Saturday, July 17, 2010
Okay, as promised, although I only know of one person who took the quiz, here are the answers, and explanations.
1) B. Sleep troubles, and fatigue can signal dehydration.
So can dry mouth, thirst, decreased urine output, muscle fatigue, dizziness, and light-headedness.
2) D. Yep All of the above. The body can't tell the difference between wether it's getting water from a tap water, or lettuce. In fact, on average, 20% of total water intake comes from the food you eat.
3) C. The recommendation of 92-124 ounces comes fromthe Institute of Medicine. It may sound like a lot of water, but remember that you get more than a splash from your daily intake of food. Don't think you can rely on your parched throat to tell you when to imbibe. You should drink when you feel thirsty but that may not be enough, because by the time you are thirsty, you're already mildly dehydrated.
4) A. Pale yellow is the gold standard for urine color. Marked changes in your urine color may indicate that you are over or under hydrated.
5) C. Good news, java junkies. Caffeine is not a diuretic. Studies show that people who drink beverages containing up to 550 mg. of caffeine per day, (the amount of about 4 cups of coffee), produce no more urine than those who drink caffeine free beverages. In fact consuming caffeinated beverages, in moderation, contributes to your overall hydration for the day.
6) B. Cheers !An occasional beer or glass of wine counts as another source of fluid. The key is moderation. Alcohol is not recommended during times of increased physiological stress, including heat or before, during or after exercise.
7) D. Sports drinks may taste great, but they're not needed by typical weekend warriors. There is a lot of evidence to suggest that, for most people, water alone will get the job done. The sugar and electrolytes in sports drinks may improve serious athletes' performance, but most moderate exercisers don't require the added calories these beverages provide.
8) D. During exercise you lose water via sweat, and respiration. It's important to stay hydrated before, during, and after exercise, as well as throughout the day. Needs vary by person, but an extra 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 cups of water should be enough for most bouts of moderate activity. If you participate in strenuous endurance activities such as a triathlon, or marathon, you may need more.
Give yourself 5 points for every correct answer.
If you scored 35-40: Master Hydrator
If you scored 25-30: Rising Water Star
If you scored 0-20: Don't despair, now you know what your body needs.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Do you pay more attention to the water needs of your houseplants than your own? Chronic dehydration can wilt more than your spirit. Water delivers nutrients to your muscles, and nerves, cushions your joints, gets rid of waste products and regulates your body temperature.Proper hydration may also help to treat or prevent a wide range of ailments, everything from urinary tract infections, high blood pressure, and heart disease, to stroke, gallstones, and glaucoma, according to Dr. Fredrich Manz, M.D.
So before you think you know it all when it comes to water, test your hydration smarts with this not-so-simple quiz.
1) Warning signs of mild to moderate dehydration include:
A) Frequent trips to the bathroom
B) Sleepiness and fatigue
C) Night sweats and crying
D) B and C
2) Which of the following can your body use to meet fluid needs?
D) All of the above
3) How much total water(from both beverages and foods), does the average person need each day?
A) As much as thirst dictates
B) Three glasses
C) About 124 ounces for men and 92 ounces for women
D) At least two gallons, but the more the better
4) You can tell you're getting enough water when your urine is:
A) Pale yellow
B) Deep amber collored
C) Strong in odor
5) Consuming caffeine in moderation can lead to:
A) Severe dehydration
B) mild dehydration
C) No significant dehydration
D) bloating and water weight gain
6) How does a beer or a glass of wine affect your hydration status?
A) Alcohol makes you thirsty so you drink more
B) your body uses beer and wine in moderation as a source of water
C) All alcoholic drinks are very dehydrating
D) An occasional cold brew is okay, but wine is severely dehydrating
7) Sports drinks are beneficial in the following situations:
A) Low intesity exer4cise such as casual walking
B) High intensity exercise such as running a marathon
C) extreme heat
D) B and C
8) What is the best way to stay hydrated when you exercise?
A) drink fluids before you break a sweat
B)Drink fluids while you are working out
C) Drink fluids right after your workout
D) All of the above
Well, that's it. I will come back here and post the answers tomorrow. In the mean time, Drink Your Water !
Saturday, May 29, 2010
I wrote this blog two years ago, but it stands true today. With the upcoming Memorial Day I just felt it needed to be said again. I will continue to post this blog every year, until all of our fine men and women come home to spend, and honor Memorial Day with their families.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Memorial Day. It's a day to remember and honor the brave men and women who have given their all to keep us safe and free. As I sit here in my living room , trying to put into words all that I feel about these brave men and women, and all that they have given, to you and me and our families and generations to come, I am in awe. I'm in awe of the sacrifices they have made to do this for us. Of coarse the ultimate sacrifice is their lives. The ones who have fought and died to keep us safe, to keep us free. What about the ones who didn't die? The ones who went, fought and came back.The ones who are still over there. They have also given so much. They have given love, a love for their country and fellow American. They have given honor, they honor us every day by fighting to keep us free. They have given time, time away from their families and loved ones so that we can be with ours. On this Memorial Day weekend I am reminded of all that they have given to us. I am thankful.
There is so much I want to say about how thankful I am, but the words just won't come. So if you are one of those brave men or women, who have joined the cause and fought the fight, to you I say thank you. Thank you for giving me love, the love you have given to me to keep me free, the love I have every time I look at my beautiful children and grand-babies. Thank you for giving me honor, the honor of living in this wonderful country, and the honor of calling you my brother, or my sister, my fellow American. Thank you for giving me time, the time to spend with my family, in a beautiful, free country. Thank you for your sacrifices. Thank you to the families of these brave, strong men and women for giving up their time with their loved ones so that they may give all they have given. I pray every day for you, your families, and our country.
Yours Very Truly, and Sincerely,
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
I just logged in to see all of your wonderful messages and Spark goodies. You are all so wonderful and faithful, loyal friends. I am so sorry I have been out of commission. First my computer went on the fritz and they closed the public library that is close to me, so I didn't even have access to one there. I finally got the computer working, and thought I was on my way back to my Spark World, and then my 85 year old step-mom, who also has Alzhiemer's fell and fractured her left hip. She went in for surgery and the next day she had a stroke. It has been up and down with her. The rehab center where they transferred her didn't follow dr.'s orders to give her an I.V. with saline and potassium, so she dehydrated. They moved her back to the hospital and she got better so they put her back in rehab and she got a blood clot ! They moved her back to the hospital and she got better. They moved her back to the rehab facility and she started therapy, and after two weeks of physical therapy, the administrator called my dad and told him that she was not making any progress and that she just needs to go to a nursing home to live.It's only been two weeks since she got back, and she is 85 ! Plus she has only had therapy for about 6 hours total. That was to recover from the stroke,fractured hip and blood clots. What do they expect from an 85 year old ?
On top of all of that I have taken over their financial responsibilities, and I am their driver. I have to take them everywhere. Well, right now I have to take my dad everywhere. He acts like I have no other life,no family of my own, and doesn't get, or care for that matter, that I have a condition for which I should be in bed at least 6 hours a day for myself. I have completely let my self go. I am not resting, and I am not able to eat right and on time or anything. He is sucking the life right out of me! ! I don't even know why I am doing so much for him. He was never there when I was a kid. He didn't care if my siblings and I ate, had clothing or even utilities when we were kids, as long as he had money to flash around at the bar and could go and party there every weekend. I didn't even see him from Thursday to Monday on any week because he was either partying or laid up at some floosie's house. But when the money ran out he was at home with us, being what he called a "good father". WHATEVER ! ! I have gained back 11 pounds, and I am PISSED, at him and myself for letting him take such an advantage of me that I have let myself go backwards. What's more he's not even paying me for gas, and I'm going broke taking him everywhere. I live about 17 miles from him and the home is about 10 miles from him the other direction. He has had me coming and taking him there every day and then home again not to mention the other stupid places he tries to get me to take him like the auto parts store. HE DOESN'T HAVE A CAR ! Nor can he ever drive again for that matter because he is a habitual D.U.I. offender to the tune of 13 of them ! I don't understand how he is not under the jail but he's not. In 5 weeks I have used $375 in gas and that's just driving him. I am so angry at him mostly, but at myself too. I don't see a light at the end of the tunnel on his wife, so I know I am in for a long haul. My sister and brother won't even take his calls so they are no help. They are as self-centered as he is. Very selfish.
Well, I have to go now to get him to take him to the hospital to see his wife. I will try to get back on here daily but at this point I don't know when. I am literally dragging a - -. Exhausted all of the time.
Thank you to all of my Spark friends and family. for keeping in touch and leaving all of the wonderful messages. I LOVE YOU ALL ! ! Talk to ya soon.
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