Drink Up
Blog - April 3, 2016

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Empty To FullWater is so important in our family.   Every night my husband takes at least three bottles of water with  him to bed.  I always have one close by too and sometimes my son has one next to his bed.  He’s only four and still has accidents so I don’t encourage this yet.  But there is never a shortage of water in our house.   Everyone drinks water.  It is a priority.  We work out and we live in Florida where it’s hot at least eleven months out of the year.  I also grew up in Arizona where temperature would hit 120 degrees.  If you didn’t have water with you all the time, it was considered dangerous.   Many people get dehydrated there (especially the elderly) so I have always known the importance of drinking water.  It wasn’t until I changed my diet that I really understood it’s importance though.  Not only does it help hydrate the body, it helps with weight loss too.  Water boosts your metabolic weight.  It’s hard to believe that this colorless, transparent, odorless and tasteless liquid which is called water could be so important.

I stay clear from fountain drinks and sodas.  If I want something bubbly, I drink sparkling water with a slice of lemon.  Sometimes I use a water enhancer for a little flavor.

So how do I get my two and four year old to drink more water?  “Is water good for you?” he asks.  That’s all they really know.  Water is a necessity and always available for them over snacks or sugary drinks.   My four year old gets one juice box a day for school.  Otherwise, he also drinks milk in the morning and at night.   Whenever he is thirsty, he knows he needs to drink water.  He knows that he can’t poop without drinking water, haha because if you don’t drink enough water, you are constipated.  Yes, my four year old knows about constipation.  It all goes together.   He also knows the downfalls of sugar already.  Sugar makes them crazy!  Mommy not happy.  Water is good for you!  So drink water!  Drink up!

2016-03-16 11.30.07Fresh Baby is part of the Drink Up initiative and is spreading the word about drinking more water.  One way they do this is by adding it on their Drink Up My Plate Dinnerware.  It gives a blueprint for healthy eating at each meal.  The plate has four divided sections that have the perfect sized portion sections for fruits, vegetable, proteins and grains.  It’s a great reminder for me to watch what I feed my boys every night.  But it also has a place to remind you to Drink Up.  The plates are FDA food-safe, lead and BP-A & Phthalate – FREE.  A portion of the sales is donated to the Partnership For Healthier America’s Drink Up Initiative to help encourage everyone to drink more water. 

For help on learning about how important drinking water is check out  MyPlate MyWins Messaging.  Here you will find out why everything you eat and drink matters.  Limit your sodium, added fat and sugars.  For myself, I know that sugar makes me energetic for about five minutes then tired and lethargic.  When I don’t drink water I get bloated and constipated.  When I don’t drink water I am tired.  When I am tired I don’t feel like working out.  It’s a cycle.  So I try to do things to remind myself that I need to drink more water.

I always keep bottled water available and a pitcher on the counter.  When I get in the car there is always a bottle water next to me.  I don’t leave bottled water in the car because it’s not safe.  If I do it’s used for dirty hands.  But when I leave the house, I take my keys, wallet and a water.  It’s almost like a seat belt.  I need it to protect myself.  An alarm goes off in my head if I don’t have water with me.  I also buy the mini bottle’s of water for the kids as well as keep a Fresh Baby Collapsible Water Bottle with me in my backpack.  It’s empty but if I get into a situation, like running around Disney or the Zoo and we run out of water temporarily, I can run to a fountain and fill it up.  Water might be an odorless and tasteless liquid but it sure makes a difference!

For more information on drinking more water visit MyPlate MyWins Messaging.

For more information on water vs. sugary drinks visit Free Drink Water instead of Sugary Drinks Lesson Plans.

 

 

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39 Comments

  1. Water is very important. I used to drink 2 gallons a day and tjem I found out I was in renal failure. It is something that sneaks up on you.

  2. Water is so important and I know it. I just have a big problem drinking it. I know that this contributes to my weight gain and tiredness. I think these plates are a great idea. Thank you so much for sharing this great article

  3. We are having to perpetually fill our water pitcher in our home. It’s worth it to invest in quality water filtration systems as well. Great post!

  4. I drink water from the time I wake until the time I go to bed. If possible, sometimes I think I drink too much water.

  5. Such great encouragement! I do ok with my water consumption but I just haven’t put down sodas. I encourage our kids to drink water and it is always readily available for them!

  6. I am a Diabetic & am thirsty a lot. I take a bottle of water with me everywhere, even bed.
    I found these interesting facts in What Is the Function of Water in the Body?
    BY, Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D., Chemistry Expert
    Water serves multiple purposes:
    •Water is the primary building block of cells.
    •It acts as an insulator, regulating internal body temperature. This is partly because water has a high specific heat, plus the body uses perspiration and respiration to regulate temperature.
    •Water is needed to metabolize proteins and carbohydrates used as food. It is the primary component of saliva, used to digest carbohydrates and aid in swallowing food.
    •The compound lubricates joints.
    •Water insulates the brain, spinal cord, organs, and fetus. It acts as a shock absorber.
    •Water is used to flush waste and toxins from the body via urine.

    Reading this article has reinforced how valuable it is for ALL of us to drink water!!

  7. I needed to hear this today! My babe is starting to eat solids and I need to keep wayyy healthier options in the house.

  8. This is so true, water is very important for your health! I always feel amazing when I drink enough water, and terrible if I don’t.

  9. To get my kiddo to drink more water I don’t offer him much else until his water bottle is gone lol!! He hates it but at least I know he’s staying hydrated!!

  10. So true, I’ve been living in New Mexico for 6 years and learned fast to drink water not even diet drinks. Thanks for sharing.

  11. I needed this reminder today. Even though I’m far from Florida, I still need it! I take it to bed too, and have to pee all night long, but oh well! I’m hydrated 🙂

  12. I dont drink near enough that I should especially in the winter unless you count hot coffee and cocoa. In the summer I drink quite a bit. I need to get more consistent drinking it.

  13. Thanks for this great post! My mom just stared drinking lemon water daily and keeps telling me all these wonderful benefits she’s getting. Sure lemons have lots of great qualities but I personally think a lot of it has to do with just drinking more water and not so much doctor pepper!!!

  14. Water is so very important! Son is only 2, he has his own water bottle but since he loves to eat and drink whatever Mom and Dad have, we let him drink from our water bottles as much as he wants. It’s a great way to get him to drink more water.

  15. I drink unsweet tea in the morning for my caffiene and water the rest of the day and evening. I really want to infuse it with fruit though. I bet that’s outstanding…

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