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If you're stressed, you certainly know how it can affect you physically and mentally. Learn the top ten stress busters by watching this video.
Transcript: Ninety percent of us consider stress an inevitable part of our lives-but it doesn't have to be that way!...
Ninety percent of us consider stress an inevitable part of our lives-but it doesn't have to be that way! We all know what it feels like to be under stress, yet most of us don't know why we experience this condition. Let's look at how stress works. Doctors call the body's reaction to stressful events general adaptation syndrome. During tense times, our bodies release adrenaline and corticosteroids. This reaction, the fight or flight response, was designed to help man defend himself. The fight or flight response is healthy-in small doses. Unfortunately, exposure to A. continuous stressors, like traffic jams or B. piles of work, causes many of us to remain in this heightened state for hours, or even days. The result of this constant tension includes both short-term effects, like tense muscles and rapid heart rate, and long-term ones, like high blood pressure, a weakened immune system and depression. The good news is, we've got ten tips that can help. Let's start with diet: Research has shown that B-complex and C Vitamins, and the minerals magnesium and zinc, can help to ease stress symptoms. Vitamin C and magnesium lower stress levels because they help the brain produce serotonin, a hormone that regulates mood. Zinc and Vitamin B-complex fight free radicals, a term that refers to toxins found in the air and to harmful byproducts of digestion. Fresh vegetables, fruits, almonds, fish and whole-grains contain these essential vitamins and minerals and are great stress-busting foods. You can also combat stress with a supplement. St. John's Wort, is an herb that inhibits stress hormones and increases serotonin levels in the brain. Your approach can help too! Remembering that tension is a natural part of life can help curb your response to it. Take a minute to remind yourself that, This, too, shall pass. Sometimes a gentle touch, or acupressure, can relieve stress. One point, Lu 1, is prized for easing emotional stress and tense breathing. Find Lu 1 by sitting in a comfortable chair with your back straight. Use your thumbs to press the outside of your upper chest, just below your first rib. Maintain pressure for one minute. Another effective way to end your stress response is with simple meditation. For the best results, set aside 10 to 20 minutes for calm reflection. If you prefer a more formal approach, try this yoga meditation technique. Sit quietly with eyes closed. Pick a short phrase or word that calms you, like Ohm or Peace. Repeat the word as you clear your mind and relax your muscles. When mediating, always remember to breathe! Deep, relaxing breaths in and out through the nose help relieve stress. Even without meditation, just five minutes of deep breathing can be quite beneficial. And finally, if you're feeling stressed, take a time-out to do something you enjoy. Your body and mind will thank you. Stress is no fun, but with a little know-how, you can control your response to it, ensuring a calmer, happier you!More »
Last Modified: 2013-10-02 | Tags »
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Excess weight might be the culprit behind sleep deprivation. Outsmart insomnia by eating healthy and losing weight. Watch this to learn more.
Transcript: Two in three Americans regularly have trouble sleeping! But forget counting sheep-you can combat insomnia...
Two in three Americans regularly have trouble sleeping! But forget counting sheep-you can combat insomnia with these simple diet and exercise tips. Diet and nutrition can play a vital role in helping you get a good night's sleep. But before you can put these tools to work for you, it helps to know what might be causing your insomnia. A. Insomnia is a general word that describes difficulty sleeping. B. This umbrella term includes people who have a hard time falling asleep, those who wake up periodically during the night, C. and people who awaken earlier than they would like to in the morning. Most people experience insomnia at some point, but when it persists for over a month, it is known as chronic insomnia, and considered slightly more serious. The foods you eat can help with insomnia. In the evening, try consuming foods that are high in tryptophan, a chemical that encourages sleep. Great sources include bananas, figs, grapefruit, dates, tuna, turkey, yogurt and milk. Another great aid for insomniacs is consuming the hormone melatonin, a natural sleep-enhancer. Melatonin is found in foods like oats, bananas and rice. It is also available in a supplement form. It is important to avoid stimulants like caffeine and cigarettes during the three hours before bedtime. A. Insomnias should also bypass alcohol before bed. Although spirits are technically classified as depressants, B. they can interfere with deep, restful REM sleep later in the night. A. People who have a hard time falling asleep may want to consider cutting back B. on foods like chocolate, sugar, C. cheese and potatoes. D. These neuro-stimulants contain tyrosine, which increases alertness. There are also some simple exercises which may be able to help you sleep. Because the leg muscles are the largest, they store more tension than any other body part. Doing leg stretches before bed can release tension, allowing for sounder sleep. Using a wall for support, raise your right leg behind you and grab your foot with your left hand. Pull your heel up toward your buttocks, stretching the muscles in the front of your leg for 20 seconds. Repeat with your left leg. Sleep apnea, which affects 18 million Americans, is a disorder that causes people to stop breathing for up to 30 seconds at a time while they are asleep. These disruptions leave sufferers much less alert during their waking hours - so much so that they are 7 times as likely to get into a car accident as people without the disorder. Losing weight can significantly decrease the occurrences of the condition, but there are some specific things to keep in mind when you are trying to slim down for this reason. A. Make sure your diet incorporates foods that fit into your weight loss program and increase your general energy levels, B. like apples with peanut butter or carrots and hummus. Tossing and turning can often be a thing of the past with smart diet and exercise choices. However, if you have prolonged difficulty sleeping, please see your physician.More »
Last Modified: 2013-11-22 | Tags »
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There are several helpful tips to healthy restaurant dining. Check out this video to learn more.
Transcript: Monitoring your weight doesn't mean that you can't enjoy an evening on the town! Keep watching for ten...
Monitoring your weight doesn't mean that you can't enjoy an evening on the town! Keep watching for ten easy tips that will ensure your dining experience is a healthy one. Most Americans eat out four to five times a week. If you're watching your weight, that doesn't mean you can't join them! A few simple tips make it easy to exercise restraint so you can dine at a restaurant without a side of guilt. Let's start with a simple tip. Before leaving home, ask yourself this question: Which will I enjoy most: an appetizer, a cocktail or dessert. A. After you make a selection, stick to your resolve. You shouldn't have to sacrifice your favorite part of dining out, B. but be smart - indulge in what you really want, and practice restraint elsewhere. These days, restaurant portions are bigger than ever. The average restaurant meal is usually 5 times the FDA recommended size for a full meal! When you are eating out, remember that portion size is important! How much food you eat is almost as important as what you eat. A great way to watch your intake is to set aside a reasonable amount of food before you start eating. You can ask for a separate plate or a to-go container to help you portion your food. Another means to control restaurant indulgence is to ask for toppings, dressings and sauces on the side. Doing this allows you to enjoy exotic flavors while still controlling how much you consume. Whenever you can, ask for extra vegetables to be added to your dish. Not only are veggies a healthy choice, they're also rich in fiber, so they leave you filling full fast! Avoid all-you-can eat deals and buffet restaurants. Studies have shown that most of us eat up to 25 percent more when the price is all-inclusive, simply because we want to get more bang for our buck. And watch your liquid calories! A restaurant-sized soda with one free refill will set you back 400 calories. And an 8-ounce margarita has five-hundred and forty calories! A better bet is to replace that soda with water and lemon. Instead of a highly caloric mixed drink, try a glass of wine instead, which has about 110 calories. When you're eating out, look for waist-friendly words on the menu. Steamed, baked, grilled, broiled or poached are all likely to be healthier options. An insider restaurant tip is to make friends with salsa. This low-calorie, tasty treat is a great topper for potatoes, chicken, fish, and even salads! Remember that restaurant-dining is about customer-service. Most chefs will be happy to cater to your dietary needs. Ask to speak to a chef, or explain to your waiter that you'd prefer a lighter preparation. Eating out doesn't have to mean missing out! By choosing wisely, you can find a meal to enjoy at any restaurant.More »
Last Modified: 2014-04-02 | Tags »
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Controlling the amount of food you eat per meal will help you maintain your weight. Watch this to learn some portion control tips.
Transcript: Often, we spend a great deal of time deciding what to eat and overlook an equally important part of the...
Often, we spend a great deal of time deciding what to eat and overlook an equally important part of the weight-loss equation-how much we should eat. People who are watching their caloric intake often expend a lot of energy trying to decide what foods they should eat, only to have their efforts undermined by misjudging the serving size of their food. A. The portions of food we consume in any given meal have increased significantly in the last forty years. While we may think we're getting more for our money, B. in reality, all we're getting is bigger waistlines! For example a bagel has grown so much that it is now roughly equivalent to five slices of bread! Unfortunately, we have lost an accurate perspective on how much food exists in a healthy portion. Partly to blame is our skewed plate perception. Normal' plates today are 4 to 6 inches larger than they were a few decades ago. The problem with bigger plates is that we instinctively want to fill them, resulting in unhealthy pile-ups of food. It is clear that paying attention to portion size is important. Regardless of the food you're eating, if you consume more than your body can use, weight gain is a likely result. So, what should you eat? Let's first differentiate between a serving and a portion. A serving is the standard measure of food as seen on the food pyramid. When you read a nutritional label, the dietary information provided is always for a standard amount of food-a serving. A portion, on the other hand, is defined as what you end up actually eating. To demonstrate, let's look at the size of a standard one-ounce serving of potato chips, which contains 152 calories and 9.8 grams of fat. Most of us, however, would end up eating a portion of at least three times that...consuming a whopping 456 calories and 29.4 grams of fat! Eating portions that are the appropriate serving-size can be much easier if you know what a proper serving looks like. A. A serving of meat should be about the size of a deck of playing cards, B. while a serving of cheese is equivalent to the size of four stacked dice. C. A serving size of nuts, candy, or other snacks should be able to fit in the palm of your hand. As for fruits and veggies-load up your plate! These healthy options fill you up fast and your body loves them, too. One sure-fire way to gain perspective on portion and serving size is to use the same bowl and plate each time you eat. A. Try to use plates that measure 7 inches across,B. and bowls that are 6 inches. C. This will help keep you mindful of portion sizes and allow you to eat less at every meal...almost effortlessly! Making informed decisions about how much food to consume at each meal is an easy way to cut back on calories and weight gain. Doing so will help you see positive changes in your health, and your waistline.More »
Last Modified: 2014-04-02 | Tags »
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Trying exotic food can seem exciting and adventurous but how prepared are you to guard the safety of your stomach? Learn more about food safety for globe trekkers in this video.
Transcript: Don't wind up wishing you had never (ever!) tried that exotic cuisine! While local food is an inherent...
Don't wind up wishing you had never (ever!) tried that exotic cuisine! While local food is an inherent part of cultural immersion, stomach upset can turn your global trek into a train wreck. As many unfortunates can attest, diarrhea is the most common problem effecting travelers, especially in developing countries. Travelers' diarrhea is an intestinal infection caused by bacteria, parasites, or viruses transmitted through food and water. But it IS avoidable.The highest-risk foods are unpasteurized milk products un-bottled beverages and drinks served with ice foods that aren't piping hot and undercooked meats and fish. Many times, fare from street vendors can also be the culprit of travelers' diarrhea! No precaution is foolproof, but a little know-how goes a long way in those far-away locales!More »
Last Modified: 2013-06-13 | Tags »
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Traveling by air can be exhausting, but there are other factors at work in how you feel when flying. Check out this healthy flight guide for more information.
Transcript: There's no reason to finish a flight feeling like you've been through the ringer! Stay healthy while...
There's no reason to finish a flight feeling like you've been through the ringer! Stay healthy while you fly by avoiding alcohol and caffeinated drinks. Both are extremely dehydrating, and air cabins-as your skin knows-are dry enough as it is! Finally, a reason to be glad that airlines have given up on meals! You'll feel better if you avoid eating a heavy meal during and before the flight. Instead, bring light snacks like fruit or pretzels. Make it a point to get up and walk for about five minutes every hour. If you're not allowed to walk, prop your feet on your carry-on bag. Rotate your ankles and lift your knees while seated. An insider tip is to invest in a pair of elastic flight socks, available at most pharmacies. These socks apply pressure to the ankle, in turn squeezing blood up towards the heart, which assists in circulation. Follow these tips and you can actually spend time enjoying your destination-not dreading your return home!More »
Last Modified: 2014-01-17 | Tags »
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Do you have what you affectionately refer to as an alcoholic liver? Or does your body hate the effects of alcohol? Whether you suffer from alcoholism or only enjoy the occasional drink, this video will show you how drinking really effects your body.
Transcript: You savor the first sip-and the multiple sips after-but what does your body think of that alcohol fix?...
You savor the first sip-and the multiple sips after-but what does your body think of that alcohol fix? Your body reacts to alcohol as it would to a poison. In other words, it works as hard to get it out as you work to get it in! First, the liver changes alcohol into acetaldehyde, a highly toxic substance. This then turns into acetate, a harmless substance that is passed out of your body in your urine, and-more minutely-in your breath and sweat. This process is hard work, and it means that your liver can't focus on its other job, which is sending energizing glucose to other areas of your body. That's why you feel tired, weak, and disoriented following a booze binge. And take note: It takes the liver of a 150-pound person two hours to metabolize one beer! The bottom line is that alcohol does a number on your body. So drink smart!More »
Last Modified: 2013-04-17 | Tags »
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Everyone should pay attention to the nutritious content in their food, but those who want to lose weight should be extra vigilant. Learn more about nutrition for weight loss.
Transcript: You want to eat healthy, but what does healthy really mean, anyway? If you're worried about gaining the...
You want to eat healthy, but what does healthy really mean, anyway? If you're worried about gaining the freshman fifteen, it's wise to evaluate what you're putting into your body. The bottom line is that any increase or decrease in your weight is a direct result of the number of calories you consume versus the number of calories you burn.If you take in the same amount of calories that you use as fuel, there won't be any leftover to store as fat, and your current weight will hold steady. Take in more calories than you burn, however, and you'll end up gaining weight. Because there are 3,500 calories in a pound, it might seem like it would take a long time to gain any weight. But consuming just 100 extra calories a day-say in the form of an additional soda-could add up to a ten pound weight gain in just one year. To avoid eating too much, know that most men looking to maintain a stable weight need about 2,500 calories each day, while women require 2,000 calories. This number does vary according to your specific body type, age, and activity levels, so talk to your college nutritionist about the right caloric intake for you. After you determine how much you should be eating, it is vital to decide what types of food you should consume. The United States has recently revised its food guide pyramid, a chart that details the types and amounts of food both genders should consume. For example, according to the food pyramid, women should consume six ounces of grains each day, while men should consume eight ounces of grains each day.Remember that an ounce of grain is equal to one slice of bread, one cup of cereal, or half a cup of cooked rice or pasta. For both genders, at least half of those servings should be made up of whole grains, like whole wheat flour, brown rice, and oatmeal. The rest of the grain allowance can include the less healthy refined grains, like white bread and sugary cereal, but it's best to stick to whole grains for both health and waistline reasons! Vegetables are next on the pyramid, and women need two and a half cups daily, while men should have three. For fruits, it's important that both genders consume about two cups each day. A cup of fruit is equal to a small apple or a large banana or orange. Proteins are also an important component of a balanced diet, and can be gotten by eating nuts, eggs, beans, fish and meat. Men should consume 6 ounces of protein a day, while women should consume 5 _ ounces-and to give you a sense of what an ounce of protein is-one ounce of protein can be found in one egg, in one tablespoon of peanut butter, or in a handful of nuts or seeds.According to the USDA, men and women also need three cups from the dairy group each daily. A cup of dairy is equivalent to three slices of cheese or one and a half cups of yogurt. After you consume your daily dose of recommended foods, you are usually left with 100 to 300 discretionary calories. These calories can be used to enjoy unhealthy junk food, like chips or candy, or for alcohol. Although it may be tough at first, following these guidelines will help you maintain a healthy weight through college and your life.More »
Last Modified: 2013-08-08 | Tags »
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If you've ever wanted to try Alli for weight loss it's important to get the facts on this weight loss pill. Watch this video to find out more.
Transcript: Youve probably been hearing a lot of buzz about alli, the first over-the-counter, FDA approved weight...
Youve probably been hearing a lot of buzz about alli, the first over-the-counter, FDA approved weight loss pill. So whats the real deal with alli? alli is a weight loss aid that blocks the absorption of up to 25 percent of the fat you consume. Although its only been on the market since June of 2007, alli is not new. In fact, alli is actually a lower dose of the prescription drug orlistat, which has been marketed under the name Xenical since 1999. Although Xenical is available in 120 milligram capsules and alli is sold in 60 milligram doses, the method of action of these lipase inhibitors is the same. But to understand how the drug works, lets first take a look at the digestive process. When you eat, enzymes in your intestines break down fats, carbohydrates and proteins. Fat calories are then stored in the body to be used as energy. When you eat more calories than you need, you hold on to this extra fat, resulting in weight gain. alli promotes weight loss by attaching to the enzymes that break down fat, preventing up to a quarter of the fat consumed from being digested. Because undigested fat cant be absorbed and stored, it passes out of the body in your bowel movement. Although alli is sold as an over-the-counter medication, it is only approved for use by overweight individuals who are over the age of 18. GlaxoSmithKline, the manufacturers of alli, call the pill a comprehensive program, and recommend that it be combined with a low-fat, low-calorie diet and a healthy exercise plan. When you purchase alliusually for about $50 a monthyou have the option of visiting the companys website. There, you can register as a user and receive a customized exercise and eating plan. A big part of the eating plan is keeping fat to less than 15 grams per meal. Although alli does block some fat, eating too much while on the program can result in side effects. alli sounds great, but people experience negative effects, like hard to control or loose stools and gas with oily spotting. This medication can reduce the absorption of some important vitamins, resulting in deficiencies in the long run. For this reason, it is recommended to take a multivitamin once a day at bedtime while using alli. In addition, women who are pregnant or breast feeding, people who have had organ transplants, those who have trouble absorbing food and people taking cyclosporine should all avoid alli. People who arent overweight or obese should also avoid this medication. Although alli can increase weight loss by up to 50 percent more than dieting alone, it should always be combined with a healthy diet and a regular exercise plan. As the first weight-loss medication to be approved for over-the-counter use, alli has received more than just 15 minutes of fame! Still, its very important to talk to your doctor before taking this medication, or beginning any diet or exercise program.More »
Last Modified: 2012-11-17 | Tags »
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Handling high blood pressure is important in preventing cardiovascular disease. Thousands of people die every year due to high blood pressur complications. Get a handle on your blood pressure, starting now.
Transcript: Every 33 seconds, someone dies of cardiovascular disease. High blood pressure is often a precursor to...
Every 33 seconds, someone dies of cardiovascular disease. High blood pressure is often a precursor to heart disease, so preventing and controlling it is essential. Thirty percent of Americans have high blood pressure, or hypertension, and up to a third of them don't even know it! While extreme hypertension is often regulated with medication, some natural remedies can also help lower blood pressure. A. Blood pressure, which is measured in two ways, is the force at which the heart pumps blood. One measurement B. refers to systolic pressure, which measures blood pressure during heart contractions. C. The other measures diastolic pressure, or the force when the heart is relaxed. Blood pressure is expressed as systolic pressure over diastolic pressure. The optimal blood pressure is 120 over 80, while any measurement above 140 over 90 is classified as hypertension. While high blood pressure is cause for concern, lifestyle changes can often help control this condition. Watching what you eat is the first step to lowering high blood pressure. If you have hypertension, shake that salt habit! Although our bodies require only 500 milligrams of salt each day, most Americans ingest at least 7,000 milligrams! Once you have high blood pressure, too much sodium can make the problem worse. Replace salt with other delicious spices, like basil, dill and rosemary. A. Eating pasture-raised and organic meats is another easy way to lower blood pressure. B. By raising animals on natural grasses and foods, farmers can offer leaner cuts of meat. Following the specifications of the diet known as the dietary approach to stop hypertension, or DASH, can reduce high blood pressure within two weeks. A. The DASH diet recommends a daily consumption of 7 servings of grains, B. 5 servings of fruits C. and 5 of vegetables, D. 4 servings of nuts and beans, E. 2 servings of low-fat dairy, F. 2 or fewer servings of meats, G. and less than 5 weekly servings of sweets. A. You can also lower hypertension by eliminating tobacco and alcohol. B. Both can cause blood vessels to constrict, in turn making it harder for blood to flow through the body. Over fifty percent of people with high blood pressure are overweight. Just thirty minutes of moderate aerobic exercise, like swimming or biking three times a week, can help reduce obesity and reverse high blood pressure. Because high blood pressure is often linked to stress, lowering stress levels may also help curb hypertension. One effective stress-reliever is yoga-try it with the opanasana pose. Lie flat on your back. Inhale, bringing both knees into your chest; then, as you exhale, bring your legs back to the ground. Inhale again as you bring your left knee inward, stretching your chin to touch the knee. Repeat by alternating knees. The most important thing you can do to combat high blood pressure is get tested by your doctor during your annual check-up. This ten-second procedure could save your life. If you've been diagnosed with hypertension, you can take healthy steps to lower your blood pressure. Remember, though, to see your doctor before starting any diet regimen.More »
Last Modified: 2013-09-27 | Tags »
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Food plays an absolutely critical role in managing diabetes and there are plenty of options to choose from. Learn more about diabetic diets through the video.
Transcript: Diet plays a key role in managing all types of diabetes. Let's look at the ways in which food choices...
Diet plays a key role in managing all types of diabetes. Let's look at the ways in which food choices can help keep you healthy. When you have diabetes, a smart diet starts with understanding how different foods can affect your blood sugar levels. Fortunately, there's a convenient tool to measure this-the glycemic index. The glycemic index, or GI, is a tool that distinguishes how different carbohydrates affect blood sugar. The system compares various foods to pure glucose, which has a rating of 100. Foods with a glycemic index rating below 55, such as an apple, are digested slowly, keeping blood sugar stable. A. Foods with a GI rating greater than 55, like a donut, are digested and absorbed quickly, B. creating intense fluctuations in the body's sugar and insulin levels. Because diabetics must regulate their blood sugar carefully, it is best to avoid foods that will cause sugar spikes. Some examples of foods with particularly high GIs include: A. white bread, which has a GI of 71, B. watermelon, which weighs in at 72 and C. pretzels, which have a GI of 81. A. If you have diabetes, you'll rarely go wrong with fresh vegetables, because they have extremely low glycemic indexes. B. For example, broccoli and spinach both have a GI of 15. Once you begin to use the glycemic index, there are some guidelines to follow that can keep you on the path to good health. Start adding high-fiber foods to your diet. Fiber will keep you full longer and reduce blood sugar surges. A. Enjoy low GI fruit, like apples and cherries. B. Lean meats, like chicken and turkey, C. and unrefined grains are great options for diabetics, too. While every diabetic is different, a good rule of thumb is to try to consume 50 percent of your nutrients from carbohydrates, 20 percent from protein and a maximum of 30 percent from fats. While all of us should watch our intake of saturated fats, processed foods, and simple sugars, it's even more important for diabetics to do so. A. That's because these foods can cause uncontrollable blood sugar surges in diabetics, B. resulting in a coma or even death. Above all else, a great healthy-eating guideline I share with my clients, is to read the ingredient listings on your food. If you don't recognize or can't pronounce some of the ingredients, don't eat it! A diagnosis of diabetes can be life-altering, however following a healthy diet that takes the glycemic index and general good sense into account can help diabetics stay well and feel great! Because every diabetic is different, remember that you should always talk to your doctor before starting a new diet.More »
Last Modified: 2013-07-08 | Tags »
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Are you suffering from irritable bowel syndrome? You don't necessarily have to. Check out these ten tips to outsmart IBS.
Transcript: If you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, you're not alone-one in five American adults struggles with...
If you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, you're not alone-one in five American adults struggles with this condition. Keep watching for ten natural remedies that can help. Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a common digestive disorder characterized by abdominal pain, cramping and changes in bowel function. Because IBS isn't easy to detect with standard tests, it can be tough to diagnose and treat. The good news is, even without an official diagnosis, a host of time-tested natural remedies can help to ease the symptoms and recurrence of IBS. Because IBS is a digestive disorder, what you eat and when you eat it can greatly affect your symptoms! Diarrhea and cramping can be exacerbated by food intolerances. If you suffer from IBS, you may want to consider eating five or six small meals each day instead of three big ones. This helps the digestive process flow smoothly, and can often ease symptoms.A. While treating your IBS, try keeping a food diary. B. Recording what you consume each day will help you find the trigger foods and beverages that cause IBS flare-ups. Common trigger foods include artificial fats and sweeteners, fried foods and oils, red meat and solid chocolate. Avoiding these foods may help. A. Caffeinated and carbonated drinks can also contribute to cramping. If you have IBS, B. drastically limit your intake of these drinks. So what can you eat? Most IBS sufferers find relieve from fiber-filled foods. That's because fiber may prevent colon spasms that lead to cramps and keeps stools soft and easy to pass. Enjoy brown rice, barley, figs, prunes, raisins and oatmeal. Fruits, vegetables and juices are also great sources of fiber. One of the most helpful foods you can eat is yogurt! This low-fat treat is rich in the probioitic, acidophilus. This "friendly bacteria" helps to aid in digestion. A. If yogurt isn't your favorite food, you can get all the benefits of the probiotic B. by taking a supplement from your local health food store or pharmacy. Peppermint oil is thought to reduce the abdominal pain and bloating characteristic of IBS. Because peppermint can cause heartburn, it is most effective when taken in enteric-coated capsules. Although doctors are still unsure about what causes IBS, it has been found that stress can amplify your symptoms. Yoga, deep breathing and meditation can all help to relax the mind, and in turn, the body. One particular yoga pose that can help ease digestive symptoms of IBS is called opanasa, or the Wind-Relieving Pose. Lie flat on your back. Inhale, bringing both knees into your chest; then, as you exhale, bring your legs back to the ground. Inhale again as you bring your left knee inward, stretching your chin to touch the knee. Repeat by alternating knees. IBS can be uncomfortable and embarrassing, but there is help for this common condition! Making smart food choices, taking supplements and engaging in stress-relieving activities can all help ease the discomfort of irritable bowel syndromeMore »
Last Modified: 2014-06-11 | Tags »
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