Tips To Help Prevent Indigestion - Time To Replace Bad Habits With Good Ones

Good digestion isn't as simple as chewing an after dinner mint. So, instead of mints, we're serving all the best current advice to keep your digestion on track.

If five people sit down to dinner the chances are that one of them will suffer from indigestion. Many sufferers go to their local chemist and buy OTC indigestion remedy.

Unfortunately, although these remedies may help to relieve the symptoms of indigestion, they don't do anything about the cause. Within a short time the symptoms will recur and the patient will be no better off than before.

Taking a bottle of ordinary indigestion medicine is like putting a bucket underneath a drip coming through the ceiling it keeps the floor dry, but it does not med the hole in the roof.

The simple truth about indigestion is that in the vast majority of cases the symptoms can be cured permanently by getting rid of bad habits and replacing them with good, new ones.

Here are few tips on how you can eradicate indigestion from your life:

Look After Your Stomach

Many indigestion suffers ask for trouble. They hurl beer, chips, strong tea, fried potatoes, whiskey, curry and a whole host of other foods into their stomachs and then wonder why they get indigestion! They eat nothing at all for hours on nd and then stuff themselves silly with huge four course meal.

If you want to avoid indigestion then you must remember that. Although your stomach can cope with many insults, it will be less likely to give you trouble if you treat with caution and respect.

Don't Eat Too Much

Get into the habit of listening to your stomach. Eat when you are hungry rather than just because the clock tells you that it is time to eat.

Most of us stuff our stomachs with food whether we are hungry or not. And when we eat we tend to eat too much. The stomach does not adapt well to huge meals taken at irregular intervals. It can cope for more effectively with smaller meals taken at short intervals.

Eat Slowly

When I worked in hospital as a young trainee surgeon, one of my colleagues used toe at faster than anyone else. He would be spooning up the last smear of hospital custard while the rest of us were still working on our soup. He always had bad indigestion after meals and had to sit for half an hour to allow the pain to disappear.

Try to taste each mouthful of food that you eat. That way you are far less like to eat unnecessarily or too quickly.

Chew Properly

Chewing is an essential part of the digestive process and the saliva in your mouth contains enzymes which help prepare your food for digestion. If you don't chew properly then you will get indigestion.

To help yourself chew more effectively, make sure that you put only small forkfuls of food into your mouth.

Eat Regular Meals

Regular meals are much better for you than irregular ones. Your stomach is constantly producing powerful acid. If you eat regularly then you'll help mop up the acid. If you eat irregularly then the acid will have noting to digest; it will, therefore, start burning its way through your stomach lining producing indigestion pain.

Rest After Eating

When you have finished a meal, have a short rest. Give your stomach time to do its job before you start chasing round again.

When you are eating concentrate on what you are doing. Don't try eating while you are watching television or working. If you do then you will probably eat too much and too quickly and you will almost certainly fail to chew properly.

Avoid Foods Which Upset Your Stomach

Try to find out what sort of foods upset your stomach most and avoid them. Different people are badly affected by different foods, so it is impossible to offer a comprehensive list of foods to avoid. But if you do have a "weak" stomach then it is likely that any of the following foods will make your indigestion worse: all fried foods, strong tea or coffee, fizzy drinks, fatty foods, spicy foods, pickles, curry, peppers, mustards, broad beans, radishes, cucumber, unripe fruit, very hot or very cold foods, alcohol, nuts, dried fruit, coarse bread and anything tough or difficult to chew.

You don't necessarily have to avoid all these foods; just avoid the ones which upset you. And remember that when and how you eat probably affects your stomach more than what you eat.

Give Up Smoking

Tobacco smoke irritates the stomach lining. Avoiding tobacco will help any indigestion sufferer.

Learn How To Deal With Stress

Stress is one of the most important causes of indigestion. When we are under tension our stomachs produce far greater quantities of acid. Anxiety and pressure can quickly lead to the development of stomach pains.

Get Medical Advice

IF you have persistent or recurrent indigestion then you must see your doctor and ask for help.

I firmly believe that the whole universe is inter-connected. Our body, mind and spirit are deeply rooted with each other. If body is sick, the mind cannot relax or feel good. And if mind is not relaxed, it will give birth to stress and that will lead to chronic health problems.

So, it is clear that in order to posses a sound body we must have a calm and peaceful mind. Without a sound mind we cannot expect our potential growth or development. To read more on the growth topics, visit:

Unless you've been living underground, you have likely heard an overwhelming amount of information related to turmeric this past year. Somewhere along the way it was awarded super-spice status and now can be found almost anywhere you look, from supplements, to grocery store products, to even toothpaste!

The benefits of this wonder-spice are mainly anti-inflammatory in nature and for that it has been reported helpful in many diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, depression, and possibly even cancer. In Indian culture they even use it topically to speed wound healing. What can't this spice do?

Recently, however, a report came out saying that we were duped. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, has little bioactive activity in the body. The report pointed out few studies showing curcumin itself to have any health benefits, and that in fact the compound often breaks down before it can elicit any sort of positive health impact.1

Oh no! How could we have gone so far astray, especially regarding an ancient spice that has been used for centuries therapeutically in other countries? Is it simply placebo effect.

Let's hold up for just one second. For starters, before we go dumping all our turmeric capsules down the toilet, let's read the article fully. What exactly are they saying?

Pay careful attention to the wording. The author in this article is mainly discussing the inability to successfully create a drug utilizing curcumin. Essentially they are saying we have been unable to isolate this active compound in such a way that has a positive and reproducible effect in the human body. Instead of acting on a target protein as they had hoped, the compound broke down and apparently produced no anti-inflammatory result. The article then goes on to say that we have very few published studies to show any benefits from turmeric, and specifically, curcumin usage, so in their conclusion, the time and money spent on turmeric is worthless.

That is all very interesting, however it is also misleading. First of all, just because they cannot isolate curcumin in a stable form suitable as a drug does not mean that curcumin does not work. The body, as we discover daily, works in mysterious ways. Simply because curcumin does not work on one specific target protein does not mean that it is not producing health benefits by other means.

Secondly, we do in fact have some studies to show beneficial effects. Do a quick search on PubMed and you will see what I mean. Some of these studies use the isolated curcumin, and others use the turmeric whole. Both do have research to show some effectiveness. One study, in fact, showed that turmeric was just as effective as ibuprofen in reducing pain from osteoarthritis.2 That is exciting news if you ask me! In fact there are many studies showing positive outcomes with arthritis patients.

Additionally, there are also many in-vitro and rat studies demonstrating the anti-inflammatory benefits this spice can have. While obviously these results are not always directly relatable or applicable to humans, the take-away is that this compound is very active and holds promise for a wide variety of disease states.

On the whole, based on this one critique, I would not be so fast to discount the powerful effects turmeric can have for our health. Ancient tradition and wisdom aside, there are actually studies showing benefit which should lead us to conclude that turmeric is actually doing something, but maybe not in the precise way we are looking at it currently.

Don't forget that like with most things in nature, compounds work synergistically. Another reason why food, not supplements and fortification, is paramount for health. For example, we know that the phytochemicals in fruit are more powerful when eaten together in the whole food. When we try to isolate specific phytochemicals to make a pill, we find that the compound is unstable and frankly doesn't work. But these compounds DO work when ingested in the right form and combination that nature intended.

All that to say, keep up with your turmeric if you find it to be working for you. Consider eating it in the whole form in cooking rather than isolated pill forms. If you do choose a pill, purchase from a reputable company and even consider purchasing the same forms used in the studies. When using the whole spice for the root, combine it with other foods known to enhance the bioavailability such as fats and black pepper.

The use of spices, and especially turmeric, is a great addition to an overall healthy diet. While important to take into consideration, don't let one detracting article like this completely change your viewpoint just yet.
Danielle VenHuizen, MS, RD, CLT is a Registered Dietitian who helps her clients achieve health and vitality through food, not pharmaceuticals. She specializes in working with food sensitivities, Diabetes, Cardiovascular health, Digestive Disorders, and healthy pregnancies. For more expert health advice visit her blog at

People of today have a very busy schedules and very diverse lifestyles. Everyone would live to maximize their time and make up for everything they want to do. This is not something bad, many aspire to multi-task as much as they can but then stress and illness kicks in, it's a different story already. Investing in quality health care is a serious matter you need to have in life. When you are signed up in effective health care services, you and your family's future are protected. You can experience a better quality life, expect a longer lifespan and could prepare early from perhaps, the worst things that could happen when sickness come by.

Fortunately, consumers today have access to various tools and services to help them gather up-to-date and relevant information on improving their health and well-being through professional care. They know that quality health care means it should be delivered in a safe, timely and efficient manner. They expect health services to be centred on the needs of the patient, regardless of status or personal characteristics.

If you seek this kind of healthcare, it is important to go to no less than the top-rated medical clinics you know. Below are some of the factors that can help you decide wisely:

1. Go for credible solutions. A reputable medical or dental clinic will have the systems and resources to offer solutions that make it easy for patients to receive complete care. For example, annual health check packages tailored for your gender, age or specific medical condition will allow you to address all your health concerns in the most practical manner.

2. Research about its mission and goals. The best clinics often share a focus on having a preventive and holistic approach to treatment. Modern doctors and healthcare providers don't just work on curing a particular illness; they want to help patients obtain improved wellness for the long term.

2. Conduct intensive research. A medical and dental clinic, no matter how sophisticated its equipment or how high-end its facilities may be, is still dependent on the capability of its people at the end of the day. When choosing a clinic to go to, check the physicians and staff they employ. Know that you can only get the best treatment if you get help from highly skilled medical professionals who are able to deliver quality and compassionate care.

3. Be your own health champion. Make it your priority to invest in your own health and well-being. Choose the right clinic. Do your research on matters that directly impact you, such as your specific conditions or the insurance options available to you. Don't hesitate to ask your doctors, nurses and clinic staff should you have questions - they're not just your medical care provider, but also your partners in achieving good health.

The U.S Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine as "the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses." This advice applies to everyone 6 months of age and older, CDC stressing that you "should get a flu vaccine as soon as [they] are available."

With such promotion of the vaccine, it's easy to fool yourself thinking that the vaccine will protect you from all flu-like illnesses this year. Unfortunately, this is not true. A new study has exposed that "60% effective" flu shot as 98.5% useless.

Below are 3 reasons why flu vaccines are both useless and harmful:

1. Flu Vaccines Will Not Protect You From Flu
Every year the CDC recommends flu vaccine manufacturers to put in three viral strains they guess might be the most common infections for the flu season. However, there are thousands of flu virus possibilities every winter you may come in contact with. If the flu shot you received do not contain the viral strains you come in contact with, essentially you have no more immunity over it then others who may not have received the jab. This makes the chances of you being protected very unlikely. A new study in The Lancet Infectious Diseases reveals that the flu vaccine prevents lab confirmed type A or type B influenza in only 1.5 out of every 100 vaccinated adults, but the media reports it to be "60 percent effective!"

The researchers' own conclusion are as follows:

"Influenza vaccines can provide moderate protection against virologically confirmed influenza, but such protection is greatly reduced or absent in some seasons. Evidence for protection in adults aged 65 years or older is lacking."

2. Flu Shot Contains Neurotoxic Mercury
The culprit for this toxicity is Thimerosal, a common additive and preservative that contains mercury. There are no proven safe amounts of mercury in the human body and yet even vaccines that label themselves as "mercury-free" may contain traces of mercury up to 300ppb. To put things in perspective, anything over 200 ppb is considered toxic. There are many proven ill effects of mercury on the human body. The WHO writes:

Mercury is considered by WHO as one of the top ten chemicals or groups of chemicals of major public health concern.
Mercury may have toxic effects on the nervous, digestive, and immune systems, and on lungs, kidneys, skin and eyes.
Exposure to mercury - even small amounts - may cause serious health problems, and is a threat to the development of the child in utero and early in life.
3. The Flu Vaccine Contains Glyphosate - A Toxic Herbicide Ingredient
According to an independent study (means no pharmaceutical/vaccine companies were involved with the funding), multiple samples of many common vaccines were contaminated with glyphosate. Glyphosate is an herbal pesticide found in weed killers and the chemical has been linked to diseases such as autism, IBD and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The WHO acknowledge the chemical as "probably carcinogenic."

Flu vaccines have time to time shown to have very minimal and limited measurable benefits for children, adults and seniors. Are you willing to accept the risks for a 1.5% benefit?

Check the latest article on the website to see a shocking video of the matter and how you can both prevent and fight the flu naturally.

Some healthy alcoholic drinks that will get you in the right mood and in the right state of health. There are many health tips out there but none like this one. Before we jump in and read further, let's go through the warning signs.

If you're a chronic alcoholic, then it's best that you consult a doctor. If getting wasted is your idea of having a good time, then maybe it shouldn't be. If you want to have a relaxed Sunday afternoon with your friends and want to remain healthy too, then this might be the best thing you will read this holiday season. Also, remember health is a relative term, especially when it comes to alcohol.

Vodka soda and a lime on top

Well, vodka, soda, and a slice of lime might sound like a boring drink. But you know what? It is amongst the lowest calorie drinks out there. It might make you sleepy if you've had one too many. Vodka averages 96 calories per 1.5 ounces. And soda has no calories what so ever. This drink does not have any nutritional value but sure is a drink for people who are trying to maintain their weight.

Wine is the winner

Wine is certainly very good for you. Red wine has a lot of nutrients in it. It contains iron, potassium, and magnesium. These minerals are essential for a healthy body. A good wine is also full of antioxidants which are great for healthy skin. So go ahead, open that vintage that you've been waiting to pop open. And, let the sparkles help you maintain your healthy outlook. Again, one too many might cost you.

Beer it with Guinness

This thick lager that most people love is also a healthy brew. This Irish stout is a refreshing drink is healthy at the same time. If you know a brewery that serves this tasty beverage nearby, then head there and have one. Even though it is heavy and has an alcohol content, it is made of whole grains, which are healthy for your body. It has somewhere around 128 calories per 12 ounces. Which is great for an average beer, or shall we say stout? Well, in a nutshell, Guinness is nutritious lager for those who wish to remain healthy.

Now comes another warning for those who tend to go overboard with alcohol. Drink responsibly, and while you are at it, drinking healthy. Who says alcoholic drinks cannot be healthy? Again, drinking too much of alcohol is not healthy. Drink little. Drink healthy.

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