Refeeding Syndrome

Refeeding syndrome causes fatal shifts in fluids and electrolytes in malnourished patients who take artificial refeeding either enterally or parenterally. This syndrome usually results from metabolic and hormonal changes and may cause severe complications. The main feature of this syndrome is hypophosphatemia (low phosphorous level), hypokalemia (low potassium levels), and hypomagnesemia (low serum magnesium levels). Replacing electrolytes intravenously helps patients to manage this condition.

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Precautions to be taken for water only fast for 14 days.

Query: Hi doctor, I am going to undertake a water only fast for 14 days. Which vitamins and electrolyte should I take and in what dose? Just heard of refeeding syndrome. Any other precautions?  Read Full »


Dr. Pritam Mohapatra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is not clear why you are undertaking water (only) fast for so long as 14 days. In case, you have decided to, I would advise you to do it under the expert supervision of an ayurveda or naturopathy physician who can monitor you closely. While fasting has obvious healt...  Read Full »

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