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4 Big Reasons Your Kids Need To Stay Hydrated This Summer

April 4, 2013 by  
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Almost everybody has heard the eight glasses of water a day for health suggestion and most people are familiar with the need to stay hydrated. However, not everybody knows the specific reason why hydration is so important, especially for children. Here are four big reasons your kids need to be well hydrated this summer.

Dehydration Has A Negative Impact On Brain Function

According to a July 2007 Journal of the American College of Nutrition article citing the results of numerous studies under varied circumstances, dehydration can result in a decline in cognitive performance. A May 16, 2010, articl

e in the Guardian, a British newspaper, said that Cambridge’s MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit and the Institute of Psychiatry in London studies found that young people that didn’t drink enough fluids experienced cognitive effects that included decreased problem solving abilities because the dehydrated brain doesn’t work as efficiently as the well hydrated brain.

Hydration Helps Protect The Largest Organ Of The Body

The skin is the largest organ of the body and serves a vital purpose. It is the barrier between the complex internal systems of the body and the outside world, blocking bacteria and other potential invaders from entering the body. As explained by the Mayo Clinic, dehydration can cause skin to lose its elasticity. Dry skin can crack and break, leaving the body vulnerable to infection and disease. Staying hydrated helps keep the skin in good condition, able to do its job.

Adequate Fluid Intake Is Essential To Digestive System

The digestive processes require sufficient fluid intake to function as efficiently as they should. Constipation can result from dehydration, as well as a host of digestive discomforts. Dehydration can also interfere with the body’s ability to efficiently metabolize food, decreasing its ability to extract and utilize essential nutrients.

Proper Hydration Helps Flush The Body

The highly complex systems of the body produce byproducts – waste – as they function. Moving through the world, we take in all sorts of substances and toxins. Making sure to stay hydrated is essential to flushing these unwanted substances from the body. This is of particular importance to children because they live in the same environment as we do, taking in similar environmental toxins. However, since they are smaller, with a lower body weight, those toxins tend to be found in higher concentrations. Proper hydration is a priority for optimum health.

Jayla Barnsen is a freelance blogger from Eugene, Oregon. She often writes about health and is currently studying various diseases of the brain. She is an occasional contributor to For more information on brain tumors, click here.


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