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Gas and Flatulence Prevention Diet

Intestinal gas means different things to different people. Patients may complain of excessive bloating after eating, belching, or rectal gas (flatulence), or a combination of these symptoms. In order to deal with these different symptoms, patients should understand how the gastrointestinal tract works. With this knowledge, they can take steps to prevent or improve their symptoms.

The Effects of Salacia oblonga Extract on Postprandial Glycemia Following a Solid, High Starch Meal

Attenuation of postprandial glycemia is hypothesized to reduce the risk of progression from impaired glucose tolerance to diabetes. It is also thought to reduce the number of complications associated with diabetes. S. oblonga extract has been shown to reduce postprandial glycemia when it is fed in addition to a liquid nutritional supplement containing mainly maltodextrin. No studies have been done, however, using S. oblonga extract on a solid meal. The purpose of this study was to measure the effects of S. oblonga extract on the postprandial glycemic and lactate responses along with the perceived gastrointestinal, satiety, and flatulence symptoms severity following a solid, high starch meal. Fourteen subjects (8 males, 6 females) ate two test meals after an overnight fast following a standardized dinner.

Chronic Inflammation of Bones

I hope it will be agreeable to the Society if I make known some of the results of a study of a rare disease of bones. The patient on whom I was able to study it was a gentleman of good family, whose parents and grandparents lived to old age with apparently sound health, and among whose relatives no disease was known to have prevailed. Especially, gout and rheumatism, I was told, were not known among them; but one of his sisters died with chronic cancer of the breast.

Lupus and the Eye

The immune system protects the body from microorganisms such as bacteria and viruses, but in lupus its ability to distinguish between foreign material and its own tissues is defective. Inflammation follows immune attack on body tissues. At its onset, lupus may involve only one organ system. Lupus most commonly affects joints, the skin and the kidneys but the eye may also be involved. to antibodies and immune complexes damage tissues and cells. The cause of lupus is unknown.

A Look at Autoimmunity and Inflammation in the Eye

The structure of the eye is highly organized and complex (Figure 1), reflecting the high degree of specialization that is required to support its function. The integrity and transparency of the ocular media (aqueous, lens, and vitreous), which refract, transmit, and sense light, are critical to optimal visual function. Any distortion of the visual axis — from the cornea through the anterior chamber, lens, and vitreous body to the retina (Figure 1) — by inflammatory processes within the eye can adversely affect vision. Uveitis or uveoretinitis is a general term referring to inflammation of the retina and uvea (the pigmented vascular coat of the eyeball, consisting of the choroid, ciliary body, and iris). Uveitis is categorized on an anatomical basis as anterior, intermediate, or posterior, or as panuveitis if it involves both the anterior and posterior parts of the eye.

Cold and Flu

Colds are very common viral illnesses that occur year round, but primarily in winter months. Because there are many viruses that cause colds, people may experience multiple colds per year, or find that their symptoms vary with each infection. The flu is also caused by a virus, but is due to a specific virus called influenza virus. The typical symptoms of the flu are high fever, body aches, fatigue, sore throat, headache and/or painful cough.

Chemistry of Fatty Acids

Fatty acids, esterified to glycerol, are the main constituents of oils and fats. The industrial exploitation of oils and fats, both for food and oleochemical products, is based on chemical modification of both the carboxyl and unsaturated groups present in fatty acids. Although the most reactive sites in fatty acids are the carboxyl group and double bonds, methylenes adjacent to them are activated, increasing their reactivity. Only rarely do saturated chains show reactivity. Carboxyl groups and unsaturated centers usually react independently, but when in close proximity, both may react through neighboring group participation. In enzymatic reactions, the reactivity of the carboxyl group can be influenced by the presence of a nearby double bond.

Burn Fat, Not Sugar to Lose Weight

When we talk about what to eat, we must first realize who, or rather what, is eating. In fact, we, ourselves, are not really doing the eating. It is our cells that eat. When we put food in our mouth, that is just a continuation of the transport of food from the farms to the grocery store then into our mouth; the food is then transported to our cells by our bloodstream. It is our cells that really do the eating and that need the fuel and the parts to regenerate themselves. And cells can only eat two kinds of food for fuel. They can eat sugar or they can eat fat, and their health and your health will be determined by the primary fuel that they burn.

A Dietitian’s Guide to Obesity

Obesity is spreading – and eating away at America‘s economy and health. Obesity has risen at an epidemic rate during the past 30 years. The rapid rise in the prevalence of overweight and obesity among all segments of the U.S. population is of grave concern as the health and quality of life of those afflicted plummets and health care costs and societal burdens continue to increase. Obesity is a serious condition that affects people of all ages and socioeconomic groups.

The Treatment of Obesity by Acupuncture

Obesity could well become the most common health problem of the 21st century (Palou et al., 2000). Obesity is a disease resulting from the over storage of fat in the body. It is a problem concerning the balance of energy. An imbalance between energy input and energy consumption causes an increase in the body fat rate (Palou et al., 2000). It is known that the prevalence of obesity in adults and children has been increasing significantly around the world (Weinstock et al., 1998). In this century, obesity has been seen especially in industrial countries (Leonhardt et al., 1999). The over-consumption of delicious, high-calorie food and decrease in physical activity play major roles in increasing the prevalence of obesity in industrial countries (Campfield et al., 1996; Hill & Peters, 1998). The cost of treatment of obesity and obesity-related diseases is significant in general health expenditures in the United States (Bray, 1998).

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