Ugh That Nagging Nausea

Commonly known as morning sickness, the awful nausea and vomiting can occur at any time of the day, so don't be misled. One bit of reassuring news Although horridly unpleasant, it's normal and thought to simply be a side effect from the hormonal changes that take place during pregnancy. If you're on a first-name basis with your toilet, hang in there the nausea usually disappears by week 14. Here are some tips to help reduce the nausea Nibble on carbohydrate-rich foods throughout the day. They...

The Bar Exam

Sports bars can be convenient and advantageous for athletes trying to increase calories, carbohydrates, and protein (depending upon the brand). Here's the nutritional profile on a variety of popular bars on the market. Because most brands carry an assortment of flavors, the information might slightly vary from the list. Also, be sure to sample several brands before you formulate any taste opinion they vary tremendously Fat 3g (1.5g saturated fat) Fat 6g (1g saturated fat) Carbs 28g (fiber 2.5g,...

The Cardiovascular Workout Challenge Your Heart and Lungs

Known as cardio, are the exercises in which your muscles require an increased supply of oxygen. What are aerobics If you think that aerobics are just jumping around to bad disco music, dust off your sneaks you're way behind the times. The term aerobic literally means with known as cardio, are the exercises in which your muscles require an increased supply of oxygen. air.' Therefore, the exercises in which your muscles require an increased supply of air (more specifically, the oxygen within air)...

Valerian Root Valeriana Officinalis

Use Three decades of extensive research have shown that valerian root is like a minor tranquilizer. It is known as a sleeping aid, and it might be useful for insomnia, mild anxiety and restlessness, lowering blood pressure, and reducing symptoms of menstruation and menopause. To date, it has not been proven to be habit-forming. Dosage Tea, tincture, or an extract it can also be added to bath water for external application. Relatively large amounts are required for effectiveness, typically about...

In This Chapter

Super-fueling your body with carbohydrates Where to find high carbohydrate foods Increased protein requirements for athletes What to eat before, during, and after exercise If you've read this far, you know the basics of sports nutrition. Contrary to what some people think, there isn't any magic ingredient that helps optimize exercise and training (such as instant-muscle shake concoctions or endurance potions). In fact, the same healthy-eating guidelines you read about in the earlier chapters...

Anorexia Nervosa The Relentless Pursuit of Thinness

Anorexia nervosa is a complex psychological disorder that literally involves self-starvation. People who suffer from this illness eat next to nothing, refuse to maintain a healthy body weight for their corresponding height, and frequently claim to feel fat even though they are obviously emaciated. Because anorexics are severely malnourished, they often experience symptoms of starvation brittle nails and hair dry skin extreme sensitivity to the cold anemia low iron lanugo fine hair growth on...

Stevia

A little more obscure, but gaining popularity is the sweetener called Stevia. Stevia STEE-vee-uh is a South American shrub whose leaves have been used as a sweetener for centuries by native peoples in Paraguay and Brazil. Stevioside, the main ingredient, is virtually calorie-free and hundreds of times sweeter than table sugar. Although not commonly used in the United States, Canada, or European countries, this sweetener is quite accepted in Japan and has been used by manufacturers since the...

Bulimia Nervosa

The eating disorder termed bulimia is at least two or three times more prevalent than anorexia nervosa. In fact, recent surveys report that about 1 percent of the general population and 4 percent of women aged 18-30 suffer from this troublesome disease. People with bulimia have repeated episodes of binge eating rapidly consuming large quantities of food and then ridding their bodies of the excess calories by vomiting, abusing laxatives or diuretics, and or exercising obsessively. In most cases,...

Phytochemicals Phytonutrients and Phytoestrogens

They sound confusing but they're really quite understandable Phytochemicals Phytochemicals meaning plant chemicals is a group of compounds in plant foods legumes, veggies, fruits, and whole grains that might positively affect your body. They're naturally produced by plants to protect themselves against viruses, bacteria, and fungi. The term phytochemical includes hundreds of naturally occurring substances such as carotenoids, flavonoids, indoles, isoflavones, capsaicin, and protease inhibitors....

Neutropenic Diet Guidelines

The neutropenic diet was created to minimize a patient's exposure to foreign bacteria and decrease their risk of infection. Now, the diet is used for patients at risk for immune related illness, especially cancer and AIDS patients undergoing aggressive treatment. Here are the basic strategies to follow for the neutropenic diet. Uncooked fruits and vegetables without peels Unpasteurized juice and milk Salads especially from public salad bars Delicatessen unpackaged food items Certain spices...

Feverfew

Use This herb inhibits platelet aggregation and also helps prevent the vessels from constricting. The result is a reduction in severity, duration, and frequency of migraines and an improvement in blood-vessel tone. Dosage 50-125 mgs of dried authentic feverfew leaf, containing a minimum of 0.2 percent of panthenolide, taken over a period of four to six weeks. The most common side effect is mouth ulceration, predominantly found in those who chew the leaves. This should not be used by children.