Why is water important?
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Why is water important?


Water:

Drinking water is the best way to quench your thirst. You might have already heard this from your parents. But do you know the importance and benefits of drinking water? Do you know that water makes up more than half of your body weight? It is true that a person can't survive for more than a few days without water. All the cells in your body require water to function normally.

Why is Water so important?

We usually reach for a glass of water only when we are thirsty. Don’t we? It’s not a healthy practice and especially when it comes to children, we need to be paying extra attention. As Children, your body is made of 60-65 percent water so drinking adequate amounts is significant for your body to work properly. Water regulates body temperature, dilutes toxins and flushes them out.

Benefits of drinking Water:

Drinking more water gets adequate hydration which helps the body to function optimally. When it comes to drinking water, there are significant benefits including but not limited to the below:

  • Boosts Your Energy
  • Reduces any stress levels
  • Helps control weight
  • Reduces the risk of kidney stones
  • Helps in digestion
  • Prevents constipation
  • Protects your heart
  • Helps to keep you alert
  • Regulates body temperature
  • Helps in proper blood circulation
  • Detoxifies your skin
  • Boosts your brain
  • Helps you keep fit

How much water is enough?

This question is always been there. There's no specific amount of water recommended for children, but it's a good idea to give them water throughout the day not only when they're thirsty. Normally, kids under eight years must drink at least 1.2 liters or roughly equals six glasses of water. Everyone other age group must intake a minimum of two liters of water daily. Sometimes when it's warm out there or you're playing, exercising, gymming or doing more physical activities in a day, make sure to drink more water to help you keep hydrated.

If you have any special medical condition, your physician might help with the amount of water required by your body.

How to make your child drink water?

Not every child likes to drink water. They are particularly prone to drinking sweet drinks like soda and fruit juice instead of plain water. Sometimes it is difficult to make them drink water and it’s normal as they might not know its importance. In that case, you shall try any of the following tips.

  • Add lemon for flavor
  • Always keep water accessible to your child
  • Feed her water-rich foods
  • Fill reusable water bottles and give your child when he plays outside or goes to school
  • You shall use a special cup only for your child so that he gets attracted and love to drink water in it
  • Try putting ice in it as most children love playing with the ice with their tongues while they drink
  • Feed water-rich foods
  • Explain the benefits and be their model by drinking more water yourself.

How to know your body requires more water?

There are some common symptoms and signals your body sends out if in case you’re not hydrated. Few of them are:

  • Dull, dry skin
  • Muscle cramps
  • Dark concentrated urine (mostly dark yellow)
  • Dizziness
  • Body ache
  • Restlessness

In the above cases, you shall drink water immediately to get yourself hydrated. If you think you’re hydrated enough and yet you get the above symptoms, you must inform your parents and consult your physician if necessary.

What happens if your body doesn’t get enough water?

It is true that people can survive for up to 4 weeks without food but cannot live without water for more than a few days. When you don’t drink enough water to replace lost fluids, your body starts to suffer. As children, you must try to develop a healthy habit of drinking enough water daily. When you’re not taking enough water, your body would get dehydrated which can cause serious of health illness. Few of the common issues if you’re dehydrated are:

  • Behavior changes (mood swings)
  • Increases risk of developing kidney stones
  • Dizziness
  • Head aches
  • Serious health diseases
  • Digestive problems
  • Weight gain

More you’re hydrated, much healthier you are.

Make your child read this: Drinking enough water helps to keep my body hydrated, maintain a healthy lifestyle and reduces risk of many health diseases. (Repeat once.)

Activity for kids:

1. Which is most important to my health?

  • a. Soft drinks
  • b. Soda
  • c. Water
  • d. Sauce

Ans: c

2. Which color should be my urine if I’m hydrated?

  • a. Dark yellow
  • b. Transparent or pale yellow
  • c. Red
  • d. Green

Ans: b

3. Symptoms when your body is dehydrated includes:

  • a. Dizziness
  • b. Head aches
  • c. Mood swings
  • d. Restlessness
  • e. All the above

Ans: e

4. Health benefits of drinking enough water includes:

  • a. Detoxifies your skin
  • b. Boosts your brain
  • c. Helps control weight
  • d. Prevents constipation
  • e. Protects your heart
  • f. All the above

Ans: f

5. Find five words and form the below sentence:

D Z S I V U P B M D
N A O X Y D O B R E
J P P X P L F X T T
D R I N K I N G R A
K M E D L A I E T R
O Y T Q N B T W P D
M H Y H E A L T H Y
I J K W W L Q U R H
E Z J Q N K P O H U

D_____________ more W_________ helps to keep your B________ H____________ and H__________.