Nutrition

Obesity Rates, Tests, Health Risks and How to Lose Weight

Obesity has become one of the leading health concerns in the United States, accounting in part for the majority of deaths as a result of its contribution to heart disease, strokes and diabetes. More than one-third of American adults are obese but overall two-thirds are above a healthy body weight (overweight and obese >> Read More ...

Excessive Water Intake (Drinking Too Much) Effects, Dangers

We always hear about how we drink too little water in modern societies and that many people are dehydrated due to inadequate water intake. This is further compounded by a modern diet consisting of diuretics including caffeinated beverages like colas and coffee, as well as alcohol, which causes us to lose water. While it is >> Read More ...

Vitamin A Deficiency Causes, Sources, Foods, Symptoms, Dose

Despite the concern about the potential of vitamin A toxicity among people who use excessive amounts of supplements, it is possible to be deficient of vitamin A. This is mainly seen in the elderly, chronically ill and people who are malnourished. It is uncommon in the United States but is being seen more frequently among >> Read More ...

Craving Salt Meaning, Causes and Diseases

Most people have a preference for salt in their food, rather than consuming unsalted foods. Some people prefer more salt than others. While this is not considered abnormal, there are cases where the desire for salt is intense and can drive a person to consume excessive amounts of salt. This can be linked to various >> Read More ...

Sugar Health Risks, Addiction, Diseases, Ways to Quit

Few edible additives has been at the center of research and media reports in recent years as much as sugar. This white substance that we often take for granted is no known to be associated with a host of health risks that can lead to diseases, some of which are fatal. There is also evidence that sugar use may be linked to >> Read More ...

Foods to Eat to Stop Diarrhea (Diarrhea Diet)

There is a common misconception that solid foods should be stopped when diarrhea is present. This is not true. Solid foods should only be avoided if or when there is vomiting to prevent vomited food entering the airways and causing conditions like aspiration pneumonia. For diarrhea, solid foods should be eaten although a >> Read More ...

Vitamin E Deficiency Symptoms, Dose, Foods To Eat

There is still some debate whether vitamin E supplementation is necessary or not. The conflicting reports sometimes make it seem like vitamin E is not as necessary for health and wellbeing as other vitamins. However, this is untrue. Vitamin E plays an important role in the body and deficiencies will lead to a host of >> Read More ...

Increased Thirst (Polydipsia) Causes of Excessive Thirstiness

Thirst is the body’s way of signaling that it needs fluids. Sometimes it is heightened when the fluid content in the body is too low and there is no fluid intake. The intensity of the the thirst is somewhat proportional to the low level of fluid in content in the body. In other words, the less fluid there is in the >> Read More ...

Loss of Appetite In The Elderly Reasons and Causes

A gradual reduction in appetite with advancing age is not usually a cause for concern. Most seniors will eat less because of lower energy requirements with advancing age. In fact this is considered as a relatively normal part of health aging. However, there comes a point where this reduction in appetite should be >> Read More ...

Fish and Shellfish Poisoning – Types, Causes and Symptoms

What is fish poisoning? Fish poisoning is any illness caused by toxins consumed in seafood, either fish or shellfish. Some of these toxins may be found in just about any food, be it meat, fruit or vegetables. But seafood may also contain specific toxins that cause illnesses when consumed by humans. This is known as marine >> Read More ...
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