Why We Get Headaches From Exercise

Headaches happen for myriad reasons: dehydration, eyestrain, drinking a wee bit much the previous night, and exercising. Yes, exercise too, and they’re just as annoying as any other headache. Here’s the difference between exercise headaches and regular head pains, and how you can best treat or avoid them.

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Pedialyte May Help Your Hangover, But It Won’t “Cure” It

It was the early morning hours of July 5, and after a day of drinking and greasy food, Patricia Ochoa was sufficiently hungover. She had all of the classic symptoms: dry mouth, headache, exhaustion, and an upset stomach. Then, her brother appeared at her bedroom door like the hangover tooth fairy with a bottle of grape Pedialyte. She tore off the “kid-approved taste” sticker on the cap and started gulping it down.

Yes, Ochoa was using an over-the-counter remedy intended for dehydrated children (think: bad bouts of diarrhea) as a hangover cure. And the crazy thing is it worked. After drinking half the bottle, her headache and nausea disappeared.

Source: Is Pedialyte Truly the Miracle Hangover Cure People Say It Is?

Kids these days just don’t take enough responsibility for dragging themselves to the store and buying their own medications when they’re sick! When I was their age, I crawled to the grocery store! Uphill! In the snow!

Adults “make up a third of the market” or “are a third of the buyers” or constitute “a third of the sales”. So, perhaps the youth of today really are spending their allowance on their own diarrhea treatment? 😉

Three Myths About Sparkling Water, Debunked

Americans spend $1.5 billion a year on sparkling water, but there are a few common myths about the bubbly beverage that don’t quite add up. Some say it’s bad for your bones, erodes your teeth, and that it might even dehydrate you. If you’re worried your favorite fizzy drink is actually unhealthy, here’s the mouth-tingling truth.

Source: Three Myths About Sparkling Water, Debunked

Keep in mind that citric acid naturally occurs in fruits, making it a “natural flavour”.

Is It Safe to Eat Snow?

The Golden Rule: Not if the snow is yellow. 😉

Quick! Something white, cold, and flaky is falling from the sky. Should you start eating it, perhaps by the spoonful? Maybe—but, more likely, maybe not.

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Back in the 1950’s, the US and the USSR conducted over 1,000 atmospheric nuclear tests. The rain and snow were laced with fission products like Strontium-90.  So kids were warned never to drink rainwater or eat snowflakes.

On that note, do not eat icicles.  Icicles form as liquid water crystallizes on pre-existing solid water.  The water in liquid form has impurities picked up from running across the roof, but as the molecules of water assemble into place, the dissolved and suspended impurities largely keep flowing.  This isn’t true 100% or in all weather conditions, but a crystal clear icicle will have less contaminents than the roof run off that formed it.

This Ingestible Health Sensor Could Help Cut Down On Doctor Visits

From drug-delivering microbots to cancer-fighting nano-swarms, the age of ingestible, autonomous health devices is upon us. So it was only a matter of time before somebody built a miniature stethoscope that sits in your GI tract monitoring your vital signs.

Source: This Ingestible Health Sensor Could Help Cut Down On Doctor Visits

An apple a day? 😉

There’s Nothing Special About Alkaline Water

From juice detoxes to SoulCycle, there’s always some transformative cure-all making the rounds. Recently, the benefits of alkaline water and a veggie-rich alkaline diet have been in the news, finding support from the notably not-so-scientific likes of Dr. Oz. Proponents of alkaline water — that is, water that possesses a higher, less-acidic pH thanks to having fewer hydrogen ions — claim the stuff can do anything from preventing cancer and fighting off illness to simply increasing energy, all by altering the pH of the drinker’s body. But the scientific community is fighting back by insisting that, like most cure-alls, alkaline water actually cures nothing.

Source: The Truth About Alkaline Water

Out of curiosity I bought two different brands of water claiming to be “alkaline” from Whole Foods. I tested both with a pH meter (at about 22 degrees C) and they measured 6.9 and 7.0. So, pretty neutral and not alkaline at all. I wrote one of the companies and never heard back.

Not only is the alkaline water not doing anything for you, but it might not even be alkaline to begin with.

How Being Dehydrated Affects Your Mind and Body

If you’ve ever worked for awhile in the beating sun, you might know what it feels like to be dehydrated. What’s going on inside your body?

Source: What Happens To Your Body When You’re Dehydrated?

There have been many articles debunking how much water an individual needs per day.  I chronicled my experience a while back.

What to Do If You Think You Have Food Poisoning

The worst food poisoning I ever had was a few days after returning from a weekend vacation with friends. When I finally dragged myself out of the bathroom, an email was waiting for me: “Is everybody else feeling okay? I know our dinner together was a few days ago so I’m sure it’s not that, but I just wanted to check.”

Source: What to Do If You Think You Have Food Poisoning

All you can do is prepare for the worst 24-72 hours of your life, with the added bonus of feeling like shit (though thankfully things stop involuntarily coming out of you) for about a week while your body recovers from the trauma.

How Altitude Sickness Affects Your Body And How You Can Beat It

Altitude sickness can make you dizzy, nauseous, and, in extreme cases, can even kill you. All of us at IndefinitelyWild have experienced it. Here’s what we’ve learned and how you can minimize its symptoms.

Source: How Altitude Sickness Affects Your Body And How You Can Beat It

Definitely something I wanted to learn about, but give the risk factors for high altitude edema (pulmonary and cerebral) – I don’t think anyone’s doctor will condone such activity for those of us on blood thinners.  Stick to GoPro footage 😉

Sports Medicine Journal Reveals Our Childhood Coaches Tried To Kill Us

Remember when you were a kid and all your coaches and camp counselors and those vaguely hippie-ish guys who took your youth group hiking would tell you to drink, even when you weren’t thirsty? Turns out they were trying to murder you.

Source: Sports Medicine Journal Reveals Our Childhood Coaches Tried To Kill Us

I recommend reading one of my previous posts about trying to drink a gallon of water a day.  It has some interesting info about diagnosing the colour of your urine 😀