Category Archives for Diet

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...

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...

What Causes Belly Fat?

Definition Belly fat, colloquially known as abdominal obesity or clinical as central obesity, is the accumulation of visceral fat resulting in an increase in waist size. There is a strong correlation between central obesity and cardiovascular disease. Men and women with excessive belly fat have increased risks of life-threatening diabetes, heart disease, and cancers. Causes of Belly Fat Major causes of belly fat are genetics, improper digestion, stress, menopause, slow metabolism, lack of exercise...

15 Tips for Natural Weight Loss

Whether you’ve gained a little extra weight by indulging more than you should have over the holidays or have spent your entire life struggling with your weight and you’re ready to get it off, developing a weight loss strategy can be hard. You want to dive in, work hard, and see results fast, but you don’t want to give up the treats that you love, either. While there are plenty of strategies out there that are billed as helping you lose weight fast, that weight often comes right...

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...

Dehydration Symptoms

Also referred to as hypohydration, dehydration is a medical condition wherein patients are suffering from excessive loss of water inside their bodies. Numerous factors can lead to this problem including lacrimation, hyperthermia and diarrhea. Meanwhile, it can also be a result of infectious diseases like yellow fever, gastroenteritis and cholera. Early symptoms include decreased blood pressure, muscle cramps and headaches. Here is a closer look at the different minor and major dehydration symptoms,...

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...