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Tuesday, 18 October 2016


 Remember how we were always told as a child not to have coke and mango together? Yea, we were so scared we wouldn't even dare it. 

 Those who made us believe so were basically expressing crude knowledge of harmful food combination effects, although the afore metioned combination is not fatal as they claim. There is currently no scientific basis to the claim that aerated soft drink and mangoes can somehow magically combine to create a deadly poison combinations that are really dangerous.
 Although it is rule of nature that certain things do not go with others. So you have to follow certain basic food combining rules to be on the safe side of matters because some food combinations are harmful, and can even be fatal.


Food Combinations To Avoid:

1. Flagyl and alcohol.
 On its own, metronidazole has the following side effectsdiarrhea, discolored urine, tingling hands and feet, dry mouth. These can be unpleasant, but drinking alcohol within three days of taking metronidazole can cause additional unwanted effects, too. The most common is face flushing (warmth and redness), but other possible effects includeabdominal pain, cramps, nausea and vomiting, headache. Further, mixing metronidazole with alcohol can cause severe side effects. These include a sudden drop in blood pressure, rapid heart rate, and liver damage.

2. Limes and cough medicine.
 You may have heard not to drink grapefruit juice with some prescriptions, including cholesterol-lowering statins. But limes, pomelos, and Seville oranges—although not the more-common navel and Valencia varieties—also may block an enzyme that breaks down statins and other drugs, including the cough suppressant dextromethorphan. Because the medication then builds up in your bloodstream, the risk for side effects increases.
 With dextromethorphan, this includes hallucinations and sleepiness; in statins, you may sustain severe muscle damage. These fruits’ effects can linger for a day or longer, so it’s best to avoid them and their juices altogether while taking these drugs. And if you’re a citrus fiend? Check in with your pharmacist about potential drug interactions, Gullickson recommends.

3. Dairy products and antibiotics.
 Some antibiotics, including Cipro, bind to calcium, iron, and other minerals in milk-based foods. “This prevents the absorption of the antibiotics, ultimately decreasing their ability to fight infections,” Gullickson says. When you get a new prescription for acne or an infection, ask if the drug falls into a class known as tetracyclines or flouroquinolones. If so, avoid milk, yogurt, and cheese 2 hours before and after taking the pills. And talk with your pharmacist about proper timing if you take multivitamins with minerals—they can have a similar effect, Gullickson says.

4. Milk With Citrus Fruits or Vegetables.
 Milk is on its own a difficult food product to digest. Some people also have lactose intolerance or lack of the enzyme to digest the lactose protein of milk. Now whats happens when you squeeze a lemon into milk, it coagulates due to acidity. The same thing happens inside the stomach and the acidity causes heat burns and gas.

5. Smoked meats and antidepressants.
 Check the label on your happy pills. If they belong to a class called monoamine oxidase inhibitors or MAOIs—brand names Marplan, Nardil, Emsam, or Parnate—combining them with foods rich in the amino acid tyramine can cause life-threatening spikes in blood pressure, says Gullickson. Unfortunately, the list of no-nos includes not only summer sausage and smoked salmon, but also red wine, sauerkraut, hot dogs, aged cheeses, soy sauce, and draft or home-brewed beer.
 The good news? Canned or bottled beer probably won’t hurt you—and MAOIs have largely been replaced by newer-generation antidepressants, which don’t have the same effect on tyramine levels, says Nicole Gattas, Pharm.D., B.C.P.S., assistant professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy.

6. Chocolate and Ritalin.
 Beside caffeine, chocolate also contains a stimulant called theobromine, says Tom Wheeler, Pharm.D, B.C.P.S, director of pharmacy and pulmonary services at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago. (It’s the reason chocolate harms dogs—canine bodies can’t break it down.) Combining all these stimulants in humans can potentially lead to erratic behavior and seizures. As with caffeine alone, the risks are largely individual. Your best bet: Take note of whether you feel more nervous, irritable, or wired when you combine Ritalin—especially the extended-release forms—with chocolate. If so, increase the amount of time between downing your pill and having dessert. Or, lighten up: “The darker the chocolate, the more caffeine and theobromine it contains,” Wheeler says.

7. Apple juice and allergy meds.
 Nix the nectar from apples, oranges, and grapefruits if you take Allegra (fexofenadine) for hay fever—at least within 4 hours of swallowing the pill, Gullickson advises. These juices inhibit a peptide that transports the drug from your gut to your bloodstream.
 The resulting lack of absorption makes Allegra up to 70 percent less effective at stopping your sniffling and sneezing, Wheeler says. Other medications also travel with the help of the same peptide; lay off these juices while taking the antibiotics Cipro or Levaquin, the thyroid medication Synthroid, or the allergy and asthma treatment Singulair, Gullickson says.

8. Cinnamon and warfarin: People taking the blood-thinning medication warfarin—prescribed to prevent or treat clots—have long been warned to keep their intake of vitamin K steady, says a medical expert. This means you shouldn’t change your weekly intake of foods like leafy greens or broccoli; because vitamin K plays a key role in clotting, doing so could affect the thickness of your blood. But there’s another risk.  Cassia cinnamon, contains high levels of a compound called coumarin that can thin blood and potentially cause liver damage.

9. Alcohol and Paracetamol: Resist the urge to wash down your Paracetamol with a cold beer—your body uses the same enzyme to break down the two substances. It’s generally best to put 6 hours between drinking booze and taking any medicine containing acetaminophen, including over-the-counter and prescription pain and cold medicines. Research suggests thar pairing them regularly can contribute to kidney and liver disease.

10. Vitamin C, blood tonics and ACTs:Are you in the habit of taking Vitamin C and Blood tonic with the drugs you take? Please don’t do so whenever you're on ACTs(Artemisinin Combination Therapy) for malaria. Vitamin C, on the other hand, whether gotten from fruits like orange, grape, fruit juice, or tablets sold in pharmacies, helps with the absorption of iron which goes mostly to the liver and blood. This may be good for a patient who has anaemia as it helps to build up blood in the body, but it is detrimental to people who have malaria as the malaria parasites will have more iron to feed on and grow further. Artemisinin Combination Therapy (ACTs) like artemether, artesunate and amodiaquine which are contained in antimalarials like Coartem, Lokmal, e.t.c. act by releasing oxidative derivatives in the body to mop up the parasites, but vitamin C acts as an antioxidant which counters the effect of the oxidative derivatives and so the antimalarial effect is not fully achieved. So, please avoid taking antimalarials, Vitamin C (in any form) and blood tonic (iron) together. When you have finished taking the antimalarial medication, you can commence your vitamin C and blood tonic.

11. Banana and ACE inhibitors: ACE inhibitors such as Lisinopril increases potassium in your body, and having it along side with banana(potassium rich) will bring about too much potassium in the body. and too much potassium can cause irregular heartbeats and heart palpitations.

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