In 1973, the late Dr. Robert Atkins published his first book entitled “Dr. Atkins’ Diet Revolution: the high calorie way to stay thin forever.” In this publication, Dr. Atkins proposed that a diet high in protein but very low in carbohydrates was the key to weight loss. Biologically, it made more sense to him that by depriving the body of carbohydrates, one of the major dietary sources of calories, the body would be forced to utilize its fat stores for energy and thereby weight loss would be the end result. His book was not such a big seller in the 1970s. However, after some revisions, including a new title and a re-release of the book in today’s society in which obesity has doubled in the past 20 years – with approximately 2/3 of the population being overweight and 1/3 considered obese – Dr. Atkins has sold over 10 million copies of his revised book entitled “Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution.” Most experts agree that the Atkins&rs...
Definition This test measures the types of protein in the fluid (serum) part of a blood sample. See also: Immunoelectrophoresis - serum Immunofixation - serum Serum globulin electrophoresis Alternative Names Lipoprotein electrophoresis How the test is performed A blood sample is needed. For information on giving a blood sample from a vein, see venipuncture . Electrophoresis is a laboratory technique. The blood serum (the liquid part of the blood without the cells) is placed on specially treated paper and exposed to an electric current. The proteins in the serum move on the paper to form bands that show the proportion of each protein fraction. A fraction may contain several different types of proteins. Individual proteins, except albumin , are not usually measured. However, protein fractions or groups ARE measured. The levels of protein fractions can be estimated by measuring the total serum protein and then multiplying that by the relative percentage of each protein fraction. Lipoprotein electropho...
Research has shown an inverse relationship between magnesium and blood pressure. In other words, individuals with a high magnesium intake, typically have a low blood pressure.
Good sources of magnesium include:
Peas, beans, whole grains, nuts, seeds, lima beans, squash, broccoli, spinach, and seafood
Supplemental magnesium of ~500 mg can effectively lower blood pressure. Some studies have found magnesium supplements to reduce systolic blood pressure 2.7 mm Hg and diastolic 3.4 mm Hg. Discuss all supplements with your MD!
Missed a few days? Check out out our previous tips:
February 1: Start Slimming Down Your Recipes
February 2: Switch from Canned Veggies to Frozen
February 3: Wear a Pedometer
February 4: Eat Plant Sterols
February 5: Start a Food Journal
February 6: Select Darker Lettuce for Salads
February 7: Make a Date With Your Family
February 8: Slow Down and Taste Your Food
February 9: Drink Water. . . Water. . . and More Water...
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