Sunday, January 29, 2006

Coffee, Coke or Water?

They say coffee isn’t very healthy but compared to coke, it rules. Just ran across an article about everything coke does, in addition to causing a sugar/caffeine rush.

A coke will dissolve a nail in about 4 days and a T-bone steak in two days. Hmm, how long for a child’s tooth to dissolve from a coke.

Now there’s a science project for your favorite kid. Take a baby tooth put it in coke. See what happens. Put another baby tooth in water and see what happens. Compare the difference.  I guess you could try the T-bone but seems like a waste of a good steak.

So what about water? For starters the brain can’t survive without it. After all water is the best conductor of electricity, and it’s electricity that makes those brain cells fire.

A mere 2 percent drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on a computer screen or printed page.  So why aren’t kids drinking more water at school?  How come I’m not drinking more water?

And dieters, read on: Sometimes when we think we’re hungry, it’s nothing more than thirst. So I guess we should be grabbing a bottle of water before the chocolate chip cookie.

And now some blatant in-your-face self promotion. Drinking water is just one of many learning tips that I’m offering in my Brain Boosters for Your Kids TeleSeminar series that starts Tuesday night for teachers and parents. Yes, there’s still room for you. Make teaching easier. Stop the homework struggle. (Teachers can get CEU’s for the classes.)  So head on over to  Sign up for “Got to Use It All: Whole-brain Learning for Kids.”

By the way, if you’d like to read all 12 things you can do with a coke other than drinking it, just e-mail me and I’ll send it on.

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