Summer is definitely a great time to go outdoors and walk around, enjoy the sun and have fun on the beach, but while we’re having fun, it is important to remember to drink more water, particularly in a weather that makes us lose fluids.
Awareness of the importance of water drinking rises primarily when temperatures outside continue to go up. However, it isn’t always enough to just understand that our body needs water; what really counts is the end result – to actually be drinking.
So how do we make people in general and children in particular not forget to drink water?
Awareness and accessibility
Typically, water intake is a combination of awareness and accessibility. Therefore, even if are aware of the importance of drinking water, we must ensure that water is always nearby, around us during our busy schedule – whether in our beg, on our desk or in the kitchenette.
However, even when many people become aware and informed, and water is just a “sip” away from them, we still hear statements like “I forgot to drink” or “I barely got to drinking water today”. Therefore, it is very important to figure out the best ways to remind ourselves to drink during the day – through digital reminders or perhaps by keeping a water jar within reach on the table
Cooking enthusiasts among us will be pleased to hear about a solution they can implement every time they prepare various dishes – another way to increase daily water intake is to simply use more water during food preparation.
How? Through a variety of options – for example, soaking in water or cooking with and over boiling water like various steaming methods that are preferable to frying, as they provide an opportunity to have more water in the end-dish.
Good for the figure
Another good reason to increase water intake is that it may also contribute to weight loss. On top of the fact that water has 0 calories, several studies show that incorporating water into your daily diet may affect your metabolism as well.
Distinguish between hunger and thirst
We often feel thirsty but confuse it with hunger. So how can we correct this mistake?
First and foremost, we must acknowledge that we often eat instead of drink because we misinterpret our sense of thirst as a sense of hunger, so upon returning home from work, or when the children return from educational institutions or a summer day camp, they should first of all drink, and preferably choose the healthiest option of all – water.
Making your children drink more water
So we have understood and internalized things, but what about the children? How do we encourage them to drink more water?
First of all, we should explain to them about the importance of water for proper body functioning, so that they realize what a significant part of our body water comprises – about two-thirds, and understand how easily we lose water during our various daily activities (yes, even as we sit in air conditioned room).
Having achieved understanding and awareness, it is important to create an environment with clear presence of water.
At home, for example:
• If you have a cold/hot water bar (water maker) – remind them to use it and place it with convenient access to children (provided they are old enough to operate it by themselves).
• When the kids leave the house for various summer activities, provide them with plenty of water to drink and remind them to bring back an empty bottle … Don’t forget to refill it each time anew.
• It is important to initiate water-drinking breaks both in and away from home.
And now that you’ve finished reading the post, it’s time to ask yourselves – Have you been drinking enough today?