Category Archives: Diet and Nutrition

Daily habits that negatively affect our health?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, What daily habits might we be surprised to find are negatively affecting our health? A: The most common for all of us is probably the mechanization and heavy dependency on technology. We rarely give second thought when we now turn on a microwave oven, pop open the cellular phone to our…

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What is L-carnitine and which foods have it?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I am confused about L-carnitine. My wife needs to reduce her triglycerides and increase her good cholesterol. What foods have the highest amounts of L-carnitine? A: L-carnitine, or levocarnitine, is a quaternary ammonium compound derived from the amino acid lysine and is responsible for the transport of fatty acids within the…

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Diet for diverticulitis?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I have been treated for diverticulitis. My doctor has put me through several tests and we are waiting for the results. How should I eat and manage my lifestyle? A: I recommend you wait until all the test results are in and your primary physician makes a specific diagnosis before you…

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Alleviating symptoms caused by improper digestion?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I am very thin, anxious, ambitious, and I lack energy, as well as have digestion problems after eating. Could you advise me how to alleviate these symptoms? A: These are integrally connected symptoms. You see with improper digestion, the body does not receive proper nutrition. Hence, the muscles, bones, and nerves…

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Link between carbonation and osteoporosis?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I’m in my sixties and a longtime heavy Coke and Pepsi drinker; I’ve been diagnosed with osteoporosis. Can you give me more information about the link between carbonation and osteoporosis? A: Other than the carbonation factor, there are actually many other reasons to avoid carbonated drink—diet drinks and sodas, in specific….

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Diet for bulimia?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, What should I eat if I am trying to overcome bulimia? A: For bulimia, eat foods that draw down rebellious qi, such as persimmons, cloves, potatoes, prune or plum tea, and mineral herbs such as oyster shell tea.

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What to eat for recovering from anorexia?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, My daughter is a recovering from anorexic. What should she eat as she begins to ingest solid food again? A: Your focus for your daughter should be to warm the stomach and stimulate the digestive juices because it is necessary to remind the stomach of its function. Here are some recommendations…

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Why consuming fruits and vegetables causes frequent bowel movements?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Can you explain the reasons why eating lots of fruits and vegetables causes frequent bowel movements? A: According to Chinese nutrition, vegetables and fruits have “cold” energetic properties. When you eat these raw or uncooked, you are inducing “cold” into your digestive tract. If your body is already suffering from a…

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What to eat to avoid kidney stones?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Can you explain what a kidney stone is and what I can eat to help me avoid getting one? A: The kidneys help remove toxins from the body through urination. Sometimes, excess calcium and other minerals in the body become stuck in the tiny vessels within the kidney where the filtration…

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Microwave removes nutrients?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Does a microwave remove the nutrients from food? A: Microwaves use super-fast particles to radiate the contents of water inside the food and bring it to a boil. On one hand, the microwave is a miracle of the western scientific culture, but I am personally disturbed by its wide usage. Not…

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