By Heather, Jayger’s Mom
Kids can say the funniest things. One of my favorite things about being a mom is getting to hear the way my son Jayger processes the world around him—especially when it comes to food. Just this morning, for example, he flexed his muscles in the kitchen and said, “ice cream makes me strong!” And last week, as I was putting him to bed, he asked, “when the sun comes up in the morning, can I have a big piece of chocolate cake?”
Even though I know comments like these are efforts to charm his way into a treat, sometimes I can tell he is really thinking about just what food is and what it does to his body. This happened just the other day, when he got to thinking about water with a family friend visiting us over the winter break. When this friend went to the kitchen to fill up a glass of water, Jayger asked: “what are you drinking?” When he learned it was water, Jayger then said this, in a very matter-of-fact way: “When you drink water, it helps your poo to come out softer.”
In the moment, it was so funny—that a three-year-old boy was explaining digestive processes to our adult friend. But, to Jayger’s credit, he had a point! While we don’t normally talk about these things in adult company—and certainly not over dinner—Jayger was making an honest observation: that drinking water helps with digestion. Sometimes it takes the honesty of a child to get us talking about these things.
Not only can water help with healthy digestion and alleviating constipation, it also helps the body absorb the essential nutrients of food. One of my struggles as a mom is to get Jayger eating nutrient-rich food, so it seems like such a waste if those nutrients aren’t being absorbed because of dehydration. So, Jayger, next time you flex those muscles you can say, “water makes me strong!”
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