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Diet & Nutrition

Food and beverages provide the energy and nutrients you need to improve health, manage disease, and reduce the risk of disease.

Can Probiotics Help Prevent Constipation? A Gastroenterologist Explains

You’ve probably experienced it at some point. Spending long periods of time in the bathroom due to constipation can be a literal pain in the rear.

Probiotics have been brought up as a possible solution to this nightmare but how true is this?

A DxD reader who had suffered from constipation for about 2 weeks took probiotics in hopes of relieving her constipation condition. Here's what Dr Andrea Rajnakova has to say. 

164 views 15 Feb 2019
Hi there, Thanks for your question and I can understand your frustration. The use of BMI to determine whether you are of ideal, over or obese body weight can be fraught with challenge as it doesn’t take into account habitus, muscle bulk etc. Some elite athletes are consid...
13 Feb 2019
Folic acid should generally be taken prior to conception and in the first trimester in particular as the neural tube is still forming. Folic acid is important for prevention of neural tube defects. It is also important in women with diabetes and on antiepileptic medication to...
26 Aug 2018
This is a common problem and certainly many people take supplements regularly. Unfortunately, the commercialization and relative lack of regulation in supplements means that companies can promote use even if there is no absolute clinical need. Also, we cannot be sure what will...
6 Jul 2018
Thank you for the question. This is a very interesting observation and there are a few clinical studies published that have indeed shown an association between dairy intake and acne. High dairy intake been shown to be associated with acne. A high glycaemic index diet e.g. diet...
7 Feb 2019
Constipation is a common condition many of us encounter from time to time. Although dietary fiber is known to encourage proper bowel movement, individuals may have very different response to fiber intake. Dietary fiber is believed to help bowel movement by forming the bulk which...
29 Jan 2019
Probiotics help to restore and maintain healthy microflora of gut. Probiotics improve bowel movement and stool consistency. However, in chronic constipation, they need to be combined with enough intake of fiber, water, regular exercise and overall healthy diet and lifestyle. ...
25 Jan 2019
Obese adults (BMI over 30 kg/m2 ) are at high risk for vitamin D deficiency because vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin and the the body fat sequesters it, hence they require higher doses of Vitamin D than their non-obese counterparts. However, there is no good evidence that rep...
8 Aug 2018
I would advise your aunt to lower her sugar and carbohydrates intake, and to include whole grains in her meals instead of refined carbohydrates. She can choose wholemeal bread instead of white bread, and brown rice instead of white rice. On top of controlling her carbohydrate int...
16 Jan 2019
The most important thing to do is to stay hydrated and replace electrolytes during a viral gastroenteritis attack, so drink plenty of fluids throughout the day in the form of small, frequent sips. During the acute phase of viral gastroenteritis (diarrhoea, vomitting etc), stop e...
10 Nov 2018
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