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Recently found out have low potassium, added 2 banana's, orange juice and tomoato juice to diet but causing loose stools, concerned counterproductive?

Recently found out have low potassium, added 2 banana's, orange juice and tomoato juice to diet but causing loose stools, concerned counterproductive?

Why is it low?: Do you know why is it low?
Is it because you're on medicines that artificially lower it? There are rare genetic conditions that can lower potassium?

Or was this a random lab finding. If it was a random finding, realize potassium levels can fluctuate moment to moment. Also machines have error too. If its borderline low, don't go nuts with a high potassium diet.
If it's markedly low, talk to doc! ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more


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My medicine says do not take with grapefruit juice. Is prune juice ok and orange juice ok though?

My medicine says do not take with grapefruit juice. Is prune juice ok and orange juice ok though?

See below: A lot of medications interact with an ingredient found naturally in grapefruits. Whether prune juice or oj is ok depends on your meds. Ask your doctor or your pharmacist after giving them a list of all your medications, otc meds, and herbs/vitamins. ...Read more

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When I drink guava, litchi and orange juice, it causes me to cough for a while. Could this be an allergy?

When I drink guava, litchi and orange juice, it causes me to cough for a while. Could this be an allergy?

Not Likely: Given your description is doesn't sound like a typical allergic reaction which usually includes one or more of the following within minutes to 2 hours of ingestion: hives, itching, swelling, shortness of breath, wheeze, vomiting, or passing out. Sometimes drinking cold beverages can cause a coughing fit in some people. See an Allergist for further workup and evaluation if concerned. ...Read more

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Can , unpasteurized, fresh squeezed orange juice cause harm to a fetus? I know unpasteurized milk and cheese should be avoided .

Can   , unpasteurized,  fresh squeezed orange juice cause harm to a fetus?  I know unpasteurized milk and cheese   should be avoided .

Be safe: If you are cleaning, peeling, and squeezing the fresh oranges yourself, the risk is probably low. If, however, you are not directly controlling the preparation, you should probably avoid pasteurized drinks during pregnancy. ...Read more

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What could cause sharp stomach pain around the belly button area in a five year old boy? And why would orange juice send him into tears?

What could cause sharp stomach pain around the belly button area in a five year old boy? And why would orange juice send him into tears?

Meckel's diverticulu: There is a concept called referred pain. Pain felt at the belly button could be generated anywhere in his gut from just outside of his stomach to his mid-transverse colon-in other words, not very specific location. Bring him to his doc and if he is stymied to a peds GI doc. There is also possibility of Meckel's diverticulum. Good luck! ...Read more

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My wife has been having severe nose bleeds and throwing up blood but its after she drinks tap water or orange juice could they be the cause of it?

My wife has been having severe nose bleeds and throwing up blood but its after she drinks tap water or orange juice could they be the cause of it?

Unlikely: Have her be examined for causes of nose bleeds and throwing up blood, the tests should be up to her doctor. The fluids may serve as irritant for coughing or nausea but not the blood. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it true that orange juice and lemon juice are good for cold and sore throat? If yes, don't sour drinks cause irritation to the throat?

Is it true that orange juice and lemon juice are good for cold and sore throat? If yes, don't sour drinks cause irritation to the throat?

Food Myths: The only benefit is the cooling these drinks may offer the inflamed throat. There would be no other specific health benefits for a cold or sore throat. ...Read more

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Can orange juice make my flem worse?

Possibly: Orange juice could potentially cause an inflammatory response when ingested if you have a sensitivity or allergy to it, much like anything else would if there were similar sensitivities. ...Read more

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Is drinking orange juice bad for a baby?

Is drinking orange juice bad for a baby?

Juices not needed: Juices are the equivalent of giving a baby a coke.The sweetness factor contributes to water refusal.If u want baby to have the benefits of an apple, give apple sauce;oranges, peaches, pears, grapes etc. All benefit the child more when given as a natural food, not a refined extracted juice. ...Read more

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Can I give my 7 moths baby orange juice?

Can I give my 7  moths baby orange juice?

I never do: Early in training we were given elaborate reasons to introduce juices, most of which I consider bunk. I consider them flavored sugar,destined to program a kid to crave sugar as s/he ages and battle weight gain for life. I consider apple sauce, fruit wedges, etc. the proper way to use this food. I only use juices to loosen up a kids bowels when they are constipated. ...Read more

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Which better drinking natural orange juice or pipse?

Which better drinking natural orange juice or pipse?

Just a little OJ but: Both oj and regular soda both have too much sugar. Oj has more sugar than regular soda. Any person who can eat a fruit doesn't need oj (just eat fruit!). The question is: is the sugar going to hurt you worse or sooner, or are the chemicals in soda going to hurt you worse or sooner? If overweight, high in triglycerides, having pre-diabetes or a family history of it, the sugar is one's worse enemy. ...Read more

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Why should I drink orange juice if I haven't felt the baby move?

Haven't heard that o: There's nothing to suggest you should drink orange juice -- your baby won't know either way. ...Read more

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Can orange juice help with constipation?

Can orange juice help with constipation?

Not usually.: Orange juice does not usually help the bowels move properly. If it is just an occasional problem, you might want to consider prunes. In the long run, you will want to increase fiber in your diet. A fiber cereal is good for that. I mix mine up in yogurt each morning to give it a better taste. Often I add in fruit also. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can i stink orange juice while on omnicef (cefdinir)?

Can i stink orange juice while on omnicef (cefdinir)?

Yes: Known food and drug interactions with Omnicef (cefdinir) include multivitamins with iron. Orange juice should be fine - I do not see any evidence that drinking orange juice will decrease its effectiveness. You may consider eating or taking a probiotic (like yogurt) to re-establish your healthy gut flora. (reference: lexicomp). ...Read more

Fruit Juice (Definition)

There is no indication for giving babies under one year of age fruit juices. Fruit juices do not contain the healthy nutrients that ...Read more


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Diarrhea (Definition)

Diarrhea = increased frequency of stools which ...Read more