Sunday 26 June 2011

The Story of Luna and Lara

There’s a magical Springdom near Sligo Bay
Where glows Luna by Night and shines Lara by Day
Luna the moon and Lara the sun
Take turns keeping watch over everyone
So close your eyes and get carried away
To where children drink water four times a day
Luna glows brightly and lights up the night
Whilst Lara made sure that their daytime was bright
The Springdom of water is warmed by her rays
The children play happily in them for days
Tabby the Cloud Prince flies on his cloud
To tell you the reason he’s so very proud
“I came down through the rivers and oceans
To tell you boys and girls about a magical potion
When I was born I was given an order
To show you all the wonders from the Springdom of water”
Now Tara the Star Princess has something to say
About drinking water four times a day.
“ It helps you do sports and your favourite hobbies
It keeps you cool, strong and clear and cleanses your body
When I was born I was given an order
To tell you all the wisdom of the Springdom of water.
Now Tabby and Tara have a dear friend,
For an Aquanaut’s faithful, right to the end.
“I’m the world’s only Aquanaut and I’m worth knowin’
I keep the pure water in the Springdom flowin’
I love Apples and Strawberries, pure water too,
Plus lots of good vitamins so good for you!

At breaktimes, lunchtimes, bedtimes and tea
Lets drink lots of water for them to see
Drinking more water’s the smart thing to do,
For all the dear children and that includes YOU!
Luna and Lara have a message that’s right
Always drinks water from day until night!

Friday 24 June 2011

Dragon Colouring Sheet

Dragons are trusty sidekicks of every good prince, and Tabby the Cloud Prince is no exception.  In this coloring sheet, kids can color Dino to help them in their daily adventures. This dragon looks pretty friendly, but he's very protective of the children in the Springdom of Water.  He might not make a good pet!  If you would like a PDF download of Dino for your child to colour, click here.

Luna and Lara

Thursday 23 June 2011

Juice has more sugar than Coke? Yep!

JUST WHAT IS THE SUGAR CONTENT OF FRUIT JUICE? We’ll use orange, apple, cherry and grape juice as examples. Even with no sugar added, fruit juice contains about the same amount of sugar as the same amount of soft drink. Because apples, oranges and grapes are naturally full of sugar. (No surprise there: Processed sugar comes from plants, usually corn or sugar cane or sugar beets.) The table below compares the sugar in 12 ounces of juice (no sugar added) with 12 ounces (one can) of Coca-Cola. If you look at the nutrition label on a can of Coke or fruit juice, the “carbohydrate” is mostly sugar. Four grams of sugar carbs equal approximately 1 teaspoon of sugar.

12 ounces of >>>>>>>  Coca-Cola Orange Juice Apple Juice Cherry Juice Grape Juice
Total carbohydrates 40 g 39 g 42 g 49.5 g 60 g
Carbs from sugar 40 g 33 g 39 g 37.5 g 58.5 g
Sugar (teaspoons) 10 tsp 8 tsp 10 tsp 9 tsp 15 tsp
Calories 145 165 165 210 240
WHAT DOES THE CHART TELL US? It tells us that no matter which juice you choose, they all have more calories than the same amount of Coke. It tells us that juice — 100 percent juice, no sugar added — contains about the same amount of sugar (or even more — 50 percent more for grape juice) as the same volume of Coke. For this comparison we used: Classic Coke, Tropicana HomeStyle Orange Juice, Walnut Acres Organic 100 Percent Apple Juice, Eden Organic Montmorency Cherry Juice (no sweetener added) and R.W. Knudsen Unsweetened Concord Grape Juice. The numbers in the chart were calculated from the nutrition labels on the containers.
Luna and Lara want you to know the facts behind the marketing.  Whether you choose our pure Irish spring water or another pure water, we can assure you that it is the absolute best way to hydrate your child (and yourself!)

Luna and Lara

*For more information, visit Hooked on Juice, the source of this data.

Wednesday 22 June 2011

How much water is enough?

W-O-W 8:   How much water is enough?

Wise-up-On-Water!  Children’s water requirements vary with age. As milk intake decreases, water obtained from drinks becomes increasingly important. There are no agreed recommended daily intake levels for water in the UK, but recommendations from the US National Academies Food and Nutrition Board1suggest that:

• 1-3 year olds should drink 0.9 litres per day
• 4-8 year olds should drink 1.2 litres per day and
• 9-13 year old girls should drink 1.6 litres per day, and boys should drink 1.8 litres per day
• 14-18 year old girls should drink 1.8 litres per day, and boys should drink 2.6 litres per day

Water intake should be higher in warm weather or when the child is exercising.

Whether your child drinks Luna and Lara Irish spring water or another pure water, just be sure they have enough!

The Pin

Tuesday 21 June 2011

Your skin is a water reservoir. Tank up!

W-O-W 7: Water helps give you a healthy mouth and skin

Wiseup-On-Water!  Having a dry mouth is one of the early signs of dehydration.18 Mild dehydration may be a risk factor for dental disease because it impairs saliva production. Saliva is essential for good oral health because:

• it neutralizes the acid created by the bacteria which cause tooth decay
• lubricates oral membranes
• contains minerals that enable tooth repair, and
• contains antibacterial agents that inhibit the growth of oral bacteria and help
prevent gum disease.45

Being well hydrated keeps skin looking healthy as well. The skin acts as a water reservoir and participates in fluid regulation for the whole body.46Mild dehydration causes skin to appear flushed, dry and loose.18,47

So stay topped up on water for a healthier mouth and skin!

Luna and Lara 

18 Kleiner SM. Water: An essential but overlooked nutrient.
Journal of the American Dietetic Association 1999:99:201-7
45 Smith AJ and Shaw L. Mild dehydration: a risk factor for
dental disease? European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
2003;57(Suppl 2):S75-80
46 Eisenbeiss C, Welzel J, Eichler W and Klotz K. Influence of
body water distribution on skin thickness: measurements
using high-frequency ultrasound. British Journal of
Dermatology 2001;144:947-951
47 Principles of Human Nutrition. Ed M Eastwood. Chapter 8:
Water, electrolytes, minerals and trace elements. London:
Chapman & Hall 1997

Monday 20 June 2011

Water lowers risk of chronic disease

W-O-W Part Six:  Help protect your child against the risk of chronic disease

Wiseup-On-Water!  Drinking enough water can help to protect the body against certain chronic diseases. Individuals who maintain good hydration levels have been shown to have a reduced risk of developing the following diseases:

• breast,37 colorectal,38 urinary tract cancer.39,40
• cardiovascular disease41
• gallstones 42
• kidney and bladder stones 43,44

Whether you give your child our Irish spring water, or pure water from elsewhere, please seriously consider the direct relationship between sufficient water intake and increased risk of these chronic diseases. 

Here's to happier, healthier kids!

Luna and Lara

37 Stookey JD, Belderson PE, Russell JM, Barker ME.
Correspondence re: J. Shannon et al. Relationship of food
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food groups and water intake to colon cancer risk. Cancer
Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prev. 1996;5:495-502
39 Bitterman WA, Farhadian H, Abu S-C, Lerner D, Amoun H,
Krapf D, Makov UK. Environmental and nutritional factors
significantly associated with cancer of the urinary tract
among different ethnic groups. Urologic Clinics of North
America 1991;18:501-8
40 Wilkens LR, Kadir MM, Kolonel LN, Nomura AM, Hankin JH.
Risk factors for lower urinary tract cancer: the role of total
fluid consumption, nitrites and nitrosamines, and selected
foods. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention
41 Chan J, Knutsen SF, Blix GG, Lee JW, Fraser GE. Water, other
fluids, and fatal coronary heart disease. American Journal of
Epidemiology 2002;155:827-33
42 Math MV, Rampal PM, Faure XR and Delmont JP. Gallbladder
emptying after drinking water and its possible role in
prevention of gallstone formation. Singapore Medical Journal
43 Curhan GC, Willett WC, Rimm EB and Stampfer MJ. A
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2003;57(Suppl 2):S47-S51

Sunday 19 June 2011

Mom I just wanna watch TV!

W-O-W Part Five:  Turn off that TV and go play!

Wiseup-On-Water!  Children need to be active in order to stay healthy. The increase in childhood obesity has been linked to declining activity levels.29   Poor hydration can cause feelings of tiredness and reduced alertness, leading to reluctance to exercise.30   When exercise is taken, even mild dehydration can impair physical performance.31  In adults, there is a reduction in physical work capacity at 2 per cent dehydration of between 8-25 per cent.  When exercising in hot conditions at 1-2 per cent dehydration, children experience a greater increase in core body temperature than adults.32   This suggests that the same level of dehydration may have greater adverse effects on children’s physical performance.1 Children should be well hydrated before prolonged physical exercise in a hot environment.

Every 20 minutes during the activity:

• a 40kg child should be encouraged to drink 150ml of water, and
• a 60kg adolescent should be encouraged to drink 250ml of water even if they do not feel thirsty.33

Children exercising in warm weather are at particular risk of dehydration because, compared with adults, they are less efficient at thermoregulation,33 produce more metabolic heat relative to their weight,34 are less sensitive to thirst, and may not understand the need for increased fluid consumption.35 Swimmers need to maintain good hydration levels since water immersion reduces the thirst response. This coupled with exercise makes them susceptible to dehydration.36

Luna and Lara want to encourage children to go outside and play.  Try limiting the amount of time your child watches television or internet.  Sounds crazy, but offer to go out and play with them!  You have a million other things to do, but you will never look back and wish you had spent more time cleaning or working.  Invest in play equipment or install good fencing instead of upgrading your computer.  You, and more importantly your child, will be better for it.  And while you're out there, drink plenty of water!  Whether it's Luna and Lara or tap water, we just want to get more water down ya so you and yours can be healthier and happier!  Luna and Lara were created to make it more attractive and fun for children to drink water because, let's face it, water can be a bit boring.  That's where your new play set comes in!  Enjoy!

Luna and Lara

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active are we? Levels of routine physical activity in children
and adults. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society.
30 Maughan RJ. Impact of mild dehydration on wellness and on
exercise performance. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
2003;57 (Suppl 2):S19-23
31 Barr SI. Effects of dehydration on exercise performance.
Canadian Journal of Applied Physiology 1999;24:164-72
32 Bar-Or O, Dotan R, Inbar O, Rotshtein A and Zonder H.
Voluntary hypohydration in 10 to 12 year-old boys. Journal of
Applied Physiology: Respiratory, Environmental & Exercise
Physiology 1980;48:104-8
33 American Academy of Paediatrics Committee on Sports
Medicine position paper: climatic heat stress and the
exercising child. Pediatrics 1982;69:808-809
34 American Academy of Paediatrics. Policy Statement. Climatic
Heat Stress and the exercising child and adolescent.
Committee on Sports Medicine and Fitness. Paediatrics
35 Maughan RJ. Impact of mild dehydration on wellness and on
exercise performance. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
2003;57 (Suppl 2):S19-23
36 Convertino VA, Armstrong LE, Copyle EF, Mack GW, Swaka
MN, Senay LC Jr, Sherman WM. American College of Sports
Medicine, Exercise and fluid replacement. Medicine & Science
in Sports and Exercise 1996;28:i-vii