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What Causes Anorexia?

What is Anorexia? Anorexia nervosa, commonly referred to simply as anorexia, is a type of eating disorder. More importantly, it is also a psychological disorder. Anorexia is a condition that goes beyond dieting. A person with anorexia initially begins dieting to lose weight. Over time, the weight loss becomes a sign of mastery and control. The drive to become thinner is actually secondary to concerns about control and/or fears relating to one’s body. The individual continues the endless cycle...

25 Low Glycemic Foods to Keep Your Blood Sugar Levels Down

1. Kale Glycemic Index Rank: Between 2-4 Kale is a great low Glycemic food that can help keep blood sugar levels down. Consumers can enjoy the food without having to worry about a rise in the blood glucose levels, and comes in extremely low on the Glycemic Index. Additional health benefits to the food include a large amount of potassium (as much as a banana), fiber, iron, a fair amount of Vitamin A and C, and it is low in both fat and calories. If kale is not part of one’s regular diet, it can...

Symptoms of High Cholesterol

Also referred to as hypercholesterolemia, high cholesterol is a chronic and persistent medical condition wherein patients are suffering from high levels of blood cholesterol. This term is closely intertwined with elevated levels of lipoproteins or hyperlipoproteinemia, as well as elevated levels of lipids or hyperlipidemia. Possible causes of this disease include high-density lipoprotein, very-low-density lipoprotein and low-density lipoprotein. Some of the factors that contribute to these causes...

Food Poisoning Symptoms

This health problem arises from eating dirty and contaminated food. Whatever bacteria or virus causes the illness, the symptoms are usually the same. Food Poisoning Signs The most common is muscle cramping. This is usually felt in the stomach area. Almost all experience diarrhea and fever. Other major indicators are vomiting and feelings of nausea. If diarrhea and vomiting persist, dehydration will take place. The severity will depend on the contaminant and the food eaten. The symptoms may manifest...

What Causes Vitamin D Deficiency?

Vitamin D is a group of fat-soluble prohormones with active metabolites. Vitamins D2 and D3 are the two major forms. Sun exposure, food and supplements are  the sources of vitamin D. Calcitriol is an active form of Vitamin D3. It is required for bone growth, bone formation and bone resorption. Inadequate amounts of Vitamin D can lead to thin, brittle and deformed bones. Deficiency is any condition in which insufficient intake of a nutrient results in significant dysfunction or disease; all tissues...

Eating Disorder Treatment

Binge eating is a serious disorder and left untreated can lead to different health problems. For this reason, eating disorder treatments must be seriously considered. Because people afflicted with this condition often have feelings of guilt, the emotional well being is considered part of the treatment too. Psychotherapy This can be in group or individual sessions. The goal is to help change your eating habits. There are many types of psychotherapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on the issues...

Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms

Serious problems could arise if there is not enough vitamin D in the body. Fortunately, this can be cured with the proper diet. Vitamin D Deficiency Signs The most conspicuous symptom is weakness in the bones. This can be felt in the arms, legs and spine. There is also tenderness in the muscles or pelvic area. Some people go through dental deformities. Holes will appear in the teeth and enamel problems will appear. Teeth cavities become extensive. This affects the buildup of teeth. Another major...

8 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight

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Photo by cvrcak1 It was found that 80 percent of all dieters fail in their diets in the first seven days. The UK food company Alpro did a clinical study in 2013 and found that 10 percent fail after the second day. So if you’re not losing weight, then at least you aren’t alone, right? Wrong. The casual dieter cannot lose weight because of excuses, but the people that really need to lose weight are able to keep the pounds off. The New York Times reported that between 15 and 20 percent...

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