The most common reason for menopause is the natural decline in a female's reproductive hormones. However, menopause can also result from the following situations:
Oophorectomy: This surgery, which removes a woman's ovaries, causes immediate menopause. Symptoms and signs of menopause in this situation can be severe, as the hormonal changes happen abruptly.
Chemotherapy: Cancer treatments like chemotherapy can induce menopause quickly, causing symptoms to appear shortly after or even during treatment.
Ovarian Insufficiency: Also called premature ovarian failure, this condition is essentially premature menopause. It happens when a woman's ovaries quit functioning before the age of 40 and can stem from genetic factors and disease. Only 1% of women suffer from premature menopause, but HRT can help protect the heart, brain, and bones.
If you're a woman going through menopause and find that you have become increasingly depressed, you're not alone. It's estimated that 15% of women experience depression to some degree while going through menopause. What many women don't know is that depression can start during perimenopause, or the years leading up to menopause.
Depression can be hard to diagnose, especially during perimenopause and menopause. However, if you notice the following signs, it might be time to speak with a physician:
Remember, if you're experiencing depression, you're not weak or broken - you're going through a very regular emotional experience. The good news is that with proper treatment from your doctor, depression isn't a death sentence. And with HRT and anti-aging treatment for women, depression could be the catalyst you need to enjoy a new lease on life.
Hot flashes - they're one of the most well-known symptoms of menopause. Hot flashes are intense, sudden feelings of heat across a woman's upper body. Some last second, while others last minutes, making them incredibly inconvenient and uncomfortable for most women.
Symptoms of hot flashes include:
Typically, hot flashes are caused by a lack of estrogen. Low estrogen levels negatively affect a woman's hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls body temperature and appetite. Low estrogen levels cause the hypothalamus to incorrectly assume the body is too hot, dilating blood vessels to increase blood flow. Luckily, most women don't have to settle for the uncomfortable feelings that hot flashes cause. HRT treatments for women often stabilize hormones, lessening the effects of hot flashes and menopause in general.
Mood swings are common occurrences for most people - quick shifts from happy to angry and back again, triggered by a specific event. And while many people experience mood swings, they are particularly common for women going through menopause. That's because, during menopause, the female's hormones are often imbalanced. Hormone imbalances and mood swings go hand-in-hand, resulting in frequent mood changes and even symptoms like insomnia.
The rate of production of estrogen, a hormone that fluctuates during menopause, largely determines the rate of production the hormone serotonin, which regulates mood, causing mood swings.
Luckily, HRT and anti-aging treatments in Blawenburg, NJ for women work wonders for mood swings by regulating hormone levels like estrogen. With normal hormone levels, women around the world are now learning that they don't have to settle for mood swings during menopause.
Staying fit and healthy is hard for anyone living in modern America. However, for women with hormone imbalances during perimenopause or menopause, weight gain is even more serious. Luckily, HRT treatments for women coupled with a physician-led diet can help keep weight in check. But which hormones need to be regulated?
Lowered sexual desire - three words most men and women hate to hear. Unfortunately, for many women in perimenopausal and menopausal states, it's just a reality of life. Thankfully, today, HRT and anti-aging treatments Blawenburg, NJ can help women maintain a normal, healthy sex drive. But what causes low libido in women, especially as they get older?
The hormones responsible for low libido in women are progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone.
Progesterone production decreases during perimenopause, causing low sex drive in women. Lower progesterone production can also cause chronic fatigue, weight gain, and other symptoms. On the other hand, lower estrogen levels during menopause lead to vaginal dryness and even vaginal atrophy or loss of muscle tension.
Lastly, testosterone plays a role in lowered libido. And while testosterone is often grouped as a male hormone, it contributes to important health and regulatory functionality in women. A woman's testosterone serves to heighten sexual responses and enhances orgasms. When the ovaries are unable to produce sufficient levels of testosterone, it often results in a lowered sex drive.
Often uncomfortable and even painful, vaginal dryness is a serious problem for sexually active women. However, like hair loss in males, vaginal dryness is very common - almost 50% of women suffer from it during menopause.
Getting older is just a part of life, but that doesn't mean you have to settle for the side effects. HRT and anti-aging treatments for women correct vaginal dryness by re-balancing estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. When supplemented with diet and healthy living, your vagina's secretions are normalized, causing discomfort to recede.
Uterine fibroids - they're perhaps the least-known symptom of menopause and hormone imbalances in women. That's because these growths on the uterus are often symptom-free. Unfortunately, these growths can be cancerous, presenting a danger for women as they age.
Many women will have fibroids at some point. Because they're symptomless, they're usually found during routine doctor exams. Some women only get one or two, while others may have large clusters of fibroids. Because fibroids are usually caused by hormone imbalances, hysterectomies have been used as a solution, forcing women into early menopause.
Advances in HRT and anti-aging medicine for women give females a safer, non-surgical option without having to experience menopause early. At Global Life Rejuvenation, our expert physicians will implement a customized HRT program to stabilize your hormones and reduce the risk of cancerous fibroid growth.
Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS, and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.
Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.
Xenoestrogen is a hormone that is very similar to estrogen. Too much xenoestrogen is thought to stimulate endometrial tissue growth. HRT for women helps balance these hormones and, when used with a custom nutrition program, can provide relief for women across the U.S.
Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.
Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.
Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.
Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies. Ipamorelin can boost a patient's overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life.
When there is an increased concentration of growth hormone by the pituitary gland, there are positive benefits to the body. Some benefits include:
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TEAM WORK: “Our goal is to provide the absolute pinnacle of food quality and services. Our logo is pineapple (the Colonial universal sign of welcome) and tulips (traditional flowers from Holland that represent the Dutch family of John Blaw, the settler of Blawenburg).” Jennifer Cifelli, far left, owner of the new Blawenburg Bistro, is shown with staff members, from left, Rebecca, Kenia, and Kelly.I am glad to come to work every single day! And I am here every day. I am inspired by this opportunity.”The ...
TEAM WORK: “Our goal is to provide the absolute pinnacle of food quality and services. Our logo is pineapple (the Colonial universal sign of welcome) and tulips (traditional flowers from Holland that represent the Dutch family of John Blaw, the settler of Blawenburg).” Jennifer Cifelli, far left, owner of the new Blawenburg Bistro, is shown with staff members, from left, Rebecca, Kenia, and Kelly.
I am glad to come to work every single day! And I am here every day. I am inspired by this opportunity.”
The many customers of the Blawenburg Bistro share owner Jennifer Cifelli’s enthusiasm. They are coming from all over the Princeton area and beyond, stopping in for coffee and a croissant early in the morning as they commute to work, or later in the day for a leisurely lunch.
Opened in April, the Bistro is a dream come true for owner Cifelli, who always loved cooking, but who took a detour before owning her own restaurant. She had a previous career as a teacher, but as she says, “I wanted to make a change, and this was the time to do it. I was always interested in cooking and different kinds of food. I was a foodie from day one!
“Also, we found just the right location at 391 County Route 518 in the Blawenburg Village section of Skillman. Our iconic corner building has a long history over more than 250 years. It has been a post office, general store, dry cleaner, deli, antique shop, newspaper headquarters, dog groomer, catering company, and cafe. We are proud to have a legacy of successful and welcoming businesses that have come before us. We want to keep that tradition.”
In fact, the tradition is well under way. High quality choices are available all day long for sit down and takeout, and in addition, a very busy catering business has been established.
“Blawenburg Bistro is an upscale, yet casual establishment that focuses on gourmet cafe-style offerings,” explains Cifelli. “We feel we are an elevated-style cafe. We are all about flavor, and everything is well executed by our great staff and excellent chef.
“We have our own recipes, and all our dishes are unique — we are not boring. For example, we have special herbed mayo, exceptional curried chicken salad, and we make our own sourdough. We offer allergen-friendly choices, and gluten-free. A lot of our customers are vegetarian and vegan, and we have pastry alternatives for vegans.”
The customers like everything, adds Cifelli, herself a hands-on cook at the Bistro.
“We have many regulars and repeat customers, and some even come every day. It’s interesting: some people order the same thing every time, and others are working their way through the menu.”
They will all find numerous choices to please the palate.
Breakfast offers everything from egg and cheddar sandwiches on a croissant to gluten-free quiche cups with ham, Swiss cheese, and spinach to avocado toast to the very popular veggie bowls (a combination of assorted cooked vegetables). A tempting variety of bagels, muffins, and croissants are available, and two other specialties are croissant bread pudding, and chocolate babka.
Salads and sandwiches highlight lunchtime, and they offer intriguing and often unexpected combinations. Mixed greens with pears, candied pecans, and bleu cheese, served with balsamic vinaigrette is in demand, as is Romaine lettuce with parmesan cheese and garlic brioche croutons, served with Caesar dressing.
Spinach salad with walnuts, Marcona almonds, apple, local cheddar, bacon and eggs, served with apple cider vinaigrette is a real crowd pleaser, and chicken or salmon can be added to each salad.
Sandwiches are served with truffle chips, and many delicious opportunities await. Turkey with cranberry aioli and basil on grain bread; grilled chicken with brie, caramelized onions, and raspberry jam on a baguette; and ham with goat cheese, red pepper jam, and arugula on a baguette.
The Bistro’s unique grilled cheese with fig and brie is a fan favorite; also, chicken tacos with mango salsa; salmon cake with herbed mayo and pickled red onion on a brioche bun; and hummus, cucumber, and tomatoes with sprouts in a bowl, served with bagel chips or wrap are additional favorites.
The display case is filled with an assortment of all kinds of pies, cakes, cookies, cupcakes, and tortes, including gluten-free and vegan choices, to tempt the taste buds.
“All our pastries are made here,” says Cifelli, “and we have custom-baked cakes and pies. You can order a slice or a whole cake or pie.”
The variety of beverages includes assorted coffees, tea, fresh-squeezed orange juice, lemonade, imported sodas, sparkling water, and more.
Prices include a range, with breakfasts starting at $6, muffins at $3, and lunches up to $13.
In addition, the catering side of the business has been expanding, especially for private residential events. “We do all size parties and gatherings, and offer all kinds of choices, including elevated food for special parties and events, and hot and cold sandwiches for informal gatherings,” points out Cifelli.
“We were very busy for Thanksgiving dinners, and are now getting set up for Christmas and New Year’s. We also have a private room here for small groups.”
The Bistro can seat 35 (including at the counter), and there are eight tables outdoors for warm weather dining. Sophisticated food choices blend very nicely with the down-to-earth decor and friendly atmosphere.
Cifelli looks forward to many years serving customers and introducing them to her special dishes.
“We are planning for the long-term. We are here to stay. I enjoy getting to know our clientele so much. They are all ages, including families — it’s a real melting pot here. People are so glad to be out again after having to be inside during the last year. They really started coming here right away, and they keep coming.
“We do our best to offer a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and I am truly blessed with our staff. I love working with them, and I am so lucky. No wonder I like to be here every day!”
Blawenburg Bistro is open Monday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday-Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. On weekdays, the kitchen closes at 2:30 p.m., but pastries and coffee are available until closing.
For more information, call (609) 309-5317. Website: blawenburgbistro.com.
Join the League of Women Voters, Central New Jersey Network Television, and The Montgomery News at a School Board Candidate Forum at Montgomery High School on Tuesday, October 11 at 7 pm.Here is the link to the live stream event The forum will also be available on demand on the Montgomery News Facebook Page.All 10 candidates were invited. Five candidates have responded that they ...
Join the League of Women Voters, Central New Jersey Network Television, and The Montgomery News at a School Board Candidate Forum at Montgomery High School on Tuesday, October 11 at 7 pm.
Here is the link to the live stream event The forum will also be available on demand on the Montgomery News Facebook Page.
All 10 candidates were invited. Five candidates have responded that they plan to attend the forum. The five candidates are: Phyllis Bursh, Michelle Dowling, Douglas Herring, Craig Rothenberg, and Richard Specht. At the forum, the candidates will discuss their ideas for the Montgomery school district and answer questions from voters.
Information about the five candidates who have chosen not to attend the candidate's forum, or who have failed to respond to the invitation, is available on The Montgomery News Website. The five candidates are: Mohammed Fahd Ansari, Danish Mirza, Joanna Filak, Ania "Anna" Wolecka-Jernigan, and John A. Sangiovanni, III.
Should these candidates decide they do want to meet the voters in person at the forum, 10 seats will be set up on stage in the Montgomery Performing Arts Center at the high school. The candidates simply need to show up at 6:30 pm on Tuesday.
Two incumbents and eight new candidates are competing for three seats on the Montgomery Township Board of Education in the upcoming November 8 election. New candidates Mohammed Fahd Ansari of Belle Mead; Michelle Dowling of Skillman; Danish Mirza of Belle Mead; Joanna Filak of Skillman; Ania Wolecka-Jernigan of Belle Mead; Douglas Herring of Skillman; Craig Rothenberg of Belle Mead; and John A. Sangiovanni, III of Skillman, along with incumbents Phyllis Bursh of Belle Mead and Richard Specht of Belle Mead, are on the ballot.
Candidate Ania "Anna" Wolecka-Jernigan explained the reasoning why she and her running mate Joanna Filak will not attend the forum to meet voters — primarily, they do not trust the newspaper.
"Joanna and I have been working hard meeting with our community and sharing our views and aspirations for the future of our school district. We found that too often we enter into a debate about fundamental needs of our children, we are firm believers that school board positions are not about opposition but collaboration among members to do best for our schools and children.
As you know, we have been vocal participants at local BOE meetings for almost two years, we have worked on workshops with our community and we continue working on establishing better communication with our existing board members, the work we have been engaged in has been very rewarding and our community continues to show their desire to do the right thing for our kids.
Unfortunately our experience with The Montgomery News and some other local organizations has been concerning, filled with misrepresentation of our views, continued attacks on our character, but most importantly it has not helped our mission of transparency and partnership between schools and parents. Therefore, we are politely declining your invitation. Joanna and I will continue to engage with the community through other means and events where residents are able to share their concerns and understand how we can support them if elected."
The Montgomery News stands by its reporting, and dedicated four full pages to the candidates in the September issue of the newspaper. The Montgomery News also posted the candidates' unabridged profiles on TheMontyNews.com. The editor regrets that these candidates will not be able to speak live and in-person to the voters of Montgomery.
The League of Women Voters of the Princeton Area and The Montgomery News have worked together on three previous candidate forums. They co-sponsored a School Board Candidate Forum in October 2020 and a Legislative District 16 Democratic Primary Forum in May 2021. Both events were on Zoom on account of the pandemic. In September 2021, Central New Jersey Network joined with the LWV and the paper to cosponsor an in-person LD 16 Assembly & Senate Forum at Raritan Valley Community College.
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization working to protect and expand voting rights and ensure everyone is represented in our democracy. They empower voters and defend democracy through advocacy, education, and litigation, at the local, state, and national levels. Learn more at lwvprinceton.org. Their voter guides are available at www.vote411.org.
Central New Jersey Network (CNJN), formally Princeton TV, provides original New Jersey content as well as local, national and international news coverage, CNJN delivers programming that speaks to the local community. CNJN also acts as a forum for citizens to produce and broadcast their own shows, films, videos commercials and more by providing the opportunity for use of camera equipment, TV studios and training. Learn more at cnjn.org.
The Montgomery News is a monthly newspaper serving Belle Mead, Blawenburg, Griggstown, Rocky Hill, and Skillman. It mails 21,000 papers first-class using the U.S. Post Office to every home in Montgomery Township, Rocky Hill, and parts of Princeton, Hopewell, Hillsborough, and Franklin Township. Another 2,000 to 3,000 papers are delivered bulk to the Montgomery Municipal Complex, The Princeton Fitness and Wellness Center, and to various newspaper boxes through town. There is also a weekly online newsletter, that is distributed to subscribers via email. And the website is updated daily.
As described by the Montgomery board of education website, "the board’s responsibilities include: setting and evaluating policy; establishing goals; overseeing that the district schools are well run by the administrators they have hired; and adopting a fiscally sound operating budget for the school district. Board members act on the superintendent’s recommendations, meet with civic groups, and receive input from parents, students, and community members."
The board has a total of nine members who usually serve three-year terms, as elected by residents of Montgomery Township and Rocky Hill. Three seats usually come up for election each November.
KEEPING IT HEALTHY: Terri Block, left, and Lee Yonish keep foods nutritious and tasty when preparing meals for clients of The Simple Stove. The company has been operating out of the kitchen at the former Blawenburg Café, but is looking for a new location.During a recital streamed from the Nottingham, UK, living room of cellist/pianist sibling duo Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason last Sunday, some 60 local patrons of the Princeton University Concerts event indulged in a proper British afternoon tea. It had all the right compo...
KEEPING IT HEALTHY: Terri Block, left, and Lee Yonish keep foods nutritious and tasty when preparing meals for clients of The Simple Stove. The company has been operating out of the kitchen at the former Blawenburg Café, but is looking for a new location.
During a recital streamed from the Nottingham, UK, living room of cellist/pianist sibling duo Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason last Sunday, some 60 local patrons of the Princeton University Concerts event indulged in a proper British afternoon tea. It had all the right components — scones, cream, cakes, and little triangular sandwiches.
But this mini-feast was provided by The Simple Stove, which meant there was no gluten, dairy, or sugar involved. Keeping food clean, healthy, nutrient-dense, and delicious is the idea behind the two-person company that has been operating since last spring out of the kitchen at the former Blawenburg Café. Founders Lee Yonish and Terri Block now count some 250 subscribers and 125 regulars among their customer base.
Both women are involved in the Suppers program, which was founded by the late Dorothy Mullen to encourage healthy cooking and eating. They started The Simple Stove after COVID-19 took hold.
“Suppers had been leasing the Blawenburg Café since last fall,” said Yonish. “In March, after everything shut down and there were no in-person meetings, Terri and I approached the executive committee and said this might be an opportunity to sell Suppers’ food. They were in the middle of some strategic visioning processes, and it would have been too much at that time. But they said, ‘Why don’t you use the kitchen and rent from us?’ ”
The business got going in May. Customers can choose from a simple a la carte menu of soups, salads, crudites, breads, crackers, and a “treat.” The menu changes weekly. Health tags reveal which foods are good, or not good, for various medical conditions. The order window is open from Thursday to Saturday, and customers pick up orders on Wednesday afternoons.
Both Yonish and Block are enthusiastic cooks. Yonish was on the board of Suppers since its early days. She hired Block in 2015 to be an administrative coordinator and work with Mullen on day-to-day operations as Suppers grew. Later, when Suppers moved into the Blawenburg Café, Block managed the kitchen.
Yonish is certified in holistic nutrition. “Working closely with Dor Mullen really inspired me to learn everything I could,” she said. “That’s why I got pretty involved with Suppers. About five years ago, I ended up preparing food from my own kitchen, offering food cleanses for four clients a week. I would cook all of their meals for an entire week, and it really changed their lives a lot. It made them pay attention to the foods they were eating – foods that tasted really good but were not processed. It had a positive outcome, and I loved it. But I did it alone, and it was really tiring.”
With The Simple Stove, Yonish and Block are able to serve a larger base. “I love the fact that we’re not just helping people get some good food into their houses, but we’re helping people who have health conditions,” said Yonish. “We have a woman whose husband has a severely compromised immune system, and she told us that we’ve really filled a void for her. We have a woman with insulin dependent diabetes, and she says she finds her blood sugar regulation easier. That’s what gives me chills — helping people with health problems that are not their fault.”
“So many of these problems can be managed with food,” said Block. “It’s not just about making cheesecakes and having fun with it. It’s really about helping people. And I love that. I have a friend with MS [multiple sclerosis] who has posted that this food is a resource for her that allows her to manage her health without having to cook much herself.”
Princeton is a place where many people are health-conscious, said Yonish. “I feel like I live in a bubble, in a way,” she said. “I find that in this area, people really pay attention to the issue. And it’s not just older people. No matter the age, people who have issues know that they just can’t eat everything.”
Doctors are speaking out more frequently about the impact of food on health. “There are not enough of them yet, but they’re all waking up,” said Block. “And it’s very hard to get takeout that is clean. “
Everything on the menu is individually priced. Soups range from $9-$13 for a pint and $15-$20 for a quart. Salads go from $12 to $15. The “treat” is usually $3, and crackers are $8.50 a bag.
Asked which items are customer favorites, Yonish said, “We have rotated our menus so much that it’s hard to say. But we’ve been getting feedback along the way, and veggie-loaded turkey chili is popular. It was, and still is, a Suppers staple. Soups are really popular, especially the shitake mushroom bisque. People like our apple crisp. And chia puddings are favorites, because they are so creamy.”
“We’ll do more of those,” said Block. “I want to do a pina colada pudding.”
The company is looking for a new kitchen. The current building has a new owner who is taking over in early February, so they need to be out by the end of January. “We’ve been putting feelers out,” said Block. “We might end up only doing delivery and no pickup, depending on our location. But we’ll adapt to whatever happens.”
The NuanceIt’s 10:30 in the morning, and I’m already peeing for the fourth time today.I peed when I woke up at 6:30 a.m. Then I drank a glass of water, had my habitual three cups of coffee, and peed a couple more times over the course of the next few hours. Now I’m peeing again.My urine is clear. (It’s almost always clear.) If I drink another glass or two of water between now a...
It’s 10:30 in the morning, and I’m already peeing for the fourth time today.
I peed when I woke up at 6:30 a.m. Then I drank a glass of water, had my habitual three cups of coffee, and peed a couple more times over the course of the next few hours. Now I’m peeing again.
My urine is clear. (It’s almost always clear.) If I drink another glass or two of water between now and lunchtime, and then five more glasses this afternoon and evening, I’ll have hit the eight-glasses-per-day target that everyone seems to think is the key to health and hydration. I’ll probably pee a dozen more times today.
Until recently, I thought I was doing everything right. Water, as the saying goes, is the essence of life. You need it or you die. And if there’s one thing nutrition experts seem to agree on, it’s that dehydration is bad and drinking lots of water is good.
But then I read this 2019 study in the journal Nutrients, which discusses the potential risks of overhydration. Its authors argue that drinking too much water is not only wasteful, but that over time it could lead to bladder distention, kidney dysfunction, or other problems. It cites case reports of otherwise healthy people who drank so much water that they developed swollen kidneys or ruptured urinary tracts.
The research on longevity and mortality is oddly silent on the subject of water consumption, and experts have called the search for a universal daily water requirement “elusive.”
“Urine is a waste product that helps your body balance its levels of sodium and other electrolytes,” says Tamara Hew-Butler, PhD, first author of that study and an associate professor of exercise physiology at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
If you’re peeing all the time and your pee is clear, she says, that’s an indication that you’re drinking more water than your body can use, and so you’re forcing it to dump fluids in order to maintain homeostasis. While that’s unlikely to be a problem in the short-term, keeping that up for years or decades could lead to some of the urinary tract problems outlined in her study.
The more I dug through the research, the more it seemed like she had a point.
Just how much H2O do you need to drink each day for optimal health? The research on hydration is surprisingly inconsistent.
There’s the long-standing recommendation — sometimes called the eight-by-eight rule — to drink eight, eight-ounce glasses of water each day. But experts have not found solid scientific evidence to support this advice.
“Saying everyone needs eight glasses of water to be healthy is like saying everyone needs to eat a 2,000-calorie diet,” Hew-Butler says. “I weigh 90 pounds and I spend most of my day sitting inside, but I work with football players who weigh 300 pounds and are exercising all day. Our hydration needs are completely different.”
She says the average person needs to replace roughly two liters (or eight cups) of lost fluid each day. But almost anything you drink or eat is going to contain water, which will offset that daily loss. “Coffee, tea, soup, fruits, vegetables — all of that counts,” she says. (Some work has found that people get an average of 20% of their daily fluids from food alone.)
After collecting samples from more than 300 college athletes, she and her colleagues found that up to 55% were dehydrated based on their pee, but none were dehydrated according to their blood samples.
Major health organizations also differ widely in their views on fluid requirements.
The European Food Safety Authority advises women and men to consume two liters and 2.5 liters per day, respectively. Meanwhile, the U.S. National Academy of Medicine recommends 2.7 liters for women and 3.5 for men — or roughly 35–40% more than their European counterparts. (And again, both organizations say that all foods and beverages — not just water — count toward these daily totals.)
It seems like the eight-glasses-a-day maxim has persisted in part because nothing compelling has come along to take its place. The research on longevity and mortality is oddly silent on the subject of water consumption, and experts have called the search for a universal daily water requirement “elusive.”
Part of the difficulty in assessing human hydration needs has to do with how dehydration is measured.
Another of Hew-Butler’s studies found that urine-based hydration analyses — the most common type employed in research — often don’t align with more accurate blood-based measurements. After collecting samples from more than 300 college athletes, she and her colleagues found that up to 55% were dehydrated based on their pee, but none were dehydrated according to their blood samples.
There’s been some well-publicized research showing that even mild dehydration can cause fatigue, headaches, moodiness, or cognitive impairments. But I was surprised to find criticisms of this work. A review in the journal Nutrients argued that these sorts of dehydration studies have produced inconsistent results, and that they often ask people to exercise in hot environments, which could induce fatigue or other symptoms for reasons that have nothing to do with dehydration. (I also found that a lot of dehydration studies have been led by researchers affiliated with Danone or other companies that sell bottled water.)
Meanwhile, research in the journal Nutrition Reviews has concluded that overhydration “may not be as benign as is usually assumed.”
There is no doubt that dehydration is dangerous. Our thirst reflexes tend to decline as we age, and dehydration is a common and serious health problem among the elderly — one that can worsen a number of age-related medical conditions.
There’s also no question that drinking water is generally good for you, and that swigging it in place of sugar-sweetened beverages can reduce your risk for metabolic and cardiovascular diseases.
But if, like me, you assumed there’s no downside to drinking lots of water — that going to the bathroom 15 times a day is a sign of proper hydration — the research to date doesn’t endorse this view. It’s possible that by flooding my digestive plumbing with unneeded H20, I may be asking for a swollen bladder, worn-out kidneys, or other urinary tract issues.
Finally, there’s the environmental cost of excessive water consumption.
Water is a precious resource. Energy is needed to purify it so that it’s potable. Many of us prefer our water bottled, and all that plastic adds up; the U.S. goes through 28 billion plastic water bottles a year. “If you’re worried about climate change, why would you drink more water than you need?” Hew-Butler asks.
She recommends drinking water when you feel thirsty. “Listen to your body,” she says. “It will tell you if you’re drinking too little.” If you notice your urine is dark yellow, that’s also a good indicator that you need a drink.
Water is good for you. But like anything else, you may be able to get too much of a good thing.
Today they officially introduced The Dream Wheel. It is a beautiful 300 Ft observation wheel that offers breathtaking views of the NYC skyline. Can you think of a better way to take in a view of the greatest city in the world?You have to see it in person to understand the magnitude and the view it delivers. The Dream Wheel is now open to the public after their special media-only event this morning.It has been highly anticipated by those who knew it was coming and now it is finally here for all to enjoy.This is a first of...
Today they officially introduced The Dream Wheel. It is a beautiful 300 Ft observation wheel that offers breathtaking views of the NYC skyline. Can you think of a better way to take in a view of the greatest city in the world?
You have to see it in person to understand the magnitude and the view it delivers. The Dream Wheel is now open to the public after their special media-only event this morning.
It has been highly anticipated by those who knew it was coming and now it is finally here for all to enjoy.
This is a first of its kind for the tri-state area. Guests of all ages can enjoy the ride and take in New York City’s iconic skyline. This is no carnival ride…on the Dream Wheel, you will soar through the sky from the comfort of your private, temperature-controlled gondolas over the span of a 30-minute rotation.
If you are looking to create a super-special experience you can set up a VIP ride consisting of premium seating for 6 passengers with upscale décor. You can select fun culinary delights from the concession stand called "Deep Fried Love" and enjoy as you take it all in.
Are you ready to fly 300 feet into the sky? Let's GO! You can get your tickets here. Ready for some more New Jersey attractions while your kids are on Spring Break? Here you go!
Princeton Record Exchange, or PREX is an independent record store founded in 1980 by Barry Weisfeld. The store spans 4,300 square feet and is home to 150,000 titles; one of the largest selections of any independent music store in the Northeast.
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area straddles a stretch of the Delaware River on the New Jersey and Pennsylvania border. It encompasses forested mountains, grassy beaches and the Delaware Water Gap.
The Newark Museum of Art is the state's largest museum. It holds major collections of American art, decorative arts, contemporary art, and arts of Asia, Africa, the Americas, and the ancient world.
The Cape May County Park & Zoo in Cape May Court House, New Jersey, provides free year-round admission to a collection of more than 550 animals representing 250 species in 85 acres of exhibits
USS New Jersey (BB-62) is an Iowa-class battleship, and was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named after the US state of New Jersey.
Ellis Island is a federally owned island in New York Harbor that was once the busiest immigrant inspection station in the United States. From 1892 to 1924, nearly 12 million immigrants arriving at the Port of New York and New Jersey were processed there under federal law.
Situated on 20 acres in the South Mountain Reservation, it is part of the Essex County Park System, the oldest county park system in the United States.
Located in the American Dream Mall, this adventure park has coasters & character-themed rides, plus casual eats & attractions for toddlers.
Casino Pier on the boardwalk opened in 1932 and at one time extended 300 feet into the ocean.
The Tuckerton Seaport is a working maritime village and museum. The 40-acre site, which opened in May 2000, features 17 historic and recreated buildings connected by a boardwalk, a maritime forest and wetlands nature trail.
Liberty State Park is a park in the U.S. state of New Jersey, located on Upper New York Bay in Jersey City, opposite both Liberty Island and Ellis Island. The park opened in 1976 to coincide with bicentennial celebrations and is operated and maintained by the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry.
Storybook Land is a 20-acre family amusement park located in Egg Harbor Township. It opened in 1955.
Lucy the Elephant is a six-story elephant-shaped example of novelty architecture, constructed of wood and tin sheeting in 1881 by James V. Lafferty in Margate City.
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park is located on the northern tip of Long Beach Island. The area where the lighthouse stands was regarded as one of the most important navigational points for ships bound to and from New York Harbor.