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Diet: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment?

Having a healthy diet is not only limited to childhood. Even though growth and development stops after a certain age, one's body still needs the right nutrients in the right amount to stay healthy, active and fit. While exercising can help in achieving fitness, it is impossible for anyone to be at the peak of their health without following the right diet. Hence, following a good diet is extremely crucial. To define diet, it can be referred to as sum of foods consumed by living organisms in order to survive. Diets can be either good or bad, depending on the kind of food one puts into his or her body. That's not all, dietary preferences can vary to a great extent too and are dependent on the region or the culture to which a person belongs. All in all, a healthy diet should be comprised of vitamins, protiens, essential amino acids, essential fatty acids, carbohyrate, fat, energy and other essential minerals. These when ingested and absorbed by the body ensure its normal functioning and even help in the prevention of certain diseases and conditions such as obesity and obesity-related diseases (diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol etc.), fatigue, malnourishment, weakness and so and so forth. Sometimes diet is also recommended as a treatment method, particularly in the case of weight-related issues such as being overweight or underweight. In the case of other diseases or conditions, a specific diet may be prescribed to help speed up the heeling process.

How is the treatment done?

When it comes to diet as a treatment for being either overweight or underweight, individuals will have to be particular about what they put into their bodies. A weight management diet will typically be prescribed by either a doctor or fitness expert and will vary depending upon the specific case of a person. However, some amount of generalization can be done. For example, the diet for an overweight individual would be focussed on cutting down calories, especially those consumed through junk and processed foods, so that a healthy weight can be achieved. Overweight individuals will also be asked to increase their vitamin B intake as it helps in converting fat, carbohydrate and protein into energy. Other recommendations may include increasing vitamin C and D intake, consuming foods rich in catechin to help speed up the fat burning process, eating foods loaded with iodine to help the thyroid function normally and aid in weight loss and having plenty of calcium and zinc rich foods. All of this aid in weight loss in a healthy way. As for underweight individuals, a diet with frequent meals thrown in is recommended by experts. Those who are underweight are also supposed to eat foods rich in nutrients such as whole-grain breads, pastas, lean proteins, dairy products and seeds and nuts. Smoothies and shakes loaded with natural sources of sugar are also recommended instead of fizzy drinks and caffiene. In the cases of disease-specific diets, the meal plan recommended can vary to a great degree depending on the disease. That said, the right diet is important even for a healthy individual.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

While patients of diet-related problems as well as those suffering from eating disorders are definitely eligible candidates for a strict diet plan, perfectly healthy individuals need to follow a good diet so that they can maintain their good health.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

In case individuals suffer from any type of food allergy, especially that food which is an essential part of the meal plan, one should consult with their dietitian. Apart from food allergies, there's no other criteria that can deem anyone ineligible for a healthy diet.

Are there any side effects?

Apart from side effects caused by food allergies, there are no side effects caused by a good diet. However, a bad diet (that full of junk foods and other unhealthy items) can cause a host of diseases such as obesity and more.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

There are no post-treatment guidelines one has to follow when it comes to diet, since following the right diet is a life-long process.

How long does it take to recover?

In case a person has been presrcibed a diet for medical reasons, it can take a few weeks to a few months for the effects to show. In other cases, there's no recovery period as far diet is concerned since following a good diet is necessary everyday.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

A good diet is composed of several food items and in certain cases, supplements as well. Since food prices are not fixed and there are too many items to list down, the price of dieting cannot be specified into a generic whole.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

The results of a good diet manifest their positive effects throughout the extent of one's life.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

The right diet has no alternatives. However, it should be combined with the right exercises so that individuals can reap maximum benefits.

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Why Folic Acid Is Important For Pregnant Women?

M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Hyderabad
Why Folic Acid Is Important For Pregnant Women?

Folic acid is the synthetic form of the vitamin B9 and more commonly known as folate. For a pregnant woman, it is extremely important to consume folic acid in adequate quantities. It has the ability to prevent any birth defect, related to brain and spinal cord. It essentially protects the neural tube, which shapes into the spine and the brain. Since neural tube defects can occur in the first few weeks of pregnancy, it is essential that a woman starts consuming folic acid right before she endeavors to conceive.

What are the benefits?
Many researchers are of the view that folic acid is a key component for safeguarding the baby from certain diseases such as cleft palate, certain heart defects and cleft lip. Apart from this, folic acid mitigates the risk of pre-eclampsia in a pregnant lady. Pre-eclampsia is a disorder related to blood pressure and affects close to 5%of all pregnant women. Folic acid also helps a would-be mother from a type of anemia. It is responsible for giving birth to DNA and increasing cell growth of the baby.

Consumption amount of folic acid:
In order to save the baby from any neural defect, it is essential that a pregnant woman consumes at least 400 micrograms of folic acid on a daily basis. Since many women conceive without planning, it is therefore suggested by experts that all women entering the childbearing age should consume folic acid. Some groups such as the National Institute of Health, US suggest that folic acid consumption for a pregnant woman should be 600 micrograms per day. If you are taking any supplements, check the label to see the folic acid quantity present in it. If a woman is consuming prenatal vitamin as prescribed by a doctor, she should not consume any folic acid from outside, since it already has a folic acid content of around 800-1000 microgram. To abstain from any side effects, it is strongly advised not to consume more than 1000 micrograms of folic acid per day..

When is extra folic acid needed?

  1. If you are carrying twins
  2. If your previous pregnancy involves a neural tube defect
  3. If you have a genetic condition called methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase
  4. If you are suffering from diabetes or consuming any anti-seizure medications

What are the sources of folic acid?

  1. Certain grain products such as pasta, cereals, rice and bread
  2. Certain food supplements available in the market
  3. Naturally occurring vegetables such as spinach, turnip greens, avocado, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts
  4. Citrus food or the juice extracted from them without adding any sugar component to it
  5. Certain nuts and peas

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Weight Loss During Menopause - 5 Tips That Can Help You Manage It!

Diploma in Dietetics Health and Nutrition, Doctorate Biomedical Sciences, Principle of Nutrition, Doctorate Biomedical Science , MSC Master of Science
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Ghaziabad
Weight Loss During Menopause - 5 Tips That Can Help You Manage It!

It is very common for women to gain weight post menopause. A range of factors are responsible for this, such as slow metabolism, degradation of the muscle tissue and hormonal fluctuations, resistance to insulin, inadequate sleep to name a few. To make things worse, the fat on the thighs and hips gets transferred to a lower portion of the abdomen. This not only makes the whole body posture ugly, but increases the risk of heart diseases and diabetes. It is therefore very important to lose weight and maintain the right BMI.

Here are a few tips that can help do just that:

  1. Calorie count: Contrary to the popular belief, a drastic restriction in diet can do more harm than good. A less calorie count results in muscle loss and restricts the ability to digest protein. A better strategy, therefore, is to watch out for portion size rather cutting down on the diet. Frequent eating in small quantities can help in ensuring that the body retains its metabolic rate and weight gain is restricted at the same time.
  2. A healthy diet: A healthy diet necessarily need not restrict to fruits and vegetables. It essentially means cutting down on junk and processed food. In this regard a low carb diet greatly helps in losing weight, so is the case with a vegetarian and Mediterranean diet. However, be it any diet, the important thing is to ensure that it is freshly prepared and consumed at the right quantity.
  3. Exercise: Exercise is perhaps the single most important factor after or during a menopause. It not only helps to lose weight but helps to improve the mood, improve bone density and helps the body to tackle muscle loss. Cardio and aerobic training are known to be extremely effective for the purpose of losing weight. A recent research report suggests that performing repetitive exercise can be more effective than performing a variety of exercises. The trick is to keep the exercise schedule going every single day.
  4. Getting adequate rest: In order to maintain a healthy weight, getting adequate sleep is extremely important. People who tend to sleep little have a higher concentration of ghrelin hormone. The latter is known as the hunger hormone of the body that is responsible for the urge of eating. Less sleep also decreases the level of leptin hormone that gives a sense of fulfilment to an individual. Many women reportedly suffer from sleep inefficiency and suffer from night sweats, hot slashes, and stress. If such behaviour continues for long, medical help is necessary.
  5. Stay away from stress: Stress relief plays a pivotal role in ensuring that a person does not put on weight during the menopause. Apart from contributing to weight gain, stress can result in lead to heart diseases, elevated cortisol, and abdominal fat.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Dyspepsia - What Is It And How Can It Be Treated?

MBBS, MS - General Surgery, DNB - Gastroenterology
Gastroenterologist, Thane
Dyspepsia - What Is It And How Can It Be Treated?

Dyspepsia is an uncommon word, but a very common problem. This medical condition is more commonly known as indigestion of the stomach and small intestine. The symptoms of this condition include abdominal pain, bloating, belching, nausea and a loss of appetite. They come and go varying terms of frequency and intensity. 

Some of the common causes of dyspepsia are lactose intolerance, anxiety, regurgitated stomach juices, stomach ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome and excessive caffeine or alcohol intake. In most cases dyspepsia can be easily treated with home remedies. 

Here are the 5 best ways to treat it:

  1. Lemon juice: Lemon juice cleanses the digestive system by flushing out waste material and undigested food. It also inhibits the formation of acids in the stomach and boosts appetite. Dilute the juice of 1 lemon in a glass of water to avail its benefits. You could also add half a teaspoon of fresh ginger juice to this. Ginger also aids in digestion and prevents flatulence.
  2. Buttermilk: Buttermilk has cooling properties and helps calm the stomach and intestines. It is also suitable for people who are lactose intolerant. Drink a glass of buttermilk immediately after a meal to improve your digestion. You could also flavor it with roasted cumin powder or mint. Mint also helps in relieving indigestion and prevents buildup of gases in the stomach while cumin stimulates the secretion of pancreatic enzymes.
  3. Yogurt: Yogurt is the best remedy for any stomach bug. It is rich in probiotics that help restore balance healthy gut bacteria and stabilize digestion. Yogurt can be had as an accompaniment to your meals or mixed with steamed rice to make it a meal in itself.
  4. Fenugreek: Fenugreek boosts appetite and helps relieve indigestion. This herb is known for its soothing properties that cleanse the digestive system. Fenugreek leaves can be bitter and unpalatable. Hence, to benefit from this, boil the leaves and then lightly fry them in butter before eating them.
  5. Pomegranate juice: Pomegranate juice is an excellent way to treat indigestion and diarrhea. Its antioxidant properties also make it a good remedy for heartburn. To benefit from pomegranate juice, dilute the juice of a pomegranate in a glass of water along with a tablespoon of honey.

Along with this, also take a look at your eating habits. Avoid eating on the move and chew your food properly. Eat only when you are hungry and control your portion sizes. Lastly, make the time to exercise for half an hour or so every day.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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High Enzyme Foods

M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
High Enzyme Foods

High Enzyme Foods

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Healthy Diet Chart For High Uric Acid Patients In Hindi - उच्च यूरिक एसिड रोगियों के लिए स्वस्थ आहार चार्ट

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lakhimpur Kheri
Healthy Diet Chart For High Uric Acid Patients In Hindi - उच्च यूरिक एसिड रोगियों के लिए स्वस्थ आहार चार्ट

उच्च यूरिक एसिड की समस्या से हमारे शरीर के बहुत से अंग प्रभावित होते हैं जैसे कि पैरों के अंगूठे, टखने. घुटने, जोड़ों और एड़ी भी प्रभावित हो सकते हैं. इस बीमारी में खून में यूरिक एसिड नामक रसायन की मात्रा काफी बढ़ जाने के कारण यह समस्या उत्पन्न होती है. उच्च यूरिक एसिड के गुणों और लक्षणों के आधार पर यह कहा जा सकता है कि अर्थराइटिस का ही एक रूप है. क्योंकि इसमें भी जोड़ों और अन्य स्थानों पर सूजन होती है. जैसे कि अर्थराइटिस में दिखाई पड़ती है. यह बीमारी आमतौर पर लंबे समय तक भोजन ना करने डीहाइड्रेशन तनाव कसरत ना करना शराब का सेवन बहुत ज्यादा करना आदि से हो सकती है. इसके साथ ही जंक फूड और जीवन शैली में बदलाव भी इसके कारण हो सकते हैं. आइए उच्च यूरिक एसिड से पीड़ित मरीजों के लिए आवश्यक आहार चार्ट का अध्ययन करें.
कोल्ड प्रेस्ड जैतून का तेल
खाना पकाने के लिए हम आम तौर पर सरसों के तेल का इस्तेमाल करते हैं लेकिन यदि आपको यूरिक एसिड की समस्या है तो आप कोल्ड प्रेस जैतून के तेल का इस्तेमाल खाना बनाने के लिए करें. इससे आपकी परेशानी कम होगी.
विटामिन सी
जो व्यक्ति उच्च यूरिक एसिड की समस्या से पीड़ित है उसे अपने दैनिक आहार में विटामिन सी की ज्यादा से ज्यादा मात्रा लेनी चाहिए इससे काफी फायदा पहुंचता है. विटामिन सी में मौजूद एंटीऑक्सीडेंट इसके लिए उपयोगी साबित होते हैं.
अजवाइन के बीज का अर्क
यदि आप उच्च यूरिक एसिड की समस्या से ग्रसित हैं तो आपको अपना दर्द कम करने के लिए अजवाइन के बीज के अर्क का सेवन करना चाहिए. क्योंकि अजवाइन में दर्द को कम करने वाले एंटीऑक्सीडेंट्स में डाइयुरेटिक्स का गुण पाया जाता है. इसके अलावा यह एंटीसेप्टिक भी होता है. कई बार तो इसका इस्तेमाल नींद ना आने, नर्वस ब्रेकडाउन या व्यग्रता जैसी समस्याओं के उपचार में भी किया जाता है.
एंटीआक्सीडेंट युक्त भोजन
एंटीऑक्सीडेंट युक्त भोजन करना भी कुछ यूरिक एसिड से पीड़ित लोगों की काफी मदद करता है. इसके लिए आप टमाटर, अंगूर, ब्लूबेरी, लाल शिमला मिर्च आदि का सेवन कर सकते हैं क्योंकि इनमें एंटीऑक्सीडेंट्स और विटामिन सी की भरपूर मात्रा मौजूद रहती है. एंटीऑक्सीडेंट्स मुक्त अणुओं को शरीर से बाहर निकालने में मददगार होते हैं. इसके अलावा इससे यूरिक एसिड के स्तर में भी कमी होती है.
सेब का सिरका
सेब के सिरके की सहायता से भी उच्च यूरिक एसिड की समस्या से निजात पाई जा सकती है. क्योंकि सेब का सिरका हमारे शरीर में रक्त का PH मान को बढ़ाकर उच्च यूरिक एसिड के स्तर को कम करता है. यह ध्यान रहे कि सिरका बनाते समय सेब कच्चा बिना पाश्चुरीकृत और बिना पानी मिला हुआ होना चाहिए
बेकरी के उत्पाद से बचें
जो व्यक्ति उच्च यूरिक एसिड से ग्रसित हैं उन लोगों को बेकरी उत्पादों से बचना चाहिए. क्योंकि बेकरी के उत्पाद जैसे की एक पेस्ट्री में अनसैचुरेटेड फैट की अधिकता होती है. इन के सेवन से यूरिक एसिड के स्तर में और वृद्धि होने का खतरा रहता है. इसलिए इसके सेवन से बचना चाहिए.
एल्‍कोहल से दूर रहें
शराब पीना भी उच्च यूरिक एसिड की समस्या से जूझ रहे लोगों के लिए काफी जोखिम भरा फैसला हो सकता है. क्योंकि यदि आप अल्कोहल का सेवन करेंगे तो इससे आपके शरीर में यूरिक एसिड की मात्रा बढ़ जाती है. जिससे अटैक भी आ सकता है. इसलिए अल्कोहल से दूरी बनाकर रखने में ही समझदारी होगी.
डिब्‍बा बंद भोजन
यूरिक एसिड के स्तर में वृद्धि होने की शिकायत होने पर आपको डिब्बा बंद भोजन से बिल्कुल किनारा कर लेना चाहिए. क्योंकि डिब्बा बंद भोजन में आपको यूरिक एसिड को बूस्ट अप करने वाले तत्व मिलते हैं और यदि आप इनका सेवन करें इससे यूरिक एसिड एसिड के स्तर में वृद्धि हो जाएगी.
मछली और मीट
मछली और मीट का सेवन भी उच्च यूरिक एसिड की समस्या से ग्रसित लोगों के लिए खतरनाक है. कुछ विशेष प्रकार की मछलियां तो बिल्कुल ही नहीं खाना चाहिए क्योंकि इन सब खाद्य पदार्थों के सेवन से आपकी यूरिक एसिड के स्तर में वृद्धि होने की संभावना बढ़ जाती है.

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Popular Questions & Answers

What will be the diet plan if I want to loose weight from 96 kg to 75 kg faster way with exercise.

M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
You need to take high fiber low fat diet followed by detox diet. Drink lot of water everyday. Take small and frequent meals at regular intervals of 2-3 hrs. Avoid outside food completely. Ask me privately for customized diet plan for you.

Whether spirulina can be taken with high uric acid levels & c reactive proteins high levels?

Endocrinologist, Delhi
I will not advise its use in patients with high uric acid because it will increase uric acid which may precipitate gout and may cause urinary stone formation.
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I am trying to loose weight, so I goto gym everyday day and workout for nearly 1.5 hrs a day. But the thing is that I do not have a proper diet chart. My diet includes mostly carbs. Also I have to travel around on my motorcycle everyday due to my job. Please kindly provide me with a proper diet so that I loose could cut out that extra weight and do not feel weak.

Ph.D(Clinical Nutrition), M.Sc(Foods&Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
To start with avoid simple sugars as far as possible like sugar, jaggery, honey, sweets, candies, chocolates, cold drinks etc. 'Eat Out' less, avoid junk and have good quantity of fresh foods which are not processed like fruits, vegetables, soups, salads, nuts, low fat milk, curd etc. Gradually, focus on higher protein intake, lower fat and restrict carbohydrates to high fibre foods only. Combine these dietary changes with 1 hour exercise. If you need us to help you with proper customised Diet plans for weight loss, you can opt for our online program or contact us through Lybrate' private consult.
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Table of Content

What is the treatment?
How is the treatment done?
Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)
Who is not eligible for the treatment?
Are there any side effects?
What are the post-treatment guidelines?
How long does it take to recover?
What is the price of the treatment in India?
Are the results of the treatment permanent?
What are the alternatives to the treatment?
Having issues? Consult a doctor for medical advice