The Problem of Bad Breath in the Gym!

Bad breath at the gym trumps loudly yakking through a wireless phone!

There are people at the gym whose breath stinks the daylights out of the 10 foot radius around their body. I’ve noticed that the culprits are usually men, though I’ve also gotten hit with wafts of malodorous breath from women on occasion.

I’ve smelled unpleasant body odor before, but the odor of bad breath is so much worse—enough to practically gag me. Often, I’ll get wafts as I pass by men who are in between their lifting sets. It’s not their body; it’s their breath; their mouths are open.

A tough set makes you breathe hard. But brushing your teeth before you begin your workout will solve the problem of offensive breath.

Sometimes, the odor is a composite of multiple people, and there’s nowhere to escape, since people do move about in the free weight area.

Some men will put cologne on before stepping out onto the gym floor, but won’t brush their teeth. Some women will put on perfume or some kind of powdery fragrance, but won’t clean their breath (mouthwash isn’t enough; the teeth need to be brushed, especially if you haven’t brushed them since morning and it’s after work hours that you enter the gym).

One time I literally smelled a mixture of perfume and bad breath. Perfume and cologne do not mask bad breath. Neither do mints or gum! They only mix with it!

Imagine the difference it would make if everyone simply decided to do some teeth cleaning to eliminate bad breath before entering the gym. The logistics of this are quite simple.

If you’re coming from the workplace, either brush your teeth at the workplace or brush your teeth in the gym locker room before you start weightlifting or using cardio equipment. Always carry toothpaste and a toothbrush in your gym bag or bring these to the workplace in some kind of bag—any kind of bag. If you’re coming from home, then that’s even easier.

One need not have a “sensitive nose” to detect bad breath. I’ve found myself covering my nose with my shirt while walking by the culprit whom I pegged as the one with bad breath.

Maybe people just don’t care if their breath stinks, but you SHOULD. First off, you may meet someone at the gym who attracts you. You don’t want your first impression to be bad breath, do you?

Second, what if you need a spotter for your bench press? Imagine that: The spotter is standing above you, and you’re blowing bad breath up into that person’s face. This has happened to me as a spotter a number of times. Don’t you want your spotter to be as comfortable as possible?

Please, fitness enthusiasts…brush your teeth before coming onto the gym floor. It’s puzzling how a person, who’s very conscious about looking good, can have no concern whatsoever about their bad breath. Phooey!

OVARIAN CANCER Articles on this DEADLIEST Gyn Cancer

Ovarian cancer is a stealthy killer, creeping up without warning and murdering thousands of women every year.

So creepy is this monster that there’s still no way to effectively screen for its presence. Usually it lets its presence be known only after it has spread beyond the ovaries—making prognosis grim.

This disease is one of the most evil terrorists out there—why isn’t there yet an effective treatment? What are world leaders doing about this killer that can even strike women in their 20s?

You’ll likely find your questions answered in one of the articles below…

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Articles on STROKE: Symptoms, Risks, Treatment of this Crippler

Stroke is the No. 1 cause of disability in the U.S., and yet, it is so preventable!

Below are links to all sorts of articles about stroke. Check them out; if you have some questions but have not been able to find the answers online, chances are pretty high that one of these articles has the information you’re looking for.





Articles on CALCIUM SCORING for Heart Disease Detection

If you have a question about the calcium score test for detecting the likelihood of heart disease, check out the article links below.

CELIAC DISEASE: Your Source for Information

Visit the links below for answers to your questions about celiac disease.

Articles on TYPE II DIABETES: Leading Cause of Disability

Type II diabetes has many surprising causes and risk factors, including workplace stress!

INSULIN RESISTANCE: Dangerous Harbinger to Diabetes

Insulin resistance or impaired glucose metabolism is a forerunner of type 2 diabetes, and if you have it, it’s nothing to take lightly.

I interviewed physicians for my articles about insulin resistance; I asked many very interesting questions about this harbinger of type 2 diabetes. In type 2 diabetes, the body produces insulin…but, as one type 2 diabetic told me, “The body doesn’t know what the hell to do with it.”

Many people have an impaired glucose metabolism yet don’t have a clue. It’s a stealthy condition that creeps up on people…even though it has very identifiable causes and risk factors.

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WHY You’re Starving Day After Leg Workout

Okay, you know it happens, but here’s WHY you’re freaking starving the day after a badass leg workout!

You thrashed your legs in the gym, and usually a grueling leg workout includes at least one of two famed compound exercises: the back squat and the deadlift. But other leg movements can also be very taxing: leg press, hack squat, front squat, weighted lunge, squat overhead press hybrid, and more.

When these exercises are done at intense levels, they drain the muscle cells of their fuel source: glycogen. Glycogen refers to the blood sugar that’s stored in muscle cells. Muscle cells need this substance for fuel—not just to function, but to recover from a gym thrashing.

If your leg workout is punishing enough, your muscle cells will be left in such a deficit that they’ll be gulping any glycogen that comes along.

Glucose (blood sugar) is transported to the muscle cells via insulin, which is secreted by the pancreas. The insulin shuttles glucose to the insulin receptor sites on muscle cells—where the transfer occurs, fueling the muscle cells.

If this transport service can’t keep up with the recovery demands of thrashed muscle fibers, then this means that the blood sugar levels are too low.

Low blood sugar will cause hunger. The day after a leg workout, blood sugar levels may still be low, resulting in crazy hunger. Athletes who suffer with this often claim that they keep eating and eating, but the hunger persists all throughout the day after their strenuous leg workout.

The supply (food) is not matching the demand (muscles starved for recovery fuel).

But why is this hunger so pronounced the day after the leg workout rather than the day OF the leg workout and leading up to bedtime?

Though some muscle-building enthusiasts report insane hunger in the hours after the leg workout on the same day, many report that their appetite becomes a bottomless pit only on the day after.

Are you eating enough carbs or is it mostly meat/fish, low carb protein shakes (hardly satisfying) and low carb produce? When blood sugar gets too low, this causes a signal to go to your brain that translates to FEED ME! I’M STARVED!

If you’re truly cramming down a lot of food and still suffering with hunger, you’re eating the wrong foods. Processed foods from the supermarket, fast-foods and restaurant foods are notorious for stimulating hunger. Even if you eat a “heavy” meal of such, don’t be surprised if two hours later you’re famished.

Solutions to Insane Hunger Day after Leg Workout

  • Loading up on protein and low carb vegetables may fill up your stomach, but will do little to raise blood sugar; hence, you may still feel famished after two chicken breasts and a pile of steamed broccoli.
  • Many muscle builders are hesitant to eat more on the day following a leg workout because they’re in a cutting phase or trying to lose excess body fat. But depriving drained muscle fibers of needed recovery fuel will impede growth. You must find that right balance, that sweet spot, that subdues raging hunger yet won’t cause fat gain.
  • Opt for healthier high carb foods such as naturally sweetened oats, a boiled potato, barley, brown rice, quinoa or geez, even a whole grain (all natural) bagel. Have protein alongside the carb dense food.
  • Plan and be logistical, rather than spontaneous and frustrated. Have a second potato and a tossed green salad and yogurt an hour later rather than mindlessly cramming down highly processed mac ‘n cheese and an ice cream bar.
  • Loading up on water to kill the hunger won’t work. Drink water for its many benefits, but accept the fact that water intake won’t replace depleted blood sugar.


Face it; it’s a part of life: You will likely be crazy hungry the day after a crucifying leg workout!

How Is a TIA Diagnosed in the ER?

An ER doctor explains how a TIA (transient ischemic attack) is diagnosed. After all, when the event is over, which may last less than a minute, the patient may have no symptoms to show for it by the time they get to the emergency room.

“A TIA is, by definition, a transient ischemic attack,” begins Rob Lapporte, MD, board certified in emergency medicine, of Legacy ER & Urgent Care, Coppell, Texas location.

He continues, “In an ER setting, in order to meet criteria, a patient would have to 1) have stroke-like symptoms within the last 24 hours, 2) have a CT scan that showed no evidence of bleed or infarct, and 3) have complete resolution of his/her symptoms prior to being released from the ER.”

The “bleed” that Dr. Lapporte mentions refers to bleeding in the brain. A chronic subdural hematoma, which is a common type of bleeding in the brain among the elderly, produces symptoms that are clinically indistinguishable from that of a TIA, other than that they are persistent rather than transient.

“Sometimes patients are diagnosed with a stroke from the ER, and the symptoms resolve within a few hours,” says Dr. Lapporte.  “At that point his/her diagnosis would be a TIA rather than a stroke because of the transient nature of the symptoms.”

When You Need to Worry About Cloudy Urine: Urologist Answers Questions

If you’ve ever had cloudy urine, you’ve no doubt wondered what’s causing the cloudiness and may have even been troubled by this odd symptom. After all, is cloudy urine a sign of cancer or some other serious problem?

I interviewed a urologist who specializes in urinary tract infections to uncover all the information you need to know about cloudy urine, such as when it’s time to see a doctor, and what you can do to check if your cloudy urine might mean a viral infection.

It’s important to keep tabs on the color of your urine, so that you’re on top of any changes in the color or appearance, such as cloudy or a murky quality.

I asked questions to Elizabeth Kavaler, M.D., a board certified urologist with a private practice in New York City. Dr. Kavaler is the author of “A Seat in the Aisle, Please! The Essential Guide to Urinary Tract Problems in Women.” My first question was: What is the most common cause of cloudy urine?

Dr. Kavaler: Cloudy urine is most commonly caused by inflammation in the bladder. White blood cells, mucous, and debris can build up if the bladder is irritated or inflamed. The most common cause of bladder inflammation is a urinary tract infection. Other causes include food irritants, environmental irritants, and chemical irritants.

What other variables can cause this symptom?

Dr. Kavaler: Cloudy urine can be a transient event. If irritating foods, like citrus or spices, are ingested, they can cause bladder irritation which will lead to inflammation and cloudy urine.

Once the food is eliminated, the cloudiness will resolve. That is true for viral cystitis, which is when the bladder is irritated by a viral syndrome. If you have a cold and the urine is cloudy, the urine will clear when the cold clears up.

Certainly, there are people who, upon seeing the cloudy appearance one day, start fearing cancer somewhere, maybe bladder cancer. Can this ever be a symptom of cancer?

Dr. Kavaler: Cloudy urine is not an indication of cancer. Cancer is indicated by blood in the urine; either obvious blood or microscopic blood that is found on a urine test performed in the physician’s office.

If cloudy urine is present without symptoms of frequency, urgency or discomfort, it does not need to be addressed. (The murkiness, in and of itself, is not a notable symptom of a more serious bladder condition.)

Can certain foods cause the murkiness?

Dr. Kavaler: Certain foods, such as spicy foods, citrus, and caffeine can irritate the bladder lining and lead to inflammation. The result may be cloudy urine. Although not dangerous, the inflammation can lead to irritating symptoms.

What causes urinary tract infections?

Dr. Kavaler: Contrary to what some believe, urinary tract infections (UTIs) are not caused by “extra” bacteria getting into the bladder, but by the bacteria that does not get out. A person with a healthy urine flow should be able to flush all bacteria out of the bladder normally each

time they urinate. A strong and steady flow naturally cleanses the urinary tract and surrounding area of unwanted bacteria. However, if something is inhibiting normal urination, that’s when bacteria can be trapped inside the urinary tract, leading to a urinary tract infection (UTI).

Can a UTI resolve on its own?

Dr. Kavaler: No, a urinary tract infection can not resolve on its own. It is important to see a doctor as soon as possible. Your healthcare provider will take a urine culture so that the proper course of antibiotic therapy may be prescribed to cure the urinary tract infection (UTI).

If you are prone to urinary tract infections (UTIs), you should also discuss a uroflow exam (which measures the flow and force of your urine stream) with your physician, as well as talk to your doctor about taking Cystex as a preventative measure.

Drink plenty of water to flush the system and take the over-the-counter (OTC) medication Cystex, as this medicine can help ease the pain of the infection and will not interfere with the antibiotic. Antibiotics begin fighting the infection immediately, but they can’t stop all the symptoms right away, such as the pain in your bladder.

When should you see a doctor regarding cloudy appearance?

Dr. Kavaler: If there is cloudy urine with symptoms, see a practitioner. If there is only cloudy urine, there is unlikely to be a problem, but it is worth mentioning to your physician if it persists. The physician can be sure that nothing is wrong, such as the beginnings of an infection.

Be sure to also alert your doctor to any changes in the way that you urinate (i.e. flow, pain, and urgency).

Dr. Kavaler adds that if you only have cloudiness and the physician does not find a problem, there is nothing to be worried about.