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Nutrition And Physical Therapy: Hydration

As experienced physical therapists at South County Physical Therapy, Inc., (SCPT) our education covers a large spectrum of care, which extends beyond that of manual therapy technique, exercise prescription and sports training. At SCPT, our clinicians recognize the need to understand nutrition and how it can impact physical therapy.

Many of our physical therapists have explored the field of nutrition and studied the many aspects of nutrition beyond what they were taught in physical therapy school.

One of the many ways SCPT complements its therapy is to share our knowledge with the hope of assisting our readers, patients and their families with making better food choices, improving eating habits, and living a healthier lifestyle.

In this blog, we will discuss the common artificial sweetener “Aspartame” (NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful).

Although research regarding aspartame is incomplete, it may be harmful to your health. For instance, patients who are focused on losing weight might add diet soda to their daily consumption because it contains a sugar substitute instead of refined sugar.  What is generally the case, as noted in a study done by Sharon Fowler, is that individuals who drink diet soda are more likely to become overweight or obese.  http://www.uthscsa.edu/hscnews/singleformat2.asp?newID=1539

Research on this chemical has potentially linked the substance to several health conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, fibromyalgia, arthritis, multiple chemical sensitivity, chronic fatigue syndrome, attention deficit disorder, panic disorder, lupus, lymphoma, hypothyroidism, and Lyme disease. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/08/03/just-how-bad-is-aspartame.aspx .

The bottom line is that purified water with lemon, lime or orange wedges will be a much healthier alternative to artificially sweetened drinks (like diet soda).  Water offers you a cleaner and healthier method to effective hydration. After all, that’s why we drink, right?

Recently, we spotted a billboard that was advertising a beverage and the catch phrase was, “The Adventurous Side of Water.” We wondered, “Why does water need to be adventurous?” Wasn’t water fine with being left alone, traveling from the mountain tops to the ocean? We’d capture it, purify it, consume it, and that was that. Why is water now a billion dollar industry? And why does it now contain harmful chemicals that are addictive and dangerous not only to us, but for those we care about as well?

Now that the warm months are here, be sure to pack your cooler with a BPA-free bottle of plain, purified water, instead of a can of soda. Your body will thank you. And it will limit the risk of your experiencing symptoms like those listed above. Simple changes can equal long-lasting, healthy results. Visit SCPT’s blogs regularly to see what other simple changes you can make to improve your overall health and well-being.

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