CHILDREN AND ALKALINE WATER
You already know the benefits you can receive from ionized alkaline water. However, you may have some questions about giving ionized alkaline water to children. Do you know what level of ionized alkaline water you should give your child? Did you know there are times to avoid giving ionized alkaline water to children? Read on to learn more!
- Mix babies’ formula with purified water only.
- Do not give children ionized alkaline water 30 minutes before or 30 minutes after meals. Alkaline water may interfere with the body’s ability to absorb the nutrients in food. This is a good practice for adults to follow as well. Purified water is perfect for mealtime.
- Do not allow children to drink alkaline water 30 minutes before or 30 minutes after taking medication. To avoid jeopardizing the effectiveness of medications, children should take them with purified water. Again, the same advice applies to adults.
Now let’s focus on how much water children should drink daily.
Babies up to six months of age do not need to drink water because they get enough fluid from breastfeeding or formula. Remember to mix formula with neutral, purified water. From 6 to 12 months, when your baby starts to eat solid foods, you may consider offering your baby two ounces of purified water in a cup. Choose water over juice to begin to form good life habits. If you do give your baby juice, dilute it with some purified water.
Busy, active toddlers should typically drink about 44 fluid ounces of water per day. At this point, you can give your child water with a pH between 8.5 and 9.0. Introduce alkaline water to your child slowly by only offering one to two cups per day and gradually moving up. If you offer your child juice, dilute it with alkaline water.
By now, your child should be accustomed to alkaline water. Children this age should drink anywhere from 33 to 66 fluid ounces of water per day, depending on their size, weight and activity level. Give your child a GoodLife bottle to take to school so he or she can sip on water throughout the day. Make sure your child has water at any sporting activities. It is still a good idea to stick with a pH level between 8.5 and 9.0.
Kids this age should drink up to 2 to 3 liters of water day. Now that they are older, the pH of the water can be between 9.5 and 9.7. Again, the amount of water needed depends on your teenager’s size and activity level. Make sure your teenager takes water to school and has it for after-school activities as well.
Teaching your children the importance of drinking water—and especially ionized alkaline water—is a big step in steering them in the right direction toward developing a healthy lifestyle that will last well into their adulthood.