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What is the best way to avoid constipation on high carb diet?

What is the best way to avoid constipation on high carb diet?

Yes: Drink plenty of water, at least one ounce per pound of body wt. Also incl plenty of fresh fruits and veggies and fiber from cereals. ...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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How can people eating low carb diets prevent constipation?

How can people eating low carb diets prevent constipation?

Fluid and fiber: When u avoid carbs u do not get the type of carb known as "fiber" that is so important 4 soft bowel movements. Fiber holds the water in ur colon and keeps the stool soft. U can increase the fiber in ur diet without increasing carbs by supplementing with psyllium husk or other bulk laxative and then drinking lots of fluid. Take high fiber nuts, broccoli etc for your allowd carbs each day. ...Read more

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I was on a low carb diet for 4 weeks. I just started eating normal. I've been getting frequent constipation ever since and now I'm getting worried?

I was on a low carb diet for 4 weeks. I just started eating normal. I've been getting frequent constipation ever since and now I'm getting worried?

Low carb bound up: I was on a low carb diet for 4 weeks. I just started eating normal. I've been getting frequent constipation ever since and now I'm getting worried? ANS: likely related 2 low fiber n diet. It is not nice to fool with Mother Nature. Loosen up & don't worry. I recommend the DASH Diet 4 best all around diet. Here is Kindle book id. Get read and use. Kindle Book-13: 978-1-43914-059-8
It will all pass. ...Read more

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I am diabetic and on a low carb diet, what vitamins should I take and what vitamins are good to take for constipation.

I am diabetic and on a low carb diet, what vitamins should I take and what vitamins are good to take for constipation.

You are not going: To get a high degree of consensus from medical professionals on this question. Many of us believe that if you eat according to dietary guidelines, with lots of vegetables, fruits and whole grains, you should be fine. Some have advised chromium for diabetes, but evidence of benefit is weak. You do need some fiber from whole grains even with a low carb diet to avoid constipation/get all you need:) ...Read more

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Could constipation cause pain in hip and side of waist I've started new low carb diet and been constipated and now in pain.

Could constipation cause pain in hip and side of waist I've started new low carb diet and been constipated and now in pain.

Posssibly: There are many causes of low back pain and hip pain. Often they are related. A bad hip can cause buttock, groin, and/or thigh pain. Sometimes a pinched nerve in the back can cause back, buttock, and thigh pain depending on which nerve is involved. If your pain does not improve or gets worse you should contact your physician to help identify the cause. ...Read more

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How do people do low carb diets and don't get constipated?

How do people do low carb diets and don't get constipated?

Fresh veggies: Fresh veggies are low in carbohydrates and high in fiber, with adequate fluid intake, you should not get constipated. It depends on the type of carb and the amount of fiber. Alot of processed carbs are stripped of their fiber and contribute to constipation. ...Read more

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I was just on a low carb diet and was constipated. Since ending the diet, which lasted a month, my gas has smelled really bad. Will it get better?

I was just on a low carb diet and was constipated. Since ending the diet, which lasted a month, my gas has smelled really bad. Will it get better?

Not necessarily: The gas may be from one of the foods you are eating. Try eliminating one food at a time and see if gas goes away. If it does, try the food again to see if it comes back to know for sure. ...Read more

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Why am I constipated even though I eat daily fiber and 2.5 liters of water each day. I also have a equal diet plan. Protein, carbs, veggies and fruit.

Why am I constipated even though I eat daily fiber and 2.5 liters of water each day. I also have a equal diet plan. Protein, carbs, veggies and fruit.

Constipation: The population is fixated on there bowels. Generally speaking a bowel movement up to every four days is normal if not painful. There are other causes for constipation because it sounds like you have a healthy diet. Hypothyroidism electrolyte imbalances such as low potassium and high calcium. Pain medication including opioid analgesics. May be idiopathic and medication may be beneficial. Would see m. ...Read more

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I've been constipated cause of low carb diet took dulcolax today and still haven't gone and have pain In hip groin back is it cancer worried?

I've been constipated cause of low carb diet took dulcolax today and still haven't gone and have pain In hip groin back is it cancer worried?

Pain: Get examined -pain may be bone or retroperitoneal: use scheduled soluble fiber scheduled 1-4 times daily to soften stool & alleviate recurrent constipation after alleviating current constipation with gentle laxation: try Miralax or generic equivalents ...Read more

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I am having bloated stomach, sometimes bloody. My diet is low carb, high protien, low fat. I exercise twice a day. Also constipated.

I am having bloated stomach, sometimes bloody. My diet is low carb, high protien, low fat. I exercise twice a day. Also constipated.

Chronic: Chronic constipation is a common malady. Diet of high protein can aggravate this problem, and bloating may come from excess bowel contents. Increase oral liquid intake and fiber intake with more fruits and vegetables may help. Some people take extra fiber supplements such as metamucil or citrucel, 1 up 3 times a day. You do not say your age, and whether there would be an indication for evaluation such as colonoscopy. It would be a good idea to review your concerns with your doctor at your next visit. ...Read more

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Does eating carbs help with constipation?

Does eating carbs help with constipation?

Try higher fiber: Foods rather than just shooting for carbs in general. Vegetables & fruit along with whole grains can help. ...Read more

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3, 8oz glasses of prune juice with Miralax TO relieve constipation. Is this dangerous? It's a lot of sugar and carbs

3, 8oz glasses of prune juice with Miralax TO relieve constipation. Is this dangerous? It's a lot of sugar and carbs

Not dangerous: But too much, you may have bloating and cramps. If chronically constipated or suffer IBS, kindly ask for referral to a gastroenterologist for in depth management if current treatment isn't controlling your symptoms, good luck ...Read more

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I have pain in the left side of abdomen with bloating and constipation especially after eating carbs abdomen looks like pregnant one any suggestions?

I have pain in the left side of abdomen with bloating and constipation especially after eating carbs abdomen looks like pregnant one any suggestions?

IBS: Your most likely problem is a condition called ibs which stands for "irritable bowel syndrome". This is best managed by a GI specialist or a family md well versed in this condition. It is usually treated with diet modifications, stress management and sometimes medications. ...Read more

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I bloat everytime I eat anything, I bloat more when I drink milk or eat complex carbs. I'm also constipated.

I bloat everytime I eat anything, I bloat more when I drink milk or eat complex carbs. I'm also constipated.

ConstipationPrimary?: If intestinal emptying is inhibited, then swallowed air, liquids & solids have no place to go; consistent with reported bloating. Thus stay hydrated, stop intake of solids, resolve constipation, e.g. multiple dried prunes/day (mild) to full bottle citrate of magnesia over crushed ice, sipped intake over ~30 min. (usually effective within ~6 hrs). Prunes safe; best avoid CoM more than ~every 6 mos. ...Read more

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What are these symptoms of? Lethargy, slowness, grim outlook

What are these symptoms of? Lethargy, slowness, grim outlook

Dysthymia: And if it's really grim, depression. Before your self-diagnose mental illness, there are some entities to rule out, including medication effect, hypothyroidism, and porphyria. ...Read more

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Help! Need to know if there's a mental issue or slowness that can cause a speech impediment, such as not being able to form words?

More info needed: That is a very general question. It depends on many factors, including the age and overall health of the patient, the nature of the symptoms, medications being taken, and many others. However, it is safe to say that the development of such a symptom where it previously did not exist warrants an evaluation with a primary care physician. ...Read more

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What causes an elderly gentleman to show slowness of gait, bent over stature, confusion?

What causes an elderly gentleman to show slowness of gait, bent over stature, confusion?

Most often.: Parkinson's disease. But to be certain you should have him examined by a neurologist. A common finding is what is known as resting tremor, also called "pill rolling" tremor because the patients appear to be rolling a pill between thier thumbs and index fingers at rest, but when they reach for something, often the tremor disappears. There are other causes that any good general neurologist can ID. ...Read more

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Is slowness or sluggishness thyroid or depression?

Is slowness or sluggishness thyroid or depression?

Could be either/both: There is a lot of overlap between the symptoms of thyroid dysfunction and depression/anxiety. Many psychiatrists and primary care doctors will check thyroid blood tests before considering treating the mood issue. If thyroid is dysfunctional then treating the thyroid condition might improve or alleviate the depression/anxiety. ...Read more

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Can slowness/difficulty in reading come from lack of detailed reading (looking at headings, titles, skimming/not reading content often) or dyslexia?

Can slowness/difficulty in reading come from lack of detailed reading (looking at headings, titles, skimming/not reading content often) or dyslexia?

Either!: Skill and speed at reading certainly depends on practice! Every improves with practice, even with learning disorders. However if you have a learning disorder, see a specialist to find out what kind, then you can be given effective methods to make learning easier. When trying to read faster, pick a subject that you like! It is often easier to get more enjoyment from non-fiction/jokes first ...Read more

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Can the use of Lexapro (escitalopram) (15mg) affect cognitive functioning and cause mental slowness?

Can the use of Lexapro (escitalopram) (15mg) affect cognitive functioning and cause mental slowness?

Yes it can: These are definitely possible side effects of Lexapro (escitalopram). A more complete list can be found at the following website:
http://www. Rxlist. Com/lexapro-side-effects-drug-center. Htm

Now, riddle me this....I'm curious as to why you chose tag words of "below average IQ." ...Read more

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Can a food allergy cause mental slowness/confusion? I have new food allergies (IgE testing) and trying to make sense of it all. Thanks!

Can a food allergy cause mental slowness/confusion? I have new food allergies (IgE testing) and trying to make sense of it all. Thanks!

Not likely: Many people with no food allergy will produce antibody that reacts to the food allergy panel. Thus, these tests need to be interpreted by experts who treat food allergy daily. Skin testing is often more accurate, but ones history of symptoms that follow an ingestion is critical as well. Yes, dizziness/fogginess can occur with allergy, but is transient immediately following intake. Be well! ...Read more

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I don't recognize this as purely psychological. I'm concerned that it's something e.g. neurological. Especially the loss of memory of close people and the physical slowness is worrying me.?

I don't recognize this as purely psychological. I'm concerned that it's something e.g. neurological. Especially the loss of memory of close people and the physical slowness is worrying me.?

Neurological eval.: See that you are a 44 year old female. Are you concerned about these symptoms in yourself or another party? The only way to know what to attribute these symptoms to - is through medical evaluation. ...Read more

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On 100mcg of Levothyroxine but still feel sluggish, anxious, mental slowness, and lack of motivation. Possible other underlying issues?

On 100mcg of Levothyroxine but still feel sluggish, anxious, mental slowness, and lack of motivation. Possible other underlying issues?

Depends: Usually hypothyroid has accompanying labs done. While your dose maybe within range you might need to ask your physician to consider an increase as clinically you are not feeling as good as expected.
I usually treat the patient, the labs are guidelines and I would refer you back to whom ever prescribed the med. Need more information as well to consider additional medical diagnosis. ...Read more

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Not feeling depressed but doctor put me on abulify for unbearable fatigue and "slowness" she's not sure itsmood or my uctd, how would abulify help?

Not feeling depressed but doctor put me on abulify for unbearable fatigue and "slowness" she's not sure itsmood or my uctd, how would abulify help?

Get another opinion: Abilify (aripiprazole) is used to treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia as well as an adjunct to antidepressant meds. It is not a drug to treat fatigue per se unless the doctor is fairly certain that the fatigue is due to major uncontrolled depression. ...Read more

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Parkinson. Slowness movement, beginning state. 2 guide fr 2 doctors: 1st: sifrol 250; 2nd: trivastal 50mg, lioresal (baclofen) 10mg, artane 2mg. Which one better?

Parkinson. Slowness movement, beginning state. 2 guide fr 2 doctors: 1st: sifrol 250; 2nd: trivastal 50mg, lioresal (baclofen) 10mg, artane 2mg. Which one better?

Critique: Trivastal, a newer Dopamine agonist, is not available in the usa, but might be a choice. Sifrol, pramipexole, is likely your safest and best starting drug. There is no role for lioresal, (baclofen) and Artane is literally "poison" and is not used in the usa. Choose the doc who recommended sifrol. ...Read more

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I m 21 year old having headaches nausea heaviness in eyes slowness in hand feet movement fatigue shortness in breath panic condition racing heart????

I m 21 year old having headaches nausea heaviness in eyes slowness in hand feet movement fatigue shortness in breath panic condition racing heart????

Anxiety: You have symptoms of Anxiety /panic disorder. You should see your physician for a trial of some prescription anxiolytics or a referral to psych if this is a chronic problem, affecting your overall well being. In the meantime, learn some relaxation techniques to feel better! ...Read more

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Is the slow carb diet healthy?

Is the slow carb diet healthy?

Not unhealthy: Mostly, balanced diet of unprocessed foods. WHole grains would fit with this.
https://www. Kickstarter. Com/projects/1775472781/devils-diet
might be entertaining. ...Read more

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How effective is a slow carb diet with a cheat day?

How effective is a slow carb diet with a cheat day?

It depends: It depends on how much you "cheat" on your cheat day.
The important part is to think not like something you will do for a period of time and then you can stop. The changes you made to your diet have to be permanent in order to maintain the weight loss. If you are thinking about the day you are going to stop eating healthy food, you have already lost the battle. ...Read more

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I have been reading a lot about the slow carb diet (tim ferriss). Is this diet considered healthy?

I have been reading a lot about the slow carb diet (tim ferriss). Is this diet considered healthy?

Slow Carb diet: It has many good features like eating foods with a low glycemic index and avoiding sugars and processed foods. It doesn't look worse than the typical american diet which is high in salt, sugar, and saturated fats. The true test of a diet is if you can stick to it longer for 6 months. If you can work it into your lifestyle and sustain the healthy aspects, then go for it. ...Read more

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Can slow carb diet cause blood in stool?

Can slow carb diet cause blood in stool?

Yes frm dietary heme: You can have false positive reading that is caused from dietary heme (from red meat)- thus you should avoid red meat, poultry, fish, some raw vegetables (turnips, horseradish, etc.), and vitamin, aspirin, nsaids - 3 to 5 days prior to checking the fecal occult blood test. In addition, repeating the test- 2 slides each time from 3 separate bm-is recommended to increase sensitivity and accuracy. ...Read more

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How safe is the four hour body "slow carb" diet promoted by tim ferriss? This seems to be talked about everywhere; it promises no counting calories, and you get a pigout "cheat day" every week. But the rest of the time = no fruit & no starch (beans and v

How safe is the four hour body "slow carb" diet promoted by tim ferriss? This seems to be talked about everywhere; it promises no counting calories, and you get a pigout "cheat day" every week. But the rest of the time = no fruit & no starch (beans and v

Another fad: Dieting is difficult but also simple. The only way to lose weight is to take in fewer calories than one uses up. That's it. All diets must make use of this principle all the rest is marketing hype. The main issue with many of these diets in long term adherence. In fact for sustained weight loss one often needs to eat differently for life. Popularized diets tend to fail in this regard. ...Read more

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What's a good, tasty diet for constipation for a child?

What's a good, tasty diet for constipation for a child?

Fruits and veggie...: You do not state the age of the child, but generally speaking, increase water intake, poor water intake is a common cause of constipation, make sure you limit milk to 2 to 3 cups a day if over 2 years old, avoid processed foods, add oatmeal mixed with fruit. Some veggies and fruits constipate, banana, apple, carrots. Rice. Easy way to remember is any fruit that starts with "p" makes you go. ...Read more

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Which kind of diet should I have to rid of constipation?

Which kind of diet should I have to rid of constipation?

Fresh fruits and veg: Fresh fruits and vegetables in their natural state are high in water, and fiber and will help constipation. You might benefit from additional water in your diet. Having 5-7 servings a day of fresh fruits and vegetables should help constipation. Aim for at least 25 grams of fiber a day and a gallon of water or fluids a day. (each fruit is about 2-3 g of fiber) each veggie is about 3 g fiber. ...Read more

Carbs (Definition)

Carbs is an abbreviation for carbohydrates. The human body breaks down carbohydrates into basic sugars such ...Read more


Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Constipation (Definition)

Constipation is difficulty passing ...Read more