May 21st 2003
Low Energy? It's No Sweat with Electrolytes from DFI!...If you feel run-down and tired and your energy is zapped, you might need electrolytes. Electrolytes, in case you may not know, are certain minerals the body uses to maintain proper fluid balance and transmit electrical messages, such as nerve impulses that contract and relax your muscles. By taking electrolytes any time you sweat or lose fluids, you will feel recharged and are less likely to become dehydrated.
Recently, Matthew Anderson wrote an article for Alive Magazine, a Canadian health publication. It explains what electrolytes are and the functions they perform in the body. To read the article, click here or visit http://www.alivepublishing.com/home/index.php?page_type=article&topic_id=144668&site_id=24&article_id=6314&go_id=2&take_id=6.
Electrolytes May Reduce Risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis...Do your summer holiday plans include jetting off on a long-distance flight? If so, you might want to heed Japan Airline's Medical Services' advice and take electrolytes during the flight to reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis or DVT. DVT occurs when a blood clot forms in the deep veins of the leg, resulting in partially or completely blocked blood flow. Dehydration is one factor that contributes to DVT; however, a recent study found that drinking an isotonic-electrolyte solution may reduce the risk of DVT. Researchers studied 40 healthy men during a nine-hour flight. Some men were given an electrolyte beverage, while others were given plain water, but both groups consumed the same amount of liquid. Researchers collected blood and urine samples and weighed the men both pre- and post-flight. They found that men who drank the electrolyte solution had a greater net fluid balance after the flight and were less likely to show increased thickness of the blood in their legs, concluding that electrolytes re-hydrate the body better than drinking water alone during long airline flights. Source: Journal of the American Medical Association; 287: 844-845.
FDA to Allow Qualified Health Claims for Selenium...The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized two qualified health claims for selenium, a trace mineral, and certain forms of cancer. For a copy of the FDA's letter explaining what the two new claims are, click here or visit http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/ds-ltr32.html
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