Why is it important to stay hydrated? 

Water is crucial for the human body and essential for human survival.  

How does the human body use water?

  • Regulating temperature
  • Removal of waste products
  • Lubricating joints & eyes
  • Aiding in digestion
  • Keeping your heart healthy

How might staying hydrated improve my life?

  • Improves memory
  • Boosts energy and concentration
  • Aids in an all-round healthier lifestyle
  • Helps prevent heart disease & high blood pressure
  • Reduces risk of cramps & tiredness
  • Reduces the chance of kidney stones
  • Helps you stay regular 

What benefits might I feel & see by staying hydrated?

  • Helps maintain healthy skin, bones, hair and nails
  • Aids in weight loss
  • Lowers stress levels 
  • Helps build muscle tone
  • Nourishes skin

How much should I be drinking?

According to the NHS website people within the UK should be drinking at least 1.2 litres of water a day. The amount of water you drink depends on your age, physical activity, temperature and humidity.

How do I know if I am not drinking enough water?

Your body uses between 3-4 litres a water a day. Once you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated.

Dehydration can cause;

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness
  • Loss of concentration
  • Smelly breath

Do you think you are dehydrated?

Use the ‘Wee Test’ you can detect levels of dehydration based on the colour of your urine.

  • Hydrated – Pale, odourless and plentiful
  • Dehydrated – Yellow, dark, and odorous.

Tips to stay hydrated:

  • Take a water bottle with you when you go out.
  • Add wedge of fruit to your fresh water to give it a different taste without affecting the nutritional value
  • Freeze a bottle of water over night so it stays colder for longer during the day.