Optimizing Hydration To Enhance Performance And Survival

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Optimizing hydration in fact means more than just getting your full 8 glasses of water a day and there needs to be a good understanding of how your body should be properly making the best out of it.

Optimizing hydration is essential for living

Hydration is important to maintain human survival, as the body is typically made of 60 percent water and the muscles are in fact made up of 80 percent of it.

Water is responsible for helping transport all the essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals for the body to sustain and nourish it, but truth be told, water is more than just that.

Water aids in diets

Water had been found to be a very effective for weight loss and diet programs, Studies published in the journal Obesity reveals results of research that having half a liter of water or about 500 milliliters before a meal can increase chances of losing weight when dieting.

It was responsible for making those who drink water feel full prior to the meal and reduced the calories consumed by those who dieted.

Water promotes power production

Studies show that dehydration is responsible for sapping out the energy of athletes during competitions. The researchers also found out that sweating can also cause body-mass loss by as much as 3 percent.

Replenishing spent fluids in the body can actually be enough to jumpstart the body into enhancing energy for extended physical performance over time.

Water boosts metabolism

German researchers shared findings of research that metabolism can be increased by as much as 30 percent for about 30 minutes by just drinking half a liter of water, or about 500 milliliters. This also equates to a total of 25 calories just by drinking water alone.

The researchers claim that you can burn no less than 200 calories a day just by drinking 4 liters of water in a day.

Optimizing hydration can help athletes a lot

Proper hydration, especially for athletes is crucial to enhance performance and maintaining it at a high level.

Another ideal hydration medium is coconut water, which can help provide the body with several nutrients and minerals that can help boost energy-giving nutrients.

Among the key nutritional values that you find in coconut water are the following;

Potassium

This is a crucial nutrient that promotes good heart rhythm and muscle function.

Sodium

Just enough amounts of sodium in the body is essential in regulating blood volume, quenches the sensation of thirst, promotes muscle contraction and cardiac rhythm.

Magnesium

Magnesium aids in protein metabolism and helps maintain the electrical charge of the cells to enhance muscle function and regulates calcium to avoid overloading.

Phosphorus

This plays an important role in bone health, as well as with the transfer of energy by helping in muscle contraction and control nerve functions.

Calcium

Plays a crucial role in bone health and muscle contraction.

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Parkinson’s Protein Test May Soon Help Diagnose The Condition

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Parkinson’s protein test may soon become a standard diagnosis procedure where researchers were able to find on a seemingly ‘sticky’ protein molecule found among dementia sufferers.

Parkinson’s protein test may revolutionize therapy and possible prevention

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh, whose study was published in the journal Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology.

Initial results of the study shows that sample numbers, although a bit few, proved very accurate and were consistent in finding these sticky protein clumps in the brain, especially with those diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

The study involved collecting samples of spinal fluid from 38 dementia and Parkinson’s patients, where they used a highly-sensitive process to search for a protein molecule called alpha-synuclein.

This type of protein molecule is found in normal and healthy brains, but it is when it clumps together that problems start to occur and has been shown to manifest in the brain of those patients.

They also accurately identified 19 out of 20 samples or an astounding 95% rate for Parkinson’s patients and three positive indicators for three who were believed to be at risk of later developing the condition.

Facts about Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative brain disease the results to the loss of nerve cells and progresses over time. There is still no established test that could detect the early signs of the condition or determine levels that would measure its effects on the brain.

Symptoms are often characterized by depression, poor gravitational balance, tremors and muscular rigidity, among others.

It also affects tens of millions of people all over the world and there is no cure that has been successfully developed to help treat this disease.

Further tests needed

Although many from the medical community lauded the breakthrough findings, calls for additional and equally in-depth studies are needed to come to establish those discoveries as conclusive evidence to push for other developmental researches for treatment and possible effective intervention.

“We hope that with further refinement, our approach will help to improve diagnosis for Parkinson’s patients,” says Dr Alison Green from the University of Edinburgh. “These people could then be given the opportunity to take part in trials of new medicines that may slow, or stop, the progression of the disease.” 

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation reports that around 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with this condition each year and may only get worse as this does not include those that are not reported.

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Cocoa Extract Boosts Health And Can Promote Better Heart Health

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Cocoa extract boosts health ideally according to experts, except that many chocolate brands in the market contain much amounts of sugar and other additional ingredients that may not bode well for good health.

Cocoa extract boosts health with vast amounts of nutrients

Researchers reveal that there is new evidence that points to cocoa extract containing a certain for of nitric oxide that is responsible for causing blood vessels to dilate. This can be a way in which the cardiovascular system can thwart of problems like high blood pressure or even help prevent stroke.

This was the initial findings by a research group from the Yale University Prevention Research Center where they hope to further go deep into their study and are recruiting for volunteers for a four-year study related to this.

A separate study last year reveals that findings show that it produces antioxidant compounds known as flavanols and polyphenols that improve blood flow.

Problem with popular chocolate types

Essentially, chocolate- in its pure form as cocoa extract – contains a lot of beneficial substances that help promote better health for the body, however, commercial chocolate brands come in candy form that also contain large amounts of sugar as sweeteners and other additional ingredients.

There are studies to prove that having more than enough chocolate candy bars can cause people to gain weight, especially older women.

A three-year study on chocolate consumption among older women concluded that chocolate consumption has been linked to increased weight gain.

Upcoming research

The researchers are inviting volunteers to participate in a four-year study that are willing to undertake a cocoa extract test. The ideal participants are those aged 60 up for men and 65 up for women.

But don’t be misled into thinking that they will be given chocolate bars throughout the study process, but in fact be provided with a regular diet containing a specimen made from cocoa extract. The “test” samples won’t even taste close to chocolate candy bars but will have a similar amount of cocoa extract like having 1000 calories of dark chocolate.

The participants won’t even know if they are consuming cocoa extract or a placebo, in the hopes of avoiding any bias that may arise from their awareness of consuming such a product.

The researchers are hoping that they may be able to find the answers on how cocoa extract can largely benefit health and also pave the way for future researches into medical breakthroughs

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Child Immunization Becomes An Alarming Concern

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Child immunization, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) during a recent survey reveals that parents believe that vaccinations ate no longer necessary for children and may start to sound alarm bells soon.

Child immunization is still important

Contrary to popular belief that immunization should be an essential preventive measure for many diseases like flu and other health conditions, vaccination has been proven to ward off some deadly virus or bacteria.

A years-long research conducted by the AAP showed the marked increase of the reduced number of children going through vaccination compared to recent years, with parents either delaying or even refusing to have their children undergo vaccination.

Vaccines help prevent disease

Success stories have always been tied up with the need for vaccination as it was able to prevent no less than 322 million ailments, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many of the world’s most dangerous diseases are now fading into oblivion because of the advent of vaccinations back in the past.

Although they did not specifically point out what specific diseases were those vaccines targetted to address, but the fact that the public’s mindset is shifting and tends to be growing, not is a better time to in still measures to avoid it from further compounding.

The survey involved more than 600 paediatricians when it was started back in 2006 and another one back in 2013 to estimate the number of those having a change of heart on the process.

Call to action

This alarming concern is starting to push doctors and paediatricians to educate the public about the importance of vaccination, which has been proven to even prevent deaths associated with several communicable and those once thought responsible for many epidemics in the past.

Some, on their own initiative, have been coordinating with their respective local health authorities to drive campaigns on vaccination and immunization, especially among young children.

The World Health Organization reports that the world can be safe from major diseases with the help of proper vaccination and immunization, as millions of children all over the world continue to die from diseases that can be avoided by it.

It could prevent as much a 2 to 3 million deaths per year especially among poor and less-developed countries where deaths are caused by tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough and measles, among others.

The WHO believes that vaccination and immunization is the most effective and cost-efficient health intervention to address these problems.

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The Fallacy of Supplements

You are not the athlete in the commercial so why are you supplementing like them?

It’s hard to watch sports these days without getting bombarded by commercials for supplements. Gatorade insists you need their products to recover. Advocare shows ripped athletes doing incredible feats of fitness (with the aid of their product, of course). And Muscle Milk encourages you to be like Steph Curry. But you aren’t Steph Curry.

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Simple Does Not Mean Ineffective

You don’t have to have a million dollar facility to get strong and fit.

If you are a powerlifter, a competitive Olympic lifter or a CrossFit Games competitor, you have my permission to stop reading. But, if you are like all the rest us- you know, folks who want to be strong, trim down, and keep your engine tuned- this is for you.

 

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Sorry, Not Sorry: Things That Don’t Require An Apology

It had been a long day in the trenches of mothering, working, striving to hit that ever-so-delicate balance of doing everything and feeling as though I’m losing.

SorryNotSorry-Sock-450x338I stumbled a bit walking across the living room and out of my mouth came, “I’m sorry.” A phrase I use so frequently and often, without thinking. It gave me pause this time as I had muttered it to a sock.

It’s funny at face value that in my exhaustion I had apologized to a small, inanimate object, except that this kind of “I’m sorry” has become a way of life for so many of us. A blanket statement we use for taking up any kind of space, anywhere. This particular evening as I stood staring at the sock, whose presence I felt I had somehow disrupted, and that was clearly not staring back at me, I decided I had had enough.

I have learned to say “I’m sorry” for standing, sitting, existing in spaces. I apologize when people bump into me, choose to get too close to me, or block my way of passage. I have learned to apologize before speaking, if I become passionate—and certainly if I cry.

My favorite way to move forward in any kind of growth productively is just to get curious about my own behavior.

After my sock stand-off, I started paying attention to when I apologize. What I found is that I’m not sorry. Not all of the time, anyway. Not for all of the things for which I usually apologize. It feels like a leftover habit from a time when I was obsessed with all of the ways I didn’t measure up. One more way to shrink myself, to disappear, to make myself easier to digest.

I notice this same behavior in so many of my female peers. Apologies before speaking up, if sharing an opinion or idea, if someone runs into them, and even before making completely reasonable requests. Apologies that are notably unnecessary.

Here are a few things that I am no longer sorry for (and thus will stop habitually making apologies for):

For my body’s appearance.

I’m not sorry I look the way I do. I’m not sorry if anyone finds displeasure in looking at me or if they can’t empower themselves to look somewhere else. I don’t agree that I am here to be looked at or that I could possibly conform my body to a standard to which everyone would agree it’s perfect. I’m not sorry for my bigness, I’m not sorry for my smallness. I’m not sorry.

SorryNotSorry-ErinTakingUpSpace-450x338For taking up space.

Part of being confident in my skin is being familiar with my body, even as it changes. I know how much room I take up on a couch, while standing in a crowd, in my clothing. I am perfectly okay with the space I require and I can’t keep running around apologizing for simply existing in spaces. If I am in someone’s way or need to request someone move, “excuse me” will suffice. And never again to a sock. I’m not sorry.

For my home.

If you happen to pop by on a Friday afternoon after a long week, it’s possible my home doesn’t look like a display model. Because it isn’t. And the truth is: I really don’t think anyone who is intimate enough to my life to just stop by is actually looking around my home to judge it. So I’ll stop pointing out the infraction that isn’t there. I’m not sorry.

For having feelings.

This is one I really put a halt to when I started public speaking. It’s a rare thing for me to speak with all my passion and not shed a tear or two. What I realized in doing so is that it only took away from my words or even the perceived level of professionalism in my presentation if I apologized for it. I have this misogynistic image burned into my head of an emotional woman “falling apart.” But when you speak through emotions instead of apologize for them as though your feelings are wrong, it only adds power to your voice. I have a lot of feelings. They make me passionate and driven and purposeful, they are not weakness. I’m not sorry.

For the way I’m dressed.

I don’t know how many times I have run into someone running errands and immediately apologized for “looking a mess.” When the truth is, I knew damn well what I looked like when I left the house. That was a clear choice. I don’t agree that leaving my house or running into people I know requires a full face of makeup or an amazing outfit. I actually don’t agree that anyone but me gets to decide what is appropriate for me to choose to look like outside of my home, so long as I’m not breaking any decency laws. I realize some people have very strict ideas for themselves and others about this. I’ve read all kinds of articles about the importance of mothers appearing “put together” at school drop off etc. But that doesn’t mean I have to adhere to those ideas or take to heart others’ judgements. Likewise, if I’ve spent more time on my appearance than others in my company that day, I don’t need to apologize for that choice either. I’m not sorry.

For what I chose to eat.

This is a space where even if I wasn’t saying “I’m sorry” explicitly, I was often justifying my choices or finding another way to apologize to whomever I was dining with. Particularly if I was choosing to eat something commonly deemed unhealthy in a public space. Perhaps out of insecurity or fear of scrutiny I habitually spoke at length as to why I was ordering whatever I chose. Again, I really don’t believe anyone I choose to eat with is really evaluating my decisions or appetite. But this is a space I need to reign myself in. I’m not sorry.

SorryNotSorry-ErinSayWhat-450x338For speaking.

Before asking a question, clarifying something being said or even just sharing an opinion.. The first words out my mouth were usually “I’m sorry.” I’m not even sure I can begin to articulate why.

Perhaps because I was taking up space in a conversation with my voice? Maybe a fear my question would seem silly or my opinion would fall on deaf ears? Instead of just being direct, I would coat whatever words I was choosing to speak with an apology. But I don’t believe I need to apologize for speaking, for having questions, for participating in conversations. I’m not sorry.

Do you also find yourself apologizing at times you don’t need to, and don’t even mean it? Has it become second nature to apologize in some form for your body, for taking up space, for saying what you mean? Have you too apologized to a sock?

It’s not that I think apologies are not important. To the contrary.

I believe sometimes saying, “I’m sorry” is the only way to move forward in important relationships.

But none the above have anything to do with that. In fact, it could even be argued that all those apologies take away from genuine ones. How sincere does an apology for a grievance to my husband sound if 20 seconds earlier, I offered the same words to a discarded gym sock?

So I’m committed to apologizing when I mean it, and letting go of all these spaces in which apologies don’t belong. I’m committed to freeing my headspace of all the big and small ways I’m asked to shrink, so that I can live a big, bold life. Sprinkling it with “I’m sorry” just isn’t a part of that for me. Not anymore.

Not sorry.

Note from GGS: Gaining the confidence to notice when some of your behaviors don’t align with how you want to move through life—and the confidence to say, “no more!” to those behaviors—can feel at times quite overwhelming.

From the time we’re little girls, we’re not only taught that our looks determine our worth, we’re constantly reminded that no matter how hard we try (at anything), we’re never quite good enough.

It’s no wonder we struggle to feel confident in so many areas of our lives—our bodies, our relationships, our intelligence, our contributions to the world. It’s frustrating and stifling to feel like your voice doesn’t matter, like you don’t measure up to arbitrary and ever-changing standards, or like everyone else’s preferences and needs come before yours.

What if you could feel confident in every way? What if, instead of wondering how it would feel to be good, worthy, and deserving enough… you already knew? What if you truly believed that losing a few more pounds or squeezing into a smaller size dress had nothing to do with how amazing, powerful, and valuable you are?

At Girls Gone Strong, we want to help you show up fully and authentically in your life. That’s why we’ve worked with GGS Advisory Board Member Erin Brown to create Showing All The Way Up: A Guide To Confidence with Erin Brown—and we’re so excited to share with you!

In this handbook, you’ll learn:

  • Simple, actionable steps to focus on your self-talk so you can show yourself more grace and compassion and start loving the skin you’re in.
  • How to move beyond the idea that your worthiness is tied to a body fat percentage or a number on the scale.
  • The importance of saying “no” to things that you don’t want to do, so you gain the freedom to say “yes” to a life that you truly love.

Get Showing All The Way Up: A Guide to Confidence with Erin Brown—just $17!

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