Avoiding Body Drought: Tips to Prevent Dehydration

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – It’s the driving force of nature. It’s in every cell, tissue and organ in our bodies. And it’s second only to oxygen as the thing we need most to survive — pure, clean water.
So, how do you stay hydrated?
Dr. Scarano, a doctor of chiropractic trained in overall body wellness, in addition to providing care for conditions like back pain, offers some tips in this video: http://youtu.be/YH79L-84Ynk.

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Are You Really Hydrated Enough for Your Workout?

WaterWorkoutProgramCStudies have shown that Americans will drink just about anything except what their body really needs—water.

Underscoring this point is a study of college football players preparing for a major NFL scouting event by trainer Amanda Carlson. At the morning evaluation, she found that 98 percent of them were dehydrated.

Another study by researchers at Tufts University found that college athletes who were mildly dehydrated when they started high-impact aerobics for 60 to 75 minutes without drinking enough water, were more likely to feel fatigued, confused, angry, depressed, and tense.

An End to Acid Reflux?

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Nearly everyone gets heartburn now and then. But the fiery sensation that grips your chest and throat after eating spicy food, for example, can also be a symptom of a more serious condition: gastroesophageal reflux disease, which in its most chronic form can lead to cancer.
For years, the roughly one-third of Americans with GERD have mainly relied on prescription or over-the-counter medications to reduce stomach acid. However, as we’ve learned more about the potential long-term effects of the newest class of drugs called “proton pump inhibitors” — which now take up more space on the shelves than good ol’ Tums ever did — that’s made for a different kind of heartburn.
“The Food and Drug Administration has issued numerous warnings about PPIs, saying long-term use and high doses have been associated with an increased risk of bone fractures and infection with a bacterium called Clostridium difficile that can be especially dangerous to elderly patients,” the New York Times has reported.
That helps explain the current excitement over a simple outpatient procedure that may actually correct GERD for good without the need for invasive surgery.
Stretta Therapy (www.stretta-therapy.com), which is FDA-approved, uses radiofrequency (RF) energy delivered to the muscle between the stomach and esophagus to, in effect, “remodel” the problem area.
“The sphincter muscle gets thicker and stronger, so it won’t open as easily,” explains Dr. Mark Noar of Endoscopic Microsurgery Associates in Towson, Maryland, who performs the procedure in his own practice.
Dr. Noar is also the lead author of a newly published, peer-reviewed study that tracked patients for 10 years after receiving Stretta Therapy, which is covered by most insurance (including Medicare). Among the most remarkable findings: 72 percent were found to have remained GERD symptom-free.
That’s almost a job requisite for someone like Kathleen Dickinson, who — loathe to even consider surgery — sought the doctor out for Stretta Therapy after what she describes as “years of suffering” and concerns about possibly developing osteoporosis from the medication she’d been taking.
“For me, it wasn’t just that I couldn’t enjoy my favorite dishes,” says the 70-year-old Maryland woman. “I’m a corporate trainer, and the constant coughing and clearing my throat affected my speaking presentations.”
She’s now back to eating Mexican food.
Oh, and one final reminder: While heartburn may be the most common symptom of GERD, it’s not the only one. Others include chronic coughing, sleep apnea and a change in voice.

Medicine Safety Reminders for Cold and Flu Season

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Americans catch approximately 1 billion colds each year, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that as many as 20 percent of people in the U.S. will get the flu this cold and flu season. A majority of people (seven in 10) will use over-the-counter (OTC) medicines to treat their symptoms, and many of these medicines contain acetaminophen.
Acetaminophen is the most common drug ingredient in America, found in more than 600 prescription (Rx) and OTC medicines, including pain relievers, fever reducers and many cough, cold and flu medicines. It’s safe and effective when used as directed, but taking more than the maximum daily dose of 4,000 milligrams is an overdose and can lead to liver damage.
The Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition (AAC), a group of leading health, health care provider and consumer organizations, is reminding consumers to double-check their medicine labels to avoid doubling up on acetaminophen this winter.
“Cold and flu season is a very important time to remind patients to be diligent about reading their medicine labels and knowing the ingredients in their medicines,” said Anne Norman, APRN, DNP, FNP-BC, Associate Vice President of Education at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, a founding organization of the AAC. “People may use a medicine to treat their cold or flu symptoms on top of a medicine they are already taking, not realizing that both might contain acetaminophen.”
The AAC’s Know Your Dose campaign reminds consumers to follow four medicine safe-use steps:
1. Always read and follow the medicine label.
2. Know if medicines contain acetaminophen, which is listed on the front panel of packaging and in bold type or highlighted in the “active ingredients” section of OTC medicine labels, and sometimes listed as “APAP” or “acetam” on Rx labels.
3. Never take two medicines that contain acetaminophen at the same time.
4. Ask your health care provider or a pharmacist if you have questions about dosing instructions or medicines that contain acetaminophen.
For additional information and a list of some common medicines that contain acetaminophen, visit KnowYourDose.org or follow @KnowYourDose on Twitter.

Initiative Empowers People to Fight for Mobility

RegainMobilityConsider an activity that do you every single day. Now imagine having an accident or health condition that prevented you from your daily activities.

When you sustain an injury to a bone or joint in your body, the things you take for granted can be temporarily disrupted and inhibit you from doing what you truly enjoy—until you restore your mobility with orthopedic care and rehabilitation, that is.

In the U.S., people of all ages are faced with limitations that affect their mobility and that  require orthopedic intervention. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), one in four Americans suffers from an impairment that impacts their ability to move.

Kids Require Just as Much Drinking Water as Adults, According to Experts

ChildrenAndWaterCThey might be pint-size, but their water needs are not. Kids, experts say, should be just as properly hydrated as adults, if not more so.

“The standard recommendations are for children to get six to eight glasses of water per day,” says Dr. Melina Jampolis, CNNHealth’s Diet and Fitness expert. “Mild dehydration can affect learning as well as mental and physical performance.”

Underscoring Jampolis’ assertion is a recent report out of Tufts University which found that children who are even mildly thirsty can become cranky. For school-age children, dehydration—even at low levels—can impair cognitive function, says lead reseacher Kristen D’Anci, Ph.D.

Chiropractic Care Comes to the Workplace

ChiroServicesCMany of the big companies are supporting it. Google does. So do Apple and Facebook.

These Internet giants are part of a growing trend among businesses acknowledging the distinct link between healthy employees and a healthy bottom line—and they are adopting worksite health centers that include chiropractic care.

“Employers are now seeing that employee health is important beyond health care costs,” said Beth Bierbower, president of Humana’s Employer Group Segment. “It has profound impacts on productivity, retention, workplace engagement and morale.”

Here’s a New Prescription for Finding Dr. Right

TheRightDoctorCFinding the right doctor isn’t always easy, but when you do, it can mean living a healthier life, or the difference between life and death.

In fact, until now, consumers have not had access to information that would allow them to find the right doctor for their individual needs. Instead, Americans have had to rely on word of mouth to find a physician—either from friends, family members, their doctor or their insurance provider. While a reference can be helpful and well-meaning, the problem is that the referral is not subjective and only gives a snapshot of a particular doctor—one who may (or may not) be the best fit for your needs.

Got Water? 4 Reasons to Drink More H2O

WhyWaterWe all know water is good for us and that we should probably drink more of it. So why, then, do Americans find it so difficult to sip from what is arguably the fountain of youth?

Answers vary, but the fact is, one in 10 Americans drinks zero cups of water per day, according to a study by Dr. Alyson Goodman, a medical epidemiologist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Zero. She suspects that those who don’t drink any water (or very little) are getting it from other sources such as food and coffee, but warns this may not be enough.

Finding Answers to Growing Concerns About Water Fluoridation

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Up until the mid-1940s, tooth decay plagued the nation. Case in point: in 1942, almost 10 percent of the 2 million men examined by the Army were rejected for service because they didn’t have 12 solid teeth out of 32.
Then came fluoride — a mineral added in small amounts to tap water that would harden teeth and protect people’s pearly whites from cavities.
Since then, the debate over fluoride has escalated to become one of the country’s most contentious health issues and concerns.
Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) insists there is no verifiable link between fluoridated water and illnesses such as tooth discoloration, hip fractures and bone cancer as some suggest, opponents of fluoride, aren’t convinced.
“Our job is putting out safe water. We’re not in the business of medicating people,” Kevin Cridge, water quality supervisor at Hampton Shaler Water Authority, told the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. “We shouldn’t be doing anything that actually doesn’t treat or purify the water.”
Fast-forward almost 70 years, and now there are options for those who prefer to know what’s in the water they’re drinking. Bottled water can be a better option, but which brand? The choices can be mindboggling.
To get the most from the water you’re drinking, you may want to opt for purified, enhanced water, such as Alkame Water. While other waters might satisfy your thirst, Alkame includes a distinctive alkalinity, as well as high levels of stabilized, dissolved oxygen that help maintain the natural pH balance in the body. In short, that means that a more balanced pH can help your body resist and fight illnesses. In addition to hydrating your body more effectively, Alkame can improve your metabolic function, boost your immune response and neutralize cancer-causing free radicals.
Better yet, there is no fluoride in Alkame Water.
“If someone were to ask me, ‘What is the one thing I can do to have better health?’ then the answer would be simple: ‘Start drinking alkaline, ionized water,'” says Robert O. Young, PhD and author of the “The pH Miracle.”
Alkame Water is based in Las Vega, Nevada, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alkame Holdings Inc. (OTCQB: ALKM). For more information about Alkame Water, including how to have it delivered to your home or office, visit www.alkamewater.com.