The World Health Organization (WHO) is planning a review of the potential risks of plastic in bottled drinking water after researchers uncovered particles in many major brands. Currently, there is no research to show that microplastics can undermine health, but the WHO says it wants to find out if a lifetime of ingesting these tiny particles might have an effect.
The review comes after a study that screened more than 250 bottles of water from 11 different brands in 9 countries. They found that more than 90% contained tiny pieces of plastics and on average there were 325 pieces of plastics per liter. Continue reading “What’s In Your Water?”
As a healthy home expert, it is my job to help physicians and clients understand the relationship that our homes play to our overall health and wellness. When we examine homes around the country, we find that many have mold problems, clutter and dust, chemicals, pesticides and fertilizers that are associated with health complaints of the homeowners. Physicians are now using our services to test homes for contaminants to better understand the relationships that exist between how we live and our wellness. In public health, we believe that about 90% of our health is determined by genetics, environment, socioeconomic status and behaviors. Continue reading “Your Healthy Home Can Be a Resource for Wellness”
Water is a key player in weight management, but also critically important in every other aspect of our health. Water is one of the most neglected and essential components of nutrition. The importance of water cannot be overlooked.
If you experience headaches, fatigue, muscle pains, constipation, heartburn, anxiety attacks, food intolerances, joint and muscle weakness, dry skin, chapped lips, water retention, digestive problems or bad breath, you may be suffering from dehydration. Many people are dehydrated and are not even aware of it. Even mild dehydration can impair cognitive function, such as short-term memory, alertness and concentration. Continue reading “Resolution Series: Importance of Water”
It’s hot outside and cold drinks are in. But instead of sweet iced tea, iced lattes and sugary lemonade, quench your thirst with homemade flavored water.
Sugar consumption is a real problem in the U.S. The World Health Organization recommends no more than 5% of your daily caloric intake come from added sugar. For the average adult with a normal body mass index (BMI), 5% amounts to 25 g, or approximately 2 tablespoons of sugar.
Apparently, sugar must be too easy to swallow, because Americans on average consume 10 times that amount per day – and the biggest culprit is beverages. Not only does consuming this much sugar lead to weight gain, but it is also associated with an increased risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and gout, and it has even been linked to cancer.
Your best bet to beat the heat and stay hydrated is good old water. Continue reading “Say No to Sugary Drinks with These Infused Water Recipes”
Staying hydrated is simple enough to do, but many of us just don’t do it. Dehydration, even a mild case, can affect our brain function and energy levels. On average, we lose about half a gallon of water every day through body waste, perspiration, and even breathing. Replacing that loss each day is essential to maintain good health.
Sweating accelerates water loss, so it’s extra important to make sure that you’re getting enough fluid, especially in the summer. Sometimes water alone may not be enough. In the extreme heat, and during long workouts (think marathons), an electrolyte added to water may help replenish minerals.
Here are some tips to stay hydrated.
1. Eat and drink fluids. Easy enough. Did you know that up to 20% of our daily fluid intake comes from juice-filled fruits and vegetables such as watermelon, lettuce and tomatoes? Caffeinated beverages can speed up dehydration, so if you are a coffee lover, make sure that you drink plenty of water. Most people should aim for 8–10 glasses of water per day. Continue reading “Tips to Stay Hydrated This Summer”