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  • Rethinking Africa: The staff of the African Advocacy Network includes Joe Sciarrillo, pictured here with Jean Elias Xavier, Director Aboudou Traore, Charles Jackson and Clementine Ntshaykolo outside their office in the Dolores Street Community Services building. They help a growing number of African immigrants to the Bay Area who may number as many as 50,000.
  • Retiring Pillars: SI’s faculty surprised Fr. Sauer in May with applause and flowers after the announcement of his reassignment.
  • The SI boys’ lacrosse team enjoyed what may have been best year since its founding nearly a quarter century ago. The lacrosse press ranked the team among the top 15 in the nation as SI turned in another undefeated season in league play – its fourth undefeated season since it joined the WCAL in 2010.
  • Richard Driscoll ’06, a performance engineer for Oracle Team USA that will defend the America’s Cup in September, is among the few locals hunkering down in Pier 80 off Marin Street, where they work 65-hour weeks to make sure that Ellison’s boat sails twice as fast as the wind and maneuvers with precision and power as it takes on challengers from around the world.
  • Retiring Pillars: Since the 1970s, Mary McCarty made sure Latin was a living language for students in her classes.
  • Rethinking Africa: Ira Shaughnessy ’00 spent two years in Ghana from 2007 to 2009 working with the Bormase helping with the cultivation of the Moringa tree, whose leaves are rich in vitamins.

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Secret Foods Give Your Body a Hand

Julia Roy' 15
Contributing Editor

Complex carbohydrates energize the bod

We’re always being told what food promotes good health, and oftentimes people have a point. However, when targeting specific areas of your body, some unlikely foods are actually beneficial, while socially-accepted “good” foods may be less useful.

For example, carbohydrates, although of- ten thought of as unhealthy or fattening, provide energy for the body and are very important when trying to prevent muscle fatigue and cramping, a problem that can plague student-athletes. "When I go for runs, I sometimes worry about my muscles cramping and I'm always looking for a way to prevent them or alleviate the pain naturally," says Indiana Madden '15. Carbohydrates are stored in the body providing the energy required to perform physical activity, and when the store is depleted, it results in muscle fatigue and leads to cramping.

"Eating complex carbohydrates before exercise and during especially rigorous exercise decreases the chance of cramping," says JV Tennis Coach Ed Grafilo. Examples of beneficial complex carbohydrates are beans, lentils, fruits, and vegetables. Foods within these groups such as broccoli and black beans also contain magnesium which regulates electrolytes, and can help relax tense muscles and help prevent cramping, as well as also help repair damaged muscles.

Another problem that many students face is stress, so finding foods that can target brain stimulation appears essential. Foods that provide nutrients such as magnesium and folate can help boost serotonin levels and help in the production of dopamine. The B vitamins are also very beneficial when it comes to fighting stress. Salmon and tuna are both great sources of B vitamins, and salmon can increase serotonin levels. When looking for a small treat, a small amount of dark chocolate, which contains high amounts of flavanoids, can help in relaxation. Eating a little dark chocolate each day can help reduce the amount of cortisol, one of the main stress hormones, in the body, so it can "help relieve stress and satisfy a craving for something unhealthy," according to Sarah Scannell '15.

When combating any problem within the body, always find foods high in vitamins and minerals that can help prevent or alleviate the problems.

Posted by on Monday November, 11, 2013

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