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Here’s How You Can Treat Heartburn Without Any Medication

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Have you ever experienced sudden hiccups, a sharp burning sensation which rises from the stomach, shoots through the chest and rises up to the throat? Well, it’s not a heart attack, it’s just heartburn. Nevertheless, they’re discomforting. Heartburns and acid reflux are some of the most common gastrointestinal problems experienced by people across the world. It is quite common in India, thanks to our super-spicy curries. There are a number of factors which contribute to heartburn, but the worst part is that it gives you a great deal of discomfort. It happens when the ring muscle, the one which allows your food into your stomach, relaxes when it should not. Due to this, acids from your stomach shoot up to your esophagus and it gives you’re a burning sensation arising from your stomach and coming up to your throat. While there are over-the-counter drugs available for heartburn, it is better to turn to natural remedies.
Here’s a list of the best natural remedies for heartburn:
1. A spoon of baking soda
One teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate or baking soda can be a very helpful remedy for heartburn. Baking soda is a base substance which can put the heartburn-related sensations to rest. The pH levels of baking soda are over 7.0 and it helps neutralize the stomach acids, thereby putting the heartburn sensations to an end. Mix one teaspoon of baking soda to eight ounces of water and drink it. Do not repeat this for over a week as it can have side effects on your body.
2. Apple cider vinegar
The pH levels of apple cider vinegar stand at 5. Drinking it helps in making the stomach more acidic, thereby improving digestion and preventing pressure buildup. Your stomach’s contents must have a pH level of 1 or 2 for proper digestion. This ensures that food is not just getting fermented in your body. All you need to do is add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to one-fourth cup of water and drink it every five minutes till the burning sensation ends. You can also drink this shot beforehand to prevent heartburn in the first place.
3. Aloe vera juice
Aloe vera has been used for treating skin burns due to its soothing effects. Aloe vera juice has the ability to reduce inflammation as well. Therefore, drinking a cup of aloe vera juice can be very helpful in reducing stomach inflammation. It soothes the lining of the esophagus and the stomach, thereby providing you relief.
4. Lemon juice
The pH level of lemon juce is 2; which is much higher than that of vinegar. Besides this, it is a rich source of vitamin C and other vital nutrients which makes it a healthier remedy for heartburn. Pour the juice of an organic lemon in a glass and drink it straight. If you can’t drink it that way, add it to one-fourth glass of water and then drink it. It will make your stomach more acidic thereby helping with digestion. You may have to repeat this more than once just like the apple cider vinegar remedy.
5. Ginger tea
For years ginger has been used as a powerful remedy for treating nausea and heartburn. The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger are the reason why this herb is so widely used for treating such gastrointestinal problems. Drinking ginger tea is one of the best ways to curb heartburn. Half a cup of ginger tea before your meals can be helpful in controlling heartburn in the first place.
The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger are the reason why this herb is so widely used for treating such gastrointestinal problems

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Never ignore the common signs of A Heart Attack in Women

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Every person knows the common signs of Heart attack is chest pain. It’s not like how it is shown in movies where a man is shown gasping for breath, clutches his chest and falls on the ground. When it comes to real life, the symptoms of heart attack are more than just pain in the chest. Yes, chest pain is a symptom of heart attack, but there are other subtle signs of cardiovascular problems, which are important to know. As per studies, women do mostly feel chest pain when they suffer from a cardinal problem, there are few other signs you should be cautious about. If these signs are overlooked then it can even turn fatal.

The common signs of a heart attack one should not ignore in women

  1. Do you feel uncomfortable pressure in your chest?

One of the most common signs of a Heart attack in women. If you are feeling pressure and tightness around your chest, then ask for help. Pain can happen anywhere in the chest, it is not necessary to be the middle of the heart. Do not brush off the situation just because the pain is on the left side.

  1. Breathing Difficulty

Uneasiness and difficulty in breathing is another sign of heart attack in Women. If you are not able to catch your breath and move around even a little bit, then it is an indicator that something is not right with your heart.

  1. Sweating

Sweating on a sunny day or due to intense workout is normal, but if it is random then you should immediately call someone for help. Profuse and sudden sweating can be a sign of a cardiovascular problem. This sign is easily confused with night sweats or hot flashes, which is common with age Overlooking this can be dangerous for you.

  1. pain experienced in both the arms

It is not necessary that pain be experienced only in the chest or in the middle of the heart. At times it can even be on the left or right arm, or even in the upper abdomen. It is important to note that any type of pain above the waist could be due to a heart problem. The pain could be irregular or intense

  1. The most common sign Dizziness

Nausea and vomiting are common symptoms in women. These signs of a heart attack are mostly confused with food poisioned or gastrointestinal issues. But if you are experiencing nausea and vomiting along with pain in the upper part of the body, then it is time immediately rush to the hospital.

  1. Exhaustion

One feels very exhausted, but just like other signs of heart attack, if you feel excessively tired than usual then you get yourself checked. You would actually feel overwhelmed and would not be able to perform any other activity. This sign is often mistaken for anxiety. If you suddenly feel fatigued and uneasy then speak to your practitioner.

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Cutting screen time may reverse sleep problems in teens

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Limiting exposure to blue-light emitting devices such as phones and laptops in the evening for just a week can help teenagers improve their sleep quality and reduce symptoms of fatigue, lack of concentration and bad mood, a study has found.

Recent studies have indicated that exposure to too much evening light, particularly the blue light emitted from screens on smartphones, tablets and computers can affect the brain’s clock and the production of the sleep hormone melatonin, resulting in disrupted sleep time and quality.

The lack of sleep does not just cause immediate symptoms of tiredness and poor concentration but can also increase the risk of more serious long-term health issues such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease.


Other studies have suggested that sleep deprivation related to screen time may affect children and adolescents more than adults, but no studies have fully investigated how real-life exposure is affecting sleep in adolescents at home and whether it can be reversed.

Researchers from Netherlands Institute of Neuroscience, the Amsterdam UMC and the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, investigated the effects of blue light exposure on adolescents at home.

Those who had more than four hours per day of screen time had on average 30 minutes later sleep onset and wake up times than those who recorded less than one hour per day of screen time, as well as more symptoms of sleep loss.

The team conducted a randomised controlled trial to assess the effects of blocking blue light with glasses and no screen time during the evening on the sleep pattern of 25 frequent users.

Both blocking blue light with glasses and screen abstinence resulted in sleep onset and wake up times occurring 20 minutes earlier, and a reduction in reported symptoms of sleep loss in participants, after just one week.

“Adolescents increasingly spend more time on devices with screens and sleep complaints are frequent in this age group,” said Dirk Jan Stenvers from the Amsterdam UMC.

“Here we show very simply that these sleep complaints can be easily reversed by minimising evening screen use or exposure to blue light,” Stenvers said.

“Based on our data, it is likely that adolescent sleep complaints and delayed sleep onset are at least partly mediated by blue light from screens,” he said.

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Common chemicals can increase risk of metabolic disorders

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Do you know that your everyday exposure to everyday harmful chemicals can land you into serious trouble?

A recent study has found that people exposed to chemicals called Phthalates, increasing the risk of metabolic disorders. The study was discussed in the meeting, ‘ECE 2019’. Researchers found a correlation between levels of phthalate exposure and markers of impaired liver function, which are indicators of increased risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

These findings suggest that more actions may need to be taken to reduce people’s exposure to these potentially harmful, yet commonly used chemicals. Phthalates are common additives used in manufacturing to produce plastics and they can be found in numerous everyday items including milk, bottled water, instant coffee, perfume, makeup, shampoo, toys and food packaging.


Exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals has previously been implicated in causing serious harm to fertility and development, as well as increased obesity risk in rodents and people.

However, no studies have directly investigated how Phthalate exposure is associated with obesity and metabolism. In this study, Professor Milica Medi Stojanoska, one of the researchers correlated the levels of Phthalate absorbed by people with their body weight, type 2 diabetes incidence and markers of impaired liver and metabolic function.

Higher exposure to the chemical was associated with increased markers of liver damage, insulin resistance and cholesterol in people with obesity and diabetes.

Prof Stojanoska says, “Although a small association study, these findings suggest that not only do phthalates alter metabolism to increase the risk of obesity and diabetes but that they are also causing toxic damage to the liver.”

Prof Stojanoska’s research is now looking at the effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals on human health in adults, adolescents and babies.

“We need to inform people about the potential adverse effects of endocrine disruptors on their health and look at ways to minimise our contact with these harmful chemicals,” adds the professor.

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