Harvard scientists conducting the survey found that almost 25% of a broad cross-section of children from 6 to 19 years of age don’t drink any water as part of their fluid intake.
They actually found that children were not drinking much at all: More than half of more than 4000 students who participated in the study between 2009 and 2012 were at least slightly dehydrated.
Perhaps it’s not what we’d call an immediate health risk, but we already know that mild dehydration does take a toll on the body and mind in many ways: We become tired and floppy, it impairs our ability to concentrate, affects our mood, can cause headaches, and quite interestingly increases our perception of task difficulty.
If I am mildly dehydrated, it reduces my ability to perform to my full potential.
The study is saying that the habit of not drinking enough happens early in our lives. So let’s make sure of how sufficient hydration benefits us. (If we don’t believe it, we simply won’t do it!)
Ask a Martian what humans are made of. They will say ‘WATER”. Approximately 60% of our body mass is water. It is essential for our body to function properly.
It circulates our blood, it supports our organ’s functions and therefore, it is how we cleanse our body of toxins.
Water controlsour body temperature. It allowing us to function in different climates.
Drinking lots of water is good for digestion: it can dissolves fats, bind with fibers and facilitate transport of essential fluids throughout our system.
When I exercise, my hydration level can prevent nasty repercussions. It protects me by protecting my joints from injury and pain.
Water supports my cellular regeneration, therefore staying hydrated keeps our skin healthy and fresh.
We are all individuals. There is no exact rule, but researchers consistently suggest that 2.2 liters of fluid intake per day for women and 3 liters for men is an ideal.
But don’t get caught on trying to match this. The optimal level of water you personally need to feel your best depends on many more factors - build, amount of exercise, what you eat, ambient temperature, level of inflammation in the body, etcetera. I always look at my urine colour as an indicator. If I’m doing OK, I expect to see my pee as a pale straw yellow. There are many charts online you can access for more info on this.
Symptoms of dehydration may not immediately be apparent in your child, so it’s important to be prudent in attending to your child’s needs during their time of illness. If you see any of the following signs, you should call your doctor immediately:
It may seem strange that constipation is a sign of dehydration, but it actually makes sense. The intestinal tract can lose water when liquefying and breaking down food, so nutritional elements can be distracted. The body can reabsorb the water, depending on its needs. As the body becomes more dehydrated, it slows down the waste passing through the lower intestine so it can extract additional water. This is the primary cause of constipation, which can become chronic and lead to serious diseases, in a worst case scenario.
What if I told you that you had a store of water in your body that was not just inaccessible, but actively and negatively affecting your health?
The Hydroxyl radical is the ‘bad boy’of our free radicals. It’s the one that runs rampant, chewing on our DNA, and actively supporting oxidation and inflammation. Most of our free radicals have a bad name because of the hydroxyl radical, but actually have the necessary task of cleaning up our perfectly normal wastes that are in our body as a result of energy creation.
By consuming molecular hydrogen either in tablet form or in hydrogen infused water, you’re releasing a cascade of trillions of H2 molecules. These tiny little critters enter the body, drop into the stomach then perform their own ‘starburst’, spreading throughout the body. They achieve unheard of penetration – even within the individual cell because they are the smallest molecule in the universe! When it finds one, there a holy union. From the simple H2 molecule, and the nasty hydroxy radical, we get… guess what?