Dr Syeda Mahvish Zahra is a qualified PhD, MS, BS (Hons.) and PGD. She is a clinical nutritionist and blood group diet consultant at Online Nutrition Clinic. Dr Mahvish Zahra is a director at The Nutrition Times and also a project coordinator at Nutrition Health and Research Project Pakistan. She is a very talented, enthusiastic and cooperative human being with great communication skills.
Her Area OF Expertise Are:
- Antenatal Diet
- Blood-type Diet Consultancy
- Diabetic Diet
- Nutritionist For Arthritis
- Malnourish Children
- Muscle Building Techniques
- Optimizing Natural Hormones For Anti-Aging
- Nutritionist For Osteoporosis
- Prenatal Diet
- Weight-Loss Diet
Here Is What She Says
Q. Dizziness with normal BP and high pulse rate (88-98). Especially after excessive sweating following cooking at iftar. What can be the reason?
A. It might be a result of working in a closed kitchen. Try to avoid standing in the kitchen constantly while iftar preparation. Try to prepare those items in iftar that do not require stove and work at an airy place. Don’t overdo things during iftar. In Sahoor and duration till sehri, divide time for quick short meals, eat lesser sugary foods in iftar. Increase liquid intake likewise. Aged females need to get checked for their sugar levels and Hb.
Q. Multivitamins to be taken post-pregnancy for breastfeeding and hair loss. should we continue with iron and calcium?
A. Use Vitamax for women from Nutrifactor, 1 tab daily at 10 am (for non-fasting), 1 tab. daily at 2:30 am in Sahoor, it will provide Ca, Iron, Zinc, Folic Acid and lot many, to take care of issues.
Q. Which diet to follow in Ramadan? I want to know something that will not affect my immune system yet will help me lose weight. I do moderate workouts just to build muscle mass and I want to know an appropriate diet plan I should follow along with it. (47 kgs, 5’4, 20-year-old) and what to eat to keep the energy level ok throughout the day and especially after Iftar?
A. Have 60 gm roti (a medium-sized whole wheat roti) with an egg, with a half plate of veggies (boiled or raw as per desire and type of vegetable) and half bowl of yoghurt homemade(Sehri), in iftar, start with 2 dates, alternately half pinch of salt, prepare fritters shallowly fried, or baked, don’t opt of mix fruits instead eat 250 g of single fruit in iftar and Include a teaspoon of sesame seeds (white)/1 teaspoon of flax seeds.
After one hour of this food consume 150g of any protein (chicken, mutton, legumes) with 1/2 bowl boiled rice or half roti (30g). Take care of fluid intake.
30 min brisk walk AND 30 min work out after 2 hours of iftar. 15 min slow walk after every iftar daily. Include a tab of Nutrifactor Vitamax for women at 2:30 am. (For blood group O, A, AB use flour mix of whole wheat: basin at the ratio of 75:25 respectively, while for people with blood-type B whole-wheat: barley at the ratio of 50:50 to make roti)
Q. Facing loss of energy, depression, hair thinning, tired irritated and dizziness. what are the underlying reasons?
A. Start taking care of your zinc, iron, calcium and iodine intake. Give yourself some time i.e 15 mins in evening and morning for breathing cycles, inhale completely from nose, stop for few seconds until you feel relaxed and no pressure, then exhale completely, during this time think of all positive things you want to say.
Q. Multivitamin for overall health which can help in improving eyesight as well.
A. The multivitamins you can take is Nutrifactor’s Vitamax for females, start taking the juice of 2 carrots (medium), a pinch of fennel powder, 1/2 cucumber, 1/2 inch ginger, on alternate days make tomato juice for further improvement in health.
Q. Is there any remedy to cure acidity? Does milk cure acidity or increases it?
A. If there are recurring episodes of vomit due to acidity then take 1/2 tbsp of vinegar in 2 sips of normal temp. water, symptoms shall be relieved then go to see your physician. Fat-free milk relieves acid reflux, plus eating 5 almonds after chewing properly grinding in mouth and swallowing this regime will relieve acid reflux.
Q. What can be a cure for low metabolism?
A. Low metabolism at times is associated with sluggishness. Try to make a routine of brisk walking of 15 min. After each meal, do a 15-minute meditation in the evening at empty stomach (like just before iftar). Also, add 30-minute brisk walk before eating Sehri.
Q. Which kind of vitamins we can give to babies to boost their immune system?
A. 5mL teaspoon of ViDaylin-M Syrup from Abbott, daily in the morning at 10 am will add benefit to child’s health and immunity.
Q. How to lose abdominal fat?
A. Losing abdominal fat requires a lot of effort. Do abdominal work out, i.e. crunches and planks
Q. I work out for 1 hour every day, I feel like it has no effect on my weight as it is still stuck. what should I do?
A. Along with 1-hour work out, Follow a proper diet plan, do a slow walk of 15 min after every meal, do breathing cycles/meditation and take care of your body’s hydration. If you still have questions and want to have a diet plan according to your blood group, visit Dr Mahvish Zahra or call marham.pk to book an online consultation with her.
Q. Experiencing knee pain while working, walking and sitting, specifically during Ramadan. what can be the reason?
A. Get tested for Uric acid, bone density and blood group and report to Dr Mahvish Zahra on the platform of Marham
Q. Eating paratha in sehri can cause heart burning the whole day. What should be done?
A. Along with that start using a half bowl of salad and an egg.
Q. How can I increase my weight? age 27, height 5.9 and current weight is 57 kgs.
A. There are a few cases in which you need to talk to the doctor for a personalised plan as per the blood group. To book an appointment with Dr Mahvish Zahra, you can visit her profile on marham.pk.
Q. What is the best time for a workout in Ramadan?
A. The best time to workout is after 2 and half hours of iftar is the perfect time for a workout in Ramadan, keep hydrating with 2 sips of water(room temperature) after every 15 mins during work out.
A Word From Marham
Team Marham along with many doctors are working hard to save you. Doctors being the at the frontline and exposed to the disease and team Marham, bringing healthcare to your doorstep. We request you to stay at home and stay safe.
To book an appointment with Dr Mahvish Zahra, call at 03111222398.
Let’s fight this together.
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