One of the most painful health conditions can be a stomach pain. Add to this, the disgusting feeling of puking alongside watery diarrhea, not to forget nausea and fever. Yes, that’s precisely stomach flu or gastroenteritis for you. Stomach flu is very different from flu or influenza. Stomach flu is… ...Read more
One of the most painful health conditions can be a stomach pain. Add to this, the disgusting feeling of puking alongside watery diarrhea, not to forget nausea and fever. Yes, that’s precisely stomach flu or gastroenteritis for you.Stomach flu is very different from flu or influenza. Stomach flu is caused due to virus, mostly norovirus. No flu shot can save you from falling prey to this painful ailment.Symptoms
Fever / chills
Cough and congestion
Home remedySelf-care is the most important tool to prevent or cure a stomach flu. Given below are some precautionary methods one can take:1)Get ample rest: Fatigue and excessive lethargy are main symptoms of stomach flu. Give your body ample rest.2)Drink plenty of fluids: One mistake a lot of people make during watery motions is to avoid drinking fluids. This could lead to dehydration. Make sure you have plenty of water and adults can also have ORS (Electral) or GluconD.3)Eat right: Consume right kinds of food to get better. Have boiled starches like rice, potatoes, oats and plain cereals with salt. You could try having bananas, soup and boiled veggies. Have something as light as curd-rice to give ease to your stomach. 4)Avoid heavy meals: Meals that put stress on your digestive system needs to be restricted or avoided. Non-vegetarian food, ghee or beans are examples of foods that are heavy on the stomach.TreatmentThere is no specific medical treatment for stomach flu. Most medicines will help to relieve your symptoms. Antibiotics don’t help you with viruses and overusing them could contribute to making the viruses resistant to antibiotics. Therefore, self-care is your strongest weapon against stomach flu.Going beyond in the holistic approachLouise Hay, motivational leader and empowerment coach who has done path breaking work in supporting HIV/AIDS patients and their families, has said that, “Illness however mild or severe is an indicator of your emotional state, caused by your thoughts and focus.” According to her, the main cause of stomach problems like gastritis is: Prolonged uncertainty. A feeling of doom. One way of healing this is through saying or writing affirmations. Doing this regularly can help to reduce the debilitating effects of this illness. Her affirmation for treating gastritis is: I love and approve of myself. I am safe.Alternative therapies that could help you include reiki, naturopathy, acupressure, acupuncture, herbal supplements or therapy, Ayurveda, homeopathy, yoga, and meditation. 9)VARICOCELEVaricose veins is a condition that occurs in the legs. Varicocele is nothing but varicose veins that occur in the scrotum area. This occurs due to the malfunction or enlargement of certain veins in the scrotum area. During puberty, there’s a growth spurt and more blood is needed by the testicles. Sometimes, blood can get accumulated in the veins inside the scrotum, causing them to enlarge, thereby creating varicocele. This mostly tends to happen on the left side. Varicocele forms between the ages of 15-25 years and affect approximately 15 percent of males. The condition could impact male fertility.SymptomsVaricocele is generally not painful but its symptoms could worsen with time. Here are few indicators to watch out for:
Swelling in the scrotum that feels like a “bag of worms”
Change in the size, shape or appearance of the scrotum
Pain in the scrotum region due to physical exertion or standing for long hours.
Testicle shrinkage/ malfunction
What to eat?Given that varicocele mostly occurs during the wake of puberty, it is important to eat the right foods for curing varicocele and also getting healthier. Here’s what you should eat and avoid:
‘Whole- foods’: This includes whole, healthy foods like vegetables and fruits.
Fibre-rich foods: Have loads of foods which are high in fibre. Be it fruits or vegetables, opt for those with fibre like banana and radish.
Avoid: Processed food, caffeine, junk foods, alcohol and excess sugar.
TreatmentOne of the first things that your doctor will tell you is to wear a loose underwear. Wearing a very tight vest could prove to be painful and cause a lot of other ailments.Most men with varicocele never actually undergo a treatment because it doesn’t cause pain. However, if you suffer from atrophy or infertility, you may want to undergo a treatment. Surgery is one of the most commonly opted-for treatment methods in this case as it repairs the veins so that the blood flows normally.Kegel exercises are also recommended to improve blood flow and muscle tone.Percutaneous embolization is another method of treatment that your doctor may recommend. Here, the radiologist inserts a tube into a vein in the scrotum region to correct the malfunction.Going beyond in the holistic approachLouise Hay, motivational leader and empowerment coach who has done path breaking work in supporting HIV/AIDS patients and their families, has said that, “Illness however mild or severe is an indicator of your emotional state, caused by your thoughts and focus.” According to her, the main cause of varicose veins is: Standing in a situation you hate. Discouragement. Feeling overworked and overburdened.One way of healing this is through saying or writing affirmations. Doing this regularly can help to reduce the debilitating effects of this illness. Her affirmation for treating varicose veins is: I stand in truth and live and move in joy. I love Life, and circulate freely.Read less