Healthy Eating Week - Thursday = stay hydrated

Our bodies lose water throughout the day through urine, sweat and, to a lesser amount, breathing. We need to drink enough fluid so that we don’t become dehydrated. Being dehydrated can cause you to feel tired and sleepy, get headaches, not perform at your best, be constipated or have muscle tiredness.

We should be aiming to have 6-8 glasses of fluid a day, or 1.5 - 2 litres. However in warmer weather and when we are active we should have more than this.

Water is the best choice as it doesn’t contain sugar which can damage your teeth or add calories to your diet. Other healthier drinks include unsweetened teas and coffee and low fat milk. 100% unsweetened fruit or vegetable juice or smoothies also provide you with a variety of nutrients, however try to stick to just 150ml of these in a day.

Remember alcohol doesn’t count towards our daily fluid intake and drinking too much can cause dehydration so we should make sure we are careful to stay hydrated when we drink alcohol. We should also be careful how many sugary soft drinks we have. How about swapping these for water or sugar free varieties?

 

The British Nutrition Foundation has some top tips for us.

Keeping hydrated:

Make tap water your main drink (other sugar-free drinks count too!):

Keep a glass or bottle of tap water with you to encourage you to drink plenty of water.

Infuse tap water with different fruit and vegetables for extra flavour – try strawberries, cucumber, and mint.

Have a glass of skimmed or semi-skimmed milk after exercising for protein and hydration. 

 

Hydration and looking after the planet:

Choose reusable bottles and cups, or drinks in recyclable containers (and recycle them correctly):

Why not invest in a reusable bottle for water and reusable flask for hot drinks?

Take a bottle of water with you so you can hydrate on the go.

Keep a reusable flask with you to fill up with tea or coffee at work or when on the go.

How will you stay hydrated this summer?

 

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