- soothing to the nerves unless you are on a boat rolling with the waves. With stomach
churning, food would probably be the last thing in your mind but it is what you eat
or not eat that could have an impact on how you feel. While some foods produce gas
and acid that could add to your misery, there are foods that help calm the stomach.
Since stomach acid plays a role in motion sickness, foods rich in carbohydrates are
particularly good because they soak up stomach acids.
As is often the case, and you’ve heard it time and again, an ounce of prevention
is worth a pound of cure. When you are planning a trip or an activity that could
cause motion sickness, it would be a good idea to have a little ginger. Ginger not
only acts as a sponge absorbing acid in the stomach caused by motion but also blocks
nausea signals from the stomach to the brain. For minor motion sickness take ginger
tea before and during the trip to help settle the stomach. For those needing more
relief, taking two 940-milligram capsules of ginger root about 20 minutes before
leaving and then again every half hour might do the trick but if you really tend
to get ill you might consider taking more capsules. In addition, drink plenty of
water before and during your trip, especially if you are flying, because airplane
cabins are dry. Best to avoid coffee, soda and alcohol as these are diuretics. Have
a good trip!
When diarrhea lasts longer, it can remove fluids and essential minerals in the body.
To combat dehydration and replenish the minerals lost, carrot soup is a good remedy.
It supplies pectin, coats the intestine to allay inflammation and fights intestinal
bacteria. A pound of carrots, boiledwith pulp strained, should be taken in small
amounts every half an hour.
You may also want to give wine a try. In laboratory studies, diarrhea causing bacteria
doused with both types of wine wiped out the bacteria just as well as Pepto Bismol.
6 ounces of wine should do it. This certainly won’t take the place of antibiotics
for certain infections but in the meantime, here’s a toast to health.
Dippity Doo Dah!
Posted by Evie M. at 10 am, November 14th 2010.
Making a dash to the restroom doubled over in cramps and bloating again and again
may be entertaining in commercials but not when you’re the one making the dash. Diarrhea
is caused by inflammation in the intestines due to viruses or bacteria. Another cause
could be certain foods high in fructose, a natural sugar. When not digested properly,
the sugar begins to ferment in the intestine and the body responds to this fermentation
by drawing water in the intestine which causes loose stools
Lactose intolerance is a common cause of diarrhea. A lot of people do not have the
enzyme to properly digest sugar (lactose) found in dairy products. It is a problem
because many products contain dairy and people don’t make the connection. However,
you don’t have to give up dairy products entirely. A small amount taken with meals
rather than by themselves may be tolerated by your body.
Diarrhea usually only takes 1 or 2 days and until it has run its course, it is a
good idea to eat bland foods such as noodles, rice, apples and bananas. Fiber in
these foods also act as water-absorbing sponge and helps dry things up. For example,
apple skin contains the fiber pectin, one of the ingredients of Kaopectate. A home
remedy you may want to try is buttermilk, the residual left after fat has been removed
from curd. The acid in the buttermilk fights germs and bacteria. Take with a pinch
of sea salt 3 or 4 times a day to alleviate diarrhea.
The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
Posted by Evie M. at 6:00 pm, October 14th 2010
You guessed it. I am talking about cholesterol. The body uses cholesterol and we
can’t live without it. That is why the body manufactures it. It’s when the levels
get too high that it becomes dangerous. The body has a mechanism called HDL, the
good cholesterol, to deal with the bad, LDL, but if the level gets too high, the
HDL can’t keep up. It’s when the LDL overwhelms the HDL that it gets ugly. What to
do? Limiting one’s intake of saturated fat is a good start as these foods tend to
raise the LDL. Saturated fats are mostly found in animal foods. Approach dairy foods
with caution. Opt for low fat. Oatsis soluble fiber found in oats, pinto beans and
sweet potatoes which reduces cholesterol. We can also get help from the deep. Certain
fish like salmon and tuna may increase HDL levels. Clearly, this is one situation
where we can eat our way to health.