This is what happens to your body within one hour of drinking a can of soda.

10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system, which is 100 percent of your recommended daily intake. You’d normally vomit from such an intake, but the phosphoric acid cuts the flavor.

20 minutes: Your blood sugar skyrockets. Your pancreas attempts to maximize insulin production in order to turn high levels of sugar into fat.

40 minutes: As your body finishes absorbing the caffeine, your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, and your liver pumps more sugar into the bloodstream. Adenosine receptors in your brain are blocked preventing you from feeling how tired you may actually be.

45 minutes: Your body increases dopamine production, causing you to feel pleasure and adding to the addictiveness of the beverage. This physical neuro response works the same way as it would if we were consuming heroin.

60 minutes: The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in your lower intestine, which boosts your metabolism a bit further. High doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners compound this effect, increasing the urinary excretion of calcium. The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play. (You have to GO!) Your body will eliminate the bonded calcium, magnesium and zinc that was otherwise heading to your bones. And you will also flush out the sodium, electrolytes and water. Your body has eliminated the water that was in the soda. And in the process it was infused with nutrients and minerals your body would have otherwise used to hydrate your system or build body cells, bones, teeth.

The sugar crash begins. You may become irritable and/or sluggish. You start feeling like crap. Time to grab another?

‘Bring your own wine’ comes to B.C. restaurants with change to liquor laws

The provincial government has announced changes to liquor regulations that will allow diners to bring their own bottle of wine into participating restaurants.

Rich Coleman, the Minister of Energy and Mines, made the announcement Thursday morning in Langley. The changes — which apply to establishments with liquor licences — take effect immediately and apply to wine only.

“This is big for a lot of people in the hospitality sector,” Coleman said.

The government said the change is something the restaurant industry has requested and sees the regulatory change as a way to get more people into restaurants, which will be able to charge a corkage fee to open and serve wine brought by diners.

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The Pie News – How is social responsibility changing international education?

CCEL, a Canadian English-language college, has dramatically altered the way it teaches its international clientele, out of an aim to be more sustainable. In 2007, the company was shocked to be handed an award for recycling a large amount of paper. In response to the award, the management decided to cut the amount of paper the school used – by 100%. The target to cut paper consumption forced CCEL to take an entirely new approach to business.

“We have eliminated textbooks from our classrooms by creating an online interactive web-based curriculum. We’re able to update it more frequently than a textbook – it’s always changing and evolving.”

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Panjin Red Beach, China

The Red Beach is located in the Liaohe River Delta, about 30 kilometer southwest of Panjin City in China. The beach gets its name from its appearance, which is caused by a type of sea weed that flourishes in the saline-alkali soil. The weed that start growing during April or May remains green during the summer. In autumn, this weed turns flaming red, and the beach looks as if it was covered by an infinite red carpet that creates a rare red sea landscape. Most of the Red Beach is a nature reserve and closed to the public. Only a small, remote, section is open for tourists.