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8 weaks pregnant and can't keep from eating raw rice or clay, taking calcium, iron suppliments xtremely constipated, hv hemoroids.What to do?

8 weaks pregnant and can't keep from eating raw rice or clay, taking calcium, iron suppliments xtremely constipated, hv  hemoroids.What to do?

Constipation: Eating raw rice and clay sounds like you have pica -- a compulsion to eat non-nutritive substances. Those you're choosing can cause constipation. It can indicate nutritional problems like iron deficiency. Calcium & iron supplements can be constipating in themselves, though. Please tell your doctor about this and stop the clay and raw rice. Drink water; eat veggies & fruits -- esp. Prunes. ...Read more

Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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I'm on grain dairy/legume nut sugar candida free diet (nutritionist suggested it and still terribly constipated. What am i doing wrong? Help me please

I'm on grain dairy/legume nut sugar candida free diet (nutritionist suggested it and still terribly constipated. What am i doing wrong? Help me please

Fluid/veggies: Eat more vegetables and drink more fluids. You need about 7-9 servings of veggies a day to get the fiber to help with constipation. You also need about 45-60 ounces of fluid ( preferably water) a day to help the fiber work so you're not constipated. ...Read more

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Can IBS make my whole body swell? I've been eating a lot of dry gluten free granola and gluten free cookies. I think i may be over eating too.

Can IBS make my whole body swell? I've been eating a lot of dry gluten free granola and gluten free cookies. I think i may be over eating too.

IBS: Ibs doesn't' t cause body swelling from fluid retention, but it can cause abdominal distension from gas build up. Drinking warm water , taking mylanta and applying a hot water bottle to the abdomen relieves gaseous distension. Reducing salt cuts down on fluid retention. ...Read more

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Can you tell me why I vomit vegetable oil after eating too much high fat foods? I vomit just the oil and it looks literally like vegetable oil.

Can you tell me why I vomit vegetable oil after eating too much high fat foods? I vomit just the oil and it looks literally like vegetable oil.

Vomit oil: How do you know it is vegetable oil? High fat foods can have animal fats as well. Never heard of this but oil floats to top and thus comes out first. My recommendation is to no eat so much high fat foods. It seems like you body it trying to send you a message. Ask about gall bladder disease. Any in your family? ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about raw vegan dishes and making my own nut milks?

Nut milks: We are limited to 400 characters per response- so I have provided you with a site to check out: http://www.thekitchn.com/diy-nutmilks-5-easy-and-nourishing-recipes-176008 ...Read more

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800 calorie diet, found out i'm anaemic, the iron pills are making me constipated and i don't want to eat meat because i'm vegan, what should I do?

800 calorie diet, found out i'm anaemic, the iron pills are making me constipated and i don't want to eat meat because i'm vegan, what should I do?

Injectible iron: You're a grown-up now with some serious health problems including Graves's disease. It is extremely difficult for a vegan to enough iron & several other nutrients, and I would urge you to reconsider your involvement with this diet or at least to find a vegan-friendly physician to guide you. It seems to be costing you your health. Your physician can inject iron but it's unpleasant. Be wise. ...Read more

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My dr told me 2 take Benefiber daily. I found fiber oral capsules were cheaper & easier to consume. Fiber caps r made of psyllium. Which better &why?

My dr told me 2 take Benefiber daily.  I found fiber oral capsules were cheaper & easier to consume.  Fiber caps r made of psyllium. Which better &why?

Benefiber may be: easier to take. The powder in a can format is easier and cheaper than capsules and you'll get a larger dose which which will help make you regular. Psyllium works well too and is a bulk laxative, and helps moves things through. It s a matter of preference. It also comes as loose powder. ...Read more

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34 weeks pregnant and unknowingly ate a pasta made with gargonzola cream sauce. Will this make me sick if it was cooked?

34 weeks pregnant and unknowingly ate a pasta made with gargonzola cream sauce. Will this make me sick if it was cooked?

Was cooked: Your cheese was cooked so there is no cause for concern. Soft cheese can also be eaten during pregnancy uncooked if the label specifies that it was pasteurized. The concern is unpasteurized soft cheeses that may contain Listeria. ...Read more

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I've been putting 2 tb spoon of flaxseed in my oatmeal to help my hypothyroid. Now I've read flaxseed hinders underactive thyroid. What's true?

I've been putting 2 tb spoon of flaxseed in my oatmeal to help my hypothyroid. Now I've read flaxseed hinders underactive thyroid.  What's true?

May hinder if raw: This is a complex issue without an easy answer as flaxseed does contain goitrogens (chemicals that can inhibit thyroid function), though most of are inactivated by heating them. Taking dulse and a mineral supplement at a different time helps. See http://autoimmune-paleo.com/goitrogens-why-you-dont-need-to-avoid-them/ There is VERY conflicting info on whether flax oil is beneficial- see comment: ...Read more

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Nausea on subway train. Eating makes me feel better. Suggestions on shelf-stable healthy snacks to carry w/ me? Allergic to nuts , which were my go-to

Nausea on subway train. Eating makes me feel better. Suggestions on shelf-stable healthy snacks to carry w/ me? Allergic to nuts , which were my go-to

Motion sickness?: You may try ginger to see if it helps. If not , talk to your doctor about a motion sickness patch or pill to take . As for healthy snacks, anything without a lot of sugar or fat (but not necessarily fat-free) may do. The dietary guideline has recently been changed so that nearly nothing is really forbidden except for too much carb or salt.. ...Read more

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Why bananas make me have diarrhea and brown rice makes me constipated? im type2 diabetic, hypertension and gad

Why bananas make me have diarrhea and brown rice makes me constipated? im type2 diabetic, hypertension and gad

Food diarrea: hello~ I have no idea why bananas give you diarrea because it should do the opposite because it contains pectin. But if it does AVOID it and see if diarrea improves. If not, its not the bananas. Then do a food diary for 10n d and see your doctor.More likely diabetic neuropathy, another food allergy, or infection, or meds. If persistent please see your MD thnx ...Read more

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During my day ill have 100g of iogo yogurt. It says per 100g it has 18mg of surclose (splenda).Can that make me gain?I don't eat anything else splenda

During my day ill have 100g of iogo yogurt. It says per 100g it has 18mg of surclose (splenda).Can that make me gain?I don't eat anything else splenda

Yogurt has calories: Yogurt has calories, but splenda does not. That means yogurt with sugar will have more calories than the same yogurt with splenda. It will take a larger quantity of yogurt with splenda to cause the same amount of weight gain (compared to yogurt with regular sugar). ...Read more

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Told:fat malabsorption only one stool sample and dr told me to eat hi fat. Had wendys twice that day before sample stools were hard/const. Is he right?

Told:fat malabsorption only one stool sample and dr told me to eat hi fat. Had wendys twice that day before sample stools were hard/const. Is he right?

Doesn't sound right: People with fat malabsorption typically have foul smelling, loose, and floating stools. Eating more fat only exacerbates the problem. Typically associated with pancreatic insufficiency. Please discuss again with your doctor. I doubt any physician would advise a patient to eat fast food for treatment. ...Read more

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