Why wonderful water is so important

Drinking water is so important for your child’s health, wellbeing and concentration, especially as the weather gets warmer.

Here are some water facts:

  • Our bodies consist of over 70% water
  • Without water we cannot function
  • Lack of water makes us tired, our muscles stiffen and reduces coordination and mobility
  • Water keeps our temperature normal
  • Water is the best drink to quench your thirst
  • Water doesn’t have any sugar in it
  • The fluoride in tap water helps develop strong teeth and bones.
  • Tap water is also a lot less expensive than other types of drinks.

Whilst drinking a few litres of water a day may be more than you are used to, the simplest way is to keep sipping and gradually increase your intake.

The recommended daily amount of fluids is:

  • 5 glasses (1 litre) for 5 to 8 year olds
  • 7 glasses (1.5 litres) for 9 to12 year olds
  • 8 to 10 glasses (2 litres) for 13+ years

You should drink more water when you’re exercising or on a hot day. We often don’t feel thirsty even when our bodies need fluid, so it’s a good idea to drink water regularly throughout the day.

Hints to help you drink more water:

  • Pack a water bottle whenever you go out.
  • In summer, put a frozen water bottle in your lunch box.
  • Keep a bottle of cold water in the fridge in summer and drink warm water in winter.
  • Water down juices, sports drinks and cordials.
  • Use smaller glasses when drinking sugary drinks.

As a parent, set a good example!

 

 

 

 

 

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