Diet & Nutrition

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The Truth about Fitness

The Truth about Fitness The spine you have is the only one you ever get! Through the miracle of modern medicine, many organs that fail or wear out can now be replaced. Heart, lungs, liver, kidneys and even artificial lenses for the eyes can make someone feel like new. Unfortunately for the spine, the one you were born with must last you your entire lifetime! The desire for attractive teeth, hair and skin has driven most...

What is a Gastroenterologist?

What is a Gastroenterologist Gastroenterologists are internists who specialize in diseases of the digestive tract. Nowadays, the prerequisite training includes a medical internship and residency in internal medicine. Areas of subspecialization include Advanced endoscopy (ERCP and endoscopic ultrasound) Transplant hepatology Motility Inflammatory bowel disease Esophagology Nutrition and metabolism Any physician completing...

Diet for Ulcers and Constipation

Ulcers All sores that erode mucous membranes or the skin and penetrate the underlying muscle are referred to as ulcers. Those that occur in the lower part of the esophagus, the stomach, or the duodenum are known more specifically as "peptic ulcers," because they form in areas exposed to stomach acids and the digestive enzyme, pepsin. When the erosion occurs in the duodenum, the upper part of the...

Diet for Hiatal Hernia

Under normal circumstances, the hiatus is a small opening in the muscular diaphragm at the juncture where the esophagus meets the stomach. A hiatal hernia develops when the opening widens and allows the upper part of the stomach to protrude upward through the hiatus. Some hiatal hernias are present at birth. Most of them, however, develop during life as the opening of the hiatus becomes...

Indigestion

Indigestion Symptoms Heartburn. Gas or belching. Abdominal pressure and/or pain, which can radiate toward the chest: Mild nausea. Vomiting. Call Your Doctor If : Any abdominal pain continues for more than six hours; this may indicate appendicitis, stomach ulcer, gall-stones, or other disease. You may need emergency care. You experience indigestion with any of the following: prolonged vomiting; vomiting...

Everything You Need to Know About The Functions of Fats in Foods

Everything You Need to Know About The Functions of Fats in Foods Think for a moment of your favorite foods... What is it about them you enjoy most? The flavor of a rich, succulent steak or delicious hamburger? The creaminess of ice cream or chocolate as it melts on your tongue? The pleasing contrast of a silky smooth salad dressing with the crunch of fresh vegetables? That satisfied feeling that follows a snack of cheese or peanut butter on crispy crackers or...

Diet for a Healthy Liver

Diet for a Healthy Liver The diet of a person recovering from a liver disorder should place the least burden on the organ. People with liver problems often have a poor appetite and find it easier to eat frequent, nutritious snacks rather than full meals. Omega-3 fatty acids seem to facilitate the processing of fats in the liver, a diet rich in these nutrients lowers the rate at which the liver manufactures triglycerides...

What Are the Symptoms of Diabetes?

The symptoms of type 1 diabetes often occur suddenly and can be severe. They include: Increased thirst Increased hunger (especially after eating) Dry mouth Frequent urination Unexplained weight loss (even though you are eating and feel hungry) Fatigue (weak, tired feeling) Blurred vision Labored, heavy breathing (Kussmaul respirations) Loss of consciousness (rare) The symptoms of type 2...

Poisoning

Poisoning is the harmful effect that occurs when a toxic substance is swallowed, is inhaled, or comes in contact with the skin, eyes, or mucous membrance such as those of the mouth, vagina, or penis. Fewer than 3,000 of the more than 12 million known chemicals cause most accidental and deliberate poison-ings. However, almost any substance ingested in large quantities can be toxic. Common sources...

Diet for Convalescents

For patients recovering from emergency medical conditions and accidents , a diet for speeding up recuperation is required . This diet avoids very rich and indigestible foods and going easy on fried foods. Those with a small appetite will need varied and tempting meals with small helpings five to six times a day . Meal Pattern: On waking Tea or fruit juice. Breakfast Fruit juice or stewed fruit ....

Like Your Burgers on the Raw Side? E. Coli May Give You a Raw Deal: Death

Like Your Burgers on the Raw Side If you think you can only get E. coli 0157:H7 (Escherichia coli) from undercooked hamburger meat served in restaurants, think again. The infection, which causes diarrhea (often bloody) and abdominal cramps and sometimes even acute kidney failure resulting from hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), has also been traced to home-prepared hamburgers. Roast beef, unpasteurized milk, apple cider, and...

A Recipe For Healthy Hair By Joanne Elliott

Forget hair revitalizing shampoos, great nutrition is the most effective way of getting awesome hair! Shiny, healthy hair is a reflection of a healthy body, so it's like two for the price of one. Just like your body, your hair needs a balanced, nutritious diet to stay healthy. So follow this recipe for healthier hair, and be amazed at the difference it makes! Water: Water makes up one-fourth of...

Few Tips on Lowering Cholesterol Levels

Tips on Lowering Cholesterol Levels Is Your Number Up? Eggs, whole milk, french fries and beef have something in common—they all contribute to high levels of cholesterol. With an estimated 97 million American adults with blood cholesterol levels of 200 mg/dl or over, cholesterol remains an important issue for many Americans. This waxy, fat-like substance can be found in every cell of the human body. While there are many important...

Nutrition for The Teeth and Gums

Nutrition for The Teeth and Gums In addition to brushing and flossing, a prudent diet - with natural or added fluoride) protects teeth from decay and keeps the gums healthy. Tooth decay (cavities and dental caries) and gum diseases are caused by colonies of bacteria that constantly coat the teeth with a sticky film called plaque. If plaque is not brushed away, these bacteria break down the sugars and starches in foods to produce...

Meal Plan for Rheumatic Fever Patients

On waking. Tea or fruit juice Breakfast. Fruit or fruit juice. Breakfast cereal with milk and sugar. Egg, toast or bread and butter, and preserves. Tea or coffee Mid-morning. Beverage (not alcohol) Midday. Fruit, egg, cheese, or vegetable hors d'oeuvre, 50-60 gms meat or fish or poultry. Rice or chapaties or pasta. Salads and cooked Vegetables. Pudding. Tea. Biscuits and cake. Tea. Evening. Cream...

Diet for Blood Disorders and Diseases

The most common among the blood disorders among the rich and poor is high blood pressure or hypertension. In the advanced countries about one in six citizens have this condition. While exact figures are not known here, because of lack of proper medical statistics, at least one in fifteen have this condition mainly because of lifestyles and the stresses of everyday life. More may have low blood...

Foods Reducing Inflammation

About one in seven persons worldwide suffers from some type of inflammatory diseases. Pelvic inflammatory diseases are confined to women, mostly in the child-bearing range, but also older women who carry incipient infections. A combination factors cause the development of inflammatory diseases. Women with bone conditions such as osteoarthritis may develop pelvic inflammatory diseases. They may be...

Parasites and Diet

Intestinal parasites come in many shape and sizes, but the main divisions or single-celed protozoa, or amoebas, and multicellular flat worms and roundworms. While the singel-celled organism can multiply inside the digestive tract few parasitic worms can reproduce inside the human body, although they may grow in a host for years. Some worms hardly even make their presence felt, while others cause...

Pollutants and Food

Potentially harmful chemicals can enter the food supply during growing, processing, and packing. These include pesticides that are applied to crops; antibiotics, hormones, and other substances included in animal feed; and environmental pollutants, such as heavy metals, asbestos, PCBs, and vinyl chloride. While many contaminants pose no threat with short exposure, larger doses of such contaminants...

The Milk Myth

Milk is not a remedy for heartburn. The soothing effect felt when drinking milk is deceiving- once in the stomach, milk's fat, calcium, and protein cause increased acid secretion and worsened heartburn. Minis are also often credited with alleviating heartburn, but they don't Mint actually relaxes the LES, making heartburn more likely. Despite its name, heartburn has nothing to do with the heart...