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Doctor insights on: Liquid Diets

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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I just got released from the hospital two days ago for Pancreatitis. I am on a liquid diet and seem to be retaining water, is this normal?

I just got released from the hospital two days ago for Pancreatitis. I am on a liquid diet and seem to be retaining water, is this normal?

Normal or Healthy?: Very different issues. Normal = common; many common behaviors = quite unhealthy: http://goo.gl/Blh6rW. Humans are water based creatures (generally >50 to <62% water), yet to much/too little unhealthy & can become fatal. Water retention from pancreatitis not likely unless lots of damaged pancreas tissue. Pancreatitis typically from ? triglycerides & LFHC foods http://goo.gl/H7mItd; Avoid for LCHF. ...Read more

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Would anxiety cause someone to throw up any and all food going on two weeks? Liquids stay down, but not food.

Would anxiety cause someone to throw up any and all food going on two weeks? Liquids stay down, but not food.

Vomiting: Vomiting solids for 2 weeks is not normal and will lead to nutritional and weight loss. Be examined to determine the cause. Have your doctor do blood work and monitor your weight. There could be many causes. All the best. ...Read more

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I have had consistent bleeding of dark, thick blood for two months with heavy bleeding after sex, liquid red blood. What could be the cause?

I have had consistent bleeding of dark, thick blood for two months with heavy bleeding after sex, liquid red blood. What could be the cause?

Many possibilities: Many things can cause abnormal bleeding but after 2 months it is definitely time to be seen and look into it. This could be any thing from an infection, to thyroid disease, diabetes, PCOS, or even cervical or endometrial cancer. Get in to your PCP, gynecologist, of an urgent care clinic ASAP and begin the work-up. Good luck. ...Read more

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I just had a tonsillectomy exactly 11 days ago. I slowly am starting to feel better, still can't eat much besides liquid diet, is that okay?

I just had a tonsillectomy exactly 11 days ago. I slowly am starting to feel better, still can't eat much besides liquid diet, is that okay?

Yes: Throat pain after tonsillectomies can last unto weeks or more. It is not to unusual. If you are having to severe pain see your ENT. ...Read more

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Having a colonoscopy in 2 days is it possible to have mango sorbet with out dairy as part of the liquid diet?

Having a colonoscopy in 2 days is it possible to have mango sorbet with out dairy as  part of the liquid diet?

See below: It is okay now 2 days before. On the day before colonoscopy try to refrain from taking anything after noon and follow the instruction for colon preparation carefully. ...Read more

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I started 2 week liquid diet for gastric sleeve today. others who have had this done had only one week or a few days of liquid. Why is every doc diff?

I started 2 week liquid diet for gastric sleeve today. others who have had this done had only one week or a few days of liquid. Why is every doc diff?

Gastric sleeve: Your doctor is being cautious. Your doctor does not want your surgical area to over-stretch from food or from rapid ingestion. If you overstretch too soon, then the surgical area may separate. The caution is good. ...Read more

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Friday started diverticulitis. Been on liquid diet 3 days and taking keflex 500 mg ,4 day since sat. Have had 2 small bm today. can i eat pudding now?

Friday started diverticulitis. Been on liquid diet 3 days and taking keflex 500 mg ,4  day since sat. Have had 2 small bm today. can i eat pudding now?

Probably: If the symptoms are improving, you don't feel bloated, you have nor pain, nausea, or vomiting, you can probably start advancing your diet back to normal. Take it slow and if your symptoms worsen, back off. ...Read more

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What can I do for external hemorrhoids to heal. It's really really painful. I got them when 2 days ago preparing for colonoscopy. Still following a liquid diet because of fear of bowel movements pain.

What can I do for external hemorrhoids to heal. It's really really painful. I got them when 2 days ago preparing for colonoscopy. Still following a liquid diet because of fear of bowel movements pain.

Hemorrhoids: Keep the area clean. Cold packs sometimes help. Avoid sitting directly on your bottom with an inflatable donut. There are suppositories that are helpful but need to be prescribed. Keep your stool soft with a diet high in fibre and a stool softener. All the best. ...Read more

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If i stick to a liquid diet of 200-500 cals a day for 40 days then start eating junk & alcohol straight after will it damage me? It will just b for 1 day for a party then i will go back on the diet.

If i stick to a liquid diet of 200-500 cals a day for 40 days then start eating junk & alcohol straight after will it damage me? It will just b for 1 day for a party then i will go back on the diet.

Starvation: There are nearly 40000 physicians here on health tap. And, all of us would tell you the same thing. Starving yourself is very dangerous and very unhealthy. It is in no way a successful strategy to lose weight. It will damage your metabolism center in your brain and it will possibly damage your organs and your hormones. Please. Please rethink this unwise plan. ...Read more

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Could I do liquid diet for 20 days with exercising . after that I will change it to protein diet that include 5 small meals with exercise. Thanx?

Could I do liquid diet for 20 days with exercising . after that I will change it to protein diet that include 5 small meals with exercise.  Thanx?

Diet: Yes you could the question would be why. You do not need to do this. This sounds like a new years goal to get healthier and lose weight. Liquid diet would be as efficient as a normal healthy balanced diet. IMO no need for the liquid part for 20 days. Cheers C ...Read more

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I have pancreatitis and in great pain. clear liquid diet for three days. No relief. Doc says lipase is normal. Why do I hurt?

I have pancreatitis and in great pain. clear liquid diet for three days. No relief. Doc says lipase is normal. Why do I hurt?

Nerve damage: After pancreatitis, you can end up with a permanent pain syndrome due to damage to the nerve plexus ("solar plexus") near the pancreas, long after the pancreatitis itself heals. It's often brutal and I hope that it can be addressed. There's a new procedure to destroy the pain fibers here using an instrument passed through the stomach. Very high triglycerides can cause pancreatitis -- is this you? ...Read more