I taught Manchild’s pre-school class last week. We’re learning about the body, so I decided to pick up a few books about digestion — not something I thought much about as a 3-year-old, but I was pretty sure the kids would love to know a little bit more about how their food becomes poop. Actually, the message I was getting at was that we need to put good things in our bodies because our bodies use those things to make us healthy and strong. The poop, literally and figuratively, is merely a by-product. The kids seemed pretty interested in the journey their food makes, and we didn’t have too much potty-talk, so I considered the lesson a success. But we didn’t talk too much about was the role water plays in helping our bodies, which is kind of a shame, now that I think about it, because it seems like not drinking enough water is a major contributor to the obesity troubles I keep reading about in the paper — you know with the overconsumption of soda and all that.
If I were to do that lesson again, maybe I would focus on water rather than food. This is what I’d tell them:
- Water helps our food move through our bodies and helps carry nutrients from our digestive tract to every other part of our body. Water keeps things moving smoothly — in more ways than one.
- Water keeps us from being tired. Sometimes if you don’t give a plant enough water, it will start to wither and droop. Our bodies do the same thing — even if you can’t see it like you do in a plant.
- Water can help stop you from eating more food than your body needs to be healthy. If you think you are hungry but you aren’t sure, try drinking some water first.
I probably wouldn’t include this in my lesson to 3 and 4-year-olds, but it looks as though drinking water before meals can help lose weight, if that is your goal. It’s such a simple thing to do, and it makes a big difference in the way your body works and feels. At least it does for me.