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Tips to avoid Acid Reflux


Do you get chest pain? Does it worsen while you are at rest? Do you experience acid reflux every time you eat? Does your mouth have a bitter taste? Do you find that you are hoarse constantly? You should keep reading to find out more about what you can do to reduce acid reflux. To help avoid nightly acid reflux attacks, do not eat before bedtime. Eating activates the digestive tract. When this occurs, the production of stomach acid starts. If you don't eat for several hours prior to going to sleep, you can cut down on the amount of stomach acid you have when you finally do lay down. Your last meal of the day should be consumed a minimum of three hours prior going to bed. In an upright position food and secreted stomach acid is forced downward to your stomach. When you lay down, the acid can rise back up. This is why it's best to stop eating several hours before bedtime. Use a wedge to help relieve night time acid reflux. Anything that angles the bed up will work, including some books or wooden blocks. There are beds which are electronically controlled which you can use as well. Pregnant women often experience acid reflux. The developing baby can push acid back into the esophagus. Refrain from eating foods that have a high acid content. Many women safely use teas during their pregnancies that heal and soothe the stomach and esophagus. After eating, chew on some fruit or cinnamon gum. Chewing gum helps your body generate more saliva. This saliva helps to reduce stomach acid, improving your acid reflux. Avoid mint flavors since they can exacerbate reflux. Keep gum with you to maintain peace of mind. Acid reflux can be triggered by certain foods in most people. The consumption of these items should be limited to avoid reflux. Stay away from things like tomatoes, milk and alcohol. Think about the things that stress you out and try to eliminate them as much as you can. Stress increases stomach acid which increases inflammation and heartburn. Discover the cause of your anxiety and take it out of your life. Eat smaller meals, more often. Eating just a couple of large meals makes it more likely that you will suffer from acid reflux symptoms. A stomach that's too full can put extra pressure on that sphincter in between the esophagus and the stomach, which makes it open so it can relieve itself. This, in turn, could cause acid to leak up into the esophagus, which is what causes heartburn. Therefore, it is important to eat little meals instead of big ones. Lose some weight if you have extra pounds. Losing your extra pounds will help reduce your acid reflux symptoms. That extra weight can put additional pressure on your belly and cause even more problems with digestion and reflux. Sometimes losing some weight can help, too. Light to moderate daily exercise is very helpful in getting acid reflux under control. [...]


The box of crayons in kindergarten was not limited to those who possessed potential; because the truth is, everybody has potential and everyone is born creative. It's a talent that everyone has, yet they think they don't. The power of innovation. If you've ever marvelled at somebody's creative prowess, guess what, you can create and innovate too. It just takes time. You know how long it took you to learn to ride a bike, to drive a car or to never commit the same mistake again. It's the same with innovation. It takes a bit of practice and time before this mind function comes easily when called upon. Let's look at a few tips on how to bring innovation into your life. Don't always listen to what other people say. Follow the beat of your own drum. Allowing for the negative input of other people will only bring disharmony to the music you are trying to make. If you have an original idea, don't waste your time and effort trying to make people understand. They won't. The help you will get can most probably come in the form of negative feedback. If all those geniuses of the past listened to their peers, we would still be living in the middle ages. Spend time on it. It cannot be stressed enough, although, please do not quit your job! This can involve some tricky time management but with a little discipline you'll be able to squeeze both in. Exercise. Take a walk. Run a mile or two. Send all those endorphins through your veins. Exercising certainly clears and relaxes your mind and allows for brilliant ideas to pop up. Record your dreams. Aren't some of them the craziest things that your conscious mind would never have thought of? If you've had these dreams before, and I'm sure have, this only shows you the untapped innovative power you have lying within. So jot down those notes. Those dreams may just create an innovative spark in you. Find your own style. You can always tell a Van Gogh from a Matisse. You'll know Hemingway wrote something by the choice of words on paper. It is the same with you. People will appreciate your innovation because it is uniquely yours. No one else would have thought of what you were thinking. That will let people see how valuable an asset you are. Don't hide behind nifty gadgets or tools. You don't need the most expensive set of paints to produce a masterpiece. The same way with writing. You don't need some expensive fountain pen and really smooth paper for a bestseller. In fact, J.K. Rowling wrote the first book of the Harry Potter Series on bits of tissue. So what if you've got an expensive SLR camera if you're a crappy photographer? Who cares if you've got a blinking laptop if you can't write at all? The artist actually reduces the number of tools he has as he gets better at his craft: he knows [...]

Antique Queen Anne Chairs

Antique Queen Anne Chairs

The Queen Anne style of chair making entered the colonial world in the mid 1700s shortly after the real Queen Anne occupied her English throne in 1702. It became the most popular and sought after chair design of the time, until the Chippendale style caught the interests of woodcrafters and chair makers. It eventually replaced the Queen Anne style chairs. During its heyday, however, the Queen Anne chair was considered a fashion statement. In its infancy, it was made of walnut wood, but through the years other types of wood were used. However, when the Chippendale style entered the scene, it didn't mean that the Queen Anne style was already out of fashion. This is probably because the Queen Anne chair style introduced a design that is new to the chair industry. It was curved, not straight. Most of the chair designs before it had straight backs, but the Queen Anne deviated from the norm and gave its top rail a yoke shape and carved its back splat in the shape of a vase, in a design that was referred to as 'fiddle back'. Another unique introduction of the Queen Anne is the location of the back splat, which was placed on the rail of the seat itself, not on the cross rail on top. Other defining characteristics of the Queen Anne are the cabrioles, or the curved front legs and the rounded or clubbed feet. In determining the value of antique chairs, its make and design are very important. Thus, if you own a Queen Anne, your chair is considered top of the line. In addition, if your particular Queen Anne has a nice history to it, that is, one of the royals had actually used it, then all the more will its value rise. When appraising antique furniture, factors like age, maker and make, and history are very important and give plus points to its value. In the history of antique chairs, while the Chippendale style slowly supplanted it, the luster and strength of Queen Anne chairs never diminished. Styles may have changed and designs evolved, but the intrinsic worth of a Queen Anne antique chair will never fade. As the years go by, its worth will even go up. So if you're thinking about selling your Queen Anne now, you might want to hold on for years more – especially if you don't really need to sell that badly. Antique chairs and other types of furniture are testaments to the passing of time and the evolution of man. The fact that they have weathered so many years merits them a whole lot of respect. Queen Anne antique chairs, in particular, deserve the same kind of esteem as the Hitchcock chair or the Chippendale chair. In fact, going back to its history, the Queen Anne represented a major breakthrough in chair making, thus, making its value slightly higher than its contemporaries. So next time you dismiss that old chair in your living room as nothing, you'd better think [...]


Sadly, most people do not have any form of training or instruction on how to deal with these emotions. As a result, you often see tragedies happening in the news or on TV about how someone who is angry decided to do terrible things. Anger is an emotional feeling and an expression which we all have from time to time. Each and every one of us reacts to differently to anger. Some may feel a great urgency to smash something; some shout at the top of their lungs to vent their anger while others will remain silent throughout the entire time. Sometimes it erupts openly and other times it camouflages itself and covertly undermines your life. Some experience anger as strength and power. They feel it is necessary in order to maintain control. Others assume they have the right to express anger. In fact, when we are angry we are out of control and our ability to respond wisely is diminished. It’s time to look at anger in a new way and understand what it really is. Then we can take steps that help us manage anger, make us feel better and see clearly what to do. Realize that anger is a choice you make Anger is not a form of power, strength or control. It is a toxin, which sometimes provides a temporary high. After this high subsides, the individual is left weaker and more uncertain than before. Not only that, the negative consequences of our outburst have to be handled. Basically anger narrows our focus, creates confusion and limits our ability to find constructive solutions. When anger arises, stop, breathe deeply and immediately look at the larger perspective. Put the incident in context. For a moment, allow the other person to be “right”. Tell yourself you have plenty of time to be right later. Your main goal is to have the anger subside so you can be in control. Pinpoint the 24 forms of anger Anger camouflages itself and manifests in many ways. Unrecognized anger turns into all kinds of unwanted behavior that become impossible to stop. We have to become aware that this behavior is just another form of anger and pull it out at the root. Some of the 24 forms of anger are: Depression, hypocrisy, self-sabotage, low self-esteem, burnout, passive aggressive behavior, compulsions, perfectionism, gossiping, lying and various addictions. When you realize that these are being fuelled by anger, you can take appropriate steps to handle them. Give Up Being A Martyr – Stop Giving and Taking Guilt Most martyrs do not think of themselves as martyrs. They may describe themselves as long-suffering, giving much more than they get. There’s a huge difference between giving and manipulation. Martyrs manipulate with guilt. But guilt is a lethal toxin, fuelled by anger. When you make someone feel guilty, you are harming them. When people feel guilty they find some way to punish themselves and others. Give up giving guilt and also give up taking it. Recognize this [...]


Knowing what you should be focusing on and what you need to avoid on a first date can mean the difference between a second date and having someone that never calls you again. There are many right and wrong things to do when you go on a date. If you know what makes a perfect date, you can then go into a first date with confidence and self assurance. You will know what you are doing and what to expect. This limits the surprises that sometimes come up and can ruin a date. 1. Be On Time: One very important thing that you should do when you are going on a first date is to make sure that you are on time. The fastest way to make a bad impression is to show up late. If you are late, your date will think that you do not care about them or that they are not important enough for you to be on time. Another potential result is that your date may decide that they do not want to wait for you and will leave before you arrive. They say that the first impression is the lasting impression. Being on time for a date makes a great impression. 2. Put Your Date at Ease: Do your best to make your date feel as comfortable as possible. Everyone gets very nervous when they go on a first date with someone. If you are making your date feel comfortable, you will also find that you are more relaxed and enjoy yourself much more during the date. Laughing at your date’s jokes is one great way to make them feel that you are interested in them and it will also make them more comfortable. 3. Keep The Conversation Alive: Be interesting and keep the conversation alive. You do not what to show up for a date and then have nothing to say and nothing to ask all night. You should prepare yourself ahead of time and think of interesting topics and things that can result in a good conversation. 4. Listen Sincerely: Show a valid interest in what your date has to say. Pay attention when they are talking to you. Let them know that you care what they are saying. Practice your conversation skills ahead of time. This will help you prepare for the date. 5. Don't Talk About Yourself: You do not want to talk about yourself all night. This is a turn off and is also rude. You do not want to give the impression of being conceited or stuck on yourself. Ask questions about your date. Give them a chance to talk. It is not all about you. If you do all the talking and do not let them get a word in, chances are it will be your only date with them. 6. No Talking About Past Relationships: Do not talk about your past relationships. No one really wants to hear about your ex. They do not want to [...]


We all have past experiences, good or bad that we always remember. Do they affect our personal life and personality? If we think others view you as being "good looking," then you will see yourself as being good looking, or if you think people think that you are fat then you will have that image of yourself. People take the roles of other people during development. Infants have very little knowledge so they tend to mimic others. Children have creative minds and take on roles of others or people such as parents that have a special importance in their social development. For example, children will play house in which someone will take the role of a mother while another take that of a father. Sociologist Herbert Mead developed a theory known as social behaviourism, which helped explained why past social experiences help form an individuals' personality. Mead did not believe that personality was developed by drives or biologically, but more on terms socially. He stated that the self only developed when people interact with one another. Without the interaction of other people an individual can't develop a personality. An example of this is if a child is left in total isolation for a long period of time then they don't mature both physically or mentally. Social experience is crucial, and this includes the exchange of symbols. Only people attach meanings to words and symbols. If you tell a dog to sit and it obeys then you may give it a snack. However, this doesn't mean it knows why to sit down, but it does so to get food. You can tell a dog to sit for numerous of reasons such as wanting to impress your friends, or to calm it down because it is running all over the place. Also, Mead noted that understanding individual intentions is critical. This will help us to analyze how an individual will respond even before we act. For example, when we're driving we all anticipate what others may do because of experience. If an individual behinds you is speeding up rather quickly, then you can assume that they are about to switch lanes, or you can assume that they are in a rush and need to get somewhere quickly. Mead refers to this as taking another individual's role. Another important theory that is related to social behaviourism is the looking-glass self. This is basically like mirroring what we think others think of us. As they age children will learn to take various roles and adjust to their surroundings. As we continue to age we will continue to see changes in our social life. There are a lot of critics of Mead's theories and some claim that he focus too much on the society in developing an individual's behavior. Another sociologist Erik H. Erikson stated that unlike Freud who believed that personality was pretty much set in stone in the first couple of years of an individual's life, that personality changes in stages and occurs [...]

Saltwater Aquarium

There are many reasons for setting up a saltwater aquarium, not least of which is its beauty. The magnificent colors of fish and coral, interesting algae, relaxing sound of bubbling water and the fun involved in creating a beautiful marine world are all reasons why having saltwater aquariums gives people so much fun and enjoyment. However, with the beginner aquarist in mind even a brief introduction to saltwater aquariums can seem a bit daunting. This is because not only are marine systems a bit complex to set up and maintain they can also be expensive. Saltwater aquariums are not for everybody and even the simplest marine tank can cause headaches. Fish keeping can be tricky and marine fish in particular take a lot of time and effort to keep healthy. Marine species are far more sensitive to water quality and temperature changes so you need to be informed about the needs of the fish as well as the tank itself. Saltwater aquariums require patience and know-how to make it work. You also have to make certain that you can afford to keep the tank in a healthy state. Which saltwater aquarium you choose will depend on your intend for the tank and your personal preferences. There are many different options available in terms of the fish and animals you can keep in your tank as well as the equipment you can choose from. Some saltwater aquariums are not suited for the beginner. The first thing to decide when setting up a saltwater aquarium is what kind of fish you want to keep. The next step is finding out as much about each one as you can. Not all marine species are suited to beginners so you might have to adapt your wish-list to suit your level of expertise. Never take on species that are for advanced fish keepers or you could run into trouble. There are two main kinds of saltwater aquariums namely 1) ‘fish only’ or 2) ‘fish only with live rock’ OR ‘reef tanks’. The first is probably the easiest saltwater aquarium to try. In saltwater aquariums of this nature, lighting is not really an issue and you can use a simple tank with its standard equipment and only a few extra bits like protein skimmers, powerheads and live rock or sand are needed. These kinds of saltwater aquariums will usually be either a community tank containing species like clownfish, damselfish, gobies, wrass and dottybacks; or an aggressive tank where you will find species like lionfish, triggers, eels, groupers, and larger predatory species. Before you decide on your fish, make sure you know EXACTLY which species live well together to avoid your tank turning into a complete massacre. If you are a novice to saltwater aquariums start with a tank that is at least 10 gallons in size. This is because most if not all of your fish will easily outgrow the tank. Go for the largest tanks you can afford. The bigger saltwater aquariums are easier to [...]