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Squelching Myths about Weight Loss Surgery

Weight loss surgery is in the news almost daily. You may hear everything from glowing reports of saved lives to horror stories about surgeries gone wrong. No doubt you know people who have had the surgery [more…]

Helping Your Mood with Amino Acids Phenylalanine and Tyrosine

Phenylalanine — an essential amino acid— is readily available in most food sources, particularly high in meats and milk products, with lower levels found in oats and wheat germ. To make use of phenylalanine [more…]

Medical Consequences of Eating Disorders: Anorexia, Bulimia, and Bingeing

Eating disorders — particularly anorexia nervosa — can be deadly. The following lists explain the many medical consequences of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. [more…]

Busting Myths about Prostate Cancer

A lot of people think that they know at least the basics about prostate cancer, and some people believe that they really have the essentials of prostate cancer down — even though they're not doctors or [more…]

Becoming a Calorie-Conscious Cook to Help Your Dieting

Dieting may mean changing your cooking habits. Standard cooking methods need some reworking to make them lowfat and low calorie, and some foods can be used as substitutes, making them great, nutritious [more…]

Sources of Vitamin B12 in Your Vegetarian Diet

If you eat animal products, you get the nutrient vitamin B12 from them. Vegetarians who includes eggs, cheese, yogurt, cows’ milk, or other dairy products in their diets also have a source of vitamin B12 [more…]

Starting — and Sticking with — an Exercise Program

If you are overweight and on a diet, expending 2,800 calories a week in exercise or committing to a chunk of time every day may sound like more than you can manage. The easiest way to make a workout part [more…]

Getting a Handle on Stress and Hepatitis C

One way of defining stress is the body's response to a change or challenge. The change or challenge that causes the stress is called a stressor, which could be anything from the freezing temperature outside [more…]

Dietary Sources of Iron for Vegetarians

Vegetarians need more iron in their diets than nonvegetarians because the iron in plant foods is not absorbed as efficiently as the iron in meat. Surprisingly, vegetarians tend to get substantially more [more…]

Eating When You're Hungry versus Eating on Schedule

The human body needs nutrition every 3 to 4 hours to prevent energy dips, metabolism slowdowns, crankiness, and cravings from interfering with life. Eating based on time rather than hunger is one of the [more…]

Saturated, Monounsaturated, and Polyunsaturated Fats: What's the Difference?

What do the terms saturated, unsaturated, and monounsaturated fats mean to your diet and health? These words describe how many hydrogen atoms occur in a molecule, or fundamental unit, of fats and oils, [more…]

Dream Interpreting: The Emotions in Your Dreams

If you're interested in recording your dreams in a dream diary — or in interpreting your dreams — some emotion you've experienced is probably the driving force. Every time you express or deny an intense [more…]

Smoking: Letting Go of a Bad Habit — Again

This may be the first time you've tried to quit, or it may be the 14th. Don't be discouraged; millions of people all over the world have succeeded at quitting smoking. Most of those who have quit had tried [more…]

Mineral Overdoses Can Be Toxic, Even Deadly

The Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) and Adequate Intakes (AIs) for minerals and trace elements are generous allowances. They recommend enough of these nutrients in your diet to prevent deficiency [more…]

Dealing with Hair Loss from Cancer Treatment

Radiation therapy causes hair loss only in the area being treated. For instance, if your lower body is being treated, you likely will lose pubic hair or leg hair. If your chest or a breast is undergoing [more…]

Timing Meals to Go Along with Your Workout

Eating a small meal two to three hours before a workout is ideal. Two to three hours is how long it takes for a meal to reach your muscles, but it’s not always practical. Not substituting exercise for [more…]

Having a Cesarean Delivery

Many patients wonder whether they'll need a cesarean. Sometimes your doctor knows the answer before labor even begins — if you have placenta previa, for example, or if the baby is in a [more…]

Identifying Complicated Grieving

Complicated grieving is the technical name that grief professionals give to a grieving process that gets stuck at some point, making it impossible for the bereaved to successfully start or conclude the [more…]

Good Health with B Vitamins in Your Daily Diet

It’s easy to get B vitamins in your diet. These water-soluble nutrients include thiamin (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), folate, B12, biotin, pantothenic acid, and [more…]

Lithium Deficiency May Lead to Mood Disorders

Scientists are uncertain whether this mineral is a required nutrient, but a lithium deficiency can lead to mood disorders. Most people take in about 2 mg daily from their diets, although no specific requirement [more…]

Workouts for Water Lovers

Finding a pool, lake, or ocean may not be as easy as finding a bike or place to walk, but swimming is still an option to consider when you're on the road. You may find a place to swim at the local community [more…]

How Your Body Uses Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that promotes absorption of calcium and phosphorus. Most people associate the nutrient calcium with healthy bones and teeth, but no matter how much calcium you have in [more…]

Adding Fiber to Your Diet the Healthy Way

You find dietary fiber in all plant foods — fruits, vegetables, and grains, but none in foods from animals: meat, fish, poultry, milk, milk products, and eggs. A balanced diet with lots of foods from plants [more…]

Diagnosing Asthma

Effectively managing your asthma begins with your doctor correctly diagnosing your condition. In order to determine whether asthma causes your respiratory symptoms, your doctor should take your medical [more…]

Dietary Fiber Content of Common Foods

The average American diet falls short of meeting Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommendations for dietary fiber. Although fiber does not contain any nutrients, it has health benefits galore: It helps to [more…]

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