Dara Torres is the newest face to don a milk mustache in the popular “got milk?” campaign – joining the ranks of more than 250 actors, athletes, models and musicians who have lent their upper lips in support of milk. However, Torres is the first female athlete to tout milk’s unique contributions to fitness for women. Debuting April 9, her ad reads:  Dairy Torres. I’m a natural in water. But after a workout, my natural choice is milk. It’s a strong starting block for wellness. The protein helps build muscle, plus its nutrients help me refuel. Three glasses of lowfat or fat free milk a day. Lap it up.  Torres is helping to launch a new initiative to educate women about the valuable contributions milk makes to exercise recovery and fitness. A true inspiration to women and moms everywhere, Torres got back into her (racing) swimsuit after a post-maternity hiatus, and won three silver medals in Beijing – all at the age of 41. “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,” says Torres.  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.

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