Summer food tips and homeopathy

Summer food tips and homeopathy

SUMMER- DIET- DISEASES- HOMEOPATHY

Although Summer is the hottest season of the year, it is the happiest season for children. They get a chance to do what they  really like without bothering about studies and school.  So it  is the perfect vacation time,  for playing   favorite  sports and for spending time with family and friends.  But, at the same time, it is mostly common that summer activities lead to some health related disturbances. Don’t  worry! Here are the best homeopathic remedies to check summer health issues.Lets grab the topic “summer food tips and homeopathy

Sometimes the heat in summer can be dangerous. Sun stroke, dehydration headache, Diarrhea, vomiting, prickly heat, boils etc. attack our body like a silent enemy in summer. Fortunately, homeopathic remedies that match in totality can help us in our battle against the heat very efficiently.  To get immediate relief, along with medicines we need to follow balanced diet to check and counter the summer health issues.   Here I am going to discuss the necessity to take various food items during summer, to fight against summer related diseases, and homeopathic remedies against summer diseases along with specific symptoms in summer.

SUMMER FOODS:

Here are a few foods which you need to include in your diet in summer season  to keep your body cool and hydrate.

WATER:

Water is the best option to quench thirst which is the most important requirement to keep the body cool.  With high humidity levels, sweat will not evaporate quickly. This prevents the body from releasing heat in an efficient manner. That is the reason why it is necessary to hydrate and drink water, even if you are not thirsty.  It is always advisable to increase water intake regardless of your activity levels.

COCONUT WATER:

Water has good cooling properties. It is rich in minerals like zinc, magnesium, sodium, calcium, potassium etc. and high in electrolytes. It quenches your thirst and helps to keep your body hydrate in summer.

Summer food tips and homeopathy

SABJA SEEDS:

Sabja seeds are known to be rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which comes from high levels of Omega-3 fatty acids present in the seeds. Soak them for 30 minutes in warm water before  adding to any juice.   Warm water causes the seeds to fully swell up releasing anti-oxidants and  beneficial digestive enzymes. They have calming and cooling effect on the body and relieve  constipation 

BARLEY :

It is one of the best beverages in summer season and taking barley water  relieves burning sensation in the  stomach. It has diuretic properties and cleanses kidneys and prevents burning micturation and urinary infections.  Since barley water is rich in fiber, it prevents constipation and also helps in controlling the appetite

LEMON WATER:

Freshly prepared lemon juice is rich in vitamin C and has antioxidant properties.

BUTTER MILK:

Butter milk has cooling effect on body and has probiotic properties which aid in the process of  digestion. It is has astringent properties and a sour taste. It improves digestion and alleviates the feeling of puffiness. This is a natural treatment against swelling, irritation and digestive disorders, gastrointestinal ailments, spleen maladies, anaemia and lack of appetite.

FRUITS

Summer food tips and homeopathy

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  • BANANAS:                Bananas help in removing heat from the intestines as they are rich in fibers and nutrients.  Eat a banana every day after-meal and observe the power of resistance one develops against diseases.
  • INDIAN GOOSEBERRY:               Indian GOOSEBERRY protects the body against the harmful effects of the Sun. It contains 20 times more vitamin C than in orange juice. This vitamin improves the tannins, required to shield heat and light. It reverses the ageing effects caused by harsh UV Sun rays.  During summer season, Amla juice keeps your skin cool by releasing heat from the body and thus, prevents heat boils, rashes and acne.
  • CUCUMBER:  Cucumber has a soothing effect on digestive tract.  It has very high water content and   keeps the body and skin hydrated. 
  • WATERMELON:  Watermelon has very high water content and rich in vitamins A and C, potassium, and has the cancer-fighting antioxidant lycopene. It’s also one of the richest natural sources of the  amino acid L-citrulline, that helps in  regulating arterial function and may help in lowering blood pressure. 

Summer food tips and homeopathy

  • CORN:  Corn contains fibers, magnesium, folate, thiamine, vitamin C etc. and helps in keeping the  body energized in the summer. Two antioxidants—lutein and zeaxanthin—in corn may act like natural  sunglasses. lutein is a powerful antioxidant that may help lower the risk of age-related macular degeneration, a common cause of blindness in older adults. The longer the corn was cooked, the higher the antioxidants.
  • MUSHROOMS: Mushrooms are low in fat and sodium content and have high level of Riboflavin, potassium and niacin. Mushrooms are the only vegetable source of vitamin D; and high nutritious values of mushrooms help in boosting immunity .
  • ONIONS :      Onions can protect you from heat stroke. Onions have anti bacterial, anti-allergic and anti inflammatory properties. Make it a habit to include onion in salads and other dishes. Onion has volatile oil that  helps in regulating body temperature 

Summer Health Problems and Homoeopathic drug indications

Homoeopathic drug need to be selected on the totality of the patient.  Here are a few key indications  of those particular respective remedies. These indications help you in selection of right remedy but  final selection of remedy and potencies are always based on the disease condition and totality of the patient.  Against a health problem related to summer diseases, for specific remedy (medicine) suggested, peculiar  symptoms against which the drug is to be administered is mentioned.

SUN STROKE

There are many remedies in homeopathy for sun stroke. Here are a few remedies with their key  indications  : 

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ACONITE: (RESTLESSNESS +ANXIETY +FEAR OF DEATH) Ailments from sudden expose to Sun. Dry heat without perspiration. Excessive thirst. Red face on  lying down and  turns pale on rising up. 

AGARICUS : Vertigo in bright strong light;  sunstroke after exercise in Sun. Muscular trembling,  spine sensitive to touch and great weariness and procreation.

AMYL NITRITE:  CONGESTIVE STAGE  OF SUNSTROKE. Surging of blood to the head with red  face  followed by drenching sweat ( Unilateral). 

ANTIM CRUD:  Unable to bear the heat of the Sun, or is exhausted after doing a little  work in the sun, with night sweat. Constant desire to sleep; Gastric symptoms with white COATED TONGUE .  Ill-effects of disappointed love and suppressed eruption. Troubles after swimming or cold bathing.

Summer food tips and homeopathy

BELLADONA: Congestion in every part after heat expose, sudden feeling of head pain and its sudden disappearance.  Severe Head ache with the feeling as if head would burst.  Patient feeling better by warm application.

NAT.CARB:  Is the best remedy for after effects and Chronic effects of sunstroke as well.  Inability to think;  head feels stupefied and aches; dazzling flashes or black spots before the eyes. Milk disagree,  sensitive to music.

OPIUM:  (Nerves, mind and senses)  Coma , with perfect unconsciousness; eyes glassy, half-closed. Irregular pulse.

 THERIDION: First and second stages of sunstroke.  Unbearable head-ache with nausea and  vomiting with shaking chill – aggravated by noise, on rising-up and lying-down.

PRICKLY HEAT

ARS ALB:  Prickly-heat leading to burning sensation with less itching. Better by hot application

BELLADONA: Initial stage of prickly heat with heat-redness and inflammation present. Rashes come  at once suddenly is one of the indication for Belladona

Sulpher: Itching with burning.  Amel by scratching, agg in night,warmth of bed and bathing. Intense  heat in palm and soles especially in the night time is strong symptom for  Sulpher

APIS:  Best medicine for heat rash with prickling, stinging and burning sensation. Skin eruptions  are red in colour and sensitive to touch.   Better by cold application and uncovering.  Aggravated in warm room.

Summer food tips and homeopathy

NAT MUR:  Nat.mur is strong remedy for heat rash that gets worse with exertion and heat of Sun.  Eruptions and itching increase with physical exertion and better in open air.  When Itching, stinging and  pricking are usually present then remedy is in Nat.mur.

HEPER SULPH: Heat rash with pus containing eruptions. Sensitive to the least touch with stinging,  burning and pricking sensation. EXCESSIVE PERSPIRATION  is strong symptom for Heper Sulph. This remedy is helpful in drying up the eruption.

CHAMOMILLA: Chamomilla is the  best homeopathic remedy for heat rashes in infants and children.   Itching worse at night. Child is extremely irritable with itching. Always desires to be carried by parents.

INDIGNATION, NAUSEA VOMITINGS

Antimonium crudum: vomit right after eating or drinking; constant belching; white-coated tongue; from overeating or eating indigestible substance.

Arsenicum: cannot bear sight or smell of food; burning pains in abdomen relieved by heat. Ill-effects of spoiled food 

Carbo vegetabilis: gas and belching about few minutes after eating; even the simplest food disagrees with the person. Averse to meat, milk, and fatty foods; wants clothing loose around abdomen; chilly, but feels  better  with heavy fresh air.

Ipecac: constant and continual nausea; much saliva; gripping intestinal pains; tongue clean; worse with  smell of food; usually a great deal of vomiting, sometimes continuous; also diarrhea with nausea;   better with the slightest motion.

Nux vomica: heartburn; sour bitter belching; abdominal bloating a few hours after eating; empty retching; headache; drowsy; mentally dull; very sensitive to stimuli (noise, odors, light, etc); irritable; worse with eating, stimulants, and the open air; better from uninterrupted nap or warmth; hard-driving personality; illness after over-work, overeating, use of alcohol, coffee or other drugs; often used for hangovers.

Summer food tips and homeopathy

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Phosphorus: similar to Arsenicum (much vomiting and diarrhea, burning pains, weakness, anxiety, and restlessness); sour taste and belching; nausea worse with warm drinks; great thirst for cold water which is vomited as soon as it becomes warm in the stomach; vomiting blood; sense of emptiness and weakness in abdomen; empty hungry feeling may keep person awake at night.

Pulsatilla: heartburn; queasiness; dry mouth with bad taste; sense of heaviness after eating; tongue  coated thickly with white or yellow material; averse to fatty foods; wants clothing loose around abdomen;  peevish, weepy; wants sympathy and comfort. Indigestion due to improper diet, especially rich, fatty foods, ice cream.

Veratrum album: Burning thirst. Craves ice water which is vomited as soon as swallowed. Vomiting  with purging, violent fetching. Gnawing hunger in spite of nausea and vomiting.person feels cold to  touch; cold sweat, especially on forehead; person feels chilly; exhaustion, even collapses; cramping  in extremities.

BOILS IN SUMMER

BELLADONA: It works wonderfully in the first stage of boils if there is only inflammation without  pus formation.  (INFLAMMATION +REDNESS+ HEAT +SENSITIVE TO TOUCH)

ARNICA:  Arnica is one of the main medicines for summer boils. Works well for small recurrent boils with EXTREME PAIN AND SORENESS.

BELLIS: Boils all over. Boils due to ill-effects of cold drinks when body feels overheated, wetting or getting chilled when body feels over-heated.

HERPER SULPH: Inflammatory boils in the lymph nodes and cellular tissues. Large boils with multiple openings with pus discharge, smells like cheese. HIGHLY PAINFUL & SENSITIVE TO TOUCH. If Heper Sulph  is given  in lower potencies (3x) it will break the boil. 

MYRISTICA: Homeopathic medicine for boils with pus formation.. Myristica has strong antiseptic properties and works well to treat abscesses and carbuncles. It is used extensively to avoid surgery  for boils (think of this if Heper sulph fails, do remember totality should match with the person)

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SILICIA:  This homeopathic medicine promotes suppuration and thus hasten recovery.  Boils usually start at the injured places, Silicia can heal hard nodular crop of  boils that tend to suppurate and do not heal quickly.

CALCAREA SULPH: This medicine is used for suppurative boils with the characteristics  – thick, lumpy and with  yellow discharge.

PSORINUM: This medicine is used for boils that develop on head.  The eruptions bleed easily, scalp looks dirty and boils have fetid with offensive odour. 

PICRIC ACID: Boils that develop in external ear.

BERBERIS VULGARIS:  Boils near the anus with fistula. 

CARBO ANAMALIS: Boils that form on the axilla.

PHOSPHORUS: Small blood boils that occur on the nape of the neck, chest and thighs are treated  well with PHOSPHORUS. 

HEAD ACHES IN SUMMER

GLONOINE:  Sunstroke and sun headache. Head feels enormously large, bursting; blood seems to be pumped upward. Increases and decreases with Sun ( kalm. , Nat.c), can’t lay on pillow. Better by cold application.

NAT MUR:  Bursting head ache of anaemic school girls from sunrise to sunset. Head ache aggravates during and after menses and ameliorate by perspiration.  Head ache begins with blindness (iris, Kali.bi)

BELLADONA: Sunstroke, Congestive throbbing hammering  head ache, rush of blood to head with  red face.  Head sensitive to the drafts and cold or washing hair.  Aggravated by slight noise, jar,  motion, light lying down and ameliorate by LAYING THE HAND ON HEAD, tight bandaging, wrapping up, bending backward.

NAT CARB: This is one of the main remedies for summer head ache. Head ache from slightest  mental exertion; from Sun or working under gas light  (See above)

PULSATILLA : Semi-lateral headaches with scalding and lacrimation of the affected side. Head ache  ameliorated by walking in open air. THIRSTLESSNESS with nearly all complaints

IRIS: Head ache with gastro intestinal problems. Head ache begins with blurring of vision with mental exhaustion .

LAC DEFLORATUM: Head ache begins in forehead and extends to occiput on waking up in the morning; intense throbbing with nausea, vomiting,  blindness and obstinate constipation. 

MELILOTUS: Violent throbbing head ache with rush of blood to head. Ameliorated by NOSEBLEED AND MENSTRUAL FLOW. Head ache alternates with backache.

SANGUINARIA: Pain over right eye, or ascending from occiput to over right eye. Hemicrania, increases  and decreases with the Sun. Pain in the occiput like flash of lightning.

SPIGELIA: Pain from left side of occiput to over left eye (as if eye ball pressed back into the head).  Aggravate by looking down, must look straight ahead. Intolerable pressive pain in eyeballs. Can’t turn eye without turning the whole body.

SUMMER DIARRHOEA

ARSANICUM ALBUM:  Cyclic Diarrhoea after taking chilling food and spoiled food.  Weakness much more in  proportion to the amount of stool. Stool preceded by restlessness, anguish and pain in abdomen.

ALOES: want of confidence in sphincter ani; urging to stool continuously, worse immediately after eating.  Diarrhea that is accompanied by gas. There may be gurgling and rumbling in the abdomen before bowel movements. The person may have involuntary stools while passing wind.

BRYONIA: Diarrhoea from suddenly checked perspiration in hot weather, from indulgence in vegetable  food or stewed fruit from getting overheated in summer. Diarrhoea from drinking cold drinks. Dry lips  with desire for cold and acid drinks in large quantities at long intervals.

PODOPHYLUM : Specific medicine for summer diarrhoea. Watery, FETID, PROFUSE, GUSHING  diarrhoea.  Patient constantly rubs and shakes in the region of liver with hands.

CROTON TIG: very copious  yellow dirty  greenish or brown watery stools come out like SHOT as soon as patient eats, drinks or even while eating. Aggravated by fruits and sweetmeats during summer.   Extreme coldness leads to chilliness along spinal column down load and through entire abdomen  with nausea and vomiting. 

Summer food tips and homeopathy

CAMPHORA: Diarrhoea on sweat on face , stiffness of neck and pain. Diarrhoea with great prostration and collapse at the very commencement of  the disease. Surface appears cold when touched yet cannot bear to be covered.  Dark brown or black stools after any cold intake/exposed to cold.

CHINA: Frequent foetid flatus without relief. Summer diarrhoea from eating fruits, milk, beer.  Diarrhoea particularly after meals at night. Stools are more and more watery, pale,  pinkish with rapid emaciation. Thirst during stool.

GAMBOGIA: It produces a diarrhœa very similar to Croton. Diarrhœa, with sudden and forcible   ejection of bilious stools. Tenesmus after with burning at anus. Ileo-cæcal region sensitive to  pressure. Profuse, watery diarrhœa in hot weather, particularly old people. Pain in coccyx.

VERATRUM ALB.: Diarrhoea from change of water ( bad drainage) (from impure water ZINGIBER),  from emotions with cold sweat on forehead and coldness of body. Violent thirst for large quantities  of very cold water or of acid drinks.  Diarrhoea followed by great prostration.

SUN BURN

APIS MELLIFICA: This remedy relieves pink swollen skin with itching, burning pain better by cold application.

CANTHARIS: This remedy relieves blisters from burns or friction

URTICA URENS: When a burn is mild and the primary symptoms are redness and stinging pain, this remedy often brings relief. 

CALENDULA:  It has antiseptic actions. Can be used externally. Speeds up the healing of damaged skin.

CAUSTICUM:  burn is intensely painful and blisters form. Person feels more  sad than restlessness from pain.  Causticum is  helpful when pain remains in older burns, or when burns are not completely healed.

CALENDULA AND HYPERICUM TINCTIRES:  These tinctures are often  helpful in soothing burns and promoting tissue healing. Few drops mixed with water can be applied externally.

–Dr.Madhuri Balivada

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