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Preconception Nutrition For Women
None: The only way to lose weight, keep it off, and stay healthy is to approach it sensibly. Eat more vegetables, fruits, grains, eggs, lean meats (in that order). Eat smaller amounts of the dense calorie-rich foods. Most people can eat as many vegetables as they want. Exercise- start slow if you're not used to it. See your doctor to make sure there isn't any medical problem complicating the process. ...Read more
Another Forum: This does not appear to be medically related question, since either staus is not a medical issue. Perhaps you would find another forum suitable for this type if discussion. ...Read more
Best women vitamins for teenage girls, that would help with breast growth and acne, or overall health?
None: There is no specific vitamin or mineral to help with breast growth or acne. However many teenage girls have diets deficient in calcium, iron and vitamin d. A multivitamin with iron can help with vitamin d and iron- however teen girls need to add more dairy such as milk, cheese or yoghurt for adequate calcium intake. ...Read more
Good question: There is really no answer to that question. It is very individual and depends on a persons personal, social and healthy history as well as their reproductive history. At most fertility centers age 50 starts to trigger some more testing and caution and age 60 is likely a deal breaker. ...Read more
Good for most but...: Eggplant is a relatively healthy food, but it is a member of the nightshade family and some people do not tolerate foods from this family well- they can cause arthritis and stomach upset in some. But eggplant is a good source of vit k, magnesium, potassium, molybdenum etc. As well as phytonutrients like chlorogenic acid. See http://www.Whfoods.Com/genpage.Php?Tname=foodspice&dbid=22 for more info. ...Read more
Yes: There are some things to avoid in pregnancy like nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and certain antibiotics. Short of that, dental care is encouraged. Poor dental care has been related to early delivery and infections. It is safe to get dental xrays and dental work during pregnancy. Your doctor can write a note for the dentist detailing what to avoid. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
No: I wouldn't recommend any over-the-counter products of that sort. Can be dangerous, and there is no evidence of its benefits. You might see short-term benefits if you are a power lifter or body builder, but the risks aren't worth it. If your interest is in powerlifting or bodybuilding, you might consider http://nanbf.org/ (North American Natural Bodybuilding Federation). Hope that helps. ...Read more
Resources/Education: Classes help you learn what to expect, proper technique, common problems & how to fix them, and most importantly, where to call for help if you need it. Better to be prepared, for the first time mom, breast feeding can be overwhelming-especially with everyone who volunteers conflicting advice. You'll learn benefits, health tips, and what to expect. Trust me, learn all you can before delivery. ...Read more
Would having details of an expectant mother's nutrition intake yield more accurate diagnoses/recommendations?
What are the proper dosages for the following vitamins for 63 -year-old woman: multivitamin, vitamin D, calcium, vitamin E, omega 369, B12, magnesium?
Vitamins: A good multivitamin is a good idea. It's like an insurance policy for when we don't eat right, don't sleep well, or are especially stressed. Go to a good store or get some guidance because the popular brands are typically very week and not helpful. Dose varies w/the other vitamins you mention. Need to know more. See www.spectracell.com for good micronutrient lab test info. Peace & good health. ...Read more
Vitamins: Prenatal vitamins are good in general. We don't generally eat a balanced diet with all the minerals we need. In particular prenatal vitamins have a high Folic Acid which prevents spinal cord defects in babies. You can just take centrum sivler or a similar vitamin you buy in the store that is not prescrftption and get the same benefit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What's your opinion on moringa olfeira? I've heard it's great to boost supply and nutritional value of mothers milk but i also read that women of child-bearing age shouldn't take it?
Not well-studied: It is great for mother to provide breast milk to their infants. There are many health benefits for both involved. However, I do not recommend substances like moringa olfeira because of the lack of data. Does it help, i'm skeptical; could it harm either the baby or mom, not worth the risk. Disclaimer: I am a physician-scientist who likes data. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can ~5% weight loss over 6-months be caused by nutritional iron deficiency anemia (Hb 11.1, PCV 35.4, RBC 3.75, Ferritin 39) for 57+ yr female ?
Here are some...: Hi! SaikatD, I assumed you asked this Q for someone (a 57+-yo female - mother?) you love and care. To deduce how these test findings may be significant to her, one has to review her detailed history of the specifics, relevance, & sequence of events of her symptoms, signs, general health, and lifestyle + findings of physical exam + testing as needed. How? To http://formefirst.com/eNewsletter06.html ...Read more
Do frozen veggies have same nutrition as raw veggies? And can microwaving food damage the food's nutritional components or does it maintain them?
What basic considerations should a patient taking antipsychotics have regarding its diet/nutrition? (Very interested in Nutritional Psychiatry)
Which is better for a 3 year old picky eater a multivitamin or pedisure nutrition drink? On top of nutritional meals
Whole food vitamin : I like whole food vitamins that give you the equivalent of several servings of fruits and veggies. Good healthy foods should be presented with no ability to "place order" ( unless allergies ). Limit drinks as kids can fill up on milk and juice and not experience hunger. Make a healthy smoothie at home if needed. Find high calorie nutrient dense foods so do not need large quantity to be consumed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can a person live on nutritional drinks such as ensure for few months while having jaw/teeth surgery? Want to make sure I am getting enough nutrition
Yes, but...: Unfortunately, the marketers neglect to warn the consumers about the huge risk to the patient's dental health. These products are loaded with sugar. In my elderly patients and those on mouth-drying meds, it is not uncommon to see new root cavities after routine use of these "nutritional supplements." moderation means variation--no one food/item is a panacea, and everything comes at with a risk. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
400 charact not enuf: Too detailed to give full answer here. In brief, adequate fluid, protein calories, fat, carbohydrate (macronutrients), as well as essential vitamins and minerals (we don't make them, need them for growth, development, repair) which need to come from diet. About 40+ nutrients all told. Easily available info online; just google your question (get more specific re: age, sex, preg, etc-differs for all. ...Read more
Depends on ripeness: Mature, "dry" coconuts have high fat content, a crunchy white pulp that can be made into coconut milk. It is abundant in medium-chain fatty acids. Young green "water" coconuts have a transparent, sweet jelly pulp and less fat, and a sterile liquid with electrolytes of similar concentration to human blood. This was used to rehydrate some soldiers during ww2 in the pacific, by intravenous infusion! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Varies!: There is too great a difference between the sexes, pregnancy, the young and old, and those with certain illnesses, and for those even on certain drugs. Their is a new field called nutrogenomics, which has identified vast differences between vitamin needs in humans. The most common needs: 8 glasses of water; 1g of protein per 2 lbs of body weight; and 20-24 grams of fiber for adults. ...Read more
Recipe: There are several software programs and/or websites that can do the work of analysis for you. ...Read more
Unclear question: Nutritional balance can mean a lot of things. Here is an excellent book on good diet: http://michaelpollan.Com/books/in-defense-of-food/ beyond that, you can have basic testing for vitamin b, d, folic acid, complete blood count and metabolic panel. If there are any deficiencies noted, additional supplement s may be needed. ...Read more
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