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;
- 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.