I have a quick and easy way to improve your cognitive functioning by ten percent! No, price I’m not going to sell you on a program. No, purchase I don’t have a magic formula. In fact, it’s free. I know a lot of you already do this, but do you make it important for your kids? What is it? Simple do this one new thing – drink enough water.
Many of our kids stay in a state of chronic dehydration. When I read this statistic, I realized how crucial staying hydrated is:
By the time thirst is felt, there may be a loss of body weight up to 2% from water loss, and a 10% cognitive decline may be present. Dehydration can lead to fatigue, dizziness, poor concentration and reduced cognitive abilities. (credit: healthybrainforlife)
One of the most fascinating aspects of neurons is that they store water in tiny balloon-like structures called vacuoles. Water is essential for optimal brain health and function. Water is necessary to maintain the tone of membranes for normal neurotransmission. It enhances circulation and aids in removing wastes.
Will someone please hand me a bottle of water???
Reading that got my brain all fired up and I found a few more interesting facts:
According to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study published in 2011, children ages 6-11 drink an average of less than two cups (16 ounces) of water per day — only a third of the recommended amount. (credit: parent today)
How much is enough?
I found several scales of what is a good amount, but found this to be the easiest to remember: Divide your body weight in half and drink that in ounces. Except age 4 should start with 40 ounces. The more active you are, or if you sweat extra, drink more. The best indicator of if you are getting enough water the pee test. If your urine is clear – you are good to go!
In this day and age of sugary, flavored drinks (or even low sugar but high in chemical flavorings) getting kids to drink plain ole water sounds like a tough job. I found some great tips for fuss free ways to get kids to drink water. My favorite easy tip – provide it. Always. Keep water bottles everywhere. Model good drinking habits. If your child prefers sugary drinks, just don’t provide them. If it’s not around they won’t get it! That goes both ways. If there are no sugary drinks, they’ll drink water if they get thirsty enough (but by then they could be at that 2%!!) AND if there is plenty of water around, they’ll drink it just because it’s there!
Now, grab your water bottle and let’s toast! To good health and happy learning! Bottom’s up!