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I am too lower weight compared to my age and height. And I'm suffering from gastric and digestion problem.

Dr. Varun Mathur 96% (6749 ratings)
General Physician, Jaipur
I am too lower weight compared to my age and height. And I'm suffering from gastric and digestion problem.
Hello sir. Your both issues can be easily solved with a diet chart and medication. Please consult with me on my private chat window.
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Fiber Consumption - How To Increase It?

Dt. Hiral Trivedi 89% (206 ratings)
Registered Dietitian, P.G.Dip in Dietetics, B.H.SC.-Food Science & Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Ahmedabad
Fiber Consumption - How To Increase It?

The human body is designed to process foods with the help of fibers. The benefits of fibers are being recognized widely, and people are being advised to use more fibers.  Per day, the body requires about 25 to 30 g of fiber per day.

The body requires two types of fibers - soluble and insoluble. The soluble ones absorb water during digestion, contribute to stool bulk, and are believed to reduce cholesterol levels. Fruits, vegetables, legumes, oats, and barley are good sources of soluble fibers.

The insoluble ones are required for good movement of food through the intestines.  These are also found in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains like wheat, rice, barley, oats, etc.

It takes a little planning to ensure your food is fibrous, but the benefits will be lot and long lasting.  Follow some of the following simple steps and your will see them for yourself:

Vegetables:  On a lighter note, make sure each meal of yours is as colorful as possible.  Include good amounts of carrots, radish, greens, legumes, tomatoes, cabbage, and any vegetable that you like in each meal.  This ensures that you get all the fiber and nutrients that you want in a meal.  Baked, boiled, raw - choose any form that you like.

Fruits - It is advisable to eat a raw fruit as compared to having its juice. The fiber content gets reduced when you convert it to a juice.  Try not to discard the peel, unless it is not edible at all, pineapple or jackfruit for example.  Fruits, along with vegetables, form the most natural and best source of fiber.  About 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day will get you all the fiber you need for a day - 25 to 30 g per day.  Berries, pears, prunes, figs, apples, oranges, apples, pears, mangoes, pineapples - take your pick.

Whole grains:  Whether you are picking up bread, noodles, cookies, or a packet of pasta, make sure they are made of whole grains and not refined flour.  Include one cereal in your breakfast.  Oats, barley, wheat germ powder, flaxseeds can all be good sources of fiber. Replace white rice with brown rice to get more fiber.

Water:  Though not a direct contributor to fiber, increasing the water intake makes the fiber from the above mentioned foods more effective. It promotes better food passage through the intestines and contributes to better stool.  It also reduces the bloated feeling that you get with increased fiber.

Try to gradually make these small changes to your diet and you will see the benefits almost immediately.  Try including more fibrous foods to also prolong your hunger pangs, breakfast being the best way to start.  

Hi Doctor, I'm 28 years old I have digestion problems for last 4 years I used to take rantac tablet I will be little okay but if I don't take I will feel burning sensation. And also suggest good tablet for motion infection and itching.

Dr. Pulak Mukherjee 91% (6997 ratings)
Homeopath, Hooghly
Hi Doctor,
I'm 28 years old I have digestion problems for last 4 years I used to take rantac tablet I will be little ...
Wake up early and go for a walk,take amla juice and alovera juice i,take food in every 3-4hrs interval,,aVoid spicy food,,with this u need proper homoeopathic treatment to cure ur problem
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My mother is 68 years old and for last one month she was suffer from indigestion. The food was not digest properly and she had a very bad smells in stool, even also her regular food intake was not like as previous months. Kindly suggest the treatment procedure or medications.

Dr. S S Tanwar 94% (2644 ratings)
MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Gurgaon
My mother is 68 years old and for last one month she was suffer from indigestion. The food was not digest properly an...
She might be suffering from stomach infection. Give her following Homeopathic medicines: (1) Kalmegh Q - 10 drops twice daily in 15 ml water before food for 7 days. (2) Chelidonium Q - 10 drops twice daily in 15 ml water before food for 7 days. Give her liquid diet, Avoid pungent spicy food.
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Optimise Your Digestive System With Ayurveda!

Dr. Sanjay Maheshwari 91% (111 ratings)
Ayurveda, Udaipur
Optimise Your Digestive System With Ayurveda!

The Ayurvedic body of knowledge relies on the rhythms and functions of the body to find the root cause of ailments. The digestive tract or system is one of the most important organs of the body. The entry and accumulation of Ama or toxins can lead to an imbalance in the way the small and large intestines functions along with various other participating organs like the liver and more. As per Ayurveda, the digestive fires or Agni also need to be produced in appropriate amounts.

So how can you understand and take care of your digestive system, the Ayurvedic way? Here's our take on the matter:

  1. Types of Agni: The digestive system has four kinds of Agni or fire that keeps it in working condition. The Jathar Agni ensures that hydrochloric acid is being produced in the stomach which directly affects the thyroid gland. The Bhuta Agni takes care of the bile acid formation in the liver. The Kloma Agni manages the pancreatic enzymes that help in digesting and absorbing sugarproperly. And finally, the Dhatu Agni takes care of the tissue transformation in this entire process and region. A weak state of any of the four Agnis will lead an imbalance and food will not be digested properly.
  2. Doshas and Agni: As per Ayurvedic science, the state of your Agni and its strength depends on the four Doshas and the one that afflicts your being. In Vata and Kapha Dosha patients, the Agni will be weak which will lead to a 'cold' digestive system where the food will not be digested properly. This can lead to constipation in the long run as well as loose motions and gas. In case there is a Pitta Dosha, the raging fire of Agni will be unbearable, which can lead to acid reflux disease and chronic acidity as well as heartburn.
  3. Herbs and Spices: The use of herbs and spices while cooking can greatly cool or revive the Angi, depending on your Dosha. Ingesting a sliver of gingeralong with lemon juice can help in warming the cold fire of the Agni, along with other aroma releasing spices like cardamompepper and licorice. Further, saliva and enzyme secretion can happen with these spices too. Also, these herbs can ensure that your digestion does not work overtime or create excess heat.
  4. Ama: Using hing to season your meals can also help in better digestion of food and less accumulation of Ama or toxins.

One needs to know the state of the Agni in the body and regulate the diet and routine with proper sleep and food intake patterns, for a well-functioning digestive system.

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I am over weight and started going to gym 2 months back, I take muscleblaze fat burner and GNC BCAA before going to gym in the morning because I want to lose my body weight and whey isolate protien post workout. I wanted to ask is BCAA is better to take before workout as it takes 30 minutes to get digested or along thw workouts as suggested by most of the gym trainers? I am a little confused of if I am taking these supplements properly for the weight loss purpose?

Dr. Lavanya Shanmugasundaram 89% (160 ratings)
M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Chennai
I am over weight and started going to gym 2 months back, I take muscleblaze fat burner and GNC BCAA before going to g...
Hi, 1) Do more intense workout to increase your energy expenditure. 2) Monitor your lifestyle modification. 3) Avoid fat burner 4) Gradually reduce the protein supplements and inc through natural food sources. 4) Through proper diet and exercise ull be able to lose weight and reacg your target. For more customized diet chart approach me through Lybrate.
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Colorectal Cancer - Understanding The Early Symptoms Of It!

Dr. Arun Giri 88% (10 ratings)
DNB - Surgical Oncology
Oncologist, Delhi
Colorectal Cancer - Understanding The Early Symptoms Of It!

The lower part of the digestive system is known as the large intestine (colon), and colon cancer is the name given to the type of cancer that affects it. The rectalcancer is the cancer that affects the last few inches of the colon. Collectively they are known as colorectal cancers. In most of the cases, small, noncancerous (benign) clumps of cells called adenomatous polyps are formed in the intestine. They are not harmful on their own, but over a period, they enlarge to become colon cancers. Let us have a look at the early symptoms.

Polyps and the symptoms
Polyps are very small and do not display symptoms on their own. Doctors advise regular screening test to find polyps and destroy them before they can aggravate to colon cancer. In most of the cases, the symptoms start to appear only in the advanced levels. These include:

  1. Changes in the bowel movement: There can be severe diarrhea or constipation. There can also be changes in the consistency of the stool.
  2. Blood clots in the stool: There can be a persistent bleeding when passing out the stools. In some cases, there can be a general discomfort and pain while passing the stool.
  3. Severe abdominal discomforts: Abdominal cramps and gas can be a regular occurrence. They would not respond to any digestive medications.
  4. Weakness or fatigueThe body tends to get weak and fatigued easily. Even performing essential activities can be a daunting task.
  5. Unexplained weight lossEven after a proper diet, the body tends to lose weight. Weight loss can be categorized as one of the advanced stages of the disease.

The symptoms vary drastically depending on the size of cancer and the location in the large intestine. It is advisable to consult an oncologist if the symptoms mentioned above persist and it is also mandatory to have regularized screening after the age of 50.

Risk Factors
There are also certain important factors that have to be looked that may increase the risk of colon cancer. These include:

  1. Old age: It usually affects people more than the age of 50. Chances of it occurring in young people are very minimal.
  2. Inflammation of the intestine: Chronic inflammatory diseases of the intestine such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease can increase the risk of colon cancer.
  3. Genetics: Chances are that the genes could be passed on through the generation and family; thereby enhancing the likelihood of colorectal cancer.
  4. Diet: Fatty foods and foods that are low in fiber content can be one of the causes of colon cancer. People who are overweight and obese also increase their risk drastically.
  5. Smoking and alcohol: Smoking and drinking in excess levels increase the chances of getting colon cancer.
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I have a burp problem. May I eat veg or non-veg burp problem arises after eating. Please advise.

Dr. Prashant Mahale 88% (31 ratings)
Homeopath, Aurangabad
I have a burp problem. May I eat veg or non-veg burp problem arises after eating. Please advise.
Burp comes due to indigested or partially digested food, it may also come due to ingestion of excessive air (airophagia). Try syp enziplex 10 ml twice a day. If still problem persist contact me again. Wish you a helty life.
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Know About Aromatherapy And Its Benefits!

Dr. Sarang J Deshpande 84% (10 ratings)
MD - Ayurveda
Ayurveda, Nagpur
Know About Aromatherapy And Its Benefits!

Aromatherapy is an ancient practice that dates back to ancient times across many cultures. This is a practice where concentrated oils are used to treat many imbalances and disorders within the body. The oils emit a fragrance or aroma, through which many important molecules enter your blood stream which have a healing effect. The oils can be applied on the skin and the aroma is then absorbed directly into the body through it. They can also be used as an aromatic agent where you need to sniff them in order for the molecules to get inside the body and then be absorbed into your blood.

What kind of oils are generally used in aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy uses essential oils similar to the ones used for massage in many other forms of alternative medicine such as Ayurveda and Chinese medicine. These oils have the organic compounds within the plants or respective sources concentrated into a small dose so it can pass on the benefits of those compounds to you, healing your body. Some of the types of oils used in aromatherapy are –
1. Peppermint oil
2. Tee tree oil
3. Lavender oil
4. Frankincense oil
5. Lemon oils among many others

How are essential oils made?
Essential oils are made from natural ingredients such as herbs and resins of different plants. These can be extracted from the following sources of a plant, tree or herb:
1. Flowers
2. Seeds
3. Fruits
4. Leaves
5. Bark
6. Roots
7. Stems etc.

Aromatic oils tend to be powerful as a lot of ingredients go into the making of a small quantity of oil. It is estimated that it takes multiple kilos of an ingredient to make only a few milliliters of an essential oil. Due to the immense concentration of the powerful organic compounds created by this, organic oils are very effective and thus potent in curing ailments. The compounds are separated through a distillation process that separates the oils from the other components.

How and where are essential oils in aromatherapy effective?
Aromatherapy is very effective in dealing with lesser ailments and also as a supplementary form of treatment for other larger problems such as recovery form surgery and pain relief. Some of the more common areas where aromatherapy is very helpful are:
1. Relieving and reducing stress
2. Relief from joint pain
3. Resisting Cold and flu like infections
4. Building the immunity of the body
5. Improving the appearance and health of your skin by fighting wrinkles, skin infections and inflammation
6. Reduce pain from inflammation and other disorders
7. Corrects and properly regulates hormone production within the body
8. Helps with gastrointestinal problems as well as improving digestion among many other such benefits

Certain specific types of essential oils and their benefits in aromatherapy
1. Lavender oil: Helps heal burns and cuts quicker, relaxes your body and improves your mood
2. Peppermint oil: Helps with digestion, builds up immunity, and helps with the ability to focus among others
3. Rosemary oil: Helps build hair strength, improves memory and brain function in general
4. Sandalwood oil: Improves skin quality, fights inflammation and wrinkles and also acts a as a libido booster
5. Rose oil: Extremely effective for combatting skin problems as well as for natural glow of the skin
6. Tea tree oil: An excellent immunity booster, Tea tree oil also has antifungal and antimicrobial properties which can fight off infections and cure the ailments much quicker.


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