We’re more than mid-way through solving your health issues from A to Z, which is fitting since we’re about to focus on the midsection of the body and reveal simple solutions for your biggest digestive problems. But first, two food-related bonus tips to improve your health.
Having a problem reaching the big O? Try nibbling on asparagus. It's chockfull of folate, a B vitamin that helps boost arousal.
If you need relief from the itch and pain of psoriasis, make a cayenne pepper paste. Simply add equal parts of cayenne powder to olive oil and apply with a spoon to the affected area for instant relief.
To treat nausea, some experts recommend caraway tea; others recommend mint tea. Why not get the best of both worlds and make Dr. Oz’s secret recipe for caraway mint tea? Combine 1 tablespoon caraway seeds and 1 teaspoon dried mint, add 12 ounces boiled water, cover and let sit for 10 minutes. Remove the seeds and mint, then sweeten with 1 teaspoon of honey. Both mint and caraway seeds contain compounds that will soothe muscle tissue in the digestive tract, relieving gas.
Alternately, try taking artichoke leaf extract. This natural extract, available for around $6 at health food stores, will increase bile secretion and combat that queasy, nauseated feeling. Take one capsule twice a day with food for stomach relief.
R: Rectal Pain
To avoid rectal pain associated with hemorrhoids, you need to soften your stool with Dr. Oz’ simple solution: dried figs. Fig skins contain a natural laxative called cellulose, which increases water content in the stool, making it softer and easier to pass. To prepare them, soak 3 dried figs in water overnight; when soaked they absorb water and act like mucus in the stool, keeping it soft. Take them the next morning on an empty stomach with the water they soaked in. Repeat before dinner and continue for a few weeks.
If you’re looking for another solution to soften your stool, try this unusual combination: chopped white radish and honey. It’s important to use white radish, which look like white carrots, as they contain a special chemical that stimulates muscles in the intestines to push the stool along. A drizzle of honey on top will add some nice flavor.
S: Soft Stool
If, on the other hand, you have soft stool, try Dr. Oz’s B & B oatmeal to harden it. Combine a half-cup of blackberries, 1 banana, and 1 cup cooked steel-cut oatmeal. Blackberries contain natural chemicals which reduce intestinal inflammation, while the banana contains pectin, which can soak up excess water and firm your stool. The steel-cut oatmeal’s fiber will also soak up excess water, and is gentle on your stomach.