There are many things today that challenge our digestive system. Mouth-watering delicacies dangling in attractive menus of top restaurants are more than enough to drag us towards them. However, food, edible colors, food chemicals, processing chemicals, additives, and preservatives served by these restaurants coupled with little or no exercise, working late, being sleepless, and facing constant stress have resulted in bad maintenance of our digestive systems. Symptoms of indigestion Symptoms of indigestion include belching, abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, burning sensation after eating food, nausea, joint pain, muscle pain, and weakness. These symptoms could be due to a disorder in the stomach or the intestine. Causes of indigestion Certain food and beverages such as alcohol, colas, coffee, fried foods, maida-based foods, spicy and greasy foods, and preserved foods can cause indigestion since they irritate the digestive tract. Liver problems, gall stones, ulcers, and lack of friendly bacteria are other causes. Psychological factors also contribute to indigestion. Stress and digestion Stress, anxiety, and anger can disturb digestion. Indigestion can sometimes be caused by insufficient (HCL) hydrochloric acid in the stomach. HCL is required for digestion of food such as fish, chicken, and meat. HCL levels decline with age. Therefore, older people … Continue reading Why is indigestion a concern →
If you have weak digestion, you need to watch the types of food you eat and also take liver tonics to detoxify your liver. Fennel (saunf) is an excellent natural treatment for flatulence. It absorbs excess gas and reduces the feeling of pressure thus, prevents belching or passing of gas. Fennel Seeds Fennel can be used to flavour food for added nutritional and health benefits. It is good for children because of its gentle effect. It benefits colic in small babies and reduces stomach aches in people of all ages (as it contains aspartic acid which helps expel gas from stomach). When to eat fennel seeds Fennel seeds are mostly eaten after meals. It is an excellent mouth freshener and can simply be chewed to get most of its benefits. Fennel can be used in a dose of 1 tsp three times a day. While black pepper (powdered) and white pepper powder can be used as 1.5 grams (quarter tsp) twice a day. Best way to eat fennel seeds Fennel seeds, can be added to meat dishes to give an authentic Italian flavour. It is used to marinate fish, chicken and to flavour eggs. It can be sprinkled on soups, … Continue reading Kitchen spices for gas problems →
If we thought that elevated levels of cholesterol were the only major risk factor in a heart disease, latest scientific research has yet another surprise in store for us. New research suggests that every person who has suffered a heart attack does not necessarily have high cholesterol. In recent years, homocysteine has started gaining prominence as a cause of heart disease. What is Homocysteine Homocysteine is an amino acid, which is harmless if it is properly metabolized by the body. However, if it isn’t, then this amino acid would build up in excessive quantities in the blood, which increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes. Men with the highest levels of homocysteine have three times more risk of precipitating a heart attack. This is despite all other factors such as lipid profile, blood pressure, and smoking being under control. Scientific researchers generally believe that homocysteine increases the possibility of clot formation and promotes plaque formation, damaging the arteries. Causes of homocysteine There is a generic factor that determines how efficiently our body metabolizes amino acid. However, the principle problem appears to be associated with our diet. Homocysteine levels in our blood tend to build up … Continue reading Homocysteine – A threat to the heart →
Many digestive problems can be prevented with lifestyle changes. Poor eating habits such as eating too quickly or skipping meals can result in digestive discomfort. We must be sure to eat food slowly while chewing thoroughly. Eating several small meals throughout the day would help lessen any symptoms of digestive discomfort. Moreover, eating a balanced diet can help us avoid digestive discomfort. Unhealthy diets can contribute to difficulties for our digestive system. Thus, we must eat less quantities of processed food and sugar and more quantity of fiber, fruits, and vegetables. Foods rich in magnesium, wholegrain breads, and cereals help us in faster digestion. We must not forget to hydrate our body properly and must drink around eight glasses of water daily. Giving the sodas, soft drinks, and pops a skip can help us immensely. We must cut right back on caffeine, which we end up attaining through beverages such as coffee, tea, and alcohol. These are all highly dehydrating and will only snatch away our B-vitamins, which are so essential for healthy neural, immune, and digestive functioning. We must constantly try and eat food, which are rich in vitamin C. This vitamin is a natural laxative, which is available … Continue reading Lifestyle changes and digestion →
Before going on that crash diet, you should be aware of what it could do to your body. Read on to know more about the pros and cons of crash dieting. We all love faster results, especially if its got to do with weight loss. We think crash dieting is one of the ways through which we can shed pounds much faster. However, before you think of getting on this diet, it is worthwhile to analyse the pros and cons of a crash diet. The pros: Faster results The only thing that you benefit from a crash diet is that, it makes you lose your weight faster. The results are visible in just a few days! Short-term Unlike other diets, a crash diet is a short-term diet where the results are faster and you accomplish your goals early. The cons: Too restrictive One of the most important problems with the crash diet is that it is very restrictive. While other diets are a good combination of proteins, nutrients, and other vital minerals, crash dieting abstains you from eating any calories, which often leads you, literally to starvation. This is not a good idea if you are looking to lose weight … Continue reading PROs and CONs of a crash diet →
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