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If you wait long enough, things tend to come around again. I’m not just talking about music and fashion, either. An unending onslaught of studies, some more scientific than others, seem to appear with regularity in headlines for bringing ever-changing perspectives to the forefront.

KevinSmithWeightLossI spotted a bit of celebrity talk on my news feed yesterday, but what caught my attention about it was the reference to ‘sugar-free’ and the film, “Fed Up.” In this case, it supported exactly what I am currently experiencing and it felt very affirming. Filmmaker Kevin Smith has dropped significant weight after experiencing the same insights I did upon watching the documentary about how sugar is contributing to today’s health woes.

The old targets of scorn in the American diet were at one time fat and cholesterol, and maybe that will come back into the limelight again before the end of time, but my present battle is with sugar. It used to be that I shouldn’t eat eggs. I am so happy to have eggs safely back on my menu these days.

Years ago, sugar was considered a bit of an extravagance, but then it became something added to almost every processed food, and our national palate adjusted to the point of expecting sweetness in everything.

I plan to ride the reduced sugar band wagon for as long as I can hold out, figuring the next wave of food information will come along well after I have made peace with my addiction.

The second article that showed up for me yesterday hit on a subject near and dear to me for decades of athletic endeavors. I am a big proponent of optimal hydration, but like everything, there is a critical balance that should be maintained. Yes, I’ve heard the scary threats that you can die from drinking too much water. That has never been a concern for me. However, I have long adhered to the advice that waiting until you notice feeling thirsty puts you behind the curve of maintaining optimal hydration.

I also tend to use the clarity of my urine output as a gauge of desired hydration. Both beliefs are now being challenged by an article on Critical Journal of Sport Medicine.

“In all cases, blanket statements that can be found on the internet such as “don’t wait until you feel thirsty” make little sense for the majority of casual athletes”Preventing Deaths Due to Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia: The 2015 Consensus Guidelines, Mitchell H. Rosner, MD

At this point, what I intend to take from my limited understanding of the clinical verbiage and specific qualifiers for the science the article intends to express, is that I will try not to be overly confident going forward, about my level of understanding of optimal hydration. I plan to continue to rely on my intuition and the results I experience with regard to what is right for me.

Your mileage may vary.

But back to the sugar thing, I invite you to spend a day tracking how much you REALLY consume in a 24-hour period, then see if it seems right to you. I may not comprehend all the clinical details, but my intuition tells me there is definitely something problematic with the current American high-sugar diet.

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Written by johnwhays

July 1, 2015 at 6:00 am

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  1. Interesting that you are making so much out of the obvious or is it? I was lucky when I was a student in Scotland. There was a dramatic paralising strike such that there was no sugar for three weeks. Before that I’d pile sugar into my tea and even eat it on lettuce. Nevertheless, when the strike ended and sugar was readily available, I found that something had changed. It was now sickly and I couldn’t stomach it. No longer under its addiction, the body spoke back in no uncertain terms. I have been blessed ever since.

    The story of water may be a little different, for pure water can’t possibly harm you, but so few of us these days are lucky enough to be able to drink ‘pure’ water. Hence, tragically, in quantity, we can be poisoned by the chemicals added to it.

    Ian Rowcliffe

    July 2, 2015 at 7:24 am

    • It sure seems obvious to me now. It is curious that something so simple and obvious becomes a big deal. Probably speaks volumes about the human condition. One person’s battle may be another’s non-issue, but I tend to rant nonetheless. I like that life’s challenges become less of a big deal with time, and we move on to the next drama awaiting our attention.

      johnwhays

      July 3, 2015 at 7:21 am

  2. Hi John! Great post about two things I think are culprits in many diseases and ailments!! I think sugar is POISON…but I LOVE it. I have eliminated so much from my diet…but as you say it is a hidden ingredient in sooooooo many things. I also struggle with hydration …but very recently switched to “mainly” drinking water. I think dehydration is a severe problem in our elderly population. Many are on diuretics and don’t want to drink water because they have to get up all night to eliminate. With all the pharmaceuticals many take, I think water is even more important. Anyway…there’s my rant 😉 Hope you are well!! ♡

    lorriebowden

    July 1, 2015 at 10:11 am

    • Thanks, Lorrie. I am well! I appreciate your ‘rant.’ We are kindred spirits. Namaste and Blessitudes!

      johnwhays

      July 1, 2015 at 9:56 pm


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