Does Your Morning Coffee Cause You Pain or Discomfort?

Written by Emily Clark

Does your morning coffee cause you pain? Are you frustrated when a night out dining with friends ends in discomfort instead of relaxed conversation? Do you carry antacids with you every day?

Heartburn is more than just a nuisance. It can detract from enjoying a meal, force you to change your routine and hang over your every decision - what to eat, what to drink, when to lay down.

What is this monkey on your back and how can you find relief?


Heartburn occurs whenrepparttar acid content ofrepparttar 144541 stomach makes its way back intorepparttar 144542 esophagus. A burning sensation and even a bitter taste are experienced by heartburn sufferers.

If you are suffering more than twice a week you may have acid reflux disease - also known as GERD. Why is this important?

Not all heartburn is caused by GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease). Occasional heartburn can be caused by a variety of factors but if you have regular episodes there are things you can do to help.


If you have regular heartburnrepparttar 144543 first thing you should do is stay away from regular use of antacids. Antacids can relieverepparttar 144544 pain of occasional heartburn, but because they are designed to neutralizerepparttar 144545 acids in your stomach they can causerepparttar 144546 stomach to create MORE acid - a cycle called 'acid rebound'. Some medications can also cause diarrhea or constipation or even increaserepparttar 144547 risk of food poisoning by inhibitingrepparttar 144548 growth of good bacteria.

Watch out for trigger foods such as caffeine, alcohol, citrus, chocolate, minty, spicy or tomato-based foods as well as fatty or fried foods, onions or garlic.

Being overweight or smoking also increasesrepparttar 144549 risk of GERD and lifestyle changes may help to controlrepparttar 144550 symptoms.

Activities such as lying down after a meal, bending forward, lifting heavy items or eating large meals can bring acid reflux on. Avoiding these activities after a meal, eating smaller portions and raisingrepparttar 144551 head of your bed several inches may help.

5 Ways to Get the Best Out of Radishes

Written by Emily Clark

They sit left behind on relish trays. They’re often by-passed in grocery store refrigerator shelves. Dad and Grandpa usually eat them but later complain of belching them up. The poor radish has gotten a bum rap. There are at least five different varieties; but for now,repparttar popular, red globe variety will be spotlighted. They are a great source of vitamin C and an excellent low calorie snack (only 12 calories in a half cup of radishes). Radishes are root vegetables that are classified inrepparttar 144540 cabbage and mustard family, thus their strong taste.

Most people eat them raw, with a little salt. If you’d like your radishes to be a little crispier and a little less sharp in taste, put them in ice water for a couple hours before you plan to eat them. There are also a number of ways to cook them. Boil a half inch of water, addrepparttar 144541 sliced radishes, and then cover and simmer until tender, adding more water if necessary. Cook five to ten minutes. To microwave, place a half pound of sliced radishes in a microwave safe dish with 1 tablespoon of water or broth. Cook for approximately four minutes.

Ifrepparttar 144542 taste of raw radishes is a little too pungent for some, try them steamed. Their bright red skin will turn pink on steamed radishes. The easiest way to steam them is to place whole radishes in a vegetable steamer and cook over boiling water until barely tender. Cook approximately eight to twelve minutes. Another way to prepare our friend,repparttar 144543 red radish, is to stir fry them. Sliced radishes combine well with other vegetables and meat in stir-fries. Don’t over cook them or they’ll become mushy. Cook approximately three to five minutes.

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