Let’s admit it, serving kids with plain water, instead of sweetened or flavored drinks, is quite an uphill battle for parents. It’s probably one of the main factors on the growing rate in children obesity from age 0-10 years old here in the Philippines. And yes, the consumption of processed foods can also be attributed alongside with that.
But here’s a fact: Water is better than any other drink alternative.
And building on the habit of drinking water earlier on will also help kids develop the good foundations of healthy eating. Here are 5 good reasons why moms like me with little tots should encourage them to drink water more:
1. STAY HYDRATED
The body loses about eight cups of water evey day. This lost water needs to be replaced to avoid discomforts such as nausea, headaches, muscle cramps, and ultimately dehydration. Sweetened drinks don’t really rehydrate the body as efficiently as water. In fact, they make the body lose more water by stimulating urine production. So, when it comes to water replenishment, nothing beats water!
2. MAINTAIN HEALTHY WEIGHT
Sugary drinks are loaded with calories and of course, sugar. Studies have found links to prevalent child obesity and flavored drinks, which is why some schools have mandated bans on such. If you want your child to maintain a healthy weight, limit their intake of sweetened drinks and get them to opt for water to quench their thirst.
3. AVOID TOOTH DECAY
Sugary drinks make it easy for bacteria to grow inside the mouth. Bacteria feed on the sugar and create enamel-damaging acids in the process. Water, on the other hand, has natural elements that strengthen the teeth, making them less susceptible to damage from plaque and sugars.
4. PROMOTE GOOD APPETITE
Consuming too much sweetened drinks has shown to affect a kid’s appetite. If a healthy diet is top priority, make sure they only consume sugary drinks occassionally, and more importantly to establish water as the first choice when they are thirsty!
5. WATER IS HEALTHY & INEXPENSIVE
On top of it being calorie-free and with tons of health benefits, water is inexpensive compared to sweetened or flavored drinks, right?
Now, if you are one of the many moms who are having a hard time getting their kids to drink some water, here’s a good news!
Absolute Distilled Drinking Water, in collaboration with The Walt Disney Company Philippines, launched their Disney edition bottles to promote a “healthily ever after” for kids in its latest hydration campaign. The use of Disney characters will create an element of fun and excitement, to encourage kids and build on the habit of drinking water regularly.
The Disney bottles comes in different characters: Disney Princesses (Belle, Snow White, Frozen sisters Anna and Elsa), as well as other iconic Disney characters Mickey and Minnie, Lightning McQueen, and father and son tandem Marlin and Nemo. They are on cute 250ml sized bottles for kids to enjoy and to easily bring with them especially for their baon.
Ysha has been exceptionally excited about drinking water since I started giving her Absolute Disney kiddie water bottles.
Here are some tips to encourage your kids to love drinking water:
- Educate them on its benefits and how it functions in their bodies
- Always make it available and accessible to them
- Make drinking water a fun occassion for the family
- Be a good example
Absolute is a brand that espouses the absolute love between a mother and child, and it’s something best seen when they look after the family’s good health through quality products that share the vision. The Absolute Disney kiddie bottle is one of its continuing efforts to promote love for the family, by endorsing consumption of clean drinking water that ensures good health.
Absolute Pure Distilled Drinking Water is certified and approved by the Bureau of Food and Drugs for meeting the country’s highest and strictest bottled drinking water standards. It is a member of the International Bottled Water Association, and is also the first water brand in the country to receive a National Sanitation Foundation International certification (an independent, global certifying body for food and beverage safety standards).
Reason why I trust and give it to Ysha! Let’s encourage our little ones to drink more water! Absolute Distilled Drinking Water is our partner on making this happen. Have you tried giving it to your kids too? What was your experience, mommy? Please share! <3