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The change in routine experienced in the month of Ramazan can cause disturbance in our bowel movement, giving way to constipation. We should try and get rid of it immediately, otherwise we may risk suffering from constipation until the end of Ramazan and this may cause hemorrhoids. But fret not! Here are seven tips you […]

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The change in routine experienced in the month of Ramazan can cause disturbance in our bowel movement, giving way to constipation.

We should try and get rid of it immediately, otherwise we may risk suffering from constipation until the end of Ramazan and this may cause hemorrhoids.

But fret not! Here are seven tips you can incorporate this Ramazan that can help you avoid constipation.

  1. Get rich with fiber

Doesn’t matter how much you may love your white bread sandwiches, parathas or mac n cheese, you got to consider your stomach a part of your body, maite.

Avoid refined foods for a happy tummy and go for food that is rich in fiber instead, such as, fruits and vegetables.

  1. Bless yourself with injeer

Want to fix constipation? Fix it with fig, widely known as injeer. The dry fruit is rich in fiber and helps relieve constipation.

And you no longer have to soak it in warm water or milk and keep it for 12 hours. Just get your hands on the Hiba Life’s 100% organic Injeer Blessing that also contains Sidr honey.

The product is also safe for diabetics and is easily available at Chase and Imtiaz in Karachi and Euro stores in Lahore.

All you have to do is consume a tablespoon of the paste in sehri and one at iftar. And constipation? Who that?

  1. Moderation is key

Of course, we find it hard to control ourselves when we are sitting at the iftar table to gobble everything we get our hands on. But that has to change, if you want your stomach to be at ease.

Related: How To Avoid Constipation During Pregnancy?

Avoid sudden changes in the type and quantity of food intake. If you normally eat a single burger on normal days then DON’T go for another one in Ramazan, all because you were fasting. That’s no excuse.

  1. Divide and ‘drool’

If you have a lot on your iftar table and want to consume all of it, then divide your meal into small frequent portions. While at it, also chew your food slowly and steadily. Remember it’s not a race.

  1. Say no to soda

Soft drinks or soda may enhance the flavor in our mashroob-e-mashriq but they cause acidity. Hence, listen to Ammi and stick to natural fresh juices lest you sit on the pot for hours.

  1. Don’t spice it up

We know, we know, that our desi hearts cannot stay away from all that spice and everything nice. But spice makes our stomach’s grumpy.

So, avoid eating those mirchi ke pakoray and adding extra chaat masala to our fruit chaats.

Related: 7 Foods To Relieve Constipation

Also, did we mention, no fried food? Yes, you read that right. Fried food, and so much of it, is one of the reasons for a constipated stomach during Ramazan.

However, if you can’t completely do away with all fried food items, then have them in fewer quantity, maybe stick to one samosa a day.

7. Walk to stay fit

Most of us become lazy after iftar and prefer sitting in our comfortable sofas and watching TV – often those Ramazan game shows. But if we want to prevent constipation, we should indulge in some light exercises.

The easiest one is to go out for a walk after iftar and come back just in time for taraweeh. This will help with the digestion of your food and make you feel light.

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Fiber Does WHAT To My Body? https://htv.com.pk/nutrition/fiber-body-benefits https://htv.com.pk/nutrition/fiber-body-benefits#respond Thu, 25 Oct 2018 06:28:32 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=40637

Fiber has gotten a pretty distinct rep because of all the digestion related talk, if you know what I mean. But it is good for so much more than expelling the unwanted particles in your body. If that is enough hidden meaning for you, let’s move on to how fiber, our complex friend and carbohydrate, […]

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Fiber has gotten a pretty distinct rep because of all the digestion related talk, if you know what I mean. But it is good for so much more than expelling the unwanted particles in your body. If that is enough hidden meaning for you, let’s move on to how fiber, our complex friend and carbohydrate, has so many benefits for us.

It’s Good For Your Gut

Fiber is essentially a non-digestible carbohydrate, so unlike proteins and fat, it does not get absorbed by your bloodstream en route to your intestines. Therefore, the hungry bacteria in your intestines finally get to feed on fibers and thrive. Why promote the growth of this bacteria? Because they produce important nutrients for your body and short-chain fatty acids that help with reducing inflammation in the gut, and improve gut disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Weight Loss! Hurrah!

 

 

 

 

 

By upping your intake of fiber, you may be able to lose weight. It makes sure that you feel full faster and for longer periods of time. A high-fiber dish compared to a low-fiber dish (same volume) will have fewer calories and will keep you feeling satiated.

It Controls Your Blood Sugar

Foods that are high in fiber have a lower glycemic index than refined carbs. This makes sure that there are smaller spikes in blood sugar. The sugar from high fiber foods is absorbed slower by the bloodstream, therefore regulating blood sugar spikes as well as food consumption.

It May Reduce the Risk of Colo-rectal Cancer

This hasn’t been studied extensively, and many experts say that fiber-rich foods generally have many nutrients on their own which may be contributing to lower cancer risk. The fact remains, however, that consuming fiber-rich fruits and vegetables could decrease the risk of colon cancer.

It Acts Like A Broom

Yes, we all know this. Fiber basically scrubs out your gut and sweeps out the content effectively. Since it removes the toxins quickly, it gives the bloodstream less time to absorb it and the associated illnesses.

Getting More Fiber in Your Diet

Keep in mind that meat, dairy and eggs contain no fiber. Anything that has been made with white flour (bread, pasta) has been stripped of fiber. So you must make a conscious decision to incorporate fiber in your diet.

Here are some fiber-rich foods: Apples, beetroot, carrots, oatmeal, beans and legumes (eating too much of these may cause stomach pain), most fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds.

 

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Uterine Fibroids https://htv.com.pk/health-a-to-z/uterine-fibroids https://htv.com.pk/health-a-to-z/uterine-fibroids#respond Thu, 26 Jul 2018 05:44:35 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=38262

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Overview

Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths of the uterine wall, found mostly in women of reproductive age. Fibroids can be found in a range of sizes, from little seedlings to bulky masses. They can be either single or multiple. Many women may have uterine fibroids, but they are not always detected, b/c they may not cause symptoms.

Causes

The causes of fibroids may be the following:

  • Genetic changes in the genes of the cells of the fibroid
  • Hormones (estrogen and progesterone promote endometrial growth, and fibroids have more receptors for these hormones than normal endometrial tissue)
  • Other growth factors, like insulin like growth factor

Symptoms

Many women may not have symptoms, but in those that do, the symptoms depend on the location, size, and number of fibroids. The most common indications of uterine fibroids are:

Diagnosis

For diagnosis, and confirmation of the diagnosis, the following tests are done:

Treatment

The treatment options for uterine fibroids are numerous, ranging from antibiotics to surgery. Consult your physician to find the best option for your condition.

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Intestinal Obstruction https://htv.com.pk/health-a-to-z/intestinal-obstruction https://htv.com.pk/health-a-to-z/intestinal-obstruction#respond Mon, 02 Jul 2018 12:31:59 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=37900

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Overview

Intestinal obstruction is a disorder in which there is a blockage of the passage of food or liquid through the small or large intestine. The blocked part usually has decreased blood supply and can be fatal if left untreated, which may, in turn, lead to further complications.

Causes

Most common causes of intestinal obstruction are:

  • Intestinal adhesions (fibrous bands that can form after surgery)
  • Colon cancer
  • Intussusception
  • A hernia
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Diverticulitis
  • Volvulus (twisting of the intestine)
  • Fecal impaction

Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of intestinal obstruction include:

  • Constipation
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal cramps that come and goes
  • Inability to pass gas
  • Decreased bowel movement
  • Swelling of the abdomen

Tissue death due to decreased blood supply can lead to an intestinal tear (perforation) which may lead to infection of the abdominal cavity (peritonitis) which can be fatal if not attended promptly.

Diagnosis

Patient history and clinical examination of the abdomen can usually hint at the diagnosis. X-ray, CT, Ultrasounds and air/barium enema can confirm clinical suspicion.

Treatment

Treatment for intestinal obstruction usually requires immediate hospitalization. Different surgical options are available for various underlying factors causing the presenting obstruction.

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Battling Constipation https://htv.com.pk/health/battling-constipation Tue, 19 Jan 2016 11:50:08 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=14775

As we are heading towards modern age, I have noticed a great increase in the number of diseases.

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As we are heading towards modern age, I have noticed a great increase in the number of diseases. We have become too advanced that now we can grow our food artificially as well. On one hand where it sounds too amazing, on the other, it has brought destruction to our health to some level. With the increase in the growth of vegetables and fruits artificially, every other day we see people complaining about issues related to their stomach, and one of them is constipation.

Stomach is indeed a very sensitive part of human body, yet it is always being ignored. We don’t take stomach aches seriously until and unless things go out of our hands. Constipation is one of the very common stomach diseases that is only taken seriously when it takes the shape of ‘Piles’. We all know very clearly what beast constipation is, “a condition in which there is difficulty in emptying bowels”. Whereas, piles is the extreme case of constipation which is terribly painful.

Constipation is dangerous; those who suffer this problem are not only bothered by their bulky lower stomach as well as they suffer acidity along with unbearable pain. It may not sound that scary but the one who goes through it knows very clearly how irritating this disease this.

However, it can be cured. It has a cure but it requires a lot of patience and determination on the part of sufferer. Firstly, in order to fight the disease one needs to change his/her routine of eating. Due to the craze of dieting, people skip their meals without realizing its consequences. One should never skip any meal; have three meals in a day. Never eat something in hurry, give time to yourself for finishing your meal.

We have been told the advantages of drinking a lot of water but we don’t waste our precious time drinking water, sadly! Keeping yourself hydrated also helps to this stomach disorder. The habit of drinking luke-warm water on empty stomach early morning does miracle to your stomach. It fights constipation and also helps reduce your waist.

Moreover, whether one is constipated or not, instead of eating carbohydrates all day, fibrous food should be consumed. Fibers help move bowels from intestinal tract easily. Oranges, guava, banana, raisins, nuts, figs, oats and barley are rich source of fibers. They not only fight constipation, also help shed weight as well as bring a phenomenal glow to your face.

Studies also suggest that constipation can be cured by using Asian toilet as compare to Western one. Yes, you read it absolutely correct. Modern age, modern things but this modernity at times is painful too. Use Asian toilets as it helps press your stomach that ends up giving relief to your constipation. Color therapy is yet another cure for constipation. Thinking about yellow color also helps one to get rid of constipation.

Stomach related issues should never be ignored. Take good care of yourself and make sure you visit a doctor even if your constipation can be cured by following above mentioned things.

 

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