Scientists, doctors and natural health professionals know that dehydration can be linked as the cause of many major behavioral conditions and illnesses.
Poor nutrition & dehydration has shown to affect a child’s school performance by:
Making concentration difficult
Increasing behaviours that mimic ADD/ADHD
The biggest trigger of daytime fatigue is lack of water.
A mere 2% drop in a child’s body water can trigger:
fuzzy short-term memory loss
trouble with basic maths
fatigue and yawning
erratic and moody behaviour
aches and pains unrelated to an injury or infection
craving sugar, sweets and caffeine.
The adolescent brain functions much better if at least 1 to 1.5 litres of quality water is consumed during the average 6.5 hours the student is in school.
When children are given milk, fruit juice and softdrinks to the exclusion of water, it only compounds the dehydration problem.
At the same time, a cultivated preference for the taste of these drinks will automatically reduce a child’s free urge to drink water, which of course contains no sugar!
This effect will compound later on in adult life where eventually the signals of thirst get turned off and the dehydration state continues unabated. Studies show that up to 92% of our population are dehydrated.
We must address the need for healthy choices at an early age… Let’s encourage the next generation to become the ‘wellness’ generation!