Coconut water entered the market with a bang and now, years later, the chime from that initial boom still can be heard. The question at hand is whether that explosive entry was a legitimate mover and shaker moment, or just an over-hyped noise.
When it made its American market debut, coconut water carried with it some pretty bold contentions. It was said to be able to combat viruses, kidney disease, and osteoporosis.
It was claimed that coconut water could help resist bacteria and fungi. Not only that, but it could boost thyroid function, improve control of blood sugar, increase energy and digestion, lower cholesterol, and help to control weight.
As it turned out, the contentions about coconut water were more sound and fury than science-based fact . Claims that it was a superior choice for athletes were exaggerated as well. It seems that coconut water has no advantage over sports drinks or, for that matter, plain old water when it comes to hydrating fo...
Study Shows Drinking Water Increases Weight Loss
According to Health Monitor , a study presented at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society showed that dieters who drank two cups of water before meals lost 5 lbs. more than dieters who did not increase their water intake. If you are a bariatric surgery patient like me, you doubtlessly already know the best practice of "water loading" -- drinking as much water as fast as possible 15-min before your meals.
The concept is simple: Filling your stomach quickly with water creates a feeling of fullness that lasts for 15-25 minutes . In doing so, you eat less at your meal and this results in weight loss (and prevention of weight regain). What's more, you can water load to create this feeling of fullness whenever suddenly hungry before mealtime, thereby curbing your snacking and grazing habits. This, too, will result in weight loss.
Here's a tip: For maximum calorie burn...
I received the following e-mail question: "I had knee pain for over a year from surgery and was taking Tylenol on a daily basis for the pain. Since drinking [brand name deleted] water, the pain is completely gone. More importantly, diabetics are reporting 75-100% reduction in their need for insulin shots... This water is produced from a medical device. I'm interested in hearing your thoughts on it."
Turns out the author of the letter is a distributor for a device that ionizes water. To tell the truth, I had no idea that ionized water had any effect whatsoever for people with diabetes. But I was wrong: There's an article describing Supplementation of hydrogen-rich water improves lipid and glucose metabolism in patients with type 2 diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance .
I did find a website that claimed this water was clearly better than snake oil: "Numerous scientific studies show the following benefits of restructured ionized water from commercial / hospi...
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