by Ryan Fu •
Adverse effects from not drinking enough water include digestive, skin, bladder and kidney problems, fatigue, and even headaches. We need water as much as the air we breathe in! Keeping your body hydrated is not a joke.
Did you know that dehydration actually sets in just before you start feeling thirsty? Sipping water throughout the day is the best way to handle it. Always have a bottle or a glass of water handy! If you’re not a morning person, having two glasses of water right after you wake up will boost up your blood pressure to normal levels, and it’s way healthier than having your first coffee on an empty stomach.
Many of us believe that merely drinking fluids like sweetened juices, soda or tea will hydrate you as well as water does. This is not true. It’s actually the opposite! To deal with the excess sugar and salt you are taking in your body wastes immense amounts of precious water just to clean it out from your system. And if you love your coffee, make sure to drink one extra glass of water for every cup you have.
Drinking water regularly speeds up your metabolism and makes you feel more ‘full’. You will eat less once you start drinking more! It’s the safest and healthiest way to lose weight. Drink up!
Brothers Bob and Mike Bryan share more than the same last name and mission: to dominate men’s tennis doubles. They share the same DNA. They’re identical twins who are so coordinated on the court that their opponents actually suspect they have twin telepathy.
That may have been what Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek thought when the Bryan brothers defeated them in Day 12 of the U.S. Open, winning the men’s doubles title for a record 12th Grand Slam championship.
Back in 2010 (video above), Lesley Stahl interviewed the Bryan brothers about their uncanny ability to stay in sync on-and-off the court.
“It’s freaky,” they agreed.
Full speech & presentation of Stuart Scott receiving the 2014 Jimmy V Perseverance Award.
In this feature, he shares his emotional battle with cancer and follows Jimmy V’s motto to never give up.
Stuart was diagnosed with appendiceal cancer in 2007 and then it came back two years later. Currently, he is still undergoing treatment. He was hospitalized in the last 10 days. 7 day stay in the hospital due to liver complications and kidney failure and 4 surgeries in 7 days. Until a few day’s ago his future was uncertain…
During Stuart’s speech, he talked about living life to the fullest while you’re alive. He also said that it’s about leaning on others for help and not just fighting the battle alone. Stuart even brought his youngest daughter on stage to give her a hug, it was incredibly moving.
What a truly and powerful speech delivered at the 2014 Espy’s.
Show’s us all what is possible even in the face of death!
Don’t get me wrong; I’m tired of hearing the drama with Donald Sterling with the Los Angeles Clippers as he tries to block the sale for his beloved team. Last Friday, I spotted him with a new squeeze named Raven Bay at the Grove shopping and having a good time with friends.
As everyone knows his world got rocked when his old mistress V. Stiviano sent a recorded conversation about how racists he is earlier this year. I tired to find more information about his new chick but ended up finding a porn star, which I was glad about because it was probably more entertaining than finding out who she really is.
It wasn’t the first time I’ve seen this multi-millionaire, soon to be billionaire at the Grove. I was dumbfounded again seeing him at the Grove trying to blend in and try to be a normal person. For a guy, who can buy and do anything, I was amazed how he still wants to be a part of society even though he wants everything racially separate. Also, I’m not sure what’s the message behind having a new black girlfriend, I mean does he want us to forget that he is a full-time racist or does he want us to believe that he is just a part-time racists.
In any case, watching the man trying to be normal, I learned no matter how much money you’re worth, you still want to do the normal things like go to the mall and eat ice cream. Also, money does not fix all your problems as Sterling’s petition to block the Los Angeles Clippers got rejected by the court. As the late great MC, The Notorious B.I.G would say, “mo money mo problems.”
I wish someone would just tell him, “Just let it go.” But I guess it’s a lot harder when you can afford to buy anything in this world. The word, “No,” would sound foreign to a man, who can buy anything. But I think he’s starting to realize that money can’t fix everything and sometimes no matter how much money you got, there are a few things in this life you can’t purchase such as grace, respect, and more importantly love.
Hopefully, when I get as wealthy as he is, I won’t turn into a huge douchebag but if I do, I would own up to it by being the biggest douchebag. If you can take one lesson from this Sterling story, then it would be his not caring about what people think about him as he continues to live his life however he chooses. We should all live life to the fullest regardless of what people might think because in the end, the only opinion that matters the most is yours.
If you watched the recent Crossfit Games, there is a good chance you noticed some athletes donning multi-colored tape strips and patches on various body parts. It was quite noticeable on those more scantily-clad, such as beach volleyball and track and field athletes. In fact, one volleyball gal looked like she had the Michigan football “winged” helmet decal emblazoned across her abs.
This stuff is called Kinesiology or Kinesio tape. A bit of history:
Kinesio tape has actually been around for quite a while. Kenzo Kase, a Japanese chiropractor and acupuncturist, designed the tape and taping method back in 1979. Kase believed a flexible tape would stimulate better circulation to an injured muscle due to its tug on the skin. Traditional tape and taping methods were thought to be too restrictive and even exacerbate injuries as a result of the inhibited flow of inflammatory fluids under the skin.
Does Kinesio tape actually expedite recovery from muscle injury, or is it also used to enhance performance? If solely used for injuries, there must have been dozens of wounded Olympians competing. My guess is the tape is used for performance benefits as well. If so, does it work or is it yet another gimmick one must use to “keep up with the Joneses?”
A study conducted in Italy attempted to determine the immediate effects of kinesio taping on maximal muscle strength of the dominant quadriceps of 36 healthy subjects. Subjects were tested across three different sessions, randomly receiving three experimental kinesiotaping conditions:
Tape applied with the goal of enhancing muscle strength.
Tape applied with the goal of inhibiting muscle strength.
Tape applied incorrectly with the goal to deceive.
Quadriceps muscle strength was measured by means of an isokinetic maximal test performed at 60 and 180 degrees per second. Two secondary outcome measures were also performed: a one-leg triple jump for distance to measure leg performance and the Global Rating of Change Scale to calculate the correlation between the Kinesio taping technique and the subjective perception of strength.
None of the three taping conditions showed a significant change in muscle strength and performance. The effect size was very low under all conditions. Only a few subjects showed an individual change greater than the minimal detectable change. Global Rating of Change Scale scores demonstrated low to moderate correlation with the type of taping applied, but some placebo effects were detected independent of the condition.
This study concluded no significant effect in maximal quadriceps strength immediately after the application of enhancing, inhibiting, or deceptive Kinesio taping. Therefore, the test results do not support the use of Kinesio taping as a means of altering maximal muscle strength in healthy people.
That stated, there are also those skeptical about the Kinesio taping’s effect. According to Dr. Nicholas Fletcher, an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Emory University, there are few large scientific studies regarding its effectiveness. Dr. Fletcher stated, “I think, if anything, there is a placebo effect involved, and there probably is a little bit of a peer pressure effect. When people see athletes who are doing so well, they think, ‘Maybe this could work for me.’”
In most cases, kinesiology tape is comprised of flexible nylon and cotton fibers; this allows the tape to provide a “snap-back” effect, producing a neuromuscular response underneath the skin where the tape is applied. Through recent fascial research, it has been shown that pulling on the skin can create widespread effects within the body.
Myofascia is a very important piece in the taping game (this is what you are effecting when you roll out and mobilize). Obviously, the health of your myofascia is pivotal to promoting proper movement patterns. When kinesiology tape is applied to the skin, it creates a neurological response, providing a change in the way that my0fascia functions, thus changing the way that movement patterns are performed. We can essentially allow for better muscle activation and promote better movement patterns with the support of kinesiology tape.
This elasticity also creates a lifting effect on the skin to allow for better lymphatic drainage and blood flow. These are two pivotal components in allowing for swelling drainage and tissue nutrient restoration during the healing process.
Kinesiology tapes use a superior adhesive (it varies depending on the tape brand) that allows for superior support over long periods of time and under extreme conditions. This adhesiveness allows for the tape to withstand water, sweat, mud, etc. without coming off or losing support. The brands above promote the fact that you can, in fact, go swimming wearing kinesiology tape.
How is this possible? Kinesiology tape provides a stimulus in the skin that externally supports damaged tissue and allows for better circulation for faster healing. This is why wearing tape after intense workouts or acute injuries provides faster recovery.
Lymphatic Drainage/Swelling Reduction
Kinesiology tape is unique in its ability to create a lifting effect on the skin to allow for better lymphatic drainage in areas of swelling. This can have a dramatic effect on recovery time after a workout and healing of damaged tissue after injury.
One of the most important aspects of rehabilitation is movement. This is pivotal because it provides blood flow and drainage in the areas of injury to allow for faster healing. It also reduces the amount of muscle atrophy or withering away that can occur after and injury. White athletic tape restricts range of motion and deactivates muscles; whereas, kinesiology tape promotes muscle activation, while maintaining support. This allows for proper movement patterns even with injury and allows for a much faster healing process.
Things come and go in the fitness industry – ankle weights, salt tablets, compression garments, toning shoes, sauna suits, ad nauseam. Some even come back. Kinesio taping may be the classical case of revisiting the past.
Does Kinesio taping facilitate recovery for injured muscles? I do not know. Does it enhance athletic performance? We need more research to determine that. What’s your experience? Let us know in the comments below.
Introducing the New Orleans Saints’ newest cheerleader — a 40-year-old mother of two.
Mississippi’s Kriste Lewis fended off tough competition from women nearly than half her age to win a spot on the coveted Saintsations team for 2014/15.
The long-time dance instructor, who has 14- and 11-year-old sons, decided to try out for the NFL troop after celebrating her landmark birthday.
She was also inspired by her serious health issue to win one of 36 places.