How much water should your child be drinking?
Water is important for health and vitality, dehydration can lead to feelings of tiredness, headaches and even give us the sensation of being hungry. But sometimes we are encouraged to drink too much 🚰 Drinking large quantities of water can overtax the kidneys and cause you to lose valuable water-soluble vitamins and minerals. A good rule of thumb is if you are urinating frequently, you may be drinking too much water 💦 For the average child over 5 years of age, 6 to 8 glasses a day is usually adequate as long as they are getting their share of fresh fruit and vegetables that also contain water; lettuce (97%), raw cabbage (92%), broccoli & carrots (91%). In fact, organically grown fruit and vegetables contain the purest water you can get 🥕🥦 If your child is extremely active or when they exercise they may need more water to replace what is lost through perspiration. It pays to spread their water intake over the day, drinking large quantities of water at one time can overtax the body. Also, avoid drinking water at mealtimes, this dilutes the digestive juices and they risk not assimilating all of their nutrients. WARNING: At all times when diagnosed with a medical condition, adhere to their doctor’s recommendations regarding water intake. 📸 Photo by Boxed Water Is Better on Unsplash