The person, who does it, is too ashamed to admit, whereas other people around him are totally disgusted and wonder who has done it. It is that embarrassing feeling that no one would want to be put through especially in public. Usually symptoms of flatulence are painless, but sometimes it causes stomach cramps. Although flatulence seems to be unnatural and unnecessary, it is actually quite a normal part of existence. Thus, while it is normal for one to flatulate, too much flatulence can cause abdominal discomfort. A normal healthy person flatulates an average of 14 times daily. About half of this gas is swallowed air. The remaining is a by-product of fermentation of stomach contents done by intestinal microbes. This half is responsible for the offensive odour. The best way to control flatulence is to watch what you eat. Usually, the gas is expelled out, within 5 to 7 hours of eating flatulence-causing food. The most common symptoms associated with flatulence are abdominal discomfort and pain. In severe cases there can be belching and gurgling noises in the abdomen.
This dark leafy green is extremely rich in iron, vitamins, and minerals; and are every diabetics superhero when it comes to managing blood sugar and BP levels. Diabetes management Infused with antioxidant alpha-lipoic acid, spinach prevents oxidative stress-induced changes in diabetic patients. It is also known to increase insulin sensitivity and lower glucose levels. Cancer prevention Green vegetables like spinach contain chlorophyll which blocks the carcinogenic effects of heterocyclic amines that are produced while cooking at a high temperature. Asthma prevention Consumption of spinach helps you stay away from asthma since it is an excellent source of beta-carotene which supplies you with a good amount of nutrients. Foods like apricots, carrots, pumpkin, and broccoli are also rich sources of beta-carotene. Lowering blood pressure For someone who is suffering from high blood pressure, it is recommended to include spinach in your diet. It negates the effect of sodium and helps you balance your blood pressure levels. Bone health Vitamin K is quite essential for healthy bones. It acts as a modifier of bone matrix and decreases your chance of bone fracture. Spinach is rich in Vitamin K that improves calcium absorption and may reduce urinary excretion of calcium. Promotes regularity Spinach … Continue reading 7 ways spinach helps manage diabetes and BP →
Your blood pH level plays a vital role in your overall health. In case your blood pH level is acidic, your cells cannot function properly. When the pH of the body fluids (blood, saliva and urine) goes down, acidosis sets in. An acidic pH promotes disease states in the body. Simple saliva and urine test In order to check your pH levels, one can undertake a simple saliva and a urine test. Test your saliva on an empty stomach and one hour after meals. Average pH values The average pH values of our urine and saliva are 6.8 to 7.4. How to conduct saliva test Purchase a pH paper at any drugstore and test your saliva by spitting in to a bowl. Dip the pH strip in it and check the colouring after a minute. How to interpret the reading A reading of 4.5 to 6.0 indicates acidosis and is likely to promote disease conditions in the body. A reading of 6.0 to 6.8 is less likely to give rise to disease conditions. Values between 7.0 and 7.5 are considered healthy. Acidosis occurs when the body loses its alkaline reserves. Acidosis can be managed effectively through proper nutritional planning.
High cholesterol is one of the major worries of most people. Most adults have higher than recommended cholesterol levels. We do not usually worry too much about heart diseases until we are middle aged. But adults as young as 20 also need to watch cholesterol because high levels of LDL or bad cholesterol at a young age are more likely to cause the development of heart disease in the later years of life. Eat to lower Cholesterol By eating healthy foods we can reduce the risk of developing heart disease and improve our health, without resorting to medicines. Though we cannot change our genes – a contributing factor to high cholesterol, we can definitely change our diets. Food significantly affects the cholesterol levels. Following are the top 3 foods which help lower high cholesterol: Oats This food can reduce total cholesterol & LDL cholesterol. Oatmeal and oat bran are important sources of dietary fiber, and they contain a mix of soluble and insoluble fibers. The active ingredient in oats is beta-glucans which lowers blood cholesterol. An intake of 40 grams of oat bran or 60 grams of oat meal a day can bring about a 5% reduction on serum cholesterol This … Continue reading The ‘Top 3’ food and lifestyle changes to control cholesterol →
Take magnesium supplements Every cell in the body requires adequate magnesium to function. Inadequate magnesium will hamper digestion and cause acidity. Drink raw coriander, tomato or carrot juice to improve magnesium intake and aid digestion. Chew your food well Most of us eat food while watching TV, working on the laptop, or in while hurry. Therefore, if food is not chewed properly, large chunks of food are passed down, which is not broken down completely by the system. Our saliva contains digestive enzymes, which breaks down carbohydrates. Since the process of digestion begins in the mouth, the proper chewing of the food can help in better digestion. Furthermore, there is a better absorption of nutrients when the food is chewed well. Increase dietary fiber Fruits and vegetables are a good source of dietary fiber. Thus, they help in cleaning out our system. Moreover, fiber has the ability to soften stools and provide bulk to the stool. However, some people experience discomforts such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, constipation, or flatulence on consuming dietary fiber. Such individuals can opt for fiber supplements, which can increase the fiber intake and stimulate bowel regularity. Psyllium is good for bowel stimulation process. Fiber supplements also … Continue reading 6 tips to improve digestion →
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