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Donna asks…

How many hours before you sleep should you stop eating?

I go to bed late and i get hungry if i finish at 7. I also wake up late(12:00)pm

Wendy answers:

Two hour mechanism

Before and during sleep, your body enters a relaxed state. Forcing it to digest a late meal can make relaxation impossible. Furthermore, lying down to go to sleep after eating a late dinner or midnight snack makes it impossible for gravity to hold food and liquids in place so stomach acids can do their job. According to Minnesota State University Mankato, you should cease eating at least two hours prior to going to bed for the night.
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MECHANISM
As the day unwinds, your body’s metabolism begins to slow down in preparation for bedtime. As metabolism drops, so does body temperature. Columbia University explains that the drop in body temperature is necessary for sleep states. The digestion process raises body heat, interfering with your body’s ability to get some shut-eye. Poor sleep rhythms brought on by improper eating habits can lead to health conditions such as acid reflux, which occurs when stomach acid backs up into the esophagus.
LIQUIDS
Just like solids, consuming liquids before bed throws off your sleep and digestion. According to St. Norbert College Health and Wellness Services, the digestion process might keep you awake at night if you drink fluids too close to bedtime. Aside from digestion keeping you awake, the urge to urinate during the night will further exacerbate the problem. Follow the two-hour rule for drinking just as you should for solid foods. If you drink alcohol, stop drinking four to six hours prior to turning in for the night.

Linda asks…

How much weight did you gain in the last 10 weeks of pregnancy?

I have gained 23 pounds in 29 weeks. I worry about how much more I will gain. No one would ever believe I gained that much, I dont know where it is ALL going!

Wendy answers:

Well, I didn’t gain that much overall, right before I delivered I was at 19-20lbs. In the last strech I stopped gaining in few weeks before delivery. Not only was I not as hungry, but I had horrible acid reflux and would imagine as the baby gets bigger not only did I burn more calories but the baby used more calories too.

Overall 29 lbs is not that much to gain. It sounds like you are doing fine. Also you lose a lot of weight when you deliver and will continue to do so over the next few weeks as you get rid of extra fluid (it took 3 weeks for my ankles to stop swelling from all the IV fluids they gave me, I was induced) and you burn extra calories breastfeeding.

Lizzie asks…

Can the use of detoxohol lead to a false breathalyzer reading?

If it lowers the alcohol content in ones stomach faster than the level in the blood. If this is a problem law enforcement agencies need to know.

Wendy answers:

It depends upon the ingredient used in DETOXOHOL. Several Enzyme Alcohol Detox contains some vitamins & minerals which have directly no action for a false breathalyzer reading.

Rather many factors lead to false breathalyzer reading. Common sources of error of breathalyzer are :
TEMPERATURE: Breath testers can be very sensitive to temperature, for example, and will give false readings if not adjusted or recalibrated to account for ambient or surrounding air temperatures.
BREATHING PATTERN: Breathing pattern can also significantly affect breath test results. Studies found that the blood alcohol content (BAC) readings of subjects decreased 11 to 14% after running up one flight of stairs and 22–25% after doing so twice.
EXERCISE OR HYPERVENTILATION: It also found that a 15% decrease in blood alcohol content readings after vigorous exercise or hyperventilation. Hyperventilation for 20 seconds has been shown to lower the reading by approximately 32%. On the other hand, holding one’s breath for 30 seconds can increase the breath test result by about 28%.
MOUTH ALCOHOL: One of the most common causes of falsely high breathalyzer readings is the existence of mouth alcohol. In analyzing a subject’s breath sample, the breathalyzer’s internal computer is making the assumption that the alcohol in the breath sample came from alveolar air—that is, air exhaled from deep within the lungs. However, alcohol may have come from the mouth, throat or stomach for a number of reasons. The problem with mouth alcohol being analyzed by the breathalyzer is that it was not absorbed through the stomach and intestines and passed through the blood to the lungs. In other words, the machine’s computer is mistakenly applying the “partition ratio” and multiplying the result. Consequently, a very tiny amount of alcohol from the mouth, throat or stomach can have a significant impact on the breath alcohol reading.

ERUCTATION, REGURGITATION, VOMITING: Other than recent drinking, the most common source of mouth alcohol is from belching or burping. This causes the liquids and/or gases from the stomach—including any alcohol—to rise up into the soft tissue of the esophagus and oral cavity, where it will stay until it has dissipated. True reactions with alcohol in expired breath from sources other than the alveolar air (eructation, regurgitation, vomiting) will, of course, vitiate the breath alcohol results. Acid reflux, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, can greatly exacerbate the mouth alcohol problem. The stomach is normally separated from the throat by a valve, but when this valve becomes herniated, there is nothing to stop the liquid contents in the stomach from rising and permeating the esophagus and mouth.
HEMATOCRIT: Some breath analysis machines assume a hematocrit (cell volume of blood) of 47%. However, hematocrit values range from 42 to 52% in men and from 37 to 47% in women. A person with a lower hematocrit will have a falsely high BAC reading.
CALIBRATION: Failure of law enforcement officers to use the devices properly or of administrators to have the machines properly maintained and re-calibrated as required are particularly common sources of error. However, most USA states have very strict guidelines regarding officer training and instrument maintenance and calibration.

BAC (blood alcohol content): Research indicates that breath tests can vary at least 15% from actual blood alcohol concentration. An estimated 23% of individuals tested will have a BAC reading higher than their true BAC. Police in Victoria, Australia use breathalyzers that give a recognized 20 percent tolerance on readings.
CALIBRATION: Most handheld breathalyzers use a silicon oxide sensor to determine the blood alcohol concentration. Without proper software calibration, the accuracy of these sensors degrades over time and with repeated use. The calibration process aims to focus the sensor’s ability to detect an accurate reading. New advances in breathalyzer design allow some models to self-calibrate or easily replace the sensor module without the need to send the unit to a calibration lab.

OLDER BREATHALYZERS: One major problem with older breathalyzers is non-specificity. The machines not only identify the ethyl alcohol (or ethanol) found in alcoholic beverages, but also other substances similar in molecular structure or reactivity. The oldest breathalyzer models pass breath through a solution of potassium dichromate, which oxidizes ethanol into acetic acid, changing color in the process. A monochromatic light beam is passed through this sample, and a detector records the change in intensity and, hence, the change in color, which is used to calculate the percent alcohol in the breath. However, since potassium dichromate is a strong oxidizer, numerous alcohol groups can be oxidized by it, producing false positives.

INHALERS: Metered-dose inhalers (MDIs) used in asthma treatment are also a cause of false positives in breath machines.

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Sandra asks…

What products are the best anti-oxidant and could help other health issues?

I just wondering what effective products ( with result) that can be use for as a cleansing.

Wendy answers:

Grape seed extract has been claimed to be the most powerful in total antioxidant activity,but many antioxidants have their own personalities with different traits.

Edit: Skepdoc you said,”Anti-oxidants are chemicals that help clean up oxidative damage and free radicals.”

You have me rolling on the floor laughing! I almost spit out my milk by your childlike answer! It reminds me of when I went into a GNC after they were bought out and they had managers from record town. I asked this manager about antioxidants and she said,”It protects your body from stuff.”

Did someone hack your account? You claim to be a doctor. You’re joking by that answer right? “Clean up oxidative damage?” Can I wire you money so you can buy a clue? I still can’t believe you use the words “clean up!”

That is funny! Antioxidants either stop the process of free radical oxidative damage to cells or they prevent free radicals from initiating the damaging oxidative process.

Sorry! I’m so embarrassed… FOR YOU!

Edit: Avicenna Great answer! I also heard that quercitin has been used to help prevent the sorbitol build up on eyes of diabetics.

Edit: Skepdoc you saying it cleans up oxidative damage does not make you a bad doctor. It just shows how another doctor doesn’t know much about the nutrition process in the body.

It’s not about whether to take drugs from a doctor or supplements from a salesman. It’s about what is healthiest. This is my point. If an illness is due to a nutritional deficiency then nutrition should fix it not drugs except to relieve symptoms while nutrition is fixing the source of the problem. A good example is acid reflux drugs. In my opinion the problem is nutritional.but yet drugs companies makes millions of dollars on drugs that don’t cure the problem.

To be fair,doctors are great and well needed. The problem is when doctors feel threatened by nutrition industry and attack it unfairly. This is where I come in to yahoo answers and make sure people hear the other side of the story.

Ken asks…

What to eat when you have bad acid reflux?

I have bad acid reflux. I throw up a lot of my supper every night. I am on omeprazole and it hasn’t worked for a week and I may have to go to the hospital if It don’t work in a few weeks because it may have something worse to do with it.. I’ve had it 2 months and just went to the dr the other day for a physical and mom mentioned it. So now it’s gotten worse. I am 13 and It hurts my stomach and throat if its a whole lot. Tonight nd last night I was getting choked on it coming up. But I can eat breakfast and lunch and it not come up.. What do I do about supper? What do I eat? To fill me up but not throw up? Pretty much everything I eat comes up.

Wendy answers:

Stir fry vegetables in olive oil. Small amout of salt and nothing else on them. Eat them 2 hours before bedtime. For breakfast, oatmeal, milk, walnuts and dried cranberries. If you can replace the milk with soymilk, it will be better. Eggs are fine also.

If you can do this, you will absolutely feel better. You can live on just this, vegetarians do it every day.

Stir fry: chopped cabbage, broccoli, carrots, potatoes, squash, brussel sprouts, just a lot of vegetables, your choice.

No spices, just a small amount of salt.

When you stop the omeprazole, you’ll have to take some TUMS for awhile because stopping omeprazole makes your acid reflux temporarily worse.

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