Eating Bread Causes Heartburn

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can eating to much bread cause heartburn?
    I'm 22 female healthy don't smoke of drink. I tend to eat quite a bit of bread maybe 4 slices a day. Can this be the cause of my heartburn. It's not to bad and will go when I.take a rennie. I also get this slight burning feeling in my stomach but goes as quick as it comes.

    • ANSWER:
      Bread is bland slow burning carbs and as such is unlikely to cause heartburn. The commonest cause is acid reflux which is mainly a mechanical issue.

  2. QUESTION:
    What foods or drinks caused the worst heartburn for you during your pregnancy?
    I am 26 weeks pregnant, and EVERYTHING I eat or drink causes bad heartburn for me. EVEN WATER!!!

    I do take Tums, but don't like to take them a lot because they can cause kidney/bladder stones.

    What foods/drinks should I completely avoid? What foods/drinks help?

    • ANSWER:
      with my first pregnancy, i really don't recall having heartburn. with my second, i just had to look at food and i'd get heartburn. i think bread caused the worst heartburn. my doctor told me to take rolaids. i must have been popping those things like candy! i didn't leave home without a whole bottle. the only thing that finally relieved it was his birth!

  3. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have a yeast allergy that acts up when they eat bread, red meat, or drink beer?
    When I eat bread I get heartburn and bloating and sneeze.I thought I had Celiac but I was tested and I am OK.
    I also get the same effects from beef, and beer.
    I found out beef doesnt have yeast but its loaded with antibiotics that kill the good bacteria in your stomach so yeast multiplies.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah, bread and beer bloats me, dulls my thinking, makes my eyes red & watery, and makes my stomach hurt. I can't eat wheat without some side effects. So it isn't just yeast for me, because even crackers and noodles do it too and they don't contain yeast.

      If you think you have candida (yeast) then google candida diet by Bee. She cured herself and thousands of others by diet alone. It's amazing what all health problems are caused by yeast overgrowth.

  4. QUESTION:
    Why is it that for some eating bread makes them tired and others, gives energy to?
    I read in Women's Health magazine one time that for some people with a certain body type (the name I can't remember) that eating bread or carbs makes you crash, while for others it will energize them. Eating carbs definitely makes me extremely tired, and I want to research more about this so that I can stop eating the foods that make me tired, but I don't know what it's called. Anyone know what I am talking about?

    • ANSWER:
      There is a condition called Celiac Disease that makes people gluten intolerant, (gluten is the protein in wheat, rye and barley). The gluten cannot be digested. The gluten acts as a toxin on the small intestine, killing the villi. The villi is what absorbs our nutrients. This causes all sorts of problems, including making you tired and feel like your brain is filled with cotton. It also causes digestive problems like heartburn, gas, bloating, diarrhea and nausea. In the long term if not treated it can cause ulcers and stomach cancer. It also prevents other nutrients from being absorbed, so health problems arise from that as well. About 1 in 133 people have this disease, but only 3% are diagnosed. Talk to a local allergist, go on the web at Celiac.com, or go to a natural food store for more information.

  5. QUESTION:
    What are some good foods or natural products to reduce acid reflux?
    I seem to get heartburn after eating bread products. Is there a natural way to reduce it? I don't like taking antacids beacuse they seem to do more harm then help.

    Thanks for your help :)

    • ANSWER:
      It's really unusual to get heartburn from bread.... you may be allergic or sensitive to something in it. Could be the yeast or any other component of the breads you're eating. I'd suggest talking to an allergist or other doctor to find out what's causing it before you continue to eat bread. Heck, there might even be a simple enzyme you could take to adjust that and prevent the problem. Good luck!

  6. QUESTION:
    I started drinking fresh juice and now many foods give me heartburn?
    I never had heartburns, but now I get one every time I eat something greasy or starchy, like pizza, bread, rice or red meat. The only thing that coincided with it is that I started drinking fresh fruit and veggie juice every day. Even though I don't use citruses, it it possible that a lot of juice causes heartburn? what fruits can I juice to avoid it?

    • ANSWER:
      The primary step to take in the prevention of heartburn is a change of dietary habits. Certain foods trigger or aggravate heartburn by causing abnormal stomach acid production and should be avoided. The following foods have been proven to cause the symptoms of heartburn to occur: caffeinated drinks - like coffee and soft drinks, alcohol, fried foods, spicy foods, citrus fruits, chocolate, and tomatoes. Avoiding or limiting consummation of these foods is an important step in curing your heartburn naturally.

      Try mixing a little baking soda with a glass of water and then drink it. This brings quick relief for most people.

      Licorice is an effective alternative to conventional medications as it supports and stimulates the stomach’s natural protection mechanisms. The stomach’s main defense against gastric acid is a fine layer of mucin, which is secreted by millions of mucosal cells that line the stomach wall. Licorice stimulates both the secretion of mucin and the formation of new mucosal cells. As well as supporting a normal chemical balance, licorice can help to inhibit the growth of potentially harmful intestinal bacteria.

      Bitter herbs encourage the production of saliva, stomach acid and digestive enzymes. There are many herbs with bitter qualities but dandelion and blessed thistle are the two most commonly used for heartburn. Plant oils are also used for heartburn and indigestion due to their carminative effects and soothing action on the gastrointestinal tract. The most notable is peppermint oil. Peppermint oil can soothe bowel disruptions caused by nervousness, overeating and changes in the diet. It is also a smooth muscle relaxant and an effective remedy for cramps, gas, and nausea. The active ingredient in peppermint oil – menthol – relaxes the valve between the stomach and the esophagus, allowing trapped gas to escape in the form of a burp. If you are prone to heartburn more so than indigestion, peppermint tea is recommended as it contains less menthol, making it less likely to cause heartburn.

      Another quick cure for heartburn is to take one to two tablespoons equally of apple cider vinegar and honey in a glass of distilled water before meals. Acidophilus yoghurt will prevent indigestion as it contains good bacteria which fight bad bacteria. Eating several almonds will relieve heartburn. Eating lemons before meals can prevent heartburn. Lying on your left side can help to relieve heartburn by keeping the stomach below the esophagus. Avoid raw onions as these are often the cause of heartburn.

  7. QUESTION:
    What is good for a breastfeeding mother to eat if her infant has acid reflux?
    My daughter is 4 weeks old and has acid reflux and I feel like I am starving. Can anyone give me ideas on what I can eat, I am currently avoiding dairy and citrus foods. So I am eating potatoes, bread, pasta and pears. So if anyone has been thought on this and can give me an idea of a diet that would be great. Seriouse answers only please, thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, it is trial and error. Every baby is different. Just like what causes you heartburn won't affect someone else, and vice versa. I had to stay away from anything that had tomatos when I breastfed my daughter. I couldn't eat pizza, marinara sauce, chili, no raw tomatoes, cooked tomatoes, etc. Experiment with foods. Eat bland plain foods for 2 out of 3 meals until you can pinpoint what in the "3rd" meals is causing her acid reflux to flare up.

  8. QUESTION:
    Can eating green tomatoes cause really bad acid reflux?
    I had fired green tomatoes and green tomato pie for supper last night. I awoke during the night with the WORST case of heartburn I ever had. I could even feel acid in the back of my throat. Liquid antacid did little to relieve it. Only after I arose and ate some bread was it a little better. My stomach still feels a bit queasy this morning.

    • ANSWER:
      IN my experience (and everyone's different), what causes acid reflux is fatty foods. Once I started on my healthy eating plan in Feb 2006, I stopped getting heartburn. I used to buy TUMS by the big industrial sized bottle and eat them like candy. I haven't bought any (for me...) in 2 years. The only time I get heartburn is if I eat rich, fatty food, and sometimes not even then. I believe the culprit in your case is more likely the cooking method than the green tomatoes themselves. Of course, I don't know anyone who eats UNCOOKED green tomatoes :)

  9. QUESTION:
    Why do some wheat products give me heartburn and others not?
    I'm fine with pasta, flour tortillas and about half the foods I eat, but bread almost always gives me heartburn. What could it be?

    • ANSWER:
      That's a good question, surely if you were allergic to wheat then you would react to ALL the foods that contain it......According to Dr. James Breneman, past president of the American College of Allergists, persistent heartburn from a particular food is a reliable symptom of allergy to that food. Food allergies stimulate histamine release, which stimulates stomach-acid secretion. Most common offenders are cow's-milk products, wheat, eggs, corn, beef, soy, and some citrus fruits.....Something i did notice about the examples you listed of wheat pasta and tortillas not giving u heartburn but wheat bread almost always does.......bread has yeast to help it rise but pasta and tortillas don't......maybe the foods that give you heartburn have an ingredient in common other than the wheat......or maybe they are processed in a different way....which could explain why not ALL wheat containing foods cause a problem ; ]

  10. QUESTION:
    Do you know a good recepie or natural remedies for control a frequent heartburn?
    I looking for natural remedies to control o reduce a frequent heartburn mor than pils.If you know some god recepie pleas let me know. Thank's.

    • ANSWER:
      The best control is prevention. You need to find your heartburn trigger and steer clear of it. Personally I cant do anything high in acidity or very spicy as well as milk (though I do indulge in moderation). Never lay back after eating or sit back in a comfortable reclined position. Drink an 8oz glass of water 10 minutes prior to eating so your stomach is fuller which can help prevent you from overeating (which is a regular cause of heartburn) and always wait 10-15 minutes after eating to go for seconds.It takes approximately 10 minutes for your body to realize it is full which gives you ample time to stuff yourself past brimming which can cause heartburn.

      A drink of baking soda water (which tastes like a combination wet dog and dirty feet :P ) can help rid you of your heartburn when it hits.

      If your heartburn isn't caused by over eating try slowly eating a piece of bread, toast, or saltine crackers (my grandma always gave me crackers which would help when I was younger)

      Sucking on a peppermint (which is why restaurants used to give them at the end of your meal with your check) Peppermint soothes your stomach. I'm sure you could do a drink of peppermint oil and sip it slowly.

      Also, thenoseknows is correct. Antacids are horrible for you and neutralize your natural stomach acid you need to digest food which causes your stomach much more problems than it cures.

  11. QUESTION:
    What are good foods to eat to help remedy and keep hearburn ( acid reflux ) at bay?
    What are good foods / drinks to have when you have acid reflux / heartburn?

    Also are there natural cures, instead of meds?

    • ANSWER:
      Drew,

      There are plenty of excellent natural remedies out there which could definitely help you achieve your goal. But let me suggest you first to try to reason and find the true cause of your heartburn or acid reflux. If you do so and remove the cause, you'll be free for ever. Otherwise you'll only mask the problem to find yourself not to long after with the same condition or worse.

      Acid reflux is a defensive mechanism of the stomach which characterizes for an abnormal acid output. The main reason for this is the overwhelming amount--or constant management--of food by the stomach. Other reasons include: eating several meals a day, or snacking; drinking liquids with foods; overeating; late supper; over-cooked foods; low quality fats; etc.

      Correct the issues mentioned above, give your stomach a brake by fasting for 1-2 days on papaya and/or apples, and then use these simple but powerful remedies:

      Mix 1 teaspoon of each of these herbs (freshly cut) and put them to boil for 5 minutes, and let it seat for a while:

      Oregano
      Basil
      Peppermint
      Fig's leaves

      Sweeten it with a little honey or Agave Nectar. And add 20-25 drops of Licorice root extract to this tea. Drink 2-3 cups a day. And, DON'T EAT ANY FRIED FOODS WHATSOEVER! Milk and cheese should be avoided if you want a permanent fix.

      FOODS TO AVOID
      Milk, cheese, eggs, soda, refined foods (white bread, white sugar, white flour, etc.), vinegar, coffee, chocolate, sardines, very starchy foods, red beans (too high in nitrogen content), ice cream, onion, pickles, roasted nuts or seeds, and black/red pepper.

      FOODS TO ENJOY
      Apple, papaya, pears, sweet grapes (no the green one), figs (no dried), asparagus, sweet tomatoes, mango, cabbage (excellent to regenerate the stomach's linen), steamed broccoli, garlic, ginger, raw nuts (specially almonds), artichoke, brown rice, olive oil (extra virgin and first cold press), and carrot.

      This is easy to do, effective, and affordable!

      I already know the results...

      Good luck! :)

  12. QUESTION:
    Why do i feel not allright everytime i eat banana, cheese or milk in the early morning?
    Everytime in the morning i eat banana, cheese, milk or oat product i will feel of being over full or bloated or stomach ache or make me want to vomit. Why? Is this a serious problem? Am i allergy to this kind of food? ...

    I didn't have this problem before, why now i have this problem?
    help please.

    • ANSWER:
      When milk is the only substance in a stomach, the gastric acid is neutralized, or buffered. This weakens the potential of acid so that gentle proteins in milk survive, intact, and deliver those profound messages for which they were designed. Here is the key, then, to heartburn.

      When you eat cheese or anything else made from milk, it could cause you to feel uneasy. I don't know why the banana is making you feel that way. Try to eat something lighter, like bread or dry cereal.

  13. QUESTION:
    Why do I feel hungry after eating a meal?
    If I eat more feel bloated. I have been taking omeprazole for two years for painful heartburn. I occasionally go a week without symptoms but they return just as I think it has gone.

    I do find that baked wholemeal bread from a baker, rather than steamed or other types can help. Apart from this doctors keep telling me to continue taking omeprazole, and that no further investigation is needed.

    • ANSWER:
      if you suffer since two years already from heartburn and your doctor says nothing further is to be done, then he is an idiot.
      heartburn is a condition that should be take serious. maybe you should see a dietitian and work out what you should eat and what causes the heartburn. smaller portions definitely will help, but what about the acidity in your food, do you eat to fast and might get also air into your stomach, that could make you feel bloated. drink 2 glasses of water 20 minutes before eating, if you can find a good alkaline water, that also will relieve you from being bloated and heart burn.
      alternatively, put a small teaspoon of normal cooking soda into a glass of water, stir and drink, the gas in the soda will make you burp and relieve the bloated feeling. the base in the soda will also help neutralize the stomach acid, one symptom of heartburn.
      but you definitely should take it serious, ulcers, the next stage for sure, are not a nice thing.

  14. QUESTION:
    What is causing the pain in my stomach?
    for the past few days I've been feeling like I just had really bad heartburn, except its lower than hearburn usually occurs and its not a constant pain. I've tried taking antacids and doing several other things for indigestion and nothing has changed. The pain starts in the upper part of my stomach and penetrates to my back, it last for just a few minutes and I may go anywhere from several minutes to several hours before it happens again. Does anyone know what this could be? Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Even if your diet is normally quite healthy, you might have ended up with a damaged stomach lining and need to modify your diet until it recovers. It would be worth seeing a doctor.

      I ended up with a damaged stomach lining because it was affected by a general anaesthetic and the doctor prescribed a diet change to avoiding bread and other grains, fried foods, meats for a day or so, various other foods, and I was to eat yoghurt, milk and REAL ICE-CREAM! lol. I got ice-cream for dinner that night and breakfast the next day. :-D You might not need to go to that extent but alcohol and all the usual suspects such as tomatoes and other acidic foods may need to be avoided for a while.

  15. QUESTION:
    How often is it advisable to eat soya?
    Hi,

    Ive been a vegetarian since 10, Im 16. Ever since then my diet has consisted mainly of soya, I eat it nearly everyday. I recently heard that soya actually causes cancer. Is this true?. Am I in great danger?. My family has no history of cancer. Should I cut down on the soya?

    • ANSWER:
      When you are hungry sometimes, say once a day is OK.
      Soybeans do not give you cancer.

      Too much of anything with fat is a bad thing. SOy is a very healthy product, but, like beer, wine, rice, pasta or tea, more than enough i only going to give you trouble in some way. Let your body get nurients from other things.
      It is safe to eat every day. If you're eating tofu sandwiches made with slyflour bread and drinking 5 pints of soymilk a day, maybe tone it down.
      SOy is shown to be effective in stopping cancer cells, in studies it is shown to help reduce braest and other cancers. This could also be because the people who eat soy eat a lot more vegetables too, so it is just part of the question. It also helps inhibit colon cancer by stopping the growth of cancer cells there.

      The flip side is isoflavones in soybeans- which acan end up acting like weak estrogen, and there are studies to see if these weak estrogen-like cells cause a higher risk of cancer. No porrf is yet found on that issue.

      I've no hassle with eating soy every day, though it can give you heartburn if you eat a lot.

      Depends how much you eat. A few veg burgers a day and soymilk I'd say there is nothing wrong with that. I do love tofu.

  16. QUESTION:
    Is it normal for magnesium supplements to cause nausea?
    My NP recommended I try magnesium supplements to help with tremor and palpitations. The brand I am taking is Nature Made. It's Magnesium Oxide, 250 mg. The thing is, it is causing me SEVERE nausea and heartburn. It's awful. Is this common? Will it go away? What should I do?

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Magnesium Oxide is notoriously hard to digest ...... a chelated magnesium supplement would be easiest for your body to assimilate such as a citrate in a powdered form ............. nausea and heartburn may also be occuring because they contain an ingredient that disagrees with you such as lactose ....... or because you aren't taking them with food.

      For tremors and palpitations eat more foods rich in magnesium such as leafy and green vegies (raw or lightly steamed as cooking devitalises them), organic raw almonds, brazil nuts or sunflower seeds and wholegrain breads and cereals such as brown rice ...... take a multi B complex supplement that contains all the B's also ie ~ B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12 and folic acid etc.... as they work best as a group ...... perhaps the palpitations are being caused by a lack of calcium in your diet (leafy and green vegies are rich in both calcium and magnesium) and this would inhibit the effective assimilation of vitamin B12 which would produce heart palpitations .......... other things that could be robbing you of your calcium supplies are sodas, soft drinks and pop (they disrupt the calcium phosphorus balance and leach the calcium straight from your bones),taking aspirin, too much tea and coffee (inhibits its absorption) eating too much sugar or protein and taking antacids.........;0)

      peace baby
      ?

  17. QUESTION:
    What could be giving a teenager these gas issues?
    Lately, I've been SUPER gassy, like I get bloated and gassy after EVERYTHING that I eat! I'm burping constantly and my stomach just feels bloated! I don't really have any pains in my stomach, just the gas rumbling around and stuff, what could be causing this?
    I'm 18 yrs old btw and eat pretty healthy if I may say so, oh and I don't have any heartburn so its not acid reflux or anything.

    • ANSWER:
      i get that a lot lately. Try to identify and avoid the foods that affect you the most. Some of the worst offenders for many people include beans, onions, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, artichokes, asparagus, pears, apples, peaches, prunes, sugar-free candies and chewing gum, whole-wheat bread, bran cereals or muffins, beer, sodas and other carbonated beverages, milk, cream, ice cream and ice milk.
      Try cutting back on fried and fatty foods. Often, bloating results from eating fatty foods. Fat delays stomach emptying and can increase the sensation of fullness.
      Temporarily cut back on high-fiber foods. Add them back gradually over weeks. If you take a fiber supplement, try cutting back on the amount you take and build up your intake gradually. If your symptoms persist, you might try a different fiber supplement. Be sure to take fiber supplements with at least 8 ounces of water and drink plenty of extra liquids throughout each day.
      Reduce your use of dairy products. Try using low-lactose dairy foods, such as yogurt, instead of milk. Or try using products that help digest lactose, such as Lactaid or Dairy Ease. Consuming small amounts of milk products at one time or consuming them with other foods also may make them easier to digest. In some cases, however, you may need to eliminate dairy foods completely.
      Try a cup of peppermint tea. Peppermint oil contains menthol, which appears to have an antispasmodic effect on the smooth muscles of your digestive tract. You may find that a warm cup of peppermint tea can provide relief from gas and gas pain. On the other hand, peppermint may contribute to heartburn and acid reflux.
      Lifestyle
      The following modifications to your lifestyle also may help:

      Try smaller meals. Eat several small meals throughout the day instead of two or three larger ones.
      Eat slowly, chew your food thoroughly and don't gulp. If you have a hard time slowing down, put down your fork between each bite.
      Avoid chewing gum, hard candies and drinking through a straw. These activities can cause you to swallow more air.
      Don't eat when you're anxious, upset or on the run. Try to make meals relaxed occasions and eat slowly. Eating when you're stressed can interfere with digestion.
      Check your dentures. Poorly fitting dentures can cause you to swallow excess air when you eat and drink.
      Don't smoke. Cigarette smoking can increase the amount of air you swallow.
      Over-the-counter remedies
      Some products may help, but they aren't always effective. Consider trying:

      Beano. Add Beano to beans and vegetables to help reduce the amount of gas they produce. For Beano to be effective, you need to take it with your first bite of food. It works best when there's only a little gas in your intestines.
      Lactase supplements. Supplements of the enzyme lactase (Lactaid), which helps you digest lactose, may help if you are lactose intolerant. You might also try dairy products that are lactose-free or have reduced lactose. They're available at most grocery stores.
      Simethicone. See if you benefit from using one of the many over-the-counter products that contain simethicone (Gas-X, Gelusil, Mylanta, Mylicon). Simethicone helps break up the bubbles in gas and may help with excessive belching.
      Activated charcoal. Charcoal tablets (CharcoCaps, Charcoal Plus, others) also may help. You take them before and after a meal. They're available in natural food stores and many drugstores.

  18. QUESTION:
    Will eating more vegetables and fruits make my acid reflux feel better?
    I've been having acid reflux problems and right now I only eat crackers, cereal, banana's and bread. And lots of water. I don't eat much cuz I always feel sick. I just started taking nexium. Will eating more fruits and veggies make me feel better?

    • ANSWER:
      Fruits and vegetables (in a raw state) have digestive enzymes. Lack of enzymes in the diet and insufficient stomach acid are very common causes of acid reflux. Other causes of reflux include hiatus hernia, h pylori bacteria, nutrient deficiencies such as zinc, magnesium, B vitamins to name a few. Good info below...

      Digestive Enzymes - King of Indigestion, Bloating and Acid Reflux Remedies:
      http://www.natural-indigestion-relief.com/acid-reflux-remedies-digestive-enzymes.html

      Low stomach acid:
      http://www.gallbladderattack.com/stomachacid.shtml

      Baking Soda Test for Stomach Acidity:
      http://www.zen-tai.com/assets/u/stomachacid.pdf

      Digestive health:
      http://www.jonbarron.org/enzymes/proteolytic-formulas-digestive-health-stomach-acid

      3 simple steps to eliminating heartburn and acid reflux:
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/3-simple-steps-to-elimina_b_649609.html

      Side effects of antacids and acid blockers:
      http://refluxdefense.com/heartburn_GERD_articles/side-effects-antacids-and-acid-blockers.html

  19. QUESTION:
    What would cause heatburn and nausea after eating eggs?
    This has been going on for about a year now. If I eat eggs, I get heartburn and I'm nauseous (sp?) for the rest of the day. The weird thing is, it only happens with eggs alone. I can eat other foods that contain eggs ( bread, cake, cookies, etc.) with no trouble. I thought maybe it was acid reflux or maybe an ulcer, but I don't get sick from eating any other foods at all. Any ideas? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      it sounds like you might have an allergy to eggs, id go to your doctor and mention it, as it could be an allergic reaction which can sometimes be quite harmful

  20. QUESTION:
    Can too much Nutella cause heartburn?
    I just woke up (50 minutes ago) and had breakfast. I had two slices of wheat bread with Nutella and one Pop Tart with Nutella. That's all I ate and I got heartburn just right now.

    So can too much Nutella cause heartburn?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes.... too much of any food can cause heartburn. When there is too much food in your stomach, your body creates a lot of acid and some of this acid rises into your esophagus. Many foods are more prone to causing heartburn than others, but too much of any food will give you heartburn.

  21. QUESTION:
    what is a good home remedy or over the counter med. for heartburn?
    lately i have been having heartburn on and off when i eat certain foods. i'm afraid to have to take a permanent med. cause i only get it on occasion. not all the time. i have taken tums and rolaids, i would still like to know if there is anything else.

    • ANSWER:
      Finding out what is the cause of your heartburn is the first step to helping to ease it. Try keeping a food diary for a few days and note down how you feel after eating certain foods. Foods that are commonly found to irritate the stomach are sugar, wheat, refined white flour (bread, pasta, pastries) but some people have reactions to tomatoes, red peppers and other fruit and vegetables.

      Many people eat on the go - they either don't have or don't make the opportunity to sit down, relax, chew and digest their meals. This is an important part of digestion, as your saliva helps break the food down into a more digestible form for your stomach. Stress is also a contributing factor in heartburn as it tends to 'clamp' the body's functions - this affects the natural, healthy function of digestion, among many other things.

      Try Peppermint tea, one cup with each meal. It's available in most supermarkets and health food stores in tea bag form. Peppermint is a digestive and helps to calm inflammation in the digestive tract. Another option is Chamomile tea, which is also anti-inflammatory. If you continue to get heartburn, try Slippery Elm. This is ground tree bark which has a wonderfully soothing effect on the digestive tract. It is available both as a powder and in tablet form, neither of which are unpleasant but the tablets are easier to carry with you.

      If you've kept a food diary and cut down on alcohol, sugar and white flour products and still can't seem to pin down what is causing your heartburn, it's a good idea to see your GP.

  22. QUESTION:
    What do you eat if you have food allergies/intolerance and on a budget?
    I have developed some food intolerance. Already deal with IBS, heartburn, acid reflux, chronic fatgiue, fibromyalgia and sleep apnea have been tested for Celiac with negative results. I'm will be getting a more detailed food allergy testing soon. I was wondering what to eat and how do you prepare good tasting dishes without causing havoc on the insides. I have looked up several recipe websites, allrecipes being my favorite. I am sensitive to eating dairy, gluten, legumes and avoid spices and certain vegetables that also cause stomach discomfort/pain. I do eat meats,chicken,fish, fruits, vegetables, almond milk and gluten free bread. I do tend to eat more chicken and can tuna and buy the last two items every other week since they are expensive. I'm on a budget, so I do buy the items when on sale. I have a two week grocery budget for a family of 3 with only myself with food intolerance of 5. I'm very limited to what I can do since chronic Fatgiue/fibromyalgia has taken over my life, have a tween/preteen and a husband that works long hours. Im in my late thirties and have been ill for 8 years but got diagnoised a year ago with CF/FM. We do not have family who live near by so no outside help besides occasional rides to doctors visit. We do not qualify for program assistance, we are basically your normal middle wage family that struggles. So it is hard to have homemade meals every day. I do struggle in general so it's frustrating to figure out what to eat especially since test show no allergies to foods but deal with symptoms. I have kept a food diary in the past and that's how I came to conclusion to avoid certain foods. Its still a challenge when I can't pinpoint certain foods/ingredients that cause symptoms. Sorry for this being so lengthy but thank you for reading and giving me advice.

    • ANSWER:

  23. QUESTION:
    Foods to eat when suffering with gastritis?
    Hi
    Yesterday I was diagnosed with gastritis, and I was wondering what foods should I eat and not eat to cure this. I am an 18 year old male with a generally good diet.
    Also I have not been feeling well for 2 months, and I have no vomitted yet, is it likely I will vomit ?

    • ANSWER:
      Nausea and vomiting are possible symptoms of gastritis.

      A light and wholesome diet is best. This differs from a normally wholesome and balanced diet in that some foods and drinks which may strain the digestive system are left out.

      Beverages to avoid; alcohol, coffee, carbonated drinks like mineral water or colas, lemonade and any drinks served very cold

      A proper diet should not include whole milk, cream or sour cream with a fat content of over 20% as well as any fermented milk products. In addition, avoid high-fat cheeses (over 45%), blue cheese (ripened) varieties such as Gorgonzola, Roquefort and Camembert.

      Meats to avoid, fatty, smoked or cured meats. Additionally, spicy roasted meats, meats prepared along with bacon, naturally high-fat meats like goose or duck, and higher-fat animal parts in general (e.g. skin) as well as any type of sausage.

      Avoid eel, herring and salmon as well as smoked fish of any sort, dried or otherwise preserved fish or fish products.

      Eliminate fresh bread and baked goods as well as coarse whole grain bread, fresh pastries, high-fat baked goods like eclairs and doughnuts.

      Avoid any potato dishes which have been prepared using oil, including chips (French fries, pommes frites, wedges, etc.) and crisps (i.e. potato chips). Also potato salad containing bacon, mayonnaise or excessive oil should not be part of your diet. There are also several types of vegetable which are difficult to digest: cabbage, leeks, onions, mushrooms, peppers, olives, pickles, cucumber, horseradish and beans. These should be left out of your diet, as well as any vegetable salads which have mayonnaise or other sauces which are high in fat.

      Fruits and Nuts no unripe fruit, raw drupes (i.e. fruits with a pit like cherries and plums), nuts of any kind as well as almonds and pistachios and avocados.

      Likewise candy, sweets and sugar in general should not be part of your diet, as well as spices, especially those which have been dried or are in powdered form.

      Remember, avoid all fats (including high-fat soups or sauces) both during and after your gastritis/ulcer treatment. Hard-cooked eggs and any other high-fat food which contains eggs (such as mayonnaise) should not be part of your diet. Don't eat roasted, fried or grilled foods and avoid foods which were prepared using bacon or onion.

      What you can and should eat and drink, it's a good idea to eat foods that you can tolerate; i.e. foods and drinks which do not lead to diarrhea, the build-up of uncomfortable gas, abdominal pain or nausea. You should also avoid foods that cause you to feel too full or cause heartburn (pyrosis). This includes light wholesome foods which are low in fat, mild in taste, lean and properly prepared. Dairy products such as yoghurt are effective against gastritis as they inhibit the reproduction of the H. pylori bacteria. There's no need to limit your intake of quality bread and baked goods if you suffer from gastritis. Easily digestible vegetables such as carrots, fennel, turnips, cauliflower, green peas, beans, tomatoes, zucchini and green leafy salad. For seasoning you should try to include freshly dried spices, mild vinegar (e.g. balsamic), lemon juice and a little salt. Jams, marmalade and honey are the best sweeteners. If you have a sweet tooth and suffer from gastritis, it's best to avoid refined baked goods and stick with whole-grain or fruit cakes (without whipped toppings or frosting) and cookies. For the preparation of your food boiling, steaming or baking in foil. Use a ceramic saucepan or a coated non-stick pan or saucepan. The oven or microwave are both suitable depending on the container you're using, but remember to avoid using fats. The optimal drinks include any sort of tea, mild coffee, grain coffee, mineral water without gas, vegetable juices as well as diluted fruit juices.

      In addition, food sensitivities can vary greatly from person to person. Initially when you adopt such a new diet, you may suffer with a bit of gas or other digestive problems. Best you consult your physician and/or a qualified nutritionist. It's also very important to remember that a reduction in stress as well as a balanced lifestyle which includes some physical activity are essential in the treatment of such disorders of the digestive system.

      Important Diet Tips
      1. Eat several small meals rather than a few large meals.
      2. Try to take your time when you eat – don't rush!
      3. Chew thoroughly.
      4. Avoid eating foods that are either too hot or too cold.
      5. Regularly take a vitamin supplement, in particular vitamin B12. In addition, fasting (e.g. juice fasting) can be beneficial for the body as natural vitamins and minerals can better be absorbed without the strain placed on the stomach by carbohydrates.

  24. QUESTION:
    What are some tips to help me to go to sleep at night?
    Its hard for me to go to bed and night, i dont know why. maybe because I think about alot of stuff when i should be sleeping, but i cant help that.

    • ANSWER:
      The follow tips can help you sleep better

      1. Relax your mind

      Simple breathing exercises can help. Breathe, using your abdomen not your chest, through your nose for three seconds, then breathe out for three seconds. Pause for three seconds before breathing in again. Practise this for ten minutes at night (five minutes is better than nothing).

      Some people find that lavender oil, valerian or other herbs help them to sleep.

      If you still have problems, you could try massage, aromatherapy, or even acupuncture.

      If you still find yourself tossing and turning, abandon the bedroom and find something enjoyable and absorbing to do.

      Jigsaws are perfect. Don't go back to bed until you begin to feel sleepy.

      2. Exercise regularly

      Regular exercise is a great way to improve your sleep. Just be careful not to do it close to bed time as exercise produces stimulants that stop the brain from relaxing quickly.

      This being the case, exercising in the morning is an excellent way to wake up the body. Going for a run or doing some aerobics releases stimulants into the body, which perks you up.

      3. Create a calm bedroom environment

      Your bedroom should be for sleep only. Avoid turning it into an entertainment centre with televisions, computers and stereos.

      Two thirds of British children have a computer, games machine or TV in their bedroom and could be losing out on sleep as a result.
      Avoid alcohol

      It's fine to have a nightcap, but too much alcohol can make you restless. Alcohol is also a diuretic, which means it encourages you to urinate (never welcomed during the night).

      Drinking is also more likely to lead to snoring, which can restrict airflow into the lungs. This reduces oxygen in your blood which disturbs your sleep and contributes to your hangover.

      4. Avoid caffeine

      Caffeine is a stimulant which can stay in your system for many hours. So avoid sources of caffeine such as coffee, chocolate, cola drinks and non-herbal teas.

      5. Watch what you eat

      Eating a large heavy meal too close to bedtime will interfere with your sleep.

      Spicy or fatty foods may cause heartburn, which leads to difficulty in falling asleep and discomfort throughout the night.

      Foods containing tyramine (bacon, cheese, ham, aubergines, pepperoni, raspberries avocado, nuts, soy sauce, red wine) might keep you awake at night. Tyramine causes the release of norepinephrine, a brain stimulant.

      If you get the munchies close to bedtime, eat something that triggers the hormone serotonin, which makes you sleepy.

      Carbohydrates such as bread or cereal will do the trick.

      Set a regular bedtime and wake up time

      Create a habit of going to bed and waking up at the same time each day, even on weekends. This helps anchor your body clock to these times. Resisting the urge for a lie-in can pay dividends in alertness.

      If you feel you haven't slept well, resist the urge to sleep in longer than normal; getting up on schedule keeps your body in its normal wake-up routine.

      Remember, even after only four hours, the brain has gained many of the important benefits of sleep.

      It's only natural

      Most of us have a natural dip in alertness between 2 - 4pm.
      A 15 minute nap when you're tired can be a very effective way of staying alert throughout the day. Avoid napping for longer than 20 minutes, after which you will enter deep sleep and feel even worse when you wake up.

      See a doctor if your problem continues

      If you have trouble falling asleep night after night, or if you always feel tired the next day, you might have a sleep disorder. It is advisable to seek more advice from your doctor. Most sleep disorders can be treated effectively.

  25. QUESTION:
    What are some foods/drinks that can make you sleepy or sleep well?
    What are some foods or non alcoholic drinks that can make you sleepy or sleep well?
    Hopefully healthy and non fattening.
    doesn't tea keep you awake?

    • ANSWER:
      Foods to Eat
      Chlorophyll-rich foods, such as leafy, green. vegetables, steamed or boiled.
      Microalgae, such as chlorella and spirulina.
      Oyster shell can be purchased in health food stores and taken as a nutritional supplement.
      Whole grains: Whole wheat, brown rice, and oats have a calming and soothing effect on the nervous system and the mind. Carbohydrates also boost serotonin, which promotes better sleep.
      Mushrooms (all types)
      Fruit, especially mulberries and lemons, which calm the mind.
      Seeds: jujube seeds are used to calm the spirit and support the heart. Chia seeds also have a sedative effect.
      Dill
      Basil
      Foods such as bread, bagels, and crackers that are high in complex carbohydrates have a mild sleep-enhancing effect because they increase serotonin, a brain neurotransmitter that promotes sleep.
      A glass of warm milk with honey is one of the oldest and best remedies for insomnia. Milk contains tryptophan which, when converted to seratonin in the body, induces sleep and prevents waking.
      Lettuce has a long-standing reputation for promoting healthy sleep. This is due to an opium-related substance combined with traces of the anticramping agent hyoscyarnin present in lettuce. Lettuce should be an integral part of your evening diet if you are suffering from sleep disorders. The meal should also include legumes, peanuts, nutritional yeast, fish or poultry. These foods contain vitamin B3 (niacin). Niacin is involved in seratonin synthesis and promotes healthy sleep. Mixed with a little lemon juice for flavor, lettuce juice is an effective sleep-inducing drink highly preferable to the synthetic chemical agents in sleeping pills.
      Foods to Avoid
      Coffee
      Tea
      Spicy foods
      Cola
      Chocolate
      Stimulant drugs
      Alcohol
      Refined carbohydrates (They drain the B vitamins.)
      Additives
      Preservatives
      Non-organic foods containing pesticides.
      Canned foods or any source of toxicity or heavy metals.
      Sugar and foods high in sugar and refined carbohydrates. These raise blood-sugar levels and can cause a burst of energy that disturbs sleep.
      Foods that are likely to cause gas, heartburn, or indigestion, such as fatty or spicy foods, garlic-flavored foods, beans, cucumbers, and peanuts.
      Foods such as meat that are high in protein can inhibit sleep by blocking the synthesis of serotonin, making us feel more alert.
      Monosodium glutamate (MSG), often found in Chinese food. This causes a stimulant reaction in some people.
      Avoid cigarettes and tobacco. While smoking may seem to have a calming effect, nicotine is actually a neurostimulant and can cause sleep problems.
      Alcohol and caffeine are two beverages/food that you must avoid for a healthy sleep. Avoid caffeine in all forms (tea, coffee, cola, chocolate). See Also: Caffeine Content of Common Beverages for a table of caffeine in common beverages.

  26. QUESTION:
    What is the diet for liver infected patients?
    Please let me know the diet to be taken by liver infected patients. After infection getting cured what kind of precautions to be taken in diet.

    • ANSWER:
      If you have primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) or primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) you may need to change your diet as the way you digest fats may be altered. In order to digest fat we need bile. This is a yellowish acid made in the liver and stored in a pear-shaped bag called the gallbladder. It is squirted into the small intestine where it acts as a detergent, breaking fat into tiny droplets so it can be absorbed by the body.
      With PBC and PSC the flow of bile into the gut may be reduced, particularly if you are jaundiced, so you may find you cannot tolerate the same amount of fat as normal. In this situation you develop a type of diarrhoea, known as steatorrhoea, which causes bulky, pale faeces/stools that are difficult to flush away. It can cause nausea and a sick, bloated feeling.
      If this happens, you may find that eating less fat in the diet will help to reduce the problems and symptoms of this fatty diarrhoea. However, fat is essential – it contains the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, as well as essential fatty acids – and should not be cut out of your diet completely without proper advice from a dietician. People vary in the amount of fat they can tolerate so this does not mean you will necessarily need to eat a strict, low-fat diet. Most people find they are able to work out how much fat they can take by trial and error by reducing amounts of the higher fat foods.
      Improvement in bowel habit shows that your body is tolerating the amount of fat you are eating. Stools will become less frequent, darker and easier to flush away. If you are reducing fat in your diet and do not need to lose weight, top up calories with snacks between meals, for example, toast, crackers, crumpets or tea-cakes. Your dietician can help you with this.
      Cutting down on fat
      If you want to cut down on the fat you eat you need to avoid ‘hidden’ fats as well as the obvious ones you can see in meat and greasy foods. The list below gives examples of high-fat foods and ideas for alternatives.
      Butter, margarine, lard, dripping – try using low fat spreads.
      Cream and full-cream milk – substitute half-fat versions. There is as much calcium (needed for healthy bones) in half-fat or skimmed as there is in full-cream milk.
      Cheese – you may be able to tolerate small amounts of normal cheese, or try lower-fat hard cheese. Try reduced-fat spreads and cottage cheese.
      All kinds of cooking oil including olive oil, sunflower and vegetable oil – use these sparingly.
      Fatty meats, such as duck and belly pork – eat more fish, poultry, lean red meat, beans and eggs.
      Meat products such as sausages and pies – you may be able to eat small amounts of these.
      Chips, crisps and nuts – try oven-chips instead.
      Biscuits, cakes and pastry – try low-fat alternatives such as teacakes, scones and low-fat cakes or biscuits.
      Many processed foods are high in fat – for example pizza, lasagne, ready-made curry or other dishes. Eat only small amounts or use a low-fat version.
      Cooking with less fat
      The list below gives some ideas on how to reduce the amount of fat you use in cooking.
      Grill, bake, boil, steam or casserole meals instead of frying.
      Add flavour with fresh herbs, spices, lemon juice and mustard. Curry powder and hot spices should be avoided as they may make symptoms worse.
      Trim visible fat off meat and remove the skin from poultry.
      Skim fat off the surface of soups and casseroles.
      If you are cutting down the fat in your diet you should try to eat extra carbohydrate to make up any shortfall in energy. This means more starch and sugar – bread and honey, for example. Take advice from a dietician to make sure you are getting enough calories, protein and vitamins. Some people may also need monthly injections of fat-soluble vitamins.
      Coping with acidity
      Some people with PBC may experience an unpleasant acid taste in the mouth or they may get heartburn – a severe burning sensation in the chest. Stomach acids escaping into your food pipe (oesophagus) are the usual cause of this discomfort. If this happens to you, then try eating little and often to reduce stomach acid. It is a good idea to get into the habit of carrying food around with you, in case you need to eat. Foods that contain carbohydrates – such as crackers, plain biscuits or breadsticks – are the best. If symptoms persist try:
      avoiding big meals at night
      taking an antacid before bed and after meals
      raising the head of your bed by four or five inches
      Fatty Liver
      Fatty liver is a condition in which too much fat builds up in the liver. You are more at risk of this if you tend to put on weight around your middle – ‘apple-shaped’ as opposed to ‘pear-shaped’. The fat stored in the liver is just the same as that under the skin. So, if you cut down on fatty foods and lose weight you will also lose fat from the liver. For the majority of people in the UK, the root causes of becoming overweight are down to:
      eating too much, especially too much fatt

  27. QUESTION:
    Why do I get heartburn every time I do sit ups?
    i feel like my vomit is coming up and almost hitting my throat every time i do sit ups, and I'm constantly getting heartburn during the day. what could be the cause of this?
    I'm a 20 year old female. About 96 pounds, and I eat fairly healthy.

    • ANSWER:
      You are forcing stomach acid through the gastric sphincter (muscular ring at the top of your stomach) into you esophagus.

      Eat something like bread or other substance to help absorb the acid before sit ups.
      Not a large volume like a meal, just snack size.

  28. QUESTION:
    Have you ever gotten a heartburn from eating a ham and cheese sandwhich?
    I'm 22 weeks and 3 day's pregnant. But i had a ham and cheese sandwhich at 12pm and it's like now 1 pm and i have a heartburn. I hardly ever get this. But does anyone else get a heartburn from a sandwhich? (that's all i had was 2 peace's of bread,ham,and a peace of american cheese and then i had water for a drink)

    • ANSWER:
      Anything can cause heartburn when you're pregnant. It may have been the cheese or the meat or a combination of the two, or it may have happened even if you had eaten something different. You might want to keep track of times you do experience heartburn because some things might be more prone to trigger it for you (like dairy or spices), if it isn't due to the quantity of food (which is usually the biggest culprit).

      Also, I've noticed in my pregnancies, I'm more prone to heartburn if it's been awhile since my last bowel movement. Even if I haven't eaten very much, until I'm able to clear things out, that's when I have trouble most often.

  29. QUESTION:
    How can i go to sleep easily and wake up easily too?
    Im one of those people who cant go to sleep fast and always has a lot on theyre mind and makes it hard to go to sleep. I used to take pills but my mom dosnt want me to get dependent on them. I also have a hard time waking up in the morning and sometimes like fall asleep standing up in the shower lol..any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      Relax your mind

      Simple breathing exercises can help. Breathe, using your abdomen not your chest, through your nose for three seconds, then breathe out for three seconds. Pause for three seconds before breathing in again. Practise this for ten minutes at night (five minutes is better than nothing).
      Some people find that lavender oil, valerian or other herbs help them to sleep.
      If you still have problems, you could try massage, aromatherapy, or even acupuncture.
      If you still find yourself tossing and turning, abandon the bedroom and find something enjoyable and absorbing to do. Jigsaws are perfect. Don't go back to bed until you begin to feel sleepy.
      Exercise regularly

      Regular exercise is a great way to improve your sleep. Just be careful not to do it close to bed time as exercise produces stimulants that stop the brain from relaxing quickly.
      This being the case, exercising in the morning is an excellent way to wake up the body. Going for a run or doing some aerobics releases stimulants into the body, which perks you up.
      If you are injured or disabled, you can still benefit from exercise. Check out disability exercise tips.
      Create a calm bedroom environment

      Your bedroom should be for sleep only. Avoid turning it into an entertainment centre with televisions, computers and stereos.
      Two thirds of British children have a computer, games machine or TV in their bedroom and could be losing out on sleep as a result.
      Avoid alcohol

      It's fine to have a nightcap, but too much alcohol can make you restless. Alcohol is also a diuretic, which means it encourages you to urinate (never welcomed during the night).
      Drinking is also more likely to lead to snoring, which can restrict airflow into the lungs. This reduces oxygen in your blood which disturbs your sleep and contributes to your hangover.
      Avoid caffeine

      Caffeine is a stimulant which can stay in your system for many hours. So avoid sources of caffeine such as coffee, chocolate, cola drinks and non-herbal teas.
      Watch what you eat

      Eating a large heavy meal too close to bedtime will interfere with your sleep.
      Spicy or fatty foods may cause heartburn, which leads to difficulty in falling asleep and discomfort throughout the night.
      Foods containing tyramine (bacon, cheese, ham, aubergines, pepperoni, raspberries avocado, nuts, soy sauce, red wine) might keep you awake at night. Tyramine causes the release of norepinephrine, a brain stimulant.
      If you get the munchies close to bedtime, eat something that triggers the hormone serotonin, which makes you sleepy. Carbohydrates such as bread or cereal will do the trick.
      Set a regular bedtime and wake up time

      Create a habit of going to bed and waking up at the same time each day, even on weekends. This helps anchor your body clock to these times. Resisting the urge for a lie-in can pay dividends in alertness.
      If you feel you haven't slept well, resist the urge to sleep in longer than normal; getting up on schedule keeps your body in its normal wake-up routine.
      Remember, even after only four hours, the brain has gained many of the important benefits of sleep.
      It's only natural

      Most of us have a natural dip in alertness between 2 - 4pm.
      A 15 minute nap when you're tired can be a very effective way of staying alert throughout the day. Avoid napping for longer than 20 minutes, after which you will enter deep sleep and feel even worse when you wake up.
      See a doctor if your problem continues

      If you have trouble falling asleep night after night, or if you always feel tired the next day, you might have a sleep disorder. It is advisable to seek more advice from your doctor. Most sleep disorders can be treated effectively.

  30. QUESTION:
    I have small chest pains when i swallow or even take a deep breath, what is this?
    I am a perfectly fit 18 year old male...never had any problems with heartburn, never experienced anything like this before. Will it go away, is there any treatment for it?

    • ANSWER:
      I'd say go to the doctor, because they are going to have to check you to be sure what is causing your problem. You could have a cold or strep throat, asthma, inflammation such as costochondritis, precordial catch syndrome, or GERD. However, in the meantime, I'd say it's the acid reflux, because you mentioned that it hurts when you swallow as well as when you breathe. Get some Prilosec OTC (over the counter prilosec) and take that once a day, one hour before a meal, for 14 days. You can also take up to two Pepsid Complete chewable per day in addition to that. The prilosec takes a few days to start working. Eat bland food. Avoid acidic and problem foods such as soda, lemonade, coffee, black tea, tomato sauce, citrus fruits such as oranges or grapefruits, mints, pizza, salsa, chocolate, fried food, fast food etc. Eat logically gentler foods like rice, oatmeal, grapes, raisins, pears, peaches, chicken soup with no MSG, grilled chicken, turkey, jello, water, bread, baby food, soft carrots, etc. until you get to the doctor. If a food aggravates your symptoms, don't eat it. Do not lay down for 3 hours after a meal. Elevate the head of your bed on telephone books or bed risers at least 4 inches. This is important. If you have the ability, take off from work or school for a few days. Stress can make acid reflux symptoms worse, and you want to get rid of all stress and let yourself heal. However, make sure you go to the doctor to verify what is causing your problem.

  31. QUESTION:
    If ginger root is good for inflammation, does it also help pain and how much is needed for it to be effective?
    Any other suggestions for pain management are appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      ginger is an anti-inflammatory. it has many uses and benefits. i posted a chunk from a website below.

      it helps me. i take about a gram. everyone is different but i read that too much can be hard on the stomach. i think up to 4 grams or to tolerance is the way i interpreted it.

      i ran across an article that said tumeric is also good for pain management.

      prescription pain meds, marinol, are drugs that can be taken as well, but you need to be the right candidate for these as they have the potential to lead to addiction and may have side affects you don't want.

      i hope this helps you.

      Home Alternative Medicine Ginger Root
      Ginger Root
      Ginger Root has a long history in many cultures. The Ancient Indians used Ginger as a physical cleanser, to treat digestive ailments, and as a spiritual healer. Greeks used to wrap a piece of Ginger in bread and eat it after a long meal to help with digestion and alleviate indigestion.

      In England they added Ginger to beer creating a tonic to ease nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Perhaps the most well-known culture to use Ginger has been the Chinese, whose history of use goes back as far a 3000 B.C. They have given Ginger its traditional role as a remedy for heartburn, nausea, motion sickness, loss of appetite, vomiting, and stomach cramps. They believe Ginger is such a powerful herb, which is why it is featured in many Chinese foods.

      Today Ginger is still relied on to help control nausea and ease digestion. Ginger Root can be found in the Cleanse component of Puristat's 7-Day Cleansing System.

      Production
      Ginger Root originates from Southern China, but can be grown in the subtropics and tropics of Asia. In addition to China today it is cultivated in Jamaica , Brazil Nigeria, and the tropical areas of the United States. For best quality the Ginger Root that is being cultivated for medicinal purposes is allowed to mature for 8 to 9 months before being harvested. After harvesting the leaves are removed and the root is washed, peeled, and cut. The pieces are then left in the sun to dry. After drying the Ginger is either ground into a powder or the oil is extracted to be used.

      Nausea and Ginger
      Perhaps the most well-known use of Ginger Root is its ability to relieve nausea associated both with an upset stomach and motion sickness. "In fact, in one study, ginger was shown to be far superior to Dramamine, a commonly used over-the-counter and prescription drug for motion sickness" (the world's healthiest foods p. 2). Unlike other anti-nausea medications, Ginger Root will not cause any drowsiness because it works directly on the digestive system. Most anti-nausea medications block the message from the brain, where Ginger goes directly to the stomach to ease the problem. Ginger Root's active ingredients are gingerols and shogaols. These ingredients work to neutralize stomach acids that may be causing stomach irritation. They also increase the secretion of digestive juices to better digest foods that are already in the stomach. This combination greatly aids the digestive process providing relief from and preventing nausea.

      Gas, Indigestion and Ginger
      Ginger Root increases saliva secretions and the secretions of the stomach. Both of these actions help to sooth the entire digestive tract so there is no irritation. Gas and indigestion are often caused by these irritations of the lining of the digestive tract. Once soothed the result is a relief from any gas and indigestion discomfort one may be experiencing.

      Ginger as an Anti-Inflammatory
      The gingerols that are found in Ginger are very powerful anti-inflammatory compounds, which help relieve joint pain associated with arthritis. The gingerols inhibit the production of nitric oxide, which is responsible for the joint pain and arthritis. Once the production of nitric oxide is reduced so is the irritation on the joints providing much needed relief from those suffering from chronic arthritis. "Ginger contains very potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols. These substances are believed to explain why so many people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis experience reductions in their pain levels and improvements in their mobility when they consume ginger regularly" (the world's healthiest foods p.3).

      Immune Booster
      Ginger is thought of as a "hot" spice, which means in produces a warming effect on the human body. It is this warming effect that produces a sweat, which provides an increased immunity, yes there is some truth behind "you have to sweat out a cold." The sweat glands produce a compound called dermicidin which once delivered to the skin provides protection against infection. This compound fights off any infection that may come in contact with the skin. "Ginger can not only be warming on a cold day, but can help promote healthy sweating, which is often helpful during colds and flu's" (the world's healthiest foods p.5).

      Summary of Benefits

      Ginger root is effective in relieving nausea associated with an upset stomach and motion sickness.
      The increased digestive secretions that Ginger Root produces eases gas and indigestion.
      Ginger Roots ability to reduce nitric oxide provides relief from joint pain associated with arthritis.
      There is truth to sweating out a cold, Ginger Root's ability to make you sweat provides increased immunity.

  32. QUESTION:
    what are good foods to eat when ur pregnant?
    I just found out im 2 months pregnant and im wondering what foods are really good to eat while ur pregnant?
    please and thank you :)

    • ANSWER:
      I've never had a baby before, cause I'm still young. But I do know alot about kids.
      You should try to eat less sweets, junk food. :) but It won't hurt every once in awhile.

      Foods to advoid would be like, unwashed vegtables and fruits. Alcohol. undercooked meat, poultry and eggs.

      vegetable avoider, mangoes contain more vitamins A and C bite for delicious bite than a salad. This tropical favorite, also packed with potassium, is especially versatile, a perfect complement to sweet and savory dishes. Blend it into smoothies or soups, chop it up in salsas or relishes, simply scoop and enjoy.

      Nuts: Nuts are chock-full of important minerals (copper, manganese, magnesium, selenium, zinc, potassium, and even calcium) and vitamin E. And even though they're high in fat, it's mainly the good-for-you kind — especially baby- brain-boosting DHA, which is found in walnuts. So in a nutshell, go nuts with nuts (in moderation if you're gaining quickly, liberally if you're gaining slowly) and toss them into salads, pasta, meat, or fish dishes, and baked goods.

      Oatmeal: Here's good reason to feel your oats (and eat them often). They're full of fiber, the B vitamins, and iron and a host of other minerals. Fill your breakfast bowl with them, but don't stop there. You can add oats — and all their nutritional super powers — to pancakes, muffins, cakes, cookies, even meatloaf.

      Red pepper: A super-source of vitamins A and C, with plenty of B6 in the bargain, a red pepper is one of nature's sweetest ways to eat your vegetables. Enjoy their sweet crunch as a crudité, with or without dip (they make the perfect take-along snack). Chop them into salsa, slice them into stir-fries and pasta dishes, or roast or grill them (with a little olive oil, garlic, and lemon) and serve them up in sandwiches, salads, or antipastos.

      Spinach: Rich in folic acid, iron (which you need for all those blood cells, Baby!), vitamin A, and calcium, spinach now comes completely ready to eat in prewashed bags (free of sand). Eat it raw, in a salad (especially one with almonds and mandarin oranges), or as a wilted bed for fish or chicken, or layered in lasagna.

      Yogurt: Cup for cup, yummy yogurt contains as much calcium as milk — but it's packed with protein and folic acid too. Blend it with fruit into satisfying smoothies, layer with granola in a breakfast parfait, use it as a low-calorie substitute for sour cream or mayo in sandwich fillings, dips, and salad dressings, or simply spoon it out of the carton (no matter where you're headed today, a container of yogurt's always easy to find). And here's another reason to find culture: The active cultures in yogurt (also known as good bacteria) can prevent stomach upset, as well as yeast infections.
      Of course, this A list is just a short list. There are plenty of other nutritional overachievers to choose from, including whole grains of all kinds, seeds (especially omega-3-rich flax), yams and winter squash, apricots, kiwi (one small kiwi contains as much vitamin C as an orange, plus it's unparalleled for its laxative effects), papaya — and much more.

      What to Eat When You Don’t Feel Well

      Common times when you are pregnant you will feel nauseous, have diarrhea, be constipated, or have severe heartburn. Here are some things you can intake that will help you keep a healthy and balanced diet while you are not feeling your best.

      Nausea- Eat crackers, cereals, breads or pretzels before you get out of bed or when you feel nauseous. Eat smaller meals more frequently during the day. Avoid greasy, fried foods.

      Diarrhea- Eat foods that contain dietary fibers such as pectin and gums which can absorb extra water in the body. Foods that contain these include applesauce, white rice and oatmeal.

      Constipation- Eat more fresh fruit an d vegetables and drink at least eight glasses of water daily.

      Heartburn- Try drinking milk before meals and avoiding caffeinated beverages

  33. QUESTION:
    I have really bad antiacid and i dont have any antiacid meds or baking soda?
    i cant go to the store cause its 4 am. I have milk and distilled vinegar. That is all i have that have acids in them. Please help

    • ANSWER:
      I suffer daily with a large hiatal Hernia and Esophogeal Reflux, so I FEEL your pain..OK...so home remedies...I hope one of these works....usually after I vomit all the acid out I do tend to get some relief as well...(sorry to be gross)
      Try these if you like"
      *Apple Cider Vinegar-2 teaspoons Vinegar to 2 tablespoons water

      *Peptobismal

      * Drink cold milk.
      * Eat yogurt.
      * Eat bananas..
      * To relief the heartburn Eat bread.
      * Drink carbonated water.
      * Eat cucumbers.
      I sure hope this helps! :(

  34. QUESTION:
    What is it like to be a vegan or vegetarian? is it healthy?
    I am thinking about making the switch to vegan...or at least vegetarian. and i'm a bit intimidated. is it hard? do you get weak from not having protein?

    • ANSWER:
      You need protein to survive because every cell in your body is made from protein. It is healthy if you know how to "balance" your diet. Many don't and that is why they look drawn out and unhealthy (they are unhealthy). I don't eat much meat, but I get plenty of protein. 1% cottage cheese, whey protein powder, fish, nuts, beans and legumes. You don't have to go to the extreme of being a complete vegan or vegetarian to be in optimum health. Other than saturated fat clogging your arteries, all other negative health side effects from regular foods are due to the massive amounts of insulin they cause to be secreted. Healthy balanced meals don't spike insulin levels, so it's not going to harm you to eat a small portion of lean meat. White bread will cause your body more harm than any meat ever will, because it's like sugar when it comes to spiking insulin. Repeatedly spiking insulin leads to a long list of health problems. First and foremost it will cause fat gain. It can also cause insulin resistance, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease... If you want to be in optimum health just balance all of your meals with goods carbs (nothing processed or "white" such as flour, rice, pasta...), lean protein, good fats (omegas, monounsaturated...) and fiber. Protein, fat and fiber all slow down the absorption rate of glucose, therefore avoiding insulin spikes. Eat plenty of veggies and fruits also and drink lots of water.

      I'm not going to lie to you, it is a bit hard until your blood sugar levels are stabilized. I found the first week to be quite hard (still getting strong cravings for sweets and greasy pizza), with the second week a little easier. It wasn't long after that the cravings were gone completely. I know it's hard to believe, but when you eat right you won't ever get irresistible cravings for junk foods, because too much insulin is the cause of those cravings. Healthy meals trickle glucose into your system and don't cause a big dump of insulin. Thus no blood sugar crash, the cause of your brain sending the message it needs a quick sugar fix (the human brain is a glucose pig and needs a steady supply). That's why you will reap a few more benefits, like steady energy all day and MUCH improved mental acuity. Junk food is very rich so it numbs your taste buds. When you avoid junk foods your taste buds become more sensitive and healthy foods taste sweeter.

      Don't feel intimidated because after the initial stage (1 month) it is so easy. In fact it's actually kind of addictive because you feel so great (and look great because any extra fat will be gone in no time). Your skin will also look healthier. The benefits are endless. You might wonder why everyone doesn't eat healthy if the rewards are so great. My only guess can be that they don't believe it is true, because they didn't bother to stick through the hard part (1st month). How many people have you seen try eating healthy for a week and give up? How many people have you seen eating fruits and veggies, thinking that is healthy? So many people think that they have to suffer or give something up that they love (junk food) to be healthy. They aren't willing to do that, but the truth is they don't have to. If they only knew that it gets very easy (no suffering), they won't get cravings for junk food and the only things they will be giving up are heartburn, feeling bloated and low energy levels.

  35. QUESTION:
    Could lack of sleep cause a stomachache, headache and heartburn?
    When I don't sleep enough, I get those symptoms. Will Tylenol relieve them?
    I have not slept as I do not care to. I simply do not have the time.

    • ANSWER:
      Lack of sleep can cause tons of crap including the symptoms you are having now. Tylenol will help the headache but not the other two. For the heartburn take Tums, if you don't have those eat bread. The bread will absorb the acids in your stomach. You need sleep man. Even if your just laying down, your body needs to rest. It can actually cause a lot of damage to your body. Go to bed! LoL :)

  36. QUESTION:
    How can i get rid of heartburn naturally?

    • ANSWER:
      You know what foods cause you to have heartburn, mine are pasta's breads, and anything with a tomato sauce to it. Avoid these foods altogether or in moderation. Do not lay down for an hour after eating this causes the food to re-enter your esophaugus and cause heart burn and damage to your esophaugus. Also did you know that milk is a great combator of heartburn as well as baking soda. Take 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda and mmix it with 4-8 oz. of water drink up and you will notice that you burp ALOT but afterwards your heartburn is gone. Of course this doesn't solve the problem it simply masks it and makes it tolerable. Ultimatley you should consult your Doc. to make sure your heartburn isn't a more serious underlying medical issue.

  37. QUESTION:
    how long are people in the hospital for ulcers?
    how do they get ulcers?
    what test tells you if you have an ulcer?
    are there any symptoms that go with ulcers?

    • ANSWER:
      I was hospitalized from my ulcers for about 1 day, depending on how bad they are you can be in there from 1 to 2 days until they stabilize. Ulcers are sores inside your stomach caused by increased acid levels in your stomach, also parasites are one of the main causes of ulcers. H-pylori is a very common parasite that burrows into the stomach lining and eats holes. The first sign of an ulcer attack is you will start feeling dizzy and weak, break out in a cold sweat and get very nauseous, sometimes you will vomit sometimes you can stop the attack. If you do vomit, you will see blood, mostly noticeable at the end of it when you're dry heathing so to speak. To help cease an ulcer attack try taking 4-6 papaya enzymes, drink massive amounts of water, eat bread or crackers with no salt, drink about 5-12oz of Aloe Vera Juice and Gel (one of the best things), and DO NOT drink milk (milk when digested will turn into lactic acid, not good). Other causes can include stress, smoking cigarettes, alcohol, tomatoes, fruits, coffee, energy drinks, soda, etc... anything really high in acid. Stress causes your proton pumps to get excited and start producing excessive acid inside your stomach. The tests I took was a blood test, x-rays, and a rectal exam to check for blood. The blood test was to check for H-pylori. X-rays was to see if there was any visible damage, and I don't think I need to explain the rectal exam lol. There are some pharmaceutical drugs that help such as protonix. It is an proton pump inhibitor which keeps the pumps in your stomach from making as much acid. If H-pylori is detected then they will prescribe you a 3 different antibiotics to get rid of the bug. Also the one thing I found that helped the most and pretty much got rid of my ulcers is a parasite cleans. Renew life makes a great cleans that helped me out tremendously. I will provide a link in the source. Some helpful tips to soothing ulcers and helping them heal are: Aloe Vera Juice and Gel, Papaya Enzymes, and pro-biotic foods such as yogurt, acidophilus, lots and lots of water.
      I have fought ulcers for several years now.. I can drink Coffee, eat spicy foods, etc now with no problems. I will list the symptoms in a list to better help too: Dizziness, weakness, loss of apatite, weight loss, unexplainable cold sweats along with weakness, dark tar like stools that smell absolutely horrible, frequent belching and farting, frequent heartburn, hot spots in your stomach (these feel like someone is taking a hot branding rod and poking your stomach, you should be able to point them out to a doctor). sometimes you will burp and actually taste blood, this is bad... Well I will provide some links to help you figure all this stuff out. I hope you aren't a victim of ulcers, they aren't fun at all! can put you out for several weeks if they get bad enough. They can be fatal if not treated with respect and taken care of.

  38. QUESTION:
    What's good take or do when you can't sleep and you're only weeks pregnant?
    My gf is only weeks pregnant and she can't sleep.Before she had the same problem and she was taking some medications for it like clonazepam...Is there any other pill she can take to be able to sleep ?

    • ANSWER:
      Since chemicals from sleeping aids can get into the baby's bloodstream, that would not be safe for her to take, here are some suggestions as to what she can do to make sleeping better for her during pregnancy?

      There are many easy methods for improving your sleep during pregnancy. Some causes of sleeplessness are fairly easy to remedy, while others may not be easy to fix. While almost all of these ideas can be safely and immediately tried at home, any change in exercise, diet or medication should be discussed with your doctor or midwife.

      Step 1: Know the causes of sleeplessness
      Increasingly frequent urination—this is especially prevalent during the first and third trimesters, as the growing baby pushes on the bladder
      Sleep disruptions due to physical and emotional stress—in other words, not being able to “turn your mind off” at night due to thinking of baby names, decorating the nursery, and life changes
      Heartburn
      Leg and foot cramps
      Nasal or sinus congestion
      Discomfort or pain due to a growing belly, loosening joints and many other body changes

      Step 2: Determine what is causing your sleep problems
      Identifying which of the common causes of sleeplessness in pregnancy are your biggest culprits will help you to target a plan to treat these symptoms and hopefully get a better night’s sleep. Some can be helped (stress, discomfort, congestion), but others may not be easy to solve (such as going to the bathroom every 2 hours).
      Step 3: Promote good sleep during the day

      Exercise: Not only is exercise a great way to relieve stress and promote your physical well-being, but it also helps to foster a deeper sleep at night. Participate in regular exercise, but be careful not to do it too close to your bedtime. Ideally, you should exercise at least 4 hours before going to sleep.
      Nutrition: Before bed, have a snack with carbohydrates and protein. Carbohydrates, such as crackers, cereal, granola or bread, should help you fall asleep, while protein, such as peanut butter, cheese or yogurt, will help keep blood sugar levels up. Sustained blood sugar levels should help guard against bad dreams, headaches, and other discomforts that may wake you up And of course, the tried-and-true remedy of warm milk may also help you fall asleep. Also, if heartburn is keeping you awake, try to avoid spicy food, or eating a large, heavy meal right before bed.

      Relaxation: Practice relaxation techniques, both throughout the day and at bedtime. Yoga, stretching and breathing techniques are great ways to promote relaxation during the day, and many women find that a warm bath, massage, or more stretching right before bed help them to sleep better.

      Step 4: Encourage better sleep at night
      Prepare your bedroom: Make sure your bedroom is dark, quiet, and free of distractions. Ensure the temperature is comfortably cool; make certain the curtains or window shades keep out the light, and use a white noise machine or fan to block out unnecessary noise. Also, place your bedroom clock out of sight. Watching the time slip by as you toss and turn will only make you more anxious and further hinder your ability to fall asleep.

      Extra pillows: Whether you opt for a full-size, encircle-your-entire-body pillow, or random pillows of various sizes snatched from other places in the house, make sure you have a lot of help from pillows to make you comfortable. Many women find that a pillow between the knees, under the belly (while lying on your side) and behind the back help them to get comfortable and cozy enough to fall asleep. There are several wedge-shaped, full-body length, and other specialty pillows designed for pregnant women, and they can be found at many stores or online.
      Don’t just lie there: Don’t spend too much time in bed if you can’t fall asleep there. If you are struggling to fall asleep for over 30 minutes, get up and do a quiet, non-stimulating activity, such as light reading, listening to soothing music, or knitting.

      Step 5: Talk to your doctor or midwife
      Medication: While it is ideal to not use any medication while pregnant, it is also important for the mother to be as rested and healthy as possible throughout the pregnancy. Therefore, sometimes doctors will recommend certain medications to treat symptoms. Many over the counter heartburn medications can be safe to use for pregnant women. Some doctors advise taking vitamin B6 and half a Unisom to encourage sleep.An antihistamine can help with congestion, and also causes drowsiness, which may help you fall asleep. There are some sleep aid medications that are considered safe during pregnancy, but please, CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE USING ANY PRESCRIPTION, OVER THE COUNTER, OR HERBAL DRUGS.
      Behavioral Therapy: One option you and your doctor may consider is behavioral therapy, if it is necessary to psychologically treat your pregnancy-related insomnia.

  39. QUESTION:
    should I avoid things that are made out of white flour?
    every time I eat something white like Rice , pizza , white bread or pasta I feel really full and my tummy hurts and I have gas :/ Does this make me intolerant to white flour or something else?

    • ANSWER:
      Probably wheat in the pizza, bread and pasta. Having suffered for years with stomach problems, cramping, indigestion, heartburn & hyperacidity with any wheat based products I'd cut them out. And read ingredients. Lots of other things have wheat flour as a binder or thickener.

      Rice shouldn't be causing any of these problems. What the rice may be cooked with may be a problem.

  40. QUESTION:
    trying to lose weight and getting diarrhea?
    I am trying to lose weight by exercising, eating right and increasing my water intake. I am not eating nearly the amount that I was before. I have only been doing this for 3 going on 4 days now and I have experienced explosive, burning, painful diarrhea! Is this normal? Along with the diarrhea is gas and bloating. I hope I don't have to go anymore today bc my bum is so sore!! TMI?! Is this sort of thing normal? Is it my body adjusting to the changes?

    • ANSWER:
      explosive and burning...wow

      The burning is from the stomach acid, you need to neutralizes stomach acids by eating bread (a slice or more) or plain popcorn (one cup).
      Here is an something that I research and emailed to my ungrateful ex, he had some of the same symptoms, too! I hope that you find it to be useful... Either way, you are damaging your stomach and intestines, those stomach acids are strong enough to burn through your stomach and damage other organs. It is not normal to have explosive, burning, constant diarrhea with gas, you should know that...am I correct? You say that you are eating right, it seems like you are missing several key foods. If you have gas and blotting you are not eating enough food, plain and simple, there are so many foods that you can eat and still lose extra weight.
      Losing weight is not the right thing to do if you are causing yourself permanent damage. That's is why you probably have heard it said that a dieter must be supervised by a physician. The meal plan that you have chosen is just not working, it is not nutritious.

      Here is the list of items:
      1. Canada Dry Ginger Ale or any Ginger ale soda
      -helps to relieve an upset stomach...ginger seems to absorb the gastric acid....causes you to burp out the gases

      2. French's Mustard or any mustard
      -can use as a condiment or cooking ingredient...helps with digestion

      3. Phillips' Milk of Magnesia
      -relieve heartburn by quelling the acids in your stomach

      4. Uncle Ben's Converted Brand Rice
      -a food high in complex carbohydrates, absorb acid in the stomach and relieves heartburn

      5. Wrigley's Spearmint Gum
      -the act of chewing stimulates saliva production, which neutralizes stomach acid and corrects the flow of digestive juices. Spearmint also helps aid digestion
      -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      *Coca-Cola
      -Open a can of Coca-Cola, let it sit until it goes flat (roughly 30 minutes), then drink the de-fizzed real thing. Coca-Cola was originally invented as an elixir to cure upset stomachs, and it still works. Letting the bubbles out of the soda prevents the carbonation from further upsetting your stomach.

      *eating Popcorn...helps with digestion because of the fiber....there is 1 gram of fiber in every one cup of popcorn

      ======================================================================

      I have digestion problem sometimes so I cook with fresh ginger root found in the vegetable department, it is brown and looks like a root. I cut off the brown skin then chop up the meat of the ginger. Some people slice the meat of the ginger in the shape of coins sprinkle them with sugar and let it dry then they eat it as candy or decorate cakes. Or I use the pure ginger powder to sprinkle over food. I do not care much for sweets but I do eat a couple of ginger snap cookies to settle my stomach. Also, I drink Mylanta like you do.

      Ginger helps with motion sickness, I learned that in college about the navy using ginger in their meal preparation.

  41. QUESTION:
    What foods to eat in pregnancy?
    Im 5 weeks pregnant and am being extra careful this time as i had a miscarriage in May. I know you shouldnt eat fried foods, liver, soft cheeses, raw meat, raw eggs, sugary things, mayonnaise, praws and shellfish, etc when pregnant BUT what should you eat during pregnancy? what will be good for the baby?

    • ANSWER:
      A well balanced diet is more important when you are pregnant, since what you eat has to meet your unborn baby's needs as well as your own requirements. The first three months of pregnancy is important as most of the physical and mental growth of the baby takes place during this time. The principal organs both external and internal and the nervous system of the baby form within this period. So it is important to eat well from the beginning itself even if you have discomforts like nausea etc. Like wise babies growth is rapid during the last three months of pregnancy. A nutritious diet during this period is essential for normal birth weight of the baby.

      A nutritious diet with enough proteins, fats, carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins are essential during pregnancy. Your diet should consist of a variety of foods selected from the five basic food groups. Fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain products like breads or cereals, meat, fish or other protein alternatives, milk and other diary products etc provide a nutritious diet. Keep off canned and processed foods, spicy foods, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, sugary foods such as cakes, cookies, candies, sodas and colas and reduce your salt intake as far as possible.

      Eat as wide a variety of food as possible but in moderation. Too much of any one food can even be harmful if it leads to excessive gain in weight. Try to have three meals every day, or six smaller meals if you have problems with nausea or heartburn. A total up to a total of 2,200 or 2,800 calories is essential for a healthy pregnancy. Besides the natural diet, prenatal vitamins especially iron, calcium, folic acid are often prescribed routinely through out the pregnancy by the doctor.

      Some of the essential nutrients

      Folic acid: Folic acid is the most vital nutrient pregnant women need. This is needed for the development of baby's nervous system, especially in the first few weeks. Folic acid is a B vitamin that helps prevent neural tube defects (defects of the spine, brain, or their coverings) and other birth defects like cleft lip and congenital heart disease. By consuming at least 4 milligrams (mg) of folic acid every day before getting pregnant and during the first three months of pregnancy, you can help reduce the risk of these defects. Folic acid is found in dark-green leafy vegetables (like spinach or kale), liver, yeast, beans and citrus fruits, and in fortified cereals and bread. Folic acid is easily lost while cooking, so steam green vegetables or eat them raw.

      Iron: Iron is needed to fuel hemoglobin production for you and your baby. Iron also helps build bones and teeth. A shortage of iron can cause a condition called anemia. If you have anemia, your doctor will give you iron supplements to take once or twice a day. You can help prevent anemia by eating more iron-rich foods like potatoes, raisins, dates, broccoli, leafy green vegetables, whole-grain breads and iron-fortified cereals.
      Calcium : This is vital for the healthy development

  42. QUESTION:
    what is good for heart burn or INDIGESTION?
    is milk or bread good for this.

    • ANSWER:
      Not sure about the milk and bread, but here are some remedies that might help instead.

      1. Ingredients: HONEY, Apple cider vinegar
      Instructions: Take a tsp of honey any time you feel acid, whether its from heartburn or reflux. If this doesn't work, have a couple of tsps of ACV every two to three
      days should be enough to help your natural stomach acids get the job of digestion done! I had a chronic case of heartburn for about a week, then I took it easy for a couple of days, eating soft, mild foods, and tried this remedy and I got rid of it, after antacidmedications had not worked. Good luck!

      2. Ingredients: 1 tablespoon of Baking Soda
      1 cup of water
      Instructions: I know this sounds gross but it works, so what you do is put a tablespoon of baking soda into
      a cup of water and mix it good then drink it down and instant success no more more heartburn for a couple days, but be warned this remedy causes burping. I use this remedy so it works goodi hope you get the same reaction.

      3. Ingredients: raisins
      Instructions: keep 10-15 raisins in yoour mouth.do not chew.let them be there .swallow the saliva secreted. burning sensation will stop in about 5 minutes

      4. Ingredients: Broccoli
      Instructions: Eat LOTS of raw broccoli to kill heartburn. The fiber in the broccoli will bind to the acids and provide excellent relief

      5. Ingredients: Apple Cider Vinegar
      Instructions: I know it sounds wrong, but Vinegar can actually help heartburn, as heartburn is sometimes caused by a LACK of stomach acid.Here's a quote taken from another website:" Often, especially as we age, we have to deal with indigestion or heartburn. Sometimes the treatment is worse the the symptom: Antacids are not always the best remedy. Our stomachs produce less acid over time - and that causes the same symptoms as too much acid. When we medicate with a substance that allows our stomachs to produce even less acid, we're just making the situation worse.Vinegar to the rescue! The acidin vinegar will help digest your food, and over a period of time, alleviate heartburn if yours is caused by a
      lack of stomach acid."I tried it out and it seemed to work in about 10 min.

      6. Ingredients: Salt and Sugar
      Instructions: Mix a little bit of salt and sugar on your hand and eat it. It really works.

  43. QUESTION:
    How do you get use to spicy food?

    • ANSWER:
      Eating crackers and bread afterwards, Or drinking milk. I hear that relieves the "spicy" feeling in your mouth and throat.
      But beware, long term exposure to spicy foods can cause ulcers, and other problems.
      Spicy food is tastes good once you learn to tolerate it but it can be overpowering sometimes and give me acid reflux or heartburn. I love jalapeno's. I could eat them like MM's. Red peppers are a different story though.

  44. QUESTION:
    What are some great foods to consume during pregnancy?

    • ANSWER:
      I love pears, watermelon, leafy green veggies. My junk cravings are Icees and McDonalds french fries. Foods high in Fiber is great because it keeps things moving that your hormones may slow down.

      Grains: 6 Ounces per Day
      1 ounce of grains is equal to:

      1 slice bread
      1 cup ready-to-eat cereal
      1/2 cup cooked rice, pasta or cereal
      1 small pancake (4 1/2" in diameter)
      1 small tortilla (6" in diameter)

      Vegetables: 2 1/2 Cups per Day
      1 cup of vegetables is equal to:

      1 cup raw or cooked vegetables
      1 cup vegetable juice
      2 cups raw, leafy greens
      1 medium baked potato (2 1/2" to 3" in diameter; go easy on the butter, bacon bits and sour cream)

      Fruits: 1 1/2 to 2 Cups per Day
      1/2 cup of fruit is equal to:

      1/2 cup 100% fruit juice
      1/2 cup fresh, frozen or canned fruit
      1/2 a fruit (small orange, apple or banana)
      1/4 cup dried fruit
      16 grapes

      Milk Products: 3 Cups per Day
      1 cup of milk products is equal to:

      1 cup milk
      1 cup yogurt
      1 1/2 ounces natural cheese (examples: cheddar, parmesan)
      2 ounces processed cheese (example: American)
      Proteins: 5 to 5 1/2 Ounces per Day
      1 ounce of protein is equal to:

      1 tablespoon peanut butter
      1/4 cup cooked dried beans
      1 ounce lean meat, poultry or fish
      1 egg
      1/2 cup nuts (12 almonds, 24 pistachios)

      Take Folic Acid
      Folic acid is a B vitamin that helps prevent birth defects of the brain and spinal cord (called neural tube defects). All women of childbearing age should take a multivitamin with 400 micrograms of folic acid every day before pregnancy and during early pregnancy, as part of a healthy diet.

      Your healthy diet should include foods that are good sources of folic acid and folate (the form of folic acid that occurs naturally in food). Examples are:

      Fortified breakfast cereals
      Enriched grain products
      Beans
      Leafy green vegetables
      Orange juice
      Healthy Eating Hints
      Meals: Eat four to six smaller meals a day instead of three bigger ones to help relieve the heartburn and discomfort you feel as your baby grows bigger.

      Snacks: Cheese, yogurt, fruit and vegetables are good, healthy snacks. Peanut butter and nuts are also good, if you aren't allergic to them.

      Liquids: Drink at least six to eight glasses of water, juice or milk every day.

      Vitamins: Take a multivitamin or prenatal vitamin every day. Ask your health care provider if you need to take an iron or calcium supplement, too.

      Caffeine: Limit the caffeine you get each day to 200 milligrams. That's about the amount in one 12-ounce cup of coffee. Caffeine amounts in coffee depend on the brand you drink and how it's made. So check the label on the package, or ask at your coffee shop. Instead of drinking regular coffee, try coffee that's decaffeinated (has a smaller amount of caffeine). Caffeine is also found in tea, chocolate, soda and some over-the-counter medicine. Read labels on food, drinks and medicine to know how much caffeine you're getting.

      Foods to Avoid
      Some foods can make you and your baby sick. Avoid these foods that can cause food poisoning or contain harmful chemicals.

      Raw fish, especially shellfish.

      Soft-scrambled eggs and foods made with raw or lightly cooked eggs.

      Unpasteurized juices.

      Raw sprouts, especially alfalfa sprouts.

      Unpasteurized soft cheeses, such as brie, feta, Camembert, Roquefort, queso blanco, queso fresco and Panela.

      Unpasteurized milk and any foods made from it.

      Herbal supplements and teas.

      Fish that can be high in mercury, like shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish. It's OK for pregnant women to eat a limited amount of fish that have small amounts of mercury. You can eat up to 12 ounces of these fish a week. The 12 ounces can include:

      Shrimp, salmon, pollock, catfish and canned light tuna
      Albacore (white tuna): Don't eat more than 6 ounces of this tuna in one week
      Always check with your local health department before you eat any fish you catch yourself.

      Raw or undercooked meat, poultry, seafood and hot dogs. Deli meats (such as ham and bologna) can cause food poisoning. Avoid them or reheat them before eating.

      Refrigerated pates, meat spreads or smoked seafood. Canned and shelf-stable versions are safe.

      For more information, read Food-borne Risks in Pregnancy and Food Safety.

      Nonfoods
      Never eat nonfood items like clay, starch, paraffin or coffee grounds. Eating these things can cause problems for you and your baby.

  45. QUESTION:
    Get rid of heartburn caused by prozac?
    I usually take it with dinner, or eat a slice of bread right after I take it. I didn't do that and now I have VERY SEVERE heartburn! I tried eating a piece of bread, but it was too late. Tums don't work, water doesn't work, gum doesn't work, I need a remedy now cause it hurts REALLY bad!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Tums suck. Use Gaviscon. They come in chewable tabs or a liquid.

      Some people claim to have relief from Sprite. Others say that milk helps, but since I'm lactose intolerant, I've never been able to test that one.

  46. QUESTION:
    Have you or anyone you know been diagnosed with hypochlorhydria?
    If so, what treatments were you prescribed? Were they effective? Describe your experience. I highly appreciate authentic answers. Thank you!

    Key words: intestinal gas, candidiasis, heartburn, diarrhea, constipation

    • ANSWER:
      Low stomach acid?? No mate, no Allopathic Doctor i ever went to regarding my vast array of digestive issues, mood swings, achy bones, nausea, cramping, evil stomach aches, headaches, constant respiratory infections, urinary tract infections, bloating, gassiness, acid reflux ....... ever ever ever pinpointed them as being directly related to the fact that i'm coeliac, lactose intolerant, soy intolerant blahblahblah ad infinitum ........ i did, however, get diagnosed with disorders ranging from IBS to rheumatoid arthritis, bipolar, schizophrenia !! pffft, food intolerances was the bottom line.... simple as that ..... i had to do the research myself mate and such a fine job i did too !! Waaaaaah !! sorry, i can just feel your distress here mate.

      Get yourself off to a fully qualified Naturopath and have them fully assess you. They only charge about .00AUD per consultation.

      With alternating diarrohea and constipation i would say that's a big red flag that you are coeliac ..... intestinal gas,heartburn, constipation would indicate to me that you are lactose intolerant ...... animal protein is notoriously hard to digest and if it is left unattended will cause your food to remain undigested in your digestive system to ferment and produce symptoms such as bloating and gassiness, acid reflux, irritability and moodiness, fatigue and exhaustion.

      Avoid the foods that cause you discomfort.

      Try ditching the milk and dairy products first for a few days and take note of how you then feel. Ensure that you pump up your intake of leafy and green vegies ... which aside from being rich in magnesium (the antistress mineral) are also rich in calcium... magnesium will increase the production of hydrochloric acid in your tummy and aid in digestion thus relieving constipation bloating, gassiness and constipation...... other foods rich in magnesium are wholegrain breads and cereals such as brown rice, fresh fish such as salmon and tuna, organic nuts and seeds like almonds, brazil nuts and sunflower seeds ... organic with the nuts and seeds to avoid the nasty sulfites and other chemicals they use to "preserve" the commercial varieties.

      The fresh fish is also rich in vitamin D (the sunshine vitamin) which is essential for effective calcium assimilation and the essential fatty acids...... EFA's will bolster your immunity, soothe the inflammation in your digestive tract, dramatically level out your stress levels and any mood swings you may have and help to lower blood pressure.

      Fresh fruits and vegies are also rich in calcium and contain a more useable form of calcium than milk and dairy products...... oranges, carrotts ...... leafy greens .. far better for bone health.

      When you've ascertained that milk and dairy products upset your system ..... then you can try the wheat ..... i know it's a big ask to simply ditch all products containing lactose cos i've done it and recovered from all my "diseases" miraculously .... well worth the effort.

      Simply put i can't eat out of a package anymore...... i eat a couple of bowls of green vegies and brown rice each day, some lean meats and fishes, organic nuts and seeds and low sugar fruits such as strawberries, watermelon and cantaloupe.

      I supplement with a B complex daily. I supplement with powdered vitamin C (containing bioflavonoids to bolster the power of vitamin C) reduce inflammation, stimulate the immune system and restore and maintain the mucous lining of the gastrointestinal tract.......... In addition, vitamin C creates an environment in the digestive tract that helps control the overgrowth of yeast, bacteria and parasites.

      Vitamin C deficiency can contribut to digestive problems, as well as bleeding gums, increased susceptibility to infection, joint pain, unexplained bruising and lack of energy..... hmm, vitamin C the magical potion i reckon.

      I also take the Olive Leaf Extract daily.

      The reason it's a bit tough to ditch milk and dairy is because of all the sugar that they lace everything with ..... same with packaged breads.

      But it's your health and vitality at stake here mate.

      Take a multi B complex supplement to bolster healthy neural, immune and digestive functioning........ get one containing all the B's as they work best as a group... a liquid supplement wouldbe the easiest for your body to assimilate........ taking a B complex supplement will help you enormously in dealing with the everyday stress we are all exposed to at some level.

      Take olive leaft extract to help eradicate the candidasis...... in a liquid form two or three times daily just before food..... buy the natural flavored variety as the flavored ones contain less concentration of the active ingredient oleuropein... Olive leaf extract has been used as a natural antiotiobic for thousand years, but is only recently that scientific research has shown that its active ingredient oleuropein, has the ability to fight a broad range of infective microorganisms.... Oleuropein has been found to be effective in fighting bacteria, fungi, yeasts, parasites and viruses in laboratory studies.

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      Eat foods and condiments that are natural antiobiotics too ~ raw garlic, onions, leeks, shallots, radishes, fenugree, fresh gingerroot, chilli and plenty of raw salads and fruits and their juices......... ifyou find it difficult to eat hot spicy things try eating them with plenty of food and even small amounts of these things can help to expel infected mucous from your body....... try grating raw garlic or expelling its juice in a garlic press or chop it into tiny pieces and mix through cooked foods and salads thus a little easier to tolerate...... or add some fresh garlic juice to your vegetable juice cocktail.......... raw garlic and other plants from the onion family are superb powerful naturall antiobiotics and can help to eradicate and control infections from any part of the body.... even in cases where there is resistance to antiobiotic drugs....if you absolutely hate raw garlic and its odor then you can use the garlic capsules which aren't as effective.

      Check out this link, it may be usefull for you ~

      http://www.oliveleafextract.com/contents...

      The classic telltale signs of a yeast overgrowth ....... candidiasis ...... are those of a white tongue (thrush), toenail or fingernail fungus, jock itch or athlete's foot, and vaginal yeast infections........... an overgrowth of yeast can affect virtually every system of the body with the gastrointestinal, genitourinary, endocrine, nervous and immune systems being the most susceptible.... common symptoms of candidiasis include:

      Digestive disorders, including IBS;
      Gastrointestinal symptoms: thrush, bloating gas, rectal itching;
      Vaginal yeast infections;
      Urinary tract infections;
      Athlete's foot or jock itch;
      Fungal toenails or fingernails;
      Cravings for sugar, bread, or alcohol;
      Diaper rash;
      Fatigue;
      Irritability (especially when hungry);
      Premenstrual syndrome and menstrual problems;
      Fibromyalgia;
      headaches;
      Brain fog;
      Skin problems or itching;
      Numbness or tingling in the extremities;
      Respiratory problems;
      Depression;
      Hypoglycemia;
      Short attention span;
      Loss of libido.

      Candidiasis almost never occurs in people with healthy immune systems who eat a diet low in sugar and yeast....you need to avoid all yeast and sugar products to kill a yeast infection ......... sugar will literally feed the yeast overgrowth allowing it to flourish......... ditch the alcohol and sodas and diet sodas too if you drink any .......... antiobiotics, especially broad - spectrum antiobiotics will also kill the helpful bacteria which you need for a healthy gut ........ supplement with a good quality probiotic to rebalance gut flora ......... this part is absolutely essential for without the good flora your system will remain completely out of whack ...... eat more alkaline forming foods such as leafy and green vegies, fishes such as tuna, salmon, sardines and whiting, organic nuts and seeds such as almonds and brazil nuts........ all these foods are rich in magnesium and will thus encourage the production of hydrochloric acid in your tummy aiding in digestion and effective elimination ........the leafy greens and fishes are also rich in calcium and protein and the fish are a rich source of vitamin D too ....... eat organic brown rice and quinoa (prounounced keen ~ wah) as they are both a rich source of the B complex of vitamins and will provide you with the carbs you need for sustained energy and the quinoa is also rich in calcium and iron .......... don't forget about getting enough iron on a daily basis too ie ~ lean red meats ..... Avoid sugars such as honey, molasses, fructose, maltose, lactose (that means all milk and dairy products) and fruit juices ...... avoid artificial sweetners and foods containing brewer's yeast - ie - alcohol such as beer, wine, brandy, whiskey, rum, ciders and root beer.... avoid baker's yeast ie ~ breads and rolls and pastries .... avoid mushrooms ... avoid fruits and vegies with any sign of mold growth on them .... avoid fermented beverages and condiments including mayonnaise, ketchup, pickled vegies and pickles, salad dressings (use lemon and olive oil instead), soy sauce and vinegar .... avoid all types of hard cheeses which are a pretty good source of mold.... avoid processed and smoked meats and fish, including hot dogs, sausages, luncheon meats etc....... these meats are processed with sugar, spices, yeast and other preservatives .... avoid canned bottled or frozen fruit and vegie juices cos they have loads of sugar and are commonly made from overripened or damaged produce; generally the skin of the fruit contains surface mold and rotten spots, which are pulverised into the juice... avoid dried fruits.... avoid coffee & tea as much as you can as caffeine will aggravate yeast overgrowth..................

  47. QUESTION:
    Iv had constant heartburn for months? im on a really strict diet, could it be causing this?
    So... i have had constant heartburn for months now.. and its really weird. iv been on a strict diet for the last two years of only eating raw fruits, veggies, and meat because all dairy products and bread make me sick because i have candida.
    A couple months ago, my grandpa died this really tragic death, and i didn't eat much meat for two weeks because the stress made me sick. iv had heartburb ever since. any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Abigaile, I'm sorry about your grandpa, it must still be raw. Stress can contribute to heartburn just like it can contribute to other ailments. I know it can't be easy, but if you learn to take some time out during the day to try and empty your mind and relax, it should help.

      Also you say that you are eating fruits, try to make sure that you keep away from citrus fruits like grapefruit and oranges. These are acidic in nature, and the last thing you want is to be putting more acid into your body.

      Also try taking some baking soda as that can be helpful in reducing heartburn pretty quickly.

      Try eating dry bread as that helps to soak up the excessive stomach acid.

      There are a lot of natural heartburn remedies which can help get rid of heartburn. I have put a resource below which can give some more ideas, so it may be worth your while to take a look at that. Take care.

  48. QUESTION:
    Mom is a diabetic, can take heartburn/indigestion?
    Hello,

    my mom is in her 50's and takes needles for diabetes. Last night she ate a deli turkey sandwich, cheese, and bread. Today she said it feels like it is stuck in her chest area and is causing pain. Does this sound like indigestion/heartburn? What OTC products can she take safely with her diabetes? (Please suggest something, product or home remedy - don't say go to the doc they are closed today for the holiday). Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      There are many choices for the common cold, indigestion, constipation, and other conditions remedied by OTCs. Your Rite Aid Pharmacist can give you good advice on choosing the one that will be safe and work best for you.

      Here are some tips:

      * Read the label and package insert carefully.
      * Choose products that contain very little sugar.
      * Choose products that contain little or no alcohol.
      * Use the same pharmacy and make sure all of your health care providers know what prescription drugs and OTC products you are currently taking.
      * Check your blood glucose more frequently while using these products.
      Typically OTC for indigestion is safe to use in Diabetes
      Gaviscon, Axid, Pepcid AC, Rite Aid Famotidine, Tagamet, Zantac, Rite Aid Ranitidine, Tums EX Sugar Free, Prilosec OTC

  49. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of heartburn and gas naturally?

    • ANSWER:
      heartburn often comes from too many carbs like bread, rice, & pasta....eliminate these from your diet for a while.
      gas often comes from mixing the wrong kinds of food
      for instance the gas free diet....is eating fruit for breakfast, and snacks...eating the same kind of fuit all day...do not eat mixed fruit...if you start with apples don't mix citrus...stop eating fruit once you have eaten protien...yougart, milk included...protiens with friut causes gas....all fruit should be eliminated for the day once you have indulged in eating protien...sorry peanutbutter and jelly sandwiches cause gas....sorry.
      Some items such as black eyed peas, cabbage, corn, cucumbers can cause gas....wonderful foods but gas monsters

  50. QUESTION:
    What can be done concerning acid breath and serious heartburn.?
    Condition for 2 years now and medications have been taken. Still.

    • ANSWER:
      I used to have heartburn all the time. My doctor suggested that it could be related to the foods I ate. So I kept track of what I ate and when I got heartburn. It turned out that bread and bananas caused me problems. When I drastically cutback the amount of those in my diet, the heartburn went away.

      Not that yours is caused by bread and bananas; but writing down in a notebook what you eat and when you get heartburn may provide good insights.


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