Can Essential Oils Relieve the Symptoms of Heartburn?
The symptoms of heartburn are severe and may lead to death if not treated immediately. If left untreated, it will cause your stomach to become inflamed which can result in ulcers or even cancer. You have probably heard many times that there are various types of medicines available such as anti-inflammatory drugs, antacids, laxatives etc., but they all fail when used incorrectly. These medicines may actually make things worse instead of better.
What is the cure for heartburn?
There are several ways to treat it. One way is using certain herbs and other natural remedies that can relieve the symptoms of heartburn. Another method is taking over-the-counter medications like aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil), naproxen sodium (Aleve) and others. These medicines work well in some cases, but they do not always work well in every case.
When these medicines are taken too often, they can sometimes cause side effects including: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness and even liver damage. Other than those side effects, the medicines are generally safe to take. They just need to be taken regularly to prevent them from becoming ineffective.
How do you treat heartburn using only natural herbs and other home remedies?
Herbs, like ginger and peppermint are good for relieving the symptoms of heartburn. These herbs can be chewed or eaten in different forms such as candies, teas and even wines. Other than these common household items, there are many other herbs that can help with the burning sensation that is felt in the esophagus. However, these other herbs are not available over-the-counter and must be purchased at health food stores. They also may have potential side effects and should only be used under the supervision of a medical doctor or alternative medical physician.
What is the best home remedy for heartburn?
To quickly relieve heartburn, there is nothing quite as effective as a good old-fashioned glass of milk. It contains the right combination of fats, proteins, carbs and most importantly, calcium. Calcium helps to neutralize the acid that is causing the burning sensation in the esophagus. The fat content of whole milk coats the lining of the esophagus and protects it from further damage by the stomach acid. For immediate relief, nothing works better than a couple of glasses of whole milk.
For more lasting relief from heartburn, try baking soda. Baking soda is an alkaline and when used in water, it can help to neutralize the acid in the stomach. To treat heartburn caused by acid reflux, mix ½ teaspoon of baking soda in 8 ounces of water. Drink this solution immediately or it will start to react with the stomach acid and cause even more burning sensations!
Lemon juice is also another very good home remedy for heartburn. It is also an acid, but it has an opposite effect compared to the stomach acid. By drinking a small glass of warm water with the juice of one-half of lemon squeezed into it, you can help to immediately stop the burning sensation in the esophagus. This method should only be used as a temporary remedy though. It does not heal or fix any internal problems, it just helps to provide quick relief for the time being.
Dietary changes can be another effective way to treat heartburn. Avoid spicy foods, chocolate, mint and any other foods that “burn” when they are coming up or going down. These foods only make the burning sensation worse and can potentially damage the esophagus over a long period of time. Some heartburn sufferers have found that they feel better by avoiding fats and eating smaller, more frequent meals instead of three large meals per day. Each person’s body chemistry is different, so you have to find out what works best for you.
Over the counter antacids are a quick and easy way to treat heartburn. These tablets can be found in any grocery or drug store and can be taken 15 to 30 minutes before eating to prevent heartburn or immediately after eating to relieve heartburn that has already started. Antacids come in many different forms including: tablets, liquid solutions and capsules. All of them contain different types of ingredients that all work in different ways, however, the most common active ingredients are usually aluminum hydroxide or magnesium carbonate.
There are much stronger medications available by prescription only if over the counter antacids do not work for you. These stronger medications are called H2-receptor antagonists and work by preventing the stomach acid from coming back up into the esophagus. These drugs include Tagamet, Zantac and Axid.
If you suffer from heartburn on a regular basis, there are some less common medical procedures that can be done to treat the problem. Doctors can place a small balloon in the top part of the stomach or insert a magnetic device into the stomach to curtail the acid production. Both of these procedures can be effective in treating the problem, although they do not work for everyone.
Heartburn is a problem that affects many people on a daily basis. Although it is not life threatening, it can certainly make your life miserable if not treated properly. The good news is that it can be treated effectively with a combination of over the counter and prescription drugs. Most of the time, dietary and lifestyle changes can also provide immediate relief from the burning sensations caused by this condition.
The Medicine Expert
Medicine – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly!
The world of medicine is a mixed bag. It has helped mankind immeasurably. But it also has a dark side. A few “bad apples” can really spoil the whole thing!
I’m on a quest to find out if doctors are really gods in white, here to help the ailing public, or just money grubbing charlatans, here to drain as much from you as they can. Hopefully, it’s the former and not the latter.
Let’s take a look at some of the things doctors do and see if they’re really helping us or just lining their own pockets!
We’ll start off with something simple, like getting a physical so you can play sports. Most schools make you get a physical before the start of each season. The doctor gives you a once over, checks your eyes, ears, mouth, teeth, reflexes, pulse rate, etc. Then they sign a form saying you’re fit to play.
Is this necessary?
Maybe in some cases, but it really depends on the doctor. Some doctors may just be doing this to make money, and aren’t really paying too much attention to what’s going on. They could just be sitting there, asking you questions, while typing your answers in a computer! They may not even notice if something seems wrong.
Other doctors may actually take the time to do a real physical and pay attention to what’s going on. There could be something they miss, but there could also be something they miss even if they didn’t have so many people to see in a day. The problem with this is, not everyone can get a dedicated doctor. Many schools just have those half-interested in making money do the physicals. This can put athletes at a disadvantage, but it isn’t limited to them.
All of this really just depends on the school and how much they’re willing to pay for a proper physical. There are some schools that don’t require physicals at all! If you get chosen for a random drug test, though, you’re out of luck. The school gets about a 99% compliance rate on that, so they would definitely notice if you weren’t there.
Going off to college soon?
You need a physical before you put down a deposit for housing. This is to make sure you’re not bringing any unknown illnesses into the dorms that could harm others. So, after waiting 6 hours in a waiting room with a bunch of other people, you finally see the doctor for about 5 minutes. He doesn’t even touch you, just asks you some basic questions and reads your chart.
Is this really necessary?
Probably not, but it can’t hurt either. Again, it all comes down to the doctor. If he doesn’t trust any of the information he’s reading, he may decide to do a full physical to make sure you’re healthy. This really only happens if the doctor is especially dedicated and cautious. So, if it means anything, it probably won’t be a half-interested doctor who’s typing stuff into a computer while you talk that sees you, it’ll probably be the older doctor with the thick glasses and paper gown.
It should be noted that not all schools do this physical thing. Some are more concerned with your grades than if you have the latest case of the sniffles. So, it just depends on where you go.
Now, going to the doctor for a cold seems like a no-brainer, but is it really?
The average adult goes to the doctor about 11 times a year ((LINK REMOVED) and about 40% of those visits are for something simple like a cold.
If you have health insurance, you’re paying anywhere from $20 to $100 per office visit. You may be paying around $50 per month just for the privilege of having health insurance.
Is it really worth it to go the doctor every time you get a runny nose or sore throat?
Many people don’t have that kind of money to throw around for something non-life-threatening.
Is it really worth paying for a preventative medical check-up every year?
You may be throwing away $100 to find out that you’re healthy and don’t need any additional tests like a colonoscopy or mammogram.
Instead, wouldn’t you rather use that money to go towards proper health care if you actually get sick or injured?
After all, that’s what it’s there for.
But then, who wants to pay for something they aren’t using?
But you can’t help but think that maybe you should get a physical at least once a year, just in case something is wrong that you don’t know about. Unfortunately, you can’t predict the future, so you may be overlooking a problem that could’ve been caught early on.
So, should you go to the doctor or not?
1) Yes, even if you’re healthy, you should get a physical once a year.
You can never be too safe.
2) No, it’s a waste of money.
You should only go if you’re sick.
3) Only go during the cold and flu season.
4) Only go when you can afford it.
If you can’t pay for it, then don’t go.
“On the contrary; I’m a very busy man. I haven’t got time to deal with someone as scrawny as you. Now, scram!” Meliodas says as he disappears from your mind, leaving you to fall unconscious.
The next time you wake up, you find yourself lying on the medic table of the airship, covered in bandages and bloody gauze. You’re still feeling woozy, but at least you’re alive.
“Ah, I see you’re awake.”
You look to your left and see Captain Gruz. His face is scratched and swollen, and his arm is in a sling. Even with all that, he seems more or less unharmed.
“Captain,” you greet, struggling to sit up.
“At ease, soldier. You’re still hurt.”
“How did you…escape?”
Oh, yes. Well, after we traveled far enough away from the airship, we ran into more guards. We fought like lions, killing many and sending the rest running. The rest of the men are securing the area and looking for any survivors.”
Is Kane dead?”
“The airship exploded soon after we escaped. I don’t know if he was still on it or not.”
You feel a pang of guilt. You were the one who made the bomb, so surely you’re to blame.
“It’s not your fault, son,” the captain says, seemingly reading your mind. “Kane made his own choices. Perhaps it’s best that he died here today. He was a dangerous man, and would’ve only brought about harm and destruction in the future.”
The captain brings a hand to his chin in thought.
“In fact, I may have just the task for you, recruit. We’re going to send a message to the rest of slave drivers and warmongers everywhere. We’re going to show them that the Empire is no longer to be trifled with. We’re going to show them that the Iron Wolves are back!”
The Captain brings his fist to his chest in salute. You follow suit, feeling strength fill you.
You know your time with the Iron Wolves is just beginning.
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