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I usually drink a glass of milk or small cereal before bed. Is this causing acid reflux? If i don't eat before bed i can't sleep. Dairy helps the burn

I usually drink a glass of milk or small cereal before bed. Is this causing acid reflux? If i don't eat before bed i can't sleep. Dairy helps the burn

Modify ritual: A few sips of milk might ease the discomfort, but taking in any food or volume of fluid before you lay down to sleep aggravates reflux.The lower esophageal sphincter (les) relaxes periodically as you sleep and anything being processed in your stomach and the acid within, can travel up into your mouth.This is a ritual you need to modify.A few Tums (calcium carbonate) at bedtime might help more. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to eat tofu before bed to slow protein release?

Is it a good idea to eat tofu before bed to slow protein release?

I dont think so: I dont know if there is any scintific evidence to suggest that. ...Read more

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Is it advisable to drink milk before bed (night) ?

Is it advisable to drink milk before bed (night) ?

Not necessarily: I am not aware of any scientific reasons behind drinking milk before going to bed. In general drinking any liquids before going to bed may make you have to get up in the middle of the night to urinate which would disrupt your sleep. So i usually don't recommend drinking any liquids up to two hours before going to bed so you get enough sleep and don't have any disruption. ...Read more

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Hi. Which is the best eating habit? Eat fruit before meal or after?

Hi. Which is the best eating habit? Eat fruit before meal or after?

Food Myths: There is no medical situation or issue here. There is no special benefit for either option. Medicine would be silent on this. ...Read more

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Avoiding bedwetting in 7year old. Likes to eat ceral with milk before bed. How long after that liquid intake should he use the toilet and then sleep?

Avoiding bedwetting in 7year old. Likes to eat ceral with milk before bed. How long after that liquid intake should he use the toilet and then sleep?

Enuresis alarm: Enuresis can persist into young adulthood and is usually familial. It can be quite frustrating for affected people. First line prevention is avoiding liquids after 6 pm and voiding before bed. Enuresis alarms are devices that attach to the waistband and vibrate when the bladder contracts, and DDAVP is a medication (oral or nasal spray) which are other treatment options. I hope this helps! ...Read more

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Is probiotics good to take during or just after food poisoning?

Is probiotics good to take during or just after food poisoning?

Pro mean with: and bio means life. Probiotics help the GI system digest food. Anti means against. So, if one takes excessive antibiotics (which are sometimes needed) they can kill off the good bacteria in our GI systems and we can have digestive problems. This can happen w/out antibiotics at times too. So, the probiotics replace the good bacteria that are missing or low. Peace. Yes, take after poisoning. ...Read more

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Is it bad to go to bed 3 minutes after drinking a cup of hot chocolate?

Not necessarily: Without knowing what your concern is, it's hard to give you a meaningful answer. Just straight up "is it bad"? The answer would be no... But more information on what you concern is might help you get a more meaningful answer. ...Read more

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Is it harmful to drink water after a meal? Is it more apprpriate for digestion to drink water only either before or during a meal?

Food Myths: It is harmful not to drink water. When you drink water is much less important. Medicine has no rules or guidelines on when to drink water. Any guidelines are not coming from medicine. ...Read more

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What is best way to take prilosec? 30 min before meal or right before meal? Or doesn't matter?

What is best way to take prilosec? 30 min before meal or right before meal? Or doesn't matter?

Take as directed...: Best to take your Prilosec 30minutes before your first meal of the day, but it will work if you take it right before eating too. Expect one to four days for the drug to reach maximum benefit in reducing stomach acid. ...Read more

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What is the best time to take fish oil or multivitamin pills, morning, afternoon or night time? Before or after meal?

What is the best time to take fish oil or multivitamin pills, morning, afternoon or night time? Before or after meal?

Never: Multivitamins are worthless, and possibly dangerous. Stop taking them, and save your money for a gym membership. Exercise has proven health benefits. Multivitamins do not. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to drink milk instead of water before an ultrasound?

Is it possible for you to drink milk instead of water before an ultrasound?

Likely: If all you are getting is a pelvic sono, there should be no problem with you drinking some milk rather than water before the exam. If the plan is also to look at the abdomen, the milk could make the gallbladder contract and difficult to examine. ...Read more

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Am taking Niaspan (niacin). The insert says to take with a low fat snack before bed. I normally eat 1.5 cups of nuts before bed, this is fats. Is it problem?

Am taking Niaspan (niacin). The insert says to take with a low fat snack before bed. I normally eat 1.5 cups of nuts before bed, this is fats. Is it  problem?

May not be an issue: the recent data on niaspan was not great,. The drug did not significantly reduce mortality or morbidity. I suggest if your not taking the niacin for some other reason , stopping the medication and discontinue the eating before bed. of course check with your doctor before starting or stopping any of your medications. ...Read more

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Is it possible to gain weight eating a banana an hour before bed?

Is it possible to gain weight eating a banana an hour before bed?

Depends: While bananas add calories (depending upon the size of the banana) if those calories are calculated as part of your total caloric intake per day, it can be a healthful addition to the diet. Is your goal to gain, or lose weight? Then adjust the intake to add or subtract calories to match your goal. ...Read more

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When is it best to take alternative medicine: before or after i drink coffee to avoid a headache?

When is it best to take alternative medicine: before or after i drink coffee to avoid a headache?

Caffeine and headach: If caffeinated beverages give you a headache, it is altogether best to avoid caffeine. In general caffeine, when used sparingly can halt a vascular headache. Not true for all people. There is not really a specific antidote to the impact of caffeine but adequate magnesium, and other mitochondrial support can help by nutraceutical dosing. ...Read more

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Is it better to eat before showering or showering before eating?

Is it better to eat before showering or showering before eating?

I am not sure that: It makes a difference from a metabolic standpoint. If you are sweaty - you may enjoy your meal more if shower before. If you are dirty- it might be more hygienic to wash before hand. ...Read more

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If milk is a known stimulus to my asthma. Should I eat food with milk cooked in it like bread?

If milk is a known stimulus to my asthma. Should I eat food with milk cooked in it like bread?

Risky...: If you have a true milk allergy (not just lactose intolerance) or milk triggers your asthma through another (nonallergic) mechanism i would not ingest it in any form. ...Read more

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Why might someone get heartburn after consuming meat and milk at the same time?

Why might someone get heartburn after consuming meat and milk at the same time?

These two products: trigger heartburn for many. Dairy products like milk, sour cream, ice cream & cottage cheese can be problematic. Cuts of meat that are high fat like beef, pork or lamb increase the chance of acid reflux. In this case, you combining the two means that you are increasing chances for reflux. ...Read more

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For "take with or after food" medication, what is the minimum amount of food to be taken? Are 2 crackers, or 2 crackers + a hot drink enough? Thks.

For "take with or after food" medication, what is the minimum amount of food to be taken? Are 2 crackers, or 2 crackers + a hot drink enough? Thks.

Correct: That would be ok. So long as there is some food present to help with absorption of the medication or to help protect the lining of the stomach. Food helps to stimulate the digestive fluids to help absorption of some medications. ...Read more

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Is it bad to drink milk before bed?

It can be good : Warm milk can help you fall asleep and sleep better. It has tryptophan which relaxes you. ...Read more

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Is it advisable to drink milk before bed (night) ?

Not necessarily: I am not aware of any scientific reasons behind drinking milk before going to bed. In general drinking any liquids before going to bed may make you have to get up in the middle of the night to urinate which would disrupt your sleep. So i usually don't recommend drinking any liquids up to two hours before going to bed so you get enough sleep and don't have any disruption. ...Read more

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Why do I want a large glass of milk before bed all the time?

Why do I want a large glass of milk before bed all the time?

Comfort food?: There are chemicals in your brain which respond to food, smell, habit and touch. Rituals can calm you and prepare you for sleep. Milk enhances sleep through the tryptophan pathways, and can be helpful for many people. If you take your Ibuprofen at night, milk is helpful to protect your stomach from irritation. Best wishes for good sleep. ...Read more

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My 2yr old still has a bottle of milk to comfort her before bed. Shes tried to go without but it makes bedtime very difficult. Is 2 too old for bottle?

My 2yr old still has a bottle of milk to comfort her before bed. Shes tried to go without but it makes bedtime very difficult. Is 2 too old for bottle?

Yes,if sugar in it: The bottle itself is not as bad as what you put in it.Bottling leaves the feed in front of the mouth covering the teeth where the bacteria form an acid as they digest the sugar in the feed. This erodes the enamel and will destroy the teeth. If you put water in the bottle, the kid can have her comfort device without the decay. Over time she will toss it as boring.Offering a teddy bear might help. ...Read more

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I am anemic can I have a glass of milk before bed?

I am anemic can I have a glass of milk before bed?

Yes: No relationship between having milk and your blood count is likely. ...Read more

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Can drinking milk right before bed make you fatter?

Milk before bed: Eating or drinking before bed, whether it is milk or some other food/drink that has calories is more likely to cause weight gain than taking in at an earlier time of the day. ...Read more

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1yr old has thrown up 1 time before bed for past 2 nights.I do put her down w/ a bottle and she has started milk &stage 3 formula. Too full? Or sick?

1yr old has thrown up 1 time before bed for past 2 nights.I do put her down w/ a bottle and she has started milk &stage 3 formula. Too full? Or sick?

Vomiting: I am unsure of the cause of the vomiting but babies should not be put to bed with a bottle. This often leads to bottle caries which causes bad decay to her teeth. She may have gastroesophagel reflux which may be worse when lying down. Give the bottle before bed and clean off her teeth. Follow up with her doctor. All the best. Look at healthykids.org. ...Read more

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I m having a gastic issue.Does drinking a glass of hot milk at night before bed is okie as i don't drink milk in morning.

I m having a gastic issue.Does drinking a glass of hot milk at night before bed is okie as i don't drink milk in morning.

No problem: Warm milk has been used for 100's of years to aid onset of sleep. It is unlikely the source of problem if no lactose intolerance. ...Read more

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My son took a drink of milk from a cup before bed, he made a choking noise twice. No coughing. I’m very worried about dry/secondary drowning?

My son took a drink of milk from a cup before bed, he made a choking noise twice. No coughing. I’m very worried about dry/secondary drowning?

No worries: Haven't seen or heard of that happening under these circumstances. Life can be unpredictable, but drowning under these circumstances would be near the bottom of life's long (really long) list of surprises. ...Read more

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Does drinking skim milk before bed help with weight loss ?

Does drinking skim milk before bed help with weight loss ?

+ Cals -/-> Wt Loss: Adding calories usually does not = weight loss. Depends on the entire day's worth of calories and how much skim milk. In people that eat healthy (150 minutes moderate intensity exercise/week), & sleep well, then a small cup of skin milk @ bedtime should be fine ...Read more

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10mo 3wk old just got over croup. Drunk bottle of milk and bottle of water before bed. At 6am diaper still dry! please suggestions/advice?

10mo 3wk old just got over croup. Drunk bottle of milk and bottle of water before bed. At 6am diaper still dry! please suggestions/advice?

Still Dehydrated....: One of the problems with croup is poor oral intake with subsequent dehydration. Push more fluid to drink, every 2-3 hours until the infant starts to have 6-8 wet diapers/day. Use humidifier in the room. Room temp. Should be 70 f daytime, 68 f at night. Make sure, nose is not blocked. If so, use saline nasal spray and suck mucous with bulb syringe. Any further concern, check with the pediatrician. ...Read more

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Avoiding bedwetting in 7year old. Likes to eat ceral with milk before bed. How long after that liquid intake should he use the toilet and then sleep?

Enuresis alarm: Enuresis can persist into young adulthood and is usually familial. It can be quite frustrating for affected people. First line prevention is avoiding liquids after 6 pm and voiding before bed. Enuresis alarms are devices that attach to the waistband and vibrate when the bladder contracts, and DDAVP is a medication (oral or nasal spray) which are other treatment options. I hope this helps! ...Read more

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I find that if I drink water before bed.it flushes my systems and I feel hungry. If I have milk I'm better and can sleep better. Am I nuts?

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I find that if I drink water before bed.it flushes my systems and I feel hungry. If I have milk I'm better and can sleep better. Am I nuts?

No: You're probably sleeping better b/c extra calories in milk. Water has no calories so you get hungry. No, you're not nuts. Just sensitive to your body. ...Read more

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I usually drink a glass of milk or small cereal before bed. Is this causing acid reflux? If i don't eat before bed i can't sleep. Dairy helps the burn

Modify ritual: A few sips of milk might ease the discomfort, but taking in any food or volume of fluid before you lay down to sleep aggravates reflux.The lower esophageal sphincter (les) relaxes periodically as you sleep and anything being processed in your stomach and the acid within, can travel up into your mouth.This is a ritual you need to modify.A few Tums (calcium carbonate) at bedtime might help more. ...Read more

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I have a sticky discharge after I urinate. Not sexually active. I notice it only when I drink a glass of Chocolate Milk. before bed. What's up???

I have a sticky discharge after I urinate.  Not sexually active.  I notice it only when I drink a glass of Chocolate Milk. before bed.  What's up???

Not sure!: that is different! only chocolate milk? not regular? I am assuming this is a vaginal discharge. milk is mucogenic meaning it will tend to increase mucus production . if it itches and has whitish curd like stuff it may be yeast. It maybe the normal flora of the vagina are not in balance and probiotics may help or your doc can take a sample and see if there are any clues. hope this helps! ...Read more

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Should you drink glass of warm milk before bed tym is that good for heart burn 2?

Should you drink glass of warm milk before bed tym is that good for heart burn 2?

Not a major problem: Feel for yourself. If milk aggravates the heartburn then stop doing this activity. Milk can either neutralize or stimulate acid production . Don't sweat it out! ...Read more

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