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Ever wonder, why you fall sick? Part 2

In continuation of the last post by Dt. Pranathi Bollapragada, I am sharing the rest of the article for your benefit. I am glad that some of you could write to me personally wanting to know more about the diet, I am equally glad to share some ideas this past week. I hope you do post your concerns in the forum as it has greater chance to benefit others also.

So, here is the concluding post.

  1. Diarrhea

Diarrhea is characterized by frequent, watery bowels; other symptoms can include cramping and abdominal pain.

Dietary modifications to be practiced

  • Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.
  • Cabbage juice have been shown to heal intestinal lesions
  • Avoid coffee, alcohol and carbonated beverages, as well as cold foods and drinks.
  • It is advised to avoid dairy products during the treatment of diarrhea
  • Follow the BRAT diet (banana, rice, apple and herbal teas)
  1. Hair loss

Hair loss is a natural or abnormal baldness or thinning of the hair. It can appear in patches or over the entire head.

Dietary modifications to be practiced

  • Include plenty of foods rich in Sulphur-containing amino acids which are found in animal origin products (eggs are especially richest source)
  • Cut down on sweets
  • Include foods rich in vitamin-D
  • Eat fish 2-3 times/week (not deep fried)
  • Flax seed oil to use regularly in cooking process.
  1. Hypertension – High blood pressure

High blood pressure is defined as a repeatable blood pressure reading of greater than 150/90mm of Hg.

Dietary modifications to be practiced

  • Reduce the amount of salt in your diet
  • Avoid eating processed food which are often high in salt.
  • Increase your consumption of garlic and onion
  • Magnesium when present in low levels are usually associated with high blood pressure
  1. Indigestion

Indigestion is a term that describes the symptoms of discomfort that accompany disorders of digestive tract.

Dietary modifications to be practiced

  • Eat small, frequent meals in a relaxed atmosphere, chewing your food thoroughly.
  • Avoid coffee
  • Drink a glass of water flavored with lemon juice half an hour before meals.
  • Drink cabbage juice, the ulcer-healing factor in fresh cabbage juice works for gastritis as well.
  1. Memory loss

At one time or another, each of us has experienced an unexplained loss of mental ability.

Dietary modifications to be practiced

  • Seeds like pumpkin seeds, water lemon seeds, chia seeds and nuts like walnuts, cashew nuts are the best choices here because of their “healthful” oil content.
  • Thiamine is often called nerve vitamin. Even a mild deficit of this nutrient has been linked with some impairment of brain activity. Yeast and sunflower seeds are high in thiamine hence include in regularly in your diet.
  1. Migraine/Headache

The connection between headache and diet has been suspected since the time of Hippocrates. Migraine headaches cause severe throbbing pain on one or both sides of the head and may be accompanied by nausea or vomiting.

Dietary modifications to be practiced

Avoid food containing tyramine like alcoholic beverages, and red wine in particular, sour creams, red plums, figs, canned meats, eggplant and soy sauce

Increase the consumption of omega-3 fatty acids which are numerously available in Flax seeds and cold-water fatty fish.

  1. Overweight/ Obesity

Obesity is an excess of body fat. This is three- sided problem. Lack of exercise, poor nutrition and emotional difficulties all contribute to obesity

Dietary modifications to be practiced

  • Gradually start to reduce your portion size. Together with the right kind of lifestyle this should result in weight loss.
  • Be sure to dilute your fruit juices to reduce calories, nourish your body with vegetable juices instead.
  • Physical activity must be at least an hour/day
  • Water intake must be more than 3.5litre/day
  • Sleep timings should be standardize and should be more than 7-8hours/day
  1. Stress

Stress has been called as a wear and tear of life, it can be caused by several reasons like financial crises, illness, relationship issues, high pressure at work place and loneliness.

Dietary modifications to be practiced

  • Increase your consumption of fiber, stress increases cholesterol levels and fiber decreases cholesterol absorption
  • Decrease your consumption of sugars
  • Increase the consumption of foods like ginger, garlic, and cantaloupe
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol and drugs

Feel free to share your comments, feedback or health issues with us should you wish to know more about the sickness.

Until then

“Namaste” and happy reading