Saturday, October 23, 2010

A Holistic Approach to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

  • Several types of food can exacerbate IBS symptoms, including fatty and fried foods, foods containing wheat, carbonated beverages, chocolate, caffeine, and some vegetables including cabbage, broccoli, and beans.  Let your experience guide you.
  • A study found that when IBS patients changed their diet and excluded beef and all cereals except rice-based ones, cut back on citrus fruits, caffeine, and yeast, and used soy products instead of dairy, they had less abdominal pain, fatigue, diarrhea, and constipation.
  • Food additives such as monosodium glutamate (MSG) and the artificial sweetener Aspartame can trigger IBS symptoms.
  • To reduce gas, avoid carbonated beverages, don't chew gum, and watch your consumption of beans, grapes, and raisins.
  • Avoid sugarless gum if it contains sorbitol, a sweetener that can cause diarrhea.
  • Soluble fiber can be very helpful for people with IBS whose predominant symptoms include constipation, and for some people with diarrhea.  Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are rich in fiber, particularly soluble fiber.  If you start adding fiber to your diet, do so slowly over several weeks and be sure to drink plenty of additional water.
  • If you don't get enough fiber from dietary sources, try psyllium, a natural source of soluble fiber.
  • Avoid insoluble fiber, which is found in bran, eggplant skins, and bell peppers.  It can make IBS symptoms worse.
  • Digestive enzymes are safe and appear to effectively reduce gas.  For those who are vegetarians, health food stores sell enzymes derived entirely from plant sources, such as papaya.
  • Probiotics, essentially natural healthy bacteria like acidophilus in supplement form, appear to be very safe and possibly helpful for IBS.
  • Tricyclic antidepressant drugs like desipramine, typically presribed at one-half to one-third the typical dose used for depression, may help in IBS by modulating pain sensations in the central nervous system.  Since tricyclics are often constipating, this treatment may be particularly useful for individuals whose IBS is marked by frequent diarrhea.
  • People with diarrhea can get symptomatic relief with the antidiarrheal medication loperamide (Imodium).
  • Peppermint is an herb that relaxes the smooth muscle of the bowel wall and can help ease symptoms such as cramping, abdominal distention, and the frequency of bowel movements.  Enteric-coated capsules containing peppermint oil are very safe, don't cause the heartburn of non-coated peppermint oil or peppermint teas, and have been found to be effective.
  • Acupuncture is safe and there is some evidence that it can help with IBS.
  • A randomized controlled study published in JAMA found that treatment with a combination of Chinese herbs significantly improved IBS symptoms.  While both standardized and individualized herbal combinations proved effective in the short term, fourteen weeks after the end of treatment, those who took the personalized prescription maintained greater improvement.

Source from Yoga as Medicine by Timothy McCall,M.D.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Special Handmade Handphone Pouch by Hearty!

Hearty Handmade has received some order for special made handphone pouch for LG Lollipop and mrt card holders recently from Lynn and her friends.  We hereby would like to thank you very much for your support!

If anyone of you out there would love to have your own special mrt card holder or handphone pouch, email me your request and we will special made for you..:-) 

You may like to visit Hearty Handmade site at for more details.  There are more other pictures available beside Hello Kitty.

I would like to share with you the special made items that being made recently as below.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Yoga Posture: The Lateral Angle (Parsvakonasana)

Parsva means side or flank.  Kona is an angle.  This is the extended lateral angle pose.

In the final position, there should be a right angle between the thigh and the leg and the other knee should not bend.  Both the soles should be fully in contact with the ground.

This asana tones up the ankles, knees and thighs.  It corrects defects in the calves and thighs,  develops the chest and reduces fat around the waist and hips and relieves sciatic and arthritic pains.  It also increases peristaltic activity and aids elimination.  It expands the thorax, strengthens the thighs, prevents back pain, and stimulates the intestinal peristalsis.  It create strong bones, flexible joints, youthful posture, and better balance in daily life.

Note: Please perform the yoga under the guide of a certified yoga teacher especially for beginner. You are at your own risk and responsible if you perform on your own. Whatever provided here is just act as an information.

Source from The New Yoga for Healthy Aging by Suza Francina
                      Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar