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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog! 

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It is summer and it is hot! There is nothing I dislike more than standing still, doing nothing and sweating profusely…simply because it is hot.  If I am exercising, then it is justified. But doing nothing – that’s annoying (smile).  Notwithstanding my dislike, I still subject myself to “hot yoga” on a regular basis for its benefits… no, its not crazy…not really…(performing “Bikram” yoga in a “hot sauna” room for 90 minutes, we are usually drenched within the first 5-10 min, just lovely…)

Water

Well, we all have heard that in the summer time we should drink water…and lots of it! Oh…do not forget to replace the electrolytes too. However, no one really publicize, that drinking water, like anything else, should be done in moderation. If not, you could literally die from drinking too much water…yes, die from drinking too much water! The medical term is “hyponatremia” … also known as “water intoxication” … it can be very dangerous. Please be careful this summer and especially educate and keep an eye our children! MODERATION is the word for the year.

Please view 2 videos below for more information …

 

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

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I went to dinner with my cousin last night. It was quite a special occasion as I have not seen her since I left Jamaica. I met her beautiful daughter and we had a great time catching up.  Her daughter ordered a tall glass of lemonade and had 1 or 2 refills – clearly thirsty.  We had crab dip for appetizer and when I got home I was so thirsty, I had about 3 glasses of water…salty dish! This led to a few questions for you –

  1. Does a “sugared beverage” substitute for the amount of water you should have daily?
  2. How much salt is in a can of soda? How much salt do you need per day?
  3. How much water should you be drinking daily?

Water cartoonMany think that any liquid is the same as drinking water. Not exactly true! Herbal teas and some mildly flavored beverage may be ok. The average adult human body is 50-65% water, so drinking a high salt or sugar content beverage can be like putting salt on a slug … it deprives your body of water, leaving you dehydrated! This would lead to thirst and your drinking more salt/sugared beverage…it’s a bad cycle! Of course, with warmer weather around the corner you must be vigilant about drinking enough water. When you feel “thirsty” you are already behind in hydration! Dehydration can lead to symptoms of:

  • headaches
  • fatigue (~5-8% dehydration)
  • lethargy
  • inability to focus
  • dizziness (10% or more dehydration)

Water chartA simple equation, for recommending daily water intake, is that you drink half your body weight in ounces of water daily, for normal daily activity (sitting at desk, walking to car etc.,).  Example: If you weigh 200 pounds, then you should drink 100 ounces of water daily. Try it! When you exercise, be sure to replace the electrolytes you lose – personally, I like natural coconut water – and increase your water intake to replace that lost in sweating as well.

This is something you can do … for YOU! No Doctors needed…no prescription needed.

Start re-hydrating your temple, your body today! You will look better and feel better…and thank yourself  later for it too!

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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