Artificial Sweeteners: Ineffective Against Weight-Loss?

According to an article published by the Wall Street Journal, Dr. Harlan Krumholz, a cardiologist and Professor at Yale University School of Medicine, has “stopped [his] daily habit of diet drinks and [is] slowly removing these substances from the rest of his diet.”

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He continues, “Rather than help me maintain a healthy weight, they(artificial sweeteners) like aspartame may be doing exactly what we thought they should be preventing. At the very least, they do not seem to help people keep weight off.” “If, in the end, we discover that large-scale consumption of diet drinks and foods helped fuel the obesity epidemic, it would be more than ironic. It would be tragic” According to a Scientific Report authored by a panel of 14 MDs, PhDs, PharmDs, and Scholars, “they found a mere seven trials, with a total of only 1,003 people, that evaluated consumption of the substances(non-nutritive sweeteners), for more than six months.”

“The bottom line was that they generally failed to find that sweeteners helped people lose weight. Since most people use sweeteners for the purpose of controlling or losing weight, if they were considered drugs instead of a food substance they would be deemed ineffective based on the best evidence available”

“They [also] found that people who consumed these sweeteners were more likely to have increases in weight and waistline, and a higher incidence of obesity, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular events.”

So, this begs the question. Are artificial sweeteners really helping? Moreover, they may even be harmful.

Exploring the Benefits of Fulvic / Humic Compounds

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In an age when people are increasingly conscious of their health and what they put into their bodies, it can be hard to discern if we’re making the right choices when it comes to our diet. Even when we read each label of each food product we buy, how do we know what those ingredients mean, or what they do to our health? Therehas been a recent surge in health products and supplements, including fulvic and humic acids, but many people still don’t understand what the potential benefits are of adding them to their diet, or how their body will use them.

So, we did some research, specifically on what Fulvic and Humic minerals really are, and what they really do.

According to a symposium published in 1996 by the American Chemical Society in Chicago, “Humic and Fulvic substances have been studied extensively for more than 200 years.”1 These substances are extracted from mineral rich soil deposits layered beneath the earth’s surface where they are created through compression of biodegraded plant matter, producing fulvic and humic acid compounds.

2One study found that the animals, consuming the grass growing on these deposits, experienced accelerated growth and resisted diseases commonly seen nearby regions. This suggested that the animals had ingested something that had enhanced their immune function and promoted optimal growth and disease resistance. It was discovered that what was affecting these animals was the high levels of fulvic and humic substances that were present in their diets. It is also believed that the fulvic and humic substances ingested by these animals enhanced absorption of minerals found in the plants the livestock was eating.

In fact, veterinary doctors observed that animals grazing on or near a Hungarian deposit “were exceptionally healthy, compared to other animals, especially off-spring.”2 So, through this observation, we can understand that we, as humans can benefit from having these compounds in our diets. The problem is, due to over-farming and bioengineering of our food, many of our foods are no longer rooted in this mineral-rich soil, and if the soil the food grows in is lacking in these compounds, then the food itself will be lacking, too. And so, we have to find other ways to supplement fulvic and humic compounds in our diet if we want the same benefits to our health that have been observed in other species.

Potential Health Benefits

Due to the observed and documented ability for fulvic and humic substances to transport essential minerals, retain water, and even combat contaminants, it is proposed, with significant scientific support, that regular consumption of fulvic and humic substances can help with:

1.       Digestion

2.       Immune function

3.       Nutrient absorption as well as Metabolic activity

4.       Cognitive health

5.       Detoxification

6.       Inflammation

7.       Low energy levels

8.       Skin health

Why is it Black?

Humic substances are naturally occurring and are organically black in color. This is what causes water / food with humic compounds to appear black.

 

 

Safety

There lacks substantial research in the United States, especially in human trials, on the long-term effects of humic and fulvic in the human diet. But, most current research does suggest more pros than cons. One study actually showed that when added to chicken feed, with other variables tightly controlled, it decreased the population’s mortality rate as well as incidences of disease.3

Side Effects

The majority of reported side effects occurred usually after the ingesting high and concentrated amount of the substance, which is why it is recommended that it should be diluted for consumption. These side effects were not severe, and mostly subsided after a period of time after ingestion of food.  Noteworthy side effects include diarrhea (attributed to overconsumption), headache, and a burning sensation in the throat upon ingestion, which can be attributed to the low-pH of a mixing medium.

Take Away

Although more research may be required, fulvic and humic substances have been studied around the world by scholars for centuries, and there is strong evidence that suggest biological and health benefits involved with regular consumption.

References

1.       “Humic and Fulvic Acids: Isolation,m Structure, and Environmental Role”. ACS Symposium Series 651. Edited by Jeffrey S. Gaffney, Nancy A. Marley, and Sue B. Clark.  Published by ACS in 1996.

2.       “Scientific Report. Peat-derived Organic Humifulvate Concentrate (HFC): A New Multimineral Dietary Supplement”. American Institute for Biosocial and Medical Research. Submitted by Amy Addington, MS and Alexander Schauss, PhD. Released in 2000

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4.       “Phase I clinical study of the acute and subacute safety and proof-of –concept efficacy of carbohydrate-derived fulvic acid”. Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa. Correspondence to Justin John Gandy. Published by Dove Medical Press Ltd. In 2012.

Do You Have an Electrolyte Imbalance?

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Electrolytes are certain nutrients (or chemicals) present in your body that have many important functions — from regulating your heartbeat to allowing your muscles to contract so you can move.

The major electrolytes found within the body include calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, phosphate and chloride. Because these crucial nutrients help stimulate nerves throughout the body and balance fluid levels, an electrolyte imbalance can cause a variety of serious negative symptoms, including some that are potentially deadly.

You obtain electrolytes through eating different foods and drinking certain fluids, while you lose them partially through exercise, sweating, going to the bathroom and urinating. This is why a poor diet, too little or too much exercise, and being sick are some possible causes for an electrolyte imbalance.

Some of the major roles that electrolytes have within the body include:

  • Calcium: helping with muscle contractions, nerve signaling, blood clotting, cell division, and forming/maintaining bones and teeth
  • Potassium: helping keep blood pressure levels stable, regulating heart contractions, helping with muscle functions
  • Magnesium: needed for muscle contractions, proper heart rhythms, nerve functioning, bone-building and strength, reducing anxiety, digestion, and keeping a stable protein-fluid balance
  • Sodium: helps maintain fluid balance, needed for muscle contractions, and helps with nerve signaling
  • Chloride: maintains fluid balance

How Electrolytes Work and the Causes of an Imbalance

Electrolytes are found within bodily fluids, including urine, blood and sweat. Electrolytes are given their name because they literally have an “electric charge.” They separate into positively and negatively charged ions when they’re dissolved in water. The reason this is important is because of how nerve reactions take place. Your nerves signal to one another by a process of chemical exchanges dependent on oppositely charged ions, both outside and inside of your cells.

An electrolyte imbalance can be caused by a number of different factors, including short-term illnesses, medications, dehydration and underlying chronic disorders. Some of the common causes of electrolyte imbalance are due to fluid loss, which can stem from situations including:

  • Being sick with symptoms including vomiting, diarrhea, sweating or high fevers that can­ all produce fluid loss or dehydration
  • A poor diet that’s low in essential nutrients from whole foods
  • Trouble absorbing nutrients from food (malabsorption) due to intestinal or digestive issues
  • Hormonal imbalances and endocrine disorders
  • Taking certain medications including those for treating cancer, heart disease or hormonal disorders
  • Taking antibiotics, over-the-counter diuretics or medications, or corticosteroid hormones
  • Kidney disease or damage (since the kidneys play a critical role in regulating chloride in your blood and “flushing out” potassium, magnesium and sodium)
  • Chemotherapy treatments, which can cause side effects of low blood calcium or calcium deficiency, changes in blood potassium levels, and other electrolyte deficiencies

Signs and Symptoms of an Electrolyte Imbalance

Because electrolytes have so many different roles within the body, an imbalance normally causes noticeable changes in how you feel pretty quickly. Depending on the type of electrolyte imbalance you experience, a number of symptoms can occur including:

  • Muscle aches, spasms, twitches and weakness
  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety
  • Frequent headaches
  • Feely very thirsty
  • Insomnia
  • Fever
  • Heart palpitations or irregular heartbeats
  • Digestive issues like cramps, constipation or diarrhea
  • Confusion and trouble concentrating
  • Bone disorders
  • Joint pain
  • Blood pressure changes
  • Changes in appetite or body weight
  • Fatigue (including chronic fatigue syndrome)
  • Numbness and pain in joints
  • Dizziness, especially when standing up suddenly

To diagnose an electrolyte imbalance, your doctor can perform a few different tests to determine your electrolyte levels. Most likely your health care provider will discuss your medical history with you, any reoccurring symptoms you experience, and take a urine and blood test to identify any abnormalities.

It’s also sometimes necessary to have an EKG test, ultrasound or X-rays of your kidneys in order to look for severe electrolyte imbalances that can put you at risk for heart complications.

Your doctor will look for any noticeable changes in optimal electrolyte levels, including very high or low potassium, magnesium or sodium levels. These are usually fairly easy to spot since the body works very hard to keep electrolyte concentrations within a narrow range. Levels are measured per liter of blood, and an electrolyte imbalance is diagnosed when you either have a value higher or lower than the normal ranges below:

  • Calcium: 5–5.5 mEq/L
  • Chloride: 97–107 mEq/L
  • Potassium: 5–5.3 mEq/L
  • Magnesium: 1.5-2.5 mEq/L
  • Sodium: 136–145 mEq/L

How do you know when it’s time to speak with a doctor about whether or not you might have an electrolyte imbalance? If you can identify with the descriptions of electrolyte imbalance symptoms below, it’s best to talk visit a health care provider to talk about how to reverse the problem and prevent it from happening again. Here are some of the common signs of experiencing an electrolyte balance and a bit more about what can cause each one:

  • Changes in Heartbeat: When potassium rises to very high levels, a condition called hyperkalemia develops. This interferes with the normal signals sent from nerves to muscles, which can result in muscles becoming weak, tingly or numb. At the same time, high potassium can impact your heartbeat and cause rapid rhythms that make you feel anxious. Also, one of the main effects of high calcium levels is on the cardiovascular system and electrical transmission pathways of the heart, so very high calcium levels are another common cause of heartbeat changes.
  • Anxiety and Trouble Sleeping: Most of us know how hard it is to fall and stay asleep when we have muscle spasms, a fast heartbeat or night sweats. Despite feeling like you’re always tired, low magnesium levels and high potassium can cause trouble getting good rest because of ongoing pains and mental disturbances.
  • Muscle Spasms: When dehydration occurs or potassium and magnesium levels fall abruptly, muscle weakness and spasms are usually some of the first signs. Very low potassium levels (hypokalemia) can also cause cramps and constipation. Low calcium levels (hypocalcemia) also causes muscle spasms, cramps, abdominal muscle pain and convulsions.
  • Digestive Issues: The muscles within your digestive tract need to contract properly in order to help you go to the bathroom. So either high or low levels of electrolytes can result in diarrhea, constipation, cramping or hemorrhoids. Nausea is also sometimes caused by very low sodium levels (called hyponatremia). This same condition can be followed by headaches, disorientation and respiratory problems when it’s left unresolved.
  • Bone Pains: Very high calcium levels (called hypercalcemia) can result in bone fractures, painful kidney stones, vomiting and constipation. The same condition can also make you feel tired and weak, with trouble concentrating.
  • Confusion, Dizziness and Irritability: When your sodium levels rise too drastically (called hypernatremia), you can become dizzy and weak. When this worsens, it’s possible to become even more delirious and even experience a seizure or coma.

How to Solve an Electrolyte Imbalance

1. Adjust Your Diet

The first step to correcting an electrolyte imbalance is to identify how it developed in the first place. For many people, a poor diet that’s high in processed foods containing lots of sodium, but low in other electrolytes like magnesium or potassium, paves the way for a dangerous imbalance. In many cases, a minor electrolyte imbalance can be corrected by simply making dietary changes and cutting way back on junk foods, takeout and restaurant foods, while instead cooking more fresh foods at home.

Focus your diet around whole, unpackaged foods — especially plenty of vegetables and fruits that provide potassium and magnesium. Some of the best include leafy greens, cruciferous veggies like broccoli or cabbage, starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes or squash, bananas, and avocados. A diet that’s rich in magnesium or potassium likely can be enough to solve problems like low potassium levels that can lead to blood pressure problems or magnesium deficiency that can contribute to anxiety, restlessness and muscle cramps.

To prevent dehydration and restore electrolytes, focus on these foods — which are some of the most hydrating due to being very water-dense:

  1. Coconut water
  2. Celery
  3. Watermelon
  4. Cucumber
  5. Kiwi
  6. Bell peppers
  7. Citrus fruit
  8. Carrots
  9. Cultured dairy (amasai/kefir/yogurt)
  10. Pineapple

Another thing to consider is whether you’re consuming enough calcium. With or without eating dairy products, it’s possible to get calcium from leafy greens, other veggies, beans and legumes. To obtain enough calcium naturally without needing supplements, consider adding high-quality and ideally raw dairy products to your diet if you can tolerate them. Foods like organic probiotic yogurt, cultured raw cheeses and raw milk provide high levels of electrolytes in addition to other important nutrients.

2. Monitor Your Sodium Intake

When you do consume packaged or processed foods, check the sodium levels. Sodium is an electrolyte that plays a significant part in the body’s ability to retain or release water, so if your diet is very high in sodium, more water is excreted by the kidneys, and this can cause complications with balancing other electrolytes.

Here’s how sodium works within the body: Essentially, water follows salt, which means if you increase sodium too much, water retention also occurs. At the same time, the opposite is also true: A loss in sodium results in a loss in water, potentially causing dehydration and extreme thirst. Hypernatremia (the name of the condition that develops when either too much water is lost or too much sodium is obtained) is more common among older adults, people with diabetes and those who eat heavily processed diets. People can also lose a high level of sodium through diarrhea, taking certain diuretics or laxatives, and exercising to extreme levels and overtraining without staying hydrated — all of which cause problems of their own.

Monitoring how much sodium you consume helps keep symptoms at bay, including bloating, lethargy, dehydration, weakness, irritability and muscle twitching. Drinking water and eating mostly whole foods (not the kinds that come in packages!) also ensures you obtain enough other important electrolytes.

3. Drink Enough Water (but Not Too Much)

Electrolyte imbalances can develop when the amount of water in your body changes, either causing dehydration (not enough water compared to certain elevated electrolytes) or overhydration (too much water). Drinking enough water, without over-diluting your cells, helps stop levels of sodium and potassium from rising too high or too low.

How much water is the right amount for you? It all depends on your specific needs. Do you exercise often? Do you live in a warm climate that results in you sweating? Do you eat a lot of water-rich fruits or vegetables, or more processed foods?

While “eight glasses a day” has always been the standard recommendation, this isn’t necessarily the best amount for every person, since factors like your diet, age, physical activity level and body size all determine how much water you need. A good rule of thumb is to drink enough so you urinate at least every three to four hours, which for most people is around eight to 10 eight-ounce glasses daily.

If you practice vigorous exercise (especially in warm/hot weather that increases sweat production), make sure to replenish with plenty of water and electrolytes (like premade formulas that include sodium). If you’ve been sick (including with a fever that causes vomiting or diarrhea), keep in mind that you lose fluids and should increase your intake. If not, you risk developing dehydration symptoms, kidney stones, bladder infections, urinary tract stones and potentially even heart failure. That’s why it’s so important to protect yourself from dehydration. Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding also need additional fluids (about 10–13 cups every day) to stay hydrated and prevented deficiencies, as do teenagers who are growing and developing faster than people of other ages.

Is it possible to drink too much water? Over-hydration is rare, but yes, it’s possible. Your kidneys are unable to excrete very high levels of excess water, so this can mean electrolytes within the blood can become diluted. The result might be low sodium levels, which is more common among endurance athletes (who often try to compensate for sweating by drinking lots of water) but not very likely to develop in someone eating the standard American diet that’s high in salt.

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4. Check Your Medications

Antibiotics, diuretics, hormonal pills, blood pressure medications and cancer treatments can all impact electrolyte levels. The most serious forms of electrolyte imbalances are usually seem in cancer patients receiving chemotherapy. Their symptoms can be very serious when not properly managed and include high blood calcium levels or other imbalances that develop when cancer cells die off.

Laxatives or diuretics also change potassium and sodium levels within the blood and urine. Certain diuretics are considered “potassium-sparing,” meaning they can cause potassium levels to stay very high while other electrolytes like sodium, calcium and magnesium can fall very low. This results in anxiety, fast heartbeats, digestive issues and trouble sleeping. It’s also possible to develop electrolyte imbalances due to hormonal interactions from antidiuretic hormone medications, aldosterone and thyroid hormones. Even high levels of physiological stress can impact hormones to the point that fluid and electrolyte levels become thrown out of balance.

If you’ve started a new medication or supplement and notice changes in your mood, energy, heartbeat and sleep, talk to your doctor about possibly changing your dose to minimize electrolyte imbalance risks.

5. Refuel After Exercise

Fluids and electrolytes (usually in the form of extra sodium) are commonly consumed by athletes during or after training. Replenishing electrolytes has been a well-known recommendation for years and is why sports drinks and enhanced waters are popular among people who are very active. It’s important to drink enough water before, during and after exercise to keep you hydrated, and if you’re training for a prolonged period of time, it’s also necessary to replenish your electrolyte stores since some electrolytes (especially sodium) are lost when you sweat.

You need to drink extra water to compensate for the fluid loss of being active, about 1.5 to 2.5 cups for shorter workouts, and about three extra cups for longer workouts that are more than one hour. Without enough water present in your body, dehydration and deficits can cause cardiovascular complications (changes to heartbeats), muscle cramping, fatigue, dizziness and confusion. Not only does this hurt your overall aerobic performance, but it can cause you to pass out or in rare circumstances even experience serious issues like a heart attack.

Both water and sodium need to be replaced after workouts to re-establish “normal” body water levels. You don’t need to go nuts guzzling down tons of water after a workout, but make sure you eat a balanced meal afterward and have some water throughout the rest of the day. If you notice yourself feeling dizzy or heavily cramping up, try drinking lots of fluids immediately and consuming electrolytes until you feel better.

6. Consider Supplementing

Due to high stress levels, genetic factors or existing medical conditions, some people can be chronically deficient in some electrolytes. Magnesium and potassium are two electrolytes that many people are low in. Taking magnesium supplements daily can help replenish stores and prevent magnesium deficiency that’s responsible for symptoms like anxiety, trouble sleeping or muscle cramps. Potassium and magnesium are usually present in mutlivitamins, just be sure you take a high-quality, food-based vitamin in order to properly absorb these electrolytes and not any supplements that are toxic and full of junk.

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7 Ways to Live a Simpler Life in a Modern World

Today’s world has many luxuries that are supposed to make life easier. At times they may, but other times, they make things more complicated.

Meanwhile, there are lots of people who dream of living a simpler life. They picture spending their days sitting by a lake and enjoying nature. This dream is often interrupted by reality, but it does not have to be that way. There are things we can do to simplify our lives.

When people hear about simplifying life, they may think it means moving into a home in the middle of the woods and living off the land. But that is not necessarily a simpler life—and it may not be for everyone.

Instead, choose things that can keep you in the modern world, but still make life easier.

1. Get a basic cell phone. It would be nice to say that a cell phone was not necessary at all, but pay phones have disappeared and if you need to call someone in an emergency, you will need a cell phone. Instead of getting a smartphone with data and texting, opt for a basic cell phone that only makes or receives calls. There are plans that allow you to get a phone for less than $50 and offer free minutes to talk with every month.

2. Cut the cable cord. Many people are spending well in excess of $100 a month on cable television that gives them 500 different channels. Out of all those channels, most people watch 10 to 15. Instead of having a cable bill, use over the air stations you receive for free. Add a streaming service and you will never miss cable. Without cable, you can go back to an old, reliable method of entertainment—talking to one another.

3. Get rid of credit cards. Credit cards are nice. They allow people to buy things they otherwise could not afford and pay for it over time. They also become a burden that drags many people down each month. Instead of using credit cards, only buy what you can afford. Stick to that plan and the fear of not being able to pay the bills will quickly disappear.

4. Declutter the home. A search around the home will find many things that are not needed, or are no longer used. Find different ways to get rid of the things that are no longer necessary. It is even possible to make some money selling these things that can be used to help in other areas, such as paying off credit card debt.

5. Get rid of monthly expenses that are not needed. Many people are paying for gym memberships, mobile internet service, and many other monthly services they barely use. They have often put the monthly payments on their credit card so they do not even realize how much they are spending and not using.

There are often ways to get the same things that you get from these pay services without having to pay. Gym memberships can be replaced with exercising at a local park or walking around the neighborhood. If you need internet service away from home, look for Wi-Fi hot spots. They are found at many restaurants, hotels, and coffee shops. It might take effort to do this at first, but once it becomes a habit, it is easy to do.

6. Start to track your expenses. One thing people will benefit from doing is tracking the money they spend. It is the best way to find out when you are spending money and what you are spending it on. It is possible you will find you are spending a lot of money you don’t need to. You may find that second car is an expense you may not need. You could take public transportation to work and get by without a second car and all of its headaches. When you realize that, it becomes possible to make changes.

7. Track your time. Pay attention to how much time you are spending doing things. Look for ways to cut down on time you think is being wasted on unnecessary things.

Time and money are two of the most valuable resources people have. When life gets simpler, the amount of these two things that a person has available will rise. That is the benefit of a simpler life in today’s world.

The great thing about this list is that people have choices. They can choose to do one of them, all of them, or some of them. They can start out with just one and then add some others later.

Life is about choices. Making the choice to live life in a simpler way is something that is becoming a popular thing to do.

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Dehydration from Alcohol This Past Holiday Weekend? Drink EarthWater!

We humans have been making and drinking alcohol for thousands of years.

It's a strange liquid. We can use it as a fuel or germ-killer, use it to preserve human heads or other body parts in jars for years on end, or to strip oil stains from the garage floor.

And yet, in small quantities we use alcohol as a social lubricant.

But over time, too much alcohol can set off diabetes and malnutrition, and diseases of the central nervous system and the liver.

A short-term side-effect is excessive urination. In Shakespeare's play, Macbeth, the porter says that alcohol promotes "nose–painting, sleep and urine".

But even today we still don't fully understand how alcohol causes this excessive urination.

After all, beer is about 95 per cent water and only five per cent alcohol. And the liver converts that five per cent of alcohol into roughly the same mass of water and some carbon dioxide.

So if you drink 200 millilitres of beer, the end result is 200 millilitres of water. But you don't urinate just 200 millilitres of urine. No! You urinate a total of about 320 millilitres of urine.

So in general, each shot of alcohol makes you urinate an extra 120 millilitres of urine on top of your normal urine output.

Where does that extra 120 millilitres come from?

To understand what's going on, you need a bit of background knowledge.

First, the body pays special attention to alcohol. It's a small molecule and gets very quickly through the walls of the gut into the bloodstream and then to the brain.

Second, if you weigh 60 kilograms, you generate about 60 millilitres of urine each hour. And for 80 kilograms, about 80 millilitres per hour, and so on.

Third, we humans seem to prefer to drink our alcohol in 10 gram lumps. Ten grams of alcohol is about 12.5 millilitres (but you can call it 10 mL and still be fairly accurate). So each glass of beer, wine, or spirits has about 10 grams of alcohol.

Fourth, alcohol interferes with the mechanism that regulates the water levels in our body.

So now, a little anatomy and physiology. In your brain is a small gland called the pituitary gland. It is divided into two sections: the front; and the back.

The back section is called the posterior pituitary. One of the hormones made by the posterior pituitary gland is called vasopressin, or anti-diuretic hormone (ADH). Diuresis is a fancy word meaning urination.

Now suppose that you are really dehydrated. So the volume of water in your body is low. But you still have just as many salts floating in this reduced volume of water.

So these salts are now more concentrated in the reduced volume of water that you have when you are dehydrated.

Your body has detectors that can sense both the saltiness of your water, and the volume of the water. If these detectors reckon that you are dehydrated, they send a signal to the posterior pituitary gland, which starts pumping out ADH. The job of ADH is to stop you urinating, so you hang on to your precious water. You reduce your normal rate of making urine.

Alcohol does the opposite. It reduces how much ADH you make, so it increases how much urine you produce. Each shot of alcohol that you drink forces your kidneys to generate an extra 120 millilitres of urine on top of the normal 60–80 millilitres per hour.

"Aha!", you cleverly think to yourself. "Why don't I just drink lots of water to compensate for the extra 120 millilitres?"

Unfortunately, it's not that simple. You'll hang on to only about half or a third of the extra water you drink. Most of it will go out in your urine, and you'll still end up dehydrated at the end of a night of drinking.

Mind you, you'll be a bit better off than if you didn't drink any extra water at all, but you'll still be dehydrated.

Could this extra urination caused by alcohol consumption be the origin of that old Aussie expression, 'a night on the piss'?

Hangovers are the worst. If you’ve had one, you know there’s no quick fix. EarthWater is not a hangover cure, but it can help with the dehydration you may experience after a couple of cocktails. So re-hydrate with EW to feel better fast. 

HELPS NEUTRALIZE TOXINS, REPLENISH VITAL NUTRIENTS AND REHYDRATE THE BODY ALLOWING YOU TO RECOVER!

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EarthWater Feature: Salata Adds Watermelon to July’s Toppings Lineup

Salata is adding a refreshing topping to its July menu that’s perfect for any Fourth of July celebration.

The restaurant known for its simple, fresh and honest ingredients will introduce the refreshing fruit to its toppings lineup on July 1.

Watermelon contains multiple health benefits. It is packed with antioxidants, helps lower blood pressure, reduces the risk of kidney disorders and even helps protect eyes against macular degeneration. Watermelon also boosts hydration since about 92 percent of the fruit is water. Along with its nutritional value, watermelon adds a sweet, juicy flavor to any salad or wrap, which makes it perfect for escaping the summer heat.

At Salata, guests can customize their own salad to fit the mood they are in. Watermelon fans are encouraged to come by soon. This special topping will only be available through July 31.

Some popular combinations featuring July’s Topping of the Month include:

Watermelon wrap—spinach, watermelon, red onion, cucumber, avocado, feta cheese, grilled chicken, olive oil, salt and pepper, cool cucumber tortilla

Watermelon salad—Spring mix, watermelon, cucumber, mandarin oranges, red onions, cilantro, jicama, grilled chicken, feta cheese, balsamic vinaigrette

“We’re always looking for tasty, healthy options that add to our wide variety of toppings, and watermelon is a perfect fit,” says Courtney Schutze, brand manager at Salata. “Watermelon adds a fresh and juicy bite to any salad or wrap while providing a mouthful of health benefits.”

And if watermelon isn’t your favorite, don’t fret. More than 50 fresh toppings and 10 house-made dressings are always available to create your perfect salad or salad wrap every day.

PS - Did you know you can grab an EarthWater with your Salata meal at locations like Southlake, TX, Addison, TX, and Las Colinas, TX? Stop by today!

How to Know If You Are Not Absorbing Your Vitamins & Minerals

Your body requires nutrition from the food you eat to carry out every body function and process. Vitamins and minerals must first be absorbed from the digestive tract by complex mechanisms. Sometimes, you may have a deficiency of a certain nutrient because your body is unable to absorb and use it properly. VItamin and minerals deficiencies can cause several types of symptoms.

Check your skin, scalp and eyes for dryness and itchiness. Also check to see if your lips are dry and cracked. A lack of moisture in your skin may indicate low vitamin A or vitamin E levels. These vitamins also aid skin healing. Check your skin for slow-healing wounds. Look for flakiness and dandruff in your scalp; this may indicate a deficiency of vitamin A, vitamin B6 or the mineral zinc.

Inspect your tongue and gums. Canker sores or a sore tongue can indicate low levels of vitamin B2, vitamin B3 or vitamin B12. Tender, bruised or bleeding gums may be due to a deficiency of vitamin C.

Observe the inner lining of your eye, by gently pulling your lower lid downwards. If the lining appears pale and white rather than pink, you may have an iron deficiency. This mineral is important for red blood cell production, and a deficiency can lead to low energy, tiredness and dizziness.

Examine your neck for a bump or bulge at the front center, close to where your larynx lies. Also check for bloating, weight gain, fatigue and low energy levels.This may indicate a deficiency of the mineral iodine, which is found in seafood and added to salt. Iodine is needed for thyroid hormone production, which is important for normal metabolism levels.

Examine your fingernails closely. There are several signs of mineral and vitamin deficiencies that affect the fingernails. If your nails are thin, brittle and easy to split, you may have low levels of magnesium or copper. If you have white spots, you may have a zinc or calcium deficiency. Spooned nails indicate low iron or vitamin B12 levels.

Tips

  • Keeping a food diary can help you assess your daily diet to see if you are getting the right nutrition for your lifestyle.
  • Low levels of iron can cause iron-deficiency anemia, while low levels of vitamin B12 cause pernicious anemia.
  • Some vitamin and mineral deficiencies may be due to an illness or adverse reaction to prescription medication; your doctor can determine the cause and treatment.

Warnings

  • If you have any symptoms or signs of a nutrient deficiency or illness, see your doctor for a check-up. You doctor can recommend a blood test and other examinations to correctly diagnose if you have a vitamin or mineral deficiency.
  • Do not self-diagnose or self-treat yourself with supplements.

EarthWater QA: Alon Day

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What's a typical day for you like?

I got into racing through video games and simulators, so until this day, I spend something around 3-4 hours a day just driving in simulators and training for the next race I have. Beside that I train hard on my fitness level to be as strong as possible in the car. And in the free time that I have, I usually spend on the beach in Israel.

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How do you train for races?

I’m training pretty much every day with video games and simulators.

Do you feel motorsports lacks diversity?

I drove in many championships and cars all over the world, so I used to drive in very diverse championships. When I came to the states for the first time, I realized that most of the drivers are American, but you can see that there are more and more foreign drivers from different countries. And I’m happy to be one of them, especially as an Israeli which as on the other side of the world.

Are you excited to be the first Israeli to race in the NASCAR top series for BK Racing?

Absolutely! Racing in the top level of motorsports is something I dreamed of since I was a child racing in go karts. I think this is amazing that 15 years ago I played in NASCAR Game on the computer and on Sunday I’m actually going to make it for real. I’m really excited about opportunity to drive for BK Racing in the #23 EarthWater Toyota!

If you could do any race over again, which would it be, and why?

Definitely Mid-Ohio 2016 with Xfinity. I drove an old Dodge car with no chance of winning from the back of the field to the top 3 in a pouring rain conditions, and found myself fighting for the win in my first ever Xfinity race which was a crazy experience that I will never forget and I would love to do that again.

If your friends and family could describe you in three words what would those words be?

Fastest. JK. I’m well known as a guy that always smiles. Doesn’t matter what happens to me, I always try to keep myself smiling, especially when I’m winning! 

What is the most daring thing you've done outside of racing?

100% of my life is around motorsport. The only time I had to do something different is when I served in the in the Israeli military and had to something different from racing, that was definitely a unique experience.

If NASCAR decided to let you have a passenger, and you got to choose whomever, who would you pick?

Neil Young, hope he will like my driving as much as I like his music.

What was your experience with our products? Would you recommend it to others?

Part of my preparation for my first race in Cup level was training extremely hard to be in the best condition I can for the race. I’ve got a box of EarthWater Fulhum and I can definitely say that I feel much better on my recovery from hard training and also feel much better in my daily routine. So if I will recommend it to others? You already know the answer.

How do you like to unwind after a race?

I grew up in Israel, less than a mile from the beach, so until today I used to spend a lot of time in the beach and the sea. Israel has summer almost 365 days a year, so the first thing I do after coming back to Israel from a race is to go and spend time in the beach, salty water, hot weather, just chilling.

Last words for our fans and consumers?

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’” Muhammad Ali

Earthwater Feature: 6 Unusual Signs of Dehydration

Your breath, skin, and muscles may be telling you that your body is running low on water.

Dehydration, which occurs when the body has insufficient water and other fluids to function properly, can lead to blood clots, seizures, and other potentially fatal complications. Studies have shown that even mild dehydration can have adverse effects on mood and energy. That’s why it’s so important to catch dehydration early on, but the signs aren’t always obvious ones like thirst and fatigue.

Here are six surprising indicators that you might be dehydrated.

1. Bad breath. Saliva has antibacterial properties in it, but dehydration can prevent your body from making enough saliva.

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“If you’re not producing enough saliva in the mouth, you can get bacteria overgrowth and one of the side reactions of that is bad breath from chronic dehydration,” says John Higgins, MD, associate professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Texas in Houston, and chief of cardiology at Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital.

2. Dry skin. “A lot of people think that people who get dehydrated are really sweaty; but as you go through various stages of dehydration, you become very dizzy and you don’t have enough blood volume so you get very dry skin,” Dr. Higgins says. He adds that because the skin is dry and not evaporating as well, you can also experience flushing of the skin.

Think you can’t get dehydrated in cooler seasons or climates? Think again. Higgins says symptoms may be milder or come on slower, but it’s still possible to be dehydrated or suffer from heat illness in cooler weather.

3. Muscle cramps. “The hotter you get, the more likely you are to get muscle cramps, and that’s from a pure heat effect on the muscles. As the muscles work harder and harder, they can seize up from the heat itself. Changes in the electrolytes, changes in the sodium and potassium can lead to muscle cramping as well,” according to Higgins.

4. Fever and chills. It might sound counterintuitive, but if your body is severely dehydrated you may experience symptoms like fever or even chills. Fever can be especially dangerous, so be sure to seek immediate medical help if your fever rises over 101°F.

5. Food cravings, especially for sweets. “When you’re dehydrated, it can be difficult for some nutrients and organs like the liver which use water to release some glycogens and other components of your energy stores, so you can actually get cravings for food,” Higgins says. While you can crave anything from chocolate to a salty snack, cravings for sweets are more common because your body may be experiencing difficulty with glycogen production, he says.

Craving something sweet? Reach for a snack that has high water content. Most fruits and vegetables have high water content and will help you stay hydrated, explains nutrition expert and Everyday Health columnist, Johannah Sakimura.

“In fact, some fruits and vegetables are more than 90% water — including cantaloupe, strawberries, watermelon (of course), cucumber, celery, lettuce and leafy greens, zucchini, tomatoes, and bell peppers,” Sakimura says. “Yogurt also supplies a good amount of water.”

6. Headaches. The brain sits inside a fluid sack that keeps it from bumping against the skull, explains Higgins. If that fluid sack is depleted or running low because of dehydration, the brain can push up against parts of the skull, causing headaches.

Some drinks that can cause dehydration include alcohol, energy drinks, and even caffeine as it has a slight diuretic effect.

How to Check If You’re Dehydrated

Not sure if that sweet craving or muscle cramp is a sign you need to hydrate? Here are two other ways to check if your body is dehydrated.

  • Try this skin test. First, use two fingers to grab a roll of skin on the back of your hand (between where your watch sits and where your fingers start), advises Higgins. Pull the skin up about ½ to one centimeter high and then let the skin go. The skin should spring back to its normal position in less than a couple of seconds. Higgins says that if the skin bounces back slowly, you might be dehydrated.
  • Check your urine. If you’re well-hydrated your urine will be mostly clear with a tinge of yellow, Higgins explains. Yellow, chardonnay, and orange are the “warning” colors to watch for. When your body is about three percent dehydrated your urine will be noticeably yellow. When your body is about five percent dehydrated, your urine will appear chardonnay-colored. When your body is more than five percent dehydrated – which is considered severely dehydrated – your urine will appear orange.

Tips for Staying Hydrated

  • Keep your water bottle handy. “If it's right next to you, you'll likely get into the habit of sipping it without even realizing it,” says Sakimura.
  • Spice up plain water. “If you don't love plain water, jazz it up by adding a splash of fruit juice or chunks of fresh or frozen fruit,” says Sakimura. “Or, try naturally flavored, calorie-free seltzers (my personal favorite) — their fizz and fruit flavor makes them more appealing than plain, flat water.”
  • Try different teas. Sakimura recommends reaching for unsweetened flavored teas, which are available in lots of different flavors. “Sip fruity iced teas during the day (with lots of ice if it's hot out) or cozy up with a mug of hot peppermint or chamomile tea at night — they all count towards your daily fluid goal.”
  • Makeover your snacks. “Swap dry, carby snacks like chips, pretzels, and crackers — which have a very low water content — with refreshing munchies like fresh or frozen fruit, yogurt, healthy smoothies, celery with peanut butter, and cut veggies with hummus,” recommends Sakimura.
  • Pile on the produce. “Aim to make half your plate produce at meals. All those vegetable and fruit servings will supply water as well as a hearty dose of vitamins, minerals, and fiber,” says Sakimura.
  • Sip more during meals. “Sipping water with meals will help you eat more slowly, pace your eating, and of course stay hydrated,” Sakimura adds.
  • Opt for room temperature or cooler water. When it comes to fluids, steer clear of extreme temperatures. When ice water comes into the stomach it constricts the arteries surrounding the stomach, which help the stomach function properly and help with water absorption, explains Higgins. “Ice water will just sit in your stomach until it warms up. If you hear water swishing around in your stomach, it means the water is not getting absorbed,” says Higgins. Fluids that are cooler or room temperature are better options.

When it comes to total water intake, which includes water gained from foods and other beverages like tea and milk, the Institute of Medicine recommends that most women get about 2.7 liters of water a day (or about 12 cups), and most men get about 3.7 liters a day (or about 15 cups).

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EarthWater Tip: Hydration During Running

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Hydration during running is not as complicated as you may have been led to believe.

When you run, you sweat. The more you sweat, the more your blood volume decreases. The more your blood volume decreases, the harder your heart has to work to deliver oxygen to your working muscles.

Sounds dangerous, but it’s really not. Runners almost never experience dehydration levels sufficient to cause major health consequences. But normal levels of dehydration will make you feel uncomfortable and cause you to slow down.

Drinking while you run will limit these negative effects of dehydration. But what should you drink, how much, and when?

In the past, athletes were encouraged to drink as much as possible during exercise, or at least to drink enough to completely offset dehydration (that is, to drink enough to prevent any decrease in body weight during exercise). However, it is now understood that this is bad advice, for two reasons.

Firstly, it is possible to drink too much during exercise. Forcing yourself to swallow more fluid than your body really needs while running may cause gastrointestinal distress, and in extreme cases it can cause a dangerous condition known as water intoxication, or hyponatremia. Secondly, research has shown that drinking to completely offset sweating offers no advantage with respect to performance or body temperature regulation compared to drinking by thirst.

The new exercise hydration advice is in fact to drink according to your thirst. As long as you keep an adequate supply of a palatable drink accessible during your runs, you will naturally drink enough to optimize your performance if you just drink as often and as much as your thirst dictates.

Dehydration only affects performance in workouts lasting longer than an hour, so you don’t have to drink during workouts that are shorter than an hour. However, you can if you like.

Plain water is adequate, but sports drinks offer a couple of advantages. Specifically, sports drinks replace some of the sodium and other minerals that your body loses in sweat along with water. In addition, sports drinks provide an extra energy source for your working muscles in the form of carbohydrates. Research has shown that sports drinks enhance performance significantly more than plain water in high-intensity and long-duration runs and races.

Since you do not seek to test your performance limits in most of your runs, it is not necessary to use a sports drink every time you lace up your shoes. Go ahead and use plain water in your easier runs and save the sports drink for your faster and longer workouts.

Maintaining access to fluids during runs can be challenging. You can carry some fluid in a squeeze bottle stashed in a fluid belt worn around your waist, but you cannot carry enough fluid in this manner to cover your longest runs. To ensure that you have enough fluid to cover these runs, either plan to return home midway through the run to refill your bottle or carry some money and refill your bottle at a convenience store.

Wearing a fluid belt will slow you down in your faster runs, so do these runs on a track or short circuit where you can stash a bottle at a convenient place and grab it for a quick drink as you pass by. And remember, don’t force down fluids. Drink when you’re thirsty.

EarthWater News: CJ Comu, EW Founder Named Judge at the 2017 Miss Earth Pageant

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A new USA representative for Miss Earth will be crowned on Saturday, August 5 in the nation’s capital. 50 delegates will participate in activities beginning August 3, judged by Miss Earth veterans, sponsors and members of the media.

017 national judges include reigning Miss Earth Katherine Espin of Ecuador and Miss Earth United States representatives Corrin Stellakis (2016), Andrea Neu (2014), Lisa Forbes (2007) and Amanda Pennekamp Bluestein (2006). Miss Earth delegates join the panel from England, Pakistan and Mongolia; as well as directors of World Missions Outreach, Planet Beach and EarthWater; and media representatives from CPAN and World Class Beauty Queens Magazine. 

Named 2016 Pageant of the Year by Art & Beauty Magazine, the 2017 edition of Miss Earth United States, presented by EarthWater, will broadcast on the DISH Network B4UTV Channel 716. Show hosts are Steven Roddy, founder of the Pageant Planet, and Miss Earth Water 2015 Brittany Ann Payne. Talent will include DJ Shaleigh. Tickets are on sale at www.missearthunitedstates.com/tickets.

anaged by Carousel Productions of the Philippines, Miss Earth focuses on empowering women through fashion, leadership, travel and service opportunities. Delegates advocate for environmental awareness and protection of the Earth while showcasing various tourist destinations. Miss Earth is known as one of the most relevant pageants and the second largest, drawing nearly 100 national representatives each year to compete for the title. As 2016 Miss Earth, Ecuador's Katherine Espin serves as a global ambassador to organizations including the United Nations Environment Programme and Philippines eco-tourism. 

State delegates were selected based on leadership skills, photographs, interview, and pageant or modeling experience. They represent their state or region throughout the year, appearing in the community as well as fashion and media events.

National activities include park clean up on the National Mall, tour of the US Capitol Building, runway and modeling workshop, photo shoot with Southern Exposure Photography, and charity gala. Competitions open to the public including speaking, Mac Duggal runway competition, swimwear, and personal evening gown. The delegates are also evaluated on judge interview, multimedia, photogenic and community video. Final wardrobe is sponsored by Pixton Design Group, Jegie Brand, Marc DeFang and Elementz by Prerna.

“People do not realize the extensive work that goes into preparing for a pageant of this caliber,” says National Director Laura Clark. “We consider the national experience to be a showcase and celebration of these delegates. They are representing their states and regions at the highest level of pageant competition.”

The winner of Miss Earth United States will spend the next two months touring the USA including visits to New York City, Miami, San Juan, and Chicago. This fall, she will represent the nation at the 17th annual Miss Earth competition, with the final coronation televised globally to millions of viewers. She will hold the title for one year, and if named Miss Earth, will travel extensively worldwide throughout her reign. The USA has ranked in the Top 4 at Miss Earth for the past three consecutive years. In addition to one national winner, a Top 4 will be named on August 5 and receive a prize package.

Under management of US Earth Productions, Inc / Beauty Beyond Borders, Inc. 501(c)3, the United States program includes supporting divisions of Elite Miss age 26-34, Teen Miss age 15-19 and Junior Miss age 11-14. The winners of these titles serve as an extension of the Miss Earth mission while also receiving prizes. 

Visit missearthunitedstates.com for ticketing and broadcast information and missearth.tv regarding the international pageant. 

EarthWater Feature: Would You Drink Water That Looks Like This?

“The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson” has been highlighting American entrepreneurs with a Building America series. EarthWater founder and CEO CJ Comu joined Monday’s “The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson” to talk about his unique business bringing nutrient-rich water to people through his online company based in Texas.

The unusual product is odorless and tastes like water — but it’s black because trace minerals straight from the Earth have been added, Comu explained. Calling himself a “natural entrepreneur,” Comu shared how the company started and what the product has done for his own health. He heard a personal testimony from someone who was drinking a liquid concentrate made with minerals sourced from deep in the Earth. Comu tracked down a mineral source, and he and his team spent a year coming up with their unique formula.

“It’s a bit of an oxymoron,” Comu said, describing EarthWater’s Organic Black Electrolyte Water, which is formulated to contain as many as 70 essential nutrients, according to the company.

To see more from Doc, visit his channel on TheBlaze and listen live to “The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson” weekdays 6–9 a.m. ET, only on TheBlaze Radio Network.

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EarthWater Recipe: Healthy Donuts for National Donut Day

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Healthy donuts do exist. These baked ones are the way to go to slash the fat and calories. Make these guilt-free treats for the kids, and plus, we'll show you how to make four different delectable toppings.

Baked Buttermilk Doughnuts

Ingredients: Nonstick cooking spray, whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, ground nutmeg, salt, low-fat buttermilk (1%), large eggs, honey, melted butter, vanilla extract

Calories: 140

Lemon Glazed

Ingredients: Donuts, lemon juice, powdered sugar, cooled

Calories: 191

Directions: Combine 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice and
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, stirring well with a whisk. Dip one side of the cooled doughnuts into glaze; let cool on a rack, glazed side up.

Chocolate-Hazelnut

Ingredients: Donuts, bittersweet chocolate, chopped hazelnuts

Calories: 232

Directions: Melt 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate in a bowl in microwave until smooth. Dip tops of doughnuts into chocolate and place chocolate side up on a rack to cool. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts; let sit about 10 minutes.

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EarthWater Tip: Top 10 Fitness and Nutrition Tips For Older Adults

Today’s adults are living longer, healthier lives due in part to better fitness and nutrition programs. With the number of Americans 65+ expected to reach 20% of the U.S. population by 2050, exercise and diet is more important than ever. These tips can help older adults enhance overall wellness into their later years.

  1. Fight afternoon fatigue. Fatigue is a common problem among older adults, especially after lunch. Having a glass of water and a high-antioxidant food like a prune (recently shown to promote bone health) can revitalize the body and stimulate the mind.
  2. Exercise from the neck up. Keeping the brain active and fit is imperative to the health of older adults. Not only does it stave off memory-loss illnesses like Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, but it also fosters executive function. Try word games and recall exercises. For example, find five red objects during a walk in the neighborhood and recall them when back home.
  3. Pole walk. Walking poles allow for more balanced mobility than walkers or canes. Walking with poles engages the muscles of the upper torso, which increases upper-body strength and cardiovascular endurance. Consult a physician before making the switch to poles.
  4. Dine in duos. Those who share meals with others eat less than those who eat alone. This is an easy weight-loss tactic and one that fosters social interaction and engagement. While this is easy for those aging in community, older adults aging at home can plan to have meals with family or friends at least several times a week.
  5. Break routines. Routine limits brain stimulation. It can be as easy as introducing new foods or new ways of eating the same food. For example, replace canned peaches with freshly sliced ones. Also, try taking a different route to the grocery store or shopping center.
  6. Get Sole Support. As people age, the fat pads on the bottom of their feet compress, creating fatigue and pain. Consider wearing supportive shoes or inserting foot pads for better stability and comfort or socks that have extra padding and a wicking agent to keep feet dry and comfortable.
  7. Fats: Out with the bad, in with the good. Older adults with an increased genetic risk for dementia can reduce the risk by increasing the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in their diet. These fatty acids, found in fish, nuts, olive oil and green leafy vegetables, can reduce brain inflammation, a possible cause of Alzheimer’s disease.
  8. Decrease salt and increase your salsa. High blood pressure, which can lead to strokes and a significant decline in cognitive function, often increases with age. As adults get older, the sense of taste also fades, leading to a desire for more salt on food to enhance flavor. Decreasing salt intake by putting down the shaker and increasing exercise habits by shaking to a salsa beat will enhance cardio and cognitive health.
  9. Try a balancing act. In addition to exercises that build strength and improve flexibility and cardiovascular endurance, make sure to add balance activities to the daily routine. Good balance requires maintaining a center of gravity over the base of support. Tai chi, yoga, walking on challenging surfaces and water exercises all enhance overall balance.
  10. Dance like there’s no tomorrow. Older adults getting regular physical exercise are 60% less likely to get dementia. Exercise increases oxygen to the brain and releases a protein that strengthens cells and neurons. Dance involves all of the above plus the cerebral activity present in learning and memory.
  11. DRINK EARTHWATER! The benefits are out of this world and the taste is amazing. Learn more here: www.earthwater.com/benefits

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EarthWater Blog: Why it's SO Important to Stay Hydrated

Your body depends on water to survive. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to work properly. For example, your body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste, and lubricate your joints. Water is needed for overall good health.

Path to improved wellness

You should drink water every day. Most people have been told they should drink 6 to 8, 8-ounce glasses of water each day. That is a reasonable goal. However, different people need different amounts of water to stay hydrated. Most healthy people can stay well hydrated by drinking water and other fluids whenever they feel thirsty. For some people, fewer than 8 glasses may be enough. Other people may need more than 8 glasses each day. If you are concerned that you are not drinking enough water, check your urine. If your urine is usually colorless or light yellow, you are well hydrated. If your urine is a dark yellow or amber color, you may be dehydrated.

Water is best for staying hydrated. Other drinks and foods can help you stay hydrated. However, some may add extra calories from sugar to your diet. Fruit and vegetable juices, milk, and herbal teas add to the amount of water you get each day. Even caffeinated drinks (for example, coffee, tea, and soda) can contribute to your daily water intake. A moderate amount of caffeine (200 to 300 milligrams) is not harmful for most people. This is about the amount in 2 to 4, 8-ounce cups of coffee. However, it’s best to limit caffeinated drinks. Caffeine may cause some people to urinate more frequently, or feel anxious or jittery.

Water can also be found in fruits and vegetables (for example, watermelon, tomatoes, and lettuce), and in soup broths.

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If staying hydrated is difficult for you, here are some tips that can help:

  • Keep a bottle of water with you during the day. To reduce your costs, carry a reusable water bottle and fill it with tap water.

  • If you don’t like the taste of plain water, try adding a slice of lemon or lime to your drink.
  • Drink water before, during, and after a workout.
  • When you’re feeling hungry, drink water. Thirst is often confused with hunger. True hunger will not be satisfied by drinking water. Drinking water may also contribute to a healthy weight-loss plan. Some research suggests that drinking water can help you feel full.
  • If you have trouble remembering to drink water, drink on a schedule. For example, drink water when you wake up, at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and when you go to bed. Or, drink a small glass of water at the beginning of each hour.
  • Drink water when you go to a restaurant. It will keep you hydrated, and it’s free.

Things to consider

Recognizing signs of dehydration is important. They include:

  • Little or no urine.
  • Urine that is darker than usual.
  • Dry mouth.
  • Sleepiness or fatigue.
  • Extreme thirst.
  • Headache.
  • Confusion.
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness.
  • No tears when crying.

Don’t wait until you notice symptoms of dehydration to take action. Actively prevent dehydration by drinking plenty of water.

Some people are at higher risk of dehydration, including people who exercise at a high intensity (or in hot weather) for too long, have certain medical conditions (kidney stones, bladder infection), are sick (fever, vomiting, diarrhea), are pregnant or breastfeeding, are trying to lose weight, or are not able to get enough fluids during the day. Older adults are also at higher risk. As you get older, your brain may not be able to sense dehydration. It doesn’t send signals for thirst.

Water makes up more than half of your body weight. You lose water each day when you go to the bathroom, sweat, and even when you breathe. You lose water even faster when the weather is really hot, when you are physically active, or if you have a fever. Vomiting and diarrhea can also lead to rapid water loss. If you don’t replace the water you lose, you can become dehydrated.

Questions to ask your doctor

  • I don’t like water. What’s the next best thing to keep me hydrated?
  • What if I can’t consume as many fluids as doctors recommend?
  • What does it mean if I drink a lot of fluids but don’t urinate often?
  • How does drinking alcohol affect hydration?

North American summers are hot; most summers see heat waves in one or more parts of the United States. Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year and even more heat-related illnesses.

Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Water & Nutrition

U.S. National Library of Medicine, Dehydration

EarthWater Recap: Licensing EXPO (Las Vegas)

For more than 35 years, Licensing Expo has connected the world's most influential entertainment, character, fashion, art and corporate brand owners and agents with consumer goods manufacturers, licensees and retailers.

Our Founder and CEO, CJ Comu was in attendance spotting trends, building strategic partnerships and more. We're so excited for all the connections made and we can't wait to share more exciting details soon! 

EarthWater Tip: Managing Diabetes During Pregnancy

Almost two million women of reproductive age have diabetes, and these numbers continue to rise, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It is extremely important for women with diabetes to achieve normal blood glucose levels before they become pregnant, because if women have poorly controlled diabetes going into a pregnancy, they are at much higher risk for serious fetal complications. This improved control can be accomplished with education and medical management.

Women with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes are also at higher risk for:

  • Large birth weight babies, resulting in more Cesarean deliveries and increased complications during delivery
  • Premature births or fetal death
  • Pre-eclampsia: a dangerous surge in blood pressure associated with protein in the urine
  • Diabetic retinopathy: damage to the retina caused by high glucose levels
  • Diabetic kidney disease
  • Severe hypoglycemia: episodes of low blood glucose levels that can result in confusion or unconsciousness 

Ensuring a healthy pregnancy

The good news is that women with uncomplicated diabetes who keep their blood glucose levels in a normal range before and during pregnancy have about the same chance of having a successful pregnancy as women without diabetes.

The Joslin-Beth Israel Deaconess Pregnancy Program recommends the following blood glucose goals and medical assessments before pregnancy:

  • Fasting and pre-meal blood glucose: 80-110 mg/dl
  • Blood glucose one hour after meal: 100-155 mg/dl
  • A1C, a blood test that measures average blood glucose over two to three months: less than 7 percent and as close to 6% as possible without hypoglycemia
  • Review of diabetes and obstetrical history
  • Eye evaluations to screen for and discuss risks of diabetic retinopathy
  • Renal, thyroid, gynecological and sometimes cardiac evaluations

Once pregnant, women with type 1 or type 2 diabetres should monitor their blood glucose levels at least six times a day (before meals and one hour after every meal) and also before driving. Fasting and pre-meal glucose levels should be between 60 and 95 mg/dl, and one-hour post-meal readings should be between 100 and 129 mg/dl.

Other recommendations to ensure a successful pregnancy:

  • See your diabetes provider often, anywhere from weekly to every four weeks
  • Have your A1C level checked every four to eight weeks
  • Meet with a certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian, as needed
  • Follow the Healthy Eating Pyramid diet guidelines, including folic acid supplements
  • Do some physical activity, as directed by your obstetrician
  • Always check your blood glucose before driving (due to an increased risk of severe hypoglycemia)

Gestational diabetes

The other form of diabetes that affects women is gestational diabetes, which develops during pregnancy. Mirroring the epidemic of type 2 diabetes, rates of gestational diabetes are also on the rise in the United States, particularly in the Asian, Hispanic and Native American communities.

Gestational diabetes usually develops between the 24th and 28th week of pregnancy and affects about four percent of all pregnancies. This condition typically ends after birth. However, these women have a 50 percent risk of developing type 2 diabetes over the next 7 to 10 years.

Factors that increase a woman’s risk of developing gestational diabetes:

  • Obesity
  • Previous history of gestational diabetes
  • Sugar in the urine
  • A parent or sibling with diabetes
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome or other glucose metabolism problem
  • Previous pregnancy in which the baby weighed more than nine pounds at birth

If you fall into any of these categories, you should be screened early, within the first trimester, for gestational diabetes. Women who find out that they have gestational diabetes should see a nutritionist and diabetes nurse educator, as diet is the first line of therapy.

With careful diabetes management, women can and do have successful pregnancies and healthy babies.

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