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Swimmer Dara Torres Sports a White Upper Lip to Praise Milk as Her Post-Exercise Fitness Drink
Date:4/8/2009

st," says Torres. "As I've gotten older, I need to stay focused on my overall health. It's not just about short-term benefits. Outside the pool, I make sure to include weight-bearing exercise and milk, which provides calcium for my bones, and strength training and milk's high-quality protein for my muscles," she said.

"While many women focus on what they eat before exercise, I also know that the two hours after exercise are critical to making the most of my workouts. After a strenuous practice, lowfat milk is one of my secret weapons. It not only helps replenish calcium and potassium, it provides fluids for rehydration and the right mix of carbohydrates and protein to help refuel my exhausted muscles to keep me ready for the next swim."

Many experts agree that the post-workout recovery period is important for women of all fitness levels - to help make the most of a fitness routine. When women sweat, they not only lose fluids, but also important minerals including calcium and potassium. The best recovery routine should replace fluids and nutrients lost in sweat. Milk may just be nature's first choice for a fitness drink - after exercise or any time of day.

Studies suggest that when consumed after exercise, milk's mix of high-quality protein and carbohydrates helps refuel exhausted muscles. Plus, the protein helps build lean muscle. Milk also provides fluids for rehydration and minerals like calcium, potassium and magnesium recreational exercisers and athletes alike need to replace after strenuous activity.

Some research suggests milk may be just as effective as some commercial sports drinks in helping athletes recover and rehydrate, plus it has additional nutrients not found in most traditional sports drinks. Milk is packed with nine essential nutrients - offering more nutrition for the dollar than virtually any other beverage. Milk is one of the few sources of "super nutrient" vitamin D lin
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