing.

Energy of the chakras.

Your body runs on centres of energy or your chakras. These chakras hold specific aspects of your personality. There are 7 major chakras that are hidden all over your body. They constitute your personal life force, an energy that allows you to live. However, we are often in danger of letting our energies depleted.

All that re-energizing can be done through meditation or through touch. With meditation, you can reconnect with yourself first. Once you have established connection with yourself, you are now able to communicate with the Universe. When you're refilling your body with energy, you are actually healing yourself. This kind of energy healing is quite effective.

Reiki is not just about healing your bodies, it's about healing your life

This form of energy healing is often seen as some ridiculous form of alternative medicine. However, these are just critical attacks against Reiki. The modern life is sceptical about the benefits of age-old philosophies like the thousand year-old principles upon which Reiki was born. Granted that Reiki will affect people's lives in different ways but the benefits of its energy healing bring people well-being.

With constant Reiki exercises, you can improve the flow of energy in your chakras or your life's energy force. You will find yourself seeing the world in a different light from before. The new you will be more open to opportunities that will lead to your self-realization. After all, once you're free from your stressful burdens, you have renewed energy for new endeavours.

The impossible dream.

Since you have your body all juiced up with energy, your body will start to exude an inner light. This inner light is what the universe will use to guide it. With your positive energy catching the interest of the universe, it will decide to send good things your way.

This is the best time for you to try other things: read more books, travel more, focus on your spiritual well-being.

About the Author:

Clear For Life - How To Get Rid Of Zits

By Chris Jensen

How to get rid of zits - this is usually the concern of most teenagers. According to studies, about 80 percent of all teenagers suffer from this skin disturbance.

Acne is a condition in which the skin of the face, and often the neck, shoulders, chest, and back, is covered with pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, and boils. This development is controlled by chemical substances called hormones, which stimulate the oil glands in the skin. These glands, which are called sebaceous glands, grow larger and produce more oil. When the surface pores are clogged with sebaceous gland secretions and keratin, or when so much extra oil is being secreted that it backs up into the ducts, the result is the formation of skin blemishes characteristic of acne.

Do you want to enjoy clear and beautiful skin? Here are simple tips on how to get rid of zits:

1. Wash your face regularly with a mild facial cleanser, preferable one containing salicylic acid. Salicylic acid exfoliates the skin and prevents it from drying out. Rinse well with water, pat skin dry with a clean towel, and apply a moisturizer.

2. Apply fresh slices of cucumber to the affected areas for about 20 minutes. Rinse your face with cold water thereafter.

3. Apply crushed garlic to the affected areas. Garlic has anti-bacterial properties, therefore killing acne-causing bacteria on your skin.

4. Do not pop your pimples nor put your hands in your face frequently. Our hands and fingers may be dirty and inhabited by more germs, and so doing these things will only make matters worse.

5. Drink plenty of water daily. Water will hydrate your skin and prevent it from looking dry and scaly. Also, it will detoxify your body of unwanted substances that accumulate in your colon and contribute to your acne.

In conclusion, taking care of your skin is very important, not only for your personal sense of beauty but also for your general well-being.

About the Author:

Fall Wedding Bouquets - 3 Tips For Choosing The Best Colors For A Spectacular Wedding Day

By John Jay Amarant

Fall is a great time to get married. You will have the glow of summer skin and the opportunity for a truly impressive wedding day. Fall is full of beautiful colors which combine fabulously against the white or ivory of a wedding dress.

Remember that wraps, shawls and dress accessories can also be coordinated with your bouquet when you have decided on the color theme.

1. The color of your flowers - People often think of spring colors when they are deciding on the color for their wedding bouquets, but red is the established color of romance! This association makes red a great base color for a fall wedding. The red can be mixed with deep oranges and saffron colored flowers and rich green leaves to form a warm romantic bouquet.

2. Getting The Most From The Color Of Your Ribbons - For wedding bouquets which are darker colors it can be a nice idea to lighten up the bouquet with a careful choice of ribbon. Consider a bouquet of red and saffron held in green leaves - now add a gold ribbon and you soon see how much you can add to the impact of your wedding bouquet with a good choice of ribbon.

3. Continuous Color Theme - Colors are an important part of any wedding and continuing the theme always looks impressive. If you are having brides maids you can have a gold hair ribbon to match your wedding bouquet ribbon, or perhaps a gold edged ring cushion to be carried up the isle.

To continue your chosen color theme through to the reception can be quite subtle and still spectacular. Think about matching the napkins to the ribbon of your bouquet, or the table flowers to your bouquet. Simple, but very effective.

Nature has provided all the colors you need for a beautiful fall wedding. These rich, warm colors will fill your day with romance and atmosphere.

If you aren't sure where to start, pull out a few magazines from autumn and look at the colors used in the photo shoots, also make time to check out haberdashery departments as these are full of inspiring color combinations.

About the Author: