Highland Spring’s #BraveByNature project encourages us to stay hydrated

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Highland Spring have worked with the National Hydration Council to raise awareness of the fact that optimum hydration helps families boost attention and generally achieve more.

Sound like common sense, sure… But how many of us just forget to take a sip of water because we are rushing around packing swimming kit or tying shoelaces for our kids. How many times have you reminded your children to sip water today? Probably none because you’ve been too busy going bananas that they’ve emptied the LEGO box out for the millionth time.

Seemingly though, you don’t have to consume Gwyneth-like quantities of water to boost concentration but start by popping a bottle of two in your changing bag and see if you notice the difference.

Here are the National Hydration Council’s findings:

  • A recent study carried out by psychologists at the University of East London and the University of Westminster shows that drinking just 300ml of water (slightly over half a small bottle of water) can boost attention by almost 25%.
  • After drinking 300ml, thirst was satisfied and reports of “good mood” increased by almost 20%.
  • A similar study in 2012 found that University foundation year students who took a bottle of water into an exam scored an average of 5% higher than those who did not have water. Only 25% of students in the study entered the exam hall with a bottle of water.
  • Kids need more water in relation to their body size than bigger people.
  • Kids don’t always recognise when they’re thirsty, so it’s best to encourage good drinking habits early.
  • Sipping throughout the day is the best way to ensure hydration needs are met.
  • It can be harder for kids to concentrate when they’re dehydrated.
  • Studies have shown that kids who drink a litre of water over the course of a school day have better short-term memory and generally perform better than those who don’t.
  • And apparently… Water at mealtimes can help children tolerate vegetables!