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Burnin’ Love

Heartburn is unpleasant for those that have to contend with it so many simply swear off spicy or trigger foods that cause their discomfort. This is certainly an option for avoiding heartburn but it is one that isn’t preferred. The good news is that nutritionists, internists and other medical professionals have found that we don’t have to take the avoidance approach when it comes to the foods we love. We just need to take precautionary measures and make the right choices.

The Culprits
The most common culprits which cause heartburn are foods that contain citrus and foods that are spicy. Alcohol, coffee, chocolate and tomato based foods are also known to be problematic. Since these foods and groups make up a large percentage of what we love to eat and drink, it can be unpleasant and near impossible to swear off them forever. But we don’t have to!

Foods that fall into the heartburn category are those that increase the acid reflux in our body. Acidic foods can sometimes influence the valve which is located at the top of the stomach to release and relax, which then causes the burning sensation of heartburn. Most recently however, doctors have found little if any evidence that any of these foods can cause heartburn and in most cases, it is a trial and error occurrence. One day a certain food may cause heartburn and the next it may not. This complicates things for those who are trying to identify their triggers.

How to Eat the Foods You Love
If you are craving that Mexican dish and want to lessen the chances of heartburn, consider eating a smaller portion and doing so in the earlier hours of the day. Almost half of the people that report suffering from heartburn report experiencing it at nighttime when they are less active or less likely to be active. Fatty foods that sit in the stomach often cause heartburn and indigestion because we sleep lying down which gives the contents of the stomach the chance to flow freely to the esophagus and cause discomfort. If we eat these foods in smaller portions and during the day when we are most active, we can decrease the risk of getting heartburn.

It is also helpful to elevate the head while in bed or lying down as this will prevent the foods you have eaten from travelling upward to the esophagus. After eating a citrus or spicy meal, add an additional pillow behind your head so that the contents stay deep within the stomach.

You might also try engaging in a little exercise before bed to get the blood flowing and to increase your metabolism so that the foods will digest and process more quickly. The faster food is metabolized and used for energy, the less amount of time it will hang around in your stomach.

After consuming a meal that may cause heartburn, chew on a stick of gum! The natural saliva will assist in moving the foods you have eaten into your stomach and keep it away from the esophagus. Gum chewing is also helpful in combating indigestion and upset stomachs. Just refrain from mint gum as it is more acidic and could cause heartburn.

Finally a successful method to avoiding heartburn is to pop an antacid about 30 minutes before eating a meal that may cause heartburn. This will help to calm and coat the stomach area and also help break down the foods or drink you are about to consume. By neutralizing the acids in the stomach there will be less of a chance that you will suffer from acid burning while the magnesium and aluminum will help to break down the salts and aid in the digestion process.

You can use the antacids after heartburn has set in but if you suspect the foods you are about to consume will trigger it, taking them beforehand can be more beneficial than after the fact.

On The Go

With the hectic schedules that we all keep the popularity of energy bars is on the rise for a quick, fuel packed snack that can be eaten on the go and is hassle free. Marketers of these handy treats do a phenomenal job of hyping up the nutritional value; however looks can be deceiving and so can marketing campaigns. Having said that, not all the news is bad when it Continue reading

Vitamin C and Recovery from Exercise

It is no secret that certain vitamins can not only contribute to better overall health and life longevity but some may not be aware of the fact that vitamins can also help our bodies heal quicker than they normally would without vitamins. For those who participate in sports activities or exercise regimes accidents and injuries are part of the landscape. One vitamin that is aggressive in helping our bodies recover is vitamin C. Here is what you should know about Vitamin C and recovery from exercise. A great resource for additional information and quality products that I use in my business is Prograde. Read more by clicking the appropriate link below.

Men’s Multi-Vitamin

Women’s Multi-Vitamin

What is vitamin C?

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Eat Well, Lose Weight

It’s kind of funny, in a sad sort of way, that the number of ineffective, short-lived fad diets continues to grow. And they grow despite the fact that they don’t work, at least not as a long-term solution to losing weight. So, what are you supposed to do if you want to lose weight? Eat better.Yep. That’s it. Eat better.

Okay, seriously, it wouldn’t be much if that’s all I said. I believe we all know, deep down, that we need to eat better if we stand a chance of shedding those extra pounds. Don’t worry, this is going to be as common sense as it is easy to follow. No fad diet nonsense, just what works.

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It’s Time to Cut Ties with the Scale

It’s time to purge that elephant in the room: THE SCALE!

Whether it’s in the bathroom, the basement or in the bedroom, it’s taunting you. Every day it beckons for you to step onto it. It’s the first thing you think of when you wake up and we always want to hop on the scale before bed.

This obsession is one of the reasons you should cut ties with the scale; set it free so you can set yourself free of its chokehold.

Daily weigh-ins are meaningless. Most people trying to lose weight really want to see a change in their body composition: In other words FAT LOSS.

Female Before After FitnessBody composition changes cannot be detected by a scale on a day-to-day basis. Fat loss CAN be detected on a weekly basis, however, so if
you can have enough discipline to only hop on once a week, then you have my permission to keep your scale.

 

This is very tough however, so if you start to notice yourself weighing yourself more often, then hide it.

 

Did You Know that Your scale weight can fluctuate up to 5 pounds in one day!

 

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Quick Healthy Eating

There are many excuses given as the reason for not eating healthy. One of the most common excuses that people use is that they don’t have time to choose or prepare good food. Instead they will buy fast food or pre-made dinners which are high in fat, cholesterol, sugar and empty calories. Although it may seem easier to go with the unhealthy option, the truth is no matter how little time you have to spend in the kitchen or the supermarketContinue reading

Eat Right While Traveling

Sticking to a healthy diet while traveling can be quite difficult. However, if you learn how to make smart choices, a healthy diet while on holiday can be easier than you think. Changing your diet while traveling may not be a good idea, but if you are already making healthy choices modifying your diet slightly to accommodate travel is not as difficult as it may seem.If you are traveling by airplane, you may have to wait until you land to start your healthy diet. Airplane food can Continue reading