Yearly Archives: 2010

The Importance of Phosphorus

Phosphorus is an important mineral for the body. It is the primary anion inside the cell and plays an important role in the function of red blood cells, muscles and the nervous system. Phosphate is needed for the proper metabolizing of carbohydrates, proteins and fats and is involved in acid-base buffering. The ...

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Laxatives Part 2

Stimulants Peristalis also increases with the use of stimulant laxatives. Stimulant laxatives are effective at irritating the sensory nerve endings in the intestinal mucosa. Two of the most frequently used and abused over-the-counter stimulant laxatives are bisacodyl and phenolphthalein. Bidocodyl is often used to empty the bowel before diagnostic tests because it is ...

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Laxatives

Diet, lack of exercise, stress and medications can cause constipation. Before you head to the drug store for relief, here are a few important things to know about laxatives, the different types and how each type works on the body. Laxatives are used to relieve constipation. There are four types of laxatives- ...

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Enzymes in Medicine

Blood tests can provide an effective assessment of a person’s medical condition. An analysis of a blood serum for levels of certain enzymes can be used to confirm a preliminary diagnosis based on the disease symptoms. A great example of how this works is when a person has a heart attack. If the blood ...

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Eczema

When I was first married, I noticed what looked like little heat blisters on my fingers. They were very itchy. The blisters would flare up and go away. After a terribly irritating bout I went to see my physician. He told me I had eczema most likely caused by stress. Eczema often ...

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Diet Foods Can Make You Fat

Believe it or not but diet foods are not good for your diet. How can this be? Well, there is a big fat lie going around about low calorie, sugar-free foods. Many people believe foods made with popular artificial sweeteners like Splenda, Nutri-sweet, aspartame or saccharine keep the weight off by reducing ...

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Tips to Prevent Getting Sick this Flu Season

Infections can be quickly and easily spread. With the flu season starting this winter here are some great tips and reminders that can help you prevent the spread of infection and illness. 1. Hand Hygiene: One of the easiest ways of preventing the spread of infection is by properly washing your hands. ...

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a viral condition that is characterized by feelings of debilitation and lack of energy. It can stem from a variety of causes. Most people who suffer with this problem are typically overachievers who are outgoing, with A-type, independent and self-reliant personalities. Besides being constantly on the go, researchers have found that ...

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Mighty Minerals

The human body requires small amounts of inorganic compounds for metabolism and to form bones and teeth. These inorganic compounds are called minerals and they are most often obtained from the foods we eat. Meat, eggs, vegetables and fruit are excellent sources of minerals. There are five specific minerals critical to maintaining ...

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When to See a Certified Nutritionist or Dietician during Pregnancy

As a lactation consultant it is important that you help expectant mothers understand the importance of nutrition during pregnancy and when breastfeeding. There are many misconceptions about the types of foods to consume or avoid. Many aversions and cravings start during pregnancy and can dictate the types of foods that a woman may ...

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