Without a doubt, water is one of the best things we can give our bodies. On average our body is made up of 60-65% water with a newborn baby being 75%, our brain alone is 80% water. In fact 71% of the earths surface is covered in water so the correlation between life and water itself is undeniable, water is how we survive and we wouldn’t last long without it.
So why are we not drinking more of it? It is astonishing how many people today don’t drink enough water and are replacing it with sodas, milkshakes, teas and sugary energy drinks; not to mention fruit juices packed full of sugar.
One of the best ways you can help your child to be strong and healthy is to ensure they are drinking enough water each and every day. The benefits of water are endless as it is essential for healthy bodily function. It revitalizes our body, mind and spirit by boosting our immune system. It fights disease, stabilizes our body temperature, keeps us hydrated and transfers oxygen to our cells; it actually conserves the health of every single cell in our body. Water is without a doubt the center of life itself.
Not only this, but water keeps us connected. When we are drinking enough clean water we are supporting our vibration so that we can vibrate at our highest possible level. When we are suitably hydrated not only do we think and feel better, energetically we have a stronger, clearer connection to the universe and our higher self. Energy is everything, as is water.
Below is a recommended guide on a sufficient daily intake of fluids1. This guide is based on all fluids and drinks consumed not just water consumed however it is vital that the majority of your fluid intake is from plain water for optimal health.
- Infants 0–6 months – 0.7L (from breastmilk or formula)
- Infants 7–12 months – 0.9L (from breastmilk, formula and other foods and drinks)
- Children 1–3 years – 1.0L (about 4 cups)
- Children 4–8 years – 1.2L (about 5 cups)
- Girls 9–13 years – 1.4L (about 5-6 cups)
- Boys 9–13 years – 1.6L (about 6 cups)
- Girls 14–18 years – 1.6L (about 6 cups)
- Boys 14–18 years – 1.9L (about 7-8 cups)
- Women – 2.1L (about 8 cups)
- Men – 2.6L (about 10 cups)
Remember this is just a recommendation. Trust your intuition with what you feel is sufficient for you and your family, but most of all use this to ask yourself, is my child drinking enough?
Amy Shayanna x
(1): Better Health. 2015. Water – a vital nutrient. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Water_a_vital_nutrient?open. [Accessed 27 July 15].