Question #1
I have a 12 year old son who plays baseball for a travel team. We usually play 2 games on Saturday and sometimes as many as 4 games on Sunday. The games last 1 hour and 45 minutes with 15 minutes between games. Sometimes they wait 2 hours before the next game. What types of foods should they eat the day before the games start and between games to keep up their energy? Thank You! Dave

When it comes to kids and sports long day long events can become the norm. So keeping them feed and energized throughout the whole event can be a challenge. Energy type foods are best for this. Especially ones that won't be too heavy and weight them down during their events. It's best to avoid fatty foods and foods that are too sweet. That means avoiding some of the staples like fries, chips and candy bars. Your best bet is to stick with foods high in carbohydrates and proteins during sport event weekends. Small sandwiches, like peanut butter, fruit, cheese, assorted nuts and vegetables can all provide healthy energy. Smoothies can also be a great treat as long as they don't contain too much sugar. And for rehydration purposes, always important during sports events, plain ole' water is your best bet. An occasional sports drink is ok but you'll want to not rely on them too much since most of them contain large amounts of sugar.

Question #2
I heard about the recent discovery of west nile virus in Fort Collins. If I have had west nile virus before can I get it again or does my body have antibodies? Thanks Robyn

The West Nile virus is here in Colorado again, like it has been most recent summers. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health And Environment, CDHPE, mosquitoes with West Nile virus have been found in Delta, Larimer and Weld counties. This means other counties will probably also report these types of mosquitoes before the summer's end. So protecting yourself from getting bit is your best defense. That means avoiding activity when mosquitoes are most active, at dusk and dawn. It also means using mosquito repellants, especially if you are near water. And wearing long sleeves and pants can help avoid getting bit as well. But you might also want to consider the color of your clothes since mosquitoes seem to be attracted to dark colors, particularly black, blue and red. If you were infected with the West Nile virus in the past most experts think that will give you a lifelong immunity to this virus.

Question #3
For about 2-3 weeks now I have had almost daily diarrhea & with no real change in eating habits or exercise habits. I have not lost any weight but I want to make sure its nothing serious. What could be causing it? Jayme

There can be many causes of diarrhea ranging from infections to food sensitivity. If the diarrhea has lasted more than 4 weeks then it is considered chronic, or long standing, and should be evaluated. The more symptoms you can give your doctor the better they will be at tracking down the source. Number of stools per day, consistency of the stools and any changes in the smell of the stool can all help pinpoint the cause. Causes for chronic diarrhea can include infections, especially if there's been recent travel to underdeveloped countries or if you've been camping and drank water from a stream. IBS, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease and even thyroid problems can all cause chronic diarrhea. So too can food sensitivities and even some medications. The most common first step in diagnosing the cause is to test a stool sample. If that doesn't provide any clues then other examinations, possibly including a colonoscopy and intestinal biopsy might be needed.