Patrika Tsai

Patrika Tsai

Patient Expert

Patrika wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Fitness & Exercise and Food & Nutrition.

Latest Articles by Patrika Tsai

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Achieving Healthy Weight Gain

While most Americans struggle to lose weight, there are some who are underweight and unable to gain enough weight to stay in the healthy range. While certain individuals may inherently have a high metabolism, others may have an illness or chronic con...

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Food & Nutrition

14 Tips to Buy Healthy Groceries on a Budget

As food and gas prices continue to rise, grocery bills are taking a bigger bite out of the household budget. When consumers have to worry about food costs, they may also struggle to maintain a healthy diet. However, it is still possible to have nutri...

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Digestive Health

Q&A: Lactose intolerance

Question: I have been told that I may have lactose intolerance. Does that mean I have to give up milk? Answer: Lactose intolerance means that the body does not produce enough enzymes to digest lactose which is a sugar found in dairy products. People ...

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Weight Loss

Which Exercises Will Make Me Lose Weight?

Question: I lost weight by running and have recently switched to swimming. Now I can’t keep the weight on Are there certain exercises that are more effective at weight loss than others? Dr. Tsai: Some exercises may be more effective in helping you lo...

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The Real Deal on the Master Cleanse Diet

The Master Cleanse Diet, also known as the Lemonade Diet, is a liquid diet of water, lemon or lime juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper. In other words, you are only allowed to drink lemonade about 6-12 times a day, a glass of salt water, and an he...