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Recharge with the Right Drink

Summer heat combined with baseball, soccer, tennis or other outdoor activities can lead to thirsty — and potentially dehydrated — kids. Sure, water is always a good choice. But sometimes kids are looking for a little more flavor punch. So what are your options?Skip the Soda

Although kids may beg for a soda, stand your ground and resist. Sodas bubble with high levels of caffeine and sugar, an unhealthy combination for anyone. In fact, a 12-ounce can contains about 25 to 60 milligrams of caffeine and a whopping 10 teaspoons of sugar. Even sugar-free sodas still contain acids that can damage children’s tooth enamel and cause tummy troubles.

Sugary, caffeinated sodas also cause a dramatic blood sugar spike and drop that can leave kids tired and edgy. Children are typically more sensitive to caffeine. Yet caffeine’s long-term effects on children’s growing and developing bodies haven’t been sufficiently researched. But caffeine is known to negatively affect sleeping patterns in children. Even if children are able to go to sleep after drinking caffeine, they may not get restorative, deep sleep. The resulting sleep deficit affects health, school performance and behavior. Too much caffeine can also lead to headaches and restlessness in children.

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