Medical Diets

Eat to beat traveller’s diarrhoea

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Monday, 07 April 2014. Posted in Medical Diets
Tagged: backpacking, dehydration, diarrhoea, drink, drinks, gastroenteritis, guides, health, healthy eating, hydration, special diets, tips, travel, travelling, vomiting, water

Eat to beat traveller’s diarrhoea

When you’re on a busy trip with a tight schedule, you can’t afford to be ill. Whether it’s a holiday or a business trip, there’s nothing worse than being sick in a strange hotel or landing back home exhausted and drained after a bout of abdominal upset. Nicknamed “Delhi Belly”, “Montezuma’s Revenge”, “Tourista” or the “Jamaican Runs”, traveller’s diarrhoea is the most common affliction for those travelling overseas and is so named because the cause is often simply the change in food or water.

Q. I’ve heard my 20 something, backpacking children speak of the BRAT diet for gastro. What is it?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 02 April 2014. Posted in Medical Diets
Tagged: Applesauce, Bananas, BRAT diet, BRATCH, BRATT, BRATTY, diarrhoea, healthy cooking, healthy eating, Rice, tips, Toast, travelling

Q. I’ve heard my 20 something, backpacking children speak of the BRAT diet for gastro.  What is it?

The BRAT diet was originally used to treat diarrhoea in children. However it is now recommended that it should only be used for 24 hours and children should resume their normal diet after this period as it doesn’t provide enough protein and other nutrients to help a child recover from illness.

Q. Do psyllium husks lower cholesterol?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 26 March 2014. Posted in Medical Diets
Tagged: bran, breakfast, breakfast cereals, cholesterol, cholesterol lowering, fibre, healthyeating, healthyheart, wheat bran

Q. Do psyllium husks lower cholesterol?

A. Yes. The outer husks from the seeds of Psyllium (Plantago ovato) are effective at lowering both the total cholesterol and the 'bad' LDL-cholesterol, as it's very concentrated in soluble fibre (with 70 per cent soluble fibre, it contains around 8 times more than oat bran which hit the headlines some years ago for the same reason). Soluble fibre helps to lower cholesterol by binding to the ‘bad' cholesterol and taking it out of the body.

Q. Which cheeses should I avoid to steer clear of Listeria?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Friday, 21 March 2014. Posted in Medical Diets
Tagged: healthyeating, listeria, pregnancy

Q. Which cheeses should I avoid to steer clear of Listeria?

THE QUESTION IN DETAIL

Q. I am pregnant and wonder how do I know which cheeses are okay to eat? Help!

A. Whilst rare, Listeria is a real concern during pregnancy. Listeria (technically Listeria monocytogenes) is a microorganism that may cause an infection called listeriosis due to the consumption of contaminated food.

Q. Are there any hangover cures that actually work?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Monday, 10 March 2014. Posted in Medical Diets
Tagged: alcohol, alcoholic drinks, dehydration, drinks, hangover, headache, vomiting

Q. Are there any hangover cures that actually work?

A. Everyone has their own hangover remedy - from effervescent B vitamins to greasy food the morning after - but there is little research to show that any actually work. Truely. However any thing that helps to minimise the pounding head, nausea or vomiting the next day is always welcome!

Q. How useful are zinc lozenges for stopping colds?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Monday, 24 February 2014. Posted in Medical Diets
Tagged: cold, common cold, vitamin c, vitamins, zinc

Q.  How useful are zinc lozenges for stopping colds?

A. The cure for the common cold remains elusive, however that doesn't stop the list of ‘cures' from growing longer each winter. To date, this list has included tea with lemon and honey, garlic, chicken soup, megadoses of vitamin C, echinacea, and in the last few years zinc.

Q: If nuts are high in fat why do I keep hearing they're good for my heart?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Friday, 27 December 2013. Posted in Medical Diets

Q: If nuts are high in fat why do I keep hearing they're good for my heart?

A. Nuts are no longer considered just a salty party nibble like potato crisps and corn chips. Yes  they're high in fat but are nutrient-dense foods that are important in a healthy diet. They have a nutrition profile that is unique with no other food group matching this.

A whole wave of studies over the past 10 years has changed our thinking on nuts. So now a handful of nuts (30 to 50 grams) a day is one of the strategies nutritionists recommend to keep your heart healthy.

Q. I have been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. How do I reduce my fibre, not increase it?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Monday, 28 October 2013. Posted in Medical Diets
Tagged: balanced diet, bread, carbohydrates, fibre, fruit, grains, healthy eating, healthy lifestyle, IBS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, rice, special diets

Q. I have been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome.  How do I reduce my fibre, not increase it?

A. To reduce your fibre intake, aim to eat low-fibre versions of breads, grains and cereals such as

  • white bread - not wholemeal or grainy
  • white rice - not brown
  • puffed rice - not whole wheat cereals
  • flaked cereals - not muesli, oats or bran cereals
  • no bran cereals or high-fibre types