We may have milk, but apparently we do not have water. According to a recent study discussed on NPR that was done by Harvard scientists and recently published in the “American Journal of Public Health” most kids and teenagers do not drink enough water. In fact, the study titled ‘Prevalence of Inadequate Hydration Among US Children and Disparities by Gender and Race/Ethnicity: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2009–2012‘ found that one-quarter of children in the study, age 6-19 did not report to drink any water at all as part of their fluid intake. In essence, those who reported some water consumption, were also found to be drinking very inadequate amounts.
Initially, the researchers were looking at sugary drink consumption and found these dramatic, paltry water consumption findings. However, after further review of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, the researchers found that more than half of the several thousand students studied between 2009 and 2012 were at least slightly dehydrated.
Is this a big deal? The study discussed how even mild dehydration can affect children’s fatigue levels, mood, and possibly their ability to learn. After all, water and not purple energy drinks, keep us best hydrated. It regulates the body’s temperature; fights toxins; keeps are joints and muscles lubricated; helps build muscles, burn fat, keep us energized; and can aid in weight loss. It also keeps skin hydrated and supple. The Institute of Medicine states that children and teenager should consume about two to three quarts of water a day, depending on age, size, and sex. To meet our daily intake needs, it can come from the tap, but also soups, fruits, and vegetables. Basil and cucumber can flavor it nicely. –So can lemon. As parents, we can do more to make it the choice, over other choices, by making it a prominent choice of drink for our families. That Brita pitcher in the fridge can overtake soda’s place. Or, how about some “juicy water,” where juice is diluted by water? While we may have every other drinks it is important that we have the most important one:
W A T E R and make it easily available at school and home It really is that important!!