Did you know your child might not be performing at school because they are adequately hydrated? A Harvard study recently published in the American Journal of Public Health found that more than half of children and adolescents are not adequately hydrated. A result of poor hydration can cognitively and physically impact students. Even mild dehydration could produce headaches, reduced cognitive functioning, irritability, and poor physical performance. Water is also needed by the body for temperature regulation, waste, metabolism, and circulation.
With hydration being such an important issue for school performance, it made the final installment of Lunchox Lessons, Fill Up with Fluids!
How much fluid does your child need? This chart from the USDA breaks it down by food and fluid.
Supermarket RD Grab N’Go Picks
“I love the Organic Valley low fat organic milk cartons because they are shelf stable and don’t require refrigeration. They also come in a variety of flavors.”
“Don’t get me wrong, I love almond milk, but cashew milk is a lot creamier. I would maybe compare cashew milk to a 2% consistency and other nondairy milks to a skim milk consistency.”
Supermarket Nutrition recommends that you don’t forget about good old fashioned water and 100% fruit juice.
You can download the LunchBoxLessons Toolkit with the Lunchbox Checklist to help keep your child healthy and your frustration low.
If you missed out on the other Lunchbox Lessons, you can access them below: