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Water Is Your Best Friend

Buy your children a cool water bottle or two and encourage them to take them wherever they go. Make water the drink of choice at meal times and keep juice and other sweet drinks as ‘sometimes’ food, not ‘everyday’ food. While juice has valuable nutrients and gives a concentrated energy boost for active, growing children, all kids should go for water first when they are thirsty, not sugar-sweetened drinks. Talk to them about how their body needs plenty of water to grow, play and learn. Telling kids how 70% of our bodies are made up of water will fascinate them. Demonstrate it to them by putting a sponge in some water and compare it to a dried-out sponge. When little bodies and brains are dehydrated, results like headaches, muscle cramps and feeling sluggish (and general crankiness) are common. Not good news when they’re on the sports field or in class.

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