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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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I am having a colonoscopy in a week & have celiac disease, for colon prep I was told to limit my food a week before to a low fiber diet, whait's that?

I am having a colonoscopy in a week & have celiac disease, for colon prep I was told to limit my food a week before to a low fiber diet, whait's that?

Low fiber diet: Meaning less of foods with high fiber content, to avoid build up of waste in the colon before the procedure, usually it is soft diet, avoid lots of fruits, vegetables, green salads, etc, ask the team who will perform the colonoscopy, they would provide you with exact diet regimen needed, good luck with the procedure ...Read more

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What does a low fiber diet consist of?

What does a low fiber diet consist of?

Foods w/o fiber: White bread and cereals from refined grains (which is most ready-to-eat commercial cereals). Meat, poultry, and fish do not have fiber. Neither do dairy products. Fruit and vegetables have fiber but their juice does not. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to have a low fiber diet without dairy?

Is it a good idea to have a low fiber diet without dairy?

No and yes: Fiber is important; dairy is not. Fiber absorbs fat and keeps intestinal contents moving along. Get your fiber from non-starchy vegetables and beans. ...Read more

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Can you advise for a diabetic that needs to eat a low fiber diet?

Can you advise for a diabetic that needs to eat a low fiber diet?

Diabetes: Whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes you need to learn a lot about your food intake - not just low fiber diet. I would start by going on-line to "NuVal" and see what your food are doing in terms of calorie content. The program, doesn't show calories but clearly separates appropriate food from food that is not to good for you. It would also be helpful to see a diabetes educator or dietitian. ...Read more

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Can you give me suggestions with a diabetic that needs to eat a low fiber diet?

Can you give me suggestions with a diabetic that needs to eat a low fiber diet?

Low fiber diet: Most medical centers have an excellent staff that can guide you through your diabetes and best eating habits. Have your doctor or nurse set this up for you. ...Read more

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I'm trying to gain weight and I do have a ostomy bag which makes it hard to find something within my low fiber diet. Do you have any suggestions?

I'm trying to gain weight and I do have a ostomy bag which makes it hard to find something within my low fiber diet. Do you have any suggestions?

Increase calories: You are in a rare situation, needing to gain weight and having trouble doing it. Slow down on your exercise, but don't stop. Increase your daily calories by adding three extra small meals (250 kcals) to your day. The free app called my fitness pal is very helpful to tract your calories. Go slowly, don't rely on sugary drinks or corn syrup, keep it balanced. Good luck. ...Read more

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Who should follow low fiber diet?

Who should follow low fiber diet?

Colitis: People with active inflammation in the intestines or colon=- such as those with crohn's colitis or diverticulitis should follow a low fiber diet. The fiber can worsen the inflammation. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Colonoscopy (Definition)

Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...Read more


Low Fiber Diet (Definition)

You may have noticed that some of the commercial foods are adding fiber. This is totally unnecessary. Fresh fruit and vegetables supply fiber ...Read more