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Dietary Fiber: The Non-Nutrient in Carbohydrates

Nutritionists classify dietary fiber as either insoluble fiber or soluble fiber, depending on whether it dissolves in water. (Both kinds of fiber resist human digestive enzymes.) [more…]

Unmasking Myths about Heart Disease

It's no surprise that myths about heart disease often prevail. After all, the heart is a truly mythic organ — the fount of all life. Throughout the world's cultures, heroes and heroines of mythology and [more…]

How High Fructose Corn Syrup Relates to Health Risks

High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) — linked to the obesity crisis and a staple in American diets — is metabolized just like the fructose in fruit, but with some significant differences. The first is that [more…]

Examining the Pros and Cons of Anger

Anger, just like anything else, isn't all good or all bad: It has many pros and cons. The following sections explain those for you, so that you get a clear picture of anger and the effect it may have on [more…]

Facing the Consequences of Iodine Deficiency

More than one-quarter of the world's population suffers from some level of iodine deficiency disease. That works out to 1.6 billion people. Of these, 655 million have a goiter, an enlargement of the thyroid [more…]

Calming Alzheimer's Patients with Pet Visitations

One of the more significant problems that families with Alzheimer's patients often face is agitation. Agitated behaviors may include [more…]

Fat Replacers Found in Food You Eat

The problem with eating high-fat foods is that fat doesn’t immediately satisfy hunger the way that sugary carbohydrates do. Therefore, eating too many fat calories before realizing that you’ve had enough [more…]

Measuring Your Upper-Body Strength

Strength tests are designed to give you a starting point before you start a weight lifting program. If you start (and stick to) a good weight-lifting program, you'll likely see dramatic changes in your [more…]

How Hormones Affect Your Nutritional Needs

Hormones affect your resting energy expenditure (REE) —the amount of energy (calories) you use when your body’s at rest. Men and women need different amounts of calories and different types of nutrients [more…]

How Your Body Uses Vitamin K

Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin. You need a miniscule amount in your diet. About 300 mcg (from the diet and additional supplements) is the optimum daily intake of vitamin K. Supplements are used for [more…]

Taurine: For a Healthy Heart and Nerves

Taurine is one of the most important, useful, and safest amino acid supplements. Your body can produce this nutrient from cysteine with the help of vitamin B-6. Dietary sources of taurine are fish and [more…]

Methionine: Amino Acid Support for Your Liver

One of the essential sulfur-containing amino acids, the nutrient methionine is important for many bodily functions, including immune cell production and proper nerve function. Dietray methionine is a potent [more…]

Saving Calories by Substituting Nutritious Foods in Cooking

Dieters have to brave going into the kitchen and preparing nutritious foods to eat. Cooking and eating low-cal and lowfat, nutritious foods needn’t be difficult. The following table lists a few diet-friendly [more…]

Eating Out the Low-Calorie Way When You're Dieting

Eating out can pose special problems for dieters. Serving sizes are too large, and many professional kitchens don’t use low-calorie cooking methods necessary for dieters. [more…]

Recognizing Hepatitis C Symptoms

Soon after you first become infected with the hepatitis C virus, you may have flu-like symptoms or even jaundice (abnormally yellow skin or eyes) during the [more…]

Know Your Dream Cycles

To fully understand and record your dreams, it's best to start with some knowledge about your sleep and dream cycles, and how your dream cycles affect your waking life. Science tells us that everyone dreams [more…]

Tryptophan: Treating Depression and Insomnia

The nutrient tryptophan is an essential amino acid well known for its ability to affect the levels of the neurotransmitter, serotonin. Tryptophan is important in helping your body create vitamin B-3 and [more…]

Minimizing Subtle Brain Rot

Your brain is so sensitive that you risk damaging it in ways that are so subtle that you may not have thought it possible. You can avoid many of these damaging effects [more…]

Easy Ways to Cut Calories for Healthier Diets

Losing weight is simple math. If you cut 3,500 calories out of your diet in the course of a week without reducing your daily activity, you can say good-bye to one whole pound of fat. [more…]

Potty Training Children with Disabilities

Handling the physical aspect of training a child with a disability is wildly different with individual kids, depending on the disability. You may need to provide high-tech props that facilitate movement [more…]

Diagnosing and Treating Osteoarthritis

Nearly 50 percent of those suffering from osteoarthritis don't know what kind of arthritis they have and therefore can't make good decisions about their treatment. [more…]

Going Back in Time: Age Regression Techniques

Time for some myth busting: You do not have to be regressed for hypnotherapy to be successful! Despite what you may hear or be told, uncovering the past and dealing with it is not an essential part of [more…]

Assess Your Weight with Quick Estimate Method

To quickly estimate your healthy weight, you can use the following method. First, figure the median weight for your height by using the appropriate formula: [more…]

Helping Your Body Absorb Iron from Your Diet

Just because you include a certain amount of iron in your diet doesn’t mean that that entire amount of iron is available for your body to use. There’s actually a little game of tug-of-war over iron going [more…]

How Your Brain Announces You've Had Enough to Eat

Scientists have discovered that your hypothalamus, a small gland on top of the brain stem (the part of the brain that connects to the top of the spinal cord), seems to house your appetite controls. [more…]

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