BENGALURU: I am 29-year-old male and I suffer from regular diarrhoea. I have heard that bananas and curd rice help to prevent it but every time I have had it, it’s only become worse. Please help with facts.
Curd and banana both actually help during diarrhoea,as the curd has pro biotics and banana has pectin and should not cause any loose stools.But every person is different and you may not be tolerating these specific foods.
Try to analyze well if you are getting discomfort with these too only or are there other factors involved too.You may try to eliminate both and observe.Try to re introduce each item ,one at a time.By doing this,you can confirm if these two only are causing the episodes of diarrhoea . Every body reacts differently to different food. If you observe discomfort with particularly these two foods, it is wise to avoid or have it in a very small quantity and gradually develop tolerance to it.
I am lactose intolerant and I substitute it with products such as soy milk. However, I was told that soy milk causes depression. Is it true?
Isofalvones in soya have found to be effecting mood of the people but this can happen if there is an over consumption of the same.You may continue the use of soy milk however,in moderation.Say a glass a day. If you are lactose-intolerant then, curd, cheese and butter milk can still be used, as lactose is already digested to an great extent.
I am in my 40s and very conscious of my weight. I have joined gym recently and have lost around 5 kgs. I have also started taking heavy breakfast and light dinners. During the day I crave for muchies. What would be the best thing to eat when hunger strikes in-between meals? I am female.
Congratulations on your efforts of fat loss! It is very important to reach out for a healthy options when the hunger strikes so that you do the justice for all the hard work done at gym.You may opt for sprouts(boiled or raw), boiled egg whites,vegetables salads,few soaked dry fruits and nuts (in limit), soups,vegetable raitas, cut fruits,mix of sweetcorn,sprouts and vegetables etc.
Exercise is advised not only for weight loss or maintenance, but also for general well being.
You might just go for a walk ,swim or pursue dance ,if you like.Try to indulge in any kind of physical activity that you like.Regarding diet,continue to have small frequent meals,include more of vegetable salads,sprouts,green leafy vegetables with and between the meals to keep the hunger pangs down. Avoid fatty,fried,calorie dense foods,red meat,sugar laden food products and excessively refined food.
The expert is a chief dietitian at Fortis Hospital, Bannerghatta Road. For health related queries write to health.