We so glibly tell our children to ‘drink your water’ ! But do we really know why this is probably one of the most important pieces of nutritional advice we will give our kids.
How to have the water talk! ( read this to your child, read this with your child or just paraphrase). By educating your child you will have a water warrior for life not just a rule follower!
What do you, the flowers and a dog have in common? They all need water to survive. Without water, your body would stop working properly. (Pop your child on a scale and then divide the weight in two).
The answer = how much water you have in your body. You can go many days without food but your body would only survive a few days without water. Water makes up your blood volume which helps carry oxygen to your cells. Water also forms part of your immune system, which helps your body fight off illness. You need water to digest your food and get rid of waste. Water is needed for digestive juices, urine and poop! When you run on the play ground, sweat pours down your face which is made up of water.
The best way to replace your water, is to drink fresh water. Lots of foods contain water and the more of these foods you eat the less water you need to drink. The foods that contain the most water include your fruit and vegetables. Squeeze a tomato or a plum and see the liquid pour out.
There are also foods that when eaten will make you more thirsty than normal. These foods include salty and sugary foods. In order for your body to digest these foods your body needs double the water intake and may leave you feeling thirsty for a long time. Cold drinks and fruit juices. Make you more thirsty as they contain too much sugar or fructose. Avoid these drinks ( including diet cold drinks) as much as possible.
So how much water should you drink?
There is no magic amount of water that you need to drink everyday. You should listen to your body and have sips throughout the day. Always keep a water bottle close at hand. Have a glass of water each time you brush your teeth and include at least some water at mealtimes. In hot weather you will be thirstier and then you must drink more. The more you sweat the more water you will need. If you follow these simple guidelines your body will be able to do all of its wonderful, waterful jobs and you will feel amazing.