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Anorexia Nervosa


About
People with Anorexia starve themselves as they are obsessed with being thin. They think they are fat even though they are thin. Occurs mostly in teenagers but adults can also be affected.


Notes
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  • Anyone showing signs of anorexia it would be best to see a physician.
  • Individuals with anorexia usually have self-esteem problems that began at a early age. When children are constantly told that they are stupid, worthless, unlovable are likely to come to believe it. Current research has found that most american girls experience a critical loss of self-esteem in adolescence, when eating disorders are likely to occur.
  • It is believed by some scientist that neurotransmitters, like dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine, and the endogenous opioids, play a role in anorexia.
  • Researchers discovered that anorexic women taking zinc gain twice as much weight as anorexic women who do not take zinc. Zinc supplementation also reduces depression and anxiety. Zinc added to the food or taken in supplemental form , is beneficial in aiding people with anorexia to gain back their appetite and weight. However, zinc deficiency alone does not result in anorexia nervosa.
  • Starvation enhances feelings of anxiety, irritability, depression, and anger. For a person to bounce back from anorexia it can take up to a year or more to improve their body image, start eating normally again, and to turnabout the effects of starvation on mood and behavior.
  • Usually an individual that has anorexia will be hospitalized and fed potassium and multivitamins intravenously.


Advice
  • Diet should be high in fiber with lots of raw fruits and vegetables..
  • Do not eat sugar or white flour products.
  • Have a practitioner who specializes in treatment for eating disorders.
  • Restrain from processed foods.
  • To fix body tissue and regain muscle loss high protein such as fish and soy protein is essential.



Helpful nutrients for this condition.

Multivitamin and mineral complex
Importance: High
Comments: Due to damage to one's body, these nutrients must be used in high dosages since they pass quickly through the digestive tract and are not readily incorporated into the body systems.
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Vitamin A
Importance: High
Comments: Due to damage to one's body, these nutrients must be used in high dosages since they pass quickly through the digestive tract and are not readily incorporated into the body systems.
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Calcium
Importance: High
Comments: Due to damage to one's body, these nutrients must be used in high dosages since they pass quickly through the digestive tract and are not readily incorporated into the body systems.
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Magnesium
Importance: High
Comments: Due to damage to one's body, these nutrients must be used in high dosages since they pass quickly through the digestive tract and are not readily incorporated into the body systems.
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Potassium
Importance: High
Comments: Due to damage to one's body, these nutrients must be used in high dosages since they pass quickly through the digestive tract and are not readily incorporated into the body systems.
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Selenium
Importance: High
Comments: Due to damage to one's body, these nutrients must be used in high dosages since they pass quickly through the digestive tract and are not readily incorporated into the body systems.
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Zinc
Importance: High
Comments: Enzymes that enhance appetite and ability to taste need zinc and copper. These two supplements cooperate to inhibit copper deficiency.
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Copper
Importance: High
Comments: Enzymes that enhance appetite and ability to taste need zinc and copper. These two supplements cooperate to inhibit copper deficiency.
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Acidophilus
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Replenishes good bacteria that is lacking due to laxatives and/or vomiting.
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Free-form amino acid complex
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Makes protein easily accessible to the body. Helps rebuild tissue.
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Multimineral complex
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Replenishes deficient minerals.
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Vitamin B complex
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Guards against anemia. Replenishes deficient B vitamins.
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Vitamin B18
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Appetite enhancer. Hinders hair loss. Protects against other damage to bodily functions. Best to use injections. Sublingual and lozenge forms are good.
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Liver extract
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Provides B vitamins and other needed nutrients.


Vitamin C
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Rebuilds immune system. Relieves adrenal gland stress.
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Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

Dandelion
Type: Internal
Purposes: Dandelion root is very nutritious and is used to improve the appetite and for minor digestive problems. It is also abundant in calcium, iron, and Vitamin A, C, and E. Dandelion root is a blood purifier and contains nutritive salts to build up the blood.
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Milk thistle
Type: Internal
Purposes: A group of active ingredients from milk thistle, mainly from the seeds, are called silymarin. Silymarin is believed to protect the cells of the liver as it blocks the entrance of harmful toxins and aids in removing these toxins from the liver cells and regenerates injured liver cells.
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Red Clover
Type: Internal
Purposes: Considered a purifier of the blood. Red Clover helps to purify the liver by encouraging the production of bile thus cleansing toxins from the blood stream.
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Wild Yam
Type: Internal
Purposes: Used to treat digestion and decreased appetite.
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Ginger
Type: Internal
Purposes: Ginger has a sweet taste and is most commonly known as a digestive aid. Ginger's therapeutic properties effectively stimulate the appetite.
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Ginseng
Type: Internal
Purposes: Tones the appetite helping to alleviate stomach problems and stimulates the appetite.
Cautions: Persons with high blood pressure should not use this herb.
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Gotu Kola
Type: Internal
Purposes: Promotes nourishment, stimulation, and support, and gives a feeling of energy and well being.
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St. John's Wort
Type: Internal
Purposes: St. John's Wort is a natural antidepressant and is an effective nerve tonic for anxiety.
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Kava Kava
Type: Internal
Purposes: Kava kava is used by the native inhabitants of the South Pacific to relax the body, relieve stress and anxiety.
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