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Diet and Nutrition Articles

Weight Loss Center has a growing library of weight loss, health, and diet-related articles to help our visitors meet their weight loss goals, manage their weight and live healthy lives. We hope that you find our Diet & Nutrition Articles informative and helpful.

Should Your Child Be on a Gluten-Free Diet?

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It seems as though more and more parents are switching themselves and their children to a gluten-free diet while other parents are still in the dark as to why this trend is so popular. Many folks are now finally asking themselves, “Should my child be on a gluten-free diet?” On closer inspection, it does seem that there is plenty of...

The Potential Health Risks of the Paleo Diet

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It seems as if every month gives us a new diet trend. While most of these trends seem to be regurgitations of the usual “eat right and work out” diets, there is one diet out there that is very different. This one is called the paleo diet. The paleo diet is where you eat nothing but protein, fruits, and vegetables....

Can You Still Eat Junk Food and Lose Weight?

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Many of us who are on the verge of dieting will contemplate what it’s going to take for us to lose weight. Some people have been blessed with an inability to gain weight and have been on a junk food frenzy all their lives. Therefore, the question of whether you can still eat junk food and lose weight comes to...

10 Foods That Promote Eye Health

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If you are concerned--or thinking ahead--about maintaining or improving your vision, then you want to include foods that promote eye health. You really are what you eat in this regard, as certain foods have a direct and dramatic impact on how your eye health. If you include these helpful foods in your diet, you can improve your eye health now...

Herpes Prevention Diet

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There are many types of herpes viruses that can be in the human body. Though most people think of genital herpes, there are also other types each person can have. Some cause nothing more than a cold sore once in a while, but that can still be extremely irritating. Some conditions are caused by different herpes strains like the chicken...

Do Vegetables Contain Protein?

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Though many people are referring to some form of meat when they discuss this macronutrient, there are also many different sources of vegetable protein that are very healthy and can be much more friendly to a heart friendly, low cholesterol, low fat, or weight loss diet.   It is very important to eat an adequate amount of protein every day,...

2-Day Low Cholesterol Diet Plan

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If you need to reduce your cholesterol because of health reasons or are just wanting to make a healthy change to your diet, the 2-day low cholesterol diet plan is a good option. This diet plan provides you with breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as two snacks that totals approximately 2000 calories for each day. You can make easy...

Candida Diet

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Candida Albicans is a yeast infestation, called a fungus. We all have intestinal candida and when everything is in balance candida helps maintain our immune system by controlling unfriendly organisms. But if the body's balance is upset candida fungi may multiply and promote the development of toxins which can cause a range of unhealthy conditions, like: asthma, bladder infections, energy...

Diet for Depression

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Unfortunately for those desperately seeking answers to the complex health issues of depression and weight gain, there is no such thing as a “depression diet”. Yes it is indisputable that nutritional deficiencies cause and support depression, but there is very little evidence that diet therapy alone is effective in treating depressive states. Sure an improved diet is always going to...

Elimination Diet

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"Food sensitivity" is an umbrella term for food allergy (immune system response), food intolerance (non-immune-related adverse reaction to food) and other adverse reactions to food, except the purely psychological. Common disorders where an elimination diet may help to identify a trigger food: eczema, migraine, asthma, irritable bowel, rashes, lactose intolerance.   Use of Elimination Diet The only reliable way to...

Asthma Diet

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Asthma is a chronic, potentially serious respiratory disorder. Asthma attacks cause wheezing, coughing and great difficulty breathing due to bronchial swelling, inflammation and tightness in the chest. Asthma affects more than 3 percent of the American population and 300 million people worldwide.   Childhood asthma (the commonest form) is usually the result of an allergy, and symptoms may be triggered...

Diet for Smokers

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People who smoke cigarettes or any form of tobacco have increased need for nutrients due to their intake of carcinogens and other cancer-causing chemicals. Smokers have a significantly increased risk of ill-health, involving serious diseases like: lung cancer, hypertension, atherosclerosis, heart attack, stroke, deterioration of lung capacity (emphysema) and more. A healthy diet will not compensate for these health risks,...

Anti-Cancer Diet

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Cancer is responsible for about 25 percent of all deaths in the Western world, and diet is now regarded as an important factor in cancer prevention. Indeed, cancer experts now believe that unhealthy diets with low intakes of certain nutrients are linked to the causes of 1 in 3 of all cancers. In addition, there is growing evidence that certain...

Migraine Diet

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A migraine is a severe headache involving intense throbbing pain behind the eyes or in the temples, often accompanied by nausea, numbness and sweating. Migraines are classified into two categories. The less common type is migraine with aura. In this, the migraine attack is preceded by flashing lights before the eyes, or an aversion to bright lights. The more common...

Blood Pressure Diet

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Diseases of the heart and blood vessels are the major cause of death in North America. High blood pressure (hypertension) is an important predictor of these diseases. This is why it's important to lower raised blood pressure. In May 2003, new guidelines for managing and treating high blood pressure (hypertension) were issued by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institutes....

Low Sodium Diet

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Sodium (salt) is essential for good health and diet nutrition. Trouble is, sodium has become a popular additive in processed foods and too much table salt is added by eaters. As a result, many people consume three to seven times more sodium than they need.   High Sodium Diet Causes High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) Over-consumption of sodium (eg. salt) causes...

Healthy Heart Diet

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If you work on maintaining your heart healthy it may add years to your life. The main goal of a healthy heart diet is to give up those bad foods that cause complications to your heart in the long run. People who are really interested in going threw the process of a healthy heart diet should know that he or...

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Diet

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For many people, careful eating reduces Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) symptoms. Before changing your diet, keep a journal noting the foods that seem to cause distress. Then discuss your findings with your doctor. You may also want to consult a registered dietitian, who can help you make changes to your diet.   Irritable Bowel IBS Diet and Dairy Foods If...

Hypoallergenic Diets

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The use of hyperallergenic diets, including diets low in common allergens (often called oligoantigenic diets or elimination diets) is a common strategy to identify patient food sensitivities and thus reduce symptoms of hyperactivity. A carefully designed hypoallergenic diet, based on preliminary food-allergy tests, can be very beneficial for ADD and ADHD patients. Common changes include substituting rice beverages for cow's milk;...

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It is estimated that 15-20% of Americans suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS. Though this condition is very common, many people go undiagnosed and untreated throughout their lives because there is very little education about this condition. The good news is that once diagnosed, there are many possible treatments, including a change in diet. The IBS diet eliminates irritants,...

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