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:
- Increasing fatigue
- Reducing memory
- 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
- difficulty focusing
- 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 Australians 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!