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5 Foods That Are Known To Trigger Heartburn

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For people prone to heartburn, high-fat foods may trigger the condition. And unfortunately, they include some of the healthiest and nutritious foods like avocados, cheese, and nuts.

And studies have shown that this condition happens when stomach acid backs up into your esophagus, a long, muscular tube that connects your mouth to your stomach.

Under normal circumstances, it is impossible for stomach acid to escape into the esophagus because of a barrier called the lower esophageal sphincter. The lower esophageal sphincter is a ring-like muscle that naturally stays closed, and only opens when you swallow or belch.

But it is different in people with acid reflux, as the muscle is often weakened; hence, one of the reasons why people with acid reflux usually experience heartburn.

However, medical practitioners claim that if you have heartburn more than twice a week, you may have Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It is also important to note that you can have GERD without having heartburn.

Be that as it may, there are certain factors that are known to bring on heartburn, and they include pregnancy, certain foods, alcohol, and some pharmaceutical medications.

Here are some of the foods that are known to cause heartburn

As surprising as it sounds, oranges, grapefruits, and orange juice are classic heartburn foods.

And according to the founder of the Digestive Center for Women in Chevy Chase, Md. and a gastroenterologist at Georgetown Hospital in Washington, D.C.Robynne Chuktan, MD, the aforementioned fruits are very acidic and more likely to cause heartburn as result of their nature when consumed on an empty stomach.

However, studies have shown that there are two ways high-fat foods can trigger heartburn.

First, they may relax the lower esophageal sphincter, the muscle that acts as a barrier between the esophagus and the stomach. When this muscle relaxes, stomach acid can escape from the stomach into the esophagus and cause heartburn.

Second, high-fat foods stimulate the release of the hormone cholecystokinin (CCK). This hormone may also relax the lower esophageal sphincter and cause acid reflux.

Recent studies have shown that spicy foods often contain a compound called capsaicin, which may slow the rate of digestion.

And when this happens, foods are likely to sit in the stomach longer than usual, which is a risk factor for heartburn.

For example, one study showed that consuming chili that contained chili powder slowed the rate of digestion. In addition, spicy foods may irritate an already inflamed esophagus, and this can worsen heartburn symptoms.

Thus, it is advisable to reduce your intake of spicy foods if you’re prone to heartburn.

Although the health benefits of onion are priceless, studies have shown that it is a common trigger for heartburn, especially when it is consumed raw.

And this is because it relaxes the lower esophageal sphincter, which may cause acid reflux and symptoms of heartburn.

Recent studies have also shown that onions are a rich source of fermentable fiber, which may cause belching; and belching can aggravate acid reflux symptoms.

Although milk is commonly consumed to treat heartburn, studies have shown that drinking whole milk may actually cause symptoms, instead of relief.

As a matter of fact, a recent research suggests that whole milk may increase stomach acid production, which is a risk factor for heartburn.

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5 Foods You Should Never Eat After Sex

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A satisfying and intense session with your partner is something that we all love.

According to research, intense sex can burn close to 150 calories every 30 minutes. So, feeling hungry is quite obvious, but it is important to understand that the functioning of the body is not normal right after sex and thus eating anything heavy might lead to other health issues.

Here’s a list of food that you should never eat right after sex:

  • Egg

As much as possible, try to avoid egg yolk, as it is high in fat and cholesterol and eating it right after sex might create uneasiness and restlessness in the body.

  • Alcohol

Alcohol is a big NO after sex because it is high on stimulants that further slow down the metabolism and might lead to irritation, weakness and dizziness.

  • Coffee/tea

Coffee and tea both have caffeine and drinking either after sex will keep you awake and disturb the sleep-inducing hormones. It is suggested to sleep or take a power nap after the session to calm the body and mind.

  • Pizza

According to experts, eating refined flour along with cheese might irritate your body after an intense session. It is suggested to avoid fast foods like pizza because right after the session, the blood circulation is very high and it becomes a tricky situation for the intestine to digest heavy foods like pizza.

  • Chips

Chips are processed, fried and have high levels of sodium that might excite you after sex but it is something that one should avoid right after an intense session.

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How Smoking Weed Affects Your Vagina, Sex

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Most women may not know that smoking weed can affect their vagina and sex adversely.

According to research, smoking weed not only drys up your mouth, it also does the same to your vagina.

This discovery was first noticed in 2009 after a survey was done on 8,650 Australian people in order to see if a link existed between marijuana usage and poor vaginal lubrication.

Dr. Julie Holland, author of “Moody Bitches: The Truth About The Drugs You’re Taking, The Sleep You’re Missing, The Sex You’re Not Having, and What’s Really Making You Crazy,” took interest and spent a significant amount of time researching marijuana’s effects on sexual health.

She found out that vaginal dryness, “exactly like dry mouth… it’s the drying of the mucus membranes” is indeed a side effect of smoking weed.

This vaginal dryness caused by smoking weed affects sex as it could cause painful sex and injuries.

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9 Items You Don’t Want To Share With Even Your Shadow

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Maybe there are a few times when it’s okay to not love your neighbour enough to share with them.

When it comes to sharing some personal items with someone else, maybe you should think about it for a minute before you say Yes, because No is what you should really say.

Other than secrets, here are nine other things you should never share with ANYONE!

No one ever thinks sharing a bar soap with someone who’s too lazy to run out and get one for themself is dangerous because soaps are supposed to clean themselves, right?

Except they really don’t.

The accumulation of fungi, bacteria and possibly yeast on bar soaps counters the myth that they self-clean and are totally safe to share with others.

Bar soaps have no problem with retaining organisms from your skin, like pathogens that could cause infections and illnesses when you share with others.

This is an obvious one, but it seems to be common practice nonetheless.

Other than for the very obvious reason that sharing towels with anyone is just achingly gross, it could get you infected with bacteria and fungus because towels are a breeding ground for germs.

Again, hard to understand why anyone wants to share a toothbrush seeing as it goes into one of your most very private parts, but it happens quite a lot.

The bristles on toothbrushes retain bacteria, and crossbreeding your own bacteria with someone else’s could lead to the births of very unfortunate, but probably well-deserved, pathogens that can result in common cold or strep.

In the case of the occasional bleeding gum, this could get very worse very fast than anyone is willing to give it credit for.

The health industry is either trying to save you from a lot of trouble, or it is trying to sell loads more of toothbrushes.

With their sharp ends, earrings are prone to the occasional pricks of the skin and can very easily transfer any sort of blood-borne disease you can imagine if two people share it indiscriminately.

Yes, you might want to occasionally flaunt with your friend’s earring that you have refused to buy for yourself, but is the slay worth it?

If you want the impromptu lice party on your head, share away.

Seriously, don’t.

The human fingers, you see, is one of the biggest warehouses for germs to thrive.

So, any time a foreign invader dips their crime scene into your jar of silky comfort, new germs contaminate the entire jar, which means the next time you use it, you might likely be carrying the wages of their sin on your body.

Bacteria like streptococcus or staphylococcus which can cause inflammation of the hair follicle and acne are some of the obtainable results from sharing your cream with someone else.

Only way to share safely is if a clean instrument is used to extract the cream from the jar, but why do you want to go to that trouble instead of just saying ?

The human lips are custodians of an extensive network of blood vessels hiding just below the surface, waiting to absorb germs and cold sores that you could quite possibly apply to it from something shared, like a lip balm.

Sharing lip balm – BAD. Okay?

It’s hard to think that there are people who don’t already know the dangers of sharing razor with other people in this day and age; but for the dangerously uninitiated, sharing razor is a bad idea!

It’s quite easy for dead skin cells and bacteria to accumulate on razors, and this can easily transmit warts and fungus when shared.

It’s worse when it makes contact with a user’s blood and becomes a carrier of blood-borne diseases like herpes and HIV.

Nail clippers don’t get the same immediate suspicion as razors but the same dangers apply with sharing them.

Hate to be the monster to break it to you, but it’s possible to be jamming to that new monster album at work and be digging boils out of your ear the next day because you shared your earphones with Jennifer from Accounting.

This is not necessarily because Jennifer is a harvest farm for ear boils, but because studies have shown that earphones generate bacteria from the ears while you’re bopping your head to Jay Z or losing your home training to Small Doctor.

Bacteria, like staph and strep, can accumulate on the earphones and jump ship anytime you share to cause infections, boils, or pustules.

The only way to safely share your earphones with Jennifer is if you properly clean it with alcohol-soaked cotton ball before passing it on; but is it the worst thing in the world to be armed with a legitimate reason to say a big fat No to the next person that asks to quickly use your earphones?

Go get your own earphones Jennifer!

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