Posts tagged Nutrition
"What If?"

In my time as a dietetic intern at one of the local hospitals I had the opportunity to meet a woman with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 95. Now, BMI isn’t my favorite way of measuring health status, but a BMI of 95 put this individual five categories above “morbidly obese.” The Center for Disease Control doesn’t even have a named classification for a BMI that high. For those of you who aren’t as familiar with BMI as I am, that means that this individual was 5’4” and approximately 500lbs.

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Speaking, Studying, and Salvation: the Gut-Wrenching Story of Me

Did you know that your digestive system has bidirectional communication pathways that connect to both sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems and that signals received in the digestive system can have an effect on reducing stress-induced corticosterone, anxiety, and even depression like symptoms? The digestive tract or “gut” is pretty integral to our well-being. When there is injury to the upper digestive system (mouth, esophagus) a tube is placed to direct nutrients into the stomach, or even the small intestine, in order to keep the remainder of the gut functional and prevent necrosis. This functionality allows for many wonderful things in your body to continue, such as the prevention of those depression like symptoms I mentioned above. WHAT! Isn’t that CRAZY?!

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