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Vegetarian Cyclists Nutrition
Dec 29th, 2013 by Aldouspi

Vegetarian Cyclists Nutrition

“The average person has about the same amount of iron in their body as a large rusty nail. It’s purpose in the body is to help with the formation of red blood cells that are used to transport oxygen to a cyclists hard working muscles. A deficiency of iron could lead to anemia and the associated symptoms of tiredness and fatigue. In athletes where the risks of over training are high (such as in cycling) it is vitally important to maintain high levels of iron in order to maintain performance. Symptoms of Iron Deficiency in Cyclists Symptoms of iron deficiency are not unique to the condition and can easily be mistaken for general states of tiredness. To the cyclist however, many of the symptoms can simply be diagnosed as over training when in fact a deficiency can be a cause of the symptoms. Symptoms of iron deficiency include: Fatigue Weakness Brittle Nails Irritability Paleness of colour in the face/tongue Pica (a strange craving for mineral rich non food substances such as dust or sand) Vegetarians and iron Iron is one of the most difficult minerals for our bodies to breakdown and absorb. In addition endurance athletes such as cyclists lose iron during exercise and therefore need to ensure iron intake is high to maintain the correct levels. Add to this that vegetarians generally have a lower iron intake because of their diet (see below) and it is easy to see why cyclists with vegetarian diets need to pay particular attention to their iron intake to avoid an iron deficiency. Foods that are rich in iron Most mild iron deficiencies in cyclists can be corrected by changes in diet that result in an increase in the consumption of iron rich foods. Generally foods contain two types of iron: Heme iron sources are usually found in meats and are much more easily broken down and absorbed by the body than non-heme ironthat is usually found in vegetables and grains. The foods listed below have high iron content; Lean red meats, chicken, turkey Fish (eaten by some vegetarians) Eggs Beans (fresh or baked), lentils, chick peas Nuts Fortified breakfast cereals Brown Rice Tofu Wholewheat bread Leafy greens such as spinach and broccoli Dried fruit such as apricots, prunes, raisins Avocado Iron Absorption Most vegetarian diets do not contain as much iron as a non-veg one. The interesting thing about iron as mentioned above is that the body finds it very hard to absorb. Vitamin C has been found to be great at helping the body absorb iron. Foods particularly rich in vitamin C such as oranges, kiwi, broccoli, kale, tomatoes, peppers and orange juice can massively increase the amount of iron you can absorb. Therefore if you are a vegetarian be sure to make sure you include these types of foods in your diet. On the flip side tea has been found to impede iron absorption so again try to avoid drinking tea with or immediately after your meals. Iron Supplements Iron supplements are usually not required unless you have very severe iron defficiency. Too much iron can be very bad for the body and so most doctors recommend treating any deficiencies purely through the adaption of diet. Donating Blood If you give blood you usually have about 1 pint removed each time which equates to about 10% of the total blood in your body. If you have particularly low iron levels the nurse may send you away without taking any blood telling you to increase your iron intake. Assuming you do give blood, you will need to pay attention to your diet to help your body recover it’s hemoglobin levels as quickly as possible. Your on bike performance should not be affected for moderate rides however during high intensity rides (races, interval training etc) you may notice a drop in performance until your body has recovered which can take up to 14 days.”

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The Gaining Popularity of Weight Loss Surgery
Sep 28th, 2011 by Aldouspi

The Gaining Popularity of Weight Loss Surgery

Weight loss surgery was almost unknown over a decade ago. Today, it is becoming popular among those who are considered to be in the category of morbid obesity. There are several statistics and measurements that are showing the popularity of weight loss surgery and the changes that are made in society from weight gain.

Being in the category of morbid obesity has become a growing problem in the United States. It is known that over thirty percent of the population is considered to be morbidly obese, which qualifies them for weight loss surgery. In relation to this there are sixty four percent of people who are considered to be overweight. In terms of numbers, this is nine million who are morbidly obese, sixty million who are obese, and 127 million who are overweight. Several are factoring these changes to fast food options, changes in eating habits and not having the ability to exercise as frequently because of work relations.

Teens and children are also having problems with obesity. About fifteen percent of the population among children and teens is considered to be either overweight or obese. This causes them to be at risk for several different health problems if not taken care of. While weight loss surgery does not offer surgery for those under eighteen, having overweight children often causes parents to begin making changes. By doing this, it allows for the children to have the option of eating better and following the example of being healthy by their parents.

Because of the growing numbers of those that are considered to be obese or morbidly obese, weight loss surgery is also becoming an important option in those who are deciding to move to a healthier lifestyle. With the changes in technology as well as the options available for surgery, those that are severely obese are turning to the idea of having the surgery. While other diets and weight loss considerations have failed, the surgery has proven to have a higher success rate.

There are certain trends that are becoming more popular among those who are considering weight loss surgery. Those who are middle aged are looking into weight loss surgery as a preventative way to have health problems in relation to weight as well as being able to live a longer and fuller life. There is also media attention that is being given to those who are fighting weight loss to offer the surgery as an option, making it more popular.

Obesity in this nation is being seen as growing from the 1980s until present. Changes in lifestyle as well as diets are causing for a larger population to be overweight and obese. Because of this, weight loss surgery, although the most drastic measure that can be taken for weight loss is becoming more popular. The use of technology during the surgery, as well as the shown success rates from the surgery are both becoming well known through the media. Because of this, there are several that are turning to weight loss surgery as their best option for loosing weight.

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