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Lose Weight with the Semolina Diet

Most weight loss plans are difficult precisely because they involve taking away food – and depending on the psychological issues that may have been at the root of your weight gain in the first place, this can be a particularly challenging thing to do. You might find yourself rebelling, even if you are mentally committed to the idea of losing weight. You might even find that the feeling of deprivation steers you toward other self-destructive behaviors, such as smoking or drinking. If this describes you, you may well benefit from counseling to deal with your weight issues and other issues underlying your weight problems.

In the meantime, eating plans that promise to help you lose weight by adding something, rather than taking food away, might appeal to you and might actually work a lot better. This might seem counter-intuitive, in a way, because losing weight always seems to require eating less. There are some exceptions, though. One of them is a time-honored method that involves adding a meal of semolina – a cooked grain, similar to cream of wheat – three times a day. The argument is that if you eat 300 grams of cooked semolina three times a day it will make you too full to binge on other foods. Your intake of other food will be minimized, and you will lose weight.

This approach is a bit controversial, and may work best as a temporary, transitional method. For one thing, advocates of low-carb, high protein eating would be horrified at this plan. Dr. Atkins himself would roll over in his grave! Semolina is a high carb, high glycemic index food – it is pure starch. Also, eating so much of it tends to make you less hungry for all other foods, including protein. Proponents of Atkins and other high protein plans would say that this is the worst possible thing you can do for your body. Of course, we should remember that the high protein approach is also controversial, however. From a nutritionists’ point of view, neither high protein nor the semolina plan would be ideal. However, most nutritionists’ food guides put grains at the top of the chart, so the semolina plan adheres more closely to a standard food guide, as long as you make an effort to also eat enough fruits, vegetables and proteins to stay in balance.

And if you do, that would almost automatically eliminate junk food and empty calories. Few of us would be able to eat 300 g of semolina three times a day, and adequate fruits, vegetables and protein, and still be able to eat foods with excessive calories or fat. In a sense, the semolina replaces the other ’empty’ calories that many of us (if we have a weight problem to begin with) eat as a regular part of our diet. Eating semolina might not represent optimal nutrition, of course – but it is preferable to eating foods full of fat and additives, such as potato chips, chocolate or candy. Of course, the semolina diet does not forbid any of these junk foods – it just specifies that you have to eat a certain amount of semolina a day, and make sure that you are getting enough vitamins and protein in your diet. Most people would then automatically eliminate a lot of junk food because we simply don’t have room for it.

In and of itself, semolina is really not that bad as a stable food, unless you subscribe to the ‘low carb’ philosophy (in which case, you would probably never choose this diet to begin with!). It’s low fat, it’s a natural food, and like other cereals, it comes fortified with vitamins and minerals. If eating carbohydrates is your preference – and many of us do pile on the weight by eating excessive amounts of pasta or bread – then the semolina will satisfy you. You are less likely to crave other carbohydrate-rich foods. Also, consider the fact that the semolina plan is actually quite similar to the way in which many traditional cultures ate. In the traditional Asian cuisine, for example, rice was a staple, eaten at most meals. In some European cultures, porridge (oats) would have had the same function. Though these diets might not seem balanced to us today, they kept people alive – and within a healthy weight range – for millennia!

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Penis Sensitivity & Diet: They Go Together

Penis sensitivity is something most men simply take for granted. They know that when their penis is touched and stroked (whether by a partner or by themselves), their body experiences the tremendous sensations that make sex so exciting and enjoyable. Clearly, penis sensitivity is crucial for a man’s sex life and he will want to be sure he maintains excellent penis health in order to help maintain a proper level of penis sensation. And it may be that some surprising factors – such as diet – can have an impact in this area.

Penis sensitivity

Why is the penis so prone to extreme sensations anyway? For the same reason that any part of the body demonstrates a tendency to react to stimulation: nerves. The neural network runs throughout the body. Nerve endings are near the surface of the skin and they pick up stimulation – a touch on the arm, a kick in the pants, a stroking of the penis – and send a signal back to the brain that something is going on. The brain sends a signal back so that a man turns around to the touch on the arm, yells “Ouch” to the kick in the pants, and sighs and moans at the stroking of the penis.

The penis tends to have many more nerve endings per square inch than other parts of the body. Because penis skin is so thin (especially when the penis is erect and the skin is stretched out), those nerve endings are more receptive to stimulation – thus the higher degree of penis sensitivity compared to other parts of the body.

Because of that sensitivity and the pleasure it affords, men really like to have their penis fondled. Sometimes, though, when a man is in pursuit of orgasm through penile stimulation, he may find himself in situations where the all-important friction is a little too much. Perhaps he is engaging in intercourse without appropriate lubrication or he’s furiously masturbating with a grip that is extremely tight. Short term, these activities produce the desired result – a tremendous orgasm – but over time, they may “mute” the degree of sensitivity in the organ. When that happens, there’s a somewhat “deadened” sensation that can interfere with a guy’s sexual enjoyment.

Diet

So why should what a guy eats have any effect on how sensitive his penis is? Basically because what we eat has an effect on all parts of our bodies and lives – including the penis. Research has indicated that diets with vitamins B12 and E, as well as folate, help increase sensitivity all over. So if a man has reduced penis sensitivity, he may want to up his intake of these nutrients.

What foods are good for vitamins B12 and E and folate? Lots of dairy products contain B12, as do many kinds of seafood – and liver is especially high in B12. Meanwhile, spinach is a winner for both folate and vitamin E. Folate is also found in many other green vegetables, as well as citrus fruits. And vitamin E is abundant in many nuts (almonds, peanuts, pine nuts) and oils (olive oil, wheat germ oil, etc.), as well as trout and salmon.

Meanwhile, avoiding fatty foods is good for penis sensitivity. Cholesterol dampens nerve endings, so watch those high-fat foods, especially when eating red meat.

Diet can help maintain penis sensitivity, but more help may be required. That’s where regularly using a first rate penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) comes in handy. Select a crème that contains L carnitine, an amino acid with neuroprotective properties and can help restore loss of sensation. It also helps if the crème contains L-arginine, an ingredient which helps produce the nitric oxide that keeps penis blood vessels open and flowing.

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How to Gain Weight After Radiation Therapy – 9 Tips

Cancer therapy can be an extremely physical and emotional time for the patient. In patients with cancer of the head and neck for instance, the immune system is often not functioning properly. The immune system does not destroy cancer cells. Causes of the failure of the immune system include severe malnutrition. To exacerbate the problem, radiation can severely effect the taste buds and saliva glands. The loss of appetite, difficulties in swallowing, no taste buds and the inability to dissolve food will result in a tremendous amount of weight loss.

To gain weight after radiation therapy it takes patience and focus. Some cancer patients have gone days without a meal because they simply did not think to eat. No hunger pains or cravings for food means the brain does not does let us know know to do so. It has to be a conscious thought to sit down and eat a meal.

There are a number of things to do and eat that can help the patient to gain weight. Some are obvious but need to be stated none the less.

1. It is important to eat and maintain good nutrition despite changes in taste. Prepare foods that appeal to you. Try and focus on foods from the food pyramid to help with a well balance diet.

2. Use a powdered or liquid diet supplement. Available on the market also include weight gain supplements in a gel tab form, with all the nutrition needed, enhance appetite and slow down metabolism to better absorb nutrition and calories. Even if you're not very hungry, it's important to keep your protein and calorie intake high. A weight gain supplement in gel tab form might be the answer. Doctors have found those patients who eat well can better deal with having cancer and with the side effects of treatment.

3. Eat five or six small meals during the day rather than three large ones. Eat when you are hungry, even if it is not mealtime. Moisten food with gravies and sauces to make eating easier. Try changing the consistency of foods by adding fluids and using sauces and gravies to make them softer.

4. Change your diet and try new recipes. If you enjoy people around while eating, try to have meals with family or friends. It may be helpful to have the radio or television on while you eat. Use low lighting, soft music, brightly colored table settings, or whatever helps you feel good while eating.

5. Keep easy meals in the freezer to use when you feel hungry. If other people offer to cook for you, let them. Do not be afraid about telling them what you can eat. Keep healthy snacks for nibbling if you get the urge.

6. If you live alone, you might want to look into "Meals on Wheels" to bring food to you. Ask your doctor or local social service agencies about "Meals on Wheels." This service is available in most cities and towns.

7. Add butter or margarine to your meals. Mix canned cream soups with milk or half-and-half instead of water. Drinking milkshakes between meals may help keep caloric intake high. Add cream sauce or melted cheese to your vegetables. Some people find they can drink large amounts of liquids even when they do not feel like eating solid foods. If this is the case, take advantage of each glassful by making drinks enriched with powdered milk, yogurt or honey. A weight gain supplement in gel tab form may be a lot easier to manage. It can also help in making you hungry so you want to eat.

8. If the foods you like no longer taste good, try new foods and use different methods of food preparation.

9. Avoid spices and coarse foods such as raw vegetables, dry crackers or nuts. Remember that acidic foods and liquids can cause mouth and throat irritation. As you start to heal from the radiation you may be able to slowly add these types of foods to your diet.

In conclusion, be patient and focused on the task at hand. It is a task. Weigh yourself often to keep track of your progress. If you are doing what is suggested and you still are not gaining weight, ask your doctor or dietitian for help.

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Crohn’s Super Food – Tuna

In the realm of Crohn’s nutrition, there are these specific examples that practically define the goals of the Crohn’s diet, which are to decrease pain and bathroom usage. So, one can eat as much as one may want of these foods, called super foods, thanks to its high nutrient density that gives off energy to the host improve health both digestive and overall to diminishing Crohn’s symptoms, and generally make one feel “good,” physically, which will, in turn, boost emotional health, creating an overall more healthy and happy person.

Moreover, the low residue, or low texture density, which basically means softer foods such as steamed vegetables or liquids as opposed to fibrous raw veggies or nuts, of these super foods leads to slower digestion that is generally healthy but will also discourage flare ups and/or not make current flare ups worse, and decrease bathroom usage, a critical problem when it comes to a social, normal life.

Major example of Crohn’s disease diet super foods is the protein tuna. Tuna fish comes whole or canned, though whole is traditionally better as there may be processed oils or flavors in canned tuna, which is generally bad. Processed contents contain simple sugars. These sugars feed the bad bacteria in the gut to the point that causes excessive pain and bathroom usage.

From a perspective other than a Crohn’s nutrition one, tuna is rich in vitamin d, and has high protein, which gives energy and builds muscle. Actually, protein is always being searched for for those with Crohn’s since most proteins are either not too lean, are acidic, or may contain processed contents, not to mention possible fiber. Other benefits include omega three fatty acids, which Is a health benefit for multiple reasons, including heart health and arthritis.

Protein is the best thing in the Crohn’s diet because it comes with all the benefits that carbs come with, just in a healthier manner. The reason why carbohydrates are craved so much,besides the fact that the overwhelming amount of bad bacteria in the gut may crave it causing its host to in turn crave such carbs rich in simple sugars, is that it gives off energy. Although carbs give off energy quickly, protein gives it slowly. However, when eaten correctly, protein can give more energy, though it may come little later, and will last longer.

Note that there is mercury in tuna, so eat in moderation and never raw, such as in sushi.

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Dave’s Killer Bread OR Ezekiel Bread, Which Is Better for You?

Has this happened to you? You got connected with a health and fitness guru and have been following their prescriptions to a better life. They have sold you on the idea of eating only carbohydrates from a good source. One of those good sources came highly recommended and you have been eating Ezekiel Bread for a while now.

You’re at the gym one day, having a great workout and making a new friend. As you chat about your eating habits, this new friend swears by Dave’s Killer Bread. Now you are wondering if perhaps you could make a better choice for your carbohydrate sources by switching to Dave’s Killer Bread. As you ponder this new thought, you hear the voice of your current health and fitness guru in your head speaking to you about how Ezekiel Bread is the only way. What do you do? Well, that is where I am able to help you. I’ve wondered the same thing myself and went about looking into the similarities and differences. I’ve made my choice and you can make yours.

Let’s take a look at what the breads have in common. They both use “all organic whole grain” sources for their ingredients and that is a great thing. They both use sea salt in the bread making process. They both offer several varieties of bread for you to chose from. You know what folks say, “variety” is the spice of life. So both breads bring that spice to you. Both brands make a multi grain bread, a whole wheat bread, and a multi seed bread. Both breads are carried in only certain stores making their availability limited. Many big chain food stores will carry either one or the other brand.

Now let’s take a look at the differences. All breads from Food For Life (manufacturers of Ezekiel Bread) use only sprouted ingredients and no flour of any kind in any bread. Dave’s Killer Breads use either cracked, crushed, cultured or rolled whole grains for their breads. So, which is better? That is debatable. It is believed that sprouted grains are more readily digested by the body. If you do have trouble digesting grains, this may be a slightly better choice for you. Beyond digestion the differences are negligible.

Food For Life offers five varieties of bread: 7 Sprouted Grain, 3 varieties of Ezekiel Sprouted Whole Grain (Flax, Low Sodium, & Sesame), and Sprouted Whole Grain&Seed. Dave’s Killer Bread offers eight varieties of bread: 21 Whole Grain, Good Seed, Power Seed, Blues Bread, Cracked Wheat, Sprouted Wheat, Good Seed Spelt, and Rockin Rye.

All of the five varieties of bread from Food For Life do not use any sugar of any kind. All of the 7 varieties of Dave’s Killer Bread use either organic dried cane syrup or organic cultured wheat (or both) as a natural preservative. For any of Dave’s breads the amount of sugar added averages 4 grams per slice. For those of you cutting carbs to get that ripped body ready for the stage, you may want to choose bread’s from Food For Life exclusively in that 12 week pre show prep time.

All of the five varieties of bread from Food For Life do not use any oil, while three varieties (Cracked Wheat, Blues, & Rockin Rye) of Dave’s Killer Bread do use a small amount of organic expeller-pressed canola oil. This small amount of oil in those two breads add a negligible amount of fat to the bread.

The final difference between the breads is the serving size. All breads from Food For Life have a standard serving size of 1 slice equal to 34 grams. All breads from Dave’s Killer Breads have a standard serving size of 1 slice and the grams vary from 42 grams to 50 grams, with the typical being 45 grams.

With all of that great information at hand which bread are you going to choose? There is one more factor to take a look at and that is the cost to purchase a loaf of bread. On average most stores that carry either of these breads will charge you just under $6.00 for a loaf of bread. That is on the high side as far as breads go.

For me, this is the major factor in my choice. Both bread companies make a comparable good carb source bread. My local Costco store carries a few varieties of Dave’s Killer Bread and because they can make a large bulk purchase they also offer the least expensive pricing for a loaf of bread. On average I pay about $3.75 for a loaf of Dave’s Killer Bread. So for now, I’m a Dave’s Killer Bread fan.

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Double Vision Improving Foods For Better Eyesight

There is ample evidence regarding the link between good nutrition and better eye health. This principle even applies to improving the vision condition double vision. Double vision is defined as an eye condition whereby an individual sees 2 images at the same time. While some of the causes of double vision include problems with the teamwork ability of the eyes, dry eyes, strabismus, diabetes, stroke and astigmatism, another cause of this eye problem includes nutritional deficiencies. An individual may not be eating the right kinds of foods or may be deficient in certain nutrients and minerals necessary for better vision health. Therefore, if you are concerned about improving your double vision from a nutritional point of view, and would like to know which specific foods you should eat to accomplish that goal, here is some information concerning this matter.

Increase Your Consumption of Fruits And Vegetables: In terms of your diet for double vision, Increase your consumption of dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, Collard greens, Brussels Sprouts and broccoli to name a few. While carrots are certainly good for the eyes due to the fact that they consists of beta- carotene, in order to improve your double vision, you should eat foods rich in Vitamin A and E.

Additionally, you can include foods with the vision nutrients Lutein and Zeaxanthin to improve your vision health. These nutrients are helpful in reducing this vision problem due to the fact that they improve the health of the macular; the part of the eyes responsible for visual acuity,(sharpness of eyesight).

Ensure That You Eat Healthy Omega 3 Rich Foods: In terms of foods for double vision, Include in your diet foods that are rich in omega – 3 fatty acids such as fish, salmon and albacore tuna to name a few. Not only are omega – 3 fatty acids vital in reducing the risks for age related vision diseases such as macular degeneration, but studies also indicate a nutritional benefit in reducing dry eyes; another cause of this eye problem.

Our Eyes Need Nutritional Sources Rich in Vitamin E and Zinc for Healthy Eyesight: Consume foods rich in Vitamin E such as Wheat Germ, walnuts and Pistachios. Eat foods rich in Zinc such as legumes which include kidney beans, garbanzo beans, green peas, and lentils to name a few.

Limit or significantly reduce your consumption of sugary foods and foods that are high in sodium as these foods aggravate the symptoms associated with this vision condition.

When it comes to nutrition eating the right foods in order to correct vision problems also applies to reducing the problem of double vision. By incorporating a variety of healthy vision health foods in your diet such as dark green leafy vegetables, fruits, omega 3 fatty acid rich foods and legumes, you are doing something beneficial in improving the symptoms associated with double vision.

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Health Benefits and Nutritional Facts of Corn Flakes

Breakfast is, undoubtedly, the most essential meal of the day. But today most of the people tend to miss this important meal of the day due to lack of time. It is important to consume a wholesome breakfast with cereals, fruits, juice and milk. Today majority of the people prefer to consume breakfast cereals as it is easy to cook and requires considerably lesser time to consume. Breakfast cereals include oats, corn flakes and other similar products.

Corn flakes were discovered by Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, quite accidentally. He advocated a strictly vegetarian diet for all his patients as he believed that bland food reduces passion and had anti-aphrodisiacal effects.

Health Benefits

Corn flakes consumed with a bowl of milk, nuts and fruits are considered to be one of the most healthiest and nutritious breakfast cereals. Some of the most important health benefits of consuming this breakfast cereal include the following.

Low sugar and calorie: It is considered to be nutritionally beneficial as it includes low sugar content and less calories. As it contains fewer calories, it is also low in fat content. This breakfast cereal is considered to be the best meal compared to the other types of meals consumed for breakfast which are rich in sugar and fat content.

Rich in iron and vitamins: Corn flakes is known to be rich in iron and vitamin content. It is a rich source of vitamin A, B, C, D and E. Most of these products also include nuts such as almonds. There are products which include honey, raisins and so forth.

Flavors: In the earlier days, this unique cereal was available in one flavor. Today it is available in a huge variety of flavors including strawberry, mango, chocolate, banana, mango and so forth.

Milled products: Recent studies have revealed that milled corn products contain a substantial amount of antioxidants such as carotenoids. Carotenoid is a pigment that is found in vegetable such as carrots, spinach, tomatoes and sweet potatoes. The pigment helps to prevent cardiovascular diseases and cancer.

Light and digestible: This ready-to-eat breakfast cereal is easy to digest and quite light. Most of the people prefer to consume it as it is available in a range of flavors enriched with all essential vitamins and minerals.

Nutritional Value The nutritional value of your breakfast can be enhanced with the consumption of corn flakes. With a huge variety of added vitamins and minerals, this breakfast cereal contains all the necessary nutritional requirements. It contains all essential vitamins including folic acid and vitamin B12, riboflavin, thiamine and niacin. Daily consumption of this breakfast cereal increases the intake of iron. It also includes only 2gms of sugar so it is considered to be a healthy breakfast cereal by most of the people as it prevents obesity and other health related issues.

Corn oil is another healthy product which helps to prevent heart diseases and cholesterol. This cooking oil is known to be light and healthy. It is used to cook different types of cuisines as it tastes delicious.

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Components of a Complete Health Assessment

A complete and holistic health assessment includes the:

  • health history
  • physical, psychological, social and spiritual assessment
  • consideration of laboratory and diagnostic test results
  • review of other available health information.

First impressions

Assessment begins as soon as you meet your patient. Perhaps without even being aware of it, you’re already noting such aspects as their skin colour, speech patterns and body position. Your education as a nurse gives you the ability to organise and interpret this data. As you move on to conduct the formal nursing assessment, you’ll collect data in a more structured way. The findings you collect from your assessment may be subjective or objective.

Group dynamics

When evaluating the assessment data, you’ll start to recognise significant points and ask pertinent questions. You’ll probably find yourself starting to group related bits of significant assessment data into clusters that give you clues about your patient’s problem and prompt additional questions. For instance, if the data suggest a pattern of poor nutrition, you should ask questions that will help elicit the cause, such as:

  • Can you describe your appetite?
  • Do you eat most meals alone?
  • Do you have enough money to buy food?
  • On the other hand, if the patient reports frequent nausea, you should suspect that this may be the cause of his poor nutrition. Therefore, you’d ask questions to elicit more information about this symptom, such as:
  • Do you feel nauseated after meals? Before meals?
  • Do any of your medications upset your stomach?

History

The nursing history requires you to collect information about the patient’s:

  • biographical data
  • current physical and emotional complaints
  • past medical history
  • past and current ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs)
  • availability of support systems, effectiveness of past coping patterns and perceived stressors
  • socioeconomic factors affecting preventive health practices and concordance with medical recommendations
  • spiritual and cultural practices, wishes or concerns
  • family patterns of illness.

Biographical data

Begin your history by obtaining biographical data from the patient. Do this before you begin gathering details about his health. Ask the patient their name, address, telephone number, birth date, age, marital status, religion and nationality. Find out who the patient lives with and get the name and number of a person to contact in case of an emergency. Also ask the patient about their health care, including the name of their general practitioner and any other health care professionals or members of the interprofessional team they have contact with, for example an asthma nurse specialist or social worker.

If the patient can’t give accurate information, ask for the name of a friend or relative who can. Always document the source of the information you collect as well as whether an interpreter was necessary and present.

Current complaints

To explore the patient’s current complaints, ask the patient about the circumstances that have brought them into contact with the health care team. Is there an aspect of their health that is concerning them or proving challenging? Patient complaints provide valuable data immediately. When you explore these initial complaints, you may uncover crucial additional information.

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Turmeric and Urinary Tract Infection – How it Works?

Turmeric has many health benefits. It belongs to ginger family. There is an interesting connection between turmeric and urinary tract infection.

Generally urine does not contain bacteria. But it can be a good breeding ground for bacteria. There are many causes for bacteria getting into urinary tract. Especially females are more prone to this infection than men. It is mainly because of the structure of internal organs of kidneys, tubes, bladder and urethra which are relatively shorter to women than men. The probability of infection is more for women who are sexually active when the bacteria in the vaginal area are pushed into urethra and ultimately end up in bladder.

If we want to avoid urinary infections, germination of bacteria in that region should be wiped out. This can be achieved by keeping our immune system fit. Importantly we should pay attention to nutrition that can potentially offer anti inflammation impacts. Curcumin is an important anti inflammation agent.

Curcumin is a bio flavonoid. It is a polyphenolic compound. Since bio availability of this nutrition is very low, external source is the best option. This curcumin is found in turmeric. That is the reason people talk about turmeric and urinary tract infection.

Turmeric has 5% of curcumin. It is also a good anti septic substance. It is used to cure burns, boils, cold, cough and also mouth ulcers. It can be used for external application as well as oral therapeutic course. However, for inflammation related cases, oral application is the best option.

If you take 50 mg per day of turmeric concentrated with 95% curcumin, it is an ideal dosage. Considering the difficulty in metabolism, curcumin should be taken in an enteric coated format.

I believe that holistic natural nutrition intake would be the suitable solution. I take a nutrition supplement daily that has turmeric along with other 70 natural herbs and salts. So far I never had any such infection and I keep a good immune system. It is for sure that turmeric and urinary tract infection has reliable link.

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Health Diets – The BRAT, BRATT, BRATTY Diet for Gastrointestinal Problems

Sounding like a fad diet straight from Hollywood, this diet was actually developed to help with various types of gastrointestinal problems such as with gastroenteritis, diarrhea, and dyspepsia. Historically prescribed to patients with the above problems, this diet basically consists of bland foods that are low in fibre – the low fibre is recommended as foods high in fibre can cause excess gas and worsen the gastrointestinal problems.

Remember this diet was designed to suit specific stomach conditions and not as a weight loss program.

What does BRAT, BRATT or BRATTY mean?

BRAT is a acronym for bananas, rice, applesauce and toast. BRATT is for bananas, rice, applesauce toast and tea. BRATTY stands for bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, tea and yogurt. These are the foods recommended to prevent a increase in gastrointestinal problems and can in some cases cure them.

BANANAS

Eat a few bananas. Bananas are a bland fruit that can be constipating, a good thing for diarrhea.

RICE

Eat some rice. Rice is bland and well tolerated and likely to not cause nausea.

APPLESAUCE

Eat applesauce. The creamy consistency of applesauce goes down easily, and contains pectin which assists in the stopping of diarrhea.

TOAST

Eat a few slices of toast. Almost everyone likes toast, and with a bit of apple jelly, it adds needed calories for the patient.

TEA

Drink plenty of black tea to help with hydration.

YOGURT

Provides good cultures/bacteria that are lost during bouts of diarrhea and vomiting.

BRATT diet

It is recommended that all patients with gastroenteritis or diarrhea that are on the above diet increase their fluid intake regardless of age. Oral re-hydration solutions should be taken in conjunction with the extra fluids to prevent dehydration as severe diarrhea depletes a persons electrolytes which can cause a severe salt imbalance thus resulting in confusion, weakness, coma or even death. Avoid carbonated beverages, sugary or processed fruit drinks and gelatin based foods.

An important point to remember while on this diet is that it is not comprehensive and lacks in vital foods such as protein. So although the diet is helping with your intestinal problems the body still needs protein and it is recommended that you also consume some lean meat like turkey or indulge in some tofu. A good multi vitamin tablet taken daily, will also help at this time.

In these modern times this diet is no longer recommended by pediatricians, they recommend the child stays on its normal diet and the BRAT diet is given in addition to their normal tolerated foods. Studies have shown that a well balanced diet should be maintained while having diarrhea and by incorporating some of the BRAT foods like applesauce (due to its pectin) it can reduce the severity.

Medical attention is needed if the diarrhea is still severe after 3 or 4 days of being on the BRAT diet and if blood or mucus is present in the stool.

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