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How Healthy is Watermelon?

I am reblogging this because I just learned that today, August 3, is National Watermelon Day!

Enjoy!

Tony

One Regular Guy Writing about Food, Exercise and Living Past 100

July is watermelon month here in the U.S. so I thought it might be nice to discuss this giant member of the Cucurbitaceae family. Watermelon harvests also peak in July. It is now the most consumed melon in the U.S. followed by cantaloupe and honeydew. Although watermelons are sold year ’round, summer is their season and that’s when you get the best tasting ones. It is aptly named because a watermelon consists of 92 percent water. Can you say super-hydrator?

Full disclosure: Mr. Lazy Cook loves watermelon. What’s not to like? It is utterly simple to deal with and tastes delicious. Below is a photo of my first watermelon this year. Yum.

My first watermelon of the season

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How Healthy is Watermelon?

July is watermelon month here in the U.S. so I thought it might be nice to discuss this giant member of the Cucurbitaceae family. Watermelon harvests also peak in July. It is now the most consumed melon in the U.S. followed by cantaloupe and honeydew. Although watermelons are sold year ’round, summer is their season and that’s when you get the best tasting ones. It is aptly named because a watermelon consists of 92 percent water. Can you say super-hydrator?

Full disclosure: Mr. Lazy Cook loves watermelon. What’s not to like? It is utterly simple to deal with and tastes delicious. Below is a photo of my first watermelon this year. Yum.

My first watermelon of the season

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What about those sports drinks?

There are a lot of seductive ads circulating these days encouraging folks who exercise to partake of them. However, I learned early on that there is a basic threshold for using sports drinks. And that is, how much are you exercising? If you are a weekend warrior and go to the health club mainly to socialize and walk on the treadmill or elliptical machine for a half hour while you watch one of the TVs or read, you likely don’t need to use a sports drink and you may be doing yourself some harm if you are.

Sports drinks contain sodium which your body needs to replenish if you have been exercising at least moderately heavily and working up a sweat. In that case, you can be using a sports drink to bring your body’s electrolytes back into balance.

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If you have been sweating a lot, getting sodium into your system is a good thing. But, if you haven’t, it isn’t necessarily.

Caitlin Howe, MS, MPH, of the American Heart Association Sodium Reduction Initiative says, “When it comes to winter physical activity, some people feel the need to consume energy and sports drinks during an afternoon walking in the cold air or skating on the lake. Sports drinks were initially designed for elite athletes, so most people can enjoy a winter workout without needing to replenish electrolytes or energy stores. Continue reading

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10 Health benefits of coconut water

The coconut tree must be one of the healthiest plants on the earth. I am such a believer in coconut oil that I have a Page – Coconut oil – Why you should include it in your diet devoted to it. Seems that coconut water also conveys health benefits. I use some of this every morning in my breakfast smoothie.

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How much water should you drink? – Harvard

The key to staying hydrated is drinking fluids throughout the day

I have been writing about water and hydration since the early days of the blog. I will list at the end some links to previous posts.

Here is what Harvard has to say on the subject, “You probably know that it’s important to drink plenty of fluids when the temperatures soar outside. But staying hydrated is a daily necessity, no matter what the thermometer says. Unfortunately, many of us aren’t getting enough to drink, especially older adults. “Older people don’t sense thirst as much as they did when they were younger. And that could be a problem if they’re on a medication that may cause fluid loss, such as a diuretic,” says Dr. Julian Seifter, a kidney specialist and associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

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How we use water
Water keeps every system in the body functioning properly. The Harvard Special Health Report 6-Week Plan for Health Eating notes that water has many important jobs, such as: Continue reading

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You Need to Drink Enough Water

Statistics show that 25 percent of U.S. children to not drink enough water on a daily basis. Boys were more than 75 percent more likely to be inadequately hydrated than girls.

It’s important for your body to have plenty of fluids each day. Water helps you digest your food, absorb nutrients, and then get rid of the unused waste.

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Your body is made up of more than half water which it needs for blood circulation, metabolism, temperature regulation, waste removal and detoxification.

With age, some people may lose their sense of thirst. To further complicate matters, some medicines might make it even more important to have plenty of fluids.BWGiUoi7gW1q9Jw4Ird0ZoBwEAoZeD-umk5caBAg1JSYg3Q5j75gW8F6CLMuAv5ZUsGiiBaMIRI_Om0VUVbvBy51CRKzHC0YrA_XkXpB1N0jmBLguKJebqVFoQ=w506-h529

Drinking enough fluids every day also is essential if you exercise regularly. Check with your doctor, however, if you’ve been told to limit how much you drink.

The National Institute on Health has the following hydration tips:

    •    Try to add liquids throughout the day.
    •    Take sips from a glass of water, milk, or juice between bites during meals.
    •    Have a cup of low-fat soup as an afternoon snack.
    •    Drink a full glass of water if you need to take a pill.
    •    Have a glass of water before you exercise or go outside to garden or walk, especially on a hot day.
    •    Remember, water is a good way to add fluids to your daily routine without adding calories.
    •    Drink fat-free or low-fat milk, or other drinks without added sugars.
    •    If you drink alcoholic beverages, do so sensibly and in moderation. That means up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks for men.
    •    Don’t stop drinking liquids if you have a urinary control problem. Talk with your doctor about treatment.

 

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My New HYDRA SmartBottle Came

What? You don’t know what a HYDRA Smart Water Bottle is? Don’t feel bad. It happens to be a new invention that I read about and backed on Indiegogo, the crowdfunding site.

As I have posted previously, I use the two crowdfunding sources, Kickstarter and Indiegogo, for cool new products and ideas. You can read about my Torch 2 Bike Helmet that lights up at night which was also crowdfunded.

The HYDRA Smart Bottle is a wonder for a bike rider like me. It was “Designed to bring modern creature comforts along for the ride.” One picture is worth a thousand words, so you can see all the features below.

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The top is a detachable Bluetooth speaker for my iPhone music. It also functions as a radio. By pressing a button on the bottom, the bottle lights up and becomes a lantern. It can also flash red if I want to turn my water bottle into an illuminated flashing red lantern when I ride at night. The base when charged holds enough energy to charge my iPhone or a tablet when out.

To get the full story on the HYDRA check out this video from the creators:

Here is the link for their website to read more: http://hydra-smartbottle.com/shop/

They are just finishing shipping out the preorders for backers, so you can’t get one there yet. Amazon will be selling the bottles. Watch for them.

Posted 5 Feb 2016: Here is the Amazon link they are selling for $59.95.

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A Dozen Super Hydrating Fruits and Veggies – Infographic

Everyone knows about drinking eight glasses of water a day, but they forget that we get a lot of water from fruits and veggies. This is another good reason for integrating fresh fruits and veggies into our daily diet.

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I often eat fresh watermelon after a bike ride. Besides tasting wonderful, I have found it to be a super re-hydrator and energizer. To read more check out:

How Healthy is Watermelon?
Vita Mix – Drinking a Watermelon
Vita-Mix – Watermelon Sorbet Recipe
Watermelon Cooler – Guest Post Kelli Jennings

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Dehydration Damages Us – Infographic

I have written about hydration and the importance of water for our life and bodily functions. I thought this infographic put a lot of that info together in one place. I make it a point every morning to start with a glass of warm water. That seems so logical considering that I have taken in no water for the previous 7 to 8 hours.

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How Water Benefits Our Body – Infographic

I thought this was a good summary and reminder of how much our body needs water.

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To read further details on the benefits of water check out my post: Are You Drinking Enough Water?

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A Complete Guide to Drinking Water – Infographic

Water is probably the Cinderella of the nutrition world. Totally unappreciated. Most people don’t think twice about it. No calories, no fat, no problem, right? Wrong.

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To read further, here are a couple of posts on the subject: Why Drink Water First Thing in the Morning? Dehydration Nation? How Much Water Do We Really Need? Oleda Baker – Drink Enough Water – Guest Post Remember, water is the main element in Watermelon: How Healthy is Watermelon? Vita Mix – Drinking a Watermelon, Dr Oz on Eating Watermelon More Good Reasons to Eat Watermelon – Infographic, Watermelon Cooler – Guest Post Kelli Jennings.

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Are There Health Risks in Hot Yoga?

I got into yoga some years ago when I dated a woman who taught it. We went out for about two years and did yoga at least once a day. After we split up I still did yoga daily for several years.This was all before the current yoga craze. My experience of yoga was totally positive. I achieved excellent physical balance and learned through breath control to deal with stress. I can’t give you a good reason for stopping outside of mental and physical inertia.

I did not do hot yoga, nor even hear of it in that time. If you aren’t aware of it, hot yoga is done in a temperature of 105  Fahrenheit with humidity around 40 percent.

Those are hot conditions to do anything.

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Consumer Reports recently reported on woman who complained that it left her light-headed, fatigued and weak. “I was completely exhausted, just depleted,” Julianne Pepe said of her reactions after practicing hot yoga.

These sound suspiciously like the symptoms of heat exhaustion or heat stoke.

As a cyclist in all four seasons, I am very aware of these symptoms. Please check out my page – What to Do About Extreme Heat for more on the dangers of extreme heat.

I haven’t heard a lot of reports like this from folks doing hot yoga. I know there are good aspects of the heat, too. Studio owner, Rich Pike, told Consumer Reports, “Heat allows you to bend safely and be more flexible. What the sweating does is it eliminates toxins through your sweat.”

It is true that sweating releases toxins from the body. But, keep in mind sweat contains other chemicals including salt and potassium which are vital electrolytes. Doing an extended hot yoga session and getting dehydrated can be dangerous to your health.

As in all situations, you need to listen to what your body is telling you. If you are benefitting from the practice, you won’t be getting mixed signals like confusion, light-headedness, etc.

Tony

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Dehydration Nation? How Much Water Do We Really Need?

The idea that if you are thirsty then you are already dehydrated has no basis in fact. The human body is well designed to manage its water needs, and if you drink when you are thirsty, then you are likely getting enough fluids. Goldfarb notes, “Thirst is a highly developed sensation, powerfully motivated. When you’re thirsty, all you want to do is drink. But being thirsty doesn’t mean you are ill at this point or dehydrated to the point that there are consequences.”

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Americans drink over 9 billion gallons of bottled water each year, up from 5 billion in 2001. However, most Americans still believe that they go through life chronically dehydrated. At least, that is what we have been led to believe by certain experts and bottled water companies who have suggested that everyone drink eight glasses of water a day for the sake of their health. However, that advice has no basis in scientific evidence, according to Scottish physician Dr. Margaret McCartney, who says that the need to drink that much water to prevent dehydration is “not only nonsense, but is thoroughly debunked nonsense.”Girl drinking water

It is easy to find articles all over the Internet on the health benefits of drinking more water. From better skin to weight loss, all manner of health improvements have been attributed to drinking eight glasses of water a day. But according to Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, a…

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Playing With Fido is Good for You – National Institute on Aging

Being physically active can be more fun when you’re with someone else, but that someone else doesn’t have to be human, according to Everyday Fitness Ideas from the National Institute on Aging (NIA).

As a dog owner and dog lover, these suggestions resonated with me.

Besides walking her, I also take my dog when riding on my bike.

Besides walking her, I also take my dog when riding on my bike.

The NIA suggested the following:
Set up a routine and have fun.
*Dogs, like people, are creatures of habit. Go for walks and play about the same time each day. Check out my Page – Why you should walk more  to learn more about other healthy aspects of walking.
*Make a plan with a neighbor to walk the dogs together.
*Take a brisk walk to your local dog park.
*Be imaginative. Walks are great, but consider other activities, too.
*A game of catch is a classic.
*Agility training—create a mini-obstacle course in your yard or at the park; together, move around, through, and even under the items.

Keep safety in mind.
*Stay hydrated. On long walks, bring water for both you and your dog. Check out the water tag on the right to read more about the importance of hydration.
*In hot weather, go out in the morning or evening, when it’s cooler.
*In cold and snowy weather, wear boots with good traction. Check your dog’s paws and remove snow and ice from his foot pads.
*Check yourself and your dog for ticks if you’ve been walking in the woods together.
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How to Exercise Safely in Hot Weather – NIH

With summer upon us it is important to play it safe when we play outside. Too much heat can be risky for healthy 40 year olds as well as seniors. The National Institutes of Health has issued the following tips for hot weather fun.

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Check the weather forecast. If it’s very hot or humid, exercise inside with a Go4Life DVD or walk in an air-conditioned building like a shopping mall.

Drink plenty of liquids. Water and fruit juices are good options. Avoid caffeine and alcohol. If your doctor has told you to limit liquids, ask what to do when it is very hot outside.

Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothes in natural fabrics.

Dress in layers so you can remove clothing as your body warms up from activity.

Get medical help right away if you think someone might have a heat-related illness. Watch for these signs: Continue reading

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What Can I Eat to Keep My Brain Healthy? – Oleda Baker – Guest Post

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As you can see from her photos, Senior Supermodel Oleda Baker is aging magnificently. I interviewed Oleda last December. She is a treasure trove of information on everything this blog stands for, namely weight control, healthy living and healthy aging, so I asked her if she would share some of her ideas with us. She has written 10 books on beauty and health. Her latest, written at the age of 75, Breaking the Age Barrier – Great Looks and Health at Every Age – was released in November 2010 and is available from Amazon or from her website www.oleda.com where she also sells her own line of health and beauty aids.

Foods that contain antioxidants, which neutralize harmful free radicals, are especially good for your brain. Free radicals damage your body and break down the neurons in your brain, so the many colorful fruits and vegetables that are packed with antioxidants are good for you in more ways than one.
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Too much alcohol has been linked to brain atrophy, because it can cause direct injury to the cells. The good news is that these cells can be rebuilt when people eliminate alcohol from the diet.

Scientists have shown that certain nutrients are essential for human brain function. Serious deficiencies in vitamin B12 and iron, for example, can lead to impaired cognition. Paying careful attention to diet helps protect the brain from developing problems with nerve cell signals that are involved in memory and cognition.

Food with high Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) scores are thought to help improve brain function. An ORAC score of around 5,000 units per day can have a significant positive effect on blood and tissue antioxidant levels.

The following fruits have the highest ORAC scores (numbers are based on
1/2 cup of each):

BLUEBERRIES: 6,500
BLACK PLUMS: 4,500
BLACKBERRIES: 3,800
RASPBERRIES: 3,000

Other fruits and vegetables have good ORAC scores as well, but somewhat less punch. Some food producers place ORAC scores on their products, so you can look for them as you shop.

Drink plenty of water, too. Your brain is about 80 percent liquid and needs to be well hydrated to function well.

The following is a drink … or Smoothie … that I have taken for years in order to get my antioxidants. I have it for lunch 4 or 5 times a week. If you do the same, you’ll be giving the cells in your body, including your brain, a real boost. Of course, you could interchange the berries to taste.

Here’s what you need:

- A blender
- Large container of Vanilla Yogurt (32 oz.)
- 2 to 3 cups of blueberries
- 1 to 1/12 cups of strawberries (I keep both berries in the freezer at all times).
- 1 or 2 Bananas 
- Honey

Here’s what you do:
– Put defrosted blueberries and strawberries into blender. – Add cut banana in large pieces and drop in blender. – Put about ½ of the container of Yogurt in blender to start.

– Mix well, then add more yogurt to almost fill blender leaving room for honey…sweeten to taste. (I like mine on the sweet side) Before pouring into containers turn blender to Liquefy or Puree for best results. If you still have yogurt left pour the Health Drink into one glass and add remaining yogurt to blender, mix again.

This will produce 4 to 5 glasses of delicious, fortifying health drink. Have one
 glass now and put plastic sandwich bags over each of the others. Refrigerated, they last for several days.

Oleda

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