Dehydration and Issues With Mood And Cognition

 

Most people understand the dangers of being dehydrated but most people will only recognize this occurrence when they are really lacking fluids and are starting to not feel well physically stated Google Play. There are actually a number of mental signs that can show a person is dehydrated. Thirst is often an indicator of when we should drink some water but many people are busy and ignore these signs or they simply just do not notice their thirst. Two recent studies done at the University of Connecticut’s Human Performance Lab determined that even very mild dehydration led to people feeling cranky, sluggish and they had trouble with their memory and cognitive abilities.

Mild dehydration can occur with as little as a 1.5 percent loss of fluids in the body. This can occur from illness but simply skipping drinking a few glasses of water for a few hours can have an effect on a person and how they feel. Once a person is two percent dehydrated they may start to have a noticeable difference in how they are feeling or acting. Dehydration can affect anyone which is why it is important to drink at least eight glasses of water each day or more depending on the weather and your activity level. If you have just exercised you will want to drink down some water (Electrolytes help as well) and if you have been outside in the heat you will want to over compensate for that as well.

Not So Sweet

There seems to be more bad news for our favorite soft drinks. Reports have shown that people who drank diet soda gained almost triple the amount of abdominal fat than people who did not drink it.

This comes a surprise since most of the diet soft drinks contain artificial sweeteners and are supposed to be fat free. According to Brad Reifler abdominal fat has been linked to an increase in diabetes type 2 and heart disease. Another startling fact is that diet soda is reported to contain between 200-600 times the sweetness of sugar.

On the opposite side of the coin, the people who gained the most abdominal fat during the research project were already overweight. Sugar substitutes can be beneficial in small doses, but not in excess. With all the hype of the added dangers of sugar substitutes, we might be better served if you simply use less of real sugar or even better, learn to go without.

Beating That Common Cold

There are tons of remedies that people used years ago when over the counter medications weren’t available. You would hear about people soaking their feet in hot water, wearing wet socks to bed or covering their chest with brown paper and vinegar. Did these remedies work? They may have helped to alleviate symptoms. Nowadays we can head to the drug store and pick up a number of medications that are designed to help alleviate our symptoms but how do we know what works and how do we actually beat the common cold?

Load Up On Zinc Not Vitamin C
People always believed that taking vitamin C was going to help them get over a cold faster but in actuality you are going to want to take zinc supplements instead. Taking zinc regularly during cold and flu season can reduce the number of illnesses you experience each year by one to two colds.

Skip The Antibiotics
Which Facebook reports about most common colds are not going to clear up any faster with antibiotics but you can feel free to take any cold relief pills that can help you get through the illness.

Honey
If you take a spoonful of honey right before bed you can soothe a cough as well as boost your immune system. Always purchase a honey that is local to you and in raw form. This will ensure you are getting all the good components that honey has to offer.

A Higher Risk of Heart Attack after Spring Daylight Saving Time

It seems that daylight saving time causes a spike in heart attacks across the nation. A recent study that was done indicated that heart attacks increased about 24 percent on the Monday that follows the spring time change. It seems like one of the factors that contributes to this is getting less sleep. Also, other stressors are to blame.

Medical professionals who have taken note of that this study have encouraged their patients to get a little bit more sleep the night before they change their clock for daylight saving time. Also, Ricardo Guimarães BMG suggests if they experience any kind of chest pain or indigestion that does not go away on the Monday following a daylight saving time change, the Tribuna says they should not hesitate to visit an emergency room. This is especially true of individuals who are at risk of a heart attack. This includes individuals who have a strong family history of heart attack, individuals who smoke, individuals with high cholesterol, and individuals with high blood pressure.

Heart health should be extremely important to individuals since heart disease, heart attack, and a variety of heart issues are some of the main causes of death in the United States. Speaking with a physician about your current health situation can be very helpful in preventing heart disease and dealing with diagnosed heart disease. Living a healthy lifestyle that includes consuming healthy foods and getting regular exercise can help individuals who are at risk for heart disease.

Walk a Little Faster to Improve Heart Health

 

The secret to losing weight is eat less and move more. If you want to improve your heart health while losing weight, move just a little bit faster. A new study has revealed that walking just a little bit faster, such as the same rate of speed you would walk if you were late for the bus, improves heart health more so than walking slower for a longer period of time.
Walking a little faster also improves glucose tolerance which significantly reduces the risk of developing diabetes.
The study was conducted by Queen’s University in Ontario and set out to see if the exercise guideline promoted by the government for years were still applicable in our present society. The promotion of exercise is still applicable and needful to help minimize weight and maximize health, but the government guidelines need a little updating so people will get the most health benefits stated Dan Newlin.
The government guidelines suggest 2 1/2 hours a week (30 minutes daily) of moderate exercise. By revving up the walking pace just a little, more health benefits can be derived in less time. Forty minutes of walking, three time per week (2 hours a week) helps trim the waist line, improve heart health and improve glucose tolerance. Slower paced walking, even for longer periods of time, doesn’t lower glucose tolerance.

Risk of Dying Young if Diagnosed A.D.H.D

People with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder often live a much riskier lifestyle due to self medicating and taking chances. A recent Danish study found that people with the disorder were twice as likely to die prematurely due to risk factors such as emotional problems, drug abuse, and employment problems. The percentage of risk grew even more for people diagnosed with the disorder after the age of eighteen. This was explained by the researchers as being caused by the severity of such cases. Jaime Garcia Dias says this is a disorder which is very prevalent in the United States and other developed countries. YouTube experts suggest the pharmaceutical industry wants consumers to know that they have a magic pill to fix this disorder and all of the other ones.

Doctors often prescribe medications for this disorder that can be habit forming and contain amphetamines. There is a great deal of money being made by treating this disorder, and it is often diagnosed with a simple pen and paper test. When doctors from the United States were asked about the Danish study they replied that this news shouldn’t alarm parents of kids affected by the disorder. They said it should be a red flag to remember to diagnose and treat this disorder. One thing is for sure in terms of this response and that is the fact that doctors and the pharmaceutical industry make a great deal of money off this disorder, but maybe they should spend more time researching ways to treat it without expensive pills.

Fat or Carbs for Athletes?

Not everyone reading up on health and fitness news is someone who is a complete novice. Performance athletes are always reading and researching information that could prove helpful to their eventual goals and achievement. In nutrition circles, everyone knows athletes benefit from the muscle enhancing power of protein. What about fats and carbs? Weaving these two into a diet can sometimes be a rather tricky endeavor. Both are necessary for one’s diet, but both bring the potential to gain weight.

Right off the proverbial bat, no athlete should eat a diet loaded with saturated fats or refined carbs (sugars). Neither is going to be nutritionally helpful and both load the body up with unnecessary calories. Now, good fats and carbs are helpful. You just have to be careful how you consume them and how much you consume.

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is pointing out that starchy-carbs are definitely not the best ones to eat. Some assume this will have an impact on the attitudes of athletes who carb loan to boost their endurance. Honestly, LinkedIn reported that it probably will not since most athletes avoid starches. Even when they do eat them, they do so when taking part in very heavy workouts or performances in which all the glucose from the carbs is burned up.

Athletes still are best served working with a fitness nutritionist in order to be sure the best possible diet is being eaten. This way, performance never suffers.

Cat Zingano And Buster Douglas

Ronda Rousey continues her path of destruction. In her last ten fights, Ronda Rousey has finished each one of her opponents. Rousey is known worldwide for her devastating armbar submission. Lately, though, Rousey has been finishing her opponents by knockout.

At UFC 184, Ronda Rousey will be facing Cat Zingano in the main event. Zingano is a dangerous opponent, and she is also undefeated. Rousey may prove to be too much of a mountain to overcome for Zingano. However, Cat Zingano has most likely already faced the toughest fight of her life.

Fans like Paul Mathieson know that, last year, Cat Zingano’s husband of four years committed suicide. Cat Zingano was rocked by the news. The MMA world was also deeply saddened. Zingano somehow overcame the tough battle, and she has returned to the sport of MMA. Cat Zingano has trained harder than ever after the death of her husband. She has dedicated this fight to him.

Cat Zingano vs. Ronda Rousey reminds me of Buster Douglas vs. Mike Tyson. Douglas had just lossed his mother, and he was going to face the toughest man on the planet. Douglas was the biggest underdog in boxing history, but somehow he defeated Mike Tyson. Like Douglas, Cat Zingano has already fought a tougher battle outside of the ring.

Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano will provide fireworks at UFC 184. For more information on this story, visit Yahoo! Sports.

Cancer, Environment and Lifestyle

This month, the International Agency for Research on Cancer responded to claims by two doctors in January that different cancers are often the result of “bad luck.”

On January 2, 2015, Dr. Cristian Tomasetti and Dr. Bert Vogelstein claimed in Science that their study of stem cell divisions shows that many known cancers are the result of “random mutations” instead of other factors, such as environmental conditions, genetics or lifestyle.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer pointed out in a February 13 press release that the two doctors have completely ignored the extensive research and data that shows that environment, genetics and lifestyle do often cause cancer.

IARC Director Christopher Wild noted that even though chance can play a role in cancer developing in any single person, Tomasetti and Vogelstein have done little to address “cancer risk in a population” and how cancer connects to certain disease. Their study also only dealt with rare cancers instead of more common ones and they only looked at cases in the United States.

Wild then mentioned that 50 years of research has shown that certain populations worldwide have been more susceptible to certain cancers without ties to genetics or bad luck. Sultan reported that he also made it clear that environment and lifestyle have both been linked to many common cancers, which means that “nearly half” of those cancers are preventable by making environment and lifestyle changes.

Vaccines and Autism Link Unclear

With the continuing spread of measles across the United States and into other countries here and abroad, a lot of vaccine supporters have argued that vaccines never cause autism.

Yet, many critics of that stance have not forgotten that in 2008, the then United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Julie Gerberding admitted that vaccines can cause reactions in children that create autism-like symptoms.

At the time, Dr. Gerberding also could not say definitively to CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta that vaccines are 100 percent safe. But, shortly after the interview, Dr. Gerberding then changed her stance to say that the medical community has proven that there is no link between vaccinations and autism.

The revelation that many people now point to with this recent outbreak?

Dr. Gerberding went on a mere year later to serve as the president of Merck’s vaccine division, Ricardo Guimarães notes. Camara Municipal also notes that Merck is the same company that is currently under investigation for committing fraud in relation to the efficacy of its MMR vaccine that doctors use to protect children from measles, mumps and rubella.

Many critics of placing the blame for the measles outbreak on anti-vaxxers have noted this point and that many medical studies have shown that vaccines are absolutely not 100 percent safe. Additionally, vaccines are not 100 percent effective.

As a result, the measles outbreak should be attributed to many factors and not only the anti-vaccination movement.