Energy Drinks – Should You Drink Them?

What do you do when you feel exhausted and beat but need to stay alert and awake? Simple, you take an energy drink and feel invigorated and instantly alive enough to finish whatever late night work you need to do. Energy drinks are beverages that are meant to be a quick fix for the exhausted and sleepy.

For instance, if you are a student who needs to pull an all nighter to finish studying for an exam early the next morning. After your hard day at school, it can be extremely difficult to stay up and not fall asleep on your notes. To help you keep going, energy drinks were intended to be the cramming student’s companion.

Energy drinks can be confused with sports drink but these are completely different. However, there are some hybrids that have been manufactured that combine the benefits of energy drinks along with sports drinks. The main difference between the two is that sports drinks contain electrolytes as well as sodium to help the body absorb and retain valuable liquids that have been lost during sports or other strenuous activities.

Energy drinks on the other hand is mainly a mixture of caffeine, sugar, some herbs like ginseng and other alert giving substances that are meant to help one maximize the length of hours that he or she is awake for in a given day.

There are some controversies behind energy drinks. Some interest groups are making noise about the amount of caffeine that these energy drinks contain. In fact, it is true that most energy drinks contain caffeine concentrations higher than that in a cup of espresso. This some people say is problematic because pregnant women, children and people who suffer from anxiety disorders may suffer inadvertent adverse effects.

Also, caffeine is the world’s most extensively used mood altering substance and it also happens to be addictive so there are some who voice their concern against the caffeine concentration found in these energy drinks. Although, it would be important to note that no strong claims have been set to back any complains by interest groups about the health implications of energy drinks.

The fact is that taking energy drinks is a choice. Most, if not all energy drinks list their ingredients on their labels and here they also list the concentrations of each of the ingredients so that consumers know what it is exactly that they are taking. Also, sometimes, taking energy drinks is the only choice when in a tight fit.

This is true not only for cramming students but for business and professional individuals who need to be able to pack in more hours than would usually be allowed by the body. Late nights working to finish a presentation that may help get that promotion is an endeavor surely worth the aid of energy drinks.

Like everything however, energy drinks should be taken moderately and only when absolutely needed. Also, be sure to be aware about how much energy drinks you’ve downed in one sitting. One dose of energy drink is supposed to keep you going for some hours so it is probably wise not to take more than one dose of energy drink at a time. Also, it is better to drink the sugar free types of energy drink so that sugar crashes are avoided.

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Two popular diets for busy women

You don’t have to look very hard these days to see that there are many popular diet programs being advertised and promoted on TV to help busy women loose weight.

Each one claiming that you can lose X amount of pounds in just a few days/weeks. Some of these are paid subscription diets, so you should really try to find out as much as you can about them before getting out your credit card for that monthly fee.

Below we will look at two of the most common subscription diets that you can choose from today. Other programs can be found at weightloss.bookvoices.com

** South Beach Diet

The South Beach Diet is becoming ever popular. Unlike other diets, it is not strictly low carb or low fat. It is more about eating the RIGHT carbs and fats. It was developed by Dr Arthur Agaston and the site offers subscribers free tips and recipes to help them stick to their goals each day.

You can also plan your meals and track your weight loss using the tools provided.

The South Beach Diet is a proven way to balance your diet and exercise program. Although it may not give an instant weight loss like some of the other diets listed below, it really helps you to keep track of your goals and stick to them.

** The Atkins Diet The Atkins diet is by far one of the most popular low carb diets on the planet. It’s principle is to help you lose weight by removing carbohydrates from your diet which enables the body to start using and burning off the excess energy/fats that your body stores up.

You will go through a 2 week ketosis process of only eating 20 grams of carbs per day and also eating a high protein diet of fish, meats and vegetables. Once the 2 weeks is finished, you will then increase your carb levels untill they keep you at your desired weight.

The Atkins website has lots of information that you can download for free. This should give you all the details you need to start including exactly what you can and cannot eat as well as detailing the whole process.

The Atkins Diet give a rapid weight loss for most people in just 2 weeks, so is well worth trying.

Is Soy Good Or Bad For You?

Is soy truly the health food that many in the health food and health industry would lead you to believe? My personal opinion may challenge the viewpoint of many vegetarians who choose to use soy as one of their primary sources of protein. But more and more doctors and other nutrition experts are agreeing that non-fermented soy should be avoided by most people.

Fermented forms of soy such as Tempe, Nato and Miso might be ok and actually healthy however Tofu is not fermented and should be avoided. There are several reasons why you should avoid soy. Most soy is genetically modified and GM foods should be avoided for reasons I will discuss in another article but in short it is because you are consuming things that have never existed before in nature and so it is unknown how our bodies will react to them. But even organically grown soy causes problems for people’s health.

Soy is full of Trypsin Inhibitors which is an important digestive enzyme that allows people to properly digest protein. So eating soy lowers your ability to digest and benefit from protein. Soy also contains a lot of Goitrogen which is a substance that impairs your thyroid from functioning correctly which regulates how much fat you store in your body.

The next issue with soy is that is contains Phytic Acid which is a type of acid that impairs your body’s ability to absorb minerals, which for most people is not a good thing. It also contains Phytoestrogens that may be causing weight problems, especially to young infants.

So how can you avoid eating or feeding soy? The most important is to avoid feeding children soy infant formula. Infants that are fed this formula have been shown to have much more estrogen in their bodies helping to cause the infant obesity explosion.

Another thing to avoid is soy protein which is not something that occurs naturally but is created in factories using acid and aluminum containers and they often add a lot of MSG. This can be presents in much fast food and processed food so always check the labels.

To recap, the safe form of soy is fermented organic soy like Nato, Miso and Tempe but not Tofu. As always you need to make sure you do a lot of your own research on the food that you eat as it will have both short and long term effects on your physical and mental health.

If you feel overwhelmed by all the conflicting information about food and nutrition I highly suggest you take a look at the Paleo Diet. It is the diet that humans naturally evolved to survive and thrive one. I’ve written a free introductory guide book about the Paleo Diet which you can get from my site.

Canine Diabetes Symptoms

Cells in the pancreas make the hormone insulin, if the cells stop producing enough insulin or if the cells in certain body tissues become resistant to the action of insulin, Diabetes mellitus will be the result. Diabetic animals are unable to control their blood sugar, they have hyperglycemia (blood sugar is to high). The cause of the disease is a mystery but chronic pancreatitis and heredity have been suggested as possible causes.

Symptoms: Symptoms include but are not limited to: Drinking more, urinating more, weight loss, increased appetite, dehydration, and sudden cataract formation. If diabetes remains uncontrolled the animal may become ketotic – cells begin to use fat as fuel for energy production, ketone bodies then begin to accumulate in the blood. If your dog is ketotic it may have these additional symptoms: depression, weakness, vomiting, rapid breathing, and the breath may have an odor of acetone to it. If your dog has any of these symptoms see your veterinarian immediately.

The normal blood glucose level in dogs is between 60 and 120. Most glucometers will results of up to 360 but I have seen some dogs whose glucose levels were so high the meter couldn’t register it. If an abnormally high glucose level is found, the dog is usually kept for several days while the levels are monitored every one to three hours. If the glucose levels continue to remain elevated the veterinarian will discuss treatment options with the owner. It will be ultimately up to the owner as to whether the pet is euthanized or placed on a special diet such as Hills w/d while also given injections of insulin. Although there are oral diabetic medications for humans and cats, there is none available for dogs at this time. Deciding to go with the treatments and monitoring of blood glucose levels requires a serious commitment on the part of the owner.

Some symptoms may require very high dosages of insulin injections. Veterinarians typically perform an ACTH stimulation test to gauge insulin sensitivity. Insulin sensitivity is commonly found in dogs with chronic infections or chronic kidney failure. Hopefully, the canine owner is able to notice some of the canine diabetes symptoms before these chronic disorders are in effect. In some dogs, even large doses of insulin are used up quickly and become less and less effective over time. Shifting the dosage to a longer acting or more frequent application may be the answer.

A general appearance of being “off” perhaps accompanied with weight loss, appetite generally remains unchanged. The dog may be drinking more than normal and/or urinating more than usual Poor hair and skin condition

Vomiting

Urinating a Lot

It stands to reason, if your dog is drinking more, then they’re going to be wanting outside a lot more too. So, although you may not notice the increased water intake right away (as it can be very gradual), you’ll certainly be made aware of the increased need to urniate (think revolving door).

Your Dog May Develop “Sweet Breath”

Most of us dog owners will complain of a dog’s “Bad Breath”, so you’ll most likely notice if the breath takes on a “sweet” smell. This is a sign that your dog’s Blood Sugar Levels have risen to high and need to be brought under control.

You are to consider it proper reflection. Saunders, and call the case; and the symptoms of canine diabetes garden, and by a fire in Leaplow. We have had their studio in her own coterie for taste and of its details, few of us. He sent me, and had an symptoms of canine diabetes like symptoms of canine diabetes outcries of devils.

How To Lose Weight Without Dieting

Whole Grains

Consuming whole grains, such as Barley, whole wheat, brown rice and oats will help fill you with fewer calories and is beneficial to your cholesterol levels as well as helping to lose weight without dieting.

Sugar

Sugar has become known as sweet poison in the modern world. So cut down on the amount you consume. Replace a sugary drink with water or zero calorie drink. There are around 10 teaspoons of sugar in a soft drink, so it is in your best interest to eliminate them from your diet. Avoid cakes and biscuits and food that have high sugar content.

Alcohol

Limit your alcohol intake for the day. Beer is full of calories as are mixed drinks. If you like to relax at the end of a working day with a glass or two, try a scotch and water or limit yourself to a glass of wine a day. If you are used to having a drink every day, don’t stop that habit, just reduce the amount. However be careful not to nibble on snack food while you are having that drink, as that will add more calories than your body needs.

Green Tea

Green tea is an excellent beverage to consume. It may burn up some of those unwanted calories. It is a very refreshing drink without heaps of calories.

Dining Out

It can be tricky to stick to a healthy balanced diet when you have to dine out, particularly if your lifestyle requires you to do that quite often. Try splitting an entrée with someone else or order an appetizer as your main meal with a salad on the side.

Vegetarian

It is an idea to go without meat sometimes, so think about consuming more vegetarian meals every now and then. Most vegans are quite slim.

Exercise

Regular exercise is the key to losing weight without dieting. You should do at least 30 minutes exercise a day. A brisk walk, play a game of tennis, walk the dog, or walk the golf course instead of taking the buggy are all ways to burn up calories.

You may be comfortable enough to join an exercise program in a gym or hire a personal trainer. All this things will help to lose weight without dieting and it will be beneficial for a healthy body.

If you can change one lifestyle bad habit, you may lose as much as 2 pounds a week. When grocery shopping don’t buy “junk” food, then you won’t be tempted to eat the wrong thing.

Switch from eating a grain based breakfast to a protein one and you will feel fuller for much longer. Avoid processed foods, as they can cause addictive-like eating. Limit your intake of refined carbs. Brush your teeth after meals, as this will reduce your desire to snack. All these tips are helpful in your journey to lose weight without dieting.

Atkins Diet: The Delicious Low-carbohydrate Diet

One might probably learned about this low-carbohydrate diet from an infomercial, in a magazine ad, from someone you met while falling in line in the supermarket or from a friend who excitedly rang you up to tell about a good news.

The popularity of the Atkins Diet soared as more and more people claimed by its effectiveness to make the dieter lose weight. American physician and cardiologist and noted nutritionist, Robert Coleman Atkins (1930-2003) was the person behind this diet that focuses on low carbohydrate intake. Dr. Atkins believed that consuming too many carbohydrates tend to make a person bloat and become overweight. He stressed that people should eat foods that are rich in fats and protein than foods that are abundant in carbohydrates since the stored fats can be burned more well by the body if done so.

This low-carbohydrate diet by the late Dr. Atkins continues to gain recognition since it claims to:

make one lose weight while enjoying tasty meals such as cheese omelets and bacon and eggs improve the condition of the heart improve one’s memory.

Those who follow the Atkins Diet will get their source of energy not from carbohydrates but from the stored fats in their body, and since the body will eventually burn these fats the person will now lose weight. Still, in a day the dieter can consume foods rich in carbohydrates but not more than 40 grams of it. It is also recommended that the dieter take vitamins as supplement, and although exercise isn’t an option, it might do well for some.

This popular low-carbohydrate diet might just be the one type of diet you have been waiting for, especially if you are not keen on those diets that deprive you of eating some delicious meals. For those who might want to try the Atkins Diet, there are plenty of helpful information available at Diet Fads.

Eating and Drinking during Labor

Permitting a laboring mother to consume light snacks and liquids has been shown to provide several physiological and psychological benefits. Parsons’ (2004b) study reinforces the knowledge that “glucose is the principal source of energy for the fetus and is diffused rapidly across the placenta (p.7).” The metabolism of glucose during pregnancy occurs at nearly twice the normal rate because of the demands of the fetus. Therefore, it makes sense to encourage laboring women to maintain these levels by eating and drinking small amounts nutritious foods and liquids. In addition, ketosis occurs in pregnant women after only short periods of fasting and has been indicated as a factor in prolonged labor. It has also been suggested that women who choose what they eat and drink during labor experience an increased sense of control and improved moral during their labor (Parsons 2004b). In summary, it is possible that encouraging women to eat and drink while in labor may present more benefits than drawbacks.

Scope of the Problem

In 2003, 4,089,950 live births were reported in the United States, of which 27.5 percent were delivered by Cesarean section. Of these, 2,965,213 women gave vaginal birth and were affected by the delivering practitioners’ recommendations on whether to eat or drink during labor. The practice of allowing women to eat and drink during labor is highly-debated. These debates and well-designed research studies may eventually challenge the 1946 study that brought the NPO policy into the medical practice (O’Sullivan, Liu, & Shennan, 2007). In an effort to resolve the issue, there are medical associations which are conducting their own studies. These studies have shown to provide inconsistent results. Yet, studies that present evidence to the contrary must be heeded despite any desire to do otherwise (Polit & Beck, 2004). Review of the literature offers insight into the problem and invites healthy discussion among doctors, anesthetists, midwives, nurses, and other healthcare service providers. Viewpoints and practice regarding offering eating and drinking to laboring mothers vary largely due to profession (Parsons, Bidewell, & Griffiths, 2007). Women are, for the most part, receiving conflicting advice and information and being permitted to eat and drink during labor based on the type of provider and birth environment rather than well-researched and evidence-based medical practice.

With the amount of information available, many women find themselves overwhelmed or confused by conflicting guidelines related to eating and drinking during labor. Even if the laboring women requests food and fluids their health care provider or birth facility protocols may require that she be NPO or given ice chips only. Pregnant and laboring women need straightforward guidelines based on solid research that will guide them and their health care provider. Since the prevailing tradition is to restrict food and fluid during labor, most women follow the policy of the provider or clinical environment. According to Scheepers, Jong, Essed, and Kanhai (2001) although most women are not given any advice regarding eating and drinking in labor, those who are offered advice generally follow it. Women who are told not to eat generally refrain from doing so, and women who are offered light food and drink during labor are often eager to do so. Since the prevailing tradition is to restrict food and drink to laboring women, most women consume nothing other than clear liquids once labor begins or once they have entered the clinical environment. It may be advisable to restrict the intake of certain women who are known to be high-risk deliveries, yet the restriction policy extends to all women regardless of risk.