If you suffer from heartburn and acid reflux, also referred to as gastro oesophageal reflux disease (or GERD for short), it's important that you read on.
Researchers noted a rise in both GERD and oesophageal cancer in the past years. It seems our diet choices and obesity have led to this rise.
One of the ways to prevent oesophageal cancer is by treating heartburn.
Keep reading to find ... ››› more
Heartburn is everything but pleasant. The stabbing pain in the chest and fiery sensation in the throat is enough to put a downer on any day.
Unfortunately, antacids and heartburn medication have proven less helpful than initially anticipated. The list of side-effects of taking these meds is scary:
* Stomach infections - of the serious kind - Clostridium difficile (C. Diff) and Campylobacter... ››› more
If you suffer from regular heartburn, you probably rely on antacids to relieve the pangs in your stomach and bitter taste in your mouth that come after eating a big meal or spicy plate of food. Popping antacids as you need them may seem harmless, but it's actually not…
While there's nothing wrong with taking antacids when you have really bad heartburn every now and again, this medication isn'... ››› more
Almost everyone will experience heartburn, characterised by a burning sensation in your chest and a slightly bitter taste in your mouth, at some point in life, according to the National Institutes of Health.
So why is it that most people are completely clueless about the condition? Sure, you may know that fatty foods can trigger heartburn, or that spicy foods worsen that burning feeling - but d... ››› more
Heartburn is a burning sensation that occurs in your throat, chest or upper abdomen, usually after eating a large meal as an over full stomach changes the pressure on your lower oesophageal sphincter.
Other common causes of heartburn include smoking, stress, pregnancy, fried food and certain medications.
Heartburn impacts the lives of millions of people around the world. But just because i... ››› more
Over the past couple of years, there's been a huge rise in rates of oesophageal cancer, which is cancer that rises from the oesophagus - the muscular food pipe that runs between the throat and stomach.
According to researchers, this surge may be largely due to a lack of awareness about the causes of oesophageal cancer and how to prevent it. However, they've have identified treating heartburn a... ››› more
There's no getting away from it - over the holiday season, food is aplenty. This can quickly let your healthy eating habits run wild and take a toll on your immune system and digestive health.
Of course everyone wants to indulge in some of their favourite, not-so-healthy foods over the festive season, so it would be unreasonable to recommend avoiding them completely. Instead, you should find a ... ››› more
Can you believe that in the year 2008, $25.6 billion was spent worldwide to treat the uncomfortable symptoms of heartburn, indigestion and reflux? It makes sense when you think about how many people pop over-the-counter proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as Prilosec and Nexium like they're candy...
The trouble is that these medications may be adding fuel to the fire. Plus, they often have very ... ››› more
Heartburn and sharp chest pains can be worrisome and make you think that there's something wrong with your ticker. But guess what? These aren't the only signs of heart attack…
In fact, a fairly recent study published in the journal Circulation found that only 30% of women who'd suffered heart attacks experienced chest pain. And the symptoms in women are far subtler than in men.
On that not... ››› more
Silly season is just around the corner, which means little sleep, junk food binges and lots of alcohol. But it also means blood sugar spikes, skin breakouts and putting a lot of extra pressure on your liver - yikes!
Luckily, there's a tea that's excellent for detoxifying your liver to keep your body functioning optimally all year round - say hello to dandelion root tea. The benefits of this f... ››› more
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