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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.

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