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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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Will supplementing a lower protein semi-vegetarian diet with whey protein powder improve immune function?
Probably: This depends on sufficiency of protein in your diet but deficiency of Amino Acids is not unusual ; grows more common as we age, as most over age 60 produce insufficient hydrochloric acid, needed to digest protein. Low protein impairs immune function; whey is a superb source proven to increase glutathione, important for immune function. There are big differences in quality-see http://bit.Ly/1fpottv. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Everyone!: Due to the pollutants, preservatives, microwave cooking and the age of our food when we eat it, virtually everyone should take dietary supplements to make sure we are getting enough to maintain and heal our bodies properly. Even children and babies need supplementation. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Absolutely: The vegan diet offers a moral high ground and possibly some health benefits, though they are elusive when we control for the fact that vegetarians tend to have other healthy lifestyle habits. If you do not supplement with vitamins -- famously B12 -- and some minerals such as iron and calcium, your health is in serious danger from it. Find a vegan-friendly physicain in your community. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
DANGEROUS, however:: A no carb diet would consist only of meat ; eggs; i don't know anyone who recommends this. It would result in many nutritional deficiencies, completely lacking vitamin c, fiber, flavonoids ; other phytonutrients essential for good health. There is lots of research showing benefits of a vegetarian diet but none on the benefits of no carb diet. However, many recommend a low carb diet. See comment:. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
NO!: I strongly advise everyone take a quality multivitamin as the vast majority of americans don't get adequate vitamins & minerals from their diet, but vitamins are not a substitute for a healthy diet. Fruits & veggies have a complex mix of hundreds of phytonutrients like carotenoids, flavonols & anthocyanins that aren't found in vitamin supplements. Eat fruits/veggies of all colors for good health! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Weight Loss Tips: 1. 60% of your calories should come from protein sources 2. Carbohydrates should be 25% of the calories and come mostly from complex cars and not simple sugars 3. Fat calories should be 15% and again avoid animal fats as much as possible. 4. Exercise with a heart rate of 130 BPM for at least twenty minutes daily 5. Limit your overall calories to 1500 to 1800 calories/day. ...Read more
There are two many?: There are two many to recommend even three or four! but there are many considerations. Stay with 100% whey protein if possible, avoid soy blends. Not as efficient. Avoid those with large amounts of carbs, which is usually milk sugar. Flavors are nice. Avoid the added expense that added branched chain Amino Acids add! and cost. Whey is whey. Go to places like cosco, sam's, walmart, and target! ...Read more
Depends: If you are using it for bowel regularity, any yogurt with active cultures will do well. If you are doing it to supplement clostridium difficile treatment, the two options are lactobacillus or saccharomyces cerevisiae - you doctor can prescribe them. The main contraindication to either is if you have an impaired immune system. ...Read more
Not necessarily: There is no single diet that is best for everyone. I believe it is wise to minimize sugars and simple starches, but i believe a diet with whole grains, vegetables, fruit and low-fat proteins is healthier than a strict low carb diet (which is relatively high in fat and protein). See http://drrandybaker.Com/2013/01/20/diet-and-health/ for my essay on the pros and cons of various diets. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
BP 134/94; should I be on meds or work on lowering it with supplements, diet and cardio exercise first?
Probably: Current guideline favors a lower threshold (120 systolic) and thus you may well benefit from further lowering. If you are overweight, weight reduction and regular exercise should be the first step. Cutting down on salt intake may help some people. Else you need to consult your doctor re. what would be the best option for you. Regardless, do something about it. ...Read more
My daughter will be 17 in oct. Height: 5 ft 4in; she want to grow 2 more inch. Any supplements, diet, tips, safe products , exercise will help her grow?
H is marathon runner. Initial sa showed 16.5mil/60%/9%. How can we improve his sperm count & morph w/o cutting back on running? Supplements? Diet?
What supplements/diet should i adopt after a penetrating keratoplasty (pkp) surgery / cornea transplant that helps in corneal recovery and beyond?
Nothing special: Be sure you use your topical medications as prescribed and on schedule. Some think Vitamin C supplement can be helpful with corneal healing. But the best thing is to maintain a balanced diet and keep yourself generally healthy. The cornea will grab what it needs for its health and survival. ...Read more
Low anal sphincter function. Biofeedback, supplements, diet changes not helping. Ideas to help flow? Stools are soft, just can't go more than bits.
IMPROVE BOWEL TONE: Constipation and/or poor bowel function can sometimes be helped by improving internal mileu with professional quality acidophilus as this good bacteria is needed for digestion in the colon. Psyllium husk and/or clay powder (e.g., bentonite) can help absorb toxins and should be processed over 24 hours. Consider also doing a series of colonics (e.g., minimum of 3) to remove any interfering debris. ...Read more
What supplements/diet/exercise can I do to speed up recovery from breast enlargement?
All ive got atm is arnica tablets.
For: Pre and post op please
Ask your surgeon: The best way to prepare for surgery is to eat well (healthy) with vitamins if appropriate, avoid alcohol or medications that can affect platelets and cause bleeding, and to continue with reasonable exercise preoperatively. After surgery, follow your surgeon's instructions but be sure to ask for both pre and post op instructions from your surgeon. Don't guess. ...Read more
I've tried linzess trulance miralax psyllium and other fiber supplements diets my stool is still pencil thin. Is triphala safe?
Safe enough: Triphala is an herbal formula used in Aruvedic medicine often for bowel problems/relief of constipation. It consists of at least three plants; it is not clear what chemical is responsible for it's effects. I would be more skeptical that it would provide any benefit for you, if the other things you list have not,more than I would be worried it was unsafe. You could try it without expecting too much ...Read more
Why Should Docs Know: Doctors are trained to see people who are sick, not models. Best ask the model of your interest. High odds they avoid supplements & focus on real food, just not too much of it. Suggest study: dietdoctor, big fat lies, mcgovern's report, taubes, attia, nusi.Org, how the government makes you fat, stossel debunking food myths, lustig, fatchance.Html, science for smart people, big fat fiasco & decide. ...Read more
My son (13 year old) is training very hard for swimming nationals 4 hrs a day. How can we supplement his diet. What should he eat?
Balance is important: Vitamins (esp Vitamin D), minerals, hydration, lean protein (not high quantity), simple carbs (pretzels, honey, fruits, sport drinks) directly before, during and directly after workouts, complex carbs (legumes, fruits, vegetables) outside of workouts, and a ratio of 3-4:1 carbs to protein. Best regards for good health and sports success! ...Read more
Lactose-free milk: Many dairies now make lactose-free milk. A popular brand is lactaid. Lactose-free milk has lactose that has been predigested to simpler, easily absorbed sugars. Lactose-free milk has the same nutritional value of regular milk. It tastes a little sweeter but it works. Breyers makes a lactose-free vanilla ice cream. Mmmmm... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer