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Results of nutritional surveys among Filipinos reveal the steady increase in the number of overweight children aged 5 to 10 years old from 2003 to 2013. Experts say that overweight and obese children are more likely to stay obese into their adulthood—with more chances of developing non-communicable diseases like cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and chronic respiratory disease.
How do you prevent your children from developing lifestyle diseases? One of the most effective ways is to set them on a healthy path earlier. Starting them young can help them develop good habits that may just save their life in the future.
Apart from getting regular exercise and eating the right kinds of food, drinking enough water every day can also help keep your children in shape. Try to keep them away from sugary drinks and processed food, too.
Here are more reasons why you should encourage your kids to drink plenty of water:
It keeps your child's body hydrated
Your child's body loses water every day, especially if the weather is hot and your child is really active. You need to make sure this lost water is replaced to prevent nausea, headaches, muscle cramps, and dehydration.
You may think sweetened drinks keep your child hydrated, but fizzy drinks actually make the body lose water by stimulating urine production. When it comes to water replenishment, nothing beats water.
It keeps your child's weight in check
Fizzy drinks are loaded with calories and sugar, which can contribute to child obesity. That's why some schools see it fit to ban sugary drinks and soft drinks in canteens. If you want your kids to maintain a healthy weight, limit their intake of sweetened drinks and get them to opt for water instead.
It keeps teeth healthy
Sugary drinks make it easy for bacteria to grow inside the mouth. Bacteria feed on the sugar and create enamel-damaging acids in the process. Water, on the other hand, has natural elements that strengthen the teeth, making them less susceptible to damage from plaque and sugars.
It boosts appetite
Consuming too much sweetened drinks has shown to affect a kid's appetite. If a healthy diet is top priority, make sure your kids consume sugary drinks only occasionally and, more importantly, to establish water as the first choice when they are thirsty.
It is healthy and inexpensive
On top of it being calorie-free and with tons of health benefits, water is inexpensive compared to sweetened or flavored drinks.
To encourage your kids to love drinking water, educate them on its benefits and how it affects their body. Always make it available and accessible to them, and make drinking water a fun experience.
It can be really challenging to get your kids to appreciate the importance of drinking plenty of water. How do you make it fun for them? You can get them a cool water bottle they'd definitely want to use.
You can also give them Absolute Distilled Drinking Water's Disney-inspired bottles. Disney Princesses (Belle, Snow White, and Frozen sisters Anna and Elsa) as well as other iconic Disney characters (Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, Lightning McQueen, and the father-and-son tandem Marlin and Nemo) grace these Absolute Distilled 250ml bottles.
These designs aim to heighten the appeal of drinking water among kids, making them prefer water over sugary and fizzy drinks. The use of Disney characters adds an element of fun to encourage kids to build the habit of drinking water regularly.
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This article was created by Summit StoryLabs in partnership with Absolute Distilled Drinking Water.