August 24th, 2011

Manage Acidity Naturally

We have all suffered from it at some point or the other. Acidity is one of the most common problems faced by us. Our over-scheduled life style leads us to skip meals, wrong eating habits, and couple it with too much fondness for junk and spicy foods. These are the common reasons to cause acidity.  My Health Guardian  discusses acidity in detail with experts. Keep reading to know the causes, symptoms and best kept home remedies for treating acidity. What causes acidity? Acidity is triggered by the foods we eat and the kind of lifestyle we have,  tells Dr Arpit Jain, Consultant Internal Medicine, Artemis Hospital Gurgaon. Acid is produced in our stomach to help in digesting the food we

April 20th, 2010

Beat Food Borne Bugs

The summer heat is on. In the forthcoming months the sun will grow hotter and we need to be extra careful in handling food. It is no coincidence that during summers, every year we see an increase in instances of food-borne illness. Food not stored properly can be harmful. It can become a breeding house for bacteria, virus or fungi—the food spoilers! Most cases of food-borne illness can be prevented through proper cooking or processing of food, which kills bacteria. Safe food handling tenets Wash Scrupulous washing of fruits and vegetables are a must before we eat them. You can use a soft vegetable brush to wash tubers like potatoes. For berries and grapes dunk them in a vessel of water

February 16th, 2010

To Go or Not to Go

Constipation is a subject which is seldom talked about but many men and women can relate to and so can different ailments. What exactly is constipation? It is absence of regular bowel movements, and how regular is too regular? Most of us believe that one should evacuate the bowels at least once a day to feel energetic and alive through out the day. Somehow, constipation has become too technical a subject, which is closely linked to the use of laxatives to earn relief. The after-effects of constipation are more painful than the absence of bowel movements. Dr Preeti Chabbra, Ayurveda consultant with Ganga Ram Hospital says, “According to Ayurveda people with the predominance of vata dosha

November 16th, 2009

Heartburn

The kind of lives we are living these days is hard to digest for our stomachs. The latest fallout of the urban lifestyle is the heartburn. Three in five urban Indians suffer from heartburn, a study done by an NGO Healthcare Welfare Society finds. The survey also finds that eating out – that is eating spicy food, processed food and junk food – is a huge factor in 25-40 per cent of those surveyed who have heartburn. Heartburn is primarily a mechanical problem. When you swallow food, it travels down the esophagus and enters the stomach via a small, muscular valve.Normally, the valve then closes and stays shut. But sometimes it becomes weak and floppy and doesn’t close properly.

September 18th, 2009

Stomach flu

In the hot months of summer, we often find instances of stomach flu. Stomach flu refers to gastroenteritis or irritation and inflammation of the stomach and intestines (the gastrointestinal tract). Gastroenteritis may be caused by a virus, bacteria and parasites in spoiled food or unclean water. Another trigger for stomach flu can be lactose intolerance, which causes a reaction to dairy products. Stomach flu doesn’t last for very long. However, you can soothe the troubled tummy with the following natural cures— Stay hydrated, even if it sounds difficult. Electrolyte solution offers relief. Sip on homemade lemonade. Mix a teaspoon of ginger juice, lemon juice each and pepper it with

September 17th, 2009

Cure constipation naturally

Constipation can be highly uncomfortable. You just don’t feel energetic enough to face the day. For constipation the cures begin in the kitchen, which include fibre rich diet. Other than making diet modifications, use some form of exercise in your daily schedule like brisk walk or jog, as it will help bowels move. 1. Tried and tested cure for moving a sluggish stomach is a heaped tablespoon of isabgol mixed in a big glass of water had at bedtime. If you are suffering from elevated cholesterol levels this recipe will help you lower the cholesterol too. 2. Include fruits in your diet: papaya, guava, orange, plum, apple and fig are effective laxatives and should be eaten regularly to gain

September 14th, 2009

Diverticulitis

  India’s top movie star, Amitabh Bachchan, 63, was confined to hospital, for nearly three weeks after having surgery for an intestinal ailment, diverticulitis. Bachchan’s hospitalization has put the spotlight on diverticulitis, a painful yet little known disease, which involves ruptures in pockets of intestines that is common to many patients in India. What is diverticulitis? Diverticulitis is a common disease of the bowel, in particular the large intestine. It is common for people older than age 60 to have saclike pea-or grape-sized protrusions (diverticula) bulging in the intestinal tract— the condition known as diverticulosis. Diverticulitis happens, if tiny cuts in

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