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Warning Signs You’re Not Getting Enough Protein



Protein plays an important role in the body. It helps your body build and repair tissue, produce enzymes and hormones, and is a key building block for hair, nails, bones, blood, and cartilage. Unfortunately, many people suffer from protein deficiency without even knowing it. These 5 warning signs will help identify whether you or someone you know isn’t getting enough protein.


Easily Fatigued

People who lack protein intake will often get easily tired even with the simplest tasks like taking a brisk walk early in the morning or lifting some books. They will likely take more naps than they used to, and will often be less motivated to engage in activities.


Puffy Cheeks

Another warning sign that should send you running to the nearest sources of protein is puffy cheeks. It is a clear indicator of protein-carbohydrate imbalance, and results in inflamed salivary glands. Swelling can occur at any stage of the condition. In some cases, it can be characterized by sagging of the cheeks that form a moon shape.


Thinner Hair

Although genetics is the common factor to take blame, lack of good sources of protein in your dietary regimen can cause the rate of hair tinning to accelerate at a much faster pace. When your body doesn’t receive adequate protein benefits, it stops sending stored protein to nourish the nails and hair thus making the fibers weak and easy to fall out.


Dry Skin

A good reason to munch on those easy healthy snacks is to avoid dry, flaky skin caused by protein deficiency. Lack of this important nutrient causes the skin to weaken, dry out, and crack in rashes. Consequently, the weakened skin becomes more prone to sunburns and other conditions.


Slower Recovery

As mentioned earlier, protein helps repair muscle tissue. Lack of protein mix snacks in your diet causes a drastically slower recovery time. Workouts will be much harder to regularly keep up with and injuries take much longer to heal up.


Food Rich in Protein


White meat including chicken breast is a rich source of protein. Fish including salmon, trout, and cod are also good sources of protein and are packed with heart-healthy nutrients, specifically omega 3 fatty acids.


Those who have been diagnosed with protein deficiency or is quite confident that they lack protein should try to replace junk food with high protein snacks like nut mixes and protein bars.


Incorporating high protein snacks into your diet will give you more energy for daily activities and give you all the protein benefits while making the experience fun, exciting, and tasty.

Posted by delancooper - August 10, 2015 at 11:27 am

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Hypertension and its Treatment during Pregnancy

During pregnancy marked physiological changes occurs and for successful and happy outcome of pregnancy the female body has to undergo successful physiological adaptation. If the adaptation process is not perfect or appropriate medical disorders may occur during pregnancy. Some of the medical disorders are fairly common during pregnancy and increase in blood pressure is one such common medical problem during pregnancy.

During pregnancy the cardiac output (which the quantity of blood heart has to pump every minute) increases by approximately 40% and the heart rate or pulse rate increases by approximately 10 beats per minute mainly during the last three months of pregnancy. But despite the increase in heart rate the increase in cardiac output is mainly due to increase in stroke volume, which is the amount of blood heart pumps out in every heart beat.

During second trimester of pregnancy there is reduction in the vascular resistance and there is reduction in blood pressure in normal pregnant women. Blood pressure is the result of cardiac output and degree of vascular resistance and if there is reduction in the vascular resistance, blood pressure falls. That is the reason blood pressure of 140/90 mm of Hg is considered very high during pregnancy (mainly during second trimester), whereas the same pressure is considered only the beginning of high blood pressure in general population. High perinatal (4 weeks before delivery to 4 weeks after delivery is the perinatal period) mortality and morbidity is associated even at blood pressure of 140/90 mm of Hg.

The diagnosis of hypertension (high blood pressure) is different in pregnant women in compare to general population. Blood pressure in a pregnant woman should be checked in sitting position, because if blood pressure is taken in lateral recumbent position, as is the practice in general, blood pressure may be lower than in sitting position. The diagnosis of high blood pressure in pregnant woman requires measurement of at least two elevated blood pressure of at least 6 hours apart. Blood pressure of 140/90 mm of Hg is considered very high blood pressure during pregnancy as generally blood pressure is low during pregnancy due to reduction in vascular resistance. 140/90 mm of Hg is considered only mild hypertension in a normal subject, but in pregnant women the same pressure is considered very high blood pressure.

High blood pressure in pregnancy may cause intrauterine growth retardation, increased perinatal mortality etc. Pregnant women with hypertension are also at risk of development of medical problems like preeclampsia and abruptio placenta. To prevent the complications of hypertension, women with chronic hypertension should be thoroughly evaluated for to identify the remediable causes of hypertension and also to prevent adverse effects of anti hypertensive drugs during pregnancy. Read more…

Posted by - August 29, 2012 at 11:30 am

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Travel During Pregnancy

Travel during pregnancy is a great concern for the pregnant woman. Before starting travel many important aspects should be considered. A woman’s medical history and itinerary, the quality of medical care at her destination, and her degree of flexibility should be the determining factors for travel during pregnancy. The safest part of pregnancy in which to travel can be done is between 18 and 24 weeks, when there is the least danger of spontaneous abortion and also premature labor, according to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Many obstetricians prefer that women should stay within a few hundred miles of home after the 28th week of pregnancy. But in general there is no danger in travel during pregnancy if the pregnant woman is healthy.

Travel should be avoided during pregnancy if there is a history of miscarriage, premature labor, incompetent cervix, or toxemia. Travel should also be avoided if there are general medical conditions like diabetes, heart failure, severe anemia, or a history of thrombo-embolic disease in pregnant woman. Pregnant women should not go to a place where there is excessive risk to the growing fetus as well as to the pregnant woman like those at high altitudes and those where live-virus vaccines are required or where multi drug-resistant malaria is endemic.

Pregnant women should be very cautious about traveler’s diarrhea during travel. Dehydration due to travelers’ diarrhea can lead to inadequate placental blood flow and lead to hypoxia and growth retardation to the fetus. The dehydration of traveler’s diarrhea should be promptly corrected by adequate fluid replacement.

Air travel is not risky to the healthy pregnant woman or to the fetus. The higher radiation levels reported at altitudes of more than 10,500 m (35,000 ft) during air travel also should pose no problem to the healthy pregnant traveler. Each airline has a policy regarding pregnancy and flying and it is best to check with the specific carrier when booking reservations. Domestic air travel is generally permitted till the 36th week of pregnancy, and international air travel is generally permitted till the 31st week of pregnancy.

There are no known risks for pregnant women for travel to high-altitude destinations and stay for short periods but there are no data of safety of pregnant women at altitudes of more than 4500 meter (15,000 ft).

Posted by - May 15, 2012 at 3:57 pm

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What Medical Problems may Occur During Pregnancy

Millions of women become pregnant every year and a significant proportion of these pregnancies are complicated by one or more of the medical disorders that can occur during pregnancy. Some of the medical disorders during pregnancy are common and some are less common and some of the medical disorders during pregnancy are rare. The pattern of medical disorders during is also changing. Medical science is advancing rapidly and many medical disorders which were considered contraindications of pregnancy few decades ago are no more considered contraindication of pregnancy. Due to advancement of obstetrics, neonatology, obstetric anesthesiology, and medicine, the expectation of happy outcome of pregnancy for the mother as well as the fetus has also increased to a great extent.

Marked physiological changes occur during pregnancy (e.g. marked increase in cardiac output and workload of heart, which is as much as 40% increase) and the mother’s body need to adapt to these physiological changes appropriately to have a good outcome of pregnancy. Medical disorders which interfere with physiological adaptations of pregnancy can increase the risk of a poor outcome of pregnancy and pregnancy may sometimes aggravate the preexisting medical disorder in a woman.

The medical disorders which can occur during pregnancy are preeclampsia (development of hypertension and presence of protein in urine after 20 weeks of pregnancy or gestation) which occurs in approximately 5-7% of all pregnancies, eclampsia, gestational hypertension, aggravation of existing essential hypertension, cardiovascular disorders (like mitral stenosis, mitral and aortic regurgitation etc.), renal disorders, pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, hormonal disorders (like diabetes, gestational diabetes, hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism), blood disorders, neurological disorders, gastrointestinal disorders and liver diseases. The pregnant women are also prone to develop certain bacterial (urinary tract infection, which is very common medical problem during pregnancy) and viral infections (cytomegalovirus infection, rubella, herpes, HIV infection etc.).

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Posted by - April 3, 2012 at 3:18 pm

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