Anorexia Nervosa: the Effects

Anorexia means loss of appetite.
This is a very serious health problem. In Latin, "Nervosa" means nervous. The body's Nervous System is attacked by this eating disorder.
Anorexia Nervosa is a condition in which its victims starves themselves. This disorder has taken the lives of many females. Its victims are teenage girls and young adult females, although some young males are said to suffer from this disease as well.

The Effects of Anorexia Nervosa, is done by the interference of starvation that disrupts the biochemistry makeup of the body's systems.

The Effects of Anorexia Nervosa:

Hair loss, dull looking hair
Excessive fatigue
Sleep disturbance
Hormone imbalance
Amenorrhea (lack of monthly cycles)
Corroded teeth
Slow pulse
Brittle fingernails
Low blood pressure upon standing
May have difficulty sleeping

                                         Behavior of the Anorexia Nervosa  Individual

The characteristic behavior of Anorexia Nervosa is secretive and defensive. The individual is preoccupied with food and weight gain, that dominates their thought process. They often feels hungry but denies they are. They will normally wear larger clothes to conceal their body shape and weight loss.

The person suffering from Anorexia Nervosa, may resort to drugs and alcohol, to alleviate the feeling of hunger and depression. Having a relationship with someone is very difficult for this individual to do, because of the psychological state of their mind. Therefore, they are often in an isolated position, due to one or more failed relationships.

This condition is a psychological illness which causes the victim to believe they are overweight, when in reality they are very thin. Those who suffer from Anorexia Nervosa induces starvation due to fear that they will become 'fat' if they loose control over their diet, and possibly their life.

Anorexia Nervosa has taken the lives of thousands of females. This disorder can easily affect those who are obsessed with having a thin body. Many who suffers from this condition reportedly, have been hospitalized several times. Some have died by suicide or by starvation, although they were treated in a hospital.

__ Ellen J. Barrier
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Eating Disorder: Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia Nervosa
Bulimia is a condition that causes its victims to repeatedly overeat. The person suffering from Bulimia eats within a short period of time following each meal. And uses methods to dispose of the food through the use of laxatives, diuretics or by forcing themselves to regurgitate undigested food. This individual psychologically see themselves being overweight, when in fact they are underweight.
__Ellen J. Barrier
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Exercise instructions with Audio and Music by Ellen Jean Barrier

Bring each knee up to the chest ten times slowly (do not straighten the legs)

Bring both knees up to the chest 
(you should feel your abdominal muscles tighten) Hold this position for thirty counts while deep breathing. (repeat several time)

While lying in this position, take three deep breaths and slowly lift yourself up to a sitting position, never let go of your knees. Slowly return to the previous position, and rock your body back and forth by using your hands to support your knees.

To help you with your exercise, I have put together my own personal exercise program. Dancing to the instructions on the video will help you to exercise all of your extremities. 

Attitude and confidence will determine success or failure in every goal we set before us.
To invest energy and time in a sound health and fitness program, with the goal in mind to finish with great success, is a positive attitude with confidence.
For many people, who are beginners in a weight management program; exercising and eating foods that are healthier than the things they normally ate prior to the program are now, a big challenge for them.
There are other adjustments that are needed to be made in order to have a healthy body;
The student needs to know that health and fitness involves the whole person (body, mind and spirit)
Therefore, personality traits should be involved, poor eating habits, lack of enough rest, smoking, and things that are not healthy for the body, would be addressed in a good health and fitness program.
Quitting the Program or Staying

For many people, having to change their way of doing things is too much of a challenge for them. They hate the workouts because it causes them to move muscles and joints in ways they are not comfortable with.  They hate the pain and soreness.  And there are those who refuse to follow instructions.  Some will give up, and quit the program, and some will continue to the end.
Those who endure the discomfort until they reach their goal have a healthier body that is in good physical and mental condition.  They feel great about themselves.
To maintain health and fitness or to be successful in reaching goals, the right attitude is to never quit.  Confidence is to keep the vision alive, by seeing a victory ahead that is worth fighting for.

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Recommended Food Groups for Proper Nutrition

Protein is one of a class of complex nitrogenous compounds which occurs naturally in plants and animals, and gives amino acids when hydrolyzed. Because of the amino acid, they contain, proteins are essential to growth and tissue repair.

Proteins are a source of heat and energy to the body. They are essential for growth, the building of new tissue, the repair of injured or broken-down tissue, and the repair of the protoplasm of every cell. They are oxidized in the body, thus liberating heat.

Amino Acids are the building blocks of which proteins are constructed, and the end products of protein digestion or hydrolysis. Unused amino acids are converted into urea, the chief nitrogenous constituent of urine and the final product of protein metabolism in the body.

Sources of Protein 
Poultry: chicken, duck, goose, and turkey.
Organ Meat: liver, brain, kidney and sweetbread.
Eggs (excellent source of protein)
Fish  (good source of protein)

Corn is used frequently in our diets. It contains  micronutrients, water, fiber, and other substances contained in a food; corn contains 74% of water. 20% of Macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats, and proteins)  0.1% or less of Micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) 5%  Dietary fiber, water and macronutrients form the largest part of most foods. While micronutrients are present in much smaller amounts, Fiber is present in varying degrees in those foods of plant origins.

Read:  Food and Nutrients

___ Ellen J. Barrier
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The Anatomy of the Human Body

This diagram of the human body shows a range of organs that are important to human anatomy. They include the brain, heart, lungs, spleen, muscles, stomach, kidneys and more.

The human body is built like a complicated machine that only its creator completely understands its operation; and has the infinite wisdom to rebuild it. It is extraordinarily professionally created.
__ Ellen J. Barrier
Author/Medical Professional


In order for food to be used by your body, all of the carbohydrates must be broken down into monosaccharides, simple sugars (glucose, fructose and galactose) in the stomach and intestines. They are absorbed in the bloodstream and can be used in various ways by the body.
Carbohydrates are chemical substances grouped together: sugars, glycogen, starches, dextrins, and celluloses, that contain only carbon, oxygen and hydrogen. Carbohydrates are one of the three classes of nutrients. They are formed by green plants which utilize the sun's energy to combine carbon dioxide, and water in forming them.

1. Monosaccharides-a simple sugar which cannot be decomposed by hydrolysis (fructose, galactose,    glucose)

How the Body uses Sugar from Food

I. Glucose
a. Used directly by the body as a source of energy
II. How it is achieved:
b. The pancreas secrets Insulin (hormone)
III. Galactose and Fructose
c.  Converted into glucose in the liver

Note: Glucose can be converted into glycogen (Polysaccharide) stored in the liver or muscles for the body's future energy requirements.
Provides energy in concentrated forms both visible and invisible.
Visible Fat: butter, lard, margarine and oils.
Invisible Fat: meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products, chocolate, nuts and legumes.

II. Transportation of Fats in the Blood
a. Carried in the bloodstream bound to protein, forming particles called lipoproteins.

Note: Most of the fats in food are triglycerides. (a combination of three fatty acids with glycerol)
Some foods contain small amounts of cholesterol. The fats in food eaten are dissolved in the intestine by the action of bile salts. This process takes place from the triglycerides split into glycogen and fatty acids entering into the walls of the intestine, and reconstructed into triglycerides which are absorbed through the lymphatic system and carried to the bloodstream.

At the same time the process of fatty acids are being absorbed, the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K are absorbed. One interesting point I will make, cholesterol can be absorbed into the lymphatic system without the need to be broken down prior.

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Food and Nutrients

There are essential nutrients that we need to consume in order to have a healthy body. 

Protein provides amino acids for body growth and tissue repair. 

Vitamins produce varieties of processes, such as the production of energy inside body cells and the growth and division of cells. According to report on nutrition, a total of 13 vitamins must be provided by the diet. 

Minerals are chemical elements, such as calcium and iron, they are needed for growth and to facilitate processes that occurs within the body. There are said to be 16 minerals that must be provided by the diet.

In the diagram we see fruits, vegetables, and fruit juice along with cheese. These are all good nutrients. Meat and poultry are also good food items to choose in our diet.

Meat and Poultry are Sources of Protein

These are some other important sources of protein, minerals and vitamin B. To lower the fat intake from meat, removing the skin is recommended. Poultry contains less iron than red meat does, according to report on nutrition. Examples of lean meat: beef, lamb, pork and veal.

Poultry: chicken, duck, goose, and turkey.
Organ Meat: liver, brain, kidney and sweetbread.
Eggs (excellent source of protein)
Fish  (good source of protein)

Note: Ocean fish is said to contain iodine and selenium in useful amounts. Darker fish such as salmon and tuna was reported to contain more fat than cod and flounder, the whiter fish. The fat in the oily fish is higher in unsaturated fatty acids, the desirable type for those having a high blood cholesterol level.

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The Digestive System

The purpose of the digestive system or tract, is to process or break down food for absorption from the intestines into the bloodstream. It also, expels waste products from the body. The digestive system, also called the alimentary canal consists of the mouth, teeth, tongue, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, and large intestines. The accessory glands are salivary glands, liver, and pancreas. They are called accessory glands for their ability to assist other organs in performing their functions, as accessory reproductive organs.
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The Anatomy and Physiology of the Body Systems

To put it simple, Anatomy is the structure of the body parts, and Physiology is how each of the body parts function. Let's start with the inner parts of the body, called the systems which are the structure of the body parts, and after which, we will list the function of each system. The body is built like a sophisticated machine that only its creator completely understand its operations. After studying Anatomy and Physiology, I understood clearly what the writer of Psalm 139: 14 meant by his statement as noted below.

  "I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well."  

We can conclude that the body systems are an organized group of organs or cells related to each other. Where as each organ performs a specific or a certain function. Let's begin with the Circulatory System.

The heart is a hollow muscular contractible organ that is the center of the Circulatory System. It is divided into 4 chambers. There are two upper champers with thin walls and two lower chambers with thick walls.
The two upper chambers are called the atria (left and right). The two lower chambers are called ventricles.
The two sides of the heart are separated by a strong muscular wall known as the septum. There are several valves in the heart. They are; Pulmonary, Tricuspid, Mitral, and Aortic. Each valve is lined with a membrane called Endocardium.

The muscle of the heart is called, Myocardium. Inside of this muscle, there are fibers that forms a network of branches called arteries and veins. The Aorta, is the largest artery in the body. It leads from the left ventricle and supplies the body with oxygenated blood.

The Pulmonary artery leads from the right ventricle. It divides into two branches that supply used blood to the right and left lungs.

Inside of the heart is lined with a smooth membrane called the Endocardium.
Pericardium is a tough membrane that is double-layered covering the heart as a bag.
There is a space between the two layers of Pericardium and Endocardium that contains a thin layer of fluid that lubricates and allows free movement of the heart muscle within the outer bag.

Being that the heart works hardest of all the muscles in the body, it has large energy requirements that need  an adequate supply of fresh oxygenated blood to maintain its actions, as all of the muscles in the body do.

The heart has a network of branches which is its own system of arteries, capillaries, and veins exclusively for its own blood supply. This system is call the Coronary. The reason behind the name is due to the arteries surround the upper portion of the heart like a crown. The word "Corona" in Latin mean crown. Both the right and left Coronary arteries arise from the beginning of the Aorta. From that point, smaller branches  pass into the heart. The left artery is divided into two large branches; Right Coronary artery and left Coronary artery.


1. The heart rate is approximate 70 beats per minute at rest for an adult.
2.  During strenuous exercise, the heart rate can become 200 beats per minute.
3.  The heart contracts about 100,000 times per day and more than 2.5 billion times
       in an average lifetime.                    
4.  The heart pumps at least 9 pints (4.5 liters) of blood per minute.
5.  The heart pumps about 1,500 gallons (6,000 liters) of blood daily.
6.  The heart generates enough power in a day to drive a truck 20 miles.

The Body Systems:

1. circulatory - circulates body fluids. It includes both cardiovascular
       (heart and blood vessels) and the lymphatic systems

 2. digestive - is defined as the Alimentary Canal. This includes the mouth, teeth, tongue,
pharynx, esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, accessory glands (salivary glands, liver, pancreas)

3. endocrine- ductless glands that produces an internal secretion discharged into the blood
  or lymph. It is then circulated into all of  the body parts.
4.  hematopoietic _ has to do with the production and development of  blood cells.
 5.  integumentary- consists of the skin, hair and nails and its appendages.
6.  lymphatic-circulates lymph. It includes lymph vessels, lymphatic organs
            (lymph nodes, ducts, tonsils, thymus, spleen)                  

 7.  muscular- includes all of the muscles (smooth, cardiac, striated, and skeletal)

  8. nervous - consists of the brain, ganglia, spinal cord and nerves

  9.  reproductive-includes the gonads, their structure association and ducts.

 10. respiratory- consists of the air passageway and organs (nasal cavities, oral cavity
       pharynx, trachea, and lungs (bronchi, bronchioles, alveolar ducts, and alveoli. 

11.  skeletal- The bony framework of the body.

 12.  urinary - Secreting or containing urine.

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