Hydration

HEALTHY HYDRATION

Am I drinking enough water?

Importance of Hydration

The human body needs to survive. Every organ and cell need to stay hydrated in order for the body to function at its best. Up to 60% of the adult body is made up of water. It is used as the base building material in cells and performs a number of their benefits within our bodies. Age, weight and gender determine the amount of water you need to drink during the day; athletes may need to drink more water because they lose more fluids during physical activities.

Reasons for Staying Hydrated

The importance of hydration is essential not only for physical health, but for mental health as well.

  • INCREASE IN ENERGY AND IMPROVED PRODUCTIVITY – Dehydration can cause fatigue and significantly reduce brain function. If you’re feeling like your cognitive skills aren’t at their usual speed, it may be time to grab some water.
  • IMPROVED PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE – Physical activity causes your body to lose a lot of fluids. Staying hydrated before, during and after exercise can make your workout feel better. Water can keep your performance up while exercising and prevent fatigue after.
  • MOOD BOOSTER – When your body is hydrated, it’s performing its best which helps put you in good mood. If you notice yourself slipping into a negative mood, drinking water can help.

Why water is
important for kids?

01
It’s not top of mind

Half the hydration battle is reminding kids to drink up. The other half is getting them to actually follow through.

02
It encourages healthy habits

Establishing healthy water habits is so important for kids, not only because it’s physiologically necessary for the body, but because psychologically it also teaches kids to make good role model. When kids see the adults in their life choosing water, they’ll to follow suit.

Why water is
important for kids?

03
They can’t stop, won’t stop

Kids are constantly on the move, between ballet lessons, soccer and generally horsing around all day. While you may be losing your Saturday mornings to practice and game times, your kids are losing water each time they sweat, breath or visit the restroom. The  hydration rule of thumb: replenish the amount of water lost throughout the day.

04
They have more skin in the game

Babies water needs are proportionately higher because their bodies contain more water than the bodies of adults (75% vs 60%) and so their surface-to-volume ratio is relatively higher. As a result, they can have greater water losses from the skin and can be more vulnerable to risk of dehydration.

Show them how It’s Done

01

Carry it

Always have a bottle of water handy

02

Drink it

Choose water over other beverages

03

Share it

Have an extra bottle or two on hand for your kids

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