Summing up Low-carb

Low-carbohydrate diets may do wonders for quick weight loss (mostly from water loss) and to improve glucose and insulin levels, but they are not without their adverse effects (1-2). The body needs carbs for energy. Without sufficient amounts, muscle catabolism and protein will result, the break down of fat stores for fuel will result inContinue reading “Summing up Low-carb”

Undigested meat in the colon

When you have undigested meat proteins in your colon, they will basically do what they do when thery are outside the colon: they rot. The rotting, or decay, is characterized by a release of foul-smelling chemicals. One such chemical is cadaverine–the same that gave “cadavers” their name because of the smell they emit–which is theContinue reading “Undigested meat in the colon”

Getting to the Bottom of Hemorrhoids

When a patient has hemorrhoids (most prevalent in males over 50) then it is always important to evaluate hydration and dietary fiber intake because constipation contributes to risk (1). Sufficient regular water intake and fiber helps to encourage regular bowel movement and alleviate symptoms of constipation. One can’t get to the bottom (excuse the pun)Continue reading “Getting to the Bottom of Hemorrhoids”

Vitamin D and Crohn’s disease

Vitamin D deficiency may actually contribute to Crohn’s disease because the hormone modulates the immune system. According to endocrinologists at McGill University, vitamin D appears to turn on genes to encode antimicrobial peptides that fight against intestinal invaders (1). The immune support may help avoid inflammation associated with an autoimmune response in Cronh’s disease. ThisContinue reading “Vitamin D and Crohn’s disease”

Managing Diverticulitis After Treatment

It is well documented that a diet low in insoluble fiber is considered the main etiological factor in leading to diverticulitis. The intake of insoluble fiber speeds up transit of food and increases bulk reducing pressure on the intestine (1). On the other hand, intake of red meat appears to increase risk (1). Patients treatedContinue reading “Managing Diverticulitis After Treatment”

Helping a Patient Manage IBS and Diarrhea

When IBS is diarrhea-predominant, a doctor may prescribe an antimotility agent to assist patients with symptoms (1). He or she may also prescribe an antibiotic if the IBS is a result of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (1). As a dietary aid for patients, a nutritionist may suggest soluble fiber such as from oats because itContinue reading “Helping a Patient Manage IBS and Diarrhea”

Low-carb diets and dehydration

It is well known that dehydration is a potential adverse effect of a ketogenic diet, which is one higher in fat with adequate protein and lower in carbohydrates. Nutritionists should be watchful, in particular, of those who use ketogenic diets as therapy for certain conditions such as epilepsy and type 2 diabetes. A study inContinue reading “Low-carb diets and dehydration”

Kidneys: Animal vs Veggie Protein

I was curious to know what it is about animal protein in general that would affect kidneys more than vegetable protein. So I went searching for a study. There was a human intervention trial from the Dept of Internal Medicine in Texas that I found, which had evaluated animal protein-rich diet on kidney stones andContinue reading “Kidneys: Animal vs Veggie Protein”

How much water do I drink?

I’ve been perusing through Dr. Batmanghelidj’s book Your Body’s Many Cries for Water. Yes, I’m well aware that it does not entirely scientific and does have a few claims that could be regarded as sensationalism for water (excess cholesterol is a result of too little water intake, really?). I was intrigued, however, at some ofContinue reading “How much water do I drink?”