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Africa Top10 Lifestyle & Travel News By Share 1 The ‘Deuce’ Actor Who Also Reupholsters Vintage Chairs
Meet Gbenga Akinnagbe, a Nigerian renaissance man who is not only a successful actor, but also an entrepreneur with a line of vintage furniture he reupholsters in African fabrics. A celebration of his Nigerian heritage and a new take on classic European furniture, ENITAN offers one-of-a-kind pieces that have been reimagined, upholstered in African wax print fabrics. The furnishings merge bright, bold patterns with classic silhouettes, and are the perfect story-telling pieces for any interior. Enitan means “person of story” in Yoruba culture. SOURCES: THE NEW YORK TIMES 2 8 Emerging Fashion Designers on Their Interpretation of South African Fashion
The Design Indaba Emerging Creatives programme, with support from the Department of arts and culture, gives organisers a chance to scan the country for top young creatives across different industries including fashion, architecture and other aspects of design to give them an opportunity to receive mentorship as well as to exhibit at the annual Design Indaba Conference in Cape Town and at the simulcast venue at Lisof in Joburg. Shaline Naicker, 21, differentiates her work by adding technology in the form of photochromatic lenses. Usually used by companies that make eyeglasses, these lenses darken when they come into contact with sunlight – or ultraviolet (UV) light. Kgahlego Kewana is a 28-year-old doctor who switched lanes to become a designer. Her label, DOCTORED was established in 2017. She makes tailored garments that showcase strength and fragility with a masculine feel. Therusha Chetty is a fashion and accessory designer who specialises in henna art. She uses the dye to create designs that you can find on sneakers, cushions and jewellery boxes. SOURCES: DESIGN INDABA 3 A New Dinner Series at Ida B’s Table Puts the Spotlight on Foods of the African Diaspora
Chef David Thomas is delighting diners’ tastebuds while also giving them an African history lesson when he stages his periodic Diaspora Dinners at Ida B’s Table in Baltimore. The first diaspora wine dinner last month was a five-course meal which included a whole fish, steak, chicken and rabbit dishes made with recipes native to African countries. During the first course, for example, Thomas explained that Calas, a deep-fried beignet made from fermented rice and rabbit, was originally cooked and sold by enslaved women in New Orleans’ French Quarter. While attendees devoured the surprisingly spicy spheres, Thomas recalled how he discovered the dish while researching Nellie Murray, a former enslaved woman who is considered the queen of Creole cuisine. The next dinner, on March 27, will be in collaboration with the Mera Kitchen Collective, a Baltimore-based group that focuses on empowerment of refugee and immigrant women. SOURCES: BALTIMORE SUN 4 Ethiopia’s First Female Superhero Comic ‘Hawi’ is Here
Inspired by Ethiopian Queen Yodit Gudit, ‘Hawi’ is Ethiopia’s first female superhero comic, and her story is told through beautiful visuals that display the exuberance of Ethiopian culture. Hawi follows the story of Ement Legesse, a young Ethiopian woman living in America with her mother. In the opening scenes of the comic book, it becomes apparent that Ement desperately wants to visit Ethiopia on a guided tour but her mother is against the idea. While Hawi focuses on how a young woman discovers and comes into her own power, there is another powerful and feminine figure: Ethiopia’s Queen Yodit Gudit. Queen Yodit, who was alive circa 10th century AD, earned the nickname “Esato” which is Ahmaric for “fire” among her Ethiopian people. SOURCES: OKAYAFRICA 5 The Man who Captures the Colours, Faces and Spirit of Ghana
Prince Gyasi takes photos around Accra, the capital of Ghana, using only an iPhone. He captures scenes of city life and uses colours for impact. The photographer wants to use his work to inspire young people and encourage others to start shooting pictures. The photographer’s body of work conveys arresting and colorful compositions, often featuring portraits of friends, family and muses in emotive poses against colored backdrops. Some of Gyasi’s featured images are part of his ‘BoxedKids’ series, a photographic project turned GoFundMe campaign created by Gyasi and his partner. The nonprofit project attempts to help creative, underprivileged children in Jamestown to pursue their creative talents through access to education. The term ‘boxed kids’ describes children who are trapped in a place or situation; in this instance Gyasi is referring to the difficulties experiences by life in Jamestown. SOURCES: BBC 6 Tips from People Who’ve Been to Morocco
Travellers say the serene hotels, exquisite Islamic gardens and mountain hikes are just a few of the country’s stars. The recently renovated garden on Rue Mouassine, dates back to the 16th century, is a perfect place to escape busy Marrakech, with an exotic range of plants and an ingenious water system created in the 11th century, fed by an aquifer. The Heri es-Souani stables in the Unesco-listed northern city of Meknes, built by 17th-century ruler and Alawite dynasty founder Moulay Ismail and once home to 12,000 horses, offer an unexpected escape from the cacophony of the world outside. Asilah is a lovely little coastal town south of Tangier. Everyone knows Marrakech but Asilah will give you similar sights and sounds in a more pleasant environment. The northern Rif mountains city of Chefchaouen (pronounced Shef-sha-wen) is incredibly picturesque, with its rich blue buildings. Simply wander the winding streets and alleyways of the medina and you will soon leave the tourist crowds behind. SOURCES: THE GUARDIAN 7 Get to Know Kigali in Two Days
Prepare to be won over by Kigali’s history, culture and cuisine. There is something immediately winsome about Kigali. Its spick-and-span streets are safe to wander and – despite, or perhaps because of, the security everywhere – a relaxed and friendly vibe prevails. Sprawled across lush hills, the Rwandan capital has heaps to explore, including moving historic monuments, an exciting creative scene and a diverse slew of restaurants and bars. Spend at least a couple of nights here – and prepare to be charmed. Coffee is big in Kigali it is sourced locally, with proceeds going back into agricultural training and supporting low-income female farmers. SOURCES: INDEPENDENT 8 Cast Away to the Middle of the Indian Ocean
Benguerra Island, 14km off mainland Mozambique, is 55km 2 with a population of less than 2 000 people. The central area and the villas at Azura Benguerra Island are designed for maximum privacy, with a fusion of indoor-outdoor living and ‘mullet’ cuts of the roof thatching designed to maximise the view but ensure you are screened from your neighbours. You need only share your infinity pool with a riotous palette of tiny exotic birds as they do their toilette in the fresh water at dusk. Each guest is assigned a butler who ensures that you want for nothing and yet are left in absolute privacy. From the cocktails and snacks delivered to your villa at sunset to breakfast and dinner, you, and only you, are his focus of attention. SOURCES: IOL TRAVEL 9 The Perfect City to Get Lost In
While travelling with smart apps in tow may offer speed, security and five-star reviews, what it doesn’t offer is spontaneity; and it is often these unexpected adventures that teach us the most about a destination and ourselves – and, crucially, result in some of the best travel tales. A Lonely Planet writer who has travelled extensively in Africa found himself walking off course through the interior of the Chapel of São Paulo (now a museum) on Mozambique Island, “I he heard ‘What a Wonderful World’ by Louis Armstrong playing in an adjacent room. I was suddenly hit by the beauty around me and I welled up with tears.” SOURCES: LONELY PLANET 10 The First Long-distance Hiking Trail in Egypt’s Mainland
The Red Sea Mountain Trail is 170-km long and is usually completed in 10 days and led by local Bedouins. At this stage hikers aren’t yet allowed to do the trail on their own. Adventurers only cover about 15-20km a day, but there are some intense elevations in the mountains along the way. There is an alternative, easier route at every point on the Red Sea Mountain Trail and hikers can also do a mix of the main route and the easier one. Hikers will have to carry their own food, water and sleeping gear, but will get to see the arresting beauty of the desert plains, deep gorges, rugged summits up high, crumbling Roman towns, and prehistoric rock art.

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Coconut: More than just a fruit

Home > Features > Coconut: More than just a fruit Coconut: More than just a fruit Meghna Khanna 2019-03-23T21:20:31+05:30
What is that one fruit/vegetable which comes to your mind, when someone utters the word ‘mutli-purpose’? Is it ‘coconut’, because yes it is that fruit which can probably fit in all shoes and solve different purposes.
Majorly grown in tropical regions, you can witness its presence almost everywhere, in every house and resort you see. Therefore, it won’t be wrong to say that the lives of people there kind of revolves around coconut. From the food, they eat to the beverages they drink. Household utensils, baskets, cooking oil, furniture, and cosmetics all come from the coconut tree.
To put it in simple words, there are as many coconut trees present in that region, which even is not the count of members in a family.
Coconut as food
Though there might be many spices or ingredients in a dish that keeps it intact, there are a few which are meant to stand out, and sometimes be the ‘core’ ingredient for a recipe itself.
Unlike coriander or salt, which just enhance the taste of our food, there is an ingredient called ‘coconut’, which not only compliments its co-existing elements in a dish if needed, but also can take up the lead role.
Majorly used in the South region, coconut is known to be the ‘hero’ ingredient of any dish. Let us see what all can we cook, to please our taste buds with coconut:
Coconut rice: If you have ever had a trip to the Southern region of India, or you frequently visit a South Indian restaurant, you might have tried this cuisine at least once. Subtle in taste, crunchy in texture – this is the most common dish in South Indian households.
Coconut chutney: Often had with Idly and Vada, this is a cuisinyou probably might have not missed by now, but if you have then please eat it right away.
Coconut ladoo: Like you eat those yellow big ladoos, coconut replaces besan and motichoor in South India. Being used in prayers, to distribute when sharing good news – this dessert is the most favourite one of people living in that region.
Coconut muffins: Just like everyone giving a contemporary twist to old ingredients, even coconut got a makeover when infused in a muffin. Before thinking of how it tastes, just go for it and discover yourself.
Coconut curry: As we Indians are very fond of making a curry out of everything, coconut even is no exception. So apart from all the different uses of this fruit, it is also made as a very basic curry served with rice. I am sure it might not taste like rajma or butter chicken, but it is a delicious meal to try.
Coconut milk: Not that common in North Indian households, but yes this highly nutritious type of milk also exists.
Coconut as water
How many times have you been ill, and been asked to drink coconut water? So, it is a very commonly found beverage even on the streets of North India. It has a long list of benefits and a very refreshing taste. People say it is best to fight dehydration.
And, apart from its very basic nature, it can also be amalgamated with different things and transformed into a cocktail or mocktail. I am sure such drinks are being served in South Indian bars playing Rajnikanth music, have you been there?
Coconut as oil
Not only does it taste well when used in food, or gives a refreshing after taste when sipped with straw – experts say that coconut ‘oil’ benefits are healthier than that of mustard oil, and also helps to digest food faster.
Among the health and other benefits of the oil, aids you in managing your weight, supports your immune system health, promotes a healthy metabolism, keeps your skin healthy and youthful-looking supports proper functioning of your thyroid gland.
Changing food habits have led to many benefit health problems. According to experts, coconut oil can help avoid such complications.
Also, coconut oil is beneficial as an immediate source of energy, and is light on the liver as well. It is considered very healthy due to the high fiber and nutritional contents. Also, it has anti-microbial properties, which help prevent indigestion.
Helps fight diabetes, manage and balance blood sugar, and is effective for eliminating cravings. Nourishing for the brain improves cognitive function, and stalls or even reverses neurodegenerative diseases in their early stages, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Also, it reduces the risk of heart disease.
Apart from the health benefits, coconut oil is also a perfect moisturiser, makeup remover, massage oil, deep hair conditioner, bug repellent, sunscreen, and great for wrinkles and aged skin. For medical purposes, it helps in healing antidote for burns, scrapes, cuts, eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis.

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The best Luxury hotel in Lucknow – Review

Renaissance is my favorite hotel in Lucknow. By far the best luxury and lifestyle hotel. The rooms are super comfortable,the interiors are absolutely beautiful and the staff is extremely hospitable Their restaurants L-14 and Sepia are the best global cuisine restaurants in Lucknow. Sky bar/rooftop bar has the best night life. Every month they have a food festival at Sepia which serves authentic Indian food. L-14 serves the best Thai, Chinese, Italian etc, and the most lavish buffet in town. So do visit Renaissance for an unimaginable experience!

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My favourite is Little India, opposite to Papagayo and beside the Beefeaters sit out. I’ve mentioned this on a separate thread ordering Indian food can be tricky. If you order Paratha and butter chicken at Madrasdurbar you won’t be happy. Ordering Masala Dosa at a Punjabi place is again a bad idea. There’s a lot of diversity in food in Indi as with everything else. Little India is owned by a Bangladeshi and their East Indian cuisine is the best. You can try steamed rice with daal and fish curry for instance. Don’t try their biryani, it’s awful in most places in Pattaya.

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How to Get Rid of Gas + 8 Natural Treatments

How to Get Rid of Gas + 8 Natural Treatments By Kathleen McCoy, BS March 23, 1 Dr. Axe on Twitter 22 Flatulence and gas are normal bodily functions, and most healthy adults pass gas somewhere between 13 and 21 times each day. Flatulence is a healthy part of the digestive process, but it can cause discomfort and pain as gas builds up in the intestines. Expelling the gas normally relieves the pain; however, if the pain persists or worsens, it may be a sign of a more serious condition and you should consult with your physician as soon as possible. In addition to pain and flatulence, gas can cause bloating . Bloating is a temporary condition caused when air or gas becomes stuck in the abdomen. The result can be visible as the stomach, depending on the level of air and gas build up, can protrude significantly. In the vast majority of cases, gas pains and bloating are nothing to worry about, however, if you experience any of the following symptoms along with gas, seek medical attention as quickly as possible: ( 1 ) Hives or a skin rash that develops quickly Tight throat or trouble breathing which may signal an allergic reaction Fever Pain in the lymph nodes of the throat, armpits and groin Fatigue Persistent or recurrent nausea or vomiting Trouble concentrating If you’ve recently changed your diet by adding high-fiber foods or cruciferous vegetables, you can expect some gas and gas pain. In addition, foods known as FODMAPS as well as foods you have a sensitivity to like lactose, can also cause gas pain. And, of course, if you overindulge in a high-fat or a spicy meal, you may experience more gas than normal. For many, if gas is a persistent problem, avoiding the foods that lead to gas pain is often the easiest and best way to prevent recurrence of symptoms. Fortunately, when acute gas pains occur, there are a number of natural remedies that help to relieve the discomfort that don’t carry the same side effects as conventional treatments for flatulence. What Is Gas? Gas is a natural by-product of the digestive process that is a combination of carbon dioxide, nitrogen, oxygen, hydrogen and sometimes methane. Gas can be passed by burping or through flatus. These gas vapors alone are generally odorless and if gas has an unpleasant odor, it is typically due to bacteria residing in the large intestine. ( 2 ) Gas can be caused by swallowing too much air, or as undigested foods begin to break down. Belching can get rid of swallowed air containing oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide, but as the gas moves into the large intestine, it is expelled through flatulence . The reason gas develops and must be passed is simply that the body cannot digest and absorb all of the sugar, starches, proteins and fiber consumed. As they pass into the large intestine, the gut flora attacks them, breaking them down. This results in the production of hydrogen and carbon dioxide gases, and sometimes in methane. (2) Having gas is common and natural, but it can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. Certain conditions like lactose intolerance, gluten intolerance as well as other sensitivities to foods can cause digestive upset. Learning your personal triggers and avoiding those foods and beverages that cause gas to develop in your system can help prevent gas pains and potential embarrassment. Popular over-the-counter antacids may not relieve all symptoms and may cause side effects. Fortunately, there are a number of natural treatments for gas pains that are safe and effective. Signs and Symptoms of Gas Commons symptoms of gas include: ( 3 ) Knotted feeling in the abdomen Sharp cramps A feeling of bubbles in the stomach Gas Causes and Risk Factors Foods are often the tigger for gas, and the foods that commonly cause gas include: Beans and legumes Soluble fiber from oat bran, beans and peas Whole-wheat bread Sodas and other carbonated beverages Fiber supplements containing psyllium husk Artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols including sorbitol, mannitol, xylitol, aspartame and others In addition to diet, there are a number of medical conditions that can cause gas pains. These include: Lactose Intolerance: A very common condition where the body cannot breakdown lactose, a sugar found in dairy products. A lactose intolerance occurs when the small intestine stops making enough lactase necessary to breakdown the lactose. The undigested lactose migrates to the large intestine and the result is often bloating, diarrhea and gas. Celiac Disease: This is a fairly common condition where a sensitivity to the protein gluten causes an immune system response in the small intestine. Over time, it can permanently damage the lining of the stomach preventing the absorption of key nutrients. Celiac disease can cause gas as well as other digestive problems like diarrhea, bloating and heartburn, but long-term, more serious conditions including anemia, osteoporosis and osteomalacia are a significant concern. Crohn’s Disease: This is an inflammatory bowel disease that can cause abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, gas, weight loss and malnutrition. Crohn’s Disease is a painful and sometimes debilitating condition that can lead to potentially life-threatening fistulas. Peptic Ulcer: This type of ulcer occurs when there are open sores in the lining of the small intestine. Peptic ulcers can lead to intolerance of fatty foods, burning stomach pain, heartburn, nausea, gas and bloating. IBS: This common digestive disorder affects the large intestine causing gas and gas pain, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain and bloating. IBS is a chronic condition that must be managed long-term and many of the symptoms are triggered by intolerance to foods like wheat, dairy, legumes, cruciferous vegetables, carbonated drinks and citrus fruits. Gastroenteritis: Typically an acute condition, gastroenteritis is an inflammation of the stomach and intestines often caused by parasites, bacteria or viral infections. It can also be a reaction to a new food, and as a side effect of certain medications. Common symptoms include gas and gas pain, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, vomiting and nausea. Diverticulitis: Diverticula are small pouches that can form in the lining of the lower part of the large intestine. Diverticulitis is a relatively common condition, particularly after the age of 40, that occurs when the pouches become inflamed or infected. Common symptoms include gas, pain, vomiting, fever, constipation and a change in bowel habits. Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth: SIBO is a condition occurs when there is excessive bacteria in the small intestine that causes a disruption in the digestive process. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and generally include chronic gas, diarrhea, weight loss and malabsorption of nutrients. Conventional Treatment of Gas Pain When gas pains are severe and reoccur frequently, a trip to the doctor is in order. It is important to receive a proper diagnosis for the cause of the gas pain as some potentially serious conditions can present with bloating and pain. In addition to a medical history and physical examination to check for distension, your physician will review your diet and perhaps order tests. Commonly requested tests include: blood tests, lactose intolerance tests, fructose malabsorption tests, colon cancer screening and, in some cases, an upper GI series of X-rays. ( 4 ) If persistent gas pain is determined to be caused by an underlying health condition, successful treatment of the condition should help to relieve symptoms. In other cases, your physician will often recommended dietary changes, lifestyle modifications and over-the-counter medications. ( 5 ) Medications recommended may include: Beano: Made from a sugar digesting enzyme, this medication may be recommended to help you digest the sugar in vegetables and beans. Lactase Supplements: A supplement made from lactase, the digestive enzyme that helps to breakdown lactose. Bisumth Subsalicylate (Pepto Bismol): A medication that generally reduces the odor of flatus. This medication should not be taken long-term or if you have an allergy to aspirin. Simethicone Antacids (GasX, Mylanta): Medications that help to break up the bubbles in the gas, making it easier to expel. Antibiotics: In you have SIBO or another infection. 8 Natural Treatments for Gas Pains 1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Mix two tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar (that contains the mother culture) with a cup of water and drink right before a meal. This can help to relieve digestive conditions including acid reflux and heartburn by boosting healthy bacteria and acid in the gut. ( 6 ) Try switchel , a fermented drink made from apple cider vinegar, fresh ginger, real maple syrup and water. You can use natural sparkling water to add some fizz to the drink that may help you belch some of the gas in your system. Fresh ginger is known for combatting nausea, promoting digestion and protecting against stomach ulcers. ( 7 , 8 , 9 ) 2. Clove Oil Add 2–5 drops of clove essential oil to eight ounces of water to reduce bloating and gas. It may also help other digestive problems like indigestion, motion sickness and hiccups. (1) 3. Activated Charcoal Take 2 to 4 tablets of activated charcoal just before eating and again one hour after a meal to relieve gas pains. Activated charcoal may help relieve symptoms including flatulence, bloating and distention of the abdomen by eliminating gas trapped in the colon. ( 10 , 11 ) 4. Digestive Enzymes Take a full-spectrum digestive enzyme supplement as recommended. Look for a high-quality supplement that contains lactase to breakdown lactose in dairy, lipase to breakdown fats, amylase to breakdown starches and protease to breakdown proteins. For further digestive support, look for one with ginger and peppermint that also support healthy gut function. ( 12 ) 5. Probiotics A high-quality probiotic supplement can help to maintain a healthy digestive tract by adding healthy bacteria to the gut. Gas symptoms may be relieved as the bacterial flora is altered according to the Cleveland Clinic. In addition, a meta-analysis of randomized placebo-controlled trials has found that probiotics reduce pain, flatulence and bloating in patients with IBS. ( 13 ) In addition to a probiotic supplement add probiotic-rich foods to your diet including kefir, yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha, natto, raw cheeses, tempeh and apple cider vinegar to improve digestion. 6. Fennel Essential Oils Known for its digestive health and licorice-like flavor, fennel essential oil has antiseptic properties that may help relieve constipation, bloating and gas pains. Add 1 to 2 drops of fennel essential oil to water and tea and slip slowly to relieve digestive upset and flatulence. 7. Asafoeida Take 200 milligrams to 500 milligrams of a high-quality asafoeida supplement to relieve flatulence and gas. This powerful spice is central to Ayurvedic medicine and other traditional medicinal practices for preventing and relieving digestive upset. It is widely used in Middle Eastern and Indian cuisines when preparing lentil dishes, legumes and soups. It has a very strong sulfurous odor that cooks out, making it ideal for longer cooking preparations like stews and braises. ( 14 ) Asafoeida is not recommended for pregnant women, nursing moms, children, those with high or low blood pressure, or those with a bleeding disorder. It is known to interact with anticoagulants, antihypertensive drugs and anti-platelet medications. 8. Physical Activity When symptoms arise, take a walk, jump rope or try rebounding . The physical activity may help to relieve gas pains by expelling gas naturally. 5 Lifestyle Changes to Help Prevent Gas 1. Eat smaller portions of foods that cause you gas 2. Eat more slowly 3. Chew foods well 4. Don’t chew gum, smoke or drink through a straw as they can cause excessive swallowing of air 5. Avoid carbonated beverages
Gas pains can be mistaken for certain serious conditions including: Heart disease

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How to Get Rid of Gas + 8 Natural Treatments – Online Health Shop

WWE TLC How to Get Rid of Gas + 8 Natural Treatments Flatulence and gas are normal bodily functions, and most healthy adults pass gas somewhere between 13 and 21 times each day. Flatulence is a healthy part of the digestive process, but it can cause discomfort and pain as gas builds up in the intestines. Expelling the gas normally relieves the pain; however, if the pain persists or worsens, it may be a sign of a more serious condition and you should consult with your physician as soon as possible. In addition to pain and flatulence, gas can cause bloating . Bloating is a temporary condition caused when air or gas becomes stuck in the abdomen. The result can be visible as the stomach, depending on the level of air and gas build up, can protrude significantly. In the vast majority of cases, gas pains and bloating are nothing to worry about, however, if you experience any of the following symptoms along with gas, seek medical attention as quickly as possible: (1) Hives or a skin rash that develops quickly Tight throat or trouble breathing which may signal an allergic reaction Fever Blood in the stool or urine Pain in the lymph nodes of the throat, armpits and groin Fatigue Persistent or recurrent nausea or vomiting Trouble concentrating If you’ve recently changed your diet by adding high-fiber foods or cruciferous vegetables, you can expect some gas and gas pain. In addition, foods known as FODMAPS as well as foods you have a sensitivity to like lactose, can also cause gas pain. And, of course, if you overindulge in a high-fat or a spicy meal, you may experience more gas than normal. For many, if gas is a persistent problem, avoiding the foods that lead to gas pain is often the easiest and best way to prevent recurrence of symptoms. Fortunately, when acute gas pains occur, there are a number of natural remedies that help to relieve the discomfort that don’t carry the same side effects as conventional treatments for flatulence. What Is Gas? Gas is a natural by-product of the digestive process that is a combination of carbon dioxide, nitrogen, oxygen, hydrogen and sometimes methane. Gas can be passed by burping or through flatus. These gas vapors alone are generally odorless and if gas has an unpleasant odor, it is typically due to bacteria residing in the large intestine. (2) Gas can be caused by swallowing too much air, or as undigested foods begin to break down. Belching can get rid of swallowed air containing oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide, but as the gas moves into the large intestine, it is expelled through flatulence. The reason gas develops and must be passed is simply that the body cannot digest and absorb all of the sugar, starches, proteins and fiber consumed. As they pass into the large intestine, the gut flora attacks them, breaking them down. This results in the production of hydrogen and carbon dioxide gases, and sometimes in methane. (2) Having gas is common and natural, but it can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. Certain conditions like lactose intolerance, gluten intolerance as well as other sensitivities to foods can cause digestive upset. Learning your personal triggers and avoiding those foods and beverages that cause gas to develop in your system can help prevent gas pains and potential embarrassment. Popular over-the-counter antacids may not relieve all symptoms and may cause side effects. Fortunately, there are a number of natural treatments for gas pains that are safe and effective. Signs and Symptoms of Gas Commons symptoms of gas include: ( 3 ) Knotted feeling in the abdomen Sharp cramps A feeling of bubbles in the stomach Gas Causes and Risk Factors Foods are often the tigger for gas, and the foods that commonly cause gas include: Beans and legumes Soluble fiber from oat bran, beans and peas Whole-wheat bread Sodas and other carbonated beverages Fiber supplements containing psyllium husk Artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols including sorbitol, mannitol, xylitol, aspartame and others In addition to diet, there are a number of medical conditions that can cause gas pains. These include: Lactose Intolerance: A very common condition where the body cannot breakdown lactose, a sugar found in dairy products. A lactose intolerance occurs when the small intestine stops making enough lactase necessary to breakdown the lactose. The undigested lactose migrates to the large intestine and the result is often bloating, diarrhea and gas. Celiac Disease: This is a fairly common condition where a sensitivity to the protein gluten causes an immune system response in the small intestine. Over time, it can permanently damage the lining of the stomach preventing the absorption of key nutrients. Celiac disease can cause gas as well as other digestive problems like diarrhea, bloating and heartburn, but long-term, more serious conditions including anemia, osteoporosis and osteomalacia are a significant concern. Crohn’s Disease: This is an inflammatory bowel disease that can cause abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, gas, weight loss and malnutrition. Crohn’s Disease is a painful and sometimes debilitating condition that can lead to potentially life-threatening fistulas. Peptic Ulcer: This type of ulcer occurs when there are open sores in the lining of the small intestine. Peptic ulcers can lead to intolerance of fatty foods, burning stomach pain, heartburn, nausea, gas and bloating. IBS: This common digestive disorder affects the large intestine causing gas and gas pain, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain and bloating. IBS is a chronic condition that must be managed long-term and many of the symptoms are triggered by intolerance to foods like wheat, dairy, legumes, cruciferous vegetables, carbonated drinks and citrus fruits. Gastroenteritis: Typically an acute condition, gastroenteritis is an inflammation of the stomach and intestines often caused by parasites, bacteria or viral infections. It can also be a reaction to a new food, and as a side effect of certain medications. Common symptoms include gas and gas pain, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, vomiting and nausea. Diverticulitis: Diverticula are small pouches that can form in the lining of the lower part of the large intestine. Diverticulitis is a relatively common condition, particularly after the age of 40, that occurs when the pouches become inflamed or infected. Common symptoms include gas, pain, vomiting, fever, constipation and a change in bowel habits. Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth: SIBO is a condition occurs when there is excessive bacteria in the small intestine that causes a disruption in the digestive process. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and generally include chronic gas, diarrhea, weight loss and malabsorption of nutrients. Conventional Treatment of Gas Pain When gas pains are severe and reoccur frequently, a trip to the doctor is in order. It is important to receive a proper diagnosis for the cause of the gas pain as some potentially serious conditions can present with bloating and pain. In addition to a medical history and physical examination to check for distension, your physician will review your diet and perhaps order tests. Commonly requested tests include: blood tests, lactose intolerance tests, fructose malabsorption tests, colon cancer screening and, in some cases, an upper GI series of X-rays. ( 4 ) If persistent gas pain is determined to be caused by an underlying health condition, successful treatment of the condition should help to relieve symptoms. In other cases, your physician will often recommended dietary changes, lifestyle modifications and over-the-counter medications. (5 ) Medications recommended may include: Beano: Made from a sugar digesting enzyme, this medication may be recommended to help you digest the sugar in vegetables and beans. Lactase Supplements: A supplement made from lactase, the digestive enzyme that helps to breakdown lactose. Bisumth Subsalicylate (Pepto Bismol): A medication that generally reduces the odor of flatus. This medication should not be taken long-term or if you have an allergy to aspirin. Simethicone Antacids (GasX, Mylanta): Medications that help to break up the bubbles in the gas, making it easier to expel. Antibiotics: In you have SIBO or another infection. 8 Natural Treatments for Gas Pains 1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Mix two tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar (that contains the mother culture) with a cup of water and drink right before a meal. This can help to relieve digestive conditions including acid reflux and heartburn by boosting healthy bacteria and acid in the gut. (6) Try switchel , a fermented drink made from apple cider vinegar, fresh ginger, real maple syrup and water. You can use natural sparkling water to add some fizz to the drink that may help you belch some of the gas in your system. Fresh ginger is known for combatting nausea, promoting digestion and protecting against stomach ulcers. ( 7 , 8 , 9 ) 2. Clove Oil Add 2–5 drops of clove essential oil to eight ounces of water to reduce bloating and gas. It may also help other digestive problems like indigestion, motion sickness and hiccups. (1) 3. Activated Charcoal Take 2 to 4 tablets of activated charcoal just before eating and again one hour after a meal to relieve gas pains. Activated charcoal may help relieve symptoms including flatulence, bloating and distention of the abdomen by eliminating gas trapped in the colon. (10, 11) 4. Digestive Enzymes Take a full-spectrum digestive enzyme supplement as recommended. Look for a high-quality supplement that contains lactase to breakdown lactose in dairy, lipase to breakdown fats, amylase to breakdown starches and protease to breakdown proteins. For further digestive support, look for one with ginger and peppermint that also support healthy gut function. (12) 5. Probiotics A high-quality probiotic supplement can help to maintain a healthy digestive tract by adding healthy bacteria to the gut. Gas symptoms may be relieved as the bacterial flora is altered according to the Cleveland Clinic. In addition, a meta-analysis of randomized placebo-controlled trials has found that probiotics reduce pain, flatulence and bloating in patients with IBS. (13) In addition to a probiotic supplement add probiotic-rich foods to your diet including kefir, yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha, natto, raw cheeses, tempeh and apple cider vinegar to improve digestion. 6. Fennel Essential Oils Known for its digestive health and licorice-like flavor, fennel essential oil has antiseptic properties that may help relieve constipation, bloating and gas pains. Add 1 to 2 drops of fennel essential oil to water and tea and slip slowly to relieve digestive upset and flatulence. 7. Asafoeida Take 200 milligrams to 500 milligrams of a high-quality asafoeida supplement to relieve flatulence and gas. This powerful spice is central to Ayurvedic medicine and other traditional medicinal practices for preventing and relieving digestive upset. It is widely used in Middle Eastern and Indian cuisines when preparing lentil dishes, legumes and soups. It has a very strong sulfurous odor that cooks out, making it ideal for longer cooking preparations like stews and braises. ( 14 ) Asafoeida is not recommended for pregnant women, nursing moms, children, those with high or low blood pressure, or those with a bleeding disorder. It is known to interact with anticoagulants, antihypertensive drugs and anti-platelet medications. 8. Physical Activity When symptoms arise, take a walk, jump rope or try rebounding. The physical activity may help to relieve gas pains by expelling gas naturally. 5 Lifestyle Changes to Help Prevent Gas 1. Eat smaller portions of foods that cause you gas 2. Eat more slowly 3. Chew foods well 4. Don’t chew gum, smoke or drink through a straw as they can cause excessive swallowing of air 5. Avoid carbonated beverages
Gas pains can be mistaken for certain serious conditions including: Heart disease

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6 Hidden Gem Restaurants in Metro Phoenix |

Meats and sides from JL Smokehouse. Chris Malloy 6 Hidden Restaurant Gems in Phoenix New Times Staff | March 23, 2019 | 6:00am Editor’s note: This story was originally published on May 19, 2018. It was updated on March 23, 2019.
Phoenix is a city of hidden-gem eateries. You see them as you drive, but only if you’re looking: modest, stout spots with peeling to paint and nothing to betray what they are but a sign and, maybe, a smell. One of the great things in life is discovering a new one, the kind of place that isn’t all over social media, where you can eat damn good, and quietly. Here are six our our favorites to taste ASAP.
A Mexican breakfast spread. Chris Malloy Related Stories Our 10 Most-Read Stories of the Week: You Were Hungry for Food News The Essentials: Taste Phoenix Through These 50 Local Favorites Three Standout African Restaurants in Metro Phoenix Continue Reading Irma’s Kitchen
906 North 15th Avenue
At Irma’s Kitchen, a nook on 15th Avenue, you can get a sizable Mexican meal for a good price. Things start with chips and salsa. They progress to the main event: chilaquiles, burros, huevos rancheros, taquitos, and so on. Menudo is offered daily. The soup has mellow flavors and a thin, restorative broth that, together with steaming tortillas, will launch you feeling good into your day. Huevos rancheros provide a hearty start to your day. Two eggs smothered in red or green salsa and draped with avocado slices steam on corn tortillas. A mudslide of refried beans slops in one corner of the plate, warm and silky. When you’re hankering for a simple meal, want to pop in and get out, and have zero trendy ambiance requirements, look to Irma’s.
EXPAND One of the great barbecue sandwiches in town. Chris Malloy JL Smokehouse
1712 East Broadway Road
“I got the best pulled pork in the country,” says James Lewis. Lewis runs JL Smokehouse, a year-old barbecue joint in south Phoenix. Meats include pulled pork, brisket, ribs, rib tips, links, chicken, and smoked bologna. The pulled pork is succulent and well-flavored. Lewis’ brisket, too, is very good. It has an endearing abrasiveness, the punch of mesquite and ample black pepper, aggressive flavors where less brash joints might try to pull back and showcase the complexity of the meat. Ribs are another of Lewis’s standouts. His rib tips are delicious, and by far the most rustic menu item. The workmanlike past of American barbecue is present in Lewis’s style – the bold flavors, the robust smoke, the style oozing from a man happy to be cooking good food.
A spinach bourek cut. Jasenko Osmic likes to dip them in the Balkan Bakery’s tart yogurt. Chris Malloy Balkan Bakery
1107 East Bell Road
Balkan Bakery, a family spot in north Phoenix, bakes dark rye bread, crescent-shaped pretzels, baklava, and, best of all, a hypnotically comforting bourek — a filled pastry shaped like a butterfly’s tongue. Jasenko Osmic, co-owner of the bakery, grew up eating bourek in his native Bosnia. He has run the bakery with his father, Bakir, and sister Aldijana for 10 years. Balkan Bakery offers three kinds of bourek: cheese, beef, and spinach. The pale bottom is soft and moist where its cheese has leaked during baking. The burnished brown of a soft pretzel colors the top. As you eat toward the middle, each bite varies in texture. Soft. Hard. Bits in between. A simple but rich filling bursts from flaky, coiled tubes of phyllo dough. “This is one of the staple foods of Bosnia,” Jasenko says. “You eat it breakfast, lunch. It’s an all-day food.”
Stewed chicken, house-made cheese, cabbage, and greens on injera. Chris Malloy Authentic Ethio African
1740 East McDowell Road
Despite an awning striped with the green, yellow, and red of Ethiopia’s flag, Authentic Ethio African, a really tasty Ethiopian restaurant, is hiding in plain sight on 18th and McDowell streets. The restaurant is virtually a “ghost restaurant,” an eatery that does strictly takeout and delivery. Many of the to-go orders are for clear bags stacked with thin, chestnut-colored pancakes. These are the ubiquitous Ethiopian flatbread known as injera, and they are the heartbeat of Ethiopian cuisine. Authentic Ethio offers numerous combo platters that feature preparations served atop injera. Vegetable options include split peas, lentils, collards, and cabbage and carrots yellow with turmeric. Animal options include chicken, beef, and fish (the chicken is dynamite). Authentic Ethio also sells uncooked Ethiopian specialties to go, coffee beans, lentils, flax seeds, turmeric, and other spices. You shouldn’t expect full-service comforts, but there is great food to be found under the striped awning.
EXPAND Fry bread with honey and powdered sugar at Indian Village. Susana Orozco Indian Village
6746 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek

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The Line at Shangri-La Hotel is having a 1-for-1 buffet promotion. Find out what you need to do to get it

Contact Home » Recipes & Food » The Line at Shangri-La Hotel is having a 1-for-1 buffet promotion. Find out what you need to do to get it The Line at Shangri-La Hotel is having a 1-for-1 buffet promotion. Find out what you need to do to get it
The Line at Shangri-la Hotel is feted as one of the best buffets in Singapore – many people are in love with their fresh seafood offering and binge on oysters when they are there. The Line promotion details
Good news: they’re having a 1-for-1 promotion for their lunch and dinner buffet. This attractive deal is available on Mondays, between 1 April and 27 May, if you pay with a DBS/POSB card. What is offered at The Line
Offering a sumptuous international buffet, The Line has 16 live kitchens so you can watch the chefs in action as fresh dishes are prepared as you dine.
The highlight of this popular buffet is definitely its Crustacean Bar, where fresh seafood like oysters, prawns, and crabs are displayed.
Its Tandoori Ovens are another unique feature you don’t get to see often at international buffets. These ovens prepare spiced meats and breads that you find in North and South Indian cuisines.
If you love dim sum, you’ll be happy to know that The Line also offers several types of this Cantonese cuisine in steaming baskets.
And of course, don’t forget to complete your meal with its Dessert Counter, which has a huge, delectable spread of cakes, crepes, and other sweet treats. Other details
The Line’s lunch buffet starts from 12 noon and ends at 2.30pm and its dinner is between 6pm and 10pm. Regular lunch buffet on Mondays is priced at S$65++ per adult and dinner buffet is at S$80++ per adult.
Here are the terms and conditions to take note of: This 1-for-1 promotion is only valid for first 150 adults during lunch and dinner every Monday. You are required to make advanced reservations via the Shangri-La Hotel website . Reservations from other channels won’t qualify for this offer. Reservations had already opened, and will end on 26 March, 12pm. You are allowed to make reservations of up to 6 pax per DBS/POSB card. Blackout date applies on 20 May (Vesak Day).

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stunning property with vast spaces of greenery

I recently visited the Courtyard by Marriott Surat and came back impressed with the vast spaces of greenery along with the amazing food and service. The Bistro serves local delicacies such as khakhra, dhokla, jalebi, etc for breakfast everyday which for me was a major attraction. I also spent a lot of time at Cafe Coco enjoying a cup of cutting chai along with Parle G biscuits. The poolside restaurant called Charcoal serves excellent Indian cuisine created by Chef Qureshi, he created an amazing portion of mutton biryani, nalli nihari and an assorted kabab platter for me during my stay. It was a delight to see picket fences in the alfresco section of The Bistro. General Manager Vikas Sharma and his efficient team ensure all guests enjoy their stay in this fabulous hotel and i am looking forward to visiting again !

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Michelin-Starred Chef Pays Homage to His Mother

Michelin-starred chef Peter Joseph will share the cooking skills taught to him by his mother with two culinary Mother’s Day Masterclasses at his debut restaurant Kahani. Just 20 lucky people will have the opportunity to join the respected chef, who is quickly gaining a reputation within the culinary world for his game-changing approach to Indian cuisine, on Saturday, March 30 at the Chelsea-based restaurant. Held ahead of Mother’s Day on Sunday, March 31, this culinary masterclass with Peter Joseph is the ultimate Mother’s Day gift. The menu has been inspired by dishes Peter Josephlearnt from his own mother, honed to perfection and peppered with his unique, famed spice combinations. “Much of the food at Kahanihas been influenced by the dishes of my childhood in India and memories of my mother cooking for the family with love. I wanted to share the same, emotive cooking with diners at Kahani, which is why I have decided to create this special Mother’s Day experience. I’m keen for familial generations to bond over a shared love of good food. It’s an opportunity to create memories which will last a lifetime,” said Peter Joseph, Kahani Head Chef and founder. Guests will learn how to prepare a selection of dishes from the three-course menu including masala grilled avocado, sumptuous robata grilled sea bass and fluffy mushroom naan. Visitors will also eat the prepared dishes and have the opportunity to bring along friends and family to join the meal. For those who would prefer to be cooked for, Kahani will be opening its doors on Mothering Sunday and serving a special three-course Mother’s Day menu for one day only. Kahani, which means ‘story’ in Hindi, is the debut restaurant of Michelin-starred chef Peter Joseph. Challenging the common misconception that Indian cuisine consists of heavy, oppressive sauces, Peter is bringing innovation back into the kitchen with an emphasis on light dishes, grilled meats, fish and vegetables from the robata grill and tandoor. Tickets for the Mother’s Day Masterclass are priced at £100 per person, and participants are welcome to invite friends and family to join them for the resulting meal at an additional £36 a head or £16 a head for under 12s. Each guest will also receive a signed recipe card from Peter Joseph. The two masterclasses will run on Saturday, March 30 from 10am and 3pm. The Mother’s Day set menu is priced at £42 a head and is available at the restaurant on Sunday, March 31, from midday until 8pm.

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