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I am a vegetarian. What steps should I take to make sure I get enough iron?

I am a vegetarian. What steps should I take to make sure I get enough iron?

Vegetarian: In addition to dr. Baez's answer- you can open this site: www.Ironrichfood.Org for more information. The more crucial thing for you will be to make sure you take some vitamin B12 supplement as you are prone to have vitamin B12 deficiency. You can take oral tablet daily, or sublingual form vitamin b12. ...Read more

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I am a vegetarian. What steps should I take to make sure I get enough iron daily?

I am a vegetarian. What steps should I take to make sure I get enough iron daily?

Beans and Greens: Many vegetarian foods are good sources of iron, especially soybeans, lentils, other beans/peas & greens like chard & spinach. You can also take supplements. Iron needs vary with sex & age-menstruating & pregnant women need the most, adult men & menopausal women need very little. See http://ods.Od.Nih.Gov/factsheets/iron-healthprofessional/ for more details. ...Read more

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I am a vegetarian. What steps should I take to make sure I eat enough iron?

I am a vegetarian. What steps should I take to make sure I eat enough iron?

Varied diet: Sources of iron - egg yolks, molasses, raisin bran, raisins, prunes, dried apricots, figs, kidney beans, pinto beans, navy beans, lentils, split green peas, enriched cereals, enriched macaroni, spinach, greens, broccoli, lima beans, avocado. Cook in a cast iron pan. The following foods can help your body absorb iron better: orange, cantaloupe, strawberries, grapefruit, broccoli, brussels sprouts. ...Read more

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I am a vegan, what vitamins should I take to get the nutrients i need?

I am a vegan, what vitamins should I take to get the nutrients i need?

Vitamin B2,12,VitD: Vegan diet with no eggs is deficiene in vitamins b2, B12 and vit d and need supplements of the same.In addition you need to watch intake of minerals as certain plants compound inhibit absorption of calcium and iron and zinc.And i will recommend to be suplemented. ...Read more

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If I am a vegatarian, what should I do to make sure myself for positive protein balance ?

If I am a vegatarian, what should I do to make sure myself for positive protein balance ?

Vegetarian protein: The vegetarian diet can be healthy. The recommended amount of protein is about 55 g for a 150 lb person. See:http://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/everyone/basics/protein.html for more information. ...Read more

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I am 22 and i need help becoming more healthy. Can you please tell me what I should be eating? Thanks also should I take biotin supplements?

I am 22 and i need help becoming more healthy. Can you please tell me what I should be eating? Thanks also should I take biotin supplements?

Eat organic plants: There is no single best diet but i advise eating primarily organic fruits, vegetables, nuts ; beans- i like dr. Fuhrman's diet- see http://bit.Ly/1dhw9ht. Also see http://bit.Ly/19xax7e ; http://bit.Ly/gagviu. No special need for biotin supps- you can get it from a good diet- but a good mulitvit. Has biotin- see http://bit.Ly/18xyule other keys to health- being happy, stress reduction ; exercise! ...Read more

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What supplements can I take to make sure I have enough energy?

What supplements can I take to make sure I have enough energy?

Magic to fix fatigue: Hi i often wonder if in our culture we all believe that a pill will fix us. But, as is true across the board of being human is that we have to work for our health and sense of well being. Moving regularly, limiting sugar, alcohol, and other unhealthy choices one can naturally feel better. One can sleep better. But, as a female you will need to make sure you are not anemic or another condition. ...Read more

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How can I make sure I am getting enough protein in pregnancy?

How can I make sure I am getting enough protein in pregnancy?

60 grams a day: The protein needs in pregnancy increase to meet demands for growth of the fetus, placenta, uterus and increased blood volume. Animal sources of protein, such as meat, milk, eggs, cheese, yogurt, poultry and fish are "complete", as they provide the 9 essential Amino Acids in optimal concentrations. Vegetable sources of complete protein include quinoa, soybeans, buckwheat and hemp. ...Read more

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How much iron do I need if I am pregnant to be healthy?

How much iron do I need if I am pregnant to be healthy?

27mg daily: The typical diet confers 15 mg of elemental iron per day. The recommended daily dietary allowance of ferrous iron during pregnancy is 27 mg. Every patient will have a health screen questionnaire and blood tests at the beginning of pregnancy. Your ob/gyn will review these results and clarify your needs. ...Read more

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I am pregnant. Do i need to take a special vitamin? Do i need dha?

I am pregnant. Do i need to take a special vitamin? Do i need dha?

Yes: Any basic multivitamin is fine to take while pregnant. Prenatal vitamins have extra Folic Acid which is important for prenatal growth and iron to help you maintain a healthy iron count. Newer studies tell us the importance of dha for prenatal development so i would recommend a vitamin with dha. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I am feeling empty and dead. I need a reason to live.?

What do you recommend if I am feeling empty and dead. I need a reason to live.?

Encourage you to: See a therapist for help with this. People do need a reason to live. Hopefully, through therapy you will discover many reasons to live. Take care. ...Read more

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If I am regularly anemic, would it be healthy for me to fly?

If I am regularly anemic, would it be healthy for me to fly?

Depends on severity: Anemia means you do not have the usual number of red blood cells. If you are in an airplane, where the oxygen in the cabin air is below normal, just like when you are up on a mountain top, your body will feel like it is not getting enough oxygen, possibly feel short of breath. With mild anemia you will not have symptoms, but when you are the equivalent of 2-3 pints low you will feel weak. ...Read more

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I am a vegetarian.I would like to know, what diet should I take to loose my weight?

I am a vegetarian.I would like to know, what diet should I take to loose my weight?

Nutritarian diet: No diet is best for everyone, but the "nutritarian diet" by dr. Joel fuhrman is an intelligent diet that is suitable for vegetarians and will not only help you lose weight but will help optimize your health. It emphasizes vegetables. You should minimize sugars & processed grains. See http://www.Drfuhrman.Com/weightloss/default.Aspx & http://www.Drfuhrman.Com/library/are-you-a-nutritarian.Aspx. ...Read more

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I have to take a blood test to measure a vitamin deficiency. Since I take a multivitamin, when should I stop taking it to make sure results ok?

I have to take a blood test to measure a vitamin deficiency. Since I take a multivitamin, when should I stop taking it to make sure results ok?

Whoa: Who is asking you to do this? What is the purpose of this testing if you are already supplementing? Be very careful -- there are several phony labs that offer bogus "vitamin testing." If you have any doubts, get a second opinion. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Hi im 18 and I would like to know what I would use or take to get taller and im 5.3 please tell me something good?

Hi im 18 and I would like to know what I would use or take to get taller and im 5.3 please tell me something good?

Growth plates: Once we hit adulthood and our growth plates are generally fused - we can not gain any more height. At 18 yrs of age, your growth plates are likely fused - to find out for sure, see your doctor. An Xray will be able to see if there a possibility of more growth. Sorry, but there are no medicines or stretching or herbs or whatever that are going to be able to change that for you. ...Read more

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I m skinny guy.. I want to be healthy in 3-4months.. What diet should I follow? Should i take any suppliments?

I m skinny guy.. I want to be healthy in 3-4months.. What diet should I follow? Should i take any suppliments?

See Dr., then eat...: If one is truly underweight (based on height, family background, and body type), a dr. Can evaluate for a hormonal, digestive, or other disorder. If no medical cause is found, then one can add weight by eating more calories of nutritious foods, while also doing weight-training to increase muscle. Proteins: egg white, chicken breast, salmon, ... Better fats: olive oil, peanuts, almonds, tofu, .... ...Read more

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I am B12 deficient and I take injections. I think I might be allergic to red meat as every time I eat it I get diahrrea. What could this mean?

I am B12 deficient and I take injections.
I think I might be allergic to red meat as every time I eat it I get diahrrea. What could this mean?

Lots of things: Your physician might do well to test you for maldigestion / malabsorption / steatorrhea, especially if are also intolerant to other fatty foods. This might explain both your B12 deficiency and your diarrhea after eating red meat. I'm glad you're a good observer of your body, and wish you success with this inquiry. ...Read more

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I am 4o Years old and I want to a baby but my menstruation comes irregularly; I went to Doctor for treatment and he ordered me to take folic acid but no change. I am so eager to have a baby; so I need your kindly assistance what I am going to do.

I am 4o Years old and I want to a baby but my menstruation comes irregularly; I went to Doctor for treatment and he ordered me to take folic acid but no change.  I am so eager to have a baby; so I need your kindly assistance what I am going to do.

Depression, Anxiety: I understand your motherly instinct and eagerness to have a baby. You deserve happiness in your life, feel fulfilled and live to your potential in work, relationships and personal hobbies. Menstruation coming irregularly could be due to stress in relationships with traumatic experiences, unresolved conflicts or loneliness. See a Gynecologist and discuss your need and a Psychiatrist for Therapy. ...Read more

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I want and considering to be a fruitarian but im worried if i wont get enough minerals, vitamins and other essentals for my body.Can you Enlighten me?

I want and considering to be a fruitarian but im worried if i wont get enough minerals, vitamins and other essentals for my body.Can you Enlighten me?

Not necessary: No need to be frutarian. In fact, vegetables have more nutrition per calorie than fruits (and therefore are more calorie efficient) because they have less sugar. And even then, vegetarians must be mindful about getting all essential nutrients, for example B vitamins. I don't see the advantage of a fruitarian diet over a vegetarian one. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Iron (Definition)

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