It is extremely important to remind families, students and ourselves about the necessity of adequate hydration.
Most people are chronically dehydrated due to habit and most of us lack awareness of the affects dehydration has upon the human body.
Dehydration causes confusion in the brain making it difficult to react appropriately no matter how developed our emotional intelligence is.
Part of developing emotional intelligence is gaining an awareness of the possible physical reasons for mental and emotional distress. These reasons may also include, fatigue, hormonal cycles, food intolerances, petro chemical influences such as exhaust, paint or candle fumes, and inadequate nutrient intake amongst others.
As soon as we begin to feel energy rise in our body we need to ask ourselves, ‘What is going on in our personal, physical environment and have I been drinking adequate water today?’
Adequate fluid is approximately 1 litre per 25 kilos of human body weight.
Appropriate fluids for rehydration purposes are water and herbal teas.
Note: Soft drinks, milk, tea, coffee and all alcoholic beverages must be seen as ‘pleasure beverages’ rather than be used for hydration purposes.
Some Symptoms of dehydration
- Dry mouth
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feelings of frustration
- Muscle cramps
- Nausea and vomiting
- Heart Palpitations
- Lightheadedness (especially when standing)
- Decreased urine output
Suggestion: create a printout/poster for your classroom wall and as a handout for students and parents.