Articles on digestion

Tips for Healthy Digestion

Ms. Vineeta Goel, Homeopath
Healthy digestive system ensures that the meals are being metabolized and digested properly to provide the required nutrition to our system. Here are some small steps that pave the way for a better digestion and a healthy you Eat high fiber diet, that is, whole grains, vegetables, legumes, and fruits can improve your digestive healthIt is important to consume both soluble and insoluble fibers; insoluble fiber acts as roughage and adds bulk to the stool, avoiding constipation, while soluble fiber avoids stool getting too loose. Good sources  of insoluble fiber include wheat bran, vegetables, and whole grains; get soluble fiber from oat bran, nuts, seeds, and legumesProbiotics can help improve the digestion process. They help in better absorption of nutrients and strengthen immune systemFat intake should be restricted as they slow down digestive system. Fats can be clubbed with high fiber foods for easier digestionKeep a check on salt intake. Avoid processed foods or check the label for sodium valuesTake small frequent meals. This ensures better and easy digestion. Don’t overeat. Reduce the size of your portions at meal times, or try eating four to five small meals instead of three large onesChew your food properly and don’t gulp down the food to check air entering the stomachTake hot water after meals to improve the digestion Avoid taking excess sugar and refined flour for a healthy stomachBreakfast kick starts your metabolism.Take good breakfast and try never to skip itAvoid eating a big meal just before you go to bed. Eat your last meal at least two to three hours before lying downKeep well hydrated. Take plenty of water,juices, green tea etc to keep your system running smoothlyStay away from caffeine. Cut down on smoking and alcohol. These all interfere with the digestion process, leading to different problemsCheck your weight. Losing a few pounds helps a lot in streamlining our systemRegular exercise is a great key to help our digestion. It also helps to maintain a healthy weightKeep stress and tension under control.You can go for stress relieving activities like yoga, meditation, sports etcHomeopathy offers permanent and safe treatment for various kinds of GI complaints

Tips to Improve the Digestion.

Dr. Yogesh Kumar, Ayurveda
To keep up with this fast pacing world, the first thing that gets neglected is our digestion. Late night parties, Un stable work shifts, skipping breakfast, over eating and stress further dents our digestive powers. Are your bad eating habits and lifestyle affecting your digestion? This self guide is about how to improve the digestion naturally and to correct the bad eating habits.Chronic Indigestion if not managed timely can lead to digestive disorders like Diarrhea, G-I acid re-flux(Hyper-acidity), excessive flatus, Irritable bowel syndrome, abdominal pains, bloating, constipation, gastric ulcers, piles, abnormal bowel habits, anorexia.Signs of indigestion: Nausea, vomiting, anorexia (Loss of appetite), salivation, constipation, heaviness in the head, pain in abdomen.Reason for indigestion:Diseases: Some diseases like Gall bladder stones, Gastritis, Stomach ulcers, Cirrhosis of liver, Pancreatitis, Cysts, Heart diseases, Gluten intolerance, Cancers, H. Pylori infection (stomach Infection), Thyroid disorder could be the reasons for Indigestion.Medications: Medications can have side effects and indigestion and poor appetite could be the side effect of the medication you are taking, so consult your physician if you experience indigestion after taking a medication.Fecal material stuck in the colon causes bloating and indigestion.Substance abuse: Smoking, Alcohol and Drug abuse can hamper the digestive system directly.Stress: Some people switch to over eating to divert their mind from stress as they feel happy, but this is the wrong way to deal with stress and it could result in obesity, indigestion and other metabolic diseases.Bad eating habits like over eating, foods that are hard to digest, foods having large amount of calories can cause indigestion.How to improve digestion:Fasting: After a day of unhealthy and over eating, fasting the next day is a good idea to balance the calories. Fasting does not mean you have stay empty stomach all day. One can also fast by consuming fruits and vegetables.Light exercise: light exercises like swimming, walking and jogging are best to improve the digestion prior to a meal.Bath: Bathing prior to the meal energizes the body, freshens up the mood and increases the hunger.Appetizers: Ginger, vinegar, sea salt or Pink Himalayan salt, lemon, coriander, cumin has been used as appetizers for a long time. An appetizer corrects the digestion by stimulating digestive enzymes.Detox: Enema and non habit-forming laxatives should be used judiciously to counter constipation and indigestion.Tip: Add Epsom salt, lime juice and apple cider vinegar to warm water, mix well drink this colon cleanses first thing in the morning. This should clean the bowel with a marked difference.Develop a habit of clean eating, cook food thoroughly and chew properly. When digestion is weak always eat light meals.Develop good eating habits: Do not fill the stomach like there is no tomorrow, always leave some space in the stomach, eat a little less than you could to ease some load of the digestive system. For proper working of digestive system, sleep at least 2 hours after the meal.Develop a habit of clean eating, cook food thoroughly and chew properly. When digestion is weak always eat light meals.High Fiber diet: Eat fiber rich diet including fruits and vegetables.Probiotics: Daily use of probiotic is good for digestion.Green tea: Green tea improves the digestion.Things to avoid:Suppression of natural urges like urine, flatus and stool to avoid bloating and weak digestion. Late night working shifts can upset the release pattern of digestive secretions in the stomach and can result in indigestion.Avoid bad habits like Smoking and Drug abuse. Seek professional help to get rid of these bad habits. Stress: There is always going to be stress in today’s world, learn to manage the stress.Avoid untimely eating, over eating and foods that are too heavy to digest. Alcohol: Taking too much alcohol can cause indigestion. Limit the use of alcohol to support the digestion.

Take charge of Your Digestion

Dr. Yogesh Kumar, Ayurveda
To keep up with this fast pacing world, the first thing that gets neglected is our digestion. Late night parties, unstable work shifts, skipping breakfast, over eating and stress further dents our digestive powers. Are your bad eating habits and lifestyle affecting your digestion? This self guide is about how to improve the digestion naturally and to correct the bad eating habits.Chronic indigestion, if not managed timely can lead to digestive disorders like Diarrhea, G-I acid reflux, excessive flatus, Irritable bowel syndrome, abdominal pains, bloating, constipation, gastric ulcers, piles, abnormal bowel habits, anorexia.DetoxificationSigns of indigestion: Nausea, vomiting, anorexia (Loss of appetite), salivation, constipation, heaviness in the head, pain in abdomen.Reason for indigestion:Diseases: Some diseases like Gall bladder stones, Gastritis, Stomach ulcers, Cirrhosis of liver, Pancreatitis, Cysts, Heart diseases, Gluten intolerance, Cancers, H. Pylori infection (stomach Infection), Thyroid disorder could be the reasons for Indigestion.Medications: Medications can have side effects and indigestion and poor appetite could be the side effect of the medication you are taking, so consult your physician if you experience indigestion after taking a medication.Fecal material stuck in the colon causes bloating and indigestion.Substance abuse: Smoking, Alcohol and Drug abuse can hamper the digestive system directly.Stress: Some people switch to over -eating to divert their mind from stress as they feel happy, but this is the wrong way to deal with stress and it could result in obesity, indigestion and other metabolic diseases.Bad eating habits like over eating, foods that are hard to digest, foods having large amount of calories can cause indigestion.How to improve digestion:Green DetoxFasting: After a day of unhealthy and over eating, fasting the next day is a good idea to balance the calories. Fasting does not means you have to be empty stomach all day. One can also fast by consuming fruits and vegetables.Detox: Enema and non habit forming laxatives should be used judiciously to counter constipation and indigestion.Light exercise: light exercises like swimming, walking and jogging are best to improve the digestion prior to a meal.Bath: Bathing prior to the meal energizes the body, freshens up the mood and increases the hunger.Appetizers: Ginger, vinegar, sea salt or Pink himalayan salt, lemon, coriander, cumin has been used as appetizers for a long time. An appetizer corrects the digestion by stimulating digestive enzymes.High Fiber diet: Eat fiber rich diet including fruits and vegetables.Probiotics: Daily use of proboitics is good for digestion.Green tea: Green tea is believed to improve digestion.Clean EatingTip: Add Epsom salt, lime juice and apple cider vinegar to warm water, mix well drink this colon cleanses first thing in the morning. This should clean the bowel with a marked difference.Develop a habit of clean eating, cook food thoroughly and chew properly. When digestion is weak always eat light meals.Develop good eating habits: Do not fill the stomach like there is no tomorrow, always leave some space in the stomach, eat a little less than you could to ease some load of the digestive system. For proper working of digestive system, sleep at least 2 hours after the meal.Avoid:Suppression of natural urges like urine, flatus and stool to avoid bloating and weak digestion.Late night working shifts can upset the release pattern of digestive secretions in the stomach and can result in indigestion.Avoid bad habits like Smoking and Drug abuse. Seek professional help to get rid of these bad habits.Stress: There is always going to be stress in today’s world, learn to manage the stress.Avoid untimely eating, over eating and foods that are too heavy to digest.Alcohol: Taking too much alcohol can cause indigestion. Limit the use of alcohol to support the digestion.

Having Bad Digestion - Follow The Tips!

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Frequent burps, bloating and diarrhoea can be the result of bacteria in food, infection, stress, certain medications and other chronic stomach related issues. But no matter what the cause is, anyone who has frequent digestive problems, faces daily challenges and embarrassment. These following steps will help you to cope better in everyday life.Know your digestive triggersMany things can trigger digestive upsets. Understand your body and type of food group which you are consuming on daily basis. Ask yourself questions about which food/beverage/dish is triggering the digestive issues and with time decrease its intake.Stay hydratedWater is good for normal bowel function. Avoid drinking beverages such as coffee/soda if you think they trigger your digestive problems. Plain water and coconut water are a good choice. Alcohol and caffeinated beverages worsen the condition.Maintain hygieneBefore eating or preparing food, wash your hands thoroughly, this will prevent transmitting potentially dangerous bacteria to your food.A Balanced MealEating right will help you to ease digestion related problems. Eat more fiber to regulate your digestion. Also don’t keep long gaps between your meals.The foremost habit which needs to be developed is to chew your food thoroughly.Don’t go for shortcut treatmentDon’t blindly rely on alternative therapies like fasting or something artificial. It will not only hamper your precious time but surely affect your health. Always consult your doctor before trying any new alternative ways.

Useful Tips for Better Digestion

Dr. Yogesh Kumar, Ayurveda
Is your appetite poor?Do you feel Belched?,on and off pain in abdomen?Burning Sensation in the throat? well you might me suffering from Indigestion.According to Ayurveda the indigestion is because of the poor  release of digestive enzymes or Digestive fire.The whole digestive system is dependent on the digestive fire which digests the food properly and nourish the body. A healthy person is one whose Digestive fire is good.Causes of IndigestionFood items that increase the Vata in the body.Food items and other things that slow down the digestive fire.Signs of IndigestionPeople with normal digestive fire digests the eaten food easily and without any complications,Even if the eat more than usual.People with weak digestive power is unable to digest the food even when he takes the food in less quantity.Weak Digestive Fire could lead to:DiarrheaG-I acid re-flux(Hyper-acidity)Excessive flatus Irritable bowel syndrome Abdominal painsBloatingConstipationGastric ulcersPilesAbnormal bowel habitsAnorexia.Tips to Improve the DigestionFasting: After a day of unhealthy and over eating, fasting the next day is a good idea to balance the calories. Fasting does not mean you have stay empty stomach all day. One can also fast by consuming fruits and vegetables.Light exercise: light exercises like swimming, walking and jogging are best to improve the digestion prior to a meal.exerciseBath: Bathing prior to the meal energizes the body, freshens up the mood and increases the hunger.Appetizers: Ginger, vinegar, sea salt or Pink Himalayan salt, lemon, coriander, cumin has been used as appetizers for a long time. An appetizer corrects the digestion by stimulating digestive enzymes.Detox: Enema and non habit-forming laxatives should be used judiciously to counter constipation and indigestion.Add Epsom salt, lime juice and apple cider vinegar to warm water, mix well drink this colon cleanses first thing in the morning. This should clean the bowel with a marked difference.Develop a habit of clean eating, cook food thoroughly and chew properly. When digestion is weak always eat light meals.High Fiber diet: Eat fiber rich diet including fruits and vegetables.fiber diet

Lifestyle Management Is Key to Healthy Living

Dr. Yogesh Joshi, Ayurveda
Lifestyle is a set of attitudes, habits, or possessions associated with a particular person. Lifestyle is related with the things, what a person dose in his daily routine. Lifestyle is related to what a person eats? How a person thinks? What a person dose for his well-being? And what is a person’s daily routine? Lifestyle has a very large effect on every once physical and mental health. We will se how lifestyle effects out body.Our body is a complicated machine. It is completely dependent on the nature for its nourishment. As we work daily and do our daily routine, our body elements have to face ware and tear. This ware and tear is to be replaced by good quality and quantity of the body elements. If these body elements are replaced by good quality and quantity then our body elements become healthy and no week loops are left in our body. But if these body elements are not replaced by good quality and quantity week loops are left in our body and that part starts creating stress in our body.This is the start of stress.Our body consists of following basic body elements:-1. Lymph2. Blood3. Muscle4. Fat5. Bone6. Bone marrowFurther they are classified in Proteins, carbohydrates, Fats and etc.We have different factories in our body to create these elements. Each factory has to be provided with good raw material to produce the good product. All the process in the factory should run in proper manner. Proper energy should be provided to each part of the factory to run the mechanism in proper way and all the waste products should be thrown out after the formation of the good product. If this process of formation of all elements is in proper way then only the healthy product is formed and when it is supplied to the proper place by proper way then only the body gets nourished in proper manner. If there is any problem in the process coordination between these elements is disturbed and our body starts generating stress in the body. As body and mind are related to each other stress effects on both mind and body. It is also seen that if mind is disturbed then it affects the body.Due to our existing eating pattern, working pattern which we say is our existing lifestyle our mechanism of digestion is disturbed. Due to this disturbed mechanism of digestion, forming of our body elements is also disturbed. Due to this nourishment of our body is not done and it creates week elements our body due to which our immunity system gets disturbed and person gets infection very easily. Due to decreased immunity, our body is not able to fight against the infection ,so we have to rush for a course of antibiotics. Further it also creates deficiency in our body and we have to take support various iron, vitamins, proteins, calcium & food supplements. Due to decreased immunity various systems of our body gets affected. Where there is more deficiency of the elements in the body, the particular system gets affected and different types of diseases are caused.By finding a correct cause and a place where the mechanism is disturbed, stress on the body and mind can be controlled. A person can regain the immunity by correction of lifestyle and there will be no necessity of supplements to be consumed. This will help a person to live a healthy and diseases free life for many long years.

Amala - the Great Rasayan for All Ages

Dr. Satish Sawale, Ayurveda
Amla is the best super food and Awesome Rasayan (Anti Aging) Medicine too.In Ayurveda, Amla is One of ingredient of Trifala and Major ingredient of Chyawanprash The world famous Immunomodulator.Here are some benefits of Amla is packed with:Unshakable Richest source of Vitamin C though you Heat or processA single Amala packs Vitamin C content several times more than Any Other fruit.it immensely helps degenerative health problems, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, arthritis, and Alzheimer's disease. It helps greatly in common health problems like cold and flu as well.Skin GodBeing Hridya, Skin health is directly proportional to stomach and hormonal health and mind. Since Amla helps to detoxify the liver and aids digestion. one of the results of taking it regularly is that it almost instantly enhances one's complexion.Hair HeroAmla is a hair fortifier. Since Amla is great for digestion, it makes it easier for our bodies to absorb the calcium in the foods we eat, therefore resulting in healthier hair (as well as healthier bones, teeth, and nails). It helps us to preserve youthful hair color, and minimizes hair loss.Enhances immunityAmla is a rich source of antioxidants,and the property of dissolving free radicals thus reducing the damage caused by free radicals on the body. This improves the body's ability to fight disease. Regular intake of Amla prepares your body for fighting fatigue, weakness or diseases.Reduces inflammationMajor action is on inner layer of Arteries to heal better causing issues at Heart,Kidney,Eyes and Brain..on nerves if chose as Rasayan with cow Ghee for longer durationImproves digestionThough Being sour taste still Amla brings down acidity and helps the body to assimilate nutrients from the foods we eat. soothes gastric Mucosa and minor ulcers of Strengthens LiverAmla allows to drains toxins n non toxic from liver this avails reduction in oxidative damage that is caused by chemicals or alcohol.Regulates Urinary SystemBeing Bhedak on malas of body (Stool,sweat,urine) It regulates your urinary system and helps in flushing out toxins and stones too through the urinary system without over-stimulating it.Add great benefit to Libido and spermsAmla provides great reproductive system with cow ghee and Jeshthamadh.

Bowel Motion After Food Is It Normal?? Why Am I Constipated?

Dr. Maruthesh Gowda, Bariatric Surgeon
Quite a lot of people seek help complaining of having to go to toilet immediately after food. They induce inself-medication to prevent it mostly in the form of acidity medications. They worry they have problem of absorption/digestion. While one simple answer is its not serious.Unless you loose weight significantly then there is no problem with absorption or digestion.If you observe children then you will get the solution. Most children, when they are small go to toilet immediately after food and as adults we tell its wrong and over the time they stop doing it.Sensation to go toilet after eating food is normal. Its called Gastro-Colic reflux. When one eats food and stomach gets distended sensation is sent to brain to let it know there is new food in stomach and its going to need space. Normally brain makes space by emptying any waste in the colon which is from the food consumed day before so it in-turn sends signal to colon to empty waste. But as adults we train our body to ignore the signal and wait for appropriate time and place, and with time it stops sending the signal unless its absolutely necessary.In people who are facing the problem the Gastro-Colic reflux is exacerbated that’s all and we need persistently retrain our body if we wish to do so.One can be assured the motion which goes out is never the food that was consumed few hours ago. Its waste from the food consumed day before.What are the remedies for constipation?For one pass motion normally one shouldEat enough fiber: This is readily available in all fruits, vegetables and green leaves. Drink at least 3 liters of water/ dayExercise: One should not expect their intestines to be mobile if they lack physical activity. Exercise does not mean gym it could be simple walking. One should avoid medicines till above three natural requirements are met. Only if you done all the above and still constipated then you should use medicines. It is best to avoid medicines as otherwise to open bowels you will need medicine and any long term usage of medicine is not recommeneded.

How to Improve Digestion in Summer

Dr. Saurabh Gupta, Dentist
It's common to have digestion related problems in summer. Most people either end up eating less and napping more during summer season or they suffer from problems such as dehydration or diarrhea which makes it even more difficult for them to deal with the summer's heat. Your lifestyle in summer has to say a lot in why you tend to eat less and drink more in summer. Therefore, it’s crucial that you focus more on your diet and how often you eat including the portion size to avoid poor digestion in summer.It's crucial for your health to keep your digestion on the right track. Here are some tips to prevent digestive problems in summer.Eat lessSince the digestive system becomes sensitive in summer, one should prevent eating more in summer. You should, however, not reduce your appetite. All you need to do is avoid heavy meals. It is best to eat smaller meals at short intervals as it goes easy on your digestive system and keeps you from feeling hungry as well.  Switch to green vegetables and fresh juicy fruits that are easy to digest. These foods will also help you stay hydrated for long.Hydrate yourselfMany people don’t feel like eating much during summer because the digestive problems and heat spoil their mood completely. However, you need to make sure you are getting enough fluids during the hot weather. Keep drinking fluids, especially water, throughout the day. But make sure you don’t gulp glass after glass as it may cause you to swallow air leading to bloating and gas. Just drink sensibly!Yogurt satisfies growling tummyYogurt is packed with protein that satisfies your growling tummy. It gives you probiotics, bacteria that makes your digestive process better. Consumption of yogurt helps solve many stomach problems and provides relief from dysentery.Herbs are good for digestionCertain herbs such as coriander, fennel seeds, cilantro and ginger are considered good for digestion. Try these herbs during summer to improve your digestive capabilities. These herbs absorb gases, reduce stress and help blood flow to the digestive system.Avoid spicy and fried foodIf want to keep gas problems and indigestion at bay, you need to reduce your intake of spicy and fried foods.Eat more fruits that support digestionFoods such as pineapple and papaya can help you with a troubled digestion in summer.