Sunday, April 28, 2013

Tips for Protecting Yourself from the Summer Heat

Tips for Protecting Yourself from the Summer Heat

There are more than 300 heat-related deaths in the United States each year. This loss of life can be
prevented by following these heat-smart rules provided by the American Red Cross.

Do not stay in or leave anyone in closed, parked cars during hot weather, especially children or pets.
Do not exercise vigorously during the hottest times of the day. Instead, run, jog, or exercise in the cooler part of the day. If the outside temperature is 82ºF or above and the humidity is high, you should consider doing an abbreviated exercise routine.
Wear light, loose-fitting clothing made from materials, such as cotton, so sweat can evaporate. Don't forget to put on a wide-brimmed hat with vents for protection from the sun.
Drink lots of liquids to replace the fluids you lose from sweating. Do not wait until you feel like you need a drink. Thirst is not a reliable sign that your body needs fluids. When you exercise, you should take small sips of liquid rather than large drinks. Water is the best drink to replace lost fluids. Water with salt added can be used if you sweat a lot. (Use ½ teaspoon salt in 1 quart of water.).
If you feel very hot, try to cool off. Open a window, use a fan, or turn on an air conditioner.
Do not drink alcoholic beverages or beverages with caffeine because they speed up fluid loss.
Do not bundle a baby in blankets or heavy clothing. Infants don't tolerate heat well because their sweat glands are not well developed.
Some people perspire more than others do. Those who do should drink as much fluid as they can during hot, humid days.
Finally, to protect yourself when temperatures are extremely high, it is important to remember to use common sense.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Side Effects of Energy Drinks

Today everyone tries to follow new trends and style. People who follow new trends and styles believe that they are becoming more socialized and stylish but they ignore the fact that some of the new trends are not good for their health but and they just follow it because everyone is following it. The most dangerous trend of the current age is eating habits. People now tend to try out new dishes and drinks which affects their health. New eating trends are the only reason that there is a drop in the average life of a as compared the lifespan a century back.
One of the most dangerous habits that people are developing now days is of drinking energy drinks round the clock. The main reason behind the consumption of energy drinks is fashion and misunderstanding of some vital facts. People believe that energy drinks are an ultimate source of getting energy but the fact is that consumption of energy drinks only destroys their health and pockets as energy drinks are mostly expensive compared to other drinks. Here we will list down the side effects of energy drinks. Do read them carefully and try to avoid them as much as possible if you love yourself.
Side Effects of Energy Drinks
As energy drinks are expensive. If you belong to a median income family then don’t drink them thinking that they will provide you energy, instead they will be draining your income.
There is a lot of sugar added in the energy drinks to make them drinkable. There is a high chance of catching diabetes if a person drinks energy drinks regularly. The high sugar intake can lead to obesity as well.
A person who uses energy drinks regularly can be addicted to them as there are ingredients in energy drinks which will keep you tempted to consume more of it.
Water is an essential component of a body. Don’t ever try to use energy drinks to restore the water level of the body after doing an exercise or any hectic work.
It is strongly recommended to women not to consume energy drinks during pregnancy because Inositol is a part of energy drinks, which can cause stomach disorders as well as liver diseases.
Caffeine is the central most ingredient in energy drinks and is used in high proportion as well. There are endless side effects of caffeine some of them include irritability over time, regular nausea, nervousness and feeling jitters most of the times. While excessive use caffeine can also cause breast shrinkage in females.
Some people drink energy drink to stay awake. It is true that energy drinks can cause sleeplessness because Ginseng is added in the energy drinks. The side effects of Ginseng are nausea and diarrhea being uncommon and headaches, nosebleed and high blood pressure being the common ones.
Children should avoid energy drinks because they have weak immune system and are most likely to be affected more severely by the side effects of energy drinks.