How I Controlled Acid Reflux Naturally:

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Anyone who has experienced an acid reflux will understand how annoying this problem can be.

A condition called hiatal hernia causes the acid to come out of your stomach instead of remaining where it is designed to be confined to. Under normal condition, after food passes into your stomach, a mascular valve closes, preventing food or acid moving back up. Acid reflux occurs when this valve relaxes inappropriately, allowing acid from stomach to flow (reflux) backwards into your mouth.

Usually it’s an unpleasant acidic taste which rises from the throat to the mouth , lingering on,  making food in the mouth taste weird. Left untreated, this problem can cause  a lot of health issues and generally make you feel miserable.

Below are few strategies which can keep acid reflux under control:

– Modifying your diet

Avoid large amounts of processed and sugary foods. Instead, eat lots of vegetables, non-acidic fruits and wholemeal grains. Consuming enough raw food(salads and fruits) will increase your body’s natural production of stomach acid. These foods also create good bacteria which eliminates the bad bacteria which caused acid reflux in the first place.

– Eliminates food that triggers this condition 

This can be caffeine, alchohol or nicotine products

– Drink plenty of water

We loose about 700ml of water from our bodies every day through skin and breathing. Another 100ml through faeces (i.e while food is processed in the big intestine), 1.5 litres as urine and 200ml in normal perspiration.

So, even living in a temperate climate your would require a 2.5 itres a day.

Water also neutralises the stomach when it produces too much acid.

– Implement an exercise routine

Physical exercise speeds up a sluggish body metabolism. It also improves your body’s immune system which is important to fight off different kinds of bacterial infections.

There are lots of convectional medicine which supposedly suppress or decrease the amount of acid in your stomach. More than often these just worsens the condition since they treat the symptons but not address the underlying cause. They can also cause terrible side effects.

Ultimately, the answer to control acid reflux is to restore the stomach’s natural balance and function. This is not only useful for good gut function, but it is also crucial for your long-term health.

Maintaining a good bowel flora, will help increase the stomach’s absorption of nutrients, aid in proper digestion and assimilation of food.

Disclaimer:

As always the advice on this article is for information purpose only.

It is not meant to replace a consultation with a health provider.

 

 

The Best way to Eliminate Belly and Abdominal Fat:

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For quite a long time I struggled to shift the weight around my waistline, which clung on my body like an ivy clinging about an oak. Suffice to say, I wasn’t successful on this exercise.

Any woman who has had children will understand what I mean. Yes, I have children.Two of them.I wasn’t successful in getting a flat tummy after my first one and by the time I had my second child, my tummy was visibly bigger.
I tried different diets but the fat around my waistline didn’t bulge.

Resigning into the whole thing, I decided that I am going to forget about diets and instead concentrate on eating healthily (plenty of fruits and vegetables), eat less junk food at the same time keeping an eye on my food portions.

I also started doing some simple physical exercises as shown above.

Stomach: The Unsung Hero

How many times have we treated our stomach as a mere storage container where we can dump any stuff we feel like, yet we are surprised when it rebels because it can’t handle some of the stuff we’ve put in?Because we are so far from our food supplies, sometimes it is difficult to  know the processing stages, chemicals used for preserving or even the ingredients deliberately chosen by the manufacturers in order to please our palates.

Quite often our body rebels and rejects food that are difficult to digest or harmful, as a way of protecting our bodies.No one can deny the fact that since most people live a fast paced life, sometimes it is easy to indulge in bad habits. These include not chewing food properly, speed eating or gorging and bingeing on food.Not wanting to exclude myself from the guilty party, I sometime find myself telling my children to finish quickly what is on their plates so that they can catch the bus to school, start doing their homework or simply so that the eating process doesn’t take longer than necessary.
Currently, statistics show a sharp increase in digestive related health problems among teenagers. These problems range from irritable bowel syndrome, reflux, Crohn’s disease, peptic ulcers and obesity. Before running to the doctor, maybe we need to learn and understand how best we can establish a healthy relationship with our guts.Knowing the right food to eat and understanding what you are eating is the most important way to nurture your digestive system.Be curious. Be your own researcher . After all, if you treat your stomach well, it will serve you well. Your stomach calls all the shots whether you like it or not.
The first port of call is inside your mouth. The slower you chew, the lesser you eat. Have you ever experienced watching a horror or action film while eating? I can guarantee you that your hand-to-mouth action will suddenly increase to keep up with the film’s pace. This is definitely not good and seriously unhealthy.When you chew thoroughly the digestive system prepares for the incoming food thus producing digestive enzymes which help the body absorb nutrients. When food is not chewed properly, the enzymes can’t break down carbohydrates or digest fats hence make you feel sluggish and experience loss of energy. Food properly chewed food also doesn’t allow the gut to work efficiently because the valuable nutrients locked inside the food lumps may not be absorbed into the bloodstream. This can cause bloating, flatulence, constipation, stomach ache and cramps.Gulping down food also doesn’t give brain enough time to register and relay the message to your body when the stomach is full up.
The stomach function is often likened to a washing machine.Rolling over and mixing its contents. Overeating is like putting too many clothes in it.If you overfill the washing machine, how is it going to mix and distribute the washing powder evenly? How are the clothes going to get separated and cleaned thoroughly? The inside of the stomach is about the size of two hands cupped together.This is roughly a suggested amount of food which should be eaten .Filling it to the maximum unnecessarily stresses its functionality.
Next time your teen displays a sign of digestive disorder, let’s not be quick in letting them pop into their mouth the over the counter pills. Instead, we should encourage them to first listen to what their body is trying to communicate. Is the problem due to not chewing food properly? Have they been gulping the food down because they were busy watching an action film or playing games consoles? Have they been eating too much junk food and not including enough fibre in their diet?
As Rousseau famously said,”The weaker the body, the more imperious its demands; the stronger it is, the better it obeys”Our teens’ full potential in life can be achieved if proper stomach care is included in their small list of their normal daily routine. Remember, our stomach calls all the shots whether you like it or not.We can ignore it at our own peril.
Below is an educative video kindly permitted to use, by Dr J. McDougall (thank you Dr) :

The wide usage of ‘Smart Drugs’

 The use of brain – enhancing smart drugs is widespread and on the rise. Drugs such as Ritalin normally prescribed for attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders are being bought online and used by some students to improve concentration and make them pass the exams with good grades.

Some products which are regarded as safe, and labelled as ‘herbal’ or ‘natural’ have been marketed as mood-enhancers, but found to contain components of antidepressants.

Surprisingly, most students who use these drugs don’t come from the so called ‘druggy’ environment but from good, respectable background.

They often believe that their ordinary, healthy brains need a helping hand in order to get better exam results and achieve higher exam scores. The lure of popping a pill in their mouth and gain immediate focus, attentiveness and better memory retention is often too hard to resist. They want a pill that instantly gives them a razor sharp mind rather than follow conventional ways which I will discuss later on this article. Yes, they want a magic bullet!

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But the question is, do these so called ‘smart drugs’ really work? Can we just pop them into our mouth and not suffer the consequences?

Some actors claim that their ability to remember their lines increase when they take these drugs. Little is known what will happen later, under prolonged usage. People who are dependant on these drugs often suffer from headaches, dizziness, insomnia, serious mood swings, mental disorders, liver damage and even death.

Some even find it difficult to wean themselves off them later.

The use of these drugs for enhancement rather than treatment is often seen as unjustified, since they offer very minor improvement but the damage they cause can last very long. Often the damage is even harder to detect  earlier and when detected later on, the effects are usually impossible to reverse.

Do we really want our brains to be affected by these drugs in our quest for ‘smarter brains?’ Maybe not.

Luckily, there are safer methods which students  can use to achieve focus, alertness, memory boost and hence attain the grades they desperately want to achieve.

Memory, like muscular strength, requires you to ‘exercise it’. The more you work out your brain, the better you will be able to process and remember information. To strengthen your brain cells, you need to keep learning, developing new skills and constantly keeping yourself engaged.

Physical exercise also helps the brain to stay sharp by increasing oxygen to your brain, therefore improving memory retention. It also reduces stress hormones by balancing the brain chemicals, hence control your mood and increase the ‘fell good factor’ Exercises which keep your blood pumping such as aerobics and jogging will stimulate your brain and set you for better learning and good memory retention.

Not forgetting the old adage ‘We are what we eat’,  a good balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables and whole meal food is also crucial for your body.

With proper physical exercise and a good balanced diet, a good night sleep can easily be achieved, which is needed for rebooting our brain and enhance memory.

Honestly, what other safer methods to make us smart can there be, other than this?

Why do some Teenagers cope better with academic stress than others?

Does your teen struggle to get up in the morning to go to class? Do they find it difficult completing assignments or remembering what they’ve read previously? These are the few signs of academic stress which if not dealt early or correctly can affect your teen in all areas of their lives.

Academic stress can cause anxiety, procrastination and depression which in turn can affect the teen’s school performance and grades, leading to more stress.

Have you ever wondered why some teens who are going through a similar situation sail through this situation unscathed? Research shows that skills for coping with academic stress are not something someone is born with. These skills can be acquired through learning, constantly practising and applying them in our lives.

Now, what do these uber, smart teenagers do to cushion themselves from everyday academic stress? Do they have a magic secret known only to themselves and their inner circle of friends? How can your teen clamber their way into this ‘chosen’ circle without feeling as an outsider? Luckily, your teen can worm their way into this circle, at the same time gain emotional and physical resilient needed to cope with this type of stress.

This can only be achieved if the following things, are incorporated in their daily routine:

  • Making sure that they substitute junk or processed food with healthy meals whole meal food (such as brown bread), vegetables and plenty of fruits. Doing this will enable their body to acquire nutrients and minerals badly needed by their brain to cope with stress
  • Doing physical exercise (the ones which you can feel your heart pumping a little bit more). This can be jogging, after school sports or using free online video workouts at the comfort of your own home. Research shows that while doing physical exercise the body releases some feel-good chemicals which sends signals to the brain and gives a sense of command over your body and life. This in turn gives you confidence and optimism in stressful situations
  • Getting enough sleep. This can easily be achieved the items above are done properly. Sleep boosts memory and organises things which has been stacked up inside our brains while revising previously. It also rejuvenates the body making us feel energetic and relaxed
  •  By planning where to study and when. Smart children have their set daily routine and stick to it. They often plan their day beforehand so that they know exactly what to study rather than just do things sporadically. By doing this they exercise their mental  and emotional muscles so that this very routine  becomes a regular pattern of their lives
  • They set their goals, work hard and thrive to achieve them. If they have a set career in mind they actively look for information needed to achieve this career. They look up the information from the internet, ask teachers and look for someone who is currently in this career in order to understand the ins and outs of that career’s working life.  This goal is usually embedded deeply in their subconscious mind so that when it comes to doing exams or taking part in interviews, they find themselves emotionally prepared
  • They avoid unwanted distractions. These distractions can be in the form of spending too much time watching TV, on social media or with un-motivated / negative friends. With no specific goals, these friends might want or unknowingly distract your teen from working towards their set goals. Your family home arrangement can also act as a distraction. I know a girl who spent most of her after school hours studying at the Library because there was constant noise in her flat, and no space to study or do her homework. Suffice it  to say, her hard work paid off and she passed her GCSE with flying colours
  • Surrounding themselves or befriending hard working classmates. As Oprah Winfrey famously said, ‘Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher’. Frankly speaking as your teen might be still on the initial stage of working on their goals, this is very important so that these people can motivate them to work harder and stay focused.

Observing these routines will put your teen in a good stead in life. By the time they reach working life age their emotional muscles will be so strong that they can cope with their own work and family stress quite easily.

Now, equipped with this little piece of wisdom we now know that rather than admire these seemingly stress free teens from far, we should make sure that our teens are part of this inner circle.