The joy of play this summer can be so fun for kids that drinking water sometimes gets compromised, leaving them with possible consequences to face.
There are times that thirst is taken for granted as some think it can be solved with just a few sips of water. However, research shows that 83% of Filipino kids are drinking fluids that are below their required minimum daily water intake, causing dehydration.
According to a report by the Department of Science and Technology’s Food and Nutrition Research Institute, the outcomes of dehydration may range from disorientation, vomiting, dry mucous membranes, increased pulse rate when standing up, weight loss, even up to a point of death if not acted upon, making hydration a lot more crucial in the scorching heat of the season.
Apart from dull, plain water, there is a myriad of options that can keep one hydrated. This is not only limited to bottled, spring, purified, mineral, tap, and well water, but extends to flavored water beverages, milk and even foods which contain water like vegetables, fruits and soups —such types of fluids that are less boring yet equally hydrating.
It’s important to note that fluid intake has to take place regularly and not just when thirst occurs as one may already be dehydrated at that time. As the “solvent of life,” water can regulate your temperature and provide you with dietary minerals our systems require in order to function properly. Can you say your kids have met the fluid intake their bodies need for today?
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