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Is Gatorade Bad for You?

Maybe.

A person loses a great deal of water in the form of sweat when engaging in prolonged exercise. An athlete even more so.

It is therefore necessary to rehydrate, that’s why sports drinks provide water, carbohydrates, and electrolytes so the athlete’s performance might improve.

That said, sport’s drinks like Gatorade also provide empty calories.

Unless you’re in the middle of an Olympic training workout, this amount of excess calories is simply unnecessary.

Here are some of the Gatorade ingredients that will NOT enhance anyone’s workout: High Fructose Corn Syrup, Artificial Colors, Brominated Vegetable Oil.

Gatorade is fortified with a variety of different vitamins and minerals, including some fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamin A. Fat-soluble vitamins cannot be excreted from the body when they are consumed in quantities too large, so side effects may occur. Drinking too much Gatorade, and consuming much more than your recommended amount of vitamin A, can lead to vitamin toxicity, also known as hypervitaminosis A. The National Institutes of Health say that the symptoms of hypervitaminosis A include blurred vision, fatigue, headache and nausea.

Abstain from Foods Which Cause Gastric Stomach

Gastritis, which is inflammation of the abdominal lining, could cause abdominal pain, gas and a bloated-ness, feelings of nausea, vomiting and perhaps a burning.

You will want to avoid highly acidic foods such as citrus juices or tomato based food products (eg. spaghetti, pizza).

You should also avoid alcohol & smoking, caffeine, and any spicy/highly seasoned foods.

Try eating smaller more frequent meals (or snacks) rather than the typical 3 large meals a day.

Some foods are not good for an upset stomach. Foods that are high in fat, contain fiber, are spicy and are greasy can cause further gastric complications. Avoid dairy products if you are actively vomiting or have diarrhea. Do not eat or drink foods or beverages that contain alcohol or caffeine, because these substances can promote dehydration. Avoid black pepper, chili powder, chocolate, carbonated beverages, fried foods, acidic fruit juices such as orange juice, broccoli, corn, onions, cabbage and cheese. Avoid eating large amounts of food.

Painkiller Abuse Targeted by Obama’s Administration

The overall rate of deaths from drugs — including heroin, cocaine, and prescription opioids — is approaching the number of deaths from car crashes each year.

In 2007, there were 28,000 deaths from prescription drug overdoses.

Those deaths were driven largely by the abuse of prescription painkillers.

Prescription painkiller abuse now matches abuse of illegal drugs, and mortality from the prescription drugs exceeds overdose deaths from cocaine and heroin combined

“We are in the midst of a public health crisis driven by prescription drug abuses,”

“In 2007, there were 28,000 deaths from prescription drug overdoses — five times the number in 1990, Kerlikowske said. Those deaths were driven largely by the abuse of prescription painkillers.”

Economist’s Take on Nature vs. Nurture

Why would economists focus on this age old debate of genetisists and social engineers?

Could it be that perhaps they are starting to see the ubiquitous connection between the wellness of a society and wealth of it’s economy?

The question of parenting has become of increasing interest to economists. At the American Economic Association’s annual meeting in Denver this year, for example, there was a panel on the effect of mothers’ employment on their children, as well as household choices and child development.

Measles Alert!

Measles is one of the standard viral diseases of childhood.

The virus spreads through the respiratory system via aerosol droplets and respiratory secretions which can remain infectious for several hours.

A woman infected with this contagious and potentially dangerous disease, traveled through the District and Maryland after flying into Dulles International Airport and was considered “ground zero” for this recent strain of the epidemic.

The viral disease causes serious medical complications – such as pneumonia and encephalitis — in 20 percent of patients, especially children under 5 and adults older than 20. Measles infection in a pregnant woman can lead to miscarriage, premature birth or a low-birth weight baby.

Mixing alcohol and energy drinks is risky business

The combination of energy drinks with alcohol tends to keep the party going.

A hefty dose of caffeine a stimulant , mixed with alcohol, a depressant, keeps you awake while simultaneously getting you intoxicated.

The body signals you to sleep when you are overly intoxicated, but the caffeine keeps you awake allowing for consumption of a potentially dangerous amount of alcohol.

“This study demonstrates these drinks are different. .. and consumers should be aware. It might be appropriate to put warning labels on energy drinks saying they should not be mixed with alcohol.”

“I’m most concerned about impaired driving,” she said. “Typically, a lot of people’s judgment is not good even at the best of times when they’re drinking alcohol. It’s really that sleepy feeling that cues people it’s time to go home. This might extend the whole party experience longer than it should.”

Dance therapy for Parkinson’s disease


New therapies for victims for early onset Parkinson’s show promise for managing symptoms.

People like Michael J Fox are able to live productive lives with this debilitating disease by utilizing new coping techniques.

Dancing seems to improve overall wellness for many illnesses.

So “cut a rug”!

Cancer Risk with Cell Phone Use is Still Undetermined

Almost two decades of research has not decisively concluded whether or not there is a direct link between cell phone use and certain brain cancers.

Since so many of us use cell phones it is diffucult to conclude a causal relationship between the two, especially given the rarity of some of the cancers.

…Siddhartha Mukherjee, an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University, found that despite years of research by scientists around the world, there has never been a conclusive study linking cellphone use and brain cancer — but no study conclusively ruled it out, either.

Labeling issues spur prescription medicine mistakes

Are you being prescribed the wrong medication ?

Getting the wrong medication and medical negligence can be the result of many factors.

Being prescribed the wrong medication altogether, or receiving an improper dosage of the correct medication is only a part of the problem.

That being said consumers should definitely check the labels of prescription bottles before they leave the store.

“In 2006, the Institute of Medicine issued a report citing medication mistakes as the most common medical errors, resulting in an estimated $3.5 billion in added costs for lost wages, productivity and additional health care expenses.”

“In 2008, 1.9 million people became ill or injured from medication side effects or because they took or were given the wrong type or dose of medication, compared with 1.2 million injured in 2004″

Water. The essential element of life

Water is necessary to regulate body temperature and to provide the means for nutrients to travel to all your organs.

Water also transports oxygen to your cells, removes waste, and protects your joints and organs.

A good estimate is to take your body weight in pounds and divide that number in half.

That gives you the number of ounces of water per day that you need to drink.

For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, you should drink at least 80 ounces of water per day.

If you exercise, you should drink another eight ounce glass of water for every 20 minutes you are active. I

f you drink alcohol, you should drink at least an equal amount of water.

“Drinking water cooled to 37.4 degrees may lead to a slight increase in calorie expenditure for an hour after you quaff it, a study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism finds. (The cool liquid forces your body to work to maintain its internal temperature.) And a glass before a meal—chilled or not—may curb your appetite slightly, helping cut calories.

And maybe protect your heart. When a National Institutes of Health–funded study tracked 34,000 people for 14 years, it found that men who downed five to six glasses of water a day were nearly 70 percent less likely to die of a heart attack. The correlation wasn’t as strong in women, but “it’s a very intriguing finding.

We are now following 96,000 men and women in another study and will see if the preliminary results hold.”

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