Food

Eating Disorder: Anorexia vs. Bulimia vs. Binge-Eating

A very serious and to-the-point article that explains the difference between these three disorders, re-posted from The Zeit.

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The Zeit

The Friend I Couldn’t Save

Depressed little girl with eating disorder Eating disorders are among the top 4 leading causes of years of life lost through death or disability. Image by David Castillo

Asmariya had the sweetest smile which I can only compare to an upside down rainbow. Looking back when we way both growing up in Dubai I am tempted to say she was one of my closest friends. When we were about twelve something happened to her and up to this day I am not sure I can describe it.

Asmariya had lost so much weight and she had lost her smile; her beautiful upside down rainbow was now a black cloud of tears. She hardly talked and she kept calling herself ugly. Her parents went from being pissed off at her to crying. I had never seen a proud Arab man cry before.

Some said she was possessed or had encountered the “evil…

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Food

A Rundown on Amino Acids: Knowing What You Need

Amino acids are organic compounds that combine to form proteins that help our bodies break down food, grow, repair body tissue, and perform many bodily functions. They are needed to help build and repair muscle in your body—an essential component of every athlete’s diet. Some athletes may take supplements of amino acids to improve athletic performance. However,… Continue reading A Rundown on Amino Acids: Knowing What You Need

Mind

“A Sound Mind in a Healthy Body”: Basic Recipe for a Healthy Brain

Your body and mind are connected by nerve bundles, which move muscles and keep your organs functioning. Sensory stimuli is provided to the brain through these nerves. A healthy brain therefore starts with a healthy body. Athletes have more than likely been focusing on athletic performance, perhaps without even realizing the affect your physical activity has on your brain. For those of us who quit exercising abruptly (perhaps because of an injury, or because of getting so sick of pushing the body for hours, years on end), may therefore not know the affect that a lack of exercising has on the brain.