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Pruning the Problem

Posted by Evie at 10:07 am, February 1st 2011

 

It’s the most common digestive complaint and yet it’s one thing people don’t want to talk about - constipation. It’s easy to treat. For most people more fiber and fluid should solve the problem. All fruits, vegetables and whole grains contain healthy amounts of fiber. Fiber isn’t absorbed by the digestive tract so it spends a long time in the intestines absorbing large amounts of fluids. It adds bulk, soften the stool and speed transit time  When fiber absorbs water, stools gradually swell, get bigger and wetter and moved out of the intestines more quickly. Small stools, on the other hand, accumulate for days before moving on.

 

In addition to not getting enough fiber in the diet, not getting enough water is a common cause of constipation because stools absorb large amounts of water and get hard, sluggish and difficult to pass without sufficient fluid to move it on smoothly. Six to eight glasses of water a day should help. Soups and juices can count toward your daily fluid intake as well. However, alcoholic and caffeine beverages don’t count because they are diuretics and remove fluids  Although the caffeine in coffee causes the large intestines to contract which can help keep you stay regular, too much of it removes more fluids in your body than it puts in.

 

One of the oldest and most effective home remedy for constipation is prunes. Prunes are high in fiber and contain sorbitol, a natural sugar, which soaks up enormous amounts of water in the digestive tract, thus keeping the system active. They also contain a compound which stimulates intestinal contractions necessary for regular bowel movements. Don’t care for prunes? Eating raisins which contain a compound that acts as a natural laxative should provide the same benefits.

 

 

 

Black and Blue

Posted by Evie at 7:00 pm, January 22nd 2011

 

It’s nothing new. You’ve had it before but what exactly is a bruise? When muscle fibers and connective tissue underneath are crushed and blood from the raptured capillaries escape by leaking out under the skin which has not been broken, forming a red or bluish purplish or even blackish mark tender to the touch - you have a bruise. Fortunately, the mark isn’t permanent.

 

It’s kind of hard to prevent bruising completely but you can speed up the healing process by applying cold to slow down the blood flowing to the area. If you don’t have a cold pack, some ice in a plastic bag in a cloth will work just fine. Another trick is to use bags of frozen vegetables like corn, peas, etc. Like a cold pack, it is easy to conform to the shape of the injured area and can be used again

Minor bruises are easily treated but if bruising lasts more than 2 weeks, is getting more painful and you can’t move a joint or bruising seem to develop for no apparent reason, it would be a good idea to see a doctor

 

Stop the Wind

Posted by Evie at 8:51 am, February 10, 2011

 

Like it or not, most of us will have gas now and then. Gas is a normal part of digestion and is produced when food is broken down in the digestive tract. Some foods, like beans and plant foods high in carbohydrates, produce more gas than others but all foods have the potential to cause gas at least some of the time.

 

Some of the culprits include milk and dairy foods. Most people cannot digest lactose (sugar found in dairy foods) properly which then slips to the lower intestines and ferments thereby causing gas. However, live culture yogurt can often be enjoyed by people who are lactose intolerant because it contains bacteria that help break down lactose. Drinking milk with meals is less likely to cause gas. Taking lactase supplements to help the body digest the lactose in dairy foods should help.

 

Another cause, unfortunately, is the same fiber that protects against heart disease, especially if you just started eating fiber rich foods. To get the benefits of fiber without gas, add it slowly to your diet as the body cannot cope with it properly if added too quickly. Sugarless gums and candies are gas producers too because they contain artificial sweeteners which the body has trouble digesting. Remember, the more help you get with digestion, the less likely you are going to get gas.

 

 

 

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