Three lives have I. Gentle enough to sooth the skin. Light enough to caress the sky. Hard enough to crack rocks. What am I?What do a human, a plant and an animal have in common?
According to research, the human body is made up of 60% water so it is only likely for us to say the survival of human beings lays 60 percent on water. It is essential for us to ensure are children are getting enough water to maintain their health and keep them hydrated all the time.
Do you know a child drinking the adequate amount of water comes with a whole lot of benefits beyond what you know? Let us take a dive into the benefits of water .
BENEFITS OF WATER
It’s no rocket science, but the benefits of water are numerous.
For oral health – Tap water contains fluoride that protects the surface of the teeth from foods such as sugar that can cause dental cavity and decay. Fluoride in drinking water also reverses tooth decay in its early stages. Do you know that 99% of saliva is water? When you are low on water, you are likely to experience dry mouth and this makes it difficult for you to chew or swallow. Dry mouth also causes bad breath. Water is the best beverage because it contains no sugar and calories either.
For the skin – The skin we know is made up of cells and these cells need water to function properly. Adequate intake of water moisturizes the skin by delivering essential nutrients to the skin cells. It renews the skin tissues and increases its elasticity. Drinking enough water fight skin diseases such as; dry skin, eczema, wrinkles, cracking skin and psoriasis. Water keeps the skin hydrated and glowing.
For the hair – Water contains vitamins that establish healthy hair growth. According to Arshi Ahmed’s article on Stylecraze, “Just like our skin, hair also needs lubrication from inside out. Dehydration has a direct impact on the growth of hair . Lack of moisture results in dry and brittle hair. It may even stop growing at the maximum genetic rate if you don’t drink enough water to meet your daily needs. The roots of the hair are the means by which water is transported from the body. They soak up water and provide hydration to the rest of the hair strand.” Drinking enough water also help eliminate hair problems like dandruff and the likes of it.
For the brain – Drinking water keeps the brain hydrated and a hydrated brain; supports healthy brain cells, improves concentration, relaxes the mind, maintains memory function, improves blood flow in the brain, lightens your mood and promotes quality sleep.
For the heart – The most powerful organ in the body is the heart and we need to keep it extremely healthy. There are so many ways to improve the heart’s health and ward off heart disease and trust me, drinking enough water is number one.
For the body – Water keeps the body hydrated, flushes toxins and waste products from the body, adds a lot of nutrients to the body, prevents diseases like constipation; allergies; bowel movement and other health problems.
How Much Is Enough for my Child?
The amount of water every child needs to drink varies due to different factors like; gender, age, environment, climate and how much physical activity they are involved in. It is advised that kids aged 4-13 aim to drink approximately 6-8 glasses of fluid a day in addition to the water included in the food in their diet. Younger kids need relatively small drinks (e.g. 150 ml serving).
Use water on the outside of your body too, to keep yourself clean and healthy.