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Is Atkins diet good diet for breast feeding mom?

Is Atkins diet good diet for breast feeding mom?

No. Not safe: The low carb atkins during breastfeeding might not be safe, according to many experts. Risk of dehydration, low calcium, high fats, and other reasons. ...Read more

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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Can eating vegan and gluten free facilitate weight loss?

Can eating vegan and gluten free facilitate weight loss?

Vegan. gluten free: Yes, you can lose weight with a vegan and gluten-free eating plan. But -- this doesn't mean eating a bunch of "gluten free" junky snacks! you still need to eliminate added sugars, artificial sweeteners, and processed foods. Eat veggies, lean proteins, healthy fats (olive oils, avocados, omega-3's like wild alaskan salmon, etc), and complex carbs. Fruits like raspberries, blueberries too. ...Read more

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5mths postpartum, exclusively breastfeeding. How can PPD (postpartum depression) affect ones sex life?

5mths postpartum, exclusively breastfeeding. How can PPD (postpartum depression) affect ones sex life?

Yes, it can: In fact, it can effect everything and is very worth seeking specialized treatment for. The well-being of your entire family (especially you) is in the balance. It's a common condition w/ elements that come from hormone changes, life demands, emotional intensity of relationships, etc. A good fit w/ an experienced therapist really helps. If meds are needed briefly they'll help select the right one. ...Read more

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Can a gluten free diet cause weight gain?

Can a gluten free diet cause weight gain?

Possibly: Gluten needs to be eliminated from the diet of those genetically unable to digest this wheat protein. Others eliminate it because it is a form of a restricted diet since there are far fewer gluten free items to eat. Losing weight is a common goal of such persons. In most cases weight will be lost, but it is very possible with such a diet to ingest a lot of calories and therefore gain weight ...Read more

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Nutrisystem, ediets, jenny craig- which one best and balanced home delivery diet?

Nutrisystem, ediets, jenny craig- which one best and balanced home delivery diet?

Program recommends: Healthtap Doctors are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more

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Tips about protein rich diet for women?

Tips about protein rich diet for women?

Same as for men. : You should eat a minimum of 1/2 gram per pound of body weight to 1 gram/lb if on a heavy exercise program! ...Read more

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Can eating a low calorie diet effect your period?

Can eating a low calorie diet effect your period?

Menstrual cycle: Yes. Anorexia is a cause of abnormal period, very low calorie diet might cause the same symptoms. Please consult a dietitian before doing a low calorie regimen. ...Read more

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Low fiber diet--now dealing with constipation!?

Low fiber diet--now dealing with constipation!?

Fiber& constipation: If you are not on medications that cause constipation, like antidepressants, a low fiber diet can cause constipation. Solution, try to incorporate high fiber foods like whole-grain breads, cereals, pastas, fresh fruits, vegetables, and legumes such as beans and lentils.If you are female, you should eat 21-25 grams of fiber per day.If you are male, then you should eat about 30-38 grams of fiber a day! ...Read more

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Is a vegan diet healthy?

Is a vegan diet healthy?

If done carefully: There is limited research but a careful vegan diet can be very healthy; vegan diets reduce risk of obesity, high blood pressure, lower cholesterol & likely reduce cancer risk. However, certain nutrients such as vitamin b12, carnitine, taurine & dha are difficult to obtain with a vegan dirt so should be supplemented. See www.Vegetarian-nutrition.Info/updates/vegan-diets-pros-cons.Php for more info. ...Read more

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Is the Atkins diet healthy/safe low-carb diet?

Is the Atkins diet healthy/safe low-carb diet?

Maybe : It does result in weight loss however recent evidence suggest increased cardiac disease in patients on an atkins diet. ...Read more

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Is the mediterranean diet or paleo diet better for losing weight?

Is the mediterranean diet or paleo diet better for losing weight?

Paleo Diet: Paleo diet is especially helpful for autoimmune disease and gastrointestinal disorders. Here's a quick start guide... http://doccarnahan.blogspot.com/2013/02/a-quick-start-guide-paleo-diet.html. ...Read more

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Diet for pregnant women?

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Low carb/low sugar: A diet low in sugar and carbs will minimize weight gain and the size of the baby. It will also decrease the risk of gestational diabetes. ...Read more

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Best balanced diet for healthy baby?

Best balanced diet for healthy baby?

How old is baby: A baby less then 4-6 months of age should be receiving appropriate nutrition if being provided right amount of formula or breast milk. In an infant between 6-12 months of age, a mixture of milk/formula and solid foods provide good nutrition. Please avoid any processed (junk) foods - provide vegetables, protein and grains. ...Read more

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Will eating a vegetarian diet for 30 days, jumpstart a significant weight loss?

Will eating a vegetarian diet for 30 days, jumpstart a significant weight loss?

Yes, and...: This is a great way to end unhealthy eating habits. Vegetarian fare isn't as greasy / sugary / salty / yummy as the stuff that most of us overeat. Even better -- why not "jumpstart" a whole new lifestyle based on fitness-based activities, as much a choice-of-friends issue as anything? They'll guide you on reprogramming your mind and body for a far better life long-term. ...Read more

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I'm gaining weight despite adopting a diet plan and exercise.

I'm gaining weight despite adopting a diet plan and exercise.

Track calories & exe: Track calories & exercise. Decrease total calories you consume and increase exercise to lose weight. Good app for tracking diet and exercise is "my fitness pal". ...Read more

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Is a vegetarian diet healthy?

Is a vegetarian diet healthy?

Controversial: This is a topic that i dont think there is a straightforward answer for! a vegetarian diet can be healthy because you lower your saturated fat intake from animal fat! however, it is not the end all answer to eating healthy! I have encountered many obese vegetarians and vegetarians with terrible cholestrol panels. I believe a well balanced diet with lean meets can be just as healthy or healthier! ...Read more

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Should I start a low carb diet or is a balanced diet more healthy for weight loss??

Should I start a low carb diet or is a balanced diet more healthy for weight loss??

Interesting question: There are gazillions of fad diet programs out there & don't be hard on yourself if you feel like a deer in the headlights trying to figure out which one to select. Low-carb diets (depending on how low you go) work well, but you don't want to starve your brain from glucose. Healthy (polyunsaturated) fats are great appetite reducers, and you need protein as well to maintain your muscle mass. Cont-> ...Read more

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What's a healthy diet during pregnancy?

What's a healthy diet during pregnancy?

Eat Smart: Try to incorporate fruits, vegetables, protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats into your everyday diet. Eat small meals throughout the day so that you won't overeat all at once. If you have cravings allow yourself to have them every once in a while, otherwise you will crave them more. You can eat healthy and still enjoy yourself! ...Read more

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If I have gestational diabetes, should I still be careful with my diet post partum?

If I have gestational diabetes, should I still be careful with my diet post partum?

Sure.: 50% of gestational diabetics go on to have diabetes mellitus after their pregnancies. Watching what you eat is a good idea and maintaining a healthy weight for your height with regular exercise is an even better one. ...Read more

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Can diet changes improve my post partum hypothyroidism? Been on altroxin 100 for 15 months.

Can diet changes improve my post partum hypothyroidism? Been on altroxin 100 for 15 months.

Not really: No. Diet doesnt really affect the thyroid. Hypothyroidism is the deficiency of thyroid hormone because the thyroid is not functioning properly. Generally the treatment is with thyroid hormone replacement. Postpartum (thyroiditis) hypothyroidism sometimes recovers on its own. You should discuss whether that is a possibility with your general physician. ...Read more

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5mths postpartum, exclusively breastfeeding, is it safe to take Lipozene (Glucomannan) as part of a diet/exercise regime? What are the side effects?

5mths postpartum, exclusively breastfeeding, is it safe to take Lipozene (Glucomannan) as part of a diet/exercise regime? What are the side effects?

Who knows?: The product doesn't list it's ingredients other than a type of fiber. That should be a huge red flag to you. The company has also had a class action lawsuit filed against it for false claims, another red flag. Save your money. Diet and exercise are the way to go. ...Read more

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Had mild hypoglycemia, no diabetes. 6 months postpartum, now sugar constantly dropping range of 70-42. Eat a clean diet, drink water. Why the big drop?

Had mild hypoglycemia, no diabetes. 6 months postpartum, now sugar constantly dropping range of 70-42. Eat a clean diet, drink water. Why the big drop?

Good question: B"sd important question - most common would be reactive hypoglycemia - a pre diabetic condition with overproduction of sugar by the liver and some delay in insulin release with meals. Hypoglycemia, however deserves a proper endocrinology evaluation. glad to discuss ...Read more

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Will post partum anxiety ever end?

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Will post partum anxiety ever end?

PP anxiety: Symptoms can last long if u were predisposed to anxiety prior to pregnancy. Best to talk to a mental health professional for cognitive therapy work plus anxiety medications if warranted. ...Read more

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How can I deal with postpartum flares?

How can I deal with postpartum flares?

Be patient.: Hot flushes are not unusual postpartum, especially after tubal ligation. Be reassured that they are alomst always self-limited and be patient. They should be gone by your 6-week postpartum ob/gyn visit. If they interfere with your daily activities, try Prozac (fluoxetine) or clonidine, after talking with your doctor. Rarely this is permanent and seen in sheehan's syndrome. ...Read more

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What are the best postpartum exercises?

What are the best postpartum exercises?

Walking is great: There is also something called stroller aerobics that a lot of new moms find helpful. See if there is a class near you check with the local hospitals to see if they know of classes. Also google kegel exercises. Can also talk with karen quigley at trueformcoaching.Com. She's very good in this area & does online personal coaching. ...Read more

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How are the postpartum cleansing bottles used?

Rinse: Wash off your bottom while you urinate (pee), to dilute urine that might otherwise be painful on healing cuts, especially first thing in the morning when urine is stronger. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned if I have post-partum bleeding?

Should I be concerned if I have post-partum bleeding?

No: After a delivery, either c-section or vaginal birth, it is normal to bleed for up to 6 weeks. Your bleeding can also go back and forth between heavy and light and you may have different sized blood clots . If you feel like you are bleeding excessively call your doctor. ...Read more

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Possible reasons for bleeding at 6 months post partum?

Possible reasons for bleeding at 6 months post partum?

Postpartum bleeding: Post partum bleeding occur in most pregnancy and can last up to 90 days after delivery. During this post partum period, most patients may resume their menses at varying time. At 6 months, post partum, any bleeding will be expected to be normal menses. However, if the bleeding persist longer than expected, CBC for hemoglobin and pelvic ultrasound will be beneficial for reassurance. Discuss BCP/IUD. ...Read more

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Again im 4 weeks post partum, have i begun to ovulate again?

Again im 4 weeks post partum, have i begun to ovulate again?

Can't tell online: Have you had a period yet? If so, you are ovulating. If not, maybe. There's no exact formula: if you'v not had a period in the next 8 weeks, check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can a woman return to work before going to her postpartum appointment?

Can a woman return to work before going to her postpartum appointment?

Possible: Some pregnancies are very uncomplicated and depending upon the woman's general health, stamina, and abilities and the requirements of the work place, she may be able to return to work. This would require a discussion with her obstetrician, her employer, hr, and consideration of child bonding and care. This should all be discussed prior to delivery with all concerned and very carefully. ...Read more

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I am basically a pure vegeterian..What foods are to be avoided in postpartum? ?

Food preference: The only foods that i can think of avoiding postpartum are dependent on your own dietary restrictions. You can choose to eat whatever you want , just ensure that you have enough protein. If you want to avoid something consider alcohol, marijuana, recreational drugs. ...Read more

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What should I do if I'm experience severe upper GI pain, also in my back? I am 4 weeks post partum.

What should I do if I'm experience severe upper GI pain, also in my back? I am 4 weeks post partum.

ER: Go now and get checked: any abdomianl pain that seems to go toward your back can represent a GI or vascular emergency: aortic aneuysm, penetrating ulcer, pancreatic disease, referred pain form GI tract, gallstones tec. Get examined ASAP. ...Read more

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What happens if you have a post partum cardio myopothy, will it definetley go away on it's own after 6 months?

Post partum: There are risk factors associated with worst prognosis including race, size of the heart, ejection fraction , etc. I will say that in general, 50% of patients may recover in one year. ...Read more

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I am 3 weeks post partum and noticed my clitoris looks as if it has moved down, it's not as high up as it used to be. Normal?

Probably normal: It is common for the pelvic anatomy to be a bit distorted and potentially permanently altered as a result of parturition. However, at three weeks postpartum there may still be a significant change in the outward appearance of the anatomy as everything tries to return to normal. ...Read more

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Is it possible to NEVER have Postpartum with other deliveries and suddenly have it? Emotions are everywhere and i feel saddened this time around.

Absolutely: I'm assuming you mean postpartum depression? Each pregnancy is different, even in the same woman. Even if you never had symptoms after any of your other pregnancies, it is possible to have depression symptoms with this one. Normally, those symptoms are mild and resolve in a few weeks. If you are having severe depression that is prolonged, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Recently Gave Birth (Definition)

Postpartum is a term that means after the "separation of the mother and the baby", or after ...Read more