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Children And Water

by Terri David

Children, Health and Hydration

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Pure Water Is Crucial For Your Child’s Development

Children and water do mix. Other than just being smaller, our children’s bodies are really quite different than our own.

So many of the crucial defense systems that help protect adults from disease are not fully developed in children, they are much more sensitive to carcinogens, lead and waterborne parasites than adults.

Just as medications and other chemical compounds affect children differently than they do adults, so do contaminants in our air, drinking water and foods. 

Water is the body’s only way to flush out these toxins and the purer the water is to start with, the higher its capacity is to collect and cleanse these harmful compounds from our body. 

Pure filtered water helps a child’s defenses grow stronger and perform better; giving them the protection they need during their developing years.

Children and Water Toxins

A child’s immune and detoxification systems are still developing into and throughout their early teens. Exposure to trace levels of chlorine, toxic chemicals & lead in drinking water during childhood years has been linked to increased risks of disease and learning disorders in later years.

A recent Baltimore study showed that children with higher blood-lead levels have a significantly higher rate of problem behaviors than children with low blood-lead levels. "This study lends support to the belief that undue exposure to lead in childhood years may have a pervasive influence on the prevalence of juvenile delinquency in this country."

A mixture of chemicals such as chlorine, lead, herbicides, pesticides and a host of other contaminants are commonly found in our water supplies, and in many bottled waters. These trace levels of water borne chemicals have been documented to have adverse health effects on humans, and especially on small children. Unfortunately the health standards that determine how much and what levels of these toxins are permitted in our drinking water are all based on the potential effects on adults.

These "Maximum Contaminant Levels" (MCLs) are also based on the false assumption that we are only exposed to one chemical at a time. 

Boy and girl drinking purified water

We commonly find traces of several dozen different toxic chemicals in tap water. A recent report by the Environmental Working Group called "Into The Mouths Of Babes,” found that of 29 Mid Western cities tested ALL had at least one agricultural chemical present and that most had 5 or more in a single glass of tap water! The report also points out that 45,000 mothers in these 29 cities were unknowingly making infant formula with tap water containing three or more toxic chemicals. 

Often there are out breaks of chlorine resistant parasites like Cryptosporidium and Giardia in city water supplies, as was the case in Milwaukee, WI, when over 100 people died and 400,000 became sick in less than a month, mostly children and the elderly, when the water system became contaminated with Cryptosporidium. This intestinal parasite causes flu like symptoms, but can be fatal to small children and older adults... and is not controlled by chlorine.

Childhood Asthma, Cancer, Leukemia and immune disorders have all risen in the last decade. Many experts and studies suggest that this is partially due to children’s increased exposure to environmental toxins and their decreased ability to detox.

Water plays a major role in a child’s exposure to toxins and in their body’s ability to get rid of them.

A child consumes 3 times as much water per pound of body weight than an adult does, so they get a bigger dose of the chemicals in their water, and they’re developing bodies are simply much more sensitive to the harsh effects.

An increased intake of clean healthy water is one of the easiest and best ways to help promote good health for our children.

Who’s at the greatest risk for dehydration?

Well, we’re all at risk for dehydration if we don’t drink enough water, but children and seniors seem to be at the highest risk. Many kids don’t drink water. Instead, kids drink lots of sugar drinks (juice with high fructose corn syrup added) and sodas. Newsday reports that more than 186,000 children are hospitalized for dehydration in the U.S. every year. Children and water go together very well.

Children and Water Contamination

One of America’s leading authorities on water contamination, Dr. David Ozonoff, of the Boston University Of Public Health states, "the risk of disease associated with public drinking water has passed from the theoretical to the real. 

"Many illnesses that in the past could not be linked to a probable cause have now been linked to toxins in our drinking water. "While levels of these carcinogens (SOCs) in drinking water are low, it is precisely these low levels that carcinogenesis believe to be responsible for the majority of human cancers in the U.S."

The U.S. Council on Environmental Quality states that the use of pesticides and herbicides has become so excessive that they are now commonly found in household tap water and bottled water with alarming frequency. A 1998 study of 29 major U.S. cities by the Environmental Working Group found that all 29 cities had traces of at least one weed killer in the drinking water.

The report titled "Weed Killers by the Glass" went on to say, "Millions of Americans are routinely exposed to one or more pesticides in a single glass of tap water." This includes our children. 

This first ever "tap water testing" found two or more pesticides in the drinking water of 27 of the 29 cities, three or more in 24 cities, four or more in 21 cities, five or more in 18 cities, six or more in 13 cities and seven or more pesticides in the tap water of 5 major U.S. cities.

In Fort Wayne, Indiana, nine different pesticides were found in a single glass of tap water! As a startling side note: It was reported that in these 29 cities, 45,000 infants drank formula mixed with tap water containing weed killers and that "over half of these infants were swallowing 4 to 9 chemicals in every bottle!"

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The tragic health effects of consuming these highly toxic chemicals are magnified many times over for small children because their systems are more sensitive and still developing.

Small children also consume a much larger volume of fluids per pound of body weight and therefore get a bigger dose. Yet none of these factors are considered when the EPA’s maximum contaminant levels are set.

The National Academy of Sciences issued a report in 1993 on this subject and stated "children are not little adults" and their bodies are less developed and simply incapable of detoxifying certain harmful compounds."

Another major flaw in the estimated risks of chemicals in our drinking water is the false assumption that only that one chemical is being consumed. The regulations are set based on what is assumed safe for a 175-pound adult drinking water with only one chemical present and does not take into account the combined toxicity of two or more chemicals. 

In a 1995 Science Advisory Report to the EPA, it was stated, "when two or more of these contaminants combine in our water the potency may be increased by as much as 1000 times!"

Should children drink hexagonal water? Absolutely! According to The Water Puzzle and the Hexagonal Key, babies have almost 100% hexagonal water in their bodies when they are born. Replenishing this biologically superior water in children may contribute to greater health and vitality.

Can I give my child Energized Hexagonal Water?

Children may be the ones who need it most. Most children today drink lots of sugared drinks and soda. Sodas alone rob the body of trillions of molecules of oxygen with each serving. This is certainly not giving your child the hydration their bodies desperately need for optimum growth and development. Remember children and water do mix.

Hydration Tips for Children

Keeping children properly hydrated during the summer months, or in warm climates, is very important to their overall health. Felicia Busch, R.D., M.P.H. and ambassador to the American Dietetic Association, offers the following "Do's and Don'ts" for keeping children hydrated.

Do's of Children and Water

Drink at least 8 glasses of filtered water a day to remain hydrated. Encourage your kids to do the same. Active children lose 2 or more quarts of water daily so their bodies need to be continuously replenished. Children and water are winners.

Drink 8-10 oz. of water every 15 minutes during a run and another 10-12 oz. immediately following your workout. -An athlete can lose from 6-10 pounds, almost all of it water, during a 10K race in hot weather. 

Children run too. Perhaps not 10K runs, but there is track in school, playground activities, etc. Make sure your kids remain properly hydrated. Children and water are fantastic exercise friends.

Have your child take water breaks every 15-20 minutes while playing outside or participating in a sports activity. Get your kids in the habit of always carrying cold water in their beverage holder when they go for a bike ride. Children and water are great partners.

When packing your car for a weekend trip, don't forget to include the children and water in the cooler. Freeze a partially full bottle of water the night before a trip and fill it with more bottled water before you leave and you'll have instant chilled water all day long. Children and water should be kept comfortable.

Don'ts of Children and Water

Don't overdo it. Take time throughout the day for a glass of water whether or not you feel you need it. If you wait until you feel thirsty, you're already experiencing the signs of dehydration. Children and water should not be separated.

Don't substitute soda or juice as a proper beverage to prevent dehydration. Most sodas contain sugar and caffeine, which may speed up dehydration. Children and water should always be together.

Don't drink surface water from lakes, rivers or pools. This water is often untreated and could contain harmful contaminants.Don't expect the coach or other adult supervisors to provide the beverages for your child. Keep your children and water clean.

One of the most powerful ways to have your children enjoy Energized Water is to make a frozen Popsicle’s. Just mix some juice and energized water. The frozen Energized Water Popsicle not only taste delicious, but your kids will thoroughly enjoy the displays of beautiful energy patterns that regular water cannot produce. Kids always enjoy tasty, cold, refreshing 

Popsicles and in this way they are getting pure super-hydration. Make sure to take care of your children and water them well.


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