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5 Tips To Prevent Acidity Problems This Summer.

Acidity problems are more common during the summer season. While some people’s diet takes a toll during the summers, most of the people suffer from dehydration or diarrhea which makes it difficult to deal with acidity problems. In summer, we are already aware of the impact of oily and spicy food that leads to indigestion and an upset stomach. Apart from the basic know-hows, here are 5 tips to prevent acidity problems this summer:-

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Eat Less

The simple mantra to be followed in summer is “Eat Less”. During summers, the digestive system becomes sensitive, it is best advised to reduce your calorie intake. Eating too much at one time can hamper your digestive system, instead, eat small meals at shorter intervals. This in the result, won’t affect your digestive system and won’t give that hunger feeling very soon. Meals should consist of green vegetables and fruits which are healthy and are digested easily. The add-on of having these foods is that they keep you dehydrated as well.

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Drink More Water

The only good thing about the summer season is that your body says a big “NO” too spicy and junk food due to prevailing weather conditions. One should drink more water throughout the day, to keep the body hydrated. As with the scorching temperatures, an average person should drink four – five liters of water on a regular basis.

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Avoid tangy food

“Keep your stomach happy and you will be happy”. Read it? Now just follow this simple rule to prevent any acidity problems. Tangy foods will result in stomach inflammation which is caused due to a weak spleen.(Spleen is an abdominal organ involved in the removal and production of red blood cells, forming the part of the immune system). Foods such as beans, carrots and lotus roots should be eaten more to eliminate pathogens from the body, to strengthen the spleen and stomach.

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Juicy foods

These foods are your life saviors. Include tomatoes, apples, pears, watermelon, cucumber, sweet potatoes, white gourd in your diet will keep your body healthy and will strengthen the immune system as well.

Use herbs

Since the ancient times, India has known it for herbs.  Coriander, fenugreek, fennel seeds, cardamom, cilantro, cumin, ginger, and parsley are the some of the known herbs to avoid those heartburns and burps.

Let our Food Be our Medicine

Some simple Home Remedies

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Did you know that Ginger is an effective remedy for Migraine?

There might be some relief for all those who suffer from Migraine. There is slow but promising evidence that Ginger is an efficacious treatment for migraine. While studies have been inconclusive, anecdotal evidence indicates that this inflammation fighter may help with the chronic and persistent pain experienced by headache sufferers.

 

For those who suffer with Migraine will agree- that it’s a throbbing headache that can last anywhere from a few hours to several days. Migraines can be caused by any number of things, including certain foods (cheeses, nuts, chocolate), alcohol (particularly wine), low blood sugar, and odors such as strong perfumes or cigarette smoke.

For thousands of years, healers have used ginger for nausea and cardiovascular health. Since both of these issues are prevalent in migraines, ginger is a good choice for headache suffers seeking a natural remedy.

A simple preparation given below can help in the treatment:

  1. 500 to 600 mgs of dried ginger taken at the onset of a migraine is an effective antidote to the headache. Repeat the dosage every four hours for four days. Including uncooked fresh ginger in the diet may benefit headache suffers to the point that migraines are no longer as severe or frequent.
  2. Ginger Tea – To make ginger tea, peel and grate fresh ginger root. Place it in boiling water and simmer, uncovered, for 15 to 20 minutes (longer makes a stronger tea). Serve with lemon or drink plain.

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7 Benefits of Ginger that we never knew !!

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Ginger: Zingiber Officinale

Family: Zingiberaceae

 

Nothing beats cold in the winter like a piping hot cup of ginger tea. With its high levels of Vitamin C, magnesium and other minerals, ginger root is extremely beneficial for health.

Here’s why you should have this spice that also belongs to the same family as cardamom and Turmeric.If you recall we did a section on benefits of Turmeric in our last edition !!

Health Benefits of Ginger

  1. Respiratory problems -Ginger’s antihistamine property helps in treating allergies. It is also known to inhibit airway contraction and help stimulate the secretion of mucus. Hence it is the herb of choice for persistent cough and sore throat associated with colds.
  2. Treating nausea and vomiting – Chewing on ginger could reduce nausea and vomiting. According to studies, ginger can treat sensations of nausea following surgery, and due to motion sickness, seasickness, etc. It is also beneficial for nausea as a result of adverse effect of chemotherapy.
  3. Remedy for loss of appetite – Fuel a dull appetite by eating fresh ginger just before you have your meal. So for moms complaining about their kids poor appetite – instead of running to doctors and trying various things; try this one out ! Ginger can get their digestive juices going and increase appetite.
  4. Aiding in digestion and an Anti-Flatulent- Had a large meal? Eat ginger. Ginger improves absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients and aids in digestion. It also helps break down the proteins in your food. Ginger protects your stomach against ulcers by promoting mucus secretion. Further, its carminative (gas expulsion) property provides relief from bloating and gas and helps reduce flatulence

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Applying diluted ginger paste on the forehead is believed to relieve migraine headache??  The ability of ginger to inhibit prostaglandin synthesis helps relieve pain and inflammation in blood vessels thereby providing relief from migraine.

 

 

  1. Reduce menstrual pain- Ginger, when taken at the beginning of the menstrual period, can reduce symptoms of menstrual pain in some women. Here are some tried and tested tips to relieve menstrual pain.
  2. Arthritis – The analgesic and anti-inflammatory property of ginger may help reduce joint pain of arthritis in some people. To help relieve muscle and joint ache, add some ginger oil into your bath.
  3. Preventing morning sickness -Some pregnant women may find ginger beneficial in preventing their morning sickness. But it is advisable to consult your doctor before taking it. Read more about how you can deal with morning sickness.

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Turmeric: Curcuma Longa turmeric-spice-with-amazing-health-benefits Turmeric is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. It is native in southeast India, and needs temperatures between 20 °C and 30 °C (68 °F and 86 °F) and a considerable amount of annual rainfall to thrive.[3] Plants are gathered annually for their rhizomes, and propagated from some of those rhizomes in the following season. Turmeric powder is a bright yellow powder made by dry grinding of mature turmeric rhizomes. It is used as a spice in Indian cuisine and curries, for dyeing, and to impart color to mustard condiments. Health Benefits of Turmeric One active ingredient in it is curcumin. It has a distinctly earthy, slightly bitter, slightly hot peppery flavor and a mustardy smell. This widely researched component of turmeric is highly therapeutic and is used in various drugs and pharmaceutics mainly because of its immunity boosting and anti-oxidant properties. 1. Curcumin is a Natural Anti-Inflammatory Compound Curcumin down-regulates certain inflammatory transcription factors such as kappaB, enzymes such as cyclooxygenase 2 and 5 lipoxygenase, and cytokines such as tumor necrosis factor (TNF), interleukin-1 (IL-1) and interleukin 6 (IL-6) and hinders the development of these diseases such as cancer, atherosclerosis, and neurodegenerative diseases 2. Curcumin significantly increases the anti-oxidant capacity of the body  Oxidative damage leads to generation of free radicals in our body which tend to react with important organic substances, such as fatty acids, proteins or DNA.This is one of the main reasons behind ageing. Curcumin is a great anti-oxidant that not only neutralizes these free radicals but also triggers the activity of our body’s anti-oxidant enzymes. Thus it helps in delaying ageing and fighting age related diseases. 3. Turmeric is also known to be reducing the occurrence of various lifestyle related diseases like heart diseases and obesity. 4. Turmeric and honey in hot water is a useful home remedy for treating cough and cold 5. Turmeric for a glowing skin  Women in India use turmeric scrubs or and creams as curcumin acts as a potential anti-oxidant and provides a beautiful glow to the face.

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Drinking turmeric tea daily may well increase your life span

Adding one teaspoon of turmeric powder to 4 cups of boiling water, simmering it for 10 minutes and adding honey to taste can do the trick.

Other benefits of Turmeric: Turmeric is considered a symbol of purity, prosperity, and fertility. Turmeric water is poured / offered to the gods in the temples as a part of Hindu ritual called Abhishekam. Turmeric has an important place in Indian weddings. Turmeric paste is applied to the bride and the groom as part of the haldi ceremony just before the wedding to give them fresh glowing skins and to ward off the evil eye. Thus, we see that a simple powder like Turmeric so commonly found and used in our daily lives is a powerful element that can be beneficial to us in so many ways.

You Are What You Eat

acidity-500x500It is rightly said that you are what you eat. In fact, we would go a step further to say that you are what your digestive system can absorb.

Your digestive tract – that mysterious 30-foot tube – holds the key to your health and needs to be in good condition to deliver nutrients to their digestion and absorption points. Your digestive health has a direct link to your body’s health.

The human stomach is filled with a naturally produced acidic liquid that activates digestive enzymes that will break down a wide variety of consumed foods. Excess stomach acid can cause severe problems and painful symptoms. Heartburn is one such example. This is a burning sensation near the heart which can be aggravated by spicy food and cause severe damage to the sensitive tissue of the esophagus and throat.

So, instead of just feeding our taste buds we should be thinking about how it affects our digestive health. Here are some important steps to good digestion:

Choose high quality, fresh organic food  Incorporate a healthy mix of raw and cooked foods in your diet. Follow the 80/20 rule – 80% of your plate should be full of healthy vegetables.

Chew thoroughly Digestion of carbohydrates (starches, sugars) starts in your mouth with saliva and enzymes. The enzymes not only help break down your food, they also attack bacteria. Most people don’t chew thoroughly, which makes digestion of food much harder when it reaches the stomach. Chewing is stage one of proper digestion.

Understand the importance of stomach acid (Hydrochloric Acid – HCL)  Stage two of good digestion happens in the stomach. It is the stomach’s job to temporarily hold food and begin to break it down. Stomach acid is important for in this stage of digestion, while it does not actually digest the food, it triggers the enzymes that break down protein. Stomach acid also destroys pathogenic bacteria and parasites.

AcidityAvoid eating disorders  Extreme dieting, eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia can cause extensive damage to the digestive system. When the body does not receive enough food or is forced to regurgitate ingested food, stomach acid can increase substantially. These are the conditions that can result in longterm harm. It is important to follow a dietary and nutritional programme supervised by a doctor.

Pay attention to digestive enzymes  Your food moves from your stomach to your small intestine, where 90% of nutrients are absorbed. Your pancreas produces digestive enzymes so that you can digest carbohydrates, fats and proteins. It is important to understand these processes so you can make the right choice of food.

Hydrate  Sufficient amounts of water can help regulate the acidity of the stomach. Drink eight to ten glasses of water a day.

Instead of just living to eat, we should eat to live – a sensible diet will help make the digestive system work as it needs to and improve our quality of life.