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how many grams of protein can my body digest at once before it starts to turn to fat? i am a very active teen that works out a lot.

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Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 38 years experience
It depends: If you are active and work out a lot, you will need more calories, protein and fat than a teen who is not active. A balanced diet with variety is key to keeping your body well fueled. Do not forget to drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated during exercise. Avoid supplements and vitamins unless you first check with your doctor.
Dr. Michael Sokol
Specializes in Internal Medicine
EVERYTHING in MODERATION as per both ARISTOTLE AND MAIMONIDES. Also, the more colorful varieties of food you eat, generally the better.
Jan 4, 2015

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A 21-year-old male asked:

Is it bad if I sometimes feel pain on the right side of my body when I run and sometimes when I walk? Sometimes its on my left side. Is this bad?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
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Do I have dry skin or eczema? My body tends to get dry easily. Why is that? And how can I make it better?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Doc needs to examine: Many skin conditions are difficult to diagnose without being seen. Some preventive measures: take warm showers (hot ones strip natural oils; baths do likewise); moisturize immediately after shower; if in sun or wind, moisturize & use sunblock; avoid strong soaps/body washes.

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