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FODMAPS free diet

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Symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) may be partly related to impaired absorption of carbohydrates. Fermentable oligo–, di– and monosaccharides and polyols (FODMAPs) in patients with IBS or IBD may reach the distal small bowel and colon where they are fermented, giving way to symptoms and increased intestinal permeability (and possibly inflammation).

Examples of FODMAPs include:

  • Fructans or inulins (wheat, onions, garlic, and artichokes)
  • Galactans (beans, lentils, legumes, cabbage, and Brussels’ sprouts)
  • Lactose (dairy)
  • Fructose (fruits, honey, high fructose corn syrup)
  • Sorbitol
  • Xylitol
  • Mannitol
  • Polyols (sweeteners containing sorbitol, mannitol, xylitol, maltitol, stone fruits such as avocado, apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches, plums)

Avoidance of carbohydrates has been a popularized non-pharmacologic approach to reduce symptoms in IBS (and possibly modifying disease in IBD).

Ganesha, the Stress Management Guru

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If Lord Krishna was the first counselor who taught the principles of counseling, Lord Ganesha taught us the principles of stress management.

We should worship Lord Ganesha and become like him in the face of any difficulty or are stressed out.

The elephant head of Lord Ganesha signifies that in the face of a difficulty, we must use our wisdom, intelligence and think differently. We can think of it as the Third Eye of Lord Shiva. Elephant is considered the most intelligent animal. Wisdom, here, signifies thinking before speaking. Lord Buddha also said that we must not speak unless it is necessary and is truthful and kind.

The big elephant ears of Lord Ganesha signify that we must listen to everybody when in difficulty. Elephant’s ears can hear long distances. Elephant’s eye can see a long distance.In mythological terms, it symbolizes that we must acquire the quality of foreseeing when in difficulty. The mouth of Lord Ganesha represents speaking less (and listening more).

The huge tummy of Lord Ganesha symbolizes digesting all information gathered by listening to people in difficulty. The trunk is a symbol of using the power of discrimination to decide from the retained information. It is also a symbol of doing both small and big things by yourself. The elephant’s trunk is capable of picking up a needle as well as a tree.

The teeth, broken and unbroken, signify that we must be in a state of balance, both in loss and in gain. One should not get upset if a task is not accomplished and also not get excited if the task is accomplished. Ganesha also teaches us that we must not lose strength and control our attachments, desires and greed.

The four arms of Lord Ganesha are a symbol of strength. Ropes in two hands symbolize attachment; Laddoo or Sweet in one hand symbolizes desires while the mouse represents greed. Riding over the mouse signifies controlling one’s greed.

Lord Ganesha is worshipped when we are about to start a new work or when we are finding it difficult to complete a task. In both the situations, these principles of Lord Ganesha need to be inculcated in one’s habits.

Food poisoning with rice dishes

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  • Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus cereus can cause acute food poisoning within 6 hours of ingestion of food. B. cereus is the likely cause when rice is the reason behind it.
  • B. cereus is able to persist in food processing environments on account of its ability to survive at extreme temperatures as well as its ability to form biofilms and spores.
  • B. cereus has been recovered from a wide range of foods, including rice, dairy products, spices, bean sprouts and other vegetables.
  • Fried rice is an important cause of emetic-type food poisoning linked with B. cereus.
  • The pathogen is found in uncooked rice, and heat-resistant spores have the potential to survive cooking.
  • Cooked rice subsequently at room temperature can allow vegetative forms to multiply, and the heat-stable toxin that is produced can survive brief heating.
  • B. cereus causes two types of toxin-mediated food poisoning -marked by either diarrhea or vomiting, based on the toxin involved. Vegetative cells produce the diarrheal toxin in the small intestine following the ingestion of either bacilli or spores. The emetic toxin is ingested directly from contaminated food. Both toxins can lead to disease within 24 hours of ingestion.
  • Heating can reduce the number of viable spores and vegetative bacteria that produce diarrheal toxin; however, spores associated with emetic toxin can survive heat.
  • The toxin cereulide has thermal stability and resists gastric conditions.
  • The ingested toxin can cause disease despite heating.
  • The emetic syndrome manifests as abdominal cramps, nausea, and vomiting. Diarrhea may also occur in about one-third of patients. Symptomsdevelop within 1 to 5 hours of ingestion, but can also develop within half an hour and up to six hours after ingestion of contaminated food.
  • Symptoms usually resolve in 6 to 24 hours.
  • Rice-based dishes are associated with emetic toxin-mediated disease. This could be attributed to cooling fried rice dishes overnight at room temperature and reheating them the next day.
  • Cereulide can cause symptoms at a dose of 8 to 10 micrograms per kilogram of body weight.

The lips of truth shall be recognized forever

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This is a sutra from Bible which has a deep significance in day-to-day life. Truth lasts forever and always ends up in internal happiness and self-realization. In the long-term, it provides happiness. A lie, on the other hand, provides momentary pleasure but will eventually lead to some difficulty later in life.

Spoken words cannot come back, just likean arrow released from the bow. One cannot get back his youth or respect, once lost. Likewise, spoken words cannot be taken back and bad words, once spoken, will continue to create negative waves in the other person, to whom they were spoken.They will persist as repressed thoughts or memory in the other person’s mind forever. Such bad memories keep on coming back in the person’s mind causing damage to the personal relationships.

A spoken word is a karmic expression. For every karmic action there is an opposite and equal reaction. For every negative karmic action, one has to pay the debt, either now or in future. According to the law of karma, every debt has to be paid.

One must avoid using negative language, both in spoken words as well as in the mind. The yoga sutras of Patanjali describe thinking, speaking or doing anything wrong as having the same karmic significance. We should not only purify ourselves in actions and spoken words but also in the mind. If a person has negative thoughts in the mind, the same will be reflected to the outside world.

The momentary pleasure which one gets by lying has no spiritual significance; it only satisfies the person’s ego or makes him attached to any of the five senses. The transient pleasure that the body experiences stimulates a cascade of reactions, including action, memory and desire, resulting in action again, which will eventually heighten greed and attachments. In the Mahabharata, Lord Krishna gave two examples, which work as an exception to such a situation. Any truth, which may be harmful to others, may not be spoken and any lie which does not harm anyone but benefits a few may be spoken.

Truth is the opposite of doubt. It is always better to clear all the doubts from the mind as any repressed doubts can lead to heart attack, paralysis and cancer.

Truth also signifies taking consciousness-based decisions as the consciousness never lies. While taking any decision one should always ask oneself— Is it the truth? Is it necessary? And will it bring happiness to me and the people around?

Lord Krishna has also been described as “Satchitanand”, which indicates qualities of truthfulness, consciousness-based decisions and internal happiness. Truthfulness has to be practiced over a period of time and made a part of one’s daily life.

10 ways to keep the kidneys healthy

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  1. Monitor blood pressure and cholesterol.
  2. Control weight.
  3. Dont overuse over-the-counter painkillers.
  4. Monitor blood glucose.
  5. Get an annual physical examination.
  6. Know if you have a family history of chronic kidney disease (CKD), diabetes or heart disease. If so, you may be at risk.
  7. Dont smoke.
  8. Exercise regularly.
  9. Follow a healthy diet.
  10. Get tested for chronic kidney disease if youre at risk.

Panchamrit body wash

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Panchamrit is taken as a Prasadam and is also used to wash the deity. In Vedic language, anything which is offered to God can also be taken by the human body. Panchamrit bath is the original and traditionally full bath prescribed in Vedic literature. It consists of the following:

  • Washing the body with milk and water.Milk acts as a soothing agent.
  • Washing the body with curd, which acts as a substitute for soap and washes away the dirt from the skin.
  • Then, washing the body with desi ghee, which is akin to oil massage.
  • This is followed by washing the body with honey, which acts like a moisturizer.
  • Last step is to rub the skin with sugar or khand. Sugar works as a scrub.

Panchamrit bath is much more scientific, cheaper and health friendly.