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An easy, healthy way to keep your child hydrated

Posted: May 17, 2019

By Master Christopher Rappold

I can’t blame a child or even an adult for enjoying the taste of juice.  It is flavorfully sweet and quenches your thirst.  The challenge though is at what cost?  With a rise in childhood obesity it seems we need to be as mindful about sugar intake as we are about our child’s hydration.  

This can be hard for some of us to swallow, pardon the pun.  Many of us grew up in a house that had juice as a part of a “nutritious” breakfast.  Some of us always had a carton of juice in the refrigerator if we needed our thirst quenched; therefore our appetite for juice has been woven into our nutritional history.  

Ultimately like all decisions regarding our children, it is up to us to either repeat history or break the cycle.   Ingestion of sugar creates future cravings for sugar.  Yes it is true, seemingly innocent things like drinking juice can create sugary cravings.  

Now going from sweet juice to plain water can be a big leap. A nice way to bridge the gap is to fill up a container of water and add your child’s favorite fruit into it.  This provides a nice flavor, which is an easy way to slowly ease your child off the high concentration of sugary juices. 

Seventy percent of our body and 80% of our brain is made up of water, not juice. Let’s give our child’s body what it needs without creating nutritional addictions with very bad long-term consequences.    

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