Thursday, April 28, 2016


Include the following in your daily diet


Vegetables contain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, flavonoids and other nutrients that help us to function at optimal levels. Our evolution as hunter-gatherers probably relied a lot more on gathering than hunting, as the technology required to capture a wild apple is far more reliable than that required to capture a rabbit. So our digestive systems evolved to make the best use of a wide range of vegetarian foods. Leafy green vegetables such as cabbage, spinach, lettuce and kale are a particularly good source of the mineral magnesium. A lack of magnesium weakens connective tissue and increases the risk of recurrent hernias and ruptures. Have you thought of going organic? Research consistently shows that organically grown vegetables have 50% and more higher levels of essential vitamins and minerals than vegetables grown with chemical fertilizers.


Because they provide so much nutrition in every mouthful, wholegrains help to prevent the food cravings that tend to be associated with eating refined cereals and white bread. The best type of bread is stone-ground, wholemeal bread. Wheatgerm bread is also good, but granary bread is mostly white bread with brown artificial colouring. Oats and oatmeal in particular are an excellent source of magnesium, so try to include these in your diet.


A regular daily consumption of fruit or fruit juice helps to ensure that you get the vitamin C which your body needs to maintain the integrity of connective tissue in your abdominal wall, and aid hernia repair. Remember that smoking rapidly uses up vitamin C, which is partly why smokers are more likely to get hernias (and recurrences of hernias after surgery).


Together with sunflower and sesame seeds, these are the best all-round sources of zinc, copper, calcium, magnesium and arginine--nutrients which your body needs to make collagen for strong connective tissue.

Yoghurt and probiotics

Live yoghurts and probiotic products such as Actimel and Yakult contain the so-called 'friendly' bacteria which help to keep your 
intestines healthy and prevent constipation.

Fish and seafood

These are among the best and healthiest sources of zinc, copper and other minerals which your body needs to make collagen.


This grain (available from health food stores) can be cooked and eaten like rice. It a concentrated source of complex carbohydrate, fibre-rich, and also contains rutin, a flavonoid which works with vitamin C to strengthen small blood vessels. This is important as the hernia repair process requires a good supply of blood to the hernia area.


Fennel bulbs (eaten as a vegetable) and fennel seeds have a carminative effect--they help to reduce gas in the digestive system. Gas takes up space and increases the outward pressure on the inguinal ring. Eat fresh fennel raw in salads, roasted or steamed, and boil fennel seeds for at least five minutes to obtain a strong-flavoured and naturally sweet tea. Other carminative seeds are dill, caraway, cumin and other umbelliferous seeds. They can also be used in cookery.

Speciality foods

Psyllium husks

One dessert-spoon of psyllium husks whisked into a large glass of water will absorb 100 times their weight in water and help to make your intestinal contents very slippery so they move faster through your digestive system and prevent constipation. The whole, unpowdered husks are easiest to use. If not available in your local health food store, try the Phyto-Pharmaceuticals brand which can be obtained by mail order from the Nutri Centre in London (see Links).

Flax seeds

Flax seeds are rich in mucilaginous fibre. Crack the seeds under a rolling pin, then pour boiling water over them and allow them to cool. The seeds will become sticky and can then be added to breads, soups, stews and salads. They are rich in essential polyunsaturated oils and help to prevent constipation.


Seaweed is also a good source of minerals, particularly iodine. Many people find that regular seaweed consumption helps to maintain a high level of energy and to reduce cravings for sugar and other quick carbohydrate foods. The nori seaweed used to make sushi is good, especially if you can get brown rice sushi. Hiziki is the finest seaweed of all, delicious if soaked, then cooked with ginger and garlic and lightly sweetened. Wakame seaweed can be bought dried from health food stores, broken into small pieces and added to soup. If eating seaweed lacks appeal, simply buy kelp granules at a health food shop and sprinkle them into soups or other foods. You won't notice the taste, but you will notice the difference they make to your health. Caution: seaweed is very concentrated. You only need a small amount so don't overdo it.


Made into tea, the real herbal root of liquorice (not the dyed corn starch candy, which is actually flavoured with aniseed) has a laxative, intestinal soothing effect. Natural liquorice has a tendency to raise blood pressure, so use with caution.

Umeboshi plums

The Japanese pickle immature plums which are rich in sorbic acid, an anti-fungal that controls yeast and fungal populations in the intestines, thereby helping the 'friendly' bacteria to work better. Umeboshi plums are available from macrobiotic suppliers such as Clearspring. They are best eaten as a soup thickened with a Japanese root known as kuzu. De-seed four umeboshi plums and boil for five minutes in 500 ml water. Stir one tbsp kuzu into ½ cup water until all lumps are gone. Add the kuzu to the umeboshi water and bring back to the boil, stirring well. Eat a bowlful of this soup between meals to obtain maximum benefit.
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Ayurvedic diet recommended

  • Do not eat too much. Reduce the quantity taken at each meal.
  • Eat slowly. Taking frequent small meals instead of three large meals are advised.
  • Increase your intake of liquids, but avoid fizzy drinks.
  • Taking water with meals, except half an hour before or one hour after a meal is recommended. This helps digestive system to function properly and reduce occurrence of heartburn. It also increases the overall weight in the stomach and slows down the digestive process by diluting the digestive juices.
  • Do not eat raw food and avoid over-processed food items like white bread and sugar, cakes and biscuits, rice puddings and overcooked vegetables
  • Drinking raw juices extracted from fresh fruits and vegetables, half an hour before each meal, is considered helpful.
  • Consume diets consisting of seeds, nuts, whole cereal grains, vegetables and fruits, etc
  • Prioritize on having fresh ,  lightly cooked vegetables and sprouted seeds.
  • Carrot  juice is considered especially beneficial, as it is rich in vitamin A and calcium and has a restorative effect
  • Do not sleep immediately after a heavy meal.
  • Take a walk after meals. At least walking 100 steps is advised.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016


Regulating Constipation

Constipation is the number one health issue that should be treated immediately which may lead to plethora of other serious diseases if left unchecked.

What is constipation?

Constipation is a condition in which there is difficulty in emptying the bowels or restricted bowel movement is felt.

 From Experience:


It was the time when I worked in continuous night shifts for over an year or so. I developed the constipation issue. I used to reach home from office at 6am, sleep till 2pm and start to office at 4pm. This was my daily routine then. I used to take lot of spicy foods  and eventually felt constipation. I went to homeo doctor , then to ayurvedic but of no use. They gave their medicines based on my condition but they didn't help and my condition only worsened. I resigned the job and started reading about my condition and wanted to act on it. After so much of research I found one pill working to me. That is the "Triphala", an ayurvedic medicine prepared by Himalaya. I started taking 1 pill each night before going to bed and it really helped me to get free from the glitches of the big demon called  CONSTIPATION.

Another remedy I found worth to mention here is PSYLLUM HUSK known as ISABGOL, also an Ayurvedic medicine. I felt this one is superior to Triphala as it works as a cleaning agent for the entire digestive track.  I took one teaspoonful of husk with warm water whenever Triphala didn't work for me. 

I understood that the bowel movement all depends on the type of food that we take. We should see that our diet includes enough of the fiber and stay away from spicy and fried foods.

Drinking warm water with lemon juice and a spoon of honey on empty stomach in the morning is also helpful. Being human sometimes we cannot stop ourselves from eating spicy foods. In that case taking honey really helps.

These are the real remedies for constipation:

1) Triphala (tablet or powder)
2) Isabgol husk
3) Lemon Juice, Honey and warm water
4) Jogging and Exercise
5) Fruit juice
6) Vegetable Juice
7) Oats
8) Wheat germ
9) Plenty of water
10) Butter Milk

Please include your story in the comments for the benefit of other readers.
Also mention the diet you had pointing the easiness of the bowel movement and satisfaction on a scale of 5.
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Saturday, April 2, 2016


The Story Of Pablo and Bruno

Once upon a time, there were two men named Pablo and Bruno who lived in a village on the bottom of a mountain. The village had a problem, the only way they were to receive water was from the top of the mountain.

Bruno had a business idea, every morning, he would walk up the mountain, fill buckets of water, carry them while walking all the way down to the village. He would sell the buckets of water to the village and he made lots of money.

Pablo had a different idea, he thought of building a pipeline that would connect the water at the top of the mountain to the village at the bottom. He would make money by earning a percentage of profits from the pipeline. However this would take time.

Bruno laughed at Pablo's idea and continued to make lots of money carrying buckets of water. Pablo went away and started his idea.

2 years later, Pablo finished his project and finally built the pipeline. The pipeline was a huge success because it delivered fresh water faster, it was cleaner and it was cheaper than Bruno's efforts.

However, Bruno's efforts were lacking. Due to constant walking up and down the mountain, the quality of the water would be affected and sometimes was covered in dirt making the water unclean. Bruno's strategy for beating Pablo was to work harder, he would carry more buckets of water up and down the mountain.

Bruno did this for many years and became weak until he could no longer carry buckets of water up and down the mountain. He could no longer earn any more money. However Pablo was sitting on a beach while earning money from the pipeline he created many years ago. He never worked again.

Bruno was focusing on Active Income while Pablo was focusing on Passive Income.

The moral of the story is, you can not work 40 hours per week for the rest of your life, there will be a time when you need to retire or unable to work due to unexpected circumstances such as medical bills, being fired from your job or injury.

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