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Thinking of meals that will convince kids to eat healthy is just one part of the hard task that is motherhood, and having them drink an adequate amount of fluids is another topic to consider.

Given that school children are the most vulnerable to dehydration, it is important for parents to know ways on how to keep their kids hydrated.

Renowned nutrition expert Dr. Rodolfo Florentino shared that school children ages six to 12 years old must drink at least seven glasses of fluids per day. Teens ages 13 to 19 should consume 10 glasses of fluids on a single day, while adults ages 20 to 49 years old and older adults ages 50 to 69 years old must drink 13 glasses and eight glasses respectively. For people ages 70 years old and above, Dr. Florentino suggested seven glasses of daily fluid intake.

Following this, the Department of Science and Technology Food and Nutrition Research Institute detailed that 83 percent of school children in the Philippines are dehydrated. According to the agency, local school children have an average fluid intake of 1308 mL/day which falls short to the recommended fluid intake based on the Philippine Dietary Reference Intakes (PDRI).

“Children are more prone to dehydration than adults. During periods of play, sports, and physical exercise, they may not immediately feel the sensation of thirst, and thus fail to drink water or beverages to replace the water lost. Besides, they tend to postpone drinking even when they feel thirsty because of lack of time and opportunity to get a drink as when they are so excited while playing — so-called voluntary dehydration,” said Dr. Florentino.

With children considered as natural picky eaters, finding ways on how to make their meals fun and enticing would be a great help to supply them their needed nutrients. Sure, water is the main and best choice to give the body the hydration it needs, but most kids are not enticed with its bland taste and color.

An alternative to counter dehydration include fruits and vegetables like watermelon, pineapple, cooked squash, and cabbage, which are all excellent sources of water. Parents can also offer flavored fruit drinks like what Tang offers.

A household name for years, Tang has mastered the craft of putting real fruit taste into their nutritious, powdered fruits that are available in different flavors including orange, apple, mango, and special local varieties like honey lemon, mango, guyabano, and pomelo. Aside from quenching thirst, Tang fruit flavored drinks have vitamin C and other vitamins and minerals like vitamin A, B2, B3, B6, folate, and iron.

“Milk, fruit juice, fruit-flavored drinks especially when fortified with vitamins and minerals, coffee, tea, and other beverages like soups, fruits and vegetables, ice cream and even popsicle contain 90 to 99 percent water. Even pasta, pizza, and hotdogs contain from 40 to 70 percent water. All of these could be used to rehydrate,” Dr. Florentino added.

“In fact, on average, about 20 percent of our total water intake comes from food, and 80 percent comes from drinking water and beverages,” he explained.

Learn more on how Tang’s fruit juices can help beat the summer heat through Tang Philippines’ official Facebook page.

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