Warning: New Research on Soda, Energy Drinks, Sodium Intake, Swimming

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Warning on Soda: Obesity is a world-wide pandemic resulting in numerous chronic disorders including the world’s top killers: heart disease, type II diabetes, certain cancers, hypertension, and more! Fitness and nutrition professionals are the first line of defense in the battle to achieve a healthy lifestyle. The Journal of Advances in Eating Disorders, reported that diet soda drinkers reported significantly higher levels of over-eating, binge eating, purging, obesity, BMI, poor fitness and major weight concerns than regular soda drinkers.  These in turn reported higher levels of these problems than non-soda drinkers. Warning on Energy Drinks: Recently reported in the journal Substance Abuse, the official journal of the association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA) showed that those students who regularly used energy drinks (every day for the past 30 days) were more than 300% more likely to also use illicit prescription drugs. The research also showed that the longer the student used energy drinks over 30 days, the more likely they were to use prescription drugs. Energy drinks include ingredients like caffeine (or herbal equivalent), inositol, taurine, and yohimbe (yohimbine hydrochloride). The neurological effects of these products is to increase dopamine and serotonin, similar to those caused by prescription drugs. Additionally, herbs like Ginseng, should never be mixed with anti-depressant medications or prescription stimulants because this can cause dangerously high levels of serotonin (i.e. serotonin syndrome), which is known for causing rapid irregular heartbeats and even seizures. Energy drinks are typically used by students to increase study effectiveness, study time, and the euphoric feelings caused by the drinks. Warning: New research on sodium intake and hypertension The American Journal of Hypertension finds evidence that the average daily sodium intake of most Americans is actually associated with better health outcome than intake levels currently recommended by the CDC and major health departments, which are now being viewed by many in the scientific community as excessively and unrealistically low. The study concluded that 2,645-4,945 mg of sodium a day, actually results in more favorable health outcomes than the CDC’s current recommendation of less than 2300mg a day for healthy individuals 50 years old, and less than 1500mg a day for most over 50 years old. The IFPA recommends that you reduce or eliminate processed foods and carbonated beverages.  Healthy nutrition and daily exercise (both strength training and cardiovascular exercise are very beneficial). Summer Time Warning: While swimming is known as a fun way to exercise, be careful! A new study from Purdue University shows how uric acid in urine generates potentially hazardous “volatile disinfection byproducts” in swimming pools by interacting with chlorine. Purdue University is also recommending swimmers to practice “improved hygiene habits.” The CDC has documented cases in which people became ill after breathing contaminants at improperly maintained indoor swimming pools. Of particular concern are nitrogen, containing disinfection byproducts, which are more likely than other byproducts to be carcinogenic and to cause cell damage. Byproducts from urinating in chlorinated pools has been associated with damage to the lungs, heart, CNS (Central Nervous System) and other organs. Warning: More evidence that obesity in children has a serious and damaging effect on the child’s cognitive functions. A new study from the University of Illinois finds that obese children are slower than healthy weight children to recognize when they have made an error and correct it. Obesity effects higher order cognitive processes like executive task control that requires organizing, planning, action planning that are needed for success in life, mathematics, reading and positive life outcomes. Previous studies have shown that fit kids have higher I.Q.’s, better concentration, memory and focus and have ten times better motor control agility, balance and coordination than non-fit kids. Warning: According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), obesity, rather than diet, causes changes in the colon that may lead to colorectal. NIH recommends calorie control and frequent exercise as a strategy to lower the risk for colon-related death in the USA.

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