Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Drink up!

http://www.timeforkids.com/news/drink/248031



As we have learned in health class, many things can affect you mentally, physically, and emotionally. But one thing we haven't talked about is the amount of water you are supposed to drink everyday. Not drinking enough water can lead to many things including headaches, irritability, poor physical performance, poor mental performance, and even more serious issues. In this article, they performed an experiment with 4,000 children, ages 6 to 19. More than half of the kids who participated were dehydrated. So how much water should you drink daily? According to this article kids need 10-14 cups of water every day.  I agree that kids don't drink enough water but 10-14 cups a day of water is way more than I expected.

According to this article are you considered dehydrated?
Do you think dehydration can have other effects on kids that are not listed? Like what?
Why do you think so many kids are considered dehydrated?

21 comments:

  1. I think kids are dehydrated because they don't see their parents drink water or their parents don't teach them that drinking water is important. I used to get really bad headaches when I was younger because I didn't know I was dehydrated. I think it's really important to teach kids to get into the habit of drinking water.

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  2. I agree with this article. Kids need to drink as much water as they can even though they don't want to. You made a really great point. I think we need to find ways to get kids to drink more water everyday.

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  3. I'm glad that the issue of dehydration is finally being acknowledged. Just like the article states, I too get headaches and act very irritable when I don't have enough water. On top of that, it's also been very hot outside these past couple of weeks which could also contribute to dehydration and its symptoms. I believe that the article is giving great advice when it says that people should replace sugary, sweetened beverages with actual water because water is fewer in calories and helps with weight management. I think that if enough kids replace sugary beverages with water, they will see a significant weight loss over time and stop feeling dehydrated as often as they do.

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  4. I definitely know that most of the time I am dehydrated. I usually only drink about the amount my camelback water bottle can hold that I bring to school. However I know I should be drink 4times that amount of water. I can tell that I am dehydrated because I will start to loose focus and or my mouth will start to get dry and I get headaches. I personally think that a lot of kids at our school might be feeling the same way that I feel during the day. We aren't as encouraged enough to drink water during the day time as we use to be by our parents which does have and impact. But since I am aware I should know better than to let myself go thirsty.

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  5. I feel I am definiety dehydrated because I barely drink any water each day like I only drink maybe about 1 glass of water every two days becuase I never feel thirsty to drink water but I know i should be drinking a lot more water. Personally what I think why children don't drink enough water is because they don't really understand what would happen if they don't drink enough water and maybe becasue some water they drink don't taste good like they aren't very clean filtered water.

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  6. I know that I'm dehydrated because I drink very little water. Probably a bottle a day. The thing is that I never feel thirsty or I just have to many things on my mind and don't pay attention to my body's needs.I think kids are dehydrated now because there is so much going on in our world. (Texting, Homework, studying, Driving, etc.)

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  8. I think I am dehydrated...I get 6-7 cups of water per day on average. Dehydration can also cause lack of energy. Many kids are considered dehydrated because they just don't take the time to drink water unless they are really thirsty.

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  9. I consider myself to be dehydrated. I only drink about 6 cups of water everyday. Dehydration can cause dizziness or weakness. I think most people are dehydrated because they don't realize that their bodies need that much.

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  10. I am definitely dehydrated since I drink about 5 cups of water on a good day or else I'm drinking many cups of milk. I think dehydration can make you have dry skin since that happens to me when I'm not hydrated enough and I can also become dizzy if I haven't drank any water. I think so many kids are considered dehydrated because they are given other options of drinks such as soda, milk, orange juice, etc. Just like how you should put on a jacket before you get cold, I read on Kid's Health (kidshealth.org) that you should drink water throughout the day before you get dehydrated since when you feel thirsty, you might already be dehydrated.

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  11. I think a reason why kids are dehydrated is the fact that people don't have water bottles. I know personally that I drink less water at school when I don't bring a water bottle and most people don't want to leave in the middle of a class to get water. Teenagers also don't want to waste their money buying a water bottle every day of the year.

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  12. I think that often times drinking water isn't necessarily something practical to do. 10-14 cups; that's a lot of water, and drinking that much water takes a good amount of time. If kids aren't taught the importance of water, if kids aren't forced by their parents to drink water often--- I doubt they will even get to half the recommended amount of water. Furthermore, there are so many more appealing alternatives to water out there that many children by a large margin prefer. Why drink water when you could drink a sugar-packed, food dyed, wonderfully tasting "sports" drink? I'm not surprised that so many children, teens, and adults around the world are dehydrated.

    I'd recommended having a water bottle with you at all times, filling it up during free times (such as passing period) and drinking it during class if the teacher permits it. If not, well, drink double the water next class...

    How can we change our habits and lifestyles to drink more water?

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  13. I dont think that im dehydrated at all I drink alot of water throughout the day. I drink alot of water because I used to get bad headaches when I wouldnt drink enough water and now I make sure that I drink plenty of water. I think that dehydration can lead to alot of problems and can lead you to becoming dizzy and possibly other problems. many people need to stop drinking soo much soda and other sugary beverages other than water,

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  14. At track and field practice, my coach told me that I was supposed to drink half my weight in fluid ounces. Ever since he told me that, I've constantly been drinking water. I carry around a water bottle with me all the time, and I constantly drink water in school and at home. I learned the hard way that not enough water is horrible for you especially while running, and it affected how much water I drink now.

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  15. I think that while drinking water is an important aspect of maintaining ones health, the pronounced "10-14 cups" seems a little excessive to me. As far as I can tell, many people are fine without that amount of water. However at the same time, we might just be underestimating the importance of water in our lives.

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  16. I know that personally I don't always drink the recommended amount of water, but if I plan ahead and carry a water bottle with me I will have a better chance of getting the liquid I need. I think that would help a lot of people in getting the right amount of water.

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  17. According to this article I think I am close to becoming hydrated but I am not totally hydrated and I think I probably spread out how much water I drink throughout the whole day so I can actually give my body some time to do whatever it needs to do with it. They're are most likely other effects of dehydration though I can't think of anything. I think that so many kids nowadays are considered dehydrated because the want to drink a lot of soda and they think that is enough of an intake of water when really its almost none

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  18. I am curious about why people become dehydrated even when there is easy access to water. Most people drink when they notice they are thirsty, but this article suggests that drinking "when thirsty" is not enough. Wouldn't human survival instincts cause people to try to drink a necessary amount of water, just as people know when they are still hungry? I believe that it is a valid concern for children who are less aware of it, but for teenagers and older, it should just be advised to drink until no dehydration effects are felt.

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  19. I think many kids, including myself, are dehydrated. It's not really looked at as a big deal, but I can definitely feel a difference when I'm hydrated. I get a heightened sense of awareness or cognitive capacity that's unattainable when I'm dehydrated.

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  20. When I was younger I found myself some days only drinking soda or other sugary drinks. I agree with some of the previous comments that my parents should have probably put more emphasis on drinking water and how important it is. However, now I see a lot of teens and just people in general carrying around water bottles (and not the wasteful plastic ones) which I just realized recently. For example my friend always would carry around this water bottle and he decorated it with a ton of stickers and it was pretty cool so all my other friends did it too, so now I guess we are all reasonably hydrated!

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  21. According to this article I am dehydrated. I do believe that you should be having at least 10 glasses of water a day. It is important for us to be drinking water, and staying away from carbonated sugary drinks. Not only is water healthy, but I believe it helps maintain a healthy body, increase activity, and be an all around better you.

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