What’s the difference between first class and second-class proteins?
Formerly, proteins obtained from eggs, meat, fish and dairy products were termed first class proteins as these proteins contain all the 8 amino acids the body has to be provided through food. Proteins provided by foods of plant origin were termed second class proteins. Now it is accepted that even vegetarians who do not take milk can get all the 8 amino acids with a carefully chosen combination of plant foods.
Is it a good idea to give chicken pox vaccine to those children who have not had the disease ?
Children generally suffer from a mild form of chicken pox and hence it is not necessary for them to take a vaccination against the disease. In adults, however the disease can be very severe, and may even lead to death. So it makes more sense for an adult who has not had chicken pox in his childhood, to take the vaccine .
My feet smell terribly at the end of the day. Is there any way to solve this problem?
Check your feet for fungal infections. Wear clean, dry cotton socks, changing them each day. Clean shoes from the inside and disinfect with anti-fungal powder.
I feel like a gas pot at times. My body produces extra wind. Can you tell me what foods cause excess wind?
Foods increase the amount wind produced in that the body are pulses such as peas, beans and lentils – these contain complex carbohydrates which are not broken down or digested in the bowel but are left to the action of bacteria in the gut. Spicy food, vegetables like cabbage and fizzy drinks are also known to produce excess wind.
What precautions should be taken by a person with a family history of diabetes? A person who has a family history of diabetes should do the following:
- a) Restrict the consumption of sugar and sweets.
- b) Keep body weight in normal range.
- c) Exercise daily.
With change of season I often get nosebleeds. Why does this happen?
With the change of season a person who is prone to allergy gets rhinitis (running nose and sneezing). This sometimes leads to nosebleeds.