Bombay Times Column – FAQ’s Session 6

I am 56-year-old woman weighing 88 kgs. I workout for an hour and a half daily and watch my diet. In spite of that my weight stays the same. Recently my R.A test came positive. I have a problem in my right hand’s second finger, no other medical problem. What diet should I go on? 

Currently you need to focus on your arthritis and cure it using a combination of naturopathy (which will give you nutritional guidance)and life force healing(which will give you emotional guidance). Once you start curing that, the weight will also start going. The weight that is refusing to leave you right now is actually protecting you as the body needs fat and water to dilute fat soluble and water soluble toxins.

I am a student and with my daily busy schedule I don’t get much time to exercise. Erratic eating schedules have made me suffer from indigestion and bloating. What healthy snacks can I add to my diet, which are easy to make and carry with me? 

I suggest you carry fruits or vegetables that can be eaten easily like apples bananas pears grapes carrots cucumbers etc as well as a bag of mixed dry fruits. You could also carry a boiled egg as it’s easy to peel and eat when ready.  It is unhealthy to keep the stomach empty for long durations, so I suggest you keep nibbling every 2 to 3 hours.

I am a 35-year-old homemaker. After dieting and exercising for a whole year, I have reached my ideal weight. But maintaining that seems tough. Being a south Indian, the food at home is full of vegetables and rice. What should I include and exclude from my diet? 

Diets don’t keep excess weight off. A healthy body does. Make sure you are healthy in body and mind. As I do not know what diet you have followed to lose weight, i cannot tell you what to include or exclude. However you could try brown rice instead of white and eat plenty raw foods through the day. Avoid processed foods and unnatural sugars and as for exercising, I suggest you do yoga and walking over any other cardio.

I have heard that vanilla ice-cream is an excellent digestive. Is that true? Will it be a problem if I have it everyday? 

First of all, ice cream is a dairy product(dairy is acidic to the body). Secondly, did you know that many conventional and commercial brands of ice cream contain car antifreeze solution? Propylene glycol is an ingredient used in many ice creams. Other additives found in ice cream include Piperonal, Diethyl glucol, Amyl acetate, Aldehyde and many more which are seriously poisonous. Many nutritionists now refer to ice cream as the garbage dump food. Apart from that Ice cream is sweet because of the number one and most addictive drug in the world – sucrose (sugar). Various forms of synthetic chemical sugars and sweetners can be found under such umbrella terms as Sucrol, maltose, dextrose, glucose, saccharin (or Equal), aspartame (or Sweet N Low), and xylitol to name a few. So vanilla ice cream is in NO way an excellent digestive. If you do have digestive problems, I suggest you consult with a specialist and get to the root of what is causing it and alter your lifestyle nutritionally to achieve smooth digestion.

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By Sejal Vora (Naturotherapy Practitioner)

Written by Sejal Vora

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Bombay Times Column – FAQ’s Session 5

My husband is 163.5 cms, 40-years-old and weighs 97 kgs. He has been facing acute pain in both his heels recently and finds walking very difficult. What could be the cause of the pain? 

Your husband is overweight and needs to start lowering that at the earliest. With regards to the pain, it could be standing in a bad posture that’s putting extra pressure on the heels. However it could also be a nerve problem, so I suggest you have it looked at by a professional.

 

I am 22 year-old-man, 6’2” and weigh 108 kgs. I have tried several diets but none seem to work. I am also lactose intolerant. Could you suggest a diet that I can follow long-term? Since I am a Keralite, many of the dishes made at home are coconut-based. Where am I going wrong?

I would need a lot more information to suggest a diet however you are not grossly overweight so I suggest you follow the basic principles of eating healthy (lots of raw fruits and vegetables), exercising and staying hydrated. Also ensure that you are not eating a lot of white rice. As for being lactose intolerant; the most effective treatment is to avoid foods and medications that contain lactose, primarily milk and milk products.

I am a 40-year-old man weighing 57 kgs. I’ve been trying to gain weight but have reached a plateau. Can you recommend a diet that will help me gain weight the healthy way? 

The information provided is insufficient as I need to not only know your height but I also need to know your current diet to understand why you have reached a plateau. Doing yoga helps you achieve your ideal optimum weight, so I suggest you start  Hatha yoga and see if that helps.

I’d like to know if slaked lime can be used as a calcium supplement. How must it be consumed? Can be added while cooking or had raw? What is the quantity needed for daily supply of calcium? Can slaked lime help preventing/ curing osteoporosis? 

I do not recommend slated lime as a calcium supplement. I suggest you get your calcium from natural vegetables, nuts, sesame seeds etc., I suggest you research the internet for natural food sources of calcium as there are too many to put down here. I also suggest you give your body morning sunlight as it is vital for building bones, apart from that I suggest you go yoga and keep your body alkaline by eating healthy as a lifestyle as that is the best way to supply calcium to your body daily.

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By Sejal Vora (Naturotherapy Practitioner)

Written by Sejal Vora

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Bombay Times Column – FAQ’s Session 4

I am a 30 year old married woman weighing 75 kgs. In the last six years I have put on 25 kgs much to my dismay. The culprit is a stressful lifestyle — no exercise, irregular diet, a tiresome job and late sleeping hours. My periods are also irregular periods and I have been diagnosed with cysts in my ovaries. What diet should I follow to lose weight? 

You already know the reasons why you have put on weight. The fact is that you have not been able to implement weight loss as you have not been able to implement regular exercise, diet, sleep or lower stress which leads to a healthy body. I suggest you first work with your mind. You could choose from a variety of alternative therapies like naturotherapy, life force therapy, homeopathy, reiki etc as all these practitioners work will help you lower stress and guide you towards finding your balance which in turn will enable you to eat healthy, exercise and lower stress etc. As for the cysts, I suggest you try hypnotherapy, as mostly this is related to birthing blocks and fears.

I am suffering from a number of food allergies. Could you suggest a healthy alternative to milk, nuts and corn? What food should I substitute for wheat?  

There are natural Allergy Elimination Techniques which are non-invasive, drug free and a natural solution to alleviate allergies of all types and intensities. These techniques use a blend of selective energy balancing, testing and treatment procedures from acupuncture/acupressure, nutritional, and kinesiological disciplines of medicine where one allergen is treated at a time. I suggest you research this on the internet and work towards clearing your allergies to live a healthier life. As for your question for healthy substitutes; you can have 2 tablespoons Omega3 cold pressed oil instead of nuts. Milk and corn can be avoided as they are very acidic but do research on foods high in calcium and make sure to have calcium every day. Wheat can be substituted with Millet – Great, Sorghum aka Jowar.

I have been told that fasting once a week is a good practise. I try and skip my lunch every Friday (there is an eight to 10 hour gap between my breakfast and lunch). Is this a healthy practice?

An 8 to 10 hour gap is not good between breakfast and lunch. Up to 4 hours is ok.With regards to fasting, there are many types of fasts, I suggest a fast that allows you lots of raw fruits and vegetables all day as it nourishes the body and yet rests the digestive system. Please remember that it is important to rest when you fast.

Is having a jawar roti slightly dipped in oil or ghee good to have at breakfast? Also, I have noticed that when I skip my meals I tend to feel very heavy. Why is that?

Jowar roti is good, a little ghee is ok, if the oil is cold pressed then that’s good too, however its always better to start your morning with a variety of fresh fruits for breakfast and save the roti for later in the day . Without a complete diagnosis I cannot answer your question accurately, I suggest you consult a naturopath or homeopath and understand what’s causing it, to be able to cure it. It is also advisable to not skip meals and eat smaller portions more frequently.

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By Sejal Vora (Naturotherapy Practitioner)

Written by Sejal Vora

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Bombay Times Column – FAQ’s Session 3

How long after eating possibly contaminated food would one suffer the symptoms of food poisoning?

Anywhere from a few hours to a few days after consuming contaminated food is the typical timeframe for experiencing symptoms of food poisoning. Although these symptoms may vary and may be mistaken with symptoms of other illnesses, the cramping, watery diarrhea, and vomiting may be part of the ordeal of food poisoning. While food poisoning symptoms usually go away in one to two days, symptoms may last for up to ten days. Immediately contact a health care provider if you experience high fever, bloody stools, dehydration, and diarrhea lasting more than three days.

I have very dry skin in winter and even though I moisturize it every day in the morning, by the evening it’s dry and itchy. Please advice the best way to keep skin moisturized all day and night.

Cold air cannot hold water and dry air dehydrates skin, causing smooth layers of cells to fall apart like a dilapidated wall. Hydration is the key to keeping your skin moist inside out. Drinking plenty of fluids like water, juice and soup to help maintain healthy skin. All natural Oils like coconut, olive, Almond and Omega-3 oils are healthy for your skin and can be applied instead of creams. Apply oil to your skin after bathing and if you don’t like the smell add a drop or two of any natural essential oil with fragrance. Last but not the least; eat plenty of nuts high in omega-3 during winter.

I have been experiencing pain in my lower back mostly during the night. It usually only happens when I am lying on my side, however lately it has been when I am lying on my back as well. Please advice.

This is the most common type of back pain known as non specific lower back pain. Non-specific low back pain is mechanical in the sense that it varies with posture or activity. Most people that lead unhealthy and sedative lifestyles encounter this pain at some point in their lives. In Hatha yoga, practicing postures (asana) that involve back bends help improve and strengthen your lower back. It is important that you eat healthily and practice these asana’s till your back improves, and once it does you need to try and incorporate yoga into your daily routine to stay healthy.

For the past few months or so, I’ve been having this tingling feeling in my feet just as I am falling asleep making me shifty and unable to fall asleep easily because of the tingles, I don’t seem to have any other symptoms and it happens once every few days. What could this be due to?

Since you have no other symptoms trying emptying your bladder before you go to bed, often tingling occurs when you try to sleep with a full bladder.  This should work. However if it still persists despite emptying the bladder then I suggest you check for diabetes and or deficiencies in vitamins. Poor circulation also contributes to tingling, so make sure you are keeping your body healthy by doing yoga to improve your blood circulation and maintain overall health.

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By Sejal Vora (Naturotherapy Practitioner)

Written by Sejal Vora

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Bombay Times Column – FAQ’s Session 2

Is it true that water is bad if taken with food?

Yes, it’s true. Drinking water or any other beverage with a meal is unhealthy because it restricts digestion. The stomach has no teeth. Digestion begins in the mouth not in the stomach.  When we drink with a meal we dilute the digestive saliva of the mouth which comes from chewing properly.  Chewing your food to mush before swallowing prepares it for the stomach enzymes to break it down further before passing it on to the small intestine where pancreatic enzymes are released.  Water is the best beverage and should be had 20 minutes before or an hour after any cooked meal, not with.

My son is 9 years old and constantly keeps falling sick; mostly it’s a cough cold and sometimes even a fever. I don’t like giving him medication, but he cannot keep missing school, I don’t know what to do.

It looks like your son has low immunity, if the body is frequently creating mucus; it is doing so to protect him from unwanted virus/bacteria by trapping it in the mucus. The cough is also connected as the body tries to throw out used mucus. And the fever last but not the least is a sure shot sign that the body is constantly needing to fight for him as his overall immunity is low.  Unfortunately allopathic medication will only weaken him more. His immunity could be low due to different reasons, however it is important that you monitor your child’s nutrition and consult with a specialist to make sure he is getting the correct nutrition in to boost his immunity.

I have a constipation problem and it’s probably because I eat almost no fruits and vegetables and my diet consists of primarily meat. Is there any other solution besides eating fruits and vegetables as I don’t enjoy fruits and vegetables at all?

The body needs natural fibre, and there is no shortcut for that, fruits and vegetables are not only important for constipation, but most important for your entire physical well being including your youth and vitality. I suggest you start working with clearing your block against fruits and vegetables. This is easily doable with the help of positive affirmations or hypnosis.

I work at a bank and I report to work by 9 am, by around 3 pm I feel fatigued every day. As you had mentioned in one of your articles, that tea and coffee cause fatigue, I stopped drinking coffee in the afternoons, but the fatigue is still there. Is there anything else I can do or take?

I suggest you check the amount of water you’re consuming through the day. On an average depending on your height and weight, you need to drink sufficient water, as dehydration is often a cause for fatigue. Also watch you’re eating habits as if you are eating a lot of carbohydrates like white rice or white bread for lunch, it causes fatigue because it is high glycemic and uses a lot of energy to digest leaving you with none. If overall your nutrition is healthy and you are drinking enough water and still fatigued, I suggest you get it checked by your physician.

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By Sejal Vora (Naturotherapy Practitioner)

Written by Sejal Vora

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Bombay Times Column – FAQ’s session 1

 What are the benefits of breastfeeding over giving my baby bottled  milk?                         

Just as no animals child drinks another animals milk, is nature’s way of telling you as a mother to feed your baby. Mother’s milk has all the correct nutrition required for a human baby to grow healthily and most importantly mother’s milk alone helps build the child’s immunity which is what will protect your child from illness in the long run. Bottled milk or formula milk is very acidic for children. Ideally you should breast feed your baby for a year.

Is sugar in fruits safe for diabetics?

Absolutely, a diabetic should not be afraid to eat fresh fruits and vegetables which contain sugar and starch. Fresh fruits contain fructose, which does not need insulin for its metabolism, making it safe. People with diabetes however should eat fruits with a low glycemic index, i.e. below 55. This is to help prevent blood sugar spikes that make diabetes worse. Fructose also has a much lower glycemic index of 19 compared to glucose or sucrose (table sugar) which has GI values of 100 and 60 respectively. This means high fructose fruits will not spike blood sugar levels to the same extent as high glucose fruits. High fructose fruits like apples, pears, grapefruit and guavas, are beneficial for diabetics. It should be noted that beverages sweetened with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are not a substitute for fruits high in fructose. These heavily processed drinks tend to have an extremely high fructose content, far in excess of that found in fresh fruits and are devoid of any nutritional benefits. Chronic consumption of HFCS has been linked to increased rates of heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.

I have tried several diets to lose weight, but I keep putting it back on, what in your opinion is the best diet to lose weight permanently?  

A diet is often thought of as a regimented eating plan to lose weight, however the truth is that no weight loss diets ever work permanently. The only way to lose weight permanently is to change your lifestyle and aim to be healthy vs. trying to be slim. If you are overweight you are most likely suffering from acidosis which does not allow you to lose weight. When the body is in a state of acidosis, the body needs all the fat and water it can retain to dilute your fat soluble and water soluble toxins. It is for your own safety that your body does this as it chooses survival over vanity. The key to losing weight is to focus on becoming healthy on the inside which will eventually lead to weight loss. Weight loss is a guaranteed side effect of being healthy.

I am asthmatic and have heard that wet haldi boiled in milk is beneficial. However, it is very harsh on the stomach. Is there something that can be added to the milk to balance the heat?

I am personally not a big fan of milk as it is acidic to the body. Turmeric may or may not cure your asthma, but is great in general to eat anyways as it will only do you good. A good way to consume haldi is with either a little bit of honey or ghee. I recommend you visit a hypnotherapist as asthma is most often related directly to the mind, and is most effective if treated through the mind. If you have been suffering from a long time, it is possible that the cause lies in your past; hypnotherapy allows you to locate the cause and resolve it, allowing you to be asthma free permanently.

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By Sejal Vora (Naturotherapy Practitioner)

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