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.