Stay Hydrated and Be Ready to Learn

child drinking waterStaying hydrated is very important.  Dehydration is linked to skin, bladder and kidney problems as well as fatigue and headache.  It is also linked to poor performance in students.  Your brain is 75% water.  If you are dehydrated your brain can’t perform at its optimal level.  Below are a few tips to make sure your kids are staying hydrated throughout the day.

 

 

 

Serve water with breakfast

  • Drinking water when you first wake up can actually help jump start your metabolism and energize you for your day.

Give your kids a water bottle

  • Kids can’t drink water throughout the day without a water bottle.  Tell them to refill it between classes so they can stay hydrated throughout the day.

Limit the amount of sugary beverages

  • Sugar, as well as salt, makes your body waste water just to clean it out of your system.  Limit the number of sugary beverages that your child drinks and always serve water along side them.

Manage your child’s water intake

  • The simplest way to make sure they are drinking enough water is to ask them how much they’ve had or how many times they refilled their water bottle.  Make sure to ask in a positive way to encourage them to keep drinking.

 

What other ways do you encourage your children to stay hydrated?  Tell us in the comments below, post it on our Facebook wall or tweet us at @HealthyKids2Day.