Nutrition

Nutrition

Nutrition
Eating a variety of foods each day that are low in fat and calories ensures you get proper nutrition and nutrients like folate, magnesium and iron. Calcium, fiber, potassium and selenium are other nutrients essential for wellness, growth, development, cell repair and disease prevention. Colorful foods, such as fruits and vegetables, are often the richest sources of nutrients. Taking a multivitamin once daily is a good way to supplement your diet.

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    A , Alternative & Complementary Medicine, answered
    Although glutamine is often attributed to sports nutrition (to prevent muscle breakdown), it’s also an infamous gut-healer. It’s been shown to maintain the intestinal villi, which are the absorption surfaces of the gut. One study (though done on rats) showed substantial protection of glutamine against aspirin-induced stomach ulcers in both the active and healed stages.

    A similar study found that the early administration of glutamine to severe-burn patients prevented the complication of stress ulcers that commonly develop after extreme thermal injury. Glutamine at 400 mg four times a day for four weeks completely healed stomach ulcers in more than 90 percent of the patients taking it.

    Take 1000-5000 mg daily on an empty stomach, such as before bed, or add the powder to protein shakes. Decrease the dosage if you experience constipation, or increase the dosage to treat diarrhea (up to 10-20 grams per day can be used for this reason).
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    The liver performs two phases of detoxification: Phase One (oxidation) and Phase Two (conjugation). In Phase Two, oxidized chemicals are combined with sulfur, specific amino acids, or organic acids, and then excreted in bile. The most important amino acids for Phase Two detoxification are cysteine and methionine.

    These two amino acids are the main dietary sources of sulfur, and are found in meat, fish, poultry, eggs and dairy products. Vegetarian sources of cysteine and methionine include nuts, seeds and beans. The usual adult recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of cysteine and methionine is 700 to 1000 mg per day, but is never fixed, because it fluctuates with the liver's burden of toxic compounds. The body's stores of these amino acids are depleted in the process of detoxification, so the greater the toxic stress, the more the body demands.
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    D-Aspartic acid is one of the two forms of the amino acid called Aspartic acid (a non-essential amino acid and one of the two components of aspartame, an artificial sweetener). The naturally occurring form of Aspartic acid is L-Aspartic acid. It is mainly sold as a testosterone booster, although there is inconclusive research to support that it actually can increase testosterone. Possible side effects may include an increase in estrogen (if it actually does increase testosterone).
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    The maximum daily dosage of levocarnitine will vary depending on the form of the supplement and on the health condition of the person taking it. Check with your doctor about dosage instructions, since the following are only general guidelines. If you are taking levocarnitine in tablet form, you will generally take 990 milligrams twice or three times daily. In solution form, take one gram once a day. If taken in injection form, levocarnitine is usually taken once a day at 22.7 mg. per pound of weight. Children taking levocarnitine are usually given 22.7 mg. per pound of weight regardless of the medication's form.

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    As with any medication, there are risks involved in taking levocarnitine. Before taking this supplement, it is important that you discuss your health condition with your doctor. Inform he or she if you have any health conditions like kidney problems, seizures, heart disease, blood vessel disease or high blood pressure. If you are pregnant, nursing or planning pregnancy, this is also important for your doctor to know, since levocarnitine could be potentially harmful to your baby. Since some medications may interact with levocarnitine, let your doctor know if you are taking any additional medications (including herbal or over-the-counter varieties) or if you are allergic to any forms of medication. It is important for your safety that you do not take products which contain DL-carnitine (vitamin BT) without discussing it with your doctor. This product can be found in health stores without a prescription.

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    A number of side effects may be experienced while taking levocarnitine. Some side effects are common and need not be reported to a physician unless they become particularly bothersome. Diarrhea, mild stomach pain, muscle weakness, nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, a bad taste in the mouth and an unpleasant body odor all fall into this category.

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    If you have low levels of levocarnitine in your body, you should take supplemental levocarnitine. Less-than-sufficient quantities of levocarnitine can be caused by anything from metabolism problems to kidney disease. A lack of levocarnitine can also lead to heart, liver or muscle problems, so it is important to maintain appropriate levels of this amino acid derivative in the body. Levocarnitine may be prescribed as a tablet or capsule or in the form of a powder, solution, wafer or injection.

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    Prescription levocarnitine is used to treat deficient levels of levocarnitine in the body that are associated with other health problems. It should only be taken following the prescription of a physician. DL-carnitine, which is also known as vitamin BT, can be purchased over-the-counter at your local drugstore. Over-the-counter versions of levocarnitine may be used as supplements for weight loss or for athletic performance. They should not be used jointly with prescription levocarnitine, and they should not be used to treat levocarnitine deficiencies without the oversight of a doctor.

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    If you are allergic to any of the ingredients in levocarnitine, you should not take it. Since some medications may interact with this amino acid derivative, it is important to discuss your medication regimen and overall health condition with a physician before ingesting levocarnitine. If you are pregnant, nursing or planning a pregnancy, your doctor may advise you not to take levocarnitine as well.

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    Levocarnitine is an amino acid derivative naturally produced in the body. In some people, however, metabolism problems may cause the production of levocarnitine to be insufficient. In cases like these, levocarnitine tablets can be taken to supplement natural production. While the precise reasoning behind levocarnitine's effectiveness is not completely understood, it has been linked to the proper functioning of mitochondria, our cells' power source.