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HEARTBURN AFFECTS 60 million Americans at least
once a month, according to the American College of
of heartburn include a painful burning sensation in
the lower chest or throat that occurs when stomach
acid backs up or refluxes and irritates the sensitive
lining of the esophagus, the tube that carries food
from the throat to the stomach.
Heartburn can be occasional or it can be fre-
quent, which means it occurs two or more days each
week. Frequent heartburn is a digestive problem that
is also called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
The reasons adults and children develop GERD are
still unclear; however, factors such as obesity, pregnancy and smoking may contribute.
According to the ACG, the first thing you should
do if you are experiencing more frequent heartburn
is to schedule an appointment with your doctor for
an evaluation. Your symptoms may be a sign of a
more serious problem. Your doctor can examine you
and rule out any other health concerns, and then
determine if you might benefit from any of the many
over-the-counter medications indicated for the treat-
ment of heartburn, such as a proton pump inhibitor,
H2 blocker or antacid.
“Proton pump inhibitors, such as Kirkland
Signature™ Omeprazole or Kirkland Signature
Lansoprazole, work well for frequent heartburn, but
won’t relieve symptoms right away, and may take
up to four days for full effect, so they’re not helpful
for immediate, temporary relief,” says Kim Walior,
buyer, Costco Pharmacy. “For infrequent or occasional heartburn, like the kind that occurs with a
meal, an H2 blocker like Kirkland Signature Acid
Controller or Kirkland Signature Acid Reducer may
help with symptoms, especially if taken as a means
of prevention an hour before eating. For fast, temporary relief of occasional heartburn pain, a chewable
antacid like Kirkland Signature Ultra Strength
Antacid may help with symptoms.”
THE BODY FORMS its biggest dose of
vitamin D via the skin’s direct exposure to
sunlight, but the sun is often thwarted by
Unfortunately, eight-hour days indoors,
as well as cloudy and shorter winter days,
prevent the important ultraviolet rays
needed to produce vitamin D from reaching the skin. There are few food sources of
vitamin D, but it can be found in egg yolks,
liver and cod liver oil. That’s why many
people turn to high-quality vitamin D nutritional supplements to add vitamin D to
their daily diet.
While the official recommended
daily value for vitamin D remains 400
International Units (IUs) per day, the
Institute of Medicine (IOM;
academies.org/) says the recommended
dietary allowance is 600 IUs for the average adult, and at least 800 IUs for seniors
over 70, because vitamin D absorption
may decline as we age, according to IOM.
Vitamin D comes in two forms: D2
(ergocalciferol) and D3 (cholecalciferol).
While both are usable by the body, studies
have shown that D3 is an active and
potent form of vitamin D, according to
nutraingredients-usa.com. Since vitamin
D3 is the form naturally produced in the
body from sunlight, high-quality supple-
ments use vitamin D3 in their formulas to
more closely match the primary source of
this nutrient, sunlight.
million Americans have
and low bone
mass, according to the
Osteoporosis is a bone disease that results in weak, brittle bones, making them more
susceptible to fractures. One
of the most common causes of
osteoporosis is the failure to
take in adequate amounts of
key nutrients such as calcium
and vitamin D, which is needed to help maximize your
body’s absorption of calcium.
In addition to a healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet,
supplements can help support
healthy bones and reduce the
risk of osteoporosis by supplying enough
Minerals contains 600 mg
800 International Units of
vitamin D3, as
well as magnesium and zinc.
Caltrate 600+D3 Plus Minerals
(320-tablet count) can be found
in the warehouse and on
Costco.com. Item #989874.
Sunshine in a bottle