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Michael Onwochei started writing professionally in 1979. His work has appeared in numerous scientific publications: “American Journal of Physiology”, Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology”, “Life Sciences” and “Hypertension”. He earned his doctorate, Ph.D., in Physiology & Biophysics from Howard University School of Medicine. He has over twenty years of experience in teaching medical and health care students. Apart from his work in academia, Dr. Onwochei has also published numerous articles for “Demand Media” and “ Suite 101” in the area of Health & Wellness. 
 
 
 

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by onwoc234
7 years ago
More Causes of Obesity: What Are Obesogens?

Obesogens are environmental chemicals that cause obesity. Obesogens include such chemicals as atrazine, phthalates. bisphenol-A and artificial sweeteners. Find out how obesogens cause obesity and how to avoid these environmental chemical pollutants.

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by onwoc234
7 years ago
Improve Mental Alertness with Memory-Boosting Minerals

The trace minerals, zinc and iron can boost your memory and improve your mental focus. By improving the communication between brain cells and providing proper nutritional support for the brain, these trace minerals can enhance your memory and other cognitive functions. Find out how proper nutritional support can improve your concentration and memory.

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by onwoc234
7 years ago
Beginner's Guide to Stamina and Fitness: Energy for the Active Muscles

Physical fitness is achieved by endurance exercises and activities that build stamina. The primary metabolic fuels, glucose and fats, are managed to build stamina. Insulin is the key hormone for the management of the metabolic fuels during stamina-building activities. Your body makes numerous changes to assure adequate nutrients to various organs. Plasma glucose is maintained at normal or near-normal levels to provide nutritional support for the brain. The active muscles selectively utilize fatty acids for energy, a change that spares plasma glucose for the brain. Learn how metabolic fuels are manged to support stamina and fitness.

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by onwoc234
7 years ago
Role of Insulin in the Management of High Energy Nutrients

Insulin is the primary hormone that regulates blood glucose. It also manages the distribution of high energy foods. High plasma level of insulin supports the synthesis and storage of fat. This storage of fat often leads to obesity. On the other hand, low plasma level of insulin supports fat burning. Some diet plans, such as the "Low Carb Diet" and the "Glycemic Index Dieting" promote body weight loss by nutritionally controlling the plasma level of insulin. Learn how proper management of high energy foods by insulin is pivotal for bodyweight control and good health.

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by onwoc234
7 years ago
Beginner's Guide for Losing Weight: Is it Time to Overhaul Your Dietary Strategy?

Losing weight in a predictable manner requires an effective dietary strategy. It is important that the dieter structures practical dietary protocols to tackle the key factors that are responsible for the excessive body fat. An effective diet plan should focus more attention on the type of foods that are consumed, in terms of how each food affects metabolism, and not on the caloric value of the food. Foods that slow down metabolism, such as trans fats, should be avoided, whereas, metabolism boosters should be included in the plan. Learn how to structure an effective dietary strategy.

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by onwoc234
7 years ago
How Artificial Sweeteners Promote Obesity

Artificial sweeteners do not help you to lose weight. On the contrary, they promote obesity. Some people erroneously assume that the zero caloric value of artificial sweeteners confirms their constructive role in body fat reduction. Learn why the zero caloric value makes them an insidious body fat promoter that contributes significantly to the epidemic of obesity.

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by onwoc234
7 years ago
Trans Fat: The Nemesis of Good Health

Trans fat is a major contributor to chronic diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity, ischemic heart disease, peripheral artery disease and hypertension. Most of the trans fats in foods are man-made. Their presence in a wide array of foods makes trans fat a nemesis of good health. Learn why consumption of trans fat is a major risk factor for cardiovascular diseases.

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by onwoc234
7 years ago
Sugar-Rich Diets: How to Reduce the Adverse Effects of Sugar

Numerous chronic diseases and adverse health conditions are promoted by diets that are rich in sugar. These conditions range from obesity to type 2 diabetes, and from ischemic heart disease to ischemic stroke. It is difficult to refrain from eating sugar. Therefore,it is important to learn how to eat sugar without facing the adverse consequences. Measures that enable you to mitigate the adverse effects of sugar are presented here

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by onwoc234
7 years ago
Improve Your Cholesterol Profile with Good Fats and Oils

Good fats and oils help to raise the blood level of good cholesterol, whereas, bad fats and oils raise the level of bad cholesterol and provide the background for numerous chronic diseases. A healthy diet would include good fats and oils and exclude the bad ones. Olive oil, alpha omega-3 rich oils and nuts are examples of good oils and sources of good fats and oils.

Home & Garden
by onwoc234
8 years ago
Beginner's Guide to Organic Vegetable Gardening

Organic vegetable gardening enables you to produce vegetables that are free of herbicides, pesticides and toxic chemicals. Proper soil preparation and pest control are the keys for growing these healthy and nutrient-rich vegetables. Learn how you can work with beneficial micro-organisms to improve the soil and control pests without toxic chemicals.

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by onwoc234
8 years ago
L-Arginine: An Amino Acid for Cardiovascular Health

L-Arginine is an amino acid that supports cardiovascular health. The health benefits of l-arginine range from improvement in vascular compliance to prevention of ischemic heart disease; and from lowering high blood pressure to relieving erectile dysfunction. Learn how the effects of l-arginine is mediated through nitric oxide to prevent peripheral artery disease and improve numerous cardiovascular functions.

Health
by onwoc234
8 years ago
Beginner's Guide to Healthy Nutrition

A balanced diet does not assure healthy nutrition or good health. There are healthy and unhealthy foods in every major food group. To maintain a nutritionally sound diet one must be able to separate the healthy and unhealthy foods. Learn how to identify healthy and unhealthy foods. Also find out why trans fats and artificial sweeteners should be excluded from your dietary protocol.

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by onwoc234
8 years ago
Angina Pectoris: What is Ischemic Heart Disease?

Ischemic heart disease is characterized by angina pectoris, chest pain that results from oxygen deprivation to the heart muscle. Ischemia can arise from vascular occlusion due to cholesterol deposits (for stable angina) or by coronary artery spasm (for vasospastic angina). Nitroglycerin and l-arginine can releave angina by supporting the release of nitric oxide. Learn how ischemic heart disease can be reversed or prevented with proper nutrition.

Health
by onwoc234
8 years ago
Curb Your Appetite with Amino Acids and Protein

Protein and amino acids can curb your appetite by their effects on some of the hormones that control your appetite and energy metabolism. The affected hormones include insulin, cholecystokinin (CCK) and serotonin. Phenylalanine, tryptophan, tyrosine, 5-hydroxytryptophan and l-carnitine are some of the amino acids that curb your appetite. Learn how protein and amino acids can help you lose weight.

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by onwoc234
8 years ago
Amino Acids That Support Blood Glucose

Gluconeogenic amino acids play important role in stabilizing blood glucose at normal steady-state levels. Adequately regulated blood glucose is very important for brain nutrition. Learn how gluconeogenesis and gluconeogenic amino acids support stable blood glucose and brain function.

Health
by onwoc234
8 years ago
Building Muscles: Amino Acids that Support Muscle Development

What type of muscle do you want to build? The best results in muscle building can be achieved with sound nutrition, fortified with branched amino acids, and proper exercise protocols. Learn how protein and essential amino acids can help you to develop powerful muscles.

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by onwoc234
8 years ago
L-Carnitine: An Amino Acid that Boosts Body Fat Metabolism

L-Carnitine is an amino acid that facilitates the burning of body fat. It transports fatty acids into the mitochndia where they are burned for energy. The accelerated fat utilization for energy by l-carnitine would be enhanced by moderate aerobic exercise. Learn how l-carnitine can help you lose body fat.

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by onwoc234
8 years ago
Tryptophan: An Amino Acid that Helps You Fall Asleep

ryptophan is an amino acid that offers a nutritionally-sound choice for falling asleep. Tryptophan-induced sleep is mediated primarily by the neurotransmitter, serotonin. A secondary mediator of this tryptophan effect is melatonin. Learn more about tryptophan and the strategy for using it as an effective and natural aid for sleeping.

Health
by onwoc234
8 years ago
Tyrosine: An Amino Acid That Keeps You Alert

Tyrosine is an amino acid that helps you to stay alert and maintain mental focus. In addition, tyrosine helps to improve your mood and energy level. The neurotransmitters produced from tyrosine, norepinephrine and dopamine, are responsible for these effects of tyrosine. Find out how norepinephrine improves alertness and energy level while dopamine puts you in a good mood.

Health
by onwoc234
8 years ago
Is Hypothyroidism Making it Difficult for You to Lose Weight?

Hypothyroidism is a common problem that promotes obesity. It does not receive adequate attention in the management of obesity and excess body fat. Learn why it is important to know if your obesity is caused by hypothyroidism.

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