Summer is here, and the weather is heating up. Are the kids drinking enough water? The human body is made up of 60% water. It regulates body temperature, delivers oxygen all over the body, assists in digestion, and performs various other tasks that keep our bodies healthy.
Not drinking enough water can lead to health problems such as headaches, irritability, poor physical performance, and even more serious issues. Your body needs more water when you are in hot climates, when you are physically active, and if you have a fever.
According to health experts on average, kids need 10 to 14 glasses of water every day. This water can come from a mix of drinks and foods that contain high amounts of water, such as celery, melons, or tomatoes. It is also recommended that fluids come from water instead of sugary drinks that are high in calories and can lead to weight problems.
Tips for staying hydrated
– Carry a water bottle for easy access.
– Freeze some freezer-safe water bottles. Take one with you for ice-cold water all day long.
– Choose water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages. This tip can also help with weight management. Substituting water for one 20-ounce sugar-sweetened soda will save you about 240 calories.
– Choose water instead of other beverages when eating out. Generally, you will save money and reduce calories.
– Give your water a little pizzazz by adding a wedge of lime or lemon. This may improve the taste, and you just might drink more water than you usually do.