Q: I am constantly thirsty. I drink about 2 and a 1/2 litres of water, a couple cans of fizzy drinks per day and I am still thirsty. I know soda is really bad for me. What drinks are out there that do not contain sugar? Please suggest a diet to control thirst? Nazim
A: Dear Nazim, get your blood sugar level tested to find out about any link with diabetes. Avoid soda, as it is full of chemicals and caffeine. Drink fruit infused drinks like apple, lemon, orange, watermelon, strawberries and the likes soaked in plain water overnight and placed in the refrigerator. It will keep you hydrated, nourished and will also improve your digestion and metabolism. A vegetable and fruit based diet will also keep you hydrated. All the best.
Q: I can't have citrus juices or tea due to digestion problems. What can I do to make water more pleasant to drink? Also, how do I stop craving for sweets as my mouth waters whenever I smell them. Please help. Sadia
A: Dear Sadia, you can infuse your water with strawberries, mint, ginger, cucumbers and apples to boost flavour and give a vitamin punch. For craving control take a chromium supplement. All the best.
Q: I have irritable bowel syndrome. I plan to see a nutritionist in order to develop an eating plan to deal with this disorder. I usually eat 3 meals a day, but I fall sick a lot. Sometimes my stomach can tolerate the food, other times, it can't. It makes eating out virtually impossible. Please recommend a diet plan for me. Anonymous
A: Get your stool test done. Show the results to a physician. Also, follow an elimination diet to know the trigger.
Q: I was diagnosed with non-insulin dependent diabetes several years ago. I’m very obese and since that time have been very faithful in watching my sugar intake. However, I can’t curb my fat intake. All my tests came back in the good to excellent range. With those results, my weight is about 100kg with height 5ft 4 inches. Javaria
A: Dear Javaria, to reduce your weight, you need to stop carbs and sugar. Good fats are okay if taken in moderation. Plus, walk for an hour daily to see positive results. Otherwise, you are doing great.
Q: I am 26 years old. My weight is 47kg and I want to increase it. I am unable to eat breakfast and dinner as I am always too tired due to my hectic routine. Please help. Shahid
A: Dear Shahid, get yourself tested for thyroid and autoimmune diseases. Consult your physician after the tests. Take proper rest and follow the treatment protocol.