Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Eating a Well-Balanced Vegetarian Diet

Eating a well-balanced diet is important for everyone, and vegetarians are no exception. Some nutrients may be more difficult to come by without meat in the diet, requiring some advanced planning.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine says vitamins D and B12, as well as proteins, zinc, iron and riboflavin may be lacking in a vegetarian diet.

Fish, soy, milk or eggs are good sources of protein for vegetarians who choose to eat them. Combining foods such as fortified cereals, rice and beans, breads or peanut butter also can provide sufficient proteins, the agency says.

Friday, 2 July 2010

Signs That You May Have Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy is a nervous system disorder characterized by sudden daytime sleep attacks, and being excessively sleepy. The disorder tends to affect more than one family member.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine says warning signs of narcolepsy may include:

  • Periods of overwhelming drowsiness during the day, about every three to four hours.
  • Feeling a strong need to sleep, then suddenly falling asleep.
  • Attacks of sleep and drowsiness that last about 15 minutes. Afterward, the person feels quite refreshed.
  • Having dreams or hallucinations that occur between sleeping and waking.
  • An inability to move while awake for a while, or as soon as the person wakes.