The Non-Aligned Movement recommends that the average adult male consumes 3.7 liters or 15 cups of water daily. Is this possible for students at Camas High School? While meandering the halls, students seem to be using their water bottles as a shrine for their sticker collection rather than using it to maintain their hydration.
But back to the point: when teachers limit the number of times a student can use the bathroom during class, hydration may not be possible. This can be difficult for people who require more water, athletes especially.
Junior Emma Rehrer understands the importance of hydration and says that she will often fill up her water bottle “multiple times throughout the school day, probably about 3 times” to make sure she is not thirsty.
When Washington’s dreary, cloudy weather changes to sunny, sweltering days where it doesn’t start to cool down until 8:00 in the evening, it can be hard for everyone to adjust to the heat. Students who ride the bus spend their drive home battling with the oven-like heat and no way to cool down. The buses don’t have effective air conditioning and the windows can only be legally opened to about 8 inches. Students are constantly asking their peers for a drink out of their water bottle.
Is this good for students? Studies have shown that the human body will prompt itself to drink water long before it is actually dehydrated. But, still, thirst is present for a reason, and ignoring this can lead to serious dehydration and side effects from it. When dehydrated, the body uses its water to ensure that the internal organs have enough fluids to maintain homeostasis. This means that less water will be going to muscle groups throughout the body. This causes the body to be more fatigued and tired, making performance at school for assignments, tests, and even athletics lower than it could be.
Football players who practice for two and a half hours outside on the turf field in pads under the 100-degree sun often struggle with dehydration. Participating in activity and sports while dehydrated is very difficult and use a lot of energy and fluids. Players ability to play is greatly decreased when even just two percent of body mass in fluids is expended. When the muscles do not have proper hydration, cramps are more likely to occur and can cause a tremendous amount of pain.
To help lower the chances of getting cramps, Sean Tamura, who is also a personal trainer, says that “athletes and people who are using a lot of water and are very active need to make sure to consume sodium to make sure that their body can maintain hydration.” Cramps, which are a big issue for a lot of people in the heat, are very avoidable with the right nutrition and hydration.
Senior Colton Jackson, who played football all four years of high school, says that the summer practices are difficult, but “the coaches do a good job at allowing players to get water whenever they need it.” This provides a sense of freedom and comfort for the players, who are willing to give their all to the team.
Overall, Camas does a fairly decent job at keeping students hydrated. While there are no formal regulations, students have been told all their life how important hydration is, and because of that, you will see a majority of students drinking water throughout the day.