Ask Dr. Monti: Is It Safe to Drink Seltzer?

Dr. Monti

Question: Is it safe to drink a lot of seltzer? It’s helped me kick my diet soda habit, but even though it’s calorie- and artificial sweetener-free, I’ve heard that carbonation can alter the body’s pH levels and cause health problems. Should I cut down on how much seltzer I drink?

Answer: No matter what you call it – seltzer, soda water, sparking water, or carbonated water – this type of beverage is water that contains dissolved CO2 gas. When combined, water reacts with CO2 to create carbonic acid. Carbonation can occur naturally in spring water that picks up carbon dioxide stored in rocks, or it can be infused by the manufacturer. Carbonated water is an increasingly popular beverage, which has led to questions about its safety. Read more »

Ask Dr. Monti: Is Restless Leg Syndrome Real?

Dr. Monti

Question: Is Restless Leg Syndrome real? And if so, are there any natural ways to treat it?

Answer: Yes, it is real. As many as 10 percent of the U.S. population may have some form of Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS). It is about twice as common in females.

Patients often describe their symptoms as creepy, crawly, jumpy, bubbly, anxious, and sometimes painful sensations in their calves, typically occurring in the evenings or bedtime. The most distinctive or unusual aspect of the condition is that lying down and trying to relax can actually activate the symptoms and make them worse. Most people with RLS have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. Many people with RLS report that their job, personal relations, and activities of daily life are negatively affected as a result of their sleep deprivation. Read more »

Ask Dr. Monti: What’s the Difference Between Viagra, Levitra and Cialis?

Daniel Monti

Question: What’s the difference between Viagra, Levitra and Cialis? And are they really safe to use?

Answer: All three drugs work by inhibiting an enzyme, phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE-5), which is concentrated in the penile erectile tissue and interferes with a man’s ability to have an erection.

None of these drugs produces an instant erection; they take about a half an hour to become effective. Viagra and Levitra last up to 4 hours. Cialis comes in two forms: one for daily use, and a higher dose that can work for up to 36 hours, which means that it stays in your system longer. Read more »

Ask Dr. Monti: Is “Dry Eye” a Sign That You’re Dehydrated?

Dr. Monti

Question: Is “dry eye” a sign that you’re dehydrated?

Answer: Dry eye syndrome is a common problem in adults. Dehydration can cause your eyes to be dry, and winter is a time when dry eyes tend to be at their worst. Our eyes need continuous lubrication, which is achieved by specialized glands around the eyes which make tears. Our eyelids act like windshield wipers spreading the tears evenly across the surface of the eye. When there are problems with the tear glands or our eyelids, our eyes can get dry. This can cause a dry or gritty sensation, pain, redness, sensitivity to light, blurred vision and tearing. Read more »

Ask Dr. Monti: Is Hot Yoga Safe?

Dr. Monti

Question: Is hot yoga safe?

Answer: I am a big fan of yoga, but it is important that you choose a form of it that fits your body and any limitations you may have. So called “hot” yoga refers to yogic practices performed in studios heated to as high as 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Humidity may be as high as 60 percent in some studios, which means a heat index of 149 degrees — which is pretty hot! Proponents feel that stretches and therapeutic benefits are enhanced in this hot environment. Read more »

Frightening Body Fat Facts

Justin Renninger

Staying at — or continuing to get closer to — a healthy weight is hardest at the holidays. But remembering why it’s so important as those holiday party invitations start to pile up may help you avoid a five- to 10-pound gain by January 1st.

Here, a little healthy holiday inspiration in the form of some very frightening facts about body fat.

•  Right now, some 60 percent of American adults are overweight, and about 25 percent are obese—which puts them at serious risk for many different diseases.  In fact, the problems related to obesity make it the second leading preventable cause of death after smoking. Making a lifelong goal to stay outside of this group may help you make it to the gym despite your hectic holiday schedule. Read more »

Philly Gym Slobs: Are You One of Them?

Lauren Reichert, 23, dresses sporty without being overtly sexy. // Photo taken by Rebekah Borucki at Optimal Fitness in Burlington

Every Halloween, it seems like most women only make two choices for their Halloween getups: sexy or scary. And this trend has made its way out of the costume shop and onto the treadmill. I work out in several gyms and yoga studios in the suburbs of South Jersey, inside Philadelphia’s city limits and New York City. There are two common themes: a bizarre effort to look as sexy as possible while breaking a sweat or the “just rolled out of bed and forgot that I  was going to be seen in public” look. Walking into almost any area gym, you would think that you passed through some sort of vortex and somehow ended up on another planet populated by joggers in pajamas and  Hawaiian Tropic girls on spin bikes. Read more »

Dark Fields Star Abbie Cornish Uses BWP’s PT Expert!

On the set of "Dark Fields"

When a casting agency called Excel Physical Therapy and Fitness two Mondays ago looking for a physical therapist to assist Australian actress Abbie Cornish (best known for her role in Candy, opposite Heath Ledger) on the film set of Dark Fields, I quickly volunteered. I had seen the movie being filmed up by Callowhill Street in March and knew Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro were Abbie’s co-stars. A couple of weeks earlier, Abbie had fractured her ankle while performing martial arts with her personal trainer and was placed in a “walking boot” to protect it while it healed. My job, along with my boss, co-owner of Excel, Joe Ruhl, was to make sure we managed her pain and alert the producers if we believed her ankle would be compromised while filming. Read more »

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