Stevia is a natural sweetener obtained from the plant Stevia rebaudiana, which is commonly found in South America. Over the recent past, Stevia has been known to be a sweetener that not only adds the sweet taste but also one that promotes better health compared to natural cane and other sweeteners. However, a number of negative stevia side effects exist and any user ought to be wary.
To start with, one of stevia side effects is dizziness. Someone may suffer from dizziness after consuming stevia, but history has shown that this dizziness does not last for a long time. Secondly, some stevia users have reported cases of numbness, whose effects do not last long either. Studies have indicated that stevia can substantially lower the user’s blood sugar implying that diabetic people should use it with caution. Additionally, stevia may cause anaphylaxis especially to those people with allergies to daisies, ragweed and marigold flowers. Anaphylactic reaction has several symptoms such as wheezing, difficulty in swallowing, pale skin and general weakness. Such a reaction from stevia could be fatal and immediate treatment is recommended in case the symptoms are observed.
Other stevia side effects may include nausea, bloating, infertility, slight muscular pains and cancer. Moreover, some studies indicate that stevia has the potential to lower blood pressure and individuals with low blood pressure are advised to avoid using this sweetener as a substitute for normal sugar. The American Heart Association (AHA) has expressed similar factors as mentioned above, stating that stevia could probably be used to help people lose weight and reduce blood sugar.
The Ancient Egyptians knew that feeding a patient liver (back, right) would help cure night blindness. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Best Power Foods
If you do not understand the reason you still feel exhausted after a good night’s rest,take a closer look at the food you put on your plate. Elizabeth Somer, a registered dietitian and author of “Eat Your Way To Happiness” states that even the slightest deficiency in a nutrient can cause you to feel sluggish. Eating a great deal of bad food will have about he same impact. So if your energy levels have not been high, add these energy-producing foods to your diet.
A drop in energy may mean you need more iron. Include extra iron rich foods like red meat, chicken, and fish. Another food source high in iron is liver but expectant mothers should not eat it because large quantities of Vitamin A are bad for fetuses. If meat isn’t your thing, other iron rich foods are spinach, soy beans, lentils, and enriched cereals. Your body will not absorb iron easily but adding more Vitamin C helps so drink a cup of orange juice.
Registered dietitian Carole Riggins says if your menstruation cycle is on the heavy side, your iron levels are lower. Be certain you are consuming enough iron to make up for the depletion. Caffeine can make you jumpy but so can foods with high amounts of refined carbohydrates like sweet cereals and white bread. Carbohydrates cause a brief surge in blood sugar but the impact will shortly go away making you feel tired again. Also get rid of the cola, sodas and drink only water.