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Child Health Chat, Issue #005 -- Drinking Water, the Forgotten Health Drink
September 19, 2012

Striving For A Happy Childhood


We are in Obesity Awareness Month.
There is pandemic of childhood obesity; 1 in every 5 tween is obese.
Most often obese children continue to be so through teens.

It is a cause of tremendous worry, as obesity leads to many chronic illnesses, psychosocial upheaval and compromised learning ability in children.

Here are a few articles that throw more light on the subject.

The article of the month: Drinking Water, the Forgotten Health Drink,
highlights the benefits of drinking water; it helps fighting obesity!

Enjoy it!

Table of Contents


Drinking Water, the Forgotten Health Drink

Avoid Health Drinks for Child Health

Child Health News

Flu Vaccine: Recommendations for 2012-13

Metabolic syndrome Associated With Childhood Obesity Weakens Children’s Learning Ability.

Pearls From The Forums

Teenage Obesity Leaves Lifelong Scars.

Avocado Chutney: Recipe, Food Value of Avocado & Possible Allergies

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Drinking Water, the Forgotten Health Drink

Drinking water is an essential nutrient for child health

Water is a natural content of our body which attributes to our living status. It gives suppleness to our body as compared to the desiccated form. Even the hardest tissue of the body, bone has fluid.

Water content of human body changes with age; 75 percent of body weight in newborns, which reduces to 60 percent at 1 year and is maintained at that level until puberty. Adult female and male body has 50 percent and 60 percent of water respectively.

Water maintains flow in the body systems

There is widespread flow of fluids in our body as nutrients have to reach tissues and metabolic garbage has to be cleared. Without enough water the blood will not flow through tiny capillaries to supply nutrients to each cell.

Drinking water adequately and at regular intervals creates water exchange cycles that wash off the undesirable constituents from our body.

Drinking water can help fight obesity

Water is the energy drink that does not cause weight gain and prevents obesity: The cells get rejuvenated with new nutrients reaching them, their water is refreshed, toxins generated in the normal process of metabolism washed out and cells' turgidity maintained.

Consequently, the feeling of fatigue is minimized and muscular movements are energized – all with zero calorie intake and no adjuvant.

Gives radiant look without makeup

The turgid cells, toned muscles and efficient blood circulation makes the skin glow. To a large extent it can even minimize acne formation and wrinkling of skin.

Drinking water helps maintain normal body functions

All digestive juices are in fluid form and need enough water for their formation. Moreover, the nutrients that the body wants to retain can be taken in only along with some water.

Hormone functions:
Efficient hormone function is hindered with low water intake. Hormones are secreted in fluid form and are circulated to their target organs through blood.

Each kidney consists of one million units of filtration, the nephrons, along with their own bunch of specialized capillaries, the glomerulus. Here the waste products that blood carries from all over the body are filtered out as urine.

Urine cannot be formed without adequate water in the body. Therefore it is essential to drink water intermittently throughout waking hours for optimal excretion of unwanted chemicals and toxins.

Urine passage of 5 to 8 times a day is also essential to prevent stone formation and to wash off the germs that are regularly generated in urinary tract, thereby preventing urinary tract infection.

The water content of stools vary, but one thing is certain that with deficient water intake the quantity of water in the fecal matter reduces. As a result the stools become hard and children suffer from constipation along with its many other consequences.

Water plays a major role in body heat regulation

Insulator effect of water in our body prevents sudden fluctuation of our body temperature with fluctuations in the atmospheric temperature.

As a shock absorber and lubricant

There is a coating of fluid around every organ of the body. This absorbs shocks generated by the movements of the nearby organs and prevents friction between two functioning organs; for example heart and lungs.

The brain inside the skull is surrounded by thin layer of cerebral fluid. During jerky movements this fluid absorbs the hard skull's impact on the soft brain tissue; for example dancing to vehicle accident.

Shock absorber and lubricant effects can easily be appreciated by the fact that baby in mother’s womb is surrounded by about a liter of amniotic fluid.

How is drinking water different from drinking other health drinks, alcohol and beverages?

• Water is natural; has no adjuvant or calories.

• Alcohol and drinks with excessive sugar and salts can lead to excessive urine formation leading to dehydration.

Caffeine in most of the beverages that are commonly marketed is addictive and has many unhealthy consequences.

What is the normal daily requirement of drinking water?

100 ml / kg for first 10 kg. of body weight.
50 ml / kg for next 10 kg. of body weight.
20 ml / kg. for each additional kg. of body weight

This roughly amounts to 2000 ml per day for a well grown teenager at 18 years of age. At least half of the daily requirement (1000 to 1250 ml equals to 5-6 glasses) should be taken as plain drinking water.

Approximately one-eighth of it (250 ml.) goes with normal daily diet. The remaining can be taken as beverages (3 medium size cups a day).

More than 3 cups of beverages or milk (in case of toddlers) can lead to subclinical dehydration; usually experienced as fatigue, irritability and diminished ability to concentrate.

If a teenager wishes to indulge in alcoholic beverages, then it should be above the volume of normal daily requirement of drinking water.

Avoid Health Drinks for Child Health

Health drinks are being marketed to boost energy, endurance and performance. Are they healthy for children? Caffeine is the key ingredient in most of them. Read to know.

News on Child Health

Flu Vaccine
On September 10, 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics published its recommendations for use of seasonal influenza vaccine to prevent Flu in children. Read the details.

Childhood Metabolic Syndrome
The study proves that any metabolic dysfunction can jeopardize brain growth, development and function. The commonest cause of non diabetic metabolic syndrome in children today is metabolic dysfunction associated with childhood obesity.
Click to read the full article.

Pearls From The Forums

Teenage Obesity Leaves Lifelong Scars.
Obesity is one of the scourges of teenage. Teenage obesity should be taken a lot more seriously than it is at present for the lifelong scars it leaves. Obese teenagers find it more difficult to cope with the ups and downs of teenage development because of the obesity.
Click here to read the article.

Avocado Chutney: Recipe, Food Value & Allergies of Avocado
Avocado’s rich food values have given a general misconception of it being fattening. Wonder why we have kept it away from children; maybe only because of the taste or paucity of recepies for children? However, watch for allergic reactions to avocado

Click to know more.

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