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QUESTIONI often face stomach pain and other associated stomach problems whenever I consume spicy food. I try to avoid such food as much as possible, but when I am attending a function or eating out, I take such spicy masala food and fall ill. Can you please tell me a natural remedy that I can have soon after consuming spicy foods which will sooth my stomach?  (Jaya, Aluva)

ANSWERFor some people, spicy food brings out the best in taste but the worst in stomach problems. Dealing with stomach problems after a spicy meal can be disruptive and uncomfortable. The chemical capsaicin may be the culprit for the stomach pain, because when you eat chillies and the capsaicin within them comes in contact with the lining of your stomach, it can cause pain and temporary discomfort.

The easiest and most obvious way to prevent stomach pain from eating spicy foods is to avoid them all together. But if you just can't stop, there are other ways to manage your pain and discomfort. Eating dairy such as ice cream or cold milk can help neutralize the effects of capsaicin. Drinking peppermint tea and ginger root are common herbal treatments for upset stomach.

Health

QUESTION Is there a diet that is ideal just before getting intimate in bed. If yes, I would like to know?(Janardhanan, Matancherry)

ANSWERA healthy lifestyle from the food you eat to the exercise you do can make you look and feel better, and improve your sex life, too. At the same time, some foods can be mood- and libido-killers.

Strawberries are good circulation is thought to be crucial for sexual functioning in both men and women, and strawberries are rich in antioxidants that benefit your arteries. They’re rich in vitamin C, which along with antioxidants, has been linked to higher sperm counts in men. Try dipping the berries in dark chocolate, which contains methylxanthines that may activate the libido.

Avocados are rich in vitamin E, which has antioxidant properties, potassium, and vitamin B6, which may prevent or delay heart disease and promote better blood flow. They're also a good source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. Anything that helps your heart and circulation can also be critical for a healthy sex life. Men with heart disease are twice as likely to have erectile dysfunction because both conditions can result from artery damage.

Almonds contain zinc, selenium, and vitamin E, which are vitamins and minerals that seem to be important for sexual health and reproduction. Selenium can help with infertility issues and, with vitamin E, may help heart health. Zinc is a mineral that helps produce men's sex hormones and can boost libido. Blood flow is important for your sex organs, so choosing good fats, such as the omega-3 fatty acids found in almonds, is a good idea.

Sweet potatoes are rich in potassium, which helps fight high blood pressure, which is associated with a higher risk of erectile dysfunction. They're also rich in beta-carotene, providing the body with vitamin A, which is suspected (but not proven) to be helpful for those with infertility.

Sesame seeds contains Zinc, which is thought to be good for sexual health (it can help testosterone and sperm production in men) and the No. 1 source is oysters. Some breakfast cereals also contain zinc, such as Kellogg's All-Bran Complete Wheat Flakes. One serving (3/4 cup) has more than 100% of the recommended daily intake.

Watermelon is low in calories, but also high in potentially libido-boosting phytonutrients. The lycopene, citrulline, and beta-carotene found in watermelon may help relax blood vessels, and provide a natural enhancement for revving up your sex drive.

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QUESTIONI am a 31-yr-old working woman. In the busy schedule, I often miss breakfast. Can you suggest a simple, healthy, easy-to-be made breakfast? (Nisha, Thrissur)

ANSWERKerala Traditional breakfast cuisine is always healthy option. The food items are easy to make and they taste awesome as well.. Try making Puttu , Idili ,Dosa ,idiyappams,Appams as your breakfast because these all are known as power packed meal i.e. all these contains all the necessary nutrients which is needed for you start a healthy day. Below mentioned is a sample recipe.

Gothambu Dosa

Ingredients Required -

1. Atta (wheat flour) - 2 cups

2. Water

3. Oil - 1 tbsp

4. Salt to taste.

Gothambu Dosa Recipe -

1. Mix all ingredients together. Care should be taken not to add too much water. A smooth batter should be formed without any lumps.

2. Keep this mixture away for half an hour.

3. Heat a tawa/dosa griddle and grease it with little oil.

4. Pour a ladle full of batter onto the tawa and make a round shape. Care should be taken to spread this batter evenly on the tawa.

5. Pure few drops of ghee or oil on it.

6. Cook both sides till well done.

Pathiri 

This breakfast is made with boiled rice and is usually served with curry or coconut milk.

Ingredients -

1. Boiled rice - 250 g

2. Coconut scrapings of half a coconut.

3. Fennel - 1/2 tsp

4. Shallot (small onions) - 3

Pathiri Recipe

1. Soak rice in hot water for around 2 hours.

2. Drain water.

3. Grind this soaked rice well with fennel, chopped onions and salt.

4. Add coconut scrapings.

5. Mix to a thick dough.

6. Smear some oil in your palms and make medium sized balls out of this.

7. Make thick rounds after flattening them.

8. Heat a non-stick pan and grease it lightly and cook on it till both sides puffs up.

9. Serve hot.

food

QUESTIONI am a working woman and normally I skip dinner since I reach home late. I used to have a tea and snacks by 6.30 pm. Can you suggest a simple but healthy dinner which can be made easy? (Meenu, Kochi) 

ANSWERFood is the magical fuel that not only nourishes us to live a satisfied, accomplished and happy life but is also the reason you and I are alive. But fearing food is the best way to lose the plot.

and this fear of food doubles when we think of eating at night. Why? Do you believe that when the sun sets, your breathing, circulation or vision reduces? No! This beautiful human body is constantly working, even through the night when we are sleeping. The heart pumping action, the breathing through the lungs, the excretory system - all work 24*7, a feat no machine can ever match. Thus, fuelling this body is essential, be it before or after the sun has set.

Eating a very large, lavish dinner results in Weight Gain! .Eating a large, high-sugar or highfat meal at night overloads your digestive system. It doesn't get adequate rest through the night, thereby slowing your body physically and mentally the next day.

The key here is to maintain a balance. Eat a light, healthy, carb-included, small dinner every night and see how easily you fall asleep. You'll wake up happy, fresh and full of life the next day, it will clear your bowels and last but not the least, it will help you lose some weight along the way! 

summer food tips

QUESTIONWhat is the menu that I have to include for summer season. Also pls tell the food items that I should keep out during the heat. (Divya, Manjeri)

ANSWERThe sun is shining, temperatures are rising. Summer is the time to shed layers of clothes, as well as some kilos. It's a natural trend to eat lighter during the summer, and you can easily do so without feeling deprived

Start your summer "diet" with these. (A) Tomatoes and Peppers for Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Lycopene. (B) Yogurt for Calcium and Protein (C) Protein- and Fiber-Packed Beans (D) Last but Not Least, Wonderful Water 

Nutritionist Priyadarshini R Menon will answer your questions on diet, health and wellness, every fortnight. Send in your queries to english.mathrubhumi@gmail.com.