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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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What to do if I have been suffering with anorexia for 2 years now, i would like to get help and be healthy?

What to do if I have been suffering with anorexia for 2 years now, i would like to get help and be healthy?

How Much U Want This: It might help 2 learn about the 5-stage transtheoretical model of change (diclemente & prochaska). These include precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action & maintenance. Consider figuring out where u are w/ respect 2 taking steps 2 recover from anorexia. For help w/ steps 2 recovery, contact: natl assn of anorexia nervosa & related disorders: http://bit.Ly/16crmyh. (630) 577-1330. ...Read more

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How to tell doctor? I have a colonoscopy coming up but i can't be on clear liquid diet I have to eat food with my meds how to i tell my doctor?

How to tell doctor? I have a colonoscopy coming up but i can't be on clear liquid diet I have to eat food with my meds how to i tell my doctor?

Your doctor: Should know what medications you're taking, and be able to advise you appropriately. Talk with your doctor openly about your plans. If you present to radiology with solids still in your colon, they won't be able to do your study. You and your doctor need to devise an appropriate plan. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if i used to follow a low carb diet , but now i want to maintain my weight, i don't know how many calories should I eat per day?

What do you suggest if i used to follow a low carb diet , but now i want to maintain my weight, i don't know how many calories should I eat per day?

See below: Go to www.caloriecount.com. Open a free account (they'll ask you some basic question about your age, gender, weight, and activities) and they'll calculate your daily caloric requirement for you. IT's a great site. ...Read more

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What to do if I have tried dieting for many months and i can't stick to one what diet would best suit me ?

What to do if I have tried dieting for many months and i can't stick to one what diet would best suit me ?

Well...: think of it as a learning experience on what habits are not working, what cues, what thoughts are underlying eating habits. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1775472781/devils-diet maybe helpful, certainly entertaining ...Read more

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Weight loss, I have been not very active for over a year and am 6'6" and 443lb. I want to know how i need to start out exercise.

Weight loss, I have been not very active for over a year and am 6'6" and 443lb. I want to know how i need to start out exercise.

See below: Please see your physician for an evaluation and they will make recommendations on how you need to start out exercising. My first advice would be just start walking no more than 15 to 20 minutes a day to you build up your endurance. RemoveSugar, soft drinks, and high carbohydrate foods from your diet. Drink plenty of water... But most importantly see your physician as soon as possible. ...Read more

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If I want to grow faster what should I do with my diet nutrition?

If I want to grow faster what should I do with my diet nutrition?

Balanced diet: Eating a balanced diet, rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains and low in saturated fats, will promote normal growth. Diet will not accelerate the growth and it is not a good idea to try to do that even though some medications have the potential of accomplishing that. ...Read more

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I really want to lose weight but i don't have any determination and eat what i shouldnt. I never stick to a diet for a long time. Need help please! ?

I really want to lose weight but i don't have any determination and eat what i shouldnt. I never stick to a diet for a long time. Need  help please! ?

Diet: A diet is how you eat all of the time not what you go on to lose weight. Try some diet changes that you can live with forever as opposed to going on a diet. General healthy rules: eat more fruits and veggies, drink more water. Walk daily! ...Read more

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Need doc opinions! I am trying to eat healthy and exercise more but i literally have no idea where to begin?

Need doc opinions! I am trying to eat healthy and exercise more but i literally have no idea where to begin?

Discuss: You have a couple of options of professionals to consult. A dietician/nutritionist or personal trainers are able to provide this information and get you started on your healthy lifestyle. Hope this helps best of luck! ...Read more

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I want to get pregnant in few months. What should I do before we try? What kinds of vitamins should I take? Do I have to talk to a doctor before?

I want to get pregnant in few months. What should I do before we try?  What kinds of vitamins should I take? Do I have to talk to a doctor before?

If you have not: Has a pap and exam in the past year then u need that before u get preg and i rec the doc do a good hx and physical to make sure you do not ahae any gyn or non gyn problems that need to addressed before u are pregnant and if everything is ok then u should be taking a prenatal or multi vitamin and extra Folic Acid 1 mg while u are trying. ...Read more

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The 2nd doctor said I have ezcema. I wanted to know if i can exercise. I also wanted to know if i can do obstacle races with mud and water with ezcema?

The 2nd doctor said I have ezcema. I wanted to know if i can exercise. I also wanted to know if i can do obstacle races with mud and water with ezcema?

See below: Usually, ezcema is a fairly simple issue to deal with. The most important, and first 3 rules for treating eczema are: moisturizing, moisturizing and moisturizing! then after this topical steroid can be used to help flares. Your racing is fine, just remember to keep your skin moisturized before and after the races. ...Read more

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I have pcos and being trying to get pregnant for 2 years now , what can I take or do to help ?

I have pcos and being trying to get pregnant for 2 years now , what can I take or do to help ?

See a doctor: You should see a fertility specialist bc women who have pcos often do not ovulate. Weight loss also helps with pcos. ...Read more

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I want to do a detox and was told to eat fruit and i'm wondering is this all I should eat and how long do I do this?

I want to do a detox and was told to eat fruit and i'm wondering is this all I should eat and how long do I do this?

Detox: Why do you want to detox? If it is from a medication or a drug you should talk to your doctor about that. If it is just to 'detox' it is not necessary. Your body is excellent at cleaning itself. To be healthy you need to have 4-5 fruit and vegetable servings a day, exercise for 30 minutes 5 times a week, and not smoke. Most of the detoxing regimens can cause imbalances in your body. ...Read more

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I'm 19ys old and 240lb. I want to lose weight with gastric band. I tried every diet. I want to know if I should do it or not and why ( pro and cons).

I'm 19ys old and 240lb. I want to lose weight with gastric band. I tried every diet. I want to know if I should do it or not and why ( pro and cons).

Cons: Pro- you may lose weight- Con- it doesn't teach you good eating habits which you need to learn for the rest of your life. Eating a healthy diet high in fruits, vegetables and in moderation is the way to go. With the band, you will limit your intake, but not learn how to eat properly. ...Read more

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I am ready to lose weight and get in shape now how do I do that with 20min a day?

I am ready to lose weight and get in shape now how do I do that with 20min a day?

Caloric restriction: How old are you? How much do you weigh? Do you have any health problems? It would be prudent to consult your doctor to determine your fitness for rigorous exercise. If only 20 minutes, exercise will have to be rigorous and you need to reduce your caloric intake. ...Read more

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What to do if i cannot use make up, foundation etc as I am a guy. What can I do to help with my redness?

What to do if i cannot use make up, foundation etc as I am a guy. What can I do to help with my redness?

Foundation & make up: There's no rule or law that says guys can't use make up or foundation to hide skin blemishes. However, before you whitewash your body, go see your Family Doc & Dermatologist to determine why your skin is red. Perhaps they can find a solution rather than a coverup. ...Read more

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Hi I just want to know if its ok to get pregnant if I have mild chronic inactive gastritis? Am 27yrs old an will like to start having a family.

Hi I just want to know if its ok to get pregnant if I have mild chronic inactive gastritis? Am 27yrs old an will like to start having a family.

Pregnancy OK: Hello, Of course, if you are otherwise healthy, you can safely plan a pregnancy. As for the mild gastritis, this can be managed with diet avoiding spicy food and food high in fats. These typically increase the acid that the stomach produces. Always consult a physician when taking medication that may effect the early weeks of a pregnancy. ...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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I had my gallbladder removed about a week ago and hust had a ERCP done 2 days ago. This morning my stool was black but ive been on a full liquid diet.

I had my gallbladder removed about a week ago and hust had a ERCP done 2 days ago. This morning my stool was black but ive been on a full liquid diet.

YOU NEED: to have this investigated ASAP! The black stool may be due to upper gastrointestinal bleeding! This possibility iwith your recent history (ERCP) needs immediate medical in person evaluation!

I HOPE this is helpful!

Dr Z ...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