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What Do Alabama Red-Bellied Turtles Prefer To Eat?

About Alabama Red-Bellied Turtles?

The Alabama Red-Bellied Turtle (Pseudemys alabamensis) is usually a species found solely in the state of Alabama. In fact, it is the official state reptile of Alabama.

Their head, neck, and legs are often marked with yellowish stripping. And as you might have guessed from the name, their belly, or plastron, has a tendency to possess a redish hue on it. There may also be dark markings occasionally.

These colorings are especially intense in adolescents.

Where Can Alabama Red-Bellied Turtles Be Found?

Before we dive into what do Alabama red-bellied turtles eat, we first must understand their habitat. Generally speaking this turtle enjoys freshwater canals, lakes, bayous, and swamplands. Overall they prefer shallower waters.

This turtle species was once common through the entire lower part of the flood plain of the Mobile River system in Baldwin and Mobile Counties, Alabama. Possibly at times, as far north as southern Monroe County.

However camping sites, and off-road vehicles have all but destroyed their last known large scale nesting sites. Camp lights, human disruption, and high noise is believed to be causing heavy reproductive failure.

What Do Alabama Red-Bellied Turtles Eat?

You’ll find that Alabama red-bellied turtles tend to prefer a plant based diet.

In The Wild:

These kinds of turtles are referred to as herbivores and since they are generally seen in small rivers and ponds, they have a tendency to stay with low lying vegetation including:

Aquatic Plant life, Eel-Grass, Hydrilla, Brushy Pond-Weed, etc.

Although, they’ve been known to also eat Crayfish, Bugs, and small fish.

In The Home:

Although endangered, Alabama red-bellied turtles have been seen to become pets for various reasons.

When thinking about what they eat as pets, you will find that most of the same items found in the wild can be a part of a pet turtles diet. You are able to feed them:

Earthworms, Lettuce, Carrots, Moss, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Algae, Fruit, etc.

It is critical to remember that, similar to most aquatic turtles, Alabama red-bellied turtles don’t always get 100% of the needed nutrients in the food they eat. Due to this it is wise to do your very best to include a multi-vitamin supplement within their meals.

In captivity Alabama red-bellied turtles will readily eat many of the commercially accessible aquatic turtle foods as well.

That being said, it’s always best if you provide your pet turtle with as varied a diet as possible to ensure good health and proper nutrition.

Things To Avoid When Feeding Alabama Red-Bellied Turtles?

As with every pet, you should ensure that your Alabama red-bellied turtle will be as healthy as possible. Additionally you want to make certain your household is as healthy as it can be at the same time.

Here are a few helpful tips to balance the both of best worlds.

No Fried Foods: Avoid giving your turtle any sort of oily food. No fried potatoes, donuts, onion rings, etc.

No Sugary Foods: No candy, chocolate, or other type of sugary foods. As well as being unhealthy for a turtle, these kinds of foods tend to be hard and can pose a choking hazard for your little friend.

No Dairy Foods: For example milk, cheese, butter, etc. Turtles do not have the necessary enzymes to properly digest lactose.

No Sharing Foods: Avoid sharing foods or snacks with your turtle. Many turtles, like most aquatic animals, carry salmonella bacteria. Salmonella does not affect them as it does humans.

No Kissing: No seriously, don’t kiss your turtle. Although they are certainly cute while they are young or small, they carry salmonella and the last thing you want is to become sick from your turtle.

No Dirty Hands: Whenever you handle your turtle be sure you wash both your hands thoroughly with anti-bacterial soap.

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Brain And Neurological Problems Affect Almost Half Of Celiacs Even With A Gluten Free Diet

There is reasonable evidence of neurological problems in Celiac disease (CD) even those well treated on a gluten-free diet should undergo periodic neurological screening. Peripheral neuropathy is found in almost half of people with CD. Previously, neurological complications in Celiac disease were reported to be as high as 36% or more than a third. Some unexplained neurological problems are present but not recognized by the patient or their doctor in many patients and some have several problems. Unfortunately, since brain imaging is not routinely done or recommended in those who are newly diagnosed we don’t really know how high these numbers may be really be. More staggering is the fact that we are still learning about people who fail to meet diagnostic criteria for Celiac disease but are being found to have gluten related neurological problems that respond to a gluten-free diet.

There are many neurological problems that in undiagnosed and untreated Celiac disease but include neuropathy, balance problems (ataxia), seizures, MS-like symptoms, headaches, memory impairment, depression and anxiety, inattention (ADD/ADHD), schizophrenia, dementia, muscle weakness, childhood developmental delay, autism (Asperger’s). The sad truth is that many patients have delays in diagnosis that result in delayed treatment and poor response even while adopting a strict gluten free diet. The average delay of diagnosis in adults is between eleven and thirteen years. Dr. Hadjivassiliou, a neurologist in England who is considered the world’s expert in gluten related neurological problems has communicated to me by e-mail and written that responses to a gluten-free diet may take five years and if the neurological condition has been longstanding complete recovery is not likely.

The symptoms of neuropathy are paresthesia (numbness) or dysthesia (burning, tingling, heaviness, “pins and needles” sensation”). Many of my patients also describe hypersensitivity of their skin such that they do not like air blowing on them or their children or spouses against their skin. Some admit to “bug crawling” sensation on their skin, something called vermiculation in medical terms but rarely asked about or given much thought by most doctors. Odd muscle movements under the skin that some call a “bag of worms” medically known as fasiculations are also very common but dismissed by many doctors. My wife, a physician with Celiac disease, actually had these occur while undergoing an EMG (electromyleograph, recording of muscle activity by placing needle electrode into the muscle) exam by an older neurologist. Despite observing these occurring visually and the monitor showing “static like noise” the neurologist dismissed them as “normal”.

Many patients with Celiac disease also have what the radiologists and neurologists call “UBO’s” on MRI exams of the brain. These unidentified bright objects (think UFO) are white spots that show up on images of the brain. When found in certain locations of the brain they are highly suggestive of multiple sclerosis (multiple scarring spots in the brain). However, though many people with CD have MS like symptoms and these symptoms often respond to a gluten free diet when started early enough, the UBO’s seen on MRI of the brain are typically not in the classic areas of MS. Instead it is common to find them in areas of the brain associated with migraines or balance difficulty (ataxia).

Some are seen in children associated with strange seizure problems even without obvious intestinal symptoms. A classic specific syndrome is very well recognized associated with epilepsy in both children and adults who have calcifications in their brain that can be detected by CT scan or MRI. Epilepsy is well documented but the studies are confusing enough that there is not a good consensus regarding the risk and recommended screening of all children with epilepsy.

Personally and professionally I have observed all of the neurological complications of Celiac disease and most of them I have also noted in patients in whom I have not been able to confirm CD but who have what I believe are objective signs and/or genetic risk for gluten sensitivity. I have patients with MS-like symptoms, chronic unexplained neuropathy, headaches, attention difficulties, autistic behaviors and developmental delays who have responded to gluten-free diet but if they had listened to doctors who maintained such a “restrictive, expensive, hard to follow” diet should only be “imposed” on those with a established diagnosis of Celiac disease.

If you have neurological problems get testing for Celiac disease before starting a gluten-free diet. If you test negative for CD, make sure they test you for the complete HLA DQ genetics that includes the high-risk white blood cell patterns DQ2 and DQ8 for Celiac disease AND get blood tests that include IgG and IgA gliadin antibodies. If your blood tests, including gliadin IgA and IgG antibodies, are negative or normal then consider stool testing for gliadin antibodies in the stool ($99, http://www.enterolab.com).

The evidence continues to accumulate, though often ignored or missed, that gluten is toxic to some people’s brains, even if they do not have CD. If you do have Celiac disease it is likely you already have neurological problems and may be at risk despite being on a gluten-free diet. Borrowing from the old advertisement against drug abuse “this is your brain on drugs” maybe we should be getting the word out “this is your brain on gluten”. Despite your test results, consider a trial of gluten-free diet after you have your testing done if you have unexplained or unresponsive neurological problems. You owe to your brain. Like my seven-year-old son said to one of our friends, “maybe you should lay off the gluten”.

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What Can I Use to Replace the Bars in My LA Weight Loss Diet?

Many people are looking to replace La Weight Loss bars with another brand of bars or a food substitution. There are many popular substitute bars such as Luna, Balance Bar Trail Mix, Power Bar, Honey Stinger, CLIF Nectar, LaraBara and Bumble Bar, Pria, and Go Lean. The cost of LAWL bars seems to be the main driver, but that can easily be overcome by buying your bars on eBay. But there is also the need for some variety and some people just can’t find a bar to their liking. So, if you are looking for a substitute, here are some alternatives. Just remember, by not eating the required 2 La Weight loss bars a day, you void the money back guarantee offered by La Weight Loss Centers.

If you feel you don’t need the bars you can exchange 2 equivalent bars for 1/2 protein, 1 vegetable, 1 fruit, and 1 starch. Stay focused on upping your vegetable intake while lowering processed flours and sugars.

If you are looking for a bar replacement, look for a bar that has about 160-180 calories, 17 grams of carbs, at least 8 grams of protein, and 4 grams of fat.

Here’s the general nutritional info on the LA Weight Loss Bars:

Serving Size: 1 Bar (40g)

Amount per Serving

Calories 160 Calories from Fat 45

% Daily Value *

Total Fat 4.5g 7%

Saturated Fat 2g 10%

Trans Fat 0g

Cholesterol 5mg 2%

Sodium 85mg 4%

Total Carbohydrate 24g 8%

Dietary Fiber 1g 4%

Sugars 18g

Protein 8g 16%

Vitamin A0%

Vitamin C0%

Calcium4%

Iron6%

Below are the most common substitutions for La bars. The information is a general guideline for substitution. Read the nutritional information on the back of any bar you are considering to be certain that the weight loss bar falls within the general nutrition counts for the La bar you are substituting.

Luna bars are reported to be the closest to the actual LAWL bars in nutrition. Many consider the Luna bars a direct substitute for the LA bars. So you eat two a day just as you would normally with the La Weight Loss bars. The Luna bars in particular (as opposed to other brands of protein/diet bars) make a good substitute because they are similar in calories (around 180) and protein (8-10 grams). Any bar that meets those two basic guidelines can be used.

Luna – Nutz over chocolate

Calories: 180

Calories from Fat: 40

Total Fat: 4.5g

Saturated Fat: 2.5g

Cholesterol: 0mg

Sodium: 100mg

Potassium: 105mg

Total Carbohydrate: 24g

Dietary Fiber: 2g

Sugar: 12g

Protein: 10g

Slim Fast Bars are a low calorie meal replacement, the bars are usually 250-260 Calories, which is a little more than a candy bar, but packed with more whey protein and less refined sugar.

Balance bars are very similar to protein bars sold by most companies. The balance bar is made by the same company that provides weight loss centers with their bars.

Kinetix bars are cheaper, have more protein, less calories. Similar in texture size and taste as the La Lites, Kinetex have about 4X’s the sodium that the LA Lites have and 2X’s the amount of protein, so you would have more protein than you are allowed on the plan.

Kinetex – Chocolate Peanut Crisp

Calories 170

Fat 4g

Cholesterol 2mg

Sodium 320mg

Potassium 55mg

Carbohydrate 17g

Protein 17g

Kashi Go Lean bars. They have about the same nutritional value as the La Lites.

South Beach cereal bars. They are similar in most counts, but have less calories, less carbs and more protein. There are two kinds of SBD bars just so the newbies know there are the cereal bars that are around 140 calories, and there are the meal replacement bars which are around 200-220.

Zone bars they are fairly close in calories/protein. Zone Perfect bars score better on the value scale (more protein per calorie). However, they are higher in calories overall.

Zone Perfect – CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER

Serving Size: 1 bar (50g)

Servings Per Container: 12

Each bar contains 2 Zone Blocks:

Calories: 210

Calories from Fat: 60

Total Fat: 7g

Saturated Fat: 3g

Cholesterol: 5mg

Sodium: 360mg

Potassium: 100mg

Total Carbohydrate: 20g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Sugar: 13g

Protein: 16g

There are a lot of energy bar articles, threads and posts, but they all seem to be either about snacks, or about how awful energy bars are. It would seem like someone should be able to manufacture the equivalent of a healthy, balanced meal replacement bar that tastes great. But, if what you want is a no thought required, eat this one thing twice a day meal substitute that you don’t have to worry about and lose weight, then it would just be easier to buy La Weight Loss bars on eBay. The prices on eBay are as good or better than the cost of other bars and you will still be eligible for the money back guarantee offered by La Weight Loss Centers.

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Sugar Glider Diet

Since they are omnivorous, they are fond of many different types of food including meat. Some of the foods that Sugar Gliders, in general seem to enjoy, are as follows, but NOT limited to:

Apples, applesauce (baby Food Formula Only), apricots, bananas, berries, bread, cantaloupe, carrots, cherries, corn, dates, dried fruit, eggs, fig, grapes, honey, honeydew, insects, lettuce (Romaine or leaf only, Head or Iceberg can cause diarrhea), meal worms, meats (low fat turkey, boiled, skinless chicken & feeder mice), melons, nuts (assorted, unsalted and raw), oranges, papaya, peaches (not the pits, they are toxic), peanut butter, pears, pineapple, plums, pure fruit juices, raisins, strawberries, sunflower seeds, sweet potatoes.

I do not suggest broccoli cauliflower, or cabbage due to the gas producing properties once ingested, no one likes to have gas, even Sugar Gliders.

One of the things that might work well for you is to have a few different containers and chop up different fruits and vegetables in each until they are full. Then all you have to do each night is to open the container(s) that you wish to feed from and pull cut a few of the pieces you wish to feed. I would like to add here that I consider it cruel not to feed some type of insect (at least) during the week. In the wild, they will eat fruits and animals and they should not be denied that while in captivity. It does not have to be done every day, but should be done often.

Sugar Gliders can gain weight more easily in captivity due to lack of movement that they would experience in the wild. Babies born to overweight parents can sometimes be born blind or with impaired vision caused by fatty deposits in their eyes. This can be corrected by a controlled diet and measuring weight with a small scale. One of the things that help cause this condition is by feeding to many nuts, which are high in protein and fat. To reduce their weight you need to reduce their fat and protein and try to increase their exercise. It may take a few weeks to bring down their weight.

Do not get frustrated when trying to feed your pet. They are peculiar with their feeding since they may willingly accept a food for a few days and then not take the same thing after a week and then eat it the following week. The bottom line is that they each have their own personality and tastes, and it will take time to find out what they like. You may find it easier to go to your local grocery store and buy a bag of frozen mixed vegetables and use these along with fresh fruit. You also need to make sure that your Sugar Glider has fresh water every day. Keep in mind that tap water may not be best since it is usually treated with chemicals to clean the water.

A couple of suggestions that I will make concerning any type of feed bowls would be that you should at least have a bowl that will not tip or spill easily. Most Sugar Gliders will tend to climb up on the bowl and set on the edge of the bowl. If the bowl is not heavy enough to support their weight, it will tip over and the food will spill either causing a mess or creating a situation where the food falls through the bottom of the age and the Sugar Glider will not be able to eat. Another suggestion that has worked well for me is to have a type of feed holder that hangs on the side of the cage. I have done this because as the Sugar Glider climbs around the cage, they will excrete and droppings fall to the bottom of the cage hitting whatever is in its way, including the food bowl. My feeders are located at the top of the cage with enough room for a Sugar Glider to sit up, on the edge, without being uncomfortable while eating. This keeps them from climbing above the food (most of the time) and lessens the chance that they will soil in their food.

A sample Glider formula that works well and is as follows:

Adult formula:

  • 4-8 ounces Applesauce
  • 1/2 cup Gerber dry cereal (for protein)
  • 1/4 cup rice
  • 1/4 cup oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 4 ounces plain non-fat yogurt
  • 4 ounces isomil or ensure plus
  • Apple or Orange juice to make soupy

Puree in blender until liquid form and put in ice cube trays and freeze and feed 1-2 times a week. Pull one out for an AM feeding and one for PM feedings. Discard after 5 hours. It is still a good idea to offer some type of solid foods for them too as this will help keep their teeth and gums clean and healthy.

Some people suggest feeding once a day at dusk, while others will feed twice a day. Which method you choose should be dependent upon your Sugar Gliders. Are they still hungry in the morning? Feed them a small amount in the morning or give them a little more in the evening. If I give too much food to mine, they tend to make a mess in their cage, so I do feed less at each meal, but fed twice a day. Try mixing up a few things that your Sugar Glider enjoys and are good for them and blending it together and freezing it. You can get a couple of ice cube trays fairly inexpensively and use those for freezing.

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Medifast Success Story Secrets: Tips To Take The Mystery Out Of This Diet

When I was initially and very noticeably having a good deal of success on Medifast, people would sometimes ask me if I had any secrets to share. It was almost as if they thought I cut corners or ate less than I was supposed to exercised excessively. None of these things were true.

I recently heard from someone who said: “I see all these before and after photos of people who have lost a lot of weight on Medifast and they make it look easy. What is their secret to really making it work? Because I’ve never had a diet work for me that way and I doubt if it’s even possible.”

To be quite honest, there’s no deep secret. And the success stories that you usually see worked hard for results that came over time instead of over night. When you begin to think that there are secrets to any diet, you start to believe that people either know something you don’t or that they posses something that you do not. Neither of these are true either. With that said, I can offer you some tips that may make approaching this diet easier and less intimidating, which I will do below.

Know That You Probably Already Possess Everything You Need To Make Medifast Work: I can’t tell you how many people tell me that they will start the diet at a more opportune time. They’ll say they have a stressful month or the holidays are coming up. They’ll admit that they are waiting to make a new years resolution or are looking at their calendar for a time where the coast is clear.

The thing is, a completely free calendar and stress free life is a lot to ask for most people. And if you are waiting for the perfect time to start a diet, that time may not come. Vow to do just good enough. You don’t need to perfect to lose weight on this diet. You just need to be consistent.

You also don’t need to think that you need super human will power or the ability to starve yourself or understand complicated directions. They send you everything you need with your package including lengthy directions and your food. You also have access to free counseling and resources if you want or need them.

Also, you don’t need to buy special foods for your lean and green meals. Simple foods with good recipes will get the job done. Nor do you need to buy expensive work out equipment. A pair of tennis shoes will do the trick. Keep things simple and know that you probably already have what you need.

Don’t feel intimated or that you need any special knowledge, willpower, or equipment or foods. You truly don’t. Don’t over think it or make it more complicated than it is and take it day by day.

Don’t Think You Have To Be Perfect To Succeed: Sometimes people admit to me that when they look at all of the Medifast success stories, they feel intimated or they imagine themselves as failures before they even start. They think things like “that could never happen to me.” Or “I’m not as confident as they are.”

Here’s a secret if you want to call it that. Not every one who has a good deal of success on Medifast fully believes in it at first. Many just decide to give it a fair and lengthy try to see what happens. People also envision that the successful dieters on Medifast never cheat and never get hungry. This isn’t true either. I suspect that nearly every one cheats. But the difference between the cheaters who let the cheating derail them and those that go on to be successful is that the successful ones understand that tomorrow is another day. They understand that even a day of cheating a little on Medifast is better than a day of eating anything you want with wild abandon. Small changes and momentum can make a huge difference. When you cheat, just vow to do better tomorrow and move on.

The Real Secret (If There Is One) To Medifast: Actually, I don’t think that there’s any real secret. I think the key is good old fashioned common sense. Success lies with sticking with it. This diet creates a calorie deficit and a ketosis state to help people lose weight. So as long as you eat the foods that are sent and use reasonably good judgment with your lean and green meals, you really should get some decent results.

Until you get the results that you want, you just keep right on going. In this way, those lost pounds per week quickly becomes 10 pounds, 20 pounds, 50 pounds and more over time. But you can’t win if you don’t play. And you can’t get back in the game (when you cheat) if you stop playing. It really is that simple. The truly successful dieters just keep going until they have reached their weight loss goal. And they take it day by day.

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Grapes, Glycemic Index and the Weight Loss Surgery Diet

Weight loss surgery patients are learning that including low glycemic fruits and vegetables in their high protein diet is an effective way to introduce nutrients and flavor to meals without the negative consequences associated with other high carbohydrate foods. Understanding the GI (Glycemic Index) is the first step to adding nutrients, variety and flavor from vegetables and fruit to the sometimes restrictive diet associated with bariatric surgery including gastric bypass, gastric lap-band, and gastric-sleeve.

One concern of weight loss patients is that a very small amount of high sugar (high glycemic) fruit or vegetable eaten without protein or fat can cause those with malabsorptive issues immediate glucose response sometimes called dumping syndrome or rapid gastric emptying. Grapes are a good example of a so called “healthy” fruit that may cause problems for patients of weight loss surgery. Grapes have a GI value of 53 ranking them a “LOW” GI Value. That means they have low impact on glucose levels. One cup is considered a serving size. At first glance this would make them a suitable fruit for patients of gastric surgery, but front line research tells us a different story: grapes are beautiful fruit of the Gods just waiting to slip down into our little pouches and morph from healthy fruit snack to spiteful little slider food and dumping disaster.

Here is what happens: We rightly believe grapes are good for us and low calorie, so we do not measure portion size. We enjoy each grape, one by one, which is mostly water and fructose, in unmeasured portion as a snack, so there is no buffer to slow the absorption of fructose through the esophagus or intestinal walls of the pouch. We can eat a copious amount of grapes because as fast as we are enjoying them they are sliding right through the stoma. Even with the surgical stomach pouch when eating grapes we never achieve fullness. Unaware of the dramatic glucose load this puts on our body we continue to enjoy our healthy snack when all at once the slam hits us and we are in glucose overload distress: dumping. This can happen with any gastric surgery patient who follows a lean protein diet and has developed a low tolerance for glucose surging.

So the short answer, though low glycemic, grapes are a fruit to enjoy with measured caution. As a snack I suggest controlled portions, no more than one cup in a single serving. Make your grape snack a mini-meal and include a one ounce serving of lean meat and one ounce serving of low fat cheese.

Consider grapes as “ingredient” food, not just a snack. Here is a classic Southern Style Chicken Salad that makes wonderful use of grapes in the main dish. The high protein count in the recipe will prevent a glucose overload from the grapes.

Classic Southern Chicken Salad

Dressing:

1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

3/4 cup Miracle Whip Light

1 teaspoon no-sodium seasoning blend

Salt & Pepper to Taste

Salad:

2 1/2 cups cooked chicken, chopped and chilled

1 cup celery, chopped

1 cup green seedless grape, sliced

1/2 cup sliced almonds, lightly toasted

4 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

Bibb Lettuce, leaves separated into six cups – one per serving

For Dressing: In a medium bowl using a whisk whip the whipping cream until fluff. Fold in Miracle Whip Light, seasoning blend and season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

In a large bowl toss together cooked chopped chicken, chopped celery and sliced grapes. Add dressing and fold together gently until combined. Chill until serving, may be prepared to this stage one day ahead. When ready to serve divide chicken mixture evenly among lettuce cups, garnish with toasted sliced almonds and chopped fresh parsley. Serve chilled.

Serves 6. Per serving: 363 Calories; 27g Protein; 24g Fat (5g saturated);11g Carbohydrate; 2g Fiber; Rich in Vitamin B12 & Niacin.

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Gall Bladder Diet – Digesting the Facts

The gall bladder’s function is to store the bile produced by the liver, which is important in the digestion and absorption of fats. Gall bladder disease impairs the proper digestion of food, hence those afflicted with it are advised to eat right and maintain the proper diet for their condition. However, “eating right” is just not as simple as eating your veggies and avoiding junk food anymore. Depending on the state of your health, sometimes foods normally considered as healthy may actually be bad for you.

The most obvious to avoid are of course fried foods, margarine, eggs, pork, fowl, red meats, alcoholic drinks, sodas, coffee, and foods with saturated fats, sugar, preservatives and artificial sweeteners. But then, this list of restricted foods also includes vegetables like beans, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, corn, processed onions, radishes, turnips, and even nuts, as well as fruits such as oranges and grapefruits (even fruit juices). You are also to avoid oats, wheat, white flour and dairy products. And of course, you’ll also have to give up pleasures such as chocolates and ice cream.

With a long list of forbidden foods that seems to include every known food group, people suffering from gall bladder disease must feel like they are condemned to starvation. Fortunately, the list of foods they can eat is just as long, and even includes some unlikely items.

For instance, while saturated and hydrogenated fats must be avoided, not all fats are bad for you (that is, as long as you are not dangerously prone to gall bladder attack). In fact fat-free and low-fat diets are as much responsible for gall bladder problems as consuming too much fat. The “good” kind of fat can be found in Omega 3 oils like flax and hemp, which prevent build-up of cholesterol in the bile. These, as well as olive oils, make good salad dressings when used with vinegar and fresh lemon juice.

Speaking of salads, among the vegetables that those with gall bladder problems can eat are beets, carrots, celery, cucumber, green beans, okra, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes. Garlic and onions, helpful in cleaning the liver, should not be processed (powdered, for example), as some gall bladder sufferers may have trouble digesting them. Cooking food with spices, ginger and turmeric are good for the digestion.

As for fruits, it is still true that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. This is also true with apricots, artichokes, avocados, berries, coconuts, figs, grapes, guavas, lemons, melons, papayas, pears, and prunes. All other fruit juices must be avoided except for apple, grape and lemon, preferably self-juiced. Lemon juice in particular cleanses the liver when taken in the morning with hot water. And of course, for both fruits and vegetables, it is important that they be fresh.

Since gall bladder disease prevents the normal digestion of fat, it is essential to have a lot of fiber in your diet. This includes starchy foods such as rice, cereals, and whole grain bread.

As important as the kind of food one eats is the amount of what he eats. Avoid overeating; eat smaller meals at the daytime, avoid large meals at night. The day’s last meal must be eaten several hours before bedtime.

We all need to watch what we eat, but those with gall bladder disease must do so more than the average person. It is important to keep in mind the right kind of food as well as the right quantity and the right time to eat in order to continue to live comfortably through their condition.

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Top Herpes Diet Tips

There are some foods that have proven to be “herpes friendly” and some that seem to trigger outbreaks. So by knowing the “good” food and which ones to avoid, you could significantly lower the occurrence, severity and duration of your herpes outbreaks.

The reason some food is good and some bad is mainly because of two amino acids, namely Lysine and Arginine. Both these amino acids are found naturally in food. A Lysine-high and Arginine low diet is highly recommended for the treatment of herpes symptoms.

Why Lysine

Herpes needs Arginine to replicate itself. That is the reason why a Arginine Rich diet will result is more frequent, severe and longer outbreaks. Lysine on the other hand has an exact opposite effect.

Extensive Research has proven that Lysine hinders the absorption of Arginine; therefore limiting the replication of the herpes virus. This will result in less frequent and less severe herpes outbreaks.

Even though a high Lysine herpes diet alone may not be enough to stop herpes outbreaks, it is highly recommended that you include it as part of your herpes prevention program.

One more thing to keep in mind is that the effects of Lysine on herpes are stronger on Oral herpes than Genital Herpes.

With that said, here is a list of food that is high in lysine and should be included in your herpes diet:

  • Cheese
  • Meat
  • Legumes
  • Dairy products
  • Chicken
  • Potatoes
  • Eggs
  • Yogurt
  • Vegetables
  • Fish
  • Avocado
  • Beef
  • Milk
  • Soy Products (not Soya products, there is a difference)

Other foods that are highly recommended:

  • Broccoli
  • Cranberry
  • White and green tea

And here are some foods that are Arginine Rich. The following should be kept at a minimum in your herpes diet:

  • Chocolate
  • Coconut
  • Nuts
  • Oats
  • Soya beans
  • Raisins
  • Whole wheat bread
  • Cereal grains

In addition to a high Lysine and low Arginine diet, You could also take Lysine Supplements on a regular basis. The best supplement I know is “HERP-EEZE (TM)”. This is a Lysine supplement made specially to fight the herpes virus.

For other supplements I would suggest you ask your doctor or dietician. Keep in mind though that lysine supplements are not recommended during pregnancy.

Herpes Diet conclusion: Try to create a balance in your herpes diet , there is no reason totally exclude Arginine Rich Foods in your diet. However try by all means to keep the ratio of Lysine Rich foods higher than that of the Arginine Rich Foods. If this is not possible you could try out some Lysine supplements as they will have the same effect.

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What Causes Hemorrhoids – Hemorrhoids and Your Diet

Constipation – The main culprit

Medical experts put constipation on the top of their list of what causes hemorrhoids. Constipation is caused by infrequent bowel movements. This results in the stools becoming hard and difficult to expel. Expulsion of hard stools puts a strain on the arteries of the rectum which in turn causes hemorrhoids Two reasons are given for what causes constipation. The first reason is the refusal by the patient to go to the toilet when he or she feels the urge. The other and more common reason is a bad diet lacking in fiber which aids easy stool passage.

What items in your diet cause hemorrhoids?

In our fast paced modern lifestyle, there are many items in our diet that can be added to a list of what causes hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are caused by eating too much red meat or food containing unsaturated fat. To much salt added to food causes hemorrhoids because salt naturally causes bulging of arteries. Spicy food causes hemorrhoids A diet of processed food, that includes no fresh food items cause hemorrhoids because there is no fiber to assist bowel movement. Alcohol and caffeine containing beverages cause hemorrhoids because they constrict circulation of blood.

What can you include in your diet to prevent hemorrhoids?

Now that you know what causes hemorrhoids with regard to what you eat, you should include fresh fruits, vegetables, and plenty of fluid to assist proper stool passage to prevent hemorrhoids For immediate relief experts find great value in eating raw onions, sesame seeds and bananas. Alfa Alfa, dark green leafy vegetables eaten raw, blackstrap molasses, flax seeds, lima or butter beans when included in the daily diet help prevent constipation and consequently help prevent hemorrhoids.

When you change your diet by eliminating what causes hemorrhoids and including what prevents hemorrhoids the results can be so dramatic that soon hemorrhoids will be a condition of the past.

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Diabetic Diet – Get Your Blood Sugar Level Lower Rapidly – Part Two

A diabetic diet is the best way for many diabetics to help keep their blood sugar at a normal healthy level. If you consume too much sugar and continuously do this for a long time, you will soon develop many major health problems to your eyes, kidney, nerves and heart. So once a diabetic finds that their blood sugar level is way too high, they need to find natural ways to bring their blood sugar down to a better position.

I revealed in my previous article how diabetics can lower their blood sugar level by utilizing 5 natural techniques. These techniques I mentioned are apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, ginseng, exercising and drinking water. Here are 5 more additional ways a diabetic can decrease the amount of sugar that is in your blood stream.

One simple method is watching the food you eat. If at all possible, you need to eat low-glycolic foods. These foods are broken down and distributed throughout your body much slower thus keeping your sugar level from spiking too high. These foods consist of peas, fruits, peanuts, granola, and oatmeal. Hint: combine some oatmeal with a couple of teaspoons of cinnamon, mentioned in my previous article, and you will have a great meal that will keep your blood sugar very stable. Plus, it’s yummy.

Decaffeinated coffee is another great source. If you drink a cup of decaffeinated coffee along with a simple sugar item which is absorbed by the body at a fast rate, the coffee will act as a barrier and keep your blood sugar level stable. It does this because of a certain chemical with the plant that that helps your intestines to absorb the sugar at a slower pace. Regular coffee does not have this same effect.

Sit down, take a deep breath, relax, and lower your blood sugar level. Yes, relaxation can actually help lower the amount of sugar that is in your bloodstream. Stress, on the other hand, is a bad culprit that actually releases a chemical that causes our blood sugar to rise. So, try to avoid stress and seek to get some daily relaxation in into your schedule.

Garlic and onions not only keeps the vampires away, they also help keep your blood sugar level at a normal level. They do this because of a certain chemical that can be found within the garlic and onions. This chemical makes the pancreas produce more insulin to handle the extra sugar.

The most fun way to bring your sugar level down is to laugh. Some doctors in Japan conducted a test that proved laughing helps lower the sugar that is your bloodstream. They concluded their study informing us that there are certain chemicals the body releases which help lower your blood sugar significantly.

Diabetics have to closely watch their daily diet so they can keep their blood sugar level at a stable level, which is a constant battle. They need to seek out ways in which they can lower their blood sugar level to steer clear of major health problems. If you just integrate all these tips into your diabetic diet, you will soon find it is quite easy to keep your blood sugar level normal.

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