Hypothermia: Can you “Bear” the cold?

Every body’s metabolism requires an optimal temperature for efficient operation: cars, cactus, lizards, bears and even human beings.  Metabolism refers to biochemical change and secondarily to the speed at which that change occurs.   The speed of biochemical change is referred to as the “basal metabolic rate” or BMR.

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Your Holiday Post-Turkey “Tryp” To The Napping Couch

shutterstock_130364828By now most of us have heard that turkey contains “Tryptophan” which may make us drowsy after a big Thanksgiving or Winter Holiday dinner, but what is it and why does it does it make us sleepy?

Tryptophan is an amino acid.  Amino acids chain themselves together to make proteins.  Protein is the primary cellular component of our muscles, skin and organs.  Our bodies continually use protein to make our tissues and to repair them in times of illness or injury.  Patients in the process of healing accidental or surgical wounds require increased protein in their nutrition.

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