You water your plants, but have you watered your kids today? Many Americans mistake the symptoms of mild dehydration for hunger or just plain old tiredness. If you notice your children are plum tuckered out. Start by taking these simple steps to check their hydration levels.
1. How active have you been today?
An increase in your child’s activity level prompts a need for more water. Engage them in a conversation about what they’ve been up to. More time on the playground? A pillow fight in the bedroom with their friends? A first practice for a spring sport? All these up water requirements, but sometimes kids get so caught up in fun they forget to drink. Get them talking then tell them the benefits of drinking plenty of water, such as more energy and fewer headaches.
2. Look at your lips!
Dry, cracked lips can be an early indicator of decreased water levels, said ZisBoomBah’s nutritionist, Lisa Lanzano.
3. Do you feel thirsty?
Once kids feel thirst they’re already a bit dehydrated and should head for the fluids. Offer them water or fresh fruit loaded with liquid.
Also remember processed foods, usually chocked full of preservatives and salt, actually increase a body’s need for water. Kids need to balance out salty snacks with increased water consumption so their systems can flourish, flush out toxins and function best. Teach your kids about proper hydration or let our fun-loving characters Bella, Anthony and Carlos engage your child in an adventurous hydration program – Click here to see Hydration Activation!
The program is super-reasonable and easy to do!