Diet and Nutrition: A guide for students and practitioners by Brenda Piper

By Brenda Piper

This article bargains a complete consultant to food, vitamin and meals for well-being pros. It summarizes the current wisdom of human food and applies this to nutritional making plans for specific teams and participants.

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Together they are referred to as peptic ulcers. An ulcer is an area of erosion. In the stomach the presence of a hydrochloric acid and protein-digesting enzymes (pepsins) prevents healing. In health the gastric mucosa is protected by a thick layer of mucus. Dietary advice has varied. Generally small, frequent and regular meals, avoiding extremes of temperature and spiciness of food are advised. Smokers should stop and paracetamol rather than aspirin should be used for pain relief. Dru~s used in treatment include antacids.

The tract is divided into sections by sphincters. Food is chewed in the mouth and diluted with saliva, which contains amylase, an enzyme which digests starch. The oesophagus is merely a tube, conveying food to the stomach. Heartburn and oesophagitis, due to gastric reflux, and hiatus hernia are common problems. The stomach expands on eating without the pressure of its contents increasing. Gastric secretions contain hydrochloric acid and pepsins and these begin the digestion of proteins. The small intestine, which has a very large surface area, is the main site of digestion and absorption.

J. 2 BACTERIA INVOLVED IN DENTAL CARIES Streptococcus mutans is usually the primary mtttator of decay while Lactobacillus acidophilus continues the process. 3 GLOSSARY Caries: decay Cariogenic: something which causes tooth decay Galactosaemia: presence of galactose in the blood of the tooth enamel. The enamel can be repaired naturally in the early stages of the decay by redeposition of calcium and phosphate. A rough time-scale for these reactions is as follows. Demineralization of the tooth enamel begins seconds after eating sugary foods: within 20-40 minutes the acid is dissipated and a slow repair starts, continuing until more sugar was eaten.

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