Welcome back Amigos!
I have a question for you, how much water do you and your family ACTUALLY drink?
As a child growing up in South Texas, I primarily drank Tea, Kool-Aid and occasional Water. I do remember adults occasionally stating the importance of water, but I didn’t take it seriously, nor did I understand how to make it a priority.
Today, Nephrologists (Kidney Doctors), report that more than ever, there is a high demand for Pediatric Nephrologists (Kidney Doctor for Kids & Teens). This is due to kids being diagnosed with PAINFUL Kidney & Urinary Stones, which are often caused by a lack of water and junk food! Today, kids & teens have so many drink choices, why would they drink boring water?
- Every system in our body depends on water & helps youngsters thrive!
- Water helps the brain function & will help detox their kidneys, liver & other vital organs.
- Water carries nutrients to their cells & helps them digest food.
- Water provides a moist environment for their ears, nose & throat systems.
- Water is our primary chemical component & makes up 60% of weight.
How much water do kids & teens actually need?
General Guideline for Drinking Water:
Symptoms of Dehydration:
- Dry Skin
- Dry Mouth
- Increased thirst
- Few or No Tears
- Decreased urine output.
- Urine is dark yellow instead of clear/light yellow.
- Feeling Tired & Drained even after sleeping well.
- Researchers have similar but varying ideas about the amount of water we require.
- Pay close attention to your child’s symptoms, activity level & climate you live in.
- Your child loses water by simply breathing, perspiring, urinating & pooping.
- Kids must replenish water by consuming foods & drinks that contain water.
- If severely dehydrated, provide real coconut water to replenish electrolytes.
- Speak with a health professional if dehydration symptoms persist.
8 Tips to Help Kids Drink More Water:
- Always have clean & fresh tasting water on hand!
- Infuse water with Organic Fruits, Veggies & Herbs!
- Place a 16 oz water bottle by their night stand.
- Have child drink 8 oz (1 cup) before sleeping.
- Have child drink 16 oz (2 cups) upon awakening.
- Have them drink 2 cups, 1 hour before each meal. (48 oz total)
- Model behavior so your child will watch & learn.
- Buy your child a sports bottle they can keep with them at all times (at school, during lunch, after recess)!
The chart above may seem like a lot of water, but it really isn’t. Remember, 60% of your body is made of water, so it is critical that children’s water is replenished on a daily basis.
Can a child be drinking too much water? It is actually possible for someone to drink too much water (hyponatremia), but it is very rare, and mostly happens to people who are extreme athletes.
The above chart is only a guideline, it is important you adjust your kid’s water consumption if you live in a very hot/humid climate, if they are athletes or have a medical condition. This Organic fruit & herb infused water recipe is a great way to always have great tasting water!
ORGANIC STRAWBERRY, LEMON, CUCUMBER, MINT INFUSION:
♥ ½ Cup Sliced Lemons
♥ ½ Cup Sliced Strawberries
♥ ¾ Medium Cucumber, Sliced
♥ ¼ Cup of Mint Leaves
♥ 1 Quart of Fresh Spring Water
♥ USE ALL ORGANIC FOOD
♥ Prepare & Slice Fruits, Veggies, Herbs
♥ Place Your Mix at the Bottom of Jar
♥ Pour Your Water over the Mix
♥ Chill in your Fridge or Serve Room Temp.
♦ Optional: Use a wooden spoon to muddle fruit at the bottom of the jar before adding water.
Important Final Notes:
- On average, food can provide about 20% of total water intake. Watermelon & Spinach are at least 90% water weight.
- Pregnant or breast-feeding women need additional fluids to stay hydrated.
- Pineapple, Orange, Ginger is another great infusion for the family.
This infusion is so Yummy and fun to make together with your family.
Keep hydrated Amigos, I look forward to you visiting again!
Sending Hydrating Vibes of Love, Light & Wellness!
~ Dr. Delagarza Purcell
One thought on “Infused Water: A Yummy Way to Stay Hydrated!”
Thank you for informing me on how much water intake I should drink. I love the chart you have put together for adults and ideas for children as well. I will be using these ideas. 😊