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Foods For Healthy Colon
No: There is nothing inherently healthier about a gluten-free diet unless you are one of the people with celiac disease or gluten-intolerance. In fact, most processed gluten-free foods are high glycemic and lower in fiber than their gluten-containing counterparts. If you are relying on a gluten-free diet, choose whole unprocessed lean meats and vegetables and fruits and avoid the packaged junk. ...Read more
Not corn flakes!: I don't consider corn flakes a healthy diet choice, esp. If not organic as they are genetically modified and contain bt toxin . Corn flakes are a great example of a high-carb food with low nutrient density that increases risk of obesity & diabetes. Yogurt is fine but should also be organic. Organic eggs are a good choice, but fruits, veggies, nuts & beans are good choices too. See my comment:. ...Read more
I am not: aware of any diet that can help or hurt your appendix. Recent studies suggest that certain viral infections might increase your chances of developing acute appendicitis, but this just an association, not cause and effect. And you really can't do much to prevent all viral infections. ...Read more
Greens/nuts: Good foods for a vegetarian diet include lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Nuts and beans are a good source of protein. Green leafy vegetables supply many nutrients and are important in any diet. Sometimes vegetarians miss out on B vitamins so it is good to take a multivitamin and a B50 vitamin daily. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Aim for at least 5: Servings of vegetables and at least 4 servings of fruit per day. Make it a goal to eat fresh, organic produce of varied colors. All of these different colored foods carry varied enzymes. ...Read more
Is a 1500 calorie diet healthy and sustainable if vegetables, fruit, lean protein and in processed carbohydrates are consumed?
Weight and Activity: Yes that diet can certainly be sustained if it provides for the caloric expenditure of the individual on a daily basis. The mix of foods you choose is also very good. By "processed" i assume you mean complex carbohydrates. If you happen to be 350lbs and 6ft 4in then you are going to be rather hungry for quite some time. ...Read more
NO: The best vegan protein sources are nuts, seeds, beans & quinoa. It is very difficult to get all the protein you need solely from fruits & vegetables. But the clincher is essential fatty acids- i don't think there are any significant sources of omega 3 fats in fruits & veggies.If you aspire to a paleo diet it is not necessary to have beans or grains but you need nuts & seeds (hemp seeds esp. Good). ...Read more
Start with local: Community-supported agriculture programs are spreading throughout north america. Farmers' markets are popplng up. Even traditional grocers are stocking some local produce. One can start by doing a search online, asking local chefs or contacting a nearby university with an ag or environmental studies program. Also one can ask people with healthy-looking active kids the difference is often apparent. ...Read more
Good Food: Good foods for someone with diabetes are the same as good foods for someone without diabetes. Maintaining a balance between carbs (sugar & starch), protein, and fat is one goal. Another is emphasizing complex carbs over simple carbs to spread sugar absorption out over a longer timeframe and reduce "spikes" in blood sugar. Complex carbs = whole grain, starchy vegetables, beans. ...Read more
Somtimes: You can always find healthy choices in any setting, be it at home, restaurants, or prepackaged foods. With so much increase in awareness, there are lot of choices available in every food group including organic foods. With a little effort in reading the labels and a little common sense, you will find healthy foods. Good luck! ...Read more
See below: Fiber is the non digestible part of fruits, whole grains. Vegetables, beans and legumes. You get it by eating these foods. Fiber is not found in meat, dairy, fowl or fish. When fiber foods are processed ( orange juice for example, or white rice) alot of the fiber is removed in processing. Your best bet to have fiber in your diet is to eat foods in their natural state with minimal processing. ...Read more
Been eating mainly meat potatoes soy and bananas and bread everyday because of ulcerative colitis. What other healthy foods can I eat?
I have had just fast food essentially for quite a while. 2 years and I am starting to get healthy but should I do anything to cleanse organs or colon?
I eat healthy food,i use fiber husk every night,i am in my weight maintain phase but for last 3days i feel spastic colon where i go to washroom but...
I have daily pain in my left colon, especially in the morning. I have random acne on my face and black heads. I eat healthy food.
Unclear if related: Its always best to get medically evaluated when faced with daily symptoms, as you describe. The differential diagnosis may include colon and small bowel, but possibilities that are non-gi related can include: abdominal musculature, female structures, bladder, kidney/ureters. Be prepared to address for your doctor: timing, duration, quality, associations of your discomfort. ...Read more
Is it possible that stools came back to normal size if I had colon cancer with intake of probiotics, healthier diet and a lot of fiber rich food.
See a dietician: Loss of the colon causes a dramatic change in how nutrients and fluids are absorbed. It is very important to work with a good dietician, who will not only give you guidance on how to eat but also follow along with you to see how you are doing with your program. The important thing to remember is that you will be able to find a regimen that works. ...Read more
Excess Colon Water: This question leads to a question. How do you define excess colonic cleanses. This common practice has no medical benefits. But, too frequent can cause both trauma to the colon and water poisoning, which can be deadly if used too frequently. As a physician i would advise you not to do this practice unless you are advised to do so by a real physician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Colon cleansing will remove the normal bacteria in the colon and can lead to overgrowth of harmful bacteria. Stool bulking agents such as fiber, psyllium, or products such as MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) work to promote natural evacuation of the tract. Probiotics will help maintian the natural flora. A well-balanced diet also will promote normal bowel function. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I BELIEVE THERE: Would be no restrictions.Get a more detailed answer ›
Many reasons: Undiagnosed hypothyroidism, slow gut motility (squeezing) in general, or illnesses elsewhere in the GI tract can cause slow motility. Get your gallbladder checked for stones, as this can rarely be a cause of slow motility. This disorder is best treated with bulking laxatives (benefiber), an osmotic laxative (miralax), and sometimes with colon-stimulating drugs. Good luck! ...Read more
Talk with your: Surgeon, GI doctor, or et nurse. As you are not specific about the health problems, it is difficult to say more. But most patients actually feel a whole lot better after removal of the disease, rather than worse. Talk openly with your doctor and go to the local crohn's and colitis foundation meetings to see others who may have had the same problems and learn how they solved them. Good luck. ...Read more
What are all the different abnormalities that could show up on a biopsy of a healthy appearing colon?
Here's some options: Microscopic colitis (lymphocytic colitis & collagenous colitis) is a colon biopsy diagnosis made typically in patients with atypical diarrhea, & is often linked to excessive use of nsaid's. Eosinophilic changes, evidence of "burned out" or early colitis, metaplasia/focal dysplasia, infection, are some other possible microscopic diagnoses that may manifest in an otherwise visually-normal colon. ...Read more
Diet and fluids: I rarely prescribe meds for ibs. In my experience teaching people to eat and drink properly resolves most if not all symptoms when the patient is compliant and follows through. Hi fiber, 80-100 ounces non caffeine, non alcoholic beverages each day, regular meal times, excercise. Consistency is the key to being symptom free. ...Read more
No: that defeats the purpose. The colon cleanse is supposed to cleanse the colon. If you eat while on the cleanse, you're undoing what the cleanse is doing. You stop eating before starting the cleanse. You resume eating and drinking after the colon test or whatever other reason for the cleanse. ...Read more
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