Your Questions About Health And Fitness Magazine

Mark asks…

A gross question…kind of?

I read in some health fitness magazine that if your urine is bright yellow (or dark yellow) that it means you need to drink more water – given that you haven't altered your chemistry with medications. And, if your urine is reddish-orange or dark orange (almost brownish) that you have liver failure. Is this true?

dknol answers:

Any changes in urine color, or the presence of an abnormal urine color that cannot be linked to the consumption of a food or drug, should be reported to the doctor. This is particularly important if it happens for longer than a day or two, or if there are repeated episodes.

Some dyes used in candy may be excreted in the urine, and a wide variety of drugs can discolor the urine.

Cloudy, murky, or turbid (muddy) urine is characteristic of a urinary tract infection, which may also have an offensive smell. Murky urine may also be caused by the presence of bacteria, mucus, white blood cells or red blood cells, epithelial cells, fat, or phosphates.

Dark brown or clear urine is characteristic of a liver disorder such as acute viral hepatitis or cirrhosis.

Pink, red, or smoky brown urine can be a side effect of a medication or may be caused by the recent consumption of beets, blackberries or certain food colorings. It is also characteristic of a urinary tract disorder in which bleeding occurs such as cystitis, enlarged prostate, kidney cancer, bladder tumor, tuberculosis, bladder stones, kidney infection, Wilms' tumor (in children), or hypernephroma. Hemolytic anemia and porphyria can also cause urine to take on these colors. It may also occur after trauma to the kidneys or urinary tract.

Dark yellow or orange urine can be caused by recent use of laxatives or consumption of B complex vitamins or carotene.

Orange urine is often caused by pyridium (used in the treatment of urinary tract infections), rifampin, and warfarin.

Green or blue urine is due to the effect of artificial color in food or drug. It may also result from medications including amitriptyline, indomethacin, and doxorubicin.

Make an appointment with your health care provider if you have:

Clear, dark-brown urine, particularly if accompanied by pale stools and yellow skin and eyes

Pink, red, or smoky-brown urine, and the color change was not expected (due to a medication)

Abnormal urine color that persists without explanation

The doctor will perform a physical exam, which may include a rectal or pelvic exam. You will be asked questions about your medical history and symptoms, including:

Time pattern
When did this begin?
Did this begin suddenly?
Quality
What color is the urine?
Is it consistently the same color throughout the day?
Do you have increased or decreased urination?
Can you see blood in the urine?
Is there an unusual odor?

Aggravating factors
What medicines do you take?
Have you eaten foods such as colored candy, beets, berries, or rhubarb?

Other
What other symptoms do you have? (For example,pain when urinating, abdominal pain,back pain or fever)
Are you drinking fewer fluids or have decreased thirst?
Do you have a decreased appetite?
Have you had any previous urinary problems or kidney problems?
Do you have any allergies?

So generally, a lot of factors have to be considered to evaluate the abnormal color of urine – i.e., from meds or foods consumed. Other symptoms have to be evaluated for ex; -accompanying pain with the micturation. Past hx. All of these variables have to be considered to determine if it is normal. If there are reasons enough to cause alarm ; then other tests have to be done to come to a more definitive diagnosis.

Only, your PCP is in a good position to do that. Textbook knowledge including magazines and internet is not sufficient. And instead of reassurances it will only tend to raise more doubts and unnecessary panic.

George asks…

Is drinking regular milk after a workout as good as drinking chocolate milk?

I've seen a number of fitness experts in health magazines lately recommending that people drink chocolate milk after a workout. I'm just wondering what it is about chocolate milk that would make it better than regular milk. No lactose intolerant or milk-hating answers, please. I like milk, it agrees with me fine and I have been drinking it happily after workouts since I ran cross-country in college. Just curious about the chocolate angle…

dknol answers:

Chocolate milk will provide more carbohydrates, which is even more important than protein after a strenuous workouts. Even if the syrup or chocolate contains high fructose corn syrup, it might be a better decision than normal milk as normal milk contains minimal carbohydrates. Considering you appear to be an endurance athlete, I really don't know what the range for protein to carbohydrates post-workouts is. For anaerobic exercise and what I look for post-workout is a ratio of 2:1 carbs to protein. A generally accepted post-workout meal would consist of 70 grams of carbs and 35 grams of protein

Steven asks…

Questions about Men's Health Magazine?

Can women also use this for reference- fitness work outs and diets?

dknol answers:

Sure, but it's going to be targeted more toward men. Have you considered Women's Health Magazine from the same publishers?

Richard asks…

Question about Men's Health Magazine?

Can women also use this for reference- fitness work outs and diets?

dknol answers:

Yes they can refer but i think most of the things differ for the body of women and should not be tried out. Of course basic things like diets, hygiene, nutrition can be followed that are common for both.

Chris asks…

WOMEN'S FITNESS MAGAZINE?

BEST FITNESS MAGAZINE?
I'm seventeen (GIRL) and very into fitness – I run cross country (but don't want a running only magazine), do spinning, weights, boot camp, you name it. I've been trying to decide between Shape, Self, Women's Health, Muscle and Fitness Hers and other athletic magazines.

I've already decided that I want to subscribe to Oxygen and I'm trying to find another.
Preferably one without tons of fluff and that actually has some challenging workouts in it. I'm trying to lose a few pounds of fat as well as get some lightly defined muscles. I am absolutely not into the body building look however. I want to be lean, toned, but still show some signs of muscle.

I want a magazine that is solely about health, no makeup, fashion or that crap.
If you can explain why you do/don't like certain magazines that's be amazing!

I'm not a yoga or pilates person either.

I'm also very healthy. A vegetarian for one. I never eat dessert and pretty much only drink water and green tea.

dknol answers:

I think women do a disservice to themselves not lifting weights & trying to be progressive with them. Women definately NEED the benefit of additional strength. It always cracks me up that women think that by trying to be progressive with weight training they will one day wake-up and look like a “man” (hey, where did all that muscle come from?). Muscle takes a long time to build & it is even longer for women (I man might be lucky to gain .5 lbs a week but it is probably closer to .2 – .3 . A woman wouldn't even gain that much).

At any rate, Oyxgen tries to tell women that 1,000 – 1,300 calorie diet is “good” & a lot of the other ones have women work-out with retarded 3 lb dumbells (WTF are you really accomplishing? You might as well lift weights with pencils). M &F Hers is pretty decent (outside of the airbrushed women).

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