Drinking water is important for healthy development. But research shows that kids, by and large, simply don’t drink water, even if it’s readily available. Which means if not supervised, active kids are at a risk of dehydration.
In a group of studies in the 1990s, young athletes were brought in to a human performance laboratory in Canada and asked to complete intermittent, easy sessions of bicycling, while drinking as much water as they liked. During the 90 to 180 minute sessions, the “children dehydrated progressively and their core temperatures increased faster than in adults,” the researchers found.
Change the beverage, though, and children’s drinking behavior alters — dramatically. In the Canadian laboratory cycling study, when the kids were offered grape-flavored water, they voluntarily drank 44.5 percent more than when the water was unflavored.
The trick : give them flavoured water!
You dont have to buy expensive sports drinks. A flavoured drink can be water mixed with a fruit juice. The home made fruit juice made from natural fruits is better than the supermarket juices. Natural juices are more nutritious.