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Questions relating to the intake, safety, effects of nutrients, and their biochemical interactions with our body.

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Cholesterol: What is the upper limit for VLDL and how do you lower the levels?

Linked to Cholesterol: How can you lower LDL and maintain OR raise HDL? Everywhere I look online (e.g. Cleveland Clinic), it says about keeping LDL (Low Density Lipoproteins) to less than 100 mg/dL ...
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Cholesterol: How can you lower LDL and maintain OR raise HDL?

Everywhere I look online (e.g. Cleveland Clinic), it says about keeping LDL (Low Density Lipoproteins) to less than 100mg/dL and where possible raise HDL (High Density Lipoproteins) to 50mg/dL or ...
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Fats in nutrition information does not add up. Where are the unknown fats coming from?

I have a certain product that says there were 8 g of fat. Listed below it are the fats content such as Omega 3 - 4379 mg, Trans fat - 0 g, Saturated fat - 1.5 g. But all these does not add up! I ...
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Is it possible for humans to absorb nutients from the soil similar to trees?

Recently heard about a practice where the pores of skin are expanded by steam or pierced with small holes. The body or portion of is then submersed or lathered in a nutrient solution for absorption ...
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Is it possible to measure L-cysteine amino acid levels in the body?

The supplement N-ACETYL CYSTEINE (NAC) is increasingly popular among patients suffering from the mental and physical issues NAC claims to improve. However, the article also states "it is found in ...
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Can eating food cause you to gain more weight than the mass of that food, over time [duplicate]

NOT A DUPLICATE OF: Can food make you put on more weight than it's own weight? That question diverges off into stuff about calories and energy density and other stuff, which I'm not interested in ...
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Is drinking blended meals just as nutritious as eating whole meals? [closed]

If you cook a meal and then blend it and drink it, are you getting more-or-less the same amount of nutrition from the meal? Does your body absorb the nutrients in the same way as it would otherwise? ...
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How does refeeding syndrome cause pitting edema?

In the answer to "How do you feed a starving person in a way that won't kill them?", it is mentioned that refeeding syndrome can cause peripheral edema. How does this occur?
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Is it possible to gain weight from only glucose?

Assuming a diet of only glucose, is it possible to gain weight? I know that fructose can be converted by the liver to triglycerides and be stored as fat. However, my understanding is that glucose can ...
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Can humans enhance their production of endocannabinoids by nutrition?

The endocannabinoid system is a biological system composed of endocannabinoids, which are endogenous lipid-based retrograde neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors, and cannabinoid ...
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Hair loss without having genetics (father and mother) of hair loss

What causes hair loss when we seem to have no genetics propensity for it? My father has no sign of hair loss. How to treat this — foods, routines, medicines, etc. Please provide a detailed answer.
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What could the following statement mean? 'No one seems to die of old age anymore.'

This statement is from the book, 'What your doctor doesn't know about nutritional medicine may be killing you', by Dr. Ray Strand. He seems to me to be saying that people nowadays are 'dying of ...
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Is it bad to eat fruits after a meal? [closed]

In France, it is commons to end a meal with a fruit. Also in different part of the world: I grew up having traditional Chinese dinners cooked by my grandmother most nights. Her large dining table ...
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Can (mal)nutrition cause muscle twitches?

We have often seen and/or experienced annoying involuntary muscle twitches in the corners of the eyes, in calf muscles etc. But I have wondered about their causes. WebMD states that [e]yelid ...
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How to Determine How Much Water to Drink [closed]

I am planing to develop a mobile application to monitor the water intake level of a person. I found the following calculator, but I have no idea what is the formula that they have used in the ...
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How long could a 5-6 year old child survive on just water?

In the context of a child lost in the woods and is following a small stream how long might they be able to keep this up? The water is moving fast enough that it is reasonably safe to drink.
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If protein poisoning is caused by a lack of dietary fats, why isn't it more prevalent? [closed]

From what I've read about protein poisoning/rabbit starvation, the issue is a complete lack of fats in the diet. The malnutrition symptoms are pretty bad, and it's telling that cravings can only be ...
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Is it risky to eat at most 12 ounces of canned sardines weekly for about two months?

According to this page https://www.livestrong.com/article/550938-health-risks-of-eating-sardines/ In the 'Concern About Sardines' Mercury Content' section The FDA recommends a weekly intake of two to ...
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Is there some interaction between carbonation and weight gain when no sugar or artificial sweeteners are involved?

I've been told by a nutritionist that they've seen many of their patients stop drinking either sugarless/diet soda or carbonated non-soda, such as carbonated water made in a home carbonation machine, ...
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Does broccoli interfere with CYP3A4 metabolism?

There are many articles on the effects of the active ingredients in Broccoli but I have yet to find the "smoking gun" on this question. I know grapefruit is a big offender in blocking CYP3A4 but I am ...
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What is the relationship between cancer and sugar? [closed]

I was watching "The Magic Pill" documentary series on Netflix. And, a woman indicated that she completely cured a fairly aggressive breast cancer by eliminating just about all sugars and most ...
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Can a calorie be neither protein, carbohydrate, nor fat?

I recently started using MyFitnessPal to try to lose weight and I noticed that a particular beer I had drunk has a tremendous number of calories relative to the number of grams of carbs it contains ...
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What is daily sedation interruption for ventilated patients?

I was reading about ventilator bundle here and came across this term called Daily Sedation Interruption. Does this term mean break in giving the sedation drugs? How can this help in reducing the ...
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Fluid balance range for human

I am working on clinical data analysis with patients from icu who are mechanically ventilated and in ICU for 4 or more days. Currently I tried to calculate their fluid balance based on the input and ...
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Are there drugs that help to digest wheat?

It understand that there are some sugars in wheat that some people cannot digest and that would risk them in IBS but I don't ask about drugs that fight IBS, which make intestines move slower and stuff ...
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Are dosages of Saccharin Sodium in food are non-carcinogenic?

There is such sweetener as Saccharin Sodium that being added sometimes in drinks and just sold as sweetener on it's own. I didn't found information about dosages, but but on nih.gov I see this: ...
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Can a person survive off of a diet alternating daily between mayonnaise, honey, beer, and wine? [closed]

Suppose an individual has a device which can produce one of a number of liquids, each day in particular quantities: Given these specific foods, drinks, and quantities could 4-5 people survive for ...
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Can iron-rich food cause an overdose?

Daily Value (DV) for iron for adults and children age 4 and older is 18 mg (Office of Dietary Supplements, NIH.gov). Can iron-rich foods cause an overdose of iron, if 150 % daily value (27 mg) is ...
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Do nutrients have the same functions for kids and adults? And are the symptoms of deficiency the same? [closed]

I’m writing my bachelorthesis about children’s nutrition. Now I stumbled upon a question that I can’t answer myself and I wasn’t able to find it anywhere either. Do nutrients (carbs, fat, protein, ...
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Is there bromide insufficiency and if so, how does it treated without causing bromism?

I have read about mineral inefficiencies in humans such as iron insufficiency or zinc insufficiency and recently I learned on the use of bromine containing molecules (bromides) in different medical ...
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Does eating any kind of seafood lengthen the healing time of an injury?

I have heard multiple times in my life that eating seafood would lengthen healing time of an injury, such as a large cut or a broken bone, and possibly make it worse. I heard this mainly from eastern ...
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Is olive oil healthy in general, or only as a replacement for saturated fats?

Olive oil is often said to be "healthy". This study, for example, states: For each 10 g/d increase in extra-virgin olive oil consumption, cardiovascular disease and mortality risk decreased by ...
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Can Vitamin C and E supplements cure or manage Preeclampsia resulting from oxidative stress?

According to Judith E. Brown's fifth edition of the "Nutrition Through Life Cycle" textbook, "Oxidative stress and lack of anitoxidant defences appear to play key roles in the development of ...
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Choice of foods and proportions for vegans

Relating to the average patient's meal, which foods and how would the portion size be modified in order to meet Dietary Guidelines. EDIT: In other words, what to think about when designing vegan ...
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Cloves and potassium intake [closed]

since it is so hard to get the required daily 3,700 mg of potassium, I have been considering adding cloves to my diet. I found it easy to swallow powdered cloves in the morning, however I'd like to ...
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does eating beans cold modifies their nutritional profile?

I read here that if we prepare dried beans this way: soak overnight. boil. put them in the refrigerator. eat them cold. They would be digested in the intestines rather than in the stomach, acting as ...
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Does the special kind of diet really matter, when making a radical change?

Ok, so this might not be the most medically sound question, since I am a mathematician by training, but please bear with me. The question originates from an observation I made from being confronted ...
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Can consumption of large quantity of eggs (with yolks) be harmful for health? [closed]

I have seen people throwing egg yolk while eating egg. Bodybuilders who take large quantities of egg (50 per day) if they eat yolk is there a health complication compared to eating only egg white.
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Starvation with food

How long might someone live If they give up on eating? Eating only 100-200 calories a day and a few small glasses of fluids
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What would a map of all possible diets look like?

As I understand it, a diet can be broadly described in term of macronutrient ratios—i.e., the proportions of energy received from carbohydrate, protein and fat sources. In that case, presumably the ...
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Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Range

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2674146/ I found some papers suggesting AMDR is not the optimum and it is too high on carbohydrates in particular. Is it generally safe to undergo a 27....
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Is consuming fruits and veggies particularly high in fructose unhealthy?

I've done quite some research on this matter, but still cannot reach a confident conclusion. The idea is a diet consisting of whole foods is generally a healthy one, and a diet high in sodium, sugar,...
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Source for gluten content in foods

I am looking for a source about the gluten contents in foods and beverages. I'm not gluten-intolerant and I don't have any allergy of any kind. But I'm working on this diet and I am just wondering if ...
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Chlorophyll supplements: metabolism of chlorophyll in the human body and proof for resulting health benefits?

I see people buy and consume powders that they claim consists of chlorophyll, calling it „lichtkraft“ in german, meaning „the power of light”. They are expecting health benefits from consuming it. ...
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How much Vitamin A is in 1g of Fish Oil?

I have been researching fish oil supplementation, and one thing that concerns me is that fish oil may contain Vitamin A, which is fat soluble. Hypervitamintosis A can occur if too much Vitamin A is ...
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What does the prevalence of low potassium (hypokalemia) in 21% of hospital patients really tell us and how is it being addressed?

According to the National Institute of Health, more than 1 in 5 hospital patients has hypokalemia (low potassium) and often this is the result of a side effect of heart related medications (ibid.): .....
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Why do boys aged 4 to 8 use more nutritional supplements than girls in this Canada fact sheet?

In this survey there is an anomalty that only boys aged 4 to 8 use more nutritional supplements than girls of the same age in Canada. Can someone please explain or interpret this oddity? It is never ...
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Why does the USDA not examine aliments for weighted mean nutrient reduction potential and weighted mean fat viscocity and divulge such information?

So I get that antioxidants are really important to combat free radicals, aging, stress, e.t.c. This information is quantified by the reduction potential. Would the value of the information be less ...
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How do you feed a starving person in a way that won't kill them?

AFAIK people that suffer from severe starvation (e.g., prisoners liberated from concentration camps in the end of WW2) can die if you allow them to eat "at will". There is documented evidence that ...
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Is Jicama root safe to eat every day?

Is 4-6oz of Jicama root safe to eat every day? According to the following website, Jicama root contains a fat-soluble organic toxin that is linked to the development of Parkinson's disease. It then ...

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