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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Drink Up: Getting the Water Your Body Needs

Posted By: Heather Woods

Did you know that you can live a lot longer without food than without water? “Simply put, without water, there is no human life as we know it,” says Donald Kirby, MD, director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the Cleveland Clinic. Our bodies use water for a myriad of essential functions. On the cellular level, water carries nutrients and oxygen to cells and helps the body absorb minerals and other nutrients. It’s responsible for supporting many bodily systems, including metabolism, protecting body organs and tissues, and providing a moist environment for mouth, eye, ear, nose and throat tissues. On a large scale, it regulates body temperature. Staying in tune with your body’s need for water can also help with weight loss. Oftentimes it’s easy to mistake thirst for hunger. Drinking more water may curb your appetite and help you reach your diet goals.
Getting the H20 You Need
While there is no hard and fast rule for the amount of water an individual should drink in a day, you can still figure out how much your body may require. You may have heard the commonly used 8 x 8 rule (drinking eight 8-ounce glasses a day). It’s a fair place to start, but this rule doesn’t account for individual needs, which vary based on body weight, activity level and environment. To determine how much water your body needs, take your weight and divide it by two. This will give you the daily value of water in ounces. For example, a person weighing 150 pounds needs to drink 75 ounces a day.
Certain conditions require you to increase your water consumption, including exercise, climate and physical condition:
  • Before, during and after physical exercise. Basically, the more you sweat, the more water you need to replace. But don’t rely on feelings of thirst to get you guzzling. By the time you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated! Follow the American Council of Sports Medicine’s recommendation for hydrating when you exercise:
    1–2 hours before: Drink 12–16 ounces of water.
    10–15 minutes before: Drink 12–16 ounces of water. 
    During: Drink 3–4 ounces every 15 minutes. 
    After: For 30 minutes after exercise, drink 12–16 ounces for every pound lost through sweat during exercise. To calculate, weigh yourself before and after your workout.  
    No need to hydrate with electrolyte-enhanced, high-calorie sports drinks unless you exercise for more than an hour. If your workout is less than an hour, water is all you need.

  • In hot climates and high altitudesHigh temperatures and altitudes cause water to evaporate off of the body faster. In high heat, water helps cool the body through sweat. The more sweat you produce, the more water and energy your body burns, and the more you need to replace. If temperatures are extremely high, sweating is not enough to regulate body temperature and exercise can be dangerous. In these cases, drink more water (as much as 96 ounces), stay in a cool area, and avoid strenuous activity.

  • For illnesses or health conditions. For individuals with medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, kidney disease or failure, or cirrhosis of the liver, excess fluid intake can often exacerbate the underlying disease, says Dr. Kirby. It’s important to work with your physician and perhaps a registered dietitian to find the optimal fluid intake for you. You can tell when there is an imbalance of fluid in your body when you can press a finger on your feet, ankles or legs and make an impression. This is called “pitting edema” and represents a total body excess of salt and water. If you notice this, bring it to your doctor’s attention immediately.

  • During pregnancy or breast-feeding. An undernourished and fluid-deprived mother can’t make sufficient milk to adequately nourish and hydrate an infant. When you’re pregnant, your body needs three liters (101 ounces) of water a day. When you’re breast-feeding, try to get 3.8 liters (128 ounces) a day.
Food Helps Hydrate Too
Drinking water isn’t the only way to stay hydrated. Specific foods account for about 20 percent of your total water intake in a day. If you’re trying to increase your water consumption, look to fruits like watermelon to help get the amount you need. Vegetables like tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, zucchini and radishes all contain over 95 percent water. You can drink beverages like coffee and tea to help with water intake, but water is always your best bet. If you prefer flavored beverages, try water with a slice of cucumber, lemon, orange, or a sprig of mint for a fresh taste.
The Dangers of Dehydration
Knowing the signs of too little water can save you from serious illness. Mild dehydration starts with a feeling of thirst. Other signs mean dehydration is intensifying. Watch out for: dark yellow urine, headache, dizziness and lightheadedness, especially with a change in position such as going from sitting to standing. As dehydration progresses, you may notice that you can’t think well and that you feel tired. You may even notice a decline in hand-eye coordination and control of other parts of your body. You may detect muscle weakness and memory loss. If it seems that dehydration may be causing these symptoms, then you should begin increasing your fluid intake. And just as important, try to determine what factors caused this event so you can address the problem.
Hopefully you’ll never experience what’s known as severe dehydration. It, too, starts with a feeling of thirst, but one that’s extreme. Urine may turn amber or brown, or you may have little to no urine at all. You may get dry, cracked lips, dry mouth, dry skin that looks parched and sunken eyes. You’ll notice that your body stops sweating (there’s no water!). Irritability and confusion, low blood pressure, feelings of heart racing or rapid beats are other symptoms. You can have a fever, and in serious cases of dehydration, you may be delirious or lose consciousness. These would be the signs and symptoms of a medical emergency, and you should seek immediate medical care. This type of dehydration is more common in severe conditions — for example, in extreme heat with physical exertion or with medical illnesses such as excessive vomiting and diarrhea.

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Low-Glycemic Diet Improves Inflammatory Profile in Overweight and Obese

                                                                                                                       Results of a new study suggests that a low-glycemic diet — rich in foods containing carbohydrates that are slowly absorbed into the bloodstream — significantly lowered markers of inflammation and also increased a hormone that helps in regulating the metabolism of sugar and fat.

The study, which be published in the February issue of the Journal of Nutrition, randomized 80 healthy men and women to a controlled feeding trial. Half of the participants were normal weight and half were overweight or obese.
The researchers, from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, found through subjects’ blood samples that C-reactive protein, a biomarker of inflammation, was reduced by about 22 percent among the overweight and obese subjects who followed the low-glycemic diet.
“This finding is important and clinically useful since C-reactive protein is associated with an increased risk for many cancers as well as cardiovascular disease,” said lead author Marian Neuhouser, Ph.D., R.D. “Showing that a low-glycemic-load diet can improve health is important for the millions of Americans who are overweight or obese.”
The researchers also found among the overweight and obese subjects that a low-glycemic-load diet moderately increased levels of the protective protein hormone, adiponectin. Adiponectin improves insulin sensitivity and increases fatty acid oxidation.
For two 28-day feeding periods, completed in random order, the subjects ate a diet featuring high-glycemic-load carbohydrates, and then a diet featuring low-glycemic-load carbohydrates. The diets were designed to maintain weight and while the type of carbohydrate and amount of fiber differed, the overall amounts of carbohydrates, calories, and other nutrients were the same.
“Dietary patterns that rapidly increase blood glucose and insulin concentrations postprandially (i.e., high GL) not only stimulate insulin resistance but also induce an inflammatory response due to the acute excess of cellular glucose,” the authors wrote.
High-glycemic-load carbohydrate sources are usually low in fiber and include products made with white flour, sugar-sweetened drinks and desserts, as well as fruit in canned syrup. Low-glycemic carbohydrate sources are generally higher in fiber or protein and include whole-grains, kidney beans, pinto beans, soy beans, lentils, milk, as well as fruits such as apples, oranges, grapefruits, and pears.
Eating low-glycemic foods such as whole grains and fiber-rich fruits may reduce markers of inflammation in overweight and obese people, according to new study

The Right Sports Drink for Exercise

Posted By:  Heather Woods
With its blend of energy-supporting vitamins and minerals, Want More Energy?® can benefit anyone—the young, the weekend warrior, and the athletic—as an excellent during- or post-workout supplement to replenish nutrients in active bodies.
Now according to a recent study (1) from researchers at the Nestle Research Institute in Switzerland, and published in the journalMedicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, sports drinks like Want More Energy? that contain fructose may be better at replenishing energy stores depleted during exercise compared with other sugars.
This study found that liver glycogen stores were more quickly restored in athletes that consumed beverages containing fructose or galactose (milk sugar), but not glucose. Glycogen is a polymer of glucose stored in liver and muscle. It’s readily broken down during periods of fasting or during physical activity providing the necessary glucose for cellular energy.
In this double blinded, triple cross-over, randomized clinical trial, ten healthy male athletes exercised to exhaustion on three separate days and then ingested a carbohydrate drink containing 65 grams of fructose, galactose, or glucose. Liver glycogen stores were then monitored every two hours during recovery.
The researchers reported that the beverages containing fructose or galactose restored liver glycogen faster than those consuming the glucose beverage. During exercise, low-glycogen stores can lead to low-blood sugar, the researchers explain, and may be a significant factor in exercise-induced fatigue.
“The liver plays a crucial role in preventing hypoglycemia during exercise and it is generally believed that strategies that enhance liver glycogen post-exercise will increase exercise capacity in a subsequent exercise bout,” the authors wrote.
Glycogen to Go
Glycogen stores are responsible for regulating blood sugar at night and providing cells with a continuous supply of glucose, the authors explain. These findings suggest that fructose leads to faster recovery and more readily supplies the body with energy for additional activity.
“Carbohydrate drinks containing fructose and galactose could help in situations where athletes have to exercise twice in one day with relatively little recovery,” the authors wrote.
While previous research has targeted muscle glycogen levels, the researchers felt that liver glycogen was a better indicator of exercise recovery. This study helps to demonstrate the importance of a variety of carbohydrates to support physical activity and glycogen status.
Facts on Fructose
Fructose, often the target of harsh criticism, is a natural sugar found in most fruits and vegetables. Food manufacturers often prefer fructose because of its higher stability and perceived sweetness, which leads to less use of sugar overall in food products. This monosaccharide is metabolized differently than glucose because it doesn’t stimulate insulin and must be metabolized in the liver, and, hence, is considered ideal for avoiding insulin spikes.
However, in excessive amounts (such as found in soft drinks) fructose can cause increased fat deposition within the liver; although results of a recent randomized controlled trial (2) suggests a diet containing moderate amounts of natural fructose from fruit may be more effective for promoting weight loss and reducing metabolic syndrome parameters than a diet low in fructose containing equal amounts of carbohydrates.
This latest study shows that consuming fructose, particularly after exercising, replenishes glycogen stores efficiently and is an effective fuel source for the body. Drinks like Want More Energy? provide the body with fructose—less than 8 grams, an amount comparable to eating an apple—that may facilitate recovery and support intense and prolonged physical activity.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Get the Nutrients of $550 Worth of Food in Two Daily Packets

Posted By: Heather Woods

We get it. Eating a healthy, balanced diet is challenging. Consuming all of the daily nutrients your body needs at the same time, on the other hand: nearly impossible.
That’s why it’s important to turn to a multivitamin that has everything you need to support your heart, joint, brain, immune and cellular health. Enter Ageless Essentials™ Daily Pack with Product B™.
Ageless Essentials with Product B combines all of the key nutrients your body needs on a daily basis, so you can rest assured that you’re getting exactly what you need to lead a healthy, energized and youthful life.
In fact, did you know that if you were tried to eat the same amount of food it takes to match the nutrients found in your two daily A.M. and P.M. packets of Ageless Essentials with Product B, you’d spend about $550? And that’s just one day’s worth! On the other hand, taking your two packets of Ageless Essentials with Product B is only $4.60 a day.
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250 glasses of red wine (Resveratrol)
10 pounds lean beef (CoEnzyme Q10, Vitamin B12)
34 dried apricots (Vitamin A)
11 organic oranges (Vitamin C)
45 raw oysters (Vitamin D3)
33 ounces pistachios (Vitamin B1)
1 cup organic peanut butter (Vitamin B3)
13 cups wheat bran (Vitamin B6)
22 ½ raw avocados (Vitamin B5)
7 spears asparagus (Vitamin K2)
10 cups raw organic spinach (Folic acid)
22 organic mangos (Magnesium)
20 free range eggs (Biotin)
9 ounces shrimp (Selenium)
2 ½ cups sun dried tomatoes (Copper)
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