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Food Poisoning - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

What is Food Poisining?

Food poisoning is quite common and may even be fatal in extreme cases. Infection with food borne organisms might not show any symptoms or might manifest as abdominal discomfort or bloody diarrhea and severe dehydration. Based on the kind of infection, food poisoning may even lead to death. Over 250 different types of diseases might lead to food poisoning. Few of the common diseases are infections due to bacteria like salmonella, campylobacter, E. coli, botulism, norovirus and listeria.


Acute diarrhea may be indicative of campylobacter. Ingestion of infected water, milk or food may transmit campylobacter. Contact with infected animals may spread it as well. It may be serious if you are immunocompromised. Rarely additional complications may be there as well like nervous system problems and reactive arthritis. These problems usually start when the diarrhea stops. Check with your doctor if you might have been affected by a campylobacter infection. Stool diagnosis can show the presence of bacteria. If an infection is found, recovery starts without treatment and the symptoms start going away within 5 days. Drink a lot of liquids to prevent dehydration. Antibiotics can be taken (like erythromycin) at the onset of the infection for reducing the duration of sickness.


Salmonella infection might lead to reactive arthritis in some people. Most recover completely after a salmonella infection, even though the recovery period may be of a few months. Urinating pain, joint pain and eye irritation are all symptoms. The pain in joints might turn into arthritis. Rarely can salmonella be fatal. Fatality chances are higher in the elderly, infants and those who are immunocompromised.


Feces are generally responsible for the spread of shigella, which is a bacteria. It leads to dysentery, an intestinal infection that results in severe diarrhea. It generally is a tropical disease and is more common in crowded places where interpersonal and personal hygiene suffers. Consult your doctor if you think that there has been a shigella exposure. The stools can be tested to check for the presence of this bacteria. There isn’t necessity for specialized treatment in mild cases of shigella infection. Drinking a lot of fluids is required to avoid dehydration. Antibiotics and preventive steps for dehydration might be needed in severe cases. Infected stools may transmit the bacteria to other people if hygiene is poor. Washing hands thoroughly is necessary after changing diapers or using the washroom to restrict spreading the bacteria.

Treatable by medical professional Usually self diagnosable Lab test not required Short-term: resolves within days to weeks Non communicable
Diarrhea and bloating Weakness Dehydration and dizziness Headache Malaise Indigestion Gagging

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Food To Be Avoided During Pregnancy

MBBS, MD - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology
Gynaecologist, Faridabad
Food To Be Avoided During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a really beautiful as well as a very sensitive phase in a woman’s life. Craving for your favourite food in the middle of the night, or even throughout the day, is a perfectly normal phenomenon. Although you deserve to be pampered with your favourite food, however, there are certain foods which irrespective of cravings you really need to avoid for the well being of that tiny little life inside you.

Here is a list of food items to be avoided during pregnancy.

  1. Starting with fruits, papaya and pineapples are big negatives. These fruits contain substances that produce uterine contractions inducing labour, and thus, abortion.

  2. Sesame seeds also tend to excite uterine muscles thereby causing contractions which may lead to abortion. So it would be an intelligent step to avoid intake of these. Other dry fruits like raisins, dates, almonds, walnuts, pistachios are safe to consume in a moderate amount.

  3. Spices that make way into this list include fennel and fenugreek seeds. These may induce uterine contractions too.

  4. Although fish is rich in omega 3 and is an important food to include in the pregnancy diet, intake of some sorts of fish might not be a good idea. Here is a list of the kinds of fishes that should be avoided.

    • Fishes containing mercury

    • Smoked or refrigerated seafood.

    • Fishes cultured in polluted water

    • Shellfish that is undercooked. Eg, clams, mussels, oyster

  5. Undercooked or raw eggs may be tainted with salmonella bacteria that might cause vomiting and diarrhoea. Desserts or sauces containing raw or uncooked egg should be avoided.

  6. Any form of undercooked or treated meat or poultry. This is because a parasite named toxoplasma may be present that might cause excessive food poisoning which in turn could cause foetal damage or miscarriage.

  7. Milk is one of the essential foods in pregnancy diet; however, any sort of unpasteurized milk is strictly negative.

  8. Sprouts and raw vegetables should be avoided. However, these can be eaten if shallow fried.

  9. One major setback for coffee addicts is that caffeine intake is required to be lowered to minimum amounts; that is, not more than one cup a day.

    • Herbal tea

    • Supplements

    • Saccharine

    • Canned food as well as street food.

There are many more little details that should be taken care of but this list would be handy for newly pregnant women. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a dietitian-nutritionist.

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Benefits of Botox Is Not Just Limited to Wrinkles

Benefits of Botox Is Not Just Limited to Wrinkles

The quest to look and feel young is never ending. Almost everybody feels they could look a couple of years younger with a few wrinkles less and firmer skin. While this was within access of only celebrities who could afford the various plastic surgical procedures a few decades ago, times have changed now. Scientists and doctors are doing researches to find more affordable and non-surgical ways of getting to look younger.

Botox was one of the wonderful results of this search. Clostridium botulinum causes food poisoning and produces a toxin known as botulinum. In extremely minor amounts, this toxin can paralyze muscles and this property of it is used to treat facial wrinkles and fine lines.

How Botox works: The muscles react when they receive a message from the nerve through chemicals known as neurotransmitters. Acetylcholine is one such chemical, which is present in the face and sends messages to the facial skin from the nerves. What Botox does is prevent the release of acetylcholine and so the muscle does not receive any message, and so does not contract. This reduces the amount of wrinkles and fine lines.

Medical Indications: Botox is one of the most powerful toxins identified to date. About 2 kg of the toxin is sufficient to wipe out the entire human race from Earth. That being its potency, the dosage and administration should be done only under experienced medical supervision.

For cosmetic purposes, they are most frequently used to reduce wrinkles on face and fine lines under the eyes and on the forehead. The wrinkles appear softened after the use of Botox, producing a younger, firmer skin. Aside from its cosmetic use, there are various other conditions for which Botox is medically approved for a number of medical ailments like

  1. Chronic migraine
  2. Blepharospasm (spasm of the eyelids)
  3. Chronic neck spasms
  4. Excessive sweating
  5. Overactive bladder (resulting in frequent urination)
  6. Spasticity resulting from stroke
  7. Crow's feet (outer corner of the eyes)
  8. Urinary incontinence
  9. Lazy eye (strabismus)
  10. Bruxism (tooth grinding)
  11. Esophageal motility disorders

The list is only set to get longer as more indications for Botox are identified. However, as mentioned, being an extremely toxic substance, it should be used only under complete medical supervision.

Side effects: Needless to say, there are side effects to this too, but when administered properly, it is an extremely safe procedure.

  1. Allergic reaction: Very few people might have an allergic reaction to the toxin
  2. Mild pain or redness at the injection site
  3. Temporary numbness

However, these are very transient and will subside in a couple of days, by which time the effect of Botox will be visible. Have a thorough discussion with a doctor before going for it.

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Reusing Oil For Cooking - Why You Should Never Do It!

Masters In Nutritional Therapy
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Hooghly
Reusing Oil For Cooking - Why You Should Never Do It!

When we talk about cooking, the first thing that comes to our mind is oil. A lot of oil goes into preparing various lip smacking Indian cuisines, especially the different types of fried dishes. But what happens to the leftover oil? Many times, the used oil find its way back into the pan, being reused for the preparation of another delicacy, while the approach may be economical, trying to save a few bucks at the cost of your family’s health is not a very wise decision. Reusing the same oil for cooking may have deleterious consequences on the health. In this article, we will discuss why you should refrain from using the same oil for cooking.

  1. Research suggests that using the same oil repeatedly leads to the generation of free radicals. The oxidative damage triggered by the free radicals can wreak havoc, giving rise to inflammatory disorders, cardiovascular diseases, and in some cases, even cancer.
  2. The free radicals can speed up the skin aging process.
  3. In the long run, the free radicals may give rise to Parkinson’s Disease or even Alzheimer’s Disease.
  4. Every cooking oil comes with a smoke point (a temperature that indicates the breakpoint of an oil). As compared to refined oil, vegetable oil has a relatively higher smoke point. However, when the oil is reused, there is a significant drop in the smoke point. Heating the oil beyond the smoke point can be harmful. The oil undergoes oxidation and releases free radicals along with toxic compounds such as HNE (4-Hydroxy-2-Nonenal).

Things to remember, if as a last resort you have to reuse the same oil for cooking

  1. Oil should be cooled before storing. When you're finished frying, turn off the heat as soon as possible and allow the oil to cool down completely before straining. Pour the used oil through a fine-meshed sieve lined with a couple layers of cheese cloth and then finally store it. Not every oil can be refrigeraed. Refrigeration makes oil cloudy but it doesn't affect the texture. Before using the refrigeraed oil,  it should be kept in room temperature.
  2. Many times, the used oil is not strained properly before storing. As a result, some of the food particles remain in the oil. If the same is not refrigerated, the oil may facilitate the growth of the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. The toxins produced by this bacteria can give rise to a critical and life-threatening food poisoning condition known as Botulism. 
  3. Thus, strain the oil with care. Never store (use an airtight container for the storage) hot oil in the fridge. Allow the oil cool first before transferring it into a container.
  4. Do not reuse the oil if it has changed its color or texture. An oil that appears greasy, dark and foul-smelling can harm the body immensely if reused.
  5. Oils with a high smoke point such as mustard oil, rice bran oil, sesame oil, sunflower oil can be reused. However, to play it safe, avoid reusing the oil more than twice.
  6. Olive oil (especially the virgin and extra virgin oil) comes with a low smoke point and should not be reused.
  7. Refrain from reusing refined oil and animal fats as they also have a low smoke point.

Though with precaution the oil can be reused in cooking, do not make this an everyday practice. Better to be safe now than to be sorry later.

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10 Foods You Should Not Consume After They Expire

Post Graduation In Dietetics & Applied Nutrition, (H) In Food & Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Secunderabad
10 Foods You Should Not Consume After They Expire

Though some foods do not expire, but it is advisable not to consume certain foods once they have expired. 

  1. Eggs: Eggs contain large amounts of nutrients per calorie. They are a cheap and tasty source of protein. It is no big surprise that they have turned into a breakfast staple; yet in case that you are eating an egg that is past its expiry date, do reconsider. These are the most widely recognized reasons for food-borne illnesses.
  2. Meat: Bacteria are common in both pre-packaged meats, and in the pieces you take from your butcher at the market. The listeria bacteria are especially hazardous, as the type of harm it causes can be lethal in most of the cases. From a general outlook, it is best to avoid processed meat.
  3. Mixed greens: Mixed greens including spinach, arugula, spring blend, bundled plate of mixed greens lettuce and other veggies do not keep extremely well after their due date. So if their withered appearance and disgusting covering does not turn you off, think about the bacteria and pathogens hiding underneath your sandwich bread.
  4. Hay sprouts: It is important that you use them rapidly once you get them, since they tend to be bacteria magnets. Truth be told, hay pulls in a greater number of germs than other vegetables, particularly in case you abandon them unrefrigerated.
  5. Clams/oysters: Bad oysters can be fatal. This is based on the type of microscopic organisms that develop in spoiled oysters. It is known as V. vulnificus. It causes an extreme type of food poisoning. V. vulnificus bacteria affects the circulatory system, sending the body into a septic shock.
  6. Shrimp: Much like clams and shellfish, shrimps are extremely inclined to bacterial contaminations. It is not to be consumed after a while since it can lead to food poisoning or diarrhea.
  7. Crude ground beef: E. coli bacteria are the most basic reason for food poisoning. These bacteria originate from the animal’s digestive systems and are available in all hamburger items. In case that the hamburger is prepared and taken care of securely, it will not turn into a problem.
  8. Berries: When berries turn sour, they pull in extensive amounts of cyclospora, a kind of bacteria that leads to food poisoning. While this sort of food poisoning is not as harmful as some others, it is something you definitely need to stay away from.
  9. Soft cheese: With hard cheeses, similar to cheddar, it is regularly safe to remove the external edges and eat the soft cheese underneath. However, this practice does not reach out to soft cheeses, similar to brie. In case you are discovering mold on the edges of your soft cheese, do not eat it. You may end up with an infection.
  10. Chicken: Poultry items, including chicken tend to cause the maximum harm in case that they are not taken care of and cooked properly. Undercooked and old chicken can be very unsafe for health.
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Abdomen Colic!

MD - Acupuncture, Diploma In Accupuncture, Advanced Diploma In Accupuncture
Acupuncturist, Delhi
Abdomen Colic!

Treatment of Abdomen Colic
Homeopathic Treatment of Abdomen Colic
Acupuncture & Acupressure Treatment of Abdomen Colic
Psychotherapy Treatment of Abdomen Colic
Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Abdomen Colic
Surgical Treatment of Abdomen Colic
Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Abdomen Colic
Other Treatment of Abdomen Colic
What is Abdomen Colic

Symptoms of Abdomen Colic

Causes of Abdomen Colic

Risk factors of Abdomen Colic

Complications of Abdomen Colic

Lab Investigations and Diagnosis of Abdomen Colic

Precautions & Prevention of Abdomen Colic

Treatment of Abdomen Colic

Homeopathic Treatment of Abdomen Colic

Homeopathic remedies are very relaxing, offering immediate help to both to babies and adults, during pain in the stomach. They eliminate tendency of colic. Some of the homeopathic remedies which may be used for abdomen colic are as follows:

Cup m
Mag p
Nux v

Acupuncture & Acupressure Treatment of Abdomen Colic

Acupuncture is suitable for treating abdomen colic. It provides a better analgesic effect in a shorter time, without side-effects. Acupuncture is a group of procedures which involves the stimulation of locations on or near the skin by a variety of techniques. The most common method of stimulation is through thin metal needles that are manipulated manually or with an electrical current.

Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Abdomen Colic

The conventional and allopathic treatment of abdomen colic involves the use of medicines that may solve the causes that produce it. Indigestion of antacids and a proper diet with appropriate abstinence from alcohol, coffee and tobacco can fix the problem after treatment.

Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Abdomen Colic

Beans and pulses should be avoided

Avoid fried items

What is Abdomen Colic?

Abdomen colic is a Stomach pain that occurs between the lower upper body and the groin.  It is a severe discomfort in the abdomen caused by distention, obstruction or inflammation.

Symptoms of Abdomen Colic

Poor appetite
Causes of Abdomen Colic

Food poisoning
Kidney failure
Liver failure

Risk factors of Abdomen Colic

Upset stomach
Food poisoning
Kidney failure

Complications of Abdomen Colic

Dehydration due to lack of fluids
Deficiencies of vitamins
Loss of appetite
Poor nutrition
Diagnosis of Abdomen Colic

Blood test – Complete blood count, pregnancy test, blood culture
X ray abdomen – To diagnose renal stone, intestinal obstruction etc
Abdominal CT scan – To evaluate internal organs and tissues, useful to detect tumor infections, renal stones, appendicitis.
Abdominal MRI – To diagnose abnormal growth tumors
Abdominal ultrasound – To assess the structures with in the abdomen, used to evaluate gall bladder stone, renal stone, ectopic pregnancy etc.
Precautions & Prevention of Abdomen Colic

Don’t do any hard physical activity immediately after taking the major meals
Fried food should be avoided

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Popular Questions & Answers

Can Phexin Redisyp 250 mg/5 ml use in the treatment of food infections in babies?

Fellowship In PCCM, Fellow-Pediatric Flexible Bronchoscopy, Fellowship In Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care, D.C.H., M.B.B.S
Pediatrician, Ahmedabad
Well depends it is an antibiotic and if your baby has abdominal infection causing diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration your kid doctor might have prescribed such meds. Usually most of the time abdominal infections of such kind are viral in nature formal which no antibiotics are needed.

I consumed momos a day ago. And from last night, I have just been sitting in the washroom excreting out everything that I am consuming, Be it a drop of water, a banana, some vegetable. There is much pain around my hip area because of which I can neither sit nor lie down. Took norfloxTz so far and ors with water and a banana. Still no progress.

BHMS, Diploma In Nutrition & Diet Planning , ICR, M.D. Alternative Medicine
Homeopath, Thane
You can take Homeopathic medicine arsenic album 200 4pills 4 hourly. It will bring infection under control and keep hydrating.
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I am taking ciplox tz for stomach upset. 10 days ago I took ornof but after a week again I had loose stools. For how much days I shud take ciplox. I already took 5 tablets and I feel better now. Shud I continue for 5 days or shud I take it only for 3 days?

Homeopath, Hyderabad
It is always better to go for a medical checkup with a doctor so that it can be diagnosed properly and one can avoid abuse of antibiotics ! Kindly read about antibiotics and it's ideal usage so that you can take an informed decision. Adapt a healthy lifestyle ( change the eating habits to a healthy one - eat only freshly prepared homemade food ! ).

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What is Food Poisining?




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Food Adulteration
Main dietician Archna Gupta Ghaziabad se. App sabhi log aj kal fat diets jo tarah tarah k jo diets aa rahe hain unke bare main bahut utsuk hain janne k liye. Jaise ke Keto diet ho gai, GM diet ho gai, yeh diet voh diet jisse k hum jaldi se jaldi patle ho jaye. Lakin kya apne kabhi yeh socha hai ke kise ek particular diet ko agar hum follow karte hain, jaise ke humne agar keto diet folow kare jismain fat content jyada hai to hamere sharir pe uska kya asar hoga. Jab hum fat content jyada le rahe hain toh ketons hamere body main zyada banage toh uske vahja se hamare liver per aur hamare system per alag prabhav ayega. Hamare sharir main proteins ke, carbohydrates ke, vitamins, minerals ke kami ho jayege, toh kya yeh surakshit hai? Isse terah se agar hum dusre Paleo diet ke hum bat karen jismain ke protein zyda hota hai. Ya hum GM diet k bat karen jahan kuch carbs or protein ke combination different kar diye jate hain. Toh kya iss tarah k diet khana uchit hai? Main apni taraf se sujhav dena chahti hoon ke kisse bhi tarah k diet ko app na follow karte hoe ek surakshit asan sahi tarike se santulit bhojan ka apne jeevan main pravdhan rakhen or uska prayog karen kyunke jo hamara jeevn hai yeh bhagvan k sarvotam uplabdhe hai hamare sarvotab bheth hai aur iss jeevan ko nirog rakhna hamare liye sabse bada vardan hai. Shareer ko nirog rakhne ke liye hamare ahaar ka bahut bada yogdan hai. Ahaar kaisa ho hum kya khayen kya na khayen ajj hum is vishya pe bat katrange. Nirog rahne k awashyak hai ke hum poshak bhojan khayen, hum swasth rahne ke liye kya khayen jisse bhojan se na kewal hamare bhook thek ho balki hamara jo sharir hai vo bhi swasth rahe. Iske liye bhaut zaroori hai hamara pachan. Hamare agar pachan ya digestive system bahut achha rahega to hum jo bhi khayange usse hamara swasthya thek rahega, hame calorie pure tarah milange, hamare shareer main reduction hota hai jo hamare maintanance ho rahe hai, hamare sharir main badotre sahi se hoge aur hame kisse bhi tarah k bemarian hmare sharir ko nahi lagange. Hamere bhojan main calorie ke hisab se pratidin kuch uchit matra main carbohydrate, protein, vasa, vitamins minerals in sabhi ka prayog ka pravdhan rakha gaya hai jo ke sharir ke physical state yani ke hamara sharir kis tarah ke banavat ka hai, hum kis ayuvag ke hain , hamare sharir main kis tarah ke koi pareshaniya hain ya phir hum kitna kam karte hain. Like hum bahut zyada active hain ya hum thora kam karte hain ya hum medium worker hain like sedentary work, moderate worker or heavy worker. Uske hisab se hamare calorie ke requirement calculate kare jate hai, use ke hisab se hum proteins, carbohybrate or fat inka hum apne bhojan main sammeylan karte hain. Carbohydrate ke jo matra hote hai vo 55-60% ya 50-60% hote hai jo ke hame anajon se, allo se aur anaj ka matlab ho gaya apka chaval, gahon anya milets jo ke ajkal hum bilkul bhi prayog main nahi karte hain. Hum jab bhi bat karte hain hum kehte hain ke humne roti kha ke, hamne bread kha liya, hamne paow kha liya, hamne upma ke bane hoe chezen kha le lakin hum apne milets ko bilkul bhul chuke hain jismain jwar, bajra makka, ragi, jiska aj kal bahut season voh sb chezen bhi hame apne jeevan main sammeylit karne chiye. Protein ke jo matra hote hai, protein hamare sharir ke liye maintanance aur apke sharir ke banavat ke liye bahut avashyak hata hai . Complete protein jo hamara hota hai vo non-veg items main jyada hota hai. Lakin agar hum do tarah ka protein ek sath late hain jaise hum dal or chaval ek sath khate rahe hain toh voh ek complete protein banjata hai, isse tarah se spyabeans apne app main ek complete protein hai, doodh or doodh se bane hoe padarth bhi complete protein hai. Toh doodh or doodh ke padarth hame apne daily ke requirement main zaroor lane chiye aur isse tarah se hame tarah tarah ke dalan zaroor khane chiye. Kiise bhi ek tarah ke khane ho hame apne bhojn main sammeylit nahi karna chiye. Bhavgan ne prakriti ne hame tarah tarah ke dalen, tarah tarah ke anaj, tarah tarah ke sabzian fal sab kuch diya hai aur hame mausam ke anusar ek dum taza fresh jo us season main mill raha hai voh saman hame apne bhojan main, pratidin ke ahar main sammeylit karna chiye. Aaj kal ke mausam main bahut sare mausami fal aa rahe hain, lakin abb ap kise se puchne chate hain toh sab yahi bolte hain ham seib kha lange, seib ka sesson nahi hai iss samya. Varsha ritu main iss samaye main aoke pass addo, aloo bu khara ho gaya, apka ananas ho gaya, even aam bhi aa rahe hain, amrud aa raha hai, mausmi aa rhare hai, cheery aa rhae hai. Toh jo bhi season main fal hain lakin ham khate kitne fal hain. Hum sirf koshish karte hain ya toh juices le lain ya hum koe ek particular fal ke picche chalte rahte hain. Toh har tarah ke fal hame khane hai aur hame kosish karne hai ke jo bhi cheez prakriti main jitne jald bante hai voh hamare liye utne he achhe hai, utne he jaldi pachan ho jata hai usse hame kam se kam bimarian hote hain. Kosish yeh kare ke jo cheez ham kacche kha sakte hai voh kacche khayen, jo hum patla chilka utaar ke kha sakte hain vo hum patla chilka utaar ke khayen, jinka kadak chilka hai unhe hame utarna he padega hamare majburi hai unhe hum utaar kr khayen jisse ke adhik se adhik matra main fibers, minerals aur vitamins hamare sharir ko mil payen aur immunity system improve ho sake. Immunity improve rahega hamara pahan system achha rahega to natural hai ke hum nerogi rahange, swasth rahenge aur jab hum swasth rahenge to hum bhojan apne appko nerogi rakhane main saksham ho payenge. Kam se kam davaian jab hum khayenge aur hum bhojan sahi tarike se sahi samay per biological clock ke hisab se. Jaise prakriti ka samay subah 6 baje uthba hai aur hum 10 baje so kr uth rahe hain toh vo bahut galat hai. Hame apne prakriti ke cycle ke sath main apna biological clock ko thora settle karna chiye. Subah uthne ke samay pe uthna hai, khane ke samay pe khana hai, khalne ke samay pe khelna hai, kam ke samay pe kam karna hai, rat ko sahi samay per khana khane ke 3 ghante k bad hame sona hai. Khane ka samay bhi uchit hona chiye, agar hum 11 baje so rahe hain toh 8 baje tak ham khana kha lain taki bhojan ka pachan thek tarike se ho jaye, hamare jeetha ragini sahi tarike se kam kare jiise ke hamare sharir ek dum swasth rahe. Aj kal ke vatavaran main hone valle pollution aur milvat se kam se kam hum nahi bach sakte toh hum apne sharir ke karya pranali ko shai tarike se agar hum rakhte hain toh hum usee sahi kar sakte hain.
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Healthy Food for Stomach
Here are food list for healthy Stomach

Hi, I am Dr. Vandana Verma, a clinical nutritionist, and a physical therapist. I excel in weight loss management but also deal with therapeutic diets for patients struggling with metabolic disorders. I am the founder of Fitness For All, Gurgaon. Today I am going to tell you about few food products which can help you in maintaining a healthy gut.

A stomach is the hub of all the problems. So, if we have a healthy gut, we have a healthy life. So what are the food products which can help us have a healthy stomach? The first category of food which can help us in having a healthy gut is citrus fruits, fibrous foods, and leafy vegetables. So, at least to 20 to 25% of fiber is needed in a day for us to have a good gut. What are the foods which are rich in fiber which you can consume in a day? The foods are peanuts, cauliflower, carrots, beans, broccoli and wheat bran can add a good amount of fiber in your gut. Also, if you start having a smaller portion of fiber every day and drink lots of water, then over a period of time you can increase the fiber content in your diet. Then eating light green, dark green and yellow colored green leafy vegetables also make a lot of difference in your lining of the gut because they are very rich in beta carotene and Vitamin C and E.

Now, the second thing is that you should add a lot of prebiotics and probiotics in your diet. So how do we do that? Almost 100 filling bacteria are there in our gut at a given point of time. So what is important is to increase the ratio of the good bacteria over the bad bacteria. So, yogurt is a very good probiotic which everybody is aware of. To support the probiotic bacteria we need to have a lot of prebiotics which naturally are there with the probiotics. So, foods like ginger, onions, honey, avocado, and banana are the good pre biotics which can be had in the day. Choose food that suit. Try having food called carminatives that help to relieve gas in your stomach, for example, cumin. It is very important to add cumin while you are making black beans.

Similarly, ginger is a proven anti-nausea tic. So pregnant women can very safely have ginger whenever they feel a lot of nausea, then, peppermint leaves relief digestive disorders and relax the stomach linings. Eat food to flatten your tummy. If you lose weight, your GI tract will have fewer loads on it. Also, your acid reflux, acidity problems, and constipations, all these problems, if you are facing any of them will be relieved. I am sure by adding these food components in your diet you can have a healthy gut very soon.

In case you are struggling with obesity or any metabolic disorders and seeking professional help, you can contact me on Lybrate.
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Watch What Happens When You Drink Water Along With Your Food. It'll Leave You Thinking!
Sit at the dinner table, and you'd find yourself invariably extending your hand to the glass of water on the side of your plate. While you may think it's absolutely necessary to have a glass of water during your meals, the truth is this habit of yours might be damaging your health. Read on to find out how.

1. It dilutes your gastric juices -
When the digestive acids (acids responsible for the digestion and breakdown of food as well as for killing infectious agents ingested with food) present in your stomach are diluted with water, they bring about a slowdown in the functioning of your entire digestive system. This slowdown results in food remaining lodged in your stomach for a longer period than normal, thereby causing indigestion.

Additionally, the reaction caused by the dilution of water and stomach acids can give rise to cramps in your tummy.

2. It reduces the saliva in your mouth -
The same thing that happens to the acids in your stomach, happens to your saliva as well. Water dilutes the saliva, which stops the breakdown of food in your mouth. Also, your saliva is responsible for stimulating your stomach to release digestive enzymes and prepare itself for the process of digestion. By drinking water with your meals, such signals sent by your saliva to your stomach become much weaker. All these together can make digestion very difficult.

3. It causes acidity -
Studies show that drinking water with your meals not only leads to the dilution of digestive enzymes, but also brings about a reduction in the secretion of digestive enzymes. This causes the undigested food in your stomach to leak into the lower part of your oesophagus (food pipe), causing acidity and heart burn.

4. It increases insulin production -
Sipping on water in the middle of lunch (or any other meal for that matter) causes a spike in your insulin levels just as glycaemic foods (foods with high starch or sugar content such as honey, potatoes, white bread, rice to name a few) would. When your body is unable to digest food properly, it usually tends to convert the glucose filled part of that food into fat and stores it, reason why your blood sugar levels see an upsurge.

5. It adds to your weight -
Since drinking water causes an increase in insulin levels in your body (as the food you eat is converted to fat), it can result in the piling of extra weight on your body. This is because a weak digestive system is one of the major causes behind obesity.

Try having your meals with less salt and drink water 30 minutes before each meal to control your thirst when you're eating. This can help you in controlling the negative effects that drinking water with your meals can have on your health.

Make a wise choice and stay healthy. Feel free to ask me more questions you might have.
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