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OTC drug does not mean it can be taken without a doctor’s advice

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An over–the–counter antacid is often used to relieve mild cases of heartburn or acid reflux. Though they are available without a doctor’s prescription they should be taken only under a doctor’s advice.

As per American Academy of Family Physicians

• Different types of antacids work in different ways.

• To manage an ulcer, an antacid may need to be taken in conjunction with an antibiotic.

• If one needs more calcium to help strengthen bones, prefer an antacid that contains calcium carbonate.

• Antacids may have minor side effects in some such as nausea, headache, diarrhea or constipation.

• Read the label carefully to make sure that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients.

• People with kidney disease may not be able to take all types of antacids.

• An antacid may interact with other medications.

So, talk to the doctor before taking an antacid.

5 Ways to Use less Salt

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1. Use spices and other flavor enhancers (spices, dried and fresh herbs, garlic and ginger, citrus, vinegars, and wine. Flavors can be black pepper, cinnamon, and turmeric to fresh basil, chili peppers, and lemon juice.

2. Use the right healthy fats, from roasted nuts and avocados to olive, canola, soybean, and other oils.

3. Searing and sautéing foods in a pan builds flavor. Roasting brings out the natural sweetness of many vegetables and the taste of fish and chicken. If you do steam or microwave food, perk up these dishes with a finishing drizzle of flavorful oil and a squeeze of citrus.

4. Get your whole grains from sources other than bread. White bread contains salt, not just for flavor but to ensure that the dough rises properly.

5. Shop for raw ingredients with maximum natural flavor, thereby avoiding the need to add as much (if any) sodium. (Harvard)

5 Ways to Use less Salt

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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  1. Use spices and other flavor enhancers such as spices, dried and fresh herbs, garlic and ginger, citrus, vinegars and wine. Flavors can be black pepper, cinnamon and turmeric to fresh basil, chili peppers, and lemon juice.
  2. Use the right healthy fats — from roasted nuts and avocados to olive, canola, soybean and other oils.
  3. Searing and sautéing foods in a pan builds flavor. Roasting brings out the natural sweetness of many vegetables and the taste of fish and chicken. If you do steam or microwave food, perk up these dishes with a finishing drizzle of flavorful oil and a squeeze of citrus.
  4. Get your whole grains from sources other than bread. White bread contains salt, not just for flavor but to ensure that the dough rises properly.
  5. Shop for raw ingredients with maximum natural flavor, thereby avoiding the need to add as much (if any) sodium. (Harvard)