Do you have high cholesterol? Increase your fiber!
Do you have high blood pressure? Increase your fiber!
Are you overweight? Increase your fiber!
What is it with fiber (also known as roughage)? It seems to play a role in just about all our health problems.
Well, as far as blood pressure and cholesterol go, dietary fiber binds to cholesterol in circulation and helps remove it from the body. Research has shown that for every 1-2 grams of daily soluble fiber intake, LDL (bad) cholesterol is lowered 1%.
On the weight control side of things, fiber increases satiety (how full you feel), aiding efforts to lose weight and/or maintain a healthy weight.
Four Things You Need to Know to Make Dietary Fiber Work for You:
1. There are two types of fiber.
Insoluble fiber remains relatively intact as it passes through the digestive system. The primary function of insoluble fiber is to move waste ...
Airways and lungs
Breathing difficulty Throat swelling
Eyes, ears, nose, and throat
Severe pain or burning in the throat, nose, eyes, ears, lips, or tongue Vision loss
Heart and blood
Collapse Low blood pressure
Abdominal pain - severe Blood in the stools Burns of the esophagus (food pipe) Nausea Vomiting (may be bloody)
Convulsions Depression Dizziness Drowsiness Feeling of being drunk (euphoria) Headache Loss of alertness (unconsciousness) Seizures Staggering Weakness
Burns Irritation Necrosis (holes) in the skin or underlying tissues
This is not something new - in fact, there have been some isolated cases where social services or another government authority has stepped in and removed a morbidly obese child from a home in an effort to prevent further health risks from developing. The intent has been to "save the child" and not to indict the parents. Obviously the net result of such an action is to basically suggest that the parents are not engaged in good parenting and the child, because of that, is at serious risk from a health perspective. With the publication of this new Journal of the American Medical Association commentary, and the chorus of other health professionals supporting this expert's written essay, the issue of whether to remove an obese child from his home is now front and center.
It seems just last week we were arguing about whether bariatric surgery or the Lap Band is appropriate for obese teens. That discussion may now seem tame in comparison to removing a child from a home because a docto...
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