Health Watch: Plank like a pro
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 01:01:00 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20140307/NEWS/140309925/-1/blogs01Have you ever tried planking on top of a fridge? How about on a desk, a train or on top of a billboard sign? No? But you might have laughed at those crazy viral photos of planking in unique places. Although their form isn't quite up to par, these plank daredevils are onto something — a plank is truly one of the best core exercises ever. No need to do endless crunches or break out expensive equipment: planking is an easy, all-terrain, effective exercise. Planking offers a [...]]]>Cooking with kids
Fri, 28 Feb 2014 01:01:00 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20140228/NEWS/140229977/-1/blogs01Cooking is a great activity because the whole family can get involved. Assign everyone a job, like peeling, mixing or measuring. Kids can even practice their reading skills by reading the recipe aloud from a cookbook. — Brandpoint Senior Health Hearing aids can help people with some hearing loss, but may be less effective in certain situations where older adults have the most difficulty hearing, such as understanding speech in a place with a lot of background noise, [...]]]>Bad cholesterol
Wed, 26 Feb 2014 01:01:00 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20140226/NEWS/140229978/-1/blogs0171 million: It is estimated that 71 million Americans have high LDL or "bad" cholesterol, putting them at greater risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Despite this, less than half of these adults with high "bad" cholesterol have been treated and even less actually have their cholesterol under control. — Brandpoint]]>Control your cholesterol
Mon, 24 Feb 2014 01:01:00 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20140224/NEWS/140229979/-1/blogs01If you've been diagnosed with high LDL or "bad" cholesterol, know that you are not alone. "It's important for each patient to work with their doctor to discuss the most effective treatment plan for their high cholesterol," says Dr. Vivian Fonseca, professor of medicine and pharmacology at Tulane University Health Sciences Center. "In some cases, dietary changes and increased exercise is all that is needed for cholesterol control. For others, medication also is needed. [...]]]>TV dangers
Fri, 21 Feb 2014 01:01:00 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20140221/NEWS/140229989/-1/blogs01Children can easily pull a flat-panel TV off an entertainment center or table. Larger and heavier CRT TVs placed on dressers or high furniture can tip over and cause serious injuries, even death, if children climb onto the furniture. Safe Kids Worldwide encourages families to include TV safety as part of their childproofing plans by placing CRT TVs on low, stable pieces of furniture. For families with flat-panel TVs, mount them to the wall to reduce the risk of tip-overs. [...]]]>Dementia and hearing loss
Wed, 19 Feb 2014 01:01:00 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20140219/NEWS/140219609/-1/blogs01Researchers are investigating whether or not treating an underlying hearing loss will slow the advancement of dementia. Because shared pathways in the brain might be the reason behind the dementia-hearing loss connection, it is possible that taking measures to improve hearing will also improve other emotional factors strongly associated with dementia. — Brandpoint]]>Try a Ruck March
Mon, 17 Feb 2014 00:28:28 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20140217/NEWS/140219610/-1/blogs01Do you love boot-camp workouts? What about hitting all of your major muscle groups with military precision? Well, you can do it on a hike — Ruck-style. A Ruck March, also called a "forced march" or a "hump," involves walking at a fast clip over rugged terrain with a weighted backpack. The added resistance works your body harder and burns more calories. Tips to get started: Incrementally build: Put on hiking shoes, strap on a weighted rucksack (or regular backpack) [...]]]>Recovery time
Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:25:29 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20140124/BLOGS/301249979/-1/blogs01During sleep, the body recovers from the labors of the day. Doctors recommend sleeping about eight hours each night to allow your brain and metabolic system to recover.]]>Know your numbers
Wed, 22 Jan 2014 11:23:49 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20140122/BLOGS/301229977/-1/blogs01Similar to how a roadmap guides you from point A to point B, the results of preventive screenings give your doctor insight on your heart health today and where it might be in the future. ]]>Have a snow-fueled workout
Mon, 20 Jan 2014 11:27:05 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20140120/BLOGS/301209979/-1/blogs01 It’s January. Your gym is packed. Don’t wait in line for a machine; get a workout in your driveway and pick up a shovel.]]>MS statistics
Fri, 17 Jan 2014 11:22:02 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20140117/BLOGS/301179978/-1/blogs01Number to know: 400,000 people in the U.S. are living with multiple sclerosis, a progressive, chronic disease that impacts a person’s central nervous system, which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and the optic nerves. ]]>Sugary drinks
Wed, 15 Jan 2014 11:22:14 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20140115/BLOGS/301159970/-1/blogs01Almond milk, soy milk and whole-food juices, made by blending whole fruits and vegetables in a high-performance blender like a Vitamix, can keep you hydrated and satiated.]]>Bone mass
Fri, 10 Jan 2014 11:19:47 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20140110/BLOGS/301109979/-1/blogs01 Experts say the human body begins to lose bone mass at about age 30. That's why it's important to get plenty of calcium to keep bones strong, along with vitamin D, to help your body absorb calcium. Good sources of calcium include green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, okra and collard greens.
Wed, 08 Jan 2014 11:19:55 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20140108/BLOGS/301089978/-1/blogs01 A new national survey of 642 American parents conducted by the Fraud Prevention and Investigations business unit of Thomson Reuters reports that 36 percent of parents would turn to law enforcement first if they learned that their child was the victim of cyber bullying threats and attacks versus 29 percent of parents who said they would go to their local school officials.
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Mon, 06 Jan 2014 11:26:51 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20140106/BLOGS/301069976/-1/blogs01 For beginners and beyond, winter running can be a daunting task.
Fri, 03 Jan 2014 11:23:16 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20140103/BLOGS/301039977/-1/blogs01Teens who were heavy marijuana smokers, smoking every day for about three years, had more difficulty performing memory tasks and had abnormal brain structure changes compared to those who had never used the drug, CNN reports. ]]>STD testing
Wed, 01 Jan 2014 11:17:01 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20140101/BLOGS/301019994/-1/blogs01CDC estimates that nearly 20 million new sexually transmitted infections occur every year in this country, half among young people ages 15 to 24. ]]>Make better fitness resolutions
Mon, 30 Dec 2013 11:22:50 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131230/BLOGS/312309979/-1/blogs01 It’s that time of year again. We vow to get our health back on track starting Jan. 1, but not without enjoying (and indulging) during December. Losing weight and getting healthy are two of the most popular New Year’s resolutions, but despite good intentions, only a small percentage of us reach our goals.]]>Foot ulcers
Fri, 27 Dec 2013 11:18:03 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131227/BLOGS/312279988/-1/blogs01In the United States, 26 million people have diabetes and 15 percent of these can expect to develop a foot ulcer at some point in their lives. ]]>Childbirth issues
Wed, 25 Dec 2013 11:16:51 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131225/BLOGS/312259984/-1/blogs01Despite significant global progress in reducing the number of women who die during pregnancy and childbirth, the rate of deaths has nearly doubled in the United States over the past 20 years. ]]>Strengthen your immune system
Mon, 23 Dec 2013 11:21:49 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131223/BLOGS/312239976/-1/blogs01 It’s high time for flu season, and Dr. Larry Robinson has a few tips to keep everyone healthy.]]>Photographic memory
Fri, 20 Dec 2013 11:21:18 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131220/BLOGS/312209989/-1/blogs01A new study in the journal Psychological Science suggests that the act of taking photos may actually diminish what we remember about objects being photographed, CNN reports. ]]>Kid smokers
Wed, 18 Dec 2013 11:19:50 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131218/BLOGS/312189977/-1/blogs01Eighteen percent of students grades 9-12 report being current smokers. ]]>Get moving this holiday season
Mon, 16 Dec 2013 11:30:41 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131216/BLOGS/312169978/-1/blogs01 Ahhh, the holidays. We all look forward to family celebrations and parties with friends. You may be getting ready for the annual day of baking Christmas cookies together or your traditional family movie night. But maybe this year you can start a few traditions that will get you and your loved ones moving.
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Fri, 29 Nov 2013 11:23:14 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131129/BLOGS/311299986/-1/blogs01 Weekly Health Watch rail, with items on fitness-related gift items, a baby monitor recall, food to increase bone health and research between breastfeeding and food allergies.
]]>First signs of autism
Fri, 22 Nov 2013 11:24:11 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131122/BLOGS/311229973/-1/blogs01The first signs of autism may be visible as early as the first month of a child's life, according to a study published Nov. 6 in the scientific journal Nature, CNN Health reports. ]]>My Cancer Circle offers support
Wed, 20 Nov 2013 11:24:16 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131120/BLOGS/311209973/-1/blogs01To help support caregivers and their important role, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. collaborated with CancerCare to bring My Cancer Circle, a free, private online community, to caregivers who support patients affected by cancer. ]]>Take care of your spine
Mon, 18 Nov 2013 11:24:58 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131118/BLOGS/311189969/-1/blogs01 The most common mistakes leading to a bad back are poor body mechanics and unhealthy habits. How you move objects, your posture, not stretching before exercising and wearing the wrong kind of shoes all can contribute to one of the most common medical problems today, with back pain affecting 8 out of 10 people in their lifetime, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Fri, 15 Nov 2013 11:23:16 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131115/BLOGS/311159983/-1/blogs01You can create your own 10-minute workout by doing 10 exercises for one minute each. Jog in place, do jumping jacks, do bicycle ab crunches, leg lifts, push-ups, a wall sit, high knees, lunges, a plank and finish up with some squats.]]>Alzheimer's genes
Wed, 13 Nov 2013 11:30:59 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131113/BLOGS/311139975/-1/blogs01An international group of researchers has identified 11 new genes that offer important insights into the disease pathways involved in Alzheimer’s disease. ]]>Have a happier, healthier winter season
Mon, 11 Nov 2013 11:30:37 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131111/BLOGS/311119968/-1/blogs01 It seems inevitable. At some point, we’re going to catch a cold or the flu this winter.
Fri, 08 Nov 2013 11:25:18 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131108/BLOGS/311089972/-1/blogs01Runner’s knee happens from overuse when the cartilage on the kneecap wears down from vigorous workouts, with pain typically behind or around the kneecap. If possible, keep to running 15 miles total per week, as more mileage can be excessive on the body and cause injuries.]]>Safe sanitation
Wed, 06 Nov 2013 11:30:31 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131106/BLOGS/311069969/-1/blogs01With flu season upon us, it’s important to teach kids ways to decrease the spread of germs.]]>How to become a morning person
Mon, 04 Nov 2013 11:21:16 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131104/BLOGS/311049982/-1/blogs01 Okay, so you aren’t a morning person. But here’s the thing — if you aren’t fitting your workouts in because you run out of time and energy at night, then a morning workout may be the solution.
Fri, 01 Nov 2013 11:24:03 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131101/BLOGS/311019977/-1/blogs01Major depressive disorder, more commonly known as depression, is a common medical condition that affects almost 16 million men and women in the United States.]]>Acute asthma
Wed, 30 Oct 2013 11:22:43 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131030/BLOGS/310309977/-1/blogs01Twenty-two million Americans, many of whom are children, suffer from the frightening acute attacks and long-term disabilities of chronic asthma.]]>Crafting a healthy digital lifestyle
Mon, 28 Oct 2013 11:24:56 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131028/BLOGS/310289971/-1/blogs01 Do you find yourself clicking around on viral videos at work, and all of a sudden, two hours have passed? It may be time to go on a "digital diet."
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Fri, 25 Oct 2013 11:21:53 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131025/BLOGS/310259979/-1/blogs01Only 2 percent of Americans who retire do so with a dental insurance plan, adding to the overall decline in oral health care.]]>Gift-giving safety
Wed, 23 Oct 2013 11:27:15 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131023/BLOGS/310239972/-1/blogs01When giving a gift to someone with allergies or asthma, keep their potential triggers in mind. ]]>Increase the intensity
Mon, 21 Oct 2013 11:23:32 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131021/BLOGS/310219971/-1/blogs01 Does the phrase "high intensity" scare you when talking about a workout? It shouldn’t.
]]>Number of dieters
Fri, 18 Oct 2013 11:32:36 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131018/BLOGS/310189972/-1/blogs01Despite the fact that roughly 45 million Americans diet each year, the prevalence of obesity in this country has more than doubled among adults in the last 30 years. ]]>Omega-3s for eyes
Wed, 16 Oct 2013 11:31:39 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131016/BLOGS/310169974/-1/blogs01Omega-3s, found in fatty fish, fish oil and algae, is a major structural fat in the retina of your eye (and in your brain).]]>Take control of blood sugar
Mon, 14 Oct 2013 11:22:51 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131014/BLOGS/310149974/-1/blogs01 Are you at risk for high or low blood sugar? It depends on your history, says Aarti Arora, a registered dietitian who works as a food and nutrition consultant for companies in Austin, Texas, and beyond.
Fri, 11 Oct 2013 11:27:31 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131011/BLOGS/310119967/-1/blogs01According to a recent TIME report, cilantro may be more than just a tasty herb for tacos and pasta — it can purify your drinking water, too. ]]>Baby bond
Wed, 09 Oct 2013 11:28:44 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131009/BLOGS/310099975/-1/blogs01Spending time holding your child before bed not only helps you develop a strong bond, it lets your baby unwind after a busy day of new sensations.]]>Train like a celebrity
Mon, 07 Oct 2013 11:32:34 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131007/BLOGS/310079983/-1/blogs01 We all admire fit celebrities, but how do we get bodies like theirs without ponying up the money for a trainer?
Fri, 04 Oct 2013 11:27:03 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131004/BLOGS/310049975/-1/blogs01You may be more likely to survive cancer if you’re married, according to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. ]]>Household products database
Wed, 02 Oct 2013 11:34:48 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131002/BLOGS/310029967/-1/blogs01Did you know you can look up household products and everyday items on the National Library of Medicine’s Household Products Database? ]]>Stay motivated at the gym
Mon, 30 Sep 2013 11:33:01 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130930/BLOGS/309309967/-1/blogs01Keep your summer body in shape by getting a head start on your fall fitness goals at the gym — and beat the rush to all those new memberships during the holidays — with some tips from Paige Jones, an exercise physiologist at the Piedmont Atlanta Fitness Center.]]>Teen health habits
Fri, 27 Sep 2013 11:27:33 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130927/BLOGS/309279965/-1/blogs01Teenagers’ health habits may finally be stabilizing, according to a new study published Sept. 16 in the journal Pediatrics. ]]>RSV risks
Wed, 25 Sep 2013 11:33:39 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130925/BLOGS/309259976/-1/blogs01Respiratory Syncytial Virus is a common, seasonal virus that can cause mild symptoms often mimicking the common cold or flu. ]]>Cut back on salt
Mon, 23 Sep 2013 11:13:51 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130923/BLOGS/309239968/-1/blogs01 Have you ever salted your food before tasting it, or know someone who has? You may be heading toward Salt Overeaters Anonymous.
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Fri, 20 Sep 2013 11:11:52 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130920/BLOGS/309209977/-1/blogs01Autumn is filled with crisp air, falling leaves, pumpkin carving and, of course, hay fever symptoms. ]]>Healthy teens
Wed, 18 Sep 2013 11:13:27 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130918/BLOGS/309189964/-1/blogs01Weight is only one reason to emphasize a healthy diet for teens.]]>Stop flu, cold virus spread
Mon, 16 Sep 2013 11:14:47 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130916/BLOGS/309169969/-1/blogs01 A new school year has started and as many parents know, kids are likely to bring home more than their homework at some point. Many catch cold and flu viruses from their classmates, which can then spread to other family members at home.
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Fri, 13 Sep 2013 11:11:53 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130913/BLOGS/309139974/-1/blogs01A new study points to the prevalence of drug use among Hispanic teens being higher than those of their peers, according to CNN Health. ]]>Sports injuries
Wed, 11 Sep 2013 11:15:19 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130911/BLOGS/309119976/-1/blogs01Teach children how to prevent a sports injury, including staying hydrated, warming up with exercises and stretching, protecting injury-prone areas like pitching arms and knees, and getting plenty of rest between games and throughout the year.]]>Improve your run
Mon, 09 Sep 2013 11:13:52 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130909/BLOGS/309099985/-1/blogs01 Running can be hard, especially if it’s new to you. You can barely run a mile one week and the next, it seems like you can run for miles and miles.]]>Brushing teeth fights cancer?
Fri, 06 Sep 2013 11:14:28 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130906/BLOGS/309069972/-1/blogs01A new study indicates that brushing your teeth may help fight cancer. ]]>Malocclusion warning
Wed, 04 Sep 2013 17:25:25 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130904/BLOGS/309049939/-1/blogs01Parents and teens both know that brushing and flossing are essential for good oral health. But they may be unaware that crooked teeth (also called malocclusion), if left untreated, can lead to periodontal disease and premature wearing of the teeth. ]]>Use your body weight
Mon, 02 Sep 2013 06:00:10 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130902/BLOGS/309029962/-1/blogs01 The weekend getaway and summer camp commutes might be flipping your personal schedule upside-down, but bodyweight training can help you work in some exercise no matter what your summertime schedule throws at you. In fact, your own body weight can be the best resistance tool you have.]]>Sanitize your space
Fri, 30 Aug 2013 06:00:01 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130830/BLOGS/308309908/-1/blogs01According to the National Sanitation Foundation, more than 20 percent of foodborne illnesses come from mistakes in the kitchen.]]>Concussion caution
Wed, 28 Aug 2013 06:00:00 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130828/BLOGS/308289893/-1/blogs01The American Academy of Neurology, an authority on sports concussion, is encouraging athletes, coaches, athletic trainers, parents and school staff to pay attention to the signs of concussion as students head back to school and onto the sporting fields.]]>Stand up for health
Mon, 26 Aug 2013 06:00:27 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130826/BLOGS/308269920/-1/blogs01 If you are taking one last summer road trip, flying across the country for work, stuck at your desk with a deadline or in traffic on a long commute, you could be doing something that’s taking a toll on your health — sitting too much!
Fri, 23 Aug 2013 06:00:47 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130823/BLOGS/308239886/-1/blogs01One serving a week of a fatty fish such as salmon, or four servings a week of a leaner fish such as cod, may cut your risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis by half.]]>Meningococcal disease
Wed, 21 Aug 2013 06:00:42 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130821/BLOGS/308219911/-1/blogs01While parents may have grades and carpools on the mind before the start of the new school year, they should know that meningococcal disease is the result of a rare, but serious bacterial infection that can progress very rapidly and take the life of an otherwise healthy person in as little as one day. ]]>Making wellness programs work
Mon, 19 Aug 2013 06:00:31 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130819/BLOGS/308199914/-1/blogs01Wellness programs, often provided through employer-sponsored health insurance or through employers themselves, provide participants with information and tools to help avoid illness and injury. ]]>Can marijuana save a child's life?
Fri, 16 Aug 2013 06:00:15 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130816/BLOGS/308169891/-1/blogs01Can marijuana help save a child’s life?]]>Hearing loss
Wed, 14 Aug 2013 06:00:51 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130814/BLOGS/308149918/-1/blogs01Nearly 20 percent of American adults suffer from hearing loss. And as you age, the possibility of hearing loss increases. ]]>Stay fit on your trip
Mon, 12 Aug 2013 06:00:40 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130812/BLOGS/308129925/-1/blogs01 Whether it’s frequent business travel or a summer vacation, one of the first things to go out the window when you are at a hotel is your workout. But, with a little bit of planning, you can stay motivated and consistent with your workouts.
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Fri, 09 Aug 2013 06:00:56 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130809/BLOGS/308099938/-1/blogs01Breastfeeding rates continue to rise, according to a 2012 study, with increases of about 2 percentage points in breastfeeding initiation, as well as breastfeeding at 6 and 12 months.]]>AFib can increase stroke risk
Wed, 07 Aug 2013 06:00:00 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130807/BLOGS/308079929/-1/blogs01Fifteen percent of all strokes are attributable to nonvalvular atrial fibrillation, which is a type of irregular heartbeat not caused by a heart valve problem.]]>Be safe in the sun
Mon, 05 Aug 2013 06:00:51 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130805/BLOGS/308059928/-1/blogs01With August here, kids are playing longer and harder to get the most out of what’s left of their summer. ]]>Health Watch: New epilepsy cases
Fri, 02 Aug 2013 06:00:00 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130802/BLOGS/308029921/-1/blogs01The CDC estimates that about 2.3 million adults and 467,711 children in the United States have epilepsy, with nearly 150,000 Americans developing the condition each year.]]>Health Watch: Drinking while pregnant
Wed, 31 Jul 2013 06:00:15 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130731/BLOGS/307319937/-1/blogs01There is no known safe amount of alcohol to drink while pregnant. ]]>Health Watch: Pick the right running shoe
Mon, 29 Jul 2013 06:00:23 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130729/BLOGS/307299908/-1/blogs01Choosing the right running shoe can mean the difference between a great run and a bad experience. ]]>Health Watch: The dangers of heat stroke
Fri, 26 Jul 2013 06:00:25 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130726/BLOGS/307269910/-1/blogs01Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness, and can cause death or permanent disability if not immediately treated.]]>Health Watch: 1 in 10 elders are abused
Wed, 24 Jul 2013 06:00:21 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130724/BLOGS/307249930/-1/blogs01Elder abuse is a serious problem in the United States.]]>Health Watch: Easy ways to stay hydrated
Mon, 22 Jul 2013 06:00:47 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130722/BLOGS/307229936/-1/blogs01As summer gets into full swing, it’s more important than ever to keep an eye on your hydration. Without it, your body can’t produce the sweat it needs to regulate your core body temperature during workouts. ]]>