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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Aaahhh!: The best thirst-quenching drinks

By Sharon Palmer, R.D.




What's the best way to hydrate your body for optimal health and peak performance?


JewishWorldReview.com | Whether you exercise just 30 minutes a day or run 10 miles a day, adequate hydration is critical for optimal health. Turn to water and unsweetened, plant-based drinks as your first choice to quench thirst.

Ah, the water of life ... essential for maintaining health. It performs many critical functions in your body, including maintaining internal temperature and blood pressure, cushioning joints and organs, aiding digestion and absorption, transporting nutrients, and ridding your body of toxins.

But what's the best way to hydrate your body for optimal health and peak performance? Today you have a wide variety of choices, including tap and bottled water, fruit juice and fruit drinks, energy and sports drinks, coffee and tea drinks, and sodas. Yet some of our beverage choices are leading us down the path to obesity and chronic diseases instead of good health.

A California Center for Public Health Advocacy study found that adults who drink one or more sodas per day were 27 percent more apt to be overweight or obese compared with those who don't drink soda.

A FLOOD OF SUGAR-SWEETENED BEVERAGES

"Sugar-sweetened beverages provide empty calories that most people don't really need," says sports dietitian and author Ellen Coleman, M.P.H., M.A., R.D., C.S.S.D. About 50 percent of the added sugars in our diets come from sugar-sweetened beverages--the single largest contributor of calorie intake in the U.S. If you do the math, you'll see that sipping these sweet drinks, that contain about 150 calories per 12-ounce serving, can lead to calorie overload.



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Studies have shown that calories consumed from a beverage don't register the same sense of fullness that you derive from calories from solid food. And sugar-sweetened beverages aren't just limited to sodas--they also include sweetened coffee and tea drinks, fruit drinks and lemonade, smoothies, sports drinks, and energy drinks.

WATER, YOUR BEVERAGE OF CHOICE

"If you're looking for a lifestyle that will reduce your risk of chronic disease and overweight, and are exercising 30 to 60 minutes per day, you don't need to drink anything more than water," says Coleman. Although she says "sports drinks aren't evil," it's all about energy balance: Most people don't need the extra calories in sports drinks for their routine exercise regime.

However, "If you're a competitive athlete or an endurance athlete with a high sweat ratio, you may benefit from something more than water," says Coleman. For these athletes, she recommends sports drinks that contain carbohydrates (6 to 8 percent) for energy and sodium to replace sweat loss to help improve athletic performance.

However, Coleman suggests that you remain cautious when it comes to energy drinks, which also can contain high amounts of caffeine, other stimulants, and additional herbal ingredients that may not have proven benefits.

NUTRIENT-RICH DRINKS

Some beverages, such as milk and fruit juice, can provide important nutrients along with water content. Coleman says fitting a one-half cup serving of 100 percent fruit juice into your diet every day is fine, but more than that will only give you excess calories. And watch out for the added sugars and high calories of the many smoothie drinks now available in restaurants and supermarkets.

In most cases, you're better off eating whole fruits in their fiber- and nutrient-rich package. Low- or fat-free milk and fortified soy milk can help you meet your requirement for important nutrients, such as protein, vitamin D, and calcium.

SIPPING COFFEE AND TEA

Though health experts were once wary of the ancient, plant-based beverages coffee and tea, times have changed. A number of health benefits have been linked with these beverages, as long as your brew comes without extra sugary and high-fat toppings. Coleman reports that, contrary to urban legend, coffee and tea will not dehydrate you--in fact, they can help you meet your fluid needs for the day. If you have problems tolerating caffeine, you can choose decaffeinated versions of coffee and tea:

Coffee perks

Hundreds of studies, the majority positive, have been published on coffee and health, which may be linked to the coffee bean's high antioxidant status. Coffee has been linked to improved mental and physical performance, lowered risk of depression, and protection against Parkinson's disease, type 2 diabetes, colon cancer, and liver function.

Tea time

The health bonuses of tea--especially green tea--are well publicized. All true teas--black, white, oolong, and green--that originate from the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant are rich in flavonoids, which power tea's benefits including heart health, cancer prevention, enhanced immune function, reduced mortality, bone protection, and weight loss.

Herbal brews

Although red tea and herbal teas made from a wide variety of plants as diverse as hibiscus, chamomile and spearmint are not true teas, they still provide health bonuses. Research suggests that herbal teas may possess antimicrobial, antiviral, antioxidant, and antitumor actions that may lead to disease protection.

"GREEN" DRINKING

Keep in mind that the environmental impact of drinking billions of bottled and canned beverages is staggering. Resources such as water and oil are required to produce the containers, carbon emissions are released in order to manufacture, transport and refrigerate them--and most of those bottles and cans end up in a landfill. Your "greenest" drink is plain old tap water. You also can lower your carbon footprint by making beverages such as coffee and tea at home instead of purchasing them bottled.

HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH?

Most people let thirst be their guide in meeting their body's fluid needs. You get about 80 percent of your water from beverages and another 20 percent from food, such as fruits and vegetables, which can consist of at least 90 percent water.

Aim for these hydration goals established by the Institute of Medicine:

WOMEN: Consume 2.7 liters of total water from beverage and foods each day - that's about 9 eight-ounce glasses from beverages.

MEN: Consume 3.7 liters of total water from beverages and foods each day - that's about 12 eight-ounce glasses from beverages.

DAILY HEALTHY BEVERAGE GUIDELINES

Follow these tips, based on recommendations from the Harvard School of Public Health and the Beverage Guidance Panel, to help plan your optimal beverage intake for the day:

Water: At least half of your daily fluid should come from water. If you're aiming for 12 cups of fluids a day, that means six should come from water. And even more is better; up to 100 percent of your daily beverage needs can come from water.

Coffee and Tea. About one-third (about three to four cups) can come from unsweetened coffee or tea. Just remember to go easy on flavorings, such as sugar, cream, or whole milk. If you don't like these beverages, substitute them with water.

Low-fat milk. Milk can make up another 20 percent (about two 8-ounce glasses) of your total beverage consumption. Less is fine; just make sure to replace the calcium from another source, such as fortified soy milk, green leafy vegetables, almonds, calcium-fortified foods, or calcium supplements.

Fruit Juice. Up to one small glass (4 ounces) of 100 percent fruit juice may be included in your daily beverage intake.

Alcoholic Drinks. If you drink, you can include up to one to two alcoholic drinks (12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of spirits) for men and up to one for women as part of your daily beverage intake.

Diet Drinks. Optimally, you may want to exclude diet drinks made with artificial sweeteners, but up to 8 to 16 ounces a day may be allowed.

Sweetened Beverages. Ideally, you should consume zero drinks sweetened with added sugars, such as cane sugar or high-fructose corn syrup, but up to a maximum of 8 ounces may be allowed.



(Reprinted with permission from Environmental Nutrition, a monthly publication of Belvoir Media Group, LLC. 800-829-5384. www.EnvironmentalNutrition.com.)

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