An old proverb meant to imply that if you eat healthy your body will reward you with good health. Very often this is true, unless you happen to be taking certain prescribed medications (and some OTC supplements)

For this blog I divert from the usual Piscataway Podiatry related writings as over the past few weeks, I have had several patients who it turned out were doing themselves more harm than good by thinking they were helping themselves. 

Prescription medications (and many OTC supplements) are not items that can be taken lightly. Nor are they to be taken at your leisure, or on a whim,  without consulting your medical practioner. There are many medications that can be rendered harmless or dangerous with the addition of certain foods or OTC  supplements.

These are only a few examples of what I am speaking about:
For instance, blood thinners (Coumadin as one example) if taken with “greens “ (collard greens, kale, spinach, brussel sprouts) can prevent your blood from clotting as it increases the effect of the drug. Too much Vitamin K.  (Bet you thought you were “eating healthy HUH??”).

That Amoxicillin your MD gave you for that sinus infection won’t be absorbed very well if you are eating a nice pasta meal with tomato sauce.(High acid foods interfere with the absorption of the antibiotic.) This would be further hindered if you take  “Tum’s” for the resulting after dinner indigestion as calcium supplements  also do the same thing.  That morning glass of orange juice being high in acid (as your pasta sauce) will also prevent proper absorption of the much needed medication.

Some anti hypertension medications  are interfered with by high potassium and high sodium  foods, fatty foods as well as alcohol.  Your thyroid medication won’t  be absorbed properly if you eat walnuts, soy products , or iron supplements in a multivitamin. Bet you thought you were doing yourself some good didn’t you???

Do you have a child or grandchild taking Adderall for ADD?? Did you know they should avoid caffeine (found in many sodas), high acid foods (tomato products and citrus) and fruit juice drinks???

There are many other examples  of what not to eat or take. This list is far from complete.

I think I have made my point, DON’T try and treat yourself and ALWAYS ask you pharmacist and medical practioner what to eat and what to avoid when taking medications or even  over the counter medications and supplements.

I don’t know about you  but this week I also learned a few things about food and medication interactions.

Eat well. Stay healthy and as I always say…”Ask your medical practioner”

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