Healthy Eating Week 2022 - Stay hydrated

We are on day 4 of British Nutrition Foundation's Healthy Eating Week 2022!

Today the topic we are focusing on is staying hydrated. We all know that without water we wouldn't live very long at all but water in the correct quantity is essential for our body to function properly, it helps to carry nutrients in the blood, helps maintain kidney function, lubricates the joints and organs, helps regulate our body temperature and much more!

Water makes up to 50-75% of our body weight and we lose water throughout the day via sweat, urine and breathing so it is important to replace these lost fluids, through food and drinks, regularly during the day to avoid becoming dehydrated. The recommendation, for the average adult, is to drink around 6 - 8 glasses of fluid per day but we may need more, depending on factors including the weather, if it's hot and sunny we'll sweat more and lose more fluid than cooler days, if we are exercising or active.

Have a look at these tips on getting your fluid in each day.

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Tap water in a reusable cup or bottle is of course the best fluid choice for your body and the planet, reducing waste and also saving you calories and added sugars! Other drinks will count towards your intake, including fruit juice and smoothies, which can be a great way to boost your 5 a day and vitamins and minerals, though these should be limited to 150ml per day. Caffeinated drinks will also count towards your intake but should be limited due to the negative effects of excess caffeine, and it's also worth keeping in mind that caffeine can have a diuretic effect. Alcohol does not count towards your fluid intake

An idea to help keep yourself, your family and your colleagues hydrated, particularly during this beautiful summer weather we're having, is to set up a hydration station. You can find a printable hydration station sign below, along with some inspiration for making your hydration station a hit!

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You could use this tracker to log your fluid intake and see how it compares to the recommendations, or why not team up with colleagues and see how much fluid you track .

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