Sunday, 28 February 2016


- Is yeast healthy? - asked my friend. She meant common baker's yeast.

 - It is, but only dead yeast. - I said. - It contains a lot of  B vitamins group and they are well absorbed. Still, if you eat yeast alive, it will survive in your digestive tract. It can survive the digestion in the stomach feeding on your ingested food. It does not make you ill, but it steals your vitamins. But if you kill it, then you eat the yeast. High temperature in pouring boiling water or baking the yeast  is enough to kill yeast.

Good excuse to eat a few yeast cookies, huh?

Author: Liliana Trzpil, Interesting Medicine blog.

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Saturday, 20 February 2016

TO EAT OR NOT TO EAT before bedtime?

"Should we eat carbohydrates before bedtime?" – my friend asked me today. She wants to get rid of overweight, and she looks for a good way to do it.

Well, what about eating before bedtime? What should we eat, when should we eat? Is it wise to eat anything before bedtime?

My dear Readers. There are many different ideas about how to eat, what to eat, and when to eat. But there is just one simple and undeniable principle:
If you eat less than you need – you lose weight. If you eat more – you get fat. Neither morning nor evening, there is no way to have extra chocolate.  (I wish it were possible...)

It is so important, that it would be a good moment to finish my post, but I want to tell you just two tips more:

1) If you have been eating just before going to bed (before lying down), you are exposing yourself to the reflux, which is manifested as heartburn. The English term for heartburn contains a word "heart", but actually it is the esophagus which hurts. And it is located near the heart. Let me explain the mechanism:

The term "reflux" means that the food from the stomach backs up into the esophagus, because the gravity does not help in keeping it in the stomach. If the food is mixed with the stomach acid (it usually is), it is very irritating to the wall of the esophagus and it hurts. It can be a really big pain.

If someone does not tend to reflux, the lying position is not harmful. But there are many people who cannot lie down or lean down having a full stomach.

So, when should we eat in the evening to avoid the reflux?

– Two hours before bedtime will be safe. One hour is a little bit short, but it should be enough.

2) There are two contradictory facts about a late supper:

- On one hand we do not need as much energy at night, while sleeping, as during the day, when we move. Therefore it is better not to eat before bedtime.

- On the other hand the night means an 8 or 10 hours long break in nutrition, so it is better to to eat before bedtime . I am hungry after so many hours, if I hadn't eaten anything before I went to sleep. It is such a strong feeling that I can wake up from hunger. Intermittent sleep certainly is not healthy. Therefore it is better to eat beforehand.

So... To eat or not to eat?  Choose whatever suits you more.
Remeber: neither a day, nor a night, nor even eating meal while standing on your head – nothing allows you to eat more chocolate. Sorry. I wish I could eat more too, I like chocolate very much.

                                                                                                       Author: Liliana Trzpil, Interesting Medicine blog.
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This is an English version of the blog "Ciekawa Medycyna", which mean "Interesting Medicine" in Polish.

I'm a doctor, MD, from Poland, and I present the official medicine. Posts will written in a simple, interdisciplinary language. People say I can explain difficult things in a simple way.

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