Feel the burn?

According to an article in The Hindu dated fifth August by Ramya Kannan, a study conducted by Health Care Welfare Society in eight cities in India reveals that 66 per cent of Chennaiites have some form of acidity or heartburn. The study also shows that food-related problems are the most common reasons relating to acidity. However, we are not alone. Chennai falls into the pattern of all Indian metros, with irregular timing of meals and eating out being the main culprits. Delhi is the worst performer, with 82 per cent of the population suffering from heartburn, and acid reflux leading to Gastro-esophageal Reflux Disease. Want to know the symptoms? Click here. Mumbai follows next with 75% of the population affected, with Bhopal taking third place with 71% of the population having similar symptoms. The study was also covered Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Lucknow and Kolkata. Increased consumption of spicy, chilly-based food, fries such as pizzas, burgers, chips are at the heart of this near gastritis problem. Stress, lack of sleep, irregular eating habits and long work hours compound the problems. Eating more steam cooked foods, food with less oil, spices and natural antacids like butter milk and lassi can help overcome the heartburn and acidity. So go easy on the dosais and vadais, and eat idlies more often! To know more about this affliction whcih can affect your quality of life, click here.

2 Comments so far

  1. annoynomas (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 11:31 am

    This is a result of IT induced cultural change in
    Madras folks eating habits. The neo IT geniuses prefer mint candies and fruits with high acidity
    for after dinner than the age old proven
    very much ‘Indian’ Paan chewing after a
    large meal with acidic contents and/or sharp spices.

    The Paan has ‘calcium Carbonate’ aka sunna-m-bu
    (i think it is tamil) to help with digestion
    without much of ‘heart burn’. Actually it is
    ‘flaming Stomach’.

    Happy chewing

    For the Northern Indian folks try ..
    Ajwain Paan

    Preparation Time : 5 mins
    Cooking Time : not reqd
    Serves / Makes : as many as wanted

    Beetel leaves-4
    Ajawain-1 teasppon(omam in tamil)
    Scented lime-sunnambu used for beetel leaves

    Clean the beetel leaves.
    Keep the ajwain on the leaves after
    brushing the leaves with scented lime.
    Fold the leaves neatly in a paan.

    This paan is an immediate remedy for stomach aches.
    Pregnant ladies may be given this after a heavy meal
    as this paan also cures in-digestion.
    Children may be given this paan as it activates hunger.
    Since the scented lime contains calcium,it is good for anybody eating the paan.
    jayasree krishnan (courtesy)

  2. Somu (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 5:28 pm

    I was suffering from it for over 8 months… No medication helped. All I did was quit smoking… Touchwood. I have not had it ever since !

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