Acid Reflux or Gerd

I was rushed to the hospital last monday (the whole story is posted on Topics On Earth), then consulted an ENT doctor last Tuesday and was diagnosed with acid reflux.

What is Acid Reflux?
Acid Reflux is a disorder that happens when acid of the stomach flows back into the esophagus up to your throat and voice box. This causes irritation and inflammation resulting in pharyngitis and laryngitis or hoarseness.

Symptoms:
-on and off hoarseness
-frequent need to clear your throat
-voice breaks
-sour or bitter taste
-sore throat
-difficulty in swallowing (dysphagia)
-pain in swallowing (odynophagia)
-feeling like you are choking
-sensation of having a lump in the throat
-chronic cough
-sometimes bad breath

Avoid the following:
-fatty or fried foods
-spicy foods
-chocolates
-mints
-citrus and tomato-based foods
-alcohol
-caffeine (tea, coffee & cola)
cruciferous vegetables: cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, and brussels sprouts
-milk and milk-based products containing calcium and fat within 2 hours of bedtime
-allioid vegetables like onion

Things you should do:
-reduce the amount you eat in the evening
-do not eat after 8PM or 3-4 hours prior to retiring for the night
-do not lie down just after eating
-eat larger meals for breakfast and lunch
-eat slowly and leisurely
-avoid eating too much
-drink 6-8 glasses of water per day
-stop smoking
-ensure good sleeping posture
-elevating your head and upper body by 6-8 inches when you are lying down helps limit reflux
-be sure to take any medication as directed
-visit your doctor for follow-up and progress of treatment

Things you should not do:
-don’t slouch
-don’t work out near bedtime
-don’t lift heavy object immediately after meals or do other things which put a strain on your stomach
-don’t constrict the stomach by wearing too tight-fitting clothes, too tight belts, girdles, pantyhose, etc.

If you are overweight:
-reduce weight by paying attention to the quality and quantity of your meals
-exercise according to the instructions given by your doctor

These are from the leaflet given to me by Dr. Cesar Joaquin A. Chavez, ENT-Head and Neck Surgeon. If you have the above symptoms, you may have Acid Reflux. Consult your doctor immediately.

Diagram from Wikipedia

Steamed Cassava

Last Sunday is our worst mother’s day celebration I had asthma attack again (grrr!!!) and these attacks started to piss me off. My hubby went to a drug store at 2am last Sunday just to buy my meds. We were able to sleep at past 3am. So we had no choice but to cancel our lunch out that day. Since I need some rest and my hubby doesn’t know how to cook we just ordered two boxes of pizza.

Blessing in disguise that I was able to make this steamed cassava last Saturday so we had our dessert.

Ingredients:
1 kg. cassava
1/2 cup sugar
vanilla
butter or margarine

Peel the cassava, wash then grate. Add vanilla and sugar then mix. Grease baking pan or llanera with butter or margarine. Fill the pan with the mixture. Steam for 30 minutes. Add margarine on top then serve.

My Healing Kitchen

My daughter was complaining of her dry and itchy throat when she woke up this morning. Sore throat I guess. I made a warm saline solution (1/2 tbsp. of salt in 1 glass of warm water) and told her to gargle it. Few minutes after gargling, she smiled and hugged me and said that I am very good. I am doing this every time she has sore throat. Aside from our medicine cabinet, I can rely on my cupboards for first aid remedies. Some plants, spices, minerals and fruits have their powerful healing properties that can be used to treat common ailments and injuries. Here are some of them:

Ginger can reduce intestinal contractions, neutralize digestive acids, inhibit the “vomiting center” in the brain and soothes tired veins. You can make some ginger tea or soak your tired feet in warm water with pounded ginger.

Mustard is a good decongestant, can help to reduce a fever or soothe a headache. You can crush a little mustard seed to a cup of flour along with a little water to make a paste. You can rub this in the chest. Mustard’s pungent heat thins mucus, makes it easier to breathe when you have cold or flu. Just be sure to wash your hands after. Soaking your feet in hot water with a little mustard powder can help reduce fever and soothe headache too.

Garlic can reduce high blood pressure significantly. This maintains the flexibility of the blood vessels. Eat 1-2 cloves (about 4 grams) of garlic daily (raw or lightly cooked).

Lemon is a source of antioxidant bioflavonoid, can assist in healing wounds and can help in reducing pain, occurrence of varicose veins and age spots. A single lemon contains 40mgs. Vitamin C. You can make lemonade or apply the juice directly in age spots.

Salt made from sea water consist of magnesium sulfate and is incredibly useful. A solution of 1tsp. in half a glass of hot water when rubbed into the skin can dislodge backheads, cleanse, open pores and freshen skin. Gargling the solution can relieve sore throat. Adding two cups of salt in a warm bath and soak can help to shrink swollen tissues, reduce sprains and bruises and an excellent soak for hemorrhoids.

Vinegar has a high solution of acetic acid which is a useful weapon against bacteria and a suitable disinfectant if you have a scratch or sore. Just boil some vinegar and water then use the warm solution in washing the itchy area. Vinegar rinse can also remove cigar smoke from clothes and can banish unpleasant odors from armpits and feet.

Incredible isn’t it that we can find these feel-better remedies in our kitchen? Yours can be a healing kitchen too. All you have to do is make some research on how you can use the things in your cupboard or even under your sink as first aid remedies.

 

Stretching Your Food Money

It is hard to budget as prices of basic commodities are increasing almost everyday. Here are some tips on how to stretch your food money. I want to share this to all the moms out there and dads too who do the shopping.

1. Buy foods in season for they are cheaper than out-of-season foods.
2. Make a list of what you will buy before leaving for the grocery or market.
3. Check your supplies while making out your shopping list.
4. If your budget is limited, don’t buy luxury items on impulse.
5. Buy perishable foods only as you need them.
6. Buy food of good quality.
7. It is cheaper to buy basic supplies like rice, sugar, salt, oil and seasonings in large amounts.
8. Compare prices in different market stalls or grocery stores.
9. Buy only as much as the family can eat.
10. U can use evaporated milk instead of fresh milk in some menu.
11. In buying canned or bottled goods, read the labels carefully.
12. You can use other protein-rich foods like tofu, beans or eggs in some dishes instead of meat.
13. To avoid waste, cook just enough food for meal and serve small to medium portions.
14. It is all right to buy in large quantities if the price is less, provided you have space for proper storage.
15. Plan meal for several days at one time.
16. If you can not be home for every meal, carry foods or “baon” with you.
17. Try to minimize waste in food preparation.
18. If you have time and space, grow some vegetables you need in the garden.
19. If you have oven, make your own bread, cookies and cakes.
20. Use margarine instead of butter for it is cheaper and more healthful.
21. If buying vegetables, check the color and buy only what you can use right away.
22. Buy at a convenient time. If you are in a hurry, you will do your shopping randomly, thereby wasting both time and money.

Source: Best Recipes For The Home

Tuna and Mushroom Omelet

1 small can tuna flakes in brine
1 small potato (diced)
1 medium red bell pepper (diced)
60gms. button mushroom (sliced)
3 medium eggs (beaten)
1 medium onion (sliced)
a little oil
salt (optional)

In a pan, saute onion potato, bell pepper, tuna flakes, and mushroom (salt is optional). Cook for 5 minutes then set aside.

In a heated non-stick pan, add a little oil then pour the beaten egg. When egg is almost done, add the cooked ingredients on the half side of the egg.

Flip the egg to form an omelet. Turn the omelet. Serve hot.
This has carbohydrate and protein so it can be a meal itself. Delicious and easy to cook.