Is Hot Weather a Culprit in Slowing Metabolism?

Is Hot Weather a Culprit in Slowing Metabolism?

Does hot summer weather make an impact on our need for calories or our metabolism? Our bodies slow down metabolism a little to avoid overheating when the thermometer soars, but those climbing temps don’t really change the calories we need. What can make a change in metabolism is dehydration. Your body loses more than 10 cups of water in an average day even without exercise. Unless you drink plenty of water, you may be at risk for dehydration.

Dehydration also can slow your body’s energy levels and metabolism so that you burn fewer calories than you would if you had plenty to drink.

An added bonus in drinking water can be weight control. Water makes you feel full and helps you resist the urge to nibble. Sip a little water when you crave a snack, and you may find that gnawing feeling was thirst and not hunger. Water also fight fluid retention by diluting sodium levels in your body. Here are some tips to help you stay hydrated during summer months:

  • Try to drink between eight to 12 glasses each day. Track your daily intake. Start your day by filling a pitcher of water each morning and keep it nearby throughout the day.
  • Don’t skip your workout, but plan to drink more water when you exercise. Plan ahead of time if you know you are going to work out for more than an hour. Drink more water before you start. Drink six to eight ounces of water every 20 minutes when exercising. After you finish, restore fluids by drinking two eight-ounce glasses.
  • Be aware of drinks that are diuretics and can cause dehydration. These include caffeinated soda, tea, coffee and alcohol. Follow a drink of coffee or a cocktail with a water chaser to replace lost water.
  • Green tea is flavorful, calorie free, and contains an antioxidant that mildly boosts metabolism and is thought to combat diseases from cancer to Alzheimer’s. Tannic acid compounds in green tea slow the release of caffeine into the bloodstream and slow its dehydrating effects.
  • Drink a couple of glasses of water right away when you wake up to replenish fluids lost overnight.
  • Infuse your water with herbs such as mint or basil for added flavor. Drop slices of citrus fruits or cucumber into a pitcher for a refreshing taste.
  • Remember that sodas, sports drinks and fruit juices carry a lot of sugar. Stick with water and healthy post-workout snacks after working out.
By: Linda Parham Via Youbeauty

How Can Seniors Cope with a Mesothelioma Diagnosis?

sMesothelioma still has no definitive cure, but there is an evolving curative approach that has sparked hope for the future and produced more long-term survivors today than ever before.

There is reason for optimism.

There are ways to live with this disease now, turning it from the previous gloom-and-doom diagnosis into a more manageable, chronic condition.

Better diagnostic tools, cutting-edge immunotherapy advances, improved surgical techniques, a multidisciplinary approach to treatment have combined to create a future for patients that didn’t exist a decade ago.

Mesothelioma is the rare and aggressive cancer caused by a long-ago exposure to asbestos fibers that were unknowingly inhaled or ingested.

Although originally thought to be solely an occupational disease in the shipbuilding, construction, manufacturing and military industries, it also is caused by secondhand exposure in older homes and businesses, even from asbestos on work clothes brought into the house.

The majority of patients are diagnosed beyond age 60 because of the condition’s long latency period (20-50 years) between exposure and diagnosis.

A stunning diagnosis can be devastating for a patient and family, often turning a well-planned retirement into complete disarray. But there are ways to cope.

“When hope is part of the equation, like it is today, anything is possible,” said renowned thoracic surgeon Dr. David Sugarbaker, mesothelioma specialist and director of the Lung Institute at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Here are some keys to coping with mesothelioma and giving yourself the best chance of long-term survival.

  • Find a specialty center accustomed to treating this rare disease. It strikes an estimated 3,000 people annually in the United States. Many medical professionals, even many oncologists, rarely see it and don’t understand its intricacies or the latest therapies. This isn’t lung cancer.
  • Join a mesothelioma support group for patients and caregivers. Talking with others dealing with the same issues can be emotionally and physically good. It can remove the feeling of isolation some families experience. The Mesothelioma Center has a support group that meets online and by phone monthly to discuss various topics.
  • Talk to your doctor about possible clinical trials. The latest therapies for a rare cancer often can be found only in clinical trials while they are awaiting approval from the FDA. The newest therapies in the developmental stage are the ones making a difference today.
  • Stay active and engaged. Don’t try and do this alone. Surround yourself with a positive support system. Accept help from others. Raise awareness to a disease that most people don’t understand.
  • Be aggressive in your approach to treatment. Ask questions, discuss options. Seek answers. Too many medical professionals still take a nihilistic approach toward mesothelioma. Avoid that.
  • Explore complementary and alternative medicine beyond mainstream treatment. Options such as homeopathic medicine, mind-body therapies (yoga and music), herbs and anti-oxidants have helped some patients.

Patients are living considerably longer. Instead of the 9-12 month prognosis from a decade ago, patients are living two, three, five years and beyond. The quality of life has improved, too.

The survival rates have increased the importance of caregivers. Their lives and their futures also will be changed. They will be managing appointments, dealing with medical and legal professionals, remembering treatments and medications and doing a wide variety of tasks.

They must remember to take care of themselves physically and mentally to avoid being overwhelmed. Remember: The better they feel, the better care they will provide. They will benefit from support also.

Tim Povtak is a content writer for the Mesothelioma Center and