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From bleeding disorders to piles: 11 reasons why you should add millets to your diet

Millets are slowly becoming the dominant choice for breakfast in India. Here are 11 more reasons why you should not think otherwise!
Millets can be a healthy addition to your summer diet as they are cooling in nature. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock
Arushi Bidhuri Published: 3 Feb 2023, 16:30 pm IST

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So, 2023 is officially the year of Millets! With the focus shifted to healthy eating and good nutrition in the post-pandemic era, eating too much rice is being blamed as one of the worst habits for your health. So, people are making the wise choice to shift to millet, and for the right reasons! It is one superfood that will meet your carbohydrate requirements without taking a toll on your health.

Millets are one of the most popular grains in India, but it is one of the best foods to kickstart your day. Recently, even the Ministry of Ayush shared a note advocating the benefits of millet and how it’s beneficial.

Make healthy millet a part of your diet!

In a post titled Nutritional and Therapeutic Aspects of Bajra, Dr Shubhashree M.N. shared all about the multifaceted millet. He writes that millet is highly nutritious and gluten-free, which is why it has gained popularity in the recent past.
Studies, included in this report show that millets are a rich source of vitamin B and minerals. They are also abundant in other nutrients, including phospholipids, fatty acids, and phenolics. Millets are also high in starch, protein, and fibre, as well as niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, iron, potassium, and vital amino acids.

Thanks to these nutritional elements of millet, including them in your diet can help you manage your health better.

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Eat millet to keep disease at bay

As per the report, millet can help reduce the risk of the following diseases:

1. Bleeding disorders (Raktapitta)

These are rare disorders that disrupt the way your body controls blood clotting. It can lead to abnormal bleeding, which can lead to the loss of massive blood. Usually, the symptoms depend on the kind of bleeding disorder that can affect the person. There are some common signs of bleeding disorders, including unexplained and easy bruising, nosebleeds, bleeding into joints, and heavy menstrual bleeding.

2. Worm infestation (Krumi)

It happens when worms infect your organs, including your intestine. Some of the common worms that infect are roundworms, hookworms, pinworms, etc. The symptoms of the problem depend on the kind of worm that has infected you. However, some of the common symptoms of intestinal worms include abdominal pain, gas, bloating, unexplained weight loss, diarrhoea, nausea, or vomiting.

3. Abdominal pain (Shula)

Abdominal pain is usually a symptom of an underlying disease or food. Some of the common causes of abdominal pain include constipation, irritable bowel disease, lactose intolerance, food poisoning, a stomach infection, and food allergies.

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Millets may help lower the chances of abdominal pain. Image courtesy: Freepik

4. Calculi (Shmari)

Also called renal calculi or kidney stones, they are hard deposits inside your kidneys. Causes of the disease include diet, excess body weight, urinary bladder, etc. While these stones can be quite painful, they don’t cause any permanent damage.

5. Dysuria (Mutrakrucchra)

Dysuria usually strikes when you feel pain, discomfort, or a burning sensation while urinating. Reports suggest that women are more likely to suffer from the problem than men.

6. Haematological disturbances (Raktadosha)

Haematology is the study and treatment of blood. Hematologic disorders include three diseases, which are leukaemia, lymphoma, and myeloma. Each of these occurs due to abnormal blood cells and shows different symptoms.

7. Dyspepsia (Trushna)

It’s just another word for indigestion. A person with indigestion may feel stomach pain, bloating, acid reflux, heartburn, or excessive burping.

8. Pruritus (Kandu)

Also known as itchy skin, this is a skin condition that irritates your skin every time you scratch. In some cases, the skin doesn’t really show any changes, but some people may see inflammation or rough, bumpy skin.

Eating millets may reduce chances of skin problems like Pruritus. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

9. Fever (Jvara)

While you may already know this one, fever is a temporary rise in your body temperature. It is usually your body’s immune system’s response to an infection.

10. Wounds and ulcers (Vrana)

While an ulcer is brought on by inside problems like a disease, the primary tissue disintegration in a wound is brought on by an outside force.

11. Haemorrhoids (Durnama)

Also known as piles, haemorrhoids affect the veins and affect the lowest portion of your rectum and anus. These blood vessels’ walls can occasionally become so thin that they irritate and cause veins to bulge, especially when you poop. While the symptoms depend on the type of haemorrhoids, some of the common signs of Piles include pain, bleeding, itching, and swelling.

As per the reports, millet can help alleviate the risk of these disease. However, you must check with your doctor to know what’s best for you. Also, eat millets in moderation as the thumb-rule of healthy eating is to avoid excess of anything!

Arushi Bidhuri

Arushi Bidhuri is a journalist with 7 years of experience in writing, editing, and conceptualizing story ideas across different genres, including health and wellness, lifestyle, politics, beauty, fashion, and more. Arushi has a strong connection in the industry that helps her write concise and original stories as she believes in working towards writing pieces that can enlighten people. ...Read More

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