Staying Hydrated

Water not only quenches the thirst, it’s vital for organs to function.  It’s needed for digestion, to carry nutrients and oxygen, control blood pressure, and to even lubricate joints. Without enough water, skin, the largest organ in the body, can become dry and wrinkled. Do you drink enough water every day?

Blood thickens without water and the circulatory system has to work harder.

UPDATE: About 55 to 80% of a person’s body weight is water. Water is lost during breathing when humidified air leaves the body as well as through daily urination, sweat, and stool.

Percentage of Total Body Water Lost

In a day’s work, the body loses about 8 to 12 cups of water and all of that fluid needs to go back in. When you become dehydrated, your blood loses volume and your heart can’t circulate blood effectively. The eventual result… heart failure.

A loss of just 2% of total body water will result in stronger thirst, vague discomfort, and a loss of appetite. This percentage of can impair your exercise performance:

  • Decreases your sweat rate
  • Increases your core temperature (causing exhaustion from heat strain)
  • Decreases maximal cardiac output (i.e., the highest pumping capacity of the heart that can be achieved during exercise)

NOTE: A loss of only 20% of total body water could result in death.

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Eggplant Pesto Parmesan

Eggplants are low in calories and fat and a good source of dietary fiber, B vitamins, potassium, and vitamin C.   Traditional Eggplant Parmesan recipes call for salting, pressing, draining or “weeping” and frying the eggplant in batches before layering it in the casserole dish.  So much work!  And when eggplant is fried, it acts like a sponge and soaks up a lot of oil.

There’s none of the prep, clean-up, and extra fat in this recipe!  No need to hover over a hot spattering fry pan.  You’ll need extra time for the baking though, but that’s just extra time for you to relax.   Continue reading “Eggplant Pesto Parmesan”

Meat Diet and Early Puberty

A diet high in meat may cause early puberty in girls according to new research.  It found that 14 per cent more seven-year-old girls started their periods by age twelve when they ate over twelve servings of meat per week versus four.

One hundred years ago, girls began puberty at age 14 (and boys at age 16).  Girls who start their periods early face a higher risk of breast and ovarian cancers and heart disease. Although further studies are needed in other populations, evidence suggests it’s healthiest to consume less meat.  Researchers agree that something is affecting our children, whether it’s chemicals, hormones or inactivity.   Continue reading “Meat Diet and Early Puberty”

Artery Buster

PB&C shake equivalent to 68 strips of bacon

If you’re one that can’t resist a monster milkshake once in awhile, here’s one you might want to think twice about before ordering. Men’s Health Magazine came out with the “Twenty Worst Drinks in America”. Topping the list is the Cold Stone PB&C milkshake. It’s made with peanut butter, chocolate ice cream and milk and contains 2,010 calories and a whopping 68 grams of saturated fat. Continue reading “Artery Buster”

New Standards for Olive Oil

The Feds have cracked down on olive oil.   The USDA has adopted scientific standards and legal definitions for olive oil terms, such as extra virgin, virgin, pomace, light, extra light, unfiltered, and cold-pressed.   Continue reading “New Standards for Olive Oil”