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There is much you can do to prevent heartburn. It is essential that you take action, as chronic reflux can actually damage your oesophagus. This part of your body is not protected against the corrosive action of stomach acids.
If you get heartburn frequently – many people suffer from it daily – it is essential that you follow the tips below with regards to changing your lifestyle and diet.
Fast food is fat food. Fatty foods such as hamburgers and pies can give you heartburn. Plan your daily meals, so that you are not starving while stuck between two appointments and fast food is the only option. Cut down generally on your fat intake.
Snuff it out. Stop smoking – do whatever it takes, whether it’s hypnosis, Smokenders, nicotine patches or therapy. Apart from worsening the symptoms of heartburn, smoking is bad for your health in general.
Scrap the late night snack. If you eat a packet of chips just before you go to bed, it has had no time at all to digest before you get into a horizontal position. You know what happens next. Allow at least three hours between your last meal and bedtime, giving your body time to digest the meal before you lie down.
Grill rather than fry. Throw away your frying pan! Grilled foods cut fat content.
Get fresh. Fresh fruit and vegetables are rich in fibre and healthy in general. It is also easy to take these to work with you. Get into a habit of keeping fresh fruit at home and munch on it when you feel the need to snack. (Tomatoes and onions can increase the acid levels in your stomach, so go slow on these).
Jeans too tight? Tight-fitting clothes around the abdomen make the job of your stomach difficult. The digestion process needs space and if your clothes fit too tightly, reflux may occur.
Don’t hit the bottle. Too much alcohol can cause heartburn very easily. Two units a day are recommended for men and one for women. (A unit is one beer, one glass of wine, or one tot of spirits). It is not a good idea for those who suffer from heartburn to drink nothing all week and then drink seven beers on a Saturday night.
Don’t spice up your life. Avoid spicy food as well as large quantities of salt and vinegar. Be on the lookout in restaurants and learn to ask about spice and salt content already added to pre-prepared foods.
Caffeine crisis. Caffeine is bad news to all those suffering from heartburn. Learn to drink less tea and coffee and opt for soda drinks that do not contain caffeine. Rooibos tea also does not contain caffeine and makes a pleasant alternative.
Take time out. Constant stress can affect your digestive process and cause higher levels of stomach acid to be produced, even when there is no food in your stomach. Learn to relax, do some yoga classes and take some time out for yourself.
Get moving. Exercise is good for your whole system and many people have found that their heartburn decreases once they switch to a healthier diet and they get some regular exercise. You do not have to do an Olympic training programme in order to get exercise – half an hour of brisk walking a day could make the difference.
Don’t gobble up. Eat your food slowly. The faster you eat, the harder your stomach has to work and the more likely you are to suffer from heartburn. Take breaks in between bites. Empty you mouth completely and wait a moment or two before you start on the next bite.
Don’t become a pillpopper. While there are many over-the-counter remedies that do work for heartburn, don’t lose sight of the fact that heartburn is your body’s way of telling you you should change your lifestyle. Rather than living on antacids, get to work on changing your diet and lifestyle, and make the heartburn disappear.
One of the ways the human body removes toxins from the body is through sweat. Profound sweating is a highly effective way to remove toxins the body might have absorbed in several ways. And, sauna does just that. In the intense heat sessions in sauna, a lot of sweating can be experienced, which helps flushing toxins from the body in a great way.
Sauna therapy is a great way for weight loss, with minimal effort. During a sauna bath, the heart rate increases substantially due to the dry heat. Scientific calibrations suggest that a 20-minute session at around 170 degrees Fahrenheit burns over 500 calories. The body’s metabolism speeds up similar to the way it does from physical exercise and is a great method to maintain weight.
Another one of the major benefits of sauna is that it helps to create a stronger immune system. Sauna sessions help produce white blood cells. The white blood cells of the body are its medium to fight against attacking infections and ailments. As the regular users of sauna have higher count of white blood cells, they stay healthier and if illnesses occur, they heal faster.
This benefit may not be up for the grabs for users of the small-sized private sauna. However, they provide a great medium for social interaction among friends and relatives, if you or you acquaintances have a grand private sauna or you use public saunas. If this is not an option, you can easily go to the nearest public sauna.
Our body has a certain level for heat tolerance. Regular use of saunas increases the heat tolerance threshold. This leads to significant improvements in endurance sports as regular sauna users have a higher heat tolerance level and thus, feel less fatigue and can maintain their energy level over a prolonged period of time, improving performance.
We have a special gland called the sebaceous gland on our scalp, which releases compounds that help condition and moisturize our hair. Spending some time in the sauna activates this gland, which will then release these useful compounds, thereby helping to make hair look great. There’s no need to spend a fortune on risky hair care products.
Nowadays, a lot of gyms have a sauna and there are plenty of good reasons for this. Saunas are highly effective ways to recover from workouts. The metabolic wastes are eliminated while sweating in a sauna. The blood flow to tired and strained muscles increases through sauna, helping them to recover quickly and feel relaxed much quicker.
One of the significant organs of our body, your skin also needs regular exercise and saunas are a great way to exercise skin. As we grow older, more of the dead cells accumulate onto our skin pores, as the skin becomes less elastic. A few sessions in the sauna improve blood flow to our skin, which aids the growth of new skin and also removes all the dead cells that were building up previously. The oils, which are the natural moisturizers and antibiotics present in our skin are mobilized through saunas. This helps us to look younger in a significant way.
First, it’s important to know that common colds and flu are upper respiratory tract infections caused by a virus, and while antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections, they are unfortunately not effective against viruses like the common cold and the flu.
Most sore throats are generally not serious and usually improve within a week. People often think that having a clear nasal discharge that changes to yellow-green and developing a cough is a sign of a secondary bacterial infection, but this is not always the case.
While some of the symptoms of cold and flu are a nuisance, they are your body’s response to the infection and actually help to fight it. Using antibiotics for non-severe viral upper respiratory tract infections increases antibiotic resistance, which has become a major health problem worldwide. As a result, most bacteria have become stronger and won’t respond as well to antibiotic treatment as it should.
For infections where your doctor does prescribe an antibiotic, it is important that you take the medicine exactly as instructed. Don’t skip doses and be sure to finish the course, even if you are feeling better. Don’t save some of your antibiotics for the next time you get sick. It’s also important that you don’t share antibiotics with anyone else, because the antibiotic may not be the right drug for their illness. They may be allergic and may even delay them getting better.
When you have a cold or flu, resting and using over-the-counter medications to treat your symptoms can go a long way to helping you feel better.
Adcock ingram’s Corenza Para-C effervescent is an effective multi-action cold and flu fighter. It is non-sedating and provides relief of mild to moderate pain and fever, blocked nose and sinus congestion associated with colds and flu. It’s suitable for patients who can’t tolerate aspirin or suffer from dyspepsia, peptic ulcers and renal dysfunction. plus, it’s sugar free. so, while it won’t prevent you getting a cold or flu, it will help you feel much better while your body fights the infection.
Before the advent of modern medicine people often had to make do with home remedies to stay healthy. Some of these were weird and wonderful like the notion that wrapping dirty socks around your neck would cure a sore throat. Others, however, were actually quite effective like applying black tea to sunburn. (The tannins soothe the skin, reduce peeling and encourage a healthy tan.)
One of the most enduring home remedies is the lemon and hot water cure. Most people drink the juice of half a lemon in a glass of warm water, sometimes adding a teaspoon or two of honey. This is usually done on an empty stomach first thing in the morning.
According to The Lemon Juice Diet by Theresa Cheung: “The best way to lose weight and keep it off is to eliminate toxins from the body and keep your liver and digestive system healthy. In particular, poor digestion hinders weight loss by stopping the body getting the nutrients it needs to burn fat and by causing a build up of toxins in the bloodstream that slows down metabolism. That’s where lemon juice and peel comes to the rescue. Adding these ingredients to our diet will help to improve our digestive system and encourage our liver to function at its best.”
It is, however, wise to keep in mind that a balanced diet remains the cornerstone of reaching and maintaining one’s ideal weight, says Health24’s Dr Owen Wiese.
Lemons in the kitchen
Lemons probably originated in India and were brought to the West by Roman traders two thousand years ago. The zest of lemon in the kitchen brings out the flavour of just about any food, and we’re all familiar with the slice of lemon served with seafood.
Lemons and limes became famous in the seventeen hundreds when it was found that they cured sailors of scurvy. Scurvy is caused by a lack of vitamin C and became known for causing bleeding gums and loosening teeth among seafarers.
Here are some of the many benefits of lemon juice and hot water:
Lemon juice can, however, damage the enamel on teeth. It is therefore better to drink it through a straw and/or rinse your mouth after enjoying a glass of this healthy beverage.
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