A Slushie for Your Health

July 26, 2010 at 7:00 am Leave a comment

As the month of May rounds the corner we are excitedly awaiting the arrival of summer. No more snow, no more winter jackets and no more shovels. After a cold winter, the heat of the summer is certainly a welcome guest. In order to cope with the heat, our bodies undergo a myriad of physiological changes aimed at keeping us cool and healthy. We, in turn, assist our biological responses by dressing appropriately, immersing in cold baths or taking cold showers. Keeping our bodies cool is especially important for athletes since the heat makes it especially difficult to exercise at one’s usual pace.

In a new study recently described in the NY Times, a New Zeland scientist has found that athletes who consume slushies or slurppies (or frosties if you are a Max Milk fan) prior to running are able to run for longer periods when compared to athletes who have consumed cold water alone. Check out the Gina Kolata’s article in the NY Times for full details.

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