Sunday, March 6, 2016

Are You Drinking Enough Water?



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


The human body is made up of 60% water. Water is very important to drink as it regulates body temperature, delivers oxygen to the body, helps digestion, and more! However, if you don't drink enough water, you can suffer from headaches, irritability, poor physical health, and more. Erica Kenney, a scientist at Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health, studied a group of 4,000 children from the ages 6 to 19, between the years 2009 and 2012. She noticed that half the children were dehydrated. The United States National Agriculture Library says kids need about 10 to 14 cups of water daily. However, this water can come from other foods such as fruits and vegetables (oranges, cucumbers, melons, ect...). I always try my best to drink enough water throughout the day, however I don't drink enough water on school days. 


Do you drink enough water every day? If you don't, why not? If you do, what are your tips on drinking enough water throughout the day? 




33 comments:

  1. Something that really stood out to me from reading this article was the fact that almost one quarter of the kids she surveyed said they drink no plain water at all. This totally stuns me because I can't imagine what it would be like to not drink water! I always make sure I stay hydrated because I know that it is super important to my health. I encourage everyone to always drink tons of water because its the best for our health, even if it causes extra trips to the bathroom!

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  2. I have heard almost all of these things that I read in the article before. But probably the most interesting thing the article said was that "Of that group, boys were 76% more likely than girls to not have enough water in their system. Nearly one quarter of the kids in the survey reported drinking no plain water at all." I still don't drink enough water every day, but I try to drink as much as I can. I am getting better at it though, by carrying my water bottle in my hand and drinking it until I need to fill it up again and again.

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  3. I always carry a water bottle around with me so I make sure to drink water whenever I can. I know that I don't drink enough water though because I play a very active sport so I need more water than I actually drink. I've tried one of these tips which is to add lemons to my water and it did make it easier for me to drink it because it wasn't as plain or boring. I try to go through at least 2 bottle a day to stay at least partially hydrated.

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  4. It was surprising, but also expected that nearly a quarter of the kids didn't drink plain water because as we grew economically as a country more foods are being developed and companies try to sell these, especially to a younger audience, to kids. Nowadays we have things like soda, juice, milk tea, shakes, and more, all with high amounts of sugar to please the kids and making them come back for more. I personally have been trying to stray away from these drinks and know of the high amounts of sugar some of these drinks have, especially working at a milk tea store and all, and drinking mainly water, however it is hard when these drinks are so accessible and taste better. A good thing from this is that I have been drinking enough liquids however some of what I'm consuming is not the best for my health.

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  5. It's alarming that nearly a quarter of all kids aren't even drinking plain water at all. Like we saw in the movie last week, many Americans are overweight. Drinking sugary waters is bad enough, but no plain water at all to flush out the harmful sugars and chemicals is even worse. Parents should start good water drinking habits at a young age by always putting a bottle of water in their child's lunch. This is especially important for athletes and even more so for those that have summer and spring sports. The fact that water is cheap, has no calories and only has positive benefits should be reason enough to drink the recommended amount everyday!!

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  6. I don't drink enough water, and I believe the rest of the world doesn't drink enough either. There are some crazy water fiends in the world though, going through 20 glasses of water. I want to think they drink all that water, because they don't have anything else to drink. Kids, got their fruit juices, sodas, teas, and so many other options to water. For me water is great, but sometimes I want flavor in my drinks. My tip for drinking more water is just do it, water is a basic essential for life. It is needed everyday and needs to be digested everyday.

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  7. While I have known that many teens and kids, like myself, do not drink enough water, the fact that nearly a quarter of kids don't drink any water is shocking. The main problem that hinders me from getting sufficient water is that school is very intensive, filled with demanding activities that distract me from getting enough water. Furthermore, the fact that water doesn't have much taste may deter others from drinking it. Replacements such as soda and juice is problematic given the amount of sugar they have. However, something like tea or water infused with a fruity flavor may encourage kids to have more fluids, as they can enjoy the taste without having too much sugar.

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  8. I know that normally I drink enough water, but sometimes I struggle with drinking enough, specifically when I get stressed out for school. The easiest way I think to get all of the water you need, might be just vegetables and fruit. Mainly apples and cucumbers.

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  9. I am really surprise that quarter of kid dont have enough water, I personality drink alot of water i love water they are so good for you and also they taste good for me. Teens should get a bottle of water to school everyday. Drink MORE guys!!!

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  10. I was actually not very surprised to learn that more than half of the kids who participated in the survey were dehydrated; the recommended 10-14 cups of water a day seems like a lot, and I don't see too many people carrying around water bottles at school or using the water fountains. I think part of the problem is that people don't feel like they need to drink water if they haven't been exercising or if they aren't thirsty, but in order to stay hydrated, kids need to drink regularly during the day. This can be hard if you don't bring your own water, and aren't always around a fountain. Sadly, even though I almost always bring a water bottle with me to school, I still don't drink enough water because I rarely finish it and I don't have to refill it very often. But from now on, since I'm more aware of the health benefits of drinking water, and the risks of being dehydrated, I'll try to set daily goals in order to ensure that I stay hydrated.

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  12. I drink a lot of water on more days than others, but I feel it's because some days we need it more than others. I don't drink a lot on days its raining, but I do when it's really hot. It's weird to say, but I think the weather effects how I feel and how much I want to drink. I honestly don't even know if I drink enough, but I try to stay hydrated enough that I don't get cotton mouth.

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  13. I drink a lot of water on more days than others, but I feel it's because some days we need it more tan others. I don't drink a lot on days its raining, but I do when it's really hot. It's weird to say, but I think the weather effects how I feel and how much I want to drink. I honestly don't even know if I drink enough, but I try to stay hydrated enough that I don't get cotton mouth.

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  14. I have heard that kids don't drink the required amount of water, but I never knew that boys were "76% more likely than girls to not have enough water in their system". I think this is true because I usually see girls carry around a water bottle more than guys do. I try to drink the required amount of water daily but sometimes I forget, or I'm just not thirsty. Although I do notice that when I carry a water bottle I'm likely to drink more water with it than without.

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  15. I have heard that kids don't drink the required amount of water, but I never knew that boys were "76% more likely than girls to not have enough water in their system". I think this is true because I usually see girls carry around a water bottle more than guys do. I try to drink the required amount of water daily but sometimes I forget, or I'm just not thirsty. Although I do notice that when I carry a water bottle I'm likely to drink more water with it than without.

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  16. I did not know that not drinking enough water can lead to health problems such as headaches, irritability, poor physical performance, and even more serious issues. No wonder why I'm so irratable, I almost never drink enough water because it just lacks taste.

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  17. I really enjoyed this article and I found the tips at the bottom for drinking more water in the day very useful. Doing things such as adding a fruit to my water will really help me with drinking the 10-14 cups of water I need each and every day.

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  18. I think that I drink a good amount of water, but I definitely think that I can drink more. I think that it's interesting that about half of the kids studied were dehydrated. I think that its interesting that this article says that "kids need about 10 to 14 cups of water daily." I don't think that kids are aware of how much water they need to be drinking.

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  19. I personally do drink a lot of water at school, but not "need 10 to 14 cups of water a day." I know taut drinking water is very essential and should be on your normal day routine because I know that I get headaches when I don't drink water throughout the day. I also carry around a water bottle, so that I know that I'm getting at least 2 cups a day during school. I think that if students start carrying water bottles that they won't have to worry about being dehydrated.

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  20. I do drink enough water and I try to stay hydrated. My tip is to drink only water(not sugary drinks) while you are at school. It says that boys were 76% more likely than girls to not have enough water, and i think that is because girls tend to always carry water bottles. And I don’t see a lot of guys carry water bottles therefore girls drink more water.

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  21. I do drink a lot of water everyday. Here are my 3 tips:

    1. If you are going for a walk or a run, bring a tall (not fat) size bottle of water, to keep yourself hydrated.
    2. If you take vitamins, drink water with it, not coffee, diet soda or other non-water drinks.
    3. If you are at any restaurant and you have a diet soda or ice tea, make sure you ask the waiter or waitress for a glass of water. It is not OK to just have a soft drink.

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  22. I found that I drink more than enough water everyday, which is good because that means I'm pretty healthy compared to most of the people in America. What I do to make sure I drink enough water is I bring a water bottle with me to school and put sliced fruits in the water to give it a flavor, and to get in some of the nutrients I need throughout the day. The main thing I found interesting in the article was that more than half of the children in the survey do not drink enough water throughout the day, and I would have expected it to be around less than half to half of the children in the survey didn't get enough water.

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  23. Yes, I do drink enough water everyday. My tips for drinking enough water are: I drink water with every meal, instead of a soda or juices, remind myself to drink at least 6-8 glasses of water per day, and not to buy sodas or juices to keep them in the kitchen shelf. With these tips, I keep my body temperature regulated, to deliver oxygen to my body, it helps my digestion, and more.

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  24. Reading this article was very interesting because I did not know that you must drink 10-14 cups of water a day and that really stood out to me. Besides that I do drink enough water everyday, it's part of my daily routine to do everyday. It's important to me to stay hydrated everyday. Tips that I would recommend to do that could help to drink water throughout your day is to keep a water bottle with you every single day even if you think you probably might not even need it. So in that way when you feel dehydrated or thirsty you could drink the water of bottle you have and if it's empty you could refill it when you're at school. Another tip that I recommend is to just stick with water. I don't recommend drinking soda or juices everyday to stay hydrated. Once in a while I think is okay but drinking it 24/7 is not okay for your health. I think trying not to drink soda or juices would be easier because as we learned in health class juices and soda(mostly soda) has tons of sugars. In taking a lot of sugar realeases a dopamine reseptar which makes you crave it more and more every time you drink it and the more you crave it you'd just focus on drinking more of that instead of focusing on drinking water which is what you should do. Sticking to water is a better idea if you want to stay healthy and hydrated everyday.

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  25. The body is made up of a lot of water, and we need water to hydrate ourselves. I tend to not drink a lot of water because I do tend to forget to drink it. I do tend to notice on days when I drink more water I am energized and I feel a lot more refreshed. I didn't know that not drinking the recommended amount of water can lead to headaches and decrease physical health.

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  26. A rather relatable article as I at one point drank hardly any water and was part of that quarter that didn't drink plain water though I didn't know it was such a large margin. While I have quit drinking those sugary beverages I still don't drink the recommended 10-14 cups of water. The sooner we solve this progressively worsening problem of dehydration in our youth the better.

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  27. I lack water. I only drink water when I work out or do something tiring.

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  28. I feel that I drink plenty of water throughout the day. I enjoy drinking water because it is a lot healthier for you than sports drinks or high sugar juices. I believe water quenches your thirst a lot better then all those other drinks because of all the sugar and chemicals. What I recommend for drinking more water would be to substitute it for something else your about to drink. If you are feeling dehydrated you can grab a bottle of water to stop the dehydration.

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  29. drinking water is key it regulates body temperature, delivers oxygen to the body, and helps digestion. I do drink a lot of water but I don't drink 10-14 cups a day. I think its because I have so much on my mind during the day that I don't really take the time to drink the daily amount of water that we should be drinking.

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  30. I always carry a water bottle with me but I don't think I ever drink the 10-14 cups of water I need a day. Most days I only drink one water bottle a day. I really should drink more water because the days I don't drink enough I always have a headache and feel sick. I think its weird that boys are more dehydrated than girls but it makes since because boys hardly ever carry water bottles with them.

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  31. I always carry a water bottle with me but I don't think I ever drink the 10-14 cups of water I need a day. Most days I only drink one water bottle a day. I really should drink more water because the days I don't drink enough I always have a headache and feel sick. I think its weird that boys are more dehydrated than girls but it makes since because boys hardly ever carry water bottles with them.

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  32. Referring to the article, we should drink at least 10-14 glasses per day. I do agree that we do need to drink a lot of water but I think 14 glasses per day is a lot. I usually drink around 8-10 glasses because for most of the day because of the need of going to the bathroom is distracting to me personally. It is true that dehydration will lead to headaches and poor physical performance but I think that 14 glasses is too much.

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  33. It's important to drink water and stay hydrated everyday. Kids these days drink sweet sugary drinks that don't act the same as water and it isn't healthy for them as stated in the article. You can also tell how hydrated you are by the color of your pee. I drink less than 14 cups a day and still stay hydrated so I think 14 is a little too much.

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