By Emily Roberts, MA, LPC
Are you getting enough Water? Let’s face it, most of us consume more caffeine then we do water, and with the summer heat, getting hydrated is more important than ever. Many of us are running on energy drinks and soda, without even thinking about how many glasses of water we have had. The bottom line is adults and children in the United States are dehydrated, which consequently effects brain chemistry and ones overall health. Adequate hydration is important for proper brain functioning, as mild dehydration can impair your ability to concentrate, compromise your digestive track, and cause a decrease in energy.
To calculate how much water one needs divide body weight by three to yield the minimum water needed to detoxify the brain daily, if one is exercising heavily divide the body weight by two. See the table for The Beverage Institute of Health and Wellness recommendations. http://www.thebeverageinstitute.com/
Most children are not getting enough water either, without this we see the same symptoms as we do adults, plus a lot more irritability and focus issues. It’s important to make sure they are drinking plenty of water when they are outside playing, especially in these warm summer months. Studys show that children will drink up to 50 percent more water if it’s flavored (certainly, adults will too). Make sure the flavored drinks they consume are all natural, made mostly from water, and do not have added sugars, dyes, or flavors. Here are some other creative ways to get children, and adults, to get their recommended H2o for the day.
- Sparkling water- this is a favorite among kids and adults I know. These come in subtle flavors such as mixed berry, lemon, lime, and grapefruit. I am currently obsessed with the strawberry flavor at Whole Foods, I drank 32oz without even realizing it.
- Fruit and Vegetable juice- remember many fruits and vegetables are high in water, I suggest diluting juice with 25 percent water to get more with great flavor.
- Broth based soups and Popsicles- believe it or not, they are high in water content and contribute to your daily fluid intake.
- Tea- weather its iced tea, green tea, or decaffeinated tea, this is a great way to get flavor and nutrients, as well as hydration.
- Emergen-C packets- one packet in 8 oz of water gives you 1000 mg of vitamin C, 24 vitamins and minerals, and a great taste to boot. They make water fizzy, tasty, and full of nutrients; great for kids and adults. http://www.emergenc.com/
Remember, drinking water is the easiest thing you can do to increase hydration, detoxify your body and brain, and help you with optimal health. By now you are probably reaching for a glass of water (yay). Make sure in these hot summer months, you and your children are getting enough to drink!
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