Articles

Health promotion has been the main area of focus at Aarudraa Homoeopathic Health Care Centre.

ACCESS DENIED

ACCESS DENIED

Pramod, a software professional aged around 25 years walked into our clinic sometime a year ago with complaints of dry cough and difficulty in breathing, mostly in later part of the night and morning on waking, since 2 years. He had failed to improve despite treatments by consultants of various specialities including respiratory, E.N.T. and so on.

A careful investigation into the lifestyle of Pramod helped us understand that his problem originated from the gastrointestinal system rather than the respiratory system. Asimple modification in his lifestyle and routine lead to a rapid improvement in his health and a complete recovery in a few months.

WHAT WAS PRAMOD SUFFERING FROM? GERD- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Food that we consume stays in the stomach for 3 hours, when it is broken down into simpler particles by the hydrochloric acid secreted in the stomach which ensures an easier digestive process when the food reaches the intestine later. Nature has designed the stomach in a way that it can withstand the acidic nature of Hcl. It has also ensured that this acid does not reflux into the food pipe (Oesophagus),by a valve at the lower end of the food pipe, which remains always closed and opens only when food enters from the oesophagus into the stomach. This a delicate structure which can’t withstand the onslaught of the acid. Various factors including faulty lifestyle contributes to the valve becoming lax and the resultant acid reflux.

WHAT CAUSES ACID REFLUX?
  • late dinner and retiring to sleep within 2 -3 hours
  • A heavy meal at the end of the day
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Intake of alcohol and smoking tobacco
  • Heavy exercises like weight lifting, crunches etc.,
  • Stress
HOW DOES GERD PRESENTS ITSELF? Heart burn Regurgitation

Though the above two are the classical symptoms of GERD, one can present without these symptoms,but with dry cough or difficulty in breathing, hoarseness of voice, mouth ulcers, bitter or sour taste in the mouth, vomiting, feeling like a lump in the throat,sore throat,or rarely headache or ear pain.

HOW TO GET OVER THIS?

Worry not. You can overcome these issues by incorporating a few modification in your routine like

  • Having an early, light dinner
  • Sleeping 2 -3 hours after dinner
  • In the event, when a person can’t have an early meal due to his or her work schedule, he or shecan lie in a reclining position in the early part of the sleep and switch to his regular posture later on.
  • Maintaining an ideal body weight by including mild to moderate exercise in his or her schedule
  • Limiting the intake of fried foods, heavy desserts, caffeine, highly acidic foods
  • A healthy stress management schedule
  • Let us make sure that the acid remains in the stomach and excels in its pursuit of making digestion simple and prevent it going astray into unwanted territories.

HAPPY LIVING – Being Proactive Towards Health Mrs. VidyaAnantharaman,M.Sc – Food Science and Nutrition Nutritionist, Aarudraa Homoeopathic Speciality Centre, Ashok Nagar, Chennai

HOMOEOPATHY – A PARADIGM SHIFT IN MEDICAL SCIENCE

HOMOEOPATHY – A PARADIGM SHIFT IN MEDICAL SCIENCE

Homoeopathy, an ultra-modern system of medicine, founded by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann of Germany in the year 1796, has been helping alleviate health related issues of many a generation of people around the world and in turn help improve their quality of life.

This scientific world which has always been sceptical about the action of Homoeopathy, thanks to the development in the scientific arena in the past few decades like nano technology, epigenetics,etc..have helped unravel the modus operandi of Homoeopathy.

Homoeopathy accords equal importance to Diagnosis and Investigations along with the individualistic symptoms of the patient. This unique combination, peculiar only to Homoeopathy, helps in understanding the disease process and also to arrive at the appropriate Homoeopathic medicine which ensures the effective management of the diseases.

Homoeopathic medicines play an important role in the prevention of “SUPER-BUGS”, which have recently created an havoc in the health care management globally, by effectively treating the acute diseases like Upper Respiratory Tract Infections, Gastroenteritis, Tonsilitis, etc.,

Homoeopathy is equally effective in the management of chronic diseases and in the prevention of long term complications associated with life-style disorders like Metabolic Syndrome, etc., thereby, improving the quality of life.

Diseases until recently were thought to originate at the cellular level and were managed accordingly with medicines of a considerable dose but the recent development in genetics have made clear that the real source of disease lies in the genes and its expressions, the correction of which requires a minimal dose of medicine. This justifies the use of minimal dose in Homoeopathy which has always maintained the role of genes and its expressions in the origin of a disease.

Homoeopathy being an holistic medicine understands the importance of diet, exercise and psychology in maintaining the state of health of an individual and uses them judiciously in the treatment process.

Dr.AkshayaBalaji
Homoeopathic Physician
Aarudraa Homoeopathic Speciality Centre
Ashok Nagar, Chennai.

MINDFUL EATING!

MINDFUL EATING!

In the quest of attaining an ideal body weight, thereby promoting their chance of a better health, many people resort to different modules of dieting ,only to become disenchanted with the procedures and difficulties encountered therein, as these models of dieting seldom bear a fruitful result.

A simple understanding of the dynamics of maintaining a healthy body (weight) and mind will help us design a practical schedule of events to aid this journey towards a better health, become more joyous and realistic.

The core of attaining one’s ideal body weight lies in increasing the basal metabolic rate which in simpler terms means to increase the efficiency of your body to burn the calories. This can be achieved only by regular physical activities.

On the contrary, people falsely believe that crash dieting can also result in the same. But, crash dieting actually reduces our body’s efficiency to burn calories and result in a lowered basal metabolic rate.

POINTS TO PONDER

  • Special diet foods for weight loss: There are no special diet foods as such to aid in weight loss. Try to have wholesome and fibrous foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean meat instead of sugar substitutes.
  • Be flexible and not be too restrictive in your eating plan. There are no strict rules for eating. Be practical and nderstand that there are ups and downs in losing weight.
  • Mindful eating: Don’t be emotionally distracted and say yes to mindful eating. Watch what you are eating rather than watching T.V when you eat.You tend to gobble more when compared to mindful eating. Eat onlywhen you are hungry.
  • Gain support from family and friends to help in weight loss.
  • Don’t ditch your favourite foods. The more you say ‘no’ to your favourite food, the more you tend to eat that particular food. So, have your favourite foods in limited quantities.
  • Don’t expect the changes to happen drastically and instantly. Since weight gain happens gradually over a period of years, weight loss is also gradual. Sudden weight loss on crash diets tends to rebound your lost weight.
  • Drinking only liquids like juices or sugary beverages instead of a solid meal isless filling and develop a tendency to drink more leading to obesity.
  • Occasional dining out is preferred. Have basic foods rather than special foods in restaurants or any other occasion.
  • Have a sound sleep. Less sleep can lead to weight gain. Brain helps us to make healthier choices in food and less sleep can have an impact on this. Sleeping late at night may lead to snacking at night.
  • Being physically active helps in improving metabolic rate and maintains the body weight in the ideal range. It can be stretching exercises, yoga, swimming, walking etc based on your preference. The physical activity has to be done for 45 minutes at a stretch as the first 15 minutes of exercise uses up the glucose in blood, the next 15 minutes from the muscles and only after 30 minutes, the fat tissues breaks down to give energy. Only when fat tissues are broken down, weight loss is possible.
  • A WORD OF CAUTION: Please consult your physician before starting any exercise schedule to know about your fitness levels.
  • Physical activity has to be started mildly for a shorter duration, to be increased as your body gets accustomed to the exercise.
  • An intelligent choice of physical activities, mindful eating and a healthy lifestyle will steer you in the pursuit of a better health. Mrs. VidyaAnantharaman, Nutritionist, Aarudraahomoeo speciality centre.
pause prevnext