Are Your Kids Drinking Enough?

The American College of Sports Medicine estimates that up to 2/3 of child athletes may be dehydrated during exercise. Much like an automobile radiator, children's bodies cool mostly through "dry" conduction and convection (not evaporation): the body sends warm blood to dilated surface vessels to release the heat to the skin. A dehydrated child does not…

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Beat the Heat this Fourth

Summer has come with a vengeance in most of the U.S. Nearly all expected health-related injuries can be prevented. PositiveTip: Things you can do to prevent a trip to the emergency room or worse: Drink plenty of water all day day--even if you are not thirsty. Avoid drinking alcohol and caffeinated drinks. Wear lightweight, light-colored, and loose-fitting…

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To Drink or Not to Drink – That Is the Question

A recent newspaper article highlighted the bravery of a 5-year-old boy who saved his grandfather's life. The old man had worked all day in the Florida sun without taking the time to drink anything. Over dinner his grandson noted that he looked pale and tired. By supper time, the old man was sitting on the…

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Mild Dehydration Can Negatively Affect Your Mind

More than 50 Tufts University male and female students from athletic teams volunteered to examine the effects of mild dehydration on cognitive performance. Each was assigned to complete team practices either with or without water replacement. Following cognitive tests, those in the "dehydration group" demonstrated higher negative mood ratings and confusion than the hydrated group. Those who…

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Prevent the Consequences of Dehydration

Those who exercise vigorously need to follow a fluid replacement plan to prevent excessive dehydration (>2% body weight loss) to prevent early fatigue, cardiovascular stress, increased risk of heat illness and diminished performance. PositiveTip: Replace fluids often and early during and after exercise--especially if you are in hot environments.

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