Active Kids Need More Water!
Water is the body’s most essential nutrient. Though people have been known to go over a month without food, no one can survive more than a week or so without water. Not only does water help to keep our bodies at a steady temperature, it also helps to maintain blood volume, lubricate our joints and carry toxins and excess products out of our bodies.
Water is even more important for kids as they need plenty of H2O to grow, develop, concentrate and maintain healthy body functions. The exact amount of water kids need will depend on their age, height, weight and activity levels. Ensuring your child gets enough water is essential.
The more active you are, the more water you need
When we exercise, our bodies sweat to help maintain our core temperature. If we’re dehydrated, we can’t produce enough sweat to cool us down and it’s possible we can over heat and cause ourselves serious damage. The more active kids are, the more they will sweat and the more water they will need to drink to maintain their body temperature.
What’s more, as water helps to lubricate our joints, drinking plenty of water will help to prevent injuries. Children who do a lot of sports or who like to climb trees, ride their bikes or do other types of physical exercise need to make sure they drink lots of water in order to keep their bodies nice and healthy.
How much water do kids needs?
On average, children from four to eight years old need around five cups of water a day, kids between nine and thirteen need seven to eight, girls aged 14-18 need around eight cups a day and boys of the same age need approximately 11. This water can come from all different types of sources including fruit, vegetables, tea and soft drinks, though of course plain old H2O is by far the best.
As we’ve discovered, the more exercise kids do, the more they need to drink and parents should aim to give their kids ½ to two cups of water for every 15 to 20 minutes of exercise. If weather conditions are hot and humid, or if a child is especially tall or a little overweight, the amount of water that they’ll need to consume may increase.
One of the building blocks of life, water is one ingredient none of us can live without. To find out more, get in touch with one of the members of our team or have a look around our website.