Depending on where you grew up, drinking water fluoridation might have been a fact of life; or perhaps you didn’t know your water was fluoridated until you moved to an area where it wasn’t. Suddenly the dentist was offering your children fluoride treatments at every visit. Many people prefer to get their fluoride directly from tap water, but is that really the safest way to strengthen your teeth?
With time being such a scarce commodity these days, people are serious about their workouts; sometimes too serious. Performance is important to any athlete, and there is nothing wrong with making the most of every workout, but nothing is more critical to the athlete than safety. Whether you are a weekend warrior or a competitive athlete, nothing is more important than proper hydration. Even the slightest amount of dehydration can diminish one’s physical endurance and mental acuity, thereby reducing the benefits of a workout.
If you are hiking the Manitou Incline, or if you’re an athlete hoping to join the Olympic athletes training here in Colorado Springs, the intensity of your exercise may have your body screaming for electrolytes and carbohydrates.
For those who play sports regularly, the question often comes up: which is more beneficial for you while exercising, Gatorade or water? The answer is: that depends on you — the type and duration of your activity, and what you put into your body before you exercise. You need to start out well nourished and well hydrated.
If there is one thing that can be said about the First Lady’s healthcare initiatives; they are always somewhat controversial. But when she came out to hold a press conference last week encouraging American’s to “drink up” it was met with a surprising backlash. All she was saying in this “Drink Up” campaign was that Americans need to drink more water, a topic that had never been in dispute – until now.
Chances are if you’re a young person who regularly consumes energy drinks you have heard your share of criticism; whether from adults, doctors or your peers. But not every energy drink has the same ingredients. Some rely on natural or botanical extracts such as ginseng or acai berry while others include high quantities of caffeine and chemicals.
Move over “high fructose corn syrup,” “gluten-free” and “whole grain!” In the past month or so, it’s become apparent that foods that contain no Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) will be the next big thing in healthy eating. Non-GMO foods will play a leading role in healthy trends, but surprisingly few people know what they are. Genetically modified organisms have been used to make food crops more resistant to pesticides and more tolerant of adverse conditions. However, they have also been shown to cause harm to animals, humans and the environment, but for some reason their numbers continue to grow despite opposition.