Articles on human digestive system

Natural Short Term Strategies for a Bowel Movement

Dr. Anjana Gupta (P.T.), Physiotherapist
Are my stomach issues part of the human condition? Is constipation part of being a human? Did human 500 years ago get bloated all the time? Do other animals have these stomach issues?Seriously ponder these questions for a moment. Now think about them some more.Why have, we as a global society accepted these notions, the notion of having our stomach and digestion impaired, as being a part of the human condition.  We take medicines made in a lab some where, who's goal as a company, is to sale more of there products to people; getting them to believe that they need this medicine now for the rest of their lives. Most medicines are a band aid. A band aid when stitches is required.How come we have put our faith into these drug companies as a cure for our ailments. I will speak frankly now, it is due to laziness. We need to take our health into our hands by doing the appropriate research. Reading this article is a good first step, but there is much more reading that we can do. This article is intended to speedup the research process for you. Here is a list strategies that I have researched and experimented with myself personally after years of researching ways to correct my stomach woes.The world is changing with free trade, and globalization is taking over and our food products are produced all over the world. What has not changed is our diets. We still want to eat the same healthy foods that our moms and grandmas used to make for us. The only difference is that these same foods are not the same as our grandmas used to make. Sure they may look the same on the outside, but on the inside they are far from the same. The United States, in all its glory, has exemplified the quintessence of capitalism. The problem of capitalism is that past a certain point the cons start to outweigh the pros. In the food production industry, in the US, capitalism has reached that tipping point. Ever wonder why America is one of the most obese countries in the world? It's because their main stream food has not been healthy like grandma's, for a long time, right around 50 years. American food production practices are starting to spread, so our knowledge of harmful foods must keep up with this “expansion of philosophy,”in terms of main stream food production. So now that you know a little as to why your stomach could be irritated, lets talk about simple strategies to get it back on track.These strategies are for the short term. To get rid of your constipation, and get your digestion in order.   The Water Breakfast:It is literally exactly what it sounds like. Have nothing but water for breakfast. That seem easy until I say how much. You should consume your daily supply of water, all eight glasses of it, equalling at least 64 ounces. Sit down and for however long it takes you drink 64oz of water. If you drink hot water it will be even better. I sit and make a meal out of it by heating up a big pot of water, and creating my own concoction. I mix herbal teas, ginger, honey, lemon peals, cinnamon, and/or whatever else you want to put with it. It does not matter really what you put into it. I put the things I listed because they are known to aid digestion, put whatever is going to get you to drink it. Remember, not to much sugar or sweeteners.After the water breakfast, if you haven't produced a bowl movement, the next one should.Eat raw, with no fats:Eat a completely raw leafy green salad with raw vegetables after your water breakfast. I don't know what it is, but for whatever reason this works really well for me. A scientist would tell you it is because our stomach sends signals to the brain when an adequate amount of our nutrient levels are met.  Our brain then tells our digestive track that we have new and improved food, so out with the old.  If are nutrient levels are not reached then our brains tells our bodies to hold on to the food, as a natural surviving technique; that is why foods that are hard to digest, and have a low nutritional value are so hard to digest.  Go eat a McDonald's cheese burger in the US, and you will know what I am talking about.  Do not eat the salad until 2 to  3 hours after you consumed that water. We have good bacteria in our stomach that produces the necessary acid required to break down the food. If you try to stuff food on top of water, your food will not break down correctly, because the the bacteria will be to diluted. (Remember that for when you drink ice water with your dinner. Usually a small amount of Hot water with a meal is better for digestive purposes.) I am not suggesting that fats are bad for you. I believe the exact opposite actually. I believe healthy fats are really good and that is why sometime they can be exactly what we need to be healthy, just not when we are trying to fix our digestion and/or our irritable bowel syndrome. Make sense? Good. Next...Skip a meal:For whatever reason some people have began to form the opinion that skipping a meal is really bad for us; that eating unhealthy food is healthier than eating nothing at all. Nothing could be farther from the truth. As a species we were built for intermittent fasting, we actually can think at higher levels, if done properly.   Did you know that some US presidents do not eat at all the day they give the State of the Union address?   Imagine one hundred thousand years ago, people did not have grocery stores, so intermittent faster was just a way of life.  I just ordered off Zomato, and had them bring me a raw juice while writing this blog post, something tells me that wasn't around back then.  Delivery was not an option, so human ate what was literally in their immediate proximity.  Since we are a species that evolves to our environments to maximize our “level of fitness.” (Level of fitness, is a scientific term to describe the strong bodied) If the theory holds true, then humans would have evolved to have intermittent fasting serve us in some way. Whether that is to increase intelligence or strength, with the ultimate goal of increasing the chance of our off spring's survival. The point is is that skipping a meal is not going to kill you and may have some other benefits besides helping you fix your irritable bowl syndrome, and constipation.I believe that if you are going to skip a meal it is better to skip dinner, but it really depends on your personal schedule.  If your schedule is not an issue, then, it depends on what is inside your stomach currently as to whether you should skip a meal for lunch or for dinner. If you had high fats, breads, and legumes the night before then skip lunch to allow extra time for food to break down because those foods takes longer to digest.Don't eat different food types in the same meal:I know this could be hard for some people to consider, but that is whyI am only saying to keep an open mind, just for a few days about it. SO lets define what I mean when I say food types; they include proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. I mentioned earlier that our body has different types of healthy bacteria in the stomach. Well our stomachs are smarter than we give it credit it for, because it knows what food type we put into our stomach. If we put proteins, our stomachs starts producing the necessary chemicals to digest protein.  If we put in starches it knows we put in starches. Same goes with fats. The problem is, is that when we put in two at the same time there is a cancellation that takes places, so the food just sits in our stomachs, and gets past into our small intestines partially digested. Since our digestion is slowed we begin to form gas due to the fermentation process that takes place inside our stomachs.  When food sits in a heated area, like a stomach, it produces gases, and the dreaded and pain acetic acid is produced, which gives us indigestion, heart burn, and acid reflux. This is basic chemistry 101.  There who is so much more a person could write about proper dieting practices, but these are specifically the strategies that work best for me while trying to produce a bowl movement and relieve constipation. Relieving constipation is the first step in order to get back track, and heal our stomachs. So why is a physical therapist telling me about ways to heal my stomach. Its simple. The body is a complete system. If our stomachs are out of balance then our stomachs become inflamed. When our stomachs become inflamed  our immune systems are on high alert and working in over drive to heal that part of the body, then the immune system is not able to focus and fix another part of the body; the part of the body that we are coming in to the physical therapy clinic in the first place.  My job, as the physical therapists, is to make sure I perform proper physical therapy on your body, and your job is to make sure you heal your stomach and get your stomach's chemistry back to a state of homeostasis. Combined together our efforts will get the best physical therapy possible.

During Monsoon, Ayurveda Can Cure Your Stomach Upset

Dr. Satish Sawale, Ayurveda
Indigestion is very common in cloudy and humid climate of monsoon often give rise to issues likeHeartburn, Bloating, Diarrhea, Constipation and gas. If the issue not attended on time, it can lead to even torturing issues like GERD or gastroesophageal reflux and irritable bowel syndrome. Ayurveda shares a concept known as Ama, which can be termed Non-toxic metabolites and toxins created by faulty metabolism / indigestion. There are many ways to treat to indigestion in an ayurvedic way. Let us look at some tips for the same: Langhanam, swedanam, Hot water and  use of Dried Ginger i.e. Sunthi, cumin seeds, Ajwayan carom seeds some salts and  salty pickles is so common in Indian culture and being used since ancient times i.e. tradition.Aloe vera: An ounce of aloe vera a day will keep indigestion away. Break off, a leaf and scoop some gel into a smoothie for smooth digestion.Turmeric: Haldi or Turmeric helps in reducing bloating and is one of the most commonly used spices found in ayurveda. This spice is a staple in indian cooking as well, where pretty much all dishes are seasoned with cooked turmeric.Maintaining Biological clock and Traditional Healer fasting : For better digestion, one must take meals at the same time everyday. Also, do not sit down for the next meal before the previous meal has been digested properly, its seen over eating causes much more issues after certain age say 40+ so once in a week light food or skipping food or usually on full moon or on No moon there is fast that adds value.Choosing healthy food: one must avoid unhealthy food that are excessively fried, fatty, sweet or cold so as to aid the digestive fires in doing their job effectively.Triphala with Saindhav(Rock salt): This combination of three fruits (Avala,Behada and Hirada)with saidhav ensures that your digestive system remains in good working condition during monsoonWater: one must have clean filtered potable adequate of water a day(Excess water must be avoided), in order to flush the toxins out, keeping in mind Monsoon causes much more water born diseases so use of Crystal Allum, Nivali/ Nirmali/clearing nut Beej(seeds) to clean and to deodorize Ayurveda offers Mustha/chandan/ushir/Taruni/Jai/jui/chanpak and Bakul flowers.Rest and bed Room: sleep (1 of major pillar of health and fitness tripod like Diet and Celibacy) is a major factor that cures stress and creates a balance of sorts in one's routine, thus aiding proper digestion. Room must be clean as excess  humidity can cause Allergic skin and Respiratory issues in Kids and elderly population so fumigate space with sunthi / Gugulu / Tulasi / Jatamasi / Haldi / Ajawayan / peels of Garlis or Dehumidifier can be used.Exercise: Those who eager to stabilise at Health and Fitness and yeah Finances too must engage in  some form of movement and exercise (Actively) is imperative to keep the digestive system in prime working condition. Walk and yoga, especially are ideal to boost one's digestive health.Meditation: This is one of the best ways to give digestion a positive push with a good dose of mindfulness and awareness for better balance in the body.Massage: a good oil massage on a regular basis keeps the blood flow in order and ensures that all the organs function well.In ayurveda, the point is to heal and prevent, which is why the methods tend to get to the root of the problem.Basti Therapy and Rasayan Therapy: For details communicate with  Ayurveda college Hospital Or your Ayurveda dr in your city

Bad Breath Could Be Bcoz of Acid Reflux

Dr. Swasti Jain, Dentist
You brush, floss, and pop breath mints like crazy, but nothing can kill your stubborn bad breath. Sound familiar? If you're frustrated by this stinky and embarrassing problem, maybe it's time to look beyond your mouth for some answers. Sometimes bad breath causes can be medical problems, like acid reflux.Cause of bad breath from the stomach is gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. This condition is caused by acid coming back up the esophagus, causing burning sensation in the chest or throat.Acid reflux is the backward flow of stomach contents such as undigested food, regurgitated bile, and stomach acids into your esophagus. The primary cause of acid reflux in most people is a faulty or weak lower esophageal sphincterIt can also cause tooth erosion due to the acid in your stomach carrying into the mouth and weakening your teeth.WHAT TO DO ?Your physician may also suggest making lifestyle changes. Many people find that GERD symptoms get better when they avoid common triggers like fatty and spicy food, alcohol, and big meals, especially close to bedtime. In most people, the combination of lifestyle changes and the right medication can get and keep GERD under control.Drinking plenty of water and chewing gum (sugar-free) because it stimulates saliva production and clears acid from the mouth. Giving up cigarettes is especially important because smoking contributes to GERD symptoms and smoker's breath. Follow your doctor's advice, and you should be able to banish "bad breath reflux" for good.Eat foods that are rich in fiber to fight halitosis. Fiber helps the digestive movement (peristalsis) run smoothly so that reflux and obstruction are less likely to occur.Fibrous foods also keep you feeling full longer and may help you maintain your weight. GERD is linked to being overweight, so consult your doctor about losing weight to relieve acid reflux and heartburn.Some chewable antacids include breath-freshening ingredients and will relieve both symptoms at once

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.

Gallstones -- Does Everybody Need Surgery?

Dr. Maruthesh Gowda, Bariatric Surgeon
What causes gallstones? It is difficult to tell what causes gallstones as there are so many associated risks. Its more in females (3:1 compared to men). Incidence increases with age. More in overweight/obese patients. Can be familial. Its also more in people who starve for long time or have drastic weight loss. Commonly associated with people who eat lot of oily food. As you can understand there is no specific reason.What is the incidence of gallstones in India?Incidence of gallstones varies in different parts of the world. In India there is huge variations in different parts of the country. North East and Bengal (10%) has highest incidence and south india has lowest (2-3%). In North east and Bengal gallstones can be detected at very early age compared to south India.Can medicines cure gallstones?Main question which worries the patients is what to do when diagnosed with them. It is more confusing as they get different answers from different doctors.If one tells them they can be resolved then should be very careful. If there was ever medicine to dissolve gallstones permanently then the person who discovered it would probably get Nobel Price and can be richest man as western counties spend billions on surgery and complications. In short, there is no medicine to dissolve them permanently.What complications does gallstones cause?Before answering the question whether one needs surgery or not we need to understand risks of gallstones and surgery.  They arePAIN (BILIARY COLIC): Normally comes after food especially fatty foods. Across upper abdomen and can radiate to back. Can last upto few hours. If any one experiences these symptoms repeatedly and is found to have gallstones then it is symptomatic gallstones. Patients are strongly advised to have surgery (Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy -- Key hole procedure to remove gall bladder with stones) before having any of other complications listed below.INFECTION -- CHOLECYSTITIS: This is infection of gall bladder usually happens when gallstone blocks the cystic duct (See Picture). This would need admission and prompt treatment with intravenous antibiotics atlas for 48 hours and surgery (Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy -- Key hole procedure to remove gall bladder with stones) on same admission.INFECTION  -- CHOLANGITIS: This happens when there is infection  with blocked bile duct caused by the stone in the bile duct. This is very serious condition as infection can spread to blood in very short term and cause serious organ damage (Renal failure/cardiac failure/liver failure). This is associated with high risks so patients would be in ICU. Patient will need ERCP ( Camera procedure to remove stone in bile duct). Once recovered from the infection will need surgery (Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy -- Key hole procedure to remove gall bladder with stones) on the same admission. JAUNDICE: This can happen when gallstone slipped from gallbladder to common bile duct causes obstruction to flow of bile (See picture). patient will need ERCP ( Camera procedure to remove stone in bile duct). Some times stone can pass on its own. This will be determined by serial blood tests. Once recovered from the infection will need surgery (Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy -- Key hole procedure to remove gall bladder with stones) on the same admission.PANCREATITIS: Most serious complication of gallstones with serious threat to life depending on the severity of pancreatitis. Most patient will need ERCP ( Camera procedure to remove stone in bile duct). Vary rarely stone can pass on its own. Once recovered from the pancreatitis will need surgery (Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy -- Key hole procedure to remove gall bladder with stones) on the same admission. What function does gallbladder have in our body?Function of Gall bladder: Its main function is to store bile and release it when needed (usually after food). Losing it will not interfere with digestion. After surgery main bile duct takes over the function of gall bladder. Contrary to belief there is restriction of food after surgery to remove gall bladder (Laparoscopic Complications)What are the complications of gallbladder surgery/Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy and what percentage have complications?Complications of Gall bladder surgery (Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy): These happen in 0.2% of cases. That is 1 in 500 cases of Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy world wide. Complications include bleeding, bowel injury and bile duct injury. The complication risks are higher in people who have had one of the above discussed complication from gall stones.Who needs gallbladder surgery/Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy?Now consider whether to have Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy -- Key hole procedure to remove gall bladder with stones). You can make educated decision.If the gallstones are symptomatic or you had any one of above complications then there is absolute indication for surgery on same admission or as soon as possible before you have other complications.If gallstones are incidental (This is the controversial part which patient needs to take decision)-- found on scan for some other reason and are not causing any complications then you have to decide whether to have surgery or not. The above article will help you to make that decision. If someone is diagnosed with gall stones then they have 2%-5% risk of above complications every year Vs 0.2% risk of complication from surgery to remove gallbladder. If have complication then you would need atleast 3-5 days admission, more time to recover and cost of treatment also increases with each complication.  It is ones decision whether to risk complications then face complicated surgery with higher risk of complications and prolonged recovery with added extra expenditure or have elective surgery where you can go home same or next day. If one does not live in select few cosmopolitan cities with access to all the healthcare facilities then it does not make sense to wait till the complication happens as it will be difficult to deal with them in small cities with limited resources and facilities. One's life is put to serious risk then.Do we need to avoid any food after surgery? Absolutely nil. One can start having food few hours after surgery and can eat all the food throughout the life without any restriction and malabsorption. 

Jivha Nirlekhan...Tongue Scrapingby Ayurveda

Dr. Shailesh Phalle, Ayurveda
Ayurveda tells us the tongue is the first organ of digestion and the mirror to all the organs of the body. The tongue is an important tool of Ayurvedic diagnosis. The appearance of the tongue reveals the health condition of the entire body. When you look on your tongue, it’s an opportunity for self-awareness. If you see a thick coating of different color, it means you are accumulating toxins from the last several days, months or years.  Tongue scraping is an ancient ritual of personal hygiene and self-care for the removal of toxins i.e. bacteria, viruses, food debris and fungi from the surface of the Tongue Scraping? Our tongue is important not only for the sense of taste. It also performs the function of filtering toxins from our food intake. The toxins in the food are filtered and they remain in our tongue and should be removed daily.While we sleep, our digestive system remains awake and is busy removing toxins from our body. By this process, toxins are excreted and deposited onto the surface of our tongue. If we fail to regularly scrape them away, they get reabsorbed into the body and lead to problems in the respiratory and digestive systems.When to do Tongue Scraping?This Ayurvedic ritual should be done on a regular basis in the morning upon rising, while the stomach is still empty.How to do Tongue Scraping?According to Ayurveda, tongue scrapers which are U shaped and made of gold, silver, copper, tin or brass are effective. The tongue scraper should not be sharp.With a relaxed tongue, using your U shaped tongue scraper, gently reach to the back of the tongue and scrape the tongue from back to front. Repeat this 5-10 times, rinsing the scraper after each pass.Other Health BenefitsTreatment of bad breath, halitosis, low appetite, anorexia or poor appetiteImproves dental and gum healthBeauty, peaceful and calm mindActivates saliva production and helps Agni (digestive fire)Boosts immunity and ojas (vigour or life energy).                                                                                                  

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

Anal Fissure - Painful Morning

Dr. Deepak Rathi, Ayurveda
Fissure-in-ano is one kind of ailment that is embarrassing to talk about, given the nature of the symptoms and manifestations. However, it is one of the most prevalent conditions in the world, with millions of people suffering the agony of bad painful fissures.Introduction:A fissure is a tear of the skin at the edge of the anus. It can cause pain, bleeding and/or itching.Causes :An anal fissure is usually caused by a hard and dry bowel movement, alongwith a tight anal musculature, which tears the anal lining. Other causes include diarrhoea and inflammation of the anorectal area.Trauma also can cause fissures. During childbirth, 11% of women develop anal fissures. Fissures can also be caused by digital insertion, foreign body insertion, or anal intercourse.A low-fibre diet may play a role in the development of fissures.Anal fissures affect people of all ages, particularly young and otherwise healthy people. They are equally common in men and women.Symptoms :1. An anal fissure causes a sharp, stinging, or burning pain during a bowel movement. The pain, which can be severe, may last for a few hours.2. Fissures may itch. 3. They often bleed lightly or occasionally cause a yellowish dischargeTypes:Fissures can be acute (new) or chronic (persistent). An acute fissure has an 80% chances of healing.When a fissure lasts over 6 weeks or is repetitive in nature, it is considered Chronic and has less than 50% chances of healing.Sometimes an anal fissure and a hemorrhoid develop at the same time.Diagnosis:Most health professionals can diagnose an anal fissure by listening to the symptoms and by looking at the anus. Usually, the health professional can see the fissure by gently separating the buttocks.A health professional may use a gloved finger (digital rectal examination) or a lighted instrument (anoscope) to examine the fissure. However, if the fissure is extremely painful, the health professional will usually wait until it has begun to heal before performing a rectal exam or using an anoscope (anoscopy) to rule out other problems. A topical anaesthetic may be used if an immediate examination is necessary.Treatment:Ayurvedic Medicines - If it’s a first or second episode of Fissure, at least 50 % of fissures heal by medicines without need for any kind of procedure or surgery. Application of special medicated cream, use of stool softeners, avoidance of constipation, and the use of sitz baths (soaking the anal area in plain warm water for 20 minutes, several times a day) help to relieve the symptoms and allow healing to occur.Kshar Sutra Therapy - For those Fissures that are giving problem again and again, Kshar Sutra Therapy is the best treatment option. It is safer than surgery and completely effective.Surgery

Ten Tips to Keep Your Gut Healthy for Life

Dr. Anamay K. Bidwai, General Physician
Digestive system affect each and every part of our body as it the power house that supplies energy and nutrition. What we eat affects every aspect of our health.Always make sure you eat plenty of fibre every day in form of fruits, salads, leafy vegetables, make these the major part of your diet. These not only give essential nutrient but keep your intestine clean, help new intestinal lining ( Mucosa) to grow, and prevent constipation, one of the biggest cause of colorectal cancer.Avoid eating in large portions, that is eat the same amount but instead of three large meals make it  six small meals.Avoid tea or coffee immediately after eating. Wait for at least an hour after eating and then have your fix of caffeine.Drink warm water about half an hour before meal, it dilates the blood vessels in the stomach thus diverting more blood to digestive system.Avoid eating any kind of preserved food, like pickles, packaged foods, packaged drinks, no matter what the labels say, they are laced with chemicals to prolong shelf life.As prescribed in Yoga, fast once a week, on this day if possible do not eat anything, just have warm water or just have fruits. If you are diabetic, please do not fast. Yoga Asanas are the only form of physical exercise that rejuvenates the digestive system, try to perform Sahankasan, Vajrasan, Dhanurasan, Pawan muktasan every day. Vajrasan is the only Asana that you can do even immediately after having a meal. However it is safe to learn these asanas from a qualified trainer and practice. If you are smoker, STOP IT NOW.If you consume alcohol, please do not over indulge, moderate drinking twice a week is enough. Curd is the best source of friendly bacteria, make curd part of your daily diet. Just say a big NO to junk food and fizzy drinks.