What happened to just drinking water? Now it’s all you can do to avoid the numerous beverage options smacking you in the face at any local grocery store and about 90% of them are horrible for your body.
When I was a kid…..not really all that long ago…..We had soda in the house maybe on the weekends or at parties, stuff like that. It was a treat, it wasn’t something that was regularly in our refrigerator that’s for sure. I’m seeing quite the opposite in many families recently, kids are drinking energy drinks and sodas and other sugar filled beverages on a very regular basis. These drinks are adding no nutrient value to their growing bodies and they are only packing on useless calories to their day. A few other risks they are in danger of are tooth decay, obesity, and increased risk of diabetes. We are living in a time where the rise of childhood diabetes is at an all time high
According to the Mayo clinic:
Type 2 diabetes in children is a chronic condition that affects the way your child’s body metabolizes sugar (glucose).
Type 2 diabetes in children is on the rise, fueled largely by the obesity epidemic.
Type 2 diabetes is a disease more commonly associated with adults. In fact, it used to be called adult-onset diabetes. There is plenty you can do to help manage or prevent type 2 diabetes in children. Encourage your child to eat healthy foods, get plenty of physical activity and maintain a healthy weight. If diet and exercise aren’t enough to control type 2 diabetes in children, oral medication or insulin treatment may be needed
Adults are in the same boat here in regards to all of the risks associated with guzzling these useless drinks. Kids learn by example and model their behavior to what adults around them are doing. If they see you leave for work in the morning downing a monster energy drink or a coffee with 12 sugar packets then maybe that’s what they eventually think they need to tackle the day. Teach your kids to drink water because it truly is the only form of liquid that we as humans cannot survive without. We will not in fact die if we don’t have a rockstar energy drink every day!
Try a few of these mixes to keep water fun all year long:
- ORANGE/LEMON SLICES