Dr. Laurie meets Girls Prep: HYDRATION

They say that 75% of all Americans are dehydrated – do you fall into this category?

Did you know that you can boost your energy levels, focus and concentrate better throughout the day, cleanse your system and revitalize your body simply by drinking more water?

Rule of thumb: get half of your body weight in ounces of water each day. So, if I weighed 100 lbs, then I would need approximately half of that number (100/2= 50) in ounces of water per day, so 50 ounces per day, just to meet my own metabolic needs. Then, if I exercise, walk or take a yoga class, I will need MORE, yes more water on top of that to replenish water loss through sweat and evaporation.

As part of a larger initiative to get the young students of New York City hydrated, I have created a program that originally launched at the Girls Prep school in Manhattan with the help of their wonderful teachers. I set up a water lecture, providing each group of 20 kindergarten girls with their choice of either sparkling or flat water, to which they had the option of adding fresh raspberries, lemons, limes and oranges. The girls were also introduced to benefits of fresh mint leaves, which they could smell, taste and add to their water to jazz it up, along with the freshly cut up fruit of their choice.

Girls were taught about the importance of drinking water, how it helps them learn better in school and how much they should be drinking each day. This program provided them with the opportunity to have a much more focused day in the classroom now that their beautiful little brains were hydrated. Not to mention the huge burst of Vitamin C and fiber they all were loving!

What we accomplished here was nothing short of spectacular. Girls were introduced to new fruits, tastes, smells, vitamins, minerals and by doing so, learned that water can be FUN — it doesn’t always have to be boring!

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2 thoughts on “Dr. Laurie meets Girls Prep: HYDRATION

  1. Sophie Soil says:

    all of this sounds very exciting and very helpful, hope you have great success in all you do. but I heard recently that drinking too much water is more harmful than not drinking enough, and that you should let your thirst be your guide. is that true?

    • drlauriend says:

      Too much of anything can be harmful, but too many of us remain dehydrated throughout the day. All I am suggesting is that we get more hydrated to meet our metabolic needs, and get started first thing in the morning!

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