We all know we need to drink enough water every day. We hear it from doctors, from the media, and of course from our moms. We get it. But do we really?
What exactly is the ideal hydration for us humans over our lifetimes? Age matters, right?
It’s Your Meat-Suit, Actually.
Your body matters more than its age. Its makeup. Its size. The environment it’s in. How it’s acting in that environment. And all these things depend on age-- so you win. Let’s go with that, shall we?
Infants are the tiniest people of all. And they consume only breastmilk or formula for the first 6 months of their journey, making their nutritional and fluid consumption perfectly aligned. A two-for-one scenario that adds up to zero need for water. Pretty amazing when you stop and think about it.
Moving On Up.
As your baby grows into kid-hood, solid food enters the equation. Terrific! And because this changes his body’s balance, water comes along to make the math work.
There are lots of elements to factor in when figuring out how much water he or she needs:
- activity level
- temperature outside
- their health/ body temperature
If your kiddo is enjoying a normal day—not super-duper, crazy physical—and she’s healthy, you can count on her drinking enough water to keep her happily hydrated all on her lonesome, accompanied by a healthy diet, of course. (Foods contain water, too.)
The Help is in the Details.
Sips throughout the day for kids trump entire glasses all at once. Think of hummingbirds—a lot like our short-people, right?
Their bodies don’t have much storage so a little at a time is sufficient. And if you fill them up with too much water at a time, you will get pushback at mealtime. They’ll already be full!
Make It Fun!
Water is perfect on its own. Without calories or extra sugar, its health benefits are nearly uncountable. So make sipping it a party! Colorful glasses, looped-y-loop straws, and kid-picked water bottles take drinking water from a chore to a celebration! You want your kids to have positive associations with hydration. It makes life better for everyone.
Kids don’t sweat as much as we do, making it tougher for them to cool off. This puts them at greater risk of dehydration and heatstroke while running around like the wonderful little maniacs that they are.
Relax. The solution is water before, during, and after playing outside. About 4 ounces every 15-20 minutes does the trick. Think of a gulp as an ounce.
PS: This holds true whether it’s hot or cold outside.
Are You Ready for the Chart?
Age Total Water (in cups)
Girls, 9-13 9
Boys, 9-13 10
Girls, 14-18 10
Boys, 14-18 14
Some of these cups will come in the form of foods—strawberries, watermelon, yogurt, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, you name it. Healthy foods are your friends.
These numbers aren’t here to haunt you. They’re guidelines. You’re doing great! (That’s why you’ve read this far.)
And Now for the Grown-Ups in the Room.
The standard answer is 8 glasses daily. But what is a glass? And why does a one-size answer fit all?
It doesn’t. The better guestimate for how much water adults should drink each day is the number in ounces that is half your weight in pounds daily.
For example, someone who weighs 100 pounds should drink 50 ounces of water every day.
Simple enough? Thought so.
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