Food combinations bad for digestion

Five faulty food combinations – 

Animal protein and carbohydrates: Different enzymes are required to breakdown these very different foods. When eaten together, the foods do not get properly digested. That leads to indigestion, fermentation and putrefaction in the digestive tract.

Fruit with carbohydrates: Fruit digests much more quickly than any other food. Many people think that adding fruit to porridge is a healthy breakfast option. However, it will only hinder the digestive process. It’s better to always eat fruit on an empty stomach and ideally early in the morning.

Dairy with fruit: Smoothies are a breakfast favourite for many people. The problem is that yogurt is an animal protein and when mixed with fruit, it can cause inadequate digestion which leads to acidity, and fermentation in the GI tract.


Avoid drinking with meals: It’s best to avoid drinking large amounts of any fluid with meals, otherwise the digestive enzymes will become diluted and hinder the digestive process. It’s best to stop drinking 30 minutes before food intake and wait two hours after eating before drinking water, to ensure adequate digestion.


Melon after dinner for a healthy dessert: Melon is the one fruit that must be eaten alone, or left alone, as it takes slightly longer than other fruits to digest.

Five useful food combinations – 

* Carbohydrates and vegetables such as brown rice and vegetables.

* Animal protein and non-starchy vegetables make for easy digestion, which will enhance one’s ability to breakdown the nutrients and eliminate efficiently. Prawns on a bed of green leaves with cucumber and fennel or grilled fish with lightly steamed green beans.

* Bowl of seasonal fruit salad first thing in the morning. This is a gentle way to wake up the system.

* Avocados combine well with either vegetables or fruits. This semi tropical fruit also works well in green smoothies and makes a great dairy replacement.

* Aim to ingest denser proteins, especially animal-based ones earlier in the day to ensure adequate digestion. 


Common Cold: Diet & Home Remedies


Diet: Cold food and drinks, ice creams, sweets, fried food and milk products (cheese, creams, yogurt) should not be consumed. Sweet fruit juices should also be avoided. Breads, meats, nuts and pastries are also not good to take.

Follow a light and warm diet like boiled or steamed vegetables and vegetable soup. Spice teas, herbal teas and hot milk can be taken (if boiled with a piece of crushed ginger). Half a teaspoon of turmeric powder can be mixed with the milk.



Home Remedies:


  • Take ½ teaspoon of ginger powder with 1 teaspoon of honey. Black pepper can also be added.
  • Chewing a piece of fresh ginger with a little salt on it will ease coughs.
  • Half a cup of warm water mixed with one teaspoon of lemon juice and one teaspoon of honey can be taken several times a day.
  • Equal quantities of powdered fenugreek seeds, turmeric and ginger powder can be mixed together. One teaspoon can be taken in the morning and evening.
  • In cases of a sore throat, a clove or two cardamoms or a few raisins can be chewed.
  • Gargling with warm salty water is also beneficial. This can be done two or three times a day.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to help break up your congestion. Drinking water or juice will prevent dehydration and keep your throat moist.
  • Inhale steam to ease your congestion and drippy nose. Hold your head over a pot of boiling water and breathe through your nose.
  • Gargle with warm salt water. Gargling can moisten a sore or scratchy throat and bring temporary relief. Try a half teaspoon of salt dissolved in 8 ounces of warm water four times daily.

गरम पानी पीने के फायदे

सफाई और शुद्धी– यह शरीर को अंदर से साफ करता है। अगर आपका पाचन तंत्र सही नहीं रहता है, तो आपको दिन में दो बार गरम पानी पीना चाहिये। सुबह गरम पानी पीने से शरीर के सारे विशैले तत्‍व बाहर निकल जाते हैं, जिससे पूरा सिस्‍टम साफ हो जाता है। नींबू और शहद डालने से बड़ा फायदा होता है।


कब्‍ज दूर करे– शरीर में पानी की कमी हो जाने की वजह से कब्‍ज की समस्‍या पैदा हो जाती है। रोजाना एक ग्‍लास सुबह गरम पानी पीने से फूड पार्टिकल्‍स टूट जाएंगे और आसानी से मल बन निकल जाएंगे। 

मोटापा कम करे– सुबह के समय या फिर हर भोजन के बाद एक ग्‍लास गरम पानी में नींबू और शहद मिला कर पीने से चर्बी कम होती है। नींबू मे पेकटिन फाइबर होते हैं जो बार-बार भूख लगने से रोकते हैं।

सर्दी और जुखाम के लिये– अगर गले में दर्द या फिर टॉन्‍सिल हो गया हो, तो गरम पानी पीजिये। गरम पानी में हल्‍का सा सेंधा नमक मिला कर पीने से लाभ मिलता है।

खूब पसीना बहाए– जब भी आप कोई गरम चीज़ खाते या पीते हैं, तो बहुत पसीना निकलता है। ऐसा तब होता है जब शरीर का टम्‍परेचर बढ जाता है और पिया गया पानी उसे ठंडा करता है, तभी पसीना निकलता है। पसीने से त्‍वचा से नमक बाहर निकलता है और शरीर की अशुद्धी दूर होती है।

शरीर का दर्द दूर करे– मासकि शुरु होने के दिनो में पेट में दर्द होता है, तब गरम पानी में इलायची पाउडर डाल कर पिएं। इससे ना केवल मासिक का दर्द बल्कि शरीर, पेट और सिरदर्द भी सही हो जाता है।

RHEUMATOID ARTHRITS: Information in Indian System of Medicine

Treatment in AYURVEDA


Ayurvedic name: Amavata

Due to the hypo-functioning of ushma (Agni), the first dhatu viz. the rasa or chyle, is not properly formed and the anna-rasa undergoes fermentation or putrefaction (dushta) being retained in the amashaya. This state of rasa is ‘Ama’ where the impaired vatadi doshas being mixed up with one another lead to the ama-dosha- According to Vagbhata (A .H. Su. 13/25).

The disease ‘amavata’ is formed due to such vitiated ama-doshas. ‘Madhav-nidana’ explains this disease descriptively.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a long-term disease that leads to inflammation of the joints and surrounding tissues. It can also affect other organs.



Foods/habits incompatible with your constitution

Poor digestion Sedentary lifestyle Consuming too much fat
Preventive Measures

Don’ts (Apathyas)

Avoid Curd, fish, jaggery, milk, flour of mash (black gram)

Avoid dushit jala (contaminated water) Avoid viruddha bhojan (incompatible food), asatmya food, visham bhojan Avoid control of natural urges (vegavrodh), , Avoid heavy, slimy foods (pischhil). Health Promoting Tips

Do’s (Pathyas)

Food like Yava (barley), Kulattha (horse gram), Raktashali (rice), Vastuk

Fresh vegetable like shigru (drum sticks), punarnava, karvellak (bitter gourd), parawar, ardrak (ginger)Usage of hot water, rasona or ginger (shodhit with takra), Jangal mansa (meat).
Curative Herbs 

Guggulu (Commiphora wightii)

Nirgundi (Vitex negundo) Eranda (Ricinus communis) Shallaki (Boswellia serrata) Shunthi (Zingiber Officinalis) Guduchi (Tinospora corifolia Willd.) Shigru (Moringa oleifera) Rasna (Pluchea lanceolata) Rasona (Allium sativum) Prasarini (Paedaria foetida)

Treatment in UNANI


Wajaul Mafasil (Rheumatoid arthritis) is an inflammation of one or more joints associated with pain. It may be Balghami (phlegmatic) or Damavi (sanguine) and Murakkab (compound) acoording to predominance of Akhlat (humours).


 Predominance of Haar (hot) and Ratab (moist) Akhlat (humours) – Dam (blood),

Balgham (phelgm).Soo-e-Mizaj Azwi (Imbalance of temperament of organ).

Martoob Aab-o-Hawa (Humid climate).

Accumulation of Fasid Akhlaat (morbid humours) in blood due to Soo-e-Hazm


Infiaalat-e-Nafsania (Psychic influences).

Excessive intake of hot and moist food such as meat and dairy products.

Samn-e-Mufrat (Obesity).

Naqs-e- Taghzia (Deficient nutrition).

Kasrat-e-Sharab Noshi (Excessive consumption of alcohol).

Zarba-wa-Saqta (Injury).

Mauroosi (Hereditary).

Certain diseases affecting body immunity e.g. Aatshak (syphilis), Suzaak

(gonorrhoea), etc.

Preventive Measures

 Maintain body weight.

Avoid oily/fatty diets.

Maintain normal Ihtibas-o-Istifragh (retention and evacuation) through intake of

high fiber diet to regulate daily bowel movement.

Health Promoting Tips

 Do Riyazat (exercise) regularly as per instructions.

Adequate Naum (sleep).

Hijamah (cupping) is very beneficial. It decreases the inflammation of joints.

Curative Herbs 

Izkhar Lemon grass (Andropogon schaenar linn)

Arand root Castor (Ricinus communis Linn.)

Ajwain khurasani Henbane (Hyoscyamus alba Linn.)

Madar flower Madder (Calotropis gigantea (Linn.) Ait. f.)

Zanjabeel Ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe)

Suranjan talkh Colchicum (Colchicum luteum Bak.)

Joz masil Datura (Datura stramonium Linn.)

Asgand Withania (Withania somnifera (Linn.) Dun.)

Ispand Wild Rue (Peganum harmala Linn.)

Khulanjan Galangal (Alpinia galangal (Linn.)Willd.)

Biskhapra Hogweeds (Trianthema portulacastrum Linn.)

Odesity: Information in Indian System of Medicine


Definition Ayurvedic Name: Sthaulya Excess deposition of fat on the body causing discomfort in routine activities and/or adverse effects on health is called sthaulya (obesity).

CausesThe lifestyle, mainly food habits contribute. Heredity is also an important factor in causing obesity.

Dietary habits: • Over eating • Intake of heavy, sweets, cold & unctuous food

Life style causes:• Lack of exercise • Day sleep • Purposeless cheerfulness & lack of seriousness • Lack of mental exercise

Preventive Measures

Don’ts (Apathya)

Dietary: • Over eating • Heavy, sweet, cold, unctuous food, milk products etc. • Fried Food • Preserved, canned food

Lifestyle:• Day sleep • Physical rest • Mental rest • Sluggish routine, lack of exercise

Health Promoting Tips

Do’s (Pathya)

Dietary:• Fresh healthy food at regular intervals • Low fat diet • High fiber diet • Plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits • Yava (barley), chana (black gram) etc.

Lifestyle:• Gradual increase in night awakening i.e. vigil • Physical exercise (regular & moderate) • Mental exercise • Strong motivation and will to loose weight Curative Herbs/Animal Product/Mineral • Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia) • Musta (Cyperus rotundus) • Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) • Bibhitaki (Terminalia belerica) • Amalaki (Phyllanthus emblica) • Takrarishta • Honey • Shilajatu • Vidangadi Lauha



Definition Siman-e-Mufrit (Obesity) is condition in which excess body fat accumulates to the extent that it may have an adverse effect on health, leading to reduced life expectancy and increased health problems.

Causes• Kasrat-e-Ghiza (overeating): Overeating leads to weight gain, especially if the diet happens to be Kaseer-ush-Shahm (high in fat). • Ghair Mtaharrik Tarz-e-hayat (Sedentary lifestyle) results in Qillat-e-Ihteraq-e- Ghiza (fewer calories’ burn) which leads to accumulation of Shahm (fat) in the body. • Istehala-e-Bati (slow metabolism). • Soo-e-Mizaj-e-Barid (cold temperament).

Preventive Measures• Taqleel-e-gGhiza (diet restriction) is most important measure. Ghiza-e-Lateef qaleel-ut-taghziayah (light and low calorie diet) is to be used and Ghiza-e-Kaseef Kaseer-ut-taghziayah (heavy and high calorie diet) is to be avoided. • Motadil Badani wa Nafsani sukoon (normal physical and psychic rest). • Motadil Naum-o-Yaqzah • Keep a balance in Harkat wa Sukoon Badani Wa Nafsaani (body and psychic movement & repose). • Take Hammam-e-Haar (Hot bath). • Practice Kasrat-e-Saum (frequent fasting) • Fasd (venesection) • Ishaal – As per the individual requirement.

Health Promoting Tips• Riyazat-e-Motadil (physical exercise) is the second most important measure for Tahzeel (weight loss). Physical activity and exercise help burn calories, regular exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle to maintain a healthy weight for the long term. • Avoid oily & fatty diets. • Adopt healthy lifestyle. • Hot bath at empty stomach • Diaphoresis

Curative herbs/Animal product• Luke-e-Maghsool Laakh/Luk (Coccus lacca) • Utraj Lemon (Citrus limon (Linn.) Burm.f.) • Zeera Siyah Caraway (Carum carvi Linn.) • Kalongi Black cumin (Nigella sativa Linn.) • Ajwain Khurasani Henbane (Hyoscyamus alba Linn.) • Seer Garlic (Allium sativum Linn.)

Regimens• Idrar-e-Arq (Diaphoresis) • Idraar-e-Baul (Diuresis) • Hammam-e-yabis (Hot and Dry Bath) • Riyazaat (Exercise)

ACIDITY: Effective & Popular Home Remedies

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If you are suffering from gastritis, then clove acts as the wonder drug to get you rid of this sensation. Just chew say about two cloves and slightly bite them so that juices keep oozing out. Soon, the problem will vanish.

Cumin seeds
Take say about a teaspoon of cumin seeds and then roast them. After roasting, crush them in such a manner that they don’t become powder. Now, add this to a glass of water and have it with every meal you take. It does wonders.

Jaggery can help a lot in treating heartburn and acidity. Consume a small lump and allow it to get dissolved in your mouth to get relief from acidity. But, this remedy should not be tried by people who have diabetes.

Raita prepared with curd and added with ingredients like grated cucumber and coriander will surely aid in digestion and help eliminate acidity.

Basil leaves
Basil leaves are popular for their medicinal properties. Chewing say around 5-6 basil leaves relieves acidity to a lot of extent. One can also make a blend of crushed basil leaves and dried leaves which can be consumed with water or tea or simply be swallowed.

A yet another simple and most easy homemade remedy to treat acidity is consuming buttermilk mixed with a little say about ½ teaspoon of black pepper powder.

It is also a good idea to drink fresh mint juice or chew raw mint leaves after meals everyday to keep acidity and indigestion away from you.

Ginger is considered as a cure-all herb as it helps in treating so many different kinds of conditions. Consume just the right amount of ginger about half an hour before each meal and feel the difference.

Milk is a drink that consists of a large amount of calcium which helps in preventing build-up of stomach acid. So, drink a glass of milk after your meal to soothe your stomach after having a spicy meal.

Vanilla ice cream
Yes, gorging a cup of your favourite vanilla ice cream not just savours your sweet tooth but also helps combat gastritis. This is an easy home remedy to fight acidity.