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Are you suffering from hemorrhoids or piles?

Are you suffering from hemorrhoids or piles?

hemorrhoidsAre you severely constipated and experience pain and burning sensation while passing stools? Do you see blood on the toilet paper.
Hemorrhoids refer to a condition where the veins around the rectum and anus get swollen. Many factors contribute to this condition such as pregnancy, aging, chronic constipation or diarrhea, chronic cough, eating disorders etc.

The main dietary factors are diet poor in fiber, eating very less fiber, eating junk food as most of the junk food are high in salt and low on fiber, being inactive or not exercising, eating a lot of refined food, eating too much of animal food, drinking alcohol which dehydrates the body and foods such as ice cream, fried foods etc

Other factors may include sitting all the time on a chair, straining for a long time on the toilet seat etc.

The solution for this condition is to follow a high fiber diet which would prevent constipation and help to maintain regular bowel movement. Fiber from food provide the much needed bulk to the body and water helps to form a gel like substance which softens the stool and facilitates easy passage of stool.

A High fiber diet includes a diet rich in whole grain cereals such as brown rice, wheat, ragi, bajra, white oats, wheat bran etc and pulses and legumes such as green gram, bengal gram, green peas etc. Eating enough of fruits and vegetables per day helps to provide the much needed fiber. Taking non habit forming supplements such as isabgol or psyllium husks or any other fiber substitute can help to regularize bowel movements.

Drinking about 2 liters of water per day will help to moisten the stool. Fiber and water together add bulk to the stool and help in eased evacuation of stool. So guzzle enough of water to keep your system clean.

Exercising daily helps to maintain regular bowel movements. Waking up early too helps in bowel evacuation. Eating on regular times and having a good sleep-wake routine can help you maintain normal bowel movements.

If the condition aggravates, then you will need to get treated by a gastroenterologist, who specializes in disorders related to the gastrointestinal system.

Milk and its health benefits

Milk and its health benefits

agda_07_riverina_milk 12Although most of us do need a description of milk, but its health benefits being innumerable are not known by all.

Milk is a part of almost every individual in the world. Have you ever given to thought to what health benefits can milk give. It is a complete health drink and contain almost all nutrients except for iron and vitamin C.

Milk comes in various fat percentages which you can buy depending on your need. It is advisable for adults to opt for low fat varieties.

Firstly, it is a good source of protein which can give 3.2 grams of protein for 100ml. It is a complete protein source which does not require any kind of combination with other food source. Hence is said to be the best source of protein for vegetarians. Children too need milk for optimum growth and body repair and maintenance for adults.

It is a good source of energy as it has milk sugar lactose.

The fat in milk harbors the fat soluble vitamins like Vitamin A and D. Vitamin A is very important for the immune system and therefore helps prevent poor vision and blindness.

Bones benefit a lot from milk as it provides calcium, vitamin D for healthier bones. Calcium and phosphate in milk together for the mineral complex which give structure and strength to the bones. It helps to prevent the bone loss that occurs during middle ages.

The calcium present also prevents migraine and eases pre-menstrual syndrome.

Milk also contains riboflavin and vitamin B12 which help in energy production and proper nerve functioning. Vitamin B also prevents anemia and helps in the production of red blood cells. Riboflavin content helps in cardiovascular benefits. The potassium content in milk protects the heart and helps to maintain blood pressure and also for proper nerve transmission. Hence milk is heart friendly. It is also said to cut down the risk of cancers such as breast cancer and and colon cancer.

It can also help to ease constipation if isabgol is added to warm milk.

Isabgol and weight loss

Isabgol and weight loss

Hunger is one feeling which many struggle to curb. Isabgol or psyllium husks can help you out. A teaspoon of this husk mixed in warm or cool water or in buttermilk, can be consumed before meals and this will cut down the hunger pangs and prevent uncontrolled binges. Isabgol swells up in the stomach and gives you the feeling of fullness. So in turn it helps to reduce your food intake, cuts down calories and helps you to lose weight. A word of caution, do not take more than 3 teaspoons of isabgol. Excess of fiber can give you indigestion, flatulence etc. This is not a supplement and is not going to dissolve or remove any food from the intestines. It does not reduce the fat intake in the body but just helps to cut down calories.