Last week we had our sprinkler system evaluated and repaired. The work involved getting a new control box that is now set to provide the lawn and plants with a daily two-minute water break.
It’s summer and in Phoenix, that means that the Bermuda grass turns brown without water. But ours was actually worse than that. We knew that in spite of my re-setting the system, the water was not getting the message to turn on!
The result was pretty ugly.
The Difference Was Almost Immediate
In getting the sprinkler control box replaced, and providing the lawn with daily water, voila! We have patches of green in our back yard. This actually happened within just a couple of days.
It was an amazingly vivid picture of the benefit of water to living things, and I know that includes people!
Kids and Water
An interesting article crossed my desk a few days ago re: kids and water. Many children are consuming extra calories and certainly extra sugar when they choose (or they are allowed to choose) juice over water: 8 oz of apple juice has 24 grams of sugar; 1 CapriSun pouch (6 oz) has 20+ grams of sugar (from reading various websites-and serving size was not readily available). Throw in a choice of soda and again you have lots of added sugar and calories. Extra calories (whether we eat them or drink them) that provide no nutrition add up to weight gain, whether in children or adults.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends children ages 4-8 get 5 1/2 cups of water per day…and because we live in PHX, they probably need more…For ages 5-9, recommended amounts are 9 cups for girls, 10 for boys.
Effects of Dehydration
“A mere 2% drop in the body’s water supply can trigger signs of dehydration such as fuzzy memory, daytime fatigue, trouble with math and difficulty in focusing on small print.” (Raymond Schep in ‘Eat Right for Life.’)
Have you noticed any of those signs in your children? Offer them some water (not fruit juice!).
Do you think those signs for dehydration might be true for adults as well?
Anyone feeling thirsty?
Grab that bottle of water….and enjoy!
How many glasses of water do you drink a day? Is it enough for you? Would love to hear your input about this. Leave a comment below.