Stomach aches create many problems in your daily life. And mainly it discomforts and disrupts your concentration to do work. Few of the many causes of stomach aches are constipation, heartburn, indigestion, gas, stomach infection, overeating etc. We all have faced one cause or the other, time to time. But there are also some serious issues which are caused due to stomach ache likes ulcers, hernia appendicitis, and gallstones. Irrespective of the reason behind your stomach ache, you just want it to go away. No matter what type of stomach ache or abdominal pain you have, from nausea to heartburn or everything in between, a natural home remedy brings relief from the discomfort that makes you feel miserable.
Here’s a list of the top 7 home remedies for stomach ache:
1. Drink Lemon Tea
Lemon is an excellent source of Vitamin C which is a powerful anti-oxidant that further helps in detoxifying your body and soothes many ailments. The acid present in lemon juice stimulates your stomach to produce more acid, which gives your digestion a boost and fight all the stomach troubles.
Peppermint is extremely useful for the betterment of the digestion process. The antispasmodic effect of peppermint on the muscles in the digestive tract helps relieve pain caused by gas. The compounds that give mint its fresh, crisp flavor have natural painkilling properties. Herb present in peppermint soothes intestinal and stomach contradictions, prevent digestive muscles from tensing which further cause nausea and stomach aches.
3. Drink Rice Water/Tea
It may sound bizarre, but the leftover water after you cook rice has many benefits and can help you to get rid of upper stomach pain. This is because when you boil rice in water, it releases compounds that can accumulate inside your stomach, which reduces the pain of ulcers or gastritis. It is extremely beneficial when you have diarrhea. To add some flavor, you can put some lemon juice or honey.
4. Chamomile Tea
If your stomach ache is due to digestion, then chamomile is the perfect thing for you. Chamomile tea eases tension throughout your body and reduces inflammation in your stomach, which also help with stomach pain. All the antioxidant, and sedative properties present in chamomile calms your nerves down. It is an ideal ingredient for relaxation and very good for sleep. You can easily get the dried flower on the market, in any herbal shops.
Ginger is a natural synthesis that reduces excess stomach acid, stimulate digestion and fight inflammation. It helps in minimizing the production of free radicals, maximizing digestive juices and neutralizes stomach acids. It is one of the most effective natural remedies for stomach ache and nausea. You can chew the ginger roots or cut them and put them in tea.
Fennels possesses carminative, diuretic, pain-reducing and antimicrobial properties which give you quick relief from the miserable stomach ache. Traditionally, it is used as food and medicine in Chinese, Indian, Egyptian and Greek cultures for centuries. If you can find raw fennel at any health food store near you, to let that stomach pain go, slice off a piece and chewing on it.
7. Apple Cider Vinegar
You may not like that taste of Apple Cider Vinegar, but it has enormous undiscovered health benefits especially during stomach ache. if you’ve got a bacterial infection in your stomach, the vinegar can help clear it out and balance out your stomach acid, which can help with acid reflux issues. Consuming apple cider vinegar on its own may damage your teeth as it has an extremely strong flavor.
Apple cider vinegar is beneficial in curing bacterial infections
These Nutritious Breakfasts Can Give A Kick Start To Your Day: Do Try Them!
Breakfast is undoubtedly the most important meal of the day. It is the meal which kick-starts your metabolism and helps you burn calories throughout the day. Not only is it important for people who are trying to lose weight, it is simply important for a person to stay fit and healthy. Breakfast is the one meal which can give you the energy to do things and focus at your work and school. WebMD says that including breakfast in your diet can have positive effects on your memory and concentration.
Following are some breakfast options suggested by Delhi-based nutritionist Pooja Malhotra, which can give a boost your energy and also keep you warm during the chilly winter months.
Try these healthy breakfast options right now!
1. Stuffed rotis
Winter is the time when a variety of vegetables are in season. Stuffed rotis or paranthas made from methi (fenugreek), mooli (radish), gobi (cauliflower), matar (peas) or gajar (carrots) can all make for a delicious and wholesome winter breakfast. You can cook them with ghee (make sure you use it in the right quantity) and eat them with pickle and curd. Stuffed rotis are essentially the traditional Indian breakfast which people have been having for years. Prepare them as your grandmother used to prepare and enjoy them throughout winter.
2. Palak or beetroot roti with mint raita
Palak or spinach is a leafy geen veggie with more health benefits than you can count in your fingers. Similar is the case with beetroot, which is a root vegetable which is incredibly low in calories and is a great source of essential nutrients like fibre, folate and Vitamin C. Beetroot also contains nitrates and pigments which can help in controlling your blood pressure and may improve your overall athletic performance.
3. Egg parantha or scrambled eggs with chapati
Now that is a protein-rich breakfast which can help you keep full for longer. Prepare egg paranthas or eat scrambled eggs with roti for the perfect blend of protein, fat and carbs in your breakfast. Also, do not separate the yolk from egg white. A whole egg will provide you with all essential nutrients.
4. Bajra roti with beetroot raita/bajra khichdi
Bajra is a healthy grain which can be included a weight loss diet as well. You can either make a dough of bajra flour or prepare bajra khichdi as a healthy breakfast option. Bajra or millets has properties that can help in stabilising cholesterol levels in the body. Being rich in fibre, the grain is great for digestion and makes for a healthy breakfast option during winter.
(Pooja Malhotra is a nutritionist based in Delhi)
5 Super Healthy And Warm Drinks To Keep You Hydrated During Winter
Are the teas and coffees failing to keep you warm during the chilly winter? Then need not worry as we are right here with multiple options for warm and comforting drinks during winter. Warm drinking options are important to keep you hydrated during winter. Staying hydrated during summer seems to be way easier as cold and healthy drinks are aplenty. The easiest way to stay hydrated during summer is to simply gulp down a bottle of water. But in winter, the body is usually in need of something which keeps us warm and on-the-go. Keep reading if you want some alternative warm drinks instead of sipping on a third our fourth cup of coffee.
Drinks to keep you warm and hydrated during winter
Well, this is nothing but our very own haldi doodh. It is the traditional drink which is taken when a person is suffering from cold or fever. It is a healing drink which can naturally detox your body and even strengthen your bones.
Ginger, honey, lemon tea:
Yes, this is another traditional drink which can be taken in warm form as well. You can create a tea concoction by adding ginger, honey and lemon to water and bring to a boil. It can make for a refreshing and warming drink during the chilly winter months.
Hot mulled cider:
All you need to do is add cardamom, peppercorns, star anise, ginger, lemon and cloves to apple cider vinegar. Add a tinge of all these ingredients in a cup of ACV and heat it in low flame. The drink is going to make for a flavourful companion to you and your favourite book by the fireplace.
Vegetable/chicken/bone broth or soup:
Soups or broths are filling and extremely warming during the cold winter months. You can either prepare steaming hot vegetable soup or broth or chicken soup or bone breath. Broths and soups are fluids which can help you hydrated during winter while also boosting your immunity and protecting your from catching a cold or infection. Just make sure that their preparation is light and healthy.
Now this is a toasty treat you all have been craving! All you need is some warm milk, cinnamon, vanilla and some almonds. This velvety winter drink is going to be your all time favourite! What’s more is that you can prepare it beforehand and have it when you’re ready for a warm treat for yourself.
Fasting can improve overall health, study suggests
Fasting influences the circadian clock and fasting-driven cellular responses, which together work to achieve fasting-specific temporal gene regulation.
Fasting can lead to improved health and provide protection against ageing-associated diseases, a recent study suggests.
According to the research, fasting affects circadian clocks in the liver and skeletal muscle, causing them to rewire their metabolism, which can ultimately lead to improved health and protection against ageing-associated diseases. The study was published recently in Cell Reports.
The circadian clock operates within the body and its organs as intrinsic time-keeping machinery to preserve homeostasis in response to the changing environment. And, while food is known to influence clocks in peripheral tissues, it was unclear, until now, how the lack of food influences clock function and ultimately affects the body.
“We discovered fasting influences the circadian clock and fasting-driven cellular responses, which together work to achieve fasting-specific temporal gene regulation,” said lead author Paolo Sassone-Corsi.
“Skeletal muscle, for example, appears to be twice as responsive to fasting as the liver,” Paolo asserted.
According to the researchers, fasting is able to essentially reprogram a variety of cellular responses. Therefore, optimal fasting in a timed manner would be strategic to positively affect cellular functions and ultimately benefiting health and protecting against ageing-associated diseases.
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