Aug
25
2011

Milk More Hydrating Than Water

Why It Does a Body (Even More) Good

Milk More Hydrating Than Water

We all know that milk is rich in vitamin D and great for growing bones, but there are new reasons why we should get our kids gulping down the white elixir.

According to researchers at McMaster University, milk is a "more effective way of countering dehydration than a sports drink or water itself".

This nugget is especially important to note during hot summer weather or when children are being active.

"Children become dehydrated during exercise," said Brian Timmons, research director of the Child Health and Exercise Medicine Program at McMaster and principal investigator of the study.

"It's important they get enough fluids, particularly before going into a second round of a game. Milk is better than either a sports drink or water because it is a source of high quality protein, carbohydrates, calcium and electrolytes."

Milk also replaces sodium lost in sweat and helps the body retain fluid better, not to mention providing much-needed protein for muscle development and growth -- none of which is not found in the other drinks studied.

The eight to 10 year olds involved in the study exercised in a climate chamber, were given a drink, then measured for hydration levels.

Timmons claimed a staggering amount of active adults and children don't drink enough to stay hydrated during exercise, which can lead to an increased risk of heat-related illness such as heat stroke.

So there you have it. Milk isn't just a vessel in which to dunk cookies. The next time your kids come rushing through the door, all sweaty and breathless, hand over a tall cold glass of the white stuff before sending them on their way.

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Aug
25
2011

Mark Ruffalo Protests Trans-Canada Pipeline

Actor Goes Green

Mark Ruffalo Protests Trans-Canada Pipeline

Oscar-nominated Mark Ruffalo has joined the band of Hollywood eco-activists in opposing Alberta's oilsands.

In a YouTube clip he urged Americans to participate in a series of sit-ins outside the White House until September 3rd to "put your principles into action".

"Up north where the tarsands are located, native people's homelands have already been wrecked," said Ruffalo, who also opposes a sketchy natural gas extraction technique known as 'fracking' in upstate New York, where the actor has a home.

He will join other actors, such as Danny Glover and Canadian, Margot Kidder of Superman fame, and Canadian Avatar director, James Cameron, in contesting our environmental crimes in Alberta, where there is "basically no governmental control... over the oil and gas industry".

The stars are hoping the sit-ins would persuade President Obama to axe Tran-Canada Corp's plans to run a $7billion pipeline of crude oil from Alberta through the heart of America to a Texas refinery.

So far around 1,500 people have signed up to participate in the protests over the next two weeks. That's people from all 50 states coming to "get arrested". God bless, America, and God bless Mark Ruffalo for making environmentalism sexy.

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Aug
24
2011

Prince William & Kate Middleton Turned Into Dolls

Barbie & Ken Revisited

Prince William & Kate Middleton Turned Into Dolls

Forget Barbie. There's a new doll in town. As if we haven't inflicted enough suffering on the newlywed Royals, Prince William and his bride, Kate Middleton have been turned into dolls.

For a mere £100 (around $160), you can take home the pair in their best wedding frocks. While Kate's dress may look cute on her teeny doll body, her husband's expression can only be described as goofy.

"The instantly recognizable and, some might say, delightfully kitsch wedding dolls pay homage to the stunning best-of-British outfits that so impressed the world when HRH Prince William of Wales married Catherine ‘Kate’ Middleton on April 29, 2011,” said a spokesperson for toy company, Arklu.

I'm sure the miniaturized Wills and Kate will sell well with the collectibles crowd, but will little girls really want to play with these dolls? Would you buy them for your child?

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