GOING GLUTEN-FREE

Gluten is a particular kind of protein that is not found in eggs or meat but is in barley, rye, wheat and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye). Going gluten-free means avoiding these grains. A gluten-free diet is essential for those who have celiac disease, a condition that causes inflammation in the small intestines, or gluten allergies.  Symptoms of celiac disease include anemia, constipation or diarrhea, bloating, gas, headaches, skin rashes, joint pain and fatigue.

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A DIET FOR HEALTH & WEIGHT LOSS

Have you noticed? Look around and you’ll see a majority of Americans who are either overweight or obese. Look in supermarkets and you’ll see a plethora of food products, many of them processed or high-fat and/or sweet laden.  Consuming such a diet often leads to poor health and weight gain. It is not surprising that the leading cause of death in the United States is heart disease. A number of diseases, including pre-diabetes, diabetes, stroke and depression, are linked to how we eat .....

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ANTIBIOTICS IN OUR FOOD

Just what is in the food we eat? Considering the food chain, did you know adding antibiotics to food dates back to the 1940s? Antibiotic use has led to a dramatic reduction in illness and death from infectious diseases, yet there is a downside to this practice. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and others encourage health care professionals and patients to use antibiotics more wisely and seek education and understanding about both the risks and benefits of using them.

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Seeds

Cumin seeds mixed with sesame seeds and honey are supposed to be a great home remedy for irregular periods. Many seeds are paired with coriander and cilantro to make them more effective. Grind radish seeds and add two large spoonsful of the powder to one cup of buttermilk and drink once daily for three months. Add two tablespoons of fennel seeds to a glass of water and let it set overnight. Strain and drink it daily to regulate your period. Coriander seeds have properties of emmenagogue, a substance that stimulates menstrual flow. Boil one teaspoon of coriander seed with two cups of water and reduce it to 1 cup. Strain and drink the concoction three times a day for a couple of days before your period.


Herbs

Natural herbs and supplements such as dong quai and black cohosh can help alleviate the duration and frequency of many menopausal symptoms, such as irregular periods. Herbal teas made with sage and parsley could help treat the problem. Cinnamon has hydroxychalcone, which can affect menstrual regularity. Add half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder to a glass of milk and drink for several weeks, or you could even try drinking cinnamon tea. Turmeric, a warming herb,

Irregular periods are medically known as oligomenorrhea. A woman may have irregular periods from the time she starts menstruating during puberty until she stops at menopause. Oligomenorrhea can occur due to improper diet, anorexia, weakness, stress and intense exercise.


To combat oligomenorrhea, it is best to avoid foods and drinks that contain sugar, caffeine and saturated fats because they can disrupt the body’s natural hormonal balance. Opt instead for lean meats, whole grains, vegetables, fruits and low-fat dairy. Here are some home remedies for irregular periods:


Juices

Juices made from fruit and vegetables can help you manage irregular periods. They ensure you have adequate nutrients and vitamins.


Fruits and Vegetables

Vegetables such as bitter gourd can be very effective in the treatment of irregular periods. Consuming its juice once or twice a day for a few weeks can help. The pulp of the aloe vera plant or its juice is beneficial, too. Extract the aloe vera gel from an aloe leaf, mix in one teaspoon of honey and consume it daily before breakfast for three months (except while you’re on your period).

HOME REMEDIES FOR IRREGULAR PERIODS

HARLEENA SINGH

Harleena Singh is a professional freelance writer with a background in teaching and education. She has a keen interest in food and health related issues and can be approached through her website freelancewriter.co. Checkout her blog and network with her on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.

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helps regulate menstruation and balance hormones. Its antiseptic and antispasmodic properties relieve menstrual pain. Mix a quarter teaspoon of turmeric with milk or honey. Take it daily until you see improvement. Try consuming raw ginger and honey daily to get relief from irregular periods.


Be sure to consult your primary care physician before trying any home remedies.


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