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No One-Size-Fits-All for Hydrating During Sports

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 30, 2018 – Waiting until you're thirsty to drink during sports could lead to dehydration and poorer performance, a new study finds. "Drinking only to thirst typically leads to significant dehydration, which is associated with exercise performance impairment," said study author Stavros Kavouras, a professor and director of the Hydration Science Lab at the University of Arkansas. ...

Hydration May Be Key to a Beneficial Workout

Posted 23 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 23, 2018 – Older adults, drink up. You need plenty of water during exercise so your brain gets the full benefits of working out, researchers say. "Middle-age and older adults often display a blunted thirst perception, which places them at risk for dehydration, and subsequently may reduce the cognitive [mental] health-related benefits of exercise," said Brandon Yates, of Spaulding ...

Health Tip: Understanding Electrolytes

Posted 6 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Electrolytes are naturally occurring minerals that contain an electric charge. They are found in your blood, urine, other bodily fluids and tissues. Examples contained in certain foods and beverages include: sodium, calcium, potassium, chorine, phosphate and magnesium. Electrolytes influence your body's water balance. The U.S. National Library of Medicine says electrolytes also are important ...

Big Outdoor Temperature Swings Tied to Heart Attack Risk

Posted 1 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 1, 2018 – Many people know that extreme cold can raise your chances of having a heart attack, but a new study suggests that wild swings in temperature may do the same. The greater the temperature change during the course of a single day, the more people show up at the hospital in need of emergency surgery for a heart attack, the researchers discovered. The risk of heart attack ...

Fuel Up And Hydrate Properly Like An Olympian

Posted 9 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 – While you watch the Winter Olympics from the comfort of your couch in the coming weeks, pay heed to what helped the athletes reach peak physical condition. "Olympians can teach us a lot about how to eat for better health and performance," said Kaley Mialki, a dietitian with the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. "Fueling and hydrating ...

Health Tip: Plan to Eat Healthier

Posted 31 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Taking steps to eat a healthier, more balanced diet should be a gradual lifestyle change and shouldn't be too difficult. The American Heart Association suggests: Do not attempt to change all of your eating habits in one day. By setting smaller goals, such as eating more vegetables and fruit, you are more likely to be successful. Cook more often at home and eat out less. When you do dine out, ...

'IV Lounges' Are the Latest Health Fad, But Are They Safe?

Posted 31 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 – "Rent-a-drip" IV lounges are popping up across the country, promising speedy recovery for hangover sufferers, jet lag victims and others seeking an intravenous solution to modern dilemmas. But experts say these lounges are at best a waste of money and at worst potentially dangerous. "The whole thing is really nonsense," said Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, a professor of ...

Fluids May Buy Dying Cancer Patients a Day or Two

Posted 17 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 – Giving fluids to dying cancer patients may help them live a bit longer, a new British study finds. "Hydration plays a key role in delaying the dying process," said Dr. Agnieszka Michael, medical director of clinical trials at the University of Surrey in England. However, "why this is remains unknown," Michael added. The study included more than 200 cancer patients, aged ...

Astronauts May Get Space Fever

Posted 11 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 10, 2018 – Weightlessness apparently causes astronauts' body temperatures to run a little hot while in space, a new study reports. The researchers used forehead sensors to monitor the core body temperature of astronauts on the International Space Station. Measurements were taken before, during and after their venture. When at rest in space, the astronauts' body temperature ...

Exercise Safely When the Weather Outside Is Frightful

Posted 2 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 2, 2018 – If you're exercising outdoors this winter, take special precautions, a sports medicine expert advises. With winter's chill upon us, it's become increasingly important to check the weather conditions – including the forecast and wind chill – before starting out. Then, adjust your clothes accordingly, suggested Dr. Theodore Shybut, an assistant professor of orthopedic ...

Global Warming's Humidity Could Put Lives in Danger

Posted 27 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 27, 2017 – You may have heard the expression: It's not the heat, it's the humidity. Researchers seem to agree, and are now warning that humidity is likely to increase the threat to human health from climate change-related temperature hikes in certain parts of the world. Those areas include the southeastern United States, the Amazon, western and central Africa, southern areas of ...

Everything You Need to Know About Exercise and Hydration

Posted 21 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2017 – Working up a good sweat when you exercise lets you know you're working hard, but it's also a sign that you're losing water – water that needs to be replaced. Water not only regulates your body temperature, it also helps lubricate joints and transport nutrients. If you're not properly hydrated, you won't be able to perform at your peak. You could even experience fatigue, ...

U.S. May Still Benefit From Climate Accord

Posted 15 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 – Despite the Trump administration's withdrawal from the Paris Accord on climate change, the United States will benefit from international efforts to slow the global environmental threat, researchers say. Improvements in air quality and health are likely as a result of domestic and global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to a study led by scientists ...

Lunchtime H2O May Be Key to Curbing Kids' Obesity

Posted 13 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 – Getting kids to drink water with their school lunches could help keep their weight in check and save the United States billions in obesity-related costs, a new study contends. Researchers calculated the effects of going nationwide with a program piloted in 1,200 New York City schools between 2009 and 2013. Placing water dispensers in school cafeterias led kids to drink ...

How Would Your Family Weather a Disaster?

Posted 24 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Sept. 23, 2017 – News coverage of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey have made one thing abundantly clear: Planning for disasters could save your life. "The biggest issue that we as first responders run into is that people fail to plan. Then things that could have been simple issues become big problems," said Scott Buchle, program manager for Penn State Health Life Lion EMS. The emergency ...

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