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Does sudden weight loss always signal digestive health problems?

Does sudden weight loss always signal digestive health problems?

Weight Loss: Unexplained weight loss of more than 5% of total body weight is not normal and should prompt a visit to your doctor. It can come from many sources, not just digestive. Many causes are treatable and controllable. This is an important symptom that must be addressed. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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Merry christmas and happy new year.Can you please prescribe me a good thing to cleanse the digestive system and i can use it to lose weight. Ty?

Merry christmas and happy new year.Can you please prescribe me a good thing to cleanse the digestive system and i can use it to lose weight. Ty?

Organic Juicing.: Organic, fresh juicing is prescribed by many holistic practioners. Vegetables and fruits should be fresh, organic, washed. You can use a whole food juicer or one that separates the fiber/ pulp from the liquid. Intake should be predominantly vegetables. This is not buying juices off a shelf. You get the benefit of being able to access enzymes as well as vitamins ; minerals. Rice protein powder >. ...Read more

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I'm trying to lose weight, but i'm afraid that I might permanently damage my digestive system. Any thoughts?

I'm trying to lose weight, but i'm afraid that I might permanently damage my digestive system. Any thoughts?

Weight loss is good: There is not any significant risk to your digestive system from weight loss. Starvation or rapid weight loss can cause fatty liver. Many weight loss supplements, in addition to being ineffective, have compounds in them which can occasionally cause liver damage. Low carb diets can cause constipation and other health problems. ...Read more

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If pancreatic cancer was the cause of a blood clot,weight loss and digestive problems,would there be abnormalities in pancreatic function blood tests?

If pancreatic cancer was the cause of a blood clot,weight loss and digestive problems,would there be abnormalities in pancreatic function blood tests?

Pancreas blood tests: Commonly used blood tests of pancreatic-derived proteins (lipase, amylase, insulin, etc.) are notoriously poor markers for cancer given the variety of other things that may elevate them, and the reserve capacity of most organs. So, to answer your question, not neccesarily. Best tests are high resolution CT with specific pancreas-protocol, and EUS with biopsy. ...Read more

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Does bad breath signal poor digestive health?

Does bad breath signal poor digestive health?

Yes: Bad breath may be due to a wide variety of causes. Food, poor dental hygiene, bad teeth, gastro esophageal reflux, or different types of food intake, such as garlic. ...Read more

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Can taking digestive enzymes cause weight loss ?

Can taking digestive enzymes cause weight loss ?

No: If anything, they would increase caloric absorption and weight, but probably woun't do either. Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or the internet. ...Read more

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Is lukewarm water better for your digestive track and weight loss than cold water?

Is lukewarm water better for your digestive track and weight loss than cold water?

Yes: It is thought that it is unwise to drink cold water with or shortly after meals as that might interfere with digestion, but warm water may help digestion! 2 glasses of warm water before meals may help with weight loss.See http://www.Naturalnews.Com/033731_digestion_drinking_water.Html ; http://www.Fitday.Com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/ice-water-and-digestion.Html. ...Read more

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Is there a problem or any risks or concerns in taking culturelle for digestive health once a day on a long-term and/or permanent bases?

Is there a problem or any risks or concerns in taking culturelle for digestive health once a day on a long-term and/or permanent bases?

No: It is just wise to re-evaluate why you are taking it. Pro-biotics are especially helpful after taking antibtiotics to restore friendly bacteria but the composition of one's diet has a much greater effect on the micro-flora of the intestinal tract. Eating 6 equal meals has a beneficial effect. Eating 7 servings of vegetables and and colorful fruits grow the right bacteria. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


Dr. Ali Yazdy
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Digestive Health (Definition)

Digestive health refers to the proper functioning of the digestive tract, including the stomach, ...Read more