Four Myths About Hydration That Refuse To Die

Source: Four Myths About Hydration That Refuse To Die

As Derek Zoolander wisely put it, wetness is the essence of life. Whether you like drinking water or not, it accounts for about 60% of your body weight, and plays a pretty darn important role in making sure your body functions normally. But statistics aside, there are a couple of myths about hydration that refuse to die.

Myth One: You Need To Drink Eight Cups A Day

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What you need to know about Aspirin

  • Aspirin is a no-no for kids who have a fever or a viral infection like the flu. It’s linked to Reye syndrome, a serious condition with symptoms like vomiting, confusion, and being overstimulated. It causes swelling in the brain and liver and may lead to a coma. Until age 19, you’re usually better off reaching for acetaminophen or ibuprofen, unless your doctor specifically says to use aspirin.
  • For moms-to-be, acetaminophen is a better choice for pain relief. But if you’re at high risk for preeclampsia, your doctor will probably recommend a low dose of aspirin to prevent high blood pressure and protein in your urine. Since aspirin can cause extra bleeding during labor, you shouldn’t take it during the last 6-8 weeks your baby’s on board, unless your doctor told you to.
  • Who knew? Aspirin can be good medicine for plants, too. A solution of one and a half tablets in 2 gallons of water sprayed on your garden every 3 weeks can give you more and bigger veggies. The key ingredient, salicylic acid, bumps up plant growth and helps protect them from disease. Other reported fixes with aspirin — making a paste for acne or bee stings, protecting your hair from chlorine, boosting your car battery — don’t have the science to back them up.

How much water should you be drinking?

Source: Water: Recommended Daily Intake, Hydration During Exercise – Medical News Today

The “adequate intakes” officially recommended for total water from all sources each day (for adults between 19-30 years of age) are:

  • 3.7 liters (or about 130 fl oz) for men
  • 2.7 liters (about 95 fl oz) for women.

These dietary reference intakes, however, are based only on survey results of the average amounts that are consumed by people, on the assumption that these amounts must be about right for optimal hydration.

But the amounts measured for people in the temperate climate of the US, with plenty of access to water, may be too high, and intakes do vary greatly according to activity, environmental conditions (including clothing) and social activities such as drinking with friends. Continue reading

Do cranberries help urinary tract infections?

Source: Cranberries help urinary tract infections, but not as juice – Medical News Today

Dashing out for a bottle of cranberry juice when a urinary tract infection hits may not be so helpful after all. Research published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology suggests it could just be an old wives’ tale.
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The active ingredients in cranberries prevent bacteria from adhering to the bladder wall.

A urinary tract infection (UTI) can affect any part of the urinary system, kidneys, bladder or urethra.

More than 3 million Americans, mostly women, experience a UTI every year.

Symptoms include frequent, painful urination, pelvic pain and traces blood in the urine. The infection does not normally last long, and most patients self-diagnose. Continue reading

Happiness: Can a Positive Attitude Make a Real Difference?

Source: Happiness: Can a Positive Attitude Make a Real Difference?

The Rumor: A positive outlook helps create positive experiences

Bad stuff happens. But is it possible that simply approaching life with a glass-half-full attitude can actually cause better things to occur?

The Verdict: Happiness is born of both positivity and negativity

Turns out a healthy dose of pessimism can, at times, be a good thing. A study published by the American Psychological Association says that two-thirds of pessimists lived longer and had healthier lives than more upbeat people. Continue reading

The Truth About Coconut Oil

Source: Coconut Oil Uses and Your Health

Coconut oil: You can’t browse social media — or the grocery store shelves — these days without running across it. The sweet-smelling tropical staple is rumored to slow aging, help your heart and thyroid, protect against illnesses like Alzheimer’s, arthritis and diabetes, and even help you lose weight.
People are using it in everything from smoothies to bulletproof coffee, a mug of java spiked with coconut oil and butter. Should you sign up for an oil change?

Good News, Bad News

Coconut oil is made by pressing the fat from the white “meat” inside the giant nut. About 84% of its calories come from saturated fat. To compare, 14% of olive oil’s calories are from saturated fat and 63% of butter’s are.

“This explains why, like butter and lard, coconut oil is solid at room temperature with a long shelf life and the ability to withstand high cooking temperatures,” says registered dietitian Lisa Young, PhD. And it’s the reason coconut oil has a bad rap from many health officials. Continue reading

Do You Have to Cut 3,500 Calories to Lose a Pound?

Source: Mysteries of Weight Loss

So you’re finally ready to lose weight. Now the question is: How?

The standard advice — to eat less and move more — isn’t so helpful when it comes to the “how.” You probably know you need to cut calories, but how many? Are you better off getting those calories from low-fat or low-carb foods? And what’s going on with your metabolism, your personal energy-burning furnace? Is it programmed to keep you overweight? Is there any way to fan the flames so you can dream of one day eating a piece of pie without gaining a pound?

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Even science is still stumped on many of the basic questions of weight loss.

“Amazingly, in this era of obesity, there are still many things that we really don’t know,” says Robin Callister, PhD, professor of human physiology at the University of Newcastle in Australia.

Here’s what we do know about some of the most persistent mysteries of weight loss.

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Myth vs. Reality: Hair grows back thicker and darker after shaving

Source: Does hair really grow back thicker and darker after shaving? – ScienceAlert

MYTH!

We don’t know who started the rumour that hair grows back thicker if you shave it off, but mothers have been using it to dissuade daughters from shaving their legs too early for far too long. Whenever scientists put this to the test, they find that hair regrowth is in no way affected by shaving, or any other type of hair removal. Continue reading

Popular diet myths busted

source: WebMD (Dr. Michael W. Smith)

questionAre you guilty of late night snacking? An avid coffee drinker? Using protein supplements because you’re always moving? Obsessing about drinking 8 glasses of water daily? Or perhaps you are cutting down on carbs to lose those few extra pounds? And sugar… who’s not worried about sugar intake today? Then read on! Continue reading

Myth vs. Reality: Aspartame is bad

MYTH!

aspartameThe controversy surrounding aspartame toxicity is devastating and wide spread by the media. Aspartame, consumed in recommended amounts, has been deemed safe since decades. It is currently approved in US, Canada and Europe as an artificial sweetener (and many other countries). The only population in which aspartame is very toxic is in phenylketonurics because one of the breakdown products of aspartame is phenylalanine, and phenylketonurics cannot Continue reading

Myth vs. Reality: Vaccines can cause autism

MYTH!

Universal-Flu-Vaccine1 Absolutely not! A severely biased and misunderstood article in the 90’s was published that seemed to show some link between vaccines and autism. One year later, this was clarified as misused data and the article correction stated that there is no link between vaccines and autism. The physician who published this article lost his license Continue reading

When is Enough, Enough? The Truth About Homeopathy – by Dr. Joe Schwarcz

This is an article by Dr. Joe Schwarcz, a very well known scientist from McGill University who breaks myths and brings science to the public. He sums up very well the truth about homeopathy:

On the “The Current,” the CBC’s national morning show, Dr. Heather Boon, Dean of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto, and I had a chance to express our views on the proposed study she is organizing to investigate the homeopathic treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) Continue reading