Milk better than water to rehydrate kids

Active children need to be watered with milk. It’s a more effective way of countering dehydration than a sports drink or water itself, say researchers at McMaster University.

That’s particularly important during hot summer weather, says Brian Timmons, research director of the Child Health and Exercise Medicine Program at McMaster and principal investigator of the study.

“Children become dehydrated during exercise, and 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.”

He added that milk replaces sodium lost in sweat and helps the body retain fluid better. As well, the milk provides protein needed by children for muscle development and growth which is not found in the other drinks.

The study of eight to 10-year-olds involved exercising in a climate chamber, then receiving a drink and being measured for hydration.

Timmons, an assistant professor of pediatrics of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, said active children and adults usually don’t drink enough to stay hydrated during exercise, so they often have a “hydration disadvantage” when they start their next period of exercise.

He said that one per cent dehydration can have up to a 15 per cent decrease in performance, with an increased heart rate, core temperature and less ability to keep going. More significant dehydration comes with an increased risk of heat-related illness such as heat stroke.

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5 thoughts on “Milk better than water to rehydrate kids”

  1. 1 litre of milk in a day make a person the wristler.

    2 litres of milk makes a person the boxer.

    3 litres of milk makes a person a good runner like carl lewis.

    4 litres of milk makes a person a good long jumper.

    5 litres of milk makes a person sleep peacefully.

    People of haryana state of india are known for their muscle power by taking milk, butter and buttermilk. They dont even touch non-veg items. purely vegetarian items makes a person have cool head. Non-veg makes a person hot blooded. It increase the heat of the body. It increase the blood pressure and makes the person tenseful. Vegetables makes a person calm and composed.

    Non-veg items like chicken, eggs are known to increase the body temperature but can be taken in cool and moderate climate. Chicken soup would remove cold fever, good for nasal congestion and easily disgestible. Mutton (meat of goat) does not increase the heat of the body. Scientifically proven facts.

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