stomach aches on cabbage soup diet

by LAURA
(FLORIDA)

I started the CSD today along with my husband. I've been getting bad stomach aches (am sure it's from the cabbage)... am I alone? Help! :)

Dear Laura,
I'm not allowed to give you here any medical advices.

But generally spoken: The cabbage in the cabbage soup might cause flatulence. And this sometimes results in stomach aches.

In case of flatulence check here my tips for flatulence treatment.

If this doesn't help - please consult your doctor.

All the best,
Gabriela

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is cabbage toxic to thyroid?

by Gladys
(Tinian, MP)

I would like to know if cabbage can be toxic to our thyroid since cabbage is a part of brassica family, and it can inhibit thyroid function, since it contains goiterogenic compounds, is it true?

Thats why I'm so scared to eat cabbage, but I've heard from a friend that she really lose a weight by eating cabbage soup, I really want to try, please help me, thanks a lot.


Dear Gladys,

I'm sorry but'm not allowed to give you here any medical consultation. The above mentionned toxical complications I've never heard of.

Please ask your doctor pefore you start your cabbage soup diet or ask a doctor online in the form below.

All the best,
Gabriela


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addendum to previous comment
by: Saskia

I forgot to specify that what I said in my previous comment related to an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), since consumption of cabbage is only really a issue for people with hypothyroidism, (this is also a much more common problem than hyperthyroidism). I assume this was what the questioner was referring to - if hyperthyroidism is the concern then brassicas shouldn't cause problems at all.

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Cabbage does suppress thyroid function in large quantities
by: Saskia

Cabbage, along with all members of the brassica family, can have a slight thyroid supressing action. However, the only people who should be at all concerned about this are those suffering from thyroid disorders (daily consumption of brassicas has been show to have no effect whatsoever on healthy people's thyroids). Even people with tyroid problems can enjoy brassicas in their diet, as long as they are not eating unusually large amounts (although if you are suffering from a thyroid disorder it is probably a good idea to talk to your doctor about this).

If you are really worried about the possibility of thyroid problems (for instance if there is a history of them in your family, or you think you might have some symptoms), there are several steps you can take to reduce the effect. Cooking reduces the actvity of the thyroid supressing compounds, so cooked cabbage will be much better than raw. The other thing you can do is to include ingredients that support thyroid function in your diet, i.e. those containing iodine or selenium, like seaweed, fish, eggs, dairy products, strawberries, brazil nuts & mushrooms. Although seaweed is not a common ingredient in the west, it is easy to include it in a cabbage soup diet as it makes a great base for a stock (it is used this way in japanese cooking - look for "kombu", aka kelp, which can be found in many health food shops, oriental shops or some large supermarkets. You just break off a piece and boil it in water or stock for at least 5 minutes, or just stick it in the soup while it's cooking then fish it out at the end. Kombu has quite a mild flavour compared to other seaweeds, it doesn't taste bad at all!). Another low fat way to get some seaweed in your diet is to eat sushi, which is generally wrapped in seaweed, and usually contains healthy ingredients like fish and vegetables in addition to the rice.

There is actually a small correlation between high intake of brassicas and a decreased risk of thyroid cancer (as well as lots of other types of cancer), so if you are concerned about thyroid problems because of a history of thyroid cancer in the family that's actually a reason to include MORE cabbage in your diet, not less.

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I have irritable colon

I have irritable colon and the soup is not suitable for me what should I do

Hi,
we regret, but we are not allowed to give you here any medical consultation, please ask your doctor. Maybe he could advise a special soup diet based on vegetables, suitable for you.

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day 3 and feeling very dizzy

I have followed the diet to the book and strangly the only craving i have had is for toast, but i have been feeling fine. It's 8 pm on day 3 and im feeling very very dizzy and light headed i have weighed myself and i have lost 5lbs.

I have very strong will power and i don't want to stop the diet but i think i might have to as i'm not feeling right and keep feeling like im going to pass out.

Any advice??


Hi,
often the lack in sugar makes people feel dizzy.
One good option is to nibble carrots. If this doesn't help, please don't risk your health and ask your doctor.

All the best!



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Hey, I was wondering ---
by: Anonymous

Can you take omega-3 supplements while on this diet?

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Not feeling well

This is the third time I've done the CSD. It's been about 10 weeks since my last go. This time I am feeling really tired and down. A few weeks ago, I had an iron test and it was low.

Can I add a bit of protein to the days? What are some good, low-fat options?

Thanks!


Hi,
the newer cabbage soup diet plans even endorse to add protein to the cabbage soup diet. You may drink 2 protein shakes per day.
This will shelter the so important muscle mass and help your body burn the fat deposits.
Find here the answer to a similar protein question

For the medical question, I'm not allowed to give you any advice - please ask your doctor.

All the best,
Gabriela

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Cabbage Soup and Giving Blood

Can you give blood while you are on the cabbage soup diet?

Hi please ask your doctor before giving blood,
we are not allowed to give you here any medical consultation.

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Oral Allergy Syndrom - not sure what to do!

I'd like to try this cleanse, but I'm allergic to bananas, kiwi, papaya, and many other fruits (thanks to Oral Allergy Syndrome). What are my options...if any? :(


Hello,
please consult your doctor, I regret but I'm not allowed to give you here any medical advice.

All the best,
Gabriela

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