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Are you drinking enough?

 

And unfortunately we’re not talking about gin, we’re talking about water. We’re a dehydrated nation and we want to do something about it.

 

Did you know that this week is ‘Nutrition and Hydration Week’? Originally focusing on improvements in nutrition and hydration across health and social care, it’s now spreading its wings. Nutrition and Hydration Week aims to highlight, promote and celebrate improvements in the provision of nutrition and hydration locally, nationally and globally. It sounds right up our street so we’ve decided to look into the importance of hydration.

 A recent survey showed that a massive 89% of the population is not drinking enough water to maintain healthy hydration levels, with 20% of men and 13% of women, not drinking any water during the day. With water making up 60% of an adult’s body weight it performs crucial roles such as carrying nutrients around the body and regulating our temperature as well as contributing to improved concentration and alertness.

So it’s really important to stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of H20 can make you feel more energised, have better skin and prevent you from unnecessary snacking.

So what exactly do you need to be drinking?

Well, we’ve all heard of the old age saying ‘drink 8 glasses of water a day’ and whilst there is some truth in it, it shouldn’t be taken as the gospel. Water is great – it’s hydrating, it’s free and it’s not full of sugar or calories! But, water can be, let’s face it, a little bit boring. Don’t worry, drinking enough can go beyond drinking water all day everyday – it’s about getting enough fluid and this can come from diluted squash, juice, coffee and tea. So, aim for at least 8 glasses of fluid and it’s best if some of this is water, having a water bottle that tracks your intake can help you stay on track. If you’re a regular gym go-er you may need to drink a little more. You can lose up to a litre of fluid an hour when you exercise due to sweating and breathing, so you need to stay hydrated. If you’re heading to the gym, always keep a bottle of water on you and simply drink when your thirsty. Avoid downing water as it could give you a stitch and no one likes the sensation of water sloshing around in their stomach as their deadlifting!