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Gastric Problems - Ways To Deal With It!

Dr. Surbhi Dadwal 90% (274 ratings)
MBBS
General Physician, Shimla
Gastric Problems - Ways To Deal With It!

Excessive gas can be defined as bloating, belching, flatulence and burping. It does not matter what you call it but what matters is how you treat it and get relieved from the embarrassing symptoms. 

Here are some ways in which you can avoid gastric problems:

  • Avoid eating foods that can cause gas or acidity. The vegetables which are known to cause acidity are Brussels, onions, garlic and broccoli; dairy products like cheese, milk, ice cream and whole grains can cause acidity. The reason is that these products have fiber, starch and sugar which cannot be digested easily thus causing pain in the intestines. Fruit which contains sorbitol and aerated drinks should also be avoided. Eat everything but in moderation.
  • Avoid drinking before meals as the stomach acids are lost and the food cannot be digested well. Water and liquids should be had half an hour after a meal for better digestion.
  • Food should be eaten slowly. Eating and drinking fast allows a lot of air to go in the stomach with the food. This, in turn, can cause stomach pain.
  • Over the counter, drugs can be taken for immediate help in digestion. These medicines contain enzymes which aid in digestion. The enzyme works to dissolve the sugar that is found in many vegetable and fruit.
  • Do not fill the air in the stomach. Some habits like chewing gum, drinking from a straw, smoking causes the air to fill in the stomach, thereby, leading to gas.
  • Artificial sweeteners such as Sorbitol should be avoided as these are difficult to digest and can easily lead to a feeling of bloating. 

However, all the pains might not be due to gas and could be a sign of something serious. These could be:

  1. Lactose intolerance: This is the inability to digest milk and milk products. The sugar in the milk known as lactose and cannot be digested easily. 
  2. Irritable bowel syndrome: People who suffer from pain in the lower abdomen constantly might be suffering from IBS.
  3. Colon cancer: If the pain lasts too long then getting a screening done is a good idea to rule out if one is suffering from colon cancer or not.
  4. Upper gastrointestinal disorders: If one gets belching occasionally then it is alright but constant belching might be a sign of gastrointestinal disorder in the upper tract. These could be gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gastroparesis, or peptic ulcers.
     
2475 people found this helpful

What Is The Role Of Homeopathy In Dealing With GERD?

Dr. Jay Verma 88% (33 ratings)
BHMS, CAFE
Homeopathy Doctor, Lucknow
What Is The Role Of Homeopathy In Dealing With GERD?

Acidity is an extremely common condition that mostly affects people who consume spicy, oily foods and/or alcohol. Acidity occurs due to excess production of acids in the stomach. Normally, the food we consume passes down the oesophagus into the stomach. The gastric glands produce the acid that helps in digestion. Acidity occurs when excess or a large amount of acid is produced in the stomach. This condition is caused due to factors like poor eating habits, irregular lifestyle, lack of physical activities etc.

The condition is characterized by symptoms such as heartburn, burning sensation around the chest and in the stomach, vomiting, nausea and restlessness.

Acidity often leads to other stomach disorders like - 

  1. Esophagitis- When the acid in your stomach repeatedly comes in contact with the oesophageal lining, it causes injury including ulcers.
  2. Barrett’s oesophagus- Damage from acidity causes abnormal changes in the lining of the oesophagus. The cells that are normally found in the lining of the oesophagus get replaced with similar cells not found in the esophagus. This condition is found in about 10% of the people who have chronic Gastroesophageal Reflex Disease (GERD), more commonly known as the acid reflux disorder.
  3. Gastritis- This occurs when the stomach lining becomes swollen or inflamed. This condition can last for a short span of time or can last for even years.

How homeopathy plays a role in treating acidity and stomach problems -
When anything goes wrong with your stomach or digestive system, it’s a clear indication that something is inherently out of order and that your body needs instant help. Homeopathy cures both acidity and other stomach problems by treating the lower oesophageal valve. This branch of medicine uses natural remedies that not only help you get rid of stomach disorders, but also eliminates the factors causing such conditions from their roots. The most common drugs used for treating acidity and related stomach disorders are- Nux vomica, Arsenicum album, Natrum carbonicum. These help reduce symptoms like heartburn, indigestion, burning sensation, abdominal pain and chest pain. Homeopathy medications have zero side effects and are completely safe. Moreover, the natural substances used in homeopathic treatment benefit your health immensely in the long run. Acid sulphuricum and capsicum play significant role.

Digestive problems or stomach disorders can affect any person irrespective of age. Conditions like acidity or acid reflux can be short-term or persistent. Since NSAIDs and other conventional medicines often trigger further complications, it is always advisable to go for safe, natural avenues of treatment such as homeopathy.

1711 people found this helpful

Gastric Problems - How To Administer It?

MBBS, Diploma Emergency medicine
General Physician, Patiala
Gastric Problems - How To Administer It?

Excessive gas can be defined as bloating, belching, flatulence and burping. It does not matter what you call it but what matters is how you treat it and get relieved from the embarrassing symptoms. 

Here are some ways in which you can avoid gastric problems:

- Avoid eating foods that can cause gas or acidity. The vegetables which are known to cause acidity are Brussels, onions, garlic and broccoli; dairy products like cheese, milk, ice cream and whole grains can cause acidity. The reason is that these products have fibre, starch and sugar which cannot be digested easily thus causing pain in the intestines. Fruit which contains sorbitol and aerated drinks should also be avoided. Eat everything but in moderation.

-  Avoid drinking before meals as the stomach acids are lost and the food cannot be digested well. Water and liquids should be had half an hour after a meal for better digestion.

- Food should be eaten slowly. Eating and drinking fast allows a lot of air to go in the stomach with the food. This, in turn, can cause stomach pain.

- Over the counter, drugs can be taken for immediate help in digestion. These medicines contain enzymes which aid in digestion. The enzyme works to dissolve the sugar that is found in many vegetable and fruit.

- Do not fill air in the stomach. Some habits like chewing gum, drinking from a straw, smoking causes the air to fill in the stomach, thereby, leading to gas.

-  Artificial sweeteners such as Sorbitol should be avoided as these are difficult to digest and can easily lead to a feeling of bloating. 

However, all the pains might not be due to gas and could be a sign of something serious. These could be:

- Lactose intolerance: This is the inability to digest milk and milk products. The sugar in the milk known as lactose and cannot be digested easily. 

- Irritable bowel syndrome: People who suffer from pain in the lower abdomen constantly might be suffering from IBS.

- Colon cancer: If the pain lasts too long then getting a screening done is a good idea to rule out if one is suffering from colon cancer or not.

- Upper gastrointestinal disorders: If one gets belching occasionally then it is alright but constant belching might be a sign of gastrointestinal disorder in the upper tract. These could be gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gastroparesis, or peptic ulcers.
 

2899 people found this helpful

Expired Medicines - What To Check Before Throwing Them Away?

Dr. Prashant Dwivedi 92% (77 ratings)
MBBS,DNB ( Internal medicine),MNAMS,RCOPD
General Physician, Faizabad
Expired Medicines - What To Check Before Throwing Them Away?

When it comes to health, there is no taking a chance. Most of us are in the habit of storing some medicines at home, which could come in handy, say for a headache or an acidity attack. However, these often remain in the medicine kit for a long time before they are actually used. So, finally when the day arrives when there is an actual need for it, we are not sure if it is still usable. The one thing we dread is the use of a medicine, which is past its expiry date.

What if there is an adverse event? What if there is a complication or a side effect?
Then, if we are not in a position to get a fresh pill, we would rather endure the pain or acidity than pop that outdated pill. Is it really prudent to do so? I say otherwise. Most medicines have the expiry date to indicate the date or time, until when the drug would have the most potency and efficacy. Meaning to say, the drug may become weak (take longer to act or may require more of the drug to produce the same effect) when taken after the listed expiry date.

The truth is that most pharma companies list a date, which could be months, if not years, ahead of the actual expiry date. In reality, a drug never really expires. Most medicines can be used up to a few months after this date. Some medicines may even be useful after years of their expiry date.

It depends as to what the medicine is for:

  1. Painkillers are usually harmless to take beyond the expiry date. If there is no effect (even prolonged), then try to get a fresh one.
  2. Chronic medications like anti-hypertensives and anti-diabetic medications can be used up to a few months at the most, not beyond. Make sure to monitor readings to check for the efficacy. Often times, a greater dose may be required to get the desired effect, but this should not be done without medical supervision.
  3. Biologic products like EpiPen, eye drops or injectable substances should not be used, if they are cloudy. In fact, most of these should be kept for a very short period after opening.
  4. With any expired medicine, keep your doctor posted, especially your chronic meds to seek further advice and information.

The place and the way the drug is stored also may help in retaining its strength. A drug stored in the fridge is safer than something stashed away in a cupboard with a lot of other things. Keep these in mind, and take a call!

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Tips To Treat Digestion Problems!

Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery
Ayurvedic Doctor, Ghaziabad
Tips To Treat  Digestion Problems!

Those who have some digestion issue like gas, acidity etc should take cumin seeds two spoon boil in half litre of water for 3 to 5 minutes and use this water for drinking in divided dose two to four times a day it will help and solve all basic digestion issue. 

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Gastric Problems - Effective Ways To Deal With Them!

Dr. Sunaina Rohatgi 90% (107 ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
General Physician, Delhi
Gastric Problems - Effective Ways To Deal With Them!

Excessive gas can be defined as bloating, belching, flatulence and burping. It does not matter what you call it but what matters is how you treat it and get relieved from the embarrassing symptoms. 

Here are some ways in which you can avoid gastric problems:

1. Avoid eating foods that can cause gas or acidity. The vegetables which are known to cause acidity are Brussels, onions, garlic and broccoli; dairy products like cheese, milk, ice cream and whole grains can cause acidity. The reason is that these products have fiber, starch and sugar which cannot be digested easily thus causing pain in the intestines. Fruit which contains sorbitol and aerated drinks should also be avoided. Eat everything but in moderation.

2. Avoid drinking before meals as the stomach acids are lost and the food cannot be digested well. Water and liquids should be had half an hour after a meal for better digestion.

3. Food should be eaten slowly. Eating and drinking fast allows a lot of air to go in the stomach with the food. This, in turn, can cause stomach pain.

4. Over the counter, drugs can be taken for immediate help in digestion. These medicines contain enzymes which aid in digestion. The enzyme works to dissolve the sugar that is found in many vegetable and fruit.

5. Do not fill air in the stomach. Some habits like chewing gum, drinking from a straw, smoking causes the air to fill in the stomach, thereby, leading to gas.

6. Artificial sweeteners such as Sorbitol should be avoided as these are difficult to digest and can easily lead to a feeling of bloating. 

However, all the pains might not be due to gas and could be a sign of something serious. These could be:

1. Lactose intolerance: This is the inability to digest milk and milk products. The sugar in the milk known as lactose and cannot be digested easily. 

2. Irritable bowel syndrome: People who suffer with pain in the lower abdomen constantly might be suffering from IBS.

3. Colon cancer: If the pain lasts too long then getting a screening done is a good idea to rule out if one is suffering from colon cancer or not.

4. Upper gastrointestinal disorders: If one gets belching occasionally then it is alright but constant belching might be a sign of gastrointestinal disorder in the upper tract. These could be gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gastroparesis, or peptic ulcers.
 

1708 people found this helpful

Acidity And Stomach Problem - How Can Homeopathy Subdue Them?

Dr. Rushali Angchekar 94% (75566 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopathy Doctor, Sindhudurg
Acidity And Stomach Problem - How Can Homeopathy Subdue Them?

Acidity is an extremely common condition that mostly affects people who consume spicy, oily foods and/or alcohol. Acidity occurs due to excess production of acids in the stomach. Normally, the food we consume passes down the oesophagus into the stomach. The gastric glands produce the acid that helps in digestion. Acidity occurs when excess or a large amount of acid is produced in the stomach. This condition is caused due to factors like poor eating habits, irregular lifestyle, lack of physical activities etc.

The condition is characterized by symptoms such as heartburn, burning sensation around the chest and in the stomach, vomiting, nausea and restlessness.

Acidity often leads to other stomach disorders like-

  1. Esophagitis- When the acid in your stomach repeatedly comes in contact with the oesophageal lining, it causes injury including ulcers.
  2. Barrett’s oesophagus- Damage from acidity causes abnormal changes in the lining of the oesophagus. The cells that are normally found in the lining of the oesophagus get replaced with similar cells not found in the esophagus. This condition is found in about 10% of the people who have chronic Gastroesophageal Reflex Disease (GERD), more commonly known as acid reflux disorder.
  3. Gastritis- This occurs when the stomach lining becomes swollen or inflamed. This condition can last for a short span of time or can last for even years.

How homeopathy plays a role in treating acidity and stomach problems-
When anything goes wrong with your stomach or digestive system, it’s a clear indication that something is inherently out of order and that your body needs instant help. Homeopathy cures both acidity and other stomach problems. This branch of medicine uses natural remedies that not only help you get rid of stomach disorders, but also eliminates the factors causing such conditions from their roots. The most common drugs used for treating acidity and related stomach disorders are- Nux vomica, Arsenicum album, Natrum carbonicum. These help reduce symptoms like heartburn, indigestion, burning sensation, abdominal pain and chest pain. Homeopathy medications have zero side effects and are completely safe. Moreover, the natural substances used in homeopathic treatment benefit your health immensely in the long run.

Digestive problems or stomach disorders can affect any person irrespective of age. Conditions like acidity or acid reflux can be short-term or persistent. Since NSAIDs and other conventional medicines often trigger further complications, it is always advisable to go for safe, natural avenues of treatment such as homeopathy.

3529 people found this helpful

Alkaline Water - Knowing The Health Benefits It Provide!

Dt. Bhavika J Sharma 88% (119 ratings)
MSC in Food Processing and Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Indore
Alkaline Water - Knowing The Health Benefits It Provide!

Alkaline water is less acidic than regular water - it is rich in compounds like silica, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and bicarbonate. The term ‘alkaline’ refers to the pH level of the water – a number that measures the alkalinity or acidity of a substance on a scale of 0 to 14. A substance with pH level 1 would be very acidic while one having pH level 13 would be extremely alkaline.

You may have heard several health claims concerning alkaline water. Of course, its pH level is higher (8 or 9) than regular drinking water (7). However, that is not the only thing that makes alkaline water different from normal water. The former contains alkaline minerals and negative ORP (Oxidation Reduction Potential). ORP refers to the water’s ability to act as an anti or pro-oxidant. The more negative the value of ORP, the more anti-oxidizing the water.

Health Benefits of Alkaline Water:

There are many controversies regarding the health benefits of drinking alkaline water. While some healthcare professionals suggest regular water is the best and safest option, various studies state that alkaline water might prove beneficial in certain conditions.

• Alkaline water having pH level 8.8 helps deactivate pepsin – the enzyme responsible for causing acid reflux

• Mineral-rich alkaline water improves mineral uptake and hydrates the body better than normal drinking water does, thereby helping lower high blood pressure. It is also helpful for patients having diabetes and high cholesterol levels.

• According to a recent study on 100 people, those who consumed high pH water instead of regular water following a tiring workout session reportedly had a significant difference in blood viscosity – the measurement of how efficiently blood is flowing through the blood vessels. This, in turn, increases oxygen supply throughout the body.

The proposed health benefits of alkaline water include-

• Anti-ageing properties
• Colon-cleansing properties
Cancer resistance
Weight loss
• Immune system support
• Skin detoxifying properties - hydration, purification

Alkaline water is available in almost all grocery stores and supermarkets.

Naturally Alkaline Beverages:

Apart from local stores, you can also resort to drinks, which are naturally alkaline.

• Replace normal dairy milk with almond milk
• Switch from coffee to green tea
• Keep yourself hydrated with alkaline drinks like coconut water

Although most healthcare experts claim alkaline water to be safe, excessive consumption of the same may have negative effects on the body – nausea and vomiting, muscle twitching, hand tremors, gastrointestinal issues. Therefore, it is recommended that you consult a doctor or nutritionist before you replace your regular drinking water with a high pH containing alkaline water. He/she can tell you how much to drink and when to limit your water intake.

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Stomach Ulcer - How To Manage It?

Paru Sharma 90% (10 ratings)
MBBS, Post Graduate Diploma in Hospital & Healthcare Management
General Physician, Delhi
Stomach Ulcer - How To Manage It?

Ulcer pain can be uneasy and unbearable at times. It is caused by a bacterium known as the H. Pylori. Pain medication, lifestyle changes, and healthy eating habits can ensure pain relief from this condition. Here is a list of 4 best ways to get instant pain relief from an ulcer:

  1. Medication - H. Pylori is often found in the digestive tract. Doctors suggest various combinations of antibiotics kill this bacterium. Some of those include tetracycline, levofloxacin, metronidazole, and tinidazole. These are prescribed as per the resistance rate of the bacteria. There are other sets of medication that blocks acid production in the body. These drugs which commonly go by the name of PPIs include esomeprazole, lansoprazole, and pantoprazole. The third set of medications reduces acidity in the stomach and gives instant relief. They are readily available over the counter and goes by the name antacid. The final line of medicines that are often prescribed by doctors includes Cytotec and Carafate. They protect the tissue lining of the intestine and the stomach.
  2. Consumption of cranberry - Cranberry has multiple health benefits. One of those includes the ability to fight against bacteria of the urinary tract. They also do not allow the bacteria to settle on the surface of the bladder. Cranberry in the form of juice, supplement and as a whole can be consumed daily to get relief from the stomach ulcer. It should be taken in a specific quantity as too much of cranberry consumption can upset the stomach. Packaged cranberry juice from the market can be avoided as they contain a high level of fructose which can unsettle the stomach.
  3. Flavonoids - A compound known as bioflavonoids are known to be extremely helpful for pain relief from an ulcer. These compounds naturally occur in many vegetables and fruits such as soybeans, berries, apples, legumes, green tea, broccoli and berries. Bioflavonoids available in red wine and citrus food should be strictly avoided as they can trigger ulcer pain. Bioflavonoids should be taken in measured quantities as too much consumption of it can cause harm in blood clotting. It can be consumed in the form of supplements if the body doesn’t receive the same from the daily diet.
  4. Deglycyrrhizinated liquorice - This compound is nothing but liquorice with the sweet flavour pulled out of it. A study showed that they are capable of completing curing the ulcer containing bacteria by inhibiting their growth. Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice is available in the form of candy and can be consumed once the pain starts. Supplements too are available in the market. Not more than 2 ounces of Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice should be consumed in a day as they can cause fluctuation in blood pressure and lead to heart diseases.


 

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Acidity And Ayurvedic Treatment!

Dr. J B Goyal 90% (20 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurvedic Doctor, Delhi
Acidity And Ayurvedic Treatment!

Gastric acids are chemicals provided by your stomach to aid digestion. But the corrosive effects they induce are counteracted by the secretion of other chemicals. It is when the secretion of these chemicals is impaired that it leads to damaged stomach lining, causing acidity, also known as acid reflux.

Ayurveda promises some easy home treatments for acidity which are quite efficient in ensuring fast recovery for you. You can use any of these listed Ayurvedic treatments if you suffer from acidity.

1. Amla powder (Indian Gooseberry) and honey
 
Soak one teaspoonful of amla powder in half a cup of water. Add honey and stir and drink empty stomach in the morning. Repeat similarly for the evening.
 
2. Cumin seeds

You can reduce cumin seeds to their powder form, then you have to add half a spoon of it to water; presumably, one liter. Then, keep the solution boiling then filter it. You will have to make sure that you drink this solution instead of normal water. Take this water based solution everyday till recovery. This is quite an effective remedy for acidity.
 
3. Mulethi (liquorice) and honey
 
You can reduce liquorice root to powder, then to half a spoon of this powder add little honey to form paste. Lick to consume this paste twice daily after meals. Liquorice neutralizes the acids quickly to give relief.

4. White pumpkin juice
 
Take white pumpkin peel and slice it and make a pulpy juice out of it. Half a cup twice daily gives fast recovery from gastritis and acidity. Alternatively you may eat sweet made of pumpkin (peetha ki methai) after meals.
 
5. Buttermilk

You can take half a glass of buttermilk and add a pinch of each asafetida and turmeric to it. With it, also take care to add a tiny amount of fenugreek and drink it at night, to make the most of its benefits.

6. Jaggery

You can try taking boiled ash gourd with jaggery. This relieves the burning sensation in the stomach to a considerable extent.

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