Nutrition: Hydration

Drink up!

Infusion drops can up your water intake

Have you examined your water intake lately? Many of us don’t drink enough—including kids! During the summer months most kids aren’t drinking enough fluids, causing them to be mildly dehydrated. It is estimated that about 25 percent of children ages six to 19 don’t drink any water as part of their fluid intake. Children should be drinking two quarts of water a day and teenagers should be having up to four quarts a day. Because kids are prone to overheating, they should be drinking even more water when playing outside or spending time in the sun.

Encourage healthy practices by taking a water break every 15–20 minutes during outdoor activities and make sure to look out for signs of dehydration, such as dry lips, headache, or elevated heart rate. A fruit smoothie or fun straw can be good motivators for kids to drink more liquids. For adults, we recommend drinking at least half of your weight in pounds in ounces of water. For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, you should be drinking 80 ounces of water daily.

Here are a few recommendations for hydration that are more than just water.

  • Unsweetened iced tea
  • Fruit or vegetable infused water (see below)
  • Unsweetened carbonated water

Another great way to encourage water breaks is with Pure Inventions’ infusion drops. They quickly create a delicious beverage that also provides antioxidants. The drops contain no sugar, calories, artificial sweeteners, or gluten. Learn more on their website and order through the Spa at the WAC online order form.

—Updated May 20, 2020; DM.

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