I’m a mother of two pre-teen children. One struggles with hydration. She tends to forget to drink and it simply isn’t high on her priority list. I know, it’s shocking that a pre-teen is forgetful, right? NOT! You guessed it, she gets dehydrated. Dehydration can affect every aspect of your body. She is finding this out the hard way. Some effects of dehydration include: Stomach aches, headaches, increased need for chiropractic adjustments, dizziness, and the list goes on and on.
I educate her as much as possible and encourage the need to hydrate and explain that the lack of hydration is what is causing the issues she is experiencing. We create an “easy to hydrate” atmosphere by, keeping purified, fruit infused water in the refrigerator, variety of fun water bottles to fill and travel with or take to school. With all of the different ways of trying to keep her hydrated and avoid the negative effects of being dehydrated, she still struggles.
I have started doing a little more research to find other ways to stay hydrated. I was curious as to what types of foods and other drinks that she could have that would also aid in the “Hydrate Challenge.” What I have found is there are three beverages that actually have a higher water content. They are: Milk, orange juice, and pedialyte. Then I wanted to know what were some of the higher water content type foods that she could eat and still be hydrating. The foods that I have discovered to be high in water content are: Cucumbers with 96.7%, Lettuce with 95.6%, Celery with 95.4%, radishes with 95.3%, Tomatoes with 94.3%, Green Pepper 93.9%, and Cauliflower with 92.1%.
So, it is true that in an effort to follow the old rule of thumb that you should consume at least 8 glasses of water a day, can be much more realistic if you factor in other ways to hydrate and you don’t have to drink all that water. Some of that daily H2O intake comes from solid foods, especially fruits and vegetables.
What a relief! I can actually help my daughter stay hydrated and have a healthier lifestyle by simply altering her diet. By altering her diet I can increase her hydration levels. What a breath of fresh air that she doesn’t have to drink all that water. Roughly 20% of our daily H2O intake comes from solid foods, especially fruits and vegetables.
Have you had to deal with this?