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Water is considered the elixir of life, and for good reason, too. Here are some of the health benefits of drinking water:
Having enough water oxygenates brain cells
It flushes out the toxins from the body
Water aids in digestion
When you feel sleepy, having a glass of water can immediately refresh you
Not drinking sufficient amount of water can lead to: Dehydration, thickening of the blood, less oxygen in the brain, and lack of concentration. It can also lead to other problems like constipation, chapped lips, dry skin, and more. Ensure that your child drinks at least 8-10 glasses of water every day.
The surest sign that a body is well-hydrated is the colour of the urine. Clear urine is a good sign since it means that the toxins are being efficiently flushed out of the body. On the contrary, if your child’s urine is dark yellow and has a strong stench, it means that they’re not drinking enough water.
One way to encourage your child to drink enough water is to keep a bottle near them at all times.
You could also put up a poster or a chart, and make it fun with drawings and doodles to track how much water they’re drinking.
If they complain about drinking plain water, you could also serve them delicious, yet healthy, drinks like nimbu paani, khus sherbet, rose water, or aam panna. However, keep these drinks to a minimum.
And if you want them to pick up a good habit, don’t forget to model good behaviour in front of them. Instead of going for that bottle of coke in your fridge, reach for nature’s thirst quencher and drink away!
Nothing can substitute the goodness of fresh, clear water and your children should learn to appreciate how it refreshes the body and mind.
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