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Can Drinking Too Much Water Be Dangerous to Your Health?

People do things they know are bad for them all of the time. They smoke cigarettes, eat fatty foods, drink too much alcohol. The list goes on and on. But there’s one thing on the list of “Stuff That’s Bad for You” that a lot of people don’t know about.

Drinking too much water.

It’s been drilled into our heads, by everyone from medical experts to our mothers, that we need to drink 8 full glasses of water every day. And it’s true that drinking plenty of water has many health benefits.

But drinking too much water too fast can cause a potentially life-threatening condition sometimes referred to as water poisoning.

The Story of Jennifer Strange

Probably the most well-known case of water poisoning involved a California woman named Jennifer Strange. She participated in a radio contest that, though outrageous, seemed harmless enough. The participant who could drink the most water without going to the bathroom would win a gaming system.

Mrs. Strange had to pull out of the contest early when, after drinking several bottles of water in a very short period of time, she started to feel sick. Later, she was found dead in her home. And, according to autopsy reports, the cause of death was water intoxication.

What Too Much Water Can Do To Your Body

Drinking too much water too fast can cause an electrolyte imbalance. How important are electrolytes? Without them, some of your bodily functions just won’t work properly. And an electrolyte imbalance can lead to a condition known as hyponatremia. Without proper treatment, hyponatremia can very quickly lead to coma and, eventually, death.

Spot the Signs of Water Intoxication

The symptoms of water intoxication are pretty easy to spot. Someone who drinks too much water too fast might experience headaches, nausea, and muscle weakness. They might even vomit or experience convulsions.

If you think you’re suffering from water intoxication, you need to seek medical help immediately. The treatment for this condition usually involves administering fluids that contain electrolytes, often via IV.

The good news is that if you receive the proper treatment in time, you can fully recover from water intoxication.

Preventing Water Poisoning

So what can you do to prevent water intoxication?

For one, don’t drink too much water too fast. You can’t stop drinking water altogether, because your body does need it to stay healthy. But drinking 2 or 3 bottles of water back to back probably isn’t a good idea. Instead, spread your water drinking out over the course of the day. You can drink a bottle of water in the morning, a bottle at lunch, another bottle on the way home from work, and so on. You’ll still get the benefits of drinking plenty of water. But you’ll be doing it in a way that won’t threaten your health.

What if you’ve just had a strenuous workout and, despite drinking a bottle of water, you still feel dehydrated? Instead of drinking more water, drink a sports drink. Not only do sports drinks help to rehydrate you, they will also replace the electrolytes your body probably lost while you were exercising.

While water intoxication isn’t as common as the cold, it’s still something more people need to be aware of. Once you know what water intoxication is, and what can cause it, it’s easy to take steps to prevent it.

How to Pull an All-Nighter

Your essay is due tomorrow. And aside from jotting some notes on a scrap of paper, you haven’t really started working on it yet. Or maybe you’re giving a presentation at work tomorrow, and you still have hours of preparation ahead of you.

Yep, it’s time to pull an all-nighter.

All-nighters are never fun, especially if you’re used to going to bed at a reasonable hour. But there are things you can do to make an all-nighter a little less painful.

No Caffeine!

An all-nighter might seem like the perfect time to fire up the coffee maker. But while drinking a cup of coffee will give you a temporary energy boost, sooner or later you’re going to crash. If you don’t crash during the all-nighter, it’ll probably happen tomorrow, while you’re giving your presentation or taking that test.

When your energy is starting to flag, a nice, tall glass of ice water will reenergize you. If you want a little variety, you can add sports drinks to the mix. Just make sure your sports drink doesn’t contain caffeine.

Take a Nap

Naps aren’t just for kindergarteners anymore. Many of the most famous and successful people in history believed naps were the secret to their success.

The trick is not to nap for too long. If you sleep for more than 20 minutes, you could wake up feeling more tired and groggy than you did before you took the nap.

Short, 10 minute power naps are the way to go. Set you alarm clock for 15 minutes, then lie down and try to relax. You’ll probably fall asleep in the first 5 minutes, and get at least 10 minutes of nap time. When you wake up, you’ll feel refreshed and ready to go.

Choose the Right Snacks

Like caffeinated coffee, sugary snacks can give you a temporary energy boost. But you will eventually crash from that sugar high.

When choosing snacks for your all-nighter, it’s all about the proteins and complex carbohydrates. If you want something sweet, grab an apple, or spread some peanut butter on whole grain bread. Dried fruit is another good, sweet snack option.

If you want something savory, try whole grain crackers topped with slices of your favorite cheese. A small handful of nuts—like pecans, and cashews—can also give you an energy boost.

But be careful when choosing snacks. Some foods can actually make your feel tired and sleepy. As much you as you love turkey sandwiches, eating one during your all-nighter probably isn’t a good idea.

Take Breaks

You might think working straight through the night will help you get done faster. But if you don’t take breaks, you’ll start to feel run down and sluggish. Not only will this make the work go more slowly, the work itself will be subpar.

So every half hour or so, you should stop for a 5 or 10 minute break. And, if you’ve been working for two or three hours, you can break for 15 to 30 minutes.

What should you do during the break? Do some stretches. Listen to energizing, heart-pounding music. Step outside and breathe in the chilly night air. Or take that power nap.

All-nighters aren’t easy. But follow these tips and you’ll make it through the night. And get that important project done on time.

Fat Burning Foods: Are They For Real?

Wouldn’t it be great if eating certain foods could actually help you lose weight?

Well, those foods really do exist. And you might have some of them in your kitchen right now.

There are some foods that can help your body burn more fat faster than others. And if you work more of these foods into your diet, you can shed those extra pounds without starving yourself or feeling deprived.

So how do fat burning foods work?

Some Fat Burning Foods Build Muscle

The more muscle you have, the more fat your body burns.

Imagine there are two people who both weigh 140 pounds. But one has a higher muscle mass than the other. If both of them go for a walk, the one with the higher muscle mass will burn more fat, even if they walk the exact same distance.

Some fat burning foods that can help your body build muscle include nuts (or products made with nuts, like peanut butter), eggs, beans, and green vegetables.

Some Fat Burning Foods Raise Your Metabolism

Your body is always burning calories, even while resting.  However, the higher your metabolism, the more fat your body will burn, whether you’re going for a jog or sitting on the couch watching TV.

The calcium found in milk, cheese and other dairy products can help raise your metabolism. So can the protein in lean meats (like chicken, turkey and fish), and the vitamin C in citrus fruits.

And if you like hot foods you’re in luck. The capsaicin’s found in hot peppers can also increase your metabolic rate.

Some Fat Burning Foods Make Your Body Work Harder

Even digesting the foods you eat burns calories. So it stands to reason that the harder your body has to work to digest a food, the more fat it will burn.

Whole foods—like whole grain breads, brown rice and beans—take more effort for your body to burn than processed foods. In fact, you will burn twice as many calories eating a piece of whole grain bread than you will if you eat a slice of white bread. Why? Well, with processed foods, a lot of the work has already been done, so your body doesn’t have to work as hard to digest them.

Your body also has to work harder to digest foods that are high in fiber, like some fruits, grains, nuts and vegetables.

All Things in Moderation

Does this mean someone who wants to lose weight should only eat fat burning foods?

Not exactly.

While many fat burning foods—like fruits, vegetables, and whole grain breads—are packed with nutrients, they might not be enough. And if you don’t get enough of the nutrients your body needs, your metabolism will actually slow down, meaning you will burn fewer calories…and less fat.

But while you shouldn’t limit yourself to eating only fat burning foods, you can add more fat burning foods to your diet. Try making substitutions. If you usually buy white bread, buy whole grain bread instead. If you want a snack, a handful of nuts would be better than that bag of chips.

When you’re trying to shed those extra pounds, any little bit helps. And adding more fat burning foods to your diet can help your body burn more fat faster.

3 Easy Weight Loss Methods You Might Not Know About

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Wouldn’t it be great if there were things you could do to lose weight that didn’t involve starving yourself, or meticulously counting the calories in every bite of food that came near your lips?

Well, there are. In fact, there are several things you can do to lose weight that require little to no effort. And here are just three of them.

Suck In Your Stomach

Sucking in your stomach on a regular basis can help you burn calories. It will also tone up your stomach muscles, and trim a few inches off of your waistline.

The best part is that you can do this easy exercise anywhere. You can do it while you’re working at your desk, walking around your house, or standing in line at the grocery store.

Basically, you just suck in your stomach whenever it occurs to you to do so. After a while, you won’t have to think about it. You’ll find yourself sucking in your stomach almost instinctively.

Remembering to do this exercise can be hard at first, so try using some reminders. For example, putting a sticky note on your computer monitor that simply says “stomach” can be enough.

Eat a High Protein Breakfast

Did you know that eating bacon and eggs for breakfast can help you to lose weight?

A study found that people who ate a high-protein breakfast consumed fewer calories throughout the day than those who ate breakfasts that contained less protein.

Your body has to work harder to digest proteins than, for example, carbohydrates. And the harder your body has to work, the more calories it burns. Digesting high-protein foods also takes longer. As a result, eating ham and eggs will make you feel fuller longer than eating a bagel or muffin.

A high-protein breakfast also affects you on a hormonal level. After you eat a high protein meal, your body produces less of the hormone that makes you feel hungry. At the same time, your body produces more of the hormone that makes you feel full. The result is that you’ll eat less during your meals, and won’t feel the urge to snack as much between meals.

Worried about your high-protein breakfasts lacking variety? Well, you don’t have to eat bacon and eggs every morning. Some other foods you can work into your high-protein breakfasts include chicken, fish, cheese, ham, Canadian bacon, milk, beans, steak (the leaner the better) and nuts. Yogurt, especially Greek yogurt, is also high in protein.

Cold Water Inside and Out

Drinking water can help you to burn calories, but only if it’s the right temperature.

Your body likes to maintain a temperature somewhere between 97 and 99 degrees Fahrenheit. When something reduces your temperature, even a little bit, your body starts working to get that temperature back up where it likes it to be. And, again, the harder your body has to work, the more calories it will burn.

So doing things that will lower your body temperature—like drinking a glass of ice water or taking a really cold shower—will make your body burn more calories.

Looking for some easy ways to lose weight? Well you can’t get much easier than sucking in your stomach, eating high-protein foods for breakfast, and making sure the water you drink is ice cold. Once you put these simple techniques into action, you’ll be surprised by the results.

Why You Shouldn’t Multi-Task

Multi-tasking has become a highly-sought after skill. We all have so much to do, and only 24 hours a day to do it in. If we could learn to do two or three things at a time, we could get more done faster.

Yes, being able to multi-task sounds great. There’s just one problem.

It doesn’t really work.

The Truth about Multi-Tasking

Okay, maybe you have managed to do more than one thing at a time. For example, you sometimes answer phone calls while simultaneously going through your email.

But how much attention were you really able to give to each of those tasks? There’s a good chance that, while you were focused on the emails, you were only half paying attention to one of your phone conversations…and you ended up making a promise without even realizing it.

Or, when you were focused on a phone conversation, maybe you misunderstood something in one of the emails, and ended up sending a reply that caused all kinds of complications. Complications you could’ve avoided if you’d just focused on answering emails.

The Science of Multi-Tasking

Some people are determined to learn how to multi-task. Just imagine all the stuff they’d be able to get done. If you can respond to emails and make phone calls at the same time, that means you’ll have more free time later, right? And filling out tax forms will be much more fun if you’re chatting on Twitter at the same time.

But, according to research, while you can seemingly do two things at the same time, you won’t do either of them all that well. So if you’re trading tweets while doing your taxes, you’re more likely to make mistakes on the latter…which is the last thing you want.

How Multi-Tasking “Works”

Your brain can’t do two things at the same time. Instead, when you try to multi-task, your brain switches its focus back and forth between one task and the other. The result is that you won’t have time to really focus on doing either task as well as you could.

Also, when you switch tasks, it takes a moment for your brain to reorient itself. So every time you switch from working on a report to answering emails, your brain needs a few minutes to switch from “report writing” mode to “email responding” mode. And the same happens when you switch back again.

So, when you try to do two things at the same time, each task will end up taking longer than if you’d done them separately.

What to Do Instead of Multi-Tasking

It’s ironic. Many people try to multi-task in order to save time. But multi-tasking actually takes longer. It can also hurt how well you do those tasks, and increase your chances of making mistakes.

Instead of trying to learn to multi-task, you should embrace single-tasking. When you focus on doing one thing at a time, even for just 10 to 15 minutes, the task will take less time to do in the long run. You’ll also be able to do better on the task if it’s the center of your attention.

And when you’re filling out taxes, or putting together a presentation for work, doing your best should be your top priority.

The next time you find yourself trying to multi-task, try single-tasking instead. You will be surprised by the results.

How to Tell If Your Child Has ADHD

Does your child have trouble sitting still? Or maybe it seems like they are easily distracted, their mind wandering even when you are trying to talk to them? If so, you might be wondering if your child has ADHD.

ADHD stands for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. And while there is usually no one sign or clue that will tell you whether or not your child is suffering from the condition, here are some things you should look out for.

What Are the Signs of ADHD?

Children with ADHD are often hyperactive. They have a hard time sitting still and settling down. Getting them to stay in their seat can make be a major undertaking. And if they have to stay in one spot for more than a few minutes, you can expect a lot of fidgeting and squirming.

Some children with ADHD can’t seem to stop talking. In fact, they might interrupt while you’re talking to someone else because they just can’t wait to tell you something.

Many children with ADHD are also impatient. For example, they might have a hard time “waiting their turn” when playing with friends. And if you take freshly baked cookies out of the other, the child might try to grab one, even while it’s still scalding hot. Not that they don’t understand that touching something hot is bad. But, in that moment, they couldn’t resist the impulse to grab that cookie.

An attention deficit can be a little harder to spot than hyperactivity. However, think of the talks you’ve had with your child. When a child has ADHD, it will sometimes feel like you’ve “lost them” in the middle of the conversation. You might have to repeat yourself because their minds wandered and they missed part of what you said.

Many children with ADHD have a hard time focusing on one thing for long enough to finish it. They’ll get distracted by something else and leave their homework undone, their lunch uneaten, and their bedroom half cleaned.

Children with ADHD can also seem forgetful. They’ll often misplace things, from books, to jackets, to their favorite toys.

Is It Really ADHD?

ADHD can be hard to spot because the symptoms of the condition also qualify as normal childhood behavior. All children can be hyperactive, experiencing bursts of energy that wear out their poor parents. All children sometimes find it difficult to pay attention, especially when something doesn’t interest them. There isn’t a child on the planet who hasn’t squirmed and fidgeted in their seat, or chatted a mile a minute about something that happened at school that day.

But for a child with ADHD, these behaviors are constant. And their inability to pay attention, or settle down, has a negative impact on their daily lives.

For example, your child’s teacher tells you that they don’t pay attention in class, and can’t seem to sit still in their seat. But if they don’t act the same way at home, chances are they don’t have ADHD. It could be that they just aren’t interested in what they’re being taught. Or they might have a learning disability that hasn’t been recognized yet.

However, if your child shows sign of having ADHD at home, at school, and even when playing with friends, a doctor’s visit is in order. And if it turns out your child does have ADHD, you can start taking steps to help them overcome this condition.

Killer Whale vs Great White Shark

People are often erroneously under the impression that for a healthy diet with full nutritional value you have to spend a lot of money, and waste a lot of time at shopping, preparation, and cooking.
If you are looking to understand how you can eat fully nutritional meals every day, cheaply, and efficiently, you came to the right place.

The goal of this article is to offer you the understanding and tools to eat more efficiently; not relying on random purchase of groceries in the store and then hoping it has everything your body needs at suboptimal financial cost.

1. Understanding the Human Machine

Throughout most of history people have been unable to decipher what exactly is the effect of each food type for human body and why. Only through trial and error was something definitively discovered. Good example for this was scurvy, which had devastating effects on maritime exploration, resulting in up to 80% mortality rates on long voyages. Entire ships were lost and explorations failed due to vitamin deficiencies; primarily vitamins C and B.

Today, we know to what extent the human body is just a biological machine, and which groups of nutrients in which doses are required for the optimal functioning of this intricate biological wonder.
Without this knowledge it would be impossible to streamline the process so that you could defy the old proverb – you can’t have your cake and eat it too.
After reading this you will know how to eat cheaply, efficiently, and fully.

2. Nutrient Groups

There are 6 basic nutrient groups you always have to consider when creating your optimal diet:

  • proteins
  • fats
  • carbohydrates
  • fiber/water
  • vitamins
  • minerals

Of course, the story is much more complicated than that but these are essential. Everything your body needs is contained within these groups. All together they give a certain amount of calories – a unit of energy your body expends – and the key is to know which food item gives the most of every category, but not overdoing it so you don’t gain weight.

The allocation should be as follows:

  • 45% to 65% of calories eaten should come from carbohydrates
  • 20% to 35% of calories eaten should come from fat
  • 10% to 35% of calories eaten should come from protein

Of course, depending on your physical activity and weight status you can tweak these percentages.

For example, if you want to lose weight quickly you can drastically reduce the intake of carbohydrates. By doing that your body shifts from taking the energy it needs from carbs to fats. This process is known as ketosis and there are many ketogenic diets you can find.

3. Selecting the Right Tools

If this already seems too complicated, do not worry. In the past it indeed would be a difficult and time consuming task, but today with the power of internet and vast knowledge just a few clicks away it is quite banal to accomplish.

The primary resource you would want to use to create your perfect cheap diet is here.

It is completely free and it is by far the best tool you could wish for. A very powerful, easy to use tool that gives you everything you need to quickly create your dieting plan.

After you have registered, log in and click on Add New Recipe, here you will fill the required data for your new recipe, with the most important part being the Nutrient Profiles. Nutrient profile will create constraints to all the nutrient groups, depending on what your goal is:

  • If you want to lose weight, select – U.S. government DRI, male 19-50, 1500 calories, low carb
  • If you want to use the standard one, select – U.S. government DRI, male 19-50, 2000 calories
  • If you feel confident about your nutritional knowledge you may select one of dozens of other profiles or create your own custom nutrient profile.

After that, the Recipe Editor tab is where all the magic happens. Each food item you enter is broken down to all the nutrients you see below the cost breakdown table; beneath the nutrient profile, that table determines the range of all the nutrients according to your set nutrient profile.
Once each nutrient reaches the required dosage, the row turns green, if the dosage is above the recommended it turns red.

Additional Tools

When you enter food items many are already present, so as you type them it will auto-complete the rest for you. However, if you do not find some, here are two additional great tools to use to complete the job:

  • large database on pretty much all the food you could encounter
  • comparison finder tool which enables you to list foods according to set nutrient parameter, extremely useful!

Remember, the whole point of this is to remove the unhealthy randomness of your eating habits. Most people have not acquired the habit of doing this, so they will continue to eat unhealthy, insufficiently, and unnecessarily costly.

4. Creating the Perfect Diet

Everyone has their own idea of what a perfect diet consists of. For the purpose of this article we will set the following criteria:

  • no more than $70 per month of total food expenditure
  • no cooking or other elaborate time consuming preparation
  • no dishes that need to be washed afterwards
  • no need to go to store every day wasting time and money on transportation
  • no lactose
  • vegetarian
  • full spectrum of nutrients present, according to this nutrient profile – U.S. government DRI, male 19-50, 2000 calories.

To accomplish this seemingly impossibly feat, thinking outside the box is required so you need an additional expenditure – an automatic bread maker.
It is recommended that you use this one as it has by far the highest rated reviews. Definitely do not try to buy a low quality one, as this is a delicate process that needs to be done right consistently.
But don’t worry; it will pay itself off within a couple of months.

5. The Recipe

You will have to slightly tinker with this on your own as it depends on where you live, so it would be useless to list specific products. Also, you should inquire if you can have monthly deliveries so you can permanently scratch the chore of going to the grocery store from your daily to-do list.
Additionally, stores often offer a heavy delivery discount if the merchandise is above a certain range: $40, $50, $70, depending on each store. Most of the time, if it is done once per month the cost becomes negligible.

Finally, this is the baseline recipe according to this nutrient profile – U.S. government DRI, male 19-50, 2000 calories
The end result will be tasty sandwiches.

Making of the bread

Using the Automatic bread maker, no longer will you have to worry about poor flour, preservatives and other chemicals in your bread as you will now have full control over making your own bread!
The technology in this area has quite advanced so it will require less effort than putting your laundry in the washing machine.

  • 200 g whole wheat flour
  • 50 g soy flour (make sure it’s the toasted one)
  • 14 g sesame seeds, whole
  • 10 g flaxseed
  • 14 g sunflower seeds
  • 3.75 g dry yeast
  • 4 g iodized sea salt
  • 14 g butter
  • 175 g water

As this bread will last for two days (for one person), when actually making the bread multiply all the mass values you see here by 2. Obviously, the reason we split the values here in half is to enter them into the table, so it can properly calculate everything, from nutritional value to cost value.

This bread on its own covers almost all minerals, proteins, fats, fiber, and fatty acids. If your manganese level gets into red, do not be concerned, whole grains and iron create a barrier for manganese absorption so the real absorbed value will be significantly less.

We finish it off with:

  • 2 eggs (per day), whole, boiled, you can use this to cook them, slice them up and put the slices into the sandwich
  • effervescent vitamins, with emphasis on: calcium, vitamins C, B and D. These will be your drinks during the day, 2 per day

It is important that vitamins are not in the form of a pill as they have much less capacity for absorption.
Ingredients in effervescent vitamins are 100% bio-available, are more stable than their liquid or tablet counterparts. Effervescent form of supplementation is known to be gentle on the digestive tract, causing less stomach and esophageal disturbances. Effervescent vitamins form a buffered solution. When mixed in water it forms the perfect pH – the perfect ratio of acid and alkaline, so that nutrients can be easily absorbed. A powdered effervescent form of vitamin is better than an effervescent tablet. Tablets need a chemical binding agent, powders do not.

If you have something against anything that is deemed  not 100% natural you could always use parsley or packaged chopped carrots. Just bare in mind though that this will not yield the efficiency of vitamin absorption as would be the case with effervescent or powdered vitamins.

Lastly, select a bread spread that tops off anything you see missing in the nutrient table. The selection here is huge and will depend on what kind of sandwich you want.

Accomplishing this you will:

  • spend maximum of $70 per month for food
  • gain all the nutrients your body needs every day, something you have very likely never been able to do
  • not have to worry about cooking or washing dishes
  • not have to go to the store, thus saving time and money on transportation

Good luck!