Thursday, June 20, 2013

Things My Mother Taught Me Passed on to My Kids - Summer Tips to Stay Hydrated

Good Health 

Mom’s Pure Words of Wisdom #MomsWisdom

Generation to generation, mothers always seem to know best -- passing on their pearls of wisdom to sons and daughters who in turn pass those valuable messages on to their own offspring.  Truly, no matter what the culture or native tongue, there seems to be no area where Mom is more expert than in teaching her children about taking care of their physical health, especially exercise, good nutrition and most important of all -- keeping the body fully hydrated during summer. Latching on to those pearls of wisdom, Nestlé® Pure Life® has launched the Hydration Movement on their Facebook Page.

Mom & me w/ Dixie Cups of Water,
I can still hear my own mommy telling me again and again now to drink a lot of water when it's hot outside. In fact she used to say she wished we had an outside water fountain in our backyard so us kids wouldn't drink directly from the garden hose!  Now that I'm a big girl with a family of four children of my own, I've passed that reminder on which you can't tell your kids enough.

Me in my 1960s backyard,
"Make sure you drink enough water," my mother used to say when I was little. I'm guessing that your own mother may have said the same thing to you. I'll also surmise that you and me both are telling the same thing to our own families now.

Image from Nestle Pure Life
H2O is indeed the source of all life -- the human body is made up of about 60% water and water is essential for the body to function. In fact, people can go a whole lot longer without food than without water before seeing the worst side effects.

The ultimate cocktail: Ice Water,
Since you only need to lose 1-2 percent of your body water before dehydration starts to set in, it is critical that everyone from newborns to kids to middle age moms and dads to the oldest grandparents drink enough water. No time is this more important than now as we head into the hottest days of the year when many of us tend to spend a lot more time outdoors, even in the heat and sun.

My own kids playing with the hose,

Summer Tips to Stay Hydrated

  • Remember to drink even when you're not thirsty
  • Consume more water when you're exercising or simly sweating from the heat
  • Drink 9 cups (for women) and 13 cups (for men) of water daily
  • For Kids: Drink 4 cups (ages 1-3), 5 cups (ages 4-8), 7-8 cups (ages 9-13) 
  • Don't Forget: Coffee, tea, soda or anything else isn't a substitute for water
  • Enjoying ice cold water actually burns fat calories
I've shared my story because I value the many things my mom taught me and I think they're worth repeating. In its most perfect form, wisdom is best when shared.

For More Wisdom & Tips on Hydration

Image from Nestle Pure Life
The mission of the official Nestlé® Pure Life® Facebook page is to spread the word about pledging to swap one sugared beverage per day with water for a year, inspiring families everywhere to live healthier lifestyles.

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