Water & The Body
1 AnswerNational Academy of Sports Medicine answeredResearch indicates that drinking a cool beverage during exercise may help a little bit with cooling the body. While gastric emptying (the speed that fluid leaves the stomach and can begin to hydrate the body) has been studied extensively, there does not seem to be an appreciable advantage to either cold or warm liquids. Most people will drink more of a cold liquid, and if that’s the case, it may increase voluntary hydration.
1 AnswerDr. F. Michael Gloth, III , Geriatric Medicine, answeredIt is a challenge to stay hydrated while traveling, especially because it is harder to carry liquids on planes these days. You can buy water after passing through security to supplement what you will be given on the plane. Having water available the morning after you get to your hotel can be a challenge. One tip is to fill your ice bucket prior to going to bed. A lot of the ice will melt overnight, and you'll have refreshing ice cold, usually filtered water when you wake up the next morning.
It is important not to be tempted by sweetened sodas or other beverages because of their high simple sugar and effective calorie content. Although most fruit juices have greater vitamin content than standard carbonated beverages, they are generally loaded with simple sugars and should be drunk sparingly or avoided. Vegetable or tomato juice might be a more practical substitute. Water -- carbonated or not -- with a squeeze of lemon remains a top choice for staying hydrated while traveling. Tea and coffee might have other merits, but both have natural diuretic qualities and are not great hydrating liquids.
Skim milk has more protein and fewer effective calories than many other commonly available beverages.
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1 AnswerDr. Daniel McCabe, DMA, CCC-SLP , Ear, Nose & Throat (Otolaryngology), answered on behalf of The Mount Sinai Health SystemDrinking water is always a good idea. Your vocal cords open and close to regulate airflow in and out of your lungs. As such, they react to the relative humidity of the air you breathe. In very dry places your vocal cords can get drier and stiffer, making it harder to make them vibrate easily (think of dried leather). You can feel this effect of the air on your voice. However, drinking water does not ‘water’ or moisten the vocal cords. It never even touches them (if it does, you’ll know it!). Instead, drinking enough water keeps your whole body hydrated, including the vocal cords. However, you can also ‘water’ your cords by inhaling steam or water vapor through an open mouth. That’s one reason you might sound so good in the shower!
1 AnswerDr. Mehmet Oz, MD , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
If plain water leaves you cold, swap it for something with a bit more flavor (plus some health benefits). That's one trick that helped Transformation Nation finalist Mercedes Moebuis drop from a size 16 to a size 6. Watch the video to find out more.
1 AnswerDr. Doris Day, MD , Dermatology, answeredDrinking water does not affect the outer layers of skin cells that are already dead and waiting to be sloughed off. It does however deliver vital nutrients to the deeper layers and gives the skin bounce and support.
1 AnswerDr. Jacob Teitelbaum , Integrative Medicine, answered
Take a moment to notice if your mouth or lips are dry. Most of you will find that they are dry. If so, you are dehydrated and need to drink more water. Although it is not unusual for those of us under stress to require a gallon of water a day, I do not recommend counting the number of glasses of water that you drink per day because this can get old fairly quickly. Simply notice if your mouth or lips are dry and drink water when they are. I like to keep a glass or bottle of good quality water with me.
3 AnswersDr. Michael Roizen, MD , Internal Medicine, answeredWhile your tap water may be potable, that doesn't mean it's pure or healthy. A lot of people can get low-grade infections from bacteria in local water supply-and that can lead to such symptoms as feeling bloated, itchy eyes, stomach cramping, and fatigue. And you'd have no idea what even caused the problems.
You don't need to blow your 401(k) on bottled water, but it's a smart idea to use a water filter for any drinking water you use out of the faucet.
1 AnswerDr. Jacob Teitelbaum , Integrative Medicine, answeredStaying optimally hydrated is critical to get nutrients to your cells and wash away toxins. The next time you find yourself tired during the day, drink a glass of cold water and see how dramatically your energy picks up almost instantly. Over half of our body is made of water. So, it's not surprising that even mild dehydration can cause fatigue and poor concentration. A body even a half-quart low on water can make you noticeably tired.
1 AnswerDr. Mehmet Oz, MD , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answeredIf you are bloated and your stomach feels like it's about to pop, downing water may be the best quick fix. Good old H2O restores the sodium balance in the body and normalizes your digestive tract. Be sure to keep hydrated. Drink the daily recommendation of 8 (8-oz) glasses of water to rid the body of harmful toxins.
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